Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, Halloween events and more!

Downtown Lawrence Trick or Treat starts at 5 p.m. today. Come one, come all for some spooky downtown Halloween action.

Downtown Lawrence Trick or Treat starts at 5 p.m. today. Come one, come all for some spooky downtown Halloween action.

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Tweet of the Day: Oct. 31

Halloween chill

Fall is officially here, with a cooler weekend. Today's forecast calls for abundant sunshine and a high of 46 degrees. Winds will be from the north-northeast at 10 to 20 mph. Overnight skies will be clear with a low of 27 degrees and light and variable winds. Saturday's high will be 52 degrees with mostly sunny skies, and Sunday calls for mostly sunny skies and wind, with a warmer high of 62.

Final Friday!

The evening has more in store than just tricks — there is art galore and museum time, too. Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., invites families to trick or treat and go on a short scavenger hunt for prizes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The museum's exhibit opening tonight is "La Catrina Speaks: Political Discourse and Dia de los Muertos." In the Warehouse Arts District food truck parking lot, 810 Pennsylvania St., food trucks Torched Goodness and The Purple Carrot will be featured, as well as works by local artists. Check out the listings below for a complete lineup of Final Friday events.

Foxy Halloween

Celebrate Halloween in style at Foxy By Proxy Burlesque Revue’s Fifth Annual Halloween Hextravaganza. Doors open at 9 p.m. Friday, and the show is at 10 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Costumes are encouraged and rewarded! $50 cash prize for best costume; the winner will be announced at the end of the show.

Tricks! Treats!

Get your costume on and go trick or treating at the Downtown Lawrence Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event, 5 p.m. Friday in downtown Lawrence. Downtown merchants will greet children with sweet treats and Halloween trinkets through the early evening.

Fall book sale

Time to stock up on new reading material before winter sets in. Find something new at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library Book Sale, with a free book to children, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Kentucky Street side of Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Piano artistry

Go back in time with some old-fashioned ragtime music. Ragtime! An Evening with Scott Joplin features pianist Michael Dolman, the pianist for the San Francisco Opera, Lines Ballet and Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley Calif. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Tickets range from $5 to $10.

Politics and women

Women’s Leadership Series 2014: Women Running for Office, includes three sessions focusing on women running for office in Kansas and nationally. During the first session you will have the opportunity to choose a candidate, follow her campaign, and share information with others. We will discuss the different races and predict the winners. Then join us after the election for a follow-up session on Nov. 5 to assess the results. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP contact the Dole Institute at 785.864.4900 or The event is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive (RSVP to 864-4900 or

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5-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted


Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.: Souvenirs From the Future: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, curated by Ben Ahlvers; Solo Show by Russell Wrankle; The Tea Project by Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg; Paper|Plate. a Ceramics Exhibition, curated by Kyla Strid; spooky cocktails at the bar; DJ Proof 7-9 p.m.

The Summit, Ninth and New Hampshire streets: Open on Final Friday.

Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St.: Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council: Historic re-enactors, displays, coloring sheets, candy and other refreshments.

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.

Pachamamas, 800 New Hampshire St.: Painter and printmaker Clint Ricketts.

Henry’s Coffee Shop, 11 E. Eighth St.: Hometown Glory | Photography by Nicholas Maher | 6-9 p.m.

Wonder Fair, 803 1/2 Massachusetts St. (above the Burger Stand): Kansas City artists Dustin Williams and Jon Linn unveil their third installment of the ongoing Ghost Town series! 7-11 p.m.

Phoenix Gallery, 825 Massachusetts St.: A special evening featuring ceramic mugs and cups from local artists. From small espresso cups to large mugs, we will show you a variety of the work that our local artists create.

Phoenix Gallery Underground, 825 Massachusetts St.: Artists Ardys Ramberg and Stephanie Freeman.

Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St.: Kansas City artist Bryan Fyffe.

Ten Thousand Villages, 835 Massachusetts St.: Sophia Compton: Silk artist.

The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St.: At Dusk and Dawn: New Works on the Kansas Landscape by Molly Murphy.

The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.: Artist Mitch Meseke.

Replay Lounge, 945 Massachusetts St.: Matinee show 6-9 p.m., night show 10 p.m.

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

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

Warehouse Arts District

Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.: Jack Collins and Cheryl Toh.

SeedCo Studios, 720 E. Ninth St.: Open Studios from 6-9 p.m.

Culinaria, 512 E. Ninth St.: Food and Wine; Art by Sophia Coen.

The Lawrence Art Party, Lawrence Creates Makerspace, Ninth and New Jersey streets: Art Party with Alonzo Beardshear, Barbecue Dinner by Mitch Pearson, Costume Party, Art, Music 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 Delaware, next to Star Signs. Live music, adult beverages, no dress code!

Decade, 920 Delaware St.: New works by Margaret Rose.

More Oct. 31 events

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

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

New Horizons Band, 4 p.m., Pioneer Ridge Health Center, 4851 Harvard Road.

Halloween Monster Ball, 4 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Hallowed fest, costume and pumpkin decorating contests, 5:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

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

Halloween Bash with Kim and the Quake! 7-11 p.m., The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave.

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness: A Traveling Freak Show of Emotional Deformities, 8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Kansas City Symphony Pops Series: Mysterioso - A Magical Night, 8 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broaday, Kansas City, Mo.

SELLOUT! Halloween Show, 9 p.m., Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

More Nov. 1 events

Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club Pancake Feed, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St.

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.

Lawrence Flea, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Ninth and Delaware streets.

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

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: Positive/Negative, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Great Books: Huxley’s “Brave New World,” 2-4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Saturday Afternoon Ragtime, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Open House Celebrating 40 Years, 2-5 p.m., Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital, 4340 Clinton Parkway.

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

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.

Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness: A Traveling Freak Show of Emotional Deformities, 8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Kansas City Symphony Pops Series: Mysterioso — A Magical Night, 8 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broaday, Kansas City, Mo.

Dance: Arnie Johnson and the Midnight Special, 8-11:30 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

More Nov. 2 events

51st Annual Blintz Brunch, Sale, and Silent Auction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Drive.

Art Cart: Positive/Negative, noon-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Phoenix Awards reception, 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Vienna Boys Choir, 2 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Unitarian Chamber Series: Véronique Mathieu and KU Violinists, 2:30 p.m., Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 North 1100 Road.

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.

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

Organ Recital: Jo Kraus, 7:30 p.m., Bales Organ Recital Hall, 1600 Stewart Drive.


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