Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

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Lawrence Farmers' Market opens with plenty of food and fun for all

Weekday markets, children's theater auditions also open this week

For those of you who tell the changing of the seasons by the sun dial known as the Lawrence Farmers’ Market — summer’s grand entrance is scheduled for this weekend.

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Lawrence Flea organizer has ‘big ideas’ for fledgling market

There’s a new game in town for those who fancy themselves “pickers.” Those whose idea of a good time is kicking around a flea market in search of treasures are in luck as well. The nascent Lawrence Flea market, which started last October, embarked on what will be its first full season on April 7 with around 10 vendors selling everything from vintage trophies and vinyl records to NASCAR T-shirts and knives.

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Offbeat Occupations: Love of books led to career as illustrator

Amy Moreno grew up in a book family.

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Lawrence Laundry: A prom 'do you can do yourself

The girls and I took turns experimenting with different hairstyles as Spencer looked up cheap flights to Ireland, ate four dozen cookies and said, “Oh, her hair looks cool” at all the appropriate times.

Sunday, April 29

51st Art in the Park scheduled for May 6

The Lawrence Art Guild’s annual Art in the Park event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 in South Park in downtown Lawrence.

Borromeo String Quartet coming to KU Tuesday

The acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Swarthout Recital Hall on Kansas University’s campus. Admission is free.

Chuck Mead to perform Saturday at Arts Center

Country artist Chuck Mead, alongside band His Grassy Knoll Boys, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Behind the Lens: Get photos off the fence and into the game

I was covering a high school baseball game Tuesday night while pondering what to write in my column this week. It occurred to me that the very thing I was photographing would be of interest — or at least the method I was using to photograph the subject.

Saturday, April 28

Lied Center announces 2012-13 schedule

The Lied Center announced its 2012-13 season lineup Friday night, and it features high-profile national acts, Broadway hits, classic musicals and more. Tickets go on sale to Friends of the Lied and students Monday and to the general public May 14.

Friday, April 27

KU opera, symphony students to take stage at ‘surreal’ Kauffman Center

Annalize Sussman remembers the first time she saw the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “I thought it was magical,” the Kansas University master’s student says.

Art in Motion to bring upbeat energy to Dance Carnival

Cathy Patterson has heard people’s reservations about dance performances: “They’re boring” and “the music isn’t fun.”

'Avengers' kicks off big summer movie season

The summer movie season starts next weekend, and it starts big.

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KU student documents Brazilian shanty town

Sarah Stern, a Lawrence native and Kansas University junior, still thinks about Rocinha. It’s been a year since her trip to the Brazilian favela, but her memories are still clear and unshakable.

Thursday, April 26

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April Final Fridays preview: Students at the Art Party, extrovert artwork at Wonder Fair, a look at Brazil's slums and more

Artwork from Lawrence’s budding artists will be in full bloom Friday night at this month’s Final Fridays.

Style Scout: Fatima Pacheco

People say I look like: Jennifer Garner, because of my dimples.

Style Scout: Cedric Burrows

Fashion trends you hate? I really don’t like skinny jeans; they are the bane of every man’s existence.

Wednesday, April 25

Rhubarb: America's sweet tart

In general, color isn’t an indicator of ripeness or sweetness. Rhubarb comes in varieties ranging from green to deep red, and some is speckled or has gradations of color. You should purchase rhubarb that’s firm and has relatively shiny skin. Avoid rhubarb whose ends show signs of drying out.

Anchovies: Don’t let preconceptions keep you from enjoyment

If anchovies gross you out, know this — compared with what people ate before there were anchovies, they’re practically cake and ice cream.

Symbol of the South: Practical and tough, the cast-iron skillet remains the pan of choice for America’s Southern cooks

As interest continues to grow nationwide in all things Southern food — restaurants, chefs, cookbooks — there’s a “natural curiosity” about the humble yet iconic cast-iron skillet, says Virginia Willis, the Atlanta-based authority on the region’s cooking. The cast-iron skillet’s virtues, and utility, can’t be underestimated, in her view.

Tuesday, April 24

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Up the Academy's new release on Replay Records a local, DIY effort

In business, they say it’s who you know that counts. Turns out that can also be the case in rock and roll.

Monday, April 23

University Theatre's 'Merrily We Roll Along' is a fun, flirtatious take on fate

Merrily We Roll Along, written by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim, is one of those artistic aberrations that means something other than what it intends to mean. Sondheim said that it is about friendship. It is. And yet it is not.

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Lawrence Laundry: City has its own code of modesty

I am of the opinion that Lawrence, Kan., is the greatest place on earth.

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Fetch homemade dog treats at local bakeries

Good news for Lawrence canines: You will soon have your own bakery and boutique on Massachusetts Street. Lucky Paws Bakery and Barktique will open at the end of the month at 729 ½ Mass.

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KU alumna lands job as celebrity dog reporter

Brie Strohmeyer co-hosted an awards show in Hollywood in February, and just like any other awards show, there were celebrities, a red carpet, awards and lots of camera flashes. “It was as loud and crazy as an award show could possibly be,” she said.

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Remnant Rehab: Try a flirty bubble hem dress for prom

There are two occasions that almost any woman encounters requiring expensive dresses — weddings and prom.

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Offbeat Occupations: Auctioneer starts the bidding

When Mark Elston was a boy he would attend auctions with his father, then come home and pretend to host his own. He would rattle off prices, selling his farm animals to imaginary bidders. “I could do it since I was knee high, but I was always scared of getting in front of the public,” said Elston.

Sunday, April 22

Documentary aims to produce environmental talks

A documentary that explores humanity’s connection to Earth and the cosmos will be shown Monday at Liberty Hall.

Concert to present early music ‘boquet’

Kansas University’s School of Music will present “A Bouquet of Early Music,” its Collegium Musicum spring concert, at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in Swarthout Recital Hall on KU’s campus.

Behind the Lens: Robinson’s reaction sums up KU defeat

I’ll offer one more story on our recent photo coverage of the Kansas University men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.

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No trivial matter: Championship draws knowledge junkies from throughout state

Some teams are made up of families, others of friends, and came from throughout the state. Rachel, Robin and Joe Edmunds make up the team of Idiot & Savant. Robin and Joe drove from Manhattan, and their daughter, Rachel, joined them from Kansas City.

Friday, April 20

Focus Film Festival to screen high schoolers' movies Saturday

The seventh annual Focus Film Festival will feature the work of high schoolers from across northeast Kansas.

Thursday, April 19

Style Scout: Tony Held

Fashion trends you hate? It bugs me when I see guys in jeans that don’t fit them or are too big for them.

Style Scout: Erin McKee

Tell us a secret: I’m a hipster.

Wednesday, April 18

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has died

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark is dead, according to spokesman Paul Shefrin.

Candy maker announces Mike and Ike split

They’ve been together 72 years, but it’s not clear whether Mike and Ike will reach their next anniversary. The colorful candy characters are going their separate ways, and using Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to announce the split.

Something new brewing in (barrel) aged beers

Fine wine is said to improve with barrel aging. So why not fine beer? That’s the thinking behind the emerging craft beer trend of aging brews in the barrel to give them more complexity.

Almond-crusted chicken makes quick dinner

With virtually no effort from you, ground seeds and nuts add tons of protein-rich crunch and pack deep, savory flavors. Ground peanuts, for example, can be used to flavor meatballs and burgers or to coat meatloaf. Ground almonds can be combined with tomato sauce and chipotle peppers to make a Mexican mole sauce for chicken.

Unsalted pretzels cut sodium in chicken piccata

Pretzels are naturally fat-free, so it might be tempting to ignore those pesky white flakes. Unfortunately, a serving of fat-free pretzels may contain up to 400 milligrams of sodium.

‘Steak’ and eggs, by way of the vegetable patch

Much as I love a big, beefy steak, sometimes I need something on the lighter side.

Tuesday, April 17

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Two tons of taste: KU seeks to break record for world’s largest nacho plate during Kansas Relays

Serving up more than two tons of nachos may seem like an exercise in gluttony, but it's all for a good cause.

Monday, April 16

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Lawrence Laundry: Add a touch of green to your closet

If there’s anything we as a country have learned over the past five years, it’s that our earth is fragile and so is our economy.

Sunday, April 15

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Indie-dance group Rubblebucket looking for volunteers to be robots

Rubblebucket will play at the Bottleneck, 737 N.H., on Monday. Tickets are $9.

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'Sweet Little Lies' flmmaker taps Kansas roots, shot part of feature film in Eudora

Filmmaker Joe Saunders took Eudora and made it into Anywhere, USA.

Behind the Lens: Final thoughts on the Final Four

The NCAA Tournament, and more specifically the Final Four, can be regimented to the point of peculiarity.

Have a great mom? Send us your stories

Hey, children of all ages! Think you have the best mom in the world? Tell us why in 250 words or less, and it could be featured in the Mother’s Day edition of the Lawrence Journal-World and on

Wakarusa museum opens May 6

The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum will open at 1 p.m. May 6 at the site of the former Wakarusa Elementary School on Route 5.

Girl talk: Strong, witty characters shine in Theatre Lawrence production of 'Steel Magnolias'

Theatre Lawrence’s “Steel Magnolias” is an all-woman show of gossiping and giggling.

Theatre Lawrence holding auditions for 2 productions

Theatre Lawrence is holding auditions for its summer shows April 22 and 23.

KU Theatre putting on Sondheim musical

Kansas University Theatre’s production of the Stephen Sondheim classic “Merrily We Roll Along” debuts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. Additional shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. On Sunday, April 22, and Sunday, April 29, the show will be performed at 2:30 p.m.

Bluegrass concert to benefit tornado-hit town

It’s great music for a great cause.

Saturday, April 14

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New owners of Jackpot Music Hall fulfill life-long dream

They’re a mom and pop operation, through and through.

Friday, April 13

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Local act Mouthbreathers aims to be catchy punk

Mouthbreathers will play a KJHK benefit with Cloud Dog and Stik Figa tonight at the Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass.

Thursday, April 12

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Arts groups come together under one umbrella

A new campaign aims to support and promote arts events in Lawrence.

Style Scout: Josh Barker

Fashion influences? Early 1990s Colin Farrell.

Style Scout: Natalie Munoz

How would you describe your style? I like to dress fancy and sparkly, like a princess.

Monday, April 9

Local rockers Cowboy Indian Bear take on the state of local music

Vocalists and guitarists Marty Hillard and C.J. Calhoun of local indie rock act Cowboy Indian Bear discuss the pressures declining record sales have put on local acts and other quirks of the Lawrence music scene.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Easter leftovers

Try these ideas for your many hard-boiled eggs

Have a dozen or more hard-boiled eggs in the fridge now that Easter is over? Megan and Sarah have some suggestions to use them up.

Offbeat Occupations: Arrangements now second nature to florist

On a recent Friday afternoon, a woman walked into Englewood Florist, 1101 Mass., with a big order: she needed seven centerpieces, plus a really large one, by 10 a.m. the next day.

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Lawrence Laundry: The same principles of style apply to home decorating

Style doesn’t have to stop with your wardrobe. In fact, it shouldn’t.

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Remnant Rehab: Save a sentimental T-shirt as a pillow

We all have loads of T-shirts, don’t we?

Sunday, April 8

Behind the Lens: How photographers can be in 5 places at once

Last week my office was at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Rediscovering Dickens: Book by Kansan explores author’s reformist mission

Author Andrea Warren did not go about her latest book, “Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London” (Houghton Mifflin, 2011) like her six earlier works.

Vital organ: Church spends 7 years refurbishing instrument

The façade of First Presbyterian Church has been likened to Bethlehem on more than one occasion. During Tracy Resseguie’s seven-year process of repairing and updating the church’s pipe organ, he realized the church needed a star of its own.

Friday, April 6

Local artist's Kickstarter campaign down to the wire

If Darin White doesn’t raise the $5,000 for his exhibit “Overflow,” which aims to raise questions about what we do with the things we have, he gets none of the $3,426 that’s already been pledged. The fundraising drive ends tomorrow at 5:02 p.m.

Thursday, April 5

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Air guitarists wail at the Bottleneck

Air guitar — “playing” along with your favorite shredding — may have been a literal bedroom pursuit of rock fans with energy and imagination but it’s made the jump to public entertainment and competitive pursuit.

Style Scout: Sean Galloway

How would you describe your style? Neat, classic and unassuming; “news anchor.”

Style Scout: Sue Shey

Age: Really?

Teen wins national contest for designing outfit

You can see the excitement in Ryal Mitchell’s face as she talks about the equestrian-inspired outfit she designed for the Make It With Wool Contest.

Wednesday, April 4

Have faith in these dessert recipes, for Passover and beyond

Like many bakers, I have recipes in my repertoire that I reserve for certain holidays. As my children gobble up rugelach during Hanukkah, they wonder why I never make these delicious cookies in January or May. After enjoying buttery slices of Irish soda bread on St. Patrick’s Day, my husband tells me I really should put his favorite quick bread into the regular rotation.

The power of the grill sweetens spring asparagus

I have always loved asparagus. But the minute I tasted grilled asparagus, it went from a vegetable I liked to one that I was madly in love with.

Invite new flavors to your Easter table

Easter is a time for honored family traditions. From Easter hats, egg hunts and meals shared with those you love, each celebration creates its own special memories.

Tuesday, April 3

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Lots of drummers, lots of rhythm in White Rabbits

White Rabbits will be at the Jackpot at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Monday, April 2

Chocolate eggs need crunchy chocolate nests

You’ll have no trouble enticing the kids to get involved in this easy and tasty part of Easter dinner prep.

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Offbeat Occupations: Photographer's work evokes pin-up era

Wearing a teal dress and a pair of heels circa 1950, Emmalee Schaumburg eases into a chair in the lobby of her photography studio in North Lawrence. The sound of a woman’s voice croons over a crackly clarinet from a stereo tucked in back. Schaumburg’s dark hair is tied back, and her lipstick is bright pink, all vestiges of the era she seeks to revive through her photography.

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Kids can experience, not just watch, 'Farfalle'

Dancers in bright green suits twirl, tuck and roll to the whimsical sounds of a xylophone. Popping noises resound through the room: it sounds sort of like a bunch of giant soap bubbles bursting at once. Then there are the crackling noises, a shell breaking.

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Style Off the Cuff: Heritage revival brings back classic fit, construction

Last month I talked about traditional style and the resurgence of a classic, Americana style. While many would argue (correctly) that such style and focus on quality American manufacturing never stopped being relevant, it has undeniably made a mainstream resurgence over the past several years.

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Anatomy of a relationship, dissected

KU grad shares details of couple's therapy in 'George & Hilly' memoir

Combine a “neurotic, obsessive-compulsive, infantile-arrested, stuporous melancholi(c)” (George Gurley) with a “competent overachiever” (Hilary Heard), who also happens to have a “randy, nubile party girl” streak, and what do you get? Counseling.

Sunday, April 1

Exhibit showcases good-looking books

Book, typography and art lovers are invited the 2011 Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show.

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Behind the Lens: A photographer’s notes from the postgame scrum

If you had the chance to catch the postgame celebration following the Jayhawks’ 80-67 victory over North Carolina, you probably saw the team pour onto the floor in celebration after the buzzer.

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KU museum project a lesson in how to be an activist

Stop staring, comrades. The spectacle is everywhere.

KU Theatre performs ‘The Foreigner’

Kansas University Theatre at the University of Kansas is currently staging the comedy “The Foreigner.”