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.
Lawrence plays host to two art openings on Friday night. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Signs of Life welcomes 12 new artists for it's "New Show." There will be all kinds of media present (oils, watercolor, bronze, mixed media) in a variety of styles. In addition to the 12 new artists, there will be work from established Signs of Life exhibitors like Justin Marable.
Just one and a half blocks south, and one block east is the Lawrence Arts Center is a lecture from Mel Chin regarding his Fundred Dollar Bill Project. The Project has people draw Fundred dollar bills, which are artistic representations of the United States $100 bill. Once they have collected 300 million of these drawings, they will "be picked up by a special armored truck and presented to the U.S. Congress with a request for an even exchange of the creative capital-your Fundreds-for real funding to make safe lead-polluted soils in New Orleans."
Chin will lecture on the Project at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., there will be a project workshop where people will be able to create their own bills.
There's a lot of free stuff going on Saturday, actually. KCFitness Link, starting at 9:00 a.m., will take part in Yoga Day USA. There will be an open house, as well as free classes. Annie Fischer's write-up with a schedule and details can be found here.
If stripping down to next-to-nothing and contorting your body isn't your idea of fun, how about watching people use blowtorches and chainsaws to cut te shit out of big pieces of ice? Starting at noon, Crown Center will play host to the Seventh Annual Kansas City Winter Ice Fest.
Lastly, come Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., you can participate in "an urban-music-oriented networking and info-sharing event called, simply, the KC Music Forum" (so says our writer Jason Harper in his write-up. At the Southeast Community Center, you'll be able to learn how to better move forward in the hip-hop game. If you've got your rhymes and beats ready to go, you need to figure out how to turn a profit, so as to move your game up to the professional level. This is your place to learn how to do that.