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  • Tower brings power to McCain Auditorium show

    There’s a substantial irony in the lyrics of Rock group Tower of Power’s best-known song. The band played last Thursday evening in Manhattan as part of the McCain Auditorium series and again demonstrated that popular music shows can .

  • MHS ‘Starcatcher’ production laudable

    We walked in silence to our car after having seen the latest Manhattan High play production, of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” I was thinking about how those islanders would turn into North American Indians in “Peter Pan” (for which “Peter .

  • ‘The Nerd,’ ‘Sticky Traps,’ Greeks Got Talent and more

    SUNDAY Riley County Genealogical Society Presentation: “DNA Test Results — What now?” by Jill Meyers Frese, 2 p.m. DNA testing has become a popular tool for genealogist looking for additional information on your family roots. The different tests available will be .

  • With paddle in hand, a cop greets the public Pingpongcop

    Mary Shirk mshirk@themercury.com Officer Alexander Robinson recently traded in a patrol car for a computer and pingpong table. Robinson is the public information officer for the Riley County Police Department and between posting on social media, answering email .

  • K-State Rodeo, Polar Plunge, Tower of Power and more

    Break out your boots and spurs for the annual K-State Rodeo at Weber Arena this weekend. Friday is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night in support of cancer research and awareness. Rodeo begins at 7:30. There are two opportunities for rodeo .

  • ‘Darker’ isn’t a disaster, just not much of a story

    The sequel to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, “Fifty Shades Darker,” really isn’t successful enough at telling a story to merit the usual treatment. Oh, it is sexy, and there is some fun in it. “Darker” isn’t .

  • Littrell tackles challenging Bach material in two recitals

    David Littrell, cello; Bach Cello Suites and Gamba Sonatas January 30 and February 7, All Faiths Chapel Auditorium In his long and productive career, KSU’s Distinguished Professor of Music David Littrell hasn’t shied away from big projects with substantial challenges. .

  • Valentine’s Day, ‘Spamalot’ auditions and more

    SUNDAY Read with a Dog, 2 p.m. Manhattan Public Library. MONDAY Toddler Wiggleworms, 9:30 p.m. For more storytimes and events, visit mhklibrary.org. Manhattan Public Library. Free Kids’ Move: “Trolls,” 2 p.m. Manhattan Public Library. Experience the Freedom the Founders .

  • ‘Split’ is as solid as Shyamalan’s films ever are

    The Philly filmmaker, M. Knight Shyamalan, has a new hit. Add “Split” with James McAvoy to his list of horror and fantasy films. They include “The Sixth Sense” with Bruce Willis, “Signs” with Mel Gibson, “The Village” with Joaquin Phoenix, .

  • ‘Love and Information,’ murder mystery and more

    Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone .

  • New DVDs for February a diverse bunch

    The recent movies scheduled for release on DVD this month are a cryptic batch. But they aren’t, generally speaking, without interest. For example, “Arrival” is a movie about outer space aliens teaching Amy Adams their language so that she .

  • ‘A Monster Calls’ is a great entertainment bargain

    “A Monster Calls” is powerful, original, and technically superior. And it didn’t play in the local first-run house. Instead it is showing out at Seth Childs Cinema for $2 a ticket. Director J.A. Bayona worked from a script by .





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