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Spotted this week on the web. A roundup of Lawrence culture/stuff to do.

Musicians, the masked and the masses gathered on Massachusetts St. for the annual Mardi Gras march Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The group, performing such hits as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Down by the Riverside" paraded through most of downtown, even into a few select restaurants during the noon hour event.

Musicians, the masked and the masses gathered on Massachusetts St. for the annual Mardi Gras march Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The group, performing such hits as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Down by the Riverside" paraded through most of downtown, even into a few select restaurants during the noon hour event. by Mike Yoder

Book talk in a bar

Because books and Bahama Mamas go together, no? The library has arranged for crime fiction writer Tim Dorsey to discuss his new book, “The Riptide Ultra-Glide,” Sunday at the Sandbar.

Feeling the love for downtown Lawrence window displays

Brits has a fun Facebook photo gallery of Mass. Street Valentine’s Day window displays. (IMHO, the crazy mannequins at Wildman Vintage win this category year-round.)

Beards, glorious beards

Missed this one in last week’s post, but I Heart Local Music's “Best Beards in the Biz” is worth rewinding for. Can you guess which local musician's beard they're talking about here? “Glorious golden beard that often turns heads, impeccably hanging in the air like some sort of heavenly chin halo.”

Nerd alert

Here’s a mini recap of this week’s Nerd Nite Lawrence. Subject matter: “It Gets Better” and “ Galileo's Finger.” Larryville Chronicles assures us that no nerds were harmed in the making of this event.

A taste of the new Indian diner

Mrs. Mass visits the just-opened Chutney’s Indian Diner and Bar and tells us what she thinks.

Parade!

Pretty sure Lawrence is the only place in Kansas (and maybe beyond?) where this many people — young and old — would pile on this much crazy flare for an unofficial Mardi Gras sidewalk parade. Silliness. If you missed it, check out the Journal-World’s video and I Heart Local Music’s photo gallery by Lillian Wright Smith.

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