Friday, May 31
Rich Johnson isn’t crazy about the Batman TV show. He doesn’t obsess over the classic 1960s series or own a Batman cape or suit. What Johnson does obsess about is restoring cars, and what he does own is a replica Batmobile — which he built by himself and plans to drive in Saturday’s Art Tougeau Parade in downtown Lawrence. By Meagan Thomas
Thursday, May 30
Ask a physicist about string theory and you get talk of particle theory, dark matter and quantum physics. Ask an artist about string theory and you will get something like what is currently on display in the front gallery of the Lawrence Arts Center.
This month’s Final Fridays not only offers wonderful art but also gives participants an opportunity to catch up on what people and companies are up to.
Organizers learned two big lessons after turning hundreds away from the inaugural Winesong at Riverfest wine tasting event in De Soto. People — a lot of people, it turns out — are interested in trying Kansas wine. And, in order to better accommodate them, this year's event would need some major tweaking.
Jeff Frye conjured up his idea for the Pig Pie during a night out with friends at 23rd Street Brewery. Once he deciphered all the notes he’d scribbled on little yellow pieces of paper, he knew he was on to something.
Describe your style: Modern librarian. I like things that are kind of feminine like my ‘Mary Poppins’ skirt.
Tell us a secret… I’m deathly afraid of slugs.
Monday, May 27
Hailed as the city of the future, Songdo, South Korea, was built from the ground up and opened for business in 2009. Against the city’s modern, concrete-and-steel-heavy architectural landscape, a shot of color from a brand-new outdoor mural really pops. If “A City on the Rise” looks similar to something you’d see on the side of a building in Lawrence, your eyes aren’t mistaken. By Sara Shepherd
I remember vacations as a kid when I didn’t even have to pack for myself; those were the days. Now, prepping for a vacation involves a lot of stress and endless hours of outfit planning because, let’s face it, a girl must have options.
It’s an unusual type of book club where you eat the answers to discussion questions. Don’t worry, though, there’s a twist to make them more palatable. At this club, instead of toting in matching books and paper handouts, your fellow members are probably packing a batch of cupcakes or a hot, steaming pan of enchiladas. By Sara Shepherd
Sunday, May 26
Whether or not you arrive there via Amtrak, Kansas City’s Union Station is a worthwhile destination of its own, with a number of gastronomical and entertainment options.
Japandroids, the Vancouver-based two-man rock band, were just about to call it quits when their music started to catch on. They’ve been touring the world essentially nonstop for the last five years and reveling in every minute of it.
Singer and songwriter Kelley Hunt will perform a solo benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at Unity Church, located at 900 Madeline Lane.
Escape to Matthewland: Child's imagination inspires art event to support finding cure for rare disorder
In Matthewland, a Slinky-shaped planet inside the universe’s smallest galaxy, Scrogs swim and Squics sting. Bhrams use their specialized mini-arms to cut into trees for food, and Tiaills flaunt their many curly tails. Matt Reimer’s imagination, as one adult friend describes it, is boundless. His 9-year-old body, however healthy it may appear on the outside, is not.
Four Lawrence artists will be among those showing their work this weekend at the annual Mulvane Mountain-Plains Art Fair in Topeka.
Thursday, May 23
"The child was helpless in the fight against the waters."
Fashion trends you hate: The only thing I feel kind of awkward with is people in gothic black shirts. I just feel weird around them.
Bacon: it’s not just for club sandwiches anymore. Putting it in sweet treats, it seems, is now what you might call “a thing” (even Sonic’s doing it). Here are five savory/sweet tastebud trips to be had in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd
Sometimes, when a certain song comes on, you don’t know whether to dance or to cry. Pale Hearts aims to give people a little something for both urges.
Traveling theater group recasts show for each performance
The Buran Theatre Company is a traveling theater with a twist. Where a regular touring company casts a show, rehearses, and then takes it on the road, Buran starts from scratch at each location. They'll be performing this weekend at the Inge Theater on the KU campus performing "Nightmares: A Demonstration of the Sublime.”
"I don't want any inspector coming in and telling me I did something wrong."
These are not the crepes of French street carts, folded in paper and easy to eat while walking. They come on plates piled with creamy, syrupy, cheesy toppings. By Sara Shepherd
Dream job: To be happy! I’m a photographer, so maybe something in front of and behind the camera.
Wednesday, May 22
Well, I finally did it: I tried my hand at making croissants. You know what? They’re not that difficult. They’re a little fiddly, but pretty simple overall.
Monday, May 20
It’s about that time again for Kansas City’s annual fashion spectacle, also known as the West 18th Street Fashion Show.
Sunday, May 19
Camerasim.com explores the mechanics and functions of a digital single-lens camera in a unique way.
The biggest outdoor event in the region takes place next Sunday, May 26, at Union Station, when the Kansas City Symphony’s Celebration at the Station treats audiences to a free performance by the Kansas City Symphony, the United States Air Force Concert/Jazz Band of Mid-America, and Musicorps, a musical rehabilitation program at Walter Reed Hospital for wounded warriors.
Registration is open for fine artists wishing to participate in this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk, scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27.
Interacting with nature seems a theme of an upcoming reading and book signing event at the Raven, featuring authors Gail Storey and Priscilla Stuckey.
Sculptor called father of art furniture movement returns to KU for honorary degree
It was around 1960 when a Kansas University sculpture student named Wendell Castle started work on a “strange, hybrid object” that defied established artistic definitions — even if no one else but Castle knew it yet.
Saturday, May 18
Seven years ago, Scott Indermaur set out to do a weekend-long photo project on spirituality. Now, a book, radio show and museum exhibit later, he's learned more about his fellow man, and himself, than he ever could have imagined. Indermaur is screening a documentary about the project, "Revealed," at Unity Church, 900 Madeline Lane, in his former hometown of Lawrence on Sunday. By Giles Bruce
Thursday, May 16
In the seven years since its first subjects were photographed in Lawrence, Scott Indermaur’s “Revealed” project has developed a resume spanning multiple states and artistic media. The project will have a homecoming of sorts this weekend, with a film screening at Unity Church. By Sara Shepherd
What exactly does “String Theory” mean? An expected 70 artists and community groups will each contribute their interpretations in a collaborative art installation opening this week at the Lawrence Arts Center.
The Tres Mexicanos menu describes this simply as “Special Mexican Soup.” It’s so special, in fact, that you can only get it on weekends, and not many — if any? — other Mexican restaurants in town serve it. By Sara Shepherd
To see Benjamin Farmer at work is to know why he named his new coffee shop “Alchemy.” By Sara Shepherd
Fashion trends you love: I like an eclectic mix of global, flapper, peasant and ranch-hand styles, but any style can be great looking if someone works it and owns it.
Fashion trends you hate: I don’t hate. There’s a place for everybody.
Samin Son's experience in military service provides the inspiration for the Toothpaste Action Series, a performance art/mixed-media show he is bringing to Lawrence this weekend.
Wednesday, May 15
Craft beer movement creates flavorful, complex brews that make food taste even better
The craft beer movement — being celebrated this week during American Craft Beer Week — is creating new, flavorful and multidimensional brews every day.
Monday, May 13
Free program draws kids, families to museum to create art projects
On a recent Saturday morning, the weather outside was disgusting, but it wasn’t enough to keep kids from filling the fourth floor gallery of the Spencer Art Museum. The draw? The museum’s weekend Art Cart.
Whether it is the bell bottoms from the 1970s or the edgy grunge trend of the 1990s, significant fashion periods in history have always been of interest to me.
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.” — Tom Robbins, “Jitterbug Perfume”
Sunday, May 12
When Lawrence native Jordan Brown reflects on his experience in public schools, he sees a system that needs to better address educational needs of aspiring musicians. By Nadia Imafidon
A group of folk-rock musicians, brothers who make music on the fly and a few beautiful bodies will be among local and area talent taking the stage this summer at the Kanrocksas Music and Arts Festival.
In summer, a number of outdoor events, festivals and destinations reinforce the strong sense of community spirit that has been hibernating through the winter months. Let’s take a look at some of the season’s most enticing prospects.
Nobody ever accused Hollywood of being original, so it’s no wonder that so many sequels and reboots are on deck for 2013. The big question is whether any new franchises will be able to separate themselves from the pack this summer.
A public reception is planned to honor Candi Baker, who has announced her retirement after 29 years as director of dance at the Lawrence Arts Center.
The best student photo media and design projects from Kansas University’s Department of Design are being displayed this month on campus.
Winter is finally dead (we hope) and it’s time to shed some layers. As 100-degree temperatures approach, here’s a look at some notable upcoming summer entertainment in the area to help Lawrencians have fun in the sun or beat the heat inside. By Sara Shepherd, Chance Dibben and John R. Phythyon Jr.
Thursday, May 9
This pie has a gooey ribbon of what could be described as peanut butter ganache (if such a thing exists). That's only the first layer. By Sara Shepherd
Describe your style: Keanu Reeves meets Marwa Ghazali: eclectic and comfortable.
Fashion trends you hate: Tights or leggings as pants. Anything where you are not wearing pants.
The Indian food scene along Massachusetts Street isn’t just heating up, it’s speeding up. Downtown Lawrence diners now have four restaurants to satiate Indian cravings, and the three newest are fast-casual or carryout concepts. By Sara Shepherd
Judith G. Levy uses art to explore difficult subjects for which words alone oftentimes can't suffice. Envy is a topic that frequently goes untalked about, particularly in the art world, Levy says. In "NV in KC," the Lawrence artist takes on the topic full force in a playful sendup of the Kansas City, Mo., art scene. By Giles Bruce
Tuesday, May 7
Lawrence fell short in its bid to win a competitive national grant that would have been a major springboard for the city’s creative placemaking efforts, the Lawrence Arts Center learned Monday. By Sara Shepherd
Monday, May 6
Spring is a great time to pick up a camera and maybe sneak into a few photography classes that could aid your future reminiscing and impress your friends.
A huge trend in men’s fashion today is what I’ll call the “American Heritage Movement.” Tapping into Americans’ obsession with all things vintage, fashion designers are increasingly harking back to a “better” time in American history when things were supposedly just made better.
Sunday, May 5
It’s not every day that your hobby gets you a $25,000 bonus.
A recent train ride gets Mike Yoder thinking about one of his favorite photographers, O. Winston Link, a pioneer of nighttime photography.
With “Saving Mr. Sharp,” a literary mix of mystery, science fiction and the sixth-grade, Lawrence teacher and author Dan Karasek takes aim at hooking elementary- and middle-school students on Kansas history.
With spring weather finally here, this is an excellent time to visit Kansas City for a leisurely stroll in one of the area’s many parks and nature areas, which provide an oasis for city dwellers and an excellent day trip for Lawrence visitors.
Theatre Lawrence building was home to drama, humor onstage and in real life
Last month’s performance of “12 Angry Men” marked the final time the lights would go up on a production at Theatre Lawrence’s current location, 1501 New Hampshire St. “There’ve been a lot of great moments in this building,” Doveton says.
Two other winners, three honorable mentions also announced
Sarah Stern, a Kansas University student from Lawrence who has been widely recognized for her photography from a poor Brazilian neighborhood has been chosen for a Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Award, KU’s Spencer Museum of Art announced.
This spring’s Kansas Public Radio membership drive was not only the station’s first drive to take a day off for breaking news coverage but also its first drive to raise more than $300,000.
The Kansas University Youth Chorus will hold its final performance of the school year at 5 p.m. Thursday in room 328 of Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.
Saturday, May 4
The weather may have been dreary, but the inside of Spencer Museum of Art was lively with music, dance and art during the annual Spring Arts and Culture Festival on Saturday.
Thursday, May 2
Result is 'Elepot,' an elephant-inspired teapot made of silver
A lumpy, lopsided and anatomically inexact animal sculpted by a child in modeling clay. A shiny, sleek and symmetrical teapot sculpted by an artist in precious metal. Combine these common objects and you have a not-so-common artwork affectionately known as “Elepot.” By Sara Shepherd
If any cocktail is capable of showing off whiskey’s refreshing side, it’s a mint julep — serious-tasting yet easily sippable. By Sara Shepherd
MC Zumbi, from hip hop duo Zion I, admits his expectations of unexplored Kansas are rather limited. “I know there will be some corn fields somewhere, right?”
Rapper Big Boi focuses on future, wants to break from the familiar
When you’re half of one of the biggest hip-hop acts of the last 20 years, scoring No. 1 hits and selling out tours, it could be easy to stick with the familiar formula. But Big Boi, half of Outkast, isn’t interested in that.
Art, crafts and live music will fill South Park this weekend during the 52nd annual Art in the Park event.
Fashion trends you love: I like colored jeans. I also like the retro hipster, earthy style that is coming back.
Fashion trends you like: Skinny ties and bow ties. I also like the way that suit jackets are being cut now with narrower lapels that make them more slim fit.
Wednesday, May 1
As the state’s new poet laureate, a fourth-generation Kansan says she hopes to use poetry to help fellow residents explore the concept of home. The Kansas Humanities Council announced Wednesday that Wyatt Townley, of Leawood, has been chosen as the 2013-15 Kansas Poet Laureate. By Sara Shepherd
Calling all reggae fans — Collie Buddz with plans to light up the Bottleneck stage with his music Thursday night.