Today in Lawrence: Warm weather and fall activities

A spooky Jack-O-Lantern.

A spooky Jack-O-Lantern.

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THIS is late October? Kansas weather proves, once again, that you can never tell what's coming next. Today's sunshine will feel more like June, along with some cloudy intervals. Get this: a high of 83 degrees. Overnight low, 55 degrees. Saturday and Sunday continue on the same page, with sunny skies and highs of 80 and 83 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Drinks and donations

Donate to charity and enjoy great live blues music at the Kaw Valley River Blues Benefit Concert for Headquarters, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The evening will feature the Josh Vowell Band and the King Coal Blues Band. General admission tickets are $25 at Liberty Hall.

Victorian 'freaks'

A haunting Victorian freak show of emotional deformities, the showman Edward Gant has scoured all the continents of the globe to bring you a freak show of the mind and heart. Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness: A Traveling Freak Show of Emotional Deformities is co-produced by Card Table Productions and the Lawrence Arts Center. Catch it at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Have a Hallowed ball

Grab your little vampires, princesses, goblins and clowns and head to the Arts Center for a Halloween hullabaloo! Lawrence Ballet Theatre and the School of Dance present the Halloween Monster Ball. Everyone is invited to attend in costume and head downtown after the performance for trick or treats. The Halloween Monster Ball is at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

String theories

Guitarist Leo Kottke has made a career with his unique sound and collaboration with other talented musicians. Hear his one-of-a-kind sound ive at An Evening with Leo Kottke at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Dorm of doom

Oliver Residence Hall will be the site of Halloween in the Hall, in which Lawrence children may trick-or-treat with Student Housing residents from KU. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Halloween in the Hall is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Residence Hall, 1815 Naismith Drive. (Trick-or-treating will be on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors of Oliver.)

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More Oct. 24 events

Mike Shurtz Trio featuring Erin Fox, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

Free State Native American Club Indian Taco Sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Haskell Light House, 137 Pawnee Ave.

International Coffee Hour, 3 p.m., ECM Center, 1204 Oread Ave.

20th Anniversary Open House, 4-7 p.m., TherapyWorks, 1311 Wakarusa Drive.

Third Annual Scarecrow Contest and Auction: A Benefit for Four Local Garden Projects, 5 p.m., Paley Building, 721 E. Ninth St.

Community Music School Recital, 5 p.m., Room 328, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

DIY Lawrence ArtWalk 2014, 5-9 p.m., self-guided (pick up map at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.).

Soup fest, 5:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

AIM Dance Contemporary Performance: Masque of the Red Death, shows at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., Castle Tea Room, 1307 Massachusetts St. (Registration required; contact Point B Dance.)

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

“Our Town,” 7 p.m., Lawrence High School Auditorium, 1901 Louisiana St.

Painted Kanvas FUNdraiser with CULINARIA, 7 p.m., Painted Kanvas, 1540 Wakarusa Drive.

Lawrence vs. Zombies survival game, 7-11 p.m., ECM Building, 1204 Oread Ave.

SUA and KJHK present: Chet Faker w/ special guest Max Frost, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

An Evening with Zhao Yangmingtian, 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

KU Theatre: “Tovarich,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Baker University Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St., Baldwin.

More Oct. 25 events

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

Lawrence Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, 824 New Hampshire St.

43rd Annual Halloween Paint-In, 8 a.m.-noon, Downtown Lawrence.

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

Costume Shop and Trunk Sale, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Mother Earth News Fair, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Kansas Expocentre, One Expocentre Drive, Topeka.

Early Voting Celebration, 9:30 a.m., meet at Black Cat Café, 726 Main St., Eudora.

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

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: “African Masquerade,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

DIY Lawrence ArtWalk 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., self-guided (pick up map at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.).

Early Voting Celebration, 11:30 a.m., meet at Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., Baldwin.

Spook ‘N’ Splash, noon-1 p.m., Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive.

2014 Summit on the Status of Girls and Adolescents, 12:30- 5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Saturday Afternoon Ragtime, 2-4 p.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

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

History of the Watkins Land Mortgage & National Bank Building, 4-5 p.m., Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Angie’s Indian tacos, 4:30 p.m., casino games 6:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Holiday Bazaar and Dinner, turkey dinner 4:30-7 p.m., auction 7 p.m., Big Springs United Methodist Church, 95 Highway 40.

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

American Legion Bingo, doors open 4:30 p.m., first games 6:45 p.m., snack bar 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post #14, 3408 W. Sixth St.

Authors Reading: Speculative fiction writers Don Allmon, Ben Cartwright, and Chris McKitterick, 7 p.m., The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.

Lawrence vs. Zombies survival game, 7-11 p.m., ECM Building, 1204 Oread Ave.

KU Theatre: “Tovarich,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

940 Live Presents: Tyler Gregory CD Release Concert, with Nicholas St. James, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer benefit dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3400 S. Iowa St.

More Oct. 26 events

Mother Earth News Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Kansas Expocentre, One Expocentre Drive, Topeka.

DIY Lawrence ArtWalk 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., self-guided (pick up map at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.).

Art Cart: “African Masquerade,” noon-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

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

The Enchanted Forest: Halloween Trick-or-Treat, 1-4 p.m., Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 SW Harper St.

English Country Dance, lesson 1:30 p.m., dance 2-4:30 p.m., The White Schoolhouse, 1510 N. Third St.

Free Film Screening: “Almost Angels” (1962), 2 p.m., Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive.

“Stand By Me” -- Kansas Advocates for Better Care Annual Fundraiser, 2-5 p.m., Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St.

KU Theatre: “Tovarich,” 2:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Human Trafficking 101 Presentation, 3-4 p.m., Meeting Room C, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Panel Discussion: Center Stage: Kansas Elections 2014, 4 p.m., Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive.

Film screening: “Young Frankenstein,” 4 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Lawrence Community Orchestra: “Americana,” 4 p.m., Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, 1400 Massachusetts St.

KU School of Music Visiting Artists: New Morse Code, percussion, 5 p.m., Room 130, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Kansas Area Watershed Council presents: The Essence of Our Essential Bees, 5-7:30 p.m., Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive.

Women’s Leadership Series 2014: Women Running for Office, 5:30 p.m., Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive (RSVP to 785-864-4900 or DoleInstitute@ku.edu)

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

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

Climate Change Discussion: What Can We Do? 7 p.m., Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 North 1100 Road.

Kevin Mahogany Jazz Concert, 7 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Baker University, 404 Eighth St.

Film screening: “Young Frankenstein,” 7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

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

Film screening: “Young Frankenstein,” 9:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

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