17 things to do this weekend
I'm back to contributing to the good ol' Best Bets Blog, and, as my English grandmother used to say, I don't do things by halves.
So, to celebrate, here's a MASSIVE LIST of things to do in Lawrence this weekend. If you're bored at all, don't blame it on me, folks.
The Stephen Sondheim extravaganza runs its final weekend with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. I have seen no word on whether the audience is discouraged from singing along to "Agony". (I would.)
Tickets range from $10 to $18. For more info, John Phythyon has a full review of the "Into the Woods" performance.
Smith is a 1984 KU J-school grad and well-known street photographer. He'll be talking about his art from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a free event. Bonus: Reportedly, anyone showing up to the event in a KJHK, Megga Keggar or Omega T-shirt gets a free drink after Smith talks.
Asher Roth & co. will be partying it up starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. If you're curious, I interviewed Roth, a big KU basketball fan, the last time he came through Lawrence, in March.
Never a bad time to get some good, old-fashioned punk into your life. Chance Dibben has more about Up the Academy.
The yearly performance by students of dance, the event begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets run from $8.50 to $15.
The folks at Card Table Productions (those who bring you Victor Continental) have another two-hour live comedy show running at 9 p.m. It's the third in a "Loaded for Bear" trilogy and is (probably quite rightly) an 18+ show. Tickets are $9.
It's a 5 p.m. Love Garden show — promising to be loud and inviting. Check out Jessica Sain-Baird's preview.
From what I gather, these Figs are somewhat psychedelic rock (and the kind of guys who appreciate surfing cow visuals) and the Kings are bluesy rock. Cover is $10.
The family friendly (or really-big-kid-friendly, if you're like me) event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on campus and — if you're daring — you can even eat a bug! Fun.
The youth theater is putting on the show, based on a story of community coming together by John Lasne. It runs at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and tickets range from $6.50 to $9.50.
Craig Comstock's occasional pay-what-you-can-and-bring-a-potluck-dish series continues with a screening of experimental film Liquid Land, plus performances by Simon Berz, Helen Gillet and locals Horse Head. It starts at 6 p.m.
Kansas(ish) poets Julianne Buchsbaum, Xanath Caraza, Brian Daldorph, Denise Low, Silvia Kofler, James Benger, Allison Serina Hearn, and Kevin Cummings will give readings starting at 7 p.m. at Runaway Pony Bed & Breakfast, 603 Tenn.
The super fun (and loud) Dead Girls will be playing with North of Grand and Shy Boys, starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $5 for 21+ and $8 for 18-21.
The annual Parks & Rec event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 115 West 11th St.
Local music institution Truckstop Honeymoon is joining up with fellow acts L.A. Fahy and The Skirts in a benefit show for Van Go, which aims to paint the tunnel beneath Sixth Street that connects to Pickney School. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic White School House, 1510 N. Third St. and entrance is $15.
The monthly open-mic and professional reading series has had some weird dates because of end-of-the-month holidays lately, but never fear — it's back. It begins with reader sign-up at 5 p.m.