Upcoming events include film, theater, model railroad show, music and more
• Tickets are available for the 14th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the U.S. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Friends of the Kaw. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the films begin at 7 p.m.; see the program at https://kansasriver.org/wsff/. Tickets can be purchased at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., or at libertyhall.net.
• It’s the final weekend for “School of Rock The Musical” at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Based on the popular movie with a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show follows the transformation of a straight-A classroom into an energetic rock band. Shows are tonight at 7 and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. See lawrenceartscenter.org for tickets.
• Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” opens tonight at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, and continues through March 12. See theatrelawrence.com for curtain times and ticket information for this Hercule Poirot mystery.
• The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee invites runners to the 34th annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K and 10K, beginning at Johnny’s North, 401 N. Second St., at 9 a.m. Wear green and join participants for an Irish breakfast and pancake feed following the run. Register at lawrencestpatricksday.com.
• Model railroad fans are invited to the 2023 Lawrence Model Train Show at Crown Toyota of Lawrence, 3430 Iowa St. The two-day show, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 3 p.m. Sunday, will feature layouts in HO, N and O scales, vendors, information and a food truck. Admission $8 at the door for adults; children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Bring a canned food donation and receive a $2 discount on your admission.
• A group of local artists will display and sell their artwork at the first-ever Fruit Stand Art Market, noon-4 p.m., at the ECM Building, 1204 Oread Ave. Food and drinks will be available.
• Join staff from the Spencer Museum of Art at “Level Up! An Art Party for All,” noon-5 p.m. at the museum, 1301 Mississippi St. Come and see the updates made to the upper-level collection galleries improving accessibility and exhibiting more diverse artwork. Creative activities, performances and refreshments will be available. Parking is free behind the museum and on Mississippi Street.
• Audiophiles are welcome to browse and buy at the Audio Sale, 1-3 p.m., hosted by the Audio Reader Network. Sales of gently used vinyl records and audio equipment will benefit the organization’s mission of “sharing the gift of sight through sound,” 1120 W. 11th St.
• The Lawrence Community Orchard welcomes volunteers for a Work Day, 1-4 p.m., 830 Garfield St. The LCO is expanding this year. Bring your family and friends and put in an afternoon outdoors. Email email@example.com for more details.
• Celebrate March Madness by joining your fellow Jayhawk fans at “Ball at the Hall,” a free screening of the KU vs. Texas basketball game on the big screen at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The game starts at 3 p.m.; entry is free and concessions are available for purchase.
• The Restoring Our Landscapes Community Group meets 11 a.m.-noon in Meeting Room A at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. This group builds connections between people interested in native plants and restoration ecology for both large and small outdoor spaces.
• Students from the string department at KU School of Music will perform at “Music at your Library,” 1-2 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The concert is free and open to the public.
• The KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies presents the CREES Spring Festival, 4-7 p.m., at the ECM Building, 1204 Oread Ave. There’ll be food, crafts and live music as well as an information booth from the Czech/Slovak Club of Kansas City.
• Local organist Tandy Reussner continues her “Pulling Out All the Stops” concert series with a recital at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. The performance, the Kansas Classics Pep Rally, will benefit Bert Nash. See www.tandyreussner.com for details.
• Carswell & Hope’s annual “Songs from Ireland” event returns to Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this 7 p.m. all-ages show featuring Carswell & Hope, Damian McCarthy, Ashley Davis and the Kansas City Irish Dance Company. Tickets at libertyhall.net.
• Classical violin meets hip-hop as The Black Violin Experience returns to the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, at 7:30 p.m. See lied.ku.edu for tickets.
• All ages are welcome at the St. Patrick’s Day Céili Party at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Celebrate the upcoming holiday with a free Irish step dance performance and participate in other group activities. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the library auditorium.
• Originally from Lviv, Ukraine, Oleksandra Wallo presents “How Russia’s War is Changing Ukraine” at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Wallo’s talk will address demographic, economic and political changes as well as issues of language, national identity and culture. This “Perspectives on Ukraine” event is free and open to the public.
• What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and how do they both differ from ordinary forgetfulness? The Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America chapter will give a presentation on these topics, including disease stages, risk factors and current research, 6-7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Questions are welcome at this event, which is open to the public. Register to reserve your spot at https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/ResourceView/Index?id=2811086&profileDefinitionId=93.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
• Curious about the recording studio at Lawrence Public Library? Come join staff for a free tour and learn about booking a session at “SOUND + VISION Basics,” 4:30-5:30 p.m. The tour will cover recording equipment, audiovisual software and more. The studio is on the lower level of the library, 707 Vermont St.