7 things to do this week

Monday books: Arlington National Cemetery reading at the Raven

Jim Peters looks over some Civil War graves in Oak Hill Cemetery last week. Peters is the author of the most popular guide book on Arlington Cemetery outside Washington, D.C., which was originally a burial ground for Union veterans of the Civil War.

Jim Peters looks over some Civil War graves in Oak Hill Cemetery last week. Peters is the author of the most popular guide book on Arlington Cemetery outside Washington, D.C., which was originally a burial ground for Union veterans of the Civil War. by Richard Gwin

Local author James Peters will read from his book about Arlington National Cemetery at 7 p.m. at the shop, 8 E. Seventh. β€œIt tells the stories of American history through the battles and lives of the people who fought them,” Peters told the Journal-World.

Tuesday activism: Kansas Interfaith Power and Light dinner at Local Burger

KIPL, a faith-based environmental stewardship group, is hosting a talk (and dinner) by EPA Region 7 administrator Karl Brooks on the region's energy impact and future. An award will also be presented to the city's director of sustainability, Elieen Horn. It's at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 714 Vermont. Tickets are $35 for KIPL members and $50 for non-members.

Tuesday music: Blouse at the Replay

The up-and-coming Portland dream pop group will play at 10 p.m. for a $3 cover.

Tuesday discussions: Science on Tap at Free State Brewery

KU professor of psychology Paul Atchley will lead a chat about how the many gadgets that rule our lives affect our brains. The discussion centers on "the limits of human attention, the costs of technology and promising work showing that a return to nature may be good for how we think." It starts at 7:30, and Free State points to a New York Times article about the subject to get you thinking.

Wednesday art: Body Work at Lawrence Arts Center

Body of Work is an ongoing series of exhibits examining different aspects of looking at the human form. On Wednesday, the center, 940 N.H., will have a free dance performance starting at 7 p.m. The collection of visual art will continue in the gallery until June 30.

Wednesday music: City band concert at South Park

As somebody who's lived in earshot of the park for years, the weekly free concerts, which start at 8 p.m., has a special place for me as the pleasant sound of summer. This week, the concert theme is "showcase," with performances from long-standing clarinet, tuba and trumpet players giving pieces from masters varying from Gershwin to Tschaikovsky. Here's a video from last week's concert, shot by Mike Yoder.

Wednesday history: Who lived in my house? at the Watkins Community Museum of History

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you? Recently released census data from years past sheds light on the history of cities - and homes. Teen in grades seven to twelve are welcome to this event, which uses data to uncover the past. Space is limited for this event, please register by calling 785.843.3833 x 121

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