Do you feel it – that itch for something new? That urge for the different, the quirky, the unknown? Are you pulled towards excitement, entertainment, and joy? It’s important to expand your mind and experience new things – whether you have to travel near or far to do so. Even the journey can be a new experience! Here in Lawrence, we like things to be a little quirky. We like to invite the unusual into our lives. If you’re interested in a little funky art here, live music there, and good times all around, then you just might want to make this Final Fridays a Final Weekend.
Ah, Friday. The only thing that makes you better is a plethora of artsy good times to be had. LOLA, a local art collective that organizes pop-up shops, will be at the Roost from 6 – 9 p.m. “Satellite Geo-Art,” a collection by Mike Houts featured at Essential Goods, will be on display starting at 5:00 p.m. Houts’ satellite imagery shows that a once-familiar landscape can become entirely unknown with a different perspective. Phoenix Gallery has quite the line-up for you this weekend- they will be exhibiting select signed intaglio pieces from Salvador Dali’s series Bestiaire de la Fontaine. They will also be showcasing local artists, as well as offering local fare from Wheatfields Bakery in their annual Breads and Spreads segment.
In a unique installation, you can experience art in between the floors of the Lawrence Arts Center. Matthew Lord has blended printmaking and performance with a surrealist flourish, and will be on hand to explain his work. This special project will only be at the Center Friday night at 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 – 4 p.m.
This Friday brings another installation spectacular, here for one night only. September 27 is Lawrence’s PARK(ing) Day, a collaboration of parks and recreation, art, architecture and design and social activism. Teams of people will be setting up art installations in parking spots along Massachusetts Street. Check out the event’s website for specific locations and more details.
Perhaps a live performance strikes your fancy. If so, you’ll want tickets to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at Theatre Lawrence. Catch it Friday or Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Maybe you’re looking for an educational, interactive event this evening. We would encourage you to stop by Sunflower Outdoor and Bike to enjoy Andrew Avery’s installment of the Humanities in the Wild; “Fashion or Gear?” Avery will explore how adventure stories have been used as marketing tactics to sell clothing and welcomes healthy discussion.
What’s the latest in East Lawrence, you ask? Lots of work on display by artists born and bred right here in Kansas. Aaron Morgan Brown, a Wichita native, will have works on display in his collection Theatrum Mundi at Cider Gallery Fine Art. You should also stop by to see The Proportions of Man at Tallgrass Studios, created by Lawrence native Margie Kuhn.
Swing by the Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday to take part in the Print Week Print Fair. There will be a huge variety of high-quality prints to view and purchase. There will also be live printmaking going on at 2:00 p.m. Check out the Center’s website for a full list of events going on during Print Week. If you have little ones that enjoy interactive experiences, you may want to purchase tickets to Spill, Squish, Crunch at the Art Center. It’s an interactive Sensory Laboratory that engages all five senses.
Do you desire an outdoor adventure? Join Natural Scientist Artist Sara Taliafero in her class, Capturing a Moment on the Prairie. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Free State High School, Taliafero will run the workshop and teach students how to use pencil and watercolor to capture the scenery.
Looking for some sensory experiences in the way of food? Au Marche is hosting an Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., complete with samples and discounts.