Upcoming events include theater, film, music, school rallies and more

photo by: Rochelle Valverde/Journal-World

Kids chant "save our schools" during a rally outside of district offices, 110 McDonald Dr., before the school board's meeting on Feb. 28, 2023.


• Assistance with food and rental applications will be available this weekend, noon-6 p.m., at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Walk-ins are welcome.

• The Seem-To-Be Players join forces with Americana Music Academy to present the Seem-To-Be Players Songbook Family Concert at 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center’s 10th & Mass Studios, 1000 Massachusetts St. Play and sing along as the group celebrates its album release of music from its heyday. Repeat performances Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon; ticket price is “pay what you can.” See more details at lawrenceartscenter.org.

• The PANTS Co. Women’s Department presents “30 Plays in 60 Minutes,” a rapid-fire production by the Lawrence chapter of the Pantomime and Nontraditional Theatre Society. General admission is $20 at the Black Box of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Tickets are available at the center or at lawrenceartscenter.org.


• The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association hosts the ELNA Yart Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at New York Elementary gymnasium, 936 New York St. Yard sale items, creations by local artists, live music, book fair and much more.

• A rally for those interested in keeping Broken Arrow Elementary School from being closed will be at the school, 2704 Louisiana St., at 9:30 a.m. A public hearing on the district’s plans for the school will be at 10 a.m. at the school. A similar rally will be at 1:30 p.m. at Pinckney Elementary; see below for details.

• Family-tree researchers are invited to attend “DNA for Genealogy Research” at 10 a.m., Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Come and learn about the DNA services offered by various companies with a focus on AncestryDNA. Workshop payment and registration required at www.watkinsmuseum.org.

• The monthly meeting of the Silent Book Club of Lawrence will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Z’s Divine Expresso, 2351 W. 31st St. The group is part of the global Silent Book Club, an organization dedicated to gathering to read together in quiet camaraderie. No assigned reading; just bring your current book.

• The public is welcome at the KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Women in Science. Hands-on activities will educate participants on streams, water quality, geology, atmospheric science, physics and astronomy, fossils, biodiversity and much more. This is a free, all-ages event.

• While you’re on campus, visit the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., where Art Cart will present “Clothing Clues” from 1 to 4 p.m. View portraits and learn how clothing, hairstyles and adornment can be informative in a work of art. All ages are welcome at this drop-in event.

• A family-friendly rally for those interested in saving Pinckney Elementary School will be at 1:30 p.m. at the school, 810 W Sixth St. A public hearing will be inside the school beginning at 2 p.m. Signs of support may be brought to the rally (but not brought inside for the hearing). People may sign up for the hearing’s public comment session by emailing PublicComment@usd497.org.

• Hundreds of local actors have worked with Mary Doveton during her career as founder and executive director of Theatre Lawrence, and thousands more have enjoyed productions at the theater. The public is invited to help celebrate her retirement with a program at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the theater, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.


• Teachers, children, scout leaders and crafters of all kinds, are you looking for “new to you” supplies and inspiration? Come to the Art & Craft Supply Thrift Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. Last year’s sale included craft kits, framing stock, beads, paint, notions, soap-making supplies and much more.

• Multicultural Story Time: Kazakhstan, 3:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., welcomes Dinara Rakhmatullayeva, a visiting scholar from Kazakhstan, who will read a couple of short Kazakh stories, including “The Mantis and the Swallow.” All ages are welcome.

• The Astronomy Associates of Lawrence will have a telescope observing event for the public at the Baker University Wetlands & Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. The sky-watching begins at 8 p.m, weather permitting.


• The “Gray Anatomy” series at the Lawrence Public Library presents “Endocrinology,” an informational talk from local health experts. Attend online and learn about changes related to aging. Registration at lawrence.bibliocommons.com.

• Film buffs are invited to a rare chance to see the Cannes 2022 Jury Prize winner and Academy Award nominee “EO,” a Science on Screen event, on the big screen at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 (free for Free State Film Society subscribers with advance registration). Tickets are available at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., as well as at the Liberty Hall box office on the day of the event.

• Jazz fans are welcome at a performance by the KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest world-renowned trombonist Michael Dease. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. Tickets are available at lied.ku.edu.


• The Watkins Museum of History hosts an online book talk at 7 p.m., “Victims and Varmints: Predator Control in the American West.” Historian Frank Van Nuys will speak on his book, which offers historical context for predator control policies ranging from eradication to recovery. See www.watkinsmuseum.org for more information.


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