Stories for April 2014


Wednesday, April 30

5 tips for healthier living: from a mile a day to veggie days

Instead of eating two or three big meals (600-1,000 calories) a day, eat six or seven small meals (200-300 calories) to control weight gain.

Today in Lawrence: 'Transforming Oppression,' Super Nerd Night

More rain, a remembrance for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Transforming Oppression" at KU, and a new Super Nerd Night at The Bottleneck.

Fresh takes: Nine easy ways to make the most of CSA produce

CSA’s are fantastic, I decided after participating in one for the first time last summer, but also can be challenging in the cooking department. As this year’s CSA season kicks off, I’m sharing some of the recipes that helped me make the most of my weekly haul to help you make the most of yours. By Sara Shepherd

Tuesday, April 29

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Today in Lawrence: Mobb Deep, a 'Very Nervous System'

A "Very Nervous System" at KU, Mammoth Publications at the Kansas Union, and Mobb Deep at the Granada.

Monday, April 28

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Today in Lawrence: Deer Tick, the Galapagos, Korea

An ideal world at the Spencer Museum, a Galapagos safari at Trinity Lutheran Church, and Deer Tick with The Hold Steady at the Granada.

Sunday, April 27

Lied Center 2014-15 schedule includes Broadway hits, famous performers

The Lied Center announced its 2014-2015 season lineup earlier tonight, and it features hit Broadway shows, nationally renowned instrumentalists and iconic productions. Tickets are on sale to Friends of the Lied and students today and to the general public on May 19.

Kansas City Connection: Beer festivals on tap this summer

If you play your cards right, you could probably hit a beer festival of some kind just about every weekend for the next several months.

Summer Youth Theatre auditions next week

Lawrence Art Center’s Summer Youth Theatre is holding auditions next Sunday, May 4 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s theme is British Invasion.

Artist to install 'Nervous System' interactive piece on campus

Toronto-based David Rokeby will be the resident artist at The Commons from April 28 through May 1, in conjunction with Data & Democracy, the programming theme for the year.

Saturday, April 26

Playing it 'Saf3': Lawrence native finds success in TV show

Since she was an adolescent at South Junior High School, Lydia Hull had been dreaming of a career in acting. Now, the Lawrence native has just experienced her first big break. By Nikki Wentling

Point B: Where dancers can continue their training

Point B welcomes the community into their studio with open arms, seasoned dancers or just intrigued dance enthusiasts. Perhaps the upcoming annual Point B Dance Carnival by AIM Dance Company at Lawrence Arts Center on Friday and Saturday this week, is a proper introduction to the studio.

Friday, April 25

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Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, Turnpike Troubadours, Local Natives

Local Natives at the Granada, Turnpike Troubadours at Liberty Hall, plus Final Friday.

Thursday, April 24

Today in Lawrence: Trench warfare, the Supreme Court and Obama

"The Tender Soldier" at the Dole Institute, trench warfare at the Watkins Museum, and Jeffrey Toobin at KU.

April Final Friday Preview: Kansas beauty captured in photos

It’s finally spring, a time of rebirth and renewal, and a time to reacquaint ourselves with the natural world, which for many of us, means mowing, weeding and gardening.

The Fashion Column Twins: Gifts made for moms

If you’re searching for that perfect fashionable gift to give your Mom for Mother’s Day, I have three words for you: Made on Mass.

Introducing Limestone's 'Neoprairie' pizza

The 20,000-pound limestone, wood-fired behemoth that heats up to 1,000 degrees and bakes a pizza in 90 seconds is the key ingredient for the Neapolitan-style pizza made from Kansas flour, local farm-sourced tomatoes and other regional ingredients. The masterminds behind the operation have coined these 12-inch pies as “Neoprairie,” each created with the subtlety of a few basic ingredients.

Celtic Woman to bring gems of Ireland to the Lied Center

The all-female group is stopping in Lawrence in honor of The Emerald Tour, to perform at the Lied Center in support of their latest studio album “Emerald: Musical Gems.” Originally recruited in 2007 and performing with Celtic Woman until 2007, Lynn Hilary has returned for this 75-city tour, joining Máiréad Nesbitt, Máiréad Carlin, and Susan McFadden.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Biscuit Ben-Yay at Big Biscuit

Part biscuit, part french toast, part beignet, tastes like funnel cake.

Garden Variety: Late spring freeze can have lasting effects

Just when we had allowed Spring Fever to really get the best of us, buying plants, cleaning the winter accumulation, trimming, and even mowing, along comes the freeze — a killing freeze in some places with only mottled frost in others. Out come the old sheets and blankets covering our most beloved and dotting our landscape like a bad modern art painting.

Mrs. Mass.: Downtown full of gift ideas for mom

Here’s your big reminder, people: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, which is right around the corner! While each and every mom is unique, the way we show mom’s love can translate seamlessly with a few tried and true gifts or thoughtful gestures.

A gift for most every kind of mom

If you take time to think about mom outside of her mom life, it becomes less of a challenge to find the item that will make her feel like the queen bee that she is on this special day. Check out the small sampling of local goods for every kind of mom.

Style Scout: Erinn Stacie

What would you like to see more or less of in Lawrence? More events that bring people out to socialize and to see bands like The Rent. I just saw a little kid on the sidewalk showing his grandfather how to do the Dougie! Less of? Nothing comes to mind.

Fix-It Chick: Install a night latch

A night latch is a surface-mounted door lock that can be installed on the interior of any door. Night latches are easier to install than standard deadbolts and provide a similar amount of security.

Lawrence Arts Center hosting first Poetry Fair

In open mic fashion, more than 20 poets will gather in the lobby to share their poetry, meet with guests and sell their books that The Raven bookstore will have on hand.

Style Scout: Lars Erickson

Describe your style: My style, I’d say, is pretty unique. I definitely go for cheap. So you know Goodwill? That’s where it’s at!

Wednesday, April 23

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Today in Lawrence: March for a Voice, Schoolboy Q

Poetry party at the library, March for a Voice at Kansas University, and Schoolboy Q at Liberty Hall.

Morel mushrooms are a rare delight

While they’re deserving of their deeply savory and earthy reputation, morel mushrooms — which have a short season in mid-spring in Kansas — are all but impossible to grow yourself. In order to get a basket full, you either have to know how to forage for them or know someone else who does.

Bite Sighs: Cinnamon rolls with a twist

When my friend Angie asked for a King cake last month, I was happy to oblige. I found an excellent recipe online, made the cake and was immediately addicted. Since my daily carb limit doesn’t include huge portions of cake, I decided to have a go at adapting the recipe to something smaller. Turns out, it lends itself perfectly to cinnamon rolls.

Tuesday, April 22

Today in Lawrence: Bob Dole, Bob Dylan

Bob Dole at the Dole Institute, Retta at Liberty Hall, and a Bob Dylan birthday bash at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Monday, April 21

Today in Lawrence: Interfaith vigil, library warning

Several Lawrence congregations will gather at 7 tonight for an "Interfaith Vigil For Community, Solidarity and Hope" at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center.

Sunday, April 20

One wild ride for Your Friend, Taryn Miller

Since the February 20 announcement that Taryn Blake Miller had signed with London-based Domino Records (offices in Brooklyn), and the rerelease of her debut “Jekyll/Hyde,” her enthusiasm hasn’t wavered.

Kansas City Connection: Renee Kelly's Harvest the king of the brunch castle

Last week I wrote about several good choices for Sunday brunch, but it wasn’t until a week later that I discovered what has to be one of the most elegant and atmospheric dining halls in the area.

Behind the Lens: A picture can be worth more than words

Did you know that the difference between apologizing to your spouse and owning a photograph of Fats Domino is $189?

KU's Wakarusa Trio wins a top prize in Chamber Music Competition

The Wakarusa Trio, comprised of clarinetist Puyin Bai, violist Shokhrukh Sadikov and pianist Kai Yin Crystal Lam, recently won a $4,000 prize at the 68th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Friday, April 18

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Today in Lawrence: Easter brunch, Earth Day weekend

The perfect eggs Benedict, Lawrence's Earth Day parade, a chance to paws and reflect, and more Monty Python.

Thursday, April 17

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Today in Lawrence: Turkish folk, freaky fossils

Fossil fascination at the KU Natural History Museum, Ayşenur Kolivar at the Lied Center, and "The Future of the University" at Spooner Hall.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Nightmare on Massachusetts Street at Ingredient

It may not be an eating challenge, but this is one big burger. Finishing the whole thing could be nightmarish for some.

Photographer Mark Klett to deliver two lectures this week

Renowned photographer Mark Klett will be speaking on his collection of work at two events at Kansas University this week. The first is a Hallmark Symposium Lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art today.

Garden Variety: It's time for asparagus

Asparagus is one of those vegetables where freshness is incredibly important. If you have never eaten asparagus fresh out of the garden, try it. It may convince you to grow some of your own.

Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate wild onions from your yard

If your lawn is filled with tufts of bright-green, waxy, smelly foliage, it may be time to get out the shovel and start digging. Wild onions are invasive plants, spreading year to year both from seed and bulb. A multi-tiered plan of action is the best way to eradicate wild onions.

Style Scout: Ursula Rothrock

What would you like to see more or less of in Lawrence? More cheap but authentic and good-quality tacos. Less stabbings.

Style Scout: Graham Ray

Tell us a secret: I was on a museum brochure when I was 4 years old with my dad, and he was wearing a mullet.

The Fashion Column Twins: The best Easter dresses

Easter is right around the corner, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for you to find that perfect dress.

Family Adventures: May flowers for everyone

With all the tulips and daffodils in bloom right now, I think I may load up the Kid on Easter Sunday and teach him how to properly deliver May baskets.

Mrs. Mass.: Po' boys? Oh boy!

According to Terrebonne, a po’ boy is a long sandwich on French bread, typically containing a spicy mayonnaise and fried seafood, but can be made with about anything you can think of. If this description sounds mouth-wateringly delicious to you, then rest assured your taste buds know what’s up.

Get to know the Farmers' Ball semi-finalists

From 60 local band submissions, whittled down to 16 by KJHK/SUA committee members, and sliced in half by the community through online voting, eight bands will go head-to-head this Saturday, April 19 at The Bottleneck, at 8 p.m. This is the 20th year of this battle of the local/regional bands. It’s the second year the two organizations have been able to offer monetary prizes: the top reward being $2,000 and runner up receiving $1,000.

Upgrade him: How men can look their part this spring

Meet Will Dale. Like a lot of men, Will could use some outside help when it comes to picking out his outfits.

Wednesday, April 16

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Today in Lawrence: 'Finding Saddam,' 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'

"Finding Saddam" at the Lied Center, Joshua Clover and Megan Kaminski at Spooner Hall, and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at Liberty Hall.

Delicious/Nutritious: Bringing leeks out of hiding

My plan for this round of Delicious/Nutritious was to find some way to present our chosen ingredient for April — leeks — in a way where you could actually see them.

Easter eggs Benedict

Whip up a brunch classic, then top it with smoked trout

For something I used to think could only be created by a trained chef in a restaurant kitchen, eggs Benedict is actually quite easy to make at home.

Tuesday, April 15

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Today in Lawrence: John Cale, Mates of State, 'Wichita'

"Shakespeare the Recycler" at the Hall Center, "Wichita" at Liberty Hall, John Cale at the Lawrence Arts Center, and Mates of State at The Granada.

Monday, April 14

Lawrence High School students receive film festival awards

Four Lawrence High School students recently received awards for their short films presented in the student-run Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival.

Sunday, April 13

Kansas City Connection: Easter brunch, Earth Day fun and Record Store Day

Brunch as a social institution might not have caught on in Kansas City the way it has in Portland (at least the fictitious version of the city presented in “Portlandia”). But Kansas City’s restaurants offer an impressive array of Sunday brunch options, especially on Easter.

John Cale always reinventing himself

John Cale is this month’s featured Nine Forty Live artist at Lawrence Arts Center, performing a variety of material from his six decades of studio albums (his latest, “Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood”) with a backing band at 8 p.m. April 15. In true Cale fashion, there’s going to be some surprises in the mix to look forward to, but anyone familiar with his live shows already know not to come prepared to hear exact renditions they’ve heard in the past

Mates of State: the ultimate power couple born out of Lawrence

Mates of State will be performing a stripped-down set at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Granada.

Friday, April 11

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Today in Lawrence: 7 things to do this weekend

Seven things to do this weekend, from "The Great Gatsby" at Theatre Lawrence to Easter egg hunts aplenty.

Thursday, April 10

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Today in Lawrence: Real Estate, classical piano

"America's Heroes" at the Dole Institute, Steven Spooner at the Lawrence Arts Center, and Real Estate at Liberty Hall.

Documentary film festival to portray African culture realistically

The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting Kansas University’s third annual Africa World Documentary film festival this weekend, Kansas being the fifth stop on the world traveling tour.

Spring greens: Six ideas to kick off salad season using fresh ingredients

It’s time to dust off those salad tongs and stock up on greens because salad season is here again.

KU to stage Nobel laureate’s ‘The Other Shore’

The theater is an interesting place to experience abstract art. Because a play happens live, the audience expects concrete representations of place through the set, of characterization through costuming and of action through sound and motion.

Making Gatsby great

Theatre Lawrence production the perfect challenge for director

Theatre Lawrence's production of "The Great Gatsby," which kicks off Friday and runs through April 27, tells the story a Jazz Age millionaire and the young man who is drawn to him.

'Genius of Women' benefit variety show to celebrate beauty of womanhood

The eighth annual “Genius of Women” variety show celebrating the beauty and dignity of womanhood this Friday will serve as a benefit for a rescue center for children and shelter for child mothers in Diocese of Malindi in Kenya.

Garden Variety: Spring Fair can help you master your garden

As Master Gardener Jim Harmon says, the Douglas County Master Gardener Spring Fair “is an excellent educational opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about gardening.”

Fix-It Chick: Install a 3-way switch, Part II

When the power source runs directly to a light fixture rather than to its switch, you can wire in a second switch for the light fixture by following these 10 steps.

Style Scout: Vicky Diaz-Camacho

Describe your style: It’s probably a mixture of my ’30s inspiration with my ’70s adoration for Stevie Nicks and then modern chic, too. I just mix them together!

Mrs. Mass.: A meal for the whole family

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: we have no shortage of excellent options for dining out in downtown Lawrence. But when you’re dining out with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, you tend to consider your options a little bit differently.

Style Scout: Chris Nicholson

Tell us a secret: I am secretly Justin Timberlake’s go-to suit guy!

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Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken fried meatloaf at Basil Leaf

The full name of this dish is “Chicken Fried Filet of Three Meatloaf” — with the three meats being pork, bison and beef.

New Year New You contest winner gets fresh start after being declared cancer-free

Alyson Cistola is the winner of Lawrence Journal-World’s New Year New You makeover contest. Diagnosed with cancer last fall, Cistola maintained the utmost positivity while undergoing aggressive treatment, remaining a full-time kindergarten teacher and caring for her daughter who just left for college two weeks before she learned of her diagnosis.

The Fashion Column Twins: 3 outfits featuring the classic white button-down

The white button-down used to only be associated with office attire, but we have fun incorporating it into our everyday wear.

Wednesday, April 9

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Today in Lawrence: Death and Nerd Nite, a secret war

Ukraine discussion at KU, the war in Laos at the Lawrence Percolator, and Nerd Nite at Pachamama's.

The presidential history of mac and cheese

Thomas Jefferson — who would be a youthful 271 years old on April 13 if he were still alive — has plenty of well-known achievements. But my favorite bit of historical trivia about the author of the Declaration of Independence is much more humble: Jefferson was partly responsible for importing the recipe for macaroni and cheese to the United States.

Tuesday, April 8

Van Go, busker festival win grants

Two Lawrence arts organizations are among 11 awarded Strategic Investment and Arts Integration grants this year from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the commission announced Tuesday.

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Lawrence Journal-World wins 12 Local Media Association awards

The Lawrence Journal-World was among the top overall newspaper winners in the Local Media Association’s 2013 Editorial Contest, the association announced Tuesday.

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Today in Lawrence: All Time Low, Mark Halperin

All Time Low at The Granada, Mark Halperin at the Dole Institute, and Vadym Kholodenko at the Lied Center.

Beyond vegetables: Array of food, other offerings at farmers market opening for the season on Saturday

The Lawrence Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. It’s easy to pick up everything you need for a whole meal at the market — even the centerpiece. Meet four of the many vendors ready to help set your table. By Sara Shepherd

Monday, April 7

Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run

This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. By Sara Shepherd

Volunteers needed for Lawrence Visitor Center

The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau provides visitors to Lawrence a first impression of our community’s friendliness, as well as directing guests to local resources and current events.

Today in Lawrence: Money and politics, National Championship

Warm weather, afternoon showers, the economics of American elections, and a little basketball game in Arlington, Texas.

Sunday, April 6

Behind the Lens: Bringing a constructive approach to photos

I often tell people about my reliance on visual devices and creative techniques in constructing my photographs. And, yes, for me, creating a photograph is like a construction site.

Kansas City Connection: Movies with local ties front and center at KC Film Fest

Given its growth over the past few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kansas City Film Fest eventually became one of the nation’s more popular cinema events. For now, the size is just right — there are plenty of interesting feature films and shorts to choose from, yet the festival is still affordable and accessible to fans of all interest levels.

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Before he became a master puppeteer, Joseph Cashore could handle a basketball like few others

Sports heroes entered my life early from my seat on the floor of our crowded den in Rochester, N.Y., where with my father and five brothers I watched Roberto Clemente, Wilt Chamberlain and Arnold Palmer performing on television.

Visiting scholars to discuss recycled, innovative ideas of Shakespeare

Two of the world’s top scholars of the Bard are visiting University of Kansas to present groundbreaking research conducted on Shakespeare that suggests his innovative works were products of recycled inspiration from other written works.

She is Kawehi: One-woman band becomes Internet sensation

If you frequent this ol’ thing called the Internet, you've probably stumbled across the virality of Lawrence’s own one-woman band Kawehi, who has just within the last month managed to get the attention of publications like Esquire, Elle, The Huffington Post and Spin — not to mention even more websites — with the video release of a casual practice-run of a song cover.

Friday, April 4

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Today in Lawrence: Wes Anderson, 'Snow White' and best of the weekend

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" at Liberty Hall, "Snow White" at Lawrence High School, and a look ahead to the weekend.

Thursday, April 3

Theatre Lawrence announces 2014-2015 season

Theatre Lawrence has announced its lineup of shows for the 2014-2015 season. Early ticket sales begin May 1.

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Today in Lawrence: LUNAFEST, 'Bride of the Gorilla'

LUNAFEST at Liberty Hall, "Bride of the Gorilla" at the KU Natural History Museum, and "Broadway's Next H!T Musical" at the Lied Center.

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Lawrence Libations: New Moon at Encore Cafe

No need for any fancy infusions; this exotic lychee fruit libation will satisfy your sweet tooth while getting you that pleasant tipsy you’re looking for.

Fix-It Chick: Install a second wall switch

The hardest part of installing a second wall switch for an existing light fixture, when the power source connects to the existing switch, is pulling new wires through the wall.

Garden Variety: Controlling early spring weeds

Two specific weeds seem to become nemeses to gardeners first in the growing season: dandelion and henbit. Both, in quantity, produce lush purple or yellow casts to open fields and, at the same, a singular eyesore in our space.

Style Scout: Kaley Cornett

Whom do people say you look like? People say I look like Anna Kendrick, and one time I got Lorde. I think it’s the hair!

Style Scout: Matt Moore

Describe your style: Simple and understated. I don’t like wearing clothes with logos on them.

The Classic Sartorialist: Spring into a new pair of kicks

With spring approaching and the weather warming, it’s finally (hallelujah) time to trade in your boots for some springier footwear. And while boat shoes have been the go-to shoe for most men in recent years, this spring solidly belongs to the classic plimsoll.

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Looking like Lupita

Girls who want a red carpet look like Lupita Nyong’o this prom season need look no further than Weaver’s, 901 Massachusetts St.

Mrs. Mass.: At Cindy’s Simple life, expect the unexpected

One of the charming aspects of downtown Lawrence is the variety of shops we have sprinkled from Sixth to 12th streets, between Vermont and New Hampshire.

Family Adventures: Gear up for rainy play

Kansas weather. Do I need to say anymore? I can’t help it, I have to. As soon as the snow stops, tornado season starts — if the tornadoes even decide to be that courteous — and then it’s going to start raining. I know that we’ll get the customary two weeks of glorious-ness in May, but, in the meantime, what’s a mama who’s ready for some fresh air to do?

Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church's monthly sale

Monthly Indian taco sales have been a tradition for more than 30 years at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church. Not only do they help the church raise needed funds, they give locals a chance to indulge in an Indian specialty rarely found on restaurant menus. By Sara Shepherd

Packing the perfect picnic basket

There is no scientific formula for putting together the perfect picnic basket, but let this list of European goodies from Au Marche, 931 Massachusetts St., spark some creative ideas to fit your tastes. By Nadia Imafidon

Wednesday, April 2

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Today in Lawrence: Theatre Lawrence season party, the business of college sports

Thunderstorms, Theatre Lawrence Season Announcement Party, and the business of college sports at the Dole Center.

Homemade granola is great for trips

While I've been counting down the days to our warm, spring break vacation, I'm not excited about the plane travel.

Tuesday, April 1

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Today in Lawrence: Arlo Guthrie, Bun B, great books

Arlo Guthrie at Liberty Hall, Bun B at the Granada and a celebration of books at KU.