1. Check out the showstoppers
A concert featuring Broadway showstoppers will be offered by the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Bethel College Memorial Hall, 300 E. 27th.
The annual pops concert, billed as “Bravo Broadway,” will open with “Broadway Showstoppers,” a medley from popular Broadway musicals, and continue with pieces from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Chicago” and the recent Tony Award-winning show “Hamilton.” The program also includes movie music from the “The Greatest Showman” and “Jurassic Park.”
Conductors from the orchestra lead the program of Broadway music, an event of the Newton Area Arts Council Spring into the Arts Festival.
Admission is $13 in advance or $15 at the door for adults and $6 in advance or $7 at the door for students. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under with an adult. Tickets are available at Faith and Life Bookstore, the NMKSO office at 120 W. 6th St., and online at www.nmkso.org. For more information, contact NMKSO at (316) 772-3265.
2. Hear about the Holocaust
Nancy Sprowell Geise will share the story of her friend Joe Rubinstein, a Holocaust survivor, documented in her book “Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story.”
Geise will share Rubinstein's remarkable story at 7 p.m. April 2 at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus, an event open to the public.
A reception sponsored by Hesston Public Library and Hesston United Methodist Church following the presentation will offer audience members a chance to meet Geise.
Rubinstein, now 98 years old, was 21 when Nazi soldiers took him from his home, along with his widowed mother and two siblings. Geise’s recounting of his story shares the atrocities he faced over the next three years until the end of the war. He has never returned to his homeland of Poland.
Following the book’s release in 2015, “Auschwitz #34207” earned the top spot on the Amazon Bestseller list in the Holocaust Memoirs (Kindle) category, and has garnished high praise from leading Holocaust scholars, national reviewers and readers.
3. Catch a live show
Savanna Chestnut and the Field Hands will perform at 9 p.m. March 30 at Jay's Place, 220 N. Main, in downtown Newton. Just across town, Amber Goldermann and Sam Unruh will perform from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at Moxie Grill & Pub, 1420 Old Main.
4. Meet an artist
A reception for "Dichotomies II: Images of Reality and Fantasy," featuring works by John Ellert, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 28 at Robert W. Regier Gallery at Bethel College, 300 E. 27th, North Newton. The exhibit will run from March 8-29. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free.
5. Learn about the Spanish flu
Tyler Johnson, a historian with Emporia State University, will discuss "Kansas’s Unstoppable Pandemic: The Spanish Flu of 1918-1919" at 7 p.m. April 1 during a meeting of the Frederic Remington Area Historical Society at Frederic Remington High School, 8850 N.W. Meadowlark Road, Whitewater.
Toward the end of the Great War, a new war began to be waged. That war was against the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which has its origins in Kansas. This new threat would wipe out more people worldwide than the war itself.
Tyler Johnson will share insights into the origins of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the national response, Kansas' fight against the flu, and a few slides discussing Whitewater’s battle against the flu.