April-June Highlights

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Exploration Place launches aviation exhibit

After five years of planning, the new permanent exhibit Design Build Fly at Exploration Place give visitors an up-close look at aviation.

The 50 activities in the 5,100-square-foot space include piloting an unmanned aerial vehicle, testing landing gear, repairing a wing, designing a plane exterior and airplane seat, creating and flying paper airplanes, and watching air patterns on a wind wall. Exhibits also answer such questions as why you can’t use a cell phone during takeoff and what happens when you flush a toilet 25,000 feet in the air.

The aviation exhibit is included in regular admission. For more information, visit exploration.org.

WAM hosts
‘Monet to Matisse’

Claude Monet’s “Rising Tide at Pourville” (below) is part of the Wichita Art Museum’s “Monet to Matisse: French Moderns from the Brooklyn Museum, 1850–1950” exhibition, which will be on display Feb. 24 to May 20.

Included are 65 masterworks by Cezanne, Chagall, Degas, Matisse and Renoir that explore Impressionism, symbolism, fauvism, cubism and surrealism. Special admission price.

Visit wichitaartmuseum.org for more info.

Season tickets on sale for Music Theatre

“Sister Act” gets MTW’s 47th season off to a rollicking start June 13-17. The award-winning and perennial favorite “Guys and Dolls” will take center stage June 27-July 1. MTW will present the area premiere of a new musical, “Freaky Friday,” based on the popular 1972 novel and the hit Disney films, July 11-15.

Circus spectacle and Fosse-style choreography are front and center in MTW’s reimagining of the 1972 Broadway hit “Pippin,” which will be presented July 25-29. The musical features an unforgettable score by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Hunchback of Notre Dame”). Closing the season will be Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” Aug. 8-18.

Performances are Wednesday-Sunday evenings with weekend matinees at Century II Concert Hall. For details, visit MTWichita.org.