Every year, incoming students at K-State get their first assignment at the summer’s orientation program: read the K-State Book Network’s book.
This year, the KSBN committee chose “Darius the Great is Not Okay” by Adib Khorram, an author from Kansas City. Thursday night, the university will host Khorram for a lecture followed by questions.
“Darius the Great is Not Okay” follows Darius Kellner on his first journey to Iran, where his mother’s family is from. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes.
Khorram’s presentation, “Diaspora, Depression, and Dorm Rooms,” will discuss the book and begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the K-State Student Union Ballroom.
Khorram’s lecture is free and open to the public. Overflow seating is also available in the Union.
Here’s a look at other area events.
MAC Classes: Drawing and Painting with Robert Hubbard.
Painting Exploration, session 1 begins Thursday.
For information, visit manhattanarts.org.
Paint & Sip: Cotton Candy Forest, 6:30 p.m.
Also Fall Red Trees at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mystic Flowers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Purple Flower at 4 p.m. Sunday.
For information and to register, visit uncorkedinspiration.com.
K-State Soccer vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m.
Also playing Tulsa at 1 p.m. Sunday.
K-State Soccer Stadium.
Grateful Dudes, 7 p.m.
Landshark Music Series: Los Yumas, 7-9 p.m.
Sally and the Hurts, 8 p.m.
Live Music on the Rooftop: Emily Stilwell, 8-10 p.m.
Tallgrass Tap House.
3s and 4s Storytime, 10 a.m. Friday.
Strategy Board Game Night, 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Family Fun Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday.
For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit mhklibrary.org.
UPC Film: “Aladdin,” 7 and 10 p.m. Also Saturday.
All films are closed captioned.
Cost: Free for K-State students, $3 for adults, $1 off for military ID and children under 12.
K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
Casey Donahew, 7 p.m.
For tickets, visit thehatksu.com.
McCain Performance Series presents The Four Italian Tenors, 7:30 p.m.
A salute to four treat Italian Tenors: Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli.
Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or at k-state.edu/mccain.
UPC presents Josie Dunne with Taylor Phelan, 8 p.m.
Bosco Student Plaza.
Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in Dillard’s parking lot.
Also 4-7 p.m. in the Via Christi parking lot.
Featuring homegrown vegetables, local meat, home baked goodies, local arts and crafts and much more.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 9:15 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
More than 54,000 individuals in the state of Kansas have Alzheimer’s disease — the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Of the top 10 causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only one that has no prevention, no cure, and no way to slow it down.
This Walk is free to all who want to participate, but we encourage walkers to raise at least $100 in order to receive the event T-shirt. This is an all-ages event and we welcome anyone to walk with us.
For information, visit alz.org.
Manhattan City Park.
Orange Sky Yoga Open House and Community Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy a free sample of the diverse classes scheduled every 30 minutes.
Featuring local vendors: On the Wild Side, Quantum Health, Prairie Salt Therapy, Public Hall, Peach, Young Living, and more, as well as local artists.
Orange Sky Yoga, Aggieville.
Free outdoor concert featuring Cloverton, 5 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church.
C.L. Hoover Opera House presents Harmony Junction, 7 p.m.
Featuring Spencer Rains and North 40.
For tickets and information, visit jcoperahouse.org.
C.L. Hoover Opera House.
BirdHouse Fine Acoustic Music Series: Jason Eady Band, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a mix of blues-infused Americana and ahead-of-the-curve country.
For information and tickets, call 785-537-4420 or visit manhattanarts.org.
Manhattan Arts Center.
Howl at the Moon Dueling Painos, 9 p.m.
For tickets, visit mcgrawsmanhattan.com.
Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.
Community Day, noon-5 p.m.
Free admission to the FHDC. Featuring the exhibits and train rides sponsored by Hy-Vee will be available from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Interact with local partners.
For information, visit flinthillsdiscovery.org/communityday or call 785-587-2726.
Flint Hills Discovery Center.