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Weekend Guide: Point B Dance Carnival; Monarch Watch open house and fundraiser; Lawrence Potters' Guild Spring Sale; Kansas Food Truck Festival; Lawrence Community Orchestra's 'Russian Masters'

Spend some time with your mom this weekend. Our always-helpful Weekend Guide has a few ideas (all mothers enjoy gardening as a general rule, right?) to get the party started.

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KU Theatre explores hip-hop's racial, gender dynamics in 'Welcome to Arroyo's'

“Welcome to Arroyo’s,” which runs through Thursday at KU’s William Inge Memorial Theatre, is a thoroughly modern tale that deals in some pretty timeless themes — among them identity, loss and love. Penned by one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz, the urban coming-of-age tale follows a pair of siblings, Alejandro (Juan Gonzales) and Molly (Alejandra Villasante), in the aftermath of their mother’s death.

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Weekend Guide: April Final Friday; 'Welcome to Arroyo's'; Art in the Park; disc competition for dogs

Coming up this weekend: April's installment of Final Friday, a thoroughly modern coming-of-age tale from KU Theatre, Art in the Park and flying high with Fido at the Skyhoundz Disc Championship.

Datebook: Fried chicken dinner, pet comedy, other Lawrence event listings for April 29

Lawrence event listings for Friday, April 29, 2016.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade committee donates $40,000 to The Shelter Inc.

The Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade committee has donated $40,000 to The Shelter Inc., parade commissioners announced this week. The gift was presented during a ceremony Tuesday at The Shelter's Williams Facility in Lawrence.

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Lawrence resident, comedian to perform as 'Head Lady Dancer' in world's largest powwow

Tonia Hall still isn’t sure how she snagged the coveted role of Head Lady Dancer in this week’s 33rd annual Gathering of Nations, but she’s pretty sure positive thinking had something to do with it.

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Weekend Guide: Downtown Lawrence Olympic Shot Put; Cinema a Go Go; Earth Day Parade and Celebration; Day of Creativity; 'Doctor Who' tea party

Weekend Guide truly out-randoms itself in this week's installment. Among our eclectic mix of picks: KU's Day of Creativity, the annual Downtown Lawrence Olympic Shot Put, a creepy-crawly double feature at Liberty Hall, Earth Day festivities and a "Doctor Who" tea party.

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Lawrence's first official air guitar competition is a family affair

Beth Melin is, on most days, an easygoing, congenial 38-year-old living a stable, decidedly adult life in Kansas City, Mo., complete with husband, children and a desk job at a market research firm. But on a handful of nights throughout the spring and summer months, Beth becomes someone else — a provocative, “demanding" rock-and-roll type who favors “Black Swan”-esque eye makeup and shredded band T-shirts emblazoned with her name.

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Weekend Guide: 'Changing Face of East Asia' film festival; Foundation Follies; Dole Lecture; Haskell wetlands Restoration Day and other eco-friendly activites

Educate yourself this weekend with the Foundation Follies, a look at the portrayal of Asians in Hollywood at the Lawrence Arts Center's film festival, and political discourse at the Dole Institute. Also on the docket: plenty of eco-friendly activities lined up just in time for Earth Day.

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East Ninth Project receives recommendation from Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission voted Wednesday night to recommend the design development document for the proposed East Ninth Street arts corridor.

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Public Enemy to perform free outdoor concert at Free State Festival

The 2016 Free State Festival will feature a free outdoor concert by hip-hop group Public Enemy, led by artists Chuck D and Flavor Flav.

Library Foundation receives Freedom's Frontier grant for 'Hike through History'

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area has awarded the Lawrence Public Library Foundation a $4,525 grant for its "Hike Through History on the Burroughs Creek Trail" project, the library announced this week.

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NEA chair visits with young artists during Lawrence tour

National Endowment for the Arts chair Jane Chu ended her trip to Van Go Inc. by donning a pair of safety glasses and joining young artists in the creation of a piece of glass art. Monday’s stop at the nonprofit organization, which provides arts-related job training to underserved teens and young adults, was part of a daylong visit to Lawrence, where the NEA chief also toured the Lied Center and engaged in private talks with local arts leaders.

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2016 Spring Arts Guide

The Lawrence arts scene is warming up, too, right along with the lovely spring temperatures. We've included a few of the more intriguing events in music, theater, visual art and literature here, but there's always more to be found at our daily calendar.

Lawrence Farmers' Market opens 40th season Saturday

Saturday marks the 2016 season's opening day and 40th year of the Lawrence Farmers' Market.

Weekend Guide: 'Little Women'; 'A Streetcar Named Desire'; family fun at the KU football spring game; TEDxLawrencePublicLibrary; Jennifer Nettles and the 'Next Women of Country'

Two classics (and a few potential country classics in the making) preside over local stages this weekend. Plus, a little inspiration courtesy of Lawrence's best and brightest young minds at TEDxLawrencePublicLibrary, and family-friendly fun at the KU football spring game.

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KU exhibit, events explore 500 years of Latino American history

In spring 1541, not even 50 years after Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and “discovered” the New World, Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado led a troupe of soldiers, priests and Native American allies into the Great Plains.

Douglas County Senior Services appoints new director

Marvel Williamson has been appointed as the new executive director of Douglas County Senior Services, the not-for-profit's board of directors announced this week.

National Endowment for the Arts chairman to visit Lawrence next week

National Endowment for the Arts chairman Jane Chu will stop by the Lied Center and Van Go, Inc., on Monday, April 11, as part of a visit to Lawrence, the NEA announced.

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'A Streetcar Named Desire' to open this week at Theatre Lawrence

Most people familiar with “A Streetcar Named Desire,” says Piet Knetsch, are only familiar with just that — the name of the play itself, and not much else. Not much else, he says, beyond the now-famous scene in the 1951 film adaptation in which Marlon Brando, playing the brutish, broken Stanley Kowalski, yells out his wife’s name (“Stella!”) in a desperate plea for her forgiveness.