5:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Writing Is Personal For Composer, Lyricist Andrew Lippa Of 'Big Fish'

The cast of the Broadway musical 'Big Fish'

Music Theatre Wichita has named Big Fish among its productions for 2015. The story centers on tall tales and a strained relationship between a father and son. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has this look into the Big Fish story and its music…

Originally a novel by Daniel Wallace, the story of Big Fish weaves whimsical and surreal memories into a very real relationship between Edward Bloom and his grown son, Will. Edward is known for tales so tall they’re hard to believe, like meeting a witch who gives him a vision of his life and death.

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4:00 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Speaker Emphasizes The Economic Value Of The Arts

Randy Cohen, center, talks about arts community in Wichita following his presentation.
Credit Abigail Wilson

A noted expert in the field of arts funding and research visited Wichita on Friday and spoke about using the arts to attract and retain young professionals, businesses and create jobs. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C. says arts should not be seen as a luxury or a frill, but as an industry that draws people to Wichita.

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11:11 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Take A Trip And See Art Up Close

Exterior of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Traveling to see art is one of my greatest pleasures! Whether it’s hunting for Connie Ernatt’s Troll by the river, or jet setting to a far-flung part of the earth, nothing replaces the joy of going and seeing art. 

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3:59 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Wichita State's College Of Fine Arts Honors Five Alumni

International opera stars Sam Ramey and Joyce DiDonato headline the inaugural class of the WSU College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Wichita State University’s College of Fine Arts is honoring five alumni with an induction into its Hall of Fame. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

This year’s class of inductees have made their impact both locally, and globally.

They include international opera stars Samuel Ramey and Joyce DiDonato, award-winning actor Shirley Knight and graphic designers Sonia Greteman and Bill Gardner. Gardner, who founded and runs Gardner Design, has deep roots in Wichita. He says his father, James, was mayor in the 1950s.

He gives credit for his induction to his co-workers.

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4:47 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

A ‘Feast For The Senses’ Awaits Audiences Of Bluebeard’s Castle

A series of Chihuly glass sculptures designed specifically for the opera, "Bluebeard's Castle." This is only the fifth time they've been used onstage.
Sean Sandefur

This weekend, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra joins legendary bass/baritone and Kansas-native Samuel Ramey for two performances of Bluebeard’s Castle. The one-act opera takes place in a setting of ornate, towering pieces of blown glass. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports….

Intensity looms within the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita. Rehearsals are underway for Bluebeard’s Castle

The powerful opera packs a lot of emotion into the short run time of 60 minutes.

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5:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wichita Dance Studio Celebrates Ruby Anniversary With Dance Show

Dance Magic 2014

One of the oldest community dance studios in Wichita, Amira Dance Productions, will present a special 40th anniversary show this weekend at the historic Orpheum Theatre downtown.

To celebrate this milestone, nearly 90 performers will take the stage, and a slideshow will look back at the studio’s beginnings and its dedicated dancers.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar recently visited the studio to watch a rehearsal.

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5:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Photographic Techniques Front And Center At The Wichita Art Museum

Unknown Maker, American. Gold Miners with Sluice, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype, quarter plate, image size: 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.116.
Nelson Gallery Foundation

The Wichita Art Museum has dedicated a large portion of its gallery space to highlighting photographic processes.

A collection of daguerreotypes, on loan from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, officially opens Saturday night. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur toured the collection of 82 images and has this report...


On the second floor of the Wichita Art Museum, curator Lisa Volpe stands just outside of a dark gallery, which houses "Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art."

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5:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Arts Council Shifts Mayoral Candidate Forum Location

Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

The Arts Council is moving next week’s mayoral candidate forum to a larger location inside Century II to accommodate a bigger audience. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

All ten mayoral candidates in Wichita have been invited to participate in the forum. Leaders from the Arts Council and other arts organizations are expected to ask the candidates questions about city government’s role in supporting the arts and implementing a comprehensive cultural plan.

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1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Nine Pieces Of Art Stolen From Old Town Gallery

Wichita Artist Josh Tripoli says he won't press charges if thieves return nine pieces of art that were stolen from an art gallery in Old Town.

Tripoli says someone stole the art right off the walls at Murillo Studios. He said the work likely was wrapped in a tapestry and then taken out the door.

KWCH-TV reports the total loss is estimated at $2,500.

7:56 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Author Stephen King Entertains Sold-Out Crowd at WSU

Author Stephen King addresses a crowd at WSU as part of a six-city book tour for his new novel.
Credit Beth Golay

Stephen King’s stop in Wichita Friday night was one of a six-city book tour to promote his newest work of fiction, Revival. Fans waited for hours outside of WSU's Hughes Metropolitan Complex, seemingly oblivious to the cold, going through tight security for a chance to see the author.

Although his clothing was non-descript--khakis, a button-up shirt, and smart brown shoes--there was no mistaking King as he made his way to the stage. His first words to the audience received rousing applause. “I’m wearing my WU Shock,” he said, pointing to the front of his shirt.

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