Ah, April. It is officially as springy as it can get here in Lawrence. March Madness is a thing of the past and hopefully, so is the snow. Spring is commonly associated with growth and new life, the unfurling of curled branches and the awakening of the senses yet again. It can be the perfect time to clean house and store away those winter boots, but also to stretch your creative muscles and spark inspiration in your daily life. As a writer, I find that being exposed to new music, art, books, or people does wonders for my inspiration and work. These things breathe a freshness into my normal routine, too. I think everyone can benefit from a little art every now and again (or a lot of art, always).
This month’s Final Weekend is the perfect concoction of creativity and expression. Between the usual Friday festivities and Saturday’s theater performances and bookstore celebrations, your enthusiasm and joy are sure to skyrocket. Sunday has even been deemed an actual Day of Creativity (I’d be lying if I said that did not solidify my focus of this blog post).
Friday evening is host to the usuals: shows at the Percolator, Lawrence Arts Center, and the numerous galleries downtown and in East Lawrence. There seems to be something in the air this weekend, though, because there is also an abundance of theater performances. Lawrence Ballet Theatre is performing their show Emergence Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Lawrence Arts Center. The show will include excerpts from Raymonda, as well as three contemporary pieces by guest choreographers that will “challenge and entertain” the audience. If that doesn’t sound like a window to creativity, then I don’t know what is.
Coming soon to KU Theatre… Spring Awakening. In this pulse-pounding rock musical adapted from a controversial 1891 play, young men and women struggle to define themselves within a repressive culture. A smash hit on Broadway and winner of 8 Tony Awards, Spring Awakening will resonate with the adolescent within all of us. Tickets on sale now. For more info, see the link in our bio.
KU Theatre has a performance this weekend as well; Spring Awakening will show Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The show has been on Broadway and has won eight Tony Awards. It is based on the play from Frank Wedekind and is about young people trying to express and define themselves in a repressive culture. Expression! Identity! Creativity! Do you sense the common thread here, too?
And to round out the theater trio, Theatre Lawrence will be putting on The Glass Menagerie every day of the weekend, too. This play about a single mother and her two grown children is what launched Tennessee Williams into fame. Take your pick, people-ballet, raucous rock musical, or poetic classic.
What will you do between performances, you ask? Head to Potter’s Lake on KU’s campus for a Holi celebration on Saturday. The Festival of Colors is a great excuse to cover yourself in colorful powder and dance around. The celebration is completely free, kid-friendly, and open to all. If you’re looking for something that does not require covering your car seats in protective plastic and changing clothes, consider patroning the Raven Book Store. Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day and the Raven is a town favorite. There will be discounts, treats, music and, if you’re lucky, balloons. I enjoy the Raven because of the staff recommendations and reviews you can find handwritten around the store. Reunite with an old favorite or pick up something new to spark your interest and expand your mind. That is what this weekend is all about, after all.
End your weekend on a high note and open the door to creativity with the Day of Creativity on Sunday afternoon, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. KU’s Spencer Museum of Art and Natural History Museum are collaborating on this event to bring you demonstrations, performances, and hands-on activities. The idea is to connect and explore art, science, people, and the plant world. Both museums will be open and engaging in the event, just waiting to round out your weekend of creativity, education and inspiration.
Kate is a recent KU graduate and perpetual lover of words, details, and Jayhawk basketball. She is using her English degree to write both creatively and strategically. You can find more of her work on her blog, A Story By Me.