Stories for October 2009

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Saturday, October 31

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The Pumpkin Dance

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Did I mention that Halloween rules?

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What to do in Larry tonight, Halloween edition

LAC Costume Contest, Downtown Trick-or-Treat, "Horrorshow IIID," The Brown Man Group, EOTO, Yonder Mountain String Band, Cash'd Out, The Crumpletons Halloween Masquerade, Masquerade Ball with the Prairie Dogs, Black Christmas, Haulin' Oats, Sellout, and a movie about the scariest zombie of all — Michael Jackson!

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Pulp: A podcast with Lawrence photographer Neil Krug and model Joni Harbeck

Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck unveil their first series of prints this week in conjunction with a new show in Germany. They break down their creative process, anecdotes from their journeys as artists and how the book came to be...

Friday, October 30

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Unintentionally Scary Things

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Even Dracula and Osama bin Laden are terrified by clowns and ventriloquists.

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Save & Splurge, with Meagan Rhodes

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I'm a recovering shopaholic. Nowadays you can find me roaming Goodwill and buying my groceries at Checkers or Aldi."

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

John Porcellino book signing, Jan Gaumnitz opening reception, Levee Town, "Horrorshow IIID," Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Yonder Mountain String Band, Swing Dance Friday, David Bazan, Hammerlord, Fourth of July, and "Michael Jackson's This Is It" ...

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Net Worth: The Monster Engine combines tots and terror

It’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday.

Thursday, October 29

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Entertaining Tombstones

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A collection of amusing grave markers to get you jazzed for THE ONLY HOLIDAY THAT MATTERS!

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Review: Borderlands (PS3)

Borderlands is what would happen if Halo and World of Warcraft got drunk and had a baby together...

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Bound Up, with Sonya Pankaskie

"A Piece of Cake" and "Dry."

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Style Scout: Amy Cloud

Quick and easy Mama.

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Style Scout: Matt Hyde

Confused modern.

Wednesday, October 28

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An interview with Lawrence artist Jan Gaumnitz

This week on A.D.D., Lawrence artist Jan Gaumnitz. She kicks off the podcast with a walk-through of her new show in the Lawrence Art Center. Starting in the small gallery, she explores her many travels abroad via photography. She then discussess her floral paintings and juggling other media in her overall body of work. Jan dishes on the Lawrence art scene and it’s wealth of learning facilities and gives some tough love and advice for up and coming artists.

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People Getting The Bejeesus Scared Out Of Them

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Reaction shots of terrified people to tickle you.

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Scenesters, with Brenda Hough

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

From Woody to Wim.

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Hot scary messes: Last-minute Halloween costumes for the cheap and indecisive

Last-minute Halloween costumes for the cheap and indecisive

If you haven’t assembled your Halloween costume yet, shame on you! Being poor or busy or distracted by swine flu or “balloon boy” or how awful the Chiefs have become are not viable excuses...

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The candy plan: Have a strategy to avoid overindulging in Halloween goodies

Occasionally, adventurous souls use Halloween as an excuse to find a gateway to hell.

Tuesday, October 27

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Ghost Stories That Are Real

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Stories so strange and horrific they have to be true.

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Tubers, with Bailey DeReus

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"House," "Flash Forward," and "Six Feet Under."

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Drawing lesson: October ArtStar blossoms after intensive study in pastels

Ally Koppes has loved drawing for years, but she wasn’t ready to spend all day, every day doing it.

Monday, October 26

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French Batman AND Fun With The "Ghostbusters" Theme

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Halloween continues to rule.

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Bazan on Bazan

David Bazan addresses personal and religious struggles on new album “Curse Your Branches”

Bazan isn’t one for keeping his skeletons in the closet. He’d much rather let them duke it out in his fabulously hummable songs, which are the reason we all give a damn anyways. Bazan’s new solo album “Curse Your Branches” is a well-rounded collection that sounds as assured and powerful as his best Pedro the Lion songs...

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On Deck, with Beatrice Kilat

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

Art Brut to the Shins.

Headmasters benefit show to feature avant-garde hair

Headmasters Salon is hosting a pre-Halloween fashion show, Death Becomes Hair. The event will highlight avant-garde hair designs — individual works of art created by stylists at their salon.

Sunday, October 25

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Sad Rat, The Rat Stuck In The Sidewalk

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Photoshop sensation in 3...2...1...

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Behind the Lens: Prevent camera shake in photos

I spent last week on vacation traveling through parts of the Southeast.

Journal-World sponsoring contest for National Novel Writing Month

Always wanted to write a novel?

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Take five: 2009 Phoenix Awards honor best in Lawrence arts community

They study Greek texts, teach theater, advocate arts education, run an art gallery and design art exhibits. They’re this year’s Phoenix Award winners, and their impacts are felt both in Lawrence and far beyond.

Saturday, October 24

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Toby Jones, Urban Entrepreneur

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He’ll sell you storage space, fried meats, and foot massages.

What to do in Larry, Saturday edition

The big game, Gogol Bordello, a series of Halloween horror plays, and more...!

Friday, October 23

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Dogs In Halloween Costumes

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Pets are like children that can't complain!

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Save & Splurge, with Ursela Hemman

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I also do some of my shopping on the internet...I'm lazy and it saves money, so win-win."

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

Sam Billen CD release, Wallace Cochran's new book release and reading, Little Rachel & the Rhythm Busters, Dirtfoot, Trey McIntyre Project modern dance, The Queers, Kraak & Smaak, E.M.U.'s “Horrorshow IIID,” Midnight Movie Madness and more...

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Primal fears: The best horror films of the decade

An unexplored cave system. A quarantined apartment complex. What was that noise?

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Net Worth: Say cheese: Oops, you have been photobombed

It was senior picture day at my high school.

Thursday, October 22

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Internet Instructional Video From the Early '90s

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Send President Clinton a parcel of electronic mail through the cyber-web!

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Scenesters, with Wendy Smith

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

From Holocaust to Baby Boomers.

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Theater of the Absurd: Those People Improv take the art of being funny very seriously

Those People Improv take the art of being funny very seriously

There’s always that risk of failure … That’s what makes improv more fun than something scripted, says Alex Nicols of Lawrence's Those People improv troupe....

Wednesday, October 21

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Horror Movie Themed Jack-O'-Lanterns

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Halloween rules.

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Style Scout: Teri Williams

Hairstylist at Green Room Salon.

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Style Scout: Chris (Randall) Dickinson

Penitently transitional bachelor-wear.

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Tubers, with Kimberlee Bourdon

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Glee," "Fringe," and "Phineas and Ferb."

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Pop secret: Growers, connoisseurs share favorite recipes for homemade popcorn

Harry Cook never planned on being the “Popcorn Man” to Lawrence’s kernel lovers.

Tuesday, October 20

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Headphone Trip

Sam Billen indulges his appetite for all things pop on second solo album “Headphones and Cellphones”

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Drunkest Guy Ever

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Immutable Law of the Internet: If your shame is posted online, now matter how tragic, it shall be remixed.

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Bound Up, with Krysta Beaver

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Class Matters" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down"

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Scores to settle: KU staging first Iron Composer event to give music students taste of innovation on deadline

In the world of music composition, trash-talking just doesn’t work.

Monday, October 19

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Review: Uncharted 2 (PS3)

If you don’t own a Playstation 3 yet, this is the most compelling reason to go get one, if the lowered price wasn’t already reason enough — otherwise, you will be missing out on what is quite possibly the best game to come out this year...

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Awful Dog Haircuts

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Get these dogs some shamPOOCH for their not very FETCHing hairstyles in what could PAWSibly be animal cruelty! WOOF!

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On Deck, with Hannah Jensen

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

Jay Reatard to The Oh Sees.

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Rocket Man

Wallace Cochran of Drakkar Sauna embarks on a literary flight of rocketry with "The Moon For Its Citizens"

Add “Man of Letters” to “Musician” and “Mustache Farmer” on the list of Wallace Cochran’s vocations. The other 50% of old timey troubadours Drakkar Sauna, Cochran is now a published author with the release of his first book...

Sunday, October 18

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Klenginem, the German Klingon Rapper

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He'll bust a jey'naS battle axe in your ass!

Saturday, October 17

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Meatscapes: Landscapes Rendered In Meat

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The nightmare-scapes of vegetarians.

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What to do in Larry tonight, Saturday edition

The Maple Leaf Festival, LCNS early show at the Replay, a play told via a woman's bras, the big Danger Bob reunion show, Mirah, a Doors tribute show, "Carnival of Souls," and several new movies...

Documentary to feature former Baker professor

A documentary about a Baker University professor who helped bring electricity to Baldwin City will premiere Friday at The Lodge, 502 Ames St., in Baldwin City.

Friday, October 16

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Better Know Your Balloon Boy

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The Falcon Heene saga continues to unfold, now with really bizarre video.

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

Late Night in the Phog, "Cups" — the play told through a woman's bras, Sam & Ruby, a Danger Bob reunion show, the Black Sheep's mural unveiling, the chilling new movie "Paranormal "Activity," and much more...

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Save & Splurge, with Ashley Zimmerman

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I should probably own stock in White Trash Matt, my tattoo artist from Baltimore."

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Rock 'n' roll fantasy: Chris Daughtry turns from ‘American Idol’ castoff into chart-topping rock icon

Daughtry. Although the name has yet to conjure the singular power of Hendrix or Clapton or Cobain, singer-guitarist Chris Daughtry is well on his way.

Thursday, October 15

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Brett Domino: Your New Nerd Crush

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A pasty British lad from Leeds who holds the keytar to your heart.

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Style Scout: Ric Averill

Drama program director at the Lawrence Arts Center, freelance playwright, composer, actor and director.

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Style Scout: Stacy Carrington

Member Consultant at KU Credit Union.

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Bound Up, with Jessica Sain-Baird

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Beloved" and "Zeitoun."

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Cheap thrills: Low-budget Lawrence filmmakers finish campy caper, 'It Starts with Murder!'

Low-budget Lawrence filmmakers finish campy caper, 'It Starts with Murder!'

Take an Agatha Christie mystery, inject it with John Waters' raunchy camp, bathe it all in primary colors and fake blood, and you've got something resembling the new film out of Lawrence, “It Starts with Murder!”

Wednesday, October 14

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Lobster Cat, The Cat In A Lobster Costume

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She's got pincers on top of her claws...the curtains are doomed!

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Scenesters, with Abby Olcese

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

"If 28 Days Layer Cake Delica-Time Bandits..."

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Clear and Present Danger Bob

Irreverent pop rock “has-beens” reunite for first shows in six years

The group’s long and heckled history dates back to about 1992, when bands like Paw and Stick were all the rage. Danger Bob were the kids who snuck in the backdoor of the Bottleneck with a six-pack of silly. Once they learned to play their instruments, all bets were off, and the foursome went on to make five highly regarded albums and make a lot of locals very, very happy (or at least very, very drunk).

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Sweet dreams: Former marketing exec opens bakery downtown

Blueberry-lemon poundcake. Orange-cranberry scones. Sugar cookies with gently frosted faces. They’re all dreams built in butter, sugar and flour for Michele Kaminski — former marketing whiz and current proprietor of Lawrence’s newest sweets bakery: The Pink Box Bakeshop, 727 Mass., which opened earlier this month.

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Put on your (red) dancing shoes for Community Shelter benefit

Like shoes, art, music and helping people? Then feel at home from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., during the “There’s No Place like Home: A Red Shoe Event to Benefit the Lawrence Community Shelter.”

Tuesday, October 13

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California Raisins Facepaint

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Gaze into the face of horror...and healthy snack alternatives.

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Tubers, with Amanda Somers

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Cash Cab," "Ace of Cakes," and "Ninja Warrior."

Teen dating norms broaden to new extremes

There are roughly two-and-a-half dating styles among teens and young adults right now.

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A brave tale: Lawrence Community Theatre stages 'Cups,' where undergarments mark a woman's life story

Joni Sheram never realized bras could evoke so many emotions. Three years ago, the Colorado playwright penned “Cups,” which tells a woman’s life story through the brassieres she has owned.

Monday, October 12

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Regretsy: The Worst of Arts & Crafts

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Each of these items is made with a dollop of love and a fire hose of terrible.

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Raising (Old) Canes

Chris Crisci returns from the basement to deliver long-awaited Feral Harmonic

Is it really already October? For many of us, 2009 may have gone hastily by without leaving much to show for it — but we can’t all be Chris Crisci. We can’t all release two albums through two different bands, all while raising a new baby. Show off...

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On Deck, with Meagon Marshall

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

Hedwig to Snow Patrol.

Novel idea: Longtime PR worker churns out first book

Score another victory for the scores of people who think, “I’d love to write a novel someday but don’t know how to do it.” Robin Lehman was one of those people. Not anymore.

Hot spots in Big 12

With the Jayhawk football team headed to Colorado this weekend, this might be the perfect time to hit the road and explore some Big 12 college towns.

Sunday, October 11

Night-blooming cereus adds exotic element to indoor plants

Like many gardeners, I am always looking for new plants to grow, and a reader was kind enough to introduce me to a new houseplant just in time for the dreary days of winter. Night-blooming cereus, aka “queen of the night,” is the latest addition to my indoor plant collection.

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Mentoring mastery: KU program makes music education affordable for children in tough economic times

Music Mentors, a KU student program, provides free music lessons to Lawrence children. In its 10th year, service is growing as more parents learn about it and economic conditions make it more difficult to pay for lessons.

Saturday, October 10

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What to do in Larry, Saturday edition

Freezing at the KU football game, freezing at the Split Lip patio show, freezing on the ArtWalk, and a bevy of indoor art and music events...

Friday, October 9

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We Blew Up the Moon!

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A celebration of today's victory over our lunar adversary.

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Review: NBA 10 — The Inside (PSP)

This game comes to us from the makers of Sony’s beloved baseball franchise. Unfortunately, this PSP basketball game fails to capture the realism and balance of its baseball counterpart. That said, those who are happy with a simple, casual arcade experience will likely find NBA 10 worthwhile.

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

Classic Sci-Fi Films, Orquestra de São Paulo, The Entrance Band and Tommy Ferrari, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Rooftop Vigilantes and Hospital Ships, Son Venezuela, and new movies...

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Save & Splurge: Elizabeth Carter

"I wouldn't dare call Ice T-Rex silly to his face, but he is."

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Net Worth: Favorite album covers inspire user illusions

Few things were as revered in junior high school as one’s album collection.

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Beyond the beat: Scottish percussion icon redefines the notions of sound

During a rehearsal last week with the Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky, Evelyn Glennie invited a group of hearing-impaired children on the stage with her.

Thursday, October 8

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Fashion Predictions From the 1930s

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Gowns of glass, electric belts, and dresses of aluminum help hapless dames of the future find a male!

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Tubers, with Elyse Barr

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"It's Always Sunny in Degrassi Men"

Local radio station changes format from rock to country

As of today, the area radio station broadcasting at 92.9 FM is changing format from "The X — Kansas's Rock Alternative" to "The Bull — 20 in a Row Country" ...

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Style Scout: Linda Joler

Colorful and comfortable.

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Style Scout: David Martin

Outdoorsy tax manager.

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Shootout at Dodge: Bleeding Kansas Dodgeball brings the pain in a hail of rubber balls

Bleeding Kansas Dodgeball brings the pain in a hail of rubber balls

Dodgeball is dangerous. Sure, you might think it’s just a kid’s game alongside tiddlywinks or Red Rover — but don’t be fooled. The moment they set foot on the court, players are susceptible to being hurt or humiliated...

Wednesday, October 7

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Pimp That Snack: A site devoted to supersizing your sweets

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Snacks on steroids.

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Scenesters, with Karen Hodgson Allen

The five favorite flicks of Lawernce's fab film fans

From Bing Crosby to Bill Murray.

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Heartland's harvest: KU graduate a national figure in sustainable gardening movement

The little white puff ball sneaks up on Matt Bunch. Grinning, he bends down to pluck it from the burgundy Venus fly trap mouth from whence it came.

Tuesday, October 6

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Continental Drift

Kansas City songwriter Jim Button floats into uncharted waters with new project Continents

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Big Top Cup Cake: The Everest of Cup Cakes

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More like "bucket cake."

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Bound Up, with Rachel Haskins

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

The meaning of life and Roald Dahl.

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Room to work: Artists balance function, style in studios

Applebee’s has nothing on Dave Van Hee’s art studio space.

Double Take: Tips for teens making the case for abstinence

Your column talks a lot about kids deciding to have sex. What about if we have decided not to?

Monday, October 5

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Cake Wrecks: A website devoted to epic cake fails

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Have a slice of sad.

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On Deck, with Sarina Geist

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

Be/Non to TLC.

Kin in the kitchen: Family runs Lawrence Thai restaurant together

There’s no doubt Sisi and Parkin Srisutiva are learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business early. They are the daughter and son of Dustin and Jeab Srisutiva, owners of Thai-Siam, 601 Kasold Drive.

Sunday, October 4

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Parrot Cries Like Human Child

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This bird will swallow your soul.

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Sword play: Success of KU production of ‘Macbeth’ draws heavily on fight scenes

Alex Salamat plops down on a seat in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre, sweat beading on his bald head.

Lawrence native giving book-signing for ‘Silver Shoes’

A Lawrence native now living in Los Angeles is returning to his home town this week to read and sign copies of his new book based on “The Wizard of Oz.”

Arts Notes: Arizona art collective to work on Lawrence project

A group of artists from Arizona will come to Lawrence next weekend for a presentation and workshop.

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Behind the Lens: Longtime passion for projects pays off

I hope last week’s column provided an impetus for many of you to create a collection of images in the form of a photography project.

Saturday, October 3

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Sesame Street "Mad Men" Parody

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The drama and despair of Madison Avenue in the 1960's as interpreted by puppets.

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What to do in Larry tonight, Saturday edition

Lawrence Public Library Book Sale, "Common Ground" opening reception, Insane Clown Posse, She Wants Revenge, Fashion Monsters 3, "Ghostbusters," and new movies...

Missouri poet to read at KU

Award-winning poet Kevin Prufer will give a reading at Kansas University on Tuesday. Prufer will read from his recent poetry collection, “National Anthem,” at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The reading is sponsored by the KU English department.

Friday, October 2

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Hobo Darkseid: Tweets from the dark lord of Apokolips

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He's fallen on some pretty tough times....

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What to do in Larry, Friday edition

The annual book sale, Classic Sci-Fi Film Series, Harvest of Arts Film Festival, printmaking party for "The Art of Pre Sense Form," Truckstop Honeymoon, and three new 3-star movies...

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Journey to the center of the ‘Earthwork’: Locally made feature film readies for national premiere

Crop circles. That is the conclusion most people unfamiliar with the film “Earthwork” jump to when writer-director Chris Ordal begins to describe the plot.

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Net Worth: Revelatory music video relies on ‘crowdsourced’ contributions

Do people still watch music videos?

Thursday, October 1

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Bound Up, with Natalie Anne Dye

A celebration of the anacronistic tradition of erudition

Just because you're pronoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to give you a hug.

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Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins

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Where does Lawrence fall on the scale of the damned?

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Style Scout: Caitlin Harsch

Dressy and uptown.

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Style Scout: James Smith

Bartender at the Bourgeois Pig.

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Beauty and Brains: Zombie models shuffle down the runway at Fashion Monster

Zombie models shuffle down the runway at Fashion Monster

Some fashion models have drawn comparisons to walking cadavers, and they’ve been accused of promoting eating disorders. 

The models at the upcoming Fashion Monster show will actually take those charges as compliments...