Events

The NEA Big Read: Wichita is postponed until January-February 2021. Please check back often for updates to the calendar of events.

Unless otherwise noted, events listed on this page are free and open to the public. Please note: programs, dates, times and locations are subject to change.

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3rd Thursday Book Discussion
A regularly scheduled meeting of Newton Public Library's 3rd Thursday Book Discussion.
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Bradford Book Club
We will read and discuss the book. Copies of the book and refreshments provided at the library.
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Constellation Story Time with Mrs. Carrie
Join us for fun Constellation Story Time! Fun stories, songs, games and several hands on learning stations! Geared towards ages 3-5.
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Constellations and Their Greek Myths
Aquarius, Perseus, Pegasus...Their stories are written in the stars. Jerelyn Ramirez, the President of the Kansas Astronomical Observers, will share notable constellations visible in the October sky and their Greek myths. Preparation for future stargazing!
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Family ArtVenture: The Little Read
Wichita Art Museum celebrates literacy and the arts with special artmaking, games, and activities. Families are invited to attend this free and fabulous ArtVenture that brings the joy of reading and the arts together.
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Film: Clash of the Titans (1981)
This campy classic movie swashbuckler from 1981 embraces the storytelling traditions of the legends and myths of ancient Greece as it follows Perseus. He encounters fearsome monsters, a brave heroine, and deadly duels under the auspices of the Gods. Runtime: 118 min.
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Film: While You Live, Shine
Go on a journey with us deep into the oldest music in the Western world - Greek music - guided by an eccentric musicologist who has dedicated his life to understanding and preserving it. While You Live, Shine is an immersive sonic and visual feast of a film that leaves the viewer feeling as though they've looked into a way of life that the 21st century has left behind. The film is a call to arms for a different way of listening to music, understanding humanity, and living as a community. It's the winner of the 2018 Spirit of Indie Cork Award. Runtime: 80 minutes.
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Food in the Mediterranean
Food played an important role in Ancient Greece and that tradition continues today in the modern Mediterranean diet, which has become increasingly popular around the world. Join us with Registered Dietitian Sara Sawer from the K-State Research and Extension Center as she talks about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, shares some recipes and demonstrates a dish you can make at home!
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From Circe to Sabrina: Women and the Witch Stereotype in Popular Culture
The witch has been a popular figure in fairy tales and fiction for centuries, ranging from the traditional malevolent villain to the feminist hero as seen in recent years. Despite some of the more positive depictions, more often than not the witch stereotype has been used against women who have defied societal norms. Join us for an educational discussion with Jodie Simon, an instructor in women's studies and sociology at Wichita State University, where she will explore the evolution of the witch stereotype in popular culture and how and why it has been used to both repress and empower women who dare to be different.
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Greek Mythology in Books, Movies, and Games
A community discussion and presentation over how greek mythology has influenced popular culture.
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KMUW Virtual Literary Feast
KMUW's Literary Feast is a book club for public radio listeners. Join KMUW staff members for a virtual discussion of Circe held via Zoom. Register for the event to get the Zoom link.
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Make It New at Northfield School of the Liberal Arts (Session 1)
Northfield School of the Liberal Arts will host within its historic schoolhouse (once home to the first president of Friends University) a series of creative spaces in which young people and adults will encounter ancient Greek myths and reimagine them. Just as Madeline Miller reinvents ancient stories, giving them powerful voices in our time, visitors ages 12 and up will engage in hands-on reinvention, guided by award-winning artists from the Wichita community. Choose among these 60-minute sessions: visual art, poetry, songwriting, drama, and storytelling. Participants will encounter a Greek myth, learn how other artists in the given medium have reinvented that myth, then be led by a mentor to their own reinvention of that myth. In the spirit of Madeline Miller, each student will emerge from the "make-it-new space" with a new work of art–a poem, a song, a scene, a work of visual art, a myth–of their own invention. Session mentors: Poet and educator Bill Coleman (poetry), fiction writer Sanda Moore Coleman (storytelling), singer/songwriter Justin Meyer (songwriting), filmmaker and actor Dan Overholt (drama), artist and entrepreneur Jamie Tabor Schmidt (visual art).
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Make It New at Northfield School of the Liberal Arts (Session 2)
Northfield School of the Liberal Arts will host within its historic schoolhouse (once home to the first president of Friends University) a series of creative spaces in which young people and adults will encounter ancient Greek myths and reimagine them. Just as Madeline Miller reinvents ancient stories, giving them powerful voices in our time, visitors ages 12 and up will engage in hands-on reinvention, guided by award-winning artists from the Wichita community. Choose among these 60-minute sessions: visual art, poetry, songwriting, drama, and storytelling. Participants will encounter a Greek myth, learn how other artists in the given medium have reinvented that myth, then be led by a mentor to their own reinvention of that myth. In the spirit of Madeline Miller, each student will emerge from the "make-it-new space" with a new work of art–a poem, a song, a scene, a work of visual art, a myth–of their own invention. Session mentors: Poet and educator Bill Coleman (poetry), fiction writer Sanda Moore Coleman (storytelling), singer/songwriter Justin Meyer (songwriting), filmmaker and actor Dan Overholt (drama), artist and entrepreneur Jamie Tabor Schmidt (visual art).
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Mediterranean Cooking
A cooking class and dining experience.
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OPA! Wine and Color Night
OPA! Grab your friends and join us for Greek wine, food and coloring. We will have coloring pages, markers/pens and door prizes. Please note patrons must be 21 years of age of older to participate in this event. Tickets are required and can be reserved on Eventbrite.
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Traveling Ancient Greece Beyond Athens
Greece abounds with temples, theaters, and early Christian ruins. Join Victoria Sherry of Eighth Day Books on her closeup visit to sites from the Greek past.
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