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NOW  thru Feb 28 African-American Scientists Honored with Exploration Place Outdoor Display Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.  Each night during February, Exploration Place will honor African-American scientists by projecting giant portraits onto the side of its iconic island building.  In collaboration with The Kansas African American Museum, Exploration Place is celebrating Black History Month with a large-scale outdoor display for the second year. Guests are also invited to stay to watch the nightly 7 p.m. Ring of Fire lighting at the Keeper of the Plains and view 12 riverfront banners featuring a selection of women in STEM careers. Admission is not required to view the display from the Exploration Place promenade.

NOW – Mar 24-26 Take 36 Tallgrass Film Center, 120 E 1st, Tallgrass Film Association short film competition, TAKE 36 is being held March 24-26.  In TAKE 36 we task creatives to conceive, develop, write, shoot, edit, and submit a short film, made in just 36 hours! And just to keep things interesting, we will have some required criteria that must be present in all submitted films! Anyone is welcome to participate! We have had filmmakers from local middle schools and high schools compete as well as seasoned professionals.Films will be due by 7 a.m. on Sun, Mar. 26.  Tickets for showcase https://bit.ly/40q8i7F

Fri., Feb 17, 7 pm: An Evening with Chris Olsen.  Wichita’s WSU Metroplex, 5015 E 29th. A moderated chat with actor and influencer Chris Olsen.   Chris Olsen is an actor and digital creator who rose to prominence after becoming one of the most celebrated comedic voices on TikTok. He was named one of E!’s “New Faces of Pride,” and was nominated as TikTok and GLAAD’s first-ever “Queer Advocate of the Year.” Join us for an evening with Chris Olsen as he shares his rise to fame through a moderated conversation. A Q&A session will follow his presentation. Open to the Public. Free for WSU students, $15 for Faculty & Staff, $25 General Public. Reserve your tickets at https://linktr.ee/wichitastatesac.

Sat. Feb. 18, 7:30 pm – Aretha: A Tribute, Century II. The Wichita Symphony features a tribute to the Queen of Soul, featuring Broadway veteran Capathia Jenkins and Darryl Williams performing the iconic hits “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” and more. Broadway guests are joined by Wichita’s own gospel choir A.R.I.S.E. Eckart Preu, guest conductor. Cost: $30+ https://bit.ly/3wL619v

Sat., Feb 18, 5 pm – 12 am: Sedgwick County Fire Awards Banquet and Dance, Holiday Inn, 549 S Rock. Recognizing the achievements of our personnel over the last year.   Food will follow the ceremony around 6 pm.  This year is a first of hopefully many, but we are pleased to announce that there is going to be NO ticket sales this year. A huge special thanks to our sponsors SCFD Benefit Association, Local 2612, Stover’s Restoration, Eagle Environmental and Helten Farm Repair. We still will offer a cash bar.  FREE

Sat, Feb 18,  9 pm:  Performing Live in concert SleazyWorld, Fever Night Life 116 N Mead. DJ3 & DJ B Ray. Cost $35 http://bit.ly/3HpygQ7

Sat, Feb 18, 1 – 3 pm: Healthy Relationships for Teens Workshops, Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County 1211 S Emporia  This is a FREE workshop for our youths and parents to be aware of warning signs and how to have healthy relationships. meet the MMIW Wichita Ks Chapter, also Ict SOS , Wichita Sexual Assault Center, and a guest speaker from Hunter Health Clinic. Pizza provided Register http://bit.ly/3l23DZD

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