Stories for September 2013


Sunday, September 29

Kansas City Connection: The best places to watch a Chiefs game

Chiefs fans can save a mint and enjoy both home and away games at any number of fun sports bars and restaurants throughout the area.

Raven Book Store to host novelist James Greer

Musician and author James Greer will be signing copies of his new short-story collection, “Everything Flows,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.

Husband and wife fine art photographers are best friends, each other's biggest fans

Tim and Betsy Forcade’s walk-out basement is a mélange of light tables and frames, cutting mats and computers, lenses and strobes. There’s watercolor-like abstract photos thumbtacked here, an unframed image of cattle in a field leaning there.

Friday, September 27

Entering its third year, Final Fridays is a bigger draw than ever

Final Fridays, which celebrated its third anniversary last month, has grown into a buzzworthy monthly event for downtown Lawrence. Organizers hope the momentum will continue, boosting exposure for local artists plus increasing the kind of vibrancy that attracts visitors and new residents to town. By Sara Shepherd

Thursday, September 26

Peekaboo! Jack-o'-lantern dishes bring Halloween to the tabletop, tastefully

Off the Beaten Buy

For people who love Halloween but don’t love those tacky plastic pumpkins and messy cotton webs, here’s a more stylish — and (bonus!) useful — way to bring the season to your tabletop.

Style Scout: Kelly McLeay

Fashion trends you love: Skorts are coming back for women and I really like them!

Style Scout: Mingtian Zhao

Whom do people say you look like? There is only one Mingtian Zhao in this world!

September Final Friday preview: N.Y. artist to visit Liberty Hall for film showing, discussion

This month’s Final Friday events get an early start tonight with a joint venture from The Invisible Hand Gallery and Liberty Hall. They will co-host a program featuring the films of Mike Anderson at 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Wake n Bake Pizza at Fat Freddy’s

The ultimate fourth meal: an entire greasy breakfast and a pizza in one.

After-dark eats: Lawrence has plenty of places to find a fourth meal

Hungry after midnight? Here are six great places to get a fourth meal in Lawrence, one for any kind of craving.

Fashion Column Twins: Unique and eccentric fall jewels

There’s nothing better than wearing one-of-a-kind jewelry to begin a new fashion season.

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Outfit inspired by Christina Hendricks

Many women envy Christina Hendricks’ classic, curvy look, and with a trip downtown, they can get that look at prices that won’t drive them mad.

Mrs. Mass.: Decoration inspiration from M.Street Interiors

Autumn is my favorite season. The colors are vibrant, the weather gets chilly and it’s such a delight to decorate for the holidays. Finding the right floral arrangement for the entryway or centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table can be quite the fun challenge.

Wednesday, September 25

Butternut squash ravioli on a pizza

Re-creating Free State's Butternut Squash Ravioli in pizza form.

Sunday, September 22

Kansas City Connection: Renowned opera singer returns home for ‘Capulets and Montagues’

Kansas City loves its success stories, and the only drawback of a native performer making it big internationally is that it sometimes takes them awhile to return to local orbit. Such is the case with Joyce DiDonato, a Kansas City native whose appearance this weekend at the Kauffman Center will be her first area performance in nearly a decade.

Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables'

Karole Armitage's "contemporary ballet" comes to Lawrence Saturday evening, when Armitage’s company, Armitage Gone! Dance, performs “Fables on Global Warming” at the Lied Center.

Arts Center announces new dance director

The Lawrence Arts Center has announced that Hanan Misko will be its new dance school director, starting Wednesday.

Author plans signing for new children’s book, ‘Gay L-U-V’

Lawrence author Donna Frantz, who writes under the name “Abue,” is planning a signing for her latest children’s book in the Silly Gilly Gil series, “Gay L-U-V.”

Artist to visit Liberty Hall for film showing, talk

Liberty Hall and the Invisible Hand Gallery are teaming up to present a showing of the films of Mike Anderson, followed by a Q&A with the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist.

Lawrence native shares painting talent for Boston's 'Play Me, I'm Yours' public piano project

One of the 75 pianos-turned-works-of-art being unveiled this week for Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” project was crafted by a Lawrence native.

Free vocal concert at KU to feature potpourri of song

Jayne Siemens, soprano, and Thomas Dreeze, baritone, will present “Together Again for the First Time” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Swarthout Recital Hall, inside Murphy Hall at 1530 Naismith Drive.

Saturday, September 21

Collect all seven: Banned books trading cards to be released one day at a time

By the end of Banned Books Week, Lawrencians will have been able to collect a full set of this year's banned books trading cards. The Lawrence Public Library will release one of the seven winning cards per day throughout the week, Sunday through Sept. 28.

Thursday, September 19

Library unveils winning designs in banned books trading card project

Cards will be released for public collection starting Sunday

From the seemingly innocuous “Charlotte’s Web” to the oft-maligned “Catcher in the Rye,” this year’s winning banned books trading cards feature a variety of titles. Throw in assorted mediums to illustrate them — art-quilting, crayon and digital collage, to name a few — and the spirit of banned books is captured in a well-rounded set of trading cards. By Sara Shepherd and Caitlin Doornbos

Percolator dispatching art, merriment across town to new shelter

The Percolator is sending a delegation of artists, entertainers, merriment and foolishness across town to the new Lawrence Community Shelter this weekend.

Frank’s North Star Tavern earns loyal following hosting unusual events

If you were to step foot inside Frank's North Star Tavern on Friday the 13th, you would have seen people of all ages - not just the more "mature" crowd - waiting to compete in its second “Indoor Roller Races” while sporting attire from sombreros and reflector vests, to kilts and various animal costumes, and, of course, a woman carrying a miniature E.T. By Nadia Imafidon

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Off the Beaten Plate: Bird’s Nest Noodles at Encore Café

Most any noodles, any way, are tasty and satisfying. But some are more fun than others, namely if they’re shaped and fried to form a thick, crispy nest for the rest of the food on your plate.

The Fashion Column Twins: Life is short; buy the shoes

The changing of the seasons prompts me to evaluate my shoe collection and see what I can keep, what I need to get rid of, and my favorite part: what styles to buy.

Mrs. Mass.: Yokohama a nice catch

On the days when a hamburger just won’t satisfy (I admit, those days are rare), I often turn to Yokohama Sushi.

On your feet: ‘Footloose’ the perfect show for director at right time

Annette Cook has been waiting a long time for this opportunity. “I’ve wanted to direct a show here forever,” she says. “When I got the call, and they asked me, I was over the moon. I didn’t even care what show it was.”

Style Scout: Cassie Absher

Fashion trends you love: I really don’t keep up with trends. I guess I like things that are comfortable and clothes that I can wear anywhere. I love animal prints and things that are earthy.

Style Scout: Royce Harrison

Fashion trends you hate: I dislike the uniforms that some freshmen are wearing on campus where they have their Uggs, yoga pants, KU graphic tees and their North Face backpacks.

A handcrafted clean: Area businesses create, sell natural homemade soaps

Dainty hotel soaps shaped like seashells are one thing. But when it comes to lathering up, a touch of homespun can be just as luxurious. Local milk, organic herbs, fair-trade shea butter and pure essential oils highlight ingredient lists for area residents who create and sell natural, handmade soaps. By Sara Shepherd

Wednesday, September 18

Bite Sighs: Apricot custard cups are sweet, crunchy comfort

There are some days that you just feel like telling the Health Police to go jump in the lake while you curl up with comfort food.

Tuesday, September 17

Commission announces winners of this year’s Phoenix Awards

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission today is expected to announce the winners of this year’s Phoenix Awards, bestowed annually to local artists and art supporters.

Monday, September 16

Hall Center fellow to give talk on long Kansas walk

Next week, this year’s Simons Public Humanities Fellow will give a talk on the cross-state trek that, as he puts it, “transformed him from a dyed-in-the-wool denizen of the East Coast into a most unlikely Kansan.”

Sunday, September 15

'Feel the light': Much anticipated Turrell exhibition opens at Spencer Museum of Art

Before Saturday night, light artist James Turrell had seen his work "Gard Blue" — a projection of blue light forming a singular glowing pyramid — just once since he created it in 1968. Back then he was young, pushing boundaries and creating the type of art no one had ever seen before. In the 45 years since, Turrell has garnered worldwide fandom, but perhaps the most striking characteristic of “Gard Blue” is one he’s tried not to stray from: focus. By Sara Shepherd

Kansas City Connection: Art fair, rodeo among awesome autumn events

With cooler temperatures, beautiful fall colors and an abundance of concerts and community events every weekend, there’s no better season to get out and explore some of the cultural events and festivities Kansas City has to offer.

Fall Arts Guide 2013

This autumn's biggest arts and entertainment happenings in Lawrence.

Fall movie preview: Plenty of buzz surrounds upcoming releases

Never fear, Oscar is here, and this fall’s lineup of award hopefuls and risky independent cinema is enough to get any film fan excited. Here’s a look at what’s ahead for the remainder of 2013:

Thursday, September 12

State arts grant boosts effort to purchase equipment, lights at new Theatre Lawrence

A $50,000 grant from the state will boost the second phase of fundraising for Theatre Lawrence’s new building, helping to fill it with updated equipment and tools. The grant is one of nine totaling $350,000 the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission announced today. By Sara Shepherd

Mrs. Mass.: Home-grown groceries

Today in CheckOut: Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult when roaming through your standard grocery. Fortunately, Lawrence has an easy solution for these kinds of problems, and this solution is called The Merc. Founded in 1974, The Merc was born from a group of locals devoted to community access to whole foods. As a cooperative market and deli, this specialty grocery focuses on local and organic products. By Jessica Pauly

The Fashion Column Twins: Step up your style for gamedays

Football season is finally here, and that means one thing: It’s time to step up your style game. Thankfully, gameday style has evolved into so much more than jeans and a boxy T-shirt with your favorite team’s logo printed on the front. I’m always on the hunt for stylish sporty attire, so when I stepped into Fortuity, at 809 Massachusetts St., I was like a kid in a candy store. By Emily and Elizabeth Kennedy

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Blue Man Group gets to the core of what makes us human

Russell Rink has been preparing to be a Blue Man his whole life. This 10-year Blue Man veteran was expansive on his experience as the bald, child-like man covered in blue make-up (which takes 45 minutes to put on, by the way). Perhaps because the character Rink plays doesn’t talk at all during the show, or even at the meet-and-greet, after the show ends. By Nadia Imafidon

Little bookstore that could

Its personal touch has helped the Raven stay in business 25 years

Around the time book giants like Borders were becoming ubiquitous, an area literary professional told Pat Kehde she wouldn’t be able to keep her little bookstore afloat unless it got a lot bigger. Kehde, who opened the Raven in 1988 with fellow Lawrencian Mary Lou Wright, told him he was wrong. The Raven marks its 25th anniversary this year, and while technology has dramatically changed the bookselling landscape, the shop is hopeful a devout clientele and its commitment to customer service will help it continue on. By Sara Shepherd

Style Scout: Greg Bonsignore

Fashion trends you hate: Birkenstocks and those plastic Crocs! That’s like basically saying you’ve given up on people looking at you.

Style Scout: Kristan Hanson

Tell us a secret: Some people say that I was Olga Spessivtseva in a past life.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Chocolate-dipped potato chips at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Whatever you’re buying at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, there’s a high probability it’s coated in chocolate: apples, frozen cheesecake slices, pretzels, marshmallows, potato chips ... wait, potato chips?

Wednesday, September 11

25th annual Haskell Art Market this weekend

The Haskell Art Market will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with the annual event scheduled for this weekend. By Giles Bruce

Delicious/Nutritious: Apples ripe for fall recipes

Food columnists Sarah Henning and Megan Stuke put their spin on different kinds of apples.

Sunday, September 8

Acclaimed light artist to open Lawrence exhibit in person with public talk

Light artist James Turrell himself will be on hand for the opening of “Gard Blue,” a new exhibition of his work at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Lied Center to host The Price is Right Live!

The Lied Center is inviting audiences to “come on down” and win big prizes at The Price is Right Live! on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday.

Bible illustrations, woodcuts dating to Medieval times on view at Baker

A Quayle Bible Collection exhibit titled “Illuminating the Bible: Woodcuts and Engravings” is now on view at Baker University.

Author to sign book highlighting lighter side of pioneering

Author Linda Johnston will visit the Raven Book Store this week to read from and sign copies of her book, “Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory.”

Kansas City Connection: It's a zoo out there

School is back in session and the pools are all closed, but there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had in the Kansas City area including a number of theme parks and music festivals.

‘New York’ revisits 9/11, telling survivors’ stories

Every now and again, a play comes along that is revealing not only in its subject matter but also in its performance. The writing of it and the performance of it open our eyes to things we only partially understood.

Inaugural Lawrence Print Week to celebrate art form with events, exhibits

If New York City has a lively annual print week, why can’t Lawrence? That’s what local organizers figured when they pulled together all things printmaking for the inaugural Lawrence Print Week. A flurry of print-celebrating events is scheduled next week, with some related exhibitions open this week. By Sara Shepherd

Thursday, September 5

Style Scout: Josh Parker

Whom do people say you look like? Ferris Bueller

Style Scout: Daryl Bugner

Fashion trends you hate: I have a hard time with neon. Yup! It’s also kind of a hard thing to go with red hair.

Asphalt Orchestra to open Lied Center season

A guerrilla-music force from New York City is scheduled to open the Lied Center’s 2013-2014 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-member group, uses classical, rock, pop and jazz music and combines the genres to create an ambitious and radical show.

The Classic Sartorialist: Football weather fashion

Before reaching into your closets and drawers for that sacred gameday shirt, consider classing up your tailgating attire.

Readings at the Raven to feature escaped tigers and epic rides

The Raven Book Store is hosting a series of readings from regional writers today and Friday.

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Lawrence Libations: Key Lime Pie Martini at Saints

Like key lime pie in liquid form — sweet, limey and alcoholic.

Mrs. Mass.: A day at the beach

I think it’s safe to say that all of Lawrence is familiar with the Sandbar (and the most delightful “Shark Attack” you’ll ever encounter in your life). But have you experienced the Sandbar Sub Shop?

Local, regional artists to display work at annual arts and crafts festival

The shelves that line the front of Kara McKamey's ceramics studio are filled with bowls, mugs, pots, vases and other pieces made by herself and renters at Muddy Waters Studio, but this weekend many of those shelves will be cleared as she and other local artists participate in the 34th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday in South Park.

Wednesday, September 4

Flavor combinations take priority in Krauses' cookbook, re-released with new name

Lawrence residents and restaurateurs Robert and Molly Krause take taste up a notch in their cookbook, “The Flavorful Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Amazing 3-Ingredient Flavor Combinations.”

Sunday, September 1

World air guitar champ returns home with rock star status

Lawrence's Eric Melin, aka "Mean Melin," recounts winning the Air Guitar World Championships and how his return home was "pretty much the best moment ever."

Turrell's 'Gard Blue' to fill Spencer Museum's Central Court with light

As crowds flock to James Turrell’s simultaneous retrospectives at major museums in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, Lawrence residents will have a closer-to-home option for viewing work by the artist Forbes magazine called “the art world’s brightest luminary this year.”

Record-holding long-distance hiker to visit Lawrence, share stories from new book

The woman who hiked the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in a record 46 and a half days will visit Lawrence’s Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop this month.

Improv comedy troupe cultivates local actors' creativity

Marty Honig had always thrived on stage, but she hated memorizing lines. So when she found local improvisational comedy troupe, Roving Imp, she was hooked. With improv, no longer does she worry about forgetting what to say; the comedic acting style made popular by the television show, “Whose Line is It Anyway,” is completely unscripted.

Behind the Lens: Know your rights as a photographer

I’ve been asked recently about photographing people in public places. Should photographers ask permission before taking the photograph?

Kansas City Connection: This week, check out some art, take a trip and find your soul

In the next seven days, Kansas City is practically bubbling over with festivals, concerts and more.