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WOODEN PERFORMANCE

This weekend, the Lawrence Arts Center presents "Pinocchio," the familiar story of a wooden puppet's wish to become a real boy. This true-to-the-original community production features puppetry by local artist/actor Spencer Lott, live music by Drakkar Sauna and "Kansas Nutcracker" conductor Jeff Dearinger and community actors and students from the Arts Center's School of Dance. "Pinocchio" opens Friday night at 7 p.m. with additional performances Saturday and Sunday; tickets are $20 adults, $17 seniors and $14 students/children.

GETTING DAPPER-ER AND DAPPER-ER

The popularity of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, a soul/funk ensemble formed in 1999, continues to grow three years after their last release, and now they've struck again with their fifth and latest album "Give the People What They Want" and a slew of shows and TV appearances. A limited number of general admission tickets are still available for their appearance at Liberty Hall on Saturday night. Doors will open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Visit libertyhall.net for ticket information.

TO ARMS!

Gorilla Music is presenting its world famous Battle of the Bands concerts in Lawrence, with a huge list of names including White Shores, Apple Grove, NOVA, Jazz Cigarettes, Merge Without Looking and more taking the stage. The musical melee is set to begin at the Granada on Sunday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.; tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door.

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