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The Range | September 01, 2023

This week on The Range, the memories of Joyland live again. Also, an artist who draws inspiration from an unlikely source.

When Music Theatre Wichita presents “Cats” next week, the stage scenery will be different from any previous performance. This one will feature iconic pieces of Wichita history, including a certain roller-coaster that once soared high above Joyland Amusement Park. KMUW news reporter Suzanne Perez has more.

Also, artists are well known for taking inspiration from other artists. But what if you’re a painter inspired by basketball? Sheldon Draper says the flow and energy of the game is similar to a jazz group. And he consolidates those ideas into his paintings of jazz musicians. Torin Andersen talked with Draper for this month’s Art Works.

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