Elephant exhibit opening
Wichita’s new elephant residents traveled all the way from the Zambezi River Valley in Africa and will meet the public this weekend during the official opening of the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit at Sedgwick County Zoo. A ribbon-cutting will happen at 10 a.m., and then the exhibit will be permanently open to the public.
Details: 10 a.m. Fri., Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd. $9.95 children, $14.95 adults. 316-266-8273.
‘Share the Love’ at Abode
Wichitan Rudy Love Sr., the founding member of Rudy Love & the Love Family and a former bandleader and manager for Sly Stone, will headline a fundraiser on Friday that will also feature a silent auction, an artist meet-and-greet and a screening of “The Love Story,” a documentary about Love’s life being put together by two local filmmakers. It will also have a cash bar. The event, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Abode Venue, is put on by the Wichita State University School of Social Work in partnership with Power CDC.
Details: 7-10 p.m. Fri., Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. Donations accepted for tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.
Living statues at Fisch Haus FREE ALERT
The eighth annual “Living Statues” event, which features Ballet Wichita dancers posing for aspiring artists, happens Friday at the Fisch Haus. Members of the artistic public are invited to paint, sketch, photograph or otherwise immortalize the dancers as they perform a series of short interpretive pieces throughout the evening. Artists may bring their own drawing materials, but paper and drawing utensils will be provided courtesy of Lawrence Photo.
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., event from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fri., Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce. Free admission. 316-200-5200, www.fischhaus.com
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Stiefel
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, on its 50th anniversary tour, is stopping in Thursday at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina. The band, known for influencing the country rock and American roots music movement, has won two Grammys and released classic songs like “Fishin’ in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles.”
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Thu., The Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. Tickets $29-$65. 785-827-1998, www.ticketmaster.com
Richard Crowson’s ‘Un-Broken Line’ FREE ALERT
Local artist and Wichita Eagle cartoonist Richard Crowson will be at a Final Friday reception for his art show “Un-Broken Line” at Lawrence Photo. The exhibit includes new paintings and works on paper and board. The event will feature prints for sale.
Details: Reception 5-8 p.m. Fri., Lawrence Photo, 6508 E. Central. Free. 316-267-3700.
Christian singer at Southwestern College
Christian artist Mark Schultz on Saturday will bring his gospel tunes to the Richardson Performing Arts Center at Southwestern College in Winfield. Schultz, a Colby native, is a popular gospel artist with 18 Gospel Music Association nominations. He has sold 1.3 million albums to date. The concert benefits the American Cancer Society.
Details: Show at 7 p.m. Sat., Richardson Performing Arts Center, 100 College St., Winfield. $15. 620-229-6141, www.sckans.edu/markschultz
‘Sedgwick County Bandstand’ at Mosley Street
Mosley Street Melodrama is opening a new show this weekend called “Sedgwick County Bandstand.” The show, which runs through July 16, follows the life of Suzy Simpleton as she tries to become a dancer on Dick Dorkee’s dance show. It’s written by Carol Hughes and will be directed by Cindy Summers. It’s rated PG-13 for mild innuendo. Dinner will be catered by Pig In Pig Out BBQ.
Details: Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner 6:15-7:30 p.m., show at 7:50 p.m. Thu.-Sat., Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. $20 show only, $30 dinner and show. 316-263-0222, www.mosleystreet.com
Frank Lloyd Wright in Legos FREE ALERT
A Lego exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts features more than 20 models of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other notable architects. Models include Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater as well as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The pieces will be on display through Aug. 7 at the center, and visitors are invited to create Lego masterpieces of their own.
Details: Gallery open 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Free admission. wcfta.com
Steampunk Day at Cowtown
The sixth annual Steampunk Day, a Victorian-style science fiction event, happens Saturday at Old Cowtown Museum. It will include demonstrations, a costume contest, a cannon duel, comedy shows and other activities.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. $5.50 ages 5-11, $6 ages 12-17, $7.75 adults. 316-219-1871.
Fourth Annual 316 Music Festival
The fourth annual 316 Music Festival happens Saturday at McAdams Park. The festival will include an array of entertainment, covering genres from jazz to hip-hop to R&B. In addition to live performances, there will be bounce houses, free health screenings, free haircuts for kids and more. Half of the event proceeds go to scholarships for young men involved with the annual Beautillion.
Details: Noon-7 p.m. Sat., McAdams Park, 1329 E. 16th St. $5. www.strongwillenterprises.com