You know Lawrence-it’s kind of a quirky place. We’ve got sports and music and coffee and history. We’ve got artists and poets and activists and gardeners. We’ve got a little bit of everything you didn’t even know you needed. September’s last weekend is sure to be a good one. Lawrence is putting its quirkiest foot forward for you with a variety of adventures for you to take, from basketball sneak-speaks to free concerts. Read on to see how you can fill your final weekend with some classic Lawrence fare.
Yes, people-it’s here. Mark your calendars, because Late Night in the Phog is set for September 28th. Late Night is a great way to snag a seat in Allen Fieldhouse and enjoy an evening of basketball and entertainment without the normal season price. You get a preview of the men’s and women’s basketball team’s skills, but my favorite part is all the singing, dancing, and silliness of the night’s performances. It’s not every day you get to see a member of the basketball team play the piano or complete a choreographed dance in a tuxedo. Late Night starts at 6:30 pm Friday night, and you can bet that people will be waiting outside Allen Fieldhouse all day long to secure a spot in line. If you don’t have that kind of patience (or don’t care about basketball, or would rather grab a drink and catch some cool art), then we’ve got you covered, too.
You can drop your sports fans outside the Fieldhouse and head straight for Lawrence’s Final Fridays. There are drink specials and art showcases galore. Meander down Massachusetts Street and stop in all the open doors you see-galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and more. The Lawrence Arts Center will be hosting a Final Friday’s reception from 5-9 pm for Brett Kern’s exhibit Won’t Get Fooled Again, and will also be opening The Image & The Vessel – A Survey of Contemporary Art exhibit. The Lawrence Public Library will be hosting Sound + Vision Session #3, an after-hours concert that is free to the public and showcases local artists. This Friday, Hypermortal and CS Luxem will be performing. You can preview their music from the library’s website concert page. Both bands have a super cool combination of instrumentals and vocals.
If you’re feeling like you could eat 21 tacos very quickly, head over to Lucia Beer Garden and Grill for their September Taco Eating Contest. If you feel like you need a rematch, don’t worry-it’s kind of an ongoing thing. Go back the next night, or maybe the next, once you’ve digested a little.
This time of year, football tends to gets all the hype. This weekend, consider supporting a different team-the University of Kansas’s women’s soccer team. The ladies will be playing against Iowa State at Rock Chalk Park on Saturday at 7:00 pm. At only $10 for adults and $8 for youth, tickets are a steal. If you aren’t convinced yet, let me put the cherry on top for you: this game is also Bark at the Park. Dogs are admitted for free with a donation to the Lawrence Humane Society, and if you’re lucky, your four-footed friend might get a free bandana, too. The team has secured some good wins already this year, and if you’ve never been to a soccer game, this could be the perfect introduction.
On Sunday, bring a picnic or peruse the food trucks at the Backyard Bash in Marvin Grove, behind the Spencer Art Museum. You won’t want to miss the premiere of Groove in the Grove, a hip-hop performance danced by KU and Lawrence dancers, or CHIPKO, a series of sculptures and sound installations. Both were commissioned for Art in the Grove and are sure to bring some fun to the “biggest backyard on campus.” I have always loved spending time under the canopy of trees below the hill, and anything the Spencer puts on is sure to be a hit. Backyard Bash is the perfect way to see a bit of campus, enjoy the beautiful Martin’s Grove, and experience some unique artistic expression. Oh, and eat. You can’t forget that!
Check out all the events at this month’s Final Fridays.
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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.