Weekend Picks: Stop Day Matinee, The Ants record release, Mother's Day Gospel Fest, farewell to the Jaybowl, and a Nerd Nite bonus pick

This weekend is a little less jam-packed than recent festival-filled weekends, but the following options offer a diverse set of opportunities. From raunchy doo-wop to a gospel festival to a scenester-packed record release party to a night of nostalgia to a night of nerdery, we've got you covered.

I Heart Local Music Stop Day Matinee with Dean Monkey and the Dropouts, 6 p.m. Friday, Replay Lounge

Today's the day when local scholars take a break before Finals Week begins on Monday, and what better way to relax than with a PBR in hand on the Replay patio? But who are we kidding — these Replay events don't attract many students. Expect to see the same old townies eating Taco Zone tacos and rocking to recent Farmers' Ball participants Dean Monkey and the Dropouts and Toughies.

This is our TOP pick of the weekend if you like dirty doo-wop songs. Visit the Facebook event page here.

The Ants Record Release, 10 p.m. Friday, Replay

Since you're gonna be at the Replay anyway for the aforementioned early show, you'll want to kick back and wait around for the return of LFK's beloved oddballs The Ants. If you can't make the show, make sure to pick up the new album "Control Your Thoughts" at Love Garden or order it from the official Ants website.

With Drakkar Sauna opening, this is our TOP pick for weirdest AND most packed local show of the weekend. We can't find a cool flier for this show but you can visit the Facebook event page here and ogle the album cover above.

Mother's Day Gospel Fest (Benefit for Willow Domestic Violence Center), 11 a.m. Saturday, South Park

Readers, in our many years of doing Weekend Picks at our old blog, it's entirely possible that we NEVER showcased a gospel show, and certainly not a full gospel festival. But why not? Especially when it's a festival that benefits a worthy local organization such as Willow. So stop by South Park on Saturday (note that the event is not technically on Mother's Day itself).

This is our TOP pick if your mother likes gospel music or if YOU are a mother who likes gospel music. Find more info on the Facebook event page here.

Kansas University freshman Darious Crawley, Houston, Texas, rolls down the lane during a bowling class on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Jaybowl. The bowling alley, which has been around since 1953, will close in early May.

Kansas University freshman Darious Crawley, Houston, Texas, rolls down the lane during a bowling class on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Jaybowl. The bowling alley, which has been around since 1953, will close in early May. by Nick Krug

Jaybowl Farewell Fling and Cosmic Bowling and goodbye sendoff, 8 p.m. until close Saturday

"Mark it zero!" KU's Jaybowl bowling alley opened in 1953. It has had a long run but, after years of dwindling crowds, the lanes will close Saturday. Allow us to recommend Robert Putnam's "Bowling Alone" for a large-scale exploration of America's dwindling communal, in-person social culture. But the lack of booze probably hasn't helped the Jaybowl either (it's been dry since 1998).

You can spend a last evening at the Jaybowl on Saturday with free bowling and free hot dogs and soda from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by Cosmic Bowling (with each half hour's music reflecting the decades of the Jaybowl's existence). The evening culminates with the "ceremonial last strike" at 12:55 a.m. ("The pins will be set on all lanes one last time and brushed into eternity with a sequential sweep starting on lane 1 and ending on lane 12.").

This is our TOP weekend pick for LFK nostalgia. Click here to read a great LJWorld piece on the Jaybowl's long history along with further details on Saturday's festivities.

Nerd Nite 38: Mostly Invisible, 8 p.m. Wednesday (doors at 7:30 p.m.), Maceli's

LFK's Nerd Nite, one of our personal favorite local events, is now well-situated in its new home at Maceli's. We're fans of the new space, which can actually seat more than the old Pachamama's ballroom but somehow feels more intimate. Plus, snacks are now offered. And we all know that nerds like to snack while listening to engaging presentations, which this month include "fossilized animal burrows," Lawrence wastewater, and the wonderfully titled "A Brief History of the Mechanical Computer, or What the (Eff) is a Slide Ruler."

This is our TOP pick if you enjoy learning new things while drinking booze. Visit the FB event page here for more details.

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