Final Friday greets the Spring

Final Friday greets the Spring

TANGLED: Denise DiPiazzo's Hairball Stage II: The Gross Description will show along with the seventh annual Living Statues collaboration at the Fisch Haus this Final Friday. Courtesy photo

If the lunar forces of the recent solstice weren't enough to woo you out of the house every night for the last week, Final Friday has arrived to offer unparalleled seduction.

Consider it a city-wide first date with Spring. Art galleries sigh crowds into the streets, live music lingers on patios, drink specials and festive events set the weekend scene.

As a preview, take a moment to flirt with the often-overlooked Thursday night, when the Fisch Haus will be closing their Thursday Theatre series. Grab dinner or drinks at Lou's Charcuterie behind Intrust Bank arena and prepare to be provoked as Nathan Filbert directs Offending the Audience at the Fisch Haus at 8 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 to keep the lights on and the art happening.

Once you've officially broken up with the workday grind, kick your pace back to a stroll and wander the length of Commerce Street scouting diverse Final Friday exhibits hosted by the usual suspects: Go Away Garage, WSU's Shiftspace, Diver Studio, Hue Gallery and the Fisch Haus, among others.

This week marks Fisch Haus's seventh annual Living Statues collaboration with Ballet Wichita, which will incorporate live performance art with the ongoing exhibition Hairball Stage II: The Gross Description by artist-in-residence Denise DiPiazzo from 7-10 p.m.

Circle Old Town for drinks and be sure to drop by Murillo Studios, 119 N. Mead, where Tom Murillo showcases four year's worth of relatively unseen works on the main floor. Working in mixed media, from drawings to collage to sculpture, Murillo's archive of everyday experience as one of Wichita's upswinging young artists invites new eyes from 7-9 p.m.

Simultaneously, Margi Sweeton and Kathy Besthorn exhibit in the upstairs galleries, while a freight-elevator ride down to the basement unlocks a glimpse of Steve Murillo's painterly process and current projects with an open-studio tour.

When you surface from your unusually vivid Friday night dreams hungry for more, remember that Saturday admission to the Wichita Art Museum is free and brunch at the Muse cafe is always an inspired idea. This weekend, a mini version of the annual Friends of the WAM used book sale will offer deals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the afternoon, a family-friendly disco extravaganza lets kids get creative making dance accessories from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the all-ages disco dance party with jams from DJ Carbon from 2-4 p.m.

Keep an eye on these galleries, venues and haunts for various thrills throughout the Spring, and be sure to check the F5 calendar for a full listing of times and details.