Best Bets: April 25-28

I know what you're thinking: "Lawrence's monthly Final Fridays artapalooza is this week, but what if I get bored before and after that?" Well, we're here to help.

Weekend for bibliophiles: Lawrence Public Library Spring Book Sale

Because of construction at the Vermont Street building, this year the Lawrence Public Library Spring Book Sale is at the Douglas County Fairgrounds buildings 1 and 2 on Harper Street in east Lawrence. Choose from thousands of used books, audiobooks and DVDs on sale at bargain prices all weekend long. Thursday is Member's Night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., but the rest of the sale is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Half Price Day Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Weekend jury duty: "12 Angry Men" @ Theatre Lawrence

A 19-year-old man is standing trial for the death of his father, and it seems the jury will inevitably render a "guilty" verdict... but in the deliberation room, one of the jurors isn't so sure. Adapted for the stage by Sherman Sergal from director Reginald Rose's TV drama, "12 Angry Men" tells the story of a murder trial where 12 strangers hold the fate of one man in their hands. Director Charles Whitman and Theatre Lawrence present the final show at their current location at 1501 N.H. this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office, at or by calling 785-843-SHOW.

Thursday jam session: Free State Film Festival: Sound City

This Thursday at the Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., the Free State Film Festival presents the documentary Sound City, a film about the history of the now-defunct Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif., where many of the greatest rock albums in history were produced from such musical legends as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Metallica and more. Sound City marks the directorial debut of Dave Grohl (who recorded the album Nevermind with Nirvana AT Sound City) and will be shown for free to an all-ages audience at 7:30 p.m., leading to the Free State Film Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center this weekend.

Friday hearing test: Black on Black CD release @ The Replay

Replay Records' punk rockers Black on Black have a new EP, Let's Get Cynical, and to celebrate they're throwing a particularly loud party this Friday at the Replay Lounge, 946 Mass. If the volume is still too low for you, Muscle Worship and Many Moods of Dad will be along to help them blow the doors off the joint. The show starts at 10 p.m.; stop by and enjoy $3 single and $4.50 double Jim Beam specials.

Saturday hootenanny: KJHK Farmer's Ball finals @ The Bottleneck

We're down to the last four bands as KJHK's Farmer's Ball enters its second and final round this Saturday, with $3,000 in cash prizes on the line and good times to be had by all. The show starts at 10 p.m. at the Bottleneck, 737 N.H.


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