Back-to-school, Brew at the Zoo

By Ben Hopper

You might have noticed longer lines while shopping, longer waits to get a table at restaurants and more traffic. You can also hear the cadence of the Pride of Wildcatland as band members run drills and learn the music and steps of pre-game and halftime. All of this means that the Wildcats are returning for another academic year.

This weekend, the main move-in to the residence halls will bring parents and students in full force. It is also the start of K-State’s Week of Welcome.

On Saturday, to commemorate the end of sorority recruitment and the start of a new semester, K-State Greek Affairs and Union Program Council are hosting a free outdoor film on Bosco Student Plaza north of the K-State Student Union.

The film, “The Great Gatsby,” is Baz Luhrmann’s most recent cinematic masterpiece. Bring your own seating for this 8:30 p.m. show.

The 2013-2014 Kansas State University Marching Band will make its debut public performance at 8 p.m. Saturday for the annual concert on Moro Street in Aggieville. This 400-piece marching band will make its way down to Aggieville for a pep rally that has become a K-State tradition.

On Sunday, a new K-State tradition will begin with a special presentation for new students to commemorate the start of a new school year. The K-State Convocation will be at 6 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

Following the Convocation is the K-State Kickoff Pep Rally at 7 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Hear from coaches, student athletes, and the marching band. Students will learn K-State traditions and cheers.

For a complete listing of welcome events, visit Here’s a look at other area events.


Tumblebooks for Preschoolers, 10 a.m. Librarians will demonstrate the preschool-friendly Tumblebooks database where kids can find hundreds of picture books to view, as well as games and other learning opportunities via the Internet . There is Tumblebooks on the big screen storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday. Public Library.

Overview of the Affordable HealthCare Act, 7 p.m. An online watch party sponsored by the State Library explaining the Act. Public Library.

Texas country music star Josh Abbot Band with Weston Burt, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $23 advanced purchase, $25 day of show. The Wareham.


Opening Reception for “Flint Hills Masters,” 5-8 p.m. This historic exhibit by 47 of the most influential artists of the Flint Hills features paintings (watercolor, pastel and oil) and sculptures (ceramic, bronze, stone, and found objects) showing the beauty, variety and scope of this landscape we call home, through the eyes of artists for whom the Flint Hills is a subject to visit again and again. Exhibit runs August 23 through November 2 and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For additional information, call (785) 537-2099 or visit Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz.

Brew at the Zoo, 6:30-9 p.m. Drink a beer and save wildlife at this annual Friends of Sunset Zoo fundraiser featuring samples of Tallgrass Brewing Co.‘s beer, great food by Hy-Vee, donuts by Varsity, live music, Complete Music’s photo booth and the MHK Trolley. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the event. All event attendees must be 21; no infants or children will be admitted into the event. Sunset Zoo.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents country-style comedy and variety show “Hoo Haw,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20. Tickets can be purchased online at, over the phone at (800) 899-1893 or at the Columbian Theatre. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Matt Stilwell with Lucas Maddy, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Manhattan Area Rail Joiners Model Rain Show, through Sunday. Manhattan Town Center.

Coffee and Conversation with elected officials, 10 a.m. International Grain Center.

Colonial Classics Film Series: “Some Like It Hot,” 3 p.m. Cost: $2. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.

The Manhattan Arts Center presents Art Happens, 6:30 p.m. Experience art in the making at this fabulous fundraiser full of visual artist demonstrations, musical and theatrical artist performances, and food and drinks. Artist silent and live auctions will round out the evening. Tickets are $75 each. $50 of each ticket purchased is a tax-deductible donation to MAC. For more information, visit or call (785) 537-4420.

The Manhattan Music Coalition presents The Show 3, 10 p.m. Featuring bluesy rockers Andre and the Dudes, the garage sonics of The Field Day Jitters, and the Celtic sounds of Flannigan’s Right Hook. Aggie Central Station.

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