Stories for November 2013


Thursday, November 28

Style Scout: Cole Bittel

Whom do people say you look like? Definitely Tom Cruise! Often times I get that like once to three times a day!

The Fashion Column Twins: Getting thrifty for the holidays

I love the idea of recycling my closet because there’s always that possibility of scoring a designer piece that is old enough to not even be sold anymore, but classic enough to still be in style.

Off the Beaten Buy: bareMinerals foundation for a natural makeover

Try bareMinerals foundation only offered in Lawrence at Eccentricity, 716 Massachusetts St.

Mrs. Mass.: How sweet it is

If you’re in need of decorating supplies, candy molds, specialty containers and more, head down to Sweet! Baking and Candy Making Supply.

Style Scout: Erika Kirkland

What is Trudy into? She’s very spirited. She loves the outdoors unless it’s very cold and she has a monkey that wears underwear. She has a big brother, so she does everything he does!

Off the Beaten Plate: Brusco’s Deluxe at Johnny Brusco’s

For those with an empire state of mind, yet another New-York style pizzeria has hit Lawrence.

November Final Friday Preview: Bizarre Bazaar full of great gift ideas

As in previous years, this month’s Final Friday offers plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping — outside the box store.

Mysterious, legendary creatures fill Percolator

Local artists Matthew Lord and Kent Smith have teamed up for a new exhibit dedicated to the field of cryptozoology, or mysterious creatures not proven to exist.

Lawrence coffee shop taps local market for cold brew on draft

There’s a new brew on tap in Lawrence, and this one’s entirely appropriate to drink before noon. At the end of a long line of beer handles behind the bar at Burger Stand, there’s a single tap pouring Nitro Cold Brew — Alchemy Coffee’s latest java experiment.

Dog food from the heart

Picky dog leads to business opportunity for Lawrence couple

Rex Rexroad is a finicky eater. His owners, Angie and Gary Rexroad, are glad he is. The Lawrence couple eventually found a food that works for their dog, and now use a similar formulation for their own dog food company.

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: An outfit like Kerry Washington’s can be yours - without any controversy

There is nothing scandalous about Kerry Washington’s classic sense of style.

Wednesday, November 27

Orange-infused vodka makes great gift

You can make a bottle of yummy orange vodka in just three or four days.

Sunday, November 24

Lawrence writer's first novel spins into book deal, success

You wake up to an unfamiliar face sitting at your kitchen table. Its got grayed skin and large yellow eyes. Its bony fingers grip the newspaper and as it sips coffee, waiting for you. It's the monster that lived in your closet and terrified you as a child.

Local artists honor spirit of Jim Brothers in retrospective exhibit

The legacy of American sculptor Jim Brothers lives on, as local artists, Lawrence Creates Makerspace and Lawrence Art Guild present new exhibit, “Recollections: Friends Remember Jim.”

Native materials expert raises awareness about resource sustainability

Wade Myslivy is self-trained in a variety of primitive skills sparked by a lifelong interest in how pre-industrial people used available resources and basic technologies to make smaller artifacts from baskets to beads, to much more work-intensive items like stone hand tools and hunting weapons such as bows.

Thursday, November 21

Off the Beaten Plate: Bavarian-Style Pretzels at the Bird Dog Bar

If you’re the type of person who enjoys dipping doughy carbs into warm cheese, this is the appetizer for you.

Style Scout: Anne Mendelsohn

Fashion trends you love: Animal prints, leather, black and white, minimalism and girls that dress like boys.

Style Scout: Chris Snipes

Whom do people say you look like? Christopher Walken or Willem Dafoe.

Loaded for Bear appeases sketch comedy fans of Lawrence

The small troupe born out of the "Victor Continental Show" has 20 live sketches and 10 short films prepared for this year’s Loaded for Bear 4: Ad Astra Per Ursa (very poorly translated, to the stars through bears).

Fall concerts to feature Israeli dancer's choreography

The University Dance Company’s fall concerts will feature the choreography of Kansas University’s dance department’s guest artist from Israel, on Nov. 21 and 22, as part of the Janet Hamburg Visiting Artist Series.

Fashion Column Twins: Finding the right winter-worthy essentials

After the shock of last week’s real winter chill, we began to hunt for key winter pieces so we can be better prepared for the next round of arctic temperatures - all while keeping our style in check, of course.

Mrs. Mass: Lawrence holiday shopping round-up

Can you believe Black Friday is right around the corner? If you're anything like me, you haven't started the daunting task that is holiday shopping.

Black Friday shopping without crowds or chaos

Try holiday shopping at Waxman Candles or M.Street Interiors for local gifts and decor without having to fight for your purchase.

Wednesday, November 20

Delicious/Nutritious: Roasted chestnuts the perfect seasonal pairing

Megan Stuke and Sarah Henning hop on the chestnut bandwagon.

Bite Sighs: Over-the-top oatmeal cookies

When my friend Terry described her new favorite instant oatmeal, my brain partnered with my sweet tooth to find a way to turn said oatmeal into a cookie.

Monday, November 18

Junot Diaz entertains packed auditorium with critiques on life matters

Pulitzer-prize winning author spends almost the entire lecture entertaining audience questions with uncensored responses.

Sunday, November 17

Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist to perform at Baker University's jazz festival

Internationally acclaimed jazz singer Kevin Mahogany will be returning to his alma mater to sing for the 16th annual Baker University Jazz Festival on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Local author to share 'Chicken Soup for Soul' story

Local author Vicki Julian will be sharing the story she contributed to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives,” as part of the Kansas Authors Club 37th Annual Holiday Bazaar.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz to read at Kansas University from latest novel

It speaks volumes of the personality of Junot Diaz that his response to winning a Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," is this: “It was swell, but I prefer more the work than the celebration of the work.” By Nadia Imafidon

Learning through writing: National Novel Writing Month in the classroom

Every day in Lawrence, 12 novelists gather together. On this day, they're working hard. The sound of scribbling pens, the shuffle of lined notebook paper and the clickity-clack of keyboards float about the quiet room. Some stare intently while others gaze into the distance, mulling over the next word choice, the next scene, the next conflict in the novel. One catch: These novelists are 11 years old. By Alma Bahman

Kansas City Connection: Holiday events, from the Plaza to the 'Nutcracker'

The holiday season is when Kansas City literally starts to shine. With a number of lighting displays, special events and performances throughout the rest of 2013, the area is well worth a holiday visit.

Friday, November 15

EMU theater to hold open auditions for original musical production

Local independent EMU Theatre is holding open auditions for an original rock production, “Johnny Butts,” at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 14

Modern architecture tells story of midcentury Lawrence

City documenting style to prepare for potential preservation efforts

In post World War II Lawrence, modern architecture arrived in the form of sleek commercial buildings, monolithic university structures and unusual, geometric-inspired homes. Love them or hate them, these buildings tell the story of what was happening to our city at the time — change. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Sadie McEniry

Dream job: If I could be unrealistic and in a fantasy world, I would be a cloud designer.

'Hired Man' author speaks on war, memory and identity at Hall Center

Author Aminatta Forna will discuss topics from her recently released novel “The Hired Man” on Nov. 14 in the Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Hall, followed by a reception and book signing.

Downtown Lawrence bed and breakfasts welcome tourists, locals

Here's where to explore historical Lawrence while staying in more intimate quarters.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken Biryani at Cosmos Indian Store & Cafe

Chicken biryani at Cosmos Indian Store & Cafe

Style Scout: Kevin Kitsis

Describe your style: I tend to do a mix of indie, hipster and causal.

The Fashion Column Twins: It's officially sweater weather

Sweater season has always been our favorite out of all the style seasons. We long for sweater weather all throughout spring and summer. Who knew that cozy knits in every fall shade imaginable could be a detriment to my bank account?

Mrs. Mass: Get your slurp on at Ramen Bowls

With the change in temperature, there are certain foods that just don’t satisfy -- or “hit the spot," if you will -- like they did in warmer months. This is the time of year for warm and hearty goodness: comfort food that will leave you not only satisfied, but fully warmed and prepared for an afternoon nap.

Spanish flamenco company picks Lawrence to launch tour Nov. 16

Adriana Maresma Fois brings new production Flamenco Poetry to the U.S. on a five-city tour.

Monday, November 11

Event explores link between Quantrill's Raid and 'Nutcracker' play set two years earlier

A few characters who starred in Quantrill’s 1863 raid on Lawrence also will appear for the first time in this year’s production of “A Kansas Nutcracker,” set two years earlier. A panel discussion Tuesday night aims to explore how events — and people — from both storylines tie together. By Sara Shepherd

Sunday, November 10

Lawrence writers tackle National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (nicknamed NaNoWriMo or NaNo) puts forth a challenge: Write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That breaks down to about 1,667 words a day. The question here is: Why would anyone do that?

KU students commissioned to create artwork for Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

KU associate professor of sculpture Matthew Burke is leading “Special Topics in Art: The Federal Reserve Commission,” which will be offered each semester through fall 2014. Students’ mission is to conceive, design and execute a work of art to commemorate the Reserve's 100th anniversary.

Cider Gallery hosts receptions for installation artist and ceramicist

Cider Gallery is hosting artists Janet Davidson-Hughes and Ben Ahlvers for an informal talk and reception Tuesday at 7 p.m.

One-night-only auditions for Theatre Lawrence’s ‘Wrong Window’

Theatre Lawrence is holding auditions for the comedy production “Wrong Window,” a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

Throwing Down Track: Lawrence DJs share what it takes to be the life of the party

Four different Lawrence DJs with completely different DJ styles share what it takes to be the party providers.

Saturday, November 9

Novelists, seasoned and novice, write through November

Some dream of escaping to a quiet cabin in the mountains to craft that novel they've always wanted. Others take one month to churn out 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo.

Friday, November 8

Tony Furtado picks his way into Lawrence's Westside Folk series

Blues and bluegrass are both forms of folk music, he explains, but he tries not to lean on any one genre. Furtado, hailed as a banjo savant and slide guitar blues interpreter, will bring his act to Lawrence’s Unity Church Nov. 9 as part of the Westside Folk series. While he still is best known for picking away at banjo and slide guitar, what he plays is more of a melding of styles.

Thursday, November 7

Logs to Literature invites public to create little free libraries from salvaged wood

A new plan for trees cut down because they were in the path of the Lawrence Public Library renovation is like a chip off the old block: Turn the salvaged wood into little free libraries. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence Libations: Black Snake at Free State Brewing Company

"Because without beer, things don't seem to go as well."

Christian Lane to perform for Bales Artist Series

As a part of the 2013-14 Bales Artist Series, Christian Lane will be performing an organ recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall on Nov. 8.

New Lawrence general store makes life simple

For those of us who hate having to run errands all over town, one-stop shop Cindy’s Simple Life is our new lifeline right off Mass Street.

Mrs. Mass: Heading south of Lawrence to the cider mill

This time of year, people are touting "pumpkin" everything, am I right? But let's not forget about some of the other important delicacies of the season: chili, hot cocoa and, of course, the almighty hot apple cider.

Family Adventures: Taking a fall leaf walk

Peak autumn color. From the beginning of September, I wait for it with the anticipation many small children reserve for Christmas. It's that one week of the year when the trees go ablaze with color, and a person could almost survive on nothing more than long walks under the leaves. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

The Classic Sartorialist: Fashion for airports

Airports don’t have the best reputation for fashion. As security has increased and air travel has become more of a chore than an adventure, people’s attire has taken a drastic decline.

Style Scout: Thomas McClane

Fashion influences: Mostly, I run it by Lola. If it’s way out of line, she’ll let me know.

Style Scout: Taylor Foltz

Describe your style: My style is mostly a casual cute. I want to keep it pretty feminine, but I don’t want to try too hard on campus.

New Ramen Bowls awakens Lawrence noodle craze

With about a month and half under its belt, Ramen Bowls, 125 E. 10th St., has catered to Lawrence’s obvious hunger for Japanese ramen and Hawaiian-Pacific eats.

Tuesday, November 5

Stolen Jim Brothers sculpture returned to gallery

A bronze sculpture stolen from a downtown art gallery was returned today. By Sara Shepherd

Monday, November 4

In some sculpture thefts, scrap metal money is thieves’ goal

Motive unknown in case of missing bronze by Jim Brothers

A bronze bust by artist Jim Brothers isn’t the only recent case of a sculpture being stolen from area galleries or public locales. The person who took the Brothers piece — and his motives — remains unknown. But the perpetrators in a few other thefts apparently were looking to cash in by turning the artworks into scrap metal. By Sara Shepherd

Sunday, November 3

Kansas City Connection: Le Monde Bakery worth a visit

Although I lived in Europe for a few years, I try not to compare that experience to life in Kansas City too often, as it's a case of apples and oranges (or, if you prefer, cranberry and redcurrant).

2013 Phoenix Awards: Theatre Lawrence, a dream come true

Theatre Lawrence is the recipient of the 2013 Phoenix Award for “Creative Spaces.” This 36-year-old organization, formerly known as Lawrence Community Theatre, previously occupied a small converted church on 1501 New Hampshire that had virtually no parking and had to turn children away for their youth programs because they lacked the space. Now on the Bauer Farm, the theatre is a new arts facility that can support educational programs and accommodate theatrical arts lovers from all over the region. By Nadia Imafidon