Today in Lawrence: 'Transforming Oppression,' Super Nerd Night

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Late author Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be celebrated this afternoon at Kansas University.

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More rain, then ...

Another day, another thunderstorm. Mother Nature will keep it cool today with a high of 57, cloudy skies and showers possible throughout the day. Low of 40 tonight, then more of the same Thursday before a seven-day stretch of sunshine with highs near the 70s or above.

Love in the time of Gabriel

The phenomenal Colombian magical realist passed away April 17, but at 3:30 this afternoon you can help celebrate his legacy at the Hall Center for the Humanities, 900 Sunnyside Ave., when Kansas University hosts a remembrance for the great Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The public is invited to share readings or excerpts of their favorite pieces from the late author at this free event.

Mackey remembrance

Almost six years after the death of Jana Mackey, a former student and women’s rights activist, the KU community will join together once again for a lecture series dedicated in her honor at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Urmi Basu, an advocate nationally recognized for her work on human trafficking and gender rights, will speak on “Transforming Oppression into Opportunity" at the sixth-annual Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series. Free to attend.

Revenge of the nerds

The Bottleneck, 739 New Hampshire St., is bringing back Super Nerd Night, right around the corner from Astrokitty. That means more drinking, drawing, video games, movie-watching, music, singing, Magic: The Gathering and more. The all-ages fun runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. $20 to enter the Magic tourney, cover charge for some of the later action.

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Other April 30 events

1 Million Cups presentation, 9-10 a.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

League of Women Voters: Voter Registration, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Eudora High School lunch room, 2203 Church St.

University-Community Forum: The Village Model for Independent Living by Members of the Lawrence Community Village Board, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County volunteer information, noon, 2518 Ridge Court.

Peace Corps General Information Session, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

Douglas County Commission meeting, 4 p.m., Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.

Safety Planning with Survivors of Domestic Violence, 6-7 p.m., The Willow Domestic Violence Center, call 785-331-2034 x 104 or email bburns@willowdvcenter.org for address.

Faith Forum with Mary Klayder, 6:30-8 p.m., Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

Ballroom/Latin Dance Class, 7-8:30 p.m., Big Six Room, Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St. (No partner needed.)

Jam: Furst & Friends Americana, 7-9 p.m., Cutter’s Smoke House, 218 E. 20th St., Eudora.

Conroy’s Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Conroy’s Pub, 3115 W. Sixth St.

Pride Night, 9 p.m., Wilde’s Chateau, 2412 Iowa St.

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