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Ernie Biggs piano man

Not long after Jason Irvin earned his degree in classical piano performance, he walked into a piano bar and was hooked. Now he's known known for big, show-stopping songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Ernie Biggs dueling piano bar.

Backcourt in business

Shocker coach Gregg Marshall and staff unleash the next wave of guards at Wichita State University.

FYI

Breakdancing beats meets Tchaikovsky in Hip Hop Nutcracker this month at the Orpheum, and Karg Art Glass lets patrons blow their own Christmas ornament. Just two of the many happenings going on in the 'Ta for December.

Holiday sparkle

Botanica will transform into a twinkling wonderland for the holidays when Illuminations opens this month.

14th Tallgrass Film Festival to feature something for everyone

A celebration of independent film, the Tallgrass Film Festival has put Wichita on the map for filmmakers across the globe. Locals have the opportunity to screen 191 films from 33 countries.

Local love

Support Your Local Anything movement takes Wichita by storm. Local business owners and consumers take pride in Wichita’s small business community by shopping local.

Life in City Center

Residents and businesses alike are bringing creative energy and revitalization to downtown Wichita. It's a community filled with friendly neighbors enjoying the urban lifestyle. Learn why downtown is a great place to work and call home.

Damm straight

David Damm says he approached Ernie Biggs about becoming one of its featured performers about three years ago. There was just one hitch: first, he had to learn to play the piano.

Whole 'nother ball game

Wichita Wingnuts get creative at Lawrence-Dumont. In addition to the thwack of bats hitting baseballs and the roar of the crowd, Wichita’s downtown diamond hosts concerts, motocross events and a whole lot more.

All That Jazz

Wichita’s hottest ticket features an evening of cool jazz. All That Jazz Music and Eats is a one-of-a-kind music festival taking place at an equally unique setting on the grounds of the Riordan Clinic.

SPLURGE! Party

Get your golf clap ready. Kicking off more than a week of Air Capital Classic events at Crestview Country Club, partygoers gather for one of the year’s most anticipated events — the annual SPLURGE! Party featuring dance band, Annie Up.

Sung Heroes

Karla Burns sings the praises of two people who’ve influenced her. We wanted to highlight the occasion of Karla Burns being honored twice in one month — but Burns, with her trademark energy and warmth, went on to share her enthusiasm for her fellow inductees.

"Pirates" invade Bradley Fair

Wichita Grand Opera presents an unforgettable performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” in an outdoor theater complete with a floating stage, pirate ship and an island.

Beerfest springs forward to May

Limber up your stein-lifting arm if you're planning on tackling the 500 or so brews being poured at the Midwest Beerfest, scheduled for May. There's even more of a festival atmosphere, thanks to food trucks, a dance contest, a chicken wing cookoff and more.

Female phenom

“A party every night” is how Emily Strom describes her challenging job as one of the talented musicians who can play piano and sing music on request at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar.

Shred Wichita

Exploration Place and Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum celebrate the guitar: They're sliding into spring with a packed schedule of concerts, workshops, jam sessions and a symposium — a slate of events in progress now until the first week of May.

Keeping the spark alive: 23 tips to make your relationship sizzle

Punt the rut and go outside the norm with pointers from Vickie Pennick, licensed marriage and family therapist, who has been married for 47 years.

Derby dynasty

With everything from sweets to sequins, local Wichita’s roller derby team, the ICT Roller Girls, celebrates 10 years of competitive play and friendships.

12 Questions with Charles Koch

With the release of his latest book “Good Profit,” Charles Koch talks about the inspiration behind his second book, recounts his greatest business risk (and reward) and discusses how he celebrated his 80th birthday.

Senior moment

Three Shocker seniors are expected to lead this year's Wichita State team, but they'll need help to equal or surpass previous success

Passing down the pointe shoes

Two generations will dance in Ballet Wichita’s production of “The Nutcracker” this year. Marie Hand, an emergency room doctor and longtime dancer will perform alongside two of her daughters, 8-year-old Bridgette and 15-year-old Bernadette.

Mischief-go-round

Botanica’s second Halloween-themed Ghoulish Gala will raise funds for the restoration, installation and construction of a local treasure: the old Joyland amusement park carousel.

Binge on Tallgrass

The popular Tallgrass Film Festival is offering a new Binge Pass, which gets ticket holders access to all general admission films on Saturday, Oct. 17, as well as a special happy hour and the Stubbornly Independent Gala movie and after party.

Preschool paradise

Learning through playing: Preschoolers learn through play, and Exploration Place's new Kansas Kids Connect exhibit is an agricultural wonderland for the under-5 set.

Gear up to give back

Pedaling with mettle: Gear up to give back with Heartspring’s 12th annual PedalFest. The bike ride — featuring distances of 100K, 50K, 25K and 5 miles — benefits children with disabilities and developmental delays.

Beat the heat

Are you ready to chill out? SPLURGE! suggests participating in Slide the City, visiting the city’s interactive fountains and consuming copious amounts of shaved ice.

Playing with fire

Get a kick out of FC Wichita. Move over indoor soccer. Wichita has a new high-level outdoor soccer team, FC Wichita. Games are played at the Stryker Soccer Complex on North Greenwich Road.

Get your golf clap ready

It’s time again for the annual SPLURGE! Tee Off Party, held at the 18th green of Crestview Country Club’s north course. The event kicks off the Air Capital Classic, a highlight on the Web.com Tour.

Polo on the Plains: Back in the saddle to help support grieving children

"The Hamptons meet the Midwest" in this one-of-a-kind event. Chukkers, divot-stomping, hat wearing and 1,200-pound horses are all part of Polo on the Plains and raising money for Kidzcope.

Rivalry spicing up

A rumored rivalry between the chefs is spicing up the Orpheum's Celebrity & Chef Cookoff. The money raised from the theater's biggest fundraiser of the year will go towards artistic, educational and youth programming.

Let's get this turkey in the air: Local journalists satirize newsmakers in Gridiron show

Local journalists will continue their longstanding tradition of satirizing newsmakers in the annual Gridiron show.

Painting word pictures: Art and Book Fair comes home to Wichita Art Museum

The Art and Book Fair comes home to the Wichita Art Museum this Mother’s Day weekend. The 2015 theme, “Art of the Book,” will highlight authors and illustrators, and admission is free.

Blarney bashes

Party like a leprechaun at 3 of Wichita's most festive St. Patrick's Day events.

For the love of baseball

Wichita’s new League 42 is a home run for inner-city kids. The Wichita Eagle’s Bob Lutz formed the youth baseball league last year, and he anticipates 300 kids will participate in the upcoming second season.

For the love of gaming

Think laser tag meets Xbox for this innovative social video game experience. Augusta residents Kent and Shannon Johnson open Fireshark Gaming, the system with a byte, this March at 21st and Greenwich.

Adventurous Babes Society empowers women to try something new

From kayaking to belly dancing to polo and more, the Adventurous Babes Society (ABS) is a local organization dedicated to providing opportunities for women to have new experiences.

Volunteer for victory

Wake up with a smile:KWCH Channel 12’s Jenn Bates has traded her sportscaster chair for the morning anchor’s spotlight. When she’s off the air, you might find her quoting Ernie Banks or volunteering weekly with cancer patients.

Former Shocker star Jason Perez scores again

Shocker Hall of Famer Jason Perez is using his basketball expertise to coach young athletes. Now his Next Level Hoops Academy has a permanent home in Bel Aire.

Raising the roof

May you be with the Force: The Wichita Force is our new indoor football team. Players and coaches want Wichitans to check them out on their new home turf, Intrust Bank Arena.

Fire in the belly

This year's group of nine Prairie Fire Marathon Local Joes have individual race goals and varying experience levels. However they all share the grit and determination that proves runners are not born, but made with persistance and training from GoRun Wichita.

Soul sisters

Little sis becomes the big: Tessie and Cami share a special connection. Tessie is Cami’s “big sister” through Big Brothers Big
Sisters. But Tessie was once a “little sister” herself, and her mentor was Natalie, Cami’s late mother.

A bump and a spike in attendance

Coach Chris Lamb invites the Shocker Nation to Charles Koch Arena for his team’s acrobatic, athletic style of volleyball.

Destination Wichita: Summer staycations

Be a Wichita Tourist. Squeeze in a little more summer fun with a staycation. Check out our seven itineraries, and see your hometown in a different light.

Festival offers window into rich Native American heritage

Experience Wichita’s rich Native American heritage at the American Indian Festival. Highlights include a fine art market, Indian tacos and a contest powwow.

Businesses have a field day with the Wichita Corporate Challenge

The guys and gals from payroll, IT and HR show their competitive, athletic sides. Coworker bond as they challenge other companies in events such as flag football, dodgeball and even corn hole.

 

Golfing & Giving: SPLURGE! Tee-Off Party

The 5th annual SPLURGE! Tee Off Party is right around the corner, pairing charitable giving with the world’s most classic sport. This year proceeds from the June 13 event will benefit human trafficking programs at the Wichita Children’s Home.

Polo on the Plains

We’re sure you’ve heard of the sport Polo before, but you’ve never seen it so up close and personal! Beautiful horses, thrilling athletics and, of course, a good cause make for the perfect spring and summer event

Mark D. Pendergrass: Storytelling walls

Artist Mark D. Pendergrass relishes a large canvas — both for his art, which can be seen on walls from the Nifty Nut House to Harry's Uptown Bar & Grill — and in his life where he's expanding into painting novels with words.

Sand or snow? Ideas for last-minute spring break travel

For spring break travel plans, time may be limited but your options shouldn’t be. Whether skiing or surfing is your bag, it's not too late to hit the road.

Travel Air to Textron

Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech would probably be surprised to learn that their airplane companies had come full circle and were again part of the same family. Travel Air, meet Textron!

WAM BAM!

The Wichita Art Museum is far from “the norm” when it comes to other art museums, boasting large collections of uniquely Kansas artwork and drumming up new and exciting ways to expose the community to the world of art.

Stuffy no more

The Wichita Symphony is out to breathe new life into classical music — and bust some myths along the way. Get ready for Cirque De La Symphonie, the American Brass Quintet, Three Phantoms In Concert and more.

The boys are back

Boasting 36 Top 40 hits over 23 years, the Beach Boys bring ocean breezes to Wichita this month. Songs such as "Little Saint Nick" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" will make you want to trim your surf board in lights.

Wichita wonderful

SPLURGE! asked our readers about what it is that they are most thankful for about Wichita this Thanksgiving season. Take a look — you just might see your response here!

Shrieks and shivers and where to find them!

Looking for some howling good fun? We’ve brewed up a list with escalating levels of voltage guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

Raising money for man's best friend

Kara Sewell of the KWCH 12 morning news team has joined another team — the Scruffy Muffins — to raise money and inform people about Woofstock

100 years of the Kansas State Fair

The Kansas State Fair may be 100 years old, but there are still plenty new treats (and old standbys) to discover. Read on for our top 100 things to do at this year’s state fair!

MOMIX Botanica blooms at The Orpheum

Artistic director, Moses Pendleton, nurtured his love of nature into a production by the MOMIX dance troupe.

Game on

Companies build esprit de corp and muscle at Wichita Corporate Challenge, where competitive events range from tennis and volleyball to bowling and wing eating.

A British Invasion

Whether you long for the decadence of revolutionary France, a satirical romp with the King of the Britains or you simply want a “Spoonful of Sugar” there is something for everyone this season at the Music Theatre of Wichita.

55 things to do in Wichita

From museums to open-air concerts, from theater to sports — no matter what activities light your fuse this summer, you'll find something on this list to get you out and enjoying our fair city.

Splurge! Tee-Off Party

Slow smoked barbeque, artistic desserts, a helicopter golf ball drop and a Diamond Melt-away are just a few attraction of this kick-off to Wichita’s long-running Web.com Tour event.

Dig dinosaurs?

Tyrannosaurus, Gasosaurus, Huayangosaurus, oh my! Dinosaurs rule the earth again this summer when "Dinosaurs Unearthed" comes to Exploration Place. The thrills continue with summer camps, science shows and films. Catch it before it goes extinct!

Fifty Shades of Gridiron

The show’s often outrageous approach to poking fun at news and the people who make it is a big part of why it’s a been a hit with audiences for more than 40 years.

Dueling piano bar

The combination of high-level musicianship and plenty of laughs has quickly made Ernie Biggs Piano Bar a hit with Wichita audiences.

Out with the old

The new radio station, 102.1 FM "The Bull", will focus on fresh country music from the last decade, as spun by Wichita on-air talent Brian Jennings and Nashville DJ Bobby Bones.

A dance company to represent the United States

Wichita native Trey McIntyre has been called a “bright light” in dance by the Los Angeles Times. This month the Trey McIntyre Project kicks off the Orpheum Theatre's 2013 dance series.

Love, laughter and legends

Laughter paves the way to happily ever after in Wichita Grand Opera's productions of Don Pasquale and The Marriage of Figaro.

FYI February

From the Texas Tenors to the Women's Fair to the Home Show, February's FYI has something for everyone who likes music, shopping or home remodeling — and isn't that just about everyone?

Abode Venue: modern banquet facility

Is it the unusual, award-winning interior spaces, the flexibility to bring in outside caterers or the high level of personalized service that make Abode Venue a favorite for weddings, parties and meetings? All this and more.

Urban advantages

Functional space, fantastic views and proximity to downtown are just a few attractions of the WaterWalk complex.

California dreamin': Cynthia Sikes

Cynthia Sikes went from Miss Wichita in the '70s to Dr. Annie Cavanero and other TV characters in the '80s, '90s and 2000s. In this story she talks about her past and future in Hollywood.

Meet the 2012 Season of Giving family

The annual Bradley Fair Christmas tree lighting illuminates hope for families supported by area Ronald McDonald Houses. Meet Caden Konecny, who'll flip the switch on November 17, and read the backstory of taming the 35' Christmas tree.

The Orange army awakens

After a crucial building year, the Wichita Wings are poised to give fans a winning season in return for their loyalty.

Tallgrass Film Festival: 10 years old and ‘stubbornly independent’ as ever

Films, workshops, parties, a children's program and the US premier of "Pablo" are highlights of the 10th Tallgrass Film Festival

Chalk one up for nature

The Austin-based Jeffrey Cannon, featured artist for the third-annual Autumn & Art show at Bradley Fair, draws closer to nature with every stroke of his pastels.

10 questions: Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb shares the scoop about this season's team, the most seasoned seniors, the secret to his success and what he loves most about coaching and Wichita.

Take me out to 17 ballgames

Brian Turner shares insider tips and tricks for surviving Baseball 'Round the Clock, when die hard NBC World Series fans take on the challenge to watch 17 ball games in 56 hours.

Bernadette Peters to highlight Orpheum’s 90th anniversary celebration

Bernadette Peters brings her Tony- and Golden Globe-winning sparkle to The Orpheum stage, along with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra

New blood at the Orpheum

Younger board members can help generate enthusiasm for the Orpheum and prove that the 90-year-old landmark is a viable, valuable and even vital part of the city’s cultural scene.

Smooth jazz under the stars

The Bradley Fair Summer Concert Series has developed an outstanding reputation with both the jazz community and enthusiastic audiences. Read on to discover what summer holds for the longest-running outdoor free concert series in Wichita.

Experience the force

How close are we to real-life droids, landspeeders and space travel. Come to Exploration Place to find out in this 8,000-square-foot blockbuster exhibit of applied science and filmmaking.

A unique vision:

Over the past 25 years Wayne Bryan, producing artistic director of Music Theatre of Wichita has thrilled audiences with classics like The Music Man and Oklahoma! and introduced new standards such as Disney’s High School Musical.

The Boys of Tallgrass

Meet four gentlemen who embody tradition, respect and love for the sport of golf. Their impact on the success of Tallgrass Country Club is immeasurable.

Lacrosse: The fastest game on two feet is gaining momentum in Wichita

Wichita's youth lacrosse program has expanded from 40 players in 2009 to well over 200 athletes in 2012.

Going the distance

Bob Lida of Lida Advertising is 75 years old and about to compete in the 60-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter races at the national and international level in Masters Track. He hopes to shatter a couple world records in the process.

Discovering a passion for cigars

Certified Tobacconist and Manager of Auburn Cigars, Gary Brown has advice for those new to the art of cigar smoking, “It is important to define your palate,” insists Gary, “like wine, the country of origin directly impacts the flavor and aroma of a cigar.”

12 new things to look forward to in 2012

Anticipation is making us wait — for Wichita's new YMCA, Fresh Market, Chick-fil-A, Kansas Star Casino — and 8 more items on our list of 12 things to get excited about in 2012.

Trolley

Jolly by Trolley: Best Christmas Lights Tours in the ‘Ta

Christmas lights tours turn the annual excursion into a party on wheels — whether by trolley, bus or even bike.

LaBron Hollimon

He’s not winging it

“It’s going to be like a party and a soccer game broke out,” said Holliman, the new Wings coach. “Our style of play is going to be a high level of skill and high energy.”

Tallgrass Film Festival

Ninth Annual Tallgrass Film Festival promises a ‘twist’

Tallgrass puts the "independent" in independent film with twists like Actor Elliott Gould; Wichita native filmmaker Anne Buford and an expanded four-day schedule.

Firefighter Calendar

2nd annual Firefighter Calendar raises money for good cause

The Firefighter Calendar puts hot bodies to work raising money to provide new or slightly used coats to children who cannot afford them.

Downing Children's Garden

New Children’s Garden at Botanica

“The main age group was supposed to be three to eight but we’re finding that toddlers enjoy it as much as preteens,” said Jamee Ross, director of development for Wichita's Botanica Gardens.

Autumn & Art

Autumn & Art: Outdoor show’s second year provides art, food, entertainment

Autumn & Art had its inaugural year in 2010 after Wichita Festivals, Inc. decided they wanted to do an event each year in addition to Riverfest.

Wichita Flight Festival

Flights of fancy for the Air Capital

A full two days of aerial acrobatics, a "Fly Market", concessions and a special twilight show put the "air" in the Air Capital at Jabara Airport in Wichita on the weekend of August 20-21.

Machu Picchu

Adventure trips

Backwoods Adventures, a national company, arranges domestic and international trips of all kinds for outdoorsmen (and women) looking for a challenge.

Cozumel

Child’s play: Top 5 parks for kids

Where can you find sand pits and playhouses, interactive fountains and a Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, ponies and pedal boats or a buffalo slide? At 5 of Wichita's top parks for kids.

Cozumel

Country crooner jams to rock beat hooks: Randy Montana comes to the ‘Ta

Country singer-songwriter Randy Montana takes the stage at the South YMCA's benefit for Strong Kids on July 29th.

Cozumel

Interview with Randy Montana

In this web-exclusive, extended interview Randy Montana opens up about his storytelling, turning hearbreak into art and the long list of job titles he held before finally landing a record deal.

Cozumel

Under the sea

From Buoyancy Control Device to dive computer, Rob Blake, service manager at Adventure Sports in Wichita, lets us in on the secret lingo — and thrills — of scuba diving.

Wings logo

Flying high again

The February 24th announcement that indoor soccer is returning to Wichita has fans of the old Wings team atwitter, and Roy Turner is on the new team’s advisory board.

Wichita Downtown Hyatt

WaterWalk Pavilionto lure adults back to Riverfest

Riverfest organizers are moving events back to the original focus of the festival—the river—and WaterWalk Pavilion is designed for adults seeking a little more grown-up fun.

John Blazek

Smells like teen spirit

The corsages. The tuxes. The hormones. In solidarity with teens prepping for the big night, some of our very own local celebs and business leaders generously share photos and adventures from their own prom night nirvana.

John Blazek

Wild-est dreams come true: New promotions to make arena football even better

Wichita Wild general manager John Blazek says new ideas, promotions and partnerships will make the 2011 season for the Wild arena football team fun for all types of fans.

Ashlee Roland

Single and loving it! Eligible singles dish on dating in the city

Wichita singles reveal what they love about being single, favorite Saturday night activities and what quality is a deal breaker in members of the opposite sex.

Bill Bellamy

Comedy just got sexy!

Make a Valentines weekend to remember. Comedian Bill Bellamy says, “Get your party on before you get your love on.” Discover his newesttour, Ladies Night Out

Wichita singles

Single and loving it

Cupid is stupid? Check out how these localsingles are loving life with no strings attached.

IMAX screen

Monster IMAX theater

At six stories tall and about 90 feet wide the IMAX screen at the Warren West is two to three times bigger than any other in Wichita, and about four times bigger than the nearest IMAX theater, at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.

Soundboard

Kissin’ 102.1 takes listeners to a “new country”

Kissin' 102.1 is focusing on “new country” artists, from superstars like Keith Urban and Taylor Swift to up-and-comers such as Durante. And a fresh, fast-paced morning line-up has breathed new life into the station.

LED flower

Tech the halls: Tracking the best holiday lights in town

Neighborhood displays in the new millennium are plotted months in advance by “Christmas enthusiasts” who diagram animated, computerized and LED displays. Here's your guide to the best.

Tech the halls

Tech the halls: Bonus web content!

Check out more photos and videos on the light displays already covered, and a few surprise gems we’ve uncovered. Plus, add your own faves!

Rockettes

Rockette fuel

Behind the wide smiles and perfectly made-up faces of the Rockettes lie women who care deeply about spreading the Christmas spirit to each member of their audience. Four of them talked to Splurge! about putting a kick in the holiday season.

Wichita Grand Opera

Wichita Grand Opera

As its 10th anniversary approaches, Wichita Grand Opera proves that resourcefulness and creativity are just as important as dollars to succeed.

Wayne Simien

Former KU basketball star speaks at FCA fundraiser

When University of Kansas basketball great, Wayne Simien, spoke at the Wichita Fellowship of Christian Athletes kick-off pep assembly last month, the theme was Champions of Change.

Advanced Car Control Experience

Start your engines for the Advanced Car Control Experience

“The Advanced Car Control Experience helps participants learn the limits and handling characteristics of their cars in a safe, controlled environment,” says David Leivian.

Carol Farrow

Your First Time: Hot yoga with Carol Farrow

“Hot yoga allows the muscles to get into a deeper stretch…and releases a lot of toxins and waste,” says instructor Nickki Head. “It’s a different experience than you could get in any weight room or any weights class.”

 
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