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Performers to take to downtown streets this weekend

Dancing, juggling and other skills to be on display during 2nd annual event

Hayley Cherveny, of Kansas City, Mo., performs an aerial artistic display with the Thieves of Flight during last year's Lawrence Busker Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The Busker Festival is set to run through the upcoming weekend.

Hayley Cherveny, of Kansas City, Mo., performs an aerial artistic display with the Thieves of Flight during last year's Lawrence Busker Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The Busker Festival is set to run through the upcoming weekend.

August 19, 2009

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Don’t be alarmed when you come across fire-eating, sword-swallowing and phonebook-ripping folks this weekend in downtown Lawrence.

Feel free to tip them instead.

Dozens of street performers will take to the sidewalks and stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the central business district for the Lawrence Busker Festival, a second annual showing of scheduled improvisational entertainment.

The fest will feature area and traveling buskers — a.k.a. street performers — with acts intended to entertain, educate and, yes, generate a little revenue to get back home.

“They rely on tips to make the weekend worthwhile,” said Ric Averill, who’s helping Richard Renner organize the fest and will serve as emcee for busker performances near Ninth and Massachusetts streets. “That’s what they live on. That’s their fee. They just rely on the kindness of strangers.”

More than 20 groups and individuals are scheduled to participate, while others who show up unannounced will be welcome to join in the aerial dancing, juggling, puppetry, music, magic, mime and other skills on display.

Scheduled performances start at 6 p.m. Friday on the “US Bank Stage,” at the southeast corner of Ninth and Massachusetts. Several other downtown sites will accommodate performers, including the “Lawrence Public Library Family Stage” and the front of the Lawrence Arts Center.

Spectators shouldn’t feel pressured into offering tips, Averill said. Just show up, suspend your disbelief and enjoy the odd, interesting and always-entertaining displays of creativity.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Averill said. “It’s the wildest, craziest things ever.”

The arts center also will offer free, 30-minute workshops for children interested in music, storytelling, juggling and mime. Workshops are set for 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, but space is limited. For more information or to register, call 843-2787.

Comments

formerLtowny 4 years, 8 months ago

Larryville needs weirdos like this to come and perform whatever it is that they do. Things like this keep Lawrence unique from other places. And, yes L-town will always have plenty of panhandelers, college educated bums, hippies and hipsters laying around so there is no use fighting it. Accept it.

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kseagle 4 years, 8 months ago

And everyone questions why businesses are moving away from downtown. I know I will avoid downtown this weekend.

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kansas_o_kansas 4 years, 8 months ago

will the bagpipes be back this year?

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jonas_opines 4 years, 8 months ago

I hate fun, so I'm staying away. grumble grumble panhandlers grumble

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 8 months ago

"Jeez, Practicality, I'm not sure what you have stuck up your backside, but it must be in there at an awfully sharp angle." Bozo

If memory serves, it is Propsector's foot.

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fabian_zimbabwe 4 years, 8 months ago

Geez, some pretty sad folks out there. This sounds like a great time...fun way to spend an afternoon downtown...looking forward to it!

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Mary Darst 4 years, 8 months ago

That sounds like sooo much funnn. I think Practicality is just sad. I wish I could be there. I love "people watch'. What a cool place to do it.

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Onlyifitsadryshelter 4 years, 8 months ago

What a bunch of sad people you are. Bet you are the same people who say there's never anything interesting to do in Larry! The way I see it these performers are selling their wares pretty much the same as the Farmer's Market they just don't have an asking price. Also same as any musical family accepting a "love offering" at church on Sunday morning because they've just put on a concert for peoples enjoyment. IMHO. Bring on the Buskers! What a fun time for my daughter and I to enjoy downtown this weekend! Gotta be cheaper than a ticket to Barnum and Bailey's!

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TheJokerObama 4 years, 8 months ago

Street performers in Larryville? Now way!

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Veritas 4 years, 8 months ago

thanks for ruining my weekend back home!!

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cheeseburger 4 years, 8 months ago

Guess we'll be headed to Oak Park Mall & the Legends for back-to-school clothes shopping this weekend, to avoid the larger-than-usual number of panhandlers downtown.

To those of you that are going downtown this weekend - enjoy!

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Practicality 4 years, 8 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

"Hey, it just occurred to me that Practicality may be a failed sword-eater— he put it in the wrong end."

LOL. Good one Bozo.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 8 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 8 months ago

Jeez, Practicality, I'm not sure what you have stuck up your backside, but it must be in there at an awfully sharp angle.

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lori 4 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for bringing the buskers back! Last year's performances were awesome. Nice that it coincides with the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking championships; you can listen to some great local musicians, and then go watch the buskers downtown.

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be3 4 years, 8 months ago

Lame. Are these vagabonds going to be paying taxes on the tips that they earn? I didn't think so.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 8 months ago

I suppose that each and every of the so called "performers" will have obtained a City Business Permit to solicit.

yeah, right

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 8 months ago

YEAH!!! More time for the jugglers! I love this stuff.

Thanks JK!

Note..Practicality obviously has never met Prospector or seen him at the Freestate.

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Practicality 4 years, 8 months ago

I guess the answer to the economic problems for downtown is to invite more panhandling wierdos to set up shop there, huh Tomato? You are right about one thing though, I will be staying away from there this weekend.

Word of Caution to the performers:

Don't set up shop too close to Free State Brewery, I wouldn't want Prospector stumbling out of there "three sheets to the wind" and bumping into the guy swallowing his sword or grabbing the fire-eaters prop and downing it because he thought it was a "flaming Dr.Pepper"

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Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 8 months ago

Multi-- Sorry for the confusion. There was a change in the time from when it was first anounced to now. It's updated now.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 8 months ago

Scheduled performances start at 6 p.m. Friday on the “US Bank Stage,” at the southeast corner of Ninth and Massachusetts.

vs When: Friday, August 21, 2009, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

I'm confused, but then I usually am.

6 or 8?

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tomatogrower 4 years, 8 months ago

Well, you can stay home and hide away, but last year's festival was fun, and the kids loved it. But then, you are just too "practical" to have fun, I'm sure. If it isn't giving you a history lesson, then you should go home a post negative, hateful things on the computer.

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Practicality 4 years, 8 months ago

“They rely on tips to make the weekend worthwhile,” said Ric Averill, . “That’s what they live on. That’s their fee. They just rely on the kindness of strangers.”

Uh oh, the homeless have some competition.

I guess as long as no one fires any blank rounds off, it is all o.k., right City? More pandering to the hippies in good ol' Lawrence.

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