A minty fresh treat for the late December days

It’s funny to me how each one of us associates this time of year with a certain “holidays-only” flavor. For some, it might be eggnog. ...

Tomato soup brings a little summer to December

Last summer, when my tomato plants were rife with fruit, I followed a friend's advice and blanched and peeled about a bushel to freeze. Canning, ...

Book of unseen portraits to shed new light on Burroughs

Kansas University student Patrick Clement is the author and curator behind a new book that he says will offer a fresh perspective on Beat Generation writer (and one-time Lawrencian) William S. Burroughs.

'Hobbit' finale taints legacy of Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy

The mammoth cinematic achievement of Peter Jackson — adapting the rich world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth since 2001 — will always come with an asterisk; ...

KC film critics award 'Birdman' with best film

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle named Alejandro González Iñárritu's genre-defying "Birdman" the best film of 2014, as the second oldest movie critics' organization in ...

Homemade for the holidays: Local artists craft greeting cards by hand

We are living in the age of DIY, says Sarah McCormick. In a time when the many uses of a Mason jar can draw as much excitement from folks as the newest iPhone, a handful of local artists are finding a market for handmade greeting cards.

Kansas City Connection: Karaoke and a cup of joe

Whenever someone proposes a one-word group activity like trivia, Twister or karaoke, I instantly start refreshing my mental list of excuses. But if I find myself in an agreeable mood and decide to take part, I usually have a great time (except in the case of Twister — that never ends well).

'Top Five' dragged down by hype

Hype is a dangerous thing. It’s a double-edged sword, because any movie studio publicist will agree that buzz helps get people in the theater, but ...

Cast, along with beards, grow in latest incarnation of 'A Kansas Nutcracker'

This weekend, Ric Averill will complete his months-long transformation into Gen. Hugh Cameron, an eccentric figure who settled in Lawrence during the tumultuous years just before the Civil War.

Off the Beaten Plate: Walking Tacos at Henry T's

The “Walking Taco” is all about convenience. Order up a plate of these babies at Henry T’s and forget about the to-go box.

Garden Variety: Topping harmful to trees

Tree experts and professional arborists have agreed for decades that the pruning practice known as topping is detrimental to trees, but it continues to happen across the country and right here in Douglas County.

Fix-It Chick: 10 ways to make the holidays a little (or a lot) greener

When it comes to holiday traditions, making eco-conscious decisions can help your wallet as well as the environment! Here are some easy ways to make the holiday season a little greener.

Megan on the Move: An escape plan from getting sick

Motherhood does not equal martyrdom, and don't let anyone tell you different.

Cooking From Scratch: Grocery store gifts

Black Friday, Cyber Monday ― blech! Call me a Grinch if you want, but I hate the mall. I'd much rather do my holiday shopping at the grocery store.

Style Scout: Eli Allen

Fashion trends you love: I’m really into stuff like Rick Owens, goth ninja, drop-crotch sweats and big ol' parkas. I can never pull it off but I think they’re pretty sweet.

Style Scout: Nici Ashner

Fashion trends you love: Velvet thigh-highs are my two favorites this year. Velvet is coming back!

Delicious/Nutritious: Ginger a healthy, tasty treat

Ginger is a spicy root that is small but mighty — not just in size but in both flavor and health benefits.

Kansas City Connection: All aboard for holiday activities

Kansas City’s Union Station is staying busy in its centennial year, and December alone is full of enough events and activities to fill an entire column. Instead, let’s focus on just a few of this month’s holiday highlights.

Behind the Lens: Gifts for photographers

For those of you searching out gift ideas for your photographer spouse, friend or for your “selfie,” here are a few stocking-stuffer ideas.

Cast, along with beards, grow in latest incarnation of 'A Kansas Nutcracker'

This weekend, Ric Averill will complete his months-long transformation into Gen. Hugh Cameron, an eccentric figure who settled in Lawrence during the tumultuous years just before the Civil War.

Annual Organ Vespers Concert to deliver music from the 'heart'

Music, much like the holiday season, can conjure up a lot of emotions for many people. It has the power to make us happy, make us reflect and make us dance. Tandy Reussner hopes to create a similar effect Dec. 14 at the 18th annual Organ Vespers Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church. This year's theme is "Stirring the Heart at Christmas," and features a program of modern and traditional Christmas tunes.

Megan on the Move: Over the holidays, know when to walk away

Once I was asked to speak to a women's group about how a busy working mom survives the holidays. I laughed. Why were they asking me? I don't survive them. What I do is more like ignore them.

2014 Holiday Arts Guide

Highlights of arts and entertainment events from now through New Year’s

Looking for something do this holiday season? Whether you're in the mood for holiday festivities or less seasonally specific events, this list of local activities is sure to keep you busy through New Year's.

Events happening at your favorited places and shows from your favorited bands. (You'll see if any of your dot comrades are going, too.)

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