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Until now, one thing missing in Lawrence has been a regular get-together
for fans of SF/F.
City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, KaCSFFS, is a great organization,
but it usually meets in Kansas City. For more frequent get-togethers, and to
extend KaCSFFS westward, some locals and the Center have decided to organize a local group.
Join us! We are still processing a regular day when
all can meet, and we're always looking for more
suggested activities. Things people suggested that we do as a crew:
- Reading-discussion group.
There's so much good SF out there right now!
- Some members have a preference for
short stories - especially online stories.
- Others wish to read and discuss books. Some of these are available
online, as well.
- Sharing books and book recommendations.
- Movies at the theater... and/or movies (especially classics and B-movies) at home theaters.
This has been our primary gathering mode so far.
- Social gatherings to chat about SF/F and everything else over coffee with like-minded folks.
- Dinners out with like-minded folks.
- Trips to the Kansas
Cosmosphere, museums, and so forth.
- Attending local lectures, readings, and so forth.
- Attending Kansas City's
- Attending the
- And more!
Other SFnal Activities in and Around Lawrence
Here are some local goings-on of interest to SF/F people in town for our
Dino Lab at Kansas City's Union Station Science City
KU SUA Film Series
Union Station and the University of Kansas have formed a partnership to develop this unique laboratory,
the largest of its kind in America. For the first time anywhere, the whole scientific process involved in prepping
dinosaur specimens will be on full public display.
You can see it all, from the delicate work of extracting the ancient bones encased in rock, to pouring plastic replicas.
For more information,
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union.
Sponsored by Student Union Activities.
Click here for the SUA website. Call 864-SHOW.
KU Campus Lectures
These are part of the regular lecture series on campus with tons of stuff
SFnal types find interesting.
Check out the KU Events Calendar
to see what's happening on campus, and see the CSSF News
page for local talks. During the regular semester, you'll find
world-class lectures on everything from astrophysics to zoology, cheap movie
listings, art shows, and much more. And non-movie events are almost always free.
KU Museums and Observatories
Natural History Museum
1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Call 864-4450.
Art and Design Gallery
Clyde W. Tombaugh Observatory
302 Art and Design Building. 1-4:30 p.m. Sun.,
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fri. Closed Saturdays, holidays and Spring Break. Call 864-4401.
Operated by the KU
Astronomy department. Although the former observatory is being relocated,
is currently on the roof of the KU Stadium in the
Observing Station. In decent weather, you can use the observatory the
last Friday of the month 7:30pm-9pm, depending on when it gets dark. If it is
cloudy that Friday night, it will be open Sunday night instead. During daylight
savings time, it is open 9pm-10:30pm. The observatory is closed in the summer
except through special arrangement. KU also has other observation sites;
link for current schedules.
Come to a Public Open House at
Observatory. NEKAAL members will be there to answer your questions as you
feast your eyes on amazing sights and have a great time. To learn more, check
out their Star
Party page. Driving instructions to Farpoint are located on the observatory
page. Check this
link for current schedules.
Spencer Museum of Art
St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.,
noon-5 p.m. Sun. Closed every Monday.
"Daguerreotype to Digital: Photographs from the Collection."
"Tradition and Modernity: Japanese Art of the Early 20th Century."
"Tokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock Prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940."
Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Closed Sundays. Call
The Spencer Research Library's North
Gallery also offers a view of some of KU's great rare book collections -
including a fantastic collection of SF
materials as listed here - and a
view of the Memorial Campanile, looking north from the crest of Mount Oread.
Watson and Anschutz libraries
Watson: 1425 Jayhawk Blvd. Anschutz: 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive, south of Budig
Hall. 8 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10
a.m.-midnight Sun. Closed holidays. (Jan. 18 and 19: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.) For other
library hours, call 864-8900.
Wilcox Classical Museum
103 Lippincott Hall. By appointment only. Call 864-3153. Continuing exhibit of
full-size replicas of well-known works of Greek and Roman sculpture and
antiquities such as vases, coins, small sculptures, lamps and architectural
Here's a full description of KU
Library & Museum Hours
Our Discussion Groups
Join us in person or on the internet!
updated 10/30/2013. Check back for updates.