1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime
When: 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15
Where: Manhattan Public Library, Tami Borck Storytime Room, 629 Poyntz Ave.
Looking for an educational activity for your kids on their day off school? Visit the Manhattan library to read books about friendship and kindness and celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Suggested for ages 3 - 8. For information, bit.ly/2CUYpUw.
2. Kansas chorALL
When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20
Where: White Concert Hall, S.W. 17th St., Washburn University campus
For the third year, participating choirs from Wichita, Lawrence, Newton, Manhattan and Topeka will join their voices for a cumulative concert. The groups will work together practicing throughout the morning before the concert takes place that afternoon. For information, kansasyouthchoraletopeka.org.
3. Hidden History of Kansas
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17
Where: Raven Book Store, 6 East 7th St., Lawrence
Join author Adrian Zink as he talks about his book, “Hidden History of Kansas.” The novel tells stories of Kansas’ past, a man who survived a pro-slavery massacre in 1858 who later hung his would-be executioner, the creation of award-winning silk in Franklin County, and other peculiar and sometimes disturbing stories. Zink will sign copes of the book after his talk. For information, bit.ly/2Drn2Ji.
4. Dueling Pianos
When: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20
Where: The Columbian Theatre, 521 Lincoln Ave., Wamego
From classic rock to country and R&B, join two professional pianists as they go head-to-head on stage. Write in your music requests and prepare to be carried away by some of the most beloved music eras of all time! For information, bit.ly/2AWi7O0.
5. Kids open paint night
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16
Where: Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop, 725 S. Kansas Ave.
Cost: $15 and up (depending on canvas size)
Bring your kids to test out their artistic talents, without having to worry about the mess! Leaping Llamas provides the paint and canvas, you just bring the talent. For information, bit.ly/2CVXljg.
6. Super Nerd Night: Topeka
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18
Where: Norsemen Brewing Company, 830 N. Kansas Ave.
Cost: Donation for Toys for Tots
Join Norsemen Brewing Company for their year-long toy drive. There will be different games to enjoy, as well as an interactive podcast and live streaming about all things nerd culture. For information, bit.ly/2Fvt649.
7. A KU Lenny-Centennial
When: Friday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 21
Where: Crafton-Preyer Theatre and Swarthout Recital Hall on the University of Kansas campus
Cost: $5 - $10
The KU School of Music will launch its spring season with “A KU Lenny-Centennial: The Musical Theatre of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990),” in celebration of the legendary composer’s 100th birthday. Keynote speakers will be will be KU professor Paul Laird and Elizabeth Wells. The KU Opera will also be performing Bernstein’s “Candide.” For information, bit.ly/2DoCki0.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16
Where: McCain Auditorium, 1501 Goldstein Circle, Manhattan
Cost: $29 - $129
Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning production, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s “Cabaret” tells the story of the Kit Kat Klub, a raucous group of Berlin performers who take to the stage nightly in an attempt to ignore the uncertainty of a pre-WWII era. For information, k-state.edu/mccain.
9. Lawrence Restaurant Week
When: Jan. 19 - 27
Where: Restaurants across Lawrence
Cost: Varies by meal
Downtown Lawrence restaurants are serving up something different and delightful for their fourth annual Downtown Restaurant Week. Each restaurant will prepare creative and original dishes not found on their regular menus. For information, lawrencerestaurantweek.com.
10. Paint Sticks and Bar Tricks
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16
Where: The Wheel Barrel, 925 N. Kansas Ave.
Cost: Varies by meal
Come out to enjoy some live art — of both the bartending and painting varieties. Local artist and co-owner of The Hive, Staci Ogle, will be creating an original piece while a Wheel Barrel bartender creates a drink to coincide with her art. For information, bit.ly/2D4n4tb.