Sunday, August 30
Since June 2012, the French and American flags have hung in tandem outside the downtown Kansas City restaurant at 1006 Walnut St. But the restaurant that started out as Aixois Brasserie, opened by the owners of the popular Aixois Bistro at 251 E. 55th St., rebranded last fall after chef Jason Craine purchased the restaurant from the original owners and renamed it Charisse.
You can’t go home again. That’s what they say, anyway. But it’s not exactly what Michael McCaffrey found upon his return to Lawrence last year, when spurred by the death of his mother in 2012, the thirty-something artist decided to leave Minneapolis to move back in with his elderly father. By Joanna Hlavacek
Any crash course in the history of punk rock will land you right in the middle of an X album, two of which were ranked by Rolling Stone among the top 500 albums of all time.
Thursday, August 27
Dream job: Guitarist for Emmylou Harris
What were you doing when scouted? Going to Signs of Life to listen to a piano player.
Tucked away in the alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center and identified from the outside by its green awnings, the short, squat little building at 913 Rhode Island St. is, on most days, an art gallery. But in recent weeks, the Lawrence Percolator’s already-compact 600-square-foot interior has been transformed into a small-town, 1970s-era five-and-dime store complete with an antique cash register and diner-esque chrome tables and chairs.By Joanna Hlavacek
Wednesday, August 26
At Terrebonne, homemade slices of (very hefty) meatloaf are piled onto a toasted French roll with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and the cafe’s special po’ boy sauce.
Some of today’s most-discussed current events and social issues — including teen dating violence, riots and feminism — will play a prominent role in Kansas University Theatre’s upcoming season.
Tuesday, August 25
Local artist Dave Loewenstein to host introductory workshop for new 'Kansas People's History Project'
Dave Loewenstein, the local artist whose colorful murals enliven public spaces in Lawrence and across the country, is embarking on a new project that he hopes will re-engage Kansans with bits of our state identity that we may have forgotten or unknowingly overlooked. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, and to make it happen, he’s going to need some help. Loewenstein will host a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Watkins Museum of History to introduce the Kansas People’s History Project, a collaborative effort between the Douglas County Historical Society and five arts and educational organizations across the state.
Monday, August 24
Held in conjunction with Lawrence Arts Center’s annual September Final Friday street party, the 40th anniversary celebration will tentatively close traffic on the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. Arts Center officials are still awaiting approval for their permit request, which will be discussed at Tuesday’s city commission meeting 5:45 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners will also consider adopting an ordinance that would allow the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol within the closed-off area during the event.
Sunday, August 23
With summer winding to a close and tailgating season right around the corner, I’d like to dedicate a hefty portion of this column to visiting three of Kansas City’s best family-owned and operated meat markets.
The Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence moved into their studios earlier this month, and will soon begin teaching classes, taking part in community-outreach projects and creating new work in Lawrence.
Thursday, August 20
Tell us a secret: I’m going to throw my husband under the bus and tell you that he once thought an earthworm was a snake.
Describe your style: I was a Lawrence hipster, and then I moved to D.C. so I had to calm down.
If you don’t consider yourself a fan of country music, it may be time to take a fresh look at the genre at this weekend's “Cowboy Cabaret.”
Wednesday, August 19
Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week will return Sept. 13-19, organizers with Downtown Lawrence Inc. have announced.
You’re likely to find a chimichanga — basically a deep-fried burrito — at almost any Mexican restaurant in town. What’s a little more off the beaten plate (ahem) is Tres Mexicanos’ sweet reworking of the Tex Mex favorite, which in this case involves dulce de leche. So, yum.
Benjamin Waller drew from personal experiences to write, direct, produce and edit “The Hardest Thing to Earn,” which examines the very real consequences of sexual assault in a small-town, collegiate setting.
Tuesday, August 18
Phat Kenny's catering will host its sixth annual hog roast Saturday at Holcom Park, 2700 W. 27th St., from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — or until the (free) food runs out.
Monday, August 17
A team of city consultants is slated to present its final draft of Lawrence’s Cultural Plan — an endeavor that launched in February — during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.
Actor, comedian and Kansas University alumnus Rob Riggle will appear at a scholarship fundraiser and meet-and-greet Aug. 24 at The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.
Sunday, August 16
Mike Black, 42, was in mid-twenties when he packed up and left his hometown of Salina to follow his then-girlfriend to Lawrence. The relationship didn’t last — they broke up shortly after the move, Black says — but his love affair with Lawrence and its music scene has held steady. By Joanna Hlavacek
This week, Kansas City is host to an extraordinary variety of cultural, historical and art exhibits and performances, as well as one of the area’s most enjoyable festivals.
Thursday, August 13
Fashion influences: That scene from the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie where the kids are in that warehouse and they’re skateboarding and spray-painting stuff and it’s all so ’90s.
Fashion influences: David Bowie, David Bowie and David Byrne
For this year’s Summer Festival season, Lawrence Opera Theatre organizers chose the theme “LOTs of LOL (Love, Obsession, and Laughter).” The company’s production of “La Damnation de Carmen,” a modified version of the 1875 work, promises all three when it opens Friday evening at Theatre Lawrence.
Wednesday, August 12
At KC Smoke Burger, chocolate and 100-percent Angus beef have been merged into one smoky, sweet creation.
Start them young: New parents to receive library-card application for babies born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Soon, every baby born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital will come home with a library-card application from the Lawrence Public Library.
Monday, August 10
Since the days of Charlie Parker and Count Basie, Kansas City has enjoyed a reputation as a jazz town. But these days one of the most reliable venues to see different jazz bands every night isn’t a nightclub — it’s the restaurant and lounge of a swank hotel on the Country Club Plaza.
Sunday, August 9
As a kid, Jay Keim would spend many an hour tinkering around his family’s at-home darkroom. It’s where his father, an avid hobby photographer, taught him the basics of developing images on film. It’s also where Keim, now 60 and operating his own photo studio, first fell in love with photography.
Thursday, August 6
John Darnielle, frontman of acclaimed indie folk rock band the Mountain Goats, will play a solo show next month at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.
Not all girl groups are sugar and spice; and if you don’t like that, then the gals in Sugar Britches will call you out on it… from the stage.
Dream job: Probably a TV anchor on "Inside the NBA" with Charles Barkley
Fashion trends you hate: The '80s. I'm sad that they're here again.
Wednesday, August 5
A four-minute video celebrating Lawrence as “the cradle of basketball” has racked up tens of thousands of views since its Monday debut on Facebook.
Fully expecting something white and frothy and well, snow-like, I was pleasantly surprised by the Snowdrift, which bartender Kristy Lopez guesses is meant to evoke the kind of cuddly coziness we associate with wintertime.
The City of Lawrence on Tuesday announced the names of the East Ninth Project's eight commissioned artists, and while details of the artists' plans for the project aren't available as yet, we do know that all artists involved have ties to the Lawrence or Kansas City region.
Tuesday, August 4
The City of Lawrence has announced the names of eight artists commissioned for work on the East Ninth Project.
Sunday, August 2
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Phoenix Awards.
This week, Lucas scopes out Kansas City Comic Con, the museum of toys and miniatures, and Glace Artisan Ice Cream.
The boisterous wailing, the twirly moustache, the science fiction-themed lyrics: they’re all key ingredients that have helped make the duo known as Drakkar Sauna a local music treasure over the last decade.
From my years of experience as a photographer, I’ve learned that a person’s facial expression or body language can result in a photograph that either simply documents objective visual evidence of the person, or instead may capture a more expressive moment, transforming the scene into a memorable record of a life experience.