As Roland Emmerich (the director of “Independence Day”) makes clear in his new film “Midway,” director John Ford was actually on the island during the famous World War II naval battle. Ford made a documentary about the 1942 fight between American pilots and the Japanese task force.

K-State Theater and director/choreographer/bit player Jerry Jay Cranford have again brought the Radio City version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” to the stage of McCain Auditorium. And once again, taken as a children’s show, it works quite well.

The new movie that Mike Flanagan has written (based on a Stephen King novel) and directed is called “Doctor Sleep.” It functions as a sequel to maybe the greatest of all horror films, Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980).

In times of stress, I find myself escaping into nostalgia, taking a break from my current existence and losing myself in a simpler time.

“A Queer History of the United States for Young People,” written in 2019, is adapted from a more academic book written in 2011. Looking at both books, I found this one, written for young people, much more appealing. This book is easy to read, interesting and informative. The book contains 33…

Victoria Guinevere Brown was born Nov. 6 to Sabrina Estey and Shawn Brown, Manhattan.

Pictures are what the new movie, “Maleficent, Mistress of Evil,” has to offer its audience. Kids who liked “Maleficent,” the first movie in the series, and some children who were too young for the original are going to find it a feast for their eyes.

C.E. and Dee (Delyoce VanNahmen) McKee III will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Nov. 15.

One of the things I love about Manhattan is how diverse it is. This is partially thanks to K-State and Fort Riley, but if we look back a bit further, we can see how Manhattan’s African-American community has been here from near the beginning of the town and really exploded when the “Exoduste…

Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, and among a small group of economists who study education. In the 1970s, Nobel Prize winners Kenneth Arrow and Michael Spence proposed that people with more years of education earn more not merely because of the skills and …

The K-State Theater production of Diana Son’s play “Stop Kiss” ran Oct. 24 through 27 in the cushy Purple Masque Theater (in the southwest end of Memorial Stadium). Directed by Teva Spencer, this laudable student production got as much as there was to get out of the script.

Readers old enough to remember Groucho Marx on the “You Bet Your Life” quiz program will remember how this sort of thing can go. The celebrity host engages members of the audience in conversation. Then he uses whatever openings occur as prompts for witticisms.

Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, population 4 million. Yates Center, Kansas, population 1,417. These two contrasting towns do have something in common: They are each a site for film-making. Today we’ll meet a Kansas entrepreneur who recently produced a film highlighting rural Kansas. It’s…

Halloween is just three days away, and it’s time to get in the spirit. But if you haven’t chosen a Halloween costume just yet, you’ve come to the right place.

The Mercury’s news staff recently visited the Bluemont Elementary sixth-graders to talk about journalism and then actually make a newspaper together. I don’t know what they thought of us, but we were very impressed by them.

“Unto Us a Son Is Given” is the 28th novel in a popular series featuring Commissario (Detective) Guido Brunetti and his colleagues of the Venice, Italy, police. The series is somewhere between the humorous, sometimes silly, “cozy mysteries” from the British Cotswolds and the gritty ”Nordic n…

Katherine Coleman and Robert Echols Jr. announce their engagement.

Pick a major city anywhere in the world and you’re going to discover an active, all-season array of cultural attractions every season of the year. Museums and art galleries, concert halls and opera houses, large theaters and shoebox playhouses, they’ll all be there. But put together a series…

In 2014, a new movement began in children’s literature to increase the number of diverse characters found in books.

Donuts. Muffins. Scones. Hope. Wait a minute, what was that last one? Today we’ll meet a young entrepreneur who has started a bakery in her rural community. In addition to baked goods, coffee, and lunches, the ultimate item which she intends to provide to her community is hope for the future.

Local hero Bill Murray gets a couple of minutes to kill zombies in a flashback that shows right after the credits begin, at the end of the new sequel “Zombieland: Double Tap.” If you remember the original movie, now 10 years old, you’ll probably remember that Murray appears, playing himself,…

Oakley John Graff was born Aug. 12.

There were more than a couple of violations of conventional thinking occurring during the delightful though at one point irritating concert John Hiatt offered the crowd at McCain Auditorium last Wednesday night.

How do you write about a mild-mannered summer fling between an older, established man and his very young female assistant without sounding trite? Karen Dukess, in “The Last Book Party,” creates her fresh take on this dynamic through lovely, concise descriptions of an ephemeral relationship c…

“Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex” by Rupert Darwall is certain to raise the ire of the true believers of the climatology cult. Darwall is a British policy analyst and the author of “The Age of Global Warming: A History,” published in 2013 and …

Suspense is defined as that state of uncertainty that makes us anxious. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, but one we often enjoy in books and movies. It’s related to surprise, but not exactly. Alfred Hitchcock explained the difference in this way. Surprise is when a couple is sitting in a café,…

100 to 1 return. Wow, that sounds like a remarkable return on investment. In this case, it doesn’t refer to a financial investment as much as it describes the process of growing a crop and multiplying the grain. Today we’ll learn about an innovative first-generation farmer who is finding his…

If the four musicians in Russian Renaissance didn’t play so well, we would be tempted to talk about them as if they were a pop group rather than a chamber music outfit. They are young and attractive. They give evidence of having trouble with our language.