It's not an extremely exciting nor jam-packed weekend, but I bet it'll be the last student-free (or student-reduced) one. Here are some events that might be worth checking out.
Next Monday is the anniversary of Quantrill's Raid, so expect a lot of local exhibits and events to mark the time, including several next weekend at Watkins Museum and several this weekend at the visitors' center.
Red Kate is KC punk. Liquor Buddies is Lawrence rock playing their second-ever show, starting at 9:30 p.m. for a $3 cover. Nick Spacek has more in an interview here.
The Roving Imp improv/game comedy group formerly of Bonner Springs appears to be setting up shop — at least on Friday nights — at the ECM on campus. Their show starts at 8 p.m. and is $5 for students and $10 for others. More info here.
The Spain-based troupe is giving a performance for $10 at the center starting at 8 p.m.
Weird and hopefully wonderful, this lineup includes KC amalgamate Many Moods of Dad (really, Many Members of Other Bands), plus a performance by 13-year-old one-boy-band Drew Smith. Read Nick's story for more info on that interesting project. It starts at 9 p.m. and is $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+.
The Sandbar is holding its annual block party with music from Blue Orleans. It begins at 6 p.m. (Not 7 p.m., as I erroneously first reported.)
Brooklyn experimenters Normal Love are playing with Grandi Flora and locals Oils. It's Oils' second show in as many days. Starts at 10 p.m.; cover is $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+.
There's a lot going on this weekend, folks, so I suggest getting out there and soaking it in. As always, if there's an event you feel is a best bet, email me at email@example.com. Here's what I thought might be worth checking out.
The farmers market at Cottins at 19th and Mass. has been featuring acoustic sets and today it's a group that includes Steve Mason, Matt Kirby, Lauralyn Bodel and Lisa Grossman. It and the market run from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The former secretary of defense will be giving a talk and book signing at the institute on Kansas University's West Campus. It's free but almost certain to fill up, so I'd recommend going quite early. (They frequently open up spillover rooms with video feeds, both in the institute and in nearby Nichols Hall.) It starts at 4 p.m.
100 Good Women is a charitable group that provides support in various emergency social services. They're having a party with 80s cover band Prairie Village People that starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $5 and tickets for the raffle of some Martin Logan speakers are $10. It's 21+.
Austin rock band White Denim (very good live, from what I hear) will play with local faves Cloud Dog. It should be a wonderfully loud event. Tickets are $10.
The Theatre Lawrence folks are putting on a staged reading of local Dan Born's work about the infamous psychoanalyst and famous patient Hilda Doolittle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets for adults are $14.
Ceramicist Allen Chen's "Over the Rainbow" exhibit continues this weekend, with hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Exchange your stuff (pretty much anything, as long as it's in OK shape) for other stuff from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday arts: Final Fridays downtown
I'll refrain from my usual First Fridays quip ("Again? How time flies!" and other cliches), but this one does have a lot on, including the opening for the Poehler building among other good events. Margie Carr has a preview about this month's goings on.
The annual adult comedy/vaudeville/burlesque extravaganza starts at 9 p.m., is 21+ and tickets are $12 to $25.
Recently re-united Oklahoma country super-group is playing at 9 p.m. for $20. Read Nick Spacek's story on them here.
KC bilingual band Making Movies is playing at 10 p.m. for $5. Check out Mike Krings' writeup here.
Mouthbreathers is putting out its latest single and saying goodbye to its frontman. Nick has more here.
Enough to make my little nineties-indie-pop-loving heart swoon — Erik Voeks, the What Gives and Harrisonics are playing a $3 matinee show.
Long the patio matinee-ers, they're getting a 10 p.m. show for a $3 cover.
The Taproom Poetry series (in the basement of the Eighth Street Taproom) is having its first birthday and celebrating with an all open mic event at 5 p.m. Sets should be about five minutes long.
If you're looking to escape Lawrence (if not the heat), there's an almost literal metric ton of art, theater, comedy and experimental entertainment to take in at the annual Fringe, going on between 6:30 p.m. today and next Sunday at various locations in and around downtown KC. There's a $5 access-button charge and then different costs for each event (including free). You can find the full schedule here.
The summer program at Crafton-Preyer Theater is putting on the rain in Spain. Tickets are $10 to $15 and curtain's up at 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday. Read Thomas C. Hardy's review here.
All sweated out from the sidewalk sale and looking for a relaxing dive into the art of the comic book? Local author Jai Nitz and illustrator Greg Smallwood are giving a two-part talk from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The first hour is all-ages while the second, when they'll be discussing their work in progress, is suggested for more adult audiences.
Colorful drum-led experimental that always promises to be a good, if a little trippy, time. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Hospital Ships are one of my favorite acts going. So this is an act I'll be going to. (See what I did there?) It starts at 10 p.m. and cover is $3. Forest of Luxury and Drakkar Sauna, no newcomers themselves, are also playing.