Monday, March 31
St. Vincent at Liberty Hall. 'Nuff said.
Sunday, March 30
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
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.
The relative isolation of his shop in Globe, 8 miles from the nearest town, belies David Anderson's fondness for people.
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
March Final Friday downtown, a lookahead to Saturday and Sunday highlights.
Thursday, March 27
Rainy but warm, give back to your community by signing up for the Big Event, high literature at The Raven Book Store.
When it comes to spring cleaning, remember the outside of the house needs some loving, too!
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.
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.
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.
He’s his own person. He’s the one that decided on the plaid.
What were you doing when scouted? Pretending that I was a mannequin in the store window.
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.
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.
America, where even sandwiches can grow up to be anything they want to be — including pizza.
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 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 is having a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, where participants can learn about various positions at the theater and the time commitments for each area.
"Amandla!" at the Lied Center, Lawrence Weschler at the Spencer Museum, and a history of the Panorama at the KU Museum of Natural History.
"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
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
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
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.
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
The Kansas University Jayhawks face Eastern Kentucky this afternoon, possible Game 2 tomorrow, other weekend action.
Thursday, March 20
March Madness begins with our bracket contest, "Jayhawkers" in last night at Liberty Hall, Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings tickets go on sale.
Fashion influences: The Dude from “The Big Lebowski”
Fashion trends you hate: I guess I kind of hate fur. Other than that I don’t really care.
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.
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.
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
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
A life-sized game of Candy Land at the Carnegie Building and Irish whiskey at La Parrilla.
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
Since my kiddo is on a gluten-free diet, I’ve learned a few things about gluten-free shopping.
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
Corned beef and cabbage at Wheatfields, highs in the 60s and Calvin Love at the Replay Lounge.
Monday, March 17
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
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.
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.
As the summer movie season becomes more and more crowded, Hollywood’s tentpole movies have started crowding into the spring.
Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.
Saturday, March 15
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
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
Priceless ceramics at the Spencer Museum, a public forum on rental licensing in Lawrence, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Liberty Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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
Describe your style: Cultivated fashionable logger.
Fashion trends you hate: I dislike guys in skinny jeans very much. It’s really annoying.
Every year around this time, as spring approaches, life seems to pick up the pace, wouldn’t you agree?
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
How to make your own bibimbap,
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.
Turn a mango into sorbet or wrap it with avocado.
Tuesday, March 11
Highs in the 70s, "Duck Soup" at Liberty Hall and old-school Americana at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Monday, March 10
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
"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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
This 60-ounce beer dispenser houses the beer you just can't seem to get enough of.
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.
Describe your style: Grown-up punk
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.
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.”
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
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.
Some recent warmer weather might inspire some people to start spring wardrobe shopping, and you can look to Jessica Alba for inspiration.
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
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
"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
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.
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."
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.
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."