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A tribute to the Bard and other area events

By Ben Hopper

William Shakespeare died 398 years ago Wednesday. But his stories live forever. 

On Sunday, the McCain Performance Series presents Shakespeare’s most tragic tale, told with the beauty and splendor of the Russian ballet tradition.   

The Moscow Festival Ballet returns to the McCain Auditorium stage to perform Shakespeare’s timeless “Romeo and Juliet.”

Set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score and Petipa’s majestic choreography, this enchanting tale will capture your heart.

Also on the program is “Chopiniana,” known as “Les Sylphides,” an elegant ballet inspired by the gorgeous music of Chopin. 

For tickets to this 4 p.m. show on Sunday, call 785-532-6428 or visit


Here’s a look at other area events.




MPL Chess Club, 3:30-6 p.m.

Students are invited to learn, watch and play chess.

Manhattan Public Library.


Bellus Academy presents a Spa & Wellness Expo 2014, 5-8 p.m.

Join Bellus Academy for an evening of exploring the latest innovations in spa and wellness.

This free event includes exciting door prizes and access to exhibits by top health, fitness and spa professionals like Murad, Wella Salon Professional, Juice+, American Massage Therapy and more.

Featuring Joanne Berry with Bellus Academy, Lauren Snow from Associated Skin Care Professionals and Janelle Holen from Genesis Pure, as well as keynote speaker Dr. Joe Pace — who will encourage and motivate expo attendees to achieve their goals and position their business for success in the beauty industry.

RSVP Required at (785) 539-1837

Flint Hills Discovery Center.


MLA TALK Series Book Discussion: “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson, 7 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.


KSU Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Also May 1-3.

For tickets, call 785-532-6428 or visit

The Mark Chapman Theatre, Nichols Theater.


Guest and Faculty Artists: Robert Edwards, piano; Karen Large, flute; and Nora Lewis, oboe, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


In-A-Chord, 7:30 p.m.

McCain Auditorium. 

Turnpike Troubadours, 8 p.m.

Cost: $20.

The Wareham Opera House.


On The Spot Improv Show, 8 p.m.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.


Local Laughs: Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





ZOOfari Tails: Porcupines in Love, 10 a.m.

Animal-themed stories and animal artifacts from the Sunset Zoo staff. Some programs include a live animal as well. 

Monthly book give-away sponsored by Claflin Books.

Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership. (Drawing in December)

Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.


International Student and Scholar Services Coffee Hour: Honduras, 4-5 p.m.

Led by David Mejia-Zaccaro. Try food from Honduras and visit with international students and community members.

International Student Center.


K-State Relay for Life, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Memorial Stadium.


The Manhattan Arts Center presents the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also May 1-4.

Directed by Fred Burrack and sponsored by Friends of Carole Setser, CivicPlus, Meadowlark Hills, Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club, ESB Financial and in memory of Charlotte Edelman,  

To reserve tickets, please call (785) 537-4420 or visit

Manhattan Arts Center.  


Game Show Night for Teens, 5:30-8 p.m.

Compete in a variety of popular game shows.

Manhattan Public Library.


K-State After Hours: Mini Golf at Relay for Life, 7-11 p.m.

Memorial Stadium.


Hale Concert Series presents pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 adults, $10 students. For more information, call (785) 532-7442.

Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.


K-State Singers Spring Show: Fight or Flight, 7:30 p.m.

McCain Auditorium.


UPC Film: “The Lego Movie,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State students and military receive $1 off.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


The Stand-Up Show hosted by Danny Neely, 8 p.m. Also featuring five comedians. Free.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.


Morris with Carswell and Hope, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Library Card Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Kids can get a free book by showing that they have their own library card. Sponsored by Junior League of the Flint Hills. Suggested for preschoolers through 6th graders.

Manhattan Public Library


Tech Tuesdays: All About eBooks, 10 a.m.

An introduction to the Sunflower eLibrary, the Kansas State Library’s eBooks, 3M and Freading, and other options. Bring your own devices and walk away with your digital library expanded.

Register online at

Manhattan Public Library.


Riley County Historical Society Open House at Rocky Ford School, 2-4 p.m.

Rocky Ford School, a one-room limestone schoolhouse, was built in 1903. The building served first through eighth grade students in District 70 until consolidation with District 1 in 1938.

Although consolidation had been a topic of discussion during District 70 board meetings as early as 1921, patrons chose to rebuild the school after a fire nearly destroyed it in 1927.

Builder Fred Hulse used the original limestone during the reconstruction. 

The school was added to the state and national Register of Historic Places in January 2012.

Tuttle Creek Boulevard and Barnes Road.


Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Spring Carnival, 4-7 p.m.

Featuring food, games, a rock wall, inflatables, cake walk, carriage and train rides, face painting, balloon art and prizes. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.


Manhattan Parks and Recreation 2014 Senior Prom, 6-9 p.m.

A night of dinner, dancing, and live music featuring Bobby Layne & His Orchestra for ages 50 and older. Younger spouses or dates may also attend.

Cost: $25 per person. Tickets are available for advance sale only at the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Office, 1101 Fremont Street.

Houston Street Ballroom.


RollerBurn Showdown-Indoor Bike Racing, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Juke Joint Jump with Gran Marquis, 9:30 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bluestem Bistro.


KSU Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir, 3 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.

della Voce.

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