Stories for April 2013


Monday, April 29

The Fashion Column: Exercise in style

I’ve always been drawn to stylish workout clothes that I can wear to the gym because I love to exercise.

This Mother's Day, personalize it

If anyone appreciates a gift with a personal touch, it’s Mom. And with Mother’s Day in two weeks, there’s still time to come up with one-of-a-kind presents for the mothers and grandmothers in your — or your child’s — life. Here are five great ideas you can find in downtown Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd

Sunday, April 28

Kansas City Connection: Festivals, Fleetwood Mac and Chihuahuas on parade

If you haven’t been to Kansas City in a while, this could be the magic week. There’s so much going on in Kansas City in the next seven days that I hardly know where to begin. But begin I must, so let’s start at the most natural place: the Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua parade.

Grand slam: Competition brings together local poets

No one expects a teacher to stand in front of an audience and flip the bird. But at a poetry slam, any form of self-expression is fair game. By Nadia Imafidon

Behind the Lens: ‘Chimping’ a photography faux pas

Chimping is the aptly named industry term for when a photographer takes a picture and immediately refers to the LCD screen on his or her digital camera for the instant gratification that only it could provide.

KU’s Wakarusa Trio wins first at national music competition

Three Kansas University students started the fall semester as a chamber music group assigned for a class and are ending the spring semester as national champions.

Lied Center announces 20th anniversary season lineup

The Lied Center on Saturday announced its 20th anniversary season lineup, featuring an array of performers from acrobats to award-winning concert pianists, some new and some returning to Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd

In-flight movie

New documentary ‘Wings of Life’ filmed partially in Lawrence

"Wings of Life" aims to shed light on the importance of the winged creatures and how environmental degradation is decimating their habitat.

Thursday, April 25

Arts leader from Salina, where art is a city department, shares stories of success with Lawrence

When Brad Anderson interviewed for his job, he looked for assurance that he and his department would be given the same importance as Salina’s other city departments, such as police and public works. Confident he wouldn’t be regarded simply as an “add-on” or “icing on the cake,” Anderson took the job and has been at it two years. What’s Anderson’s department? The arts. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Staci Smith

Dream job: Brain research. I’m a nerd!

April Final Fridays Preview: Invisible Hand gallery features renowned photographer

This month’s Final Friday reminds us of the talented folk drawn to, and cultivated from, the Lawrence community.

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Free State Film Festival to showcase movies that get community talking

The Free State Film Festival this weekend includes a lineup f independent movies, short films, discussions, workshops and live theater that should leave people talking. By Eric Melin

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Off the Beaten Plate: Angel Food French Toast at Five Bar and Tables

As the name suggests, this is angel food cake battered and cooked on a griddle like French toast. It's served for breakfast, not dessert. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Patrick Kelly

Who do people say you look like? I hope they say I look like Jason Statham, but I hear Louis C.K., which is not a good thing.

Band of brothers: Fourth of July grows Midwest fan base

A lot of bands spit out the old cliché that the people they play with are like family. But the guys in Fourth of July mean it. By Mike Krings

Wednesday, April 24

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Banned books trading card project earns prestigious national award for Lawrence Public Library

Banned books, original art and collectible trading cards came together last fall and hooked book lovers around the world. The Lawrence Public Library’s banned books trading card project also hooked the nation’s most prestigious award for library public relations and marketing. By Sara Shepherd

New gallery and event space infuses Warehouse Arts District with high-end fine art

A taste of Kansas City’s high-end art scene has arrived in East Lawrence, where some of the priciest paintings in town hang inside a once-leaking, crumbling, vacant 1890s warehouse. The Cider Gallery, which includes event and office space, is planning its grand opening on Friday. By Sara Shepherd

Monday, April 22

The Fashion Column: Staples for spring

Sundresses, sandals, oversized sunglasses and colorful accessories instantly pop into my mind when I think of spring. By Emily Kennedy

Trip-hop DJ Bonobo to bring music to life onstage at Granada

The biggest piece of advice British musician Simon Green would give to aspiring Lawrence musicians is to “keep at it” if they want to make it in the industry. By Nadia Imafidon

Nail art turns fingertips into fashion statements

For many women, the tips of their fingers and toes aren’t simply part of a beauty routine anymore. They’re an opportunity for a fashion statement. Lawrence salons that offer nail art can do everything from metallic zebra print applications to freehand designs for any holiday. By Sara Shepherd

Sunday, April 21

Talk explores what Lawrence can learn from creative placemaking efforts to the west

What can Lawrence learn from a smaller Kansas city to the west about creative placemaking? Maybe a lot. By Sara Shepherd

Kansas City Connection: From burlesque to Black Keys

Kansas City this week is bubbling over with entertainment options, from burlesque to bandoneónists to the Black Keys. Buckle up, dear reader, as we’re in for a fast and furious ride.

Christina Hixson: The woman who 'opened the door' for the Lied Center

Christina Hixson isn’t afraid to admit she uses the dictionary when she does crossword puzzles. Her entire life, “self-educating” has served Hixson well. A poor tenant farmer’s daughter unable to afford college, she went on to bestow the $10 million gift that enabled the Lied Center, now celebrating its 20th anniversary at Kansas University. By Sara Shepherd

Lied Center celebrates two decades of elevating performing arts

It's been 20 years since the Lied Center of Kansas opened, catapulting the performing arts scene in Lawrence. Behind it all is a woman with a vision of providing future generations with opportunities she herself never had. By Sara Shepherd

Art auction exceeds fundraising goal

Fundraising from this year’s Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Auction topped last year’s by $30,000. The 33rd annual auction, which took place April 13, raised more than $150,000 to support the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. By Sara Shepherd

Wind ensemble’s final season concert to feature premiere of ‘Ravenkind’

The Kansas University Wind Ensemble will perform its last concert of the 2012-13 season this week, with numbers including the premiere of a KU associate professor's new work, "Ravenkind."

Noted jazz vocalist to perform with prison singers in concert at Baker

Baker University’s annual Spring Choral Concert will feature jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany performing with the East Hill Singers, a chorus of minimum-security inmates from Lansing Correctional Facility.

Thursday, April 18

Josh Ritter shares his romantic pain on latest album

If you’ve ever been through a rough romantic breakup — and who hasn’t? — Josh Ritter feels your pain. Ritter, who will play Liberty Hall on Sunday night, is quick to say, “I didn’t want it to be a breakup record.” By Mark Potts

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Style Scout: Aidan Ayala

Who do people say you look like? They say every time I wear this [outfit] at school they think I’m interviewing for a job.

New local band Brain Food joins forces with Quiet Corral

Having only been together for five months, Brain Food already has five shows under its belt, released a self-entitled EP in March and will release its first music video in early May. By Nadia Imafidon

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Off the Beaten Plate: Ama Ebi at Yokohama

Ama ebi from the nigiri sushi menu has the best of both worlds — raw shrimp tails and fried shrimp heads. Eat them all whole. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Michele D’Enbeau and Roxy Konnoff

Fashion trends you hate: She doesn’t like anything with advertisements on it, although she does like animal pictures.

Wednesday, April 17

Kelley Hunt to perform at The Bottleneck Thursday

Roots and R&B singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt is performing a rare show in her hometown of Lawrence Thursday at The Bottleneck.

Bite Sighs: Pineapple cinnamon rolls inspired by the cupboard

Sometimes you just need a little kitchen inspiration. You know those days: You stand in front of the open fridge like you expect something to dance, and you stare into cupboards as though trying to decipher the Rosetta Stone.

Public invited to ‘food utopia’ workshop at KU

What does a “food utopia” look like? A workshop this week at the University of Kansas will explore the answer by focusing on diverse, interdisciplinary insights about an imagined ideal food system

Taking the cake

Local decorator headed to national competition

If you’ve ever walked by the cake display case at the Dillons at 4701 W. Sixth St., you may have been stunned by the detail and elegance of Kelli Coleman’s cakes. By Rebekka Schlichting

Monday, April 15

The Fashion Column: Make the most of shopping at second-hand stores

Some may turn up their nose at thrift or second-hand stores, but little do they know that these underrated shops can be gold mines for fashion enthusiasts. By Emily Kennedy

Offbeat Occupations: Glassblowing a delicate, sometimes dangerous spin

Over the roar of a furnace, glassblower Dick Rector explains that you must always keep spinning. “You stop spinning, you’re in trouble,” he says, sitting at a workbench. By Adam Strunk

Sunday, April 14

Lawrence couple create home for poetry in tree at their home

There are poetry posts, poetry poles and even poetry boxes, but Lawrence may be the only place in America that has a “Poet Tree” — a maple tree in the front yard of Joe and Vicki Douglas’ home at 2804 Oxford Road. By Margie Carr

Kansas City Connection: Summer concert preview

While Lawrence’s assembly of smaller venues is second to none, the large variety of outdoor venues in Kansas City make it an exciting destination for warm-weather concerts.

Film festival at KU to showcase reality of Africa

The Africa World Documentary Film Festival at Kansas University aims to inform people about the African experience by highlighting films that focus on actual Africans and their stories. The festival is scheduled for April 17-20 at 3139 and 3140 Wescoe Hall, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence Arts Center holding ‘Sweeney Todd’ auditions

Auditions are this weekend for the Lawrence Arts Center’s October Halloween musical thriller production of “ Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Look familiar? After many TV roles, Lawrence native lands lead in TV series

"Modern Family." "Bones." "The Mentalist." These are three of the most popular shows on TV today, and Lawrence native and actress Annie Tedesco has appeared in all of them. Now she's landed the lead role in the new TV series "Granite Flats." By Sara Shepherd

Thursday, April 11

Young filmmakers focused on festival this weekend

For the past school year, high school students from across northeast Kansas have written, acted in and produced their own original short films in anticipation of this weekend — and now there’s nothing to do but wait. By Eric Melin

Lawrence meeting churns ideas for new Arts Industries Commission

Collecting public input to help draft a strategic plan for the new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission was the goal of a meeting Thursday night in Lawrence. Not surprisingly, “Go back to the way things were when Kansas funded the arts” was a common theme. By Sara Shepherd

‘12 Angry Men’ brings down curtain at Theatre Lawrence

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense: A lawyer directing a play about a jury deliberation. By John R. Phythyon Jr.

Style Scout: Thomas Birdeno

Fashion trends you hate: Someone who tucks in their shirt but doesn’t wear a belt!

Style Scout: Sarah Stern

Describe your style: I would say it’s a Paraguayan twist on Brazilian Carnival.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Cream Cheese Doughnuts at Munchers Bakery

Warning: Munchers Cream Cheese Doughnuts are addictive and should be consumed with caution. To the many Lawrencians who already have fallen prey to their clutches, the Journal-World apologizes for the late warning. By Sara Shepherd

Trading barbs with Bill Maher

Comedian bringing his liberal sense of humor to Topeka

For a comedian like Bill Maher, our fair — red — state has provided plenty of fodder over the years, some of which may work its way into his stand-up routine Saturday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. By Sara Shepherd

Tuesday, April 9

Horoscopes for April 9

For Tuesday, April 9: This year others find you to be exceptionally creative and a source of many new ideas, and they often seek you out for help. Your efforts are, and will be, more valued than you realize. If you are single, you open up to new possibilities. If you are attached, honor the fact that it takes two to form and carry on a relationship.

Monday, April 8

Delicious/Nutritious: Bring on the garlic!

This month's Delicious/Nutritious ingredient is garlic, so get your breath mints ready.

The Fashion Column: Weather will dictate your outfit, so always be prepared

There’s no disputing the fact that we all have eventful social calendars where we spend the bulk of spring outside, so you’ll want to be dressed to impress with the always-practical element in mind. By Emily Kennedy

After long winter, Lawrence Farmers' Market kicks off Saturday

Winter stayed late this year — darn near up until the opening week of the Lawrence Farmers’ Market. But not to worry. Thanks to hoop houses and cold-weather crops, farmers say there will be plenty of fresh produce when the downtown market opens for the season on Saturday. By Sara Shepherd

Could city's creative placemaking efforts downtown lead to unwanted gentrification?

Some fear low-income residents would be pushed out of neighborhood, experts say prevention is in the process

As Lawrence looks to take advantage of its cultural heritage in hopes of encouraging economic development, it faces a dilemma: What if the efforts end up pushing out some of the very people who give the targeted neighborhoods their unique flavor? The area covered by Lawrence’s newly designated cultural district is home to many low-income residents and artists, some who fear attention and improvements might increase property values so much they could no longer afford to live and work there. By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for April 8

For Monday, April 8: This year you will express yourself in an assertive and clear manner, and you’ll see excellent results. Still, you might become reclusive for short periods of time. If you are single, you could attract someone quite different. If you are attached, be on guard.

Sunday, April 7

Kansas City Connection: Baseball, Bon Jovi and barbecue

The crack of the bat at Kauffman Stadium, the screams of delight on the Timberwolf at Worlds of Fun, the throaty vocals of Jon Bon Jovi soaring through the Sprint Center — this is a propitious time to visit Kansas City.

Behind the Lens: The best of times, the worst of times

In competitions, somebody always wins and somebody always loses, and a photographer documents both.

A community in stitches

Artists need vision — and local artist, quilter, historian and teacher Marla Jackson has big ones.

Massive undertaking aims to transform Lawrence from artsy to ArtPlace

Arts Center leads charge for 'creative placemaking' projects

Being an artsy town is one thing. Sculpting that into a concrete concept that will win grant money — over hundreds of other artsy towns vying for the same prize — is another, and Lawrence is going to great lengths to do it. The city is among a sliver of national finalists for a coveted arts grant that could change the landscape of downtown and propel the city to model-status in the world of creative placemaking. By Sara Shepherd

Artists an untapped resource for community development, expert says

Laura Zabel thinks of artists as a natural resource. Every community has them, and they offer a unique set of skills. They’re even renewable. But sometimes their power can be difficult to harness. By Sara Shepherd

Teen, young adult actors sought for feature film and miniseries

LightLyre Films is looking for teens and young adults with acting experience to work on several projects the company will shoot this spring and summer in Lawrence. Auditions for actors will be Friday and Saturday.

Historical novelist to talk, sign books at senior living community

Lawrence author Tom Mach will speak and sign books this week at a Lawrence senior living community. His latest novel, “Angels at Sunset,” brings the women’s suffrage movement to life.

State’s new Creative Arts Industries Commission seeks public input

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is organizing a public input session this week in Lawrence. The commission is seeking feedback to help draft strategic plans and to guide its activities for the fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

Film festival explores women as leaders

An upcoming film festival will highlight women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by female filmmakers.

International prize-winning organist to perform at Bales

An international prize-winning concert organist will perform at Kansas University during her first U.S. tour.

Horoscopes for April 7

For Sunday, April 7: This year you seem to be more reserved than you have been in the past. You feel no need to act immediately on much, other than speaking your mind. If you are single, screen the people you meet with care — they might not be everything they project themselves to be. If you are attached, the two of you need to make time for each other regularly, as if you were just dating.

Saturday, April 6

Best of Lawrence voting ends April 12

Finally, an election without the speeches, the handshaking and the baby kissing.

Horoscopes for April 6

For Saturday, April 6: This year you assume an unusually low profile. You often might be found thinking, reading and/or researching. If you are single, you’ll want to be reserved when meeting new people. If you are attached, as a couple you’ll benefit from several weekends away from your hectic lives.

Friday, April 5

Horoscopes for April 5

For Friday, April 5: This year you make it a point to express your feelings more often — especially your friendly, more positive ones. Others respond in kind, and they will have an easier time relating to you as a result. If you are single, you’ll do well in just about any circumstance. If you are attached, your openness will encourage greater closeness.

Thursday, April 4

Life story: Lawrence native’s film opens across U.S.

Lawrence native Alonso Mayo’s first feature-length film, “The Story Of Luke” — starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, and Cary Elwes — opens Friday in 18 cities across the country, including a 7 p.m. screening at Liberty Hall. By Eric Melin

Regina Carter discovers roots while making, researching music

Jazz violinist Regina Carter is bringing the music from her latest African-inspired album to the Lied Center on 7:30 p.m. Friday. By Nadia Imafidon

Style Scout: Curtis Gannaway

Describe your style: I really like classics. I’m on a budget so I try to find what is within budget that is still street style. I follow a lot of blogs like The Sartorialist.

Style Scout: Josie McCoy

Describe your style: Today is like ’70s waitress, I guess! Normally, it’s ’60s French girl.

'This Old Guitar' explores links to cultural past

A new short film by Lawrence resident Stephen Lerner, "Esta Guitarra Vieja (This Old Guitar)," explores how objects can remind us of our heritage and ancestry. The main character of the movie, which premieres at the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday, remembers her late father through his old guitar. By Giles Bruce

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Lawrence Libations: Field Favour at Teller’s

A surprising farm-fresh flavor is sprouting in the Field Favour cocktail — beets. By Sara Shepherd

Horoscopes for April 4

For Thursday, April 4: This year many of your activities surround your friends. You also focus on making a long-term goal a reality. If you are single, you could find yourself in a sizzling romance. If you are attached, sometimes you act like new lovers.

Wednesday, April 3

Horoscopes for April 3

For Wednesday, April 3: This year you meet heavy demands, but the responsibilities cause you to be curt or touchy. Others can’t always identify with your ideas and actions. If you are single, you might want to find someone who is just as busy as you are. If you are attached, make sure that you include your significant other in your plans as much as you can.

Tuesday, April 2

Horoscopes for April 2

For Tuesday, April 2: This year you become a formidable opponent, and you’ll be determined to make your mark. You might not like criticism you get, but you wisely will use it for your betterment. If you are single, many people will come toward you. If you are attached, your sweetie might have difficulty adjusting to the new you.

Monday, April 1

Style for the Ages: Smart shopping

It’s the oldest cliché in the book: Men hate shopping.

Horoscopes for April 1

For Monday, April 1: This year you will tend to be more adventuresome than in past years. You have unusually high energy and need a positive outlet. If you are single, you are like a magnet — several admirers cannot stay away. If you are attached, form a habit of jogging or walking every day, or else you could find yourself fighting with your sweetie.