Fall Arts Guide 2012

As the temperatures drop, there’s no reason to stay bundled up indoors this fall. We’ve picked out some of the interesting and entertaining events going on in Lawrence and the area to help you plot how to spend the season. From midget wrestling to “Beauty and the Beast,” a picture tour of downtown to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” there’s something for everyone.


Sept. 24: Stephen Marley with 77 Jefferson and DJ Stiga, 7 p.m., The Granada


Glen Hansard will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Liberty Hall.

Sept. 26: Glen Hansard, 8 p.m., Liberty Hall

Sept. 28: Guided By Voices with Detective, 8 p.m., The Granada

Sept. 28: Trampled Underfoot, 8 p.m., Liberty Hall

Sept. 28: Truckstop Honeymoon with Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck

Oct. 3: Ingrid Michaelson’s Fall Acoustic Tour with Sugar and the Hi-Lows, 7 p.m., The Granada

Oct. 5: William Elliott Whitmore with Samantha Crain, 7 p.m., The Granada

Oct. 7: Denver Taiko and Three Trails Taiko Drummers, 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Lawrence Arts Center

Oct. 10: Tech N9ne with Krizz Kaliko, Steve Stone and Ces Cru, 7 p.m., The Granada

Oct. 16: Motion City Soundtrack with Jukebox Ghost and Now, Now, 7 p.m., The Granada

Oct. 17: Die Antwoord, 9 p.m., Liberty Hall

Oct. 18: So Percussion, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave.

Oct. 21: Classical guitarist Robert Belinic, 2 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave.

Oct. 22: Hospital Ships with Palehearts and Monsoon Lazer, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck

Oct. 25: Big Gigantic, 7:30 p.m., Liberty Hall

Oct. 26: Baker University Community Choir fall concert, 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium on campus, Baldwin City.

Oct. 26: Junior Brown, 7 p.m., The Bottleneck

Oct. 28: “Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience,” 2 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave.

Oct. 31: Deadman Flats with Honky Suckle, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck

Nov. 3: Matt & Kim, 8 p.m., Liberty Hall

Nov. 9: Quixotic, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave.

Nov. 10: “¡Sofrito! David Gonzalez with the Latin Legends Band,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave.

Nov. 2: Chuck Mead with Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck

Nov. 13: KU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, Bernstein Festival and Scholarship Concert, 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Arts (free, but tickets are required)

Nov. 17 and 19: KU School of Music presents KU Opera: “Trouble in Tahiti” and “Arias and Barcarolles,” 7:30 p.m., Robert Baustian Theatre, Murphy Hall, KU Campus

Dec. 1: Keller Williams, 8:30 p.m., The Granada

Dec. 4: Kreayshawn with Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine and Chippy Nonstop, 7 p.m., The Granada

Dec. 4: Rock Chalk Singers, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Swarthout Recital Hall


Sept. 27: Read Across Lawrence: Writers Workshop with Daniel Woodrell, 2 p.m. Thursday, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.

Sept. 27: Read Across Lawrence: Meet Daniel Woodrell, author of “Winter’s Bone,” 7:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.

Sept. 29: Read Across Lawrence: “Winter’s Bone” All-Ages Trivia, 2 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.


Special to the Journal-World

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

Nov. 9: An Evening with Sara Paretsky

Best-selling author and Lawrence native Sara Paretsky will be the guest of honor at an upcoming Lawrence Public Library Foundation event.

The event, to honor Paretsky with the Community Enrichment Award, will feature an on-stage interview with the author, preceded by a social hour with desserts and a wine and basket auction.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. Tickets are $35, with table sponsorships available (part of ticket price is tax deductible). To purchase, go online to lawrencepubliclibraryfoundation.org. For more information, call the foundation at 843-3833, extension 131.

Paretsky is the author of 18 books, including her bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels.

— Sara Shepherd


“An Evening with Sarah Vowell” is planned for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Oct. 10: Sarah Vowell

An author who’s been on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” — and who’s also the voice of Violet Parr in the Pixar film “The Incredibles” — will be on stage in Lawrence next month.

“An Evening with Sarah Vowell” is planned for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard. The free event is part of the Hall Center for the Humanities 2012-13 Humanities Lecture Series.

Vowell is the best-selling author of six books on American history and culture, her most recent being “Unfamiliar Fishes,” the history of Hawaii and the state’s annexation. According to an announcement from Kansas University, “By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as the odd cranky cartographer.”

Vowell was a contributing editor for Public Radio International’s “This American Life” from 1996 to 2008 and has written essays and columns for several newspapers and magazines.

For more information, go online to hallcenter.ku.edu.

— Sara Shepherd

Sept. 29: Reading & Signing: William Kent Krueger, author of “Trickster’s Point,” 7 p.m., The Raven, 8 E. Seventh.

Oct. 4: KU Common Book author visit: Eula Biss will speak on “Who, Then, is One’s Neighbor?” 5 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

Oct. 4: Robert Collins, author of “Kansas 1874,” reading and signing, 7 p.m., The Raven

Oct. 16: Diane Bailey, author of “Murder A Capella,” reading and signing, 7 p.m., The Raven

Oct. 16: Meet the Author: J. Robert Lennon, author of “Familiar,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library

Oct. 18: Meet the Author: Paul Miles Schneider, author of “The Powder of Life,” 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Lawrence Public Library

Nov. 9: Event honoring Lawrence native Sara Paretsky, author of 18 books including her “V.I. Warshawski” novels, 7 p.m., Liberty Hall

Visual arts

Sept. 28: Campus Art Walk, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, KU campus.

Oct. 27: Lawrence ArtWalk

The Lawrence ArtWalk, coming in late October, offers members of the public a unique peek inside participating artists’ private studios or homes.

The free annual event, now in its 18th year, is expected to include more than 40 Douglas County artists exhibiting work individually or as part of two artist groups. Participants will meet artists in their creative work environments, see demonstrations of their crafts and have the opportunity to purchase original art.

Organizers promise art from funky to exquisite, in a wide variety of media including ceramics, jewelry, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture.

ArtWalk will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28. Several artists will exhibit work for extended hours or hold receptions Oct. 26 during the city’s monthly Final Fridays event.

For more information, a list of participating artists and samples of their work, visit lawrenceartwalk.org. Maps for the 23-stop, self-guided tour will be available in October at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., and other selected locations.

Lecompton glassblower Ben Kappen, recipient of this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist Award, will give a free glassblowing demonstration from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Arts Center.

— Sara Shepherd

Sept. 28: Final Friday Exhibit Opening: La Calavera Catrina: Women’s Imagery and Day of the Dead. 6 p.m. Sept. 28, Watkins Community Museum of History

Oct. 5: Luke Dubois exhibition opens, Lawrence Arts Center

Oct. 6: Downtown Lawrence Photo Walk, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., meet at 1109 Gallery, 1109 Mass. Photographs from the PhotoWalk will be exhibited at the Watkins Community Museum during the Final Fridays Artwalks in downtown Lawrence on Dec. 28.

Dec. 6: INSIGHT ArtTalk: Janet Davidson-Hues/Carol Ann Carter, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center

Nov. 2: Jane Deschner exhibition opens, Lawrence Arts Center

Nov. 30: Janet Davidson-Hues/Carol Ann Carter exhibition opens, Lawrence Arts Center

Dec. 21: John Chang exhibition opens, Lawrence Arts Center

ONGOING: Spencer Museum of Art exhibits: Conversation XIII: Politics as Symbol/Symbol as Politics, through Jan. 27, Mary Sibande and Sophie Ntombikayise Take Central Court, through Jan. 13; Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy, through Dec. 9; The Drop-In/Pop-Up Waiting Room Project, through Jan 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 1301 Miss.; ONGOING: Final Fridays, last Friday of every month, downtown Lawrence


ONGOING: “9 to 5 the Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Oct. 4, Oct. 5, Oct. 6; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 30, and Oct. 7, Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H.

Oct. 1-2: Auditions for “The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m., Theatre Lawrence

ONGOING: Threepenny Opera with the Free State Liberation Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27; 2 p.m., Oct. 21 and 28, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

ONGOING: “The Sound of Music,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 13, Dec. 14, Dec. 15; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Theatre Lawrence.

Nov. 3: Nearly Lear, 3 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center. A one-woman staging of “King Lear,” she plays all the characters and will die many, many times, Lawrence Arts Center

Nov. 17: Youth Dance Theatre: “The Red Ribbon,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center

Dec. 1: The Patchwork Girl of Oz, 11 a.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Nov. 15: KU Dance Company’s fall concert, 7:30 p.m., The Lied Center

Nov. 15-18: “Into the Woods,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, KU campus

Nov. 29, Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 5: “If the Whole Body Dies,” 7:30 p.m., William Inge Memorial Theatre, Murphy Hall, KU campus

Dec. 2-3: Auditions for “The Fox on the Fairway,” 7 p.m., Theatre Lawrence

Other happenings

Sept. 23: Smackdown Trivia: “Winter’s Bone” Edition, 7:30 p.m., The Bottleneck

Sept. 26: Extreme Midget Wrestling, 8 p.m., The Granada

Sept. 29: St. John’s Oktoberfest, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, 1234 Ky. Oktoberfest will includes live music, authentic German food and beer, and activities for children.

Sept. 29: Fall Benefit Dinner for arts education, $250 per person, 5:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center

Sept. 30: Liberty Hall Film Church: “Winter’s Bone,” 11 a.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.

Sept. 30: Found Footage Festival, 7:30 p.m. The Granada, 1020 Mass.

Oct. 4: Zombie Clinic, learn how to act and dress like a zombie for the Lawrence Zombie Walk, 4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library

Oct. 4: Lawrence Zombie Walk, 6:30 p.m., South Park


Dogtoberfest will be held Oct. 7 in South Park.

Oct. 7: Dogtoberfest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Park, 1141 Mass.

Oct. 11: Girls Night Downtown, a benefit shopping bash for Habitat’s “Women Build” program, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., check in and buy tickets at Ninth and Massachusetts Street

Oct. 11: History of Jayhawk Fandom, About Lawrence series presentation led by KU mascots and cheerleaders, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Lawrence Public Library

Oct. 19: It Came from the Library Costume Contest and Party, 7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library

Oct. 20: “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom, KU campus

Oct. 20: Bike Tour of East Lawrence, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., meet at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Ages 15 and up. Space limited; advance registration required. Riders will explore the streets and architecture of historic east Lawrence. Contact Abby Pierron at apierron@watkinsmuseum.org or 785-856-8419 to register.

Oct. 20-21: Maple Leaf Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Historic Downtown Baldwin City, Eighth and High streets

Oct. 24: SUA Homecoming Comedy Show featuring Vanessa Bayer of “Saturday Night Live,” 7 p.m., 120 Budig Hall, KU campus

Oct. 27: Film: “Mothra vs. Godzilla,” 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Oct. 27: Right Between the Ears, 8 p.m., Liberty Hall

Oct. 30: Foxy by Proxy Halloween Extravaganza (ages 18+), 8 p.m., The Granada

Oct. 31: Halloween Concert and Costume Contest, 4:15 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Nov. 28: World Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom, KU campus

Kansas City events


Masters of Illusion, Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Midland Theater

Mark Morris Dance Group, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Blues Traveler, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Crossroads KC

Fab Four Tribute, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Midland Theater

Ben Folds Five, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Starlight Theater

“The Screwtape Letters,” Sept. 29, 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


Florence + the Machine, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Starlight Theater

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey present Ailey II, Oct. 4-Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., Folly Theater

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Crossroads KC

In the Mood, Oct. 5, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Midland Theater

Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Midland Theater

Esperanza Spalding, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Oct. 10-Nov. 4, Unicorn Theatre

Jerry Seinfeld, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Midland Theater

Norah Jones, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Midland Theater

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Folly Theater

ZZ Top, Oct. 16, 8 p.m., Midland Theater

The Mystery of Irma Vep, Oct. 19-Nov. 18, Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Uptown Theater

Justin Bieber, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Sprint Center

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Sprint Center

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Folly Theater

An Evening with David Sedaris, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Madonna, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Sprint Center


Madonna will perform Oct. 30 at the Sprint Center


Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Midland Theater

Light the Lights with special guest Sam Harris, Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Folly Theater

Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Nov. 8, 3 p.m., Folly Theater

Aerosmith with Cheap Trick, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Sprint Center

Wallflowers, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Midland Theater

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 16-Dec. 26, Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Sprint Center

Australian Pink Floyd, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Uptown Theater

Batman Live, Nov. 23-25, various times, Sprint Center


“Pippin,” through Oct. 7, Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Visions of Mexican Art, through Nov. 11, Union Station

Bon jour Picasso!, through Jan. 27, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


George_Braziller 5 years, 8 months ago

Lawrence Art Walk Saturday, October 27 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday noon - 6 p.m. isn't listed.


troll 5 years, 8 months ago

Is there no Bert Nash Dash & Bash this year? That always provided good music on Mass.

asixbury 5 years, 8 months ago

Die Antwoord's coming to town? Awesome. That will definitely be an interesting show. Not a show for anyone that is easily offended, however.

EdenOfWoolflowerBoutique 5 years, 8 months ago

There's also the October Market at Dragonfly Farm! It's Oct. 5-7 near Clinton Lake, Stull, and Berryton, just 15 minutes from Lawrence. Look for unique and handcrafted treasures for your home, garden, and wardrobe.

More info. on the facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/456582...

Here's an article about Dragonfly Farm and its markets: http://thekscreative.org/the-market-at-dragonfly-farm-design/

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