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Posted on July 9, 2016 by Ching under Things to Do.
In the past we haven’t really gone to see the shows unless we knew someone in it. For instance, we had to go see Miss Saigon in 2009 because our friend Jimbo was in the show. However, I really enjoy music theater productions and, surprisingly, Brian does too. Last year we got to see Big Fish and Hello Dolly! And the year before that, we saw West Side Story and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Brian and I have really enjoyed watching the performances so at the end of the season last year we actually talked about getting season tickets for 2016. Anyway, my friend Andrea told me about half-priced season tickets around April so I decided to wait for a better deal. Well, guess what, we missed the sale.
But, as luck would have it, the universe has provided. Brian and I got vouchers to see Nice Work If You Can Get It and Oklahoma! from KMUW and we got a couple of free tickets to the sold out Beauty and the Beast from some friends of ours. The only tickets we’ve really had to pay for were for Mamma Mia! so it actually turned out okay that we didn’t get season tickets.
The only downside is that we don’t get to see the one show that Brian really wanted to see: Jesus Christ Superstar. Oh, well. After we see Oklahoma! and Mamma Mia! then we’ve seen more shows this season than we ever have in the past and I’m good with that. Next year the goal will be to see every single one.
I’m not sure if my luck will hold with getting free tickets so we may finally have to splurge and get our season tickets. I can’t wait to hear what musicals they’ll be bringing to Wichita next year.
Posted on June 7, 2016 by Ching under Events, Things to Do.
Here are our pictures from Steampunk Day at Old Cowtown Museum…
It was a high-calorie day. We started off with lunch consisting of pizza and wings at Ziggy’s. Nickira had a bonus rootbeer float.
We ended the day at my favorite ice cream joint, Churn & Burn, before taking Nickira back home. I would have felt bad for consuming all of those calories were it not for my Zumba class that morning and all the walking we did while exploring Cowtown in the afternoon. I definitely need to buckle down, though. I’m now about the same size that I was in 2009 (when I was at my heaviest) if not bigger. Yikes!
Posted on June 6, 2016 by Ching under Hobbies, Things to Do.
We opted to stay put over Memorial weekend because I didn’t want to have to search for subs for my Saturday and Sunday Zumba classes. Plus, knowing that we were staying in town, I volunteered to teach a class on Memorial Day. Yes, this girl does not take any days off. Everyday that you’re alive is a day worth being productive.
Anyway, since we weren’t leaving town but wanted to do something fun, Brian and I decided to check out Pinot’s Palette. We’d done painting parties at Paint the Towne a few times before but we’d never been to Pinot’s Palette.
We started the evening by having dinner at Sabor, one of our favorite restaurants. We picked it for a couple of reasons: great food and proximity to Pinot’s Palette.
After our delicious dinner, we headed over to Beyond Napa (next to Pinot’s) to pick up a couple of bottles of wine to enjoy for the evening.
Jarrica and her friend Sarah joined us. They’re a couple of Pinot’s Palette regulars.
Obligatory awkward selfie. 😉
I love how they write your name on your designated spot.
Me and Jarrica and Sarah…
Much better selfie…
Here’s a photo of our awesome instructor.
Here’s what we started with…
These are the paint colors we got to play with.
Jarrica watching the master at work. Brian was fixing my shadows.
Here’s what we had about an hour in.
Proof that I painted my own work of art.
My finished piece…
Brian’s finished piece…
Sarah’s and Jarrica’s… they’re pros so they weren’t afraid to deviate from the model.
All four of us with our respective works.
Afterward, Brian and I dropped our paintings off in his car and walked over to Oeno where we met up with Jen and her husband Brian and several others.
Hideki was there in a fancy suit.
Missy, Paula, Andrea (Ketner), Holly, and Meader were there too. It was too dark and I don’t take very good photos. Anyway, Brian and I had to be up early the next day so we didn’t stay late. We only stayed long enough to dance a few songs.
Suavemente usually gets played a few times. We were there for the first round. It was hilarious! If you’ve ever seen the hilarious Suavemente video making the rounds on Facebook a few weeks ago, you’ll understand why this is so funny.
What a fun evening! You all should come join us next time.
Posted on June 3, 2016 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews, Things to Do.
Brian and I had the opportunity to watch Kathy Griffin’s stand up performance at Stiefel Theater in Salina a couple of weeks ago. Neither of us had been to the Stiefel Theater before. We actually thought the drive there would be longer. It’s really only a little over an hour. Anyway, we decided to make a night of it.
We decided to eat dinner at Tucson’s before the show because it’s pretty close to the theater. We also checked online and the restaurant had pretty good reviews.
Here are some pictures of our food.
I had the tilapia with rice and veggies.
Predictably, Brian got chicken tenders. He really should have ordered steak. It is a steakhouse after all. But neither of us that fond of beef. Why we picked a steakhouse to eat at for dinner, I have no idea. LOL.
I suppose we wanted to avoid fast food and there really weren’t that many options.
Here’s a picture of the sign in front of the theater.
This is where everyone congregated as we waited to be let in to the auditorium.
Here’s a picture of the theater auditorium.
It wasn’t too obvious from the previous picture but there’s also a balcony area.
We got really good floor seats. We were only seven rows from the stage.
Obligatory pre-show selfie.
And just in case some of you are not familiar with Kathy Griffin, I took a picture of the flyer. She’s semi-famous. LOL.
She’s also super hilarious. I really like her conversational, story-telling style. I don’t feel like I’m watching a stand-up comedian. It just seems like you’re listening to a friend tell you stories, except they’re juicy and funny and entertaining.
We drove home immediately after the show because we both had to work the next day. It was a long night but totally worth it. If you get a chance to see the “Like a Boss” tour – I think she’s hitting 80 cities on this tour – you should. Brian and I give it two thumbs up.
Posted on June 2, 2016 by Ching under Events, Things to Do.
If you’ve ever wondered what Food Trucks at the Fountain is like, click on the photo below. I took a ton of pics last month. Mainly I was looking for Kamayan Truck. They weren’t at their usual spot so Brian and I walked all over looking for them. I figured if I was going to look at every single truck, I might as well take photos of them also.
Over 30 trucks participated last month, including a couple of booze trucks, but no Kamayan Truck. I found out later that they had truck issues and that’s why they were absent. Brian and I used the opportunity to sample the other offerings.
Predictably Brian got pizza. I got the grilled cheese plus hamburger patty from BS Sandwich Press. I got the idea from someone we met at the YPW Mingle last month. It wasn’t actually on the menu but they were happy to make it so then that’s what I ordered the next chance I got.
There should be another Food Trucks at the Fountain event coming up toward the end of the month. I recommend checking it out if you’ve never been. In the meantime, Riverfest starts tomorrow. I hope you guys got your buttons!