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Your cultural menu for the coming week

By The Mercury


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

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

Annual Family Valentines Workshop,1:30-3 p.m. All the lace, ribbon and bling you need to create handmade Valentines, plus refreshments. This is a chance for families to have fun together. $5 per child, $3 members, reservations are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Beach Museum of Art.


Women in Music, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

UPC Awareness Week: Building Better Leaders…One Event at a Time, all week. Learn more about Union Program Council at

First Monday Gaming, 4 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.

UPC presents Dancing with the K-State Stars, 7:30 p.m. featuring Chelsie Hightower from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Featuring Kirsten Andrews, Grant Hill, Ross Jensby, Blair Kocher, Emilee Taylor, and Courtney Traxson. Tickets: free for K-State students, $5 for non-students. Tickets for the Chelsie Hightower meet and greet are $5. McCain Auditorium.   

PBR Monday, 6-11 p.m. PBR and bowling specials. K-State Student Union Recreation.



Sing-a-long with Mr. Steve, 9:30 a.m. Bluestem Bistro.

Student Recital Series: Heather Gering, Clarinet, and Katie Helmer, Bassoon, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Homeschool Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. These free classes, on the first and last Tuesday of the month, are expanded versions of the ARTSmart classes and similar to school tour offerings. Classes will be split by age so that older children may participate in more challenging discussion and activities. Younger children will participate in games or story time activities. Beach Museum of Art.



Behind the Scenes Tour of Special Collections, 5-6:30 p.m. A reception featuring a new exhibit “Generations of Success: K-State History in Special Collections” and exclusive tours in the closed stacks of the Special Collections, normally only accessible to Libraries’ staff. Must be a member of The Friends of the K-State Libraries to attend. You can send in your membership gift prior to February 6 or bring it to the event for entrance. Fifth Floor, Hale Library.

Meet the Music, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Featuring musicians from the K-State Music Department. Beach Museum of Art.

Blue Edmondson, 8 p.m. Dirty Dawg Saloon.

Black Student Union presents Nikki Giovanni, 7 p.m. Giovanni is a world renowned African American poet, Civil Rights activist, and educator. She is currently an English professor at Virginia Tech University. K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.



K-State Theatre presents “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Also 7:30 p.m. February 14-16 and 2:30 p.m. February 17. Written by Rajiv Joseph. The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature. Directed by Dillon Artzer. For tickets, visit Nichols Theatre.


The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Barefoot in the Park,” 7:30 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also February 14-17. A Broadway play by Neil Simon, where the main characters, newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter, were played by Robert Redford, who starred in the 1967 film adaptaion, and Elizabeth Ashley. Directed by Ginny Pape and includes special appearances by Richard Philbrook as the telephone repair man and cameo spots by unique guests. The tickets for the show on February 7 are sold exclusively by the Sertoma Club as a fundraiser, which will include a dinner catered by The Friendship House. Table-style seating for two will also be available. A cash bar is available.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and children, or VIP table seating for $30. Purchase tickets 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by calling (785) 456-2029 or anytime at tickets and information, call (800) 899-1893. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.

Student Recital Series: Aaron Fisher, trumpet, and Chris Miertschin, Horn, 7:30 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.

Thursday Starts the Weekend, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and billiard specials. Union Recreation.



Seventh Annual K-State Drag Show: “Going to Camp: The Athsetics of Drag,” 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday. Free tickets available in the UPC office between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the UPC office, third floor of the K-State Student Union. Forum Hall.

McCain Performance Series presents DRUMLine Live! 7:30 p.m. A showstopping attraction created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie “Drumline,” brings show-style marching bands to the theatrical stage. The energetic cast has honed its precision through years of training in historically black college and university marching band programs across the southern United States. This versatile group of musicians and dancers brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds. Equally at home with the hottest contemporary hip-hop, rhythm and blues, classic Motown tunes and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, “DRUMLine Live” shares the American marching band experience with a wider audience. Visit for ticket information or call (785) 532-6428.

UPC Film: “The Breakfast Club,” 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Little Theatre, Student Union.

K-State After Hours: Lego Night, 8-10 p.m. Lego board games, play area, video games, and more. Union Courtyard.

On The Spot and UPC After Hours present Octavarius, 10 p.m. Octavarius is a leading improv troupe from Chicago. They will be doing a history of K-State show. K-State Student Union Ballroom.

Rock’It Bowl, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Union Recreation.



Wildcat Oboe Day, all day. Concert at 5 p.m. McCain Room 204.

Manhattan Arts Center Birdhouse Acoustic Music Series presents fiddler Betse Ellis, 7:30 p.m. Ellis is the founding member of Kansas City band The Wilders and has been temporarily let loose to establish herself as a solo fiddle artist. Ellis performs “old time/new time” material, drawing from traditional American fiddle tunes, old songs, and her own tunes. For tickets and more information, visit or call (785) 537-4420.

Rental Lane, 9 a.m.-noon. Rent a lane for $6 per hour plus shoe rental. Union Recreation.

Open House Reception for Early Expressions Children’s Art Display, 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to the reception to celebrate the talent of USD 383 students on display in the UMB Theater. The exhibit is on display February 6-10. This program is sponsored by the Manhattan-Ogden Public School Foundation. Beach Museum of Art.

Sleepless in Seattle, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5, seniors 55+ for $1. C.L. Hoover Opera House.



McCain Student Showcase, 4 p.m. McCain Auditorium has helped shape the lives of countless Kansas State University students for more than four decades. To honor this legacy, McCain Auditorium is hosting the third annual McCain Student Showcase. The showcase will present a collage of several juried performances from students in the K-State music, theater and dance programs. For tickets, call (785) 532-6428. McCain Auditorium.

Student Recital Series: Kaleb Todd, Composition, 3 p.m. All Faiths Chapel.



Awkward K-State Family Photos, through February 14. William T. Kemper Art Gallery, K-State Student Union, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Art of Architecture, through February 16. This exhibit provides viewers with a glimpse of the artistic side of area architects. Organized by KSU Professor James Jones, with assistance from Professor Dragan Simic, who specializes in structural systems, the Art of Architecture exhibit is generously sponsored by BHS Construction. Displayed works by professional architects, KSU professors and KSU students will include sculptural units, photographs, paintings, drawings, architectural models and more. The Manhattan Arts Center is funded in part by the City of Manhattan and Friends of MAC. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

The Big Picture, through March 2. Featuring large scale photographs by Tim Forcade, George Jerkovich and Tom Parish; ceramics by Sheldon Ganstrom; interior paintings by Lisa Calzavara; abstracts of Venice by Bev Gegen; urban retro abstracts by Rebecca Hoyer; and lighthearted paintings by Marie Mason. Strecker-Nelson Gallery, 406 œ Poyntz Avenue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

FORCES: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University, through January 13. Celebrate the communities and the cultures of Manhattan and Fort Riley. Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Konza: Sculpture by John Powers, through May 31. The newest installation to the sculpture garden is a large-scale kinetic piece made of brass, stainless steel and aluminum. It mimics the natural beauty and movement of the nearby Konza prairie. Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.


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