YouTube, a video-sharing website, is said to have one hour of video uploaded every second. Millions have viewed clips. Careers have been launched from people seeing and sharing these videos. To have a lot of views is a big deal. To have the first, second and third positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time is an even bigger deal. Acoustic guitarist Andy McKee has done that and more.
McKee is one of the world’s finest acoustic soloists and will be performing tonight as part of the McCain Performance Series. The 7:30 p.m. show will be in the K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
McKee’s performances employ altered tunings, partial capos, percussive hits and tapping. In his hands, theses are not mere parlor tricks, but compositional tools used to create some of the finest crafted music for the steel string acoustic guitar.
McKee was born and raised in Topeka. He still lives there. He performs 100 to 200 shows annually across the world. This show is his last before heading to the United Kingdom for a tour.
For tickets, visit www.k-state.edu/mccain or call the McCain Box Office at (785) 532-6428.
Also in Forum Hall this weekend is the Union Program Council film: “The Avengers.” See it on the big screen one last time at 8 p.m. Friday for $2, at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State students and those with a military ID get $1 off.
Here’s a look at other area events.
K-State Volleyball vs. Saint Mary’s, 7 p.m. Ahearn Field House.
Reckless Rebellion, 10 p.m. Cost: $5. Longhorn’s.
K-State Libraries Presentation: “A Conversation with Jane Butel,” 10 a.m. Get a taste of a donation-in-process by renowned cookbook author and creator of Tex-Mex cooking. Free and open to the public. Refreshments and hor d’oeuvres will be served. Part of the Unboxed: Out of the Collections of K-State Libraries Series. Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.
Justin Hall Expansion Dedication, 2 p.m. Event includes dedication program followed by refreshments and tours of the new classrooms, seminar rooms, student work areas and office space.
Cinema Sweethearts Gala featuring Laura Ellis, 6 p.m. Ellis, a K-State graduate and former K-State Singer, is an entertainer from California. Her show will highlight tunes that made America fall in love with its favorite leading ladies. Cost: $50-125. KSU Alumni Center.
K-State After Hours: Laser Tag, 7 p.m.-midnight. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Free. K-State Student Union Ballroom.
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.
K-State Football vs. Miami, 11 a.m. Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Opening reception for “India Unveiled,” 4-6 p.m. The Arts Center will be transformed into an Indian market place. The community is invited to join MAC for this very festive and culturally rich gallery opening. “India Unveiled” will enable community members to experience the true culture of India with a variety of items that give viewers a better understanding of Indian culture. The colorful exhibit will include photographs, textiles, a variety of artwork, jewelry and costumes. The exhibit runs through October 6. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
K-State volleyball vs. Utah State, 6 p.m. Ahearn Field House.
K-State Equestrian: Purple and White Scrimmage, all day. Timbercreek Stables.
Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.
Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
KSU Movies on the Grass: “South of the Border,” film begins at dusk.
There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. A facilitated discussion will immediately follow the film. Free. In case of rain, 63 Seaton Hall. Coffman Commons, near Hale Library.
K-State Student Union Billiards Leagues start the week of September 10 and Dart Leagues start the week of September 18. Additional information and sign-up sheets at union.k-state.edu.