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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (6)
  2. Calendar Overlay Community Events (2)
  3. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (10)
  4. Calendar Overlay Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings (1)
  5. Calendar Overlay Recreational sports activities/events (1)
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Art Exhibits

  1. Picturing Kansas

    October 5, 2018, 10:00 AM - June 1, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Scenic prairies, bucolic farms and the architecture of Kansas’ agricultural industry, exhibition features more than 100 years of works by Kansas artists reflecting sense of place. Cornerstone for museum’s popular “Picturing Kansas” school tour program which integrates art, history, environmental and agricultural science, and language arts.

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  2. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    One section of the Seaton Gallery will highlight the back-and-forth exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects in the museum’s permanent collection, made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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  3. Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of 1930s & 1940s (Hirsch Collection)

    March 5, 2019, 10:00 AM - June 19, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    The '30s and '40s were a golden age for murals in America when the everyday worker rose to the status of hero. Murals celebrate the work of miners, farmers and other laborers and cover walls in public buildings across the country. Preliminary ideas played out in sketches and nearly 50of these are displayed in this exhibition. On loan from Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

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  4. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 19, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing by Americans and complements Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."

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  5. An Endless Line

    April 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - June 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Featuring works by the area's finest abstract artists.

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  6. Middle of Everywhere: Architectures of the Kansas Flint Hills

    May 4, 2019, 12:00 PM - May 25, 2019, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    Distinct landscapes around this Gateway to the Flint Hills, both subtle and dramatic, determine shape and character. Through an examination of the region’s architecture – the built environment – "Architectures of the Kansas Flint Hills" exhibition investigates complex relationships between buildings, landscapes and cultures.

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Community Events

  1. Manhattan Water Parks Open

    May 25, 2019, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Park CiCo Park Northview pools

    Summer begins with three Manhattan waterparks open: City Park, CiCo Park and Northview.

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  2. Senior Care Event

    May 31, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Creative Senior Solutions

    Issues with your precious seniors' quality living? Collect the right information and decisions on what you should know and what to check.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop

    May 18, 2019 - June 20, 2019 @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Eligibility requirement restricts attendees to 9-12 grades. Workshop designed for students interested in art, writing or performance to include music, dance, theater, forensics. No pre-workshop theater experience necessary. Skills used not usually found in mainstream theater: Gymnastics, choral singing, dance, martial arts, musical performance, public speaking, juggling; any public performance may be helpful toward experimental theatrical explorations.

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  2. Bluemont Live Music Series: Wade D. Brown

    May 23, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Wade D. Brown plays roots and American music.

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  3. Music On the Rooftop: Isaac McClung

    May 23, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tallgrass Tap House

    Join on May 23rd at 8:00pm for live music featuring Oklahoma's Folk musician, Isaac McClung. The rooftop will open at 5:00pm with all seating being first-come, first-served. There is no cover charge to attend!

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  4. Live Music Series: The Great Spencer McConaghy

    May 23, 2019, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Finn's Neighborhood Pub

    Fun evening of live music features the talented Spencer McConaghy! Bring friends and enjoy 60-ounce pitchers of the coldest beer in town while enjoying the show.

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  5. Landshark Music Series: Big Harry & the Back Alley Blues Band

    May 30, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music with Big Harry & the Back Alley Blues Band as part of the Landshark Music Series. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  6. Live Music Series: M31 Unplugged with Catie Jay & James Sperman

    May 30, 2019, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM @ Finn's Neighborhood Pub

    Fun evening of live music features the highly entertaining M31 and guests! Bring friends and enjoy 60-ounce pitchers of the coldest beer in town while enjoying the show.

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  7. Bluemont Live Music Series: Betty the Astronaut

    May 30, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Betty the Astronaut plays music varieties from Bluemont's rooftop patio. Bring friends each Wednesday and Thursday evening for Live Music Series.

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  8. Live Music Series: Betty the Astronaut

    May 30, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Betty is back for some more fun. Enjoy a relaxing night watching this duo play acoustic rock.

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  9. Live Music Series at Mae's: Deliberate Kin

    May 30, 2019, 9:00 PM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    After 13 years together, Kin returns and it promises to be a night of laughter, memories, great drinks and groovy music. Celebrate this amazing venue (45 years) and Mae's anniversary. Music and merch for sale, as always, high-fives are free all night long!

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  10. Shrek, The Musical

    May 31, 2019, 7:30 PM - June 2, 2019, 9:30 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on life-changing journey alongside a donkey and feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand. Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. Humanities Kansas Book Talk: A Lost Lady

    May 23, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Theme for Humanities Kansas book talk discussion series, "A Woman's Place." Books in this series reflect the state of dialogue in the 20th century. Each author looks at the way women develop personal strength of character while dealing with society's or loved ones' perceptions of what they should be.

    Tensions between mothers and daughters, wives and husbands, career and family explored in these stories of women seeking to define themselves and their relationships. "A Lost Lady," Willa Cather: Stereotyped as a goddess, mother, friend, adulteress, glamorous Marian Forrester is an enigma to her young neighbor, Neil Herbert; a woman whose charm is mixed with terrifying vulnerability.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Bill Snyder Highway half-marathon/5K

    May 25, 2019, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Bill Snyder Family Stadium

    Year 5 for Bill Snyder Highway half-marathon presents exciting finish all runners have highly anticipated: into the stadium and onto the field! Race begins on Bill Snyder Highway and ends at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, in the stadium. What could be more appropriate than a sprint onto the turf to finish 13.2 miles begun near Interstate 70? Fifth annual includes usual 5-kilometer race on campus in blocks around the stadium. Be part of this year's highly anticipated race! Sponsored by Manhattan Running Company.

    Charitable causes include K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center, Shepherd’s Crossing, Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows and Matt Snyder Foundation for Troubled Youth.

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Special Events

  1. Exploring Wines From Washington

    May 23, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    The Apple state represents some of the best made U.S wines and some of the best values one can find. Learn about key grape varieties, geography, culture and how to get the most bang for your buck.

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  2. Dream With Da Vinci

    May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Artist. Inventor. Scientist. Genius. Leonardo Da Vinci was a true Renassaince Man. One of the greatest painters yet he only completed a few works. Da Vinci was a dreamer and inventor, and his love for math, science and art are highlighted through this fascinating interactive exhibition. Catapults, parachutes and a hang glider are just some of the inventions Da Vinci incorporated to explore the art of science.

    In an accompanying exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery, AIB Food First; learn how AIB helps companies bring safe, high-quality food to the world, and play baker for the day on the Discovery Center's second floor gallery.

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  3. Late Night Patio Party

    May 25, 2019, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Longer days, more time to sip wine by the fire! Join Liquid Art Winery patio party and take in sunsets over the vineyards, enjoy drinks by the fire pits and relax under Kansas night skies. The winery stays open until 10 p.m. Saturdays in June-July, with brand new "Late Night Happy Hour" from 8-10. Get $1 off all pizzas, pints and glasses.

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  4. Johnny Kaw Plaza celebration (PPD)

    May 30, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Our much-awaited Johnny Kaw celebration is on hold due to rainy spring weather that has presented construction scheduling challenges. Check with Visit Manhattan for updates on this rescheduled event, when we'll celebrate the renovated area around Johnny Kaw statue in Manhattan's City Park.

    Johnny's very own, new plaza area will possess descriptive boards, LED lighting, limestone seating and accessibility improvements. Once the event is rescheduled, join the fun with pancake cookies served up and 6 p.m. (tentative ) fun run. Plus, we'll stage a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new plaza area that expresses Johnny's incredible tall tales.

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  5. Bottles & Brews

    May 30, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Benefit for the Columbian Theatre. Stroll around Wamego and sample variety of wines, beers and hors d'oeuvres at 12 locations: Audity Ally, Barleycorn's, Ironclad, The Lollipop Shop, OZ Museum, OZ Winery, State Farm Insurance (Michele Jacobs), The Basement Tack Shop, Underground Fitnessm, Wamego Drug Store.

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