The Big Read in Wichita

This is the third year that Wichita has participated in The Big Read, a program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Here are the details of Wichita's program:

1) The event will kick off Saturday with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. that will include a dramatized reading of this year's book selection, " Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. Books, reader's guides and bookmarks will be given away beginning at 2. There will also be refreshments and music. At the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. For more information, call 316-268-4921.

2) Watch a movie version of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," starring Halle Berry, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove. "It's recommended for adults and high school students. Free.

3) Participate in several open book discussions scheduled throughout the month of October. The first one is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th. For a complete schedule, go to , www.bigreadwichita.org.

A good deal

Acclaimed violinist Maurice Sklar will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 525 W. Douglas. For more information, call 316-264-2354.