Thursday, May 31
Tell us a secret... I’m a secret fan of Ace of Base.
Do you have any piercings or tattoos? I have a tattoo I gave myself but never finished. It was supposed to be a Pisces sign.
Wednesday, May 30
Strawberries and rhubarb all but scream summer. Just add some lemonade and you’ll be totally over the top with warm weather food.
As I stood at the cutting board slicing slabs of thick skin off a fresh pineapple, a thought occurred to me — the strips of skin were an awful lot like the cedar planks some people use to add flavor to food on the grill. Perhaps they could be used the same way.
The Sugar Association is accusing the makers of high fructose corn syrup of trying to candy-coat their image by calling their product a “sugar.” The Corn Refiners Association is firing back by calling the accusations another attempt to censor its efforts to explain to the public that high fructose corn syrup is, well, a form of sugar.
Beer was hip in New York long before hipsters were into craft brews, according to a new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society that traces the history of beer all the way back to drunken Colonial times.
Honeycomb also has a completely different texture than liquid honey. It’s not like chewing on a candle. Rather, the wax gives the honey a pleasant body, transforming it from something merely absorbed by the other ingredients into something that stands on its own to contrast and enliven the rest of the dish.
Tuesday, May 29
Delaware Street's gardens figure prominently in this Saturdays Lawrence Food Garden Tour.
Monday, May 28
It was his freshman year at Kansas University, and Nick Reddell needed a job. He started working bars: cleaning toilets, sweeping floors, doing the grunt work no one wanted.
Mostly, writing is a solitary act, and like many lonesome endeavors, it benefits from company every now and again.
Susan Stuever believes her shoes serve a purpose other than bridging the gap between function and form.
100 degrees in a packed Lawrence bar? "That there is rock and roll," says singer and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom.
Big Springs mother finds peace in writing, speaking about daughter’s murder
You know from the outset that this isn’t a happy tale: A 19-year-old woman is murdered in the California countryside. But, from Carol Noe’s perspective, the story of her daughter’s life isn’t a tragedy.
At an estate sale in Topeka, I found some paintings on fabric that I thought were interesting enough to take home with me. The more delicate ones are on silk; the one I mounted for this column is on a synthetic fabric.
Sunday, May 27
Lawrence Public Library’s summer reading program isn’t just for reading anymore.
In the early 1990s, the storefront at 731 N.H. was a treasure trove.
Whether you’re a kid or adult, bookworm or concert junkie, want to dress up like Harry Potter or Elvis, Lawrence has plenty of opportunities to keep you busy this summer.
Saturday, May 26
A Lawrence native made a splash this week at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Jazz Piano Competition.
When it comes to camera gear, I prefer to pack small and light. Nothing gets in the way of a pleasant trip more than carrying too much gear. For a general, non-photography-specific vacation, here’s a list of my preferred method of traveling with camera gear:
Thursday, May 24
When it comes to Final Fridays, we have come to expect variety in the pieces, in the artists and in the messages they convey.
Fashion influences: I love Zooey Deschanel. If she wears it, I want to wear it.
Current favorite fashion trends? I start them.
Wednesday, May 23
Sam Billen's latest work is an ambitious family affair funded through Kickstarter.
Tuesday, May 22
While Memorial Day was officially created to honor America’s war dead, many people now take the holiday as an opportunity to remember other deceased loved ones and to spend time — often around the table — with those who are still living.
Monday, May 21
The former senior curator at the Beach Museum of Art said he believes his ouster after nearly two decades on the job signals a shift away from expanding the collection at the institution on the Kansas State University campus — a charge that university officials deny.
After their outdoor set fell prey to wind, the cast of “Waiting for Godot” is teaming up to piece it back together before this weekend’s performances.
One day when Sara Wornock and her husband were visiting their obstetrician, they spotted a brochure for Complete Doula Services. It was a serendipitous moment, as the Wornocks wished to have their first baby naturally but had determined home birth was not for them.
Xiu Xiu will play at the Jackpot on Tuesday.
Even if you’re not planting a garden of your own this year, you can still take part in a harvest.
Imagine wearing a blanket at all times.
Even the best chefs have their off days, so an amateur like me shouldn’t be too shocked to have a baking session worthy of the Marquis de Sade now and then.
Sunday, May 20
There is art that makes sense; there is art that requires a little more effort. Line by line, "Waiting for Godot" makes sense.
Art on wheels will again roll through downtown Lawrence during the annual Art Tougeau parade at noon Saturday.
Many decisions go into purchasing a digital camera.
Saturday, May 19
Jonathan Jackson attends Horizon Academy in Roeland Park, a private school for children in grades kindergarten through 12 who struggle with learning disabilities. Kit Bardwell, art teacher at Horizon, says her class puts all students on an equal playing field.
Thursday, May 17
"It’s really sexual, sensual groove funk. I think the wine sales go up in bars I play because it’s swooning dance music," Cory Phillips says of his music. He'll play at the Jazzhaus tonight.
Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as "Last Dance," ''Love to Love You Baby" and "Bad Girl" became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63.
Fashion trends you hate? Underpants. Just hate underwear in general.
Tell us a secret... I’m engaged to my former professor. That’s juicy, right?
Tuesday, May 15
k.d. lang talks touring, inspiration and Pee Wee Herman.
It’s American Craft Beer Week, and at least here in Lawrence, it’s not about competition.
Monday, May 14
This month, our Go! chefs have come up with several variations on lemons — a meal, a snack and a drink. What more could you ask?
On a Sunday night in April, Katy Wade, 29, works behind the bar of 715, at 715 Mass.
I’m in a perpetual game of hide-and-seek with my sunglasses.
Sunday, May 13
"Give us the opportunity and we'll play our asses off for you," says Deer Tick front man John McCauley.
Saturday, May 12
A new exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center will focus on the human figure.
The EMU Theatre is putting on free performances of a critically-deemed-important-but-infrequently-seen modernist play.
LightLyre Films, 731 N.H., is looking for teenage participants in its summer film academy program.
The Lied Center on Kansas University’s campus is opening ticket sales to the public for its 2012-13 season Monday.
Exhibit highlights sustainable energy — concept may not be as new as you think.
Chelsea Kapfer was just 7 when she perched on Massachusetts Street and watched buildings, cars and people fall victim to nuclear fallout during filming for “The Day After.”
In news-gathering situations, most photographers make a conscious effort not to allow their presence to influence the events around them.
Thursday, May 10
Groundbreaking is latest act for community-produced plays
Years of campaign fundraising and planning culminated in a curtain-raising for a new act for the 35-year-old community theater group’s history in an event Thursday afternoon. Staff, volunteers, supporters and property developers gathered at 4660 Bauer Farm Drive near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive to mark the ceremonial beginning of construction, which they hope to complete within a year.
The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., has announced the lineup for the first Free State Film Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday.
Current favorite fashion trends? Neons — not all-over, but in accessories and paired with neutrals. It’s all about accessories; you can always make a basic look amazing with the right accessories.
Fashion trends you hate? I hate Crocs. I know everyone does, but still.
Wednesday, May 9
Thighs and drumsticks are climbing the pecking order as Americans join consumers abroad in seeking flavor that isn’t found in ubiquitous, boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The poultry industry used to have trouble finding a market for dark meat, but changing domestic tastes and growing exports to countries that prefer leg quarters are pushing up prices and helping pull the poultry industry out of a deep slump.
Beer lovers, prepare for Full Kimono.
Four Men and a Pig won a ticket to October’s American Royal Barbecue Invitational by being named overall grand champions of this year’s Sertoma 48 BBQ competition.
Admittedly, steamed fish doesn’t exactly scream mouthwatering. But what it lacks in excitement it more than makes up for in health cred.
The spread of international snacks included “Forest Mushroom” and “Grilled Meat” Lay’s from Russia, fruity Oreos from China and lemon-peppered flavored Tang drink from Saudi Arabia. The reactions were mixed.
American favorites barely recognizable in foreign flavors
Growth in the snack food industry has been virtually flat in the U.S. for the past two years, according to market research firm Euromonitor. Meanwhile, combined sales in China, Brazil and Russia — three major developing markets — rose 15 percent in 2010 and 11 percent last year to $17 billion. That’s half the size of the U.S. market but it’s growing.
Monday, May 7
Mom deserves a break. Here's how to give her a mayhem-free Mother's Day.
A pair of slip-on shoes that can be dressed up or down. I prefer something like leather Sperry Top-Siders or, as of late, leather-soled loafers like Bass Weejuns. These are shoes that work both thoughtfully dressed up for a summer wedding, or tossed on to go to a barbecue or farmers’ market. Check out Foxtrot and Urban Outfitters in downtown Lawrence for a nicely curated collection of spring shoes.
Now 80 years old, Jack Ozegovic is still creating art.
When Jeanne Averill learned her daughter Trish wanted to follow in her footsteps as a drama teacher, Averill was thrilled but sort of mystified.
Sunday, May 6
A Lawrence artist is reaching out for help finding his stolen work.
The museum at 143 Barker Ave. on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University opened 10 years ago as part of a national effort by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium to create repositories for Native American art and culture. Among its missions is tracing the history of Haskell itself, from its origins in 1884 as the U.S. Indian Industrial Training School to its place today as a four-year, degree-granting university.
A music program that pairs children with senior citizens has garnered the Lawrence Children’s Choir a national award.
Author and former Baker University professor Robert Fraga will give a reading at 7 p.m. Friday at the Raven, 8 E. Seventh St.
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission has selected five arts projects to receive grants totaling $7,200 in the 17th Annual Community Arts Grant competition.
Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd St., is hosting a “gathering” of several area science-fiction and fantasy authors. The event, where the authors will give readings and sign autographs, will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the store.
Saturday, May 5
Theatre Lawrence will break ground this week on its new facility.
Lawrence artist Darin White is always thinking about the opportunities of life. His latest exhibition, “Overflow,” which he displayed last month at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., focused on life cycles.
Award-winning filmmakers both local and national will descend upon Lawrence to be a part of a brand-new event that hopes to bring a sense of community and open dialogue to the area’s music and visual arts scene.
Friday, May 4
The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, best known the world over as the thoughtful, witty, in-your-face rapper MCA, has died, according to Rolling Stone and the hip-hop website Global Grind, which is run by Russell Simmons.
Thursday, May 3
Fashion trends you hate? I dislike neon, because not everyone can wear it. (I can’t.)
Age: Let’s just say over 39.
Wednesday, May 2
When the couple gets married in Lawrence this Saturday — Cinco de Mayo — guests will munch on Chipotle burritos, chips and guacamole at the reception.
The more time the sirloin tips bathe in this recipe’s punchy marinade of lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and garlic, the better. So while we call for marinating the meat for two hours, don’t hesitate to toss them in as you head out to work in the morning. You’ll be rewarded when you get home and fire up the grill.
A bit of heat and a lot of sweet make this mango-topped chocolate honey cake a fine choice for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
The goal was simple — a recipe for mole chicken enchiladas that tastes authentic, but doesn’t take an authentic amount of time to prepare. And thanks to two easy time-saving tricks, it turned out to be easier than I expected.