Stories for December 2012

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Monday, December 31

Offbeat Occupations: Turning humble materials into home art

Dave Root is a guy whose feet are firmly planted in two worlds: one very practical and one totally artistic. With his custom concrete business, Atlas Archimedes Design, he manages to deftly blend the two. By Amber Fraley

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Make some tamales and have a party

Almost since the day I started working with her, I’ve been harassing my co-worker, Lydia Vega, to teach me how to make her family’s authentic tamales. When she finally agreed earlier this fall, I decided it would be fun to make a party of it. As it turns out, you don’t make tamales without having a party. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

Double Take: Striving and respect: 2 themes for year ahead

We arrive tomorrow at the year 2013, in remarkably good shape for a world destroyed on Dec. 21. As one who grew up in the shadow of an oft-imagined Cold War mushroom cloud, I found the threat from long-dead Maya a bit underwhelming.

How To Help: Club seeks volunteer to help create YouTube video

The Boys and Girls Club is looking for volunteers to help it create a fun YouTube video that will feature club kids telling President Barack Obama why they’d like him to come to their Feb. 6 Youth of the Year Celebration.

Horoscopes for Dec. 31

For Monday, Dec. 31: This year you enjoy relating on a one-on-one level. Though you love to socialize, you also appreciate the exchange that goes on just between two people. If you are single, you attract people from out of the blue and in odd situations. If you are attached, the two of you love going on getaways together.

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Safety tips for dealing with freezing weather

With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are encouraging Kansans to exercise caution when outdoors. By Karrey Britt

Fix-It Chick: Tackle some basic home repairs for the new year

Reseed the lawn. Trim back trees and shrubs. Replace damaged landscape elements with native, drought-resistant varieties. By Linda Cottin

Out with the old, in with the new: Now's the time to de-clutter

Out with the old, in with the new. The adage goes for more than just a calendar change. It applies to your stuff, too. All those Christmas decorations that need to be put away, old toys abandoned for new ones, tired clothes taking up space after-Christmas sales could fill — now’s the time to get rid of the ones you don’t want, and get the rest organized. By Sara Shepherd

Felt adds texture, warmth to winter

It’s that time of year when texture, character and warmth define the most successful decor. The perfect time for felt. This season has seen a variety of creative, decorative felt items for table and tree. You’ll find it sewn, lasercut, appliqued or otherwise manipulated to create eye-catching fashion accessories, charming toys and sculptures, and chic items for the home. By Kim Cook, The Associated Press

Sunday, December 30

13 things to kick off 2013

The arts and entertainment events and news you need to know going on the first few months of the year.

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Lawrence Libations: Hot Hard Cider at Henry’s Upstairs

Tis the season for hot drinks, and Henry’s Upstairs serves a local favorite of the alcoholic variety. It's just what it sounds like — Hot Hard Cider. By Sara Shepherd.

Auditions this week for Arts Center's ‘Escape from the Labyrinth’

Auditions are this week for the Lawrence Arts Center’s upcoming all-ages production of “Escape from the Labyrinth: The Adventures of Thesus and Icarus.”

Horoscopes for Dec. 30

For Sunday, Dec. 30: This year you express more warmth through your behavior and personality. As a result, many people are drawn to you. If you are single, your status could change, as you will attract many suitors. If you are attached, your sweetie will enjoy the change and bask in your sunniness.

Saturday, December 29

Horoscopes for Dec. 29

For Saturday, Dec. 29: This year you will make decisions about many different issues, but when it comes to following through on them, it could be a problem. If you are not 100 percent dedicated to a decision, don’t do it. If you are single, go with the flow, especially as the summer months approach. If you are attached, avoid petty arguments.

Friday, December 28

Horoscopes for Dec. 28

For Friday, Dec. 28, 2012: This year you often think one way about an issue but act on it in a different way. You’ll feel one thing, but think you should do something else. If you are single, you will meet someone who knocks your socks off. If you are attached, openly discuss your mental process in order to avoid any negative responses.

Tune In Tonight: Teen angst and ghostly guests

There’s no trouble like “Teen Trouble” (9 p.m., Lifetime). In this new series, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp promises to “embed” himself in a different teen’s life every week. He helps at-risk youth confront their problems, along with their parents, teachers and peers.

Thursday, December 27

December Final Fridays preview: Time to reflect on the arts in Lawrence

The final Final Fridays event of 2012 offers one more opportunity to reflect on the thriving arts community in Lawrence.

Style Scout: Grant Holmes

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Lawrence is my oasis. It’s the perfect mix of everything.

Tune In Tonight: Four chances to catch 'The Mindy Project'

It’s been a pretty meager year for network sitcoms. And if NBC’s sneak peek at “1600 Penn” is any indication, 2013 won’t bring much relief.

Horoscopes for Dec. 27

For Thursday, Dec. 27, : This year you often will swing back and forth between being intellectual and being highly emotional. Accept that this is unlikely to change any time in the near future. If you are single, this back-and-forth could chase away a potential suitor, but come summer, you are likely to meet someone who enjoys your changeability and accepts you as you are. If you are attached, your sweetie might wonder what is going on.

Style Scout: Joelle Zbacnik

Fashion trends you love: Everything! I like bow ties on girls and guys a lot.

Wednesday, December 26

Area drummer triumphant onstage after loss of leg

In August of 2005, 28-year-old Billy Brimblecom went through surgery to remove his left leg. Earlier that year, doctors had identified the source of the pain Brimblecom had been experiencing in the leg for several years: Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer of the bone. Brimblecom had always attributed the pain he would feel off and on to an earlier car accident. But worsening pain had motivated the trip to the doctor’s office, where multiple tests, including a biopsy, led to the discovery of the cancer. “They said, ‘Here’s what we’ll do. We’re going to try to do everything we can to remove the cancer,’” Brimblecom, a professional drummer and actor, recalled. But doctors warned that losing his leg, “in an effort to save your life,” was also a possibility. By Melissa Treolo

Horoscopes for Dec. 26

For Wednesday, Dec. 26: This year you often view effectiveness as a goal. Sometimes you could glide right over the deeper meaning of a situation. If you are single, you could meet someone important through your work. If you are attached, the two of you make an excellent team when it comes to practical matters.

Tune In Tonight: Kennedy Center Honors brew a whole lotta love

Always fun, occasionally annoying and even educational, the Kennedy Center Honors (8 p.m., CBS) return for the 35th time. As they do every year, they pay tribute to artists whose works have enriched America’s popular culture and fine arts. The list always contains a name unfamiliar to many, as well as folks so famous that you have to wonder if this national honor is simply the icing on their celebrity cake.

Tuesday, December 25

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Two Lawrence residences attract HGTV attention

Randy Walker's "Museum of Odd" and Nick Schmiedeler's "Kansas Rust Cottage" are scheduled to be featured on HGTV's "Home Strange Home," a show that describes itself as a “sneak peek into some of the strangest, wackiest and most unusual homes across America.” By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for Dec. 25

For Tuesday, Dec. 25: This year you have the ability to accomplish a lot, if you so choose. Understand that many people depend on you. If you are single, romance gains your attention come summer 2013. If you are attached, the summer heat ignites the flames of love once more.

Tune In Tonight: Unwrap marathons, movies and basketball

Christmas is here, and TV programming is ready to help you embrace the day — or avoid it entirely.

Monday, December 24

Double Take: Some advice for a successful family gathering

The holidays are here, the kids are home from college or high school and the spirit of the season is everywhere.

Delicious/Nutritious: Clementines make winter a little sunnier

Clementines a sweet little treat for winter.

Horoscopes for Dec. 24

For Monday, Dec. 24: This year you are grounded. You make strong financial decisions; however, sometimes you will need to seek out others for ideas. If you are single, during this period, Cupid’s arrow is nearby. If you are attached, the two of you have worked hard to get where you are.

Fix-It Chick: Cleaning your chimney is necessary — and easy

Chimneys can be cleaned from top to bottom or bottom to top.

Santa is not the only one who likes a clean chimney. Chimneys need to be cleaned at least once a year. Unused chimneys should also be inspected on a regular basis. Cleaning a chimney is easy for anyone who isn’t afraid of heights.

Lawrence Laundry: Great ‘gift’ deals abound after Christmas shopping rush

Shoppers should take advantage of post-Christmas deals.

Offbeat Occupations: Running a candy store ‘fun work’ indeed

Miller owns and operates Mass. Street Sweet Shoppe, 727 Massachusetts St., which opened in early November. “I just decided I wanted to do something neighborly and give back to my community, so I did some research into candy and decided to open a candy store.” By Adam Strunk

Sunday, December 23

Retired KU professor pens murder mystery

Musician, writer, husband, cyclist, father, Poe scholar retired KU professor and Lawrence resident Stuart Levine still has plenty of energy at 80 years ­— evidenced by the fact that he recently published his first novel.

Kansas City Connection: New Year’s possibilities for foodies and fun-seekers

If you'll be braving the drunken masses and going out in Kansas City on New Year's Eve, here are some fun things to do.

Exhibit asks artists to pack for a new age

How and what does one pack for beginning a journey into — according to the ancient Mayan timekeepers — a new 26,000-year cycle?

Horoscopes for Dec. 23

For Sunday, Dec. 23: This year you often represent the best of your sign, and also the worst of your sign. For instance, you endure unceasingly, yet you can’t seem to let go and enjoy yourself. If you are single, you could meet someone who makes you want to change your status. If you are attached, together you will have a case of spring fever!

In Lawrence, find New Year's Eve parties for every taste

Your first New Year’s resolution of 2013 — stop kicking off the new year by doing something that’s not your style. Unless your heart is set on a big black-tie gala, you can find — or create — social events to suit your own taste here in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Cereal Bar at Java Break

Decisions, decisions — Grape-Nuts with raisins, wheat germ and skim milk? Or Reese’s Puffs with whipped cream, chocolate chips and Oreo cookies? By Sara Shepherd.

Saturday, December 22

Horoscopes for Dec. 22

For Saturday, Dec. 22: This year you often will go to extremes. In the process of doing so, you couldn’t care less, but it is how you feel after the fact that will cause you to employ some self-discipline. If you are single, your desirability speaks for itself. If you are attached, the two of you blend together well.

Friday, December 21

Horoscopes for Dec. 21

For Friday, Dec. 21: This year you will want to move in new directions, but often will trip yourself up. Feedback from those with whom you have frequent brainstorming sessions could be instrumental. If you are single, you might find it difficult to relate easily, as you are unlikely to offer the conventional attitudes and gestures of a single, available person. If you are attached, the two of you might struggle with the traditional roles of marriage.

Thursday, December 20

Style Scout: Emma Murano

Fashion trends you hate: Showing too much skin. The shoulder is OK, but belly and back is not.

Horoscopes for Dec. 20

For Thursday, Dec. 20: This year you will you be much more assertive than you have been. As a result, you will break past patterns that have held you back in the past. If you are single, you will meet quite a few potential suitors. Be true to yourself. If you are attached, be gentle with your sweetie.

Style Scout: Thomas Rush

Fashion trends you love: Hats that look like animal heads, cowboy boots, 1950s male coiffure, bangs on women

Wednesday, December 19

Tune In Tonight: Will NBC ever dump Trump?

In a move that surprises and saddens many decent, thoughtful people, NBC continues to broadcast “The 2012 Miss Universe Competition” (7 p.m., NBC). It’s not because people are all that agitated about an international beauty pageant. It’s because “Universe” is owned by Donald Trump, and they’re dumbfounded that the network still has anything to do with him.

Horoscopes for Dec. 19

For Wednesday, Dec. 19: This year you often are inspired to live out a dream or go for what you really want. Sometimes this path can be confusing. If you are single, you could be drawn to a Capricorn or a very strong-willed individual. If you are attached, share more of your newfound inspiration by living it.

Tuesday, December 18

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Lawrence chefs share best holiday recipes

When it comes to food and drink, if there's ever a time to whip up something special, it's Christmastime. The Journal-World asked a few of Lawrence's food and beverage pros to share their favorite holiday recipes, and they came through with dishes from main course to after-dinner drinks. By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for Dec. 18

For Tuesday, Dec. 18: This year you often encounter challenging people with very different ideas. Take the best of those suggestions and use them to strengthen your life. If you are single, from summer 2013 on, someone very special could enter your life. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy each other even more.

Tune In Tonight: Is 2012 the year of the thoughtful athlete?

Signs that we’ll soon be auld lang syne-ing our way out of 2012 arrive with increasing frequency. “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (9 p.m., HBO) gathers a round table of wise men and women (including Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Armen Keteyian and Andrea Kremer) to discuss and review the best sports stories of the year.

Monday, December 17

Tips on holiday bonuses

Guidelines for giving: what’s allowed, what’s appropriate

Tipping the people who provide us with year-round services is common at Christmastime, though there aren’t rigid rules for who to tip or how much to spend. The Emily Post Institute suggests thinking of holiday tipping as “holiday thanking.”

Horoscopes for Dec. 17

For Monday, Dec. 17: This year you hear and learn so much that you might experience an information overload. You do not always understand why people do what they do. If you are single, you could discover that you have too many potential suitors. If you are attached, your home life remains pivotal.

Bite Sighs: Cookies as easy as 1-2-3

With so many interesting possibilities, it’s hard to choose just one kind of cookie to make on any given day. Have no fear, the magic ratio is here!

How To Help: Help needed for Christmas dinner

The Free Lawrence Community Christmas Day Dinner is in need of volunteers to help prepare, serve and deliver meals. The meal will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., and anyone is welcome to attend. Volunteers are asked to come to the church anytime between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., and there is no need to sign up. Additionally, baked pies are needed Christmas morning. Call Brower Burchill at 785-843-9199 with questions.

Offbeat Occupations: Dole Institute's event coordinator gives guests ‘rock star treatment’

Melanie Coen claims her job is far from glamorous. However, it does involve occasionally dining with presidents, politicians and famous journalists.

Lawrence Laundry: Seeking local gifts dispels inner Scrooge

At the risk of sounding overly “Bah! Humbug,” I have to say I don’t like Christmas shopping.

Communication key to happy holidays

Potential stressors can be mitigated before gatherings

Family holiday celebrations can be among the most special events of the year. But they’re also ripe for potentially uncomfortable social interactions, ranging from heartbreaking — such as a recent death in the family — to just plain awkward — such as deciding how to tell your latest companion he or she isn’t actually invited to Christmas dinner.

Sunday, December 16

Timeless sound

Saxophone quartet River City Reeds spread their music

Local saxophone quartet River City Reeds, which performs for free throughout the community, has been going strong since stemming off from the New Horizons Band more than a decade ago.

Horoscopes for Dec. 16

For Sunday, Dec. 16: This year you seem much more willing to slow down and just chat with friends. You recognize that there is more to life than work — it is the people in your life that make a difference. If you are single, you will find that you have too many choices. If you are attached, you will want to socialize more often.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Boti Kabab at India Palace

While you won’t find it on many Kansas barbecue joint menus, lamb’s strong flavor is actually a great match for a bit of char. By Sara Shepherd

Foxy by Proxy to perform holiday show that's both naughty and nice

Foxy by Proxy, which is not your typical cabaret-style burlesque, will have its first Christmas show, “Miracle on Mass. Street,” this Saturday.

Kansas City Connection: Get into the Christmas spirit with Dickens’ spirits

If I really wanted to get in the Christmas spirit, I’d spend a whole afternoon spending too much money on the Country Club Plaza, and then I’d visit the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future at the Kansas City Repertory Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol” By Emily Farris

Saturday, December 15

Horoscopes for Dec. 15

For Saturday, Dec. 15: This year, you often overwhelm others with your energy. In hindsight, even you could be taken aback by your liveliness. If you are single, you could encounter someone very intense. If you are attached, your relationship goes up a notch in intensity.

Friday, December 14

Horoscopes for Dec. 14

For Friday, Dec. 14: This year your sixth sense provides you with flashes of insight. Be willing to let go of what no longer works. If you are single, someone interesting appears from out of the blue. If you are attached, reintroduce more unpredictability into your bond.

Thursday, December 13

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Trippy catnip documentary nabs spot at Sundance Film Festival

A Lawrence native's 7-minute, 1970s-classroom-documentary-style film — featuring narration of catnip research, pans of newspaper articles about it, psychedelic music and scads of wild-eyed, crazy-acting cats — was selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. By Sara Shepherd.

Style Scout: Chris Millspaugh

Fashion influences: Grandfathers, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck

Style Scout: Meredith Moore

Dream job: I think I have it. I work with artists and bring more tasteful things to peoples’ lives.

Horoscopes for Dec. 13

For Thursday, Dec. 13: This year you will have a new beginning in whatever area you deem necessary. Your personal power will expand because you live your word. If you are single, you will see direct results. If you are attached, curb a tendency to be me-oriented.

Wednesday, December 12

Horoscopes for Dec. 12

For Wednesday, Dec. 12: This year you express your unique creativity, as an endless amount of unusual solutions and fun ideas seem to come from you. Drop the word “no” from your vocabulary. If you are single, many potential suitors surround you. Which one will you choose? If you are attached, guard against being too me-oriented.

Tune In Tonight: 'Fascinating' or forgettable?

Who can resist an annual roundup? “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012” (8:30 p.m., ABC) is a special that always straddles the high and low of politics, media and popular culture. Some of those profiled are well known, while others are celebrities we probably hadn’t heard of this time last year and who have a good chance of fading from memory. Among the announced guests, I’d put gymnast Gabby Douglas and pop sensation One Direction in the latter category. But whatever happens, they’re indelibly linked to our memories of this passing year.

Tuesday, December 11

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Miracle of oil inspires Hanukkah treats

Oil plays a vital role in the Hanukkah story, and as such it’s essential to the holiday staples found sizzling on Jewish families’ stove tops this week. By Sara Shepherd.

Tune In Tonight: Two-dimensional performances that endure

It’s funny what endures — and what doesn’t. I’m often struck by the fact that several generations who have never seen Fred Astaire dance or even watched his movies know him from his voice-over in the 1970 holiday special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (7 p.m., ABC). The same might be said of Boris Karloff (”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) or Jimmy Durante (”Frosty the Snowman”).

Horoscopes for Dec. 11

For Tuesday, Dec. 11: This year your intensity has an impact, especially on those you know. Be sure to show your compassion when making strong statements. If you are single, take the time to get to know a suitor well before making any serious decisions. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from downtime together.

Letter: Well done

Many thanks to the KU School of Music for an excellent Holiday Vespers program last Sunday at the Lied Center. This year’s music selections were particularly meaningful and beautifully presented.

Monday, December 10

Tune In Tonight: Michael Bublé hosts holiday special

The list of celebrity-driven holiday extravaganzas grows shorter every year. As both a critic and a viewer, I used to look forward to Kathie Lee Gifford’s over-the-top Christmas specials because I knew they would be groan-worthy displays of excess.

Gift alternatives for the person who has everything

At the time of year when days of the week are named after shopping experiences, the pressure is on gift buyers to find the perfect items for friends and family. But some people already have what they need — or are difficult to shop for — and that store gift card doesn’t seem to radiate with love. Enter some less-heralded categories of gifts, ones that share the spirit of the season without accumulating dust in the back of the closet: charitable gifts, experience gifts and gifts of time.

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Deck the halls

Christmas décor ho, ho, hum? Changes, additions can bring new life to your decorations

When it comes to freshening your Christmas decorating style, interior decorator Natashia Brown with M. Street Interiors, 825 Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence, says there’s no need to replace all of your old decorations. She suggests rethinking what you have and adding a few new ornaments to really spruce up your look.

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Remnant Rehab: Shop for local handmade gifts

If you didn’t get around to making all the gifts you wanted this year, you can still give handmade gifts — just not made by you.

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Lawrence Laundry: Dress codes decoded

However exciting the holiday season is, holiday parties tend to create a bit of anxiety for partygoers. Undoubtedly, a root of this anxiety — at least for women — is not knowing what to wear.

Horoscopes for Dec. 10

For Monday, Dec. 10: This year, your ideas might not always be workable or realistic. However, you’ll discover how much these flights of fancy feed your creativity. If you are single, your choice for a suitor might work this week, but not next month. Honor your changeability. If you are attached, your sweetie might be taken aback by some of your comments.

Sunday, December 9

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Off the Beaten Plate: Betta' Breakfast Burger at the Sandwich Bowl

This beefy sandwich is a lot more hearty than it is pretty. By Sara Shepherd

Free State High School concert to raise funds for trip

Free State High School’s ninth-grade orchestra will present a winter concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 4700 Overland Drive.

Kansas City Connection: The Science of Rock and Roll at Union Station

The Science of Rock 'n' Roll comes to Union Station, movies come to the Kansas City Public Library, and Emily Farris tries not to become a crazy cat lady. By Emily Farris

Horoscopes for Dec. 9

For Sunday, Dec. 9: This year you come within reach of many of your dreams, particularly those that pertain to your personal and home life. Be aware that how you come off to others could prevent you from fulfilling these desires. If you are single, check out a new suitor or admirer with care. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from taking a vacation together.

Nerd's the word

Event combines camaraderie, academics and drinking

It’s a Wednesday night in November, and nearly 100 enthusiastic academics — you might call them nerds — have filled up the Alton Ballroom at Pachamama’s to hear presentations on topics that fascinate them.

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Journal-World reveals holiday cookie contest winners

Top recipes include drop, bar, shaped and no-bake treats

The Journal-World advertising staff, with help from Hy-Vee, reviewed more than 130 entries before choosing which to name the best holiday cookie recipes in town.

Saturday, December 8

Horoscopes for Dec. 8

For Saturday, Dec. 8: This year your priorities are your friends and expanding your immediate world. From summer on, you will be favored in the area of love, whether you’re single or attached. If you are single, you have an opportunity to change your status. If you are attached, you could be unusually romantic.

Friday, December 7

Horoscopes for Dec. 7

For Friday, Dec. 7: You could enjoy immense popularity the first half of the year. At times, you could be very intense and sometimes stressed out. If you are single, you could become involved in a deeply emotional relationship the second half of the year. If you are attached, you see your bond become much closer this year.

Thursday, December 6

Style Scout: David Brown

Describe your style: Hippie traditional

Horoscopes for Dec. 6

For Thursday, Dec. 6: This year you could find that your high energy often turns into anger or frustration. The issue might be your high expectations of others, which could be unrealistic ... or perhaps others simply are not responsive. If you are single, be open and try not to project what you want onto someone else. If you are attached, though you might have a quarrel or two, a newfound gentleness evolves between you.

Style Scout: Rena Detrixhe

Who do people say you look like? When I was in Korea, the locals said I looked like Natalie Portman.

Wednesday, December 5

Tune In Tonight: 'Dynasty' Christmas extols virtues of 'Pirducken'

“Duck Dynasty” (9 p.m., A&E) celebrates the season with “I’m Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas.” For the uninitiated, this popular cable series follows the antics of the Robertson family. Their patented duck call has made them quite wealthy, but that doesn’t stop many family members from behaving like backwoods stereotypes. In many ways, it’s a reality variation of a sitcom. Imagine if the Clampetts on “The Beverly Hillbillies” got rich and never left Bug Tussle.

Horoscopes for Dec. 5

For Wednesday, Dec. 5: This year you could experience an inordinate amount of pressure. Often what you feel could be in conflict with what you think or must do. If you are single, check out someone you meet with care. If you are attached, the two of you will learn to communicate far better, which allows you to open up more.

Tuesday, December 4

12 days of cookies

If there are 12 days of Christmas, wouldn’t that merit 12 days of cookies? This lineup of a dozen varieties has sugar, spice and everything nice.

Tune In Tonight: 'Rudolph' and 'Victoria's Secret': together again

CBS maintains its odd holiday tradition of pairing the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated musical “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (7 p.m.) with the ludicrous lingerie special “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (9 p.m.). For years, I’ve never seen the connection. But I like to point it out.

Horoscopes for Dec. 4

For Tuesday, Dec. 4: Extremes mark your year. Sometimes you go way overboard enjoying yourself. If you are single, hold back a little, as a new person might not understand where you are coming from. If you are attached, your loved one could be taken aback by this change.

Monday, December 3

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DIY stocking stuffers

These small gifts for toddlers don't take much time

While I love the tradition of stuffing the stockings, it sometimes gets hard to think of items that are useful, fun and not too expensive. The following three projects can be made quickly and inexpensively. Further, they’re all toddler-tested to be fun.

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Style for the Ages: Seek timeless, quality, practical gifts

Everywhere we turn, society tells us to buy, buy, buy, and that quantity will always trump quality. It hasn’t always been this way.

Horoscopes for Dec. 3

For Monday, Dec. 3: This year interactions with others generally are very fortunate for you. It is through these contacts that many opportunities will arise. If you are single, someone very special strolls through your door. If you are attached, you could act like young lovers again.

Offbeat Occupations: Farrier's job parts shoe salesman, therapist, technician

Imagine working under a 1 ton, million-dollar vehicle. Now imagine the vehicle can kick you in the head if you put the tire on wrong. Welcome to the life of farrier Charley Mattingly.

Sunday, December 2

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Restaurant serves Christmas dinner, across the pond style

Even more than any other time of year, England native and Queen Lizzy's owner Matt Poulton misses home at Christmastime, and he knows he's not alone. Poulton planned two Traditional British Christmas Dinners with both homesick Brits and curious Americans in mind. By Sara Shepherd.

Lied Center concert to have Irish flair

A one-night performance at the Lied Center will feature heartwarming Irish tales and toe-tapping Irish music sung by Lawrence native Ashley Davis.

Artists’ works come together in 'Conversation' exhibit

A new exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center, born of ongoing dialogue between two artists, recognizes and celebrates similarities and differences in the two women’s work.

Menorah lighting to have artistic twist

This year’s communitywide menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration will have an artistic flair.

Off the Beaten Plate: Pho Combination Bowl at Little Saigon Café

Beef tripe, tendons and meatballs, oh my — the hefty Pho Combination Bowl at Little Saigon Café. By Sara Shepherd

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A new generation of jazz

Son of musician helps carry on once-thriving jazz scene in Lawrence

While not as thriving as it used to be, the jazz scene in Lawrence is being kept alive with the help of a new generation of musicians like Tommy Johnson Jr., the son of late jazz musician Tommy Johnson Sr. By Alex Garrison

Kansas City Connection: Is The Jacobson home to the best burger in K.C.?

It’s not often I eat my words, but last week I did it at The Jacobson. By Emily Farris

Tune In Tonight: A&E may have the worst ‘Boss’

A cookie-cutter combination of “Undercover Boss” and “The Apprentice,” ‘‘Be the Boss” (9 p.m. Sunday, A&E) makes its debut. This shamelessly unoriginal series may not be memorable, but it marks a milestone of sorts. It represents the moment when product placements completely took over a show, leaving participants with little of their own to say.

Saturday, December 1

Behind the lens: Archiving old slides for the present day? Let’s get digital

Archiving photographs has transitioned from the days of storing pictures in slide carousels and negative sleeves to transmitting digital bytes to online photo sites, or burning to hard drives and discs. For people under 30, digital is most likely all they have ever known. For baby boomers like myself, you’ve probably experienced photographing with film but now find yourself joining the digital age. The dilemma facing some of us is what to do with our old slides and negatives. By Mike Yoder

Tune In Tonight: Movies make Christmas countdown

ABC Family begins its “25 Days of Christmas” programming countdown of holiday movies and specials, a tradition on the channel since 1996.