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.
Things are coming to an end, as we get to the end of summer. Kansas City schools get kicking Monday morning, so your options for kid-friendly stuff pretty much come to an end this weekend. I imagine most places assume homework and after-school stuff's going to take the place of movies and whatnot. Still, there's plenty to do this weekend that'll allow you to end your summer with a bang.
Crown Center's final Friday Night Flick is a doozy: Pirates of the Caribbean. Y'know, the good one? The one that made sense and was amazingly cool, before guys in greasy hair and eyeliner started thinking they were Johnny Depp instead of shitty Goths? It's the only free movie this weekend, so enjoy it if you can. The movie starts around sundown.
Imminent Domain plays Power and Light's Friday Night Live concert this week. Surprisingly, they're neither a cover band, nor some sort of retro act. They're actually a pop-punk band that sounds kind of like Blink-182 or Fall Out Boy. Warning: Auto-Tune noticeably present in their MySpace tunes, which bodes not well for a live show. Catchy, though. As always, the show starts at 9pm and is 21+.
Friday and Saturday, you can take yourself to the 102nd Annual Vinland Fair at at the fairgrounds northeast of Baldwin City (south of Lawrence). Friday has bicycle races, tug of war, sack races, and Wood Valley Pickers Band plays at 7:30pm. Saturday features box turtle races, a pedal tractor pull, watermelon seed spitting contest, and Witness Band plays at 7:30pm. Everything is free, and you can register for any of the events you want to compete in when you get there. It's obviously very family friendly.
Lots more stuff on Saturday, actually. Power & Light has their "Imagination Station" Family Fun Day from noon-4pm, with "a Stone Lion puppet show, story-telling, face-painting, air brush tattoos, puppet-making and more."
The Cultural India Club at the University of Kansas will be celebrating India's 63rd Independence Day at the Kansas Union Plaza on Saturday, as well. There will be a flag-hoisting ceremony at 9:30am, with cultural programs and free Indian snacks afterwards. Also, the club will screen A Wednesday, the critically acclaimed story of one man's fight against terrorism, at 2:45pm in the Union's Woodruff Auditorium.
Expect a lot more KU-related stuff in the coming months, as classes begin next Thursday (such as the Union Fest concert there on Sunday night).