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Best Bets: Christmas crackers at the Jazzhaus

Adam Lafferty

[**SHAKE LIKE A BOWL FULL OF JELLY**][1] Some of you may be a little old to be staying up late on Christmas Eve to try and catch Santa coming down the chimney, but you're probably not too young to stay up late on Christmas Eve to catch Lawrence-bred bass player ...

Best Bets: Creatures are indeed stirring all over downtown Lawrence

Adam Lafferty

If you need a little Christmas right this very minute, the holiday spirit is alive and well all over downtown Lawrence all weekend long. This weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center, ["A Kansas Nutcracker"][1] brings 130 dancers and performers and the 13-piece Free State Liberation Orchestra to the stage for ...

Best Bets: A stitch in time saves n9ne at the Granada

Adam Lafferty

**[PRE-STUDY STUDY BREAK][1]** The end of the semester already? My, how time flies... The Granada is throwing a free Stop Day Eve concert so everybody can all have a little fun before finals week rears its ugly head. Music will be provided by our very own Cowboy Indian Bear, playing ...

Bets Bets: Music for the Front Range at Liberty Hall

Adam Lafferty

[**ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH**][1] The Infamous Stringdusters are a quintet who pride themselves on playing "high country", and their live shows are described as a combination of five traditional bluegrass instruments, songwriting and improvisation. Right now they're on a nationwide "Road to Boulder" tour with Colorado native band Paper Bird to ...

Best Bets: A whole lot of trees in Liberty Hall

Adam Lafferty

[**DO THEY STILL MAKE WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREES?**][1] See more than 60 specially decorated Christmas trees and wreaths donated by local residents and businesses at Liberty Hall's Festival of Trees, beginning Monday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and continuing through Thursday. All trees and wreaths will be sold at an ...

Best Bets: Family today, then some more freaks at the Percolator tomorrow

Adam Lafferty

[**HOPE YOU'RE NOT TOO FULL TO DANCE**][1] Need a break from the family this Thanksgiving? Well, the Bottleneck may have just the thing: a Thanksgiving edition of its weekly Feel Good dance party featuring Dreadheadedslut, GadaBeats, Thumpur, Will Funk and Sehorn. The music starts at 10 p.m.; $2 for 18 ...

Best Bets: Mother knows best at the Lawrence Arts Center

Adam Lafferty

[**SHE'S LEAVING HOME**][1] Recently opened at the Lawrence Arts Center is "Mother Tongue and Motherhood," a new oil painting, fiber art and mixed media exhibit from McPherson-based artist Shin-hee Chin. Born and raised in Korea, Chin became a mother around the same time she immigrated to the States, and in ...

Best Bets: Size doesn't matter at the Bottleneck

Adam Lafferty

[**LET FREEDOM RING**][1] As this week sees the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the Dole Institute of Politics presents a lecture from Michael Vorenberg, author of the book "Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment." A historian and Brown University professor, Vorenberg takes ...

Best Bets: Diplomatic relations hope to improve at the Bottleneck

Adam Lafferty

[**PEACE, LOVE AND GROUND ROCKS**][1] In Tibetan culture, sand Mandalas use ground colored stones to represent a higher plane of consciousness. The Lawrence Arts Center will continue to host visiting Tibetan monks crafting an Interfaith World Peace Mandala to promote nonviolence and the well-being of all living things. The event ...

Best Bets: The Spencer Museum invites you to get your eyes checked

Adam Lafferty

**[LOVE IS BLIND][1]** The Spencer Museum of Art, in conjunction with the KU Center for East Asian Studies, the KU Confucius Institute and KU Queers and Allies, presents the 2013 Taiwanese romantic comedy *Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?* this Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Director Arvin Chen's film, ...

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