Arts

by Mike Marlett | Thursday, July 30 | Posted in Arts

The popular Final Friday show The Dead Martin Variety Hour at Roxy's Downtown has been chugging along to capacity crowds all year. This month, they're raising the stakes with the addition of a "biggish band," a new drinks menu, and promos with local businesses. The new band and other elements will debut at this month's show, Friday, July 31 at 11 p.m.

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by Kristin Marlett | Thursday, May 28 | Posted in Arts

Artist Wayne White's dream job takes him to cities all over America, and on Friday, May 29, Wichita will see his talents firsthand.

Best known for his set and puppet designs for Pee-Wee's Playhouse, for which he won three Emmy awards, White also voiced characters on the show.

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by Stephanie Garcia | Thursday, May 21 | Posted in Arts

I have been involved in organizing art shows in the last year or so, and it has dismayed me at how much artists have to pay out of pocket or have a huge chunk of their profits taken, just to share their art with the public. (This is not a diss on any galleries, as I know they have to cover their costs for rent, installation, utilities, clean-up, taxes, etc.) I started thinking of different ways to showcase artists so this wouldn't be the case though.

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Patrick Duegaw's latest show puts fear on the stage.

by Mike Marlett | Thursday, May 14 | Posted in Arts

Patrick Duegaw is taking his latest show, "The Innumerable Anxieties" to Lawrence for a one-month run at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street.

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Wichita art duo take on MC duties at WSU Shift Space's annual wearable art fundraiser.

by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

The first time I saw a Linnebur and Miller performance, the two young women who make up the group fed me plate after plate of fried egg while squeaking around the Fisch Haus in vinyl egg suits (complete with protruding foam yolks).

The second time? They were old school hairdressers delicately bedazzling Wichita's art fans with snow themed beauty treatments. Each subsequent event continues to be an entirely different creation.

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by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

Artist Johnny Sutton spends most of his time abroad, living in a picturesque Italian town called Bassano del Grappa where he writes about, paints and photographs the world around him.

"I approach photography with a painter's eye, starting with a blank canvas and then creating anything I wish," Sutton said. "I don't document subjects or locations, and I don't try to capture a moment in time. Rather, I try to create a moment in time for the viewer."

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by Christina Calhoun | Thursday, April 16 | Posted in Arts

This Saturday, Riverside's quiet Porter Street comes alive with a festival style spin on the Porter Street Artists and Friends semi-annual art show.

Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., select houses and driveways along the 900 block of Porter will act as pop-up shops for handmade local art.

Enjoy bites from Chino's Parillo food truck and live music as you browse unique jewelry, found-object sculpture, watercolor painting, glass beadwork, outdoor furniture, hand-dyed textiles and more. Register in the raffle at 941 Porter to win a basket of creative prizes.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Arts

On Saturday, April 11, The Workroom will be celebrating its two-year anniversary. The Outdoor Artisan Market will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland, just north of Douglas between Washington and Hydraulic in the Douglas Design District. The outdoor art market will feature local artists, musicians and food.

"We want to give local artists the opportunity to come together and the community the opportunity to see the brilliance of our local creatives," said Janelle King, owner of The Workroom.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, April 9 | Posted in Arts

"Free Food And Frontal Nudity" screamed the title of a show which was running in San Francisco in the summer of 1997 when Cabaret Oldtown founder (now Roxy's Downtown Artistic Director) Christine Tasheff perused the national theater headlines, as was her Sunday ritual at the time. The description of the show was enough for her to make a plan before leaving Barnes & Noble that day — she would travel to SF to catch the show.

What Tasheff saw at the Cable Car Theatre in San Francisco told her by intermission that she had to bring this show to her theater in Wichita.

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by Christina Calhoun | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Arts

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.

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by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, March 5 | Posted in Arts

Risk-taking contemporary theater doesn't turn up in Wichita often. But the mind behind Fisch Haus's new Theatre Thursday program (which launches tonight), Michael Webber, said he was "sick of seeing the same plays performed over and over."

Since 2008, Webber has been producing and performing in an annual show with the acting troupe The Obstreperous Players at Fisch Haus. The shows have ranged from the classical and absurdist, to edgy contemporary theater.

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by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, March 5 | Posted in Arts

Whether you've been paying attention or not, CreativeRush has been cultivating artistic community in Wichita for almost four years. And tomorrow night marks the launch of its brand new music-centric program Songwriter Studio.

CreativeRush founder Kylie Brown and her longtime First Tuesday Talk moderator (and F5 contributor) Torin Andersen have been working hard the past few months to bring this new program to life.

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by Kelsie Baab | Thursday, March 5 | Posted in Arts

Audience and staff, alike, were both disgusted and enthralled by the appearance of Joyland Louie (a Louie, not the Louie) at last Friday night's production of The Dead Martin Variety Hour at Roxy's Downtown. Said one anonymous participant, "It immediately took me back to a place of childhood terror that I'd repressed for decades. I wanted to vomit right on the stage."

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by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, February 19 | Posted in Arts

Within 10 minutes of her first solo Kirby's "Jesscapades" comedy show last month, Jessica Kay showed me (and 50 plus other onlookers) her butt.

The intention was to show off her tattoo — part of a punch line — but the moment gave the applauding, laughter-filled audience much more than that. It established, right off the bat, how fearless Kay is on stage.

This fearlessness and comedic bravado is part of why Kay has suddenly become omnipresent on the Wichita comedy scene. (Yes, it is a scene.) Well, fearlessness and a delightfully dirty sense of humor.

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by Michael Carmody | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Arts

The legacy of Patsy Cline is unassailable. Her tragic story — a young woman with a heartbreaking voice battles adversity in a male-dominated industry before dying at age 30 in a plane crash — is alone enough to gild any artist's bona fides. But Patsy Cline didn't just do all that; she also recorded those songs.

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in Arts

Let me just say up front that I really enjoy any opportunity to spend time with my boys, Elliott and Oliver, who are almost (not quite) 2 and 4 years old. I have spent a lot of time with my children, and I am a connoisseur of children's entertainment. And Sesame Street Live has become unbearably bad.

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by Ellen Crispin | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Arts

On its best days, attending community theater can be a risky endeavor — the volunteer status of a production can lead to unbalanced performances — and the selection of August: Osage County seems particularly risky considering the freshness of its Hollywood counterpart. That said, Wichita Community Theatre, directed by Crystal Meek, has managed to create something fresh for audience members already familiar with the story.

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by Kelsie Baab | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in Arts

The Dead Martin Variety Hour, brain child of F5's own Don Winsor, debuted without a hitch this past Final Friday at Roxy's Downtown, 412-1/2 E. Douglas, and for those of you who didn't drag your old bones out to the 10:30 show, you'll want to mark your calendars now for next month's performance on Friday, Feb. 27.

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Friday, January 30 | Posted in Arts

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by Mike Marlett | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Arts

Beginning this Final Friday, Jan. 30, Roxy's Downtown will play host to a new monthly late-night event called "The Dead Martin Variety Hour," a show created and "sort of co-produced" by Don Winsor. Yes, that Don Winsor, the one found in these pages, who has spent a great deal of his life travelling the world as an actor and singer in shows like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. Don and Roxy's have spent the last month looking for whatever unique acts could throw together five minutes of material.

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