Stories for March 2012

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Thursday, March 29

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March Final Fridays preview

Be Moved's Mammalia, Wonder Fair's Cat People, celebrating spring at the Lost Art Space, a multimedia shindig at the Lawrence Art Party, and 99 Bottles at the Pig

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Like kids in a candy store: 'Willy Wonka' musical brings youthful energy to stage

Dressed in green pill-box hats and clad in polka dots and stripes — lots of stripes — the Oompa-Loompas excitedly roam around the greenrooms, the wings, the nooks and crannies off the stage. Don’t blame them for their energy; the youngest of them are just 6 years old. Well, director Ric Averill thinks so at least. “Some 5-year-olds might have snuck in there. I’m not sure,” he says.

Style Scout: Kay Brada

Do you have any piercings or tattoos? My ears are pierced, much to my mother’s chagrin.

Style Scout: Don Brada

Fashion trends you hate? I am not a fan of the baggy jeans.

Wednesday, March 28

Watkins Community Museum to open exhibit on basketball

Fans will have a chance to bone up on a little bit of basketball history prior to this weekend’s Final Four action.

Bring a bit of the Big Easy to your KU watch party

New Orleans-style food is easy to make and easy to eat.

Monday, March 26

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Lawrence Laundry: Spring trends in town, spotted and found

Last week, I spotted and found some of this spring’s best pieces: sandals, pastels and skirts. See how fellow Lawrencians wear their springtime stylings and find out where you can find similar items at local shops.

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Offbeat Occupations: Surgical technician familiar with tools of the trade

Elizabeth Pekrul spends her days peering inside people’s bodies. She has watched surgeons pluck out appendixes, tonsils and gallbladders. She’s seen hernias repaired and knees replaced.

Are your kids veggie averse? Try mashed carrots

Not sure why this recipe never occurred to me before. After all, I live on the front lines of the battle to get kids (in particular, my own) to eat vegetables. And it’s usually a losing battle. Until I bumbled my way into this one.

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Remnant Rehab: Spoonflower.com provides prints for easy-to-finish tea towels

Spoonflower is a site that allows users to design their own fabric. Upload a design, decide your size and repeat, and select from their fabric options, which range from Kona cotton to organic cotton knit to upholstery-weight twill to silk crepe de chine.

Breakup book for the heart left behind

It’s not the Bible you swear on, but many an ex-wife may find herself swearing by “The Breakup Bible: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Healing From a Breakup or Divorce” (Three Rivers Press).

Sunday, March 25

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Yonder Mountain String Band gets into the string of things

Lawrence is no stranger to bluegrass that’s been sped up, punked out or generally molded with sensibilities that your grandparents and purists wouldn’t approve of.

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Arts center program gives artists chance to create, teach community

For artists like Allen Chen, there are residency programs at universities and arts centers across the country. Currently, he’s one of two residents at the Lawrence Arts Center. It’s a year-long gig, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

KU concert aims to help scholarships

Kansas University musicians will perform the School of Music’s second Music Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.

Acclaimed singer Joyce Castle to perform

Kansas University professor of voice and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle will perform a variety of works by artists ranging from George Gershwin to Cole Porter at a recital Tuesday.

Festival features 10-minute plays

E.M.U Theatre’s 10-minute play festival “Paint Your Dragon” opens Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

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Mnozil Brass keeps things fun on stage

Combining humor with classically trained skill, the seven players that make up Mnozil Brass didn’t set out to be a globe-crossing band. But after playing together for a few years at Josef Mnozil’s Tavern in Vienna — across the street from the Vienna School of Music where the members studied — they began to play weddings, christenings, even funerals, says tuba player Wilfried Brandstötter.

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Behind the Lens: High-speed photography reveals player’s quickness

I was going to write about different sensor sizes in digital cameras this week but I fell asleep at my computer due to subject boredom. Another time maybe. Instead I want to mention a book I’ve been reading and relate it to recent photo coverage by the Journal-World staff.

Saturday, March 24

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New Amsterdams please crowd with upbeat indie pop

Like any good basketball strategist, Matt Pryor had a plan B in case the preferred course of action didn’t work out. Had the Jayhawks, who had played North Carolina State in the Sweet Sixteen earlier in the evening, lost, the heartbreaking ballads were at the ready.

Thursday, March 22

Style Scout: Jeff Whittier

Current favorite fashion trends: Creative facial hair and beards.

Style Scout: Merrill Evans

People say I look like… Sarah Jessica Parker.

Wednesday, March 21

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Party like mad! Or at least like Mad Men might

The perfect mix of sauce and snacks to feed you inner Mad Man.

Monday, March 19

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Lawrence Laundry: Resident unsatisfied with status quo

Sometime around 2005, water became cool. For one reason or another, that’s when the majority of the United States became conscious of the water crisis in the Third World and when water-providing organizations came to the forefront of the nonprofit sector.

Daytripper: Back to the future: 1950s All-Electric House is totally wired

Attention, harried housewives! Tired of doing everything by hand? Imagine a house with every modern, newfangled convenience, even a mangle iron!

Diabetes quick fix: Roasted pepper and olive snapper with green pepper rice

Fresh snapper, roasted red peppers and Greek olives broiled for only 8 minutes make a simple Mediterranean meal.

Offbeat Occupations: ‘Almost anyone could benefit from dance therapy’

How one woman teaches therapeutic ways to cope through yoga, breathing and meditation.

Minis on ‘Mad Men’? Show’s style changes with the times

From the moment “Mad Men” debuted, the stylized AMC drama about the men and women who work in Madison Avenue advertising in the 1960s has been a tastemaker favorite. A steady parade of Betty, Peggy and Joan look-alikes have appeared on the catwalks as designers interpreted their favorite looks from the early ‘60s. But time has marched on in season five, mimicking the fast evolution of fashion during that decade.

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Bite Sighs: Celebrate your heritage with not-quite-Irish soda bread

As a recent inductee into the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread, I have sworn to uphold an unwritten law of traditional Irish baking: Thou shalt not put weird stuff in thy soda bread.

Sunday, March 18

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FINAL: KU overcomes 10-point, second-half deficit, defeats Purdue, 63-60

Elijah Johnson put in a breakaway dunk with 23 seconds to give KU the lead, and Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Ryne Smith missed late threes for the lead and tie as the Kansas men's basketball team defeated Purdue, 63-60, on Sunday night in the Round of 32 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

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Lawrence Arts Center auction funds exhibitions that bring community, artists together

The Lawrence Arts Center will hold one of its largest annual visual arts events, the Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Auction, on Saturday, April 14.

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Behind the Lens: Photographing wildlife can be unpredictable

With the approach of spring, area wildlife are beginning their seasonal mating rituals.

Planet Comicon to celebrate sci-fi, comic books

Nerd alert! Planet Comicon 2012 is coming Saturday and Sunday to Overland Park.

Friday, March 16

Lawrence Chamber Orchestra readies for concert

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra celebrates is 40th season with its annual Baroque by Candelight concert Sunday, March 25, at 7 at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.

Thursday, March 15

KU graduate brings interactive theater company to Lawrence

Matt Pool wants to bring a new kind of theater to Lawrence, one in which the wall between actors and audience disappears.

Style Scout: Duncan Van Fleet

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More dinosaur bones and other animal bones.

Style Scout: Lisa Jewell

How would you describe your style? Not a soccer grandma.

Lawrence girl, 7, to make film debut in "Kick Me"

Tom Ruddy was having his former KU roommate Gary Huggins over for a barbeque at his house in west Lawrence when talk turned to the new independent movie that Huggins is shooting this summer.

Tuesday, March 13

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The Manute Bols of Comedy don't mean to offend you

A comedy trio that keeps things dumb, and gut-bustingly hilarious.

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Pub grub at home: 8 recipes for March Madness

Bring the bar home with these tasty choices.

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For funk vets Galactic, every day is Mardi Gras

Galactic keeps finding ways to keep it fresh, including a remake of the most classic of Mardi Gras songs.

Monday, March 12

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Offbeat Occupations: Love of drawing drives tattoo artist

Most of us draw when we’re children. But most of us quit while we’re still young. Not so for Carrie Smith, 35, known at BDC Tattoos as Scary Carrie.

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Remnant Rehab: Shadow box project puts jewelry on display

To keep some of my prettiest necklaces from getting dusty, I keep them in a tray in a drawer. It seemed like such a waste of their beauty to keep them hidden away, so I created a shadow box jewelry holder that can show them off while still keeping them dust-free.

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Lawrence Laundry: Spring trends

Everyone looks prettier in spring. At the first hint of 60 degree weather, frat boys are wearing flip flops, Kansas University students are riding with the convertible top down and kids are sitting on the tree curbs outside of Sylas and Maddy’s eating ice cream cones.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Make it with mustard

Condiment need not be relegated to sandwiches

This month, we’re mad for mustard.

Sunday, March 11

Jazz octet to perform Stevie Wonder hits

Some of the nation’s best jazz musicians will pay tribute to one of music’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters Wednesday night at the Lied Center.

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Vodka shots and hashtags: PBR Book Club defies stuffy literary discussion

It ain't your grandmother's book club.

Behind the Lens: Learn about photography by getting involved

Writing these columns is my attempt to spark interest and expand your knowledge of photography. Unfortunately, it’s a one-way conversation. If your main photography instruction and insight is coming from this or other solitary sources like books, magazines etc., I encourage you to explore other avenues of photo education.

Friday, March 9

Country singer Chely Wright opening LGBT center in Kansas City

When country musician Chely Wright came out as a lesbian, radio stations stopped playing her songs, record sales dropped and venues stopped booking her.

Thursday, March 8

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Best Bets: 6 things to do this weekend

Need something to do this weekend? Here’s our weekly roundup of arts and entertainment events that are worth checking out.

Style Scout: Bonnie McConnell Smith

Bonnie McConnell Smith says her style is classic, with a flair.

Style Scout: Matt Tornow

Matt Tornow's a "modern classic."

Wednesday, March 7

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Reptar brings its house party to the Bottleneck

The guys in Reptar say if life's not fun, it's not worth living, and that's reflected in their own brand of electro-pop.

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March Madness: Asher Roth still loves college

"I think some of the best music has been created by accident," says the frat-hop artist.

Monday, March 5

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The perfect pie for Pi Day

The perfect equation for an infinitely yummy Pi Day requires patience and experimentation.

Rock Chalk Revue award winners announced

Members of Kansas University’s greek community came together last weekend for the 63rd annual Rock Chalk Revue.

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Style Off the Cuff: Current trends rooted in history

There is a certain frugality, both monetarily and aesthetically, to buying based on quality and tradition. Clothing that is made well, with the right fabrics, is simply going to last longer. Colors and fabrics that work well together are always going to make sense. Suits that fit your body and are flattering to your figure (yeah, this is important for guys as well as it is ladies) are always going to look good.

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Offbeat Occupations: 'It's a good age to be a woman in theater'

When Cheryl Weaver was 5, she watched a play with her grandmother called “Dick Whittingon and His Cat.” “Just seeing this man dressed like a cat on the stage, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s amazingly cool.’ … I told my mom from that day forward that’s what I wanted to do.”

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16 sweet alternatives to March Madness

Here are 16 fun, interesting and educational alternatives to the “madness” of the month that take place during the Big 12 and the NCAA basketball tournaments.

Quick, flavorful potato curry ideal for a busy night

On busy weeknights, we take our dinner shortcuts wherever we can find them. But this doesn’t require sacrificing healthy home cooking. Make smart choices — as in this recipe for red curry potatoes and chickpeas — and you can have a great from-scratch dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

Zynga unveils game destination

Zynga is unveiling a new online gaming destination so people can play “CityVille,” ‘‘Zynga Poker” and other games off Facebook.

Sunday, March 4

Lawrence resident's cranberry recipe yields sweet victory

The Lawrence Public Library had an unusual offering to visitors Sunday afternoon: dessert.

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Behind the Lens: Photographers sum up KU’s big win against Missouri in photos

Journal-World photographers Richard Gwin, Nick Krug and I all photographed the Kansas University basketball game against Missouri on Feb. 25.

All things cranberry: NPR host Stamberg coming to Lawrence for library benefit

Susan Stamberg, a longtime National Public Radio journalist, is coming to Lawrence for a March 13 benefit for the Lawrence Public Library Foundation. And she’ll be bringing her cranberry relish recipe.

Funny man: Pickles creator keeps comic strip fresh after 22 years

One of the fastest growing comic strips in syndication is Brian Crane’s Pickles now in over 800 newspapers, including the Lawrence Journal-World. The strip depicts Earl and Opal Pickles and follows them as they navigate their twilight years with humor and grace.

Saturday, March 3

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First beer expo spurs thirst to make it an annual event

Wearing a gray wizard hat and clutching a modest sipping glass, Jeff Gill wedged his way through the crush of people and shuffled up to LB Brewing Co.’s beer booth to say hello to the vendors. Written in bold letters on the front of Gill’s sipping glass was the name of his own brewery: Tallgrass Brewing Co., of Manhattan.

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Entrepreneur catches ear of music industry executives

It won’t sound like Justin Bieber. It won’t look like Lady Gaga. But Lawrence resident Kyle Johnson is betting the next big thing in music will get its start in Lawrence.

Thursday, March 1

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Best Bets: 5 things to do this weekend

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

Style Scout: Abbie Hodgson

How would you describe your style? Quirky and classic

Style Scout: Adam Smith

Current favorite fashion trends? Long hair on guys, sunglasses inside and beards, always.