Go, See, Do | Story Slam, Haskell Welcome Back Pow-Wow and more

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Left to right: Lawrence Community Orchestra, Story Slam, Haskell pow-wow.

If you fancy yourself a storyteller, Friday is your chance to share your true tales in front of a live audience at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Story Slam takes place on the second Friday of each month at the center, 940 New Hampshire St. The event invites attendees to stand up in front of an audience and share a prepared five- to seven-minute true story.

Each month’s installment has a different theme. This month, according to the center’s website, the theme is “the unknown.”

David Hollond, the event’s organizer, said this month’s theme conjures up all sorts of possibilities, such as becoming a parent for the first time, moving somewhere new or spending a semester abroad.

Hollond said the original inspiration for Story Slam came from The Moth, a nonprofit organization focused on developing the craft of storytelling in New York City.

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David Hollond speaks to the audience during a Story Slam event at the Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

The storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m. Donations for the Arts Center are taken at the door.

Lawrence Community Orchestra winter concert

The Lawrence Community Orchestra will perform works from Alexander Borodin, Hector Berlioz and contemporary American composer Michael Torke at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence High School.

About 50 people will be performing under the direction of Matthew Smith and Rachel Dirks.

‘There are so many talented musicians in the area,” said Alison Watkins, the president of the orchestra’s board. “The orchestra (comprises) over 50 musicians who represent KU faculty, community members, KU students and students from both high schools in Lawrence. A true community orchestra.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available at the door or at lawrenceorchestra.org.

Welcome Back Pow-Wow

Colorful regalia, tribal dances, drumming and singing will be on display on Saturday at Haskell Indian Nations University’s spring semester Welcome Back Pow-Wow.

The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Coffin Complex on campus, 155 E. Indian Ave., with gourd dancing, followed by women’s fancy and jingle dancing and men’s fancy and grass dancing. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a drumming competition followed by a grand entry at 6 p.m.

Food and crafts will also be for sale at the event.

Nerd Nite

Nerd Nite, the monthly informal lecture series, will be diving into the science of fermentation this time around.

Speakers for Wednesday’s installment include Taylor Petrehn, owner of 1900 Barker Bakery; Sarah Saunders, founder of Black’s Oil LLC; and Tim Segraves, a software engineer who also enjoys making kombucha, sourdough bread, beer, and kimchi.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and presentations begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli’s Banquet Hall and Catering, 1031 New Hampshire St. There is a charge of $1 at the door.

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to outfits worn at a pow-wow. The clothing and other items are regalia.


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