‘Harvey,’ Chinese dance troupe take stage

By Ben Hopper

The story of affable Elwood P. Dowd and his unseen friend Harvey, a large pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit, comes to life this weekend as Manhattan Arts Center presents “Harvey.”

The play by American playwright Mary Chase follows Dowd as he introduces Harvey to everyone he meets, but his social-climbing sister, embarrassed by his eccentric behavior, commits him to a sanitarium.

This production is sponsored by Friends of Carole Setser and performed in memory of David Chastan and Charlotte Edelman. It’s directed by Kim Riley and features Penny Cullers, Bill Pugh, Carl Stunkel, Glenn Davis, Eric Danielson and Shel Edelman.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. You have two additional chances to see it at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, as well as March 7-9. To reserve tickets, please call (785) 537-4420 or visit 

Also taking the stage Friday is a visually stunning blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, as the McCain Performance Series presents Dynasties & Beyond – presented by Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company.

Embark on a dazzling journey from ancient dynasties to contemporary culture at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit

The performance is at McCain Auditorium.

Here’s a look at other area events:




MLA TALK Series, 7 p.m.

This month, Marilyn Klaus leads a discussion of “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg.

Marilyn is a lecturer with the departments of Religious Studies and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. 

Books are available for checkout at the library’s Information Desk. The TALK program is sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and Kansas Humanities Council.

Manhattan Public Library.


Drunk Spelling Bee, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




ZOOfari Tails: Porcupines in Love, 10 a.m.

Children will get to see a live porcupine. No registration or fees. Please note that the zoo is not open for visiting animals until noon that day.

Nature Exploration Center, Sunset Zoo.


MLA Annual Book Sale, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Friday night is open for members only. Memberships will be sold at the door starting at only $10. Featuring hardcover, paperback, children’s books, CDs and DVDs. All hardcover books are $1.50 and paperbacks are 75 cents each or 2 for $1. All proceeds from the book sale and membership drive will benefit the library.

Manhattan Public Library.


15th Annual Casino Night and Auction Fundraiser, 6:30 p.m.

A casino night and fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan.

K-State Alumni Association.


Dinner Theater, 6:30-9 p.m.

Go back in time to the year 1860. Mrs. Mary Jane Ritchie, played by Anne Hawkins, will lead the audience through an unforgettable experience as we gather under the guise of prayer meeting. The real intention, though, is to learn more about the Underground Railroad.

Catered dinner by Bockers II will be served family style including: fried chicken, creamy cole slaw, mashed potatoes, country-style cream gravy, green beans with bacon and onion, homemade dinner rolls and apple pie for dessert. Registration fee for FHDC members is $30 per person and $35 per person for non-members.

To register, visit

Flint Hills Discovery Center.


UPC Film: “Gravity,” 8 p.m. for $2.

Also 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3.

Student Union Forum Hall.


K-State After Hours: Minute To Win It…Super Hero Edition, 9 p.m.-midnight. Union Courtyard.


Tyler Gregory with Eddy Green, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




Safari Expo at Salina’s Rolling Hills Zoo, 1-4 p.m.

Join Rolling Hills Zoo and Sunset Zoo for an exciting day of career exploration in the animal and conservation fields for middle and high school students. Tuition is $10 per person; pre-registration required.

Register by contacting Anita Butler at Rolling Hills, or (785) 827-9488. 

Need transportation to the event? Sunset Zoo will provide transportation from Sunset Zoo to/from the event. Limited spots available; contact Jared Bixby at or call (785) 587-2737.


Not a Planet with The Guilty Lovers, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





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.


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m.

della Voce.

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