Enjoy a showcase of dance styles, including jazz, tap, African and more at WinterDance 2018, a production of the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Get in the holiday spirit with “TapCracker,” featuring the classical music from the holiday favorite ballet, The Nutcracker. Unlike the original, choreographer Julie Pentz uses tap dancers from the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble.

Other pieces include “Fragmented Cognition,” an original jazz piece choreographed by Pentz, and a social dance from the Dagara Ethnic group in Northern Ghana, West Africa, “Yaa Yaa Kole,” that is directed by Neil Dunn and Pentz and features dancing to the music of the African xylophone, the gyil.

Stephen Loch choreographed two pieces, “The Western Passage,” a narrative contemporary ballet piece in three sections; and “Empowered,” a contemporary piece that highlights the strength and support found in a community of women.

In “With an Open Hand” by assistant professor Kate Digby, the sound for the dance is generated by the heartbeat of the soloist, tracked in real time by a biosensor worn by the dancer. This dance represents an aspect of Digby’s research that investigates how translating the physiological signals of performers into changes in lighting or sound affects the audience’s connection to the performers.

Digby also choreographed “We’re It,” the final piece.

Winter Dance opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday. There’s also a 2:30 p.m. performance Saturday. All performances are at the Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.

Tickets are $11, $14 and $16 and are available at ksu.edu/mtd/tickets or at the the MTD Box Office in Nichols Hall.

Here’s a look other area events.


Kansas Humanities Booktalk: “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, 7 p.m.

Mock Caldecott Discussion and vote on your favorite picture book, 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Manhattan Public Library.

Gallery Walk with Dan Kwong and Aileen June Wang, 5:30-7 p.m.

Join Dan Kwong and Aileen June Wang for an informal discussion in the exhibition “Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu.” Kwong’s work as a writer and performance artist addresses cultural and gender identities, especially as they relate to Asian American men. Wang is the curator of the exhibition “Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu.”

Beach Museum of Art.

Canvas & Cork: Winter Barn, 6 p.m.

Creative Crafters Workshop: Day’s Til Christmas, 2 p.m. Sunday.

For information and to register, visit straightuppstudio.com.

Straight Upp Creative Studio.

Horn Choir Performance, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.

KSU Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m.

K-State Student Union Ballroom.

Abigail Huck, flute recital, 7:30 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.


Festival of Trees Gala, 6-10 p.m.

Manhattan Conference Center, 410 S. Third St.

Winter Theatre Academy presents “James and Giant Peach Jr.,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

This after school program features local third-eighth-graders.

For tickets and information, visit columbiantheatre.com.

Columbian Theatre, Wamego.

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.

Liquid Art Winery.

Poetry (and Short Prose) on Poyntz, 7:30 p.m.

Strecker-Nelson Gallery.

Trumpet Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.

Manhattan Arts Center presents “Inspecting Carol,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also December 7-9.

This comedy play finds a wanna-be actor with little talent auditioning for a production of “A Christmas Carol” and experiencing the hijinx of backstage theatre life. Hilarity ensues with a combination of classic comedic elements like slap-stick and mistaken identity.

Mild language.

Tickets: $18/16 adults, $13/10 military/students. For tickets and information, visit manhattanarts.org or call 785-537-4420.

Manhattan Arts Center.

Silk Road through Kansas: a performance of “It’s Great 2B American” by Dan Kwong, 7:30 p.m.

Purple Masque Theatre.

UPC presents Winter Wonderland featuring the film “Elf,” 8 p.m.

Take pictures with Santa, decorate cookies and more.

Union Station by JP’s.


Play with Clay, 10 a.m.-noon.

For grades 2-5.

Manhattan Arts Center.

Wonder Workshop presents Fun Winter Crafts Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Also December 8.

Featuring six craft stations.

Sign up at wonderworkshop.org or call 785-776-1234.

Ice Sculpting & Christmas Carnival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Featuring the annual ice sculpting competition, a virtual reality sleigh ride, crafts, free photos with Santa and more, as well as free popcorn, cookies and hot cocoa, plus pizza from AJ’s NY Pizzeria and freshly grilled hot dogs from Hy-vee.

Blue Earth Plaza.

Jacob Wrobel, percussion, 1 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.

Family Holiday Workshop, 1:30-3 p.m.

Create holiday items inspired by travels along the Silk Road.

Cost: $5 per child. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Beach Museum of Art.

Friends of Sunset Zoo Luminary Walk, 6-8:30 p.m.

This holiday community event features a walking trail of luminary lights, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus inside the Nature Exploration Center and caroling in the Pavilion around the fireplace with warm beverages, cookies, and donuts. Proceeds go to Sunset Zoo’s conservation work, Zoo projects, and educational programming.

Sunset Zoo.

KSU Organ Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.

Holiday Music Recital featuring Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 7:30 p.m.

Peace Memorial Auditorium, 1101 Poyntz Avenue.


Jazz brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bluestem Bistro.

K-State Choirs Festival of Holiday Music, 3 p.m.

First United Methodist Church.

Leonardville PRIDE Community Christmas Party, 4-6 p.m.

Featuring cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, grilled cheese, chili, cinnamon rolls, and more.

Leonardville Community Building.

KSU Piano Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m.

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Hall.