Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents Garry Krinsky’s “Toying with Science,” 3 p.m. A fun-filled, enteractive show. Cost: $12 adults, $10 military/seniors, $7 students. C.L. Hoover Opera House.
UPC Film: “Ender’s Game,” 8 p.m. for $3. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
Toddler Move and Groove Storytime, 10 a.m. For more storytimes, visit manhattan.lib.ks.us. Manhattan Public Library.
Tickets for the Harry Potter Back-to-School Feast on Feb. 8 in the Harry Potter Room in Hale Library are available at (785) 532-6571. For more information, visit www.k-state.edu/upc.
“Sex & Relationships: Having the Best of Both Worlds” by speaker Dr. Wendy Walsh, 7:30 p.m. Walsh has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The View, FOX News, the Doctors. Free. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
Commerce Bank Awards for Diversity Excellence, 3:30 p.m. K-State Alumni Center.
Kansas Day Celebration, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Celebrate Kansas Day with the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Family-friendly activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and special state-themed activities throughout the building. A special youth admission rate of $30 is available that includes chaperones with a 1:5 youth to adult ratio. Flint Hills Discovery Center.
“Everybody Counts,” 10 a.m. The purpose of the “Everybody Counts!” is to provide free and much needed services to our most vulnerable population. We are planning to have dental care, medical care, various social service organizations, school district representatives, and other various community organizations that want to be part of addressing these needs at this 24 hour event. “Everybody Counts!” will also coincide with the required annual HUD point-in-time count of homeless individuals in our community. For information, email EverybodyCountsMHK@gmail.com. Harris Activity Center.
Annual MLK Memorial Program and Candlelight Vigil, 7 p.m. Student Union Forum Hall.
MLK Fellowship Luncheon featuring the film: “The Long Road: Black History at K-State,” 11:30 p.m. Cost: $15. RSVP by January 24. K-State Alumni Center.
Art Talk: John Steuart Curry and Kansas: The Muse is Not Amused, 6 p.m. Historian Diane Eickhoff and journalist Aaron Barnhart recount the controversy over Tragic Prelude and assess it, and other Curry works, in light of Kansas’ storied history. UMB Theater, Beach Museum of Art.
On The Spot Improv, 8 p.m. Aggie Cnetral Station.
MLK Laying of the Wreaths, 2 p.m. Ahearn Field House at the MLK Bust.
McCain Performance Series presents “An Evening with Bernadette Peters,” 7:30 p.m. Throughout her career, Tony Award-winning actress Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and her celebrated recordings. In addition to numerous Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast albums including “Gypsy” and “Annie Get Your Gun,”
Peters has recorded six solo albums including “Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein” for which she earned a Grammy Nomination. You’ve seen her recently on the hit television series “Smash,” and her many film credits include “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, “The Longest Yard” with Burt Reynolds and many more. For tickets, visit k-state.edu/mccain or call (785) 532-6428. McCain Auditorium.
UPC Film: “Captian Phillips,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
K-State After Hours: Trivia Night, 8-10 p.m. Free. Student Union Courtyard.
Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling, 10 a.m.-noon. Duel with fellow Yu-Gi-Oh gamers, trade cars, and enter to win a prize. Ages 9 and up. Public Library.
Community Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. An exhibition of the educational and non-profit organziations that serve our greater community. Manhattan Town Center.
K-State Drag Show: A Decade of Drag, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: K-State students, free with valid ID; Non-students, $5. Tickets available starting Thursday in the McCain Box Office. Cash preferred. McCain Auditorium.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Concert Band Clinic Concert, 1 p.m. McCain Auditorium.
Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
Local Love Final Round, 8 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Colt Ford, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Purchase tickets at www.theareham.com. Wareham Opera House.
Deadman Flats with Joshua Jay, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
The Carney Encore with All About A Bubble, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Visual Inquiry: 2013 Kansas State University Art Faculty Exhibition, through Feb. 2. Diverse in vision, media, and execution, the works in this exhibition demonstrate visual investigations that form the studio practices of the Kansas State University Department of Art faculty. This exhibition features new work selected by the exhibiting artists. Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
F. Gene Ernst Memorial Exhibit, through February 15. Featuring paintings and drawings by Ernst, a longtime member of MAC Watercolor Studio, Kansas Watercolor Society, and Columbian Artists. He retired professor emeritus from the K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design in 1992. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Prairie As Muse — The Flint Hills Discovery Show Comes Home, through March 1. The expanse of the Flint Hills presented by 46 artists — paintings and sculpture — is represented in this exhibit which has been at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. The art has come home to the Gallery for a reprise of the exhibit and another opportunity to view it or to see it for the first time. There is a catalog of the exhibit still available. Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Football: The Exhibit, through June 1. Think you’ve got the skills to go pro? Football is a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition that introduces visitors to the science, math and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. This highly interactive exhibit brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also revealing the science that makes it all possible. Flint Hills Discovery Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
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