In order to raise $3,500, the organizers of the Lawrence Busker Festival
turned to the fundraising website Kickstarter. Unfortunately, they were able to rustle up just $520 in pledges. According to the festival's Richard Renner, "People who show up won't notice a difference." Returning acts such as Mama Lou Strongwoman and the aerial ensemble Voler – Thieves of Flight are ready to join the festival's first sword swallower, Thom Sellectomy, and an assortment of magicians, musicians, fire-eaters and jugglers. If hanging out on a Lawrence sidewalk in August lacks appeal, you can get your busking fill by taking in the new documentary Busking the System
at the Screenland Crown Center (2450 Grand, 816-545-8034). Today's 7:30 p.m. screening is followed by a Q&A with director Justin Michael Morales and a performance by Philip Bradley, one of the musicians appearing in the film. The Lawrence Busker Festival goes through Sunday. See lawrencebuskerfest.com
for details, including performance times and locations.