Weekend Picks: Love Garden songwriters; Bill Murray art; weird walking tours; demolition derby; Blackbird Revue

We don't have a festival in our Weekend Picks this time around, but we do have a fair. That's sort of like a festival, right? ...

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The whole hog: Butcher serves up all-natural sausages at Leeway Franks

Lee Meisel first fell in love with sausages as a teenager growing up in rural North Dakota. It was in the midst of deer season one year that Meisel scored a job making sausages at a small butcher shop in his hometown of Mandan. There, he learned many of the techniques that he would later use as 715’s resident butcher.

Style Scout: Mark Maiden

Whom do people say you look like? Eraserhead

Style Scout: Kate Hartland

What is your spirit animal? A dark alley.

Life of the party: Local rappers inspire, entertain and educate at Replay show

On Saturday, the love of hip-hop was alive and well at the Replay when three local acts got together to showcase what the genre has ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Tempeh Parmesan at Yello Sub

For a sandwich modeled after chicken Parmesan that doesn't actually contain any animal protein, Yello Sub's Tempeh Parmesan offers a surprisingly meaty taste and texture.

Kansas City Connection: Taking a tour up North

In my relentless pursuit of new entertainment options in the Kansas City area, I recently discovered an entirely new city just across the river from downtown Kansas City, Mo. This little-known municipality, referred to by natives as “North Kansas City,” appears to be a self-sustaining community complete with movie theaters, restaurants, breweries and dentist offices.

Local chefs preparing for eggplant battle at Douglas County Fair

Last year, Rick Martin beat out fellow gastronomic greats Rafael and Kate Gonzales of Global Café in the Douglas County Fair’s annual Chefs Challenge. On ...

Local music fans, bands get freaky at Forever Fest

The Lawrence label boasting musicians that like to get weird lived up to its reputation on Friday. Whatever Forever held a mini festival of sorts ...

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Longtime friends and musicians Danny Pound, David Swenson to reunite for Love Garden show

Back in the late 1990s, when Danny Pound and David Swenson were just a couple of twentysomething kids tooling around with their guitars and playing offbeat gigs at local venues, Love Garden Sounds was the place to be.

Artistic takes on controversial books sought for library trading cards

The Lawrence Public Library is once again asking local artists to submit their takes on controversial literature for its annual Banned Book Trading Card series.

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Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

The KU professor and filmmaker dishes on his controversial new project with Spike Lee, his favorite movies and one thing every budding screenwriter should know. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration. By Eric Melin

Free State Festival looking for public feedback

The Lawrence Arts Center is looking for feedback from the public about this year's Free State Festival.

Taking a hard look at 'Watchman'

Harper Lee’s second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," hit the shelves last week, bringing with it a storm of controversy. The book follows a 26-year-old ...

Boxing cliches spring eternal in 'Southpaw'

Most boxing movies are rags-to-riches stories but “Southpaw,” starring a bulked-up Jake Gyllenhaal, is a riches-to-rags story. This reversal of the traditional structure doesn’t mean ...

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with some fancy franks

Today is National Hot Dog Day, and lovers of encased meats are rejoicing across the country. Here are four places in Lawrence with special kinds ...

Weekend Picks: Firkin tapping; Basic Boys comedy; Forever Fest; Robert Earl Keen; Sunday poetry

The summer stretches onward. There is still beer to drink, shows and festivals to attend, comedy to make you laugh, and poetry to inspire you. ...

Dean Monkey and the Dropouts doo-wop that thing

Band among 8 performing at this weekend's Forever Fest

Lawrence musicians will dive into all sorts of genres, from punk to garage to hip-hop. But if you’re in the mood for doo-wop, there’s only one band that will give it to you.

Style Scout: Stanton Nelson

Tell us a secret: I’m a pretty decent shot with my shotgun.

Style Scout: Samantha Hayes

What is your spirit animal? A tiger. They’re calm, but strong.

Dean Monkey and the Dropouts doo-wop that thing

Band among 8 performing at this weekend's Forever Fest

Lawrence musicians will dive into all sorts of genres, from punk to garage to hip-hop. But if you’re in the mood for doo-wop, there’s only one band that will give it to you.

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