By Jamie Rhodes
WICHITA - Positive Directions, Inc. (PDI), a non-profit social service agency located in Wichita, provides HIV-prevention services, counseling and support to at-risk groups and inmates prior to release, volunteer support, HIV testing, outreach education and condom distribution in a safe and confidential environment. All PDI services are provided free of charge.
In addition to grant and state funding, PDI relies heavily on community support. With ArtAID coming to an end, the staff at PDI is starting a new fundraising Gala entitled Fire and Ice.
Building excitement for the new event, monthly launch parties are taking place until the main show on Jan. 19, 2018 - the Winter Fire and Ice Gala at Abode Venue. The first party, held on Final Friday in July, featured artist Mickey Maddox creating a one-of-a-kind work of art live to be auctioned at the Gala in January. Games, a DJ, and Fire and Ice Gala Tickets available for purchase rounded out the evening at the Positive Directions office and back patio. The next launch party is Bitchy Bingo on Sept. 21 at 7pm at Rain.
MANHATTAN - Fresh off the heels of the release of her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, comedian Paula Poundstone is entertaining audiences across the country, leaving them complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and wondering if the random people she talks to are plants. Of course, they never are.
“On Friday, Sept. 8, I’ll be at the McCain Auditorium in Manhattan, KS. I’ve never been there before. I’ll try not to stare,” Poundstone said of her upcoming performance.
Poundstone can be heard regularly on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! When asked about Poundstone, Wait, Wait host Peter Sagal replied, “Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known. Everything she does, thinks, or says is hilarious. She is made of funny. If you chopped her into bits, each piece would be hilarious. (But don’t.)”
WICHITA – Autumn & Art, which last year drew 29,000 attendees, takes place Sept. 15-17 on Bradley Fair Parkway. This year’s event will feature 98 artists from 22 states, including 31 Kansas artists.
Jeff and Judy Goodwin are the Grant Thornton LLP Featured Artists for Autumn & Art 2017. The Goodwins create richly-colored porcelain and gold jewelry by combining techniques inspired by the Italian glass artform millifiori and a Japanese clay technique, nerikomi.
Activities will include the Art of Bloody Marys (a build-your-own bar) presented by The Good Egg from 10am-1pm, and Whiskey Tasting from 2-5pm on Saturday and Sunday; the Chill & Charge Lounge with a charging station by Living Sound and alfresco billiards courtesy of Chilton’s Billiards & Spas; and over-sized lawn games, including giant Jenga and chess provided by Bluestem Rentals.