Friday Freebies

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.

Artsy type things in Lawrence this weekend include two art openings. Friday night is the opening reception for “Heaviness,” an exhibition by Donika Wiley, at the Lawrence Arts Center from 7-9pm. Wiley was the 2008-09 artist-in-residence in printmaking at the Arts Center.

Saturday night is the last night of the Asteroid Head show, “Asteroid Head Would Like A Word With You.” Entitled “Asteroid Head Summer Camp Reunion & Yearbook Signing,” there will be a fireside sing-along with Fourth of July, in addition to your last chance to view the artwork from the show. An award ceremony for the Asteroid Head Summer Camp will also be held. The show runs at Wonder Fair: Art Gallery and How! from 6-9pm.

Right around the same time, but across town at the DotDotDot ArtSpace, is “????????????????????????????” The folks involved can’t say much about it, as they’re “sworn to secrecy,” but if you’re in town for the Asteroid Head show, why not take a chance? Having your curiousity satiated is surely worth a stop by, right? Get your curiousity satisfied from 6-10pm.

If you’re not wanting to take the trip to Lawrence, art can be had in Kansas City all weekend at Art Westport, running tonight at 5pm through Sunday evening in Westport. Many artists are taking place, and you visit the event’s website for a map and list of exhibiting artists, all of whom are from within a 40 mile radius of the Kansas City post office.

If art isn’t your thing, there’s always the Tour of Missouri bike race, which ends this Sunday. You’re sure to be able to catch some of the riders as they finish the final stage, possibly as part of the SportsFest Kansas City, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Power and Light District, which promises “professional athletes, live sports radio broadcasting, autograph sessions, live entertainment, interactive activities, vendors, food and lots of fun.” No clue as to the particulars. The Tour will feature a Sprint Line on Grand between 13th & 14th streets, as it winds down on Sunday.

Should you feel a might doubtful as to whether or not you want to risk your day for unquantifiable sports diversions, know you could always just stick around after the SportsFest ends on Saturday to check out a concert from Luke Bryan at 8:30pm on the Kansas City Live stage, too, and just make a day of it. You do have to over 21 to attend.

However, if you need something to do that more family-oriented on Saturday night, at Migliazzo Park, Minor Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue, KC Parks and Rec shows Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3-D. It starts right around sundown (9pm). 3D movie, middle of a park, on what promises to be a nice evening? Not bad, really.

There’s also a Health and Wellness Expo, noon-6 pm on Sunday in Washington Square Park. The expo will include food, beverages, exhibitors, vendors, children’s activities, bike demonstrations and free bike parking. You can also get a free kid’s bike helmet courtesy of BikeSource, while supplies last.

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