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Art Exhibits

  1. 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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  2. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - November 30, 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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  3. Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders

    August 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - December 9, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist introduces Jeremiah Ariaz. Black Trail Riding Clubs have their roots in Creole culture formed in Southwest Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. These trail riders form a distinctive yet little known Louisiana subculture.

    Ariaz is a Great Bend product and associate professor of art at Louisiana State University who has captured these equestrian clubs in a series of photographs selected for this exhibition. One image chosen as 2019 Friends of Beach Museum of Art Gift Print.

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  4. The Land of the Living Opening Reception

    August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Please join Strecker Nelson West Gallery for the opening of the next exhibit, The Land of the Living. This show will feature figurative and architectural work mostly, and will be on display until October 26th. Please join the reception to enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeurves, and meet the artists!

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  5. John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within

    September 24, 2019, 10:00 AM - March 21, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Best known for his depictions of Kansas, the American West also reveals itself as a significant subject in John Steuart Curry's work. Curry's earliest drawings reveal a boy under the spell of Western artists, e.g., Frederic Remington. Through 38 works, to include paintings and magazine illustrations, this exhibition explores Curry’s depictions of the West as a romantic and real environment.

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  6. A Home for Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia

    October 7, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 18, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall

    This exhibit is part of "Healing Communities Through Art" by visiting artist Edwin Rodriguez, founder of Mil Colores Para Mi Pueblo (A Thousand Colors for My Town), a peace and reconciliation nonprofit that heals traumatized communities in Colombia through art.

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Community Events

  1. Santa for Seniors

    October 8, 2019 - October 25, 2019 @ Angels Care Home Health

    Angels Care Home Health, At Home Care, Discovery Chiropractic & Integrated Medicine, Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM), and Riley County Senior Center are coming together to provide our seniors in the Manhattan, Wamego and Junction City areas with something special for the holiday season.
    SANTA FOR SENIORS IS COMING TO TOWN! If you or someone you know is in need this holiday season or if you would like to select a senior in need, please call Angels Care Home Health at 785-273-3560 or At Home Care at 785-473-7007. We will be sure to add your loved one to the list or give you information to make a senior’s holiday special.

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  2. MFD Open House 2019

    October 13, 2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Manhattan Fire Department

    MFD Annual Open House is a great time to go out and learn about your fire department. Old Engine 1 rides, spray a real fire hose, live fire sprinkler demonstration, use an escape window, and much more! Kid Friendly!

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  3. 3rd Annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day & 5K

    October 13, 2019, 1:30 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    A day to remember and celebrate pregnancies and babies lost too soon. There will be a free remembrance celebration with butterflies and bubbles, followed by a 5K run/walk starting and ending at the Blue Earth Plaza.
    **Event Information** Remembrance Celebration at 1:30pm, includes free bubbles and butterflies release. Butterflies must be reserved prior to the event. This can be done through the event registration link.
    5K Run/Walk registration at 2:00pm, run/walk start time at 3:00pm. Please stay tuned for packet pickup information.
    The funds raised from race registration, t-shirt purchases, and generous donations will provide resources, support, and comfort to those who may experience these losses at Ascension Via Christi Hospital Manhattan.
    This event brought to you and hosted by the Mercy Community Health Foundation and the Perinatal Bereavement Committee at Via Christi Hospital Manhattan.

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  4. Yoga On the Farm- with GOATS!

    October 13, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Lazy T Ranch

    Join us for a special outdoor yoga session sponsored by CommonGround Kansas in partnership with Chapter 5 Yoga, Sigma Alpha and benefiting Heifer International and the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
    Enjoy a one-hour yoga session for beginners in the lush, picturesque pasture of Lazy T Ranch, a few miles outside of Manhattan. After our yoga practice, stick around to enjoy the morning with a trail mix bar with all the fixings and meet Kansas farm families who grow your food.
    Goats will be milling through the crowd and hanging out at the farm while we yoga. There will also be other activities for kids, walking trails, and more available to enjoy! Ticket sales from the event benefit Heifer International.
    We will also be collecting food donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket. We're fortunate to have food choices and are honored to help out those in the community who are struggling with just putting the basics on the table.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. The Addams Family

    October 11, 2019, 7:30 PM - October 13, 2019, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Ba-da-da-dum, snap-snap, ba-da-da-dum, snap-snap ... they're creepy and they're kooky, and all together spooky. As the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Addams Family Tree, all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They've gathered in the family graveyard to celebrate life and death, but Wednesday dreams of love with Lucas Beineke, an ordinary boy from Ohio. Could her family ever approve? Fun, mayhem, and quirky humor ensue.

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  2. Joseph Hall: Elvis Tribute

    October 13, 2019, 7:00 PM - October 14, 2019 @ Columbian Theatre

    It would be a Blue Christmas without you joining us for Joseph Hall. Joseph Hall, born in 1984 has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, making 6 TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists! Joseph Hall is the next best thing to THE KING himself! V.I.P front row seats are available. Get your tickets quickly, Joseph Hall WILL sell out!
    Member Tickets: November 10th
    Public Tickets: November 17th

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  3. McCain Performance Series: Russian Renaissance

    October 13, 2019, 7:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance has redefined the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion and balalaika contrabasso) and captured the attention of audiences worldwide.

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Special Events

  1. Zoo In You: The Human Microbiome

    September 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - January 12, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, as trillions of microbes colonize inside each one of us. Learn about our body’s constant microbial companions and ways scientists realize just how important these microbes are to overall health, Hands-on exhibit features: Meet the Microbes, Our Complex Ecosystems and Exploring Our Microbiome. Fun science and discovery in MHK!

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  2. Visions of the Flint Hills

    October 4, 2019 - November 21, 2019 @ Buttonwood Art Space

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  3. Stone Fence Workshop

    October 12, 2019 - October 13, 2019 @ Eskridge, Kansas, at K-4 Highway and Beta Street

    The fall 2019 Native Stone Scenic Byway Stone Fence Restoration Workshop will be October 12 and 13, 2019.
    Rocky Slaymaker, a professionally trained dry stone conservancy mason will lead the workshop which will be held in Eskridge, Kansas on K-4 Highway and Beta Street.
    The workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn the techniques of dry stone fence building and repair during this hands-on workshop.
    Applications and more information is available at Wabaunsee County Economic Development, 226 Missouri, Alma, Kansas 785-765-4644 www.wabaunsee.com.

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