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Shakespeare and more in theater recital

By Ben Hopper

All the world is a stage. You may be right, Mr. Shakespeare, but this weekend, several area stages are presenting a variety of shows and entertainment.

Tonight, at UMB Theater in the Beach Museum of Art, K-State theater juniors and seniors present “A Recital of Theatrical Proportions.”

From Shakespeare to Zac Braff, these students will present their best solo performances from a wide array of classical and contemporary playwrights at 7 p.m.

Also tonight on the Aggie Central Station stage will be a stand-up comedy show, “Let’s Get Weird featuring Jeremy Ricci,” hosted by Omaha’s Theodrick TheComic Nelson. The 8:30 p.m. show will also feature two local comics, Luke W. Fabrizius and Cody Detrick. It is also being recorded live for a video special and comedy album.

The McCain Auditorium stage is coming alive with lights and dancing as the Bates Dance Studio presents “Dance, Shine” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

The third grade through high school dancers take the stage on Friday night, along with the Bates Dance Studio performance groups Pride, Gems and Sparklers. 

Saturday night features the 3-year-olds through second graders, who will be shining on the big stage along with a few pieces by the Pride and Gems dancers. 

For tickets, visit the McCain Auditorium box office or call 785-532-6428 for tickets.

At the Manhattan Arts Center, the Rhapsody Ringers Handbell Choir, directed by Jodi Caldwell, will be ringing on the MAC stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

To reserve tickets, please call 785-537-4420 or visit

Here’s a look at other area events.




Crafty Seniors Plus Craft Sale, through Saturday.

Handcrafted items by Senior Citizens.

Manhattan Town Center Mall.


GameStop Mario Kart Tournament, 7 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.




Provost Lecture Series: “Games without Frontiers: Promoting Active Learning in the Classroom and Beyond” by John Fliter, 3:30 p.m.

Fliter is an associate professor of political science and the 2013-2014 Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.


K-State Baseball vs. Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tointon Family Stadium.


UPC Film: “That Awkward Moment,” 8 p.m. Free.

K-State Student Union Little Theatre.


So Affiliate Music Group presents: The Whisper Party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Cadence A Cappella Spring Concert, 8 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


K-State After Hours: Go Bananas! Monkey Around Before Finals, 8-11 p.m.

Featuring exotic animals, free food, inflatable obstacle course, and live music featuring The Vinyard and DJ Stix.

Bosco Student Plaza.




24th Annual Yard Art Classics Car Club Car Show, 9 a.m.-noon.

City Park.


Regional High School Day at the FHDC, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Show your school pride by joining the Flint Hills Discovery Center for this special high school football-themed Saturday including meet & greets with local football celebrities.

Discounted admission is available with current student ID. Visit to purchase general admission tickets.


Day of Gourd Art, 1-3 p.m.

Featuring demonstrations, workshops, and lectures by the Kansas Gourd Artists. Kids are invited to attend a gourd art workshop to make rainsticks and jewelry, while adults can attend a lecture on the history of gourds by Merril McHenry, both at 1:30 p.m. There is no cost, but rain sticks are available on a limited basis. For more information, visit

Manhattan Arts Center.


The Manhattan Arts Center presents a showing of the independent feature film “Wichita” by Prestigious Film, 8 p.m.

“Wichita” was written and directed by Nicholas Barton, an alumnus from Kansas State University. It’s set in 1882 and is the story of a mysterious fugitive who is seeking out his revenge on the person who landed him in prison. To watch the trailer and learn more about the film, visit This film is not recommended for children.

Tickets: $10 and can be purchased at the Manhattan Arts Center, by phone at 785-537-4420 or online at

Manhattan Arts Center.


The Field Day Jitters with The Lucky, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


The Carney Encore with The Mathematics, 9 p.m.

Cost: $3.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.





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.

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