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Next Best Thing is a new, limited-run commentary from KMUW. Every other Wednesday, KMUW's Jordan Kirtley will take a look at ways we can stay connected from a far via virtual events and outdoor activities.

Next Best Thing: The Orpheum's Reopening And More

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The Orpheum Theatre reopens on May 21 with Jenny Wood's "Phoenix: Strength of the Songbird"

Wichita Art Museum has two events this weekend: First, a virtual Art Chatter featuring talks from a lineup of local creatives gets underway at 6:30 p.m. this Friday on Zoom. Registration is at wichitaartmuseum.org. There you’ll also find more information about Saturday’s Yoga in the Art Garden, an all-levels yoga class that starts at 9 a.m.

The Orpheum Theatre’s grand reopening is coming up on May 21 with a live performance from Wichita’s own Jenny Wood. Jenny will perform already known and new material, plus one-acts between songs from her new theatrical experience titled Phoenix: Strength of the Songbird. Tickets are sold in pods of 2, 3 and 4 to maintain social distancing, and are available at wichitaorpheum.com.

There are also a couple upcoming bicycle events presented by several community organizations. First up is the Evergreen Bike Jam at Evergreen Park this Sunday at 1:30. There will be a bike safety course, a decoration station, and more. Then, on May 21, there’s a free Bike to Work Day lunch from 11:30 to 1 at 200 N Mosley. More information is on Bike Walk Wichita’s Facebook page.

Finally — for all you Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! fans — there’s a Wait Wait Comedy Club live event on Tuesday, May 18. Hosted by Peter Sagal, the lineup of virtual performances will include standup from familiar Wait Wait panelists. It starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at NPRpresents.org.

Music: "Oui" by Podington Bear. From the Free Music Archive. CC BY NC

Jordan Kirtley is KMUW's Marketing Manager and the host of Next Up, a local events commentary. More casually she is known as KMUW’s “in-house artist,” having designed the many facets of KMUW’s visual identity.