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Bill Engvall brings Blue Collar brand of humor to McCain stage

By Ben Hopper

Enjoy more laughs this weekend as McCain Performance Series presents platinum recording artist and Grammy nominee Bill Engvall.

This comedian is currently working on an animated show for Country Music Television’s “Bounty Hunters,” as well as developing a new show for TNT. Prior to this he was the host of “Lingo” for the Game Show Network, and most recently starred in the Hallmark Channel movie “Kiss at Pine Lake.” He also starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom for TBS, which ran for three seasons.

Engvall was a member of the highly successful “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” and reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy for a comedy special, which aired on CMT. For tickets to the 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. show on Friday, visit or call (785) 532-6428. McCain Auditorium.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Manhattan Arts Center will hold auditions for Sally Bailey’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for grades 3 through 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. culminating in three performances on December 7, 8 and 9. No preparation is required. For more information, visit or call (785) 537-4420.

Department of Art Visiting Lecture: “Life and Artwork” by Evan Summer, 5:30 p.m. Summer, internationally recognized printmaker, will present a lecture. Free and open to the public. 114 Willard Hall.

Manhattan Arts Center and Little Apple Toyota Honda present Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Jordan Foote debuts his directorial skills at MAC with this WWII era drama. “All My Sons” follows Joe Keller and his family living in a suburban American neighborhood with the only sadness in their lives being the loss of a second son who went missing during the war. Three years later, with hope still burning in their hearts, a tree planted in their son’s memory is uprooted, revealing a secret that sends the characters on a terrifying journey towards the truth. “All My Sons” is based on a true story and was the winner of the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947. Featuring Shel Edelman, Kim Riley, Hannah Baker and Sean Matthews. Tickets: $17/$15 adults, $12/$10 military, students and children (12 and under). Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office from noon to 5 p.m. or by calling MAC at (785) 537-4420 or at

Nora Lewis, oboe, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

JB and the Moonshine Band, 10 p.m. Cost: $10. Longhorn’s.



K-State After Hours: Poker Tournamen. Participants can register online at On-site check in starts at 6 p.m. Prizes for the top three. K-State Student Union Courtyard.

Manhattan High School Homecoming vs. Shawnee Heights, 7 p.m. Local motorcycle riders are encouraged to rev your motors at 6:45 p.m. as the team takes the field. It’s a blue, white and red spirit night Friday, so wear your school colors for spirit. (Seniors wear blue, juniors wear white, sophomores wear red, and freshmen wear all three colors.) Bishop Stadium.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz,” 2 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and October 12-14. Directed by Wamego’s T-Shane Roberts, who has appeared as the colorful, comical, character, The Cowardly Lion from 2001 to 2005. The cast of 38 includes Krysten Day as Dorothy Gale, Randy Rhoten as the Scarecrow, Daniel Myers-Bowman as the Tinman, Christy Collette as the Wicked Witch of the West, Cortney Beims as Glinda the Good Witch and Nicholas Yetter as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. “Oz” is under the musical direction of Steve Brenn and choreographed by Randy Rhoten. Tickets can be ordered on line at or by calling the box office at (785) 456-2029.

UPC Film: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” 8 p.m. Also 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Rated PG. K-State Student Union Little Theatre.



Kansas vs. Kansas State football, 11 a.m., Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt.

A & H Pumpkin Patch Opening Day, day activities from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Roast hotdogs and s’mores during our nightly activities from 7-10 p.m. Sunday day activities are from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more, call (785) 341-7794 or visit A & H Pumpkin Patch, 1374 Collins Lane, just a mile south of Manhattan.

K-State Libraries and MPL present “The Hunger Games,” 2 p.m. In honor of banned book week. Manhattan Public Library.



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

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.

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.



Downtown Manhattan and the Manhattan Public Library present an Architectural Scavenger Hunt, through October 31. Starting October 1, the public will be unleashed on the streets of Downtown Manhattan, Kansas in search of gargoyles, Aesop’s fox, and the letter W. To begin the hunt, pick up a brochure at the Library or print one from the library’s website Next, search for the architectural features pictured in the brochure and write down the locations. Then bring your results back to the library and enter the drawing for a chance to win prizes donated by Downtown Manhattan businesses including the Pathfinder, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Cary Company, AJ’s Pizzaria, and DMI.  The prize drawing will be held at the end of the month and winners will be chosen from among those who completed the hunt successfully. This is a fun activity for the whole family. More information can be found by visiting the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue, online at, or by calling (785) 776-4741.


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