Authentic Chinese menus find popularity at Lawrence restaurants

Here’s a revelation for you. That Chinese food many of us grew up with — think crab rangoon, General Tso’s chicken and the like — isn’t really Chinese. Those recipes, long staples in suburban buffets across the country, are American versions of Chinese food, cultivated through generations of immigrants to appeal to a more western palate.

Local Finds: Marvelous Mugs

Now that fall has officially arrived, there's no better time to curl up with a steaming cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Just add a crackling fireplace, your coziest sweater and one of these cool mugs from Lawrence stores. Cheers!

Home Style: Fiesta dinnerware and the history of these happy plates

There are many reasons that Fiesta ware is the best-selling dinnerware in American history, but one of them is that the brightly colored ceramic dinnerware offers something to just about everyone.

Cooking from Scratch: The secret to flavorful pumpkin seeds

The novelty of roasting plain seeds no longer outweighs their bland flavor. While you can sprinkle a little salt on top easily enough, it never really sticks well. To get amazing salty flavor the seeds need to be brined.

Visiting professor, author to talk race, gender politics at KU

Ayesha Hardison, Kansas University’s current Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will speak about race and gender politics today at the Kansas Union. Hardison, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, will give her presentation, titled "Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow" at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the union.

Style Scout: Lacey Douglas

Tell us a secret: I can sing like Britney Spears.

Style Scout: Chance Phillippe

Whom do people say you look like? I get Justin Bieber all the time and that gets annoying!

Garden Variety: 7 uses for the overlooked acorn

Ask a forester what tree to plant for strength, pest resistance and versatility, and the answer will almost always be an oak. Yes, they produce acorns, but in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, plant the oak anyway. When the acorns arrive in autumn seasons to come, try these overlooked uses to make the nuts a little less of a nuisance.

Fix-It Chick: Control boxelder bugs

Boxelder bugs, sometimes mistakenly referred to as stink bugs, are considered nuisance bugs by their sheer number alone. Boxelder bugs seldom cause damage to plants or property, but they can stain fabric and carpets during more active times. Prevention, rather than elimination, is the best way to control boxelder bugs.

John Brown's Underground serving weekend brunch; Limestone Pizza now open Sundays

Speakeasies may not be known as brunch destinations, Kate Brubacher admits, but she's hoping to change that at John Brown's Underground, 7 E. Seventh St. ...

Spooky good cookie dough bites

At this point in my life, I’m not one to overdose on Halloween candy. Up until a few years ago, yes. Now, not so much. ...

Kansas food: Chili and cinnamon rolls

If you're from Kansas, you may remember eating chili and cinnamon rolls at school lunch. For me, it was one of the few school lunches ...

A family affair: Foxy By Proxy pull together to stage annual Halloween Hextravaganza

Foxy By Proxy is a family, its members say — a kooky, demented clan of “weirdos.” Gathered around the fireplace at Frank’s North Star Tavern, the Lawrence-based burlesque troupe’s de facto headquarters, five of the group’s 16 members are discussing costumes for their upcoming Halloween Hexstravaganza. It all looks a bit like a strange family portrait.

Kansas City Connection: Halloween happenings in KC

Halloween is on a Friday this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2008 and 2003 — years in which I threw parties where my guests and I consumed cigarettes, pumpkin ales and peanut butter cups until we probably looked like prematurely rotted jack-o’-lanterns. I’m a more relaxed, health-conscious family man these days, so this column will include a mix of family events as well as a few slightly more debaucherous options.

A Halloween comedy tradition comes to Liberty Hall big screen

The ongoing Film Church series at Liberty Hall rolls on this month with three screenings on Sunday of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic “Young Frankenstein,” a ...

Tret Fure, a trailblazer for women in the music industry, playing concert in Lawrence

Far be it from anyone to tell singer-songwriter and activist Tret Fure where she belongs in the music industry. Or that she doesn’t, for that ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos at Quinton's Bar & Deli

What started as a temporary addition to the menu has now earned a permanent spot at Quinton’s: The Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos.

Spooky-fun Halloween activities lined up for kids, adults

Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treating, though there's plenty of that around town, too. Take a look and you'll find plenty of spooky events on the calendar from now right up to the big day for children and adults alike. Here, we've rounded up a few of the most intriguing Halloween-y activities going on in Lawrence. There's more where these came from — check out our events calendar for more spooky, scary ideas.

Cooking from Scratch: Easy popcorn balls a treat from Halloweens past

These really are, as the recipe card my mom read to me over the phone proclaims, “Easy Popcorn Balls.”

Vaudeville-inspired 'Amazing Feats of Loneliness' comes to Arts Center

Just in time for Halloween, the Lawrence Arts Center, in conjunction with the Card Table Theatre, is slated to stage "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness" starting Oct. 23 at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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