Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, library opens, Broadway at Baker

People browse through the Percolator following a live music concert at a Final Friday event. The citywide arts event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and gives visitors a chance to meet with artists and enjoy Lawrence.

People browse through the Percolator following a live music concert at a Final Friday event. The citywide arts event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and gives visitors a chance to meet with artists and enjoy Lawrence.

Today in Lawrence is an early-morning digest of essential and not-so-essential info to start your day in Lawrence and Douglas County. Click here for past installments.
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Tweet of the Day: July 25

That's hot

While this summer has been unseasonably mild, we still have our days. And today will be one of them. With a high of 99 and a blast-furnace wind of about 20 mph, you may feel like you're baking when you're outdoors. The partly cloudy skies may give us a little reprieve from the sun's heat. Look for more of the same on Saturday, with a little bit cooler temps on Sunday, with a high forecast of 91.

Finally, Friday!

It's Final Friday, and it comes the monthly art extravaganza in Lawrence. There will be exhibits all over downtown, in the Warehouse Arts District and in North Lawrence. Events include exhibits at the Lawrence Arts Center and fine art, street art, sculptures and from local artists at Art Emergency in the Warehouse Arts District. Get a full schedule below.

Fair play

The Douglas County Fair has no shortage of things for everyone to do. Tonight's activities include Jackpot barrel racing at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. Saturday has more in store, with horse shows throughout the day in the Community Building. Mowbashers mower derby will take to the ring in the arena at 7:30 p.m. The fairgrounds are at 2110 Harper St.

Library OPENS!

The much anticipated opening of the new Lawrence Public Library is Saturday. Events are planned all day, including a movie on the lawn — "Ghostbusters" — that night. Lawrence Public Library Grand Opening, 10 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., and then Dinner and a Movie, with food vendors at 7 p.m., live entertainment at 7:30 p.m. and the main attraction, “Ghostbusters,” at 9 p.m. on the new Library lawn, Seventh and Vermont streets.

Stage wizardry

Students 13 to 18 years old gain stage skills during a week of intensive preparation, which culminates in a full-scale performance on Sunday. “The Wiz” is a musical based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum but with a more fun, funky modern version of the story. See the Baldwin take on this favorite book at Broadway at Baker and Music Theatre for Young People's performance of “The Wiz,” 2:30 p.m. at Rice Auditorium, 404 Eighth St., Baldwin City. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12.

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Final Friday events

5-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted

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Downtown

Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.: Betsy Timmer: Hitting Home; Chris Wolf Edmonds + Pam Sullivan: Tall Grass, Deep Water; Jan Gaumnitz: Horse Sense; Kyla Strid: Waggle Dance: Buzz Cup Line Up.

The Summit, Ninth and New Hampshire streets: Monthly exhibits on the Climbing Wall Gallery.

Hobbs, 700 Massachusetts St.: John Geery: A cascade of vivid, retro-radioactive nonstop modern art excitement!

Lawrence Hits & Painted Kanvas, 7 E. Eighth St.: Painting on the street.

Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts: Local, national, and international artists in gallery space.

The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.: El Dopa Versus Naomi Welch & Landon Merrill.

Sandbar Subs & People’s Bank, 745 New Hampshire St.: Acrylics by Holly Green.

Pachamamas, 800 New Hampshire St.: Zak Barnes & Billy Beeson, Recent Works.

Henry’s Coffee Shop, 11 E. Eighth St.: Had to Do It: New Works by Addison Stonestreet

Wonder Fair, 803 1/2 Massachusetts St. (above the Burger Stand): Young Woman Authors: A YWA: Young Woman Artists Special Event. YWAs readings, 7-9 p.m.

Phoenix Gallery, 825 Massachusetts St.: Artists Zee Galliano and Jay Alexander; music by Cucharada; and Richard Bean will be here with his honey and honey products. Also honey-themed food; beverages from Z’s Divine Espresso.

Phoenix Gallery Underground, 825 Massachusetts St.: Artists Tom Mersmann and Walt Hull.

Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St.: Opening Reception for artist Beth King.

Ten Thousand Villages, 835 Massachusetts St.: Mixed media artist Tami Clark.

The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St.: Jessica Wisneski, Works in Graphite.

Lawrence Percolator, in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on Ninth Street (look for the green awnings): Closing reception for Dime Bag Show, the Percolator’s yearly collaboration with the Social Service League.

The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.: Open for Final Friday evening.

Extra Virgin, 937 Massachusetts St.: “Summer in the City” — Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser and Leta Strom.

Replay Lounge, 945 Massachusetts St.: 6-9 p.m.: Paper Buffalo / Westerners; 10 p.m.: High Magic (AR) / Heidi Lynn Gluck.

Five Bar / Ingredient, 947 Massachusetts St.: Live music all night.

Greenhouse Culture, 1001 Massachusetts St.: Artwork by Kevin Spykerman, live jazz music by Lester Estelle, Lynn Elliott and friends. Refreshments provided.

Aimee’s Cafe & Coffee Shop, 1025 Massachusetts St.: open for Final Friday.

Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.: 6-8 p.m., display by Royal Valley Middle School of their mural commemorating the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, the first Union regiment of black soldiers to be organized during the Civil War.

Renovated church at 12th and Connecticut streets: Passages, new work by Rena Detrixhe.

Warehouse Arts District

Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.: LACES: An exhibition of work by Lawrence Arts Center Educational Staff.

SeedCo Studios, 826 Pennsylvania St.: Look for us next month at our new location in the Warehouse Arts District.

The Lawrence Art Party, Lawrence Creates Makerspace, Ninth and New Jersey streets.: Music by Lawrence band The Argyle Sky, grilled sausages from Fritz’s in KC, sculpture, paintings and more.

Art Emergency, 721 E. Ninth St.: Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. Fine art, street art, sculptures from local artists. See us in the giant green warehouse on the corner of Ninth and Delawar streets, next to Star Signs. Live music, adult beverages and no dress code.

Decade, 920 Delaware St.: Monthly Final Friday exhibitions.

North Lawrence

Gaslight Gardens, 317 N. Second St.: Art by Charlie Forsyth in his first public exhibit.

Iwig Dairy Local Foods Grocery, 622 N. Second St.: Join us next month for a new Final Friday exhibition.

The Brewhaus, 624 N. Second St.: Works by artist Mary Braun.

Other July 25 events

Douglas County Fair, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

7 p.m., Jackpot Barrel Racing Competition, Community Bldg.

Paint “Dewey the Decimator” Derby Car, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

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

Perry Lecompton Farmers’ Market, 4-6:30 p.m., U.S. Highway 24 and Ferguson Road (in FastTrax parking lot), Perry.

Eudora Farmers Market, 5-7 p.m., Nottingham parking lot, 1428 Church St., Eudora.

Opening Reception: Laces: An exhibition of work by Lawrence Arts Center educational staff and faculty, 5-9 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

Reception for “Tall Grass. Deep Water,” 5-9 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.


Bingo night, doors 5:30 p.m., refreshments 6 p.m., bingo starts 7 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

CPA Picnic: Carnival, Music, Food, 6 p.m., CPA Park, Ninth and Main streets, Eudora.

CPA Picnic: Children’s Parade, 7 p.m., Main Street, Eudora.

Summer Youth Theater Senior Players Present: Monty Python’s Spamalot, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Rodgers & Hart’s “The Boys From Syracuse,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theater, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Singer/Songwriter Roz, 8-10 p.m., Cutter’s Smokehouse, 218 E. 20th St., Eudora.

More July 26 events

Douglas County Fair, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

7:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Breakfast and Instructions, Deal Six Auditorium

8:30 a.m., Building Set-Up

8-8:45 a.m., 4-H Horse Show Check-in, Community Bldg.

8:50 a.m., 4-H Horse Show Orientation Meeting & Flag Ceremony, Community Bldg.

9 a.m. 4-H Horse Show, Community Bldg.

Noon-12:30 p.m., 4-H Horse Show Check-in for those participating in racing events only

7:30 p.m. Mowbashers Mower Derby, Arena. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. All tickets $5

Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Lawrence Farmers Market, 7-11 a.m., 824 New Hampshire St.

Voter Education Coalition: Candidate Meet and Greet, 7-11 a.m., Lawrence Farmers Market, 824 New Hampshire St.

Douglas County Master Gardeners Table Topics: “Planting for a Fall Garden,” 7-11 a.m., Lawrence Farmers Market, 824 New Hampshire St.

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

Friends of TSCPL Bag Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka.

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

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

Rodgers & Hart’s “The Boys From Syracuse,” 2:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theater, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

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

Opening Reception: The Western “Touch” Artistry of Julie A. Rice, 6-8 p.m., Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., Baldwin City.

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

CPA Picnic: Carnival, Music, Food, 6 p.m., CPA Park, Ninth and Main streets, Eudora.

CPA Picnic: Grand Parade, 7 p.m., Starting at old Nottingham School, 15th and Elm streets, Eudora.

Summer Youth Theater Senior Players Present: Monty Python’s Spamalot, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Arnie Johnson and The Midnight Special, 8 p.m., Slow Ride Roadhouse, 1350 N. Third St.

“The Comedy of Errors,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Apple Scruffs: A Tribute to the Beatles, 8 p.m., Sixth and High streets, Baldwin City.

Asylum Bridge, 8-10 p.m., Cutter’s Smokehouse, 218 E. 20th St., Eudora.

More July 27 events

Douglas County Fair, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

8:30 a.m., Open Horse Show Check-in, Community Bldg.

9 a.m., Open Horse Show

6 p.m., Beef Tie-out Set-up, Ball fields

Lawrence Arts & Crafts group, 1-3 p.m., Five Bar and Tables, 947 Massachusetts St.

Family Film: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 2 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Summer Youth Theater Senior Players Present: Monty Python’s Spamalot, 3 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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

Taize Service, 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St.

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, 6-9 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

Auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors,” 7 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

Smackdown! trivia, 7 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.

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