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What to do instead of Fake Patty’s

By Ben Hopper

If you are looking to avoid the “fake” crowds on Saturday, there is plenty to do. Much of it will make you laugh.

K-State Theatre presents “The Marriage of Figaro” this weekend. The opera continues playwright Beaumarchais’ hilarious tale from “The Barber of Seville.”

Pick up the story three years later, when the Count has married Rosine. However, their marriage has gone sour because of his philandering. Figaro has quit barbering and is now the Count’s major-domo. Adding to the fun are an amorous teenager, a scheming old maid, a drunken gardener, and a silly young girl. Much happens on a single “folle journée” — a crazy day.

Directed by Reginald Pittman and featuring K-State students, this production opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium and runs through Saturday. Tickets are available at the McCain Box Office, online at, or by calling (785) 532-6428.

Looking for something that is made up on the spot? Join K-State’s own improv troupe, On The Spot, for two hilarious shows this weekend. Tonight at 8 p.m., OTS presents “A Very Fakes Improv Show,” a free show made up of suggestions from the audience in the K-State Union Little Theatre.

Friday night, some OTS improv members will add commentary to “Snakes on a Plane” for K-State After Hours’ Comedy Theater 3000, a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque show at 9 p.m. Arrive early for the pre-show at 8 p.m. in the Union’s Forum Hall.

If you missed the Judd Apatow’s blockbuster, “This is 40,” check it out at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3 in Forum Hall. K-State students and military IDs receive $1 off.

Here’s a look at other area events.


SafeZone Advanced Training: Threats on Campus. 2:30-4:30 p.m. For information about registering, visit 207 K-State Student Union.

Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Business Partners Presentation: “The Many Sides of John Boyd” by James W. Johnson, 5:30 p.m. Lecture will be followed by a reception. Free admission and parking. Galleries will remain open until 7 p.m. UMB Theater, Beach Museum of Art.

SHEL with Jessica Furney, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



2013 Culinary Enhancement Workshop for Students, 10 a.m. Molly Stevens, winner of two James Beard Foundation Awards, will present the workshop. Sponsored by Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics. Gold Room, Derby Dining Center.

K-State Baseball vs. Cal Poly, 3 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Tointon Family Stadium.

International Student & Scholar Services Coffee Hour Series: Nigeria, 4-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. International Student Center Multipurpose Room.

Opening reception for “Abstract Landscapes,” 5:30 p.m.  The exhibt runs through April 27. Strecker Nelson Gallery.

14th annual Flint Hills Festival of Wines, through Saturday. A wine dinner and live auction at the Manhattan Country Club where guests will enjoy a gourmet multi-course dinner featuring a different wine with each course. To reserve your tickets, call Chris Nolte at (785) 537-0688.

Hale Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Tod Kerstetter, clarinet; Amy Rosine, soprano; Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, horn; and Amanda Arrington, piano. Cost: $25, $10 for students. Call (785) 532-7442 for tickets. Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.

Get Busy Living, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.



Tuttle Creek State Park Open House and Free Entrance Day, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuttle Creek State Park will host an open house as part of Kansas State Park free entrance day. A variety of free events will be available. The park office will be open and courtesy boat safety inspections will be available at the park office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuttle Creek

Analog Games Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Analog Games Day is dedicated to board, tabletop and card games along with the social aspects of gaming. Free and open to the public. Register at Sponsored by K-State Libraries and Game Hounds. Third Floor Great Room, Hale Library.

Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Native Technologies, 1-3 p.m. For ages 6 to 8. Explore the Flint Hills through a collection of guided experiences that examine the wildlife and culture through time. Please call the Discovery Center or Manhattan Parks and Rec Department to register. Flint Hills Discovery Center.



Student Recital Series: organist Stephen Kucera, 3 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

K-State Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m. McCain Auditorium.

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