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Susie the chimp to celebrate 60th birthday

By Ben Hopper

Sunset Zoo chimpanzee Susie will be the center of attention Sunday afternoon as zoo staff celebrate her 60th birthday as part of Enrichment Day.

The zoo’s entire chimpanzee troop will benefit with a cake-themed enrichment activity at 3:15 p.m., part of the staff’s attempt to encourage natural behavior among animals.

Susie is one of the oldest living chimps in an AZA-accredited institution, making it well beyond the 40- to 45-year lifespan she could expect in the wild.

In addition to various enrichment activities, grandparents and up to five grandchildren will receive free entry to the zoo Sunday in conjuncton with the zoo’s animal enrichment day.

The zoo also will host a scavenger hunt and two performances by Mr. Stinky Feet, Jim Cosgrove, a kids entertainer.

Art and culture dominate this weekend with several area galleries and theatres are hosting cultural events.

On Friday, blues legend Buddy Guy kicks off the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m.

Proclaimed by Eric Clapton as “by far without a doubt the best guitar player alive” Guy “changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll blues.” Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, America’s highest cultural honor, to his long list of achievements.

Guy is credited for bridging the gap between 1960s Chicago electric blues and modern-day rock and roll. A member of Muddy Waters’ band in the golden age of Chess Records, Buddy Guy’s solo career was a key influence for Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Buddy Guy is listed as one the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone. 

For tickets to this McCain event, visit, call 785-532-6428 or visit the box office.

Join the Beach Museum of Art’s Thursday program “In Conversation” and discuss the power of art and its potential as a means of social engagement with Dawoud Bey and Hamza Walker. 

Bey is an artist, curator, essayist and professor at Columbia College Chicago. Walker is a curator and educator at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago.

This program is part of the exhibit “Dawoud Bey: Picturing People” through Oct. 5.

There is a reception with Bey and Walker at 5:30 p.m. in the Beach Museum of Art with a cash bar available. The program is at 7 p.m. in All Faiths Chapel.

On campus, there is a reading by fiction writer and essayist Camille Dungy at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the K-State Student Union Little Theatre.

Dungy is the author of three poetry collections: “Smith Blue” (winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize), “Suck on the Marrow,” and “What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison.”

After the reading, head over to 122 Willard for the presentation that is part of the Department of Art Visiting Artist Series featuring Jillian Moore at 4:30 p.m. Her presentation is titled the “New Resin Surface Techniques”

Downtown, there is the opening reception for “Peopled: A Figurative Exhibit” at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery.

The exhibit, which features the introduction of “My Men Series” by Barbara Waterman-Peters and Historic Figurative Artwork by Robert Sudlow, will run until Nov. 1.

The reception is from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Here’s a look at other area events:





Alpha Xi Delta Fiesta Frenxi: Nacho Average Philanthropy, 5-8 p.m. All you can eat nacho bar. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.


Varney’s Volleyball Invitational: K-State vs. Arkansas, 6 p.m.

For a complete list of games, visit

Bramlage Coliseum.


K-State’s On The Spot Improv, 8 p.m.

Free and funny.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.


A Fireside Chat with Cody Detrick and Terror Tractor, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





K-State After Hours: Night at the Zoo, 6-10:30 p.m.

Featuring the film “Bears.”

Free to the first 200 people.

Sunset Zoo.


UPC Film: “Maleficent,” 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.


The Tom Page Trio, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.





Science Saturdays: Deadly Diseases, 10-11:30 a.m

Ginny Barnard, the Riley County Extension agent for health, nutrition, food and safety, will discuss the gruesome details of contamination. Through hands-on experiments, learn just how quickly germs spread from person to person.

Suggested for kids, teens, and adults.

This event is part of our exploration of the 2014 KSBN common book “The Ghost Map.”


Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum: Stories in the Garden, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Featuring Sylvia Beeman, Larry Weaver, Patty Brown-Barnett, and Richard Pitts every Saturday through Oct. 25. Bring a blanket.

  For more information, visit


Funny Factory Comedy presents Comedy Night, 8 p.m.

Featuring Mike Smith from BET’s Comic View and Comedy Central with special guest Luis Powell and host Zach Smith.

Show contains adult content. Must be at least 18 to enter.

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Cash only.


Mountain Sprout, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Seventh Annual Konza Reptile Breeders Expo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Featuring live geckos, lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles, tarantulas, scorpions and more.

The expo offers a day of education and entertainment for the whole family, as well as the best prices on reptiles and supplies in the Manhattan area.

Admission: $8, $7 with military or student ID. Children under 5 are admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit, or call Karnowski at 785-317-3533.

Regency Ballroom, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

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


Family Day, noon-5 p.m.

In celebration of families in the Flint Hills, all guests will receive free admission.Flint Hills Discovery Center.


C.L. Hoover Opera House Cultural Film Series: “A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky,” 2 p.m.

Filmed in June 2013 at Avery Fisher Hall, the NYC Ballet and NY Philharmonic performed two works by Stravinsky, “The Fairy’s Kiss” and “Petrushka,” together on stage in a one-of-a-kind event blending music, dance, puppetry, circus arts, live animation and video.

Cost: $7 adults, $5 military, seniors 65 plus and students 18 and under. Tickets available at the door or only at

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


MHS Class of 1974 Reunion Committee presents Duo-Piano Recital featuring KSU Piano Professor Slawomir Dobrzanski with special guest LeRoy Johnson (MHS Class of 1974), 3 p.m.

They will perform the famous Rachmaninoff “Third Piano Concerto in D Minor.” This special concert, will feature two huge grand pianos.

Free-will donations will be accepted, and a reception will follow after the performance. All proceeds will help classmate LeRoy Johnson with travel expenses to perform this difficult piece with a full orchestra in the Pacific Northwest.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.


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


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