Stories for October 2013

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Thursday, October 31

Kansas University jazz group to perform specially arranged pieces with Alaturka

The Kansas University Jazz Ensemble I is joining Kansas City-based ensemble Alaturka in concert for a special performance at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

Fashion that fits: relearning to love your body

Saffees store, 911 Massachusetts St., offers personal shopping sessions that help women feel good about shopping to fit their body type.

Off the Beaten Buy: Mid-Century Ad 2014 Calendars

For anyone obsessed with “Mad Men,” this might the perfect find for a holiday stocking stuffer.

Off the Beaten Plate: Kufta Kabob at Mediterranean Market and Cafe

Kufta Kabob at Mediterranean Market and Cafe.

Poet Laureate of Kansas coming to Cider Gallery

The Lawrence Public Library will host an evening with Wyatt Townley, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, at the Cider Gallery on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Garden Calendar: Toad lilies add late-season interest

With good planning, gardens can have something blooming almost all year long. Fall often seems to be the most challenging with mums, asters and pansies as the most popular options. Gardeners looking for a unique alternative for fall color should check out my favorite flower, the toad lily.

Style Scout: Ashley 'Ziggy' Zeigenbein

Fashion trends you love: I tend to ignore trends and do whatever I feel like.

Style Scout: John Trefry

Tell us a secret: This is fun. This is the first time someone has interviewed me!

Mrs. Mass: Incan flavors rule at Pachamamas

In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a goddess who presides over planting, fertility and harvesting. In fact, the term Pachamama is usually translated as Mother Earth.

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: How to be an Olivia Wilde child

When Olivia Wilde isn’t sporting KU gear at Allen Field House with her fiance Jason Sudeikis, she exudes a casual glam that appears effortless.

The Fashion Column Twins: Finding deals at Plato's Closet

This time of year, I always try to watch my shopping budget because the holidays are just around the corner. Looking for gently used clothing is a smart way to go about this instead of halting my shopping altogether.

Fix-It Chick: Upgrade to LED lighting

With the current phase-out of incandescent bulbs scheduled for completion by 2014, many standard light bulbs, flood bulbs and fluorescent tubes are no longer being manufactured.

Wednesday, October 30

EMU Theatre brings homegrown 'Horrorshow' to the stage

Independent community-based group EMU Theatre is bringing "Horrorshow VII: Tales of Monsters, Malevolence and Mercy" to the Lawrence Arts Center on Halloween.

Sunday, October 27

Kansas City Connection: Nelson-Atkins does impressionist Paris

If you ask me, October in Paris is almost as delightful as April in Paris — perhaps even more so. While most of us can’t hop on a Concorde and test out that hypothesis on a whim, a new exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum does make it possible to experience the impressionistic sights and sounds of Paris circa 150 years ago.

Judges now accepting submissions for Langston Hughes creative writing awards

The Lawrence Arts Center and The Raven Bookstore are co-sponsoring the Langston Hughes creative writing awards, and the judges have started accepting submissions.

Liberty Hall ready to retire a silver-screen legend

The days of 35-millimeter film are numbered, and unlike many small theaters across the country, Liberty Hall will live on and become part of the digital age, tossing the old film projectors and their reels aside. If all goes according to plan, that new era begins Nov. 1.

Saturday, October 26

2013 Phoenix Awards: Classical guitarist finds life certainty in music

Classical guitarist and winner of the Musical Arts Phoenix Award John Jervis reminisces on his remarkable journey to musical success.

Thursday, October 24

Style Scout: Kyle Babson

Fashion influences: I just pick things out myself and I don’t follow anything too closely. I definitely buy a lot of JCrew so their style guides are probably an influence, if anything.

Style Scout: EJ Rost

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More girl longboarders.

The Fashion Column Twins: Fall’s standout prints

A sassy, standout print is a must-have this fall.

Two music venues to raise funds for Mennonite disaster relief group

Two music venues will open up in North Lawrence Oct. 27 to help raise money for the Mennonite Disaster Service.

Eco-friendly boutique owner makes recycling fashionable

Ecoboutiquo owner uses recycled items to design one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.

New play explores prisons, physical and societal, at Inge Theatre

Lynn Deboeck doesn’t like the term, “period piece.” At least not with regard to Naomi Wallace’s “And I and Silence,” which opens Friday in KU’s Inge Theatre under Deboeck’s direction.

Lawrence Arts Center stages 'Sweeney Todd'

Ric Averill has been thinking a lot about heritage recently. The longtime performing arts artistic director at the Lawrence Arts Center draws back the curtain on his latest project Friday, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” By John R. Phythyon Jr.

October Final Friday preview: ‘Undressing Room’ pushes creativity to edge

This Friday offers several opportunities for viewers to engage in and be a part of the creative process.

Mrs. Mass: Creating your Halloween costume checklist

It’s officially the time of year when things get pretty scary. Ghosts, goblins and zombie cheerleaders roam the streets with no particular destination in mind. Not prepared, are you? Don’t fret; there’s still time before All Hallows Eve. In fact, there are plenty of options on Mass. Street that will suit your fancy (or your not-so-fancy).

Wednesday, October 23

Off the Beaten Plate: Dagwood's Dream at Yello Sub

Named after “Blondie” comic strip character Dagwood Bumstead who dreamt of a multilayered sandwich stacked with a variety of obscure meats, cheese, and condiments, the “Dagwood’s Dream” at Yello Sub will satisfy multiple cravings at once.

Bite sighs: Eye love sugar cookies

It’s October, and Halloween is approaching. You know what that means? It means that everything that can be eaten, sipped or smelled has been doused in the annual Overload of Pumpkin Spice. So what have I got for you this month? A 100 percent pumpkin-free cookie recipe!

Lawrence Arts Center hosts Halloween Children's Ballet and Costume Ball

The Lawrence Arts Center is hosting a Halloween Children’s Ballet and Costume Ball for young children on Saturday, Oct. 26

Tuesday, October 22

Death of Horrorshow director delays production

The opening night of EMU Theatre’s “Horrorshow VII: Tales of Monsters, Malevolence and Mercy” will be postponed until next week because of the death of one of the directors.

Monday, October 21

Business briefcase Oct. 21

Ariela Unz, of Stephens Real Estate Inc., received the Accredited Buyer's Representation award from the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council.

At 93, artist is still turning bronze into 'gossamer'

Elden Tefft sculpture exhibition opens Friday at Lawrence Arts Center

Holding a small plaster rasp, Elden Tefft’s right hand circles over the model in front of him. As amber bits of wax curl through the back of the tool, texture deepens on the sculpture’s surface. This process is why Tefft loves sculpture-making. And at 93, while finishing pieces for a new exhibition opening this week, he says there’s “always more” he wants to do. By Sara Shepherd

Sunday, October 20

Kansas City Connection: Remembering the Battle of Westport

From Thursday through Saturday, historical reenactors, educators and enthusiasts will gather on the actual sites where the so-called “Gettysburg of the West” took place almost 150 years ago.

Resident pens essay, plans signing for new 'Chicken Soup' book

Lawrence resident Lorraine Cannistra has a story featured in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul book, “From Lemons to Lemonade.”

Granddaughters to read memoir of 'Grandma' Layton

The granddaughters of Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton will be reading from her biography “Signs Along the Way” at the Lawrence Arts Center today.

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Kansas Union

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Michael Dirda will provide the University of Kansas Department of English's 2013 Richard W. Gunn Lecture on Oct. 29 at the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist shows metalsmith work celebrating life

When it comes to Gina Westergard’s art, she finds creating functional objects most fulfilling, as she appreciates the memory that gets tied in with the object.

2013 Phoenix Awards: Art teacher unlocks creative voices in others

Cathy Ledeker sees her job teaching art to at-risk youths as “unlocking” the ideas in kids. That goes for the ones who come willingly, and the ones who are reluctant.

Throat-singing AnDa Union to perform music throughout community

AnDa Union, a throat-singing band from China, will be performing at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Saturday, October 19

Task force fine-tuning recommendations for Lawrence Cultural District

A group working to create a vision for the Lawrence Cultural District is close to presenting its final recommendations to the City Commission. Balancing the East Lawrence neighborhood’s fear of gentrification with a goal of promoting economic investment — in the district and citywide — has been a theme since the Cultural District Task Force began meeting in April. By Sara Shepherd

Thursday, October 17

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds to sweat it out onstage at the Bottleneck

With a 7-piece all-male band backing her, it’s no surprise that lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe has assumed a powerhouse presence.

Percolator hosting Dia de los Muertos workshops

The Percolator is hosting altar-making workshops for “El Dia de los Muertos,” a day originating in Mexico to remember and celebrate those who have died.

Style Scout: Kristen Anthony

Describe your style: I would say it’s unique: some people call me a ‘hippy chick’ sometimes but then other people say ‘preppy.’ I guess it’s whatever mood I’m in.

Style Scout: Nathan Wood

Fashion trends you love: All I can say is that I’m skinny, which in the ’90s when everybody was wearing baggy clothes, it didn’t help.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Banh Mi at Wild Pho

One of Vietnam’s favorite street foods has immigrated to Lawrence.

Celebrating ceramics at the Fire Spectacular

The Department of Visual Art and Lawrence Arts Center host event to promote the programs in ceramics and sculpting at the University.

Maple Leaf Festival expected to draw thousands to Baldwin City

When the maple leaves turn a bright orange, Baldwin City residents know it’s time to welcome some 40,000 visitors in search of crafts, turkey legs, music, a quilt show, a parade and other family-friendly events that have made the annual Maple Leaf Festival the biggest event of its kind in northeast Kansas.

The Fashion Column Twins: A bigger and better K.C. Fashion Week

A new season and a different location launched Kansas City Fashion Week’s runway shows and events over a nonstop, four-day period.

Mrs. Mass.: World of wonder

Nestled between The Burger Stand and The Buckle on downtown Massachusetts Street is a magical door that leads you to the one and only Wonder Fair.

Nerdy dancing: Suicide Girls mix burlesque, pop culture in show

The Suicide Girls, performing Thursday at the Granada, use modern music and choreography to create burlesque performances that poke fun at pop culture such as “Kill Bill,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Doctor Who,” “Game of Thrones” and more.

Revamping Halloween with creative and inexpensive touches

Avoid running into your costume twin this year by creating your costume from scratch.

Wednesday, October 16

Polenta: The perfect fall comfort food

It’s buttery and cheesy and just a bite or two can fortify you against the coldest winter day.

Sunday, October 13

Kansas City Connection: Events for October’s bright blue weather

In the spirit of cherishing October’s precious hours, let’s take a quick run through some of the notable events and activities this week Kansas City’s country and city haunts.

Pizza Shuttle ceiling art turns local painter into pro

Lawrence native Lance LeClair develops his artistry by painting ceiling tiles with pop culture references and original works.

2013 Phoenix Awards: Ramberg's artwork, teaching embrace creative process

Laura Ramberg practices — and teaches — what she calls “creative life.” “Art-making is not just about making a product,” she says. “It’s about the creative process, so I think everyone can benefit from practicing artful living.”

Audience will move through castle during dance performance of Poe tale

Lawrence’s Arts in Motion Dance Company is performing “The Masque of the Red Death” in a unique, walk-through performance at the Castle Tea Room.

Entries being accepted for statewide Factual Story Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the Annual Kansas Factual Story Contest.

Guest pianist debuts new classical music series at Theatre Lawrence

Award-winning pianist Anna Han will be the debut performer in a new classical music concert series at Theatre Lawrence on Oct. 17.

Thursday, October 10

Style Scout: Alexa Harmon-Thomas

Tell us a secret: I went to the Ukraine to represent the U.S in track and field. I competed in the heptathlon.

Style Scout: Matt Benfield

Fashion trends you love: It’s hard to describe: I like dark slim denim. That’s my thing especially since this summer is all about bright colors. It’s like a trendy/edgy kind of thing.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Indian Taco at Slow Ride Roadhouse

Outside of fair week and summer festivals, Indian Tacos get harder to find. But one North Lawrence establishment serves them up every Tuesday.

Bengali arts, culture coming to KU for fall festival

The Bengali Community of Lawrence is promising a fusion of culture, arts and fun at its annual fall festival — the Midwest Sarbojonin Durga Puja — this weekend.

Mrs. Mass.: Mad for Merchants

Arguably one of the most anticipated openings of the summer/fall season here in Lawrence was Merchants Pub & Plate, 746 Massachusetts St., I for one was overly eager to set foot in this new gastropub.

Basil Leaf Cafe moves into new, bigger dining room in former bakery

The Basil Leaf Cafe has has completed its transformation from a gas station startup into a standalone restaurant.

Live baroque music coming to art museum

The Spencer Consort, a chamber music group that plays Baroque music on instruments like those used during the 17th and 18th centuries, will present a free concert Sunday at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The Fashion Column Twins: The basics of boho

The laid-back, boho-chic look is such a huge trend right now and has been for the past few seasons, so I knew I could find something from Earthbound Trading Co. to reflect the look.

Marching band festival set for Saturday

Two dozen high school bands from across Kansas and Missouri will descend on Lawrence this weekend for the 22nd annual Heart of America Marching Band Festival.

Lawrence's ethnic grocers take tastebuds around the world

Cooking an exotic recipe and can’t find that strange spice at HyVee? Want a more adventurous afternoon snack? Missing a food you enjoyed while traveling abroad? You may not have to go around the world (or to Kansas City) to get it. Try one of these 10 ethnic markets in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd

Wednesday, October 9

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

To our readers: We will be making a significant change in the system we use to allow readers to comment on stories: We are ending anonymity and requiring commenters to post under their real names.

Delicious/Nutritious: Make your own gameday snacks

Bacon-wrapped potatoes and trail mix for gameday.

Monday, October 7

Mrs. Mass.: Merchants Pub & Plate

Arguably one of the highly anticipated openings of the summer/fall season here in Lawrence was Merchants Pub & Plate. I for one was overly eager to set foot in this new gastropub. By Jessica Pauly

Sunday, October 6

2013 Phoenix Awards: Ceramist tells a story through figures, textures

Ben Ahlvers has something to say. And between working fulltime as the Lawrence Arts Center’s exhibitions director, being a dad of two and organizing community arts events, he’s in his studio making clay do the talking. By Sara Shepherd

Historic horse inspires Mexican artist's installation-in-progress at Spencer Museum

Kansas University’s most famous equine resident is an integral figure in an art installation evolving now at the Spencer Museum of Art. The story of Comanche, the sole U.S. Army survivor left on the field of the Battle of Little Big Horn, captivated and inspired the museum’s new international artist in residence, Diego Teo of Mexico City.

Kansas City Connection

For several weeks already, the West Bottoms neighborhood has been filled with the sounds of blood-curdling yet good-natured screams emanating from a handful of haunted houses —basically giant warehouses converted into spooky amusement parks. With October officially underway, let’s take a quick look at some of the most interesting of these unique-to-KC attractions.

Friday, October 4

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Behind the Lens: 'Jayhawk Decade'

Looking through images I’ve made during 359 games has taught me a lesson about being somewhat selective while shooting, but I also learned a little about the importance of meticulous archiving practices.

Thursday, October 3

Classic Sartorialist: Tweed and true

Nothing beckons the changing and falling of leaves quite like a tweed jacket. The heft, durability and colors of tweed are unparalleled. It’s a staple in every man’s closet.

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Lawrence Libations: Mariposa Azul at Mexquisito

Lots of people either love tequila or cringe at the thought of it. Same goes for the flavor of anise (tastes like black licorice). Love both? Try the Mariposa Azul.

University Theatre version of “Dracula” strives for more authenticity

If you want to play the title role in Dennis Christilles’ new adaptation of “Dracula,” you’d better be prepared not to have a lot of stage time.

New gastropub serves farmhouse fare with panache, plenty of beer

Then there’s the pimento cheese sandwich at the newly opened Merchants Pub & Plate — a warm, open-faced version featuring the restaurant’s own house-made pimento cheese spread, fried tomatillos and sprouts atop toasted local bread. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Peter Carson

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More outdoor, preferably rooftop bar space and outdoor music shows!

Style Scout: Jessica Phoenix

Fashion influences: The beautiful people of Lawrence influence me! There are so many Lawrencians who own their individuality that I can’t help but be inspired to do the same.

Raven to host launch party for book about rock stars' 'worst gigs'

The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., will host a launch party at 7 p.m. Friday for entertainment journalist Jon Niccum’s new book, “The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All.”

Mrs. Mass.: Teashop elegance at HOUSE OF CHá

HOUSE OF CHá brings the elegance and flavor of a teashop to Lawrence. The menu is chock-full of different flavor options and "texture" additions (such as tapioca pearls or flavored jellies). Between the creamy milk teas and the fruity iced teas, there are well over 30 options, which can be served iced or hot. By Jessica Pauly

Wednesday, October 2

Make your own applesauce to sweeten fall oatmeal

Homemade applesauce transforms oatmeal from mere "warm cereal" to a fuzzy scarf and a hug as everyone leaves the house to go about the day.