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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 - 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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  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. Emily's Third Thursday Bash

    May 16, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ The Chef Cafe

    Live music features Philosophy of Lions, bake sale and silent auction to benefit Emily Caricato. Emily is recovering from a tragic car accident and has a long road to recovery. Come have fun and show her a little love.

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  2. Barn Quilt

    May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Like quilt patterns but don't know how to quilt? Perhaps you just need a break from stitching. Join us for an evening of painting barn quilts. Attendees paint single quilt block onto piece of wood that they take home. Registration required.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Landshark Music Series: Phaetons

    May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music with Phaetons, part of the Landshark Music Series. Corner entrance to Aggieville for Bolo of a good time.

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  2. Live Music On the Rooftop: Ken Gustin & Chris Biggs

    May 16, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tallgrass Tap House

    Live music features local acoustic bluegrass and country duo Ken Gustin and Chris Biggs. All seating first-come, first-served. No cover charge to attend!

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  3. Bluemont Live Music Series: The Box Turtles

    May 16, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ The Bluemont

    First show for The Box Turtles. Prior to the music, Bluemont offers complimentary Tequila drink tasting. RSVP to to reserve your spot.

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  4. Live Music Series: Terror Tractor/Mechanize/Bikini Gordo

    May 16, 2019, 9:00 PM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Metal returns to Mae's with Terror Tractor, Mechanize, and Bikini Gordo.

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Special Events

  1. Third Thursdays at Downtown Manhattan

    May 16, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan

    See art exhibits, enjoy multiple performers and listen to live music as you peruse Poyntz! Grab a bite from any of our local downtown eateries and enjoy one of many drink specials offered from MHK restaurants and bars. Explore what’s new in the neighborhood. Your favorite downtown shops stay open late. Something new to discover each month in May, June, July, August and September.

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  2. 38 North Adventure Fest

    May 16, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Tallgrass Tap House

    Learn what 38 North will be doing to get stories of Kansas, and specifically Manhattan KS, out to others about amazing outdoor adventures. If you love outdoor adventures, you'll want to hear what 38 North is all about. Pop into Tap House during Downtown Manhattan's first 2019 offering of Third Thursdays.

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