Friends University spring ballet
A Friends University alum is coming back to Wichita this weekend for a special ballet performance. Melonie Buchanan Murray is now an associate professor at the University of Utah, but she cut her teeth at Friends. You can see her new ballet, “A Subtle Coercion of Liberties,” as part of the ballet department’s spring performance. Inspired by the writing of philosopher Michel Foucault, this contemporary piece will be performed by four women. The show will also include performances of “The Firebird” and “Blue Diamonds.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Riney Fine Arts Building at Friends University, 2100 W. University Ave. $16 for adults, $13 for students and seniors. 316-295-5677, www.friends.edu
Jim Brickman at Fox Theatre
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Fans of quality keystrokes will want to make their way to Hutchinson on Thursday to see world-famous pianist Jim Brickman at the Fox Theatre. With a career that spans decades and successful collaborations with artists like Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum, Brickman’s piano prowess is beloved by millions.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thu., Fox Theatre, 18 E. First Ave., Hutchinson. $40-$50. 620-663-1981, www.hutchinsonfox.com
“A Man for All Seasons” at Newman University
Get your fill of juicy royalty drama at Newman University Theatre’s production of “A Man for All Seasons” from acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Robert Bolt. The story, which originally premiered in 1960, follows Chancellor Thomas More as he refuses to endorse King Henry VIII’s infamous decision to divorce his wife in the 16th century.
Details: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., De Mattias Fine Arts Center at Newman University, 3100 E. McCormick. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for Newman students. 316-942-4291, www.newman.edu
Flagship Romance at Abode
The chemistry and romance between the performers is part of the draw of Flagship Romance, which performs this weekend at Abode. Real-life couple Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson create what they call “harmonic alternative folk,” an approach that eschews manufactured musical perfection for something that feels real. The indie darlings are performing in Wichita for the first time.
Details: Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Sun., Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. $10. 316-267-1330, www.abodevenue.com
Dance Magic 2016 at The Orpheum
One of Wichita’s longest-running dance studios is bringing the freshest moves from around the world to your doorstep with Dance Magic 2016. About 80 students and teachers will dance a variety of styles, including Egyptian folklore, Bollywood and belly dancing. A marketplace, a train station and a desert will serve as backdrops.
Details: Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Sat., The Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 for ages under 12. 855-755-7328, selectaseat.com
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” at the Loony Bin
If you’ve ever wanted to have your raucous laughter or unamused scowl captured for posterity in a standup comedy special, local comedians Dan the Man and Meghan Welch have you covered. They’re filming their set on Wednesday for a DVD to send out in the hopes of getting a tour together, and you’re invited to be in the audience. Support local comedic talent (and their cameraman) for just $5.
Details: 6 p.m. Wed., The Loony Bin, 215 N. St. Francis. $5. 316-618-4242, www.loonybincomedy.com
Jon Pardi at The Cotillion
Experience a little West Coast flare in your country music as Jon Pardi brings his California-born and Nashville-perfected musical stylings to Wichita this weekend. Pardi has opened for country stalwarts such as Alan Jackson and Dierks Bentley, and his music recalls genre greats like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Fans can probably expect to hear material from his upcoming second studio album, which comes out in May.
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Fri., The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg. $20. 316-722-4201, www.thecotillion.com
Outdoor Living and Landscape Show at Century II
HGTV addicts might want head over to Century II this weekend for the 2016 Outdoor Living and Landscape Show. Professionals (including former HGTV host Paul James, better known as “The Gardener Guy”) will give seminars in which you can learn how to craft the best backyard on the block. About 150 vendors will be there to sell items and services related to gardening, landscaping and other outdoor projects.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $9 adults, $7 seniors, $4 ages 5-12. 316-303-8100, www.wichitatix.com
Don Williams tribute at Prairie Rose
Country singer and Wichita radio host Rusty Rierson will pay tribute to the “Gentle Giant” of country music, Don Williams, at Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper this weekend. Rierson will cover No. 1 hits such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me” and “I Believe in You” to commemorate the 76-year-old Williams, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Details: 5 p.m. Sat., Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton. $40 (includes all-you-can-eat chuckwagon supper). 316-778-2121, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com
Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert
See Wichita’s miniature maestros perform at the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert at Century II. Young performers will play pieces by Beethoven, Strauss, Sibelius and more.
Details: 3 p.m. Sun., Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $14 for adults, $7 for ages 13-18. 316-267-7658, www.wichitasymphony.org