5 things to do this weekend

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Friday theater: "Let My Mind Flash with Blades" @ the Arts Center

EMU Theatre is presenting an original work with KU alumni and students in its production crew and cast. From the event info: "Based on the actual therapy sessions of Sigmund Freud and the poet Hilda Doolittle, 'Let My Mind Flash with Blades' is a what-if exploration of their relationship. " It starts at 7:30 p.m., is 18+ and $7. There are more performances Jan. 25 and 26..

The big (Friday music) event: Jeff Mangum at Liberty Hall

The hipster/music/hipster-music event of the weekend (of the month? of the past six months?) will be the appearance of a guy better known (if known at all) as Neutral Milk Hotel. Dude almost never tours, and everything I've heard from friends across the country who went to earlier dates on this rare cross-country venture has approached religious fervor. (Paraphrase of a text from Ohio: Who else gets crowds of people like us to yell in unison 'I LOVE YOU, JESUS CHRIST!'? Amazing.)

The Lawrence show, amazing as it's promised to be, is sold out. Still, if you've got your tickets, enjoy. Doors are at 8 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Saturday community: Beer night @ Watkins Museum

The community history museum aims to get a little more lively with local history (especially about local breweries) and libations. Find out more in Sara Shepherd's story Early Kansas breweries kept even small-town residents in drink, culture. Amateur historians 21 and over can purchase a commemorative glass for beer tasting beginning at 8:30 p.m. for $10. You'd need to have purchased a ticket in advance to attend this one, though, because the event is sold out. We must really love our beer here in Lawrence.

Saturday community: Benefit show for Megan Dambro @ Frank's

Frank's North Star Tavern will host a benefit show to help pay medical bills for Megan Dambro, a Lawrencian battling cancer. Local bands the Dead Girls, Organ Loaners, Naomi What?, Ask an Adult and Kemosabe will be playing starting at 8 p.m., plus in-between-act burlesque. Cover is $10; 21+.

Sunday music: Bloc Party @ Liberty Hall

The dance-y English rock group, on tour with "Four," their first album after a long hiatus, will bring their colorful indie music to Liberty Hall, starting at 8 p.m. GA is $26.50.

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