On tap this weekend: theater, Kansas Day, music, sports and more

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The Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, at the University of Kansas is pictured March 12, 2020.


• “The Lifespan of a Fact” explores the conflicts of a fact-checker and the author of an essay intended to save a sinking magazine. The play continues its run at Theatre Lawrence this weekend, with performances tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at 4660 Bauer Farm Drive. See theatrelawrence.com for tickets.


• It’s Work Day at the ECM. KU’s Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., needs some assistance in making a welcoming space for the semester’s events. Volunteers are invited to come help organize, clean and paint. Come and go between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; no need to bring any supplies. Participants can just show up, or register for the event at https://dash.pointapp.org/events/33972?fbclid=IwAR3wKqJQUT8jeO6vjGu6g9738v5SW_EfhZ-MjIU-QMPxzNY64Lhwe74vgUE.

• Kansas Day is celebrated Jan. 24 – Feb. 5 at “Discover with Dole” at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive. Enjoy the sunflowers, make your own Kansas postcard and explore state symbols with crafts and coloring. Free and open to the public; hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays).

• A Celebration of William Stafford: Living a Poetic Life will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. The Writers Place invites members of the public to this drop-in event featuring original readings from local authors. Stafford was a noted poet who was born in Hutchinson; he died in 1993.

• Got some winter blues? Get a head start on springtime at the Grassland Heritage Foundation’s Seed Cleaning Party today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the KU Field Station Armitage Education Center, 350 Wild Horse Road. The foundation collects seeds in the fall and prepares them for grassland restoration work. Come learn about the process and join in the work; no experience is required. Snacks and warm cider will be available. All ages are welcome. For more info and to RSVP, visit www.grasslandheritage.org/prairiepark.

• Middle and high-school students are invited to the free Game Night for Teens, 6-10 p.m., Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Suite E. Wings from Jefferson’s, pizza from Papa Keno’s and bubble tea will be served. A selection of video games, board games and KU basketball on TV will be available.

• Speaking of KU basketball, the game against Kentucky will be carried on many screens around town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

• Featuring string jazz from the 30s and 40s in the style of Django Reinhardt, Mire Pral will play from 7 to 9 p.m. at S&S Artisan Pub & Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St.


• Happy Kansas Day! All ages are welcome at Natural Symbols of Kansas, 1:30 p.m., Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. Enrollment not required for this free event.

• Continue your Kansas Day online or in person at “John Brown and Lane, Kansas,” a presentation by Grady Atwater, site administrator for the John Brown Museum State Historic Site in Osawatomie. Atwater will present the story of the Pottawatomie Massacre, an 1856 raid against proslavery settlers near Lane, Kansas. The presentation, free and open to the public, is part of the Franklin County Historical Society’s 86th annual meeting, which will open at 2 p.m. with a short intermission before Atwater’s presentation at 2:30. Guests can attend in person at the FCHS Archives and Research Center, 2011 East Logan Street in Ottawa, or online via Zoom (registration required) or Facebook Live. See https://www.olddepotmuseum.org/january-29-john-brown-and-lane-kansas-subject-of-86th-annual-fchs-meeting-presentation/ for more information and links.

• The regularly scheduled Sunrise Cafe Pop-Up takes place today, 3-5:30 p.m., at the Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave., Ste. E. All are invited to this drop-in event for some warm drinks, snacks and socializing. No purchase necessary; financial donations welcome.

• Chiefs fans need no reminding that Kansas City takes on the Bengals at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on screens across Lawrence; stop in at your favorite sports bar and cheer them on.

• In consideration for Chiefs fans, singer-songwriter Matt the Electrician, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., has delayed his showtime. Billy Ebeling will open for him at 9 p.m., and Matt will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. See www.eventbrite.com for tickets; only 125 will be sold. Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

• Weather permitting, the Astronomy Associates of Lawrence will hold a public telescope observing, 8-9 p.m. at Baker University Wetlands, 1365 North 1250 Road. AAL members will observe the night sky and attempt to view the green comet known as C/2022 E3 (ZTF) during this free event.


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