Sunday, December 29
Chaeyoung Park was selected from 11,000 applicants in 10 disciplines in literary, performing, visual and design arts fields, 171 finalists total.
With last week’s New Year’s Eve guide under our belt, I’d like to close out the year by looking at some of the most promising events and places to check out in 2014.
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra is going through a series of changes including new directors, new music repertoire, new orchestra musicians and a new name.
Andy Marso’s book, “Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me — Then Changed My Life for the Better,” details the painful disease that led to the decaying and eventually loss of parts of both of his feet and his hands.
“Road to Valhalla,” will be screening at Liberty Hall on Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 27
From suffrage marches of the 1800s to modern-day zombie walks, Lawrence has always loved a parade. A new photo exhibit at the Watkins Museum of History captures a few of the city’s many parades through the years. By Sara Shepherd
Thursday, December 26
While some of the traditional Final Friday venues will be closed this week, such as the Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Art Party, there are still plenty of opportunities to see excellent works by some of our city’s most talented individuals — and you might have to have a drink or two in the process.
CheckOut asked resident fashion experts Emily and Elizabeth Kennedy and Nicholas Cunigan for their definition of the “perfect” winter outfit.
When it comes to electrical projects, wiring a switch to an outlet is a pretty straightforward project.
This is a perfect time to consider landscape planning.
Fashion trends you love: I like pea coats, v-necks and I’m a bit of a texture person as well. I like dressier shoes so I love leather soles on boots or a nice pair of wing tips. I also like jeans that ar
Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Catching attention — Jennifer Lawrence’s little black dress both edgy and classy
If you want to be hot enough to catch on fire this New Year’s Eve, all you need to do is follow Jennifer Lawrence’s lead.
It’s the time of year for holiday parties and Christmas photos. Everybody dresses in their finest, making sure their hair is styled just so and their nails are clean and trimmed.
We really don’t need another reason to indulge in a plate of pasta, but the bison bolognese at Merchants Pub and Plate just gave us one.
Fashion trends you love: In winter, I like boots in all different kinds of styles. I like infinity scarves and eccentric hairstyles. Once in a while you get to see a lot of creativity on Final Fridays with creativeness in clothes.
Not sure yet where to make your toast to 2014? From restaurant specials to live shows, Lawrence lights up with many options on New Year's Eve.
Wednesday, December 25
This year I decided to get a little more complicated and make my own hot sauce. “A little” is the key phrase there, because making your own hot sauce doesn’t take much work.
Monday, December 23
When 20-year-old Jake Leet collapsed on stage Saturday night, audience members may have thought it was scripted — after all he was playing Donkey, the most physically animated character in Theatre Lawrence’s “Shrek.” But castmates quickly realized something was wrong. Leet was not breathing and had no pulse. Jake’s mother, Teri Leet of Lawrence, calls what happened next and in the following days a “Christmas miracle.” By Sara Shepherd
About 10 percent of you will still be shopping for gifts on Tuesday (yep, that's Christmas Eve), a National Retail Federation holiday survey estimates. As for the rest of us, local retailers can tell we’ve been checking off our lists. Businesses in downtown Lawrence, the city’s local retail hub, say it’s been a good season. By Sara Shepherd
Sunday, December 22
2013 was an embarrassment of film riches, and the best movies of the year are all over the place in terms of budget, scope, genre and style.
Whether you’re stressed or relaxed, there’s still plenty of family fun to be had in Kansas City throughout 2013, as well as some great New Year’s Eve events we’ll preview in the second half of this week’s column.
“It’s just a Volkswagen,” the line reads in the first paragraph of Gregg Primo Ventello’s essay. A Volkswagen Passat he affectionately calls “Das Schweinehund,” translating literally as “pig-dog.”
Thursday, December 19
When the Lawrence Arts Center parted with its recently acquired Steinway, it wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the instrument — it was a beautiful grand piano with a lot to offer. It’s just that, well, they found a better fit. By Sara Shepherd
You’re not going to find these Asian breads by accident.
Fashion trends you love: I like that corduroys are in right now!
When it comes to holiday gifts, wants and needs often collide. Here are 20 priceless Fix-It Chick gift ideas that might be just right for someone on your holiday list.
It’s been said that the best days of your life are in college, but who says you can’t keep moments from those days alive?
In the depth of winter I inevitably find myself in a fashion rut reaching for only black-colored comfortable pieces in my closet. Who wants to wear a fancy dress and heels in 20-degree weather? Not me!
Doughnuts are not an everyday breakfast item, at least not in my household. The warm, doughy goodness decadently coated with sugar — and sometimes topped with happy sprinkles or an additional layer of frosting — is certainly a celebratory way to greet the day!
Fashion trends you love: I love boots and imitation leather and furs but I don’t know if that’s a trend. I also really love natural hairstyles.
"Tremors,” a 1990 horror/comedy movie, features not one but four serious subterranean wormlike creatures dubbed “Graboids” — at 30 feet long and traveling at 20 miles per hour, they devoured everything from trucks to outhouses. Worms in real life compare only in shape and assumed bodily function, and hopefully we have more than four.
The best thing about baking with my grandma was that she was never very scrupulous about scraping every last drop of batter from the mixing bowl. As she said when I commented on it one time — spooning up globs of chocolate brownie batter as I spoke — “Grandma’s prerogative!” By Meryl Carver-Allmond
Most moms wouldn’t think to buy Christmas gifts for their daughters at a barber shop, but that’s not the case for moms like LeAnn Towner.
Wednesday, December 18
A new year is just around the corner; a fresh start full of amazing possibilities. In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to take a look at my very first Bite Sighs recipe: a Yule Log cake.
Mention mincemeat pie in a crowd, and you’ll get the full spectrum of reactions.
Monday, December 16
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is asking the city to include an art project in the design of the new roundabout at Wakarusa and Legends drives. By Sara Shepherd
Sunday, December 15
Casa Mesa is a holiday shopping destination, and a roundup of holiday-themed theater.
If you’re not that knowledgeable about what photography-related gifts to get your favorite shutterbug, a safe alternative can be books. Here’s a short list of potential stocking-stuffers
The submission deadline for the Langston Hughes writing awards co-sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center and Raven Book Store has been extended to Friday, Dec. 20.
The Lawrence Arts Center named the Candi Baker Shoe Fund in her honor following her retirement, as a scholarship means for young students who can’t afford to purchase dance shoes.
Thursday, December 12
The Bottleneck is hosting a Naughty Nurses for the Needy burlesque show Friday to raise money for the Red Cross disaster relief fund.
Fashion trends you hate: Really long basketball shorts or sweatpants. It looks like you’re really not trying at all.
Fashion trends you love: Skinny jeans, colorful clothes, fluffies and winged eyeliner.
“Yum” is right there in the name.
Candles seem like a kind of magical home decor item, don’t you think? What’s even better is that they make a great gift item for almost anyone. With that in mind, I headed to Waxman Candles, 609 Massachusetts St., to check out the goods and get a few holiday gift ideas. By Jessica Pauly
When searching for stylish sportswear, I like to keep it simple and go for brands that I know will last.
Ric Averill doesn’t stand still very long. Even catching the longtime artistic director for the performing arts at the Lawrence Arts Center in a casual conversation can be difficult. He’s always going somewhere.
Kansas Public Radio is hosting its Big Band Christmas Concert at 8 p.m., on Dec. 14, at Liberty Hall this year.
Along with the joyous holidays, comes inevitable holiday stress.
Rabbit is a favorite of many chefs in Lawrence. But why, and where does the meat come from?
Wednesday, December 11
With nods to the women who’ve handed it down to me, here is my version of our family chicken and noodles recipe.
This month's ingredient: Cinnamon
Sunday, December 8
In May, Kansas University gave Wendell Castle, father of the art furniture movement and a KU alumnus, an honorary doctorate of arts degree. On Thursday, Castle gave the university an honorary gift — a new piece of his artwork.
The Kansas University Band and Symphonic Band will perform traditional and contemporary music, and the KU School of Music is presenting its annual jazz vespers performance in two separate concerts at the Lied Center this week.
If you’ve eaten out at all in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed a trend toward craft foods, locally sourced ingredients and occasionally precious-sounding descriptions of the care and conscientiousness that went into each individual menu item.
The Great Plains Writers Group are a local group of writers who recently published their second collection of short memoirs, "Echoes from the Prairie."
Just another day at Pilot Balloon Church-House? There’s probably no such thing. The historic-church-turned-house at 10th and New York streets in East Lawrence is spending the year as a pop-up artist colony, where creatives from across the country stay a week or three and, basically, create whatever they want while here. By Sara Shepherd
Thursday, December 5
Describe your style: I try to keep a modern look with an element of classy. I like a style that is a little bit more well-crafted.
Tell us a secret: Well, I’m a Scorpio and I do have a secret Scorpio handshake.
With the holiday season in full gear, it's time to start gathering gifts for everyone on your list. What better way to give a meaningful gift than to find something that can't be found in any other town or any large commercial shopping center? By Nadia Imafidon
Taking the classic hot hard cider, and kicking it up a notch.
Staying warm in the blustery cold of winter can all too easily translate into oversized parkas, ski gloves and orange-knit hunting hats. All of these have their place in winter hobbies, but they don’t belong on Massachusetts Street. When strolling across town, consider a few of these stylish updates for your winter wardrobe.
It is no secret that I love Lawrence. The people, the local shops and restaurants, the enthusiastic events and parades seemingly every other month — what’s not to love?
Actor, city employee shares trait with title character in Theatre Lawrence’s ‘Shrek’
If you’re looking for the perfect actor to play Shrek, the green-skinned ogre who is the subject of the beloved film and now a Broadway musical coming to Theatre Lawrence for the holidays, it would be hard to find someone better suited to the role than Knute Pittenger.
The five-piece bluegrass Infamous Stringdusters are stopping in Lawrence on their winter “Road to Boulder” tour, while raising money and the profile of the devastating floods that took place in Colorado in September.
Wednesday, December 4
While I typically do a good job of mapping out our dinners each week, sometimes the plan goes awry as the holiday season picks up. With tree festivals and jingle jogs and cookies to make in the evenings, often we just want something simple but still delicious. Enter the fancy grilled cheese sandwich.
Sunday, December 1
When invited to look at recently donated photographs of her family’s movie theater, Peach Madl wasn’t expecting to unleash an investigation into the history of cinemas in the U.S. But what resulted was the discovery that The Plaza Grill and Cinema in Ottawa is likely the oldest operating theater in America, having opened in 1905, predating San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre by three years. Let the news sink in and the shock wear off. A small town in Kansas, far away from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood and New York City, is home to the country's oldest theater in continuous use. By Nadia Imafidon
Recently I rediscovered an old Calvin and Hobbes collection titled “The Days Are Just Packed.” I always loved that title and the “seize the day” philosophy it suggests. It’s also a good way to describe what things will be like in Kansas City through the rest of the year.