Go, See, Do: Souper Bowl sale, literary events, film screening and more on tap

photo by: Journal-World file photo, AP file photo, contributed photos

Go, See, Do: from left to right, Souper Bowl sale at Lawrence Arts Center, "Celebration of William Stafford: Living the Poetic Life," and poets Safia Elhillo, top, and Fatimah Asghar, bottom.

While the Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta on Sunday, here in Lawrence the Souper Bowl will take place Saturday.

Souper Bowl Saturday includes more than 1,000 handcrafted bowls for sale. The annual event has been a major fundraiser for the Lawrence Arts Center for several decades, according to Margaret Weisbrod Morris, the center’s CEO.

“It’s always the Saturday before the Super Bowl,” Weisbrod Morris said. “It’s been a good schtick.”

What she loves about the event is watching participants hunt for their favorite bowl. Styles range from earthenware to porcelain cast, created by special guest artists, staff and students. A silent auction of other handcrafted items will also take place Saturday.

photo by: The Lawrence Arts Center

One of the bowls that will be for sale at the Souper Bowl Saturday fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.2, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Bowl prices start at $10, and that costs includes a serving of soup donated by Hy-Vee and a dinner roll donated by Great Harvest Bread Co.

“It’s a great community event,” Weisbrod Morris said. “When you break bread together, it feels good.”

Money raised during the event goes to the Lawrence Arts Center’s visual arts department for scholarships.

“We want to make art more accessible to the community,” said Adam Meistrell, the center’s studio manager for visual arts.

The bowl sale is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

After a bowl of soup, there will be plenty more to go, see and do on Saturday and through the coming week in Lawrence.

“Celebration of William Stafford: Living the Poetic Life”

William Stafford was a prolific American poet who was born in Hutchinson in 1914.

The Kansas Authors Club will be honoring Stafford, who died in 1993, during a free event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Though Stafford eventually left Kansas after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1937, his connection to the state remained in some of his 3,000 published poems.

He went on to win the National Book Award for Poetry in 1963 and to become the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970.

photo by: Associated Press

In this file photo from Aug. 26, 1966, poet and professor William E. Stafford is pictured on a street in Oswego, Ore. (AP Photo)

This is the second year in a row the event has been hosted at Watkins, said Will Hickox, the museum’s public engagement coordinator. About 31 poets are expected to be present, with some sharing their memories of Stafford.

“I’m excited that two of the former poet laureates of Kansas, Denise Low-Weso and Eric McHenry, will be reading at the event,” said Ronda Miller, who helped organize the event.

‘Bones of Contention’

Later on Saturday, back at the Lawrence Arts Center, the KU Department of Spanish and Portuguese will be hosting a free screening of “Bones of Contention,” a documentary exploring the repression of the LGBTQ community during Spain’s Franco regime.

A panel discussion with KU faculty will follow.

The film, directed by Andrea Weiss, begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts one hour and 15 minutes.

Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo

This coming week is going to be a pretty big week for authors visiting Lawrence, according to Danny Caine, owner of the Raven Bookstore, who was busy shelving books at the store on a recent morning.

As part of the Raven’s continued collaboration with The Commons and Office of First-Year Experience at KU, Caine said, poets Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo will read from their work and sign books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Hall.

Asghar is a nationally touring poet, screenwriter, educator and performer, according to the Raven Bookstore website. Her work has appeared in many journals and has been featured on major news outlets including PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post and others.

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Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet who will be reading from her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Hall in Lawrence

Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet. With Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me,” due out later this month.

photo by: Contributed photo

Award-winning poet Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese American, who will be reading from her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Hall.

Meet Tom Clavin

A New York Times best-selling author, Tom Clavin, will be discussing his new book, “Wild Bill,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Watkins Museum of History.

The book, according to the Raven’s website is the true story of Wild Bill Hickok, an iconic figure of the 19th century American West.

The event is free and sponsored by the Raven and Watkins.

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