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Downtown Events

80 Years of History Making Exhibit
Thursday, May 23
Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Museum and celebrates its work to collect, preserve and educate through the interpretation of our local history. Over the years the Museum has featured an encyclopedic range of exhibits telling stories using artifacts – material culture bearing tangible evidence of the past. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972, the Museum is one of America’s finest museums of local history and a tremendous community asset. 80 Years of History Making celebrates the sharing of local stories and the collection of artifacts to inspire and instruct future generations.


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The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not! National Traveling Exhibit
Thursday, May 23
Exploration Place

Go on an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts base don Robert Ripley's legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats.


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The World Series of Comedy
Thursday, May 23
The Loony Bin

The World Series of Comedy is a stand-up comedy event for comedians of all levels. It starts with weeklong satellite contests all around the U.S. and Canada throughout the year, culminating in a comedy festival we call The Main Event, in September. The festival includes 101 qualifying comedians competing in The Main Event, as well as an entire week of comedy seminars and social and networking events for comics, comedy club managers and bookers from the U.S. and Canada.

The WSOC comedy festival is now in it’s tenth year and is quickly becoming one of the best and biggest comedy festivals in the nation. The event helps comics obtain more contacts and get more gigs by creating a setting where both comedians and decision makers mingle throughout the events.


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Britten's "Noah's Flood"
Thursday, May 23
Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center

Benjamin Britten’s heartwarming children’s opera, Noah’s Flood, returns to the WGO stage for additional performances after debuting to wide acclaim in June 2017. The opera tells the well-known story of Noah and the Ark, and incorporates children of all ages as the parade of animals who board the Ark. Michael Nansel, one of WGO’s most admired and loved stars will reprise his role as Noah in Britten’s beloved opera, following rave reviews in the 2017 production of Noah’s Flood, as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Germont in La Traviataand a featured soloist in Opera on the Lake – POPera: Simply Irresistible last season.

Britten wrote the opera to be a true community event, incorporating adult and youth singers. The audience is even asked to sing along as the chorus during three scenes. The orchestra is a mixture of professional, amateur, and youth musicians playing standard orchestra instruments plus an array of unconventional (and sometimes homemade) instruments that only Britten could have woven into his endlessly charming score. Noah’s Flood is an uplifting and truly memorable experience for the whole family.


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XX9
Thursday, May 23
Fisch Haus

The XX series, now in its ninth edition, is a biennial invitational exhibition series that features five different female artists each year; every new group of participants being chosen by the previous five. This “tag” structure should, through its natural progression, offer the Wichita community an expansive range of work, both geographically and conceptually. There is no set criteria for acceptable medium or genre, as long as the work is unique and exceptional. The intention of this exhibition is not to focus simply on art made by women (just as a show featuring only male artists isn’t presented as a “men’s show”); rather, to highlight the work of five extraordinary artists that happen to be women.


Contact Elizabeth Stevenson at (316) 200-5200 or elizabethjanestevenson@gmail.com
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