There are plenty of opportunities for entertainment, education and fun in the coming days as authors, musicians, artists and more participate in events in Lawrence. The Haskell Art Market is back after a three-year hiatus, The Raven is kicking off events for its 35th birthday, and the Paper Plains Zine Fest will be held at Van Go. Here are the details:
• Raven Bookstore kicks off its 35th birthday with An Evening with Mia Mercado. Kansas City essayist Mercado will read from and sign her latest book, She’s Nice Thou: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good. The reading begins at 7pm at the Raven, 809 Massachusetts St. Masks and proof of vaccination is required.
• Fans of the Kansas History Museum have been flocking to Topeka all week to visit the museum one more time before it closes for an extensive 18-month renovation. The museum, 6425 SW 6th Ave, in Topeka, is open for its final two days today and tomorrow, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free during this pre-closing phase.
• Military aircraft fans take note: An A-10c aircraft will fly over KU Memorial Stadium approximately 10 minutes prior to the 7:00 pm kickoff of tonight’s KU-Tennessee Tech football game. The flyover will be performed by the US Air Force A-10c Demonstration Team.
• Summer isn’t over yet and the Saturday Morning Farmers Market continues at 824 New Hampshire St., 7:30-11:30am. Come down for fresh produce, a hot breakfast, local crafts and live music.
• Creators and publishers of zines, pamphlets, comics and other independent print formats will exhibit, sell and trade their work at today’s Paper Plains Zine Fest, 11am-5pm, Van Go, 715 New Jersey St. More than 80 local and regional artists are scheduled to attend today’s event. The fest is free; attendees are encouraged to bring cash to purchase zings from the authors. A full schedule of workshops and other programs is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/769973770921840/.
• The Haskell Indian Art Market returns for the first time since 2019, 10am-6pm today and 10am-5pm Sunday, at the Haskell Pow Wow Grounds, 2535 West Perimeter. Handmade jewelry, beads, paintings, ceramics, clothing, limited edition prints and food will be available for purchase. There will be traditional dance performances throughout the day. Admission and parking are free and face masks are optional. No pets; service animals only.
• Monarch Watch celebrates its 30th anniversary today at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. All ages can come and see live caterpillars, chrysalises and Monarch butterflies. Monarch Watch staff will be on hand to teach and demonstrate proper butterfly handling. Registration or waiting list is available at https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/62ee7cd88ca4b42b008163fc.
• Lawrence Beer Company celebrates its fifth anniversary in East Lawrence with a free street party outside the brewery, 800 Pennsylvania St. All ages are welcome at this all-day event. A free outdoor yoga class will be held at Vibe at 10 a.m. A disc golf challenge sponsored by Sunflower Outdoor and Bike will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Local vendors will offer food, shaved ice and merchandise.
• The Lawrence Public Library will be closed Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day holiday.
• Midwest Genealogy Center will be the featured guests at the Genealogy + Local History Spotlight, 4-5 p.m., Meeting Room A, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Midwest Genealogy Center staff will join via Zoom to help participants begin researching Kansas families, houses and history. The event is filling up; register or join the waiting list at https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/62e4292f96317542000b0dd7.
• The Lawrence Public Library Tech Club will be available on Zoom this afternoon, 4-5pm, to answer questions about iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices. Registration required at https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/62ec13064a1d3a320084ca26.
• At tonight’s Book Talk, author Michael Travis will present his new book, Celebrating Kansas Breweries: People, Places and Stories, based on his year of traveling to every brewery in Kansas. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale and free local beer will be provided by Free State Brewery. This 21+ event takes place from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.