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Weekend Events January 15-17

It's that time again. You're off work and looking for some fun. From monster trucks to family films, this weekend's got events for everyone! See what's happening below! 

Weekend Events January 15-17

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Hopping Gnome, Jan. 14-17

This weekend, Hopping Gnome celebrates you! On Jan. 14-17, stop by hopping gnome for a "Cheers" themed weekend that's all about you! On Thursday, Hopping Gnome guests can enjoy $1 off beers. On Friday, come ready to play, because it's game night, and there will be prizes! Saturday highlights a special brunch and coffee stout paring, as well as the Garden of Eatin' food truck at noon. On Saturday night, pinch roll your jeans and put on some blue eyeshadow for 80's night, when Hopping Gnome will be giving away even more prizes. This is a weekend you won't want to miss.

Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show at Century II, Jan. 15-17

Head to Century II for this year's Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show on Jan. 16-18. In its 59th consecutive year, this is one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the Country. Each of these shows have been held in Wichita, making the Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show a true Wichita tradition.  Cars for Charities produces the event. Cars For Charities is a nonprofit, and all proceeds will benefit local charities, such as the ARC of Sedgwick County; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and Starkey.

The car show opens Friday, Jan. 16 at noon and runs until 10 p.m. On Saturday, the show runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults (18+), $6 for juniors (12-17), $20 for couples, and $11 for military. (Military tickets will be available at the box office with ID.)

Monster Jam at Intrust Bank Arena, Jan. 15-16

Monster Jam at Intrust Bank Ar

Photo courtesy of intrustbankarena.com.

Starring the Monster Jam trucks themselves this year's Monster Jam is one of the most exciting motorsports around! You'll be brought to your feet as you watch the twelve-foot-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines tear up the  a custom-designed track full of obstacles. Will the trucks soar over or crash through them? There's only one way to find out! 

The following trucks will be present, though the roster is subject to change without notice.
Barbarian, driven by Devin Jones; Big Kahuna, driven by Shane England; Bounty Hunter, driven by Jim Creten; Grave Digger®, driven by Randy Brown; Ice Cream Man, driven by Roy Pridgeon; Jester, driven by Matt Pagliarulo; Scarlet Bandit, driven by Dawn Creten; and Scooby-Doo, who's driver has yet to be determined. 

Tickets range in price from $20 to $38, and prices increase by $2 on the day of the event. Tickets are online at selectaseat.com, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT or in person at the arena's box office.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16. 


Smallgrass at Exploration Place, Jan. 16

Smallgrass Fiml

Exploration Place, in partnership with Tallgrass Film Association, presents Smallgrass. Smallgrass is a family friendly film festival, featuring short films for the young-at-heart! The event will feature the films Zarafa, The Rocketeer, Shorts For Kids, and a screening of the new dome theatre show, Space School! Doors open at 9:30 a.m., for Smallgrass, which will be held in the Boeing Dome Theatre and Planetarium. After the films, guests can enjoy the hands-on activities exploration place has to offer! Local food trucks B.S. Sandwich press, The Brown Box Bakery, Lil' Bit Gourmet Burgers  and Sunflower Espresso will also be present. 

Tickets are just $5 for Exploration Place and Tallgrass Film Association members and $7 for nonmembers. Please note that tickets include only one film but allow participation in other activities and access to all Exploration Place exhibits. Additional films are $2 each.

Shorts for Kids will play at 10 a.m., Zarafa at 11 a.m., Space School at 1 p.m., The Rocketeer at 2 p.m., and Space School at 4:30 p.m. 

School of Rock Live at the Orpheum, Jan. 16

School of Rock Live at the Orp

Students from the local School of Rock will demonstrate their skills at they perform live at the Orpheum Theatre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Three full rock shows will pay tribute to the great bands Green Day, Journey, Foreigner and Queen.  Green Day is known for having kept punk music alive throughout the 90’s, and growing to become one of the most popular bands of the 2000’s. Journey and Foreigner each played significant roles in melodic rock and the way that it has shaped today's popular music. Queen is recognized as one of the greatest bands of all time. Featuring vocal harmonies by Freddie Mercury and Brian May, Queen added a classical feel to their version of rock music. 

Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the show begins with the best of Green Day at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., prepare for a lesson as Rock 101 kicks off, followed by Journey vs. Foreigner at 5 p.m. Last but not least, enjoy a tribute to Queen at 7 p.m. General admission is $12. 

Film Screening and Charity Event at Murdock Theatre, Jan. 16

Head out to the Murdock Theatre at  7 p.m. this Saturday to enjoy a screening of the documentary "The Film That Changed the World." This documentary follows husband and wife William and Anais Yeager. Both independent filmmakers, they aspired to make a "transcendental film" for seven years. They hoped that their film would raise avareness of humanity itsdelf, and ultimately change the world.  "The Film That Changed The World" debuted in October of 2015 at the Red Dirt International Film Festival, where it won the "Most Inspirational Film" award.

The screening will be held at the Murdock Theatre, located at 536 N Broadway. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. 
Proceeds will be used to purchase musical instruments for children who cannot afford them.


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