2014 Holiday Arts Guide

Highlights of arts and entertainment events from now through New Year’s

Looking for something do this holiday season? Whether you're in the mood for holiday festivities or less seasonally specific events, this list of local activities is sure to keep you busy through New Year's.

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Bizarre Bazaar

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"Mary Poppins"

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Festival of Trees

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Jenny Lewis

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"A Kansas Nutcracker"

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Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale at Van Go

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Winter Wonder Weekend

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Festival of Nativities

Bizarre Bazaar

The 26th annual Bizarre Bazaar, or “BizBaz,” as it's affectionately known, will be held Nov. 28 and 29 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. As in years past, expect wacky and wonderful goods on sale from more than 100 artists, as well as live music and a bake sale. Check out the Bizarre Bazaar website for more details.

Festival of Trees

Nearly 60 trees and 25 wreaths decorated and donated by local groups and individuals will be on display at this year’s Festival of Trees, Dec. 1 to 4 at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The event, now in its 28th cycle, commences with the Gala Auction Party on Dec. 2, where trees and wreaths will be bid off to benefit The Shelter, Inc. More information (including admittance fees and viewing times) can be found online.

“Mary Poppins”

The “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” show will run from Dec. 5 to 21 at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive. Based on the children’s book by P.L. Travers, the stage production features familiar tunes from the 1964 Disney movie as well as a few added numbers. Tickets can be purchased online, in person or by calling 843-7469. Season ticket holders may reserve spots now; public sales begin Monday.

Jenny Lewis

The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman will take the stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The indie rocker's newest album, “The Voyager,” dropped this summer to positive reviews after she took a few years off. Snag tickets online or at the Liberty Hall box office.

Festival of Nativities

This annual event features nearly 400 nativity sets crafted with a variety of materials and collected from all over the world. The festival, hosted by Centenary United Methodist Church, 245 N. Fourth St., will be open from noon to 4 p.m. during the first three weekends of December.

Winter Wonder Weekend

The long-standing Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, now in its 22nd year, will kick off a new tradition this holiday season: Downtown Lawrence Inc.’s Winter Wonder Weekend. Beginning with the annual parade on Dec. 6, the city will host a number of festive, artsy activities through the weekend, from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread Festival & Auction to the 43rd annual Lawrence Art Guild Holiday Art Fair to live caroling by the Lawrence Civic Choir, all in the heart of downtown Lawrence. A full schedule of events can be found online.

“The Last Cyclist”

“The Cyclists are responsible for all of our misfortunes!” “Why the cyclists?” “Why the Jews?” This biting quip, which emerged in Europe between the world wars, provided the inspiration behind Kansas University’s upcoming production, “The Last Cyclist.” The absurdist cabaret, written by Czech playwright Karel Švenk in 1944 during his imprisonment at inside the Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague, captures the unfathomable conditions created by Nazi leadership as well as the resilience of the artists inside the camp. Performances will run Dec. 6 through 11 at Murphy Hall’s Inge Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 864-3982.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

If you’re not in the holiday spirit already, try heading to Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., on Dec. 7 for a special screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The 1947 Frank Capra classic, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, is sure to do the trick. Catch a show at 4 or 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for seniors and children under 12, and $8 for everyone else.

“A Kansas Nutcracker”

Dubbed “1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” the newest incarnation of the reimagined Tchaikovsky ballet integrates the sacking of Lawrence and the Pottawatomie and Osawatomie Massacres. The production, which features a live orchestra and nearly 150 cast members this year, opens Dec. 12 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., and closes Dec. 21. For more information, visit lawrenceartscenter.org or call 843-2787.

KPR’s Sixth Annual Big Band Christmas

The wintry celebration, set for Dec. 13 at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., will feature performances from the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalists Kathleen Holeman and Ron Gutierrez. KPR also asks attendees to share the holiday spirit by bringing non-perishable food items to the concert to be donated to Just Food. Ticket information can be found online.

HOLIDAY ARTS CALENDAR

Nov. 20

• 17th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival Opening Concert with guest artist Mike Bogart, 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, 404 Eighth St., Baldwin City.

Nov. 21

• Film: “Dr. Strangelove,” 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Nov. 22

• Annual Fall Craft and Bake Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St.

• Tellabration: An international festival of storytelling, 2 p.m., Nov. 22, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

• Right Between the Ears 2014 Holiday Show, 5 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

• Fourth annual Hemi Jam benefit, 6:30 p.m., Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St.

• Truckstop Honeymoon with Cowgirl’s Train Set and Carswell & Hope, 7-11 p.m. Nov. 22, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Nov. 23

• Lawrence Craft Collective Holiday Indie Craft Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

• Richard Norton Smith: “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,” 4 p.m., Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive.

Nov. 28

• Bizarre Bazaar, 5-9 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• Downtown Lawrence Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa Rescue, 5:30 p.m., Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

Nov. 29

• Bizarre Bazaar, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Dec. 1

• Lawrence Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

• KU Jazz Ensemble I with Deborah Brown, vocalist, 7 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Dec. 2

• Lawrence Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

• Lawrence Festival of Trees Gala Auction Party, 7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Dec. 3

• Lawrence Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

• INSIGHT Art Talk: John Ferry, “Disintegration,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Dec. 4

• Lawrence Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread Festival and Auction: Live Auction Event, 7 p.m., Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

• Big Tent Reading: Kristin Coffey, Kate Lorenz and Robert Stewart, 7 p.m., The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.

Dec. 5

• Nine Four-O Jazz youth vocal ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• Jenny Lewis, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Dec. 6

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Viewing, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., Abe and Jake’s, 8 E. Sixth St.

• Children’s Holiday Shop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., New York Elementary School, 936 New York St.

• Holiday Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park, 101 George Williams Way.

• Jayhawk Audubon Society Holiday Seed, Book and Feeder Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vermont St.

• Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, 11 a.m., Massachusetts St., downtown Lawrence.

• Lawrence Art Guild Holiday Art Fair, noon-5 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• LOLA Giant, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

• Lawrence Parks and Recreation Candy Cane Hunt (ages 6 and under), 4-6 p.m., Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. (Must register by Nov. 28.)

• Festival of Lights Parade & Tree Lighting, 6 p.m., Eighth and High streets, Baldwin City.

• 26th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. prelude music), St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, 1631 Crescent Road.

• Tech N9ne, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St.

• KU School of Music presents “Vespers On the Road,” 7:30 p.m., Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

Dec. 7

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Viewing, noon-4 p.m., Abe and Jake’s, 8 E. Sixth St.

• LOLA Giant, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

• KU School of Music: Pre-Vespers Concert, 1:30 p.m., Bales Organ Recital Hall, 1600 Stewart Drive.

• Baker University’s 84th Annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Rice Auditorium, 404 Eighth Street, Baldwin City.

• “Mary Poppins,” 2:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• KU Holiday Vespers, 2:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

• KU School of Music: Pre-Vespers Concert, 6:30 p.m., Bales Organ Recital Hall, 1600 Stewart Drive.

• KU Holiday Vespers, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Dec. 11

• Salvation Army’s Christmas Joy Shop, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• KU School of Music: Collegium Musicum, 7:30 p.m., Bales Organ Recital Hall, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Dec. 12

• Canadian Brass: A Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

• “A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

Dec. 13

• Holiday Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

• “Mary Poppins,” 2:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• “A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• Lawrence Civic Choir Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m., Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• KPR’s Big Band Christmas Concert with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and singers Kathleen Holeman and Ron Gutierrez, doors 7 p.m., concert 8 p.m.,

• Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Dec. 14

• Salvation Army’s Children’s Christmas Program, 10:45 a.m., Salvation Army Chapel/Multipurpose Room, 946 New Hampshire St.

• “A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 2:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• Tandy and Friends Presents: 2014 Annual Organ Vespers Concert, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St.

Dec. 19

• “A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

• Ashley Davis: Celtic Songs for a Winter’s Eve, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center Pavilion

Dec. 20

• “A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

Dec. 21

• “A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition,” 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

• “Mary Poppins,” 2:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

ONGOING

• Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale, various times Nov. 29-Dec. 23 , Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

• Festival of Nativities, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 Centenary United Methodist Church, 245 N. Fourth St., North Lawrence.

Comments

8 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for including the Lawrence Festival of Trees in the Holiday Arts Guide! This is the 28th year for the Festival, not the 38th as reported above. Please note that the Auction Party will be held on Tuesday, December 2. The date of the party is listed correctly on the holiday calendar, but incorrectly in the article above. More information is available at www.facebook.com/LawrenceFestivalOfTr...

Elliot Johnson 8 years, 2 months ago

The Holiday Homes Tour was left out. It's December 7th from 12-5 PM. We'd appreciate it immensely if you could add it to the calendar of events.

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