Stories for October 2012

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Tuesday, October 30

All hail king kale!

Farmers’ Market to celebrate nutritional powerhouse with Kale Festival this Saturday

As far as greens are concerned, kale is king.

Monday, October 29

Halloween hodgepodge: Schools put on range of fall celebrations

While many Lawrence schoolchildren will have a special school day on the 31st, replete with Halloween parties and parades, several local schools have adapted their October celebrations to allow for broader participation and appeal.

Lawrence Laundry: Style Rookies pursue their passion

Most of the girls in Style Rookies are interested in pursuing fashion (writing, designing, consulting, etc.) as a career, and it became readily apparent that I would be talking to girls who probably knew more about fashion than I did. Very quickly, I realized that though I had come to tell them about my style-writing job and, more broadly, about my personal experience with fashion and style, I would be learning far more from them.

Sunday, October 28

Lawrence Libations: Tarantula Margarita at La Familia

With this feature kicking off the week of Halloween, we picked a drink with a scary-sounding name. By Sara Shepherd.

Photography exhibit looks at immigration

Images of immigrants in multiple countries that seek to address those questions, captured by Kansas University associate professor Pok-Chi Lau over the span of 45 years, will go on display this week on the KU campus.

AIDS Project auction features local artist

The featured artist at this year’s Red Ribbon Art Auction will be Jennifer Jo Webster, a painter known for her colorful, island-inspired style.

KU School of Music to salute Bernstein

Works of famed composer Leonard Bernstein are the focus of the Kansas University School of Music’s upcoming trio of performances, “A Bernstein Triptych,” which kicks off this week.

Social Service League plans party

The Social Service League of Lawrence is planning its annual Friends of the League Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Free State Glass, 307 E. Ninth St.

Kansas City Connection: Uncorking Tannin’s top wine list

As much as I love drinking, one might expect me to frequent wine bars. But that’s simply not the case.

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Día de los Muertos observers honor deceased in colorful ways, find more meaning in holiday than in Halloween

Día de los Muertos is a public celebration in Mexico and communities of Mexican origin to honor and remember friends and family members who have died. In Lawrence, numerous community events take place to celebrate the holiday. By Meagan Thomas

Thursday, October 25

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October Final Fridays preview: Out-of-town talent shines, plus art made by dogs!

Few would argue that Final Fridays is the opportunity to celebrate the local arts scene, but how often do we stop and consider the talented individuals who make a special trip to Lawrence for the monthly event? This Friday we have the opportunity to meet several artists from around the country, and who knows? Maybe if we meet them we’ll gain a new appreciation for the world around us. By Margie Carr

Style Scout: Rhianna Weilert

Fashion influences: Popular graphic and interior design, which I then try to translate into clothes.

Style Scout: Desmond Granger

Tell us a secret … My first CD was Backstreet Boys.

Tuesday, October 23

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Local produce highlights Lawrence celebration of Farm to School Week

Lawrence schools are celebrating Farm to School Week with the first districtwide mostly-local school lunch. Seasonality, delivery methods, availability of large quantities and compliance with nutritional guidelines can all make serving local food challenging for schools. By Sara Shepherd.

Monday, October 22

Lawrence Laundry: Fall of the blazer

Try making the transition from tank top to trench coat a bit less drastic by incorporating a blazer, one of this season’s top trends, into your fall outfit.

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Jack-o'-lantern alternatives: Pumpkin decorating tutorials

For a cleaner and longer-lasting alternative to jack-o'-lanterns, there are endless no-carve options, from basic to blingy. Go! scoured Pinterest boards and magazine websites and picked a few of our favorite ideas to make and share.

Ghost tours hunt Lawrence spectres

Spirit-seekers can try a ghost tour or attend a seminar to learn about Lawrence's ghosts.

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Remnant Rehab: Dapper dog bow tie

If every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp-dressed man, you can imagine how gaga they’d go for a sharp-dressed dog. This Halloween, make your classy canine a bow tie.

Offbeat Occupations: Barbering instructor teaches job skills to prisoners

Giving prisoners convicted of violent crimes razor blades in a confined space might seem like a recipe for disaster. Vicki Rajewski says it’s more of a recipe for rehabilitation.

Sunday, October 21

Off the Beaten Plate: Seafood Elite at Minsky's Pizza

Seafood pizza is not-so-unusual fare in Europe. By Sara Shepherd.

Behind the Lens: Photographers explain why they choose black and white

I invited area photographers to submit some of their favorite black-and-white images for this week’s column and photo gallery. I asked, Why use black and white?

Raven to host trio of award-winning writers

The Raven Book Store’s next Big Tent Event: Stories and Poems in Three Acts is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St. This month’s event will feature Hadara Bar-Nadav, Kij Johnson and Richard Robbins.

Flint Hills exhibit includes local artist's work

Work by Lawrence artist Betsy Forcade is included in a special Flint Hills-inspired exhibit at the Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main St. in Kansas City, Mo.

Lawrence ArtWalk to feature works from over 20 artists

From photography to ceramics and everything in between, the 18th annual Lawrence ArtWalk will feature more than 20 area artists displaying their work during next weekend’s two-day affair.

KU Alumni Band to celebrate homecoming

The Kansas University Alumni Band is gearing up to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of homecoming at KU.

KU Symphony to perform Halloween concert

It’s a costume party and symphony in one — the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra will perform Friday at the Lied Center, and even the musicians will be in costume.

Kansas City Connection: Jeepers creepers at the Nelson-Atkins Museum

The collection of oddities at the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is sort of like the 16th-century version of looking at weird things on the Internet.

Warehouse Arts District draws artists looking for space to create, display works

At the new Warehouse Arts District development in East Lawrence, artists are putting their creativity to work in the vast, raw spaces.

Saturday, October 20

Douglas County Arts Caravan on the move

Percolator brings artists, creativity to smaller communities

Looking to infuse rural areas with the art and community spirit for which its Rhode Island Street alleyway home is known, the Percolator Artspace is taking its show on the road. By Sara Shepherd

Thursday, October 18

Style Scout: Rhonda Swade

Describe your style: I’m a thrift shop person, but I’m also not afraid to buy things new.

Style Scout: Brian McBride

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Old timey brothels and opium dens

Tuesday, October 16

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Inside the world of food photography

Lawrence resident, professional food photographer shares tips for the rest of us

In more than 30 years as a food photographer, Lawrence resident Kathy Sanders Wilson painstakingly photographed everything from the perfect bowl of corn to flawless feasts for the cover of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Lawrence resident, journalist to address James Beard Foundation on importance of trusting food sources

A Lawrence resident and environmental journalist is speaking at the renowned James Beard Foundation Food Conference this week.

Monday, October 15

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Lawrence Laundry: Downtown boot quest

My feet prefer the company of boots over any other encasement in which I could place them. When I find a pair I like, I wear them until the sole is flapping off and super glue no longer adheres to the half-dozen layers of glue previously applied.

Bite Sighs: Blueberry energy cake

We’re going to make a cake from scratch this time, stuffed with good-for-you ingredients and still just as simple as can be. With blueberries for antioxidants, honey for energy and the comfort factor of homemade cake, this recipe is definitely a winner.

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Upstage anyone with these costume ideas from theater pros

Envisioning a costume is one thing. Translating it from a mental picture to something you or your child can wear is another.

Sunday, October 14

Off the Beaten Plate: Bibimbap at O Café Korean Restaurant

Say it, bee-bim-bahp. Fun, huh? In Korean, bap means rice, and bibim means mix. By Sara Shepherd.

Submissions sought for County Courthouse art exhibit

Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is organizing its annual juried art show and looking for submissions.

KU Youth Chorus begins season

Kansas University Youth Chorus has begun its eighth year.

‘Woven Dream’ exhibit opens this week

“Woven Dream” opens Wednesday at the Lawrence Art Guild’s 1109 Gallery, 1109 Mass.

Author to discuss history of scrapbooking

Even 150 years ago, people grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks.

Racy ‘Threepenny Opera’ comes to Arts Center

“Threepenny Opera,” the racy musical that inspired such others as “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” comes to the Lawrence Arts Center stage this week.

The beat goes on: River City Reunion documented in photography book

It was September of 1987 when Eric Kirkendall sat in a Lawrence motel hallway talking to Jello Biafra, the lead singer of the Dead Kennedys, about his music career.

Kansas City Connection: Take a trip back to the Jazz Age

While the Kansas City metro area boasts more than its fair share of strip malls and beige-on-beige subdivisions, the heart of the city is still a great place to step back in time.

Saturday, October 13

Quilt project on display at historic site

A collaborative quilt exhibition involving Lawrence middle-schoolers is now on display at Topeka’s Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Thursday, October 11

Style Scout: Helen Cruz

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? I love bars like the Bottleneck and the Jackpot

Style Scout: Zack McQuiston

What would you like to see less of in Lawrence? Tights as pants. That’s not a thing, girls.

Wednesday, October 10

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Battle over state arts funding continues

The fight over state funding of the arts continued Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 9

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What’s so awful about offal?

Trendy restaurants take cast-off meat parts to new culinary level

Animal brains, glands, tails, intestines, feet and other organs are nothing new at many ethnic eateries. But the oft-spurned meat parts known as offal have made their way into some of the area’s hippest mainstream restaurants, where chefs say foodies and more timid diners alike seem to be nibbling.

Monday, October 8

Offbeat Occupations: Undergraduate research assistant does experiments on the fly (lots of them)

Hailey Baker breeds flies. We spend our lives fighting the annoyances, and she breeds them, by the tens of thousands, in a small room in Haworth Hall on the Kansas University campus.

Lawrence Laundry: Finding her work-appropriate style

For me, growing up and getting a job in a professional environment meant that I would have to change the way I dressed.

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Delicious/Nutritious: Bring a fall staple to the table

Pumpkins are everywhere in October, and that can include your dinner table with these two inventive pumpkin recipes.

Remnant Rehab: Use scraps to make baby washcloths

Baby washcloths are an ideal scrap-buster. The size can vary, depending on how much fabric you have. You can mix and match fabrics. And they don’t take long at all.

Sunday, October 7

Reading, signing for 'Kansas City Noir' Wednesday

“Kansas City Noir” — a close-to-home edition of the Akashic Books Noir Series of geographically specific anthologies — will be the focus of an upcoming reading and book-signing at the Raven, 6 E. Seventh St.

Funds sought for photography book chronicling River City Reunion

A Kickstarter campaign is hoped to help launch “River City Reunion Revisited,” a book of black-and-white photos documenting a 1987 Beat Generation literary festival in Lawrence.

Off the Beaten Plate: Deviled Eggs at Mariscos

If you like crab cakes and deviled eggs, this is the best of both worlds — plus béarnaise sauce. By Sara Shepherd.

Free concert tied to Vasari exhibit

Music from the 16th to 18th centuries — played on instruments like those in use during the same period — will fill the Spencer Museum of Art next weekend.

Deadline for Holiday Art Fair submissions this week

The deadline is approaching for artists to enter the Lawrence Art Guild’s Holiday Art Fair.

2012 Phoenix Award winners to be honored

Lawrence’s 2012 Phoenix Award winners have been named and will be honored with a reception next month.

Behind the Lens: Technology makes color choice easier than ever

When I started at the Journal-World, our color use was limited to a single lead image on a section front, mainly because of the length of time required to create color separations for the press. I remember laying out photo packages where I could use only one color image and the rest were black and white.

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Canadian 5-piece Stars back on tour, back on form in 'The North'

A blend of indie and pop sensibilities with influences like the Smiths and brothers-and-sisters in arms like Broken Social Scene, Stars is an established band out of Montreal via Toronto and New York. After albums on Arts and Crafts, their latest, "The North," came out on Soft Revolution, their own label, last month.

Documentary chronicles hippie commune

‘Drop City’ had roots in Lawrence, KU

In today’s world, it’s a concept that sounds like the basis for a reality show cooked up under the careful eye of Armani-wearing big wigs: Throw a bunch of artists together and see if they can live away from society, nourished solely by their creative juices.

Saturday, October 6

Classic approach: KU music professor releases CD set of live performances that’s ‘freakish in size’

Steven Spooner could be any professor at Kansas University, unassuming in a sport coat and dress slacks. But even in their best student evaluations, most professors aren’t referred to as “dazzling” or “as near perfection as it’s possible to get.”

Thursday, October 4

Lawrence artist miffed after Topeka restaurant removes Brownback painting

A print of Gov. Sam Brownback — crying and apparently going down in flames — made it through a recent Lawrence gallery exhibit without incident. The same artwork did not last long at a Topeka restaurant, where building owners have removed it from an exhibit. The difference? Brownback’s daughter doesn’t work at the art gallery.

Style Scout: Terriss Ford

Fashion influences: I like the black hipster vibe that’s happening right now. I am blipster.

Style Scout: Crystal Willett

Tell us a secret … I have a cookie in my pocket.

Monday, October 1

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Baldwin City bee farm highlights Kaw Valley Farm Tour

Bean’s Blossom Trail Bee Ranch, 669 E. 2100 Road in Baldwin City, will be one of 22 farms open to the public this weekend during the annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Event

Fire eaters! Sword swallowers! A woman who can rip a phone book in half!

Professor donates first-edition 'In Cold Blood'

An autographed first-edition copy of "In Cold Blood" that was given to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation employee by author Truman Capote has been donated to Washburn University after it was found at an estate sale.

Rob Zombie promises epic theatrics in upcoming Topeka show

It’s hard work being this evil.

Style for the Ages: The layers of fall

It’s finally fall: Football games. Changing leaves. Pumpkins. You get the picture. Fall also brings chilly weather, though, which brings me to the fashion part of this column — layering.

Boys bust a move: Mixed-discipline class helps kids reap athletic benefits of dance

This is no classical ballet class, and that’s by design. Acceptable attire includes sports jerseys and basketball shorts. It’s OK to squirrel around between exercises. And if you feel like screaming hi-ya! in the middle of a routine, no one’s going to stop you.

Offbeat Occupations: Refurbisher makes the old new again

A rusted mattress spring, a vegetable strainer and black walnut end table last fashionable during the Nixon era: they’re not things you want to decorate your house — that is, until Susan Theroff gets her hands on them.