SNL’s Meyers one of several big names in town this weekend

By Ben Hopper

Some big names, topped by Saturday Night Live comedian Seth Meyers, are going to be in Manhattan this weekend.

Meyers, the head writer for Saturday Night Live and Weekend Update anchor, will perform “An Evening with Seth Meyers” at 8 p.m. Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum.

SNL has the week off, so UPC was able to host Meyers in the Little Apple. “Trading one Manhattan for the other!” Meyers tweeted this week.

Meyers has hosted the ESPY awards and appeared in several films. His unique stand up makes him one of the most sought after comedians in America. Tickets are still available at the Bramlage ticket office, online at or by calling 800-221-CATS.

Meyers is only one of several performers in town. Tonight, Delta Sigma Phi, UPC, and Alpha Xi Delta are hosting musician Ben Rector, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter as part of MoMorial.

The concert is in memory of Mo Meyer, a Delta Sig who died in a car accident nearly four years ago as a result of drowsy driving. The proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Admission is free but the organizers suggest a donation of $5-$10. Cups and shirts will also be for sale, cash only. The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Anderson Hall Lawn.

One of the original Munchkins, Margaret Pelegrini, will be here for the eighth annual Oztoberfest in Wamego. Pellegrini had two parts in the classic 1939 MGM motion picture, “The Wizard of Oz.” She was one of the Sleepy Heads who occupied the bird’s nest and one of the Flower Pot girls, appearing in the front row with the “flower-pot” hat. She has been identified with that role ever since.

Pellegrini is one of three surviving little people who were cast as Munchkins in the 1939 film. The others are Jerry Maren and Ruth Duccini. Neither are able to travel due to health reasons.

The Oz Museum features a collection of Oz memorabilia and artifacts that include first editions of all the L. Frank Baum novels, countless photographs, posters and other promotional items related to Oz, props and costumes from many of the different Oz movies, and life-sized models of Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, Tin-Man and Cowardly Lion, as well as Glinda and the Wicked Witch. The museum’s collection includes more than 25,000 items and more than 3,000 are on display at any given time. Exhibits are changed and objects rotated in and out throughout the year.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” this weekend, too. For more information can be obtained from the Oz Museum in Wamego, (866) 458-TOTO, or online at or

Here’s a look at other area events.


Department of Art Visiting Artists Series Lecture: “Explorations” by Katherine Mickle, 5:30 p.m. Katherine Mickle, nationally recognized photographer, will present a lecture. Free and open to the public. Beach Museum of Art.

Midnight River Choir, 10 p.m. Cost: $5. Longhorn’s.



The 39th-annual Pumpkin Patch, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop over 150 arts and crafts vendors. Disabled shopping will take place from 9-10 a.m. both days. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.

2012 Jammin’ in JC Blues and BBQ Festival, 5-9:30 p.m. Friday and noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Featuring Samantha Fish, as well as the First Infantry Division Band and Eddie Turner. Opening the festival at noon will be a local Junction City band known as Saturday’s lineup includes Beaten Path from Junction City, the Bluecats from Salina, Doghouse Daddies, Supermatics and the 2011 U.S. Guitar Center “King of the Blues” winner Jonathon “Boogie” Long will hit the Jammin’ in JC stage with his hard-charging guitar playing. Headlining Saturday is Smokin’ Joe Kubek. All concerts are free to attend. Food and drink vendors will be available for sale. Go to for more. Heritage Park, Junction City.

AggieFest, through Saturday. Featuring more than 80 bands in eight venues. Get tickets at Sisters of Sound and On The Wildside. Aggieville.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also October 5-7 and October 12-14. Directed by Wamego’s T-Shane Roberts, who has appeared as the colorful, comical, character, The Cowardly Lion from 2001 to 2005. The cast of 38 includes Krysten Day as Dorothy Gale, Randy Rhoten as the Scarecrow, Daniel Myers-Bowman as the Tinman, Christy Collette as the Wicked Witch of the West, Cortney Beims as Glinda the Good Witch and Nicholas Yetter as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. “Oz” is under the musical direction of Steve Brenn and choreographed by Randy Rhoten. Tickets can be ordered on line at or by calling the box office at (785) 456-2029.

Manhattan Arts Center and Little Apple Toyota Honda present Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also October 4-7. Jordan Foote debuts his directorial skills at MAC with this WWII era drama. “All My Sons” follows Joe Keller and his family living in a suburban American neighborhood with the only sadness in their lives being the loss of a second son who went missing during the war. Three years later, with hope still burning in their hearts, a tree planted in their son’s memory is uprooted, revealing a secret that sends the characters on a terrifying journey towards the truth. “All My Sons” is based on a true story and was the winner of the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947. Featuring Shel Edelman, Kim Riley, Hannah Baker and Sean Matthews. Tickets: $17/$15 adults, $12/$10 military, students and children (12 and under). Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office from noon to 5 p.m. or by calling MAC at (785) 537-4420 or at

UPC Film: “The Amazing Spider-Man,” 8 p.m. for $2. Also 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3 in Forum Hall. A special matinee performance is at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Big 12 Room. Rated PG-13. K-State Student Union.

K-State After Hours: Free Rock’It Bowl, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Free nacho bar, while supplies last. K-State Student Union Recreation.



Fiji Run for Leukemia, from Lawrence to Manhattan along Highway 24. Over the past 39 years of the philanthropy, the men of the K-State and KU Fiji Chapters have raised $660,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year’s goal is to reach $15,000 in donations.

For more information and to make a donation to one of K-State

Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt.

Visitor’s Day at the Konza Prairie, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. See the inner-workings of the Konza Prairie, Konza Prairie Biological Station.

Lutherpalooza, a Christian Music Festival, noon-8 p.m. Lutherpalooza is a free festival featuring area church praise bands along with a headliner band for a fundraiser for Shepherd’s Crossing. City Park.



Kolache Czech Festival, City Park flag plaza, 4 p.m. A celebration of the first anniversary of the dedication of the flag plaza representing Manhattan’s sister city relationship with Dobrichovice, Czech Republic. Addresses will be delivered by Mayor Loren Pepperd, a message from Vaclav Kratochvil, former mayor of Dobrichovice, and appearances by Miss Kansas Czech Queen. The ceremony, pot luck, music followed by a dance at the Wefald Pavilion in City Park.

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.

A Four Seasons Series of Concerts featuring pianist Leroy Johnson, 3 p.m. Cost: $20. Sponsored by the MHS Class of ’74. University Christian Church

Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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