by Nick Spacek
And once again, we bring you Friday Freebies, wherein we present things to do this weekend that won't cost you any more than the gas it takes to get to 'em.
First Fridays hits the Crossroads art district tonight. You can check out the Pitch's First Friday Hitlist for a list of what we think is worth a look. Jason Harper's interview with Commander Cody might get you out and about to see some art, as well (what we're saying here is, "Go see that Commander Cody art show -- it's gonna be good).
Marc Haney plays what is described as "front porch" Americana tonight at Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts, in Lawrence. The show starts at 7:30pm, but you can always show up early, grab some coffee, and look at The White Show, "works by 49 established and emerging artists from 18 States and Puerto Rico explore the concept of 'white'." Mr. Haney goes on at 7:30pm.
Saturday afternoon at the Inge Theatre in KU's Murphy Hall, you can attend a staged reading of Karel Capek's R.U.R., also known as Rossum's Universal Robots, from a new translation by PhD student Eva Hauska. Capek's play is famous for popularizing the use of the word "robot," rather than the previously preferred "automaton." The reading starts at 2:00pm and is presented by KU's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Sunday, November 8, you can get some culture. Patrick Buckley will be presenting a lecture recital at 4:00pm in the sanctuary of Congregation Kol Ami, 7501 Belinder Ave., in Prairie Village. Buckley will present information, both in German and in English, regarding influential German composers and poets. He will also sing Mahler's Kinder-Totenlieder, as well as compositions by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.
There will be a panel discussion on the subject "Is violence more effective for the right than the left?" at at the restaurant Ten at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence. You can find more information on the panel discussion and the optional brunch beforehand in our preview. The discussion starts at 1:30pm Sunday afternoon.
Lastly, Mark Cowardin's From the Ground Up solo exhibition has its opening reception from 2-4pm at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom. The solo exhibition features new large-scale sculpture by the artist. According the press release, "Cowardin approaches his subjects through the industrial complex of the building industry, namely construction materials such as actual two-by-fours and simulated cinder blocks, ductwork, and electrical switches." Directions and more information are available here.