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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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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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Special Events

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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