Purple Power, live comedy and more coming up

By Ben Hopper

Purple, get ready to roll!

Roll to City Park for the annual Purple Power Play in the Park Thursday and Friday nights.

Thursday features the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, Bates Dance Studio, and Rusty Rierson and Band. Friday features the MHS Pops Choir, Washington Dance Studio, and Annie Up. Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Take a selfie with Willie from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be vendors, inflatables, and more.

The K-State Pep Rally begins at 8:05 p.m. both nights and will feature coaches, players, the Classy Cats, the K-State Marching Band, cheer squad and more. After Friday’s pep rally, there will be a fireworks display.

Purple Power Play was created in 1988 by four community volunteers to welcome K-State students back to downtown and generate excitement for K-State Athletics. Now, it has grown into a full-fledged K-State pep rally. For information about the official kick off for K-State football, visit

Then roll into Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the season opener against the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. Stick around and celebrate with the PFB Pyros fireworks display, sponsored by the Union Program Council and K-State Athletics.

Then, relax and roll on for Labor Day. It’s still OK to wear purple on Monday.

Here’s a look at other area events.



UPC presents Remote Control Race Cars, noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Part of the 2014 Union Expo and Activities Carnival: Rev Up Your Year at K-State.

Bosco Student Plaza.


UPC Outdoor Film: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” 8:30 p.m.

Bring your own seating.

Bosco Student Plaza.


Local Laughs Comedy Competition with Jeremy Ricci featuring live rap and hip-hop with F-14, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.



Manhattan Arts Center BirdHouse Fine Acoustic Music Series presents Ronny Cox, 7:30 p.m.

Cox is part of a bluegrass trio and was the guitar player in the dueling banjos scene in “Deliverance.”

Sponsored by Bayer Construction Company, Inc. and S&N Design.

Tickets: $16 adults, $10 military/students/children.

For tickets, visit or call (785) 537-4420.

Manhattan Arts Center.


Opening reception for the Manhattan Area Photographer’s Exhibit, 5-7 p.m.

Exhibit is open to the public and runs through October 11. Award winner announcements at 6 p.m.

Gallery season sponsor is Strecker-Nelson Gallery.

Manhattan Arts Center.


  UPC Film: “Neighbors,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3.

  K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


  K-State After Hours: “The Food Dude” Kevin Roberts, 10 p.m.

  Free midnight munchies while supplies last.

  Bosco Student Plaza.




Vik G. Trio, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Parallel Path, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




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

Bluestem Bistro.


The Columbian Theatre and the Foundation for Celtic Arts and Studies will present a free program of Irish dance and culture featuring three world qualifiers and a national qualifier, 1:30 p.m.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.

Columbian Theatre.


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


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