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The stars and planets have aligned, the end of the month is nigh, and Final Fridays is upon us once more. The galleries, shops and dives of downtown and East Lawrence will once again be awash with the works of local and visiting artists, live music and general frivolity. Full details can be found right here on the Lawrence.com calendar, but among these events don't forget:
The Lawrence Art Party will feature paintings, sculpture, photography and more from as many as 20 local artists. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m., with pizza provided by Papa Keno's and live music by LA Fahy and the Argyle Sky beginning at 7.
Say hello to Lawrence's brand new gallery Art Emergency, opening in the Warehouse Arts District at 721 E. Ninth St. (aka. the giant green warehouse on Ninth and Delaware next to Star Signs). Come to the grand opening beginning at 5 p.m. for live music, beverages and, of course, local art.
The onset of February also means Valentine's Day is coming, and the Lawrence Percolator (in the alley behind the Arts Center) proudly presents "Make More Love", a community-based exhibition where local artists give their own cute, funny and charming variations on the theme of love and their emotional lives. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. and will include a poetry reading by Karen Roberts at 6:30 p.m. and Dan Ward's Stories of Love and Disaster at 7.
The Bottleneck will also hold a free exhibition of works by local artists Thomas Richmond and Trenton Lee Tiemeyer. Richmond studied fine art printmaking at KU and is influenced by pop and street art; he has created several murals, including a 35-foot stencil mural inside Hashinger Hall, and own his own clothing company. Tiemeyer is a poet, artist and photographer who travels for a living and is fascinated with abandoned and dilapidated items while in search of America's yesterday. Appetizers will be provided.
(By the way, if you get to the Bottleneck around 8 p.m. and you've got $9 in your pocket, stay and hear the Austin-based blugrass/acoustic band Wood & Wire as they finish up their regional winter tour with a late show with 40 Watt Dreams.)
L.A.-based hip-hop/dubstep artist Mimosa is pretty busy these days. He's got his own label, he's been playing festivals such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and Coachella, and he's even penciled in an appointment with Gunna and DJ N8 for Friday night at Liberty Hall. Tickets for the 16+ show are $20 advance and $23 at the door; for more information, visit libertyhall.net.