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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"?"

KC rockers Lazy and Houston's Young Mammals round out this solid mid-week bill. The Facebook event page is here.

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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LarryvilleLife’s Picks: Vic Mensa; Fall Freakout Fest; Helmet; ‘An American Werewolf in London’; Nerd Nite; Nobunny

Our column is evolving this week. Instead of focusing only on weekend events, we're broadening the scope to include a full week's worth of happenings.

Vic Mensa, doors at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lied Center

When local hip-hop fans heard that Vic Mensa was coming to town, they probably assumed he'd be at the Granada or Liberty Hall. Guess again. He's coming to the Lied Center thanks to campus sponsors KJHK and SUA.

If any of the Lied's older patrons stumble into the venue hoping for a night at the opera, they'll have to settle for singing along with Mensa's "U Mad?"

Mensa is founder of the hip-hop collective SAVEMONEY and known for collaborations with Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. The Facebook event page currently lists over 350 guests.

Fall Freakout Festival, 6-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Rolling J Ranch in Oskaloosa

This is our oddball pick of the week but, hey, perhaps a few folks are reading this and thinking, "You know, I sometimes wish I could get out of Lawrence and camp on a nice fall weekend while listening to four sweet sets of Grateful Dead tunes." Readers, you can do this!

Consider packing the tent and making the short drive to Oskaloosa for the Fall Freakout Festival, which includes the aforementioned Dead cover band (cleverly named Play Dead) along with numerous other regional bluegrass/jam/blues favorites such as Creek Heathens and Brody Buster.

The Facebook event page doesn't list a lot of attendees, but maybe the Deadheads have groovier things to do than tell Mark Zuckerberg where they will be partying.

Helmet, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Saturday at Granada

It's been a big week for metal fans. Ghost dropped by Liberty Hall on Monday (all the way from Sweden!) and now alternative-metal heroes Helmet hit the Granada on Saturday to play their 1994 album "Betty" in its entirety. We saw the Sugar Britches play their new bluegrass album in its entirety on Sunday at the Replay. This will be... a little louder.

While metal fans wait in line for this show, they'll catch some of the Granada's free Stoney LaRue country show going on outdoors. Will they like what they hear? Somehow, we doubt it.

The Facebook event page is here.

'An American Werewolf in London' screening, 7 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hall

Beware the moon and stick to the road? Nah. Ignore that advice and head to Liberty Hall for this sure-to-be-a-blast screening of John Landis' 1981 scary/funny classic.

As many times as we've seen the legendary cult film, we've sadly never caught it on the big-screen. Expect Rick Baker's classic werewolf transformations to linger in your head for days afterward.

Will Liberty add a few more spooky screenings of other classics as Halloween approaches? Let's hope so. Find more details at the Liberty Hall website.

Nerd Nite 42: CNTRL, ALT, TWEET, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli's

It's the 42nd installment of LFK's Nerd Nite, and you can bet the nerds are going to make some references to the old "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" joke that the ultimate answer to 'life, the universe, and everything" is 42. In fact, those references are already being made on the Facebook event page.

The Nerds revealed several promising new "co-bosses" at last month's presentations, and we look forward to seeing what kinds of presentations they curate in the coming months. This installment, with its focus on "narrative," is particularly appealing to us: "We'll be tackling alternative methods of storytelling and communication found in unlikely places, from Sudanese textiles to vinyl movies to microbloggable arts."

Find the presentation titles and more info at the link above.

Nobunny/The Sluts/Stiff Middle Fingers, doors at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jackpot

We're suckers for masked singers, and you just can't go wrong when a band has a lead singer who wears a freaky bunny mask. It's not as creepy as Frank in "Donnie Darko," but giant bunnies are still pretty creepy.

The man behind the mask is Justin Champlin, who is prone to insisting he IS a bunny, born in the desert on the day Joey Ramone died.

Nobunny brings its well-received "slop pop" to town along with LFK favorites The Sluts and Stiff Middle Fingers.

The Facebook event page is here. And watch this simultaneously terrifying/cute video of Nobunny performing on a Chicago children's show here.

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Weekend Picks: Audio-Reader sale; Folk at Fatso’s; Stik Figa; The Merc’s “Grand Reveal”; Restaurant Week; and Nerd Nite bonus pick

Here's a tip. We're more likely to "pick" your event for Weekend Picks if it has a cool flier combining memorable imagery with the necessary info about your event. This week's installment offers five events with standout promotional imagery (as well as a family-friendly affair at the Merc and a sneak preview of Lawrence Restaurant Week).

"For Your EARS Only" (annual Audio-Reader sale), Douglas County Fairgrounds, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Local music geeks never miss this annual sale of all-things audio, and we never tire of the cool James Bond-themed posters that accompany each year's event.

This year's sale will feature "thousands of vinyl records, vintage and modern stereo equipment, musical instruments, CDs and DVDs, all priced to sell." As always, proceeds go to the Audio-Reader program which provides "free reading and information services to the blind, visually-impaired and print-disabled."

The opening night sale on Friday is a ticketed event that includes snacks and prizes. Saturday is free. Make sure to stop by for one or both. Find more info at the Audio-Reader website.

Nicholas St. James/Sugar Britches, 10 p.m. Friday at Fatso's

Friday night's Nicholas St. James and Sugar Britches' double-header certainly caught our eye with its creepy promo image, which is perfectly suited to some of the tales of woe and desperation likely to emanate from the stage tonight.

We asked Mr. St. James to tell us about his choice of imagery. Here is his insightful response:

"I find a fair number of show posters far too cluttered as it seems the pertinent details (who's playing, where and when) are buried somewhere inside what became an art project. In the case of the Fatso's poster, hopefully eyes are being drawn to it because of the simplicity. Both bands on this bill play folk music, which itself can be defined as "simple and uncluttered." It would make very little sense for our logos to be dripping blood and feature a picture of a State Farm agent eating pork chops while a myriad of other detailed things happen around him. The skull-faced woman was chosen because it seems so damn American and suggests the show might be a little darker in lyrical content, which it will be. After that, the only things left are the pertinent details, which is why a poster was made to begin with."

Despite the spooky imagery, don't be afraid to take a break from your usual haunts and pop into this unexpected Friday night Fatso's gig. The Facebook event page is here.

Arthur Dodge/Douglas County Quintet, 8 p.m. Friday at Frank's North Star

We love the retro-appeal of the poster for this rollicking (relatively) early-Friday show at Frank's. Aim your rocket ship across the river and check it out.

However, let's hope that this evening proceeds more smoothly than the last time Dodge and DCQ were booked at Frank's: poor Dodge never got to play at all because of plumbing problems that resulted in the big crowd being evacuated into the night.

The Facebook event page provides this description of what to expect: "Show & Dance, baby. LFK style"

Stik Figa, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Friday at Bottleneck

The eye-catching image for Stik Figa's Bottleneck gig forces the viewers gaze in two directions and seems open to interesting interpretations. Why are the eyes covered in two of the pics?

Discuss your thoughts on Friday as Stik Figa headlines an energetic, jam-packed hip-hop bill that also features Approach and Barrel Maker.

We did a wild and wide-ranging interview with Stik Figa way back in 2012 on our older (much raunchier) blog. Find it here if you are so inclined.

Read Stik Figa's full bio at the Facebook event page.

Merc Co-Op "Grand Reveal," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Merc

Looking for a family-friendly Saturday outing? Check out what's new at the Merc as Lawrence's beloved institution offers a day of indoor and outdoor activities (including miniature ponies that resemble Lil' Sebastian), food (street tacos!) and music (Zydeco Tougeau).

Giveaways throughout the day will allow visitors a chance to win everything from a year of free coffee to a year of free yoga.

Find full details at the Facebook event page, where the "attending" list suggests this will be a very busy day for the always-busy Merc.

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, Sunday through Sept. 18 at participating restaurants

This is the second year for Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, and we think it's a great idea except for the name, which sadly excludes excellent new(ish) establishments such as Hank Charcuterie and Leeway Frank's (not to mention west-edge stalwarts like 23rd Street Brewery and Marisco's) that are making their way just fine apart from the Mass. Street hub

Quibbling aside, however, you'll certainly want to chomp your way through the participating downtown restaurants that will "prepare creative and original dishes not found on their regular menus." Some restaurants are planning $35 tasting menus but budget-conscious foodies can find stand-alone items that start as low as $5.

Keep an eye on the Lawrence Restaurant week website and the Facebook event page to monitor specials and learn which establishments are participating. We've already spotted an intriguing "prix fixe" meal from Limestone for a reasonable $20. And make sure to tweet and Instagram mouthwatering pics of your best food finds at #EatLawrence.

"Nerd Nite 41: Old Is the New...New," 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli's

The nerds of Nerd Nite can almost always be counted on to deliver a cool graphic for their monthly events. This installment's intriguing promo image fuses elements that will be covered in the presentations: missiles, weaving, and the slow food movement.

The Facebook event page contains more information on this month's three presentation topics and presenters as well as an overview of the three presentations: "War is the new Peace, Craft is the new Industry, and Slow Food is the new Fast Trend!"

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife and tell us your best Restaurant Week discoveries.


Weekend Picks: Outdoor movies, Talib Kweli, another block party, ‘Big Lebowski’ at Liberty Hall, Nerd Nite bonus pick

Is it a festival-free weekend in LFK? Or did we just overlook this weekend's festivals? Nonetheless, we found plenty of fun for the weekend and a few events next week that deserve early mentions.

'Back to the Future II' outdoor screening, 7:30 p.m. for food and 9 p.m. for film, Thursday outside Lawrence Public Library

OK, folks, we're taking bets as to whether this event will proceed as planned.

The "Jurassic Park" screening earlier this summer was postponed because of thunderstorms in the forecast, and weather concerns also forced the recent "Back to the Future" screening to move inside Abe and Jake's.

Despite a VERY rainy start to this week, however, we've got a good feeling about Thursday night's flick. Our money says tonight's party will stay the course (at least in one alternate timeline or another, if you catch our reference!!).

This is our personal favorite of the "Back to the Future" trilogy, and it's more timely than ever, since Marty travels all the way into the year... 2015!

Don't miss out. The Facebook event page is here.

Ratboys/Spirit is the Spirit matinee show, 6 p.m. Friday at Replay

As we've noted before, people often associate Replay matinees with bluegrass, but that's not always the case, especially for the early Friday shows, which often veer into unexpected genres.

Friday's matinee features Chicago's Ratboys, who classify themselves as "post-country/indie rock." Popular Kansas psychedelic rockers Spirit is the Spirit open the festivities.

Start your evening early, enjoy some patio tacos from Taco Zone, and bask in the psychedelic post-country glow of it all. The Facebook event page is here.

Django Birthday Block Party, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sandbar

No one loves a block party more than the folks at the Sandbar. Their annual anniversary street bash is still a month away, but our clever tropical friends have found a reason to host a July block party, too.

Stop by early on Saturday as the bar hosts the official after-party for a one-day tech conference that celebrates Django, a "high-level Python Web framework" that was created right here in LFK, which you can read more about in this LJWorld story. Find all the conference details here.

The bash is slated to features buskers (they are everywhere these days) and bands, including the Douglas County Quintet, a new band made of seasoned LFK veterans including Alan Murphy, frontman of the legendary Ricky Dean Sinatra. We caught a bit of DCQ's rollicking debut at Frank's North Star last weekend. You'll want to check them out.

Find a detailed description of the festivities via the Sandbar website and check out the Facebook event page here.

Talib Kweli, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Granada

Talib Kweli's "Midsummer Night's Dream" tour is surely the highest-profile national gig of the weekend in LFK.

The acclaimed progressive hip-hop artist was a prominent voice during the recent Ferguson riots, particularly in an on-air takedown of CNN's reportage, and was recently back in the news for controversial comments about the Rachel Dolezal case.

Kweli has abandoned the major-label system (read his fascinating discussion of that decision here), and his long-awaited new album "Radio Silence" will (purportedly) appear this year. (He released a surprise album of rarities and B-sides this week.)

Space Invadas, an acclaimed Australian soul/hip-hop duo, are slated to open the show along with local hip-hop group Ebony Tusks. The Facebook event page is here.

Expect a hot, sweaty, and inspiring midsummer's night at the Granada.

"The Big Lebowski" screenings, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Hall

The 14th annual Lebowski Fest occurs this weekend in Louisville, Ky., but LFK fans can celebrate on a smaller-scale closer to home at Liberty Hall.

Most of our favorite lines from the Coens' cult classic can't be printed here, but you know them all too and can hear them all on the big-screen on Saturday. We're confident the Stranger's assessment of the Dude's story will still hold true: it will make you "laugh to beat the band. Parts anyway."

More details here via the Liberty Hall site. Though the website doesn't specify, it seems safe to assume Liberty will be serving "White Russians" (or perhaps "Caucasians," to use the Dude's preferred nomenclature) to complement the proceedings.

Nerd Nite 40: Summer Shorts, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Maceli's

Each summer the nerds of Nerd Nite take a break from their usual routine for a wild night of "Summer Shorts." Instead of three standard 15-minute presentations, this event offers a rapid-fire succession of 15 (or more) 3-minute presentations. That's right: 3-minute bursts of nerdiness.

"Summer Shorts" is a reliably a blast. Perhaps you caught our 3-minute presentation on "mumblecore films" last year? Topics this year range from lattice pie crusts to roller derby rules to the concept of "wilderness." You'll learn a lot. And quickly.

The Facebook event page is here.

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Weekend Picks: Outdoor ‘Breakfast Club’; ‘True West’ at Liberty Hall; Lawrence artists in KC; Girls Rock concert; Science on Tap and Nerd Nite bonus picks

Those pesky buskers of Busker Fest have come and gone, and Lawrence has a bit of downtime before the flurry of Free State Festival events get underway later this month. But you'll still find plenty of cultural activity over this weekend and next week. This week's diverse picks should appeal to families, nerds and fans of art, music and theater. Dig in.

[Updated from earlier post]

Free State Festival Under the Stars: The Breakfast Club, 9 p.m. Friday outside Lawrence Arts Center

Well, it turns out that Mother Nature is stronger than a bunch of velociraptors. Thursday's screening of "Jurassic Park" at the Lawrence Public Library was cancelled due to a threat of late-evening storms. Your children are probably crying right now.

Perhaps the weather will be kinder for Friday's planned outdoor screening of "The Breakfast Club" (and even if it does rain, it will be moved inside the Arts Center). So pack some sandwiches made of Pixie sticks and Cap'n Crunch and hope for the best. But remember that this film is R-rated if you're bringing the kids along. Smoke up, Johnny!

The Facebook event page is here.

'True West,' 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 12 and 13 at Liberty Hall

Our pick for the most important local theatrical event of the summer (and possibly the year) is Rob Schulte's production of Sam Shepard's classic 1980 play about identity and brotherhood, "True West."

We're excited to see Card Table Theatre trying their hand at an established and challenging classic in an unusual performance space that will utilize Liberty's stage in fascinating ways: the audience will be seated onstage, very close to the actors. Rob is also utilizing the Broadway technique famously employed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, in which the lead actors trade roles on alternate nights. True theater buffs should not miss this. Oh, and did we mention that Liberty Hall's own beloved Maggie Allen is (briefly) in this play? The Facebook event page is here.

Only 60 seats will be available for each of the four productions, and they are selling quickly at Liberty Hall, so don't delay. In keeping with the experimental nature of all this, we'll be reviewing the play next week for in a professional but perhaps a bit unusual style, so check the site for our thoughts on Monday. Read more about the production in this story.

Lawrence artists at First Friday in KC, 5 p.m. in Crossroads Arts District

Are you finding LFK's Final Fridays a little stagnant these days? Or maybe you just crave two consecutive Fridays of art openings? Make the short jaunt down I-70 for KC's ever-popular First Friday. This month's installment features a wealth of Lawrence artists.

Lawrence artist Karen Matheis has new "Color Block" paintings at Blue Gallery. Her painting "Color Block #10" is included above, and you also can watch Karen cook some nice soup in a promo for the show here.

Other Lawrence artists on the scene: Jeremy Rockwell and Clare Doveton have a show called "Unsettled Plains" next door at Weinberger Fine Art.; Dave Dehetre (known for his "Alley Art" in LFK) has a show at LOA; and Kenny Bini's "Paintings" are at The Late Show gallery.

While you're on the scene, make sure to also check out the cool underwater-art of "Tank" on display at Grand Arts. It's featured in this week's "Kansas City Connection" column in the LJWorld.

Girls Rock! Lawrence Band Showcase, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Bottleneck

This is the first summer for the new Girls Rock Lawrence music camp, and tonight brings a cool event where the campers will perform some original songs followed by performances from three female-centric Lawrence and Kansas City bands. So come support the kids and then stick around for some tender bluegrass murder ballads from MAW and fierce rock and roll from Sister Rat, Katie Guillen and the Girls, and KC rapper Morwasha.

The Facebook event page is here. And check out more about what the kids learned about rocking at the camp this week in this LJWorld story.

Science on Tap: Cicadas, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Free State Brewery

Didn't get your fill of cicadas at Thursday's "Adventurous Eating Event" in South Park? Head to Free State Brewery tonight as Science on Tap serves up a cicada-centric installment of Science on Tap. Robert Hagen, the Field Education Coordinator of the KU Environmental Studies Program, will offer a presentation on this year's extra-frisky batch of "17-year cicadas," which are probably raising a ruckus outside your window as you read this.

Find more info here via the KU Natural History Museum website.

Nerd Nite, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Maceli's

Finally, a quick heads up for next week's Nerd Nite, which should serve as a great precursor to the music and comedy events of the upcoming Free State Festival. This installment offers talks on hidden album tracks, subversive rock humor and "fourth-wave feminism" in stand-up comedy. Find all the details here.

Tweet us @LarryvilleLife with questions, complaints, or high praise.


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.

Tweet us at @LarryvilleLife and tell us what we left out.