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January 2018

Time-Shift Paradox. A solo exhibition by Justin Marable

January 12 @ 9:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm

January 12 – February 24 INSIGHT Art Talk: January 22  |  7 pm OPENING RECEPTION: January 12, 7-9pm  |  FINAL FRIDAY RECEPTION: January 26, 5-9pm, February 23, 5-9pm. Artist, Justin Marable in his newest body of work asks, “what if we explored time together in search of a deeper sense of our collective selves?  Could we rewrite both present and future by dipping into the past?”  This immersive installation is focused on time travelers who intercede in a variety of…



January 25 @ 7:30 pm - January 28 @ 3:00 pm

January 25, 26, 27 | 7:30pm January 28 | 3pm $10 Suggested Donation StormDoor Productions and EMU Theatre present the play Bent. Bent is the story of gays swept up in the Nazi Holocaust. The play opens with the dissolute playboy Max and his gentle boyfriend, Rudy, discussing the wild scene that Max had been part of the night before. Little did they know that night was also the infamous Night of the Long Knives, in which Hitler targeted his…


FINAL FRIDAY exhibitions & performing arts

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Final Friday for a reception for Time-Shift Paradox, an installation by Justin Marable and stay for the StormDoor Productions and EMU Theatre presentation of Bent.


The Cat Came Back

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mesner Puppet Theatre is back to benefit the Lawrence Arts Center’s Preschool/Kindergarten scholarship fund! Based on the folk song made popular by Fred Penner, this performance tells the tale of Mister Johnson and a mysterious cat who keeps returning to his doorstep. Mister Johnson tries everything he can to get the cat to go away, from giving her to a pilot to sending her into outer space. The cat, however, keeps coming back! $10 adults, $7 child Students enrolled in…

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SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION: Lawrence Dance Intensive

January 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to audition time. Registration for the Saturday, January 27 Scholarship Audition is now OPEN - click here to complete our online application form. Dancers seeking a merit scholarship should attend a scholarship audition or submit an audition via video link. Only partial scholarships will be awarded. A collaboration between the Lawrence Arts Center and the University of Kansas Department Of Theatre and Dance, this two-week ballet intensive provides dancers with world class instruction by accomplished…



Free State Festival Film Screening: Big Sonia

January 27 @ 4:00 pm

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival presents a screening of the new documentary, Big Sonia. In the last store in a defunct shopping mall in Kansas City, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to…

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February 2018

Langston Hughes Awards

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrate Langston Hughes’ birthday, with a reading reception for Langston Hughes Award winners, complete with birthday cake and live music at the Lawrence Arts Center! Co-sponsored by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center, the award honors the work of Hughes who spent his childhood in Lawrence, Kansas. Each year, the award is given to two writers to encourage and support Douglas County, Kansas, residents who continue in Hughes’ tradition of portraying life experience through poetry and prose.


IS/IS/CP Member Event: Souper Bowl Private Preview

February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Be first in line to purchase ceramic bowls hand made by artists and students on sale from $10 up. Proceeds benefit Arts Center visual arts education. Become a member at the Imagination Society, Inspiration Society, or Creative Placemaker level and join us!


940 Live: An Evening of New World Music with Roots in Geometry

February 2 @ 7:30 pm

$15 Adult/$12 Senior/$10 Student Join us for an exciting evening of New World Music that has deep roots in Geometry! Featuring the best musicians of the region, this concert will include new world music arrangements recently set for violin and clarinet. Purnaprajna Bangere on Violin, Amit Kavthekar on Tabla, Bob Walzel on Clarinet, and Brandon Draper on percussion team up to play deeply interactive music that encompasses sounds from Indian classical and western classical music, combined with blues and jazz.…

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