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Today in Lawrence: 5 things to do this weekend

Art in the Park returns Sunday, and the weather will be downright lovely.

Art in the Park returns Sunday, and the weather will be downright lovely.

May 2, 2014

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Happy May! It's May, right? No, seriously, we're already two days into May? Then why is the temperature still in the 30s? Well, forget Thursday and behold: Today's high will be 71, with sunny skies and a strong warming trend to start the weekend. Saturday: 81, then a high of 85 Sunday. OK, deep breath, we can do this.

Old is new

Catch the Lawrence opening of "Gloria" today at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Paulina Garcia stars as a "woman of a certain age" who still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. The subtitled Chilean film is already hugely decorated worldwide. Showtimes: 1:35 and 4 p.m. today, 1:20 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 1:35 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dance, dance evolution

At 7 tonight and Saturday, don't miss the Point B Dance Carnival's survey of movement at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. The show will include cutting edge choreography in hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary dance from Cathy Patterson, Carly Malsom, Deena Schaumburg, Tiffany Adams and Hannah Atwell, performed by the talented and stylistic dancers of the AIM Dance Company of Lawrence. Tickets: $10.

Open sesame

Theatre Lawrence is hosting the International Brotherhood of Magicians for family-friendly matinee and evening shows of illusion Saturday. The show will feature nine Midwest magicians, with John Weaver, a specialist in magic for children, as the night’s emcee. Joining Weaver will be Steve Steinerthree-time winner of the Kansas City Stage Magician of the Year award — whose acts entail people disappearing, floating in the air or chopped into pieces. So maybe don't raise your hand when he asks for volunteers. 2:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for kids 14 and younger.

En plein air

The organizers of the 53rd Annual Art in the Park Exhibition, sponsored by the Lawrence Art Guild, simply could not have asked for a nicer day. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, stroll out in the balmy 80s and head for South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets, for Lawrence's signature art show.

“It’s just a fun, family-friendly event. People from all around town come out and enjoy the beautiful spring day,” said LAG president Amanda Monaghan. “And, I think this is our biggest event that we’ve ever had.”

Monaghan said she expects about 25,000 people to attend this year’s festival. Wow!

Garden variety

Finally, it wouldn't be a party without vinyl, so be sure to check out Love Garden Sounds' 24th birthday party Sunday at the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St. Bands on the bill include Woods, Blood on the Wall, Quilt, Oils, CS Luxem, Your Friend and Psychic Heat. Doors at 4 p.m., music starts at 5. Tickets: $12. Full preview at Lawrence.com.

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Other May 2 events

51st Annual Lawrence Swap Meet, 1 p.m.-dark, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. (For automotive and related items only!)

Ribbon Cutting and Trial Walk for new community trail, 4 p.m., start west of Burcham Park entrance, 200 Indiana St.

KU School of Music Faculty Artist: Paul Laird, lecture/concert, 5 p.m., Robert Baustian Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

6th Annual Point B Dance Carnival, 7-9 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Swampfest, 7 p.m., Fatso’s, 1016 Massachusetts St.

Big Band Musical “Over Here,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

KU Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

KU School of Music Visiting Artist: Mark Steinbach, organ, 7:30 p.m., Bales Organ Recital Hall, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Trivia Night: Hangouts and Hideaways, 7:30 p.m., Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Baker University’s Spring Sing, 7:30 p.m., Baldwin First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St, Baldwin City.

Play: “Seller Door,” 8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Other May 3 events

51st Annual Lawrence Swap Meet, 6:30 a.m.-dark, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. (For automotive and related items only!)

Bake, Book, and Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St.

KU School of Music presents: Saxophone Studio Recital, 9 a.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Electronic Recycling Event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. rain or shine, KU Park & Ride East Parking Lot, Clinton Pkwy & Crestline Dr.

Lawrence Flea, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., SeedCo Studios, 826 Pennsylvania St.

Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum official opening, 1 p.m., guest speaker Dianne Miller 2 p.m., Bloomington Park, Clinton Lake.

Gospel singer Sparkle Baldwin, 1-3 p.m., Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd St.

Family Matinee: “Babe” (1995), 2 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

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

Master of Magic Tour for All Ages, 2:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr.

4th Annual Red Schoolhouse Rockin’ Music Fest, 3-7 p.m., (music and beer until 9 p.m.), South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets.

6th Annual Point B Dance Carnival, 7-9 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Big Band Musical “Over Here,” 7:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Topeka Symphony Orchestra: “Breezy and Bohemian,” 7:30 p.m., White Concert Hall, Washburn University.

Master of Magic Tour for All Ages, 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr.

Play: “Seller Door,” 8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Dance: Arnie Johnson and the Midnight Special, 8-11:30 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

Other May 4 events

51st Annual Lawrence Swap Meet, 7 a.m.-noon, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. (For automotive and related items only!)

Summer Youth Theater Auditions, 1-6 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. (Call 843-2787 to sign up for time slot.)

Big Band Musical “Over Here,” 2:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Baker University Symphonic Winds Guest Artist Concert, 3:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Baker University Campus, 404 Eighth St, Baldwin City.

2014 Dole Lecture: Al From, “The New Democrats and the Return to Power,” 4 p.m., Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive.

“Molly’s Movement” Silent Auction, 4:30 p.m., Alvamar Country Club, 1800 Crossgate Dr.

Irish Traditional Music Session, 5:30-8 p.m., upstairs Henry’s on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St.

Taize service, 6 p.m., St. John’s UCC, 396 E. 900 Road, Baldwin City.

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, 6-9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St

KU University Band & KU Jazz Ensembles II & III, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

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

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