‘Churchill,’ Young Artists, spaghetti dinner and more

By The Mercury


Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.
People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate. It’s free to sign up, and all you have to do is keep track of the time you spend reading in order to win fun prizes, like free books and gift certificates to local restaurants. Last year more than 3,000 people participated in summer reading and together logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of reading time.
Registration for the 2014 program begins June 1, either online at or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.

Kids Free Day at the Sunset Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kids free with paid adult admission.
Sunset Zoo.


Junction City Little Theater auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar,” 6:30 p.m. through Wednesday.
Singers should be prepared to sing a song of their choosing or a song from the show. The show is September 12-14 and 19-21.
The production is also needing musicians and backstage assistants to help with sound, lights, and set. Interested persons should contact or visit with us at auditions.
C. L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m.
Auntie Mae’s Parlor.


Trivia Smack Down, 8 p.m.
Auntie Mae’s.


Minecraft Gaming, 2 p.m.
Manhattan Public Library.

MPL Chess Club, 3:30-6 p.m.
Students are invited to learn, watch and play chess.
Manhattan Public Library.


Young Artist Celebration and Reception, 3-5 p.m.
Visit the Young Curators exhibition and view works created in the Young Artists Program. Featuring performances by the Young Musicians and readings in the galleries by the K-State English Department’s Young Writers Program participants. Refreshments will be served, open to the public.
Beach Museum of Art.

C.L. Hoover Opera House’s Opera, Schmopera! Series presents “Churchill,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
In April 1955, on the eve of his resignation as Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill recalls his uniquely eventful career filled with the history-changing events and people, glorious speeches, pithy comments, wit and wisdom that shaped his legacy. Starring Andrew Edlin.
Tickets: $18 adults, $15 military and seniors, $12 students.
For tickets and information, visit
C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City. 


Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and Cox Bros. BBQ present the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7 p.m.
A benefit event for K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. Get tickets in advance by calling 785-532-6705.
First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth.



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

Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.


Jessica Paige with Vi Tran, 9 p.m.
Auntie Mae’s Parlor.


Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m.
Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.


The Reiters, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.


Arts in the Park presents Americana singer/songwriter Randy McAllister, 8 p.m.
Larry Norvell Band Shell.

Ben Shardein, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.


Slow Burn, 9 p.m.
Aggie Central Station.

Wells the Traveler, 9 p.m.
Cost: $3.
Aggie Central Station.


On The Homefront: Propaganda and Patriotism in World War II, through August 8. Exhibit compiled by Ray Kurtz. William T. Kemper Art Gallery, K-State Student Union, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For the Love of Sky, through August 30. Strecker Nelson Art Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Joan Backes: Where the Heart Belongs, through September 7. The open structures created by artist Joan Backes invite various interpretations and questions about the notion of “house” and “home.” Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Igniting the Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, through October 5.
Explores the science of multimodal sensory perception — the experience of one sense igniting another. Beach Museum of Art.
Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, through October 5. A collection ofDawoud Bey’s thought-provoking photographs. Beach Museum of Art.

Ice Age Imperials, through September 14. A rare opportunity to “touch” the Ice Age.
Interact with real fossils from ancient animals like the saber-toothed cat, wooly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, giant beaver and teeth from a huge prehistoric bear makes the Ice Age come alive for visitors like never before.
Access is included with the cost of admission. Flint Hills Discovery Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

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