K-State Open House, Itzhak Perlman lead this weekend’s slate of activities

By Ben Hopper

K-State is highlighting its 150th anniversary with a variety of cool programs, academic exhibits, food, entertainment, games and more at its open house this weekend.

Start your “acca-awesome” weekend with K-State’s amazing a capella group, In-A-Chord, for its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in McCain Auditorium. Advance tickets from members of the group are half off. For tickets, call (785) 532-6428.

On Saturday, explore K-State’s 250 majors, nine colleges, more than 475 student organizations, and all that K-State has to offer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (The Salina and Olathe campuses will also have displays.) Many family-friendly activities will support the Open House theme, “Experience the Tradition. Be the Future.” in celebration of K-State’s 150th year. Visit for information.

Start your morning with the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and American Society of Agricultural Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Pancake and Sausage Feed from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in 142 Seaton Hall. Cost is $5 for adult, $4 for students and $2 children. The monies raised will benefit both clubs as they travel to conferences and competitions across the country.

The Beach Museum has an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that will feature a gallery search with prizes and refreshments.

Open House traces its roots to several college events like Home Economics Hospitality Day, Engineers’ Open House and Ag Day dating back nearly 90 years. The first all-university Open House was held in 1969 and has since become one of the most popular traditions at K-State.

The McCain Performance Series presents legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at 4 p.m. Sunday in McCain Auditorium.

Perlman enjoys a superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in making music.

Here’s a look at other area events.


MHS Performing Arts and Thespians will present Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” this weekend on the play’s 60th anniversary. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, all at Rezac Auditorium at the high school’s West Campus.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students or free with an activity pass.

Book signing for long-time Manhattan resident Mark Weis, 3-6:30 p.m. Weis, a nationally recognized Christian physician and medical writer, released his first novel, “Lead Me Into Temptation.” Public Library.

Flint Hills Discovery Center Go See It! Lecture Series: Oregon Trail through the Flint Hills, 7-8 p.m. Flint Hills Discovery Center.

The American Music Series featuring The Red State Blues Band and a hog roast buffet, 7 p.m. Live music on the patio every Thursday night, no cover. Cox’s Brothers, Junction City.

Joshua Bonilla, composition, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel

Shoofly with The Boondogglers, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Stars of the Prairie Quilt Show, noon-6 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.  First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth.

K-State Tap Dance Ensemble Showcase, 6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “The Sound of Music,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets.” Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (785) 456-2029. Columbian Theatre.

UPC Film: “The Emperor’s New Groove,” 8 p.m. for $1. Also, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1 p.m. Union Little Theatre.

K-State After Hours: Pool Trick Shot Artist Jack White, 8-10 p.m. Free Rock’It Bowl from 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Union Recreation.

Drew Hansen, baritone, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Hale Library Concert Series featuring Chris Thompson, baritone, and Steven Spooner, piano, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 adults, $10 students. For information, call (785) 532-7442. Hale Library.

Wayne Goins & The Jazz Masters, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Ninth Annual Enid Stover Poetry Recitation, 2-4 p.m. City Park Rose Garden.

Oscar Winners Film Series: “True Grit,” 2 p.m. Groesbeck Meeting Room.

After Hours: Twilight Spoof Party for teens, 5:30-10 p.m. Public Library Auditorium.

Handel’s Messiah, 7 p.m. Rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursday. First Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz.

Josh Abbott Band, 8 p.m. Tickets available at (785) 537-8646 or at Varney’s and RB Outpost. Wareham Opera House.

The Drop, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Student Recital Series: Austin Curnutt, clarinet, and Josh Peterson, bass clarinet, 1:15 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Student Recital Series: vocalists Mallory Rathbun and Sarah Wirtz, 3 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

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