1. Frontenac one act plays
Frontenac High School students will host two separate performances of two one-act plays this weekend. Students will perform Teacher’s on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Fairy Tale Princess Game of Thrones. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All performances are at Frontenac High School. Tickets are $5 general admission. Costuming and props were provided by students and families with help from Pittsburg Community Theatre. Sets were constructed with the help of FHS construction classes.
2. Irish Through the Generations
This special program at the Miners Hall Museum will explore the history of Irish immigrants in Crawford County and southeast Kansas. Patty and Dorothy Horgan, Kathy Cattaneo and John and Kevin Mitchelson will recount the experiences and their own memories of their immigrant parents, grandparents and other relatives, as well as their present-day connections to Ireland. The program begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Miners Hall Museum and is free to the public. The program is part of the museum’s quarterly exhibit on Irish immigrants. Refreshments will be available.
3. Nashville Songwriters Night
Four Nashville songwriters are taking the stage at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Saturday to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of the Four States. Songwriters will perform songs as well as discuss the stories behind them during intimate look at the art. Songwriters attending the event include Lori McKenna who saw back to back Grammy and CMA awards for her songs “Humble and Kind” and “Girl Crush,” Luke Laird who’s written 23 No. 1 hits, Jennifer Schott who’s written songs for many recording artists and hometown songwriter Barry Dean. Dean grew up in Pittsburg and has had multiple No. 1 hits for songs like Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and “Day Drinking,” as well as Michael Ray’s “Think a little less” and Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18-$20 in advance, $22.50-$25 at the door.
4. Gorilla Football vs MSSU
Pittsburg State takes on rival Missouri Southern State University Saturday. The Lions will come from Joplin to Carnie Smith Stadium to meet the Gorillas in this border battle. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Reserved seating is $20 in advance, $25 on game day. General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $18 game day. Standing room only tickets will be available game day for $15.
5. Fake News at PPL
Wichita State University Communications Professor Pat Dooley will present “Real News, Fake News: Literacy for the Information Age” 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pittsburg Public Library. Dooley will discuss what fake news is, how to distinguish it and more during the presentation. The presentation is open to the public.