Happy Sesquicentennial, K-State! This weekend is the kickoff celebrating 150 years of success.
K-State was founded on Feb. 16, 1863 as Kansas State Agricultural College and was the first land-grant university in America. Since then, this institution of higher education has grown, and the community of Manhattan has grown with it.
Join fellow K-State family members in Ahearn Field House from 1 to 7 p.m. for the kickoff and grand exhibition that looks back at 150 years of colleges, academic departments and other facets of university life.
An official program begins at 4 p.m. featuring the K-State Marching Band and the K-State Orchestra.
Enjoy birthday cupcakes and Call Hall ice cream while perusing the campus-wide exhibition. Named “Wildcat Birthday 150,” the flavor is a cake batter-based ice cream with chunks of birthday cake, topped with royal purple sprinkles.
Parking near Ahearn Field House will be limited. A shuttle service will run between the east parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Ahearn Field House every half hour from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.
From 5 to 7 p.m. the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will have an opening reception for the “Museum of Wonder,” an exhibition running until October 13 featuring a conglomeration of university artifacts from geology, aviation, physics, agriculture and more, as well as several ethnographic objects that have never been displayed before.
Want to celebrate but can’t make it in person? The kickoff will be shown live at 4 p.m. online at www.k-state.edu/150 and on K-StateHD.TV at www.k-state.edu/tv.
The K-State Gala on Friday night at the Convention Center is sold out.
Tickets are still available for Carol Burnett. On Sunday, McCain Performance Series presents Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett at 3 p.m. It is a conversation with Carol where the audience asks the questions. For tickets, visit www.k-state.edu/mccain.
MHS presents Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” 7 p.m. through Saturday. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 12), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance. MHSW Rezac Auditorium.
Faculty and Student Artists: Celebrating New Music, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.
Cox Bros. BBQ American Music Series presents “Los Habaneros” at 7 p.m. at 812 E. Chestnut St. in Junction City.
K-State Theatre presents “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. February 17. Written by Rajiv Joseph. The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature. Directed by Dillon Artzer. For tickets, visit www.k-state.edu/theatre. Nichols Theatre.
National Association of Teachers of Singing Winter Workshop featuring Ricky Ian Gordon, all day. Through Saturday. For information, visit www.k-state.edu/music. K-State Student Union.
Free Kids’ Movie: “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,” 2 p.m. Public Library.
Closing Reception for “Art of Architecture,” 5-7 p.m. This unique exhibit provides viewers with a glimpse of the artistic side of area architects. Organized by KSU Professor James Jones, with assistance from Professor Dragan Simic. The galleries are free and open to the public from noon-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Manhattan Arts Center.
K-State Project Runway featuring Austin Scarlett, 7 p.m. Scarlett, from season one of “Project Runway” and last year in “Project Runway: All-Stars,” will speak and judge the wedding dress challenge. K-State Student Union Ballroom.
The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Barefoot in the Park,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and children, or VIP table seating for $30. Purchase tickets 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by calling (785) 456-2029 or any time at www.ColumbianTheatre.com.For tickets and information, call (800) 899-1893. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.
The Daily Union and the Junction City Little Theater presents “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
A biographical tale of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Cost: $17 adults, $15 military, $10 students. Special rates available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, call (785) 238-3906 or visit www.jclt.info. C.L. Hoover Opera House.
UPC Film: “Skyfall,” 8 p.m. Friday for $2. Also 7 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State students and military receive $1 off. Union Forum Hall.
K-State After Hours: Valentine Rendezvous, 8-11 p.m. Free salsa dance lessons, bear creations, candy, chocolate, and more. Union Courtyard.
Tiny Horse, 9 p.m. Cover: $3. Auntie Mae’s.
Manhattan Area Garden Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Also noon-4 p.m. Sunday. See gardening vendors and attend free gardening seminars. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.
Oscar Winning Films: “Midnight in Paris,” 2 p.m. The Library is showing a series of Oscar winning films leading up to the Oscars. Manhattan Public Library.
Dan Valentine Memorial Bake Sale, 3 p.m. Auntie Mae’s.
K-State Men’s Basketball vs. Baylor, 6 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.
The Schwag, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, 9 p.m. Free. Aggie Central Station.
Riley Co. Genealogical Society Lecture: “Early Families of the Dewey Ranch,” 2 p.m. A free lecture by Charles Given, Konza Prairie Historian about the history of the area that is now the Konza Prairie. For more information, call Judy Regehr at (785) 770-2198. Meadowlark Hills Community Room.