Stories for October 2014

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Friday, October 31

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Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, Halloween events and more!

Today in Lawrence: Final Friday and Halloween events stack up today, while the weekend also has music and politics in store.

Thursday, October 30

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Today in Lawrence: Writing kickoff; Haskell maze; Halloween concert

Today in Lawrence: Writing kickoff; Haskell maze; Halloween concert

Wednesday, October 29

Authentic Chinese menus find popularity at Lawrence restaurants

Here’s a revelation for you. That Chinese food many of us grew up with — think crab rangoon, General Tso’s chicken and the like — isn’t really Chinese. Those recipes, long staples in suburban buffets across the country, are American versions of Chinese food, cultivated through generations of immigrants to appeal to a more western palate.

Local Finds: Marvelous mugs

Now that fall has officially arrived, there's no better time to curl up with a steaming cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Just add a crackling fireplace, your coziest sweater and one of these cool mugs from Lawrence stores. Cheers!

Home Style: Fiesta dinnerware and the history of these happy plates

There are many reasons that Fiesta ware is the best-selling dinnerware in American history, but one of them is that the brightly colored ceramic dinnerware offers something to just about everyone.

Cooking from Scratch: The secret to flavorful pumpkin seeds

The novelty of roasting plain seeds no longer outweighs their bland flavor. While you can sprinkle a little salt on top easily enough, it never really sticks well. To get amazing salty flavor the seeds need to be brined.

Visiting professor, author to talk race, gender politics at KU

Ayesha Hardison, Kansas University’s current Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will speak about race and gender politics today at the Kansas Union. Hardison, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, will give her presentation, titled "Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow" at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the union.

Style Scout: Lacey Douglas

Tell us a secret: I can sing like Britney Spears.

Style Scout: Chance Phillippe

Whom do people say you look like? I get Justin Bieber all the time and that gets annoying!

Garden Variety: 7 uses for the overlooked acorn

Ask a forester what tree to plant for strength, pest resistance and versatility, and the answer will almost always be an oak. Yes, they produce acorns, but in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, plant the oak anyway. When the acorns arrive in autumn seasons to come, try these overlooked uses to make the nuts a little less of a nuisance.

Fix-It Chick: Control boxelder bugs

Boxelder bugs, sometimes mistakenly referred to as stink bugs, are considered nuisance bugs by their sheer number alone. Boxelder bugs seldom cause damage to plants or property, but they can stain fabric and carpets during more active times. Prevention, rather than elimination, is the best way to control boxelder bugs.

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Today in Lawrence: Boo-tiful day for trunk-or-treats, monthly book club

Today in Lawrence: It's a boo-tiful day for trunk-or-treats, monthly book club

Tuesday, October 28

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Today in Lawrence: Fall drops in; farmers' market finale; swing dance lessons

Today in Lawrence: Fall drops in; it's the Lawrence Farmers' Market's last Tuesday of the season; learn to swing dance at the Kansas Union.

Monday, October 27

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Today in Lawrence: Warm day ahead; lecture series at Lied; glaciers in Kansas

Today in Lawrence: Warm day ahead; lecture series at Lied discusses sexual violence; Audubon lecture covers glaciers in Kansas

Saturday, October 25

A family affair: Foxy By Proxy pull together to stage annual Halloween Hextravaganza

Foxy By Proxy is a family, its members say — a kooky, demented clan of “weirdos.” Gathered around the fireplace at Frank’s North Star Tavern, the Lawrence-based burlesque troupe’s de facto headquarters, five of the group’s 16 members are discussing costumes for their upcoming Halloween Hexstravaganza. It all looks a bit like a strange family portrait.

Kansas City Connection: Halloween happenings in KC

Halloween is on a Friday this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2008 and 2003 — years in which I threw parties where my guests and I consumed cigarettes, pumpkin ales and peanut butter cups until we probably looked like prematurely rotted jack-o’-lanterns. I’m a more relaxed, health-conscious family man these days, so this column will include a mix of family events as well as a few slightly more debaucherous options.

Friday, October 24

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Today in Lawrence: Warm weather and fall activities

Today in Lawrence: Don't let the warm weather fool you! There are several Halloween-related activities (and music and charity events) this weekend!

Thursday, October 23

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Today in Lawrence: Morning rain and afternoon sun; nursing and nomads; heart of emotions

Today in Lawrence: Morning rain and afternoon sun; presentation talks about nursing and nomads; the heart of emotions

Vaudeville-inspired 'Amazing Feats of Loneliness' comes to Arts Center

Just in time for Halloween, the Lawrence Arts Center, in conjunction with the Card Table Theatre, is slated to stage "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness" starting Oct. 23 at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Off the Beaten Plate: Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos at Quinton's Bar & Deli

What started as a temporary addition to the menu has now earned a permanent spot at Quinton’s: The Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos.

Megan on the Move: A working relationship

You hear people say all the time that marriage is “work” and that you have to “take time for date night” and all that business. And it seemed to me that if you are manufacturing time to go on dates or working at loving your spouse or penciling in romance, the whole thing is a lost game before it even started.

Fix-It Chick: Repair damaged stucco

Repairing large sections of damaged stucco is a time-consuming multistep process. With the right tools and some due diligence, the “hole” problem can be easily cured.

Spooky-fun Halloween activities lined up for kids, adults

Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treating, though there's plenty of that around town, too. Take a look and you'll find plenty of spooky events on the calendar from now right up to the big day for children and adults alike. Here, we've rounded up a few of the most intriguing Halloween-y activities going on in Lawrence. There's more where these came from — check out our events calendar for more spooky, scary ideas.

Fashion Column Twins: Comfortable fall looks

As the weather outside gets cooler, one thing comes to mind: comfort. There is nothing better than curling up with a warm blanket on a cool fall day, right? So who wants to be in something uncomfortable and cold? Not me!

Critter Buzz: Holidays pose dangers to pets

It’s the start of the holiday season — the time we get out our decorations and prepare for great merriment and frivolity. Whether it be the sugar rush of Halloween, the excess of food at our Thanksgiving meals or all of the sparkle and beauty of the Christmas tree, the holidays can spell trouble for our animal companions.

Cooking from Scratch: Easy popcorn balls a treat from Halloweens past

These really are, as the recipe card my mom read to me over the phone proclaims, “Easy Popcorn Balls.”

Style Scout: Amy Santoferraro

Describe your style: My friends have noted that I look like a playground.

Style Scout: Graham Hosking

Describe your style: I like to be colorful and I don’t care what anyone thinks. Also, I don’t usually match! I just do whatever.

Garden Variety: Easy-to-grow sweet potatoes

Lawrence area educators, farmers and businesses are teaming up to celebrate a vegetable worthy of a month-long party: the sweet potato.

Wednesday, October 22

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Today in Lawrence: Royal weather, game watching, yoga and author reading

Today in Lawrence: Royal weather, game watching, yoga at the Library and author reading at Liberty Hall

Tuesday, October 21

Bite Sighs: Midnight madness pumpkin pie

The season of pumpkin spice everything is here.

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Today in Lawrence: Royal day for baseball and tai chi

Today in Lawrence: Royal day for baseball, and maybe a tai chi lesson.

Monday, October 20

Kansas City Connection: Where to revel in the Royals

With standing-room-only tickets to the World Series home games going for upward of $700, your best bet for soaking up the championship atmosphere in Kansas City this week is a bar, restaurant or watch party.

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Today in Lawrence: Beautiful weather, tiny quilts, science for all

Today in Lawrence: Beautiful weather flirts with fall; tiny quilts are the subject of monthly meeting; KU brings science to all at the Lawrence Public Library.

Saturday, October 18

National Book Award winner James McBride to bring music, humor to Lawrence reading

James McBride, the reigning winner of the National Book Award for fiction, will bring his signature blend of words and music to Lawrence this week with a reading of his most recent work, “The Good Lord Bird.”

Chinese piano sensation to perform at Theatre Lawrence

Chinese-born piano phenom Zhao Yang Ming Tian will perform Friday evening at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 17

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Today in Lawrence: A weekend of good weather, education and charity

Today in Lawrence: A weekend of good weather, learning opportunities and charity work

Thursday, October 16

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Today in Lawrence: Blue skies, car care workshop, gun law update, writers reading

Today in Lawrence: Blue skies, car care workshop, gun law update, writers reading

Wednesday, October 15

With Lawrence ArtWalk on hiatus, artists rally to host this month's DIY ArtWalk

When Lawrence ArtWalk director John Wysocki moved to England earlier this year, veteran artists were left wondering if there would be a 2014 ArtWalk, a nearly two-decade tradition. Wysocki had managed operations and handled publicity from the very beginning, and with him overseas, long-time participant Diana Dunkley wasn’t sure what would happen.

KU Theatre to stage comedic tale of manners, disguise in 'Tovarich'

Kansas University Theatre will stage "Tovarich," a riches-to-rags story set in the turbulent period after the Russian Revolution, beginning Friday evening at Murphy Hall's Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

Let autumn's colors, nature guide your fall decor

Welcome the season —and guests— into your home with these festive decorating tips and tricks from some local interior design experts.

Off the Beaten Plate: Dessert Spring Rolls at Zen Zero

You’re not likely to find anything like Zen Zero’s dessert spring rolls in Nepal or Thailand — or any traditional Asian cuisine, for that matter — but that doesn’t mean the bastardized confection isn’t delicious.

Arts Center to screen controversial 'Death of Klinghoffer'

Lawrence Arts Center will host a screening of the 2003 film “The Death of Klinghoffer” Sunday afternoon followed by a panel and discussion. Based on a 1991 opera of the same name, “The Death of Klinghoffer” is a dramatization of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian liner MS Achille Lauro in which Palestinian terrorists shot and killed Jewish-American businessman Leon Klinghoffer.

On the Cheap: Cost-saving fall centerpieces

If you don’t have the time or energy to deck your entire home out in fall decor, a seasonal centerpiece can do the trick. And for less than $25, you can put together a look worthy of the cover of Real Simple or Martha Stewart Living.

Garden Variety: Hackberry pests move indoors with cool temperatures

As the trees begin to show their autumn hues and squirrels rush to stash away their bounty, a few creatures in the garden are looking for good winter homes.

Style Scout: Sarah McNutt

Fashion trends you hate: I guess they call it 3-D nail art, but it’s super-over-the-top, blinged-out fake nails. It’s totally not functional at all. I can’t even get nail polish to stay on because of my job.

Style Scout: Chris C. Cho

Fashion trends you love: I like following some European styles from Milano, Italy. Right now their slim fit, not skinny, suits are becoming more formal.

Fix-It Chick: Repair stucco cracks

Stucco should be repaired as soon as cracks appear. Small repairs on homes and structures built after the 19th century are easy to do with pre-mixed stucco repair products.

Family Adventures: No match for Schaake's Pumpkin Patch

It was October 2011 and I was a new mom celebrating her baby’s first Halloween. When I asked my veteran mom friends where the best local pumpkin patch was, the answer was always the same: Schaake’s. At about 40 years running, Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch, east of town at 1791 North 1500 Road, is a fall mainstay for Lawrence families. By Meryl Carver-Allmond

Fashion Column Twins: Sporty style

As we get further into fall, that means more weekends full of football, tailgating and cheering on your favorite team!

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Today in Lawrence: Sun, history, music and nerds!

Today in Lawrence: Enjoy the beautiful weather with a historic Quantrill's Raid walking tour, head to LIberty Hall for live music or dress up for a scary Nerd Nite.

Tuesday, October 14

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Today in Lawrence: Drier weather; register to vote; Tuesday concert at LAC

Today in Lawrence: Drier weather; register to vote; Tuesday concert at LAC

Monday, October 13

Understanding arthritis in adults

Many people believe that arthritis is one of those things you just have to suffer through as you age. The Arthritis Foundation defines arthritis as a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. There are many forms of arthritis but there are two common types that affect adults.

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Today in Lawrence: Rain and wind; short story contest; military and media panel

Today in Lawrence: Rain and wind may wreak havoc on baseball; short story contest starts; military and media panel scheduled.

Sunday, October 12

Kansas City Connection: Where every day is First Friday

When I hear about the art galleries in the Crossroads neighborhood, I almost immediately think of the monthly art walks on First Fridays.

Saturday, October 11

Rise and shine: 2014 Phoenix Award winners promote arts, inclusivity

Every year, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission honors five local artists or arts-based organizations with the Phoenix Awards. Now in their 19th cycle, the awards are meant to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community.

Friday, October 10

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Today in Lawrence: Late Night in the Phog; Story Slam at LAC; Kennel Club dog show

Today in Lawrence: Late Night in the Phog; Story Slam at LAC reads aloud with wit; Kennel Club dog show welcomes all breeds to the fairgrounds.

Thursday, October 9

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Today in Lawrence: Showers, 'Proof' on stage, Senate race history

Today in Lawrence: Showers, 'Proof' on stage, Senate race history

Wednesday, October 8

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9 fun fall activities for the whole family

Temperatures may be cooling down, but don’t expect to see a drop in fun, funky family events throughout the Lawrence area this fall.

Ceramics Symposium to sculpt relationship between audience, ceramists

Give them something to talk about. That’s what Ben Ahlvers hopes to achieve during this weekend’s Ceramics Symposium at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Off the Beaten Plate: DaVinci Cibo at Cibo Sano

Like an Italian burrito.

Style Scout: Stephen Pettavel

Fashion trends you hate: I’m really not a fan of camo. There’s too much right now. I just don’t like it.

Style Scout: Annika Wooton

Fashion trends you hate: I just read an article that guys don’t like high-waisted shorts. I had no idea! They are apparently really against them and now I’m going to be self-conscious.

Garden Variety: A lesson in apple picking

With apple-harvesting season in full swing, now is a great time to get out and pick some of the fresh fruit from local orchards or your own trees if you have them.

Fix-It Chick: Install a pet door in a storm window

Installing a small pet door into a removable storm window, rather than a door, is a great way to allow your cat access to the outdoors without the permanence associated with installation in a door or wall.

Cooking from Scratch: Grandma's apple pie

The other day I got a craving for a classic apple pie. Just as I was firing up my laptop to consider recipes, my eyes lit upon my grandmother’s battered copy of our family cookbook, “Cooking With the Carvers.”

Fashion Column Twins: Turn summer dresses into fall outfits

One thing that comes with seasons changing is trying to figure out how to change your wardrobe without having to buy all new clothes.

Megan on the Move: A dating Luddite

Can I just say how happy I am that I’m not dating anymore?

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'Daily Show' films in Lawrence; segment focuses on 'Brownback's Conservative Experiment'

Lawrence played host to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show," as correspondent Jessica Williams and crew filmed at locations around town Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7. The segment, "Sam Brownback's Conservative Kansas Experiment," aired Thursday, Oct. 16. By Joanna Hlavacek

Delicious/Nutritious: Savoring apple cider

Apple juice’s spicy cousin, this seasonal favorite is now available year-round thanks to its popularity. While it’s wonderful alone either hot or cold, cider is also a pleasant addition to both sweet and savory dishes, where it can impart an unmistakable hint of autumn.

Tuesday, October 7

Today in Lawrence: Cyborg theory, swing dancing

We're not cyborgs just yet (tell that to Tim Cook), but we can contribute to the posthuman future with what we leave behind.

Monday, October 6

Today in Lawrence: 'Mary Poppins,' Kansas solicitor general

Don't miss Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister at Kansas University this evening in a free lecture.

Saturday, October 4

Ex-Flaming Lips drummer comes home, moves forward in his music career

Lounging comfortably on the couch in his home, Kliph Scurlock says he has found peace since his firing as drummer of The Flaming Lips became public five months ago.

Behind the Lens: In pursuit of pelicans

When presented with a photographic subject, two of the most important decisions for photographers are where to position themselves and their camera and when to press the shutter.

Kansas City Connection: Frisbee golf, gyros and German beer

When it comes to utilizing our city’s parks, few activities beat disc golf.

Friday, October 3

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Today in Lawrence: Here comes the cold

It's going to cool down considerably today, and temperatures will be mild throughout the weekend.

Thursday, October 2

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Today in Lawrence: Cooler temps; battle series; poetry reading; zombie walk

Today in Lawrence: Cooler temps; Fort Leavenworth battle series; poetry reading; zombie walk

Wednesday, October 1

Dancing to the beat: Arts Center to open 'hipster' musical 'The Nervous Set'

The Lawrence Arts Center's newest production may be a celebration of all things Beat Generation, but its director promises the story’s as modern now as it was when poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac helped bring the literary movement to the forefront in the 1950s.

On the Cheap: Cut-rate costumes

October has arrived, and Halloween season has arrived with it. I’m not a fan of haunted houses and scary movies, but it’s hard to not love a holiday based around costumes and candy. Finding the perfect Halloween costume can be pricey, but fear not — I have some tips to help you do Halloween costume shopping on the cheap.

KU Theatre's 'Proof' tackles themes of loss, mental illness

Kansas University Theatre's production of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning "Proof" will open Friday at the William Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall.

Lawrence Libations: Sake flights at Ramen Bowls

For those looking to dip their toes into the waters of sake, try one of Ramen Bowls' sake flights, a sampling of five varieties served in shot glasses nestled inside a wooden tray.

Fashion Column Twins: How to wear floral prints this fall

There are so many great trends to wear this season, but one of our favorites that has become quite popular is the fall floral trend.

Family Adventures: Down on the farm

A good food educational opportunity for kids will be this weekend's Kaw Valley Farm Tour,

Fix-It Chick: Repair a yard hydrant

A frost-proof yard hydrant is the modern version of an outdoor pitcher pump. These bright colored water spigots are common on farms and large city lots.

Style Scout: Kristie Bowen

Tell us a secret: I can hold a Skittle in my dimples!

Style Scout: Kareem Wall

Fashion trends you hate: I guess I can’t stand jean shorts. Personally, I just like to keep it classy. I like dress pants, dress shirts and a tie so I can call it a day.

Garden Variety: Bringing the garden indoors

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, I am reminded that soon the only gardening I will be doing will involve the array of tropical plants that brighten the inside of my home.

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Today in Lawrence: Rain today; ECM Forum on basketball and religion

Today in Lawrence: Rain today; ECM Forum on basketball and religion