This Thursday evening is jam-packed with solid, local indie pop from Lawrence and K.C. Starts at 10 p.m.; $3 cover; 21+.
It's the final Final Friday of the year, though, with the holidays, it's toned down in its number of events (the Arts Center is closed). For a full listing of the showings available, check out the event's blog.
It's a tour kickoff for the aggressive Lawrence punk-rockers. No apologies for noise expected. 10 p.m.; $3; 21+.
Warm up the blustery winter night with spicy world music from this local band. Starts at 8:30 p.m.; $6; 18+.
Lawrence-native Matthew Toplikar's 35-minute film was shot in Lawrence and features some great local musicians. Fourth of July, Hospital Ships and Laurel Woodhouse will perform after the screening, which begins at 9:30 p.m. and is $5. Check out Scene Stealers for more info, plus a Q&A with Toplikar.
With just one more weekend after this before naughty and nice lists are revealed, this will be a few days jam-packed with holiday parties. Think I missed a good happening? Got something good coming up? Lemme know at firstname.lastname@example.org or @alex_garrison.
Weekend theater: “A Kansas Nutcracker” @ the Lawrence Arts Center
Looking for an event that mixes holiday cheer with history? This creative Civil War-era spin on the Christmas ballet classic features a blending of historical characters and traditions, with historical galleries in support of the performance. It runs at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Tickets range from $13 to $19. Note: The 2 p.m. Sunday performance is sold out.
OK, so it's yet to snow in Lawrence (unless I missed something?!) but this wintertime show is a celebration of Kansas City collective Field Trip Publishing's collection of handmade goods (led by Eric Dobbins and Kelly John Clark, former directors of Wonder Fair). The collection includes a candy sculpture set, wooden puzzle, lithograph print, costume kit prize bag and anamorphic print with viewing tube. The festivities run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the shop, 803 Mass. The event is free, but the art and gifts will be for sale.
The Austin-based Americana band's music may be a bit more apt for another winter holiday (I'm thinking of the February one, you know, Singles Awareness Day), but with inspiration from Austrialian bank robbers, it's likely to still be a good time. It begins at 8 p.m. and costs $15.
Winner's Circle may be a good bet if you like your hip-hop local -- they advertise themselves as proudly straight from ... North Lawrence. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is 18+.
I'm a humbug about most holidays, but I do love Christmas (just don't tell anybody), and an indie band performing their entire holiday album, as this event promises to be, may be enough to sway even my hardened heart. Starts at 10 p.m.; 21+; $3 cover.
December is somewhat stressful for most folks, right? Why not get in some laughs with some New York comedians in a night of stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. Starts at 10:30 p.m.; $22.50 for a table or $10.50 for GA.
There's a ton of opportunities to buy local and handmade in Lawrence (especially this time of year), but this may be the only one devoted to pottery and ceremics. Check out the studio at 925 Iowa St. Suite J from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The SeedCo artist space at 826 Penn. St. is having an invitational showing of local art, crafts, jewelry and the like, from noon to 5 p.m.
Learn all about your insides in a family-friendly event featuring a life-size Operation game from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on campus.
Call it a jolly, bearded beer crawl. It traditionally starts (at 1 p.m.) at the Sandbar and has rules like giving to charity and walking a fine line between naughty and nice. But, yes, it's basically a flash mob of Santas.
In a similar vein to SantaCon, this party, starting at 8 p.m., aims to raise money for Just Food. It's $5 and includes a performance by local band Midday Ramblers.
Come see these lovely, lovely locals (I'll be there for sure), plus St. Louis band Palace, starting at 10 p.m. Palace's social media love for Lawrence and vise versa has been a cup that runth over. Check out this FB photo. 21+; $3 cover.
This is a quirky bet, but, if you've got some free time on a Sunday evening, sometimes those can be the most fun. This celebration of the ragtime musical genre runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gaslight Gardens, 317 N. Second St., and is free.
With well-reviewed garage-band-style pop group The Pharmacy and up-and-coming locals Dry Bonnet, it'll be a Sunday Funday. (Quite possibly.) Starts at 10 p.m.; 18+; $5.