Arts

Interview
5:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer'

In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.

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Arts
5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

South Pacific - Music Theatre Wichita

Click on the picture above to open slideshow. Pictured: Erin Mackey and Mike McGowan
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South Pacific is a story about the American military occupation of a pacific island during WWII. It is a love story and a story about prejudice. But must of all it is an enduring musical. The show produced by Music Theatre Wichita opens on Wednesday, June 11  at Century II. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc attended a rehearsal . . .

Click on the arrow above to hear the radio piece.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Renaissance Woman: Wichitans Reflect On The Life Of Maya Angelou

Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou and Wichitans Emilyn and Dr. George Rogers.
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A private funeral service was held Saturday, June 7, 2014, in North Carolina for famed poet, author and activist Maya Angelou. She died at her Winston-Salem home on May 28 at age 86. KMUW's Carla Eckels remembers Angelous's time as a distinguished professor at Wichita State University.

Hear excerpts of Angelou's speech during the 1973 WSU Forum Board Lecture Series and more by clicking the audio story above.

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Arts
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Behind 'Juvenile In Justice': A Discussion With Photographer Richard Ross

Credit Richard Ross

There are about 70,000 young people in juvenile detention centers or correctional faculties in the United States. Richard Ross spent the past seven years documenting the lives of American juveniles who have been housed in these facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist, and, occasionally, harm them. The culmination of this work is a project titled Juvenile in Justice at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friends University Hosts Jazz Fest With Master Classes

Friends University Jazz Director Lisa Hittle and Jazz Vocal Ensemble Director Craig Curry in Hittle's office.
Credit Carla Eckels

Area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz bands and jazz vocal ensembles will sharpen their skills this weekend under the direction of musical masters at Friends University.  The 21st Annual Jazz Festival is a two-day event on the Friends University campus in Wichita. An invitational vocal concert will cap off Friday's events and the festival will culminate with the Headliner Concert Saturday night. (The festival's daytime events are no-cost and welcome observers.)

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Arts
5:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

WSU's Ulrich Museum Of Art Acquires Large Collection Of Gordon Parks Photos

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The Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University has acquired a significant collection (125) fine art photographs by Kansas native, Gordon Parks.

Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott Kansas in 1912. He was drawn to photography when he saw images of migrant workers in a magazine.

He became a photojournalist who concentrated on social issues such as race relations, poverty and civil rights. He also documented the career of Mohammed Ali, the work of Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell and Stokley Carmichael.

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Arts
10:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

UPDATE: Weigh In On The Future Of Century II Tonight And Monday

Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 2006
Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

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National Memorials
5:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Arts Group Concerned Over National Eisenhower Memorial

A powerful arts panel that must approve designs for memorials in the nation's capital is again objecting to plans for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Documentary Film
7:50 am
Wed November 20, 2013

'After Tiller' Seeks To Turn Down Volume On Abortion Debate

Dr. Susan Robinson in a scene from 'After Tiller'
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The Sundance Film Festival selection After Tiller follows the lives and work of the only four doctors left in the country who still perform third-trimester abortions, after the murder of Dr. George Tiller in 2009. The Tallgrass Film Association is presenting a special screening of the movie at 7:30 at the Orpheum Theater.

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Arts
7:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

New Mural In North Wichita Depicts Immigration Struggles

South High students paint a mural depicting the immigration story near 21st Street and Park Place.
Credit Minjarez Armando / Courtesy photo

About a dozen high school students, called Latino Leaders, who attend Wichita South High School have created a mural near 21st and Park Place addressing the issue of immigration.

The idea came from resident artist, Armando Minjarez. He's the co-founder of The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla, a non-profit educational organization that works with various groups, including the high schoolers on this project.

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