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.)
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.
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.
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.