Stories for September 2012


Sunday, September 30

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best-Kept Secret

Tucked inside a tiny lean-to abutting Great Harvest Bread Co., this restaurant is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Off the Beaten Plate: Bacon Maple Donut from Hurtz Donut

There are two kinds of people: those who like mixing their meat and syrup on their breakfast plate and those who like keeping them far, far apart. By Sara Shepherd.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Place to Watch a Game

If you can’t catch the Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium or Allen Fieldhouse, our readers say Johnny’s Tavern is the best place take in a game. With its big TVs, legendary burgers, speciality pizzas and long list of libations, Johnny’s caters to fans of all tastes.

Undead to take over downtown during Zombie Walk Thursday

The undead will again invade downtown Lawrence during the sixth annual Zombie Walk.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Outdoors

Lawrence loves to play, whether it's hitting the links or running by the river. Here are our readers' choices for the best places outdoors.

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Restaurant

Free State Brewing Company hasn’t changed a lot in its 20-plus years, serving in-house brew and upscale pub fare at the north end of Lawrence’s downtown drag. Maybe that’s because it’s awesome?

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best New Restaurant

Queen Lizzy’s mission is “Bringing a taste of Great Britain to the Great Plains.”

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Bar

Every tropical drink comes with a toy. The building is lime green. There are hurricanes — if you miss the nightly 10 p.m. storm, you can buy one on command for $20. You can dance on the bar (in a mermaid costume!).

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Family Doctor

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel is not only new to Lawrence, he’s bringing new ideas to family medicine. His goal is to bring back old-fashioned medicine, where a doctor has a relationship with his or her patients.

Collect 'em all! Banned-book trading cards celebrate art, controversial lit

Barry Fitzgerald is both artist and avid reader. When he heard about the Lawrence Public Library’s call for artists to create banned-book-inspired images for trading cards, he wanted to give it a whirl. And what better fodder then despotic pigs?

Kansas City Connection: Celebrating the birth of the Beatles

After a lifetime of living halfway large in my hometown of Kansas City, I find myself here — settling into Lawrence — with the stated mission of filling you guys in on what to see and do in that little city just to the right.

KU Wind Ensemble to perform fall concert Tuesday

The Kansas University Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert Tuesday, featuring works of two Pulitzer Prize winners and the Kansas premiere of a work by KU professor James Barnes.

Renowned strings duo to perform at KU Friday

A renowned strings duo is scheduled to perform a free concert this week at Kansas University, part of the School of Music’s visiting artists series.

Arts Center exhibit gives presidents’ speeches an eye test

An upcoming exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center, timed to coincide with this fall’s presidential election, combines eye charts and past presidents’ words.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Food

Some of our favorite places are some of your favorite places. Behold: the results for best food in Lawrence.

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Bartender

Dave Johanning, a managing partner at Sandbar, has been bartending there going on 17 years. He helped with a few things we’ve always wondered about Sandbar but were afraid to ask.

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Artist

Four years removed from marketing a controversial board game that drew national headlines, John Sebelius has moved into the world of clothing lines, 2-D, film and sculpture. This summer he released a documentary, “Searching at Sturgis,” and a series of vignettes, “71st Annual Rally.”

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Orthodontist

When you walk in Dr. Dan Ranjbar’s office, you are greeted by a 7-year-old golden retriever named Sunny, who loves attention. It’s just one of the ways Ranjbar tries to make his patients feel comfortable. He’s also incorporated his love of nature into the office design.

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Chef

“I don’t think that you should have a big plate of three sides and an entree, and you have to take home some of it,” Beard says. “I think getting full but not overeating is what I enjoy most about bistros.”

Best of Lawrence 2012: Local Living Legend

Lawrence has been home to many legendary figures, and, not surprisingly, many of them made their names on the basketball court — Naismith, Chamberlain and Allen, to name a few. They’ve all passed through Lawerence and left legacies nearly impossible to match.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: People

Readers picked their favorite Lawrence personalities.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Local Businesses

From auto repairs and fashion to the perfect date and home, these are our readers favorite local businesses.

Saturday, September 29

Longtime local musician to celebrate 95th birthday with performance

Longtime Lawrence musician Clyde Bysom is turning 95 and will be playing clarinet and saxophone at his own birthday party.

Friday, September 28

Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Place for Romance

White tablecloths, roses in vases, accordion music and spaghetti aren’t the only route to romance.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Local Band

Cowboy Indian Bear is an indie band of the 21st century — deep local ties and solid support, but also a keen eye to digital self-promotion and a willingness to experiment.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Blog

If you like your local commentary seasoned with wit, sex and booze, look no further than the Larryville Chronicles, happily residing on Blogspot after all these years.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Entertainment

The votes are in. Here are our winners for the Best of Lawrence: Entertainment.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Live Music

Liberty Hall turned 100 this year, celebrating with style in the form of a two-day, sold-out extravaganza performance (and street party!) from the Flaming Lips and proving it’s not too old to rock.

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The Best of Lawrence, the best in class

It’s hard to avoid election-year cliches with something like this, the 2012 Best of Lawrence issue. After all, we put it to a vote, and voters — you — came out in droves.

Thursday, September 27

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Personal influences build characters in author Daniel Woodrell’s world

Woodrell spoke with Allen at Liberty Hall on Thursday in front of about 150 people who gathered to hear the “Winter’s Bone” author discuss everything from tribal mentality to moonshine to Renoir.

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September Final Fridays preview: An old muffler shop turns to a new space for artists

If you’re going to have a thriving arts community, you need more than talented people and spacious galleries, you need studio space.

Style Scout: Huan Rui

Dream job: Chef, scientist, fashion designer

Style Scout: Mike Hearson

Who do people say you look like? Samuel L. Jackson, or an Asian puppy

Wednesday, September 26

New Kansas arts commission to seek federal grant

The new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission plans to apply for federal funding that would replace some money lost last year when the state's art commission lost funding.

Tuesday, September 25

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Preparations under way for annual Oktoberfest celebration

The smell of cabbage wafting from the basement kitchen is a surefire sign it’s Oktoberfest time at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Monday, September 24

Lawrence Laundry: Spring 2013 fashions wearable in Midwest right off the runway

“The pajama trend is here to stay,” Tommy Hilfiger, American designer, said during the latest biannual New York Fashion Week. More glorious words have never been spoken, and I don’t even care if they’re true.

Offbeat Occupations: Liberty Hall's man behind the curtain

Concerts are great fun. You buy your tickets, you listen, you leave. If the show was awesome, the band gets credit. But behind many successful concerts are great venues and behind these venues are people like Rob Fitzgerald.

On the set of 'Jayhawkers'

Lawrence resident makes silver screen debut

Turns out, I was ready for my close-up. I was lucky enough to be cast in a minor, minor, minor part for the upcoming film “Jayhawkers.” My character is “Theater Manager,” and the only instruction I was given before I arrived on the set was “Your character is trying to deter people from entering a theater.”

Sunday, September 23

Meet the artists in residence

Ceramist, printmaker to work, teach during year in Lawrence

Over the next year, a Polish ceramist and a Minnesota printmaker will live, work and share their crafts in Lawrence.

Fall theater: New takes on familiar ideas

If you’re looking for something different in the way of entertainment this fall, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it at area theaters.

Fall Arts Guide 2012

As the temperatures drop, there’s no reason to stay bundled up indoors this fall.

Writing’s in his bones: Woodrell’s books rooted in rural life

Daniel Woodrell’s approach to fiction, he says, is to “think of life as a big river and throw your bucket in.” It’s a statement that suits him — connected to place, realistic, rustic. But possibly a little dangerous, and certainly ever-changing.

Say hello to our new Sunday section

Several months ago, we decided it was time to bring to you, the reader, an exciting new section of the Journal-World that delivers more news about Lawrence’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene.

Friday, September 21

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Off the Beaten Plate: Ikura nigiri at Wa

Salmon eggs: better than they sound. By Sara Shepherd.

Thursday, September 20

Style Scout: Kelly Flanigan

Fashion influences: The outdoors. Nature is a big influence.

Style Scout: Matthew Paige

Describe your style: American, western, cosmic Indian hawk

Tuesday, September 18

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New law changes requirements for Kansas wine

Little-known fact: Even though your wine came from a Kansas winery doesn’t necessarily mean it has many — or any — Kansas grapes in it.

Monday, September 17

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Tonganoxie barbecue team to be featured on Discovery Channel's 'Pitmasters'

Not much could distract Truebud BBQ from its pedal-to-the-metal quest to become the top competitive barbecue team in the country.

Bite Sighs: Shirley Temple cupcakes

These cupcakes are a nod to my favorite bar beverage, the Shirley Temple. Yeah, I’m a cheap date, but you’ll never catch me with a lampshade on my head.

Urban chickens: Residents take advantage of ordinance allowing hens in city

The welcoming committee at Meryl Carver-Allmond’s east Lawrence house is nine-strong, energetic, inquisitive and all aflutter. There’s Tori, Bonnie, Gladys, Joni and a handful of younger ladies (well, one’s gender is questionable). While Carver-Allmond is at work, they sometimes bicker, but they pitch in on groceries (albeit only one category) and help a little around the yard (if pooping in it counts).

Offbeat Occupations: Opening preschool 'a dream come true'

Let’s face it — 4-year-olds can be loud, messy and often a handful. Someone who spends 12 hours a day in a room full of them either loves children or is incredibly patient. For James Immel, who runs Immel Early Education Academy at 3045 W. Seventh St., it’s a little of both.

Lawrence Laundry: KC style hits runway at fashion week

Kansas City: the land known for its jazz, BBQ, and — believe it or not — fashion.

Sunday, September 16

Interactive art exhibit at Spencer Museum focuses on health care

What are you waiting for? The travelling DropIN/PopUP Waiting Room Project is coming to Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art and seeks to explore just that.

Friday, September 14

KU music professor to release CD set

Kansas University professor of music Steven Spooner is set to release an ambitious five-CD set of 16 piano recitals explores centuries of keyboard music, from the 18th century to today.

EMU Theatre to perform improv show

EMU is going improv.

New Lumberyard Arts Center show features found objects

Baldwin City’s Lumberyard Arts Center will host a new exhibit, “Object-ive Vision,” featuring works by Jim Sallenbach.

Audio-Reader to air ‘Winter’s Bone’

The Kansas Audio-Reader Network, a reading service for people who are blind or unable to read standard print, is participating in Read Across Lawrence by airing the featured book on the Audio-Reader Network.

Mo. museum displaying local artist's photographic images

Lawrence artist Tim Forcade’s large-scale photographic images are on display in a solo exhibit at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo.

Theater’s season starts with ‘9 to 5’

Theatre Lawrence will open its 36th season this week with “9 to 5: The Musical,” a comedy based on the 1980 hit movie that featured Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Kanrocksas Festival to return in 2013

After a one-year hiatus, organizers announced yesterday the Kanrocksas Music Festival will return to the Kansas Speedway in June 2013.

Thursday, September 13

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John Lithgow’s hilarious ‘Stories by Heart’ has deep subtext

Telling stories is essentially what actors do, which means John Lithgow has been telling stories virtually all his life.

Style Scout: JoAnne Davis McKinney

Fashion trends you love: Individual style. I like when people incorporate different styles that work for them.

Style Scout: Derek Long

Fashion trends you hate: Velour track suits and UGGs. A yappy dog also usually comes with this ensemble.

Wednesday, September 12

Audio-Reader to host benefit sale

The Audio-Reader Network, a public service of Kansas University, is hosting its 10th annual benefit sale, “For Your Ears Only,” Friday and Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.

Tuesday, September 11

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Off the Beaten Plate: Gator Po' Boy at Terrebonne

Alligator meat: It really does taste like chicken. By Sara Shepherd.

Monday, September 10

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Lecompton couple's hydroponic lettuce growing in popularity

“With hydroponics, if you screw up, you find out real fast. You don’t have any buffer.”

Offbeat Occupations: Ancient art of blacksmithing still in demand

Hammers clang and sparks fly. Heat and smoke billow from the furnaces, making the summer weather outside of Walt Hull Ironwork, 802 East 1250 Road, Lawrence, feel almost refreshing. Not everyone would want to spending eight hours a day in such a place. Not everyone is a blacksmith like Walt Hull.

Delicious/Nutritious: Cabbage concoctions

Cabbage can take either center plate or a supporting role at dinner with this month’s recipes.

Lawrence Laundry: New store generating buzz downtown

Women seeking professional work wear excited for White House/Black Market

Earlier this summer, all of my lady friends in their 30s and 40s started overwhelming my Facebook news feed about a new clothing store coming to downtown. Posts expressing unbridled joy at the prospect of the store White House/Black Market opening in the space formerly occupied by House Parts, 714 Mass., flooded my news stream.

Sunday, September 9

Arts Center's artists in residence to teach classes

The Lawrence Arts Center’s new artists in residence will begin teaching classes to the public this week.

'Nutcracker’ auditions Sept. 16

A holiday classic with a Kansas twist is coming back to the Lawrence Arts Center this year, and you can be part of it.

Journal-World hosting freelance happy hour

If you’re a writer, blogger, dreamer or simply want to know more about freelancing for the Journal-World, join us for a happy hour Monday, Sept. 17, at Frank’s North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

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Colorful history: Spencer Museum exhibit sheds light on Renaissance artist

The characters depicted in Giorgio Vasari’s “Christ Carrying the Cross” are familiar, depicted countless times by innumerable artists.

Familiar faces coming to the big screen this fall

Gandalf, Bond and Lincoln in most-anticipated films this awards season

The fall is traditionally the time of year studios release what they think gives them their best chance for Oscar gold, and there’s an intriguing crop of movies slated for release for the rest of 2012.

Behind the Lens: What to do when a plan is washed out

For this week’s column, I wanted to describe how a photograph came about during a search for a feature image for the newspaper.

Friday, September 7

Kansas Arts Foundation raises $105k, but disburses no funds to local organizations in inaugural year

The Kansas Arts Foundation raised nearly $105,000 in its first year but made no allocations to local arts groups, according to documents submitted to the IRS.

Wednesday, September 5

Style Scout: Meaghan Varieur

Fashion trends you love: Oxfords with neon soles are my life’s mission right now. Also, I love the sheer fabrics happening this summer.

Style Scout: Ricky Brown

Describe your style: Sometimes it’s Will Smith from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”; sometimes it’s Carlton from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Sometimes, it’s both.

Best of Lawrence voting ends Friday

There will be no conventions, speeches, surprise guests or cable TV punditry. But the Journal-World’s Best of Lawrence contest will recognize the voice of the people.

Tuesday, September 4

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Jayhawk fans put twist on tailgating

You'll find more than burgers and brats when KU fans fire up the grill.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Tacos de Nopales at Tortas Jalisco

The Tacos de Nopales — that's Spanish for cactus — at Tortas Jalisco pack quite a punch. By Sara Shepherd.

Monday, September 3

Musical murder mystery: Local author draws on real-life chorus for inspiration

The Dead Sing No More. It’s the perfect beginning to the recently published “Murder a Cappella” (Wayside Press, 2012), co-written by local author Diane Bailey.

Style for the Ages: Historical Threads: Levi's 501

As a graduate student in history and a fashion fiend, I’m a total sucker for classic clothing with a rich historical pedigree. For me, it’s a great feeling to wear something that I know has changed little in its long history, simply because it doesn’t need to. I suppose the old adage “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” fits certain fashion classics perfectly.

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A knockout workout: Boxing for fitness takes hold in Lawrence

If there’s a ripped-up, cauliflower-eared, cage-fighter type wandering around the class, don't worry, he’s not going to punch your lights out. The only sparring is between you and the heavy bag.

Fundraiser puts medical professionals on the catwalk

On Thursday, Lawrence doctors will be doing their rounds in a bit of a different way.

Offbeat Occupations: A career brewing at Free State

Sociable. Beautiful. Wonderful. Bright. Tommy Kelley’s face lights up as he says these words. He’s clearly a man in love — with beer.

Sunday, September 2

KU choir students a hit in Germany

For an American college student, performing operas in Germany comes with certain challenges.

Theatre Lawrence hosting improv workshop

Theatre Lawrence has scheduled a three-part improv workshop.

Stories from a summer spent abroad

Three Kansas teams journeyed to Kenya in June, their luggage packed with medical supplies, irrigation tubing, soccer shirts and whatever the weight limit would allow.

Fall Arts and Crafts Festival set for Sept. 9

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will host the 33rd annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on Sunday, Sept 9., at South Park, 1141 Mass.

Lied Center hosting free outdoor concert with Buckwheat Zydeco

The Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, will host a free outdoor concert with band Buckwheat Zydeco at 7 p.m. Friday.

Memoir chronicles author’s battle between religion, sexual preferences

Lawrence writer Kelly Barth details a struggle between fundamentalist Christianity and the alternative sexuality it abhors in her memoir, “My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus.”

Behind the Lens: 2 choices for off-camera flashes

If you use a digital, single-lens reflex camera and you want to get your flash off your camera, you have two choices: wired or wireless.

Award-winning poet Nikky Finney to speak at KU

National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney is the next featured speaker in the Hall Center for the Humanities’ 2012-13 Humanities Lecture Series.