Next Best Thing: The Big Screen, Gridiron, And Big Bugs
The Starlite Drive-In has been a great option for watching movies on the big screen this past year, and tomorrow is a special Art House at the Drive-In screening presented by mama.film and Wichita Jazz Festival. At 8:30 p.m., catch Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band, profiling the jazz pianist, composer and innovator. The screening also includes a filmmaker Q&A with the film’s director, hosted by KMUW’s Carla Eckels. Details are at mama.film.
Like many annual events, the Society of Professional Journalists’ presentation of Gridiron took a hiatus last year, but it makes its triumphant return this Friday and Saturday. The original stage production stars local media professionals poking fun at the year’s news and newsmakers. Most importantly, it raises funds for journalism scholarships.
This weekend also brings the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum’s Blowout Book Sale. From 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, admission to the museum is free while the used book sale takes place. More info is at wichitaartmuseum.org.
If you missed the month-long Tulip Fest at Botanica, starting May 1 there’s another great reason to visit: Big Bugs. Twelve animatronic, giant insects will be installed across Botanica’s gardens through July 31. Visit botanica.org for details.
Music: "Good Times" by Podington Bear. From the Free Music Archive. CC BY NC.