Saturday, August 31
An exhibit of work by laser artist Rockne Krebs, a Kansas University alum and Kansas City, Mo., native, is now on view at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Thursday, August 29
You don’t have to spend thousands, or even hundreds, to keep up with the Kardashians when it comes to fashion.
It’s about that time again to pack up your summer clothes and fill your closet with fall’s finest trends. The Fashion Column Twins are featured in the new Thursday section called CheckOut, devoted to helping readers find the best products and deals in Lawrence. Each week, CheckOut will spotlight new offerings at Lawrence merchants, the best in fashion, tips for improving your home and garden and things to do.
Hey, Lawrence, we have a newbie downtown! Rockin’ Parrot moved into 1027 Massachusetts St. on Aug 10, and can I just say, it’s such a perky boutique to shop in.
This Friday marks the third anniversary of Final Fridays, and there’s a lot going on to mark the occasion, including several new venues and a couple of special guests.
“Mother%$!#hood” follows three very different women on their journeys through modern motherhood, from A to Xanax.
Fashion trends you love: Leggings, obviously! I’m a big fan of combat boots, layers and red lipstick.
Soft, colorful felt meets fun, graphic patterns in these lovable, googly-eyed throw pillows.
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More well-dressed people. I like that to be a commonplace thing that I might be a little bit more motivated to enhance my own wardrobe.
ESPN sports announcers visiting Lawrence have been known to hit the Wheel before games to chow on these unpretentious white-bun burgers topped with a fried egg, bacon and cheese — and sometimes even profess their love for them on air.
Wednesday, August 28
My husband made the mistake of turning me loose in a baker’s supply house recently, and I learned a couple of important truths. First off, I am not to be trusted in the self-control department when bakeware is involved. Second, the edges of a cream horn mold are really sharp; I earned myself a finger slice while I was washing the darned things.
Sunday, August 25
Just Food has a surplus of fresh produce — a good thing, as long as the organization can connect with people who need it. To help do that, Just Food is starting a Monday-morning produce giveaway beginning this week. By Sara Shepherd
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is known for its famous sculptures from the 20th century by Henry Moore, George Segal and Magdalena Abakanowicz, but through Sept. 30 you can see a sculpture that is a mind-blowing 18-plus centuries old.
The Lawrence Arts Center’s new artists in residence arrived this month in Lawrence, where they’ll spend the next year creating art and teaching classes. The Arts Center looks for candidates who are impressive artists, teachers and interested in community, and this year’s artists are all of the above.
Israeli dancer and choreographer Talia Beck will bring her talents to Kansas University this fall through a residency enabled by the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program.
Friday, August 23
Eric 'Mean Melin' Melin: 'Air guitar is in my blood'
Eric “Mean Melin” Melin booked a last-minute flight to Finland on a prayer — make that an air prayer. And the air guitar gods must have heard it. Lawrence’s meanest air guitar-playing machine is the newest World Air Guitar Champion.
In the world of competitive air guitar, "666" is more than just the devil’s number — it’s a perfect score.
Thursday, August 22
Occupation: Believe it or not, I’m a cowboy.
Tell us a secret: When I’m miming, sometimes I blink when people turn their backs to me.
The map featured the locations, pictures, and stories behind 11 historical markers around town.
Kansas customers were warned that they might be receiving higher bills.
"What a nice cool day it was."
This burrito isn’t billed as being fancy, fresh or frilly — just big.
Through the unremarkable door at 730 Massachusetts St., up a creaky staircase, past the Hookah House and to the right, there’s another door you can’t enter without ringing the bell. On the other side is one of the region’s most unique dining experiences.
It isn’t often you see a fire-eater or a stilt walker in Lawrence, but this weekend is an exception. It’s the sixth annual Lawrence Busker Fest, and street acts from all over the nation will perform Thursday through Sunday.
Wednesday, August 21
Some of the county’s best home cooks — youths and veterans alike — competed in a number of categories for purple ribbons at this year’s Douglas County Fair.
Monday, August 19
This season I’ve been seeing hints of the ’90s showing up in popular retailers and street style.
Lawrence is home to two photo studios that offer pinup portraits, and photographers say the style’s feminine vintage fashions and playful posing result in both a fun experience and finished products that look sexy without being sleazy.
In the 1950s, there was a painting of Quantrill’s raid by Lawrence artist Paul Penny floating around town, including for a time inside the former Drake's Bakery on Massachusetts St. Now, Penny’s rendition of Quantrill sacking Lawrence has migrated to the Missouri side of the state line, where it’s quite the conversation starter. By Sara Shepherd
Sunday, August 18
KJHK, Kansas University’s student-run radio station, will be back on the air Aug. 26 — for good. Thanks to the installation of new equipment, the station will be able play music and pre-recorded programming 24/7, even when students are on break.
Exploring the cozy, stylish patios of Kansas City bars and restaurants.
A defenseless feeling creeps over me when I get too far away from my camera gear for too long.
Friday, August 16
As the Lawrence Arts Center looks to expand its reach in terms of audience and financial support, leaders hope a team of big names from the region and beyond can help. By Sara Shepherd
Comedian Doug Benson loves movies and loves to make fun of movies.
Quantrill’s raid did not happen in a vacuum. And when it comes to violent acts between anti- and pro-slavery forces of the time, Kansans were not entirely innocent. A Kansas University associate history professor and a University of Missouri-Kansas City associate history professor have teamed up to co-edit a book that looks to shed light on the whole story, "Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border." By Sara Shepherd
Thursday, August 15
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Free cheesecake!
Fashion trends you love: Leather jackets and frilly dresses. I also like dresses with boots as opposed to high heels.
“OK little cookie (ice cream). It been nice getting to know you. Buh-bye!” What’s bright blue and always full of cookies? A certain hungry, lovable Muppet and his namesake ice cream flavor at Sylas and Maddy’s: Cookie Monster. This colorful ice cream is full of Oreos, sugar cookies, M&M and chocolate chip cookie pieces. (Just because it’s blue doesn’t mean it’s only for kids, right?) By Sara Shepherd
Monday, August 12
Lawrence club spins, swings, smiles and secures fast friendships
Look at the clusters of faces as they spin back and forth, and one thing stands out: There’s a big smile on every one. That tends to happen when you square dance, say members of Lawrence’s Happy Time Squares.
Practical and stylish tips for your back-to-school shopping trip.
Making the most out of cantaloupe.
Sunday, August 11
Tthe 34th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival at Swope Park is one event you definitely should go to. The motto for the festival is “experience, indulge, discover, celebrate,” and there’s plenty of all four to go around
Lawrence opera group provides opportunity for amateur, professional performers
The Lawrence Opera Theatre is presenting a series of performances around the theme “Tales of Love, Forgiveness and Redemption” from Thursday through Sunday.
Black Jack Battlefield, the National Historic Landmark just east of Baldwin City, will be featured on an episode of the National Geographic Channel show "Diggers" on Aug. 14.
Enrollment is now open for the Lawrence Arts Center’s fall classes, with an array of offerings designed for 2-year-olds through adults. Classes include visual arts in many mediums, writing, theater, dance and more.
If there’s one thing that doesn’t belong in a winning air guitar routine, it’s shame.
Thursday, August 8
Lawrence’s Life Restoration Ministries will perform “Chained,” directed and written by Lawrencian Rita Rials, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.
A benefit concert is scheduled to raise money for Lawrence-area musician Leo Posch, who was injured in a serious bicycle accident. The concert is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Granada and costs $10.
Fashion trends you love: I like shopping at thrift stores and finding that signature piece that not everyone has. I like comfort and fashion. It has to be cute and comfortable. I’m not going to suffer in the name of fashion!
Describe your style: My style is a mix of high fashion and hip-hop.
A drink with a small meal sticking out of it will turn heads at the bar.
Tuesday, August 6
The fifth annual Sandbar Block Party will celebrate the beach-themed bar's 24th anniversary and the opening of the new Sandbar Sub Shop location at 745 New Hampshire St. Lawrence-formed indie band Cowboy Indian Bear will perform before the Grammy-nominated The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a Texas-based, blues-rock group formed in 1974. By Nikki Wentling
Monday, August 5
A visit to Amy’s Meats at the Homestead feels like walking back into a simpler time. There is electricity and refrigeration, and no one’s wearing bonnets and prairie skirts. But at this hillside farm in rural Lawrence, the Saunders family works hard to raise most everything they need to eat from the ground up, plants and animals alike. A national magazine has taken note. By Sara Shepherd
A summer jacket — believe it or not — can be a lifesaver.
Sunday, August 4
Learning to use auto-focus lock can lead to more control over your point of focus and provide more creative framing techniques.
“Tales of Love, Forgiveness and Redemption” is the theme for Lawrence Opera Theatre’s fourth annual season, taking place this month in Lawrence. Four performances are planned Aug. 15 through Aug. 18.
Recent Free State High School graduate Grace X. Oliver has spent her summer writing, planning, casting, filming and editing her own TV miniseries — with no budget.
Dozens of Lawrence businesses — from coffee shops to restaurants to salons and even dentist offices — are taking advantage of symbiotic relationships with local artists.
Anyone can scour the calendar for big events or festivals, but here at the Kansas City Connection, we like to offer a slice of what makes this place so unique. This week, let’s take a look at some of the products and stores that help lend the area some of its character.
Two interrelated exhibitions at the Spencer Museum of Art explore the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and the relevance of its lessons for today’s farmers, environmentalists, artists and scientists. “Conversation XV: Dust” and “1 Kansas Farmer” were scheduled to open Saturday at the museum. They will be on view until Dec. 15.
Friday, August 2
Eileen Horn was shuffling score sheets after the judges’ last bites at the third annual Chefs Challenge Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. “They have never been this close,” said Horn, the county sustainability coordinator, “and it looks like this was gut-wrenching for the judges.” Three dishes, all jam-packed with locally sourced ingredients and bold but balanced flavors. Whose would win? By Sara Shepherd
Thursday, August 1
Local blackberries, fresh ice cream, Aperol and soda in a drink named the Float Trip — like all the best things about summertime in a single, cold glass.
When the late-night crowd approaches the walk-up window outside Fatso’s Public House and Stage, tipsy types sometimes ask, “What’s this — you don’t have any pizza?” Instead, the spot is now called Lebanese Flower and offers a taste of the Middle East in falafel, shawarma, hummus and other specialties.
When Art In Motion Dance Company performs its take on Grimm Brothers’ “Snow White” on Friday, there won’t be seven dwarves and Snow White won’t be wearing the large gown most children envision her in after seeing Disney’s version of the fairytale. In fact, this performance is the company’s own take of the well-known story, complete with modern music and costumes.
Describe your style: I don’t pay attention to style. I don’t have many clothes. I just go with what is practical and functional.
Describe your style: Laid back. I wear what I feel like that day. I go for things that I like. I don’t care where it’s from. I go for the look and the feeling.