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See the ‘magnificently macabre’ Addams family

By Ben Hopper

Needing some options for your Valentine’s Day date on Friday? There are plenty of options for your dates.

Da da da dunt. Snap. Snap. Fall in love with the weird and wonderful Addams Family all over again in what critics have called a “devilishly delightful, magnificently macabre” musical comedy “The Addams Family.” 

The story follows Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, as she tries to hide her love of her “normal” boyfriend from her mother. The production begins on the McCain stage at 7 p.m. Friday. For tickets, visit or call (785) 532-6428.

The Manhattan Arts Center’s BirdHouse fine acoustic music series presents Trace Bundy at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This fan-dubbed “acoustic ninja” has a reputation of giving a jaw-dropping performance, which is sponsored by NetworksPlus and Bluestem Bistro. To reserve tickets, pre-show meals, or childcare, call (785) 537-4420 or visit

Union Program Council is showing the romantic comedy “About Me” at 8 p.m. Friday for $2. It is also showing at 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. All showings are in the K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

UPC is also sponsoring free ice skating in City Park for the first 100 guests from 8-11 p.m. This event is part of the K-State After Hours program.

Here’s a look at other area events all weekend.




K-State Theatre presents the triple-Tony-Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The story unravels with meeting of two pairs of parents, who gather to discuss their children’s playground altercation and amicably resolve the consequences. The conversation soon devolves to chaos and spirals into a savagely funny comedy of bad manners. Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford. Purchase tickets at or call (785) 532-6428. Chapman Theatre (formerly Nichols Theatre).


The Historic Columbian Theatre presents the musical comedy “Nunsense,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical starts off with the five remaining Little Sisters of Hoboken. They have just discovered their cook accidently killed the other 52 occupants of the convent with her contaminated bowl of vichyssoise. Directed by Brent Sigman, starring Krysten Day. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 for students and children. For tickets and information, visit or call (785) 456-2029.


Backroad Anthem, 9 p.m. Dirty Dawgs.


Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m. Auntie Mae’s.


Local Laughs: Open Mic Comedy, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




Flint Hills Discovery Center Adventure Camp: Ins & Outs of Football, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. On the field, sidelines and those of you in the stands of football games are all part of what makes a great experience. What does it take to produce a fantastic experience for all involved in a football game? Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as all supplies for activities and access to exhibits.

Lunch is not provided; full day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.

To register, visit


Free Kids’ Movie: “Planes,” 2 p.m. Public Library.


FTW: The Best Game Show in the History of Ever, 7 p.m. Aggie Central Station.


The Boondogglers, 9 p.m. Dancing Ganesha.





FHDC presents Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Football Science, 10 a.m.-noon. Discover the science of football. There’s more to football than brute strength. The angle of a kick, the tight spiral of a pass, the stance of a lineman and many more aspects of a play are only successful if science is applied. Even the shape of a football is based on science. To register, visit Flint Hills Discovery Center.


Live Auction, 11 a.m. Riley County Seniors’ Center.


2014 Early Expressions Reception, 2-4 p.m. The event will be Early Expressions is a celebration of art within the Manhattan-Ogden school district. In collaboration with the Beach Museum of Art and Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery. 


The Red State Blues Band, 9 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.thday Bash! 9 p.m. Aggies Central Station.


Terror Tractor and Dark Apostle, 9 p.m. Blackstone.

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