Best Bets: Even Quantrill couldn't keep us down

DRIFTIN' ALONG: Oakland "hair folk" group Tumbleweed Wanderers have been keeping themselves pretty busy since they formed in April of 2011. On top of their debut album last year plus a follow-up EP last spring, they've played a number of festivals this summer from Summerset to High Sierra, and now they're on a coast-to-coast tour from now to the end of September. The tour will take them to the Granada Theater Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

TAKE A PICTURE, IT'LL LAST LONGER: Val Ireland, originally from Milwaukee, has been living in Kansas and Colorado for the last 10 years, and is fascinated by the stories of the people who have lived in these mountains and prairies in the past. Her colleague, Caro Yoho, currently lives in Topeka, has studied fine arts and has shared photo essays of the prairies for 15 years. The two of them are launching a new photographic exhibit called "Earth, Air, Water, Fire: Elemental Images of Kansas and Beyond" at the Lumberyard Arts Center, 716 High St. in Baldwin City, that will open Friday and run through Sept. 14.

RISE FROM THE ASHES: The city of Lawrence will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid with a number of events held downtown all day Saturday. The Watkins Community Museum of History will have a new permanent exhibit of the raid as well as the city's role in the "Bleeding Kansas" movement, with music of the Civil War performed by the Kaw Valley Concert Band at 4 p.m. On Sunday, a presentation on its history and significance will be held at South Park Gazebo at 6:30 p.m. with a special reading of the victims' names, followed by a special concert of 1860s-era music performed by the City Band. All events are free and open to the public.


Les Blevins 8 months ago

Lawrence and Douglas County is where the fight against Slavery began in 1856 that resulted in the nation throwing off the long standing oppression of blacks when John Brown and his band attacked a pro-slavery bunch at Black Jack in SW Douglas Co. on the morning of June 2, 1856.

But what has Lawrence and Douglas County done for the nation lately? Not much of note I think.

But Lawrence and Douglas County could again be the place where oppression of the people begins coming to an end. Today the oppression is not from slave holders; but from monopoly utilities and their fossil fuel suppliers who have us essentially "over a barrel" and are profiting excessively and the environment we depend on is suffering enormously and will only continue to do so unless and until we rise up once again.


Adrienne Sanders 8 months ago

The presentation in South Park is Sunday, not Saturday.


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