Tuesday, January 31
K-State extension agent Susan Johnson sings the virtues of breakfast.
The Feb. 12 Chocolate Auction is a benefit for the Baldwin Community Arts Council and The Lumberyard Arts Center.
Business owners are split on whether there's truly space for seven Latin American restaurants within a four-block radius.
Rhett Miller talked with Lawrence.com about the band’s evolution, its upcoming show Wednesday at the Bottleneck and its penchant for board games.
Monday, January 30
Career changes throughout the timeline of anyone’s working life are to be expected, through job changes, promotions, retirement, etc. But sometimes a career change is a dramatic one, a quantum leap of fields that requires courage, foresight, hard work and more than a pinch of luck.
This winter, struggling Greeks found space in their economy-trashed budgets for a little book called “Starvation Recipes” by Eleni Nikolaidou.
Toby Leaman of Dr. Dog prepares Lawrence show-goers for "the best show they'll ever see" Feb. 2 at the Granada, 1020 Mass., and talks about the "edgier" sound of the band's new album, out soon on Anti- Records.
These are not your girlfriend’s cupcakes. There is no frilly pastel frosting piped on top. They are not delicate. They are not pretty. They are big, bold, manly and totally down for a Super Bowl spread.
My mom, Carolda Edwards, is a beautiful woman. She’s in her late 50s, and her simple, practical style and the way she wears her clothes with such ease leaves people regularly saying in bewilderment, “You’re how old?”
Sunday, January 29
It took nearly three decades, but Bryan Thomas Schmidt took the seed of an idea and spun it into acclaim from a national book seller.
Our photography staff is often relied upon to gather stand-alone images for the newspaper.
Welcome to the set of an independent film. The playroom, the wooden model trains and the Christmas decorations are all part of Les and Kendra Kuhlman’s actual Lawrence home, but they are also live sets for Blake Robbins’ directorial debut, a feature he wrote called “The Sublime and Beautiful.”
Dreams come true: Local author Mary O'Connell's debut novel, "The Sharp Time," was a late-night labor of love
Lawrence author Mary O'Connell's debut novel, "The Sharp Time," has won rave reviews. "It is sort of a dream come true," she says.
Saturday, January 28
The Rev. Glenn Fletcher and the Rev. Mary Newberg Gale answer.
Friday, January 27
Theater lovers are in for a real treat this Friday and Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center when they can witness a hybrid stage-and-screen storytelling extravaganza called “On Screen Offspring.”
Members of the Fresh Produce art collective have set up a new gallery in the former home of Penny Annie’s Sweet Shoppe, 845 Mass. St.
You don’t have to be Scottish to appreciate ol’ Rabbie Burns, kilts, bagpipes and maybe even a little haggis. You just have to like a good party.
Jason "Wolf" Hamlin, the 24-year-old born-and-raised Eudora native, used to sing in lieu of a broken truck radio. Now he might actually have a shot at being on the radio himself.
Thursday, January 26
January's Final Friday events include unsettling imagery at the Invisible Hand, two exhibitions at the Percolator, and a community project at the Lawrence Arts Center.
According to reports in The Hollywood Reporter, a trade publication that covers the movie industry, Slash’s newly formed film company has signed a deal to produce a horror movie with a plot that centers on the Stull Cemetery and the urban legend that the cemetery about 10 miles west of Lawrence is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
Current favorite fashion trends: I am loving ankle boots, usually without heels, right now; also known as booties!
How would you describe your style? Dead-head shaman punk
Wednesday, January 25
Former Guns N' Roses' guitarist Slash will produce a film about the cemetery in Stull, rumored to be a gateway to Hell.
Tuesday, January 24
Extension agent Susan Johnson talks about the ins and outs of eggs.
On the farm, there’s work to be done, season be darned, though this warm winter has certainly helped.
Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
Monday, January 23
In November, I wrote about the importance of getting a fitness game plan in place before the holidays hit. Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t. As January is a month of renewal, let’s consider it a second chance of sorts and revisit the issue.
We take a look at what types of workout spaces you can choose from if you happen to be in the market.
My friend, Jill, makes the most marvelously addictive fried fondue balls. I know this because I ate no less than 200 of them at bunko last month. This unleashing of my not-so-inner turophile, along with an upcoming vacation and the bikini I plan to pack, inspired me to try a conditioning session at a nearby boxing club.
Jai Nitz’s desk contains objects sacred to comic book lovers: a statue of Jack Kirby, an Aztek action figure and a copy of Wally Wood’s 22 Panels — a strip that outlines the art of comics. The last item is significant if only because writing comics is what Nitz does. A rare thing, to turn a childhood passion into a career, but Nitz has done it.
A half hour is all you need to maintain proper weight, get your blood flowing and improve health, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery, which forwarded us a list of calories burned by various winter sports from Livestrong.com.
Dr. Juliet Nelson, a psychologist employed by Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and I had originally planned to meet at La Prima Tazza downtown to chat about style over warm drinks, but when we showed up, the local coffee hot spot was packed.
Installing quarter round molding along the baseboard of any room will provide a more finished look, while reducing unwanted air flow and eliminating hiding spots for unwelcome critters.
Sunday, January 22
“Where are we playing this time, I wonder?” Evan Dando will play Jan. 27 at The Granada, 1020 Mass.
The Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are kicking off a new project to locate trees of historical significance in the county. The end goal of the “Historic Trees of Douglas County” project is to educate residents and visitors about those trees, sharing the stories that connect us to our heritage.
In last week’s column I mentioned using household table lights as a possible source of illumination to re-photograph prints or other hard-copy documents. It is a make-do solution only and not one I recommend if you plan on doing a lot of tabletop photography or have a growing interest in photographing other subjects requiring artificial lighting.
Saturday, January 21
The Rev. John McFarland and the Rev. David Rivers answer.
Friday, January 20
Lawrence-based bluegrass-vaudevillian-cowpunk duo Truckstop Honeymoon proudly wears its duality on its sleeve on its latest “Steamboat in a Cornfield,” its eighth album.
Etta James, legendary for "At Last" and other songs, dies at age 73.
Posture is more than just something your mother complained that you didn’t do well enough: It’s a window into how we treat each other.
Thursday, January 19
The Bottleneck is under new management and revamping its appearance as well as introducing a free reward card, distributed Thursday night.
A new concert series at the Lawrence Arts Center aims to change how people view music shows in downtown Lawrence.
Fashion trends you hate: Wearing sports apparel if not currently attending a sporting event
How would you describe your style? A little bit of everything, kind of edgy. In one word? Costumes.
Wednesday, January 18
Wikipedia, Boing Boing, Reddit and dozens of other lesser-known websites planned to go dark Wednesday in protest of proposed anti-piracy legislation in Congress that Internet companies maintain will encourage censorship of web content and harm technological innovation.
Tuesday, January 17
Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The planned shutdown of one of the Internet's most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.
If you are planning to attend Wednesday night’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, 7:30 PM at the Lied Center, you might want to get to the theater early enough to participate in a discussion of the show by Kansas University professor of musicology and Broadway historian Paul Laird. Laird will lead a pre-performance discussion of the significance of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a history of the creation of South Pacific.
Extension agent Susan Johnson shows you how to create soup from fridge leftovers.
Final Fridays may just be the beginning. Organizers of the year-and-a-half-old monthly arts event in downtown Lawrence are now envisioning a new full-time city position that would promote the arts and work to bring “creative industries” to the city.
No matter your health goal in 2012, there's probably a smoothie for you.
Monday, January 16
Is fiscal fitness at the top of your priorities list for 2012? Lawrence Public Library is poised to help.
You’re in your 30s, and whether you’re living the single life or married with kids, we can agree on two things: 1) You must dress your age, and 2) The fashion world is doing nothing to help you dress your age. When in doubt, stick with these four style concepts to get you through this tender decade.
Today is a real holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but every day's a holiday on the Internet.
It’s one of the easier places to miss on Kansas University’s campus, so hidden that it completely eluded me for the four years I spent earning a bachelor’s degree at KU. It is the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, and it is located squarely behind Strong Hall at 1450 Poplar Lane — “probably the shortest street on campus,” says Spencer’s head librarian, Beth Whittaker.
The very idea of dealing with something as temperamental as pie crust is enough to make many novice bakers turn in their aprons. Throw in a need for gluten-free nutrition, and you’ve got the potential for an uprising that has nothing to do with yeast.
Kristal Scott Wilson is a former professional bowler who now works at Jayhawk Bowling Supply, 355 Iowa.
This historic little town, whose motto is “Where the West Officially Started Getting Wild,” is filled with surprises. The Pony Express got its start in St. Joseph on April 3, 1860, and outlaw Jesse James met his end there when he was shot and killed on the same date 22 years later.
Sunday, January 15
Although there are plenty of species of stink bugs already causing problems on Kansas crops and plants, brown marmorated ones are especially atrocious.
Mike continues where he left off last week to give more tips on digitization.
Saturday, January 14
Deep within the archives of the Watkins Community Museum of History is a poster with a classical female figure standing on a pedestal surrounded by somber-looking people. It reads, “Observance and enforcement not repeal.”
The Rev. Jill Jarvis and the Rev. Josh Longbottom answer.
Thursday, January 12
Fashion influences? Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Peggy Bundy.
Theatre Lawrence parodies Agatha Christie's body of work with new production.
People say I look like: Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof”
Wednesday, January 11
A game designer turned pastor gets help from three members of his congregation to build a new video game for iOS.
Tuesday, January 10
A Baldwin City restaurateur hopes to show just how easy — and affordable — a locally sourced plate of food can be obtained, nothing but taste required.
Monday, January 9
I am not sure what my husband and I were discussing during dinner when Luke’s monologue finally registered in our heads with, “I told the guy to leave me alone. I’m only 10.”
I know that just recently it was an environmentally concerning 60 degrees outside, but friends, one of these days, it’s going to get cold.
Megan Stuke and Sarah Henning take advantage of an in-season fruit, pears, for this month’s recipe face-off.
The sounds of a sitar and a pair of hand drums flow from a stereo in the corner of the room. Ten colored yoga mats are splayed across the center of the floor.
In college, my cousin Leanne came to visit me in Lawrence. During her time here, we happened to see a commercial for Lawrence.com that stuck with both of us. In the commercial, a guy is on stage ranting and ends with, “Some of ya gonna have to work two jobs — ‘cause babies ain’t free.”
Do you look forward to your workouts and gym time? Are you “in shape” and enjoying the compliments that accompany a toned body? Are you thinking about amping your program up a notch?
Sunday, January 8
Sometimes doing nothing is the best course of action.
Mike talks about the process of digitizing old photo slides and offers some first and third party options for getting your slides from the shoebox into the computer.
Saturday, January 7
The Rev. Jeff Barclay and the Rev. Matt Sturtevant answer.
Thursday, January 5
For 18 years, the vibrant colors of a community mural greeted anyone going through the walkway between 716 Mass. and 722 Mass. But recent repair work to fix a crumbling wall on the building that houses Signs of Life covered up the well-known mural, leaving a stark white canvas.
Fashion trends you hate? Uggs!
Dream Job: To be a furniture designer
We asked the staffs of local book stors and the Lawrence Public Library for their picks on the best books to read this year.
Wednesday, January 4
For 18 years, the vibrant colors of a community mural greeted anyone walking through the alleyway between 716 Mass. and 722 Mass.
From Batman to Django, Eric Melin looks at 10 must-see movies for 2012.
Tuesday, January 3
Allyson Fiander brings her recipe for success, as seen on "Cupcake Wars," to Massachusetts Street.
Monday, January 2
It’s easy to stare down a new year coming with designs on making everything different over the course of the next turn of 365 days. But actually doing it? That’s another matter entirely.
The key for guys when it comes to a winter wardrobe is investing in staples. Winter is my favorite time of year when it comes to getting dressed for a couple of reasons.
The bulldog was 10 weeks old when Jen Frazier picked him from a passel of puppies at the Humane Society and carried him to the car. Frazier clutched the dog, letting him settle in her lap as she and her husband, Nick, stopped at every pet store on the way home, loading up on food, supplies and toys. Once home, the puppy was introduced to the cats, and the rest of the night centered around play and potty time, excitement thick in the air.
There are people out there who really do stick to their New Year’s resolution and take off those last 10 pounds — or more.
Sunday, January 1
It was the kind of year that made a person look back fondly on the Gulf oil spill. Granted, the oil spill was bad. But it did not result in a high-decibel, weeks-long national conversation about a bulge in a congressman’s underpants. Which is exactly what we had in the Festival of Sleaze that was 2011.
Need New Year’s resolutions you can stick to? How about making some changes in the way you garden? Or starting gardening? The physical and mental benefits gardening provides just might help with any other resolutions you make, and better gardening practices benefit the entire community.
As I look forward to new adventures and photographs in 2012, here are some observations and notes to sweep out 2011.