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Tap-a-grams, recitals and theatre performances highlight February at Kansas State University

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

 

MANHATTAN — February is a month to catch a Broadway hit, music of all kinds, special art exhibitions and more at Kansas State University.

The following events, sponsored by the McCain Performance Series, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, are all free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

• Elizabeth Seaton, curator at the Beach Museum of Art, will present "Sea Adventures, Western Dramas and Dog Tales: John Steuart Curry as Illustrator" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the museum. The presentation is in conjunction with the exhibition "John Steuart Curry: Mapping the Early Career," on display in the Vanier Gallery through May 13.

• Experience love in the information age when K-State Theatre presents Caryl Churchill's "Love and Information." Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4 and 9-11 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in West Stadium's Purple Masque Theatre. Tickets are available at the theatre one hour before showtime, online at http://www.k-state.edu/theatre/tickets, or by calling 785-236-8638.

• All the supplies you need to create the perfect Valentine for friends, family members and loved ones will be available at the Beach Museum's Valentines Workshop for All Ages from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the museum. Snacks will be provided. Reservations are not required, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 for materials; $2.50 for military families. Call 785-532-7718 for more information.

• A free, open master dance class for the community with Dena Rizzo, known as the "queen of hip-hop," will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in Nichols Hall.

• The high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical "Pippin" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series. About one man's journey to be extraordinary, this production of "Pippin" won four Tony Awards in 2013, including as best musical revival. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The exhibition "Kansas Veterinarian at Work: A Portrait by Tom Mohr" opens Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Beach Museum and runs through June 17.

• Homeschool Tuesday is 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Beach Museum. The theme will be "Intersection of Math and Art." Homeschool families are invited to participate, with sessions for early elementary and upper elementary offered. Cost is $3 per child, $1.50 for military families. Reservations are required. Call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.edu for reservations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you need to cancel your reservation let the museum know for its waiting list.

• David Littrell, university distinguished professor of music, will present a cello recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in All Faiths Chapel.

• The opening reception for "Kansas Veterinarian at Work: A Portrait by Tom Mohr" will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Beach Museum and feature photographer Mohr.

• Join the Beach Museum of Art staff for a discussion about art at "Second Saturday Selection," offered at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the museum.

• Show you care by sending a Valentine's Day Tap-A-Gram, performed by members of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Contact Julie Pentz for more information at jpentz@k-state.edu.

• A trombone recital will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in All Faiths Chapel by Paul Hunt, professor of music.

• The USD 383 Early Expressions Student Art Show will be on display in the UMB Gallery during Beach Museum operating hours from Wednesday, Feb. 15, to Saturday, Feb. 18. The show celebrates the work of the district's students and their teachers. A public reception will be 2-4 p.m. Feb. 18. The show and reception are sponsored by the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools Foundation.

• The General Student Recital for February will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in All Faiths Chapel.

• For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating its own kind of soul music and will bring its special "urban soul music" sound to the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• "Celebrating New Music" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in All Faiths Chapel.

• K-State music faculty members Steve Maxwell, tuba, and Susan Maxwell, bassoon, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in All Faiths Chapel.

• Form will be the topic of February ArtSmart classes for children offered at the Beach Museum Feb. 22-25. Each class includes gallery discussion, activities and an art project. Class times are 10:30-11 a.m. for toddlers and 2-year-olds and 4-5 p.m. for all ages, both Feb. 22; 10:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 3-5 and 4-5 p.m. for school-age kids kindergarten and up, both Feb. 23; 10:30-11:30 a.m. for all ages on Feb. 24; and 1-2 p.m. for all ages on Feb. 25. Cost is $3 per child, $1.50 for military families. Reservations are required. Call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.edu for reservations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you need to cancel your reservation let the museum know for its waiting list.

• Freelance writer Jed Dunham, founder of the "48 Fallen 48 Found Project" will present "The Veterinarian's War: Lieutenant Harry Hunt in the World War" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the museum. In 1917, Kansas State Agricultural College graduate Harry Hunt followed his country into World War I and was sent to France as a large animal veterinarian tasked with caring for the beasts that pulled the guns of war. He recorded what he saw in vivid details in the letters he sent home, describing a time often forgotten by history.

• The Ebony Theatre Arts Festival will be 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25 at West Stadium's Purple Masque Theatre. Each night includes a staged reading of the play "Sticky Traps" by K-State alumnus and playwright Nathan Louis Jackson. Opening acts will be performed by a variety of multicultural groups on campus. Admission is free.

• "Shadowland," a mix of shadow theater, dance, circus and concert, will be presented by Pilobolus at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at McCain Auditorium. The group, which received acclaim for its performance with Britney Spears at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, will incorporate multiple moving screens and shapes to create a performance that merges projected images with front-of-screen choreography for its story about a young girl's sensational world as she comes of age. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

Sources

Theresa Breymeyer
785-532-3800
mus@k-state.edu

Cindy Friedrich
785-532-1126
cindyle@k-state.edu

Todd Holmberg
785-532-6425
trholm@k-state.edu

Jui Mhatre
785-532-7718
jmhatre@k-state.edu

Julie Pentz
785-532-5411
jpentz@k-state.edu

Websites

http://www.k-state.edu/mccain
http://www.k-state.edu/mtd
http://beach.k-state.edu/

At a glance

February offers many cultural events at Kansas State University.