K-State’s Week of Welcome activities are wrapping up this weekend and it’s not just for students.
The 2006 winner of Last Comic Standing and Paraolympics Soccer Team member Josh Blue will provide some laughs after a long first week of classes. Blue is performing at 10:30 p.m. Friday night in the K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
The performance is the first K-State After Hours sponsored by the Union Program Council (UPC). After Hours is a safe, substance free alternative to a Friday night.
The show is free and open to the public and there will be over flow seating in the Union Courtyard. Denny’s is sponsoring pancakes in the Union Foodcourt after the show, while supplies last.
Tonight, the UPC is sponsoring a free screening of “Fast Five” at 9 p.m. on Bosco Student Plaza. Bring your own seating. There’s a special called Thursday Starts the Weekend from 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight in the Union Recreation Center. The first film of the UPC Film Series is Friday. “Thor” is showing at 8 p.m. Friday for $2, as well as 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3 in the Student Union Forum Hall.
Get hypnotized on Saturday with comedy hypnotist Chuck Milligan. It is at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and it is free and open to the public. Free pizza for 2Mato, a pizzeria in the Union Foodcourt, will offer free pizza, while supplies last, after the show.
Then on Sunday, the first film of the Movies on the Grass series is at 8 p.m. in Coffman Commons by Hale Library. “Trouble the Water,” nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary, takes you inside Hurricane Katrina.
It was selected to complement the K-State Book Networks common reading program book, “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers. Activities and discussion surround the event.
For a complete listing of events, visit themercury.com. Here’s a look at other events:
Explore K-State…Find Yourself: 2011 Union Expo and Activities Carnival, 6-8:30 p.m. Part of K-State Week of Welcome. K-State Student Union.
Riley County Historical Society and Museum’s fourth lecture in the Kansas 150 Look Back Lecture Series: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War” by Michael Halleran, 7 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cheryl Collins at the Riley County Historical Museum at (785) 565-6490. Manhattan Public Library.
Thick Electric with Jibber Gabber, 9 p.m. Auntie Mae’s.
Wade Bowen with Scott Ford Band, 10 p.m. Longhorn’s Saloon.
Latin Nights, 10 p.m. KatHouse Lounge.
ZooFari Tails, 10 a.m. Manhattan Public Library.
Department of English Welcome Back Reading, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Readings by the Creative Writing faculty. 212 K-State Student Union.
Warrior Zone Grand Opening, 5 p.m. Fort Riley MWR is opening the first Warrior Zone in the Army. 7867 Normandy, Fort Riley.
VFC Fight Night, 7 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of. Courtyard by Marriott, Junction City.
Funk Tribe, 9 p.m. Campus Tavern.
Back to School Bash, 10 p.m. Featuring DJ Luis. Cost: $5 adults, $10 minors. Blue Hills Room.
Southwind, 9:30 p.m. KatHouse Lounge.
Muzizi, 10 p.m. O’Malley’s.
Outdoor Kansas Kids Day, 7-9 a.m. A benefit run from Meadowlark Hills, archery, beach activities, a horse show tournament and more. Vehicle permits are not required all weekend. Most activities take place near Man Kan Shelter. For details, call (785) 539-7941. Tuttle Creek State Park. Downtown Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fifth and Humboldt. The market will be observing “Local Food Week,” which runs through Sept. 3.
Flint Hills Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Staples/Hobby Lobby parking lot.
Salsa contest at Clay Center Farmers Market Registration will be that day at the westside of the Courthouse square before 9:30 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee to compete and a requested $1 donation to judge. The salsa entries will be judged in three categories: Best of Show, Hottest, and Most Unique. The winner of each category will receive a $20 Clay Center gift certificate.
The Floozies, 9 p.m. O’Malley’s.
Riot on the Roxxx with Shawn Rock, 10 p.m. Pat’s.
Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.
Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.