Staying in for New Year's? Here are 6 fun activities to help you game plan

Whether you’re hosting a few friends or plan to stay holed up with your family, here are six activities to help you ring in the new year.

'Unbroken' too slick to sink in; local music short film 'Bitter Thing' to premiere

“Unbroken,” the WWII drama directed by Angelina Jolie and is now playing at Southwind 12, is based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand ...

Healthy homemade holiday pancakes

Each year on Christmas morning, my family always, always, always has a big breakfast. Homemade scones. Omelet casserole. A enormous bowl of fruit salad. Mom-mixed ...

'Marry Me' Thai chicken soup

My friends and I all agree that it's important to have a "Marry Me" meal in our cooking repertoires. For Kiley, it's a chicken-fried steak/mashed ...

Bite Sighs: Ginger-Cherry Bites with Meringue

Hey, remember that jar of molasses that you bought on a whim ages ago? Well, break it out, because I’m using the month of December to indulge my love of gingerbread.

Lawrence Creates Makerspace to host first-ever winter chautauqua

With a new year approaching fast, the Lawrence Creates Makerspace is bringing back an old tradition this weekend.

Soup's on: Author uses short stories to help challenge preconceptions of disabilities

“You can push her over there,” said the woman behind the desk.

Kansas City Connection: Dining delights in the West Bottoms

This week: fancy eats in the West Bottoms, intriguing plays at the Unicorn and your last chance to check out Christmas lights.

'Wild' breaks mold of pretentious self-discovery movies

It could have been pretentious as hell: An aimless young woman, searching for herself, discovers her own courage by hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific ...

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Crafting gifts: 4 easy present ideas to make yourself

The warmth of a handmade gift goes a long way toward cutting through December’s chill. But what if you’re not particularly crafty or can’t spend a fortune on supplies? Can you still give handmade gifts that your family and friends will treasure?

Celtic singer Ashley Davis returns home to perform at Lied Center

Ashley Davis may call Kansas home, but these days, you’ll be hard-pressed to find her there.

Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled Glazer at Harolds Fried Chicken & Donuts

If you catch a glimpse of the Grilled Glazer from far away, it might appear to be a normal chicken sandwich. Upon closer inspection, though, and it's pretty clear that this is no ordinary meal.

Family Adventures: Give the gift of cookies every month

What to get our grandmothers for Christmas — it’s always a struggle. A few years ago, I hit on a good solution.

On the Cheap: Stuff stockings without unstuffing your wallet

With Christmas fast-approaching, your stockings are likely already hung by the chimney with care. Here are some tips to help stuff those stockings on any budget.

Style Scout: Courtney Crouch

Tell us a secret: I don’t like bacon.

Style Scout: Kyle Meyers

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? I’d like to see at least one higher-end men’s shop in Lawrence and more jazz music.

Fashion Column Twins: Bundle up with a vest or sweater

Winter is upon us, and bundling up is always on my mind. Two pieces to help you layer up and be comfortable are a faux fur vest and turtleneck sweater.

Garden Variety: Bonsai basics

Culturing bonsai takes more than a green thumb: The ancient art requires patience, skill and a keen recognition of nature. Bonsai is worth a try (or several), though, as a properly tended specimen will provide its owner with beauty for a hundred years or more.

Fix-It Chick: Replace a tub drain flange

Replacing an existing tub drain flange with a new tip-toe or lift-and-turn drain flange is easy, if you can get the old flange to unscrew from the tub drain.

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. ...

Celtic singer Ashley Davis returns home to perform at Lied Center

Ashley Davis may call Kansas home, but these days, you’ll be hard-pressed to find her there.

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.

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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