Upcoming events include Final Friday, music, genealogy, basketball and an orchestra from Ukraine


• Final Friday is here, and Watkins Museum of History will be open special hours, 6-8 p.m., for visitors to explore the new exhibit “From Then to Now: A Student History of Haskell Indian Nations University.” At 7 p.m., Watkins exhibit curators will join Haskell Cultural Center’s Travis Campbell for a discussion of the items on display.

• Friday evening’s art walk also includes the following exhibits and events:

•”Soft Science” – works by Twiggy Baden, Matthew Willie Garcia and Paulina Otero, 6-9 p.m., SeedCo Studios, 840 Delaware, No. 7.

•12″x12″ Group Show and Tintype Pop-Up, 5-9 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

•”Confronted by Truth” by Susan K. Theroff, 6-9 p.m., Phoenix Gallery, 825 Massachusetts St.

•RadLab! DIY Youth Creative RISO Workshops Exhibition, 5-7 p.m., Lucia Beer Garden and Grill, 1016 Massachusetts St.

•Works of Duc M. Tran, 5 p.m., Latchkey Deli, 1035 Massachusetts St.

•”View from the Edge of Space-Time” by Matthew Willie Garcia, 6-9 p.m., The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St.

• On stage at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., at 7 p.m. is the opening of “School of Rock the Musical,” based on the film with a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show continues through next weekend; see lawrenceartscenter.org for tickets and curtain times. It’s also the final weekend of the current Lawrence Arts Center exhibits including Kevin Kelly’s “Brick-a-Brac,” Javy Ortiz’ “FRGMNTS,” Molly Murphy’s “Shelter,” and the Edible Ink Sale in the lower lobby.

• Several tickets still remain for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, appearing in concert at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Doors for this all-ages event open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets at libertyhall.net.


• The Watkins Museum of History is presenting its introductory-level class “Researching Your German Ancestors,” 10 a.m.-noon, 1047 Massachusetts St. Staff will cover research basics as well as specific challenges of shifting geopolitical boundaries, terminology and reading old script. The fee is $15 for Watkins members, $25 for general public; see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/researching-your-german-ancestors-part-1-tickets-534602168477 for details.

• The Indigenous Community Center presents Self Care Pop-Up at Haskell Light, 137 Pawnee Ave., from noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend and sample new foods and beverages supplied by local Indigenous-owned businesses.

• Basketball fans are invited to “Ball at the Hall” to see KU take on West Virginia at 3 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Free entry; all ages (with supervision), no outside food or drink.

• In conjunction with the opening of the Seed Library, join local growers for information on Community Supported Agriculture at CSA Meet and Greet, 1-3 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Meet the farmers, pick up some free seeds and explore opportunities to sign up for a CSA for this season’s fresh, locally grown produce.

• Ticketholders are invited to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Emerald City Charity Auction,” for the benefit of Cantemos Youth Chorale, O’Connell Children’s Shelter and Sunrise Project. Doors 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., live auction 7 p.m. Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St. Registration and tickets at https://lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com/auction.html.


• On the heels of Valentine’s Day, Venue 1235 presents its Lawrence Wedding Expo, 1-4 p.m., 1235 North Third St. Engaged couples are invited to register at www.venue1235.com/expo.

• The Bleeding Kansas Program Series offers “Steamboats on the Kansas River,” a presentation by Kendall G. Gott, author and retired senior professor from the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, at 2 p.m., Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 319 Elmore St., Lecompton. Suggested donation $3 for adults.

• The public is invited to the monthly meeting of the Astronomy Associates of Lawrence, 7 p.m. at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. The award-winning documentary “Good Night Oppy” will be shown. If weather permits, stargazing will follow.


• The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. The program will include works by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvořák. Vladyslava Luchenko will be the violin soloist for Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. See available seating and ticket information at lied.ku.edu.


• The Raven Book Store invites the public to a poetry reading featuring writer and visual artist Courtney Faye Taylor in conversation with Mercedes Lucero, at 7 p.m., 809 Massachusetts St. Participants are asked to wear face masks.

• “Ball at the Hall” once again opens up Liberty Hall for free-admission viewing of the KU men’s basketball team, this time taking on Texas Tech at 8 p.m. Come see the game on the big screen.


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