Upcoming events include holiday sales, theater, storytelling, food and more
Fall events continue with KU football, art exhibits, holiday sales, live theater, gardening, storytelling, an old-fashioned turkey dinner and much more.
• KU’s Department of Visual Art, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd., hosts “The Heart is a Fist: Works by artists from Haskell Indian Nations University & Sydney Pursel” today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It is the final day for the exhibit, which presents works exploring issues related to Indigenous America.
• The Historic Taylor Barn is the site for this weekend’s Holiday Open Barn, a shopping experience with music, hot apple cider and more than 20 local artists, from 3-7 p.m. today; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1827 E. 1150 Road.
• Several exhibits at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., feature works in various media. The group show “Twenty x 5” includes ceramics from artists throughout the U.S.; Nick Perry’s “Everything Must Go” shows screen prints, stencils and mixed media; Ken Bini’s “Artificial Intelligence” features a series of acrylic paintings.
• Plymouth Congregational Church hosts a dinner theater tonight and tomorrow. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the Plymouth Players as they present “Cancelled,” a farce set in a 1940s radio station, where the staff are held hostage by an irate show sponsor. Advance reservations are required; see https://plymouthlawrence.breezechms.com/form/dd2929. The performance will be repeated on Saturday.
• “Beyond the Veil: A History of Spiritualism” will be presented by historian Katie Keckeisen at 6:30 p.m. The free program is part of the virtual Museum After Hours series hosted by the Kansas Historical Society. Register online at https://www.kshs.org
• True stories, told live and without notes, are featured at “The Moth Mainstage,” a two-act show with five storytellers, 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. See lied.ku.edu for tickets.
• The Jayhawk Audubon Society invites the public to assist in the cleanup of Hobbs Park. Join Society members at 10 a.m. to help prepare the park’s garden for winter. Dress for the weather and bring any gloves or hand tools you may use. The garden is on the east side of Delaware Street between 10th and 11th streets.
• The KU football team meets Oklahoma State at 2:30 p.m. today at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Check the KU Athletics website for any remaining single tickets, or join the fun at your favorite watering hole to see the game on TV or livestream.
• Clinton Church’s traditional annual turkey supper and bazaar takes place today, 4-8 p.m. All are invited to meet for turkey with all the fixings. Free-will donations will be accepted, 590 North 1200 Road, Clinton.
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas hosts this morning’s Kansas Half-Marathon and 5K, with packet pick-up beginning at 6 a.m. in South Park, 1200 Massachusetts St. The 5K starts at 7 a.m. and the half-marathon at 7:10 a.m. See kansashalfmarathon.com for registration and course details.
• Interested in learning orienteering? Women are invited to join in a workshop hosted by Orienteer Kansas, which introduces map reading and orienteering skills. Participants will master the skills and then put them into practice in a park setting. “Orienteering for Women” starts at 9 a.m., Overlook Park, 801 North 1402 Road, Lawrence. Details and registration at orienteerkansas.com.
• Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk presents a lecture at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., at 2 p.m. today. In “Ball and Chain: Russian Culture Invasion of Ukraine,” she will explore the intersection of language and culture with war and politics. The lecture, sponsored by KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, is free and open to the public.
• The KU West African Drum Ensemble presents a concert today at 5 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive. Master percussionist Bolokada Conde is the special guest. See music.ku.edu/brasspercussion/percussion for more information.
• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence invites the public to a Lantern Walk this evening, 6-7 p.m., at the Baker University Wetlands & Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. Walkers will embrace the darkening sky on this weekend when Daylight Saving Time ends. Handmade lanterns and battery-operated tea lights will be provided.