‘Manhattan’ showing on big screen, Junction City on stage this weekend

By Ben Hopper

It’s a weekend to celebrate Manhattan. 

Have you ever wanted to see a movie based on our hometown? Well, then don’t miss your chance at the official K-State premiere of the film “Manhattan.”

The film will start at 6 p.m. Sunday in the K-State Student Union Little Theatre, with a post-film discussion featuring the directors and a star of the film. 

The film follows a former Manhattanite caught between his evolving creative process and his quest for intimacy.

According to the film’s website, mhkfilm.com, Miles Adler returns to Manhattan in search of a new beginning. As he starts to focus his creative energy into an engaging novel, the city pulls him in a myriad of directions. 

New influences come from a multitude of places, and Miles begins to question a whole host of previously held beliefs. As his doubts start to multiply, Miles struggles to marry his creative drive with the relationships in his life. 

In the face of love, loss and fractured friendships, the city of Manhattan becomes a constant companion as Miles attempts to unearth a story that is definitively his own. 

“Manhattan” is the first feature film from Kansas City-based production company Element 35, and was filmed on location in Manhattan (New York City), and Manhattan, Kansas.

It stars many K-State and Manhattan thespians.

The K-State Student Union Program Council is sponsoring the film and is also showing it at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Union’s Little Theatre.  

Also representing Manhattan this weekend is the Little Apple Chorus and its Quartets, as they host their annual spring show: “Sentimental Journey.” 

The chorus takes the McCain Auditorium stage at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The Manhattan Barefoot Dixieland Band will be playing 30 minutes before each show.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.


Here’s a look at other events in Manhattan this weekend:





K-State Tap Dance Ensemble Annual Showcase, 6 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.



On The Spot Improv Show: PJ Party, 8 p.m.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.


Aggie Central Station, the Manhattan Music Coalition, Able Printing Company, Liberty Press, and The KSU LGBT Resource Center present the Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell’s rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Also April 17-19.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” tells the story of a young East German named Hedwig Schmidt, who tries to escape his country and come to America by getting a sex change operation and marrying a G.I named Luther.

The operation is botched and within a year Luther abandons Hedwig. Hedwig is left stranded and penniless in a trailer park in Junction City. Eventually, Hedwig falls in love with Tommy. Tommy soon leaves Hedwig when he becomes a rock star.

Hedwig then forms her own band: The Angry Inch.

Completely produced and performed by local talent, Hedwig will be staged in Aggie Central Station.

Directed by Heather Branham-Green, with music direction by Ashalen Sims.

The show stars Evan Tuttle, Betsy Baddeley, Ashalen Sims, Stephen Keith, Kyle Myers, Nick Reiter, and Justin Trowbridge.

For tickets, visit: facebook.com/aggiecentralstationks.  

Customers must 18 or older, and patrons under 21 must leave at 10 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Chet Peters Lecture Series: “We Belong: Creating an Infrastructure of Campus Support for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities,” by Holley Belch, professor of the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 10:30 a.m. 

Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building.


Opening gallery reception for “Gourds & Snacks,” 5-7 p.m.

This joint exhibit features artwork from the Kansas Gourd Artists and the KSU Visual Arts Graduate Students. 

MAC galleries are free and open to the public from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit manhattanarts.org or call (785) 537-4420.

Manhattan Arts Center.


24th Annaul Libraries Gala, 6 p.m.

Reservations required. For information, visit lib.ksu.edu/events.

Hale Library.


International Student and Scholar Services presents the International Talent Show, 7 p.m.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


Poetry (and Short Prose) on Poyntz, 7 p.m.

English Department faculty and students in Creative Writing read from their work.

Strecker-Nelson Gallery.


The Historic Columbian Theatre in Wamego presents “Annie,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The first Broadway performance of Annie opened in 1977 and has become a popular, timeless musical beloved by all. This production promises to be equally well received.

Directed by Wamego’s Mindy Thierolf, featuring a cast of such favorites to the stage as Aubrey Hildebrand as Annie, Lauren Brown as Miss Hannigan, Stephanie Bowker as Grace, Robert Vaile as Daddy Warbucks, Michael Carson as Rooster and Maggie Shermoen as Lily and Bryan Scruggs.

Ticket Prices: $20 adults, $15 students and children.

For tickets and information, visit columbiantheatre.com or call: (785) 456-2029.

The Columbian Theatre, Wamego.


Student Recital Series: Honors Recital, 7:30 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.  


The Manhattan Arts Center’s BirdHouse fine acoustic music series presents The Matt Flinner Trio, 7:30 p.m.

Flinner has been described by Jazz Times as “the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today.”

Sponsored by Therese and Kelly Adams, Ben and Jo Brunner, S&N Design, and Dick and Martha Seaton.

To reserve tickets or pre-show meals, please call (785) 537-4420 or visit manhattanarts.org.

Manhattan Arts Center.


The Mezcal Brothers, 9 p.m.

Cost: $3.

Auntie Mae’s.


K-State After Hours: comedienne Jessi Campbell, 10 p.m.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.





Butler Community College Day at the FHDC, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Grizzly fans can show their school pride at a special Butler Community College football-themed event at the Discovery Center Saturday, April 12 – including a meet and greet with coaches, football players and other members of the athletic department.

Discounted admission is available with current student ID. Visit online: cityofmhk.com/ecommerce to purchase admission tickets.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.


AMP 40th Anniversary Get Together, 1 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Student Recital Series: KSU Percussion Quintet performing Amid the Noise, 1 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.  


First Wildcat Step Show, 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the UPC Office, 301 K-State Student Union.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


The Manhattan Arts Center presents a staged reading of “August: Osage County,” 7:30 p.m.

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts focuses on the story of a wonderfully dysfunctional family. This show is not suitable for children. To reserve tickets, please call (785) 537-4420 or visit manhattanarts.org.

Manhattan Arts Center.





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

Bluestem Bistro.


Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity’s 11th Chocolate & Tea Fundraiser, 2-4:30 p.m.

Chocolate & Tea is a fun-for-all-ages afternoon designed to raise funds for Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity. There will be silent and live auctions, chocolate fountain, coffee, tea, goodies and musical entertainment. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance.

Houston Street Ballroom.


Riley County Genealogy Society Education Program: “Breakthrough Genealogy with DNA Testing” by Carol Regehr, 2 p.m.

Regehr has been an instructor at university and community college levels in mathematics and physics. She is currently a student at K-State, majoring in accounting. She has been involved with DNA testing for genealogical purposed for 12 years. She manages a Y-chromosome project for her own surname and has published an article about the results: “New England Ancestors.”

Regehr and a panel of genealogists who have had DNA testing will explain the basics of the usefulness of DNA analysis, and be available to answer questions.

For information, contact Joan Smith at jhsmitheduc@yahoo.com.

Manhattan Fire Station on Denison.


Film Screening: “Inequality for All,” 2 p.m.

Film and panel with Rev. Jim Reed, John Exdell and Usha Reddi.

First Congregational United Church of Christ.


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.


McCain Performance Series presents the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes’ “Simple Gifts” at 5 p.m. and “Life in Motion” at 7:30 p.m.

“Simple Gifts” is a series of scenes and portrayals from everyday life set to the music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of skilled puppetry, music and theatrical illusion, the original vignettes presented in “Simple Gifts” provide an entertaining vision of what it is to be human.

The performance explores a range of emotions and actions with the characters.

In “Life in Motion,” Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks.

With humor, pathos, classical music and poetic insight, the Cashore Marionettes portray the richness of everyday life.

Tickets for either performance cost $10-$26, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling (785) 532-6428.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


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

della Voce.

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