Monday, December 31
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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. 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
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
The arts and entertainment events and news you need to know going on the first few months of the year.
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 are this week for the Lawrence Arts Center’s upcoming all-ages production of “Escape from the Labyrinth: The Adventures of Thesus and Icarus.”
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
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
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.
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
The final Final Fridays event of 2012 offers one more opportunity to reflect on the thriving arts community in Lawrence.
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Lawrence is my oasis. It’s the perfect mix of everything.
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.
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.
Fashion trends you love: Everything! I like bow ties on girls and guys a lot.
Wednesday, December 26
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
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.
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
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
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.
Christmas is here, and TV programming is ready to help you embrace the day — or avoid it entirely.
Monday, December 24
The holidays are here, the kids are home from college or high school and the spirit of the season is everywhere.
Clementines a sweet little treat for winter.
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.
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.
Shoppers should take advantage of post-Christmas deals.
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
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.
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.
How and what does one pack for beginning a journey into — according to the ancient Mayan timekeepers — a new 26,000-year cycle?
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!
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.
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
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
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
Fashion trends you hate: Showing too much skin. The shoulder is OK, but belly and back is not.
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.
Fashion trends you love: Hats that look like animal heads, cowboy boots, 1950s male coiffure, bangs on women
Wednesday, December 19
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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!
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.
Melanie Coen claims her job is far from glamorous. However, it does involve occasionally dining with presidents, politicians and famous journalists.
At the risk of sounding overly “Bah! Humbug,” I have to say I don’t like Christmas shopping.
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
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.
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.
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, which is not your typical cabaret-style burlesque, will have its first Christmas show, “Miracle on Mass. Street,” this Saturday.
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
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
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
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.
Fashion influences: Grandfathers, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck
Dream job: I think I have it. I work with artists and bring more tasteful things to peoples’ lives.
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
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.
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
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.
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”).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This beefy sandwich is a lot more hearty than it is pretty. By Sara Shepherd
Free State High School’s ninth-grade orchestra will present a winter concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 4700 Overland Drive.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Describe your style: Hippie traditional
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.
Who do people say you look like? When I was in Korea, the locals said I looked like Natalie Portman.
Wednesday, December 5
“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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Everywhere we turn, society tells us to buy, buy, buy, and that quantity will always trump quality. It hasn’t always been this way.
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.
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
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.
A one-night performance at the Lied Center will feature heartwarming Irish tales and toe-tapping Irish music sung by Lawrence native Ashley Davis.
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.
This year’s communitywide menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebration will have an artistic flair.
Beef tripe, tendons and meatballs, oh my — the hefty Pho Combination Bowl at Little Saigon Café. By Sara Shepherd
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
It’s not often I eat my words, but last week I did it at The Jacobson. By Emily Farris
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
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
ABC Family begins its “25 Days of Christmas” programming countdown of holiday movies and specials, a tradition on the channel since 1996.