Barry Manilow and Brad Paisley at Intrust Bank Arena
Two big shows stop at Intrust Bank Arena this week. On Friday, concertgoers will get to see Barry Manilow – one of the biggest pop stars in history – “one last time.” The man behind “Mandy” and “Looks Like We Made It” may be 72, but he can still bring the soul and energy that’s made him one of the best-selling and most enduring stars of the past half-century.
Then on Thursday, Brad Paisley returns to Wichita for the third time. The country megastar will bring more than 15 years’ and 11 studio albums’ worth of chart-topping material with him.
Details: Manilow – doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Fri., $19.75-$149.75; Paisley – doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Thu., $29.75-$69.75; Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman. 855-755-7328, www.selectaseat.com
Bart Crow at Port of Wichita
Alt-country artist Bart Crow has been working his way up the country ranks for the better part of a decade, releasing his fifth album, “The Parade,” in 2015. He’ll perform his brand of Americana on Saturday at the Port of Wichita, where you’ll likely hear acclaimed singles such as “Dear Music” and “Life Comes at You Fast.”
Details: 10 p.m. Sat., Port of Wichita, 1548 S. Webb Road. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 316-977-8873, www.theportofwichita.net
All-City Honor Choir Concert
Of course, there’s always up-and-coming local talent to see if you love live music in a smaller setting. USD 259 presents the All-City Honor Choir Concert, featuring the finest voices from the elementary, middle and high school level in the district. Everything from spiritual to classical vocal pieces will be represented across the three performances.
Details: 7 p.m. Tue., Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Free. www.usd259.org
‘Oedipus Rex’ at Scottish Rite
Also known as “Oedipus the King,” this famous Athenian tragedy by Sophocles contains one of the most well-known and devastating plot twists in fiction. You can see it unfold in this production by Signature Theatre at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center.
Details: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St. $14 for adults, $10 for students, military and seniors. 855-755-7328, www.selectaseat.com
Chanticleer at Bethel College
Chanticleer, the beloved, all-male a cappella group (inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2008), has been performing every genre under the sun with nothing but their voices since 1978. The San Francisco-based group will perform at Bethel College on Tuesday.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tue., Memorial Hall at Bethel College, 300 27th St., North Newton. $23-$27. 620-327-8158, www.hesstonbethel.org
‘Wichita Vortex Sutra’ reading at Ulrich Museum of Art
In 1966, esteemed counterculture poet Allen Ginsberg wrote “Wichita Vortex Sutra,” an anti-war poem that juxtaposed the horrors of Vietnam with conservative middle America. A 50th anniversary celebration of the poem, including a panel discussion and live reading, will take place at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University on Sunday.
Details: 1 p.m. Sun., Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State, 1845 Fairmount St. Free. 316-978-3664
Mine Run 5K at Strataca Salt Museum
Bring a helmet and a light source and run in a setting that’s certainly unique – an underground salt mine. This subterranean 5K is sure to give you a good workout and some interesting stories to tell. Spectators must pay a $10 fee, but space is limited for this Saturday event.
Details: 8 a.m.-noon Sat., Strataca Salt Museum, 3650 E. Avenue G, Hutchinson. $65 (online registration is closed, must call directly), $10 for spectators. 620-662-1425
Spazmatics at Kansas Star
The New Wave movement of the 1980s saw the rise of popular bands like New Order, Tears for Fears and The Human League. None of those bands will be anywhere near Wichita this week, but the Spazmatics will play covers of your favorite New Wave hits at the Shark Bar Showroom at Kansas Star Casino in two free concerts.
Details: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Shark Bar Showroom and Kansas Star Casino, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane. Free. 317-719-5000, www.kansasstarcasino.com
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys at Dyck Arboretum
Embrace this weekend’s relatively warm weather by seeing a folk show among the plants. Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies will bring its banjo-and-mandolin-infused sound to Dyck Arboretum of the Plains on Sunday.
Details: 4 p.m. Sun., Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. $20 for adults, $10 for ages 18 and under. 620-327-8127, www.dyckarboretum.org
‘Elements: Air’ opening at Indian Center
Learn about the four elements of the medicine wheel (or circle of life) at “Elements: Air,” which is part of a two-year exhibit series that will feature a different element biannually. The opening event for the The Mid-America All-Indian Center exhibit will also include craft activities, storytelling and a presentation on birds, featuring a live raptor.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., bird presentation 1-3 p.m., Mid-America All-Indian Center, 630 N. Seneca. $3.50 ages 13 and up, free for ages 12 and under with accompanying adult. 316-350-3340, www.theindiancenter.org
Wichita Sport Show at Kansas Pavilions
As winter dwindles to a close and being outside becomes a less terrifying proposition, outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing seem more appealing. Get ready for those warmer temperatures at the Wichita Sport Show, where you can learn all about fishing, archery, RVs and more. There will also be a live mural painting for the more artistic-minded outdoor sport fans.
Details: noon-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Kansas Pavilions, 1279 E. 85h St. North, Park City. $10 for adults, $5 ages 9-15, ages 8 and under free, $20 for a family. 316-440-0888, www.wichitasportshow.com