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Behind the Lens: Exploring the subject

An abandoned piano is of little news value. But as a photographer, my eye was drawn to the neglected instrument.

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LOOK: In the yoga world, some like it even hotter

On a day when the National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for over half of the state, most in Lawrence didn’t dare set a foot outside to dip even as much as a big toe in a pool. However, on July 22, one place in town, specifically 1405 Massachusetts, had their heaters going with temperatures hovering between 100 and 110 degrees for over an hour and nobody seemed to mind.

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ConfabuLarryum festival returns with bigger space, expanded activity lineup

ConfabuLarryum, Lawrence’s festival of making and creativity, encourages kids and adults alike to dream big.

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Library says goodbye to popular storyteller; replacement on the way

A chapter in the (recent) history of the Lawrence Public Library ended last Thursday when Michael Bradley, the singing, dancing, guitar-strumming youth services assistant who twice-weekly held court over Lawrence’s littlest bookworms, led his final Toddler Storytime at the library.

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Lawrence Opera Theatre to celebrate Shakespeare in upcoming season

In his short (but by Elizabethan standards, fairly long) life, William Shakespeare authored — by himself or in collaborations — 38 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of poems and other verses. But in death, the Bard has lived on, with hundreds or possibly thousands of works inspired by his genius being produced since, from Broadway classics like “West Side Story” to thoroughly modern teen flicks like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “She’s the Man.”

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KU mourns death of longtime film and media studies professor

Kansas University is mourning the death of Charles “Chuck” Berg, a longtime professor in the school’s department of film and media studies. Berg, 75, died Tuesday, July 26, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has not yet been released.

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Weekend Guide: Water Balloon Dye Fight; Lawrence Opera Theatre at the library; 'Into the Woods'; Douglas County Fair

Lots of cultural offerings this weekend in Lawrence (Final Friday is here), from free opera at the library to a staging of Stephen Sondheim's classic "Into the Woods" at the Lawrence Arts Center. Plus, plenty of down-home fun at the Douglas County Fair.

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Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks named Ross and Marianna Beach Author, to visit Lawrence this fall

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s 2016 Ross and Mariana Beach Author Series, the library announced earlier this week.

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KU Faculty Exhibition artist draws inspiration from family history, plight of refugees

Woven throughout Tanya Hartman’s family history are tales of alienation, loss and the very universal hunger to belong — if not in one’s homeland, then wherever else home might be found.

Weekend Guide: 'Angel Street;' Headquarters Presents 'Everybody Day!'; Simple Gifts; Poke(mon) Around Historic Oak Hill

This weekend in Lawrence: twists and turns galore in Kansas Repertory Theatre's "Angel Street," a party in the park hosted by Headquarters, the "Simple Gift" of (free) music and a Pokemon-minded history lesson at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Datebook: Pilates, Summer Youth Theatre and more events for July 22

Lawrence and area events for July 22.

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Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale deemed a success despite heat

Blazing-hot temperatures didn’t seem to keep bargain hunters away from downtown Lawrence Thursday, as thousands of shoppers descended upon Massachusetts Streets and its side streets for the 57th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

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Expect hot deals, temperatures at Thursday's Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

With nearly 100 businesses participating, Thursday’s 57th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is sure to be a hot one — because of the hot deals to be found and because, well, it’s going to be really, really hot outside. Before hitting the streets along with an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 of your fellow bargain hunters, consider reading up on the basics first. Here’s a quick rundown to get you started. For a look at specific deals being offered at downtown shops, check out our block-by-block guide.

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Library's 'A Hike Through History' chronicles Lawrence's hidden past

On any given day, the Burroughs Creek Trail functions as a quiet retreat for East Lawrence residents. The 1.7-mile pathway, which stretches from 11th Street in the north to 23rd Street in the south, might host joggers on their morning routes, dog walkers, cyclists or neighbors out for an evening stroll. But the trail, which was developed along the route of an abandoned rail corridor and opened to visitors in 2010, could also be so much more.

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Style Scout: Shanon Fouquet

Fashion trends you love: Right now, boho stuff. Bohemian, earthy, hippie stuff.

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Style Scout: Aaron Marable

Fashion trends you hate: There's no room for hate these days.

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Weekend Guide: 'Harvey;' Tour of Lawrence; The Petersens; Lawrence Field Day Fest; 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Tour of Lawrence might prove the biggest event in Larryville this weekend (approximately 750 cyclists and an estimated 7,000 spectators can't be wrong), but there's plenty more where that came from — namely classic theatre in the form of "Harvey" at KU's Murphy Hall, wholesome family fun pretty much everywhere, and another celebration of local music at the fifth annual Lawrence Field Day Fest.

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Things aren't always what they seem in Kansas Repertory Theatre's 'Angel Street,' 'Harvey'

In Kansas Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season, opening Friday at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall, things aren’t always what they seem.

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Style Scout: Chelsea Rae

Fashion influences: My mom, and a young Audrey Hepburn.

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Style Scout: Truman Cassady

Whom do people say you look like? I actually got Einstein a few weeks ago. I don't agree with that.