Stories for August 2013


Saturday, August 31

New exhibit to feature work by laser artist Rockne Krebs

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

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Keep up with a Kardashian

You don’t have to spend thousands, or even hundreds, to keep up with the Kardashians when it comes to fashion.

The Fashion Column Twins: Trends for fall

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.

Mrs. Mass.: Buy buy birdie

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.

August Final Fridays preview: Plethora of exhibits, openings and guests mark 3rd anniversary

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’ back for comedic, musical look at moms

“Mother%$!#hood” follows three very different women on their journeys through modern motherhood, from A to Xanax.

Style Scout: Alexandra Gustafson

Fashion trends you love: Leggings, obviously! I’m a big fan of combat boots, layers and red lipstick.

Off the Beaten Buy: Hoot! Handmade owl pillows bring whimsy to home

Soft, colorful felt meets fun, graphic patterns in these lovable, googly-eyed throw pillows.

Style Scout: Zachary Schmit

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.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Wang Burger at the Wheel

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

Bite Sighs: Horns o’ plenty: Easy raspberry cream desserts

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 plans produce giveaways to get surplus veggies in hands of those in need

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

Kansas City Connection: Ancient sculpture will blow your mind

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.

New resident artists bring 'quiet poetry' in ceramics, social commentary in printmaking to Lawrence

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 to spend fall semester in residency at KU

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

Lawrence resident is world air guitar champ

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.

For air guitarist, ‘666’ a good sign of face meltings to come

In the world of competitive air guitar, "666" is more than just the devil’s number — it’s a perfect score.

Thursday, August 22

Style Scout: Brett Haas

Occupation: Believe it or not, I’m a cowboy.

Style Scout: Kristina Armstrong

Tell us a secret: When I’m miming, sometimes I blink when people turn their backs to me.

25 years ago: New maps available to local history buffs

The map featured the locations, pictures, and stories behind 11 historical markers around town.

40 years ago: Natural gas supplies adequate, but not plentiful, for winter

Kansas customers were warned that they might be receiving higher bills.

100 years ago: Cooler weather moves in

"What a nice cool day it was."

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Off the Beaten Plate: Super Burrito at Border Bandido

This burrito isn’t billed as being fancy, fresh or frilly — just big.

Prepare to relax, savor at the most intimate restaurant in Lawrence

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.

Getting into the act: Stories behind this weekend's Busker Fest performers

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

Baked goodness: Award-winning recipes from the 2013 Douglas County Fair

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

The Fashion Column: The return of '90s trends

This season I’ve been seeing hints of the ’90s showing up in popular retailers and street style.

Pretty as a pinup: Lawrence photographers lasso retro glamour in portraits

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.

Lawrencian's painting of Quantrill's raid is a conversation piece across the border

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

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KJHK changes with the times

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.

Kansas City Connection: In pursuit of the perfect patio

Exploring the cozy, stylish patios of Kansas City bars and restaurants.

When deciding on vacation camera gear, less can be more

A defenseless feeling creeps over me when I get too far away from my camera gear for too long.

Friday, August 16

Arts Center signs big names to its first National Advisory Board

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 to hate on movies

Comedian Doug Benson loves movies and loves to make fun of movies.

New book aims to tell broader story of border war — and Missouri bled, too

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

Style Scout: Tanner Marroquin

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Free cheesecake!

Style Scout: Raven Oceana Harris-Keim

Fashion trends you love: Leather jackets and frilly dresses. I also like dresses with boots as opposed to high heels.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Cookie Monster Ice Cream at Sylas and Maddy’s

“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

Hooked on square dancing

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.

The Fashion Column: Back-to-school fashion 101

Practical and stylish tips for your back-to-school shopping trip.

Delicious/Nutritious: Mellow out with melon

Making the most out of cantaloupe.

Sunday, August 11

Kansas City Connection: Take a trip around the world without leaving Swope Park

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

Altos, tenors and train conductors

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.

Televison history buffs dig Black Jack Battlefield

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 now open for fall classes at Arts Center

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.

Rock on: Area air guitar players aim to entertain

If there’s one thing that doesn’t belong in a winning air guitar routine, it’s shame.

Thursday, August 8

Ministry group to perform musical play 'Chained' at Arts Center

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.

Concert to benefit musician hurt in accident

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.

Style Scout: Erica Hill

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!

Style Scout: Pengfei Wu

Describe your style: My style is a mix of high fashion and hip-hop.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Bloomin’ Bloody Mary at Dempsey’s

A drink with a small meal sticking out of it will turn heads at the bar.

Tuesday, August 6

Sandbar Block Party to celebrate anniversary, new sub shop

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

Amy's Meats a model of sustainability

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

Style for the Ages: Jackets can be a lifesaver in the summer

A summer jacket — believe it or not — can be a lifesaver.

Sunday, August 4

Behind the Lens: Focusing on fast-moving subjects

Learning to use auto-focus lock can lead to more control over your point of focus and provide more creative framing techniques.

Lawrence Opera Theatre announces upcoming performances

“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.

Area talent bands together to make miniseries

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.

Original art everywhere: Businesses act as 'gateway galleries' for many artists

Dozens of Lawrence businesses — from coffee shops to restaurants to salons and even dentist offices — are taking advantage of symbiotic relationships with local artists.

Kansas City Connection: Flying acrobats and flying balloons

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.

New art exhibitions explore Dust Bowl and lessons learned from it

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

Chefs pack plates with local flavor at annual cooking challenge

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

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Lawrence Libations: The Float Trip at Pachamama’s

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.

Falafelly nice: Walk-up window serves late-night Lebanese food

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.

Dance company puts modern spin on old fairy tale

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.

Style Scout: Brendan Higginbottom

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.

Style Scout: Laura Stucky

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.