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Meet ‘Ready Player One’ author Cline

By Ben Hopper

Take a step back into history this weekend…and you won’t need a flux capacitor or to be traveling 88 miles per hour in a DeLorean time machine.

You may see one cruising around Manhattan, however.

The 1980s and the blockbuster hit, “Back to the Future,” were inspiration for Ernest Cline’s New York Times bestseller “Ready Player One.”

It was this year’s K-State Book Network common reading selection for all incoming students.

Thursday evening, KSBN will host Cline at 7 p.m. in McCain Auditorium.

Cline, along with his classic DeLorean automobile, will give a book talk with a question and answer period.

The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the McCain Box Office or the Manhattan Public Library.

You don’t need to travel through time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Riley County Genealogical Society this weekend.  

A lecture, “Techniques for Obtaining Reliable Oral History,” will be presented by M.J. Morgan, research director for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at K-State at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.

A reception commemorating the golden anniversary of the Genealogical Society will follow at 3 p.m.

The Riley County Historical Society and Museum is ready to show off the recently renovated Wolf House Museum east bedroom restoration with a re-opening celebration from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the house, 630 Fremont.

The renovation also included adding handicapped accessible sidewalks.  

The Wolf House Museum is an 1868 stone boarding house that interprets life in the 1880s. 

The east bedroom has been restored to give visitors a chance to step back into that time. 

The restoration was made possible by the Manhattan Fund – Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation, and through donations from the Friends of the Wolf House Museum.

The public is invited and admission is free. Wolf House Museum regular open hours from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday will begin October 19.  Admission to the Wolf House Museum is free.

For more information, call (785) 565-6490.


Here’s a look at other area events:



K-State Theatre presents “columbinus” at 7:30 p.m.

Examining bullying, alienation, hostility and social pressure in high schools.

The show “columbinus” explores “the dark recesses of American adolescence.”

The Washington Post called it “an ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil, directed with a surefire sense of theatricality.”  

The show is directed by Jennifer Vellenga. The Mark A. Chapman Theatre.

Eldon Matlick, Horn, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Backroad Anthem with Dillon Cowning, 9:30 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




Salsa Dancing Lesson: Casino Rueda, 7:30-9 p.m.

Casino Rueda is a style of Salsa that is commonly danced in a circle. It is characterized by simple moves and switching partners throughout the circle. No partners required.

Friday evenings through November 1. Cost: $32. Enroll at the Parks and Recreation Office. Douglass Center Annex.

K-State After Hours: Night at the Museum, Flint Hills Style, 9-12 p.m. Free admission.

Showing the film “Weird Science at 10 p.m. Flint Hills Discovery Center.

 The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also October 18-20.

Dinner is 90 minutes before each performance. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a comedy horror rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless floral shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.

The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Roger Corman.

Tickets for show only: $20 adutls, $15 for students and children. Tickets for dinner and show: $37.50 adults, $32.50 students, $26.50 children.

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

Rev. Gusto with Vineyard, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.





Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dillard’s west parking lot.

K-State Football vs. Baylor, 2:30 p.m. Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

UPC Film: “White House Down,” 7 and 9:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. Student Union Forum Hall.

Redsmith, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




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

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.

Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. DellaVoce.

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