Feb 12 Saturday
In spring 2022, the NEA Big Read: Wichita will explore The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This book is a series of interconnected vignettes published in 1984 about a year in the life of a young Mexican-American girl growing up in Chicago in the 1980s.
Feb 16 Wednesday
Literary Feast is KMUW's monthly book club, featuring selections made by KMUW staff. For February we're reading Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr.
In an interview with Doerr, NPR's Scott Simon says the novel "ties together stories from medieval Constantinople, a contemporary small-town library held at gunpoint by a teenage environmentalist, and a spaceship in the next century." Listen to the interview here.
Please join us virtually via Zoom from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16. Reserve your free spot and we'll email you the Zoom link.
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Feb 18 Friday
Join Friends University for two full days of jazz.
Jazz Festival: The Dreamliners and Concert Jazz Band
Jazz Festival: The Friends All-Star Jazz Sextet with SOULstice
Friday, February 18th and Saturday, 19th at 7:30 PM
Middle school, high school and junior college bands will once again gather for Friends University’s 29th year of the Jazz Festival. This year, the tradition will be carried on by Interim Program Director of Jazz and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Nicholas Schroeder.
Feb 22 Tuesday
This world-famous vocal octet will present a program titled Choral Dances which explores the interweaving of dance and music through the ages. The program also adeptly entwines various styles, refusing to follow the standard chronological ordering of music within a concert. We look forward to a wonderful evening of music with this virtuosic ensemble.
Jan 27 Thursday
"Lloyd Foltz: Prairie Print Maker" celebrates a self-taught artist who rose to become one of the region’s key printmakers. A native of Kansas’ Flint Hills, Foltz began his career as a commercial artist at the Western Lithograph Company in Wichita, where he worked under printmaker C.A. Seward. Although he had no formal art training beyond a three-month stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, Foltz—with Seward’s encouragement—nevertheless became a key member of the Prairie Print Makers. "Lloyd Foltz: Prairie Print Maker" is guest curated by Barbara Thompson, granddaughter of Prairie Print Maker founder C. A. Seward. It is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions at the museum that celebrates the Prairie Print Makers and their regional and national legacy.
Friends University Theatre is pleased to share the college premiere of Calamity Town, Jan. 27 - 30, 2022. The play is based on the 1942 novel of the same name written by Frederick Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, under the pseudonym, Ellery Queen.
Calamity Town is an intriguing whodunit play set in a nostalgic New England village. The town is full of inviting and moral folks. However, beneath its calm veneer, lies a disturbing secret and a potential killer in their midst, ready to strike again over the coming holiday. The story’s protagonist and amateur sleuth, Ellery, must rightly deduce fact versus fiction before festivities turn fatal and the townsfolk face a tragic fate.
The New York Times labeled the story “the best mystery produced by Ellery Queen.”
“Come join us for an old-fashioned evening of entertainment, mystery and intrigue!” said Director and Friends University Assistant Professor of Drama and Media, Kurt Priebe.
This special performance, featuring 12 university students who portray 21 characters, will run Jan. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan 30 at 2 p.m. The performances will take place in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts building on the Friends University campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. They may be purchased online at friends.edu/fineartstickets or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.
Calamity Town was written by Joseph Goodrich and is presented with express permission of Jabberwocky Literary Agency, NYC.
“Away in the Basement: a Church Basement Ladies Musical” November 18-December 19, 2021.This musical comedy from the Church Basement Ladies franchise, chronicles Christmas-time with the ladies that work in the church basement of the Lutheran Church. Charming and funny, these ladies will warm up the nights at Roxy's during the holiday season and take a sweetly nostalgic look at holiday traditions and life in rural America. Just 19 performances will grace our stage during this holiday period. Make your reservations quickly as this is a sure sell-out.
Jan 28 Friday
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THE CAVVES w/ Special Guests Social Cinema, TF Bundy, Peters 1914, and Bottlecap Daydream.
Concessions open! Also featuring local favorites Nancy's A-Maize-N Sandwich Booth. All Ages.
There will be no alcohol served at this show.
Text ALT to 49798 for show updates and info. Support acts subject to change.
A limited number of table reservations are available by calling 316-722-4201 or in person at The Cotillion.
COVID-19 Show Policy: There are no restrictions on this show but we encourage face masks when you can not social distance and ask that you stay home if you are feeling sick or have been exposed recently to someone with COVID-19.
Buy tickets now to see Lewis Black perform at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, KS, at 8:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Known as the King of Rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and finger pointing to expose the absurdities of life. His comedic brilliance makes people laugh at life's hypocrisies and the insanity he sees in the world. A Grammy Award-winning stand-up, Lewis Black performs his critically acclaimed shows more than 200 nights annually. To buy tickets online go to the official Stiefel website at: www.stiefeltheatre.org. The Stiefel box office is open M-F, noon-5 pm in person or by phone at 785-827-1998. Please check the Stiefel website for current Covid policies. www.stiefeltheatre.org. Tickets start at $55.
Jan 29 Saturday
Hillside Christian Church will host a benefit breakfast for our sister church, First Christian Church of Mayfield, Kentucky on January 29, 2022. We will be serving pancakes and sausage from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will take a free will offering with all proceeds going to Week of Compassion for use toward First Christian Church--Mayfield.