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5 free attractions on Final Fridays



Street pARTy—the Art Tougeau pre-parade celebration.



Free State Festival Under the Stars 2014

The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, is the hot spot for art, music, film and street performance fun this Final Friday.

1. All things wheeled

Spanning the 900 block of New Hampshire from 5-9 p.m., find rides transformed into artistic masterpieces at “Street pARTy”—the Art Tougeau pre-parade celebration. Attendees can bring cars, bikes, skateboards or anything else on wheels to decorate. Enjoy live music, skateboarding demos, food and cardboard cars for children to cover in paint. Make sure to check out the Pakastani Art Truck decorated in brightly colored patterns, chains and pendants like a traditional jingle truck.

2. The human knot

ALAKAZAM! Just like magic. Except, this comedy contortionist by the mystical name is the real deal, twisting his body into freaky, seemingly impossible positions to become “the human knot.” His cheeky humor, along with vaudeville-style circus acts make for an entertaining Lawrence Busker Festival experience for the entire family.

3. A genre-spanning dance party

Brought to you by a variety of acts. One-man band, Bandaloni, will provide the guitar, harmonica, kick drum, hi-hats, snare drum, cowbell, tambourine, and vocals—all on his own. DJ Proof will mix some funky hip-hop throwbacks for those who like to get down. Look out for other guest-stars who plan to play until dusk.

4. A movie by moonlight

Settle in on this warm summer evening by grabbing a tub of popcorn and enjoying “American Graffiti” under the stars, projected outside of the Lawrence Art Center at 9 p.m. This is the kickoff for a series of four outdoor film screenings of nostalgic classics. “The Breakfast Club” is on deck for the following week.

5. Steamroller printmaking

Experience art that can only be made with the help of 8,500-pound steamroller. Led by artist-in-residence Tonja Torgerson, onlookers will gather in front of the Lawrence Arts Center to create large-scale prints by steamrolling over wood blocks that were carved by artists for as long as 80 hours. The final piece will reveal intricate black-inked designs transferred onto sheets of white fabric.

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