Stories for February 2012

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Wednesday, February 29

Auditions to be held for Genius of Women

The annual Genius of Women talent show is holding auditions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 12 and 15 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, 1631 Crescent Road.

Paula Deen says she's ready to lighten up her cooking

A month after being widely criticized for revealing she has diabetes — as well as a lucrative endorsement deal for a drug to treat it — Paula Deen says she's ready to show a lighter side to her famously fatty Southern-style cooking.

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No gimmick: Portland's Blind Pilot are finally getting recognized for the right reasons

Even though it’s felt like spring all winter long, the folks in Blind Pilot won’t be among those breaking out the bicycles to enjoy the sunshine.

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Deadman Walking

Lawrence bluegrass band Deadman Flats reunites with harmonica impresario Brody Buster

Tuesday, February 28

Nutrition Q&A: Clean up your plate during National Nutrition Month

During the month of March, the 2012 National Nutrition Month theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Launched in June 2011, USDA’s MyPlate replaced MyPyramid as the government’s primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

Tips for tea time

There are many ways to drink one of the world's most popular beverages

Hot or iced, decaf or caffeinated, with milk or with sugar, there are a lot of ways to enjoy drinking one of the world’s most popular beverages — tea. In addition to knowing your preferred way of enjoying tea, it is important to know the right way to brew it.

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Craft beer expo highlights Kansas breweries

Craft brewers from Kansas are finally getting their due, and beer-lovers say it's about damn time.

Monday, February 27

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Lawrence locales: The haunts of Langston Hughes

Lawrence gets to claim one of the most important writers of the 20th century, and we could argue that it is here he first discovered his voice.

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Lawrence Laundry: Local stylist coifs model manes

A couple weeks ago, Lawrence resident Pamela Brown got to cross an item off her bucket list. This 30-year-old hairstylist and fashionista hopped off the plane at La Guardia airport in New York City on Feb. 10 and headed straight for an Express photo shoot. A couple days later, she assisted Peter Gray, a highly respected coif creator, on a Badgley Mischka runway show.

Black experiences explored in books for children

The ugly truth of Northern bigotry is just one of the facts no longer off-limits for children’s books. This month, Black History Month, brings scores of books dealing with the black experience in America. Here are several worth reading at any time of the year.

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Offbeat Occupations: Massage therapist gets people out of knots

Mendy Morgan recognized the benefits of massage at a young age: As a child she would massage her mother’s feet, rub her grandmother’s arms and legs and work out the kinks in her friends’ shoulders at basketball practice in middle school.

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Remnant Rehab: Making an infinity scarf takes merely a finite block of time

It seems like everywhere I have gone this winter, I’ve seen infinity scarves. I have a lot of scarves, but this continuous loop of fabric was one kind that I lacked. Most infinity scarves I’ve seen have been either knitted or made of jersey material. One day, I got the idea to make one with lace. This one still has some fullness to it, but the lace also adds an airiness.

Cheap eats: Barley a bulk bin bargain buy

Some of the best deals to be had in the bulk bin area of the grocery store are grains. From mild to toasty to hearty, you can find several kinds, mixed right in with beans, nuts, flours and other great staples.

Sunday, February 26

'The Artist' earns best-picture, lead-actor Oscars

“The Artist” won five Academy Awards on Sunday including best picture, becoming the first silent film to triumph at Hollywood’s highest honors since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.

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Behind the Lens: Depth of field important for focusing on subject

When I photograph a KU football game, even outdoors in daylight, I choose a large aperture (f/2.8, f4.0) for creative purposes.

Down to business: Tips for starting your own successful venture

When Jennifer O’Driscoll decided to take the leap to go into business, she wanted to land on her feet, just like the cats she hoped to treat — a scary proposition for a woman who knew exactly what she was doing as a veterinarian but not necessarily as a business owner.

Nostalgic Oscars party like it’s the 1920s again

It’s only the 84th year of the Academy Awards, yet the nostalgia factor feels as though Hollywood is celebrating a centennial of some sort.

Friday, February 24

Children’s choir leader to enter hall of fame

More than 20 years ago, Janeal Krehbiel took a gamble that Lawrence could be more than just a sports town.

Thursday, February 23

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When it comes to Oscar picks, Lawrence high school students have strong opinions

Each year, the Oscars celebrate the very best in film. But as to who will win and be named the best of the best? That’s anybody’s guess. So we let film students do the guessing.

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Best Bets: 7 things to do this weekend

Here are seven arts and entertainment events going on in Lawrence that are worth checking out.

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February Final Fridays Preview: 'Bright' art at Wonder Fair and getting inside artists' heads at Lost Art Space

Two best bets for this month's Final Fridays come from new exhibits at Wonder Fair and the Lost Art Space.

Style Scout: Ursela Hemman

Dream job: Working a cushy office job for some terrible company.

Style Scout: Wade T. Jones

How would you describe your style? Kind of random or eclectic; I like to have a day-after aesthetic.

Wednesday, February 22

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‘3’ of hearts: Mixer for new reality dating show draws area singles

It started as a joke, of course. “A friend sent me an email and was like, ‘Wouldn’t this be funny?’” Marissa Stromgren said with a big, confident smile. “The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘Why not?’” Why not give it a chance, she says, because Stromgren is looking for love.

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Kanrocksas on hold until 2013

Organizers announced today that Kanrocksas — a Kansas City, Kan., music festival started last year — will not continue this summer. Instead, the festival will return in summer 2013, according to a media release.

Tuesday, February 21

Nutrition Q&A: All about empty calories

Empty calories do you no good.

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Deadline nears for library's cranberry dessert recipe contest

If you haven’t submitted mom’s famous cranberry dessert recipe for the Lawrence Public Library’s Cranberry Creations Recipe Contest, time is running out. The deadline for entries is today at 5 p.m.

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New USDA guidelines for school lunches balance health, budgets

New USDA guidelines are supposed to make school lunch healthier. But will the new requirements break the budget?

Monday, February 20

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Lawrence author distills advice into 'Marriage Rules'

Clinical psychologist, best-selling author and relationship expert Harriet Lerner, of Lawrence, has just released her 11th book, “Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and Coupled Up” (Gotham Books, 2012). And just as its title suggests, the compact book teaches readers how to stay connected to their partners. How to navigate this most intimate and complicated of relationships, giving the best of ourselves without sacrificing our core values, beliefs and priorities.

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CBS in Lawrence this week casting new reality dating show

If you're having trouble finding love, CBS wants to help.

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Bite Sighs: You'll jump for leap year pie

It wasn’t until I turned the calendar page for February that I realized we were getting an extra day. With an extra day comes an extra dessert, right? Yeah, I thought so, too.

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Improving balance is important at any age

Some mature health concerns are obvious: osteoporosis, heart problems, loss of hearing, diminished eye sight and weight gain. One problem that doesn’t get much attention until it’s gone is balance.

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Style icons Keaton, Mirren provide fashion inspiration

It’s almost cliché at this point to talk about how difficult it is for a mature woman to find fashionable clothing.

Sunday, February 19

Behind the Lens: Aperture setting can be used to manipulate depth of field

The typical camera has a control dial on top. Last week I reviewed how setting this dial to “S’ “T” or “Tv”, controls the shutter speed. The other primary controls on this dial are “A” or “Av” for aperture priority, “P” for program, and on some cameras, “M” for manual.

Silent Film Festival hopes to capitalize on success of movies making noise this awards season

2012 may go down in history as the year that silent films made a comeback. The two movies with the most nominations this year at the Academy Awards — and the best chance to take home the Best Picture statue — are both tributes to silent cinema.

Saturday, February 18

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Area church choirs come together to support Habitat for Humanity at Sunday's Musicfest 2012

Expect to hear some spiritual songs at Habitat for Humanity's Musicfest 2012 on Sunday. But you can also pass the hardhat, so to speak.

Friday, February 17

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Contra dancers square off at this weekend's Midwinter Meltdown

You might spin your partner, but there's more to contra dance than most people think.

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Best Bets: 5 things to do this weekend

Here are five arts and entertainment events going on in Lawrence that are worth checking out.

Thursday, February 16

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From Stravinsky to Radiohead, musicians Christopher O'Riley and Matt Haimovitz pay homage to different genres

Pianist Christopher O’Riley has a simple philosophy when it comes to music. From Stravinsky to Arcade Fire, "there's good music and the other kind."

Style Scout: Mica Mendez

Tell us a secret! I slept with the same Cabbage Patch doll, Maria, every night through the age of 16.

Style Scout: Brian Campbell

Fashion trends you hate? I dislike the trend of dressing extremely casually for everyday wear, or wearing clothes that are not well-cared for. It’s not attractive to wear jeans and dress shoes together.

Wednesday, February 15

Record review: "Red Wedding" by Archetype

It’s not every time around an album comes right out and sums up what its creators are up to and where they’re going. Lawrence hip hop outfit Archetype spells out its status on “All In” and “Last Time,” the first two cuts on its third and final album.

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Lawrence hip-hop duo Archetype says goodbye with its final record, "Red Wedding"

Lawrence hip hop duo Archetype started making music together in 1997 and is bowing out with its latest - and final - release, "Red Wedding."

Tuesday, February 14

A guide to get grocery shopping

Extension agent Susan Johnson explains the ins and outs of what should be in your cart.

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A childhood favorite all grown up: Mature mac and cheese

Gourmet cheeses, healthy noodles and add-ins like bacon and green chiles make the old combination fresh again.

Monday, February 13

On Valentine's Day, a museum for broken hearts

What becomes of a garden gnome hurled in fury at a windscreen during a stormy breakup? That item and more are on display at the Museum of Broken Relationships in the Croatian capital, each with written testimonies telling tales of passion, romance and heartbreak.

Authorities: Whitney Houston was underwater in tub

Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, officials said Monday as the regal pop star's family made arrangements to fly her body home to New Jersey for a funeral at the end of the week.

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Printable Valentines from Go!

Download and print these free Go! valentines.

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Together 24/7: Couples who do business alongside one another share secrets to success

George Burns and Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille. What do these famous celebrity couples have in common? They chose to spend many, many hours of their professional and recreational life together. Several couples in Lawrence have chosen to do the same and found this union of work, life and marriage to be a worthwhile partnership.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Valentine's Day yumminess

Thinking about cooking for your sweetie on Feb. 14? Why not have some wine with your adorable cheese(iness)?

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Lawrence Laundry: Stylish diaper bag options don’t make it apparent you’re a parent

I don’t know anything about babies. I mean, I could probably keep a kid alive for a couple hours if I needed to, but beyond knowing that food, water and air are essential to life, babies are a foreign species to me. Here’s what I do know, though: diaper bags are important.

Sunday, February 12

Adele wins 6 Grammys, including album of the year

With six awards, Adele has matched Beyonce for most Grammy wins in a night by a female act.

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Valentine’s playlists to set the mood

This Valentine’s Day, turn up the stereo and express all your lovey-dovey feelings with some awesome tunes. The staff at Love Garden Sounds, 822 Mass., shared some suggestions for a perfect Valentine’s playlist.

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10 movies for those who love (and hate) Valentine's Day

Choosing a movie to watch on and around Valentine’s Day is like navigating a minefield. Here are five films for those who want to celebrate the romance of the day with something sweet and charming, and five more films that prove that happy endings are only in the movies.

Behind the Lens: Incorrect shutter speeds cause blurry photos

Advances in camera technology have made capturing decent photographs fairly easy.

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Lovely locations: Lawrence offers date destinations for any kind of couple

So where is a couple to go for this special day? The answer to that, of course, depends on your significant other’s likes and interests. And fortunately for Palasz, Lawrence has a wide array of options.

Friday, February 10

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Breaking down the Grammys

Will Adele be the belle of the ball? How will the Foo fare? Will Kanye add to his collection? Is Bon Iver really a new artist?

Thursday, February 9

Style Scout: Arron Atchison

How would you describe your style? Freakin’

Style Scout: Courtney Ricketts

Fashion influences? Frida Kahlo, Cleopatra and Erykah Badu

Tuesday, February 7

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William Elliott Whitmore taps sounds of Midwest in latest album

He wants us to know there's beauty in the world, despite the politicians.

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Madonna's first tour since 2009 includes show at Sprint Center

Following her elaborate performance at the Super Bowl, Madonna is embarking on her first tour since 2009, and she's coming to Kansas City.

Nutrition Q&A: The Walk Kansas program

Extension agent Susan Johnson explains the benefits of this year's activity.

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(Un)Chocolates for your sweetheart?

White chocolate may not be actual "chocolate" nor a superstar, but that doesn't mean it isn't tasty.

Monday, February 6

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Offbeat Occupations: Liberty Tax waver dances to beat of his MP3 player

Trayvan Sullivan, 29, swaggers up and down the sidewalk near the corner of Wisconsin and Sixth streets. He is wearing a Statue of Liberty costume with a green velour robe and a 7-point crown. Slung on his shoulders is a large white sign that says “Honk if you Love Liberty.”

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Gas-powered reading: "Beanboy" is the latest offering by Tonganoxie YA author

Lisa Harkrader follows up her successful YA debut "Airball: My Life in Briefs" with "The Adventures of Beanboy."

Fix-It Chick: Adjustable steel poles can support sagging floors

Adjustable steel columns, also called jack posts or lally columns, can be installed in basements and crawl spaces to support sagging floors or can be used as a fulcrum beneath heavy appliances.

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A hot pink drink to set Valentine’s Day mood

This Valentine’s Day cocktail sports a risque name, is easy on the eyes and drinks like candy.

Style Off the Cuff: Convention vs. Creativity

There are a necessary two sides to every argument. As men’s style continues to evolve out of its marginalized niche and into the mainstream consciousness, there are an obvious two parties of thought.

Sunday, February 5

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Mint condition: Local developers create website for all things manly

It’s both manly and trendy, with a dash of irreverence and, for good measure, an American Moustache Institute seal of approval. Gentlemint is a new social bookmarking website founded and developed by two Lawrence buddies: Brian McKinney and Glen Stansberry. And it’s getting national attention.

Behind the Lens: Things photographers don’t want to hear

Recently I came across a photography blog about what newspaper photographers don’t like to hear said to them when working.

Saturday, February 4

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Progressive rock band Other Lives goes from Stillwater to spacesuits

Ahead of a Monday night show, at the Jackpot, Other Lives' Jesse Tabish talked to Lawrence.com about the creatively freeing nature of small-town life, getting inspiration through staring out a tour-bus window and how the excitement of success is — happily — tempered by the “day-to-day” of being in a working band.

Friday, February 3

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Granada holding online contest over the weekend for 'season pass'

The Granada is holding a contest this weekend for a season pass to 43 of its spring shows — in exchange for a little social media love.

Thursday, February 2

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Battle of the bands to determine chance to play at Wakarusa

Five local bands will compete on Saturday for the chance to play at the annual Wakarusa festival in Arkansas this summer.

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Local filmmakers branch out into one-act plays at Lawrence Arts Center

Eight local filmmakers are stepping out their comfort zone, penning one-act plays with a twist at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Style Scout: Blue the husky and Al Jones

Dream Job: I would like to host national televised news and tell the truth for once

Style Scout: Shelby and Lacey Theis

Fashion influences? Ranch-hand style or anything that one would wear to work on a farm.

Wednesday, February 1

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On the hunt for Boulevard's Chocolate Ale, Lawrence residents enlist friends and family

Limited product + limited time + gourmet influences = virtual Boulevard hysteria.

Zombie movie to be filmed in SE Kansas

Zombies will be invading southeast Kansas this spring and summer.

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Theatre Lawrence's Dueling Divas sing for a cause

When Sarah Young looks to defend her title Friday at the second annual Dueling Divas competition, she’d be happy to relinquish her tiara — if it means the fundraiser’s beneficiary, Theatre Lawrence, gets a big chunk of change for its operating budget. The event takes begins at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.H.