George Clinton at the Cotillion
From his doo-wop days in a barbershop quartet to the funk-tastic superstar he has become, George Clinton has done it all when it comes to music. Clinton, along with Parliament Funkadelic, will be at the Cotillion on Friday showing off some of his pop and funk tunes. Clinton, who got his start in music in New Jersey in the 1950s, has had a career that spans decades and genres of music. His latest album release was in 2008, but Clinton’s songs, such as “Atomic Dog” and “Flashlight,” have stood the test of time.
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Fri., The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg. Tickets $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show. 316-722-4201 www.thecotillion.com
Graham Nash at the Stiefel
Classic-rock fans will fill the Stiefel in Salina on Saturday as singer-songwriter sensation Graham Nash makes an appearance. Nash, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, two-time Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner, is touring after the release of “This Path Tonight,” his latest album and first collection of new songs in more than 14 years.
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Sat., The Stiefel, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. $36-$66. 785-827-1998, www.ticketmaster.com
Breaking Benjamin at the Cotillion
Head-banging will commence on Wednesday at the Cotillion as Breaking Benjamin makes a stop on its “Unplugged” tour. The band, whose latest album, “Dark Before Dawn,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, is known for hit singles like “Failure.”
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Wed., The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg. $35. 316-722-4201, www.thecotillion.com
Family Board Game Mega Event FREE ALERT
The K-State Research and Extension Sedgwick County is holding the seventh Family Board Game Mega Event on Saturday that welcomes families and anyone wanting to play a variety of popular board games. The event is put on to promote family quality time and face-to-face interaction and is open to anyone willing to participate. Organizers will have games appropriate for all ages.
Details: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., Sedgwick County Extension 4-H Hall B, 7001 W. 21st North. Free. 316-660-0114
Opera at Oeno FREE ALERT
Opera Kansas will be showcasing the winner of its Zepick Modern Opera Competition, a contest that awards $2,000 in prizes for recently composed operas, during two free shows Friday at the Old Town wine bar Oeno. Organizers got 23 submissions from five different countries and 13 states, and the first-place winner was Jesse Ayers and his opera “Beneath Suspicion,” which tells the story of two female spies who operated behind enemy lines during the Civil War. Ayers will come from Ohio to attend the opera’s debut.
Details: Shows at 7, 8 p.m. Fri., Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead. Free. This event is part of the Art Day of Giving. 316-440-5000
Dustin Parker art show FREE ALERT
Local illustrator and graphic designer Dustin Parker will debut his “Eyes to Feed” exhibit of paintings Friday at Positive Directions as a part of April’s Final Friday art crawl. Parker, who has traveled across the United States, Canada and Japan with his artwork, is a Friends University graduate and has participated in 60 group exhibitions and nine solo exhibitions since 2000.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Fri., Positive Directions, 414 S. Commerce. Free. 316-263-2214, http://dustinparker.com
‘Meredith Wilson’s Music Man’
Music Theatre for Young People will open its production of “Meredith Wilson’s Music Man” this weekend at Century II. This production of the play, which includes tunes like “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Shipoopi,” has a cast made up solely of performers ages 7 to 18 but is directed by a staff of local theater professionals. This is Music Theatre for Young People’s final show of the season.
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., doors open at 2 p.m., show at 2:30 p.m. Sun., Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students. 316-303-8100, mtypks.org
‘Come Fly a Kite’ event FREE ALERT
Colorful kites will fill the skies above Eastview Park on Sunday during Wichita’s Park and Recreation Department’s “Come Fly a Kite” event, which welcomes anyone to participate in the windy festivities. Participants can bring their own kites or purchase one from Wings of the Wind Kites & Toys, which will be on site throughout the event and will have employees available to help any kite-flying beginners.
Details: 2-4 p.m. Sun., Eastview Park, 1448 N. Governeour. Free.
Split Lip Rayfield at Barleycorn’s
Wichita band Split Lip Rayfield will bring its bluegrass and alternative country rhythms to Barleycorn’s stage on Saturday. Split Lip, which has dropped seven studio albums since 1998, is known for its intense, upbeat live shows.
Details: Show at 9 p.m Sat., Barleycorn’s, 608 E. Douglas. $13-$15, 21-plus to enter. 316-866-6792, www.barleycornswichita.com