LarryvilleLife’s Picks: McCollum Hall implosion; Franksgiving; Bizarre Bazaar; Culinaria Supper Club; post-holiday rock ‘n’ roll
Thanksgiving approaches, but there's plenty to do in LFK for those who aren't trekking to parts unknown.
Alongside our more traditional selections, we also recommend that you watch a landmark crumble, be a brave pilgrim and attend the first-ever Franksgiving celebration at Leeway Franks, and opt for Culinaria's Korean feast instead of boring old leftovers on Friday.
McCollum Hall implosion, Wednesday at 9 a.m. sharp!!
OK, this is a bit of an oddball choice to kick off this week's cultural picks. However, we know quite well that numerous long-time Lawrencians are anticipating this 18-second event with the fervor of children waiting for Christmas morning.
KU's largest dorm opened in 1965, so it's biting the dust on its 50th anniversary. This is the kind of event that's bound to attract plenty of gawkers, though we're hesitant to advise on the best viewing locations. When plotting your spot, remember that many nearby streets, including parts of Iowa, will be temporarily closed prior to and following the implosion. Less ambitious voyeurs can watch the implosion streaming online at LJWorld.com.
In the meantime, consult this LJ-World story for all the technical details on the implosion and a full list of street closings for responsible citizens who need to get to work and don't have time to stand around waiting for buildings to implode. The KU Housing website is collecting great student memories from McCollum's long history, which is worth a look to learn about various pranks and "panty raids."
Franksgiving, 3 p.m. Thursday at Leeway Franks
Don't want to cook on Thanksgiving and tired of the more traditional options in town? Then reserve your Thanksgiving afternoon and evening for the first-annual celebration of what's likely to become a long-running LFK tradition: Franksgiving.
What exactly happens at Franksgiving? Well, we're not sure. But we're hoping it's something along the lines of "festivus," but perhaps with less "grievances." Maybe participants can offer Franksgiving blessings for all this town's odder elements. For instance, we're perpetually thankful for unusual true-crime tales such as that of Jimboy getting stuck in the Munchers Bakery ceiling, just across the way from Leeway.
What we do know is this: Leeway will be "serving some delicious crispy bird, stuffing, sides, sausage [obviously!] drinks & [board]games starting at 3 PM." Visit Leeway's Facebook page for info and updates.
Bizarre Bazaar, Final Friday and all day Saturday at Lawrence Arts Center
We're not fans of the Black Friday mayhem of Christmas shopping and shoving but, if you MUST participate, why not keep it local and buy strange things at the Bizarre Bazaar (or BizBaz, as it is affectionately termed by long-time attendees).
The long-running post-Thanksgiving art/music event has (wisely) expanded to Friday night in recent years to capitalize on crowds already downtown for Final Friday and the annual Santa rescue/lighting ceremony at Weaver's. Expect big crowds both days as usual. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
The Facebook page of BizBaz is here.
Culinaria's "Supper Club Korea," 6:30 p.m. Friday at Culinaria
Our foodie friends have been buzzing about Culinaria's food and wine events, so consider Friday's "Supper Club Korea" as an intriguing alternative to the cheap wine and crackers on hand at your usual Final Friday gallery stops.
The event costs $35 per person (not including booze) but the menu looks like a great opportunity to impress a date by pretending you know how to pronounce such items as Dakgangjeong (crispy fried chicken) and Kimchi Bokkeumbap (kimchi fried rice).
Check out the full menu and RSVP here.
Gnarly Davidson/Nicholas St. James/Dean Monkey and the Dropouts, 10 p.m. Saturday at Replay
It's Saturday night after Thanksgiving and even the stragglers are straggling back to town at this point, full of leftovers and sick of relatives. There's really nothing left to do with your weekend at this point but listen to some loud music, and this blast of dynamic performers should do the trick.
So kick back and soak up the "beer-rock" fury of Gnarly Davidson and the powerful yelp of Nicholas St. James and the raunchy doo-wop of Dean Monkey.
Despite the holiday ornaments on the flier, we don't expect a lot of Christmas cheer at this event, unless it's some kind of prank from these tricksters. We did see Dean Monkey and gang dressed as the Nativity scene one time, after all. The Facebook event page is here.
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LarryvilleLife’s Picks: Nerd Nite 43; Parquet Courts; Franks at Frank’s; plays at Percolator; Andrea Gibson poetry
This week's diverse mix of picks contains everything from circus performances to sausage-themed soirees to spoken-word poetry. Soak it up.
Nerd Nite 43: Body Movin', 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli's
Sometimes we just have an inkling that a particular Nerd Nite will be epic, and this is one of those occasions.
In addition to intriguing talks on such subjects as "Historical European Martial Arts (title: "Kicking Ass, Medieval Style"), the Facebook event page also promises "circus performances" throughout the night between presentations, courtesy of LFK's Last Carnival circus school. Yes, Lawrence has a circus school, in case you didn't know.
The other talks on this body-themed evening include weightlifting and "the intrinsic code of aerial silks body wraps." We're hoping for demonstrations and show-and-tell, and we have a feeling that the Nerds will crank up Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical" at least once in the evening (probably more than once).
See you there.
Parquet Courts, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bottleneck
So you're telling us that the wonderfully wordy Brooklyn indie-band Parquet Courts have decided to stretch a bunch of songs out to jam-band length on a new live album recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records studio? Well... why not? After all, Pitchfork's 7.5 review assures us it all makes sense:
"Parquet Courts’ sarcastic verbosity can’t fully conceal their latent desire to lock into a groove, zone out, and coast on that perfect sound forever. And in terms of appealing to jam-band enthusiasts — well, what demographic can better relate to a song like "Stoned and Starving"?"
Franks at Franks, 7 p.m. Friday at Frank's North Star
Some pairings just seem fated. Can you imagine a world where jelly DIDN'T end up in the loving embrace of peanut butter? Such is the case with Friday's collaboration between one of Lawrence's best-loved bars and one of Lawrence's best new restaurants.
Yes, the sausage-slingers of Leeway Franks will ply their trade north of the river at this shindig at Frank's North Star. Two of the event's three bands (MAW and Sugar Britches) are made up solely of ladies, so there's much more to the evening than just a sausage-fest. (Expect some similar jokes from the ever-raunchy Britches throughout the evening).
The Facebook event page is here, and we think every person named Frank in town should attend, because a bar full of Franks eating franks at Frank's would be so awesome!
[Odd coincidence: If you stop by the Replay on the night before this event, you can sample the bar's new wieners from Cosmic Dogs while listening to a musical showcase from Wiener Records featuring our pals from Schwervon! and other cool bands. Sadly, no one thought to market this event in any kind of clever way].
'Single Shots and Sunday School' one-act plays, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (also 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20) at the Percolator
It's a good weekend for theater in Lawrence. KU University Theatre opens Ibsen's classic "A Doll's House" and EMU Theatre returns from hiding (or at least we haven't noticed them lately) with this intriguing series of one-acts at the Percolator.
The Facebook event page bills the event as "the stories of people, one character at a time, as written by some of our best area playwrights." These include off-Broadway playwright Catherine Trieschmann and LFK rapscallion Will Averill.
Our research indicates that one of the plays deals with William Quantrill and another consists of William Burroughs' wife recounting the story of her life leading up to her husband shooting her in the head in Mexico City. This may not sound like a lighthearted affair, but we suspect that many of the plays are actually chock-full of dark humor.
The Facebook event page is here.
Poetry of Andrea Gibson, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Sunday at Bottleneck
It's a major Sunday for poetry fans. One can attend the Taproom Poetry Series at 5 p.m. then head over to the Bottleneck to experience the acclaimed spoken-word poet Andrea Gibson, the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam.
The Facebook event page has a nice mix of bio and blurbs, informing potential guests that "Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality."
Gibson is touring in support of her new collection, "Pansy." Find more details at her official website here.
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