Entertainment blossoms in May at Kansas State University
Friday, April 29, 2016
"Athletes," a screen print and block print on paper by Elmer Tomasch, is part of the exhibition Art of the Game: Selections from the Permanent Collection" that opens May 12 at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. A 1971 Friends of Art gift print, the artwork was a gift to the museum from Art and Angie Post in memory of Dr. A.D. "Dad" Weber.| Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — Catch Broadway entertainment, student musical performances, art exhibitions and more at Kansas State University during May.
The following cultural events, sponsored by the university's McCain Performance Series, Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will take place on campus. Most events are free, unless otherwise noted.
• Shakespeare's classic "As You Like It" will be presented by the theatre program at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. Tickets are $10-$15 and can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain/tickets/ or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The K-State Wind Ensemble and the K-State Wind Symphony will present at concert featuring a variety of music for wind bands at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in McCain Auditorium. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Frank Tracz, director of bands. Don Linn, assistant director of bands, directs the Wind Symphony.
• "Friendship, Science and Music: Selected Compositions by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee" will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, in 104 McCain. Lee is an associate professor of music at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
• The K-State Concert Band and the University Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in McCain Auditorium.
• The K-State Brass Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in All Faiths Chapel.
• Children are invited to learn more about Mexican art, artists and celebrations at the Cinco de Mayo Early Release Workshop for Children from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Beach Museum of Art. Cost is $5 per participant or $3 for Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members.
• A screening of the 2006 documentary, "The Cats of Mirikitani," will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Beach Museum of Art's UMB Theater. Documentary director Linda Hattendorf will be on hand for a discussion after the screening. The recipient of numerous awards, including one from the Tribeca Film Festival, this film tells the story of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, who survived the trauma of World War II and homelessness by creating art. When 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets, a local filmmaker brings him to her home, and the two embark on a journey to confront Mirikitani's painful past. This documentary is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art.
• A Senior Dance Concert featuring Kristin Chase, Carolyn Fitzgibbons and Grace Pierson will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.
• Chris Botti, the superstar trumpeter who has sold more than 3 million albums and won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album, will perform as part of the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain/tickets/ or by calling 785-532-6428.
• Join other parents to discuss different ways to keep children academically engaged over the summer months at the Parent to Parent Workshop, Preventing the Summer Slide, from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Beach Museum of Art. Children will tour the museum and participate in activities while parents learn. The workshop is free, but reservations are requested by calling 785-532-7718. These workshops are in collaboration with the Military Child Education Coalition Parent to Parent Team at Fort Riley.
• The exhibition "Art of the Game: Selections from the Permanent Collection" opens Thursday, May 12, at the Beach Museum. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Manhattan Public Library summer reading theme "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read."
• Just a few tickets are left for The Beach Boys at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, in McCain Auditorium. It's fun, fun, fun with this McCain Performance Series presentation. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain/tickets/ or by calling 785-532-6428.
• Experience an unforgettable story about pursuing dreams and the power of music when "ONCE" comes to McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain/tickets/ or by calling 785-532-6428.
• Under the Streetlamp, America's hottest new vocal group, will wrap up the McCain Performance Series for the 2015-2016 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. The quartet — recent cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys" — will entertain with their tight harmonies and slick dance moves. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain/tickets/ or by calling 785-532-6428.
• ARTSmart classes will be offered May 24-27 at the Beach Museum of Art and will focus on the exhibition "Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura" and on printmaking. Each class includes gallery discussion, activities and an art project that will allow participants to explore media and techniques. Cost is $3 per child, or $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by contacting the Beach Museum at 785-532-7718 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These monthly classes are designed for preschool children ages 3 to 5 with a special section for toddlers and 2-year-olds and for homeschooled children. A class schedule is available at beach.kstate.edu/participate/classes/artsmart.html.