Saturday, June 30
Lawrence’s Kaw Valley Kickball League is a land of epic battles, underdog victories, bold fashion and fairy-tale love stories.
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m vertically challenged.
Friday, June 29
The Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theater program, or SYT, draws in about 300 third- through 12th-graders annually, says Averill, who has been coordinating SYT for nearly two decades.
Decisions, decisions — Wheat State Golden, Copperhead Pale Ale or Stormchaser IPA?
Thursday, June 28
If you have doubts about the vibrancy of Lawrence's arts community, look no further than two individuals who are a force behind this month's Final Fridays.
Fashion trends you love: Flashy knee socks and making plays at the plate
What were you doing when scouted? I was in Iraq. Just kidding.
Wednesday, June 27
The Music Clubhouse is making music to make funds. The clubhouse is hosting the Celebrate America Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Swarthout Auditorium in Murphy Hall on the Kansas University campus.
Legendary virtuoso sitarist Ravi Shankar has cancelled his October tour, which included an Oct. 3 performance at the Lied Center, the center announced Wednesday.
It all began at Rock Chalk Revue for Chris Allen, who released an album in 2011 and now runs his own studio.
Monday, June 25
Hint of charcoal makes side dishes sizzle
America, where you're free to grill whatever you want.
A few weekends ago, I walked into a well-dressed, hat-wearing crowd of Kansas City folk preparing to feast their eyes upon 18 local fashion designers’ Triple Crown-inspired collections.
Think you have the best-looking pet in town? Put it to a vote.
Sunday, June 24
“Body of Work,” a Lawrence Arts Center exhibit featuring nine local artists’ interpretation of the human body, closes Saturday after a month-and-a-half run.
Highlights of films still to come out include sequels, superheroes
The first half of summer 2012 has been defined by “Marvel’s The Avengers,” a film that seemed like a gamble, but is now so popular that its made a staggering $1.4 billion worldwide, second only to James Cameron’s “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
Thirty years later, the Watkins Community Museum of History is celebrating “The Day After.”
Saturday, June 23
As a newspaper photographer, my subject matter is often assignment-driven and specific. While it can be interesting and rewarding, I, like many photographers, also enjoy pursuing personal photo projects.
Friday, June 22
Collectors’ love for amassing literature reflects life pursuits
The thing about collecting is that, sometimes, it starts accidentally with something small, like a book that piques your interest.
Thursday, June 21
Fashion trends you hate: None. To each their own. I don’t hate anything.
Darcy Schild is a book person. And book people, she says, like to share.
Describe your style: Whatever my brother hands down to me. Salvation Army style.
Tuesday, June 19
Summer cookouts are regular events around Lawrence, but a summer cook-OFF only happens once a year. The 3rd annual River City Cook-Off, a benefit for the Friends of the Kaw, is a chef competition that takes place this Sunday, June 24, at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.
John Sebelius has moved on since he created a national stir with a controversial board game. Now the Lawrence artist has released a new documentary and is prepared to leave his youthful mistakes behind.
Monday, June 18
Event serves as fundraiser for shelter
A 20-person acrobat troupe from China, called simply the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats, came through Lawrence on Monday night in a benefit for the Lawrence Community Shelter. About 250 people came to the show.
Chevy Music Showcase, Daytrotter session bring Lawrence band to the masses
Lawrence rockers The Dead Girls will soon appear on your television as part of a new local music series sponsored by Chevy.
It’s summertime in Lawrence and prime season for one of my favorite Saturday activities: garage sales.
I really like cake mixes. They’re stable and extremely versatile.
Kansas University alumnus Rob Riggle anticipates a full house this weekend as he once again teams up with fellow actors Paul Rudd, also a KU alumnus, and notorious Jayhawk fan Jason Sudeikis, to co-host the third annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a benefit for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Shelbie Harrell is only 22 but has had an eight-year career. Harrell grooms dogs at Pawsh Wash, 1520 Wakarusa Drive. She’s been doing it since she was a teenager.
Sunday, June 17
Buildings at the corner of modern-day Seventh and Massachusetts streets date back to at least 1855. But none withstood the test of time — or fire — like present-day Liberty Hall.
J.D. Bowersock surely never envisioned his elegant Beaux-Arts-style opera house with a Plexiglas dance floor and disco lights, people crammed shoulder-to-shoulder while Ike and Tina Turner rocked the stage, or even harboring unorthodox Christmas trees in its every nook and cranny.
The Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theater is preparing to kick off performances of the classic Depression-era comedy “You Can’t Take It With You.”
At 43, Steven Drozd is the young Flaming Lip, and the person who can take wild and wonderful frontman Wayne Coyne’s wacky ideas and help structure them into beloved songs.
Saturday, June 16
Not so fast if you were thinking about putting away that shoebox of old photos.
Thursday, June 14
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? I love Lawrence the way it is. It’s my favorite place to visit in Kansas.
Describe your style: Preppy hipster
Wednesday, June 13
The Lawrence Arts Center wants to buy and raze the downtown Salvation Army building to make way for new outdoor arts and performance space.
California voters will soon decide whether to require special labels for food made from genetically modified ingredients, in a closely watched test of consumer attitudes about the merits of genetically engineered crops.
Readers often call me, looking for ideas to feed a crowd or unexpected guests. One of my standards is Chicken with Lemon and Herbs. I like it because it’s super easy. Take chicken thighs, brine them if you like and bake with lemon and herbs. That’s it. Add a mixed vegetable and salad, and it’s a complete meal.
Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party — and a bacon sundae.
The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment continues to grow — and the divide comes with increased threats to academic freedom and more instances of meddling in the lab, a new research report suggests.
Tuesday, June 12
Chicago resident Willy Chyr is a balloon artist, and although he began his career twisting balloons into animals for events during his college years, the artwork he creates is larger and more abstract than any balloon creatures requested at children’s parties. He's now working on a piece for the Lawrence Arts Center.
The relationship between fathers and children is on display during this week's third annual Fatherhood Film Fest at Liberty Hall.
It’s summertime, which means it’s also patio-drinking time.
If you’re heading to the new wine-tasting event Saturday in De Soto, you won’t find wines that taste exactly like your favorite Napa Valley cabernet or Argentinian malbec.
Monday, June 11
I was looking for a game to make for a recent backyard party. What I wanted to make was skee ball, but after coming up with a couple of sketches, it seemed like it would be too much sawing for my skill level.
There are certain stages in life during which all your friends have these grand ideas to move to big cities or to get married or to have babies.
Strawberries are in season, and the official snack of Wimbledon tennis tournament spectators (with cream, of course). Regardless of whether you’re a tennis fan, you’re in for a treat with these strawberry recipes.
Sunday, June 10
It’s the drunks who come at night. They stagger in bleary-eyed, fix their gaze on the wood display case and cast a slurred order at the person behind the counter. The person behind the counter is often Mike Tennyson, owner of Munchers Bakery, 925 Iowa.
There’s nothing about Theatre Lawrence’s "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Local authors turn to Internet, ‘indie’ publishing
In his new novel, Lawrence resident and writer Frank Lingo (yes, that’s a pen name) reveals a little-known and even embarrassing fact from the history of American women.
The third annual Fatherhood Film Festival is set for Thursday at Liberty Hall.
‘The Chaperone’ about silent-film actress who popularized bob hairstyle
Laura Moriarty’s smash-hit novel of the summer began with some casual browsing at a bookstore.
The comic mechanics on NPR’s “Car Talk” are pulling in to the garage.
The Summer Youth Theater at the Lawrence Arts Center is off to see the wizard starting this week.
Kansas University graduate and concert pianist David Allen Wehr will again be part of the headline acts at the Sunflower Music Festival, which kicked off Friday at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka.
A Lawrence artist was among top award-winners at the Mulvane Art Museum’s Mountain/Plains Art Fair.
Saturday, June 9
EMU Theatre is performing a staged reading of “A Candle for Freddy” today at 3 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library’s auditorium, 707 Vt.
When I offer instruction to people on how to take better photographs, I usually lean on my list of 10 or so visual devices.
Thursday, June 7
Although the state's new budget restores $700,000 in funding for the arts, it will be at least a year before federal and regional matching funds will return to Kansas.
Dream job: Race car driver. Formula One is sexier than NASCAR.
What would you like to see less of? UGGS and short shorts. Please make it stop.
Wednesday, June 6
Members of Split Lip Rayfield and the Bad Livers join forces for a summer tour that hits Lawrence Saturday.
Ray Bradbury anticipated iPods, interactive television, electronic surveillance and live, sensational media events, including televised police pursuits — and not necessarily as good things.
As the grilling season ignites, you can infuse even more flavor into your meat. Toss a few wood chips on the heat or into the smoker box, watch and smell. Those wisps of smoke are bringing new flavor dimensions from woods like apple, hickory and mesquite.
Mirin is all about getting sauced. Because that’s where Japanese cooking wine really shines — in sauces.
Tuesday, June 5
Kansas isn't known for its apricots, but a warm winter provided a bumper crop ripe for delicious accents to dishes.
Monday, June 4
“The hardest part of the job for me is baby funerals,” says Frank Demby. “No matter who — the funeral directors, the vault people, everybody — you can always tell a baby service. There’s a totally different air. That’s probably the hardest part on everybody.”
As I got into the clothing industry, both as a consumer and on the retail and manufacturing sides, it took a serious toll on my finances.
Sunday, June 3
Lawrence-based Angel Road is preparing to cut its second CD, and its members are hoping to expand the group’s outreach in what they consider a Christian ministry.
Saturday, June 2
Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ oldest and most enduring heroes, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.
In the opening moments of a new reality show, a pretty blonde pulls up to a gas station in her sporty Mustang.
It was almost a little like magic, the way it all got started. But, hey, when it comes to Harry Potter, what isn’t?
Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art has acquired a collection of Haitian art featuring works by many of the country’s leading painters and sculptors.
Theatre Lawrence will begin its performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Friday.
For anyone who thought the whole funky, camera app craze was just a fad, the April sale of Instagram to Facebook for about a billion smackaroos may suggest otherwise.
Friday, June 1
After working in the Lawrence music scene for years, Katlyn Conroy is about to embark on her first solo national tour.