Stories for August 2009

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Monday, August 31

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Better Know Your Hipster

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Living in Lawrence, one needs to know their hipster. Fortunately, there are sites devoted to the cataloging of this reclusive and mysterious creature.

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Bound Up, with Jody Wood

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

Salinger out the wazoo.

Sunday, August 30

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Wolfenstein (360)

Everything in this game has been done before (and better), the Veil feature is unnecessary and annoying, and Raven completely ignored the one thing that could have made this a more enjoyable experience—the nostalgia factor...

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Auto-Tuned Kitties

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Choose life, choose Auto-Tuned Kitties.

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Lawrence resident among athletes to tackle 100-mile run

With a few other members of my running club, the Lawrence Trail Hawks, I attempted to run a hundred-mile trail race in the Rocky Mountains, Aug. 22-23.

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Behind the Lens: Photography 101 for school pictures

School is back in session, and that means it won’t be long before the start of school plays, concerts and athletic events.

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Poet laureate, R&B singer pair for ‘Landed’ book, CD

When Kelley Hunt and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg get together to write songs, there is no pressure.

Saturday, August 29

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Rockers versus nerds: KU freshman’s video nominated for MTV award

Shane Reynolds doesn’t consider himself either a rocker or a nerd.

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Crazy Cat Ladies

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Do you suffer from Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome? Beware of the warning signs...

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What to do in Larry tonight

LAC openings, The Brent Berry Band, Steddy P, Granada Reggae Fest, GO!, and some hot new flicks...

Photography contest fundraiser for South African village

A Lawrence-based photography competition is aiming to raise money to provide clean drinking water in the Ndhambi village in northern South Africa.

Friday, August 28

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People of Wal-Mart

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This is why we can't have nice things, America.

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What to do in Larry tonight

Heebie Jeebies, Robbin Loomas photo exhibit, Flamenco Mio, Peter Bjorn and John, Brent Berry Band, Brody Buster, and Tommy Ferrari ...

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Tubers, with Pilar Iona D'Asto

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Project Runway," "Ace of Cakes" and "Dating In the Dark."

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Net Worth: Comedic furor accompanies Führer on the Internet

Never known for his sense of humor, Adolf Hitler is suddenly all the rage in comedic circles.

Thursday, August 27

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Steddy As He Goes

Kansas City rapper Steddy P shares his “Style Like Mind”

P’s new disc “Style Like Mind” is a slickly produced collection spanning 30 years of hip-hop styles. Yeah, Steddy is an MU grad, but go listen to the new album and we promise you’ll forgive him...

I'm off to Nerd Heaven. Welcome to the new game reviewers.

A brief goodbye to Lawrence.com, and a welcome to the four new reviewers. I'm off to Game Informer.

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S**t My Dad Says

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A Twitter page devoted to the obscene wisdom of our elders.

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On Deck, with Gina Lorenz

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Grizzly Bear to grizzled soul songstresses.

Wednesday, August 26

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Are We Not Men?

“xy” art exhibit asks what it means to be a man

Within the marbled halls of the Spencer Museum, an acclaimed repository of fine art containing more than 36,000 pieces of priceless human expression, is a 10-foot-tall Japanese man in a diaper...

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Embarrassing Facebook Hacks

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Have a friend who accidentally posted a lewd photo or obscene update on Facebook? No you don't.

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Style Scout: Katie Oberthaler

1/3 my grandma at my age, 1/3 Fermina Daza in “Love in the Time of Cholera,” 1/3 politically ambitious high school Student Council member

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Style Scout: Charles "Charlie" Howard Mock

Classic menswear.

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Say cheese: Lawrence markets carry tastes from around the world

The variety is staggering, while the mission is simple: Pick up some cheese at the market.

Cheese brings gourmet touch to variety of recipes

Hot Gruyere Spinach Dip and more.

Tuesday, August 25

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Community closet: Lawrence group fills void in kid-centric consignment sales

In the world of kids’ clothing, Kid’s Closet Connection is the equivalent of having your cake and eating it, too.

Monday, August 24

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Motorcycle Made of Semi-Nude Men vs. Transforming Steamroller

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There is a reason the internet was invented, and it is this video.

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Name that bar: Learn how some of Lawrence’s pubs got their monikers

Australian shepherds, traditions, nicknames and poets have all contributed to the unique names of bars in Lawrence. Here’s a look at how some of Lawrence’s favorite hangouts got their names.

Sunday, August 23

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Ben Stiller Explains Twitter to Mickey Rooney

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Fortunately not as awkward as when Stiller tried to explain cloud computing to Judy Garland's grave.

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Wonder of the ‘Wizard’

Film’s 70th anniversary spurs celebration of iconic Kansas tale

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Behind the Lens: Create your own home studio

If I were asked to make a guess on the total cost of equipment used in a sufficiently outfitted photo studio, minus the cameras, lenses and rent, I’d pin it down somewhere around $3,000.

Saturday, August 22

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Sorry I Missed Your Party

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Site gathers photos of failed parties, makes you feel better about your social life.

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What to do in Larry today and tonight

Lawrence Busker Fest, E.M.U. Theatre, Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, Steve Earle, and Drakkar Sauna...

Friday, August 21

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On Deck, with Melissa Wittner

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

From Manu Chao to Zeppelin.

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Winkers: The Pants With Eyes That Wink At You

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Because your ass is a total flirt.

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What to do in Larry tonight

Amanda Shaw, Lawrence Busker Festival, E.M.U. Theatre, Blue Turtle Seduction, The Cool Kids, SUNU, and Midnight Movie Madness...

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Net Worth: History lessons presented while under the influence

When mining for comedy gold, there’s a debate whether premise or execution is more important.

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Sidewalk sideshow: Busker Festival features street-level artistry

Richard Renner received an e-mail the other day. It was from a street performer in Germany who wanted to come to this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

Thursday, August 20

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Trailer Park: "Avatar" Edition

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"Avatar," "Genlemen Broncos," "Dr. Parnasus," "Astro Boy," and did I mention "Avatar"?

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Night of the Living Jackos

Michael Jackson’s legacy in Lawrence lives on in song and dance

A Michael Jackson tribute band and an '80s themed dance party resurrect the King of Pop tonight.

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Style Scout: Caroline Bauer

Classic pieces that take a good looking-for to find.

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Style Scout: Kyle Jones

Carpenter and musician.

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The best friends: Swimmer sees perks, pitfalls as country star’s confidante

While Abigail Anderson was looking for an exit, everyone else was looking for an introduction. On April 27, Anderson did a very normal thing: She went to class and sat next to her best friend. To a big lecture hall, in fact, where very few know one another by name. It’s just that the 400 other students in Chuck Marsh’s Journalism 101 class did know the name of her best friend. As did the hoards of people lining the halls and exits of Budig Hall that day.

Wednesday, August 19

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Designer, interrupted

After a two-year wait, ‘Project Runway’ finally airs again — this time featuring KC designer Ari Fish

KC’s Ari Fish was one of the 16 designers who long ago taped season 6 of Project Runway, and has just had to wait — and wait — for it to see the light of day. The wait is about to come to an end though, as the first episode finally airs Thursday...

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Transgender Beyoncé Out-Beyoncés Beyoncé

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Because Beyoncé is now a verb.

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What do I do with ... edamame

Edamame. The name harkens to something exotic from a land far away, but edamame’s biology is something decidedly more down home.

Tuesday, August 18

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Saunagram: Drakkar Sauna interviews themselves about their new record "20009"

When we approached the local duo of Jeff Stolz and Wallace Cochran about a podcast regarding their new album “20009” (pronounced "two thousand-ousand nine"), they offered to cook one up themselves...

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Squirrel Crasher Image Generator

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The photo-crashing squirrel is now available to invade your very own cherished memories!

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Strings attached

Fiddler moves to national stage while reminding audience of New Orleans’ needs

It wasn’t your typical 18th birthday party. She gathered more than 800 fans and fellow musicians such as Irvin Mayfield and Waylon Thibodeaux for a concert. The event raised more than $11,000 for save-the-wetlands causes in Louisiana....

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KU enacting new alcohol policies to contend with buzz factor

Campus deaths incite change

This year, when Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, talks to incoming students about Kansas University’s new parental notification law, she gets right to the point. “I say something to the effect that I anticipate some of them are aware that a student died of alcohol poisoning this spring and we don’t want it to happen again,” Roney said. “I’m really that blunt.”

Monday, August 17

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"District 9" Director's Early Work

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If you're still picking up scattered pieces of your blown mind after seeing "District 9," here are Neil Blomkamp's short films and commercials.

New KU students under 22 will be required to take alcohol-education class

Freshmen, transfer students must complete online program

New Kansas University students will need to pass one extra course this semester on top of their regular load of classes.

Office space: Coffee shops serve as place to get work done

For David File, taking his laptop to a coffee shop is part-work, part-entertainment. “I prefer to work at coffee shops because they are social places, but they are not distracting,” he says. “I enjoy observing the people sitting around, and it provides some amusement when I’m tired of working.”

Fit as a Fiddle: Bluegrass popularity solid among youths

Ethan Rhodes started playing the violin at age 5 Now, he plays the violin and the fiddle. Granted, it’s the same instrument. But it’s far from the same style.

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New beginnings abound on KU campus

The population of central Lawrence jumped by at least 3,000 on Sunday as Kansas University students moved into five residence halls on Daisy Hill and Oliver Hall at KU.

Sunday, August 16

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Bound Up, with Brooke Da Cunha

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Lorna Doone" and "Les Miserables."

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Honest Movie Titles

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"There Will Be Very Little Blood"? "Citizen Rich Person Who Wants His Sled Back"? "Spider-Man Should Have Stopped At 2"? Ehhhh...I'll leave it up to you guys to do better.

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Relative history: Descendant of abolitionist hopes to spread word about family's past

Marty Speer grew up hearing the stories, but he didn’t pay much attention to them.

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Four decades later, memories of Woodstock still fresh

Forty years ago, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair promised “3 Days of Peace, Love, & Music.”

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Behind the Lens: Copying methods preserve family photographs

If you’re like most families who have enjoyed photography as a hobby during the last 50 years, you probably have a collection of picture albums full of 4x6-inch color prints.

Saturday, August 15

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Scenesters, with Bobi Cossey

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

The feel good hits of the summer!

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Fun with Hitler (Who Was Evil)

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A compilation of videos taking the piss out of Hitler (who was evil).

What to do in Larry tonight

"Hurt Locker" and "District 9," The Lonesome Hobos, Paraguayan Guitarist Gabriel Duarte, Blood:Water Mission Benefit, and Ras Neville...

Friday, August 14

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On Deck, with Abbie Stutzer

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

Dead Weather to Dandy Warhols.

What to Do in Larry Tonight

Nail-biting new movies, John Nolan, Baby Birds, Mouth, The Last Waltz Ensemble, and The Dactyls...

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Lawrence Bingo Game in the Works

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Help shape an interactive bingo game that combines Lawrence people watching and downtown scavenger hunting. Relax...Maracas Lady is already covered.

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Road worker: Indie filmmaker Joe Saunders brings feature shoot to Eudora

In the cinematic masterpiece that is “Dumb & Dumber,” the main characters take off on a road trip with Jim Carrey’s Lloyd exclaiming to Jeff Daniels’ Harry, “We’re really doing it, Har!”

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Net Worth: Creepy memories of yesteryear fueled by Kindertrauma

Even though I’m comfortably in my 40s, I am prone to flashbacks of pop-culture memories from my childhood that still creep me out.

Thursday, August 13

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Online Dating Service for Farmers

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Because city folks just don't get it!®™

Wednesday, August 12

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The hills are alive

Venerable campus concert returns as Night on the Hill

Its legacy doesn’t garner as much attention as KU’s athletics, but Night on the Hill — and its previous incarnation as Day on the Hill — has been putting on free shows for students and the Lawrence community for nearly 30 years ...

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Video Pizza: Video of a Pizza

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Video of a pizza spinning for 3 minutes. Set to synth rock. Cancel Sundance, because this is the greatest movie that will ever be made.

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Style Scout: Jamye Thompson

Salesperson at Envy.

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Style Scout: Robbie Gordy

Recent KU graduate and future masters student at Oxford.

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Fair & square: Healthy recipes among award-winning delights from 4-H competition

Want another taste of the 2009 Douglas County Fair?

Tuesday, August 11

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If Star Wars Was Real

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May the Photoshop be with you. Yes, I'm ashamed for typing that.

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Lawrence air guitarist goes home empty-handed

The US Air Guitar Championships boast “25 cities, 1 winner, 0 guitars.”

Monday, August 10

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Taylor Swift Totally PWNs Keith Urban

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Taylor Swift and her band dress up like KISS and make a mockery of Keith Urban's Kansas City show. You just got Swift Boated, pretty boy!

Sunday, August 9

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Relationship Advice for Jennifer Aniston

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Trust this woman, Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. She's Canadian.

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Scenesters, with Rachael Gray

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

A little bit of Humphrey Bogart and a little bit of Joaquin Phoenix.

Ira Glass, ‘Cats’ join Lied Center lineup

Two big-name acts have been added to the upcoming season at the Lied Center.

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Big shots: Spencer exhibit offers glimpse into Andy Warhol’s working process

Andy Warhol was many things: artist, pop culture icon, filmmaker, author, record producer, photographer.

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Behind the Lens: The hunt’s on for the perfect ‘wild’ art

“We need some wild art. Go shoot a feature.”

Saturday, August 8

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Creepy Singing Babies

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Creepy singing babies are creepy.

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On Deck, with Dana Hill

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

From Neko Case to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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What to do in Larry tonight

Saturday edition: The Breeders, Tractor Pulls, Asteroid Heads, Drama heads, and more curiously named events ...

Friday, August 7

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Bound Up, with Laura Moriarty

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

What's one of Lawrence's most prominent writers reading?

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Trailer Park: A Roundup of Movie Previews

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The Lovely Bones, Zombieland, A Serious Man, and Where the Wild Things Are.

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What to do in Larry tonight

Simply put, Friday night is Demolition Derby night! But if you're not feeling that, there's plenty else going on. Here's a quick breakdown of the highlights...

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Ultimate fake look: Lawrence’s ‘Mean Melin’ to showcase imaginary fretboard skills at US Air Guitar Championships

Eric Melin knew from an early age he bore the soul of a guitarist trapped in the body of a drummer.

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Net Worth: New site gives ‘crazy people’ the attention they deserve

I’ve received my share of crazy e-mails here at the paper.

Thursday, August 6

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Make Your Own Fake Kenyan Birth Certificate!

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Lawrence's very own Blue Collar Press capitalize on the Birther movement!

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Style Scout: Brady Lewis

Metro-hillbilly. Clay Aiken meets Indiana Jones.

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Style Scout: Sharyn Brubacher

Comfortable boho with a touch of (rebel).

Wednesday, August 5

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New Internet Meme Asks, "Can I Tap That?"

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A texting game that's not as filthy as it sounds.

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Falling into place

Best-selling Lawrence author Laura Moriarty releases her third novel

KU grad and Lawrencian Laura Moriarty has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of her two previous works, "The Rest of Her Life" and “The Center of Everything,” and she’s already working on a follow up to “While I’m Falling.” Laura Moriarty joined us for a discussion about her new book and life as a literary celebrity living in Lawrence—and then she had to run and pick up her daughter ...

Tuesday, August 4

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Trailer for "The Fantastic Mr. Fox"

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A children's movie that even arch-ironic film majors can love.

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Attention Nerds: Lawrence.com needs video game reviewers

Do you spend an unhealthy amount of time playing video games? Can you write? Do you like free games? Send your writing samples our way to be considered as a video game reviewer for Lawrence.com.

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Gimme shelter: Community leaders

These people are a handful of the volunteers and advocates who comprise the “silent army” that keeps the Lawrence Community Shelter going. They are among hundreds of people whose work serves as shining examples for how to donate your own time and resources...

Monday, August 3

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Woman Drags Child On Leash

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Hello? Is this the committee that picks the World's Greatest Mom? STOP EVERYTHING!

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Gimme shelter: The Lawrence Community Shelter family

For the 70 homeless people who call the Lawrence Community Shelter home on any given night, home is exactly what it is. It’s a place where they can be safe, rest for the night and work with shelter employees to rebuild self-esteem and a life of self-sufficiency...

Sunday, August 2

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Snuggies for Dogs

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Buy it or we won't kill this dog and put it out of its misery.

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Gimme shelter: More than a chance encounter, a choice

Matt Hollar found himself on the street when he saw his mother’s boyfriend dragging his brother and sister by the arm. “It hurt. It felt like a dream,” remembers Hollar, who’s 19 years old...

City survey issued to assess arts scene

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission wants your opinions.

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Drop everything: Documentary will explore artistic commune with Lawrence roots

It's been called the first hippie artist commune, and it had its genesis in a loft in Lawrence.

Saturday, August 1

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George Brett Tells A Gross Story: The Auto-Tune Remix

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What do George Brett and the Black Eyed Peas have in common? They're both fans of Auto-Tune and they're both crappy.

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Gimme shelter: Your call

An introduction to KU journalism students' project on the Lawrence Community Shelter

My feelings about homelessness are complicated. I once felt the same way many of you probably do—occasionally scared and often irritated when I was asked to extend myself beyond my means and help a scruffy stranger....

Burroughs exhibits begin at DotDotDot ArtSpace

The local celebration of the 50th anniversary of William S. Burroughs’ novel “Naked Lunch” kicks off tonight with an exhibition of some of his art objects. The objects, provided by William Burroughs Communications, will be on display from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the DotDotDot ArtSpace, 1910 Haskell Ave. Among the items are stencils, stamps, “paint-covered curiosities” and others. Some of Burroughs’ paintings also are on display at the Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., where there will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday that will include live music and readings.