An opera, a talent show, an acclaimed film and more events in Lawrence this weekend

This weekend’s local events include a screening of an award-winning film, an Italian opera at the University of Kansas and many more fun shows on the stage and screen. In addition to the events listed here, don’t miss out on Lawrence Restaurant Week, which runs through Jan. 29 and will feature special dishes and menus at more than 40 local restaurants.


• The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., is hosting a music sale this weekend, featuring a collection of thousands of rare and hard-to-find recordings in a wide variety of genres. Kansas Audio-Reader will also be selling audio equipment and vinyl records. The sale’s hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

• Two cheesy lucha libre movies will screen tonight at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The double feature begins with 1963’s “Santo in the Wax Museum,” followed by 2008’s “Academy of Doom,” starring several famous luchadores and filmed in Columbia, Missouri. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the screening starts at 7 p.m.; a luchador mask giveaway will be held at intermission. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

• Cannes Film Festival Jury Winner “Memoria” screens at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Liberty Hall. The venue’s website describes the film as a traveling art exhibit that plays only in one location at any given time. The screening is sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center’s Microcinema Series and the Free State Festival, and a conversation will be held after the movie at RPG, 724 Massachusetts St. Visit for ticket information.

• KU Opera presents Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive. Additional performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Supertitles will be available with an English translation, and an informative talk will be given 45 minutes before each performance. Ticket information can be found at

• “The Lifespan of a Fact” opens at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive. The play, about an author and a fact checker struggling over a controversial essay, will run on weekends through Jan. 29; see for details and ticket information.


• Lawrence Barn Dance Association will hold a contra dance at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway. A free lesson for beginners will start at 7 p.m., and the dance begins at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome; see for more information and admission prices.


• The Lawrence Schools Foundation and the Lied Center will present the seventh annual “Ovation!” talent show, featuring performers from middle and high schools in the Lawrence school district. It starts at 7 p.m. on the main stage of the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive; tickets are available at


• People with questions about aging family members might want to attend “So, You Have an Aging Parent: 101” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. The presentation will cover common questions and issues and offer other resources that people can pursue. There is a $5 suggested donation, and pizza will be provided. Registration is required; visit to sign up.

• Auditions for “Murder on the Orient Express” will be held at 7 p.m. at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive. Appointments must be scheduled in advance; video auditions may also be submitted. See for audition forms and a list of available roles.


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