Today in Lawrence: Trench warfare, the Supreme Court and Obama

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Tweet of the Day: April 24

'Tender Soldier'

Vanessa Genzari's "The Tender Soldier" tells the story of the development of the Human Terrain System, a controversial Army program that sends civilian social scientists into combat zones with soldiers. From 3 to 5:30 p.m., join the free book talk with Genzari at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive. Sale and signing will follow.

Budding artists

From 5 to 7, head to the Lawrence Arts Center to take part in a reception for the annual USD 497 Public School show, which features works selected by public school art teachers of K-12 students from across Lawrence. Showcasing a cross-section of the diverse, excellent visual arts programing in Lawrence public schools, this exhibit spotlights the value of arts learning and the importance of fine arts programs in public education.

Trench warfare

World War I on the western front was one of the nastiest environment's human beings have ever created, but why? Find out when Fort Leavenworth historian Shawn Faulkner shares his program "The Devil's Dilemma: Trench Warfare," 7 p.m. at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Free to attend.


Finally, at 7:30 tonight, head over the Kansas Union's Woodruff Auditorium to catch CNN analyst, author and New Yorker contributer Jeffrey Toobin's lecture "The Supreme Court in the Age of Obama." Toobin will offer his insider's account of the ideological war between the current Supreme Court and the Obama administration, and words will not be minced. Free to the public, so get there early for a front-row seat.

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Other April 24 events

Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, 6 a.m., Allen Fieldhouse, 1651 Naismith Drive.

Story Time for Preschoolers, 10-10:30 a.m., Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.

Skillbuilders: Finances, 10-11:30 a.m., Drury Place at Alvamar, 1510 St. Andrews Drive.

League of Women Voters: Voter Registration, 11:50 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Lawrence High School lunch room, 1900 Louisiana St.

Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors, 4-6 p.m., Cottin’s Hardware and Rental, 1832 Massachusetts St.

The Open Tap, discussion of a selected religion topic, 5:30-7 p.m., 5 Bar and Tables, 947 Massachusetts St., free.

Drop in and Draw at the KUNHM, 5:30-7:30 p.m., KU Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.

Baker University Community Choir Rehearsal, 6-8 p.m., McKibben Recital Hall (Owens Musical Arts Building), 408 Eighth St., Baldwin City.

IT, Project Management and Engineering Management Information Session, 6:30-7:30 p.m., KU Edwards Campus, BEST Building Conference Room B, 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park.

Junkyard Jazz Band, 7 p.m., American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St.

Free English as a Second Language class, 7-8 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St.

Affordable community Spanish class, 7-8 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St.

Lawrence Arts & Crafts group, 7-9 p.m., Merc cafe, 901 Iowa St., free.

Signs of Life Bluegrass Gospel Jam, 7-10 p.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

“The Arab Spring and Its Surprises,” 7:30 p.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.

Lawrence High School Choral Department presents Showtime, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence High School auditorium, 1901 Louisiana St.

KU School of Music presents: KU Tuba/Euphonium Consort, 7:30 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Team trivia, 9 p.m., Johnny’s West, 721 Wakarusa Drive.

Thursday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m., Wayne & Larry’s Sports Bar & Grill, 933 Iowa St.


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