Friday, May 3, 2013

Weekend Picks: Soft Reeds; Betse Ellis; Free Comic Book Day; Edgy Local Theater with Killer Joe

Well, Mother Nature with her perpetual cold temps and occasional snow showers has issued a resounding "Fuck you" to most of your outdoor weekend plans, so let's recommend a few events (in addition to Frank's weekend long anniversary bash) that are nice and cozy.

KC's Soft Reeds hits LFK on Friday for a big album release show with openers The Caves and Schwervon.  We suspect the coolest thing that Soft Reeds did this week was performing some Bowie tunes at the Labyrinth screening at MOTM Film Fest.  But this Replay gig will be the second coolest.  Stop by their FB page here and say hello.



We recently spent an afternoon with one half of Baiowolf lamenting the lack of serious theatre in LFK (oddly enough, even WE, on occasion, grow tired of comedy shows comprised mostly of dick jokes).   So you should trek down to the Lawrence Arts Center this weekend to watch an ambitious new student group called the Jayhawk Initiative for Student Theatre as they tackle Tracy Letts' pitch-black Killer Joe. The production is free (but please give them a donation, you stingy scenesters). If  you've seen Freidkin's film adaptation, you know what to expect.  And it ain't gonna be pretty.   Visit the FB event page here and hide the children, since no one under 16 will be admitted.


Saturday is Free Comic Book Day AND Star Wars Day.  Surely Astro Kitty is the place to be.  Visit the FB event page here for details on the various happenings that day, such as (Chip's favorite) cosplay from the D20 girls of Kansas and Missouri!  Check out their FB page here.  We're hoping for some steamy steampunk cosplay, perhaps resembling this:


And Sunday is supposed to be a balmy 60 degrees (doubtful), so perhaps you can venture onto the Replay patio after all and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the great Betse Ellis of The Wilders along with Austin's The Carper Family.  Ellis has a new album.  In fact, A New Kind of Album.  Details here.


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