Stories for April 2015


Thursday, April 30

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Today in Lawrence: Dr. Reed's heart to heart, Take Back the Night rally

Today in Lawrence: Dr. William Reed will have a reading and talk at the Kansas Union; Take Back the Night walk and rally starts at 7 p.m.

AIM Dance Company to stage annual Point B Dance Carnival this weekend

There’s a lot to see and do at a carnival. “You go to the batting cages, then you go on a ride, then you get popcorn,” says Cathy Patterson, explaining the idea behind AIM Dance Company’s upcoming Point B Dance Carnival. “A carnival suggests variety.”

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Style Scout: Jesse Waugh

Whom do people say you look like? Every other guy with a beard.

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Style Scout: Erin Dvorak

Whom do people say you look like? (Laughs) I look like Lindsay Lohan from the “Parent Trap” time period.

Wednesday, April 29

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Kansas Food Truck Festival expands roster in second year

More than a dozen food-on-wheels vendors will make an appearance at the second annual Kansas Food Truck Festival this weekend in Lawrence's Warehouse Arts District.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Strange Chicken at Jade Garden

At a place where you can dine on such Chinese delicacies as “pork blood with innards” and “spicy intestine with tofu,” we have to admit that we were expecting something a little more, well, weird, when we ordered up a plate of Jade Garden’s “Strange Chicken” earlier this week.

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Today in Lawrence: Folk musician bringing confidence to Liberty Hall

Today in Lawrence: Get a legal loose end taken care of by attending the Estate Planning Workshop sponsored by Lawrence Parks and Rec and Douglas County Senior Services. And check out Rhiannon Giddens, a founding member of The New Basement Tapes, at Liberty Hall!

Sunday, April 26

Lied Center announces 2015-2016 season

The Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season, which will feature well-known acts such as "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Mamma Mia!", the Branford Marsalis Quartet and many others.

Saturday, April 25

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Style and function come together in Chair Show

You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s a long-established rule at art museums and galleries around the world. But a new exhibit at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St., invites guests to do more than just view the approximately 25 handcrafted chairs displayed around the store.

Kansas City Connection: Char Bar, Sleater-Kinney, Zubaz and giant Lego sculptures

“Good Food,” reads a sign behind the bar at Westport’s Char Bar. Talk about an understatement.

Folk musician Rhiannon Giddens turns back the clock

On April 14, Rhiannon Giddens sang for President Barack Obama. She shook hands with Obama. She managed to respond coherently when Obama told her he’d listened to her record.

Wednesday, April 22

Riptide Comedy Festival casts a wider net in second year

Harpoon Presents’ second annual Riptide Comedy Festival kicks off this week at various locations across downtown Lawrence, bringing with it more than 25 comedians from New York to Los Angeles.

Style Scout: Karena Mitchell

Tell us a secret: (sings) “Secrets, secrets are no fun unless they’re shared with everyone.” I have a birthmark that’s shaped like an anvil.

Style Scout: Max Archer

What’s your spirit animal? Chinchilla because I have a pet one named Kiki and he’s awesome.

April Final Friday preview: Art Emergency, See/Saw Film Festival and Lawrence Inside Out

This month's Final Friday happenings include an Art Emergency, See/Saw Film Festival and the official unveiling of the citywide Lawrence Inside Out project.

Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut soup at India Palace

For those of us who can’t get enough coconut, India Palace’s creamy but refreshing coconut soup is the perfect appetizer or even dessert.

Today in Lawrence: Sun and s'mores

Today in Lawrence, sunny skies, s'mores and discussing a plan for the Ninth Street Corridor.

Tuesday, April 21

Today in Lawrence: A musical tribute to Bob Dylan

Today in Lawrence: A nice day, and a free concert of Bob Dylan music at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Saturday, April 18

Kansas City Connection: Sushi and Sufjan

Wouldn't it be nice if you could feast on food from dozens of Kansas City's finest restaurants while feeling like you'd actually done something good?

Registration open for Girls Rock! Lawrence summer camp

Girls Rock! Lawrence has opened registration for its inaugural summer camp, which will take place June 1-5 at St. John's School, 1208 Kentucky St.

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See/Saw Film Festival to take viewers back to childhood

“What does it mean to grow up in the 21st century?” That’s the tagline for the See/Saw Film Festival, April 24-26 at the Lawrence Public Library.

Turning heads: Inside Out exhibition a portrait of the entire arts community

Those walking by the Lawrence Arts Center recently may have noticed some eye-catching new additions to the building's front windows: a trio of giant faces. The images represent only a fraction of the approximately 650 black-and-white portraits photographed over the last year by local artist Rachael Perry for the Lawrence Inside Out project.

Thursday, April 16

Today in Lawrence: Art show and 'The Explorers Club'

St. John's School Art Show is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to view the artwork from pre-K, elementary and middle school students.

Museum to celebrate anniversary of 'Dark Command' with free screenings

The Watkins Museum of History will screen "Dark Command," a 1940 Western starring John Wayne loosely based on Quantrill's Raid in Lawrence, for free this Saturday.

Wednesday, April 15

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A whirlwind year: Hard-working folk rocker Spencer Mackenzie Brown quickly winning over fans

Playing Middle of the Map Fest is something Spencer Mackenzie Brown never thought he’d do. But the Lawrence indie folk rocker will be hitting the Riot Room stage on April 25 as part of the massive music festival, and it’s all because he just had one heck of a year.

Artists Louis Copt, Mike McCaffrey to give talks at Cider Gallery

The Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., will host artist talks from Louis Copt and Mike McCaffrey from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

EMU Theatre to perform Shel Silverstein short plays

EMU Theatre of Lawrence will perform a compilation of short plays by famed poet Shel Silverstein at the Lawrence Percolator this Sunday and Monday.

Style Scout: Charles Raiteri

What’s your spirit animal? Kitty cat because they’re so cool and independent.

Style Scout: Kristina Armstrong

What’s your spirit animal? My mom says my spirit animal ran away.

Today in Lawrence: Lessons from a Chief, and how to be a Volunteen

Today in Lawrence: Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan will deliver the KU School of Business 2015 Vickers Memorial Lecture, and the Lawrence Public Library is hosting a summer volunteer info session for teens.

Tuesday, April 14

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Off the Beaten Plate: Duck carnitas at Merchants Pub and Plate

Carnitas, a mainstay of Mexican eateries pretty much everywhere, usually involves braising or simmering pork in oil or sometimes lard until the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Today in Lawrence: The state of the city, and a musical-comedy about communism

Today in Lawrence: Cloudy skies, City Commission and state of the city, and "Flora, the Red Menace"

Saturday, April 11

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Kansas City Connection: Record Store Day, Malcolm Gladwell and Third Thursday

Vinyl fanatics will want to check out the area’s Record Store Day events this Saturday. What started out as a small event to boost the visibility of America’s remaining record stores has since become a big deal, with live music, giveaways, free food, drinks and hundreds of special record releases.

Percolator to host pasting workshop for 'Inside Out' portraits

Before Lawrence Inside Out hits the streets this Final Friday, the Lawrence Percolator is inviting folks to help install some of the large portraits with a wheat-pasting workshop April 19 at the Percolator.

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A positive push: Twin Shadow to bring ever-changing sound to Lawrence

Don’t be surprised if you see George Lewis Jr., the man behind Twin Shadow, zip by you on a motorcycle soon.

Role of a lifetime: Retired KU professor revives one-man William Allen White play

When “The Sage of Emporia” premiered in March 1981, its star, Jack Wright, had to spend four hours in the makeup chair in order to convincingly portray a 74-year-old William Allen White. Fast-forward a couple of decades, Wright jokes, and the process takes about four minutes.

Thursday, April 9

Style Scout: Gina Beebe

What would you like to see more or less of in Lawrence? I guess more weirdos and more colors. Less negativity.

Style Scout: Pete Williams

Describe your style: Affordable, urban, hipstery. Used to be grad-school chic, but I graduated.

Wednesday, April 8

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Theatre Lawrence's 'Explorers' Club' pokes fun at Victorian customs

The year is 1879, and the esteemed scientists of the all-male Explorers Club are facing a very serious dilemma. Gathered in the group’s London headquarters, the men must decide whether they’ll allow a woman to join their ranks.

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George Clinton, Dennis Lehane among Free State Festival headliners

Best-selling authors, famous comedians, acclaimed filmmakers and a funk legend are among the headliners for this June's Free State Festival, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Wednesday.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Love Burrito at Mi Ranchito

There’s a lot to love about Mi Ranchito’s “love burrito.” The chicken-stuffed bundle started out as a special at one of the restaurant’s Kansas City-area locations, but customers loved it so much that it eventually earned a permanent slot on the menu.

Today in Lawrence: Stormy weather, Dr. Dog and Ninth Street Corridor designers meet the public

Storms are in the forecast throughout the day, rockers Dr. Dog come to Liberty Hall, and the city kicks off a series of public workshops about the Ninth Street Corridor project.

Tuesday, April 7

Ninth Street Corridor design team to meet with public this week

This week, the city will host a series of public workshops regarding the planned Ninth Street Corridor Project, which aims to refurbish a seven-block section of the East Lawrence neighborhood and connect downtown with the Warehouse Arts District.

Today in Lawrence: Thunderstorms, Election Day and Father John Misty

Storms are brewing, decision time for Lawrence voters and Father John Misty and King Tuff come to the Granada.

Monday, April 6

Today in Lawrence: Food program for seniors, try a yoga class

Today in Lawrence: Try a free yoga class or head into Overland Park for a KU soprano's performance.

Saturday, April 4

KU Theatre to open 'Flora, the Red Menace' on Friday

Kansas University's production of "Flora, the Red Menace" will open Friday at Murphy Hall's William Inge Theatre.

Kansas City Connection: The return of the Royals, and showtime for Middle of the Map

The Kansas City Royals’ 2014 run was the stuff of legend, right up until the final heartbreaking out, and a special ceremony on Opening Day will pay tribute to that team’s extraordinary playoff run.

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King Tuff wants to get weird with Lawrence

King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas isn’t one of those musicians who just passes through. When Thomas comes through Lawrence, he anticipates getting a little weird.

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Lawrence Civic Choir to celebrate 40 years with Lied Center performance

Just as individual grains of sand bond to form rock, members of the Lawrence Civic Choir have, since 1975, joined together to create “a mighty song of joy, of love, of light, of peace.”

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Behind the Lens: Do photographs always tell the whole story?

Famous 20th century war photographer Robert Capa said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” The trouble is, it’s not always true.

Friday, April 3

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Today in Lawrence: Lovely weather, buck night at the pool, music and movies

Today in Lawrence: Lovely weather, buck night at the pool, music and movies put a shine on your Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 1

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Shovels and Rope bringing wild folk show to Bottleneck

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and everything in between — Shovels and Rope are a riot, and their Bottleneck show on Saturday is sure to be a hootenanny.

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Where to munch on Easter brunch

For those looking to have an Easter feast but don't want to make one, some Lawrence restaurants are hosting special Easter brunches for the occasion this Sunday.

Style Scout: Nadia Sharifi

Tell us a secret: I love whiskey!

Style Scout: Parker Buehler

Fashion trends you hate: I don’t like it when people wear Crocs or athletic clothes when they aren’t actually exercising. There’s a time and place for that.

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Lawrence Libations: Italian Margarita at Paisano's Ristorante

If you’re craving Italian food but hankering for a refreshing Mexican cocktail on a warm spring day, Paisano’s has your solution: the Italian margarita.

Today in Lawrence: Of Montreal, arts and culture director candidates and a beautiful April Fools' Day

Today in Lawrence: Great weather, meet the city's arts and culture director candidates, and Of Montreal brings its freaky live show to the Granada.