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Grammy-nominated a cappella group to sing at McCain Auditorium

By Ben Hopper

The internationally renowned and Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock, is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the McCain Performance Series.

The group has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C. and in communities of conscience around the world. Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

Tickets for the event are available at the McCain Box Office or by calling (785) 532-6428. Other upcoming events in McCain include Union Program Council’s Dancing with the K-State Stars, season five, featuring Chelsie Hightower from ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 4. DRUMline Live is February 8 and “Shrek the Musical” is February 12.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Valentines Workshop for Adults, 6:30-8 p.m. Crafting for adults. Beach Museum of Art.

Discussion Series: Between Fences, 7 p.m. Ann Hawkins will lead a discussion of “The Wire Cutters” by Mollie Moore Davis, first published in 1889. Set during the 1880s Texas Wire-Cutting War, when fencing off the open plains set smallholders against the rich large-tract owners, this novel has all the trappings of a classic Western: cowboys, duels, and outlaws framed against the canvas of the struggle to survive on the frontier. Facilitator Ann Hawkins teaches U.S. History at Washburn University, and U.S. and World History to homeschooled youth across northeast Kansas. Manhattan Public Library Groesbeck Meeting Room.

Antennas Up with Not a Plant, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



UPC Film: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” 8 p.m. Friday for $2. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

Roger Creager, 8 p.m. Dirty Dawg Saloon.

K-State After Hours: Western Night, 9 p.m. Enjoy a boot scootin’, root tootin’, hoot-nanny. Live country music, mechanical bull rides, roping lessons and demonstrations, dancing and more. Co-Sponsored by K-State Rodeo Club and Country Swing and Two Step Club. Union Courtyard.

Andy Frasco, 10 p.m. Also 10 p.m. Saturday. Aggie Central Station.



Manhattan Sertoma Club 51st Annual Pancake and Ground Hog Feed, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pancakes, sausage and beverages will be served. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 6-12 and may be purchased at the door. Children under 6 eat for free. HCI Fundraising will also be sponsoring a sale of fashion accessories, including jewelry, belts and scarves, and other items.

The club’s name is a contraction of “SERvice TO MAnkind.” Its goal is to raise money to support speech and hearing programs and many other community organizations, such as the Senior Center, Shepherd’s Crossing, Ogden Friendship House, the Caroline Peine Transitional Center (Manhattan Emergency Shelter), Habitat for Humanity, and others. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.

Oscar Winning Films: “The Social Network,” 2 p.m. The Library is showing a series of Oscar winning films leading up to the Oscars. Manhattan Public Library.

K-State Women’s Basketball vs. Kansas, 2 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.

Second Annual Hype Weekly Dance-a-Thon, 7 p.m. Columbian Theatre.

SlowBurn and a Very Mae’s Groundhog Day, 9 p.m. Auntie Mae’s Parlor.



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

Annual Family Valentines Workshop, 1:30-3 p.m. All the lace, ribbon and bling you need to create handmade Valentines, plus refreshments. This is a great chance for families to have fun together. $5 per child, $3 members, reservations are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Beach Museum of Art.

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

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