Thursday, July 31
Today in Lawrence: It's family night at the Douglas County Fair, and the carnival is open from 6 to 11 p.m. It's the last Brown Bag Lunch Concert for the summer -- head over to US Bank and listen!
Wednesday, July 30
To more fully enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, homeowners can expand the comforts of their homes into yards, patios and porches.
Can we talk about what a wonderful year this has been for gardens so far? I haven't had to water once, yet everything looks healthy and green.
Impress guests at your next summertime cookout with a drink poured from these stylish pitchers with personality.
As we’re in the heart of summer and can’t seem to escape this heat wave lately, Elizabeth and I thought it would be fitting to show our favorite styles of shorts.
Whether you are a homeowner, a renter or just a kid going off to college, having a properly stocked tool box is the key to Fix-It happiness.
Irises are by far one of the easiest and most reliable plants to grow in Kansas, but sometimes a hidden insect pest affects their ability to bloom.
Dream job: To publish books and not have to do real work ever.
Tell us a secret: I use swear words more than anybody would know. I hope my sweet mother doesn’t read this!
With a few adjustments in the hair care beauty regime, and some trendy styling tricks from some local hair experts, fight off frizz and finish this summer with great hair despite the aggressive weather.
What are the top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world — our city’s most iconic, most delicious, most notorious, must-have, can’t-miss, original-to-us menu items? Here's our list.
Today in Lawrence: Chow down at the fair's Chef's Challenge, and bring the kids for animal judging, the petting zoo and pony rides.
Tuesday, July 29
Kansas University’s Title IX coordinator says she’s confident her office’s handling of sexual assault complaints will pass muster with a federal probe. By Sara Shepherd
Today in Lawrence: Mountaineer talks about Everest at the Dole Institute; artwork dedication at library celebrates light
Monday, July 28
Today in Lawrence: Celebrate a glorious, sunny summer day; submit your art for juried show; golf with Mario Chalmers
Sunday, July 27
Happy Gillis is back. Although the popular eatery at 549 Gillis St. in Columbus Park never technically went away since it opened in 2008, a new pair of owners and some tasty additions to the menu have given new life to an already-refreshing locale.
Author and illustrator Lindsey Yankey shares how the idea for her children's book "Bluebird" came into being after two gutsy trips to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
The Lawrence Art Center’s ceramist-in-residence Kyla Strid will be traveling to Gournia, Crete, this week with an archeological team led by Kansas University’s classics professor John Younger to consult on the excavation of a Minoan Pottery site.
Friday, July 25
Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, library opens, and Broadway at Baker brings "The Wiz"
Thursday, July 24
Today in Lawrence: Lovely weather for a sidewalk concert, a blood donation and a laugh with Spamalot.
Among the items on this month's Final Friday roster: sock sculptures, literary readings and a look at art from the 'Inside Out.'
Wednesday, July 23
Every barbecue restaurant serves a pulled pork sandwich. Not every barbecue restaurant has this. By Sara Shepherd
It’s not exactly dogs playing poker, but now dogs have the opportunity to try their hand (or paw, rather) at a little gambling.
Are pets and plants compatible? They can be, but plant lovers who also care for cats and dogs should be aware of the risks of keeping both in the same household.
Those of us working in animal sheltering are frequently asked how we can bear to do our jobs when faced with staggering odds and numbers that just don’t seem to be in our favor.
Here are some cute finds for your dog that will keep them seriously stylish this summer.
Fashion trends you love: I like the high-wasted thing and the bohemian type of feel because it goes with my current style now.
Tell us a secret: Ever since I watched the movie "Congo," I’m afraid of gorillas.
French drains are named after Harold French, the Massachusetts farmer who invented them. They are basically channels filled with gravel that direct water down and away from your home and property. Installing a French drain can be back-breaking work, but it is a relatively easy fix to a soggy problem.
Infused liquor is one of the simplest at-home preserving projects there is. While you can always get fancier, at heart it requires only four ingredients ― strong alcohol, some fruit, a little sugar and several months of time.
It’s a funny thing, not growing up in Lawrence but feeling like a townie.
Whether it’s keeping them safe or making them feel comfortable in the home, Kemberling and other local pet experts share some helpful guidelines for pet-proofing the house for your new companion.
With no admission charge for the Douglas County Fair there’s no reason not to hang out and check out all of the exhibits, says Margaret Kalb, executive secretary of the fair's board. But if you don't have time to hit up everything, here are seven essential things to do at this year’s fair:
Today in Lawrence: A break in the heat; meet the arts candidates; piano recital
Tuesday, July 22
When attending a wedding, it is normally customary to RSVP, choose an outfit, talk the hubby into a tie. But recently, my wedding prep became RSVP, choose an outfit, bake a pie. Actually, two pies.
Today in Lawrence will be extra hot, with a side of archaeology and a helping of music and poetry.
Monday, July 21
Today in Lawrence: Stay hydrated as heat advisory takes effect; the fair fashion revue kicks off; community bike ride rolls out
Sunday, July 20
This week, Kansas City Connection recommends a delicious new bakery and a vinyl record store that's practically a museum.
Time-lapse photography consists of making a series of still or video images of a subject at variable times and over an extended period. When you combine the images later in a linear format and view them back at a faster speed, the passage of time is compressed.
Spanning across the atrium of the renovated library and above the staircase are six panels of multicolored glass strung together to make “A Ribbon of Light” created by Dierk Van Keppel. With the framework resembling a double helix, anyone drawing scientific conclusions from its aesthetic would be exactly right.
Louis Agnello, the author behind the spiritual thriller "The Devil's Glove," will share insight into his "PG-13-rated morality tale" at a book signing at Signs of Life this week.
Saturday, July 19
Before Lawrence hires its first director of arts and culture, members of the community will have a chance to meet him or her. There are three finalists for the newly created position, and they’ll be the guests of honor at a public meet and greet and reception Wednesday evening. By Sara Shepherd
Friday, July 18
Today in Lawrence: Activities to keep you and your family busy all weekend, including stories, swimming and the Douglas County Fair!
Thursday, July 17
Today in Lawrence: Sidewalk sale has great weather for even better deals; Hobbit takes the stage
Wednesday, July 16
The new Legends sports bar and grill serves athlete-sized plates of food under the gaze of Kansas University sports stars from days gone by.
In China people eat these doughy pork-filled steamed buns for breakfast, often carrying out a couple in a paper bag to eat on the run.
It seems like school just let out, and already it is time to think about back-to-school sales. How is this possible?
Back to school shopping can be a daunting task because there are so many options out there nowadays, which is why we are going to break down some easy trends that your little ones can incorporate into their back-to-school wardrobes.
Describe your style: I’d say it’s a little bit eccentric. It’s very me. I don’t like to dress like the norm. I’m pretty laid back.
Tell us a secret: I like to read vampire romance novels.
Forget the “summer learning slide” — my biggest concern these days is the slipping that's happening to our bedtime.
Installing a Kwikset SmartKey lockset can increase security and save money.
Many fruits and vegetables announce their ripeness with bright colors and bigger sizes, but a few garden favorites like to leave a little more to mystery. While mystique can be good, cutting into an unripe melon is a bit disappointing. Here are a few ways to help with the guessing game of growing melons, winter squash and pumpkins.
Nerds get nerdy three minutes at a time at Nerd Nite; the beautiful weather continues and the Lawrence City Band wraps up its season.
Tuesday, July 15
The 55th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is Thursday. Massachusetts Street merchants are already getting prepared. Are you?
Greetings, all! Summer is here, bringing with it intense heat and an intense longing to avoid cooking anything more involved than a toaster waffle. While looking for a summer-worthy (read: simple, with minimal stove time) dessert, I stumbled across Arlene Cummings’ recipe for Mini Cannoli Cups.
Today in Lawrence, a beautiful day is a great time to voice your opinions on the transit center and then head to the farmers market for some fresh produce.
Monday, July 14
Today in Lawrence: Sun, storms, piano music and meditation are among the things you can find in the city.
Sunday, July 13
Honestly, Ulises Magaña de la Paz, 14, does not particularly like practicing the piano six to eight hours every day. But wowing audiences and winning competitions? That’s more like it. So he practices. And practices. And practices some more. By Sara Shepherd
The Kansas City area is filled with a wide variety of farmers markets that are well worth a visit. This week I’d like to take a look at some of the most interesting weekend and weekday markets in the area.
With a college campus nearby, and some graduates staying put, local businesses are bound to find creative artists to spruce up their storefronts and get noticed from the streets.
Local artist Rachael Perry is setting out to capture Lawrence as a "city of the arts" with her own community take on the global Inside Out Project. Perry is not only seeking out musicians, dancers, writers, artists, designers and any other kind of artist imaginable, but she is looking for the art-enthused and supporters.
Friday, July 11
This weekend in Lawrence is packed with events on stage (musical in Baldwin City), on screen (World War II film screenings) and on foot (veterans' walking tour of Oak Hill Cemetery).
Thursday, July 10
Today in Lawrence: A beautiful day before the heat hits; take in a drumming show at Liberty Hall, and come back later for the "Best in Show" screening.
Okra in an enchilada — something different under all that cheese.
Wednesday, July 9
The 55th annual Sidewalk Sale is on July 17 this year, and those who are familiar know that it’s “sun-up to sundown” affair that requires a bit of strategizing. With the help from director of Downtown Lawrence, Inc., Sally Zogry, here is a breakdown of the five-block territory to make sure shoppers know where to search, where to break and how to make the most out of the occasion.
Ted’s Taphouse, 1004 Massachusetts St., is Lawrence’s only craft-beer-exclusive hang out spot, and big contributing factor to the craft beer movement in Lawrence.
Until a few years ago, our little family didn’t have an ice cream maker. Fortunately, if you’re in the same boat, there are still several options for homemade frozen treats. One of those options is semifreddo.
The famous “sunup to sundown” Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is right around the corner, and we’re ready to take advantage of some amazing deals.
It’s practically an annual holiday in Lawrence. With downtown Lawrence abuzz before the sun rises, you know something good is going on.
Drylok Clear Masonry Waterproofer is one of the first non-pigmented products designed specifically for use on bare cement floors and other surfaces. Applying a waterproofing product such as this on basement floors can create a vapor barrier beneath adhesives and new flooring, and it can reduce seepage caused by hydrostatic pressure.
If you have been enjoying the flavor of sweet, delicate blackberries that are in season right now in much of the Midwest, you will be happy to know the plants are a great addition to your garden. They are really the easiest fruit to grow in Kansas.
Describe your style: I love hats! I’d love to rock a hat every day, including in the classroom if I could get away with it.
Whom do people say you look like? I’ve never got anybody. How about Leonardo DiCaprio? That’ll be the day!
The Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre will kick off its inaugural season Friday evening with “The Boys From Syracuse” at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall. The musical — along its source material, William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — with be performed in rotation throughout the rest of July.
Today in Lawrence: A beautiful summer day is in store with plenty to do, from canoeing to the Lawrence City Band outdoor concert.
Watermelon, juicy and sweet, can be regarded as the food mascot of summer for many Americans. Though available year-round, these melons begin to come into season in July and can be found locally through September.
Tuesday, July 8
Today in Lawrence: The heat is giving us a break, so take the kids to a lesson in nutrition and learn a swing dance to impress your partner.
Monday, July 7
Today in Lawrence: It's gonna be a hot one, so go inside for an art exhibit, then travel back to the '90s for some Lilith Fair karaoke.
Sunday, July 6
Wonder Fair show features all female artists
When curators of a new show at Wonder Fair Gallery started counting how many female artists were represented in regional galleries compared with males, they discovered disparities. The gender gap at Wonder Fair, owner Meredith Moore admits, was pretty much equally as wide. By Sara Shepherd
As the quality of smartphone camera images improves, there are more reasons to reach for an iPhone instead of a DSLR to take photos.
With the staccato crackle of fireworks ringing in my ear and a deluge of friends’ vacation photos to sift through on my Instagram stream, I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on any one topic this week. That’s OK, though, because there are a lot of exciting events to mention.
Three local residents share their motivations for vinyl collecting and their reasons for keeping the plastic tradition alive.
Friday, July 4
Today in Lawrence: The weekend's festivities have someone for everyone from celebrating the Fourth to the visual arts.
Thursday, July 3
Today in Lawrence: Dino O'Dell performing at Fizz, Boom, Read; learn battle lessons and take in a free jazz concert.
Wednesday, July 2
It’s a given that on every Fourth of July wherever you may be, the sky will explode in a kaleidoscope of colors to celebrate Independence Day. It’s not a given that you’ll have a primo viewing spot of the fireworks display.
Setting up shop in the garage isn't as easy as you might think.
It’s absolutely mandatory to sip on an iced tea this summer, whether there’s a porch in your life or not.
There aren't many restaurants that had their humble beginnings at a small gas station mini-mart. Truth be told, you probably know exactly which restaurant I'm referring to, don't you?
Fashion trends you hate: Cover up! I don’t like seeing people’s private parts hanging out. Looking presentable, instead of trashy, is key.
I know there's still a lot of time, but I think the Kid is going to grow up to be a train engineer. We have tinker toys and stuffed animals and a miniature farm, but the only toys that really get played with are the trains. Which is why, when blessed with a free Memorial Day weekend, we decided to let the Kid see some real-live trains up close as we hopped on the Amtrak to St. Louis.
Mimosa trees in the Lawrence area are in full glory right now with their unrivaled fluffy, fragrant pink blossoms.
Female mosquitoes require two things to reproduce: water and blood. Stemming their access to these resources can greatly control mosquito populations.
It is the simplest piece of clothing in every man’s wardrobe: the classic T-shirt. If worn well, it can exude ease and relaxation as well as a keen sense of fashion.
Fashion influences: Mainly skateboard culture. A lot of skateboard companies make fantastic clothing. They’re usually well-made and stylish.
Today in Lawrence: Beautiful 75-degree weather complements kids activities like Kidsapalooza and the weekly outdoor concert by the Lawrence City Band.
Tuesday, July 1
Good things came from expanding the Lawrence Arts Center’s annual film festival into the larger, longer, multidisciplinary Free State Festival. For one, movies sold out for the first time. By Sara Shepherd
Today in Lawrence: Get free U.S. Marine Corps band tickets, work out with Red Dog and celebrate the arts at the Percolator.