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Robert Lunbom at the wheel of his 1964 Buick Wildcat

"Rev It Up" Car Show and Music Festival

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Rev it Up! Car Show @ Broken Arrow Park and music fest. All makes and models of hot rods, antiques, customs, street machines and motorcycles. Trophies for best in class and best in show. Giveaways. Food. Four great bands. Charity fund raiser for GaDuGi Safe Center. No admission or registration fees, but donations donations of any size are welcome and are tax deductible. Bring the whole family. The bands performing are...
The F Holes
Red Lefty
The Phantoms of the Opry
Miss Major and Her Minor Mood Swings

Film: "Left Field" @ the Spencer

The stars of director Ben Steger’s new documentary “Left Field” are recovering drug addicts, musicians, artists, bartenders, bike mechanics, bowling alley engineers, and other barflies who never grew up to appreciate the 40-hour work week and instead found solace in an adult kickball league.

Not like anyone in Lawrence could relate...

Read Eric Melin's review here.

Oktoberfest @ The Pig


Christof Stache/AP Photo

Alp horn blowers play their instruments as they perform Sunday during the Oktoberfest open-air concert in front of the Bavaria monument in Munich, southern Germany.


Submitted photo

Adam Burnett

Come celebrate Oktoberfest at The Bourgeois Pig with free Brats, Potato Salad, and Sauerkraut. The food will all be lovingly prepared by Lonnie from Wheatfields. There will be German Beer specials all day.

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

"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.

Southern Culture On the Skids @ Granada

Southern Culture On the Skids has been a party band par excellence for more than two decades, playing greasy sides of country, rockabilly, swamp-rock, oldies, and reverb-soaked surf. The Chapel Hill, N.C., outfit is known for parodying trailor-trash culture, looking every bit the part and singing about sex and fried chicken. The group's recent covers album "Countrypolitan Favorites" finds them tackling unexpected challenges like T. Rex and The Kinks.

Cory Morrow @ Bottleneck

Houston singer-songwriter Cory Morrow's brand of good-time country rock has earned him a large audience in his home state. His story-songwriting delivers emotionally complex lyrics, often compared to fellow Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen.

The Dead Girls @ The Bottleneck


Eric Melin, JoJo Longbottom, Nick Colby, and Cameron Hawk are The Dead Girls.

Lawrence power-pop kingpins The Dead Girls haven't quite polished off their forthcoming full-length "Out of Earshot," but you can experience the group's hot magma tonight with support from Omaha's Little Brazil and local hard-rock torchbearers The Old Black.

Fourth of July and Naomi What? @ the Jazzhaus

Ranging from tuneful indie folk to jubilant pop-rock, Lawrence's Fourth of July is one of Lawrence's most consistently awesome bands. The group will soon release the follow-up to its well-received debut album "Fourth of July on the Plains."

Naomi What? is a Lawrence trio composed of Charlie Downey, Zach Campbell and Justin Parr. All three members sing and write songs for the group, which has also been known to cover Guided By Voices songs and "get rowdy."

The Ants @ The Replay


The Ants are, left to right, Brad Nichols, Chad Bryan, Sean McEniry and Dave Randall.

The Ants play American music rigged against massive mainstream acceptance or insular indie rock success. Their status as veterans of bible-belt strip mall culture enables them to feel at home in dilapidated drinking spots, all-ages house parties, or busking on downtown streets. They have traveled the country many times winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. The Ants are not easily labeled and revel in their contradictions.

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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