Arts & Culture

This week in Wichita: What’s going on Aug. 26 to Sept. 1

National Small Oil Painting Exhibition FREE ALERT

The National Small Oil Painting Exhibition at Mark Arts helps prove that small can be just as good as large. The exhibit, which has been a staple at Mark Arts – formerly the Wichita Center for the Arts – opens Friday and runs through Sept. 21. It features 77 oil paintings from across the United States, all of which are no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches. The pieces were judged recently, and chosen best-in-show was a local painting by Brian Hinkle titled “Douglas and Topeka.” Hinkle has three other pieces in the exhibit from his new “East Douglas” series.

Details: Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Fri. Regular gallery hours 1 to 5 p.m. Tue. to Sun. Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central. Free admission., 316-634-2787

‘Ephemeral’ painting show at Friends FREE ALERT

Friends University’s Riney Fine Arts Gallery will be filled Friday evening with new paintings by Wichita artists Curt Clonts, James Gross, Matthew Hilyard and Dustin Parker. The gallery will be up at Friends through Sept. 16. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Details: Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Fri., Riney Fine Arts Gallery at Friends University, 2100 W. University. Free admission. 316-295-5677

2nd annual Grub and Groove Festival

The Grub and Groove Festival returns to Col. James Jabara Airport field Saturday evening after drawing hundreds last year for the soul food and soul music. This year the festival has a larger footprint, so attendees will have more room to spread out. The Zapp Band, Rose Royce, S.O.S Band, The Gap Experience and Angela Winbush will perform.

Details: Gates open 3 p.m. Sat., show starts at 5 p.m. Field north of Col. James Jabara Airport, 3512 N. Webb. Tickets $45-$70. There will be a $5 upcharge on all tickets sold the day of. Tickets available at

Dinosaurs at Century II

“Jurassic Quest,” a nationally touring show, is returning to Century II this weekend. It features many dinosaur-centric attractions, life-size dinosaurs and lots of animatronics. The event starts Friday afternoon and runs all weekend. There will also be bounce houses, though admission to those is extra.

Details: 3 to 8 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., Century II Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas. Tickets $24.25 for ages 13-64, $17.25 for children 2-12 and $21.75 for people 65 and older. A children’s VIP pass is also available, with unlimited access to dinosaur rides, inflatables, bungee pull and more for $28.75.

Burlesque in downtown Wichita

The American Rose Theater will host “Disrobing the Decades,” a burlesque show featuring performances set to music from various decades. The performers will “swing, jive, shimmy, disco and shake” to the music. The show will feature world-renowned performers from Kansas City. Attendees may dress as their favorite decade for a chance to win a prize.

Details: Doors 7 p.m. Sat., show 8 p.m., Venue 332 at Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St. $25-$35.

Avenue Art Days launch party FREE ALERT

Avenue Art Days in the Douglas Design District comes full circle on Tuesday, when the mural-painting and public art project kicks off its fall session. There will be food, music and drinks to celebrate Avenue Art Days, which will take place on Oct. 7 and 8 this year. If you’re interested in painting a mural, or knowing where they’re going to be painted this fall, show up to the launch party.

Details: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tue., I-135 underpass on Douglas Avenue. Free admission.

Josh Abbott Band at Club Rodeo FREE ALERT (if you’re of age)

It’s that time of the month again – time for a “Free Range Bull Series” concert at Club Rodeo, this time featuring the Josh Abbott Band, a Texas-based red dirt country band. The concert on Wednesday is free for people 21 and older, but 18- to 20-year-olds will have to pay a $15 cover to get in. Rising country star William Michael Morgan will also play at the show. The concert series, sponsored by 102.1 The Bull, brings in a nationally touring country act to Club Rodeo every month.

Details: Doors 7 p.m., show 9 p.m. Wed., Club Rodeo, 10001 E. Kellogg. Free admission for ages 21 and up, $15 cover for 18- to 20-year-olds. 316-613-2424,

Louise Penny book signing at Abode

Louise Penny, a Canadian mystery novel author, will be reading and signing copies of her new book, “A Great Reckoning,” Wednesday at Abode Venue, in cooperation with Watermark Books and Cafe. Tickets are required to attend – $33 gets you a ticket to the event and a copy of “A Great Reckoning,” and $38 gets you a copy of the book and two tickets to the event.

Details: 6 p.m. Wed., Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. Admission is $33 for a signed book; $38 for a signed book and an extra admission ticket for a friend. Tickets available at Watermark, 4701 E. Douglas, or online at