Go, See, Do: Girls Rock Lawrence Showcase, Trinity Episcopal Church art auction and more
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Young rockers who’ve spent a week jamming and writing music will take the stage at the Granada this weekend for the fifth annual Girls Rock Lawrence Showcase.
During the five-day Girls Rock Lawrence Camp at the Lied Center, 30 girls and transgender youth got a crash course in writing and playing music on a variety of instruments. Tyler Novaria, one of the volunteer coordinators of the camp, said the campers explore a wide range of musical genres and styles, and even pick up instruments that they’d had no experience with before.
“We encourage them to go out of their comfort zone, to learn something new,” Novaria said.
This year’s campers — split into seven bands — will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-18; kids 5 and under are free. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on the camp, go to https://www.girlsrocklawrence.org
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Off the beaten path on Final Friday
Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District are full of activity on Final Fridays, but there are also exhibitions in unexpected places off the beaten path.
For instance, Dale Beaulieu, the treasurer of Recovery and Hope Network, a peer support service for those suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, will be showing his drawings Friday at the nonprofit, 311 E. Ninth St.
Beaulieu said he learned to draw while he was a patient at Osawatomie State Hospital. For the past 12 years, he has found comfort in creating abstract art. He said he has given away hundreds of drawings and sold a handful of them.
He describes the pencils and crayons he uses for creating his drawings as “communication devices” for things he can’t easily put into words.
“My drawings evoke peace and healing and take away the shattered fragments from both PTSD and bipolar disorder, and I weave it into a harmonious whole,” Beaulieu said.
For a complete list of Final Friday exhibitions, visit unmistakablylawrence.com.
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Trinity Episcopal Church art auction
If Final Friday isn’t enough to get your art fix, you can buy a variety of eclectic works on Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church’s art auction.
Shoppers at the silent auction will find an eclectic assortment of paintings from local and regional artists, as well as jewelry pieces, crafts and gift baskets, said Kim Mandle, a church member helping to organize the event.
In addition to the auction itself, Mandle said there will be light refreshments, children’s games and live music from Kansas City band Sissy & Earl.
Bidding will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church, 1011 Vermont St., and the winning bids will be announced at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the church.