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#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Legally Blonde the Musical
11/20/2014 to 11/23/2014The Newman University Music and Theatre Departments will present “Legally Blonde the Musical” for three evening performances and one matinee. The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 20, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23. All performances will be in Performance Hall, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Men's 2-Day Intensive Cutting Workshop
11/23/2014 to 11/24/2014Attention licensed Cosmetologists! Here is a chance to further develop your men's cutting skills by learning today's hottest men's cuts from top stylist and precision cutter, Johnny Garcia! Class Location: Eric Fisher Academy Time: Sunday and Monday, 9am - 4pm Price: EFA Students: $50 (Enrollment - 6 Months After Graduation) EFA Alumni: $250 (6 months after graduation or more) Licensed Cosmetologists: $395 Payment is required at the time of sign up which includes a non-refundable deposit. If you would like to attend or have any questions about the workshop please call Jess Spohn at 316-440-5555 x304.
Miracle on 34th Street
11/21/2014 to 12/21/2014This classic retelling of the motion picture, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET takes on our inner cynics in a musical adaptation of this favorite Christmas story. As a white bearded gentleman claims to indeed be the real Santa Claus in modern day New York City, a real miracle takes place that ripples love and Christmas spirit throughout the entire city. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
Rhythm and Blues for Christmas
11/23/2014 to 11/23/2014Carpenter Place is located at 1501 N. Meridian, here in Wichita. The goal of Carpenter Place is to eventually return children to a safe and stable home when parents are willing and able to participate in counseling. When the parents are not willing or able, Carpenter Place becomes the only permanent residence in Wichita for abuse, neglected, and abandoned kids. They instill values in these children that will lead them to emotional, social, and spiritual maturity. Carpenter Place operates from the generous donations of individuals and churches. This is why we hold the benefit for the children every year. Since 1994, we have annually raised funds to provide Christmas dinner and gifts for the kids and every penny that we raise goes directly to the home. The event is being held at Mosley Street Melodrama (234 N. Mosley) on November 23rd. Every single thing that makes the benefit a success is donated. Local musicians donate their talent for this very worthwhile event while artists contribute their work for a live auction. A large part of our proceeds are raised as select local merchants donate a variety of gift certificates or merchandise that can be won by purchasing chances. Please help us in providing a wonderful holiday for the children and, once again, every penny that we raise goes to the home.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Men's 2-Day Intensive Cutting Workshop
11/23/2014 to 11/24/2014Attention licensed Cosmetologists! Here is a chance to further develop your men's cutting skills by learning today's hottest men's cuts from top stylist and precision cutter, Johnny Garcia! Class Location: Eric Fisher Academy Time: Sunday and Monday, 9am - 4pm Price: EFA Students: $50 (Enrollment - 6 Months After Graduation) EFA Alumni: $250 (6 months after graduation or more) Licensed Cosmetologists: $395 Payment is required at the time of sign up which includes a non-refundable deposit. If you would like to attend or have any questions about the workshop please call Jess Spohn at 316-440-5555 x304.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Treasure Tales at Museum of World Treasures
06/30/2014 to 05/25/2015Ivan's Treasure Tales is a new program at the Museum of World Treasures! It takes place the last Monday of the month from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. The program is FREE with admission to the museum. This is a preschool-aged program that includes a small Museum tour, the story listed below, and a craft or activity related to the story.
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Tickle Me Tuesdays at Ernie Biggs
09/30/2014 to 12/02/2014The best underground comedy show in town featuring Wichita's finest and headliners from all over the Midwest. Always wanted to try comedy? Show up at 8 p.m. and we will share the stage.
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Community Night at the Indian Center
09/17/2014 Community Night is a chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in a variety of activities that are part of the American Indian culture. Community Night is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (316) 350-3340.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Wichita Thunder vs Missouri Mavericks
11/26/2014 to 11/26/2014Wichita Thunder vs Quad City Mallards
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Live at 2 1 5 Presents the Loony Bin Comedy Club
07/10/2014 The Loony Bin Comedy Club is back in full swing and now located inside the beautiful new Live at 2 1 5 Performance Theater on 215 N. St. Francis. Every Thursday through Saturday, the Loony Bin brings in top talent of nationally touring comedians that you see or hear on The Bob and Tom Show, Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO and Youtube. Check out everything that is coming up at Live at 2 1 5 and buy your tickets online at www.liveat215.com.
Miracle on 34th Street
11/21/2014 to 12/21/2014This classic retelling of the motion picture, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET takes on our inner cynics in a musical adaptation of this favorite Christmas story. As a white bearded gentleman claims to indeed be the real Santa Claus in modern day New York City, a real miracle takes place that ripples love and Christmas spirit throughout the entire city. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Born of Fire Glass Show
11/14/2014 to 12/26/2014Karg Art Glass presents Born of Fire Glass Show and Sale Glass Blowing demonstrations will be going on the 14th that evening. The show will run through December 31. Opening night is the November the 14th with Music, wine and hors d'oeuvres and a wonderful evening with the finest of American Glass Blowers. 111 N. Oliver in Kechi, Ks.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Christmas on the Prairie - Prairie Rose Rangers
11/28/2014 to 12/21/2014The Prairie Rose transforms into a Christmas Wonderland every December- providing an old-fashioned Christmas gathering place for businesses and families, as well as church and civic groups. We offer the same great meal and hospitality as our year-round Chuckwagon Supper, but you will be surrounded by that classic holiday feel. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, an old-time Christmas movie and browse the Mercantile. Evening show gates open at 5 p.m.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekends
11/28/2014 to 11/30/2014While you’re at Exploration Place, pick up a few holiday gifts for your friends and family! If you’re a member, get 20% off your purchase. Nonmembers get 10% off. No admission needed to shop the store!
FASHION RUNWAY
08/01/2014 Meet each Friday for 5 drawing lessons designed for the aspiring fashionista. Step into the shoes of a magazine editor as you design and draw the eye-catching fashion magazine cover. And let us not forget the purses! Design the perfect purse to go along with the outfit of your dreams. And, finally, draw your model stepping out onto the runway in your fashion originals. If you love to design clothes and are hip to the latest fashions, this is the drawing workshop that is the perfect fit.
Final Friday at CityArts
09/26/2014 Join us at CityArts on Final Fridays to see the opening of our new exhibits. Each exhibit is displayed for one month.
Free Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
11/22/2014 to 12/20/2014Celebrate the season with a horse drawn carriage ride as you enjoy miles of crystal lights through Bradley Fair. Make memories and create traditions while you shop and dine with friends and family. Carriage rides are free and open to the public and originate from the fountain located at the Bradley Fair Plaza.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Lake Afton Public Observatory Presents: Reflections of the Moon
11/28/2014 to 11/29/2014Sunlight reflecting off the surface of the moon shows us craters, mountains, and smooth, dark maria. join us as we explore this harsh landscape through the Observatory's big telescope. We will also observe the two most distant planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune. This program will run Oct. 3-4, 31 Nov. 1, 7-8,28,29 Dec. 5-6.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Live and Direct
07/25/2014 to 12/26/2014The best live acoustic, rock, jazz, blues and world music from the region and beyond is at Taste and See Global Cuisine every Friday and Saturday night.
Live at 2 1 5 Presents the Loony Bin Comedy Club
07/10/2014 The Loony Bin Comedy Club is back in full swing and now located inside the beautiful new Live at 2 1 5 Performance Theater on 215 N. St. Francis. Every Thursday through Saturday, the Loony Bin brings in top talent of nationally touring comedians that you see or hear on The Bob and Tom Show, Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO and Youtube. Check out everything that is coming up at Live at 2 1 5 and buy your tickets online at www.liveat215.com.
Miracle on 34th Street
11/21/2014 to 12/21/2014This classic retelling of the motion picture, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET takes on our inner cynics in a musical adaptation of this favorite Christmas story. As a white bearded gentleman claims to indeed be the real Santa Claus in modern day New York City, a real miracle takes place that ripples love and Christmas spirit throughout the entire city. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
Plaid Tidings
11/28/2014 to 12/20/2014Based on the musical, FOREVER PLAID, PLAID TIDINGS is a brand new show that offers the best of FOREVER PLAID tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on the top. This is a funny musical revue chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Dinner will be catered throughout the Christmas season by Mediterranean Grill. The house opens at 6:30 for dinner and 7:00 for drinks and appetizers. Dinner is served from 6:30 until 7:30, appetizers and desert are served from 7:00 until 7:45 and during intermission. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show.

Roberto Bernardinello - Italian Music - Solo Guitar
10/31/2014 Roberto Bernardinello Italian Repertoire - Solo Guitar
Rock the Dome
11/28/2014 to 11/28/2014Get psychedelic with all three Pink Floyd Cosmic Light Shows: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this classic rock band, all under the 60-foot Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium screen. Parental discretion strongly advised. Recommended for ages 17 and older.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Ten Thousand Villages Artisan Holiday Sale
11/21/2014 to 12/06/2014Friends of Newton: Ten Thousand Villages are hosting a pop-up holiday sale of international artisans. We will be located on the Mezzanine level of Prairie Harvest, Newton, KS.
Trampled Under Foot...Second Annual Thanksgiving Throwdown at The Cotillion
11/28/2014 to 11/28/2014With special guests Moreland and Arbuckle. All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
"Think Again! An Evening of Uncertainty"
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014Kansas-based mentalist and corporate entertainer Curtis Waltermire presents an evening show full of mind-bending and humorous demonstrations of the power of the human mind. Come and watch in amazement as Curtis tells randomly selected audience members the names of people they're thinking of, their favorite movies, makes incredible predictions come true, performs crazy feats while blindfolded, and even challenges people to lie to him and see if they can get away with it. Think you have a good "Poker Face?" Come and put Curtis to the test! It is an unpredictable evening full of mystery and wonder. It's highly entertaining mental magic for an astute and clevcer audience. And just when you think you know what's happening, THINK AGAIN!
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Battle of the Sexes Poker Tournament
11/01/2014 to 12/27/2014Pre-registration $20 (15k in chips). $30 Day of Tournament (10k in chips). Free food and drinks. Dealers at the Tables.
Bid for Bachelor's
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014Raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We will be bidding on bachelors. There will be a silent auction including money and different items. Dinner will be provided for the evening. You do not have to be a single woman to enjoy the night. It can be a date night or a girls nights. Just come have a fun night out at the Hotel at Old Town.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Christmas on the Prairie - Prairie Rose Rangers
11/28/2014 to 12/21/2014The Prairie Rose transforms into a Christmas Wonderland every December- providing an old-fashioned Christmas gathering place for businesses and families, as well as church and civic groups. We offer the same great meal and hospitality as our year-round Chuckwagon Supper, but you will be surrounded by that classic holiday feel. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, an old-time Christmas movie and browse the Mercantile. Evening show gates open at 5 p.m.
Discovery Days at Museum of World Treasures
11/29/2014 to 05/30/2015On the last Saturday of every month, school age children can participate in this educational, family-friendly program from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come in anytime during those four hours, and leave when you're ready. This is an open program that is FREE with Museum admission. Programs may include themed scavenger hunts, artifact exploration, crafts, games, and take-home prizes. Every month is different, fun, and educational!
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekends
11/28/2014 to 11/30/2014While you’re at Exploration Place, pick up a few holiday gifts for your friends and family! If you’re a member, get 20% off your purchase. Nonmembers get 10% off. No admission needed to shop the store!
Free Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
11/22/2014 to 12/20/2014Celebrate the season with a horse drawn carriage ride as you enjoy miles of crystal lights through Bradley Fair. Make memories and create traditions while you shop and dine with friends and family. Carriage rides are free and open to the public and originate from the fountain located at the Bradley Fair Plaza.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Jackson Taylor & The Sinners at The Cotillion
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014With special guests Mountain Deer Revival. All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Lake Afton Public Observatory Presents: Reflections of the Moon
11/28/2014 to 11/29/2014Sunlight reflecting off the surface of the moon shows us craters, mountains, and smooth, dark maria. join us as we explore this harsh landscape through the Observatory's big telescope. We will also observe the two most distant planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune. This program will run Oct. 3-4, 31 Nov. 1, 7-8,28,29 Dec. 5-6.
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Live and Direct
07/25/2014 to 12/26/2014The best live acoustic, rock, jazz, blues and world music from the region and beyond is at Taste and See Global Cuisine every Friday and Saturday night.
Live at 2 1 5 Presents the Loony Bin Comedy Club
07/10/2014 The Loony Bin Comedy Club is back in full swing and now located inside the beautiful new Live at 2 1 5 Performance Theater on 215 N. St. Francis. Every Thursday through Saturday, the Loony Bin brings in top talent of nationally touring comedians that you see or hear on The Bob and Tom Show, Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO and Youtube. Check out everything that is coming up at Live at 2 1 5 and buy your tickets online at www.liveat215.com.
Meet Santa!
11/29/2014 to 11/30/2014Tell Kris Kringle himself what you want for Christmas. Free admission.
Mini Used Book Sale
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014Sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, the Mini Used Book Sale, held in the Boeing Foyer, is just as selective but not quite as expansive as the May Art and Book Fair. Come add to your library from an excellent selection of gently used volumes on art and other subjects.
Miracle on 34th Street
11/21/2014 to 12/21/2014This classic retelling of the motion picture, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET takes on our inner cynics in a musical adaptation of this favorite Christmas story. As a white bearded gentleman claims to indeed be the real Santa Claus in modern day New York City, a real miracle takes place that ripples love and Christmas spirit throughout the entire city. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
Plaid Tidings
11/28/2014 to 12/20/2014Based on the musical, FOREVER PLAID, PLAID TIDINGS is a brand new show that offers the best of FOREVER PLAID tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on the top. This is a funny musical revue chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Dinner will be catered throughout the Christmas season by Mediterranean Grill. The house opens at 6:30 for dinner and 7:00 for drinks and appetizers. Dinner is served from 6:30 until 7:30, appetizers and desert are served from 7:00 until 7:45 and during intermission. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show.

Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Ten Thousand Villages Artisan Holiday Sale
11/21/2014 to 12/06/2014Friends of Newton: Ten Thousand Villages are hosting a pop-up holiday sale of international artisans. We will be located on the Mezzanine level of Prairie Harvest, Newton, KS.
The Cupboard Presents: Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014"YOU TOLD HARPO TO BEAT ME?” We are excited to announce the highly anticipated musical Oprah Winfrey’s ‘The Color Purple,” presented by D. Rolfe Family Entertainment in association with The Cupboard Inc. of Indianapolis will make an appearance in Wichita Thanksgiving weekend. With a joyous score of gospel, jazz and dance numbers that will leave your speechless, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to miss a breathtaking show that has received 5 star reviews from Indianapolis all the way to Atlanta!
Toy Train Club Displays
11/29/2014 to 11/30/2014Talk with model train enthusiasts and see their personal collections of model trains.
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Wichita State Men's Basketball vs Tulsa
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014Wichita State Men's Basketball vs Tulsa
Wichita Thunder vs Allen Americans
11/29/2014 to 11/29/2014Wichita Thunder vs Allen Americans
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
Amahl and the Night Visitors
11/30/2014 to 11/30/2014The quintessential Christmas opera, Amahl is the story of a crippled boy who lives in poverty with his mother. One wintry evening Three Kings, traveling with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the newly born Christ child, call at Amahl's lowly hut to rest and warm themselves. As they sleep, Amahl's mother is tempted to steal a little of the Kings' gold to buy food for Amahl. She is caught, but is pardoned by the Kings and told she may keep the gold, since the Christ child will not need earthly treasure. His kingdom will be built on love alone. Moved, the mother returns the gold and declares that she too would like to send a gift to the child, but has nothing to give. In a selfless act of devotion, Amahl offers his crutch, and, as he steps forward to place it with the King's gifts, a miracle occurs. The boy's crippled leg is made whole. Convinced that what they have witnessed is a sign from God, the Kings invite Amahl to come with them and present his gift to the Holy Child in person.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints
10/01/2014 to 11/30/2014From 1944 to 2004, Bruce Conner, an internationally recognized multimedia artist with Kansas roots, produced almost one hundred print editions. Celebrate sixty years of works on paper by one of the most radical artists of the Beat Generation.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Christmas on the Prairie - Prairie Rose Rangers
11/28/2014 to 12/21/2014The Prairie Rose transforms into a Christmas Wonderland every December- providing an old-fashioned Christmas gathering place for businesses and families, as well as church and civic groups. We offer the same great meal and hospitality as our year-round Chuckwagon Supper, but you will be surrounded by that classic holiday feel. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, an old-time Christmas movie and browse the Mercantile. Evening show gates open at 5 p.m.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekends
11/28/2014 to 11/30/2014While you’re at Exploration Place, pick up a few holiday gifts for your friends and family! If you’re a member, get 20% off your purchase. Nonmembers get 10% off. No admission needed to shop the store!
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Meet Santa!
11/29/2014 to 11/30/2014Tell Kris Kringle himself what you want for Christmas. Free admission.
Miracle on 34th Street
11/21/2014 to 12/21/2014This classic retelling of the motion picture, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET takes on our inner cynics in a musical adaptation of this favorite Christmas story. As a white bearded gentleman claims to indeed be the real Santa Claus in modern day New York City, a real miracle takes place that ripples love and Christmas spirit throughout the entire city. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Toy Train Club Displays
11/29/2014 to 11/30/2014Talk with model train enthusiasts and see their personal collections of model trains.
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
2014 Christmas Benefit Concert - Youth Horizons
12/01/2014 to 12/02/2014Christmas 2014 Benefit Concert featuring Earnest Alexander and the Jazz musicians of Friends University led by Craig Curry and Lisa Hittle at the Abode Venue | 1330 E. Douglas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Desserts, Coffee and Tea served. Table sponsorship and limited general admission seating are available. All proceeds go to support the work of Youth Horizons, a 501(c)3 nonprofit helping at-risk children and their families in the Wichita community.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Walk of Shame Comedy Tour
12/01/2014 to 12/01/2014Four stand-up comedians hit the road to do the only things they've ever been good at: telling jokes, pulling pranks and making a whole lot of mistakes.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
2014 Christmas Benefit Concert - Youth Horizons
12/01/2014 to 12/02/2014Christmas 2014 Benefit Concert featuring Earnest Alexander and the Jazz musicians of Friends University led by Craig Curry and Lisa Hittle at the Abode Venue | 1330 E. Douglas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Desserts, Coffee and Tea served. Table sponsorship and limited general admission seating are available. All proceeds go to support the work of Youth Horizons, a 501(c)3 nonprofit helping at-risk children and their families in the Wichita community.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Art Start: Wacky Portraits (Family Session)
12/02/2014 to 12/16/2014Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. Each month, children explore a new theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the museum’s collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening, and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Art Start family sessions are offered every Tuesday at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Group sessions are Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3 to 5 and their parent/ guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages 6 and older. Of course, members are always free! Email education@wichitaartmuseum.org to reserve your spot.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Team in Training Info Meeting
12/02/2014 to 05/05/2015Since the start of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, over 600,000 participants have trained for endurance events while helping LLS raise and invest more than $1 billion for blood cancer research that's saving lives. Come learn how you can be a part of finding the cure for blood cancers
Tickle Me Tuesdays at Ernie Biggs
09/30/2014 to 12/02/2014The best underground comedy show in town featuring Wichita's finest and headliners from all over the Midwest. Always wanted to try comedy? Show up at 8 p.m. and we will share the stage.
Tot Tuesday
09/02/2014 to 12/02/2014It's story time for toddlers and preschoolers! The Kansas Humane Society offers its program on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 10:30-11:00am, in the adoption gallery. Pre-registration is not required. A donation of $4 is requested for child and one adult, siblings 12 months or older will be an additional $2.
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Community Night at the Indian Center
09/17/2014 Community Night is a chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in a variety of activities that are part of the American Indian culture. Community Night is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (316) 350-3340.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Hansa Center for Optimum Health - Health Lectures
09/10/2014 to 09/30/2015Hansa Center for Optimum Health offers FREE health lectures every other week by our doctors on a variety of informative topics. A Green Acres box lunch is available for purchase if you sign up the Tuesday before by 10 a.m. Please visit our website at www.hansacenter.com for more information on our clinic and our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/hansacenter to view previous lectures.
Helicopter Holiday Lights Tours
11/24/2014 to 12/31/2014Experience the breathtaking holiday sites of downtown Wichita, the Arkansas River and spectacular scenic views of neighborhood holiday displays while listening to the sounds of the season from your own private helicopter! Enjoy holiday punch and cookies during your pre-flight briefing. Limited tours available. Book early to reserve your flight!
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Indian Center's Share Our Culture Series
09/24/2014 The Share Our Culture series takes place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Indian Center, and provides the opportunity to learn in depth about an aspect of American Indian culture.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Letters to Santa
11/14/2014 to 12/12/2014Starting Friday, the City of Wichita, Cambridge Market and Starkey Inc. are once again teaming up with the North Pole to collect letters for Santa and give away early Christmas presents that include a guest appearance on a KAKE Channel 10 newscast and a ride on a Wichita fire truck. Now in its fifth year, the Letters to Santa Project is a way for the City and its partners to spread a little holiday cheer. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 12, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself! No postage is necessary on the letters. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. Two grand prize winners will be selected. One will read his or her letter live on KAKE News at 11 a.m. with Jemelle Holopirek; the other lucky child will take a ride on a City of Wichita fire truck. Other prizes include a free youth art class at CityArts, family memberships to Cowtown and the Indian Center, a gift certificate for an upcoming performance at Century II and $50 in Cambridge Market Bucks.
Plaid Tidings
11/28/2014 to 12/20/2014Based on the musical, FOREVER PLAID, PLAID TIDINGS is a brand new show that offers the best of FOREVER PLAID tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on the top. This is a funny musical revue chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Dinner will be catered throughout the Christmas season by Mediterranean Grill. The house opens at 6:30 for dinner and 7:00 for drinks and appetizers. Dinner is served from 6:30 until 7:30, appetizers and desert are served from 7:00 until 7:45 and during intermission. Drinks are served from 6:30 until the close of the show.

Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.