Stories for September 2014


Tuesday, September 30

'Monuments Woman' to deliver lecture on protecting the arts during wartime

For Kansas University alumna Corine Wegener, saving the arts has a literal application in her profession as a cultural heritage preservation officer. A modern-day “monuments woman,” Wegener travels into war-torn countries, and much like the Monuments Men who traveled to Europe to recover Nazi stolen art, she helps museum staff reclaim and protect cultural treasures.

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Today in Lawrence: Clouds, sun mix; a night of music

Today in Lawrence: It's a night of beautiful music with the KU Symphony Orchestra and the Tuesday Concert Series at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Sunday, September 28

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Today in Lawrence: Great weather, author reading, Interpol plays at Granada

Today in Lawrence: Great weather, author reading, Interpol plays at Granada

Firefighters investigating suspicious fire in southeast Lawrence

Firefighters are investigating a suspicious fire in southeast Lawrence on Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 27

KU teacher's natural, human encounters reflected in 35 years of sculpture

In the 35-year span of his work on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, David Vertačnik’s inspiration hasn’t always been local to Lawrence, but it’s always been local to him. By Sara Shepherd

Kansas City Connection: Barbecue that's out of this world

In case you haven’t heard, the World Series is coming to Kansas City next weekend. No, I’m not talking about Royals baseball. I’m talking about the World Series of Barbecue, the American Royal-hosted event that features a whopping 550 teams and a $50,000 prize.

KU student wins national contest for unique book collection

This year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest first-place winner is a Kansas University student.

Poet to give free reading, sign books Thursday at KU

A reading this week at Kansas University will feature a poet whose work tells stories of alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories.

Tegan and Sara celebrate 10 years since their first walk with the ghost

In September, Tegan and Sara celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their fourth album and commercial breakthrough, “So Jealous.” Before Tegan and Sara share the Liberty Hall stage on Wednesday, Tegan shares her thoughts on the major changes they've witnessed in the past decade,

Friday, September 26

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Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, KU Homecoming, Cinema A Go-Go, book sale

Today in Lawrence: Celebrate Final Friday; rally for KU's Homecoming; take in a '50s cult classic at Cinema A Go-Go; wrap up the book sale

Thursday, September 25

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Today in Lawrence: Brown bag seminar on fracking; catfish fry; book sale starts

Today in Lawrence: Brown bag seminar on fracking; catfish fry; library book sale starts

Wednesday, September 24

Home Style: Be my guest

Opening your home to visiting family and friends is a hospitable gesture that saves your guests the expense of staying at a hotel. But ensuring the space you provide guests is welcoming, comfortable and convenient takes forethought and little bit of effort.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Hash Brown Omelet at Haskell Avenue Cafe

An omelet in name and shape only — there's no eggs, only hash browns.

Garden mixology: Incorporate fresh flavors into your drinks

Skip the morning orange juice for a specialty creation of your own using fruits, vegetables and herbs. Tweak some classic cocktails with seasonal fare straight from the garden. Make your own juices, mocktails and cocktails with some help from a local juicer and local bartenders who serve garden drinks at their own businesses.

Style Scout: Charles Rice-Davis

Fashion trends you hate: I don’t always like the super-slim-fit cut suits. Sometimes you have grown men looking like little kids in them.

Style Scout: Jess Harman

Tattoos or piercings: I have a tattoo of a woman’s head who I have named Lady Jane.

Cooking from Scratch: Risotto not as hard to make as you think

Risotto is my therapy, the ultimate antidote to a bad day at the office.

Fix-It Chick: 10 projects to get your home ready for fall

Fall is the perfect time to check off several items on your home maintenance list.

Garden Variety: Upcoming Farm Tour highlights local agriculture

Even the most dedicated gardeners need a break from the garden once in awhile, and the upcoming Kaw Valley Farm Tour offers the perfect opportunity to see what else is growing in the area.

Megan on the Move: It only takes five minutes

I have a tendency to say “yes” to projects, parties, events, endeavors, jobs and crackpot ideas.

Fashion Column Twins: A lesson in colorful socks

As the weather gets cooler outside, that means one thing: time to layer up and accessorize with pieces such as hats, jackets and socks. That’s right — socks.

KU visual art grad students put work on display

Part one of a two-part show featuring work by Kansas University visual art graduate students is now open at KU.

Free brass concert to feature award-winning euphonium soloist

Lawrence's Free State Brass Band will play a free concert of old and new brass band literature this weekend, featuring Nathan Gay on solo euphonium.

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At new Ladybird Diner, nostalgia sells like hotcakes

Handmade pies, soda-fountain drinks and hot sandwiches among restaurant's specialties

It’s mid-afternoon on a Tuesday, and Meg Heriford is dealing with a “pie emergency.” She’s in the center of the prep kitchen at her fledgling restaurant — surrounded by pies in various stages of progress, cocktail apron caked in flour — rolling out discs of dough, hand-crimping crusts and popping one tin after another into the oven. Ladybird Diner nearly sold out of pie over breakfast and lunch, and if she doesn’t come up with more pronto she’s going to have an upset dinner crowd on her hands.

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Today in Lawrence: Mild temps, a few showers; ECM community forum; jazz at Lied Center

Today in Lawrence: Mild temps, a few showers; ECM community forum; jazz at Lied Center

Tuesday, September 23

Bite Sighs: Apple walnut tart

Whether your day was stellar or in the cellar, there’s nothing like a treat after a hard day at school or work. Now that September is upon us, a lot of those treats might be apple-based. Throw in a little cream cheese and a lot of butter, and your apples will put a whole new spin on “wow.”

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Today in Lawrence: Clouds; guitar and mandolin music; Science on Tap

Today in Lawrence: Clouds and mild temperatures; guitar and mandolin music at LAC; Science on Tap brings galaxies closer.

Monday, September 22

Organizers say Lawrence Restaurant Week will return for a second year

The first Lawrence Restaurant Week went well enough that organizers say they “definitely” want to repeat it next year. By Sara Shepherd

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Today in Lawrence: Sunny skies, KU clothing drive, panel discussion on water

Today in Lawrence: Sunny skies, KU clothing drive, panel discussion on state's water plan

Sunday, September 21

Kansas City Connection: Plains Indians come to the Nelson, and get your fill of apple cider

If you’re driving around the Plaza or the Volker neighborhoods of Kansas City and see several giant teepees, don’t worry — you’re not hallucinating. The temporary teepees are in place to promote Nelson-Atkins Museum’s newly opened exhibit, “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” which runs through Jan. 11, 2015.

Stand and deliver: Local comedians join forces as opportunities grow

Stand-up comedy is on the rise in Lawrence as local collective Harpoon Presents creates opportunities for comics to develop their shtick in hopes of pursuing this unconventional career avenue. Local stand-up comedian Shadoe Barton shares what it's like to try to be funny.

Saturday, September 20

Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra make Lawrence first stop on fall tour

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by trumpet player Wynton Marsalis already had planned its fall touring route when it tacked on a Lawrence performance at the beginning. That was thanks to the Lied Center’s new executive director’s connections. By Sara Shepherd

Faith Forum: How should faith be brought up on dates? Or should religion affect dating at all?

Priscilla McKinney, Oread Friends Meeting, and Dennis Karpowitz, Church of Jesus Christ or Latter-day Saints, answer.

Friday, September 19

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Today in Lawrence: Poetry reading, Band Day parade, antique show, 'Horrors' on stage and more

Today in Lawrence: Poetry reading, Band Day parade, antique show, 'Horrors' on stage and more

Thursday, September 18

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Today in Lawrence: Research lecture; banned book trading cards; war aviation

Today in Lawrence: Research lecture at Watson; banned book trading cards at library; war aviation at Watkins Museum

Wednesday, September 17

Feeding time: Theatre Lawrence brings a monster to life in 'Little Shop of Horrors'

When an entire production is centered around a flesh-eating plant, it’s going to take a talented group of creative minds to bring “Little Shop of Horrors” to life on the Theatre Lawrence stage.

Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary

It’s important to have a personal space to unwind that's away from the rest of the world. That place should be your bedroom, said Dana Niemack, a feng shui interior designer.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Woo Burger at West Coast Saloon

Lawrencians have loved the Woo Burger since West Coast started serving it in the late 1980s.

KU School of Music to show off its many faces in Collage Concert

The Lied Center will serve as a one-stop shop of musical talent on Friday night as the Kansas University School of Music presents its 15th annual Collage Concert.

Fix-It Chick: Remove textured 'popcorn' ceilings

Removing textured “popcorn” ceilings is a time-consuming and messy task, but with a lot of elbow grease, smooth ceilings are within reach.

Garden Variety: Upcoming seminars on permaculture

Gardeners, wannabe gardeners and anyone else interested in the relationship among plants, humans and the environment should consider attending one of three upcoming seminars sponsored by the local nonprofit Sustainability Action Network.

Family Adventures: Drawn together

Despite the fact that Sweet Husband and I are two make-it-with-your-hands kind of people, we rarely have “art time” with the Kid. It’s not for lack of desire. (I happen to think that coloring with crayons is one of the most relaxing activities on the planet.) It’s just one of those things we forget to think of in the mish-mush of two jobs and a pre-schooler.

Critter Buzz: Nutrition for your pet should be easy… right?

Since pets eat pre-prepared kibble, it would seem that making a decision about what food to feed your pet would be easy, right? Actually with all of the foods out there to choose from and the fact that even pet foods are subject to nutrition fads, choosing a food for your pet can still be a confusing.

Fashion Column Twins: How to style a black midi skirt

The black midi skirt is one of our favorite styles because it’s versatile enough to pair it with many different pieces in your wardrobe.

Style Scout: Taylor Hinderer

Tell us a secret: My favorite thing to do is lying in bed watching Netflix and eating tacos.

Style Scout: Aaron Fitzgerald

Describe your style: I try to do timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again like lots of vintage Polos and stuff like that.

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Today in Lawrence: Rain, close look at politics and journalism, kids rock out at the library

Today in Lawrence: Rain, close look at politics and journalism, kids rock out at the library

Tuesday, September 16

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Today in Lawrence: Perfect weather for outdoor Restaurant Week dining; Humanities Lecture set

Today in Lawrence: Perfect weather for outdoor Restaurant Week dining; Humanities Lecture brings New Yorker writer

Monday, September 15

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Today in Lawrence: Rain, clouds; day camp for kids; business lecture

Today in Lawrence: Rain, clouds on a day with no school might mean you bring your young ones to Art Space day camp at Lawrence Arts Center. Round out the evening with a public lecture from a business leader at the Lied Center.

Sunday, September 14

Fall Arts Preview: The concerts

A look at some of the notable upcoming concerts in Lawrence.

Fall Arts Preview: Upcoming events at the Lied Center

The Lied Center has a reputation for bringing world-class performers to the community, and this fall is no different. From critically acclaimed musicians to Broadway stars to comedians, here is a preview of this fall's Lied Series events:

2014 Fall Arts Preview

As the cool weather makes its way into Lawrence, make your way inside to the nearest exhibits, readings, performances, music and lectures by artists coming though town and those who live here. Mark your calendar for some of these notable events.

Kansas City Connection: Lots to do in KC this fall

If you ask me, fall is the best time of year to explore Kansas City. In addition to the bright colors and pleasantly cool temperatures, an abundance of festivals, concerts and activities make an autumn visit to KC a must. Here are a few seasonal highlights and ideas for what to check out.

Friday, September 12

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Today in Lawrence: CASA fundraiser, butterfly watch, art at Haskell, music on Sunday

Today in Lawrence: CASA fundraiser features playhouse; Monarch butterfly watch begins; Haskell brings out the art; music at KU on Sunday

Thursday, September 11

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Today in Lawrence: Taste of Lawrence, art talk, poetry reading

Today in Lawrence: Taste of Lawrence fall mixer; art talk on tea cups and Guantanamo Bay; poetry reading

Wednesday, September 10

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Off the Beaten Plate: Mac N’ Cheese Omelet at Ladybird Diner

An omelet stuffed with macaroni and cheese — hey, why the heck not?

Megan on the Move: The wrong Stuff

I realized yesterday that all of my shoes are falling apart. At once. No great surprise, as I am not famous for buying expensive clothes, nor am I famous for buying them often. You can take away my woman card now: I hate shopping.

Fix-It Chick: Cut threads with a tap or die

Taps and dies are great for cutting new threads or repairing old threads on metals, plastics and other hard materials. Taps cut threads on the inside of holes and dies cut threads on the outside of rods.

Style Scout: Marisa Ford

Fashion trends you hate: Micro shorts. Girls aren’t wearing them for fashion.

Style Scout: Chris Ford

Describe your style: [My wife says I’m] a very stylish hipster, metrosexual and just always very nice.

Cooking From Scratch: Pavlova a sweet but tricky fall treat

Pavlova — a marshmallowy cousin to merengue, reportedly named after a Russian ballerina’s tutu — is often thought of as a summer dessert. Instead, I urge you to consider making pavlova in the fall.

The Fashion Column Twins: Must-have fall shoes

We love summer, but we are more than ready to stock up on our fall favorites! We especially love fall style because of the stylish shoe options.

Garden Variety: Re-blooming poinsettias

Remember the pretty poinsettia you picked up last winter to make your home or office a little more festive for the holidays? Poinsettias can be kept year-round, but they need a little special treatment in the fall to bloom again.

Tailgating this football season with the whole family

Die-hard tailgaters don’t miss an opportunity to get riled up for a game for any reason. Not even having children.

Sit down and savor — first Lawrence Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday

Does a sit-down dinner complete with aperitif, appetizer, salad and dessert, all in addition to your entree — seem decadent for an average night out? During the first Lawrence Restaurant Week, that kind of dining experience will suddenly become more accessible.

Mixed-media artist creating installation at Spencer this week

Ke-Sook Lee, an artist who works primarily with thread, recycled fabric and fiber material to make mixed-media installations, will create an installation at the Spencer Museum of Art Thursday through Sunday.

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Today in Lawrence: Storms, WorkWell Symposium, history by the letter

Today in Lawrence: Storms, WorkWell Symposium, history by the letter

Tuesday, September 9

Delicious/Nutritious: The underappreciated zucchini

Zucchini: Ubiquitous in the hotter months, this dark-green vegetable is the very definition of summer squash. Its neutral flavor allows it to be either the star or sidekick in almost any meal, and its moisture content can allow it to show up in the most unexpected of places.

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Today in Lawrence: Rain in forecast; tuba concert; estate planning

Today in Lawrence: Rain coming; tuba concert; estate planning

Monday, September 8

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Today in Lawrence: Lovely weather, free country music, INSIGHT art talk

Today in Lawrence: Lovely weather, free country music and an INSIGHT art talk with David Vertacnik. What a way to start off the week!

Sunday, September 7

Kansas City Connection: The circus comes to town, and the return of Ren Fest

School may be back in session, but those looking to treat their families to some fun performances and outdoor activities will have some good chances to do so this week in the Kansas City area.

KU alumnus to create art using unwanted household items

Lawrence-based artist and Kansas University alumnus Eli Gold has been selected as artist-in-residence at the Salina Art Center where he plans to complete an installation from Kansans’ accumulated clutter.

Local musician emulates William S. Burroughs with cut-up style music

For a musician described as a “bedroom folk” artist, it’s rather remarkable that Lawrence-based Nate Henricks gained attention outside the confines of his home and on an international radio station this past July with a BBC interview on Stuart Maconie’s “Freak Zone.”

Civil rights poetry project receives grant

The Kansas University’s project on the History of Black Writing will continue to study the influence of the Civil Rights era on African-American poetry with its recent $156,000 grant from the National Endowment of Humanities.

Behind the Lens: Optical vs. digital zoom

I get asked a lot of questions regarding cameras and photography. This week I’ll focus on one that may confuse some people: What’s the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom?

Friday, September 5

Today in Lawrence: Cooler temps, musical acts, history and education

Today in Lawrence: Cooler temps, musical acts, history at the battlefield and education at the library

Thursday, September 4

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Today in Lawrence: Hot sun; battle seminar; art fusion at LAC

Today in Lawrence: Hot sun; battle seminar; art fusion at LAC

Wednesday, September 3

The Pouring Twenties: Speakeasy brings classic cocktails, atmosphere to downtown Lawrence

It may not advertise its whereabouts with any kind of sign, but the folks at John Brown’s Underground will leave a light on for you. Open the nondescript door and the sound of a cocktail shaker, sophisticated jazz and pleasant conversation greets the guests. It’s now very clear you’ve stepped out of a college town and into a ‘20s speakeasy.

On the Cheap: Bagging a bargain

Without the right bag, it can feel like you have the weight of the world on your on your shoulders. I recently set out for a new bag to carry to work and discovered a few tricks to find a good deal on what I wanted.

How kids can offer little helping hands in the kitchen

It’s more work to cook with your young kids in the kitchen helping. Fortunately, there are ways to make cooking with kids go more smoothly.

Garden Variety: Getting the lawn in shape

Whether you want a perfectly sculpted lawn or just enough grass to prevent erosion and keep down the weeds, the next four to six weeks is the most important time of year for lawn care.

Fix-It Chick: Install a wooden screen door

Installing a wooden screen door instead of a typical storm door is an affordable option to your ventilation needs.

The Fashion Column Twins: Kimono this season’s new layering piece

Usually when we think of layering, a cardigan or jacket pops in our heads. But there’s a new trend in town and we’re loving it! Kimonos are making a huge statement this season, and the best part is they come in so many different styles: There’s fringe, printed, chiffon, silk and many more options.

Style Scout: Kristina Way

Tell us a secret: I secretly don’t like baths.

Style Scout: Nathan Way

Dream job: I probably wouldn’t be working!

University Theatre students to perform 'Electra' this Saturday

It’s safe to say putting together the University Theatre production of Sophocles’ “Electra” was all Greek to the students. Not only did they speed-learn a play, but a new language, says director Dennis Christilles.

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Today in Lawrence: Fish at the library; art INSIGHT talk; country concert

Today in Lawrence: Fish at the library; art INSIGHT talk; country concert at The Granada

Tuesday, September 2

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Today in Lawrence: Gorgeous weather in store for Pooch Plunge; visit the LAC

Today in Lawrence: Gorgeous weather in store for Pooch Plunge and a visit to the LAC.

Monday, September 1

Library announces first author visit enabled by new donation

The Lawrence Public Library has announced the first writer who will visit the city as part of the library’s new Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. And he’s not showing up with nothing but a book. By Sara Shepherd

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Today in Lawrence: Rain in forecast; last day for pool; closings for holiday

Today in Lawrence: Rain in forecast; last day for pool; closings for holiday