Today in Lawrence: 7 things to do this weekend

A virtuoso violinist is one of the 15 marionettes used by Joseph Cashore in his performances. See Cashore in action this weekend at the Lied Center.

A virtuoso violinist is one of the 15 marionettes used by Joseph Cashore in his performances. See Cashore in action this weekend at the Lied Center.

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With a beautiful weekend ahead and a super busy calendar, there's too much to do out there, and too many reasons to do it. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s through Sunday, with thunderstorms raining out the party Sunday evening. Here are seven things to keep an eye before the showers close out your weekend:

1. Scouting for food

If you noticed a flier on your door this week asking for a food donation, here's what it probably was: Participants in the 27th annual Scouting-for-Food food drive recently distributed the notes door-to-door in Lawrence and Eudora. Anyone who receives a flier is asked to leave food donations in a sack or box, with the flier attached, outside their front door by 9 a.m. Saturday for collection.

The assembled food in Lawrence will be taken to the Salvation Army and distributed among local food pantries. Eudora food will go to the community food pantry at St. Paul's Church of Christ. The drive is put together by the local Boy Scouts chapter but also includes participants from Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H Club, Eudora High School, Eudora's Methodist Youth Group and others, totaling over 800 volunteers, according to organizer John Scott.

If you didn't get a flier but would like to contribute, food can be dropped off at Lawrence's Salvation Army, 946 New Hampshire St., or Anderson Rentals, 1312 W. 6th St., by Tuesday.

2. The Cashore Marionettes

Puppeteer Joseph Cashore brings his mystical show to the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, this weekend. The artist with hands of gold was once upon a time a pretty good basketball player, too. “Simple Gifts” will 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, for ages 8 and older. “Life in Motion” will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday for ages 12 and older. Tickets cost $21 for adults and $10 for students and youths and are available for purchase at the Lied Center box office and lied.ku.edu.

3. 'The Great Gatsby'

Theatre Lawrence’s production of “The Great Gatsby” opens tonight and runs through April 27 at 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

“I grew up reading Fitzgerald novels,” says director Jack Wright. “They’re the kinds of novels you go back to later in life. You re-read them years later and really enjoy them."

Showings at 7:30 tonight and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14.99 and up, available here.

4. A Month of Python

Or, if you prefer "The Meaning of Life" to drunken decadence, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., can indulge you tonight at 8 p.m. A Month of Python gets started with the 1983 comedy gem, rated R, of course. Next up: "Life of Brian."

5. Lawrence Farmers Market

Yep, it's that time of year, finally! The Lawrence Farmers Market returns from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 824 New Hampshire St. Get out in the most beautiful weather of 2014 to celebrate the return of local goodness and check out the vendors' wares. If you can't wait, we got a big ol' preview of the 2014 season here.

6. A whole lotta eggs

Easter's still officially a week away, but there's no shortage of egg hunts for the whole family Saturday. Here are a few of the many:

  • Pioneer Ridge Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 4851 Harvard Rd.
  • Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., starting at Midland Depot, 1515 W. High St., Baldwin City.
  • Easter “Egg”-stravaganza, 10-11 a.m., Douglas County Bank, Sixth and Folks Rd.
  • The Greenhouse Culture Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hobbs Park, 702 E. 11th St.
  • Underwater Eggstravaganza, ages 2-12, noon, Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Dr.
  • Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m., starting at Midland Depot, 1515 W. High St., Baldwin City.
  • Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza, 1-3 p.m., South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.
  • The Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts (ages 8+), 2 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.
  • Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m., starting at Midland Depot, 1515 W. High St., Baldwin City.

7. Art auction

Finally, head to the Lawrence Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the 34th Annual Benefit Art Auction. The live auction begins at 7:30, with amazing works from a variety of mediums and artists, including the late great William S. Burroughs. Tickets are $50 at the door, $40 in advance; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres available.

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More April 11 events

North Lawrence Clean Up! Have items ready for pickup by 7 a.m. North Lawrence residents only. (More info: 785-842-7232)

Building a Fundraising Plan: A workshop on basic fundraising principles for nonprofit leaders, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. (Register at http://www.dccfoundation.org/)

“Distractive Driving,” 9:30 a.m., Deal Six Auditorium, Extension Center, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Mike Shurtz Trio, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

Indian Taco Sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church, 950 E. 21st St.

Naked Lunch, Featuring Art in the Raw: 2014 Benefit Art Auction Art & Artists with Ben Ahlvers, noon, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Ecumenical Lenten Taize Services, 6-7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, 1234 Kentucky St.

Artist Reception: Colleen Zacharias Gregoire, 6-8 p.m., Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., Baldwin.

3.d Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit Visiting Nurses, 6-11 p.m., Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

Story Slam: “Fresh,” live music 7 p.m., stories start 7:30 p.m.; Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

The University Theatre: “The Other Shore,” 7:30 p.m., Inge Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr.

Genius of Women variety show, 7:30 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

KU School of Music Visiting Artist: David Higgs, organ, 7:30 p.m., Bales Organ Recital Hall, 1600 Stewart Dr.

Pastense Bluegrass Band, 8-10 p.m., Cutter’s Smoke House, 218 E. 20th St., Eudora.

More April 12 events

Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, 7:30 a.m., parking lot in 800 block of Vermont Street.

Wacky Weather Symposium, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., KU Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

St. John Catholic Church Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1246 Kentucky St.

German School of Northeast Kansas, 9:30-11 a.m., Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway. (Ages 3 and up.) LawrenceGermanSchool.org

Kansas Authors Club District 2 Meeting, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Johnson County Library, Antioch Branch, 8700 W Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Merriam, KS.

Trinity Fitness Walk, 10 a.m. registration, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St.

Yard Waste Drop-Off and Compost/Woodchip Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wood Recovery and Compost Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.

Art Cart: Quilting Time, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Amtrak Exhibit Train, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Topeka Amtrak Station, 500 S.E. Holliday Pl., Topeka.

Public screening of films submitted to Ninth Annual LHS Focus Film Festival, 1 p.m., Rm. 125, Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St.

Author Daneah Lancaster Book Signing Event, 1-3 p.m., Hastings Books, 1900 W. 23rd St.

Science Saturday: Exploring climate change, 1-3 p.m., KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.

Hidden Valley Spring workday, 1-4 p.m., Bob Billings and Kasold Drive.

Kansas Appleknocker Classic Ragtime Duo, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts St.

KU-MU New Music Exchange Student Concert, 3 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr.

Headpin Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St.

Gymnastics Fun Day: Bunny Bash, 6-10 p.m., East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St. (Children 4-7; no prior gymnastics required; register at http://www.lprd.org)

The University Theatre: “The Other Shore,” 7:30 p.m., Inge Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr.

KU-MU New Music Exchange Faculty Concert, 7:30 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr.

The Gothic Cowboy Review, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Cutter’s Smoke House, 218 E. 20th St., Eudora.

Te Deum Chamber Choir: “Universal Expressions,” 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

More April 13 events

Hannah & Jayhawk Friends – Finish on the 50 5K, 9 a.m., KU Campus.

Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., starting at Midland Depot, 1515 W. High St., Baldwin City.

Amtrak Exhibit Train, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Topeka Amtrak Station, 500 S.E. Holliday Pl., Topeka.

Art Cart: Quilting Time, noon-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Awards Ceremony for Ninth Annual LHS Focus Film Festival with screening of all winning films, 1 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m., starting at Midland Depot, 1515 W. High St., Baldwin City.

Gallery Talk with Barbara Brackman, 2 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Hidden Valley Girl Scout Day Camp Open House, 2-4 p.m., Hidden Valley Camp, northwest Corner of Bob Billings and Kasold.

The University Theatre: “The Other Shore,” 2:30 p.m., Inge Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr.

Te Deum Chamber Choir: “Universal Expressions,” 3 p.m., Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village.

Lawrence Children’s Choir Concert, 3:30 p.m., Free State High School, 4700 Overland Dr.

Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m., starting at Midland Depot, 1515 W. High St., Baldwin City.

Irish Traditional Music Session, 5:30-8 p.m., upstairs Henry’s on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St.

Auditions: The King and I, 7 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr.

Smackdown! trivia, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.

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