Arts and culture

Patricia Niven

Tin Man is the latest release by author--and performer--Sarah Winman. The novel is a departure from her previous works and reinforces the actress' creative diversity.

If you're a fan of Winman, it's likely because of her work on the screen and stage. But the British actress's latest success has been on the page, most recently with her third novel, Tin Man.

"It was published almost a year ago. It was published in late July, nine...  nineteen... Good Lord, where am I?" she laughs.

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Jeff Wheeler has been a professional artist for more than 25 years, having amassed an impressive body of work — much of it focused on collaborations. One of the most fruitful of these partnerships has been with musician/artist Daniel Johnston. Wheeler will be showing some of their recent works at the Diver Studio in the show "On Their Way To Heaven Or Hell" this Friday. Wheeler and Diver will also host a screening of the 2005 documentary The Devil And Daniel Johnston.

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Tony Award nominee and Laurence Olivier Award-winner Karla Burns will once again take center stage in her portrayal of fellow Wichitan and actress Hattie McDaniel in the musical "Hi-Hat Hattie."

Wichita Grand Opera

Wichita Grand Opera is presenting a performance of Verdi's "La Traviata" this weekend. The part of Violetta will be sung by soprano Larisa Martinez, who will be making her debut in the lead role on Saturday night. 

Carla Eckels: Your role as Violetta is a very demanding role. How did you go about embracing that?

Larisa Martinez: Prepare, prepare, practice, practice. I've been working on it a long time now — ever since I auditioned and got the role. You need to have a really good vocal technique so that you can make it to the end.


The 7th annual Art That Touches Your Heart event takes place Friday and Saturday on the Wichita State University campus. The event highlights black art and culture in Wichita and from around the globe.

Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum has appointed a new curator to oversee its more than 8,000-piece collection.

Wichita native Tera Hedrick has worked with the museum since 2016, and has served as interim curator since last May.

"Tera exceeded every expectation, so much so that the museum ended its national search and selected her as the WAM curator for the museum’s next chapter,” WAM director Patricia McDonnell said in a statement Friday. “Tera is an extraordinary talent, and we are fortunate to keep her in her hometown of Wichita."

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The nonprofit arts organization Mark Arts will open its new state-of-the art building on Saturday. 

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For the first time in decades, a new conductor will lead the orchestra at Friday's premiere of Ballet Wichita's "The New Nutcracker."

For 20 years Wesley DeSpain performed as a clarinetist in the production under longtime conductor Jay Decker. It was Decker who recommended DeSpain to Ballet Wichita.

During a recent rehearsal, DeSpain said the most exciting part is how all the various art forms come together to create a mesmerizing effect for the audience.

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Ballet Wichita’s annual performance of "The Nutcracker" premieres on Friday -- but it won’t be the same show you’ve seen in the past. It's "The New Nutcracker".  Guest Artistic Director Karen Brown and Director and Choreographer Sean McLeod are bringing some new moves to the holiday classic.                                                    


Film icon Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up to act in hundreds of movie and television roles, from the mid-1950s until his death in 2010. He also directed a handful of movies, including "Easy Rider," often regarded as the first true independent American film. 

A new documentary called "Along for the Ride" looks at Hopper's career through the eyes of his friend and "right-hand man" for more than four decades, Satya de la Manitou. KMUW's Fletcher Powell spoke with de la Manitou and the documentary's director, Nick Ebeling.