Stories for November 2012


Thursday, November 29

Baker University to host 82nd annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers

The Baker University music and theatre department’s will host its 82nd annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers Sunday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin City. By Meagan Thomas

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November Final Fridays preview: Gifts aplenty

Forget door-buster sales at the big box stores, writes Margie Carr. This month's Final Fridays will provide plenty of gift ideas from an array of talented and acclaimed artists.

Style Scout: David Hattan

Fashion trends you hate: Aztec print and people hanging out in spandex bike wear.

Style Scout: Solace Naeymi

Fashion trends you love: High-waisted pants, combat boots, red lipstick, cat-eye makeup, menswear like denim and chambray shirts.

Tune In Tonight: Wedding bells ring on ‘30 Rock’

Look for a hesitant, postfeminist and self-consciously ridiculous walk down the aisle by Liz Lemon tonight as “30 Rock” (7 p.m., NBC) hurtles through its deliriously silly final season. Then again, the same could be said of the first.

Wednesday, November 28

Lawrence Arts Center, Spencer Museum receive NEA grants

Two Lawrence entities have announced that they received significant National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants to further their missions.

Tune In Tonight: Spend an hour with 'The Hour'

Viewers who can’t wait for the sixth season of “Mad Men” to arrive can console themselves with the season premiere of “The Hour” (8 p.m., BBC America). Set in 1957 in the London studio of a struggling news program, “The Hour” is filled with period fashions, habits (smoking and drinking) and attitudes (sexism galore and adultery).

Tuesday, November 27

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Twenty KU freshmen living in 'learning community' produce film

The film "Té Buffet of Life" is the result of a semester-long experience for 20 Kansas University freshmen who all live in the same residence-hall wing as part of a "living learning community." The movie, a half-hour long high-school romantic comedy, will be screened Wednesday night at the Kansas Union. By Matt Erickson

Intorno serving 'unpretentious' classic Italian fare downtown

At Intorno, classic Italian food doesn’t translate into the overstuffed menus and trough-sized entrees of some Midwestern restaurants’ approaches to the cuisine. Like its understated, rustic-modern decor, Intorno's menu features a carefully selected lineup of chef/owner Jim Vaughn's dishes on a simple one-page menu. By Sara Shepherd

Monday, November 26

Holiday hairdos: Braided looks

Hair braids are all the rage this season, and with tips from local stylists, almost anyone call pull off this trend.

Remnant Rehab: Readers share gift ideas

Earlier this month, I exhorted you crafters to get the ball rolling if you planned to make gifts for the holidays. But don’t worry — there’s still time.

Lawrence Laundry: Winter style for middle-aged women

There is an easy formula to follow when searching for age-appropriate winter clothes.

Holiday party looks, from funky to formal

Wondering what to wear to a seasonal gathering? No matter what type, we've got you covered

We asked four downtown Lawrence merchants to style holiday outfits to share with us. Check out what they came up with.

Sunday, November 25

Lawrence Libations: Horsefeather at The Bourgeois Pig

Rye whiskey and ginger beer with a cherry on top — the Horsefeather at Bourgeois Pig. By Sara Shepherd.

Watkins Museum exhibit looks at how Douglas County coped with Great Depression

A new exhibit on view at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., explores how Lawrencians coped with the Great Depression.

Play about genocide to be staged at KU

“If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide,” by Robert Skloot, will be staged by the Kansas University Theatre with the playwright in the title role.

KU School of Music’s annual vespers concerts Dec. 2

The Kansas University School of Music’s 88th annual Vespers concerts and pre-Vespers organ and brass concerts are planned for Dec. 2.

Familiar sound

Theatre Lawrence production of ‘Sound of Music’ has timeless, universal appeal

There is just something about “The Sound of Music” that speaks to young hearts. Maybe it’s the music; maybe it’s the romance; maybe it’s just the charm of the Austrian setting. Whatever it is, it is both undeniable and omnipresent. By John R. Phythyon, Jr.

Saturday, November 24

Pinup calendar models man up for good cause

A handful of guys got out of their comfort zones and into the mindset of a pinup model for the 2013 Daddy Oh! calendar. A Kansas City-area group called the Ink’d Girls dreamed it up after being inspired by a similarly silly male pinup photo shoot that went viral last year. Sales of the calendar benefit Disabled Furry Friends, a Kansas City, Kan.-based group that helps disabled pets with medical and equipment costs. By Sara Shepherd

Thursday, November 22

Comic makers seek a kickstart

Four Kansas City area graphic novel authors are launching a local writers collective called Bad Karma with the project. By Ian Cummings

Style Scout: Monica Restrepo

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? I wanted a sweet shop in Lawrence, and now we have one!

Style Scout: Jason Koontz

Tell us a secret … Pets love me.

Wednesday, November 21

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Iwig dairy files for bankruptcy, plans to keep retail stores open for reorganization

Iwig Family Dairy has filed for bankruptcy but will continue to operate its Lawrence and Topeka retail stores. The owner says increasing sales at the Lawrence store — bemoaned by some for its difficult-to-access location at 1901 Massachusetts St. — is critical to the dairy pulling through the bankruptcy. By Sara Shepherd.

Tune In Tonight: A brother's keeper no longer

Families gather together for Thanksgiving. And not everyone enjoys it. But chances are, even your worst holiday nightmare can’t compare to the grim sibling dynamics described in “My Brother the Serial Killer” (8 p.m., ID).

Tuesday, November 20

Tune In Tonight: 'Masters' explores David Geffen's star-making machinery

“American Masters: Inventing David Geffen” (7 p.m., PBS) offers a brisk and entertaining history of the popular culture of the past five decades.

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Area hunters enjoy wild turkey on Thanksgiving - if they can get one

It sounds quaint and pastoral, the idea of traipsing through a field just before Thanksgiving and shooting your own turkey to bring home for the holiday meal. But wild turkeys are very different birds — and, hunters say, a lot harder to bag this time of year — than the fat, oven-ready Butterballs most of us are accustomed to. By Sara Shepherd

Monday, November 19

Offbeat Occupations: Modern-day chimney sweeps don’t resemble ‘Mary Poppins’ depiction

Allen and Jason Clough won’t sing you a song covered in soot. They don’t dance. This father-son chimney sweep duo is all business and no Hollywood. “They want us to wear a top hat and sing the ‘Mary Poppins’ song,” Jason said. “I don’t even know the song they are describing.”

Daytripper: First-rate attractions in first city of Kansas

There’s nothing quite like a carousel ride for the young and the young at heart. Listening to the cheerful organ music playing as you glide along on a brightly painted pony while the outside world, with its stresses and cares, blurs to meaninglessness, is probably as close to paradise as an earthbound mortal can get.

Lawrence Laundry: Thrifter finds cream of the crop for online shop

Ask those who do it a lot, and they’ll tell you: Thrifting is an art. For Jacque Amadi, it’s also her livelihood.

Bite Sighs: Pumpkin-cranberry scones

In spite of what retailers would have you think, Thanksgiving is more than just the day before the big sales. It’s a day to visit with family, count your blessings and try out those awesome recipes that you’ve been collecting.

Sunday, November 18

Lawrence residents say goodbye to popular downtown breakfast spot

Breakfast lovers found a bittersweet flavor in the coffee and pancake syrup at Milton’s on Sunday, the popular breakfast landmark's last day of business. By Ian Cummings

Off the Beaten Plate: Bonez at Pyramid Pizza

To many a Lawrencian past and present, an order of Bonez is a doughy, cheesy, buttery wreath of happiness. By Sara Shepherd

Spencer Museum extends Vasari exhibit

The Spencer Museum of Art has extended the dates of it’s exhibit, “Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy.”

How to spend the holidays

Your road map to arts and entertainment events through the end of the year

Here at, Santa’s been making a list — and checking it twice — of local happenings to get you in the holiday spirit.

KU carillon out of action until Dec. 2

Kansas University’s World War II Memorial Carillon is undergoing routine maintenance, and all recitals have been cancelled until Dec. 2.

Kansas City Connection: Winter wardrobe workshops and other ways to spend the holidays

Look your best during the holidays with the help of some winter wardrobe workshops before taking part in classic Kansas City traditions. By Emily Farris

Saturday, November 17

Behind the lens: Good photos require luck as much as skill

Being a photographer can involve psychology skills. My ability to observe a subject, predict behavior, remain alert to visual clues and anticipate action helps me to be a successful photojournalist. It involves a mix of skills in intuition and past experiences photographing people in numerous environments and situations. By Mike Yoder

Thursday, November 15

Style Scout: Bryan Wilcox

Describe your style: Pee-wee Herman with a touch of Rudy Giuliani

Style Scout: Kelly Matthews

Tell us a secret … I used to have a Harley.

Wednesday, November 14

Paul Giamatti narrates Nature’s ‘DUCKumentary’

Paul Giamatti’s (”John Adams”) voice is popping up all over. I heard it recently in some insurance commercial, and tonight he narrates “An Original DUCKumentary” on “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS).

Tuesday, November 13

History returns to History with ‘Mankind’

Josh Brolin narrates “Mankind: The Story of All of Us” (8 p.m., History), a six-part series. This is a follow-up of sorts to “America: The Story of Us.” Gosh, I was waiting for “Belgium: The Story of Them.”

Monday, November 12

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Remnant Rehab: Handmade holidays

Planning to make gifts this year? Start now (if you haven’t already)

Believe it or not, Christmas is only a month and a half away. If you’re planning to give handmade gifts, it’s time to get started — if you haven’t already.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Crazy for cranberries

Cranberries are a staple this time of year. Use them fresh in a traditional relish or add the dried variety to a salad.

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Apps offer holiday help

Smartphones can assist with meals, gift shopping and more

Diana Buchanan manages all her grocery shopping and to-do lists with smartphone apps, and her Thanksgiving cooking and Christmas shopping lists will be no different. By Sara Shepherd.

Lawrence Laundry: How trends catch on

I’ll be honest with you: To some, fashion seems superficial. It seems inconsequential. It seems, well, kind of pointless. And for some, style might be inconsequential. There are those who choose to express themselves using other methods or art forms. Some use their words; some use their work; some use their homes or cars; most use their actions.

Sunday, November 11

Off the Beaten Plate: Sumac Chicken at Aladdin Cafe

This week in Off the Beaten Plate, Sara Shepherd tries the Sumac Chicken at Aladdin Cafe.

Baker jazz festival this week

The 15th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival, featuring the Baker Jazz Ensemble, is this week in Baldwin City. By Sara Shepherd

Artist to discuss race-inspired sculpture

Artist Randy Regier will visit the Spencer Museum of Art to discuss his racially themed sculpture “Impending Future Bus,” which is this year’s Kansas University Common Work of Art. By Sara Shepherd

Local author Louise Krug's memoir named to best-of-2012 list

Publishers Weekly has named a Lawrence resident’s memoir one of its Best Books of 2012.

Students excited to perform at Kauffman Center

About 275 Kansas University School of Music students will play instruments and sing Tuesday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. By Meagan Thomas

Kansas City Connection: Quote along with The Dude and Blue

Quote along with cult movies, food nerds unite and the Dropkick Murphys and The Wallflowers come to Kansas City. By Emily Farris

Saturday, November 10

Offbeat Occupations: Exterminator loves to help people, not bugs

Numerous enemies assail him as he explores dark tunnels and long-vacant buildings. He experiences work as an adventure — a “puzzle.” And he hates snakes. We are not talking about Indiana Jones, but Vanja Mehmedovic, Lawrence exterminator. By Adam Strunk

Friday, November 9

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For inmates, prison chorus is a cause worth singing for

Inmates say prison chorus gives them shot at redemption one note at a time

The East Hill Singers, an inmate chorus from Lansing Correctional Facility, will sing Sunday in Lawrence. One inmate says of the prison chorus: “There’s not a lot of opportunities to feel good here — this actually puts a smile on my face.” By Sara Shepherd.

Thursday, November 8

Style Scout: DJ Johnson

Describe your style: A mix between Kid Cudi and my imagination

Style Scout: Bethany Ruder

Tell us a secret … I used to be obsessed with "I Love Lucy," and I wanted to be Lucille Ball.

Wednesday, November 7

Tune In Tonight: What do unusual animal friendships teach us?

The advent of YouTube and other Internet video sites has brought us a glut of cute animal clips. It’s no longer enough to gush over adorable kittens. You have to see sweet little critters in unlikely tandems, like a cheetah cub that has become best friends with a Labrador retriever.

Tuesday, November 6

Tune In Tonight: An election night long in the making

Election night projections, prognostications, analysis, results and second-guessing take center stage, pre-empting all prime-time programming on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and PBS. Political affairs also will consume the attention of cable news outlets CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all day and well into the night, perhaps extending to the year 2016.

Monday, November 5

Library celebrates author’s imprint on literature

Sara Paretsky returns to hometown to accept award

The best-selling author, a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas University who makes her home in Chicago, will be in Lawrence this week to accept the Lawrence Public Library Foundation’s Community Enrichment Award, to be presented Friday during a public event at Liberty Hall. By Sara Shepherd

Not your everyday pie: Persimmons yield a break from the ordinary — if you can find them

Everyone knows I like to cook. This pie came about as sort of a dare.

Offbeat Occupations: Tobacconist aspires to 'effortless excellence'

Bryan Newbury lives and breathes cigars. It’s his job. “I have a little rule that I can’t work anywhere where I can’t smoke, and that kind of limits you in 2012,” he said.

Style for the Ages: Take a hint from history to get the most out of clothes

With the dragging economy and another winter on its way, perhaps you can save some money this season by repairing and upgrading clothes you already own rather than rushing out to spend more money on clothes you probably don’t need. We don’t live in 18th century Boston, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take some fashion advice from our forefathers.

Sunday, November 4

Off the Beaten Plate: Jay Hog Burger at Burgers by Bigg's

This burger not only has a couple slices of smoky, savory, thick-cut bacon on top, but the patty also has ground-up bacon in it — a 50/50 ratio of bacon to beef. By Sara Shepherd

Behind the Lens: Finding the right photo can take several swings and misses

I invited area photographers to submit images of autumn for a photo gallery this week, and it’s always fun to see what other people choose to photograph, what attracts their eye and how they determine what makes a successful photograph. By Mike Yoder

KU Theatre takes on fairy tales in 'Into the Woods'

Combining the well-known fairy tales of “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and “Little Red Riding Hood” with the story of a baker and his wife, “Into the Woods” is the Kansas University Theatre’s next musical play.

Scholarship honors KU band director

Kansas University School of Music has established a scholarship in honor of longtime director of bands Robert Foster.

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Exotic Quixotic

Acrobatic music troupe from KC will wow Lied Center

Quixotic, which performs at the Lied Center this Friday, combines a wide range of performance art. The show features live, original music, dancers, acrobats, and animation to create a unique experience for audiences. By John Phythyon

Kansas City Connection: Providence New American Kitchen a welcome addition

This week, Emily Farris tries the New American Kitchen restaurant, ice skating kicks off at Crown Center and Regina Spektor comes to the Music Hall. Oh yeah, and don't forget to rock the vote. By Emily Farris

Phoenix Awards honor 5 artists for talents, efforts helping others

Meet this year's winners of the Phoenix Awards, which recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community. By Sara Shepherd

Art exhibit keeps an eye on presidents’ speeches

Artist R. Luke Dubois wants to get people to think more critically about politics, which is what he hopes happens when they see his exhibit Hindsight is Always 20/20, currently on display until Nov. 17 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. By Meagan Thomas

Saturday, November 3

Lecompton Re-enactors present ‘Territorial Characters’

The Lecompton Re-enactors will kick off a series of performances at Constitution Hall State Historic Site today with the play “Kansas Territorial Characters.”

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FreedomFest to honor veterans

More than 20,000 military members and veterans live in Leavenworth County. Organizers hope a number of them will spend their Veterans Day weekend at Kansas FreedomFest, a two-day country music festival Friday and Saturday in Leavenworth. By Adam Strunk

Thursday, November 1

Style Scout: Jacque Beattie

What were you doing when scouted? Shopping at Brits for a little taste of home.

Style Scout: Zachary Dillon

Describe your style: Rock ‘n’ roll lumberjack