Stories for June 2014

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Monday, June 30

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Today in Lawrence: INSIGHT Art Talk, Exploratorium and Ripping Yarns

Today in Lawrence: Get insight into LAC's artist in residence Kyla Strid and her exhibit "Waggle Dance," let the kids explore at Liberty Hall, and bring your knitting to Ripping Yarns.

Sunday, June 29

KU music students to jazz up Europe on tour

A group of student musicians from Kansas University will perform at several high-profile festivals across Europe starting early next month in a university-funded tour. KU's Jazz Ensemble I, comprising 19 members, is slated to play eight shows during the 11-day stint, including gigs by invitation at the high-profile Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and France's Jazz À Vienne Festival.

Kansas City Connection: Where to find the red, white and boom

This week, the streets of Kansas City will be filled with the sulfurous fog of colorful smoke bombs, the hiss of lighted fuses and the sharp cracks and muffled booms of fireworks echoing across the inner city neighborhoods and central suburbs.

Ceramist makes a beeline in Arts Center exhibition

Kyla Strid's exhibition entitled “Waggle Dance” is an analogy for her unconventional journey to becoming a potter, incorporating aspects of her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, with the new home she has made for herself in Lawrence. The exhibition has been open at the Arts Center since last Friday and will run through July 25.

Friday, June 27

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Today in Lawrence: Free State Fest, Final Friday load up weekend

There are so many things going on this weekend, you'll be lucky if you can keep track. With Final Friday and Free State Festival events stacked up like bricks, you have plenty to choose from!

Thursday, June 26

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Today in Lawrence: Free State Festival events in full swing

Check out the evening's Free State Festival events, or start a littler earlier with a Brown Bag Concert Series show at noon. Writers will read at The Raven for indoor entertainment.

Wednesday, June 25

Waggle Dance exhibit opens Friday at Arts Center

“Waggle Dance” by Lawrence Arts Center’s ceramist artist-in-residence Kyla Strid will open to the public with an artist reception this Friday, and run through July 25.

Navigating this weekend's jam-packed festivities

With the Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Final Fridays and Lawrence Field Day Festival all going on, trying to decide what to do this weekend is an overwhelming task. To make things easier for you, we've come up with a schedule of suggestions of what's going on at a given time, along with some alternative ideas.

Mrs. Mass.: 10,000 reasons to shop local

Ten Thousand Villages opened on Mass. Street in October 2012, and the store currently carries products from 38 developing countries. All products are handmade, environmentally sustainable and fair trade (which means your purchase helps supports under- and unemployed artisans in other countries).

Cooking from Scratch: Make your own beef jerky

I encourage you to attempt to dry a batch of your own beef jerky. Not only is it delicious and handy for hikes and car trips but also by making your own you can control what goes into it. You’ll have a jerky with ingredients you can actually pronounce!

Get your garden ready for summer

With the official arrival of summer, landscapes and gardens in the Lawrence area are reaching their prime. This is the time to breathe it in, enjoy the beauty, and spend a little time to prepare the garden for the hotter, drier days that surely lie ahead. By Jennifer Smith

The Fashion Column Twins: Grab these C.A.B. bags

Elizabeth and I want to introduce you to C.A.B. Handbags. We recently became acquainted to the line by its creator, Carly Ann Beck, a handbag designer currently residing in New York City who’s also a Kansas native.

Style Scout: Sam Nitcher

Fashion trends you hate: The lack of a people not making decisions based on what Disney cartoon characters wore.

Style Scout: Maggie Haden

Fashion trends you love: Right now, I like a really romantic look so hopefully I can build toward that. But right now, it’s all about comfort.

Fix-It Chick: Paint a wooden porch railing

Repainting a wooden porch’s railings and ceiling is a great way to increase curb appeal and create a welcoming entry to any home.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Gulab Jamun at India Palace

It’s similar to the American donut hole, but arrives warm and drenched in a sugary syrup.

Inaugural summer arts and crafts festival this Saturday

Lawrence Parks and Recreation are hosting the first-ever Summer Arts and Crafts Festival this Saturday, a festival where regional vendors, artists and businesses in the Midwest will sell food, arts and crafts in South Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Today in Lawrence: Free State Festival, author reading, concert for kids

Free State Festival gets the blues with Johnny Winter; author Denise Low reading at The Raven; and the Lawrence City Band to play children's favorites.

Tuesday, June 24

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Today in Lawrence: Farmers' market and the science of storytelling

Today in Lawrence: Savor the summer weather with a trip to the farmers' market and a lesson on science and storytelling.

Monday, June 23

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Today in Lawrence: Rain, YA for adults and nerds unite

Today in Lawrence: Get out of the rain and into a discussion about Young Adult fiction for grownups, and learn something new (and have a drink, too) at Nerd Nite 28.

Sunday, June 22

Kansas City Connection: Venues have World Cup covered

Whether you believe Kansas City is really the “Soccer Capital of the U.S.,” as murals and fans here often proclaim, there’s no question soccer mania has taken hold of the city.

Arts and Ideas at the Free State Festival

Enjoy innovative outdoor art installations and presentations by some of the most talented local and visiting artists in the world.

Guitar legend Johnny Winter on his blues legacy

Johnny Winter is coming through Lawrence for the Free State Festival documentary screening of “Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; a free show will follow the film put on by the legendary musician and his backing band, including his brother Edgar Winter.

Live music at the Free State Festival

This year’s Free State Festival is jam-packed with live musical performances weaved throughout the five-day celebration of film, music, art and ideas.

The films of the Free State Festival

Because of all the other media and art-related events and activities, it may be easy to forget that the Free State Festival started as the Free State Film Festival. Here’s a preview at some of the movies showing this year.

Friday, June 20

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Today in Lawrence: Fiesta, Beach Bash and silent movie outdoors

It's time for fiestas, beaches and silent movies. Bring on the summer!

Thursday, June 19

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Today in Lawrence: Guest fest at Liberty Hall, Twelfth Night, Campanile concert

Today in Lawrence: It's a Guest fest at Liberty Hall; Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night will be a LAC; the bells will ring with a Campanile concert

Wednesday, June 18

Ways to keep your kids entertained this summer

Consider this your “I’m bored” troubleshoot guide for when your kids just need a few ideas to make the most out of the summer free time, complete with a few event suggestions to put on the calendar.

Sipping up some summer drinks

With porches and outdoor bar seating calling out our names as happy hour approaches, it’s time to embrace the season with a light, refreshing, fruity, creamy, or frothy cocktail in hand.

La Prima Tazza presents coffee-tasting, education series

La Prima Tazza is introducing a new coffee tasting and education series led by Greenstone Coffee Roasters’ Michael Schaetzel.

Mrs. Mass.: Hot Box home to freshly baked goodness

You know those days when nothing goes quite right, and all you need is a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie to turn it all around? But because you don’t feel like baking cookies from scratch, you resort to eating the uncooked dough? (Or is that just me? ... don’t answer that.)

Family Adventures: Strike up the band

I met Sweet Husband while we were both playing in our high school band. He was a smart-aleck trombone player who loved jazz; I had fairy-tale dreams of playing my flute on street corners for a living. We were band nerds, through and through, which is probably why — even though neither of us has touched an instrument for over 10 years — the Lawrence City Band’s summer concerts are one of our favorite parts of the season.

The Fashion Column Twins: Farmers market style

Getting up early and going to the farmers market is one of our favorite things to do on Saturday mornings. Whether we are browsing around the one in downtown Lawrence or opt to venture out to the City Market in Kansas City’s River Market, we try to keep our style intact despite the early rise.

Style Scout: Michelle Amarin Rose Metzger

What would you like to see more in Lawrence? Where are the men? Truly, the men, not the boys!

Style Scout: Pedro Julio Tovar Ballagh

Fashion influences: I usually get my influences when I go out to a bar to listen to music. If I see a band that looks cool, then I appreciate their style and make note.

Garden Variety: Strawberry yields forever

The taste of a vine-ripened strawberry is like the first taste of summer to those who grow them and those who relish fresh local fruit. Their sweetness and flavor is well worth the labor to produce them, yet I often hear reports from gardeners who have limited success. The secret, I suspect, is that strawberry plants need care right now, as the picking season ends.

Fix-It Chick: Install side mount drawer slides

Installing side mount drawer slides into an existing cabinet is a bit of a challenge. Follow these steps to make the job a bit easier.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burrito at Thai House

It’s rather unexpected to walk into a Thai restaurant and find a dish closely resembling an item found on a Mexican menu.

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Today in Lawrence: Farmers' market goodness, band concert and comedy night

Deliciousness can be found at Clinton Parkway Nursery; tonight's outdoor band concert features Midwestern fare; and comedians will take the stage at Jackpot Music Hall.

Tuesday, June 17

Bite Sighs: Who wants s'more cookies?

The season of camping is upon us! Time for singalongs, skeeters, and those gooey little treats known as “S’mores.”

Laying off liquor? Try a mocktail

What’s a pregnant lady to do? The first tinge of real summer is coming on, and all my favorite drinks — cocktails, white wine, iced coffee, soda — are all either verboten or almost so. Good old H2O will take care of my hydration needs, of course, but woman cannot live on plain water alone.

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Today in Lawrence: Self-publishing tips and a 3-D movie

Hot and windy is once again the forecast for the day; attend a library event to learn how to build and self-publish Web comics; 'Wings 3D' offers bird's eye view of the Earth.

Monday, June 16

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Today in Lawrence: Red Dog's Dog Days and a Doctor Who two-parter

If you can't beat the heat, at least get in a workout with Red Dog's Dog Days. Or hide out in a movie theater and take a two-part Doctor Who special at Southwind Stadium 12!

Sunday, June 15

Faith Forum: What are the best biblical lessons about being a good father?

Peter A. Luckey, Plymouth Congregational Church, and Doug Heacock, Lawrence Free Methodist Church, answer.

Best Bank - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Mark Heider, the Lawrence community president for Commerce Bank, calls Commerce “a super-community bank.”

Best Place for Family Fun - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

While thinking up the idea for Laugh Out Loud Family Zone, owners Christie and Charles Peterson kept in mind the noisy arcade games, bad food and mindless play associated with many of today’s kids entertainment venues.

Best Local Store Owner - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

There’s been a lot new at Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in the last year.

Best Plumber - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Howard Kastl still remembers the day a client called his plumbing service — in Lawrence since 1971 — under direct orders.

Kickstarter campaign to support documentary about son of Fred Phelps

Some Lawrence filmmakers have begun a Kickstarter fundraising campaign in the hopes of making a documentary about Nate Phelps, a former member of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church who is now a supporter of LGBT rights.

Best Barber Shop - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

People around town used to know John Amyx’s father as “Tom the Barber.” It’s one of the hazards of the trade: People don’t necessarily know your last name, even if they’ve known you for years.

Best Landscaping Service- Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

There aren’t many places in Lawrence where you can go to buy mulch and shrubs, choose from more 7,000 trees for your home, and shoot pumpkins into a pond with a giant slingshot.

Best Home Handyman - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Patrick Shea, owner of Shea Handyman Services, does little advertising but gets as much work as he can handle. “I get a lot of repeat customers and word-of-mouth customers,” said Shea.

Best Veterinarian - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

The hospital provides a range of services including grooming, vaccinations, surgical, dental and internal medicine care. Cats and dogs can also stay overnight for several days as they receive treatment, with cozy sleeping cushions and an exercise area close at hand.

Best Eye Doctor, Vision Center, Eyeware - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

Lawrence Family Vision Clinic’s goal to make the patient experience as pleasant as possible has earned it a strong reputation in Lawrence.

Best Gym/Fitness Center - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

When Scott Elliott and Chad Richards opened The Summit in 2012, Elliott said they wanted to change the way people thought about gyms.

Best Pediatrician - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

Patients at Lawrence’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, commonly known as PANDA Pediatrics, often have a hard time letting go. Even though the office is meant to care for children until they are 18, patients sometimes keep coming into their college years.

Best Liquor Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

The ownership at On The Rocks claims to be among the first bring the concept of a large discount superstore, mix and match beer options and a beer cave to Lawrence when the store opened in 2009. Along the way, the store added another distinction: some of its regulars are of the four-legged variety.

Best Mexican Food - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

If you want to own the culinary hearts and minds of eastern Kansas, here’s a tip: Talk to Gloria De La Torre.

Best Caterer - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

For Evan Williams, food and family have always shared a close connection.

Best Gardening Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

On the outskirts of Lawrence just past the turnpike exit sits Howard Pine’s Garden Center, Lawrence readers’ top garden store.

Best Unique Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

A trip to made is like stepping into a “real-life” version of crafting websites Etsy and Pinterest, says store owner Matt Richards.

Best Credit Union - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Last year, KU Credit Union changed its name to Truity Credit Union. The name change has paid off.

Best Chiropractor - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

Chris Wertin has built a successful chiropractic office in Lawrence by doing things differently.

Best Margarita - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

Whatever the secret is to a great marguerita, El Mezcal seems to have found it. And manager Francisco Mendez isn’t saying what it is.

Best Grocery Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

Fresh food, wide variety, digital coupons, low prices and how about those fuel points?

Best Bike Shop - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

There’s something about the interior of the Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop that makes you want to head back outside right away. That’s a good thing.

Best KU Souvenir Shop - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

In a town packed with game day gear, Kansas Sampler store manager Kathy Mattan said it’s imperative to offer anything and everything to her customers.

Best Fast Food - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

The days of wimpy hamburgers squashed between defrosted buns and topped with tiny “onions” are long gone. Dude, it’s 2014.

Best Sandwich - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

As we live a life of ease, every one of us has all we need... except maybe an amazing sub.

Best Local Non-profit - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

The Lawrence Humane Society has seen big improvements in the past few years: it’s employed a staff veterinarian, obtained new medical equipment, started a program transferring dogs from overfilled shelters and increased its number of live releases.

Best Vegetarian or Vegan Food - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

When Zen Zero first opened 11 years ago, owner Subarna Bhattachan recognized it could fill a nice niche in Lawrence. “When we opened, we realized we could cater to specific clientele,” Bhattachan said. “There are a lot of vegetarians in Lawrence.”

Best Sports Bar or Place to Watch a Game - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

Each Kansas University men’s basketball season, more than 293,000 backsides fill the seats at Allen Fieldhouse, giving different people the chance to weigh in on why they think the 59-year-old Fieldhouse is the greatest place in the world to watch a basketball game.

Best Ice Cream - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

Maybe it’s the hot summers, maybe it’s because Lawrencians have an undeniable sweet tooth, or maybe it’s that a carton of Dreyer’s just doesn’t cut it anymore. Whatever the reason, Sylas & Maddy’s ice cream has earned the shop (named after beloved family pets — a cat and dog, respectively), yet another Best of Lawrence win.

Best Ethnic Market - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

To make Tzatziki sauce, you need yogurt, cucumbers, olive oil, garlic, mint, salt and pepper. And to get an authentic, genuine flavor, make sure the yogurt and cucumbers are from the Middle East and the oil is pressed from olives grown by the Aegean Sea. But how can you get that in Lawrence?

Best Local Event - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Richard Renner, the man behind the Lawrence Busker Festival, has been working since 2008 to transform the Free State into the Freak State. And, as the Fest has grown from three stages and a $2,000 budget to five stages and $20,000 over the past seven years, he may be succeeding.

Best Dentist - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

Peterson, Krische and Van Horn DDS has been a popular dentist’s office for generations of Lawrencians by, in part, not doing more dental work than is needed. That conservative approach to dentistry has earned the practice many admirers, if this year’s Best of Lawrence voting is any indication.

Best Realtor - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Tom Harper, an agent with Stephens Real Estate, sees his current profession as similar to his former profession, social worker.

Best Toy Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

The Toy Store, the nation’s largest independently owned specialty toy store, now has another title to add to its long and illustrious resume. Readers have chosen the downtown shop as the top toy store in Lawrence.

Best Utility Company - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Lawrence residents have given an “A” to AT&T U-verse and its bundled package of telephone, Internet and cable television service.

Best Insurance Agency - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Ron King doesn’t have a Flo or a gecko or some guy who is constantly running into mayhem, which in today’s world of insurance makes him a bit unusual.

Best Assisted Living/Retirement Community - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Brandon Woods at Alvamar is like a little city. On 30 acres in West Lawrence, it has 76 townhouses, 82 independent-living apartments, 37 assisted-living apartments and suites, and a 140-bed health center. It has fitness areas, a hair salon, pharmacy, pub, dining hall, computer room, card room and an indoor heated pool and hot tub. Doesn’t sound like a bad place to live.

Best Gift Shop - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Gift Shop Manager Kathy Sexton likes to describe her store as “one of Lawrence’s best-kept secrets.”

Best Golf Course - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

With more than 90 tournaments taking place at Alvamar Golf and Country Club between March and October, the staff at one of the top golf courses in the region has more than enough to keep itself busy during the peak of golf season.

Best Hair Salon - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

After more than a decade of business, Salon Di Marco took home its first Best of Lawrence award last year. But the full-service salon and day spa was hungry for more.

Best Sports Medicine - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

From treating Kansas University basketball stars to elderly people with arthritis, OrthoKansas covers the gamut of sports medicine patients. And the Lawrence orthopedic practice offers diagnosis, radiology, casting, therapy and surgery — all under one roof.

Best Lawyer - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Lawyers across the country tend to get a bad rap for being less than honest. But in Lawrence it’s different, says David Brown of the Law Office of David J. Brown.

Best Auto Service Repair - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

While car models might change, Westside 66 is still in many ways a throwback to the days when it was founded in 1957. In a world of automation and self-service, the service station and auto shop offers something no one else in the city does: full service.

Best Family Doctor - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Health & Fitness

The staff members at Family Medicine Associates say they aim to treat patients the way they would want to be treated.

Best Bar - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food

In 1989, the Free State Brewing Company became the first legal brewery in Kansas since Prohibition, and it’s been a fixture in downtown Lawrence ever since.

Best Place for Breakfast - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

When The Roost opened in July 2013, the breakfast restaurant had some big frying pans to fill.

Best Place to Buy a Car - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

With a showroom of about 70,000 square feet, Crown Toyota, Scion, Volkswagen has enough to room to do more than just sell cars.

Best Men's Clothing Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Wardrobe shopping at Weaver’s department store has changed quite a bit since the retailer entered the clothing business 157 years ago: There’s a lot less assembly involved.

Best Electrician - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

When George Grieb bought Lynn Electric & Communications in 1999 from Chuck Lynn, who started the business in 1977, it was a small residential company whose services were largely confined to Douglas County. In the last decade, business has boomed.

Best Restaurant - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

In 1989, the Free State Brewing Company became the first legal brewery in Kansas since Prohibition, and it’s been a fixture in downtown Lawrence ever since.

Best Outdoor Dining - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

On a warm spring day in Lawrence, it’s a common sight to see Cielito Lindo’s courtyard packed with customers sipping margaritas and munching on tortilla chips under the shade of umbrellas.

Best Shoe Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

You being comfortable in your own feet. That’s what Ryan Schwisow wants.

Best Place to Hold an Event- Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

It’s hard to believe that the space that now houses the beautifully renovated Abe & Jake’s Landing began its life as the Consolidated Barbed Wire Company in the late 1880s.

Best Jeweler - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Retail

If you’re curious as to what the look and feel of 19th-century Lawrence was like, or you’re just in the market for some new jewelry, Marks Jewelers is certainly the place.

Best Teacher - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Laura Porter has been teaching at Bishop Seabury since 2005. Before that, she taught at the Lawrence Alternative School for two years and at South Junior High for 16 years before that.

Best Local Artist - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Though a recent Lawrence transplant (at least as far as Lawrence artists go), 30-year-old painter, illustrator, filmmaker and clothing designer John Sebelius has made a name for himself throughout the local arts scene.

Best Hotel - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

The Eldridge is no stranger to rising from the ashes, most famously having been burned to the ground during William Quantrill’s infamous raid on Lawrence in 1863. The modern day, however, has seen the hotel prosper: the 48-room hotel boasts a bar, restaurant and plans to double in size moving forward.

Best Wine List - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

For Ken Baker, wine isn’t just something you drink with dinner. It’s a whole food group unto itself.

Best Live Music Venue - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

Because Liberty Hall is a hot spot for concerts, charity dinners, wedding events, ceremonies, receptions, class reunions and just about anything else, it makes sense that it reaches a larger audience than other venues in town.

Best Fine Dining - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

The restaurant known simply as 715 has been called a “European bistro in downtown Lawrence,” with a menu that is like “peasant food fit for a king.”

Best Bartender - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

Two bartenders tied this year: David Johanning from The Sandbar and Reed Niemack from Leroy's Tavern.

Best Bookstore - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Since 1996, customers have been bringing in books they want to sell or trade, and buying the books that others have enjoyed once and passed along. The result is a bookstore in the heart of downtown Lawrence that typically has upwards of 60,000 titles on the shelf, spanning nearly every genre.

Best Local Band - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

Indie rock band Cowboy Indian Bear still holds Lawrence listeners’ loyalty despite taking a year’s hiatus since last spring’s record, their fourth, entitled “Live Young, Die Old.”

Best Pet Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Entering Pet World isn’t like walking into other retail stores.

Best Delivery - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Delivery

Nowhere in Kansas is it tougher to be in the delivery business than Lawrence. Take 89,000 outlaw artists, discriminating retirees and townies, throw in 25,000 landlocked undergrads, and see whether you can keep everyone happy.

Best Flower Shop - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Kristin Spacek, along with her husband, owns and operates Owens Flower Shop. The two are the store’s fourth owners in its 68-year history, and the floristry shows no signs of wilting.

Best Pizza - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

You don’t have to fly to Brooklyn or Jersey for a slice of pie that’s bigger than your face. For our Best of Lawrence 2014 pizza winner, just come to Papa.

Best Barbecue - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

Doug Holiday has heard enough about the Kansas City barbecue scene. For all the folks swooning over Jack Stack, Oklahoma Joe’s and the rest, he has a suggestion: Eat at Bigg’s.

Best Bakery - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

One could argue that the hallmark of an amazing bakery is not just wonderful breads and pastries, but how soon the day’s supply is gone. And if you’ve ever been to WheatFields Bakery Cafe, you know they run out pretty quickly.

Best Coffee - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

Some drink their coffee leisurely in the morning with a French pastry and a newspaper. Others need it mainlined into their bloodstream. But regardless of where you land on the scale of coffee enjoyment, La Prima Tazza is Lawrence’s choice for fulfilling its caffeinated desires.

Best Burger - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Food & Dining

Black and blue. Smoke. Barnyard Bash. Lawrencians in the know hear those words and think “Burger Stand.” From humble beginnings in 2009 as an Irish pub to its residence at the Casbah, The Burger Stand has earned its accolades.

Saturday, June 14

Teacher helps disabled artist create works 25 years after tragic accident

25 years ago, artist Ron Light and his family suffered an incredible loss when he and his two children were run over by a car driven by mentally ill woman, killing Ron's daughter, injuring his son, and severely injuring Ron. Today, with the help of Lawrence Arts Center instructor Robbin Loomas, Ron is producing original digital artwork each week in his assisted-living care facility despite having limited motor skills.

Kansas City Connection: Influential women come to KC

Is she a frontrunner in the 2016 election for president, or just a retired diplomat on a feel-good book tour? Local audiences will be able to get some up-close insight into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s views on leadership and public policy when she speaks Sunday, June 22, at the Midland Theatre, in conversation with Rainy Day Books founder Vivien Jennings.

Friday, June 13

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Today in Lawrence: Weekend of stage and screen with plays galore and an outdoor movie

Books, theater and film all play roles in the gorgeous weekend ahead in Lawrence: "The Kind and I" takes the stage at Theatre Lawrence, the Campbell Conference discusses science fiction and and outdoor movie at the Arts Center is part of the run-up to the Free State Festival.

Thursday, June 12

How to throw an outdoor party

Repeat after me: I do not have to be Martha Stewart to throw a fabulous outdoor party. In fact, summer is the perfect time to mix and match what you have to throw a laid-back gathering in your backyard. Paper plates and lace tablecloths, card tables and squirt guns­ — top it all with good food and a few bunches of fresh flowers, and it’ll be a good time for all!

Today in Lawrence: 'Peter Pan,' 'The Last Waltz'

"Peter Pan" at the Lawrence Arts Center and "The Last Waltz" at Liberty Hall.

Wednesday, June 11

Theatre Lawrence production fit for a king

Mary Doveton has been waiting a long time for this. “It’s a show that’s been on our wish list forever,” she says of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1951 classic “The King and I,” which opens Friday at Theatre Lawrence.

Richard's Rock Camp concert Saturday

The Granada is hosting the sixth annual Richard’s Music Co. Rock Camp concert this Saturday to end a three-week long music education program.

Off the Beaten Plate: Deep Fried S'mores at Tad's Pizzeria

It’s true; anything can be deep fried these days.

Mrs. Mass.: South Park the heart of downtown

The best way to experience Mass. Street, in its totality, is to start at Sixth and Massachusetts and walk south. The walk will take you past the shops, restaurants and outdoor patios, until you end up in a dreamy green space known as South Park.

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: A fashion love story

Taylor Swift continues to make waves in the fashion world with her fun, fresh look. It's one that can be replicated with a trip to Envy, 911 Massachusetts St., in downtown Lawrence for under $40.

The Fashion Column Twins: Picking out the right swimwear

We’ve come up with a list of swimsuits and accessories you’ll need to step up your style game in the rising temps.

Style Scout: Danielle Brooks

Describe your style: I would just call it “eclectic chic.” Hairstyle-wise, I love the natural look.

Style Scout: Connor Barnes

Whom do people say you look like? Captain Kirk

Garden Variety: Garden repair after a storm

Many portions of Kansas have received heavy rains and/or severe weather, including high winds, hail and, in a few cases, tornadoes. Our small garden ecosystems may have seen some damage as well, although not as bad as others or even our next door neighbors. So how can we help our gardens recover?

Fix-It Chick: Quiet lawn care

The silent whirr of a reel mower coupled with its fume free simplicity is often a good alternative to gas-powered lawn care.

Summer Youth Theatre kicks off season with 'Peter Pan'

The Lawrence Arts Center's Summer Youth Theatre will present "Peter Pan" this Friday as its first show of the season.

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Today in Lawrence: June 11

It's going to be a fine night for live music! Check out Dar Williams, the Lawrence City Band and The Detroit Cobras.

Tuesday, June 10

Delicious/Nutritious: Cooling off with blueberries

Blueberries are available year round, and, like strawberries, these little beauties are typically a sign of summer. Juicy and sweet when fresh, they’re the perfect addition to pretty much anything at any meal.

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Today in Lawrence: Rain in store; puppets at The Bottleneck and authors at The Raven

Today in Lawrence: There's more rain forecast, but the evening holds some great events, from authors to puppets.

Monday, June 9

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Today in Lawrence: Single-ticket sales deal at Lied Center, Sacred Singing at ECM

With cooler temperatures and some storms in the forecast, it may be a good day to look to the future: Buy your tickets for the Lied Center's 2014-15 season, and stay in to sing at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries.

Saturday, June 7

Dar Williams shares her honest transformation 20 years later

Renowned pop-folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams will take the Liberty Hall stage Wednesday to perform present-day renditions of songs from her debut album "The Honesty Room" in honor of its 20th anniversary.

KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books

Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.

Kansas City Connection: A legendary burger

As I walked aimlessly south through downtown Kansas City into the Crossroads, I came across the iconic signage of a building I’ve seen hundreds of times but never actually visited: Town Topic.

Friday, June 6

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Today in Lawrence: Lawrence Civic Choir, butterflies in bloom, and writers visit The Raven

This weekend, the Lawrence Civic Choir goes Broadway; butterflies will swarm the Fitch Reservation; chances to mingle with writers, young runners and skilled bicyclists.

Thursday, June 5

Becoming an at-home champion barista

Whether you drink it black or loaded with cream and sugar, pay attention, coffee drinkers (addicts?). Three local coffee experts have provided us with some simple rules of thumb for making that perfect cup of coffee.

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Today in Lawrence: June 5

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music at the Summer Brown Bag Concert Series kickoff; take in two lectures on world wars

Wednesday, June 4

Mrs. Mass.: Getting the rundown from Garry Gribble's

Because my favorite time to hit the trail (or Mass. Street, actually) is during the summer months when the weather is warm and the population is waning, I decided it was high time I visit Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, 839 Massachusetts St., to invest in some new kicks.

Family Adventures: While the kid naps, parents can relax

If you’d like to give nap dating a try, here are a few tips.

The Classic Sartorialist: Beachside essentials

The brutal sauna of summer awaits us just around the corner. Luckily, Lawrence has a variety of places to keep you cool when temperatures and humidity rise.

Style Scout: Nick Carswell

Describe your style: Modern/urban cowboy

Style Scout: Jordan Ashley Hocker

Fashion influences: It’s a little bit of ’50s housewife.

Fix-It Chick: The right drill for the job

When it comes to choosing a drill, bigger is not always better. Choosing a drill that fits the task at hand, as well as your actual hand, is the best idea.

Garden Variety: Use bees to your benefit

Beekeeping is a new activity for many but continues to be a fun and rewarding one for those who enjoy gardening.

Lawrence Libations: Cereal Milk at The Roost

Those who enjoy slurping up the milk sitting in the bottom of the bowl once the cereal has been eaten will enjoy this breakfast cocktail.

Kelley Hunt album-release concert to benefit Just Food

Lawrence-based Kelley Hunt will be performing “The Beautiful Bones” and a handful of songs from earlier in her career this Saturday at Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., in a special benefit CD release party and benefit concert for the Douglas County food bank Just Food.

Puppet show finds handhold in community after eight years

Director Paul Santos speaks on the journey from disorganized solo act to a forthcoming college tour for Lawrence-based puppet show The Felt Zone. Santos, Cody Kiser and Jon Miller will be performing at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., on June 10. Starting at 8:30, band Electric Needle Room will open the show, as well as contribute as a backing band

Sunflower Music Festival features KU professors and alumnus

KU professors Sarah Frisof and Margaret Marco will play in this year's Summer Music Festival at Washburn University, which starts Friday and runs through June 14. KU alumnus and pianist David Allen Wehr will also perform.

Raven Book Store to host prominent authors in coming days

Over the next few days, the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., will be hosting a number of prominent writers and authors for readings and book signings.

Spatchcocked chicken a faster way to grill a bird

While I love to roast a whole chicken for an early Sunday night supper, when the temperature rises over 80 degrees, heating the oven becomes martyrdom. But cooking a whole chicken on the grill takes hours of baby-sitting, right? Not if you spatchcock the bird first.

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Today in Lawrence: Enjoy music indoors and out

The heat continues for another day; brave the warm temps with an outdoor concert, or beat the heat with indoor entertainment.

Tuesday, June 3

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Today in Lawrence: Road closure; adopt a pet for $3

Road closures start; the South Park Wading Pool is open; adopt a pet for $3--today only!

Monday, June 2

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Today in Lawrence: Go for a bike ride; music to soothe your soul

Go for a bike ride with the Lawrence Bicycle Club's beginner's ride, or head over to Topeka for the last day of In the Plains Chamber Music Festival.

Sunday, June 1

KU professor publishes book about Broadway legend

Paul Laird had no idea he was on the path to writing one book, let alone two. The Kansas University professor of musicology was on his way to Columbus, Ohio, for a symposium on Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”

Kansas City Connection: Broadway Butcher Shop’s magnificent meat

Having fresh, high-quality ingredients is essential in the food business, but it takes a flair for creative combinations to really make a place stand out. At the Broadway Butcher Shop on 3828 Broadway, manager Stuart Aldridge has done just that, taking a fairly standard meat counter and turning it into a showcase for a wide variety of meat dishes, sandwiches and salads that customers can enjoy at home or on site.

Behind the Lens: How to avoid photography overload

I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we will wear devices that capture a visual record of our every waking moment.

Good as new: At CosMod Inc Studios, Lisa Purdon turns vintage items into art installations

Lisa Purdon recently opened a new business CosMod Inc. Studios in Lawrence that functions as an art studio, installation art gallery, and antique shop.