Stories for August 2012

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Friday, August 31

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Football and tailgating season kicks off Saturday, a few reminders for fans

Kansas University football season starts this weekend, and with it comes tailgating season.

Thursday, August 30

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August Final Fridays preview: artists celebrate anniversary

Final Fridays turns 2 with a wide array of can't-miss exhibits.

Style Scout: Ann Schwartz

Fashion trends you love: Maxi skirts, obviously. High-waisted skirts. Fun backs on tops/dresses

Style Scout: Eric Ray-Snyder

Tattoos or piercings? Two tattoos: a lovebird on my left calf, and the words “Love is where we all belong” on my chest.

Tuesday, August 28

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Compulsive smokers: Quest for perfection propels barbecue team into national ranks

For Truebud BBQ, meticulousness is as much their signature as their secret rib seasoning, and it’s helped propel them to the elite ranks of the country’s top competition barbecue teams.

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Off the Beaten Plate: The Goober Burger at Yacht Club

Lawrence has a lot more to eat than plain cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizza. Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted (for better or worse) dishes from local menus. To kick off this feature, we bring you Yacht Club's Goober Burger. By Sara Shepherd.

Monday, August 27

Fresh inspiration for well-dressed hot dogs

Plenty of people surely will disagree, but I firmly believe that underdressed hot dogs simply aren’t worth the calories. If all you’re going to do to a hot dog is drizzle some ketchup, splurt some mustard and spoon some relish on it, it’s not worth the effort to eat. I favor a well-dressed dog, a hot dog accompanied by robust and inspired toppings that transform this classic summer food into so much more.

Choir combining young, old earns national award

Though they range from age 3 to 97, the members of the Lawrence Children’s Choir and its senior counterpart, Crescendo, have more in common with each other than they might realize. “Each group gets excited about coming together to learn a new piece,” says Janeal Krehbiel, who retired as the organization’s artistic director in June. “They all enjoy the chance to feel like they have done something to grow and be fruitful.”

Offbeat Occupations: Tailor works 'magic' on clothes

Hala Safadi was perfectly satisfied taking care of her two children and working a few hours a week at Hancock Fabrics, 2108 W 27th St. “It was lovely,” she said.

Remnant Rehab: Baby blanket — bingo!

With a baby shower coming up, I checked out the future parents’ registry to see what they were looking for. When I saw the blankets with the little hood in the corner, I figured I could make one.

Get on the dance floor: Local groups offer instruction, opportunity to take a whirl

From sultry, controlled Argentine tango to old-fashioned, foot-stomping barn dance, a handful of Lawrence groups meet for regular dances, preceded by lessons so beginners can get on the floor right away. None require you to bring your own partner, either.

Lawrence Laundry: Navigate season's transition with fall uniform

I know plenty of women who would forego a month or two of rent payments in order to purchase a pair of Louboutin shoes. In fact, not too long ago, I heard a lady on the radio tell the DJ that she would wrestle anyone of his choosing for a pair.

Sunday, August 26

Local Celtic musician to perform at Irish Fest

Lawrence native and Celtic musician Ashley Davis will be among the performers at the 10th annual Kansas City Irish Fest this week.

‘Threepenny Opera’ auditions this week

The Lawrence Arts Center is seeking actors age 18 and older to audition for Brecht and Weill’s cabaret-style musical “Threepenny Opera.”

A river runs through Nancy Marshall’s work

Nancy Marshall’s River Series paintings aren’t exactly landscapes. And they aren’t exactly still lifes.

Science writer and KU alumna to have book signing

BoingBoing.net science editor, New York Times Magazine columnist and Kansas University alumna Maggie Koerth-Baker will be in Lawrence this week to sign copies of her book, “Before the Lights Go Out.”

Deadline for banned books art submissions extended

The Lawrence Public Library has extended the deadline for its call for artists to help mark Banned Books Week until Friday.

Meeting on public library art project set for Thursday

Artists who want to know more about the Percent for Art commission planned for the renovated Lawrence Public Library can attend an information session Thursday at the library, 707 Vt.

Behind the Lens: Lights can help separate photo subject, background

I’ve talked before about visual style and how each Journal-World photographer gravitates toward creating a particular look in the photos we create.

Saturday, August 25

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Street performers transform downtown into a ‘circus’

Flaming Hula-Hoops, sleight of tongue card tricks, Japanese didgeridoo/guitar music — nothing is too strange or random for the Lawrence Busker Festival.

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New website connects bars and barflies

A trio of local entrepreneurs is betting that Lawrence residents want a new way to connect with their favorite watering holes.

Friday, August 24

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Former KBI director chronicles cases from Clutter murders to BTK

Lawrence resident Larry Welch has wanted to write a book about the KBI for a long time — long before he was appointed director of it in 1994.

Thursday, August 23

Style Scout: Chuck “Colonel” Benedict

Fashion influences: No one in particular except Colonel Sanders.

Style Scout: Liz Keever

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? People dressed up. People who are more exploratory with their hair.

Tuesday, August 21

Saturday's South Park music festival to benefit American Cancer Society

Lawrence musician Sean Mawhirter has organized a benefit music event, “Sounds for Tomorrow Fest,” that will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in South Park. The family-friendly event will feature a variety of music from hip-hop to bluegrass, and it will be free of charge. Donations will be accepted and they will go to the American Cancer Society.

KU students reviving ancient Greek play

A group of Kansas University students who put on Euripides' "Orestes" in an ancient theater in Greece this summer will revive the play here in Lawrence this weekend. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall on KU's campus.

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Drought's effect on apple crop mixed

Following the lead of early summer stone fruits and most other produce this year, northeast Kansas apples are arriving one to four weeks early. And farmers say the crop's shown mixed results.

Ample apple summer specialties

Apples may be early this year, but there’s no reason to rush these fall favorites into their signature cool-weather dishes quite yet.

Monday, August 20

Lawrence Laundry: Fall brings burnt orange color trend

For some reason, I’ve always been attracted to the cooler end of the color spectrum. When I look through my closet, I see mostly hues of green, blue and brown; hardly any red, orange or yellow.

Lawrence Locales: Museum director keeps area artifacts high and dry

Martha Parker has salvaged and saved a museum's worth of important local artifacts.

Bite Sighs: Summer tart just peachy

Gift certificates are a gas! There’s something about spending someone else’s money that makes me feel like experimenting. When two of our friends gave me a gift certificate to a baker’s supply house, I went gaga.

Dinnertime disaster

The plan was foolproof … or so it seemed

It was my night to cook. That’s usually not a cause concern, but tonight would be different. My wife, a marvelous, adventurous cook who can improvise in the kitchen the way Don Rickles can on stage, was working late. So being the gracious husband I am, I said I’d make dinner. I’m no Iron Chef, but I can get by, especially with gentle, loving guidance and a well-tested recipe.

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Wilt Chamberlain’s family protests movie

Barbara O. Chamberlain-Lewis has written letters that essentially scream “cut!” on local filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s “Jayhawkers,” but the command has fallen on deaf ears.

Sunday, August 19

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Regeneration: Singer Sam Baker celebrates K.C.’s Folly Theater

Theater and singer thriving after peering at death

Sometimes when destruction is near and the ravages of time and violence threaten to win out, beauty can overcome.

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Larger-than-life 'Sophie' sculpture on display at Spencer Museum

Now that the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University has finally reopened after its water-main-break-induced closure, visitors will be greeted by someone new.

KU music faculty member wins $12,000 grant

A Kansas University music faculty member has won a cash prize that carries with it a significant composition opportunity.

Lord of the rings: Hula-Hoop dancer Luna Breeze among eye-popping acts coming to Busker Fest

Brie Blakeman — a 24-year-old Kansas City, Mo., Hula-Hoop dancer who performs as “Luna Breeze” — is one of the Lawrence-area headline acts expected to perform at this weekend’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

The extremes of what Busker Fest has to offer

There’s going to be plenty of wild stuff to see at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival. Event organizer Richard Renner helped the Journal-World with a teaser of headline acts, by superlative.

Arts Center hosting 4 nights of opera

The Lawrence Opera Works will be holding four nights of opera starting Friday and running through Aug. 27 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Fictional murder helps bring small town’s history to life

In her latest mystery, Eleanor Sullivan, a former dean of the Kansas University School of Nursing, has re-created in vivid detail a small town in 1830s Ohio, founded by her German immigrant ancestors, with one exception: a murder.

Brazilian party to celebrate release of photography book

The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., will hold a Brazilian-themed party to celebrate the release of “Favela de Rocinha, Brazil,” a photography book by Lawrence artists Sarah Stern and Gary Mark Smith, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday, August 18

Behind the Lens: DSLRs have more options for shooting in low light

When it comes to photographing in low light, people using point-and-shoot cameras are limited on controlling the quality of their light output.

Thursday, August 16

Style Scout: Nicole Schmidt

Tell us a secret… I know how to breathe fire.

Style Scout: Alex Lucas

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More people not dressing in gym clothes

Wednesday, August 15

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Brotherly punks: Homeschooled teenage trio Radkey tread an unlikely path

Meet the brothers Radkey, who are dreaming big before they can even drink.

Monday, August 13

Offbeat Occupations: Chef finds beauty in restaurant’s intimate setting

Micah Clement and his wife, Tawny, wanted to do something special before their baby was born. So in February, they booked a reservation at Café Beautiful, 730 Mass., expecting a good night. Their expectations were a little low. “Overall it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Clement. “You have a window view of Mass. Street, and you can see the sunset as you dine. (The chef) serves only you, (making) it super intimate.”

Delicious/Nutritious: Pick a pepper

Spicy or mild, summer vegetables add pep to dishes

Some like it hot, while others are more mild. These pepper recipes span the continuum for heat tolerance, making something for everyone.

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Remnant Rehab: Alterations breathe new life into vintage dress

A vintage dress with a great polka dot pattern was reformed of its matronly ways with a few simple cuts and hems.

Lawrence Laundry: NYC T-shirt designer got start in Kansas

When former Lawrence resident Donald Lee traveled to New York City to visit family just over a year ago, he never imagined his weeklong trip would turn into a permanent stay.

Pack it up: Put something different in kids' lunch boxes this year

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They’re easy, cheap, fairly healthy and OK to leave at room temperature all morning — perfect for packing in kids’ lunch boxes. But every day? Booo-rrring.

Sunday, August 12

Nomadic churches searching for permanent home

EastLake Community Church, a young-but-booming nondenominational congregation has spent this year as a nomadic church, with no permanent home.

Olympic champions bust a move

From the track to the ring to the sandpit, this crop of Olympians just can’t stop the beat. The London Games have brought an outpouring of crazy, creative victory celebrations.

Study tracks rise of feminine pronouns

In the opening pages of “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan consciously captured the despair of so many housewives — and unknowingly anticipated a shift in language that would mirror the revolution to come in women’s lives.

Fiddling and Picking Championship events start Aug. 24

The 32nd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships will begin with a showcase at Busker Fest on Aug. 24 in downtown Lawrence

Saturday, August 11

EMU Halloween show auditions Sunday

The EMU Theatre group will be holding a cold-reading audition for its annual Halloween show, Horrorshow VI.

Behind the Lens: Camera flash can be useful even when it's sunny

Elvis has left the building. Then he walks toward me, and I photograph him using a bright flash in the August sunshine.

Friday, August 10

John Lithgow's Lied Center performance rescheduled for Sept. 17

Star of stage and screen John Lithgow has rescheduled his Lied Center performance. Lithgow will perform his well-received one-man theatrical memoir "Stories by Heart" Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 9

Style Scout: Grant and Judah Plummer

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Grant: Army toys; Judah: Metal swords

Style Scout: Bree Henderson

Describe your style: Total gal

Tuesday, August 7

Winning recipes: Fair names this year’s top baked goods

Youth and adult cooks alike competed in a number of categories for purple ribbons at this year’s Douglas County Fair. The Journal-World is sharing recipes for the top baked goods.

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Restaurants latch on to gluten-free craze

Whether diners’ reasons stem from medical necessity or fad diets, gluten-free eating has exploded in recent years. In response, Lawrence restaurants increasingly are taking steps to make dining out gluten-free hassle-free.

Monday, August 6

Next stop: Hollywood

Lawrence writer auditions for 'Jayhawkers' film

It started with a Facebook post: “Open casting call for a movie being filmed in Lawrence. Need men 30-50 to play roles for a film set in the mid-1950s.” I’ve been a movie fan since junior high when I first saw “The Philadelphia Story.” Since then, my life has been a quest to be as witty and sophisticated as Cary Grant (still trying) and to fall in love with Katharine Hepburn (which I do every time I watch one of her movies). I’m profoundly disappointed when my real-life dialogue doesn’t crackle with the wit, insight and humor of Billy Wilder, Moss Hart, Groucho Marx and John Huston.

Offbeat Occupations: A lock on the locked-out market

Jon Georgeson, 22, has been locksmithing since he was 15. His stepfather owns Ace Locksmith in Topeka, and after school, Georgeson would head to his shop to start picking and rekeying locks.

Style for the Ages: Fit is key for summer wedding wear

Summer wedding season is upon us — the time for reconnecting with long-lost family and friends, nibbling halfheartedly on cake, and mustering up the courage to — perhaps, just this time — step onto the dance floor.

Sunday, August 5

Elvis impersonators revved up for hot rod show

Elvis will be back in the building next weekend. Well, OK, not the building. Just the park.

Hidden treasures: Spencer Museum of Art's storage space ‘filled to the gills’

If you think there’s a lot to see at the Spencer Museum of Art, you should see what it has in storage.

Saturday, August 4

Behind the Lens: Camera specs for low-light success

I’ve written in the past that quality of light is as important as the quantity of light in photography. This is certainly true in regards to aesthetic qualities but incorrect if there isn’t enough light to capture the image in the first place.

Friday, August 3

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Chill-out artist: Washed Out makes laid-back music

People say it frequently. It seems a little too easy — a cutesy quip made by music journalists to play on the zeitgeisty alt subgenre he became a poster boy for, after his songs were picked up from Myspace and he was catapulted to doing shows reviewed by the New York Times.

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Lawrence native using city as backdrop for indie film

The film “Open Mic Night” is a love letter of sorts. That’s how Lawrence native, musician and director Matt Toplikar described the independent movie he has spent the last week filming in Lawrence.

Thursday, August 2

Fair fare in a class by itself

It’s not every day the opportunity presents itself to eat Indian tacos, blooming onions and cotton candy — and then ride the Tilt-A-Whirl — all in the same night.

Style Scout: Jahmal Clemons

Fashion influences: Kanye West and other rappers who wear high fashion with a street edge

Style Scout: Kara Coffee

Fashion influences: Alexa Chung. Francoise Hardy. ’60s French girl groups.