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K-State’s Open House kicks off this weekend

Ben Hopper

By A Contributor

The K-State Singers will help kick off the university’s Open House weekend with their spring show, “In the Black.” The students will perform songs about money and the color black.

Conducted by Joshua Oppenheim and Julie Yu Oppenheim, the show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are $5 from any K-State Singer or $7 at the door.

On Saturday, fill up on pancakes and sausage from the KSU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and American Society of Agricultural Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Pancake and Sausage Feed before hitting up the booths, displays and exhibits at annual All-University K-State Open House.

The pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 142 Seaton. The cost for adults is $5, $4 for student, and $2 for children. Tickets can be purchased from members of either club in advance or at the door. The money raised will benefit both clubs.

After breakfast, check out the K-State Insect Zoo, a full-size cast of a T-Rex skull, see a cow milking demonstration, and more. Stop by the K-State Student Union for more booths and information. Events begin at 9 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. For a more complete list of activities, visit

Here’s a look at other are events:


Manhattan High School Thespian Troupe #941 presents the gripping courtroom drama “Twelve Angry Jurors, 7 p.m. Also Friday and Saturday. Cost: $5 public, $3 MHS students at the door. Rezac Auditorium.

K-State Theatre present “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Also 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. April 28. Directed by Charlotte MacFarland. For tickets, call the McCain Box Office at (785) 532-6428. Nichols Theatre.

KSU Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. David Littrell, conductor. McCain Auditorium.

Thursday Starts the Weekend, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiards specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



Provost Lecture Series: “Ed Parkour: Learning Around, Over, and Beyond the Walls” by Michael Wesch, 10:30 a.m. Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.

Early Release Workshop: Clay, 2-3:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per child, $2.50 for Beach Museum members, reservation required by calling (785) 532-7718. Beach Museum of Art.

Lee Elementary School’s 59th annual BBQ 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 for quarter-chicken dinner, $10.50 for half-chicken dinner, $19 for family-style dinner, $6 for Longhorn dinner (hot dog).

Opening reception for “2012: Faith, Magic, Love & Death–Cautionary Tales of the End Times” Exhibit, 5-8 p.m. Curated by K-State MFA graduate Marko Fields, featuring six artists and their visions of the Mayan “End Times.” Strecker-Nelson Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz Avenue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Manhattan Arts Center Sounds from Around Music Series presents “Just Jazz,” 7:30 p.m.  Tickets: $15 adults, $10 military, students and children. For tickets, call 785-537-4420, visit Manhattan Arts Center.

UPC Film: “Space Jam,” 8 p.m. for $1. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

K-State After Hours: Bull Ridin’, Boot Scootin’, and Baked Beans, 9 p.m.-midnight. Featuring country music artist Stewart Ray from 9-10:30 p.m. enjoy a mechanical bull, food, and more. Union Courtyard.

Rock’It Bowl, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiards specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



Royal Tracs 5K and Royal Kids Fun Run, 7:30 a.m. A 5K and 1 mile kids fun run that benefits kids in foster care so they can go to summer camp. Registration 7:30 a.m. 5K begins at 8:30 a.m., kids fun run begins approximately 10 a.m. Featuring an obstacle course, bounce house, games and face painting for the kids. For registration and information, contact or (785) 776-9260. Northeast Community Park, 680 Knox Lane.

The Flint Hills Iris Society invites visitors to view the colorful array of blooming iris at the KSU Gardens Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free and open to the public. KSU Gardens, Denison Road.

2012 “Senior” Prom, 6-9 p.m. Featuring a night of dinner, dancing and live music by Bobby Layne & his Orchestra, for adults over the age of 50. Tickets: $15 per person, and are available for purchase only at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1101 Fremont. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (785) 587-2757. Jon & Ruth Ann Wefald Pavilion and GTM Family Center, City Park.

Red State Blues Band, 8 p.m. Cover: $3. Auntie Mae’s.



Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.

Go Green with Humanity, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free but donations, which will go toward the Habitat for Humanity Home Build and Restore, will be accepted. 2711 Amherst.

Presentation: How to Make and Use Biochar with TLUD stoves to sequester carbon, enliven soil, grow nutrient-dense food by David Yarrow and the Flint Hills Resilience Coalition, 1-4 p.m. UFM Conference Room, 1221 Thurston, for biochar video. At 5p.m., caravan to Manhattan Community Garden on Collins Ln, Hunter’s Island, for biochar burn if conditions allow.

Sunset Zoo’s Earth Day 2012: A Party for the Planet & Primates 2, all day. The Zoo will unveil its newest animal addition—a pair of white-handed gibbons. Zoo gates will open at 9:30 a.m.

Developing Scholars Program 12th Annual Research Poster Symposium, 2-4 p.m. Also presenting the Sixth Annual University Awards for Distinguished Research. K-State Student Union Ballroom.

KSU Collegiate Chorale, 3 p.m. Joshua Oppenheim and Julie Yu Oppenheim, conductors. All Faiths Chapel.

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

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