Category: Entertainment

Music vets debut new band

May 2, 2022 | By The Active Age

Early on in the pandemic, three veteran Wichita musicians decided there was no need to sit home playing tunes alone. “We just decided we could probably socially distance in Doug’s spacious basement,” Dan Monnat said of Doug Webb’s home. Phil Snow rounds out the trio – called, appropriately, the House Band – which will have […]

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Car Talk more than just a popular column

| By Ted Blankenship

Because my wife is recovering from a medical problem, and I’m not seeing as well as I once did, neither of us drives. So our car stays in the garage while we bum rides to the grocery store from our “kids” (who are all in their 60s).  That leaves us with a lot of time […]

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Slim Walterscheid volume long on wisdom

| By Ted Ayers

“The Old Philosopher” by Bob Walterscheid (Walterscheid Productions, 2021, 55 pages, $12.00). Available at Watermark Books and theoldphilosopher.com. Bob Walterscheid enjoyed a career in sales and advertising in Wichita that spanned over 50 years. During that time, he made the first TV commercial for Pizza Hut, training films, infomercials and a full-length feature motion picture. He was […]

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May quiz: Round and round the maypole we go

| By Nancy Wheeler

The answers to all of these questions contain the word “May” in some form. The answers appear below. 1. What was the common name for the Agreement Between the Settlers of New Plymouth that was the first document, written in 1620, to govern the settlers of the Plymouth colony? 2. What term is used as […]

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May Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Rent. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama with songs and a story that resonate with audiences of all ages. 8 pm Fri, Sat; 2 pm Sun, April 29-May 22. Tickets, dinner & […]

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Jazz band spreads the love

November 1, 2021 | By The Active Age

When the Heartland Jazz Band played back-to-back shows in Wichita last month, one member flew in from Florida and another did the same from Texas to take part. Considering that members don’t get paid, that’s a pretty good indication of how much they love the music. “This group likes to play fun music,” said Dennis […]

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Fickle fortune felled his chance at fame

September 30, 2021 | By Ted Blankenship

I don’t know who said it first, but the painter Andy Warhol usually gets credit for the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” I remember thinking mine had arrived in 1945 (long before Warhol became famous, incidentally). I was a senior at Eureka High School and a trumpet player in the marching band and orchestra. I […]

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October Theatre

| By Tammara Fogle

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3702 E. Douglas Ave. Next to Normal. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and 3 Tony Awards, this contemporary and defiant pop/rock musical follows the story of a housewife with bipolar disorder. 8 pm Fri-Sat, 2 pm Sun, now-Oct 3. Tickets $20-30; seniors $18-28; students $10. 316-612-7696 The Rocky Horror […]

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October quiz: Signature sign offs

| By Nancy Wheeler

Many broadcasters and celebrities develop catchphrases to conclude their programs. See if you can match the phrase to the person who closed with it. The answers appear below. “And so it goes.” “And that’s the way it is.” “Courage.” “Go home.” “Good night, and good luck.” “Good night, and may God bless.” “Good night, Mrs. […]

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Wichita’s own Field of Dreams

August 31, 2021 | By Bob Rives

By Bob Rives When Major League Baseball staged a game in the Iowa cornfield where “Field of Dreams” was filmed, it became one of the most-talked-about regular season contests in decades. Something similar plays out in Wichita when the city’s two vintage baseball teams square off at Old Cowtown Museum. Baseball is now rivaled in […]

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Take grandkids to Cosmosphere, Eisenhower Museum and more for free this summer

July 14, 2021 | By The Active Age

Kansans can take their grandchildren to many attractions for free this summer thanks to a program called Sunflower Summer. Participating attractions include the Cosmosphere, Botanica, Exploration Place, Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Boot Hill Museum and dozens of other museums, state parks, historical sites, theaters and more. The program, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education, provides […]

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Glickman, Friesen pen new books — and you can win one!

July 1, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

“Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies” by Dan Glickman (University of Kansas Press, $34.95) Dan Glickman believes the lack of humor in the current political environment is no laughing matter.       “I do think there’s a toxic partisanship — an excessively partisan atmosphere in politics […]

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Research on Kansas spelling doesn’t quite add up

| By Joe Stumpe

Here’s a two-pronged headscratcher: Why do Kansans have a hard time spelling “multiplication,” and why are we trying to in the first place? Researchers affiliated with AT&T looked into what words residents across the United States have been asking Google for help spelling. (No, they’re not spying on your laptop or phone. A website called […]

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July Quiz: Where in Kansas are you?

| By Nancy Wheeler

Imagine you are plopped down in an unfamiliar Kansas town and shown only one or two of its features. Can you identify it? Use the clues below to identify 13 different towns across the state. The answers appear on page 17. 1. You pass the Holly Frontier Oil Refinery on your way to the Coutts […]

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tuna corn chip bake

Recipe for You or Two: Tuna-Corn Chip Bake

| By The Active Age

Kathy Kramer is the winner of a $25 gift certificate donated by The Spice Merchant for this month’s winning Recipe for You or Two, a variation of the tuna casserole we all grew up with. Kramer said she and her husband like just about any recipe with tuna in it. This one goes well with […]

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July Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Forum Theatre at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Sh-Boom! Life Could be a Dream. A doo wop trip down memory lane, written and created by Roger Bean. At Springfield High, the Crooning Crabcakes prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest. Trouble comes in the form of Lois who arrives […]

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Derby library book sale, Kansas oil painters exhibit

| By The Active Age

Derby library book sale The Friends of the Derby Public Library will host their annual book sale from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25 from 1-4 pm in the Community Room at the Derby Public Library located at 1600 E. Walnut, Derby, KS. Kansas oil painters exhibit opens […]

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Botanica

Botanica drawing winner announced

| By Tammara Fogle

Daniel Fisher of Wichita is the winner of our drawing for a family membership to Botanica. His name was drawn from a pool of 52 supporters who donated $50 or more to The Active Age last month. We will hold five more monthly drawings from among our “Honor Roll” donors. The Active Age wishes to […]

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Fashion after Fifty: Dressing with style

June 1, 2021 | By Bonnie Bing

You know it’s a new season by the number of catalogs clogging your mailbox. Three arrived the other day, and while it was fun to see spring clothes, nearly all of them were meant for a woman who is perfectly formed and between the ages of 18 and 30. Trying to be positive, we should […]

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Prairie Pines and Wichita Jazz Festival team up for concerts

| By Ted Blankenship

Kansas is the source of some of the best music to be heard anywhere and has been for some time.  Wichita, for example is home to Chamber Music at the Barn, now in its 25th season at Bob Scott’s Prairie Pines venue on north Maize Road, and the Wichita Jazz Festival now nearing its 50th […]

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Harvey County artist ready for ‘exposure’

| By Joe Stumpe

NORTH NEWTON — It’s not every day someone comes up with a new genre of art, but then Glen Ediger is an inventor. Among other things. Ediger thought up the genre — which he calls environmental exposure — a few years before retiring as director of design for Vornado Air. He noticed that a piece […]

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Recipe for You or Two: Avocado Toast

| By The Active Age

Iris Worthington of Towanda is the winner of a $25 gift certificate donated by The Spice Merchant for submitting this recipe, which comes with several variations and is delicious any time of day. As with any recipe calling for avocadoes, the key is finding a ripe one. A ripe avocado will have a little give […]

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New Riverside ballpark opens at last

April 29, 2021 | By Bob Rives

History and memories and records are the stuff of baseball. And so it seems appropriate to introduce Wichita’s new Riverfront Stadium with a bit of each. In April 1914, Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field opened with a former Shocker pitching for the home team. He was Claude Hendrix, who had pitched for Fairmount College — precursor […]

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Take our community survey for chance to win dinner out

| By The Active Age

The Active Age reaches a large audience across Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties — 52,000 subscribing households and another 3,000 copies distributed through other means. With pass-along and online readership, that equals something like 100,000 pairs of eyes on each issue. We’d like to utilize our readers’ knowledge base to paint a more complete picture […]

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Retired fireman loves to grill

| By Joe Stumpe

When Bobby Thompson thinks back to his parents’ restaurant in Junction City, he remembers more than just filling the ice machine or standing on a chair to reach the cash register. “Ninth Street was notorious,” Thompson said of the street his parents’ café, the Thompson Inn, was located on. In 1999, a film called “Ninth […]

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