Upcoming events include Final Friday, music, theater, queer prom, Ira Glass and more

photo by: Shawn Valverde

Natalie Crandall, left, as Jean and Ryan Hamlin, right, as Gordon perform at a dress rehearsal of "Dead Man's Cell Phone," directed by Piet Knetsch, at Theatre Lawrence on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.


• The 10th annual Lawrence Restaurant Week continues through Jan. 28. See LawrenceRestaurantWeek.com for special menus.

• The Final Friday Art Walk includes:

Parks and Green Spaces art collective, local parks artwork, 5-8 p.m., Great Blue Heron Outdoors, 823 Massachusetts St.

The work of retired KU rowing coach Rob Catloth and “Best of Baltimore” animation artist Wyatt Carson, 5-9 p.m., Edward Jones, 888 New Hampshire St.

“Music Through the Lens,” Chris Ortiz, documentary photography of the live music industry, 5-9 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

Acrylic painter Brandt Minden, 6-9 p.m., Art Love Collective, 646 Vermont St.

Phoenix Gallery Staff: A Group Exhibition, 6-9 p.m., Phoenix Underground, 825 Massachusetts St.

LHS Student Show, 6-9 p.m., SeedCo Studios, 840 Delaware St., No. 7.

“Synthesis,” mixed media art by Hollie Blakeney, Eagle’s Rest, 815 Massachusetts St.

• AUMI Jam, 4:30-6 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St. KU Inter-Arts presents a jam session using Adaptive Use Musical Instruments software.

• “Where Wesley Walks: Theatre & Dance for the Very Young,” 6 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. All ages welcome; created specifically for children ages 2 to 6; tickets at lawrenceartscenter.org. Repeat performances Jan. 27-28.

• Cinema a Go-Go: “Horror of Party Beach” (1964) and “The Monster of Piedras Blancas” (1959), doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Tickets $12 at the door.

• “Organic Virtuosity” featuring organist Kalle Toivio, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Center, 1631 Crescent Road.

• “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive. (Running through Jan. 28; see theatrelawrence.com for ticket information.)


• Annual pancake fundraiser, 7-10 a.m., Stull Community of Faith, 1596 East 250 Road.

• Educate Lawrence’s Legislative Preview Forum, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Public school advocates will speak on issues expected to be addressed by the Legislature this year.

• Kaw Valley Fiber Guild: Fiber Day, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Art Love Collective, 616 Vermont St.

• Art Cart: Kansas Day, 1-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St. Free, drop-in art creation event for all ages.

• Grassland Heritage Foundation and Native Lands Restoration Collaborative: Prairie Seeding at Prairie Park, 2 p.m., 2811 Kensington Drive. All ages; dress for the weather; RSVP to grasslandheritage.org.

• “Navigating Financial Aid,” 2-4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Advice on financial aid for college and vocational schools. Registration required; see lplks.org.

• “Bright Lights Winter Nights,” 6 p.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. A winter runway show with food, cash bar, DJ. Tickets $30 general admission, $50 VIP, at eventbrite.com.

• Lawrence Pride: Queer Prom 2024, 7-11:30 p.m., Venue 1235, 1235 N. Third St. Ages 16+, donation and ticket information at lawrencekspride.com/events.

• Lawrence Community Orchestra: Baroque by Candlelight: A Tour of Italy, 7:30 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St., tickets at lawrenceorchestra.org.

• “Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass,” 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.


• Free Teen Drop-In Studio, 1-3:30 p.m., Studio 212, Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Free for teens; see lawrenceartscenter.org for sign-up.

• Kansas Sugarbush Field Trip, 1-4 p.m., Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. Learn to make syrup with native Kansas trees. $40 per person. See Lawrence Parks & Recreation for tickets.

• Lawrence Barn Dance Association’s Family Dance, 2-4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Live music led by Steve Mason; caller Jill Allen. Suggested donation $5 per person, $15 per family.

• Astronomy Associates of Lawrence: Public Telescope Viewing, 8 p.m., Baker University Wetlands & Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. Free and open to the public, weather permitting.


• Discovery with Dole: Celebrate Kansas Day, Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive. See doleinstitute.org for details.

• Lawrence Art Guild Association: “Applying to Art Fairs,” 6:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Free informational workshop; repeat of Jan. 22 program.


• Chloe Chun Seim: CHURN Book Launch, 6-8 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center Gallery, 940 New Hampshire St. Free admission.

• “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star!” chamber music recital, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St. Free admission; donations for the musicians appreciated.

• Cicada Open Mic, 7-9 p.m., Art Love Collective, 646 Vermont St. Free and open to the public.


• Cottin’s Hardware Farmer’s Market: Indoors, 4 p.m., 1832 Massachusetts St.

• Randal Jelks, “‘We Want an America That Will Be Ours’: Langston Hughes’ Dream of Democracy,” 4 p.m., Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Reception and book-signing follow.

• Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center Gallery, 940 New Hampshire St. Awards ceremony and readings from each winning author, followed by a reception with cake and wine.


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