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This week in Wichita: What’s going on April 15-21

Joe Lovano
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Joe Lovano Quartet at Roxy’s

The 2016 Wichita Jazz Festival headliner, Joe Lovano, will be at Roxy’s Downtown on Saturday showing off his saxophone styling with the help of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash. Lovano, a Grammy Award nominee, has released 23 albums with his current label and won the 2014 Multi-reeds Player and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year.

Details: Doors open 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sat., Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, $16-$35. 316-265-4400, www.wichitajazzfestival.com

Porter Street Artists & Friends

Porter Street in Riverside will be packed with artists and their admirers on Saturday for the Porter Street Artists & Friends event, where neighborhood artists display and sell their work with food and five local musicians performing. Nineteen different artists will sell jewelry, yard art, clothing, paintings and more.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 941 N. Porter. Free admission. 316-263-0668, www.facebook.com/PorterStreetArtists

‘Once Upon a Time’ at Old Cowtown

Old Cowtown Museum will team up with the Wichita Public Library, Arts Partners and the Wichita Children’s Theatre on Saturday to bring Victorian-era children’s books to life during its “Once Upon a Time” event. There will be interactive tea parties, games, crafts, pirate fights and live performances of classic children’s stories like “The Three Little Pigs” and “Cinderella.” The Wichita Public Library will put on several story times throughout the day, and the Scallywags will perform their pirate comedy show.

Details: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. Regular Cowtown admission, $7.75 adults, $6.50 seniors, $6 ages 12-17, $5.50 ages 4-11, free for 3 and under. 316-219-1871, http://www.oldcowtown.org

Tornado Bait Party at the Shamrock

Living in Kansas during tornado season actually has an upside – The Shamrock Lounge’s 14th Annual Tornado Bait party, where the stormy season is celebrated with live music, a pig roast, prizes, tornado videos, a shuffleboard tournament and more. The music will start at 3 p.m. and the closing act, Mumblin’ Jones, will start at 8 p.m.

Details: Doors open at noon Sat., Shamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas. $10 cover, includes music and food. 316-267-3100

ICT Heavy Hitters of Comedy

The Loony Bin’s ICT Heavy Hitters of Comedy show will feature several of Wichita’s most well-known young comedians, including headliner Jeremy Rush plus Travis Cagle, Blake Hamilton, Brandon Winn and Chance Carmichael. Wichita comedienne Meghan Welch will host.

Details: Doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Wed., Loony Bin Comedy Club, 215 N. St. Francis, $6, 18 to enter. 316-618-4242

GetFit Spring Cycling Spectacular

Wichita stationary cycling enthusiasts will fill Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Saturday for Wichita Park & Recreation’s and Genesis Health Club’s first outdoor cycle class. This is one of four events the organizations teamed up on to help promote healthy lifestyles in Wichita. Certified stationary cycle instructors will lead the two workout sessions that start at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Water, Gatorade and towels will be provided along with boot camp and activities for children.

Details: 9:15 a.m.-noon Sat., Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore. Free admission but registration required, 16 and older to participate. www.wichita.gov/parkandrec

Generation Axe at the Stiefel

Five guitar greats, Steve Vai, Zak Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, will be on stage at Salina’s Stiefel Theatre on Saturday showing off their skills as part of the Generation Axe tour. The group will perform a few well-known songs in different configurations and will introduce new material written specifically for the tour.

Details: Bar opens 6:30 p.m., doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sat., Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. $69-$95. 785-827-1998, www.stiefeltheatre.org/

‘Enchanted April’ at Wichita Community Theatre

Director Dan Schuster and the Wichita Community Theatre will present the play “Enchanted April,” a comical play that aims to open people’s eyes to the beauty around them. The show, starting Wednesday and running through May 1, is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel and was a 2003 Tony Award nominee for best play.

Details: 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. through May 1, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. $14, $12 for students/military/seniors. 316-686-1282.

Spring used book sale at Wichita Public Library

Bookworms can bring their own bags to the Friends of the Wichita Public Library’s big spring used book sale, where they can fill them for $5. The sale will feature thousands of barely-used books in every genre, and proceeds will help the Wichita Public Library purchase materials to create programs. The sale lasts through April 23, with a special Wednesday preview for members of Friends of the Wichita Public Library.

Details: 5-7 p.m. Wed., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23, Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main. Free admission. 316-261-8500

Clay Cooper’s Country Express at The Orpheum

Village Tours & Travel is bringing some of Branson’s acting and musical talent to Wichita on Tuesday. Clay Cooper’s Country Express, which is based in Branson, Mo., is a high-energy show that includes dancing, singing, comedy and country music. It will be at the Orpheum Theatre for an afternoon performance that includes a six-piece band, 10 dancers, a trick roper and more.

Details: Doors open 1 p.m., show 2 p.m. Tue., Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. $32. 316-263-0884, www.wichitaorpheum.com

Keb Mo at the Stiefel

The Stiefel Theatre in Salina will have the blues on Friday when award-winning singer and contemporary blues artist Keb Mo performs. Mo, whose latest album “Bluesamericana” sat atop Soundscan’s Blues Album chart for several weeks, was given three Grammy nods in 2015. Fans can expect to hear songs off his latest album as well as a mix of his American roots-style music.

Details: Bar opens 6:30 p.m, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Fri., Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. $39-$77. 785-827-1998, www.stiefeltheatre.org

Todd Barry at the Kansas Star Events Center

Comedian and actor Todd Barry, known for his role on television’s “Flight of the Conchords,” will make audiences laugh at his misfortune and mishaps during a standup show on Thursday at the Kansas Star Events Center. Barry, who has had two televised Comedy Central specials, has made appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”

Details: Doors open 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Thu., Kansas Star Casino Event Center, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane. $20-$30, 21 to enter. 316-719-5000, http://www.kansasstareventcenter.com/events

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