Lawrence skaters want to improve their lame terrain.
When Lawrence built the Centennial Skate Park nearly 6 years ago, it was the first of its kind for the region. "There weren't any other parks to compare it to," says skateboarder Stephanie Pugh. "Now better parks are being built for even cheaper." Using an automotive analogy, Pugh compares the town's skate park (located between Sixth and Ninth streets on Rockledge) to a Ford Model-T getting smoked by faster cars.
To soup up their rides, Lawrence skaters and promoters organized This Is Needed, a series of fund-raising events to expand the park, including a barbecue and DJ session from 5 to 8 p.m. and a "best trick" contest at 7 p.m. Later, festivities move to the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire) for an art opening and an all-ages concert from area hip-hop acts. Call 785-842-7787 for details. -- Michael Vennard
Curse of the Free Movie
According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, this Friday the sun sets on Kansas City at precisely 8:38 p.m. , with darkness falling over the city a half-hour later. This is also when the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak) begins a screening of Johnny Depp's 143-minute Keith Richards impersonation, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, on its north lawn as part of the Shuttlecock Cinema series. It's no drive-in, but it's free. Pack for a picnic and bring a blanket, or carry cash for a chicken, turkey or ham boxed dinner from Rozzelle Court ($8.50). Call 816-561-4000 for details. -- Vennard