Best Bets: The Beat goes on at the Arts Center

NOT FOR THE HUMOR IMPAIRED

The Harpoons Presents Riptide Comedy Festival continues this week with "The Bedside Table", the Eighth Street Tap Room's joke forum for discussing the twists and turns of a night out and the realizations of the morning after. Hosted by Leigh Nelson, "The Bedside Table" will feature comedian Ryan Thompson out of Pittsburgh, as well as a selection of local comedians with their own tales of evenings gone wrong. Come down to the Tap Room around 10 p.m. and bring $3. This event is for 21 and over.

Finally, Comedy Freakout will be at Frank's North Star Tavern this Friday. The show goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., costs $5, and is for 21+ audiences.

NAKED LUNCH DATE

The Lawrence Arts Center commemorates what would be the 100th birthday of Beat Generation writer/artist William S. Burroughs with "Creative Observer," a multimedia exhibit of some of Burroughs' many works in paint, drawing and collage, many of which have never before been shown, including some of his collaborations with other iconic artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Cobain and Keith Haring. Co-produced by the Arts Center and the William S. Burroughs Estate, "Creative Observer" will be on display through March 2 and will open this Friday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Read more about Burroughs and the exhibit here.

MURDER MOST FUNNY

A New York City couple think they witness their neighbor do away with his wife. The victim disappears, suspicions are aroused... and it only gets funnier from there. Theatre Lawrence presents Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's Wrong Window, a comedy tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, directed by Peit Knetsch and opening this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Visit theatrelawrence.com for ticket information.

COMING OUT OF THEIR SHELL

The Kansas City surf rock/pop trio Shy Boys aren't the least bit nervous about the new album they're coming out with (it's their debut LP, so be nice). In fact they're throwing a record release party at the Eighth Street Tap Room this Saturday starting at 10 p.m., and they've brought their friends from The Conquerors and Hush Machine along to celebrate.

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