Arts and Entertainment

Van Go’s young artists unveil their colorful benches

After two months of work, young artists at Van Go unveiled 20 vibrant handmade benches to their clients and the community on Friday. The unveiling event was the culmination of the arts-based social service agency's annual Benchmark program, and Van Go program director Kristen Malloy said it ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Field Day Fest, Paleo Garden Plant Sale and more

More than 20 musical groups will take the stage for free concerts around the city at this weekend's Lawrence Field Day Fest. The annual music festival, now in its eighth year, runs from Thursday through Saturday and will include 24 bands. Fally Afani, the festival organizer and editor of the ...

Go, See, Do: Friends of the Library book sale, keyboardist Mike Finnigan and more

Shoppers can browse a selection of tens of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs this weekend at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library's Summer Book Sale. “We estimate over 64,000 books are on our shelves inside," said Angela Hyde, program coordinator for the Friends group. "We don't even ...

Lawrence’s new downtown visitor center looking for local artists to display work

The new Explore Lawrence Visitor Center, scheduled to open Monday, is planning to have monthly displays by local artists. The visitor center, at 812 Massachusetts St., plans to use its wall space to display art. It has put out a call to local artists to consider having their work included, ...

‘Iliad’ performer to take on 26 parts in Lawrence show

Becoming 26 different characters during a solo performance would overwhelm many actors, but Daniel Bird Tobin has it down by now. Having performed the play "An Iliad" over the past six years around the U.S. and in England, Tobin, 29, has come to know all the characters and has locked them in ...

Lawrence native wins game show about sleep deprivation

When he went on the the Netflix game show “Awake: The Million Dollar Game” last August, Lawrence native Ben Thomas was put in a windowless room with nothing to do but count quarters for a full 24 hours. His mind began to wander as he became exhausted from the repetitive task of putting ...

Go, See, Do: Moon landing’s 50th, stargazing and Nerd Nite coming up

This month marks the 50-year anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing, when Neil Armstrong took the historic first step on the moon. Families can learn more about that time in history from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday when the Dole Institute of Politics hosts Mission to the ...

Tour of Lawrence cycling race to return to downtown Lawrence for Independence Day

The Tour of Lawrence will once again bring cyclists to the streets of downtown Lawrence, turning the city’s sidewalks and street corners into prime viewing spots to see top-level cyclists compete in the four-day tour. After a hiatus, the Tour of Lawrence is bringing back its signature ...

Go, See, Do: St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, Akin Prairie Wildflower Walk and more

Mariachi and Tejano bands, folk dancers and plenty of authentic Mexican food will return to the parking lot of St. John Catholic School for the 39th annual St. John's Mexican Fiesta this weekend. “It’s a party in our backyard, and we invite all the neighbors over,” said Frank Lemus Jr., ...

Butch Patrick from ‘The Munsters’ to meet fans at Massachusetts Street toy shop

Having borrowed the home address of “The Munsters” for the name of his toy shop, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, owner Terry Taylor thought he was being pranked when a Munster’s manager called him about hosting a signing event at his store. “If there is a store named after 'The Munsters,' ...

Go, See, Do: ‘Mary Poppins Jr.,’ Summer Brew Fest and more

The Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theatre program is bringing a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” show to the stage this weekend — “Mary Poppins Jr.” In this abridged version of the popular musical about the “practically perfect” nanny, more than 60 students in sixth ...

Outdoor sculpture exhibit bringing selection of new works to downtown Lawrence

A large angelfish sculpture caught the attention of several people walking along Massachusetts Street on Tuesday morning. "Angelica #2," a 500-pound steel fish with a limestone face, was created by Joe Malesky, of Strafford, Mo., and was recently placed on display in the 800 block of ...