Best Bets: Small things are happening in Baldwin City
The Lumberyard Arts Center presents the biggest little arts exhibit in Baldwin City — "The Itty Bitty Picture Show", a showcase of local artists' works that are no bigger than 4 by 6 inches (and some of them 2" by 2"!) The exhibit will run through Feb. 1, and will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Some of these works will be for sale, and refreshments will be served.
Everybody's got a story to tell. And every second Friday night of the month, the Lawrence Arts Center gives you a place to tell it. The Free State Story Slam invites the audience to step up to the mic and tell whatever story they've got — exciting, witty, suspenseful and maybe an awkward moment or two — or maybe just hear one, if you prefer. It starts at 7 p.m. and is for 18+ audiences only.
Arctic weather got you down? The Bottleneck's Winter Music Extravaganza should give you some relief from this seasonal depression with hip-hop, R&B and reggae music by The New Common Ground, Fayah and the Firehouse Dub crew and Houston Zizza, with a DJ set by Bring Tha Ruckus. Come by this Saturday at 8 p.m. and bring $8 for the cover. This show is 18+.
Next week is the inaugural Harpoon Presents Riptide Comedy Festival, highlighting the best comedians in Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City and all over the Midwest for five nights of comedy arts, music and, of course, a little stand-up. The Gaslight Gardens in north Lawrence is holding a preliminary taster of the acts to come in "Who Needs Practice?" Sunday night from 9 p.m. to midnight. This is a 21+ show.