Hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with the Cats this weekend in Big 12 tournament play. If you are not able to make it to Kansas City to cheer on the Cats tonight at 6 p.m., watch it on the Big 12 Network and get ready for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration all weekend.
The McCain Performance Series kicks of the weekend by hosting The Celtic Tenors at 7:30 on Friday. (See article at right.)
The most successful classical crossover group ever to emerge from Ireland, the group is pioneering a new style of cool never before seen on the classical stage and is breaking the traditional stuffy tenor mold. The unique voices, charm and wit of Daryl Simpson, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan combine an emotive journey with a thoroughly uplifting experience. For tickets, visit www.k-state.edu/mccain or call (785) 532-6428.
On Saturday, don some green and take the family to the 35th annual Aggieville St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. This year’s theme is Pot O’Gold.
Don’t miss the Manhattan Arts Center’s Blarney Breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kite’s Bar and Grille. It features green eggs and ham, biscuits and gravy and more. For tickets or more information, visit www.manhattanarts.org or call (785) 537-4420.
The festivities this year feature a two-mile fun walk/run at10 a.m. and a 10K road race at 10:45 a.m. Register in person at Ballard’s, 1218 Moro. The race awards ceremony will be at 12:15 p.m. in Triangle Park. The price is $17/walker and $22/runner.
The annual parade is at 2 p.m. The grand marshal is Jon McGraw, former Riley County Falcon, Kansas State Wildcat, and Kansas City Chief, joined by his family.
Horse-drawn carriage rides, provided by 3C Carriage Service, will go through the ‘Ville and City Park.
Here’s a look at other area events.
Sally Pemberton: Portrait of Murdock Pemberton, 7 p.m. Author Sally Pemberton recounts her adventures researching the career of her grandfather Murdock Pemberton, a Kansas native, playwright, poet and the New Yorker magazine’s first art critic. A reception will follow the talk where copies of the book “Portrait of Murdock Pemberton” will be available for purchase at a discounted price of $75. Free admission and parking. UMB Theater, Beach Museum.
The Dead Girls with Delicious Friction and The Field Day Jitters, 7 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents illusionist Reza, 7:30 p.m. A mixture of light, sound, and magic. Cost: $20 adults, $18 military, $15 students. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
On The Spot presents Spring Forward with Comedy, 8 p.m. K-State’s improv troupe’s spring break show. K-State Student Union Flint Hills Room.
Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning presentation: “Ten Things You Need to Know About Learning and the Brain” by Jane Fishback, noon-1 p.m. Neuroscience research suggests which teaching techniques are compatible with how the brain functions and which are not. Bring your brain to this brown bag lunch session, presented by Fishback, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and accomplished scholar on applying knowledge from neuroscience to teaching and learning. Free and open to all K-State faculty, staff, and students. Register online at < www.k-state.edu. Part of the Year of the Brain. Town Hall Room, Leadership Studies Building.
Retro Gaming Day, 2-4 p.m. Teens, tweens, and parents are invited to play old school video games and board games. Game Hounds will be loaning systems from the 80s and 90s. Manhattan Public Library Groesbeck Meeting Room.
Department of Geography and the Beta Psi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon Lecture: “Judge, You Just Don’t Understand: Complexity and Change in the Foreclosure Crisis” by Daniel Hammel from the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, 3-4 p.m. 132 Seaton Hall.
K-State Baseball vs. West Virginia, 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Tointon Family Stadium.
Slowburn with She Said, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
K-State Equestrian vs. Oklahoma State, all day. Timbercreek Stables.
The Manhattan Arts Center and MACademy present Paul Mesner Puppets: “The Stinky Cheese Man,” 4 p.m. The audience will have a blast with Jack, the narrator. For tickets or more information, visit www.manhattanarts.org or call (785) 537-4420. Manhattan Arts Center.