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‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ plus the Wailin’ Jennys

By Ben Hopper

If these summer storms have you singing in the rain, don’t miss the Historic Columbian Theatre production of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Directed by Widge Yager, this show features many area singers, dancers and actors.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. It is also June 11 and June 13-15.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 children and students. Group tour discounts are available. Purchase tickets at The Columbian Theatre Box Office or by phone at 785-456-2029 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are also available online at

Hopefully the rain subsides so the Wailin’ Jennys don’t have to sing in it at 8 p.m. Friday.

Back by popular demand, the Wailin’ Jennys will return for an Arts in the Park performance.

According their website, the Wailin’ Jennys started as a “happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba.” The Wailin’ Jennys have since grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts.

The Thundering Cats Big Band’s original Arts in the Park performance was rained out on May 23, so it is rescheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Since its organization in 2010, the Thundering Cats Big Band has played the music of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and other big band greats.

Drawn from community members from throughout the Manhattan area, the 19 piece Thundering Cats have played concerts and dances, reintroducing people to this wonderful music.

Both the Wailin’ Jennys and the Thundering Cats Big Band shows are free and at the Larry Norvell Band Shell.

Here’s a look at some other area events.



Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.

People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate.

It’s free to sign up, and all you have to do is keep track of the time you spend reading in order to win fun prizes, like free books and gift certificates to local restaurants. Last year more than 3,000 people participated in summer reading and together logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of reading time.

Registration for the 2014 program begins June 1, either online at or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.


Drunk Spelling Bee, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





The Manhattan Arts Center’s BirdHouse fine acoustic music series presents Grammy-nominated bluegrass musicians The Special Consensus, 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets or pre-show meals, please call 785-537-4420 or visit

Manhattan Arts Center.


Arts in the Park: The Wailin’ Jennys, 8 p.m.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.


Red Velvet Crush with Starving in Style, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




Feast of the Fields, all day.Great food, fantastic camaraderie, wonderful wine, and nature at its ripest.

Cost: $110 per person. Reservations required at


Downtown Manhattan’s 14th Annual Weenie Dog Races and Paws on Poyntz, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where Dachshunds get to strut their stuff! And the All-Breeds Canine Couture Fashion Show & Contests.


Science Saturdays: Cooking Mexican Food, 10 a.m.

Become an expert at creating tongue searing salsas, guac, and more at People’s Grocery. Your taste buds will thank you. Suggested for teens and adults. Pre-registration on the library’s website is recommended. A limited number of spots is available.

People’s Grocery, 620 Fort Riley Blvd.


Art and Memories Museum presents a Quiz Bowl Tournament, 11:30 a.m.

Fundraiser to help renovate an 1887 native Kansas limestone building to be used as a new home for part of the museum’s items.

Sponsored by the Arts & Memories Museum in northern Riley County.

The registration form and everything you will need to be successful in playing can be found on the museum’s blog

Nelson’s Landing, Leonardville.


Friends of the Sunset Zoo presents Wine in the Wild, 7-9 p.m. with a VIP reception at 6 p.m.

An evening fundraiser featuring unique wines and food pairings throughout the park.

Live music and live animal encounters are also highlights. This year’s event will unveil Phase II of the John Woodard Memorial Gibbons Exhibit, featuring an outdoor exhibit yard and upper viewing plaza.

Visit for more information.

Sunset Zoo.


Me Like Bees with Vineyard and Race Bandit, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





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


Manhattan Area Garden Tour, 1-5 p.m.

Explore five private landscapes and the KSU Gardens.Cost: $8.

KSU Gardens, 1500 Denison.


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

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