It’s 1985. Hair is big, collars are up and a wedding singer might be the coolest guy in the room.
The K-State School of Music is bringing the 80s to life with hit musical, “The Wedding Singer.”
The show follows Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. When his own fiancé leaves him at the altar, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own until a beautiful waitress, Julia, wins his affection.
As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark. Watch as Robbie pulls off the performance of a decade to win the girl of his dreams.
“The Wedding Singer,” directed by Dwight Tolar, starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday, with a show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
For ticket information, visit k-state.edu/theatre. McCain Auditorium.
Down the street at the Manhattan Arts Center, there is another production based in the 1980s.
The MAC is opening the production of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men,” which is loosely based on 1986 events at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
In this dramatic courtroom thriller, Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom, defends two stubborn Marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague.
The play was made into a film of the same name in 1992 starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.
Directed by Brent Sigman, this production is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
A special Veteran’s Day performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The production is also playing next weekend. For tickets and more information, visit www.manhattanarts.org or call (785) 537-4420.
Here’s a look at other area events.
Big John Amaro, 7 p.m. Cox Bros. BBQ-Junction City.
Open Mic Poetry Night, 9-10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Acoustic Jam, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Lecture: “Victorian Girls Gone Wild: Matrimonial Advertising and the Transformation of Courtship in the Victorian Popular Press” by Jennifer Phegley, professor of English at UMKC, 4 p.m. Leadership Studies Town Hall.
National Native American Month Dinner Celebration, 5-7 p.m.
Enjoy homemade Native American fry bread and three sisters soup (pumpkin, kidney beans and corn). Cost: $5. Prepared and served by the Native American Student Association. KSU International Student Center, corner of Claflin Road and Mid-Campus Drive.
Opening reception for Area Art Instructors Gallery exhibit, 5-7 p.m.
Featuring artwork from area art instructors, including Pamela A. Delay, Rock Creek; Amy Adams, Rossville; Allen Hare, St. Mary’s; Linda Rae, Manhattan Center for the Arts; Marc Stratton, Wamego/Rock Creek/Alma; Jennifer Meadows, Riley County; Caroline Smith, Wabaunsee; and Tiffany Wiles, Silver Lake. Swogger Gallery, Columbian Theatre, Wamego.
K-State After Hours: Paintball, 6-10 p.m. For information, visit k-state.edu/upc. Rec Center.
John Denver Tribute Band, 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.thewareham.com. Wareham.
UPC Film: “We’re the Millers,” 8 p.m. Also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. Student Union Forum Hall.
UPC presents The Stand-Up Show, 8 p.m. Featuring five Kansas-native comedians and hosted by Danny Neely. Free food. Union Station.
Big John Amaro, 7:30 p.m. The Little Grill.
Muzizi, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
33rd Annual Buttons ‘n’ Bows Arts and Crafts Fair, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Manhattan Catholic Schools.
Catching Fire After Hours, 5:30 p.m. Public Lbirary.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents Trey Allen and Friends: “Just to Say Thanks,” 7 p.m.
An evening of cowboy poetry and music. Reserved tickets: $10. Tickets are available at (785) 238-3906, at the door, or online at jcoperahouse.org.
Slowburn, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
German Mennonite Meal, Craft, & Bake Sale, noon-6 p.m. Pottorf Hall.
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.
Riley County Historical Society’s open house for the recently restored Rocky Ford School, 2-4 p.m. Rocky Ford School was built in 1903 and re-built after a 1927 fire.
It served as a one room school until 1938. The Rocky Ford School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free admission. For more information, call (785) 565-6490. Corner of Barnes Road and Tuttle Creek Boulevard.
Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
Manhattan Arts Center’s BirdHouse Acoustic Music Series presents folksinger John McCutcheon, 7 p.m. Ask about the art play/date night for kids during BirdHouse performances. For tickets and more information, visit www.manhattanarts.org or call (785) 537-4420.