Stories for June 2012

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Saturday, June 30

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Alive and kicking: Cast of colorful characters passionate about Kaw Valley Kickball League

Lawrence’s Kaw Valley Kickball League is a land of epic battles, underdog victories, bold fashion and fairy-tale love stories.

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Behind the Lens: Vertical photos endangered, but still ideal for certain shots

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m vertically challenged.

Friday, June 29

In theatre, kids are welcome to act out

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.

Free State mixed 12-packs hit shelves

Decisions, decisions — Wheat State Golden, Copperhead Pale Ale or Stormchaser IPA?

Thursday, June 28

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June Final Fridays preview: the Invisible Hand moves on and Liza MacKinnon's 'Dress a Day' project

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.

Style Scout: Jana “Four Feet of Fury” Casper

Fashion trends you love: Flashy knee socks and making plays at the plate

Style Scout: Andy Frye

What were you doing when scouted? I was in Iraq. Just kidding.

Wednesday, June 27

Group hosting concert to raise funds for pianos

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.

Illness forces legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, 92, to cancel show at Lied Center

Legendary virtuoso sitarist Ravi Shankar has cancelled his October tour, which included an Oct. 3 performance at the Lied Center, the center announced Wednesday.

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For KU grad Chris Allen, Lawrence looms large in music and life

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

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Move over, meat: Grilling veggies and fruit puts a new spin on summer tradition

Hint of charcoal makes side dishes sizzle

America, where you're free to grill whatever you want.

Lawrence Laundry: KC fashion show is redeeming

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.

Enter your photos in Pet Post Idol contest

Think you have the best-looking pet in town? Put it to a vote.

Sunday, June 24

‘Body of Work’ exhibit ends this week

“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.

Can the ‘Dark Knight’ rise to the top of the summer box office?

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.”

Watkins Museum celebrating ‘The Day After’ this week

Thirty years later, the Watkins Community Museum of History is celebrating “The Day After.”

Saturday, June 23

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Behind the Lens: Subject-driven photo projects unique, interesting

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

A passion that's one for the books

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

Style Scout: Shelly Hoggart

Fashion trends you hate: None. To each their own. I don’t hate anything.

'Little libraries' put books up for sharing

Darcy Schild is a book person. And book people, she says, like to share.

Style Scout: Ethan Craighead

Describe your style: Whatever my brother hands down to me. Salvation Army style.

Tuesday, June 19

Local chefs compete in charity cookoff benefiting Friends of the Kaw

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.

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Still growing: Artist John Sebelius moves forward with new documentary

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

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Acrobats entertain at Liberty Hall

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.

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The Dead Girls live

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.

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Lawrence Laundry: Garage sale season

It’s summertime in Lawrence and prime season for one of my favorite Saturday activities: garage sales.

Bite Sighs: Three-in-one apple cake

I really like cake mixes. They’re stable and extremely versatile.

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Actors Riggle, Rudd, Sudeikis to host celebrity fundraiser for K.C. children’s hospital

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.

Offbeat Occupation: Bitten by the grooming bug at a young age

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

Liberty Hall location saw fires, several rebuildings before 1911

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.

Hall of Fame: Liberty Hall celebrates a century of bringing community together

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.

Youths to perform 'You Can't Take It With You'

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.”

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The Lips' heart

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

Behind the Lens: Dear Lawrence Project redux

Not so fast if you were thinking about putting away that shoebox of old photos.

Thursday, June 14

Style Scout: Stacia Decker

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.

Style Scout: Adam Korte

Describe your style: Preppy hipster

Wednesday, June 13

Lawrence Arts Center wants to acquire Salvation Army property for new outdoor performance space

The Lawrence Arts Center wants to buy and raze the downtown Salvation Army building to make way for new outdoor arts and performance space.

Genetic-modification labeling sought

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.

Lemon, herbs perfect fit for chicken

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 bets on bacon sundae

Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party — and a bacon sundae.

Ag research funding — and influence? — shifts to corporations

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

Not your typical twisted balloons: Artist creating giant installation

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.

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Film festival highlights relationships between fathers and children

The relationship between fathers and children is on display during this week's third annual Fatherhood Film Fest at Liberty Hall.

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Simple summertime sippers are easy to make, easy to drink

It’s summertime, which means it’s also patio-drinking time.

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Kansas wineries on display at De Soto event

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

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Remnant Rehab: Make your own lawn game

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.

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Lawrence Laundry: Summer wedding style

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.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Varied berry options

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

Offbeat Occupations: Munchers baker owns the night

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.

Theatre Lawrence performance of 'Joseph' not quite dreamy, but still has its charm

There’s nothing about Theatre Lawrence’s "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Writers’ rebellion: Options abound to publish own books

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.

Film festival devoted to dads this week

The third annual Fatherhood Film Festival is set for Thursday at Liberty Hall.

A cut above: Local author’s novel generates national buzz

‘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.

NPR ‘Car Talk’ duo retiring

The comic mechanics on NPR’s “Car Talk” are pulling in to the garage.

‘Wizard of Oz’ starts this week at Arts Center

The Summer Youth Theater at the Lawrence Arts Center is off to see the wizard starting this week.

Concert pianist who graduated from KU performing at Sunflower Music Festival

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.

Local artist wins museum’s Best 2-Dimensional award

A Lawrence artist was among top award-winners at the Mulvane Art Museum’s Mountain/Plains Art Fair.

Saturday, June 9

Reading of ‘Candle for Freddy’ Sunday

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.

Behind the Lens: Circling your subjects can lead to better photos

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

Kansas won't see matching federal arts funding until 2014

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.

Style Scout: Daniel Ohlemeier

Dream job: Race car driver. Formula One is sexier than NASCAR.

Style Scout: Pamela Brown

What would you like to see less of? UGGS and short shorts. Please make it stop.

Wednesday, June 6

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Come together: Split Lip Rayfield, Bad Livers members see no limits to new project

Members of Split Lip Rayfield and the Bad Livers join forces for a summer tour that hits Lawrence Saturday.

Ray Bradbury, author of 'Fahrenheit 451,' dies

Ray Bradbury anticipated iPods, interactive television, electronic surveillance and live, sensational media events, including televised police pursuits — and not necessarily as good things.

Holy smoke! Woods add flavor to grilled foods

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.

Japanese cooking wine Mirin great for sauces

Mirin is all about getting sauced. Because that’s where Japanese cooking wine really shines — in sauces.

Tuesday, June 5

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Acrobatic apricots a versatile fruit

Kansas isn't known for its apricots, but a warm winter provided a bumper crop ripe for delicious accents to dishes.

Monday, June 4

Offbeat Occupations: After 29 years, cemetery caretaker at peace with macabre aspects of job

“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.”

Style Off the Cuff: Thrifting For Guys

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

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Music from the harp: Bluegrass/gospel duo embrace unusual instrument

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 relaunched as brave, mighty and gay

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.

New show gives close-up of women in wheelchairs

In the opening moments of a new reality show, a pretty blonde pulls up to a gas station in her sporty Mustang.

Duo bring Potter parody to NYC

It was almost a little like magic, the way it all got started. But, hey, when it comes to Harry Potter, what isn’t?

Spencer Museum acquires Haitian art collection

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 to raise curtain on ‘Joseph’ this week

Theatre Lawrence will begin its performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Friday.

Behind the Lens: Phone apps don’t lessen journalistic credibility

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

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Katlyn Conroy works through inner battles with new solo project, La Guerre

After working in the Lawrence music scene for years, Katlyn Conroy is about to embark on her first solo national tour.