Enjoy May at Kansas State University with art, music and more
MANHATTAN — The spring semester may be winding down at Kansas State University, but there are still plenty of opportunities to catch special art, cultural and musical events during May. The following events, sponsored by the McCain Performance Series, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Some events listed emphasize KSUnite, a communitywide movement to uphold the value of human diversity and inclusion.
• Spring 2018 exhibitions now available at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art include "Water Stories" by Lynn Benson, which runs through May 26 in the Ruth Ann Wefald Gallery, and "Here, and Now," an exhibition of work by K-State art department faculty members, which runs through May 12 in the Hyle Family and Marion Pelton galleries. Opening May 15 and running through Aug. 25 will be "Jam Session: Musical Selections from the Permanent Collection," which complements the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme "Libraries Rock." This exhibition features music, musicians and musical instruments through the eyes of artists.
• Catch the K-State Jazz Big Bands at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.
• The String Chamber Recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.
• The K-State Jazz Combos will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Union Ballroom.
• The K-State Flute and Trombone Ensemble recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in All Faiths Chapel.
• Manhattan High School visual story-telling collaboration projects will be displayed May 3-5 in the UMB Theater at the Beach Museum of Art. Students from Morgan Jobe's class will use inquiry and design thinking to tell a story from their community that matters to them. The students will present their work from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m., with a public reception from 5-7 p.m.
• Celebrate "Quatro de Mayo" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, on the Union's Bosco Student Plaza. Music will be provided by the K-State Latin Jazz Ensemble and free food will be available while supplies last.
• Chinese Cultural Hour, sponsored by K-State's Confucius Institute, will be from 3-4 p.m. Friday, May 4, in 1063 Seaton Hall. Enjoy a free class on tai chi.
• The Student Brass Quintet recital will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.
• Ebony Theatre will host a First Friday in the Sandy Chastan lobby of the Purple Masque Theatre from 7-8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Enjoy refreshments with student performers as they discuss their work.
• Take a study break or find a new place to study at the Beach Museum of Art from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. WiFi and snacks provided.
• Home Free, the all-vocal country sensation, will bring its country standards and pop hits to the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The K-State Confucius Institute will offer Chinese Cultural Hour from 3-4 p.m. Friday, May 11, in 1063 Seaton Hall. Learn Chinese knot-making in this free class.
• The McCain Performance Series wraps up its 2017-2018 season with Dixie's Tupperware Party at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Wareham Opera House, 410 Poyntz Ave. This show contains adult content. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The K-State Confucius Institute will offer Chinese Cultural Hour from 3-4 p.m. Friday, May 18, in 1063 Seaton Hall. Chinese shuttlecock will be the focus of this free class.
• The eighth annual Marching Pride Scholars Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. All proceeds go toward scholarships for upperclassmen in the K-State Marching Band and Classy Cats. To register and for more information, including cost, visit k-state.edu/band/specialevents/golf.html.
• The Beach Museum of Art's ARTSmart classes May 23-26 will cover the subject of photo sensitivity. "Here and Now," the K-State Art Faculty exhibition currently on display at the museum, provides a wide variety of inspiration for creative youngsters. Cost for each class is $3 per child and $1.50 for military families. For reservations, call 785-532-7718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• The K-State Confucius Institute will offer Chinese Cultural Hour from 3-4 p.m. Friday, May 18, in 1063 Seaton Hall. Chinese calligraphy will be the focus of this free class.