Weekend Guide: Lawrence Arts Center's School of Dance Gala; Hank Booth's 70th birthday celebration; Hilltop Mini Fest; Floyd Bledsoe: 'From Prison to Freedom'

A relatively quiet weekend in Lawrence welcomes a dance performance, the 70th birthday of a local icon and one man's journey "from prison to freedom." Elsewhere in Douglas County, music, brews and outdoor fun reign supreme at Perry's Hilltop Mini Fest.


Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance Gala: Move. Strengthen. Inspire.

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

This annual event features highlights from the Lawrence Ballet Theatre, as well as Arts Center dance education resident Eleanor Goudie-Averill and guests artists Julie Benirschke and Randy Herrera of the Central Illinois Ballet and Houston Ballet, respectively.

A reception will be held before the concert to honor graduating seniors and Carmine Ballere Scholarship recipients.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children. Get yours at www.lawrenceartscenter.org.


Hank Booth’s 70th birthday celebration

7 to 10 p.m. Friday, The Nest on the ninth floor of The Oread hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.

Hank Booth, longtime Lawrence radio personality and former Lawrence Chamber of commerce vice president, recently was named the first-ever executive director of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce.

Hank Booth, longtime Lawrence radio personality and former Lawrence Chamber of commerce vice president, recently was named the first-ever executive director of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. by Elvyn Jones

Friday’s shindig pays tribute to Hank Booth, longtime Lawrence radio personality, executive director of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce and “man of the millennium,” according to our Datebook.

Celebrate his 70th birthday with “smiles, laughs, dancing and music” provided by Lawrence’s own Kim and The Quake. Cover is $5.


Hilltop Mini Fest

5 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, 2144 Buckcreek Road, Perry

If you’re a fan of open-air jams and camping, Perry is the place to be this weekend.

Claim your camp site (the fee is $5, if you so desire) when doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, then enjoy six-ish hours of live bluegrass, funk, reggae, blues and folk, among other genres. Artists include “country-ish" duo Jessica & Eric, Americana group The Max Fred Band and electric-jam-folk-rock hybrid The North Fork.

There will be a “keg or two” ($5 a cup) on the premises for refreshments; other than that, BYOB is encouraged.

Cover is $7 per person or $10 per couple. “Couple” in this case appears to include the platonic kind, so bring a buddy if you want to save. Check out Hilltop Mini Fest on Facebook for more information.


Floyd Bledsoe: “From Prison to Freedom”

7 p.m. Saturday, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St.

Floyd Bledsoe, who was recently released from prison after DNA evidence showed he'd been wrongfully convicted of murder, speaks at a Statehouse rally calling for repeal of the death penalty in Kansas.

Floyd Bledsoe, who was recently released from prison after DNA evidence showed he'd been wrongfully convicted of murder, speaks at a Statehouse rally calling for repeal of the death penalty in Kansas. by Peter Hancock

Floyd Bledsoe, the Kansas man who was exonerated after being wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years, will share his story Saturday in “From Prison to Freedom: One man’s journey calls us to forgiveness, reform and an end to capital punishment.”


More weekend events

Check out more upcoming events in the Journal-World’s datebook.

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