Stories for March 2014

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Monday, March 31

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Today in Lawrence: St. Vincent at Liberty Hall

St. Vincent at Liberty Hall. 'Nuff said.

Sunday, March 30

Kansas school funding solution proves elusive

It would seem a simple task. Write a check for $129 million and satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling regarding the constitutionality of school funding.

Saturday, March 29

Kansas City Connection: Royals return with big hopes

For a fun, relaxing night out in Kansas City, Kauffman Stadium can’t be beat. Good-natured crowds, footlong sausages and salty pretzels, cold beer and dip-and-dots ice cream, fountains, games, giveaways and music.

Beauty abounds at isolated art-glass shop southwest of Lawrence

The relative isolation of his shop in Globe, 8 miles from the nearest town, belies David Anderson's fondness for people.

Lawrence represents on MTV reality cooking show

What happens when people stop being polite ... and become culinary masters? Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue like a certain catchphrase of another MTV show, but it seems to be the concept of new reality show “House of Food,” where Lawrence native Jake Weber was selected from thousands of applicants to live with other aspiring chefs in competition for the apprenticeship of a lifetime. By Nadia Imafidon

Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa

The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor

Friday, March 28

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Today in Lawrence: March Final Friday

March Final Friday downtown, a lookahead to Saturday and Sunday highlights.

Thursday, March 27

Today in Lawrence: Rainy but warm, Big Event sign-up

Rainy but warm, give back to your community by signing up for the Big Event, high literature at The Raven Book Store.

Fix-It Chick: Springing cleaning, outside

When it comes to spring cleaning, remember the outside of the house needs some loving, too!

Mrs. Mass: Planting ideas in your head

One of my favorite memories I have of my grandma and grandpa’s house is the lively rose and hydrangea bushes that lined the eastern entrance of their elegant abode.

March Final Friday Preview: The art of questioning

The artists at this month’s Final Fridays are full of questions, questions about self, questions about space and place, and questions about the power of symbols.

Bringing awareness of a secret war to the Lawrence community, 40 years later

From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years in Laos, totaling 2 million tons of ordnance, according to Legacies of War. The first-ever “Hard Rain-Living with Bombs in Laos" exhibit at the Percolator features artifacts, photos and other materials that show the beautiful, yet devastating, terrain in Southeast Asia, and how we can help make it safer.

Style Scout: Mateo Arteaga-Harris

He’s his own person. He’s the one that decided on the plaid.

Style Scout: Lillie Sherrell

What were you doing when scouted? Pretending that I was a mannequin in the store window.

Garden Variety: Spring gardening to-do's

Spring is finally here and our “spring fever” has reached an apex. The average frost date is not until April 20, and soil should not be worked when it is wet, but other than that, the time has come.

The Fashion Column Twins: A KC Fashion Week recap

Elizabeth and I were fortunate enough to attend this season’s Kansas City Fashion Week earlier this month. We enjoyed a blogger gathering backstage with goodie bags from one of its sponsors, Ulta Beauty, and mingled with fellow fashionistas.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Creamy Chicken Philly Pizza at Henry T’s

America, where even sandwiches can grow up to be anything they want to be — including pizza.

Spring cleaning checklist by room

With vibrant flowers making their debut and warm rays of sun blanketing our yards, it’s time to give our homes the refresher it needs with some spring cleaning. Tackling a whole home’s worth of tasks can be a bit overwhelming, but cutting it down into a list of must-hit tasks, you’ll find taking it one room at a time is less demanding than you think. Head to the store and rack up necessary supplies (or use household items), put on your rubber gloves, and get set to clean! By Nadia Imafidon

Soweto Gospel Choir to uplift Lied Center with messages of peace and love

Soweto Gospel Choir performs traditional South African gospels and celebratory songs learned as young children in the church, as well as covers of many Christian cultures, reggae, and American popular music. They will bring this joyous music to life onstage at the Lied Center on March 29 at 7:30 p.m., with traditional high-energy choreography, percussion djembe rhythms and traditional clothing in bright colors and with vibrant patterns.

Wednesday, March 26

Theatre Lawrence to host Volunteer Fair

Theatre Lawrence is having a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, where participants can learn about various positions at the theater and the time commitments for each area.

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Today in Lawrence: Behind the glass at the KU panorama

"Amandla!" at the Lied Center, Lawrence Weschler at the Spencer Museum, and a history of the Panorama at the KU Museum of Natural History.

Celebrate March Mustard Madness by making some of your own

"Have you been for mustard yet?” my friend asked me, with an arched brow and a smile. “No, but soon!” I grinned excitedly. We're not members of a secret mustard society, just big fans of Free State Brewing Company's annual “March Mustard Madness” tradition.

Tuesday, March 25

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Today in Lawrence: Cindy McCain, 'Joy of Singing' at KU

Free speech discussion at Spooner Hall, Marx Madness at Liberty Hall, Cindy McCain at the Dole Institute, and "Joy of Singing" at the Lied Center.

Monday, March 24

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Today in Lawrence: KU chancellor, bestselling author

Tom Moore at the Lawrence Arts Center, Timothy Schaffert at The Raven Book Store, and Bernadette Gray-Little at the Kansas Union.

Sunday, March 23

Exhibit features sketches by former painter made after Parkinson’s diagnosis

Lined up neatly in eight rows on one wall, 176 envelops with pencil sketches, watercolor images and pen scratchings compile the portrait of a man with a compulsiveness to create. If those who visit the gallery skip past Moore’s artist statement, they wouldn’t know that these particular works were inspired by the obstacles he’s faced since his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Kansas City Connection: Irish food for any day of the year

Last Monday at my downtown Kansas City office, amid the sounds of drunken revelry and bagpipes from the nearby Power & Light District, a colleague explained to me why she never celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. “Why should I?” she asked dismissively. “I’m Irish every day of the year.”

Friday, March 21

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Today in Lawrence: Jayhawks tip off at 3:10 p.m. vs. EKU

The Kansas University Jayhawks face Eastern Kentucky this afternoon, possible Game 2 tomorrow, other weekend action.

Thursday, March 20

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Today in Lawrence: Bracketology, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

March Madness begins with our bracket contest, "Jayhawkers" in last night at Liberty Hall, Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings tickets go on sale.

Style Scout: Jesse Lee Miller

Fashion influences: The Dude from “The Big Lebowski”

Style Scout: Hannah Hankins

Fashion trends you hate: I guess I kind of hate fur. Other than that I don’t really care.

Mrs. Mass.: Come for the game, stay for the pickles

With basketball season in full swing, it seems only appropriate to visit one of the more popular Massachusetts Street spots to catch a game and eat some wings (or oysters/burgers/anything on the menu, really). Jefferson’s has been serving the Lawrence community since 2000, and they’re best known for their wings, oysters and fried pickles. If you’re jonesing for a hot meal, cold beer and lively atmosphere, Jefferson’s will treat you right.

Woman versus food: taking on Lawrence's intense food challenges

Nadia Imafidon takes on the "Everest Challenge" at 23rd Street Brewery. That’s four hamburger patties, Swiss, cheddar, bacon, fried eggs, fried pickles, onion rings, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and wing sauce.

A guide to spring fashion trends

This week marks the first one of spring, which means you should be preparing your wardrobe for warmer temperatures and (hopefully) sunny skies. Trends can be tricky when you’re shopping for the new season’s trends because some disappear, some stay relevant for a many years, and others last a hot minute

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Off the Beaten Plate: Deep fried Twinkies at Yokohama

On the one hand, fried Twinkies at a sushi place don’t make sense. On the other hand, the way Yokohama makes them, they kind of do.

Wednesday, March 19

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Today in Lawrence: Giant Candy Land, Irish whiskey tasting

A life-sized game of Candy Land at the Carnegie Building and Irish whiskey at La Parrilla.

Lawrence quilt museum added to national Underground Railroad program

Quilter Marla Jackson’s African American Museum and Textile Academy will be added to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, network leaders decided this month. By Sara Shepherd

Bite Sighs: Scoop up snacks with gluten-free crackers

Since my kiddo is on a gluten-free diet, I’ve learned a few things about gluten-free shopping.

Sip up a barrel-aged Manhattan

One of the best parts of spring is gathering on a back porch with friends on warm evenings and enjoying a round of cocktails. For ease of both pouring and drinking, one of our new favorite drinks to enjoy in such fashion is a barrel-aged Manhattan.

Tuesday, March 18

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Today in Lawrence: Corned beef mulligan, Calvin Love

Corned beef and cabbage at Wheatfields, highs in the 60s and Calvin Love at the Replay Lounge.

Monday, March 17

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Today in Lawrence: St. Patrick's Day madness

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2014! Now brace yourself for some madness. The fun starts at 9 a.m., when early-bird entries for the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade start lining up east of South Park on Rhode Island, stretching south from 12th Street. The largest floats will congregate in a zone between 15th and 17th streets, if you're hoping to get a sneak peek. They have to be checked in by 10 a.m.

Sunday, March 16

Kansas City Connection: Sporting KC kicks off season with better eats

It’s hard to imagine Sporting Kansas City having a much better season than it did in 2013. Winners of the MLS Cup, and a close second in the race for the Supporter’s Shield (awarded to the Major League Soccer club with the most points in regular season play), 2013 was one for the books.

Behind the Lens: The history of the selfie

Last year was the year of the selfie. Oxford Dictionaries even selected it as their word of the year for 2013. It’s so new that my computer tells me I’m spelling it wrong.

Spring film releases have summer feel

As the summer movie season becomes more and more crowded, Hollywood’s tentpole movies have started crowding into the spring.

2014 Spring Arts Guide

Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.

Saturday, March 15

KC nomination for national arts post could boost Lawrence's image by proximity

Having someone from nearby Kansas City in the nation’s top arts position could also reflect positively on Lawrence by proximity, some local arts leaders say. By Sara Shepherd

Friday, March 14

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Today in Lawrence: Big 12 semi, Miyazaki, St. Patrick's Day weekend

KU vs. Iowa State, new Miyazaki at Liberty Hall, meteorites at the KU Museum of Natural History, and all things pre-St. Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 13

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Today in Lawrence: Priceless ceramics, rental licensing forum, Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Priceless ceramics at the Spencer Museum, a public forum on rental licensing in Lawrence, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Liberty Hall.

'Trail Mix' celebrates 20 years on air with special St. Patrick's Day concert

KPR's “Trail Mix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Liberty Hall this Sunday night, March 16, at 7:30, with a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreading peace 50 years later

Performing from their latest album, "Always With Us," at Liberty Hall today, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their messages of peace to Lawrence on a tour (and album) dedicated to founder Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Candied Cabbage Salad at Mariscos

Off the Beaten Plate’s first-ever featured salad is St. Patrick’s Day-perfect, and the kind of dish that might even convert professed cabbage-haters.

9 unusual solutions for sticky situations

It's happened to everyone: You're halfway through scrubbing your kitchen or about to do a quick spot cleanup and realize you've run out of whatever cleaning product you need to get the job done. Now you've got to make a special trip to the store. Fret not: Your kitchen and bathroom are already full of items that can fill in and clean up most messy situations. By Nadia Imafidon

Style Scout: Neal Barbour

Describe your style: Cultivated fashionable logger.

Style Scout: Asia Leeks

Fashion trends you hate: I dislike guys in skinny jeans very much. It’s really annoying.

Mrs. Mass.: Treat yourself to ‘me time’ with bloom

Every year around this time, as spring approaches, life seems to pick up the pace, wouldn’t you agree?

The Fashion Column Twins: Head into spring with layered looks

Just because it still feels like winter outside doesn’t mean you can’t start breaking out the quintessential spring colors we all know and love. I think we speak for everyone when we say it’s difficult to transition from winter clothes to light, airy spring clothes complete with vibrant colors and feminine prints.

Wednesday, March 12

Bibimbap brings Asian flavors home

How to make your own bibimbap,

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Today in Lawrence: Mike Gordon of Phish, horrific pizza with Ron Jeremy

The Goldenberg Duo at the Spencer Museum, three authors at The Raven Bookstore, Mike Gordon at Liberty Hall and a bold Kickstarter that just might work.

Delicious/Nutritious: Mad for mango

Turn a mango into sorbet or wrap it with avocado.

Tuesday, March 11

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Today in Lawrence: Marx Madness, Americana, early summer

Highs in the 70s, "Duck Soup" at Liberty Hall and old-school Americana at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Monday, March 10

Ninth Street corridor proposal is finalist for national arts grant

The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd

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Today in Lawrence: Dr. Dog, Obamacare forum, high of 73

"Freedom Riders" at the Dole Institute, the Affordable Care Act at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Dr. Dog at Liberty Hall. Plus the rest of today's essential and not-so-essential.

Sunday, March 9

Kansas City Connection: To boldly go where KU fans have gone before

Spring is almost here, and downtown Kansas City is poised to host one of the most action-packed weekends of 2014 thanks to two very different cultural phenomena: College basketball and Star Trek. Though the two worlds aren’t expected to cross over, you might be able to experience both if you act quickly on tickets.

Exhibitions celebrate anniversaries of civil rights milestones

Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University has opened three new exhibitions in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission seeking submissions for arts grants

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is offering their Annual Community Arts Grant Program to promote appreciation and aware of the arts in town and encourage collaboration among community artists. The deadline to submit applications is March 24 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork

Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.

Thursday, March 6

Marilynne Robinson reminds Read Across Lawrence crowd to find joy in life's subtleties

Pulitzer Prize-winning Marilynne Robinson spoke on intricacies of "Housekeeping," the beautiful unrecognized landscape of the Northwest, and graces she finds in life’s common moments. She came to speak in Lawrence at the end of Read Across Lawrence, her first novel this year's pick for the community read.

Lawrence Libations: Tower of Beer at Yacht Club

This 60-ounce beer dispenser houses the beer you just can't seem to get enough of.

Dr. Dog takes barebones approach to building a new record

Dr. Dog's latest album B-Room reflects a more organic sound recorded in their new studio converted from an old silversmith mill by all six members before even starting on the music.

Style Scout: Kyle Gowdy

Describe your style: Grown-up punk

Style Scout: Caroline Jarmoc

Fashion trends you hate: I think everyone has their own specific style so I don’t try to dis. But I don’t like those low-crouch pants that are coming in right now like those Hammertime pants. They are not flattering.

Puppeteer, Lawrence native returns for Arts Center’s ‘Pinocchio’

Spencer Lott has a long history at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Lawrence native and Kansas University graduate is now a teaching artist at New York’s New Victory Theater, but he’s back in town for the Arts Center’s new production of “Pinocchio.”

Mrs. Mass.: Bird Dog all bark and good bites

Lawrence has no shortage of fantastic restaurants downtown (we all know that). But if you travel up the hill to Kansas University’s campus, you probably know the options to dine out aren’t as bountiful. Luckily, located at the north entrance of main campus is Bird Dog Bar, which features an upscale, American sportsman theme and tasty meals. By Jessica Pauly

The Classic Sartorialist: Stylish is the watchword

In the realm of fashion accessories, men have limited options. Unfortunately, the one viable option for men, the wristwatch, has met a formidable adversary: the cellphone. A wristwatch can be more than a timepiece, though. Let it be a statement about who you are.

Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Relaxed outfit inspired by Jessica Alba

Some recent warmer weather might inspire some people to start spring wardrobe shopping, and you can look to Jessica Alba for inspiration.

Marble Crazy back this weekend for 15th year of madness

Two purple jellyfish swim over a field of pink jewel anemone, blue tube sponges, a cluster of East Pacific pink coral and a stand of purple-tipped anemone. This is not the description of a National Geographic video of a coral reef; rather, it’s an intricate glass sculpture by artist Cathy Richardson, the featured artist at this weekend's Marble Crazy in Bonner Springs. By Caroline Boyer

Wednesday, March 5

Chickpeas, roasted beets and feta to break the winter funk

During late winter and early spring, I have trouble figuring out what to eat. The asparagus and early peas that will be everywhere come April aren’t quite here yet, but the thick stews and risottos of winter are becoming less exciting every day. One of my favorite recipes to get myself out of the “shoulder season” funk is curried chickpeas with roasted beets and feta.

Monday, March 3

100 years ago: Professor urges rural families to let children have more free time

"It is good for the boy to have time to play baseball. He should work, but the continual grind of plowing corn six days in the week is not good."

Sunday, March 2

Kansas City Connection: Where to mine for quality vintage artifacts

When I visit other cities, one of my favorite pastimes is browsing secondhand stores, antique shops or any other place I can find castoff treasures and well-worn trinkets. Leafing through old maps and trying to divine the mysterious backstory of curious old artifacts is a lot like visiting a museum.

Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping' and upcoming visit inspire community reading

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is coming to Lawrence on March 4 to read and discuss themes from the Read Across Lawrence choice and her first novel "Housekeeping."

Behind the Lens: Basketball games keep photographers (and fans) on their toes

Plenty of my photographer colleagues believe that basketball sits at the top of the list among the easiest sports to cover. Often the reasons they cite are that it’s played on a relatively small court and also for the predictability of the action’s direction.

Getting the joke

When Patricia Lockwood’s autobiographical poem “Rape Joke” went live online last summer, columnists at Salon, The Guardian, Huffington Post and bloggers far and wide started analyzing her intention. This year it was selected for inclusion in the "Best American Poetry 2014."