Kansas State football vs. TCU SATURDAY
The Wildcats’ national title hopes remain very much in their control as they square off with Texas Christian University on Saturday. This probably will be K-State’s last significant test before a regular-season finale against Texas. Bill Snyder’s team proved that it belongs among the country’s elite with a 55-14 dismantling of then-No. 17 West Virginia on the road. Kansas State, now ranked third nationally, followed that up with victories over No. 14 Texas Tech and Oklahoma State to improve to 9-0 this season. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Fort Worth; the game airs on Fox.
Author Jeff Kinney discusses “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” TUESDAY
The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is a book series solely for children in the same way that “Shrek” is a cartoon entirely intended for the elementary set. The humorous musings of grade-school protagonist Greg Heffley resonate greatly with the adult world, and have helped establish Kinney as a bonafide star in the writing world. He was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine, and he’ll stop by Unity Temple on the Plaza next Tuesday to promote his newest book. Admission to the 4 p.m. meet-and-greet is $13.95 and includes a hardcover copy of the book and one ticket to the event. Go to rainydaybooks.com for more information.
“An Evening with Quixotic” FRIDAY
The performance art group operated by founder Anthony Magliano winds down what has arguably been the most successful year in its seven-year existence. In 2012, Quixotic jumped onto the national scene with an appearance at the national TED event as well as its first international performance. They’ve maintained a strong local presence as well, performing at the Midland theater downtown earlier this year. In the final local show of its 2012 schedule, the group will perform at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas campus. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28-$60 at lied.ku.edu.
Kansas City 15K/7K SATURDAY
The unique distance caught the attention of nearly 3,000 runners for the inaugural race last year, and race officials are hoping for more this time around. Not a half-marathon and not a 5K, there are 15K (9.32 miles) and 7K (4.3 miles) race distances, with the 15K beginning at 8 a.m. and the 7K starting 10 minutes later. The races take runners in and around Community America Ball Park, the Kansas City T-Bones home field, and the Legends shopping area. Registration is $50 for the 15K ($55 on race day) and $35 for the 7K. Register at kc15k.com.
Author David Von Drehle TUESDAY
Having already tackled the death penalty and the 2000 presidential election, the Kansas City-based author and Time Magazine editor-at-large details Honest Abe in his newest book, “Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.” Von Drehle discusses the book, which outlines Lincoln’s pivotal role in the Civil War at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Unity Temple on the Plaza. He’ll sign copies of the book following a question-and-answer session. Admission packages are $30 and include a copy of the book and up to two tickets. Go to rainydaybooks.com for more information.