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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. McCain Performance Series: Dianne Reeves

    December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Christmas Time is here with the preeminent jazz vocalist in the world. Grammy Award-winning Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album.

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  2. Columbian Christmas Concert

    December 15, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 17, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Get in the holiday spirit with all of your favorite Christmas classics by talented Columbian singers. Come, warm your soul with music, hot cocoa and cookies.

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  3. Micky & the Motorcars in concert

    December 15, 2017, 8:30 PM @ The Hat

    Alternative country band with Idaho roots before a move to Austin, Texas. Band has released five mainstream albums, including a live album.

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  4. McCain Performance Series: Flint Hills Children's Choir

    December 17, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Holiday music experienced through dance, strings and song. Special holiday concert features 100 locally-talented students; guest appearances by Gold Orchestra and Washington Dance Studio. Flint Hills Children's Choir offers an outstanding program of vocal training and music education.

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  5. McCain Performance Series: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

    December 21, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    America's favorite holiday tradition for 30 years! Mannheim's holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas, and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard's seasonal charts every year! Manneheim in Manhattan!

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  6. BirdHouse Music Series: Socks in the Frying Pan

    January 12, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today; multi-award-winning trio from west coast of Ireland. Dynamic vocal harmonies and virtuoso musical abilities.

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  7. Wade Bowen with Flatland Cavalry

    January 13, 2018, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Hat

    American Texas country/red dirt singer from Waco, with open by Flatland Cavalry which blends country-folk-Americana from Lubbock, Texas; new album titled "Humble Folks".

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  8. McCain Performance Series: Cabaret

    January 16, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside; life is beautiful at Cabaret. Based on Roundabout Theater Company's Tony Award-winning production.

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  9. Dueling Pianos

    January 19, 2018, 7:30 PM - January 20, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Tony B and a special guest are back again by popular demand for two full nights of dancing and sing-along music. These professional pianists go head-to-head on stage and accept your music requests. Whether you’re Bon Jovi junkie or salute Sir Mix-a-Lot, cut loose among good friends and amid great music!

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  10. Swan Lake Russian National Ballet Theatre at McCain

    January 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Tchaikovsky's enchanting Swan Lake, the full-length story ballet with performance by Moscow Festival Ballet and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Must-see opulent ballet tells familiar tale of an evil sorcerer who stands in the way of true love.

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  11. Wayne Goins & the Jazz All-Stars

    January 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Talented group of musicians assembled by Wayne Goins for evening of jazz. Featured: Wayne Goins, guitar; Charles Williams, piano; Steve Rigazzi, bass; Robert Rodriguez, drums and Tod Kerstetter, clarinet.

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  12. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra w/ Tine Thing Helseth at McCain

    January 31, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, one of the foremost trumpet soloists of our time, joins one of the world's foremost chamber orchestras for a special January performance.

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  13. Not Without Laughter by Syl Jones

    February 1, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 3, 2018, 9:00 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    Poignant story of an African-American boy coming of age amid harsh, painful realities of life in segregated America. Story weaves magical qualities of humanity: pain, love and laughter.

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  14. McCain Performance Series: The Temptations

    February 2, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    The Temptations have done more than endure, as the group's success has continued on and on and on. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop, as an essential component of the original Motown machine. The current lineup is Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

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  15. Not Without Laughter by Syl Jones

    February 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 11, 2018, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Poignant story of an African-American boy coming of age amid harsh, painful realities of life in segregated America. Story weaves magical qualities of humanity: pain, love and laughter.

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  16. McCain Performance Series: Jersey Boys

    February 11, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 12, 2018, 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. True story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide. Recommended for ages 12-plus.

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  17. McCain Performance Series: Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet

    February 22, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    One of the few existing ensembles of the piano instrumentation, Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet has existed as a Berlin Philharmonic chamber music ensemble since 1985. Outstanding ensemble committed to represent the standard repertoire of classical, romantic and modern pieces, and to find undiscovered masterpieces.

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  18. An American in Beirut by Alex Wakim and Jonah Ericson

    February 23, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 24, 2018, 9:00 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    Light-hearted musical comedy as Jack falls in love with Anna, which reconnects him to their shared Lebanese culture.

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  19. McCain Performance Series: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Sound of Music

    February 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Brand new production of The Sound of Music comes to McCain in February 2018. Spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

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  20. McCain Performance Series: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    March 1, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Arguably William Shakespeare's greatest play, Hamlet has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Written by Shakespeare in 1602, Hamlet is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western literature. A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge. Four centuries after its premiere, "Hamlet" continues as one of the classics of the world stage.

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  21. McCain Performance Series: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    March 2, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    The unexpected death of their father forces two sisters to leave their comfortable lives, and the only hope is a profitable marriage. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy. Aquila Theatre expands the canon of classical works for the stage, as it adapts Jane Austen's novel in a bold, exciting new production.

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  22. McCain Performance Series: Kinky Boots

    March 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Best Musical 2013 Tony Award winner as the McCain Performance Series continues with the third of five March shows.

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  23. Speed Dating Tonight! A Comic Musical/Opera by Michael Ching

    March 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - March 11, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Fifty lonely-hearted speed-daters hope to find a sufficient, significant other. While not everyone will find a partner, the process is sure to provide audiences humor galore.

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  24. McCain Performance Series: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

    March 10, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Grammy-winning guitar quartet world-renowned for stunning precision, rich palette of tone-colors and joyous music-making.

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  25. McCain Performance Series: Riverdance

    March 13, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Irish dance phenomenon back by popular demand with 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into present day format.

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  26. Birdhouse Music Series: The Railsplitters

    March 30, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Rooted in traditional bluegrass, the lush harmonies and instrumental virtuosity of the Railsplitters push the boundaries of old-time music with non-conformist songwriting. Musical influences range from samba to hip-hop, merged with traditional Appalachian music. The Railsplitters make their homes in Boulder, Col.

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  27. McCain Performance Series: Tao Drum Heart

    April 9, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Internationally acclaimed percussion artists with modern, high-energy performances to showcase the ancient art of Japanese drumming and transfix worldwide audiences.

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  28. McCain Performance Series: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

    April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Lush production features incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and beloved moments, i.e., pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more; plus surprising new twists! Be transported back to childhood and rediscover Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs from Tony-winning Broadway musical.

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  29. McCain Performance Series: An Evening With David Sedaris

    April 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers, as his pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and twice been included in "The Best American Essays".

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  30. McCain Performance Series: Kenny G

    April 29, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to solidify his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Kenny G has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business during his legendary career, ranging from Whitney Houston to Katy Perry.

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  31. McCain Performance Series: Home Free

    May 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Home Free has entertained more than 250,000 people live in concert since it burst on the national scene in 2013.

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  32. McCain Performance Series: Dixie's Tupperware Party

    May 13, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Dixie travels the country throwing good ole-fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts and audience participation.

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  33. Kicker Country Stampede

    June 21, 2018, 2:00 PM - June 23, 2018, 11:00 PM @ Tuttle Creek State Park

    Alabama makes just second appearance at 23rd annual Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan KS! Friday-night flashback with Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band at the temporary amphitheater at Tuttle Creek State Park. More acts include Florida Georgia Line to close Saturday curtain on '18 Stampede. Thursday night, Cole Swindell, Brandon Ray and Cody Johnson are main stage acts. Purchase 2018 Stampede tickets right away for best prices!

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Special Events

  1. Paint & Sip: Believe in Santa

    December 10, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of popular paint and sip phenomenon to whole new level. Enjoy fun evening to paint and drink your favorite beverage and create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "Believe in Santa," and provide goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques and original painting. Bring beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint.

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  2. Holiday Wine Tasting

    December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Company

    Certified Sommelier Keith Sprekels leads the group through special-occasion wines made to enjoy with friends and family!

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  3. Whiskey 101: Joseph Magnus

    December 12, 2017, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bourbon & Baker restaurant

    Top-shelf tasting event just in time for the holidays. Whiskey 101 features Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon, Murray Hill Club Blended Bourbon, Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend and a special surprise at the end of the evening. Whiskey 101 events at Bourbon & Baker in Downtown Manhattan!

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  4. Murder Mystery Dinner: Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

    December 16, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Humbug hovers over the holiday; unravel the mystery of whodunnit. Find your most festive holiday clothes to make this event a colorful spectacle! Ugly sweaters, in-law gift garbs, garish color clashes ... all the rage at this event.

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  5. Paint & Sip: Away in a Manger

    December 17, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of popular paint and sip phenomenon to whole new level. Enjoy evening to paint and drink your favorite beverage and create artwork in a comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "Away in a Manger," and provide goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques and an original painting. Bring beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint.

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  6. New Year's Eve 2017

    December 31, 2017, 8:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 2:00 AM @ Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Garden

    Ring in the new year in Aggieville and enjoy live performance by Groove Therapy! Event includes New Year's Eve-themed photo booth and midnight ball-drop countdown. VIP tickets with special pre-party to include appetizers, reserved VIP seating and party favors.

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  7. Welcome the New Year at MAC

    December 31, 2017, 8:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 1:00 AM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Ring in the New Year at MAC with music, refreshments and midnight champagne toast.

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  8. Little Apple New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2017, 9:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 1:00 AM @ Aggieville

    Ring in the New Year in grand style, as Aggieville cuts loose in celebration along Moro Street in Manhattan. Thousands turn out to watch the Apple drop atop Rally House, as it'll be the best place to be to start 2018!

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  9. Rainforest Adventure

    January 27, 2018, 9:00 AM - April 29, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore one of the Earth's most mysterious habitats, and learn through an intricate maze that resonates with the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. Make multiple visits and discover new elements that make the rainforest a fascinating ecosystem.

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  10. Symphony in the Flint Hills

    June 9, 2018, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM @ Rosalia Ranch

    Kansas City Symphony performs sunset concert. Patron Packages available to financially support the organization and obtain premium concert vantage point. Wide ranging sponsorship opportunities also available (620-273-8955). Tickets for 2018 Symphony will be available for public sale in March 2018.

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  11. Kicker Country Stampede

    June 21, 2018, 2:00 PM - June 23, 2018, 11:00 PM @ Tuttle Creek State Park

    Alabama makes just second appearance at 23rd annual Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan KS! Friday-night flashback with Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band at the temporary amphitheater at Tuttle Creek State Park. More acts include Florida Georgia Line to close the Saturday curtain on '18 Stampede. Thursday night, Cole Swindell, Brandon Ray and Cody Johnson are main stage performers. Purchase 2018 Stampede tickets right away for best prices!

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