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Style Scout: Antonio Shepherd

What’s your spirit animal? Shark because the only thing on a shark’s mind is eating

Style Scout: Danielle Hodges

Fashion influences: Rhianna, Miley Cyrus, MIA and FKA Twigs

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Annual Fourth of July event expands, changes name to Party in the Parks

Those perusing local events calendars recently may have noticed a subtle change to a Fourth of July tradition. For the first time in the event’s seven-year history, Party in the Park will be spread across both Watson and Constant parks, hence a new name: Party in the Parks.

Off the Beaten Plate: Salted caramel bacon pops at Ted's Taphouse

They might look like a couple small pieces of chocolate cake from far away (remember Hostess Zingers? I do, because my mom never let me near them as a kid) but the salted caramel bacon pops at Ted’s Taphouse are a mostly savory affair.

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Hank Charcuterie's secret to making perfect pork chops

Pork chops are a favorite of Hank Charcuterie owner/chef Vaughn Good’s all year round, but he says those cooking the sweet meat at home this summer might need to pay special attention to their pork chops when using a grill.

Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof's 2004 film

When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence ArtWalk names new director

Anne Egitto is the new director of the Lawrence Artwalk, a tour of visual artists' studios and artwork that has taken place every October since 1995 in Lawrence.

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Spencer Museum of Art remains 'At Large' during renovations with 'NuPenny's Last Stand'

A lot of folks were left scratching their heads after a mysterious structure resembling an old-timey toy store sprung up seemingly overnight in an East Lawrence industrial park just over a week ago.

Kansas City Connection: Fourth of July fireworks, folk art at the Nelson

The Fourth of July is a magical time in America, and especially in Kansas City.

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After reunion, alternative rock band Failure kicking off tour at Liberty Hall

When Failure decided to reunite, they went big.

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Accessories for dapper dogs among handmade items for sale at Summer Fest arts and crafts fair

Alysson Bodenbach's handmade dog accessories and treats will be among the many items available for purchase at this weekend’s Summer Fest in South Park. Slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the second annual event will bring in artists, craftspeople and food vendors from across Kansas and the Midwest, as well as live music throughout the afternoon.

Style Scout: Kelsey Ploeger

What’s your spirit animal? It’s a toss-up between a Corgi and a flamingo. Corgi for the personality and flamingo for the height and they’re colorful.

Style Scout: Eugene Dickens

Describe your style: Cool

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Players and listeners: Paper Buffalo’s sound-seeking journey to Lawrence Field Day Fest

You wouldn’t guess this by looking at them, but Paper Buffalo sounds wise beyond their years. The indie-rockers will be among over 50 bands playing during the Lawrence Field Day Festival this weekend.

June Final Friday Preview: A fundraiser for Pet World, and the debut of a new community photo studio

With the Free State Festival in full swing, this month's Final Friday events come in a little under the radar.

East Ninth Project's advisory committee discusses proposed 'associate artist' program

The East Ninth Project’s citizen advisory committee unveiled a draft for an RFQ — or, simply put, a request of qualifications for prospective artists — and introduced the idea of a second RFQ during a meeting Wednesday night at City Hall.

Off the Beaten Plate: Red bean pancake at Panda and Plum Garden

Trying out a dessert that's like China’s version of a crepe.

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Jon Ronson: Twitter is 'just coughing and feeling like crap'

Journalist, author and documentarian Jon Ronson said Tuesday night there have been three moments in his life where something in his brain clicked: When he became a vegetarian, when he quit smoking and when he turned off social media.

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Upcoming St. John's Mexican Fiesta a family affair for volunteers

With the Free State Festival and Final Friday on the docket, this weekend should offer plenty of activities for those out on the town. But even with that extra competition, Frank Lemus says he’s not worried about attracting revelers to St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St.

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ICYMI: It's Free State Festival week

Free State Festival has officially begun, and will features lots of art, film, food and music events throughout this week. Check out all our preview coverage in one place.