Come down and catch all the Final Friday’s action with us! I’ve said it before and I will say it again: there is something special about the energy in Lawrence on a Friday night. One of my favorite things to do is walk downtown Massachusetts Street when the people are out and about, the storefronts are welcoming and the art is beckoning. It is truly a wonderful thing to have access to so many different creative outlets and local artists, and to enjoy it all with like-minded people. Whether you are here for photography, ceramics, or maybe even your favorite appetizer at a local bistro, chances are you aren’t alone. Just because you don’t live somewhere doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the community. Lawrence is an amazing place to visit because of how easily the little town makes you feel like you belong. Lawrence has an incredible, welcoming community of artists, art-lovers, food enthusiasts, poetry-readers, short-story crafters, beer brewers…the list goes on. No matter if you came from across the country or down the street, this place will feel like home.
This Friday, make sure to stop by for LFK Pride at the Percolator. They will have an exhibit of queer artists premiering this Friday that will then be up for the next month. Tallgrass Studios will be featuring watercolors by Donna McCain, who was born and raised in Kansas and gets inspiration from her home state’s landscape. You will have the chance to experience some never-before-seen abstracts that McCain is introducing. Cider Gallery will have exhibits by Michael McCaffery and Kyle Goddard, two very well-educated and experienced painters. If you’re interested in some delectable cuisine to go along with your art, stop by Lark A’Fare. They will have live music and several artists showing work on their back patio. If history or aviation interests you, then the new exhibit at Watkins Museum of History should be on your list. The Great Planes: Air Travel and Lawrence explores the history of aviation.
The Lawrence Arts Center will have three exciting exhibits debuting this Friday. Nate Ditzler’s work, Domestic Perseverance, will be on display as the culmination of his time as the 2018-19 Ceramics Artist-In-Resident at the Lawrence Arts Center. Ditzler examines and brings light and humour to the little, everyday things that are sometimes forgotten. He uses a combination of handmade and slip cast ceramic forms, as well as mixed-media elements and even found objects. Ditzler’s work is thoughtful, lighthearted and philosophical. You will also have the chance to view pieces from Rachel Trusty’s Friends and Lovers in her exhibit Summer Crush. Lesbian relationships are historically underrepresented in art and often relabeled or even ignored to make others feel more comfortable. Trusty’s work shows relationships between women that are to be interpreted by the viewer, as the name of the body of work suggests. For a mixture of elements and artists, make sure to see (Sub)Urban Sprawl, an exploration of modern living environments.
Saturday evening, The Granada will be hosting the 5th Annual Girls Rock Lawrence Showcase. Girls Rock! Lawrence hosts a camp every summer for girls and trans youth to express themselves through musical exploration and performance. The showcase not only allows the campers to perform after their week of workshop, but the proceeds also help the organization. It is a wonderful event that is sure to bring some smiles.
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Brunch is to Sunday as Final Friday’s are to Friday. It just makes sense. Lark A’Fare is celebrating Pride with Drag Brunch and Bingo. The proceeds of this event also support Girls Rock! Lawrence. Make sure to try the Pride-inspired cocktail-$2 from the drink supports the LGBTQA+ community.