Hello, Lawrence admirer. Have you come to find out what July’s Final Weekend holds? This month I have a little bit of a different format for you here. A gift guide for the weekend, so to speak. As always, there is something special for everyone, whether that’s your four-legged friend or your biking enthusiast. Of course, the usual Final Friday antics will be available to you; the boutiques, galleries, bistros, stores will all welcome you into their air-conditioned arms. If you’re curious about what in particular you can find in our little artistic oasis, look no further. Read on to find the perfect weekend activity for the…
Art Critic: Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman at the Lawrence Arts Center
Friday, July 26, 5-9 PM
Lawrence Arts Center is presenting Jody Boyer’s Forest for the Series, as well as work created during time spent at Cedar Point Biological Station in Ogallala, Nebraska. CPBS is a biological research and education facility that offers an Artist in Residence program for artists who are interested in the collaboration of the arts and sciences. Russ Nordman is showing his two Combine series. One is a series of photographs of the Iowan landscape. The other focuses on the mechanics of historical vehicles, machinery and tools.
History Buff: Early African American Education in Lawrence exhibit at Watkins Museum of History
Friday, July 26, 5-9 PM
This Final Friday, join Watkins Museum and students from the University of Kansas for the grand opening of this special exhibit. Come learn the early history of African American education in Lawrence. While you’re there, check out the museum’s other exhibits. Admission is always free!
Internet Aficionado: Afternet exhibit at Cider Gallery Fine Art
Friday, July 26, 5-9 PM
If you read short stories set in a post-apocalypse world, love or conversely hate the internet, then make sure to stop by the Afternet exhibit Friday night. Yuri Zupancic, a Lawrence resident who now lives in Paris, will be returning home with a new body of work. Oil paintings, sculptures, drawings and video art exploring how technology and the internet permeates all aspects of our lives. There will also be relevant works by Zupancic’s artist friends.
Nature Enthusiast: Wild Rides in the Countryside at Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Co.
Friday, July 26, 6-8 PM
Sunflower Outdoor is hosting the new Humanities in the Wild event this Friday. Nathan Wood will be talking about the historical conflict between the countryside, bikes and cars. Join in on the discussion and enjoy refreshments provided by Free State Brewing Company.
Pet Lover: Lucky Dog Outfitters Harry Pawter Triwizard Tournament
Saturday, July 27, 10 AM-4 PM
Sunday, July 28, 12-4 PM
If you’re like my mother and can’t leave the house without your best friend, then Lucky Dog Outfitters annual Harry Pawter’s event is the perfect afternoon activity for you and your pup. This year, your dog will have the chance to compete in the Triwizard Tournament-complete with dragons, mermaids and a maze. Before the tournament begins, pets will be sorted into houses-so you can finally stop wondering whether your pup is more Hufflepuff than Slytherin. Tickets come with a free edible wand, coupon to Lucky Dog and tasty treats. You two can spend any weekend having a Harry Potter marathon-get out there and live it with Lucky Dogwart’s Outfitters!
Disney Fanatic: Frozen Jr., Theatre Lawrence
Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 28, 2:30 PM
Do you have a Disney fanatic in your house? What about an Elsa or Anna costume? Does your family know all the words to the Frozen soundtrack? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you will not want to miss Theatre Lawrence’s Disney Frozen Jr. This performance includes all of your favorite songs from the movie and five new songs written just for the Broadway production. This is the only weekend you can catch this special performance- see it Friday or Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. matinee.
Plant Mom: Meadowlark Ink watercolor workshop at Jungle House Goods
Sunday, July 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
The talented Heather of Meadowlark Ink is teaming up with Jungle House Goods to deliver a lovely Sunday afternoon experience. Come sit amongst the plants and learn to paint some green beauties in watercolor. Heather is a wonderful teacher and Jungle House Goods is the perfect setting for a peaceful painting session. You will leave with a watercolor set you can use for future painting, a final houseplant painting, a small houseplant courtesy of Jungle House Goods, and a few surprises. This is truly the perfect match-get your tickets on the Meadowlark Ink website before they sell out!
Gnomie: Minigardens at Prairie Park Nature Center
Sunday, July 28, 2-4 PM
When I was a kid, my family had a small cabin in the pines that we would spend the entire summer in. I would craft fairy houses for hours-there was always the perfect tree stump for a village, or flower for a cozy bed. This Sunday, you can build your own mini fairy land or gnome neighborhood at Prairie Park Nature Center. You are supplied with a container, soil, plants and decorations and from there, you can let your imagination run wild!