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Sara Paretsky will be the guest of honor at a Lawrence Public Library Foundation event on Friday.

Booktalk and signing by Sara Paretsky @ Lawrence Public Library

Acclaimed veteran mystery writer Sara Paretsky returns to Lawrence to talk about "Hardball," the latest installment in her series featuring Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski.

MAW CD release party @ Love Garden


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Maw is (from left) Tracy Floreani, Kit Cole, Katie Conrad, Jeanie Wells and Julie Schwarting.

Judging by their song content, you wouldn’t want to let the women of MAW anywhere near your kids, husbands, or liquor cabinet. The local old-timey quintet sings about drug abuse, adultery, murder, hoboing, opium-smoking, Sterno-drinking, sticking their fingers in babies’ eyes, and other unsavory things on their long-in-the-works debut album “Advice for the Young and Foolish.” Some of the members hardly knew more than three chords when they started the band three years ago, but they’ve developed into a slick-pickin’ quintet in the tradition of the Carter Family.

Check out our podcast preview of tonight's CD release show.

Human/Nature Exhibit Opening Reception @ ECM

Opening reception for the Human/Nature art exhibit at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries (ECM) upstairs. The exhibit features works on the theme of human interractions with nature, and what they reveal to us and about us.

Split Lip Rayfield @ The Bottleneck


Split Lip Rayfield (l to r) is Wayne Gottstine, Jeff Eaton, and Eric Mardis

Split Lip Rayfield started taking shape about the time Bill Clinton was getting situated in the oval office. Neither Eric Mardis, Wayne Gottstine, nor Jeff Eaton figured they'd still be going this many years later, nor did they figure they'd have to persevere through something as difficult as losing their friend and collaborator Kirk Rundstrom to cancer. The group's fifth studio album "I'll Be Around" is its first collection of new material since 2004's "Should Have Seen It Coming." It's vintage Split Lip: blazing-fast banjo and mandolin licks balanced by high-lonesome ballads and a healthy sense of humor.

Listen to our podcast preview of SLR's latest album.

"Prelude; Shores of Lake Michigan" by Adam R. Burnett @ the Helen Hocker Theatre in Topeka


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Adam Burnett


Dancers move across the floor to the rhythms of the Prairie Dogs at a night of ballroom dancing at Camelot Ballroom II, 1117 Mass. St.

"Prelude; Shores of Lake Michigan" is the latest play written by Topeka native Adam R. Burnett (co-founder of Buran Theatre who brought Lawrence "Nightmares" and "The Sensualist"). The cast of talented area adults includes David Greenbaum, Katy Warner, Jim Tuchscherer and Bekah Zachritz.

Prelude is centered on a single family unit at the end of the 20th century. Professor Theo Davis and his wife Melanie are on vacation in their own home. With their two daughters away at summer camp, they must interact with one another in the confines of a not-so-empty lake shore home thick with personal ghosts, illness, insomnia, jealousy and hidden agendas.

Swing Dance Friday @ Camelot Ballroom

A night of swing dancing, entertainment, and music. The $7 admission ($5 with student ID) includes a 45-min. East Coast Swing Lesson at 8:30 p.m. Come and go as you like.

The Schwag @ Granada

The Schwag is our area's most reliable provider of Deadhead music, having played more than 2,000 shows since 1995 and drawing huge crowds to their annual Schwagstock Festival.

California Craisins @ the Taproom

Comprised of many former members of Lawrence folk favorites Sick Bird, The California Craisins is the result of a couple Kansas country kids hitting the California psychedelic surf scene, opening their minds and hearts and coming back to Lawrence to tell you about it.


The Calamity Cubes are (L to R) JJ Hanson, Brook Blanche, Patrick Herd, and Joey Henry.

The Calamity Cubes @ The Jackpot

Lawrence's Calamity Cubes perform with acoustic guitar, banjo, and upright bass. They'd be hard-pressed to call themselves a bluegrass band, instead preferring to identify as a bunch of songwriters who happened to learn bluegrass instruments (i.e. acts like the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show). After a short run in Wichita, the Cubes relocated to Lawrence to play the downtown circuit. They've been running at the speed of a steam train ever since, and they recently celebrated the release of their second album "Long Cold Winter."

"AdastraPalooza" at the Replay

A benefit for the Ad Astra Institute of Kansas, Inc. AAI is a nonpartisan nonprofit, state-level, progressive think tank. Its mission is to make Kansas public policy responsive to the needs of Kansas families and communities. Playing inside the Replay will be: 1,000,000 Light Years, Good Tooth Bad Tooth, Earth Masters, and Bopophonics.

Lisa Donnelly Project @ Jazzhaus

Lawrence native Lisa Donnelly recently released a new album called "We Had A Thing." Read our preview interview with Donnelly.

And new in movies...

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
A gross-out comedy in every sense of the word, Tucker Max effectively translates his vile and/or hilarious blogging style to the screen. The plot is a fictionalized version of a story from his best seller of the same title, which finds Max (Matt Czuchry) embarking on a bachelor party adventure full of booze, sex, and bodily functions.**1/2
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World's Greatest Dad
Extremely dark and daring and definitely not for everyone, "World's Greatest Dad" shows that with his third film as writer and director, Bobcat Goldthwait is honing a unique and fearless voice. Robin Williams stars as a loser high school teacher who exploits a freak accident to alter the way he and his son are perceived.**1/2
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