Monday, December 28
The African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy may be small, but its founder and curator, Marla Jackson, has big plans for the unassuming room tucked away on the second floor of Independence Inc., 2001 Haskell Ave. Earlier this month, Jackson announced what she recognizes as the culmination of those efforts: In 2017, Lawrence will host the first-ever National African American Quilt Conference, a citywide event in celebration of the history and legacy of the African-American quilting tradition.
Sunday, December 27
For my final column, I’d like to present this updated, family-friendly guide to all things KC.
Looking back at a madcap year in movies
2015 was an unpredictable year for movies.
Lawrence is a solid music town with a knack for parties. Even with all the diverse musical tastes that decorate this town, New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be an impressive night of live music.
Friday, December 25
Weekend Guide: Jazzhaus Xmas Jam; Full Moon Meditation; Kara-Oke: Holiday Hangover Edition; Candlelight Yoga
This weekend promises to be a quiet one in Lawrence, with most of the few events on the docket being related to various methods of coping with the post-Christmas letdown. Rock out at the Jazzhaus (on Christmas night), partake in a little karaoke at Frank's North Star Tavern, or keep things low-key with meditation and/or yoga this weekend. Either way, happy holidays.
Sunday, December 20
For more than a year now at Decade coffee shop in East Lawrence, a group of about 15-20 people have been gathering on the first “teenth” Sunday of every month to write letters, show off greeting cards, admire each other’s stationery, and just hang out, generally speaking.
The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., will host the Kansas City-based Artist Inc. seminar this spring. Classes will take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. March 22 through May 10.
Is New Year’s overrated? It depends who you ask. All the same, a memorable night out on the town on the last/first day of the year can provide you with a snapshot in time that you’ll remember long after the hangover wears off.
Saturday, December 19
Visiting researcher to tell story of KU alumnus, celebrated band director William P. Foster in new book
William P. Foster’s life story, including his time at KU, is the subject of an upcoming book by Marching 100 alumnus Curtis Inabinett Jr. As a recipient of KU’s inaugural Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award, the first-time author and South Carolina resident has spent this week combing through thousands of documents at the Spencer Research Library’s African American Experience Collections that will add “the final touches” to his “The Legendary Florida A & M University Marching Band, the History of ‘The Hundred.’”
Friday, December 18
Former Kansas University and NBA player Scot Pollard will compete on the 32nd season of CBS' "Survivor," Entertainment Weekly reports.
On Dec. 19, Jazzhaus owner Rick McNeely will be leading a 17-piece band in its 33rd year of the Jazzhaus’ Big Band Christmas Formal. Revelers will dress up in their holiday finest and dance the night away to big band music while dozens of horn players blast lively tunes through the air.
Sunday, December 13
Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art has received a $50,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the museum announced Friday.
Audiences in Kansas City got their first peek at the Kansas City Ballet’s bold new production of “The Nutcracker” last week, and the opening performance was met by spontaneous applause and cheers of delight. The massive redesign, led by artistic director Devon Carney, brings a visually stunning overhaul to the classic ballet, with new choreography, costumes and set designs.
Kevin Willmott on the strong reactions to his and Spike Lee's bold, timely new film and how it has been misconstrued from the start.
Saturday, December 12
If you give Danny Corwin anything made from wood, chances are he can sculpt it into a guitar.
Friday, December 11
Weekend Guide: 'A Kansas Nutcracker;' Holiday Farmers Market; 'Big Band Christmas'; organ vespers concert
Another holidaze of a weekend in Lawrence, with everything from seasonal shopping, big band and vespers concerts, and an annual local twist on "The Nutcracker."
Whom do people say you look like? Pedro from “Napoleon Dynamite,” or Mulan when I have my hair in a bun.
What’s your spirit animal? Maybe a bunny… They just hop along. They’re cute but they’re quiet; low-key.
Thursday, December 10
Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education in the U.S., has elected Lawrence Arts Center chief program officer Margaret Weisbrod Morris as a member of its advisory council for arts education, the Arts Center announced Thursday.
Wednesday, December 9
Local artist Anne Bracker and her late husband, Bill Bracker, are newest honorees of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ Regional Award for Excellence, the organization has announced.
Sunday, December 6
Here are some of this week's most exciting events amid a busy time of holiday happenings.
Food for thought: Environmental journalist Simran Sethi on the world's vanishing biodiversity — and how we can save it
Five years ago, Simran Sethi embarked on a six-continent journey that would introduce her to hundreds of farmers, producers and other food experts. Along the way, Sethi discovered how some of the world's most beloved foods are slowly vanishing through genetic erosion, a slow and steady loss of diversity in what he grow, what is sold to consumers and what we eat. This week she'll return to Lawrence — where she spent last summer editing her new book, "Bread, Wine, Chocolate" — to share her findings.