Archive for Friday, March 14, 2014

Today in Lawrence: Big 12 semi, Miyazaki, St. Patrick’s Day weekend

"The Wind Rises" by Hayao Miyazaki opens this weekend at Liberty Hall.

"The Wind Rises" by Hayao Miyazaki opens this weekend at Liberty Hall.

March 14, 2014


Today in Lawrence is an early morning digest of essential (and not-so-essential) info to start your day in Lawrence and Douglas County.


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"The Wind Rises" trailer

Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" opens today at Liberty Hall, with showings throughout the weekend.

Two for three ain't bad

Friday's forecast calls for a high of 64 degrees and manageable lows in the 30s. Saturday will follow on its heels with a high closer to 70, but then things will cool off. Sunday will be chilly and rainy, with a high of 48 and overnight lows back in the 20s. But the Monday forecast looks good for St. Patrick's Day: a sunny 65.

Smarts, doesn't it?

Oklahoma State is headed home from Kansas City after an OT crushing by the Jayhawks. Next up: KU vs. Iowa State at 6 tonight in the Big 12 semi. Can you say #kubball?

'The Wind Rises'

Hayao Miyazaki bids farewell to the big screen with (most likely) his final full-length feature, "The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)," which makes its Lawrence debut this afternoon at Liberty Hall. Japan's analog to Walt Disney is the master behind such internationally beloved animated classics as "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro." Screenings: 1:30 and 4:20 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 6:10 p.m. Sunday.

Rock show

Looking ahead to the weekend, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday you can come face to face with and learn to tell the difference between various rock stars at the KU Museum of Natural History, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. The free Science Saturday: Minerals, Meteorites and Crystals program will explore the difference between the rare meteors that fall to Earth and geologic formations, including crystals and minerals, with hands-on examples. Good for the whole family.

St. Pat's pre-game

And, of course, this weekend affords plenty of opportunities to get in the mood for all things green before Monday's Lawrence St. Patrick's Day parade. Two options: Irish Road Bowling at Clinton Lake State Park at noon Saturday; and traditional Irish music at Henry's on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday nights. There's also the annual Fake Patrick's Day Social Service League benefit at the Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St., from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, followed at 10 by some cool bands whose names we can't print here, this being #lfk.

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More March 14 events

“Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” 9:30 a.m., Deal Six Auditorium, Extension Center, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Mike Shurtz Trio, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

Indian Taco Sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church, 950 E. 21st St.

Naked Lunch: Alferd Packer Memorial String Band’s Pi Day Spectacular, noon, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Kansas Water Vision Meeting, 1-3 p.m., Deal Six Auditorium, Douglas County Extension, 2110 Harper Ave.

Health Insurance Marketplace Town Hall, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St.

New Horizons Band concert, 4 p.m., Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living, 4851 Harvard Drive.

VFW Benefit Dinner: Taco Bar, 6-7 p.m., VFW Post 852, 1801 Massachusetts St.

Ecumenical Lenten Taize Service, 6-7 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2211 Inverness Dr.

The Retro Cocktail Hour Presents: Cinema A Go-Go: “Destroy All Monsters” (1968) and “The H-Man” (1958); 7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Free State Story Slam: “Bad Habits,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Author Reading: Eric Shonkwiler, “Above All Men,” 7 p.m. The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th St.

More March 15 events

Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, 7:30 a.m., parking lot in 800 block of Vermont Street.

St. John Catholic Church Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1246 Kentucky St.

H. Edward Flentje: “The Rest of the Story on State Finances,” 10 a.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Douglas County Master Gardeners: Advanced Food Gardening - Gardening in Small Spaces, 10 a.m.-noon, Drehrer Bldg, 2110 Harper, Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Yard Waste Drop-Off and Compost/Woodchip Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wood Recovery and Compost Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.

Saturday Art Adventure: Quilt Geometry, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St. (Suitable for children ages 5-8 and their chaperones.)

Kansas Appleknocker Classic Ragtime Duo, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts St.

Headpin Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St.

Mardi Gras Fete, 6-10 p.m., Heritage Center, 198 Delaware St., Leavenworth.

Kansas Poetry Out Loud, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

The O’Crumpletons St. Pat’s Party, 7-10 p.m., Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

Nine Forty Live: John Cale in concert, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

More March 16 events

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, 6-9 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Trail Mix 20th Anniversary Concert, 7:30 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Smackdown! trivia, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.

More March 16 events

“Purim in the Palace,” 4 p.m., Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.

Fundamentals of Estate Planning, 4-6 p.m., Christ Community Church, 1100 Kasold Dr.

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, 6-9 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Smackdown! trivia, 8 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.


Dani Davey 4 years, 3 months ago

One important correction in the St. Pat's Pre-game: Irish Road Bowling is at Clinton Lake State Park on SUNDAY, MARCH 16. However, people looking for some St. Pat's pre-game on Saturday are welcome to come out to the Luck of the Irish Poker Run which will start at Slow Ride Roadhouse at noon on Saturday and will benefit the St. Patrick's Day Parade's 2014 charities.

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