Art in the Park, St. John’s Oktoberfest and other Lawrence events this weekend | News, Sports, Work

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The Festhaus-Musikanten band entertains the crowds at the Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish.

It’s an eventful weekend in Lawrence, with book launches, historical reminiscences, live theater, free music lessons, two days of art in the park, St. John’s Oktoberfest, Haskell’s fall powwow and more:

September 22

• Raven Book Store’s 35th anniversary celebration continues with a book launch of the second edition of “How to Resist Amazon and Why” by Raven owner Danny Caine. The event is from 7 to 10 pm at the bookstore, 809 Massachusetts St. Mask and proof of COVID vaccination required.

• Another book discussion will be held at the Lawrence Public Library with drummer/record executive Nabil Ayers, who will talk about his memoir, “My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family.” This event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the library, 707 Vermont St., and is co-sponsored by the KU School of Music and the Departments of American Studies and African and African American Studies. Books will be available for purchase. The event will also be streamed. a link is available at

September 23

• The Watkins History Museum will host a commemoration of the February Sisters, a group of women who occupied a KU building in February 1972 to advocate for changes in policies affecting female faculty, students and staff. Readings and discussions will take place in person from 7 to 8 p.m. at the museum, 1047 Massachusetts St., as well as via live stream on the museum’s social media pages.

• Just Food and the Free State Festival are co-sponsoring a screening of “Food for the Rest of Us,” a documentary about farmers, gardeners and other food producers in Hawaii, Kansas City, Colorado and the Arctic coast. The screening is from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Lawrence Arts Center’s 10th and Mass Studios, 1000 Massachusetts St., Suite D. A discussion about the film will follow. Admission is $10.

• The musical “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Theater Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, and runs through Oct. 2. For full program and ticket information, visit the theater’s website.

September 24

• The Lawrence Art Guild is celebrating 60 years of its public art exhibitions, which were first held indoors in 1962 and then moved outdoors and renamed “Art in the Park” in 1964. These days, the event usually attracts more than 100 artists from across the nation. This year’s event will take place from 10am. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Also expect live music and food vendors.

• Housing nonprofit Tenants to Homeowners will hold its annual fundraising event, starting with a 9 a.m. Fun Run 5k. and continuing with live music, refreshments and a bouncy house from 10am. until 5 p.m. at 704 Beatnik Court. Check out the nonprofit’s social media pages to register for the run and for other event details.

• Guitar and ukulele players of all skill levels are invited to register for free lessons in a workshop offered in memory of Lawrence musician John Jervis. Classes will be held at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. register at for a period of time.

• Haskell Indian Nations University is hosting its Fall Welcome Back Pow-Wow today at the Haskell Powwow Grounds, 2535 West Perimeter Road. The Pumpkin Dance will begin at 2pm and the Grand Entrance is at 6pm

• Celebrate World Bollywood Day at the Lawrence Public Library. A screening of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ will be held at 2 pm. in the library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

• Visitors can enjoy German food, beer, music and dancing at St. John’s Oktoberfest from 4-10 p.m. at 1234 Kentucky St. The menu includes bratwurst, schnitzel, bierocks, cabbage rolls and more. The church will also hold a polka service at 4:30 p.m

September 25

• Weather permitting, Astronomy Associates of Lawrence will offer telescope viewing tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road.

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