Upcoming events include Final Friday art walk, theater, birds, festivals and more

photo by: Mother Earth News

The Mother Earth News Fair will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April, 29, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.


• Rain or shine, April’s Final Friday art walk happens Friday evening. Exhibits and events include:

Outdoor art market, 4:30-7:30 p.m., with a group show from 6 to 9 p.m., Art Emergency, 721 E. Ninth St.

A unique look at familiar local landmarks at “ANNECREDIBLE Drawings of Lawrence” by Anne Patterson; also a pop-up jewelry event by Kansas City artist Manda Wylde; music from Alonzo Beardshear from 6-9 p.m. at Phoenix Gallery, 825 Massachusetts St.

“Lost and Found: Paintings by Jon Sloan: and music from Matthew Mulnix and Martin Farrell Jr., 5-9 p.m., Lucia Beer Garden + Grill, 1016 Massachusetts St.

Walt Ohnesorge’s artwork and other works by Indigenous artists, 6-9 p.m., Art Love Collective, 646 Vermont St.

Fally Afani’s “Community Faces in Special Places,” Lawrence Visitors Center, 812 Massachusetts St.

“Transferred Inspiration” highlighting art from the teen curatorial collective Hang12. Visitors may also see the annual art exhibit of Lawrence school district students. Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. (open until 9 p.m.)

Shawn Brackbill’s “American Lustre: Images from Music and Life” with music by Sweeping Promises and food truck by JB’s Tacos, 5-9 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

Sugarfoot Detour Final Fridays Outdoor Concert Series, 7 p.m., 901 Pennsylvania St.

• Mike Ford, director of the “We Are Munsee” cultural preservation project, will speak on “The Munsee Tribe in Kansas,” 7-8 p.m., Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Visitors may also see “From Then to Now: A Student History of Haskell Indian Nations University,” on exhibit through August on the second floor of the museum.

• The Lawrence Arts Center’s School of Theatre & Music presents the Spring Variety Showcase, featuring class performances in improv, theater, music, writing and more at 7 p.m. on the Lawrence Arts Center main stage, 940 New Hampshire St. A livestream will begin at 6:50 p.m.; see lawrencweartscenter.org for link. Audience members 21 and over can attend a post-show performance by Advanced Burlesque in the Black Box Theatre (limited to 50 guests).


• The Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, now in full swing at 824 New Hampshire St., runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• Early risers might also enjoy the Annual Baker Wetlands Bird Walk, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. Jayhawk Audubon Society’s Roger Boyd will lead the two-hour walk featuring the spring bird migration.

• Interested in sustainability and rural lifestyles? The Mother Earth News Fair will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. The event will feature dozens of workshops, nearly 100 exhibitors, garden tours, demonstrations, live music, food trucks and much more. Free admission includes several live presentations, access to all exhibitors, seed swap, garden tours and food trucks. Paid admission (available on site) gives access to extra programs and workshops. See motherearthnewsfair.com for a full program.

• The Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., continues its Plant Sale Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organic transplants and native flowers will be available for $5 per plant (buy 10 plants, get one free). Proceeds support Sunrise’s porch pantry, community garden and other projects.

• The Raven Book Store joins the Free State Festival and the Lawrence Arts Center Microcinema series to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with a screening of “Hello, Bookstore.” This film describes a story of community and entrepreneurship in pandemic times. Relevant books will be available for purchase, and a discussion will be held after the show. 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Tickets available at freestatefestival.org.

• The KU Music Scholarship Concert, 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, will feature the Combined Choirs and KU Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at lied.ku.edu.


• Friends of Raintree present their first annual Arty Party celebrating the art and culture of the Raintree Montessori School. The fundraiser will feature an arts and crafts fair, silent auction and raffle, live music and more. Suggested donation is $5. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day at the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St.

• As the second-oldest preschool co-op in the country, the Lawrence Community Nursery School, the “little red schoolhouse” at Seventh and Alabama, celebrates its 75th year with a Rockin’ Red Music Fest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in South Park. This free, family-friendly event will include a full music lineup, interactive percussion space, face painting, bubble ropes and much more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


• The Tuesday evening Farmers’ Market opens the 2023 season, from 4-6 p.m. at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Come celebrate Opening day with local produce, eggs, wine, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and more.


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