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9 things to do in Wichita this weekend (Jan. 17 and 18)

Gymnasts in Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai rehearses a jump in the Russian swing act earlier this week. The performers sometimes use safety harnesses to practice new jumps in rehearsal and go without them during the show. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday Jan. 18 at Intrust Bank Arena. (Jan. 14, 2015)
Gymnasts in Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai rehearses a jump in the Russian swing act earlier this week. The performers sometimes use safety harnesses to practice new jumps in rehearsal and go without them during the show. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday Jan. 18 at Intrust Bank Arena. (Jan. 14, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

A thaw in the temperatures will make it nicer to get out this weekend, which leads into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Here are some things to do in the Wichita area this weekend:

1. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “The Table of Brotherhood,” pancake breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday (free for first 150 people, $3 thereafter), parade 10 a.m., Christian Faith Center, 1130 S. Broadway; book collection for children in West Africa, 11 a.m., Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water; celebration and program, 7 p.m., Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill; $3 button admission for parade and program; buttons available at QuikTrip. For more info, call 316-682-3534.

2. Starbird-Devlin Rod & Custom Charities Car Show, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Century II; $12, $20 couples, $6 ages 12-17, free ages 11 and younger; www.wichitatix.com, 316-303-8100.

3. Live in HD: Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” operetta, 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway; $23, $21 seniors, $18 students with ID, $13 ages 7-17; 316-263-1665.

4. “The Wizard of Oz,” noon Saturday, Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 201 S. Lulu; $6; 316-262-2282.

5. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Forum Theatre at Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St.; $23 Saturday matinee and both Sunday shows; $25 Saturday evening; optional catered meal before each show for $15 extra; 316-618-0444, visit www.forumwichita.com.

6. Wichita B-52s vs. St. Louis Ambush soccer, 7 p.m. Saturday, Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City; $6.50 to $32.50 plus applicable fees, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, arena box office at 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive.

7. Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman; $37-$152 adults, $30-$133 ages 2 to 12, www.selectaseat.com or 855-755-7328.

8. Wichita Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Second, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas; $19-$57, 316-267-7658, www.wichitasymphony.org.

9. Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Prairie, Hesston; $20 adults, $10 children plus tax; appetizers for sale during intermission; 620-327-8127.

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