Weekend Guide: Bizarre Bazaar; 'Black Friday;' Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa Rescue; Van Go Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale

Friday, November 27, 2015

On the docket this weekend: plenty of holiday fun, from the artsy (Bizarre Bazaar and Van Go's Holiday Adornment Sale and Show are both slated to return) to the classic and beloved tradition that sees Santa "rescued" from the Weaver's roof every year. (Is St. Nick not familiar with Einstein's oft-quoted definition of insanity?)

And, for those of us who won't be heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday" on Black Friday.


Bizarre Bazaar

5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

You’re not likely to find these wacky and wonderful creations among the big-box store merchandise this holiday season.

The annual Bizarre Bazaar, or “BizBaz,” returns this weekend with handcrafted pieces from more than 100 area artists, so chances are you’ll find something for just about everyone on your list. (Previous years have included everything from stained glass, jewelry and ceramics to knitwear, paintings and “skateboard art.”)

Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.


Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa Rescue

5:30 p.m. Friday, US Bank Plaza, corner of Ninth and Massachusetts streets

Nothing rings in the holiday season in Lawrence quite like this annual event. Festivities kick off with live entertainment from Lawrence High School choral students and Lawrence Arts Center performers at 5:30 p.m. at the US Bank Plaza.

At 6:20 p.m., Mayor Mike Amyx will flip the switch to illuminate every light-laden tree down Massachusetts Street. Then, “as if by magic,” Santa will appear on the rooftop of Weaver’s Department Store, where a fire department ladder truck will carry out the dramatic “rescue.” Once he’s safely on the ground, Santa will be available to take gift requests from the kiddos.

Hot drinks by Z’s Divine Espresso and cookies from TCBY/Mrs. Fields will also be on hand.


Orange Mouse Theatricals presents “Black Friday”

8 p.m. Friday, Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St.

This production from local theater group Orange Mouse Theatricals which is known for taking on immersive, often topical, small-scale plays, follows Black Friday shoppers Mary and Neil as they wait in line for “the best deals the universe has to offer in order to salvage their complicated, dysfunctional lives.”

In the last hour to go before the store’s opening, questions are raised: Will the shoppers get what they came for (or perhaps more than they bargained for) or just what they deserve?

Tickets cost $6, and can be purchased at squareup.com. For more information, visit the show’s Facebook page.


Adornment Holiday Art Sale and Show: Opening Night

7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Van Go Arts, 715 New Jersey St.

Van Go Inc.’s annual Adornment Holiday Art Sale and Show kicks off Saturday night, featuring a recognition ceremony, live music, wine and a treat, free gift wrap and, of course, first dibs on the art.

As in previous years, the proceeds from sales benefit Van Go Inc., whose apprentice artists (the organization offers artistic employment opportunities for underserved youths) created the pieces on display.

This year’s event appears to have a zoological theme, with dog beds, marquee lights, laser-cut jewelry and fantasy animal sculptures among the critter-themed creations up for sale.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/vango.lawrence.