Noose Found Inside African American Museum in Washington


The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Credit Lexey Swall for The New York Times

A noose was found Wednesday at an exhibition on segregation inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, the Smithsonian Institution announced.

Museum visitors found the noose on the floor in front of a display titled, “Democracy Abroad. Injustice at Home,” and it was reported to the United States Park Police. The permanent exhibition, “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968,” was closed but reopened about three hours after the discovery, the Smithsonian said.

The noose found on Wednesday afternoon was the second one to have been discovered in the past week at the Smithsonian museum complex on the National Mall. On Saturday, the Park Police removed a noose from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum, which exhibits contemporary art.

The Smithsonian and the Park Police are working together on both cases. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday night.

“The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity,” David J. Skorton, the secretary of the Smithsonian, wrote in an email to his staff.

Mr. Skorton called the episode “deeply disturbing” and added, “Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do.”

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RIGHT NOW: WAVE 3 News, KY Center for African American Heritage partner for benefit for family of slain child

A stray bullet killed Dequante Hobbs and left his mother grieving in a much quieter house. (Source: Micheshia Norment)A stray bullet killed Dequante Hobbs and left his mother grieving in a much quieter house. (Source: Micheshia Norment)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – WAVE 3 News is proud to partner with members of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage for a benefit for the family of Dequante Hobbs Jr. Hobbs was the 7-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet while sitting at his kitchen table in west Louisville on May 21.

>> GOFUNDME: Help the Hobbs family by donating

The benefit for his family will take place Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the KY Center for African American Heritage, 1801 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

>> STORY: Shot fired next door kills boy, 7, eating snack at kitchen table

The event will be dine-in or carry-out with a $10 donation. The meal will include baked spaghetti, roast beef, vegetables, salad, bread and drinks. Desserts will be sold separately.

Sponsorship for the menu is provided by Donald’s Catering Service.

Live entertainment also will take place at the benefit, provided by Jonathon Johnson.


All proceeds will go to the family of Dequante Hobbs Jr.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family cover funeral expenses. Click here to make a donation.

Volunteers are still needed to serve and assist with the event. Anyone interested in helping out with this event can call 502-650-2863.

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Noose found at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

FILE – President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – A noose was found Wednesday afternoon at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. according to the Smithsonian.

The noose was seen at an exhibition on segregation between 1786 and 1968 before being removed by Park Police. An investigation took place closing the exhibit for three hours. It is the second time this week that a noose was found in the area. Last Friday, a noose was seen hanging on a tree outside of Hirshhorn Museum after it had already been closed for the day.

In an email to staff members, director of the museum Lonnie Bunch called the incident “painful.”

“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity—a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans. Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face,” Bunch said.

David Skorton, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, also condemned these acts calling them cowardly in an email.

“The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity.” Skorton said. “We will not be intimated. Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do. We will remain vigilant and, in spite of these deplorable acts, we will become a stronger institution for all Americans.”

U.S. Park Police is still investigating the situation.

Elvis-owned jet auctioned for …

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years.

The plane sold for $430,000 (Dh1.58 million) on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions said.

The buyer was not disclosed in the sold note posted on the firm’s website, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse said she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane.

The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.

The jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley, says. It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico. Photos of the plane show the exterior in need of restoration and seats of the cockpit torn.

A previous owner disputed the auction house’s claim the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velvet interior. Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque he designed the interior himself.

McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and “kind of looked like a casket.”

But then-GWS spokesman Carl Carter told The Associated Press the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior, which photos show has red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said. Presley was born in Tupelo on January 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He became a leading figure in the fledgling rockabilly scene by covering songs originally performed by African-American artists like Big Mama Thornton (Hound Dog) and Arthur Crudup (That’s All Right).

His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century’s most recognisable icons. Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation.

Elvis was 42 when he died on August 16, 1977, in Memphis.

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Don’t Miss These Five Gallery Openings This Week

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5:15 a.m.

Ryan Rice's R2 Studio & Gallery says goodbye to Tennyson Street.

Ryan Rice’s R2 Studio & Gallery says goodbye to Tennyson Street.

Ryan Rice

If you venture out into Denver’s arts and retail districts on the First Friday in June, you’ll get a serious injection of aesthetic politics and have a whole lot of fun. Consider these five openings as you look for places to start your journey.

Now More Than Always (Gimme Gimme the Money Please Please I Want the Money Please)
Gildar Gallery
June 2 through July 1
Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 6 to 9 p.m.

In June, gallerist Adam Gildar turns over his space to artist/curator Taylor Balkissoon for Now More Than Always (Gimme Gimme the Money Please Please I Want the Money Please), a politically charged group show driven by tentative intersectionality in the art world, and how it feels to be different — in Balkissoon’s case, multiracial, queer and female — while seeking to achieve what feels like an unattainable norm. The show asks: Do black artists matter? Balkissoon weighs the insurmountability of unspoken privilege in what might be the most important exhibition in Denver this summer. The show includes work by Rashawn Griffin, Jibade-Khali Huffman, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Shaina McCoy, Patrice Washington, Kahlil Cezanne Zawade and others.

2017 Sk8art Show
June 2-30
Opening Reception: June 2, 7 p.m.

Anything goes — on wheels — in the annual Sk8art Show at Indyink’s Abstract retail store, for which a raft of local designers and artists contribute one-of-a-kind skateboard decks for your collecting and riding pleasure. Peruse, buy, and enjoy vintage skateboard films at the opening.

Lowbrow celebrates five years on Broadway with the annual Custom Toy Show.EXPAND

Lowbrow celebrates five years on Broadway with the annual Custom Toy Show.

Kidrobot, courtesy of Lowbrow Denver

The Lowbrow Fifth Birthday Custom Toy Show
Lowbrow Denver
38 Broadway
Opening reception: Friday, June 2, 7 p.m.

The fun continues on Broadway, where Lowbrow joins Indyink in presenting one of the shop’s biggest annual shows while also celebrating five years on the Baker neighborhood retail strip. More than thirty local artists are participating this year by decorating Lowbrow’s first custom DIY vinyl toy. The party will include brews from the Larimer Beer Company, signature Lowbrow enamel pins and new Kidrobot releases. And glitter — always glitter.

Read on for more of the best art openings this weekend.

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C-J Extra Calendar for Topeka and surrounding area, May 31-June 6, 2017


Topeka West Rotary Club, 7 a.m., Hy-Vee (second-floor conference room), S.W. 29th and Wanamaker. Information: Rick Ryan, 249-9000 or

Capitol Midweek Farmers Market, from 7:30 a.m. to noon (rain or shine), Kansas Statehouse (south lawn), S.W. 10th between Harrison and Jackson. Continues through Oct. 14.

Story Time, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

DTI Noontime Brown Bag Concert Series, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ryan Wills, Westar Energy Park. Information: Facebook pages Noontime Brownbag, Downtown Topeka, Inc., or visit

Al Anon New Beginnings AFG, noon, Town and Country Christian Church, 4929 S.W. 29th St. (use double doors off church parking lot). Information: or 215-1045.

Sunflower Duplicate Bridge Club, 12:30 p.m., Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Cost: $7 per session. Information: or

Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, 2 p.m., Alzheimer’s Association Office, 3625 S.W. 29th, Suite 102. Information: 271-1844.

Toastmasters, 5:45 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (second floor), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information:

Potwin Fiber Artisans’ Open Stitch, Learn and Market, 6 to 9 p.m., Potwin Presbyterian Church, 400 S.W. Washburn. Information: Meg,

Al Anon Holton Family AFG, 7 p.m., Evangel Methodist Church, 3rd and Pennsylvania, Holton (east glass door, first floor, church library room 104). Information: or 215-1045.

Al Anon Hope For Today AFG, 7 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 4425 S.W. 19th St. (adult children of alcoholics/focus). Information: or 215-1045.

Square Dance Lessons, 7 to 9 p.m., Croco Hall, 6115 S.E. US Highway 40, Tecumseh. Singles, couples and families welcome. Information: 286-0105.


Southwest Topeka Kiwanis Club regular board meeting, 7 a.m., The Kanza Cafe, 2701 S.W. East Circle Drive South.

Capital City Networking Group, 7:30 a.m., Jayhawk Tower, S.W. 7th and Jackson.

Al Anon Young at Heart AFG, 10 a.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn (west entrance). Information: or 215-1045.

The Woman’s Club of Topeka annual meeting, new officers installation, 10:15 a.m., 5221 S.W. West Drive. Program: “Recess for Grownups,” Vicki Trembley. Information: 273-6978 or

Cub Club Crafts, from 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Topeka Networking Council, 11:45 a.m., Lawyers Title (meeting room in the back), 5715 S.W. 21st. Visitors welcome by calling 273-0110 or 271-9500 by the day before.

Downtown Topeka Rotary Club, noon. For location and meeting information go to Information: Linda Ireland,, or 232-7216.

Heartland Toastmasters, noon, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Guests welcome. Information: 232-2836.

Word I: Introduction to Word Processing, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Computer Training Center, 1515 S.W. 10th. Get started with the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to use fonts, spell check and some basic editing techniques. Register at

Topeka Healing Rooms, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., located at El Shaddai Ministries, 920 S.E. Sherman (west door). Affiliated with the International Association of Healing Rooms. Information: 221-6589.

Fort Leavenworth Series: Clausewitz and Jomini: Their Interaction, 3 p.m., 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence. Both Carl von Clausewitz and Henri Jomini experienced and studied the wars of Napoleon from unique perspectives, yielding two very different theories of war. Sean N. Kalic and Lt. Col. Christopher Johnson provide an overview of two of the greatest military theorists of all time, drawing out where their ideas are complementary and where they differ. Information:

Zoo Animals Live, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101B, 1515 S.W. 10th. Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps separate animal fact from fiction. All ages.

Al Anon Southwest AFG, book study meeting, 5:45 p.m., First Christian Church, 19th and Gage. Information: or 215-1045.

Meadowlark Toastmasters, 5:45 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th.

American Legion Riders Chapter 400, 6 p.m., 3029 N.W. US-24 highway. Information: 296-9400 or

Topeka Gem &Mineral Society Junior Rock Hounds, 6 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Anton Room 202, 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: Lesliee Hartman,, or Millie Mowry,

Topeka Sunflower Lions Club, 6 p.m., McFarland’s Restaurant, 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. Information: Vern, 272-6102 or

Al Anon St. Marys Fresh Start AFG, 6:15 p.m., United Methodist Church, 107 N. 7th St., St. Marys (fellowship hall south building). Information: or 215-1045.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 6:30 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 1720 S.W. Wanamaker. Visitors welcome. Information: 554-0573.

Al Anon Southwest AFG, regular meeting, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 19th and Gage (fellowship hall south building). Information: or 215-1045.

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m., St. Francis Cancer Center (second floor), 1700 S.W. 7th. Group is for those diagnosed with or having had treatment for prostate cancer. Spouses and guests welcome. Information: Max Williams, 230-4422.

Master Gardener Presentation, 7 to 8 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101B, 1515 S.W. 10th. Topic: Exciting new plants, roses and shrubs for 2017. Presented by Shawnee County Extension’s Master Gardeners.

German-American Club of Topeka, 7 to 9 p.m., Lawyers Title of Topeka, 5715 S.W. 21st.


Sex Addicts Anonymous Topeka Chapter men’s group, 7 to 8 a.m., St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th. Open to all men seeking help, but closed to visitors. Information: 200-3450, or

Topeka South Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Washburn University Memorial Union, 1700 S.W. College. Public welcome. Information: Faron Barr, 266-8333.

21st Street Farmers Market at KNI, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kansas Neurological Institute, 3107 S.W. 21st. Continues through Oct. 14. Vendor information: 296-5354, 296-5301 or

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), sign-in 8:30 a.m., meeting 9 a.m., Countryside United Methodist Church (use north entrance), 3221 S.W. Burlingame. First visit is free. Information: (800) 932-8677 or

Ace of Hearts Duplicate Bridge Club, 9 a.m., Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Cost: $7 per session. Information: or

Al Anon Friday Morn Serenity Seekers AFG, 9:30 a.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn. Information: or 215-1045.

Kid’s Drum Circle, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Al Anon Friendship AFG, 12:05 p.m., Most Pure Heart Church, 17th and Stone (northwest entrance to parish Center-Quinlan room). Information: or 215-1045.

712 Innovations First Friday Makers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., 712 S. Kansas Ave. Featuring booths with locally made goods. Booth reservation: Information: or 409-6500.

Emporia First Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., downtown Emporia. Annual art walk held on the first Friday of every month.

Celebrate Recovery (for adults 18 and older), meal 6 p.m., program 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., First Southern Baptist Church (enter off parking lot), 1912 S.W. Gage Blvd. Meal cost: Freewill offering. Child care available for 6th grade and younger 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. Information:

Al Anon Freedom AFG, 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 4425 S.W. 19th.Information: or 215-1045.

Movie on the Lawn: ”JUMANI,” 7:30 p.m. activities and food vendors, 8:45 p.m. movie starts at sunset, South apron of Statehouse Lawn, 10th and Jackson (seating on southeast area of the lawn). When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free and open to the public.

Arts in the Park, 8 p.m., Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Performance by Jessica Paige. Information: 587-2727 or


The Dirty Kanza, the rider launch starts at approximately 6 a.m. at 8th and Commercial Street in downtown Emporia. The Emporia Main Street Finish Line Party will have activities from 10:30 a.m. to midnight in the 600-900 blocks of Commercial. Food, kids activities, music, a huge beer garden, and celebrate riders as they finish their journey.

The Clay Center Relay for Life 6th annual Racing for Hope and Tasty Pastry Donut Challenge, 7:30 a.m., registration 6:30 to 7:15 a.m., Clay Center Community High School, new gym, 1630 9th St. Online registration: Facebook page This ia a fund raiser for the Clay Center Relay for Life chapter of the American Cancer Society.

First Saturday Breakfast Buffet, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, 6020 S.E. 44th, Tecumseh. Freewill offering for breakfast. Handmade crafts available for purchase.

Downtown Topeka Farmers Market, from 7:30 a.m. to noon (rain or shine), S.W. 12th and Harrison. Held every Saturday through November. Information:, or 249-4704.

Seneca’s Community Farmers Market, 8 a.m., downtown at The Market Greenhouse, 33 N. 5th. Saturdays through mid-October. Information: Facebook page Seneca Community Farmers Market.

SCORE Small Business Roundtable Workshop, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Washburn Tech (Building A-East, Room AE153), 5724 S.W. Huntoon. SCORE counselors will meet with anyone interested in starting a business or the challenges facing a business. Free. Information: 234-3049.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection, from 9 a.m. to noon, 131 N.E. 46th.

7th annual Youth in the Outdoors Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ravenwood 10147 S.W. 61st St. Free event for youth between the ages of 6-16 accompanied by an adult. Activities include archery, BB gun clinic, kite flying by KC Fliers, Black Powder camp, wildlife habitat education, Flint Hills Bass Club, horseshoe pitching, laser shoot, Master Gardeners and more. Information: Verne, 438-065, or Ken, 256-6444. Sponsored by

Art in the Garden of Red Rocks, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, Red Rocks State Historic Site, 927 Exchange St., Emporia. Area artist and authors show and sell. Free event.

Mark Weiser candidate for mayor meet and greet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Corral #2 located at Gage Park. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks available.

Arts in the Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heritage Park, 6th and Washington Street. Junction City. Artists, crafters, vendors, food trucks, music. Information:

Mary Pinard, Poet in Residence, poetry reading, 11 a.m., The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma. Poet Lunch and Conversation with Pinard, by reservation, noon, $14. Information: (620) 271-2953, or

Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Clinic, from 11 a.m. to noon, Heart of Jackson Humane Society Shelter, 414 E. 8th St., Holton. Pets must be on leash or in crate. Pet food giveaway while supply lasts. Register for free bag of Hill’s Science Diet.

Capital City Family and Food Truck Festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., near 10th and Jackson. Children’s activities and music. Information: or 234-1030.

Topeka Nar-Anon Family Group, Saturday Serenity Seekers, for families and friends who are affected by someone else’s narcotic addiction, noon to 1:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 3033 S.W. MacVicar (enter Door A, south side). Information:

Topeka Acoustic Music Jam, 2 to 4 p.m., Live Music Institute, 5224 S.W. 17th. Information: 286-0227 or

Al Anon Saturday Night Serenity AFG, 6:45 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 3509 S.W. Burlingame Road (enter north side). Information: or 215-1045.


White Lakes Market, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mainline Printing parking lot, 3500 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Outdoor flea market. Information: 260-5458 or on Facebook,

Military Appreciation Day and G-Baby Racing, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amelia Earhart Airport, 16701 286th Road, Atchison.

Blue River Valley Jolly Jogathon Track Meet, from 10:30 a.m. to noon registration for field events, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for running events, Marysville Jr./Sr. High School Track, 211 S. 10th.

Family Board Games, 1 to 3 p.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Topeka Crochet Guild, 1:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: 267-5404.

S-Anon, 7 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. A 12-step fellowship dedicated to helping those affected by the sexual behavior of another person. Information:


Monday Farmers Market, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (parking lot), S.W. 10th and Washburn. Visit the library booth for a free fun kid craft. Continues through Oct. 10.

Topeka Garden Council, 9 a.m., Ward-Meade Historic Site (Preston Hale Room), 124 N.W. Fillmore.

Story Time, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Al Anon Living the Legacies, 11:45 a.m., 1728 Randolph Ave. Information: or 215-1045.

Kiwanis Club of Topeka, noon, Jayhawk Tower (Florentine Room), 700 S.W. Jackson. Guests welcome. Information:

TARSP (Topeka Area Retired School Personnel), noon Monday, June 5, Ramada West. Program: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. A memorial service will be held, and music will be presented by Heartland Harmony. Information: 273-1267.

Al Anon Courage to Change AFG, 12:05 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 6th and Topeka (enter on west side, no meetings on holidays). Information: or 215-1045.

Medicare Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Menninger Room 206), 1515 S.W. 10th. Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will teach, answer questions and give unbiased counseling for Kansas Medicare beneficiaries and their friends and family. Information: 580-4545 or

Al Anon Just For Today AFG, 1:30 p.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlan (west entrance). Information: or 215-1045.

Al Anon Peace and Serenity AFG, 5:30 p.m., University United Methodist Church,1621 S.W. College (down ramp on west side to basement, room at end of hall). Information: or 215-1045.

Kansas Alpha Chapter of Delta Theta Chi, 6 p.m., Goodyear Shelter House, N.W. 25th and Indianola. Program will be a guest speaker/report.

Foundation for Aeronautical Education Radio Controlled Aircraft, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Philip Billard Municipal Airport Terminal Building (Room 4), 3600 N.E. Sardou. Public welcome. Information: Greg,

Topeka Healing Rooms, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., located at the American Heart Association building, 5375 S.W. 7th, Ste. 100. Affiliated with the International Association of Healing Rooms. Information: 221-6589.

Acappella Unlimited, 7 p.m., Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor. New female members welcome. Information:

Al Anon Topeka AFG No. 1, 7 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 W. 29th St. Information: or 215-1045.

Capital City Barbershop Chorus, 7 p.m., West Side Baptist Church, S.W. 4th and Fillmore. New members and guests welcome. Information: 273-9514, or

Al Anon Carbondale AFG, 7:30 p.m., Carbondale Community Center, 228 Main St., Carbondale. Information: or 215-1045.

Concert in the Park at Garfield Park Gazebo, 7:30 p.m., North Topeka Community Band, 1600 N.E. Quincy. Sponsored by North Topeka on the Move Association (NOTOMA).


50 reasons to hit the road

Sunrise Optimist Club, 6:30 a.m., Optimist Club Activity Building, 720 N.W. 50th. Guests welcome. Information: Gary Slimmer, 246-1291.

Topeka Gives, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fairlawn Plaza, 2114 S.W. Chelsea Drive. A day of charitable giving for local non-profit organizations.

Veterans’ Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group, 10 to 11 a.m., Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center (Building 3, first floor, Room A-101), 2200 S.W. Gage Blvd. Information: 350-4386.

Association of Retired Kansas Highway Employees (KDOT retirees), 11 a.m., Coyote Canyon, 1251 Ashworth Place. Speaker: Rich McReynolds, who will present “Using Maps for Geneaology.”

Music &Movement, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Executive Connections Referral Group luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., McFarland’s (lower level), 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. Bring business cards and network. Information:

League of Women Voters Tuesday Topics, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101BC, 1515 S.W. 10th. Speaker: Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, pastor of the United Universal Fellowship of Topeka and member of Topekans for Racial Justice. The meeting is free and the public is invited. Millennium Cafe — catered luncheon — 11:30 a.m. for $9.25; program from noon to 1 p.m.

Al Anon 2100 AFG, noon, 2100 Central Park. Information: or 215-1045.

Emotions Anonymous Topeka Chapter, noon to 1 p.m., Grace Episcopal Cathedral (enter north courtyard door), 701 S.W. 8th. Twelve-step spiritual recovery program open to anyone who wants to become emotionally well. Information: Sharon, 633-7764, or

Sunflower Duplicate Bridge Club, 12:30 p.m., Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Cost: $7 per session. Information: or

Facebook for Beginners, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Computer Training Center, 1515 S.W. 10th. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have an account, bring your Facebook password. Register at

NET Reach Neighborhood Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m., Avondale East NET Center (back parking lot), 455 S.E. Golf Park Blvd. Markets are held the first and third Tuesday of the month through September.

Northeast Kansas Business Networking Group, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 5928 S.W. 17th. Information: Patrick Anderson, 608-6561.

Ostomy Support Group, 6 p.m., St. Francis Health, 1700 S.W. 7th. Information: Teresa 295-5555 or

Topeka Camera Club, 6:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Guests interested in learning more about photography welcome.

Healing After Loss to Suicide (HEALS), Topeka Area, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Stormont-Vail HealthCare (Pozez Building), 1505 S.W. 8th. Support group for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide. Information: Sandy, 249-3792 or

Flint Hills Harmony Sweet Adelines, 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., Westside Baptist Church, 1008 S.W. 4th. Women who love to sing are invited to attend. Information: Nancy, 608-8616.

Al Anon Fellowship AFG, 7 p.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn Road. Information: or 215-1045.

Alateen Together We Can Make It, 7 p.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn Road, room 107. Information: or 215-1045.

Fossil Special Interest Group, 7 p.m., Baker’s Dozen, 4310 S.W. 21st. Information:

Al Anon New Hope AFG, 7:30 p.m., Auburn United Methodist Church, 240 E. 8th St., Auburn (basement). Information: or 215-1045.

Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m., Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Information: 587-2727 or



Tecumseh Community dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday June 7, Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road. Freewill donation. Sponsored by the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club and Tecumseh United Methodist Church with proceeds going to fund community projects and programs. Meals-to-go available.

Topeka Autism Support Group, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Hughes Room 205), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: Search for Topeka Autism Support Group on Facebook.

How to Start a Business, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Menninger Room 206, 1515 S.W. 10th. This event covers important topics such as business legal structure, writing a business plan, knowing your competition and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by Washburn Small Business Development Center.

Toastmasters, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (second floor), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information:

Canvas &Cork Simple Sunset, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Straight Upp Creative Studio, 1223 Moro St., Manhattan. Cost: $30. Register online:

Capital City National Organization for Women, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Anton Room), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information:, or

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, St. Francis Health Cancer Center (Conference Room on second floor), 1700 S.W. 7th. Information: Kay Coward, 220-8867 or

American Legion Post 400 and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Post 400, 3029 N.W. US-24 highway. Members are encouraged to attend. Information: 296-9400, or

Southwest Topeka Kiwanis Club, 7 a.m. Thursday, June 8, The Kanza Cafe, 2701 S.W. East Circle Drive South. Guest speaker: Kathy Wade, Master Gardener.

Topeka Genealogical Society Family Tree Maker and Computer Genealogy SIG meeting, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, TGS Library, 2712 S.E. Indiana. Public welcome.

Readapalooza, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101C, 1515 S.W. 10th. Read, build and discover with inspiring and exciting stories followed by crafts and activities. Each session counts for 30 minutes toward your Summerfest reading goal, with different stories and activities every time; 6-12 years.

Topeka Networking Council, 11:45 a.m. Thursday, June 8, Lawyers Title (meeting room in the back), 5715 S.W. 21st. Visitors welcome by calling 273-0110 or 271-9500 by the day before.

Community Harvey House Luncheon, Thursday, June 8, Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave. Cost: $23.50 per person (includes meal and tour). Reservations required due to limited seating, deadline Saturday, June 3. Information: 232-5533, Ext. 14, or

Capital Area Retired Educators, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Kansas National Education Association, 715 S.W. 10th. Information: Larry: 224-6437.

North East Kansas Rock &Fossil Club, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Public welcome. Information:

Tallgrass Prairie Bison &Wildflower Tour, 9 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 9, offsite. Tour a tallgrass prairie bison ranch and learn about Kansas native wildflowers. Limit 12 per tour. Details provided following required registration at

Museum After Hours, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, The Kansas Museum of History, 6425 S.W. 6th Ave. “Doughboys and Doughnut Girls: The Salvation Army and WWI,” by Chris Cantwell, assistant professor of history, University of Missouri, Kansas City. Information: 272-8681, Ext. 415, or visit

Arts in the Park, 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Performance by Billy McGuigan. Information: 587-2727 or

BrooksFest Poetry 5K Walk, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 S.E. Monroe St. Centennial Celebration of Topeka-born poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She would have turned 100 on June 7. Tickets:

Mobile Food Pantry, 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, Jardine Middle School (parking lot), 2600 S.W. 33rd. Hosted by Jardine Middle School and Harvesters.

Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, Brewster Place (Health Care Unite, Fink Dining Room), 1001 S.W. 29th. Information: 271-1844.

NEKS Walk to End Alzheimer’s, from 9 a.m. to noon, registration 8 a.m., Saturday, June 10, Hummer Sports Park, 2751 S.W. East Circle Drive S. Information and registration:, Scott Bradley, (913) 831-3888, or

Innovative Networking Group of Topeka Woman’s Chapter, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, The Lazy Toad, 5331 S.W. 22nd Place (Fairlawn Plaza Mall). Guests welcome. Information:

BrooksFest: A Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 S.E. Monroe St. A community festival! Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of poetry, art and story in celebration of Topeka-born poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She would have turned 100 on June 7.

Free Movie Night, “Home Run,” 6 p.m., doors open 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road. Free movie snacks. Information: 379-5642.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1 p.m. Sunday, June 11, St. Joseph Church (basement), 227 S.W. Van Buren. Covered dish luncheon followed by short business meeting and program. Visitors welcome. Information: 235-5845.

Marshall County Railroad Historical Society’s annual Whistle Stop History Ride, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, Waterville. Limited seating, reservations required. Cost: $35. Information and tickets: 799-4294.

Elizabeth Farnsworth: A Train Through Time, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101BC, 1515 S.W. 10th. Farnsworth’s work as a foreign correspondent for PBS trained her to shine light on others. Now she will share the story of opening up about her own life in her recent memoir, which flashes from her youth in Topeka to work in places such as Iran, Iraq and Haiti. Book sales and signing to follow.

Capital City Lacers bobbin lace and tatting group, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, Fairlawn Plaza Mall (Yak ’n Yarn), S.W. 21st and Fairlawn. Guests welcome. Information: 272-9276 or 286-3632.

Topeka Lions Club, noon Monday, June 12, McFarland’s Restaurant, 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. Visitors welcome. Information on program:

Classics Made Modern, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 12, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101C, 1515 S.W. 10th. Discuss “Whose Names Are Unknown,” by Sanora Babb, which is based on the author’s experiences working with refugee farmers in California. The novel, written in 1939 and published in 2004, tells an intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression.

Caregiver Support Group, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Anton Room 202), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: 580-4545 or

Shawnee County Allied Tribes, 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, Daylight Donuts, 4201 S.W. 21st. Information: 221-2174.

Auburn Lions Club, 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N. Washington, Auburn. Information: 256-7274.

Sunrise Optimist Club, 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, Optimist Club Activity Building, 720 N.W. 50th. Guest: Randy Benteman on Water Recreation. Guests welcome. Information: Gary Slimmer, 246-1291.

Harvesters food distribution, 9 a.m. second Tuesday, June 13, Kansas Expocentre, south parking lot, One Expocentre Drive. Volunteers welcome and needed, show up between 8 and 8:15 a.m. Sponsored by Topeka Bible Church and Topeka Turnaround Team.

National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees and Spouses Unit No. 140, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, Coyote Canyon, 1251 S.W. Ashworth Place. Information: 273-2434.

The SAIL (Supportive Adults Inspiring Lives) luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, Washburn University, Lincoln Center cafeteria on the east side of the campus. Cost: $6.85 plus tax. After lunch the group will walk across the parking lot to the KBI Building, where they will learn about the new building and the work done there. Sign up:, or call Susanna Wesley, 478-3697. Visitors welcome.

Topeka Independent Business Association Networking Group, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Topeka Country Club, 2700 S.W. Buchanan. Lunch: $10. RSVP: Information:

Keep America Beautiful monthly meeting, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Ramada Inn Madison Street Diner, 420 E. 6th. Speaker: Elsie Gibeson, Curb Appeal.

Medicare educational seminar, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Heart Center, 929 S.W. Mulvane. Learn the basics of Medicare and all its options. Designed for those becoming eligible, as well as those considering making a change. Information: 233-1816, sign up at (on the Medicare tab), or email Light snacks and beverages provided.

Topeka Science Cafe, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Perkins Restaurant, 1720 S.W. Wanamaker. Information: Brian Thomas, or 670-2144, or

Kinship Networking, Topeka Grandparent/Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Kansas Children’s Service League, 3545 S.W. 5th. Grandparents and other relatives can share experiences and draw strength from one another. Information: 296-6295 or

Topeka Rose Society, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Preston Hale Room at Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, 124 N.W. Fillmore. Information: Don Boyd, 271-9642, or Gill and Wanda Goodnow, 246-3354, or

Kansas Capital Quilters Guild, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Visitors welcome. Information:

National Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Association, Topeka Chapter, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, First Congregational Church, 1701 S.W. Collins. Information: 286-7057 or

Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Information: 587-2727 or


American Legion Post 1, 5:45 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays, American Legion Post 1, 3800 S.E. Michigan. Information: 267-1923 or Concessions available.

American Legion Post 400, 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, American Legion Post 400, 3029 N.W. US-24 Highway. Concessions available starting at 5 p.m. Information: 296-9400 or

American Legion Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 299 Huron Blvd., Marysville.

Arab Shrine Temple, 6:25 p.m. Fridays, Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S. Kansas Ave. Information: 234-5656 or

Eagles Bingo, 1 p.m. Sundays, Eagles Lodge 2941 Fremont. Doors open 11 a.m. snack bar, noon. Information 266-7307.

Hayden High bingo, 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Hayden Catholic High School, 401 S.W. Gage Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snack bar and ample parking. Information: 272-2150.

VFW Philip Billard Post 1650, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, VFW Philip Billard Post 1650, 3110 S.W. Huntoon. Concessions available starting at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $5 to $30. Information: 235-9073 or


Rossville High School Alumni reunion and dinner, Saturday, June 3. Information: 584-6080 or

Lafayette Elementary School reunion, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, Steak Grill at Gage Park, 635 S.W. Gage Blvd. All school years invited. Information: (816) 335-5455 or

Highland Park High School class of 1967 50th reunion, Sept. 1-3. Information: Cheryl Herman,

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. This year the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division which was formed in France during World War I. Information about the association and its annual reunion in Arlington, Va., Sept. 13-17, contact Bob Haynes, secretary-treasurer,, call (224) 225-1202, or visit

Topeka High School class of 1967 50th reunion, Sept. 22-23. Information:

Topeka West High School class of 1967 50th reunion, Oct. 6-7. Information:


“ReStore Hope” Art Show, an art exhibition that will benefit Topeka Habitat for Humanity and Valeo Behavioral Health Care. The exhibit located at The Creations of Hope Gallery: Art and Advocacy, 909 N. Kansas, will highlight a portfolio of artwork donated to Topeka Habitat for Humanity from a private donor. The show runs through May. All proceeds from the sale of the art will be distributed to both Topeka Habitat for Humanity and the Creations of Hope Art Gallery, a program of Valeo Behavioral Health Care.

Summer Discussion Group: Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations, 3 p.m. May 31, June 21 and 28, and July 11, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence. For many, the U.S.-Mexico border presents a problem, for others, an economic opportunity. An expert in cross-border economic development, Christina Luhn will lead a summer discussion group series exploring the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico with a focus on border security, immigration and trade. Information:

Flint Hills Rodeo, June 1-3, Strong City. Information: (620) 273-6480 or

The 2017 Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school held by the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association, June 1-15, The Quixote site in Jefferson County. Principal investigator is Dr. Brad Logan with Kansas State University. Research during the field school will focus on learning more about the people who lived at this Late Plains Woodland site. Archeology technique courses are also offered and can be taken for college credit. Registration fee: $30 for members of the Kansas Historical Society or Kansas Anthropological Association, and non-member fee is $90. Registration packet available at Additional programs accompany the field school, including a collectors’ night June 7, scan and share event June 8, and architectural building survey class June 13-14. No experience is necessary. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Information: or call Virginia Wulfkuhle, 272-8681, Ext. 266;

Relay for Life, from 9 a.m. Friday, June 2 to noon Saturday, June 3, Hummer Sports Park, 2751 S.W. East Circle Drive S.

Kansas Quilters Organization spring meeting, Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan. Speaker: Debbie Maddy from Texas, who designs quilt patterns for her company, Calico Carriage. Spring 2017 newsletter, which includes registration forms and membership information:

Day Out with Thomas The Train, June 2-4, and 9-11, Midland Railway, 1515 High St., Baldwin City. Information and times: (913) 721-1211, or

29th annual Mulvane Art Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, located east of the student union on the Washburn University campus. Admission: $10, children under 12 and members of the Mulvane Art Museum free. Information: Tickets:

Chardon Polka Band, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday June 3, and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, Sacred Heart Church grounds, Seward Ave. and Freeman Ave., Oakland.

Summer Sizzle, June 5-9, Topeka Bible Church, 1135 S.W. College Ave. For junior and senior high students. Registration: $5 per day or $20 for the week, due by the first day of camp.

Mary Pinard, Poet in Residence, through Tuesday, June 6, The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma. Information: (620) 271-2953, or

Topeka Police Department 2017 SRO Summer Camp, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-9 at French Middle School, 5257 S.W. 33rd St., and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13-16 at Chase Middle School, 2250 N.E. State St. The camp is open to any incoming 6th and 7th grader. Instructors: Topeka Police Department Officers and USD 501 Police Officers. Capacity: 30 per camp. Morning snack and lunch provided. Free camps. Information:

Heart SMART, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, June 7-28, Area Agency of Aging, 401 Houston St., Manhattan. Information: Lauren Steinlage, (800) 432-2703.

Flint Hills FolkLife Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, Chase County Courthouse Lawn, Pearl Street and Broadway, Cottonwood Falls. Free event. Information: Sue Smith (620) 273-6053, or email

Shawnee County Historical Society’s “History Camp for Kids” “Oregon Trail Adventures,” sessions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12​-16, Historic Ritchie House and Cox Center, 1116 and 1118 S.E. Madison. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch. The cost is $50, which includes talented presenters, hands-on ​​educational​ objects, primary source material, campfire and food. Included in the cost is admission to the Kansas Museum for a special session and materials for campers to build a covered wagon. For additional information or to register: call the Shawnee County Historical Society, 234-6097, or ​

TARC, free residential confidential paper shred, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 12​-16, 1800 S.W. 42nd.

Washunga Days, June 16-18, Neosho Riverwalk Park, Council Grove. Parade, food vendors, and car show. Buttons: $15 at the gate and are discounted $10 until Monday, June 12.

Kansas Youth Chorale Auditions, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14, First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison St. Singers in grades 4-8. Schedule auditions at Specific Information about auditions at

The Eastern Unit of Kansas Judges Council present “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” a Small-Standard Flower Show honoring nonagenarians, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, Ward-Meade Park (Preston Hale Room), 124 N.W. Fillmore. Free and open to the public.

The 29th annual YWCA Leadership Lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, Capital Plaza Hotel Sunflower Ballroom Maner Conference Center, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Honoring women of excellence who are making a difference in Northeast Kansas. Information: Sarah, 233-1750, Ext. 222, or

A new exhibit at Emporia State University honors student, staff and faculty veterans, “WWI and the Memorial Union: Honoring Veterans, Serving Students,” curated by ESU Special Collection and Archives and showcases students, staff and faculty who served from the Spanish-American War through current conflicts in the Middle East. On display on the first floor of White Library, 1 Kellogg Cir., Emporia, through July.

“Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House” exhibit, through Aug. 24, Eisenhower Presidential Library Lobby, 200 S.E. 4th St. Features items from his distinguished careeer as press secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Information: 263-6700.

The 4th annual Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash, Sept. 9. Help send off the riders that morning and cheer them home in the afternoon. Food, a beer garden and music by Black Top Road will be featured in the afternoon. Information: Marysville Chamber of Commerce, 562-3101, or or follow on Facebook.

Marysville Farmers Market, 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Oct. 14, 7th and Broadway in historic downtown Marysville. Selection of baked goods, locally grown foods, plants and homemade crafts. Information: 562-6818 or 562-2424.

Seneca Community Farmers Market, 8 a.m., downtown at The Market Greenhouse, 33 N. 5th. Saturdays through mid-October. Information: Facebook page Seneca Community Farmers Market.

Emporia Farmers Market, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7th Ave., between Merchant and Commercial Street, Emporia. Runs May through October. For market news and events, find the Emporia Farmers Market on Facebook or visit Information: Jessica Hopkins, (620) 343-6555 or email

The Great Overland Station Museum exhibit “The Kaw: A Prairie River Shapes a State,” 701 N. Kansas Ave. Artifacts on display include bones, animal teeth, pottery shards, and pieces from the Kaw Indian or native tribes that lived along the Kansas River. Information: Trisha Smith, Great Overland Station development and marketing manager, 232-5533 or The exhibit will show through Jan. 31, 2018.

“Eisenhower and the Great War” Exhibit, through March 1, 2018, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, 200 S.E. 4th St., Abilene. Information: 263-6700.

“Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President” Exhibit, through May 31, 2018, Eisenhower Presidential Library &Museum, 200 S.E. 4th St., Abilene. Information: 263-6700.

Topeka Salvation Army free hot meal, 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and sack lunch Friday, 1320 S.E. 6th St.

Free mobile food distribution, from 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. until food runs out, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Family of God Church, 1231 N.E. Eugene. No ID or proof of income required. First-come, first-served. Sponsored by Randel Ministries, Harvesters and Family of God Church. Information: 234-1111 or

Midland Care offers grief support for all ages, including children and teenagers. Information: 232-2044.

The 42 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: May 30-June 4, 2017

Whim W’Him’s Approaching Ecstasy opens this week, and will include 40 singers, five instrumentalists, seven dancers, and a story inspired by a closeted gay man who lived in Egypt at the end of the 19th century. Bamberg Fine Art

Our music critics have already chosen the 27 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it’s our arts critics’ turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Pictures at an Exhibition to Bite of Greece to the First Thursday Art Walk to the continuation of the Seattle International Film Festival. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Salad for President Dinner
Given our current president, having an actual salad for president doesn’t sound so bad. For now, indulge in that sweet, sweet fantasy while enjoying this “seasonally inspired” three-course dinner by Julia Sherman, author of the Salad for President blog. That blog isn’t a rigorous documentation of every instance where Trump has uttered words that jumble together like the spring flowers, raab, and mustard frill in Sherman’s salad course, but rather a celebration of plant-based eating. However, her actual salad sounds a lot more pleasant than such Trump word-salad classics as ” I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” This being modern America—where our president tweets misleading doublespeak on the regular and we are perpetually confused and bewildered by his nonstop assault on the environment, LGBT rights, immigrants, affordable health care, basic human decency, and pretty much everything you like—”drinks are available too.” Thank fucking God. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE


Literary Happy Hour
Capitol Cider invites poets and authors to read their work to a happy hour audience ($1 off drafts before 6). This month, Patrick Milia, and Elizabeth Cooperman’s poetry will be followed by a prose reading by novelist Jennie Shortridge.

Loud Mouth Lit
This series of “fresh, local, and organic” author readings, which thrives on face-to-face interaction, is curated by playwright and fiction writer Paul Mullin. At the May edition, look forward to a reading by playwright, former Stranger staffer, and Weed: The User’s Guide author David Schmader. They add: “Admission is free, but works by authors will be on sale and aggressively hawked from the podium. Bring CASH!”

Thomas Ricks
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks will share his new book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell that explores their political and artistic battles against fascism.



Alfredo Arreguin: Over the Rainbow
Mexican-born Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin paints immersive, pulsating visions that blend magical realism with Northwest motifs and elements of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement (which some critics say he helped pioneer). Whether he paints mountain landscapes or portraits of Frida Kahlo, his glinting surfaces are teeming with so many snakes, stars, and flowers that they appear to be alive. Arreguin is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, but this solo exhibition takes place on the mezzanine gallery of Everett’s Schack Art Center, a free regional gallery that also offers classes and studio spaces. EMILY POTHAST
This exhibit closes on Saturday.

Dakota Gearhart: Tank Hypnosis
Multimedia artist Dakota Gearhart operates in the gaps between people, plants, animals, and objects, asking, “What unites us?” In Tank Hypnosis, Gearhart answers that question with water, creating a world of video, sculpture, and images featuring “hypnotherapy aquascapes” that offer models of self-care in an increasingly toxic world. Working with aquariums and feeder fish, Gearhart calls on her own experiences with sensory-deprivation tanks, technical diving, and municipal wastewater to make visible the watery systems that envelop and intimately connect us. (And yes, she’s a water sign.) EMILY POTHAST
This exhibit closes on Saturday.



Chris Maynard: Featherfolio
Chris Maynard has been dubbed “Olympia’s feather artist”—almost implying that every town has one, when in fact, the intricate, lattice-like patterns that he hand-cuts into each feather are one-of-a-kind. Every year, when birds shed their feathers, he collects and delicately carves the feathers using a scalpel, mounting them in shadowboxes to create pieces where the beauty of artistic form meets the function of nature. Maynard has been working with feathers since he was 12—and while it’s true he does only one thing, he does it well. Featherfolio at the Bainbridge Museum of Art will be his first solo art museum show, which will include framed work as well as site-specific installations. AMBER CORTES
This exhibit closes on Sunday.


Seattle International Film Festival 2017
The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the US, with 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It’s impressively grand, and is one of the most exciting and widely-attended arts events Seattle has to offer. See the full schedule, buy tickets, watch trailers, and read Stranger reviews on our complete SIFF 2017 guide


Lambda Literary Award–winning playwright Robert O’Hara offers up two different families—one white, one black, both named O’Mallery—staging an interventions for their respective drug-addicted family members. Up-and-coming director Malika Oyetimein, who managed a wonderful production of O’Hara’s Bootycandy two years ago, will likely squeeze every ounce of cringe-inducing comedy from this very strong cast. Also of note: This play kicks off Intiman’s 2017 season, which was co-curated by the extremely multitalented Sara Porkalob. RICH SMITH
There will be no performance on Thursday.

Here Lies Love
David Byrne’s critically adored disco musical about the life and times of Imelda Marcos, disco-obsessed wife of Ferdinand Marcos. She danced by his side (and by Richard Nixon’s—look it up on YouTube) while his dictatorial ass terrorized the Philippines. Unlike other musicals, you don’t have to forgive this one for its melodramatic, sappy songs. The fast numbers are groovy disco bangers and the slow numbers are touching, tropically inflected twee rock/pop. Production-wise, this show will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the Rep. The installation of mobile dance floors will significantly change the theater’s seating situation, and the audience will be dancing (according to the demands of the dictator, of course) throughout the show. RICH SMITH



The Shadow Council
The “mudpie lobbed into the halls of power” known as Brett Hamil’s Seattle Process show has been so successful that it now has a spin-off: the Shadow Council‘s panel will lead the “people’s legislative body” to vote on proposals, which will be submitted afterwards to elected officials.


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Taylor, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, wanted to know why Black Lives Matter was becoming popular now, “when we’re living through the biggest concentration of black political power in American history,” she told Ansel Herz in an in an interview last year. She wrote her book, #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, to explore that question, and also to write about the possibility of the movement widening its scope. Can a nonhierarchical organization focused on police brutality and mass incarceration create social change on a larger scale? This talk is your chance to ask her. RICH SMITH

Scaachi Koul with Lindy West
Senior Buzzfeed culture writer Scaachi Koul’s new book, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, is a series of funny but poignant essays about life as a first-generation Canadian Indian, covering everything from clothing nightmares to college parties to a fear of flying to the nuances of Indian weddings. As Publishers Weekly writes, “The specifics of Koul’s life are unique, but the overarching theme of inheritance is universal, particularly the vacillation between struggling against becoming one’s parents and the begrudging acceptance that their ways might not be so bad. Koul’s deft humor is a fringe benefit.” Lindy West, one of the funniest people in town, will lead the conversation.



Village Theatre presents Tony- and Grammy Award-winning musical Dreamgirls (not officially about the Supremes’ rise to fame, but containing many parallels) which was made extremely popular by the 2006 film starring Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and the inimitable Queen B. Come for Motown tunes, commentary about celebrity, dramatic ultimatums, and flashy dance numbers.

La vida es sueño is a mesmerizing 17th-century verse play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca about free will, fate, and the human condition—and Sueño is a modern translation and adaptation by award-winning playwright José Rivera (who wrote plays including Marisol and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, and adapted the screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries). This production is directed by Book-It founder Jane Jones.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
ArtsWest presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, a musical offering murder, cannibalism, and barbershops—plus songs that are creepy, catchy, quick, and witty.



First Thursday Art Walk
Once a month, Seattleites flock to the streets in Pioneer Square for a chance to stroll, sip on booze, and attend as many art openings as possible at First Thursday. It’s the city’s central and oldest art walk, and takes place in a historic neighborhood known for its abundance of galleries. Wine and hobnobbing will steal the scene for some, but at its core, it’s an impressive communal unveiling of new artwork. In June, don’t miss opening receptions for Christopher Buening’s (Guerrilla Ceramica), ¡Cuidado! The Help, Gaylen Hansen’s New and Select Work from the Past, Paul Komada, and Rene Almanza, Isauro Huizar, and Alexis Mata (Ciler): Vessel.

And Not Or Opening Reception
Every library, like every art collection, contains only a fraction of possible works—a reflection of curatorial choices that decide which narratives get told (or omitted). For And Not Or, a selection of artists (including Wynne Greenwood, Joe Rudko, and Ryan Feddersen) chose artworks from Seattle University’s Lemieux Library to be rehoused at the Hedreen Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, to be accompanied by books chosen by artist Abra Ancliffe. In turn, these artists will replace the missing library objects with their own artworks, to be accompanied by “labels” crafted by poet Natalie Martínez. It’s a complex maneuver, sparking dialogue about context, inclusion, and interesting accidents. EMILY POTHAST


Guest Chef Night
FareStart is a fantastic organization that empowers disadvantaged and homeless men and women by training them for work in the restaurant industry. Every Thursday, they host a Guest Chef Night, featuring a three-course dinner from a notable Seattle chef for just $29.95—this week, it’s chef Ethan Stowell.


Seattle StorySLAM
A live amateur storytelling competition in which audience members who put their names in a hat are randomly chosen to tell stories on a theme. Local comedians tend to show up, but lots of nonperformers get in on the action as well. This week’s theme is “mystery.”



…And Starring Claire from Hollywood
Set in a little seaside town, Jim Moran’s …And Starring Claire from Hollywood presents a play-within-a-play premise about a D-List Hollywood star taking a role in a local production of Noël Coward’s 1930 play Private Lives. In that play, a couple gets divorced, they each meet new partners, and they go on their honeymoons—only to discover they’re staying at the same hotel. Presented by Macha Monkey Productions: “producers of fearless, funny, female theatre.”

Octavio Solis’s critically acclaimed Lydia is billed as a ghostly, intense, Miller-esque domestic drama about a young maid who cares for and communes with a teenager who wound up in a coma under mysterious circumstances. Many critics seem haunted (in a good way!) by the play’s magic, and by the way it refracts Miller’s obsession with the American dream through the prisms of seven brilliantly rendered Latino characters. The dean of Yale School of Drama, James Bundy, called it “one of the most important plays of this decade.” This is the kind of dark, language-driven material Strawshop always pulls off with aplomb, and may very well be the low-key hit of the spring season. RICH SMITH



Grand Concourse
Grand Concourse, written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Annie Lareau, is a play about the way the group dynamics in a Bronx soup kitchen change when a new hire arrives.

The Realistic Joneses
The Realistic Joneses is a precisely-titled realist play about two neighboring couples with the last name Jones, written by playwright Will Eno (whom Charles Isherwood at the New York Times called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation”). The Realistic Joneses earned a number of accolades and some rave reviews on Broadway in 2014 for its humorous, character-driven take on illness, marital life, and intimacy. This production is presented by New Century Theatre Company and directed by Paul Budraitis.



Spin the Bottle
This is Seattle’s longest-running cabaret and has seen just about everything—dance, theater, comedy, paper airplanes, tears, stunts, music, romance—from just about everyone.



Outer Rim: An Improvised Space Western
Improv artists will take you on a long-form trip through deep space. No two performances will be the same, but every night the crew will have to employ all their hyperdrive and wiles to survive as they hop from planet to planet “on the fringes of civilization.”


Weekend in Walla Walla
SeaCreatures is the restaurant group headed by culinary force of nature Renee Erickson, who owns Barnacle, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise. On June 2 and 3, join SeaCreatures and Woodinville-based winery àMaurice for a weekend in Walla Walla, packed with lots of things to eat and drink. Saturday night’s dinner (created by Erickson) will be family-style and will be held in the vineyard. The dinner will include pairings from àMaurice Cellars.


Pictures at an Exhibition
This Pacific Northwest Ballet program includes Balanchine’s 1968 ballet La Source (with music by Leo Delibes, and originally created for renowned French ballerina Violette Verdy), NYCB ballet master and Broadway legend Jerome Robbins’ 1979 ballet Opus 19/The Dreamer, and finally, what looks to be the highlight of the production: Alexei Ratmansky’s 2014 ballet Pictures at an Exhibition. The music is by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, inspired by his tour of a memorial exhibition for artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann. Each musical number comments on an individual piece of art by Hartmann, and this production promises to pair the music and dance with geometric images by Russian painter Wassily Kandinksy. At the very least, it’s an ambitious attempt to seamlessly merge dance, music, and visual art inside a new piece of choreography (whose history goes back centuries).


Whim W’Him presents Approaching Ecstasy
According to press materials, Approaching Ecstasy “incorporates 40 singers, five instrumentalists, and seven dancers and is inspired by the poems of Constantine Cavafy, who lived as a closeted gay man in Egypt at the end of the 19th century.” When the show opened to critical acclaim back in 2012, City Arts‘ Rachel Gallaher described Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers’s choreography as “passionately driven.” Eric Banks and the Esoterics sing the poems in Greek along with music (a throwback to the lyre-accompanied poetry readings of yore) and then read them in English. If great choral music and dance don’t do it for you, then go for the poems of Cavafy. In his erotic poetry, he’s the loneliest of the lonely boys, and while reading him, you can feel how constrained he was by the homophobia of his time and place. Read “Half an Hour.” Read “The Next Table.” RICH SMITH



Bite of Greece
Try authentic coffee, pastries, and other food and drinks at this free festival that will also feature Greek dancing and a Greek marketplace.



LISTEN: It’s a Sound Show
LISTEN is an immersive, one-night-only exhibition presenting a dynamic and complex range of works that foreground the act of listening as a key element. Featuring stationary artworks, sound installations, live performances and spoken word, LISTEN aims to ask who (or what) we listen to, and why. EMILY POTHAST

The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show
That’s right, hungry thirsty art-starved pancake aficionados, this show’s got everything you need: 70 or more artist vendors, a free pancake bar, DJs, and body painting.

Robert Hardgrave: Pulp Artist Talk
If you’ve been following visual art in Seattle for any length of time, chances are you’ve come across the work of Robert Hardgrave, even if you didn’t know it. He works in a variety of 2-D media—painting, drawing, toner transfers, the leftover “pulp” from those transfers—to create a body of work that is as colorful and effusive as it is distinctive. Visually, Hardgrave’s style hovers somewhere between ancient petroglyphs and something you might see in a high-end skateboard shop, but like most images, these are things that are better seen than described. Pulp, an exhibition of new work at Studio E Gallery, is your chance to see them for yourself—and this artist talk is a chance to learn about them. EMILY POTHAST


Brewshed Beer Fest
Tipple beer from 18 breweries and help out the Washington Wild environmental nonprofit, which helps establish permanent wilderness and wild and scenic river designations.

Charles Smith’s First-Annual Jet City Rosé Experience
Fun fact: Together, France and the US consume nearly half of the annual 594.4 million gallons of rosé produced globally. It’s clear we like the stuff. If you’re a true rosé habitué, you’ll practically cry with joy when you attend local winemaker Charles Smith’s first annual Jet City Rosé Experience this summer, an event celebrating the pretty pink liquid that we love so much. Alongside Smith will be a bevy of wineries, including Analema, Amavi Cellars, Avennia, Bartholomew Winery, Bieler Pére et Fils, DeLille Cellars, Doubleback, EFESTE, Elk Cove Vineyards, Gramercy Cellars, J Bookwalter Winery, Julia’s Dazzle, Mark Ryan Winery, Milbrandt Vineyards, Pacific Rim, Seven Hills Winery, Syncline Winery, Tranche and W.T. Vintners. The Rosé Experience will also feature live performances from Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson, famed singer John Doe and The Dusty 45’s. And because rosé actually isn’t its own food group (it’s easy to forget), five local food trucks (El Camino, The People’s Burger, Snout & Co., Where Ya At Matt, and Cheese Wizards) will be onsite to satiate your alcohol-induced hunger pains.

Summer of Rosé Kick-Off Party 2017
This past spring, our dear city broke its 122-year-old record for most rain ever—and we’re only now just starting to emerge from the past eightish months of sogginess. Celebrate this glorious fact with an equally glorious beverage—everyone’s favorite, rosé. Bottlehouse will throw a “kick-off” party in celebration of the wine, complete with over 25 selections of different rosés from around the world, a DJ, raffles and VIP giveaways, and special menu options. Plus, we hear the patio will be open.


Arthaus 3.0 Finale with Tatianna
Version 3.0 of Kremwerk’s drag-queen battle royale/dance party is upon us. Teams of hilarious and artsy queens will compete for bragging rights, shade throwing rights, and the right to play puppet master at the following year’s Arthaus series. As I predicted, Betty Wetter, Cookie Couture, Miss Americano, and Khloe5X of Halfway Haus won the series last year, and they’ll be hosting and picking the themes this year. For this season finale, the three finalist houses will compete, with Halfway Haus hosting and performances by Cookie Couture, Betty Wetter, Americano, and Old Witch, with special guest Tatianna from RuPaul’s Drag Race. French Inhale will DJ. Drinks will be had. RICH SMITH


Jack Straw Showcase Open House
For your small donation to the Jack Straw writing residency program, you’ll have the chance to see and hear a diverse lineup of poets, African drummers, dancers, and musicians, including Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou of Gansango Dance Ensemble, Shin Yu Pai, the Steve Griggs Ensemble, the Fisher Ensemble, Cello X, and many others.



Strange Coupling
A UW School of Art tradition for over a decade, Strange Coupling pairs up working artists with current UW students to create collaborative artworks and community connections. This year’s roster will include the work of 12 artist pairs curated by Brian J. Carter, Tim Detweiler, Greg Kucera, S. Surface and Emily Zimmerman. EMILY POTHAST



Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery
On the first Sunday of each month, comedy, variety, and “a parade of wonder and awkward sharing” are hosted by the self-proclaimed “mustache wizard” Emmett Montgomery.

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Appraising the Lagos at 50 campaign

The Lagos at 50 outdoor advertising campaign would seem to have wound down two weeks to the climax of the subject of the campaign. It left in its wake many conversations and controversies that helped to drive it.

The inclusion of Prof. Pat Utomi, Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie, Stella Okoli of Emzor Pharma, the Ebeano duo and other non-native Lagosians in the Lagos at 50 campaign removed disquiet in some quarters and raised the ante in the discussion of the campaign. Still, there were those who quarrelled with what was tagged its elitism.

The very elaborate campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lagos State presents an interesting case study in public communication. The Lagos at 50 campaign is a 50-day long effort involving events, various programmes and direct messaging through advertising.

Some context is necessary. Lagos is not merely one of Nigeria’s 36 states. Lagos is primus inter pares. It stands alone and apart, owing to its history, its current size and its net worth. Lagos was the combined commercial and political capital of Nigeria up until 1991. It remains the business capital of West and Central Africa, and certainly one of the principal cities of Africa.

Lagos has set the pace for Nigeria in several areas, from medicine to media, commerce to communication, politics to governance and everything in between. Lagos was where the Nigeria media grew its sinews, where broadcasting commenced with Rediffusion relays of BBC broadcasts and where advertising took form.

Rivers State in the South-South is also celebrating 50 years. So it should. Lagos is the focus because where Lagos goes, other states soon follow.

Kudos, therefore, to the Lagos State government for this elaborate campaign. Note that in the Communication Darwinism of the Information Age, everything communicates, the stated and the unstated. A melange of activities, events and direct communication featured in the messaging of Lagos at 50.

Entertainment is a fundamental element of the Lagos at 50 campaign. It has featured Wakaa! The Musical, Fela, the Broadway Musical in Concert, a Boat Regatta and the Lagos International Jazz Festival. There have been fashion shows, film shows in the first four divisions of the state, viz Ikeja, Epe, Badagry and Ikorodu. The arts and culture predominate. The workshops that feature as part of the celebration are arts-based, being Onidiri, the art of human adornment, led by Jimi Solanke and Gele, by Nike Okundaye. There would be a comedy festival, more dances by skaters and even dance and comedy challenge.

Lagos at 50 gives a nod to education. There are literary and debate competitions for primary schools and Junior and Senior Secondary Schools. There would be a two-day conference on the theme, “Lagos: From Mega to Smart City” on May 25 and 26. There would be a colloquium on various areas and a special legislative session.

All of these are communication events and elements, make no mistake about it. Communication as communication, however, took the form of the outdoor campaign mainly. The ubiquity and character of the outdoor campaign made it the focus and primary platform for the Lagos at 50 messaging.

The goal of this campaign seemed to be to make the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Lagos people-centric by highlighting significant players in the evolution of the state. The theme is “Enhance the heritage. Advance the Future.”

It started off, however, on a limiting footing with a focus on artists and the entertainment world. A gale of criticism followed, and the implementation team upped their game by extending the recognitions to persons in various other fields.

In consequence, the campaign acquired some distinct characteristics. First, is the fact of the advertising being almost exclusively an outdoor campaign. Outdoor as the primary driver of a campaign is unusual and upends convention. Conventional wisdom in marcomms sees outdoor advertising mainly as reminder media. Lagos at 50 showed that it is possible to run on outdoor as primary and even sole vehicle.

Why is this so? As in real estate, location is an important consideration for out of home media. Lagos is prime real estate, an appealing location for outdoor. Lagos offers the population and the density to ensure effective reach and high opportunity to see. The boards took advantage of the massive traffic on the major roads of the city. They were thus highly visible.

One of the oft-cited benefits of outdoor advertising is cost effectiveness. There are no figures yet to know how many hoardings the managers of the campaign deployed and what it cost. For the impact it made, however, it is clear they would have required considerable air time and print insertions to come anywhere close.

Lagos at 50 was scalable and showed remarkable flexibility and adaptability. The campaign managers reacted positively to criticisms and complaints, making adjustments and additions.

A further positive for the campaign was extending the messaging of the theme campaign launched last year, “Our Lagos”, the story of an inclusive Lagos as the melting pot of West Africa.

Outdoor is, of course, the medium that offers round the clock exposure. It runs 24 hours a day, all week. There is no editorial, programming or photographs around the boards. In the compact environment of Lagos, outdoor is a winning medium.

Outdoor becamean essential part of the marketing mix in Lagos since the introduction of the Bus Rapid Transit and its dedicated buses. The moving billboards on the buses conveyed their messages effectively.

A significant drawback for the Lagos at 50 communication effort was the absence of integration. The outdoor campaign featured an extensive list of eminent personalities picked for roles across various fields of endeavour. Outdoor has its limitations, so there was no information on the characters. From this point, the campaign would have benefitted from integration. There was none. There was neither a public relations campaign to storify and share the attributes that made the persons icons of Lagos nor even one on the main website of Lagos at 50.

The outdoor campaign is over. Measurement would be regarding how well it served the communication functions. According to the UNESCO International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems (1980), critical communication purposes are information, socialisation and motivation. Others are debate and discussion, education, and cultural promotion. Then there are entertainment and integration.

The Lagos at 50 campaign sparked debate and discussion. Through other measures, the LASG has done cultural promotion and lots of entertainment. Information, socialisation and motivation would happen through the citizen activities such as the school’s debate, the colloquium and the musical events.

The campaign at the end made a significant impact. It created buzz and drew attention to the fact of a major celebration. It was left to the campaign managers to strengthen it with other elements in the IMC cookbook. The key missing element of the campaign is integration. Integration refers to the provision to all persons and groups of access to the variety of messages that they need to know and understand each other and to appreciate others’ living conditions, viewpoints and aspirations. That would be the true conversation on Lagos and the communication of Lagos.

There are some quibbles. As Nigeria did when the Federal Government marked our centenary, there is no plan in the outlined programme to leave lasting mementoes. It is all about singing, dancing, eating and talking. Just merriment. Lagos is not planning to build e-libraries to mark its 50th year or even to improve the appeal and experience of its tourism. An e-library in each of the first four zones would be a lasting monument with relevance and applicability.

Nor did the LASG consider using the Lagos at 50 celebrations to jumpstart tourism. For instance, the trek at the Badagry Slave Route could do with some improvements such as Ogun State did with the Olumo Rock climb. It is time for a Lagos City Tour, same as you have a London City Tour or a New York City tour.

There are enough places of historical import for the many persons who come to Lagos and need education on the history of Nigeria’s much beloved and significant city-state.

The lack of permanent reminders seems to be a recent development and is a departure from the behaviour of the then Federal Military Government that left the Festac Town housing development and the National Theatre as mementoes of the jamboree of the World Festival of Black Arts and Civilisation in 1977.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is making marks in other areas and has shown adaptability and a listening ear. Maybe Lagos would still do something as a permanent reminder of the Golden Jubilee of its creation as a state. True to type, the ink was just drying on this submission when I saw that the LASG had baptised the about-to-be-commissioned Ajah bridge as “Jubilee Bridge.” Good thinking and good communication.

Nwakanma is former president of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria and on the Adjunct Faculty, School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

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