MAC’s Art Happens? and Brew at the Zoo coming up

By Ben Hopper

Get your art on this weekend.

The Manhattan Arts Center presents Art Happens? from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

This is an evening of art in the making, refreshments, and good company, featuring watercolors artist Oscar Larmer and demonstrations by ceramics artist Skyler Harper, basket weaver Marsha Jensen, glass bead artist Peggy Anderson, and glass blower Jim Hodgson.

Participants can enjoy performances by Nora and Gordon Lewis, Penny Cullers, Mary Renee Shirk, and K-State’s Poet in a Box.

Tickets are $75 each and are fully tax deductible. Call or email for your reservation at 785-537-4420 or

Also on Saturday is the C.L. Hoover Opera House’s Opera, Schmopera! Series featuring Broardway sensation Liz Callaway

Renowned for her collaborations with Steven Sondheim, her portrayal of Grizabella in Broadway’s “Cats” and for providing the singing voices of Disney film characters including Anastasia and Princess Jasmine, this Tony-nominated and Emmy-winning singer brings her New York cabaret to the Flint Hills.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance are $24 for adults, $21 for military and seniors, and $18 for students. For tickets and information, visit

There will be a master class from Liz Callaway called My Life (So Far) at 2 p.m. To attend this master class, call the Box Office at 785-238-3906.

The C.L. Hoover Opera House is in Junction City.

Here’s a look at other area events.



Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m.

Featuring stories about animals. Children’s librarians and zoo docents will read stories, followed by zoo staff showing animals and animal artifacts or leading tours to specific exhibits. Monthly book give-away will be sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend at least six Zoofari programs can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership.

Free admission for families attending the ZOOfari Tails program.

Sunset Zoo.


Brew at the Zoo, 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy hand-crafted samples at this annual fundraiser benefitting Sunset Zoo and its wildlife conservation efforts. Relax in the wild of Sunset Zoo while enjoying samples of cold brews, yummy appetizers, great entertainment, live encounters with Sunset Zoo’s animal ambassadors and more.

Sunset Zoo.


Reverend Horton Heat with Pinata Protest and Red Eye Gravy, 7 p.m.

Cost: $20.

Wareham Opera House.


The Columbian Theatre celebrates the 10th anniversary of “Hoo Haw,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Hoo Haw” began 10 years ago as a summer fundraiser that paid tribute to the 1970’s classic TV series Hee Haw. What started as a parody became a community favorite.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children and students. Purchase tickets at box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by phone at 785-456-2029 or at


Lydia Loveless, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




OK Kids Day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Family-oriented outdoor fun. No vehicle permits required at Tuttle Creek State Park.


K-State Greek Serenades, 1 p.m.

Men of K-State fraternities will serenade women of organized living organizations around campus.


Echopod featuring Tiger Gilliam, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Greek Affairs and Union Program Council Outdoor Film: “The Sandlot,” 10:30 p.m.

Free. Part of Housing and Dining’s Late Night Breakfast from 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Memorial Stadium.




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


Flint Hills Bridal Expo, noon-4 p.m.

Featuring wedding professionals from the area showcasing their services.

Four Points by Sheridan.


C.L. Hoover Opera House Cultural Film Series: “Great Expectations,” 2 p.m.

Filmed in February 2013, the Dickens classic was performed for the first time ever on stage in London’s West End as part of global celebrations honoring the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth.

Cost: $7 adults, $5 military, seniors 65 plus and students 18 and under. Tickets available at the door or only at

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


K-State Convocation, 5:45 p.m.

The official start to the academic year featuring special presentations.

Bramlage Coliseum.


Manhattan High School Alumni Association Annual Picnic, 6 p.m. 

For all MHS alumni and their families. The association is providing hot dogs and drinks, please bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone. The annual business meeting will follow the picnic.

Wefald Pavilion, City Park. 


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.



K-State Kickoff, 7 p.m. 

New students learn K-State traditions.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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