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Events to mark 100 years of William S. Burroughs

Updated: 2014-01-26T02:53:49Z

By DAN KELLY

The Kansas City Star

Lawrence Arts Center

“Creative Observer,” an exhibition of William Burroughs’ art and collections, is a multimedia experience that includes his collaborative works with Brion Gysin, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Cobain, Keith Haring, George Condo and other artists. On exhibit through March 2 at 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence. lawrenceartscenter.org, 785-843-2787

Events in conjunction with the exhibition:

• Storytelling by Burroughs’ friends and acquaintances, 7 p.m., Tuesday

• Staged reading of “The Nervous Set,” 8 p.m., Feb. 8;

• An appearance by film director, artist and actor John Waters, 7 p.m., Feb. 20.

Film screenings:

• “Words of Advice: Williams S. Burroughs on the Road,” Feb. 6

• “Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages,” narrated by Burroughs, Feb. 10

• “Naked Lunch,” Feb. 11

• “William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers,” Feb. 18

• “Howl,” Feb. 24

Unity Temple on the Plaza

Biographer Barry Miles will discuss his new book, “Call Me Burroughs,” the first full-length biography of William Burroughs to be published in a quarter century and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs’ life. Admission is $32, which includes a copy of book. 7 p.m., Jan. 30, 707 W. 47th St., rainydaybooks.com, 913-384-3126

Spencer Museum of Art

“William S. Burroughs: 100 Years of Expanding Consciousness” will include Burroughs’ 1992 portfolio of texts and images, “Seven Deadly Sins,” as well as works by Jon Blumb, Brion Gysin, Keith Haring, Roger Holden and Robert Mapplethorpe. “An Offbeat Literary Tribute,” with readings of Burroughs’ writing and reflections from poet Jim McCrary, who worked with Burroughs in Lawrence, is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Feb. 4-16, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence. spencerart.ku.edu, 785-864-4710

The Heavy Anchor

The hometown celebration of Burroughs’ 100th birthday will include readings, music and videos, and Burroughs-related items will be for sale. 6 p.m., Feb. 5, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis. theheavyanchor.com, 314-352-5226

London, England

“Interzone, Celebrating William S. Burroughs’ 100 Years.” Described as an “experiential event to celebrate the life and times of William S. Burroughs.” 8 p.m.-3 a.m., Feb. 7. Secret location; travel details will be sent to ticketholders before the event. guerrillazoo.com/interzone-burroughs-100.html

The Stone

As part of a monthlong celebration of William Burroughs in the East Village, The Stone will present a two-week program of music inspired by or dedicated to his work. April 8-20, New York City. thestonenyc.com, 212-473-0043

Compiled by Dan Kelly, The Star

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