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East Lawrence mural badly deteriorating after only a month; organizers not sure why

Patches of a street mural at the intersection of 10th and New Jersey streets are already faded or completely bare just over a month after community members and neighbors came together in a “painting party” to beautify the East Lawrence roadway.

Weekend Guide: Lawrence Arts Center's School of Dance Gala; Hank Booth's 70th birthday celebration; Hilltop Mini Fest; Floyd Bledsoe: 'From Prison to Freedom'

A relatively quiet weekend in Lawrence welcomes a dance performance, the 70th birthday of a local icon and one man's journey "from prison to freedom." Elsewhere in Douglas County, music, brews and outdoor fun reign supreme at Perry's Hilltop Mini Fest.

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Food truck owner planning new culinary festival in Lawrence

A new culinary festival is being planned in Lawrence this fall as a bookend to food truck season.

Search to replace Lawrence Arts Center leader is underway; decision expected by end of June

The Lawrence Arts Center may have a new CEO sooner than expected.

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Lawrence Arts Center receives $50,000 from NEA to fund Free State Festival

The Lawrence Arts Center has received a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts, joining 63 other communities nationwide to garner Our Town grants from the NEA.

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Pat Kehde, co-founder of the Raven Book Store, to retire after 28 years working at shop

It was a date that would live in infamy — at least in Pat Kehde’s mind. Most people might not be able to recall several years later the exact day another ubiquitous chain store rolled into their neighborhood, but Kehde, the founder and former co-owner of the Raven Book Store, has reason to remember Dec. 6, 1992.

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Pulitzer-winning writer Leonard Pitts on racism, loudmouths and Obama-induced insanity

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will stop by Lawrence’s Abe & Jake’s Landing next weekend for the ACLU of Kansas’ inaugural Free State Forum, where he’s slated to give the keynote address and sign copies of his 2015 novel, “Grant Park.” Before his appearance here, Pitts offered his thoughts to the Journal-World on writing, Internet loudmouths, “moral laziness” and why Obama is like a Rorschach inkblot:.

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Lied Center receives $40,000 NEA grant

The Lied Center of Kansas has received a $40,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts that will fund a series of events focusing on work created by, for and about people with disabilities, the Lied Center announced this week.

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Weekend Guide: Native plant sale; WalkAboutLawrence; Free State Brewing Co. open house; Lawrence Parks and Recreation's Ultimate Dance Party

Soak up a little history (and some brews) this weekend in Lawrence with the Watkins Museum's WalkAboutLawrence tour and Free State Brewing Co.'s open house/foodtruck shindig. Also going on: the "Ultimate Dance Party," hosted by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, and Grassland Heritage Foundation's fourth annual native plant sale.

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Lawrence Public Library receives NEA grant to host 'Big Read' events

The Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with Kansas University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and KU Libraries, has received a $14,000 grant that will allow Lawrence to host the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read.

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Lawrence Arts Center staff awarded Fulbright grant, other honors

The Lawrence Arts Center announced Monday that four of its staff members have recently garnered prestigious residencies, internships and teaching opportunities, among them a Fulbright grant awarded to the Arts Center's 2015-2016 ceramics artist-in-residence.

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West Side Folk to end 20-plus years of concerts this month

Institutions like West Side Folk, the popular Lawrence concert series set to end its run after 20-plus years later this month, don’t become institutions overnight. Since its unofficial launch in 1994, West Side Folk has hosted hundreds of concerts, bringing nationally recognized folk, bluegrass and old-time musicians such as Greg Brown, Tim O’Brien, Dougie MacLean, Martin Sexton and Lucy Kaplansky to Lawrence stages.

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Weekend Guide: Point B Dance Carnival; Monarch Watch open house and fundraiser; Lawrence Potters' Guild Spring Sale; Kansas Food Truck Festival; Lawrence Community Orchestra's 'Russian Masters'

Spend some time with your mom this weekend. Our always-helpful Weekend Guide has a few ideas (all mothers enjoy gardening as a general rule, right?) to get the party started.

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KU Theatre explores hip-hop's racial, gender dynamics in 'Welcome to Arroyo's'

“Welcome to Arroyo’s,” which runs through Thursday at KU’s William Inge Memorial Theatre, is a thoroughly modern tale that deals in some pretty timeless themes — among them identity, loss and love. Penned by one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz, the urban coming-of-age tale follows a pair of siblings, Alejandro (Juan Gonzales) and Molly (Alejandra Villasante), in the aftermath of their mother’s death.

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Weekend Guide: April Final Friday; 'Welcome to Arroyo's'; Art in the Park; disc competition for dogs

Coming up this weekend: April's installment of Final Friday, a thoroughly modern coming-of-age tale from KU Theatre, Art in the Park and flying high with Fido at the Skyhoundz Disc Championship.

Datebook: Fried chicken dinner, pet comedy, other Lawrence event listings for April 29

Lawrence event listings for Friday, April 29, 2016.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade committee donates $40,000 to The Shelter Inc.

The Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade committee has donated $40,000 to The Shelter Inc., parade commissioners announced this week. The gift was presented during a ceremony Tuesday at The Shelter's Williams Facility in Lawrence.

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Lawrence resident, comedian to perform as 'Head Lady Dancer' in world's largest powwow

Tonia Hall still isn’t sure how she snagged the coveted role of Head Lady Dancer in this week’s 33rd annual Gathering of Nations, but she’s pretty sure positive thinking had something to do with it.

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Weekend Guide: Downtown Lawrence Olympic Shot Put; Cinema a Go Go; Earth Day Parade and Celebration; Day of Creativity; 'Doctor Who' tea party

Weekend Guide truly out-randoms itself in this week's installment. Among our eclectic mix of picks: KU's Day of Creativity, the annual Downtown Lawrence Olympic Shot Put, a creepy-crawly double feature at Liberty Hall, Earth Day festivities and a "Doctor Who" tea party.

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Lawrence's first official air guitar competition is a family affair

Beth Melin is, on most days, an easygoing, congenial 38-year-old living a stable, decidedly adult life in Kansas City, Mo., complete with husband, children and a desk job at a market research firm. But on a handful of nights throughout the spring and summer months, Beth becomes someone else — a provocative, “demanding" rock-and-roll type who favors “Black Swan”-esque eye makeup and shredded band T-shirts emblazoned with her name.