First Friday

The Range | Feb. 5, 2021

Feb 5, 2021
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For years, it was "the hole." Then it was the ICT Pop-Up Park. Now, it's an art gallery. But the future of that small gravel lot along Douglas between Market and Main is unclear.

This week on The Range, we look at the legacy of the pop-up park and at its new role.

The Range | Jan. 1, 2021

Jan 1, 2021

It's the first First Friday in 2021, and we're ringing in the New Year by talking about art.

Of course, 2021 doesn’t look much better than 2020 for art shows. But that hasn’t stopped two Wichita art lovers from becoming the new owners of one of the city's best-known galleries. This week on The Range, we talk to them about why, despite the challenges, the market for art is thriving.

The Range | Nov. 6, 2020

Nov 6, 2020
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It’s First Friday, and that means it’s time to talk about the arts — along with cooking, chaos and mythology.

The Range | Oct. 2, 2020

Oct 2, 2020

Mosley Street Melodrama in downtown Wichita is known for its interactive, often physical theater experiences. But like so many other things, COVID-19 has changed that.

This week on The Range, we talk to owner Monte Wheeler about how the theater is finding its way during the pandemic.

Plus, the local economy is in a headlock, but the work of economic development officials to help rebuild it continues.

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Creating art can be a trial-and-error process. So is finding a way to exhibit your work during a pandemic.

This week on The Range, we talk to two Wichita artists who thought they'd found a way to put on a show — until they realized they needed to think more inside the box.

Plus, we visit a shrimp farm. In Sumner County. In landlocked Kansas.

The Range | Aug. 7, 2020

Aug 7, 2020
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The coronavirus cancelled most live shows. Now, as restrictions are loosened, musicians are slowly returning to the stage.

This week on The Range, we talk to a Wichita bassist about adjusting to the pandemic and the power of music during today's difficult times.

We also ask what the office of the future might look like — and if we'll ever even go back to one.

The Range | July 3, 2020

Jul 3, 2020
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A new Black Lives Matter mural is underway near 13th and Hillside. This week on The Range, we hear from one of the artists contributing to the piece about how it can help the community pause and reflect.

We also talk to some local theaters raising the curtains once again — and struggling to make money while doing it.

The Range | June 5, 2020

Jun 5, 2020
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This week, we meet an artist who relies on patrons getting up close and personal with her work to discuss how she's dealing with the new boundaries of social distancing.

And, we talk to the owners of a commercial cleaning service about what "clean" means during a pandemic. (You might not want to touch any more light switches.)

The Range | May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

What's a filmmaker to do when he's stuck at home? Make a movie about it. We talk to Wichita documentarian Lester Rowe about the film he made about the pandemic ... during the pandemic.

And, we travel to Clearwater to talk with the people running a family-run grocery store about how they are keeping shelves stocked, and workers and customers safe.

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On this week's episode, we talk to Wichita artist and activist Briana Ladwig about how she uses her work to shape the future. (Even though you can't go out to enjoy First Friday tonight, you can see Ladwig's illustrations here.)