Stories for February 2015


Saturday, February 28

KU School of Music to host Jazz Festival this week

The Kansas University School of Music will host the 38th Annual Jazz Festival concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Union's Woodruff Auditorium.

Thursday, February 26

Off the Beaten Plate: Tostada pizza at Minsky's

For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we traveled south of the border by way of Italy with Minksy’s tostada pizza.

Today in Lawrence: Stay warm with Music of the Sun

Today in Lawrence: Freezing temps, sun music and the Raven's Big Tent Reading

KU jazz colloquium to feature scholars, performance

Scholars and artists will discuss the idea of "place" within creative improvisation during a colloquium next week at Kansas University.

Style Scout: Holly Cierra-Jewelle Johnston

Describe your style: Generally speaking, I’d have to say I’m grandma chic.

Style Scout: Kainen Cole Spooner

Tattoos or piercings: None, but I have a (silhouette of) a tomahawk branded on my arm.

February Final Friday preview: Artist Roger Shimomura to talk, sell work at Makerspace

For one night only during this month's Friday Friday, celebrated artist Roger Shimomura will offer approximately 35 other prints at a solo show at Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E. Ninth St.

Tuesday, February 24

Today in Lawrence: Beating the drum for Kodo

Today in Lawrence: Warming up, a Japanese drumming tradition and talking about a woman president.

Monday, February 23

KU project explores black writers with Kansas ties

In observance of Black History Month, Kansas University Libraries in conjunction with KU's Project on the History of Black Writing will host a program that explores black writers with roots in the Sunflower State.

Sunday, February 22

Fix-It Chick: Dormant season lawn seeding

With winter nearly over and spring just around the corner, the urge to plant grass seed is hard to resist.

Kansas City Connection: A new home for Halls

This week, a look at the new Halls department store in Crown Center, and the Kansas City-area chefs and restaurants that are semifinalists for this year's James Beard awards.

Handmade chairs sought for upcoming art exhibit

Design and build studio Struct/restruct is seeking handmade chairs made by local artists and craftspeople to display in an upcoming art show at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St.

Saturday, February 21

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Sound check: Liner notes from the library's Sound + Vision recording studio

Things are starting to get loud at the Lawrence Public Library. Since the arrival of sound engineer Ed Rose in early January, the Lawrence Public Library's recording studio has become a hotbed of creative activity. These days, you'll probably have to schedule at least a week in advance if you want to book a weekend slot, Rose says.

KU's Murphy Hall houses Oscar treasure

Go ahead — ask Kathy Pryor about Oscar. In addition to her duties as managing director and budget officer of theater at Kansas University, Pryor also serves as a caretaker of sorts for a 53-year-old Academy Award statuette that once belonged to playwright, novelist and KU alumnus William Inge.

Thursday, February 19

Off the Beaten Plate: Waffle Benedict at The Waffle Iron

If, like me, your everyday breakfast consists of two Eggo waffles hastily eaten on the ride to work, a meal at The Waffle Iron is a particularly special occasion.

Today in Lawrence: 'Love Letters' at the Percolator, and talking climate change

Today in Lawrence: The Percolator reads "Love Letters," and a conversation about the climate with Andrew Revkin.

One for the road: Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton bringing 'Mixtape' to Granada

On his newest album, “Mixtape of the Open Road,” singer-songwriter Martin Sexton jumps across musical styles, from the psychedelic “Remember That Ride” to the sweet, breezy “You (My Mind is Woo).” Sexton will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Granada.

Style Scout: Jacob Miller

Tell us a secret: I got a role in the musical “Flora and the Red Menace” and it’s the dance part. I’m the character that does all the dancing, and basically I have never really danced…

Style Scout: Calvionne Rayford

Tell us a secret: My dad’s name is Calvin and my mom’s middle name is Yvonne. They put that together to create my name, “Calvionne”!

Arts Center to stage family-friendly 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Anansi the Spider'

The Lawrence Arts Center will stage a family-friendly two-part dance performance this weekend with "Sleeping Beauty" and "Anansi the Spider."

Wednesday, February 18

KU School of Music to host Annual Scholarship Concert

The Kansas University School of Music will host its Annual Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Visiting ceramic artist to discuss 'Wildness Within' at KU

Beth Cavener, a Washington state-based artist known for creating emotionally charged animal sculptures, will talk about her creative process Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Washburn water symposium to feature local artist

On Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka will host a symposium about the water issues today's Kansans face.

Tuesday, February 17

Today in Lawrence: Snowing on Mardi Gras

Today in Lawrence: More winter weather, the annual downtown Mardi Gras parade and a free La Guerre concert.

Sunday, February 15

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Kansas City Connection: Banjos and beignets

This week in Kansas City, celebrate folk music, Mardi Gras and Black History Month.

Saturday, February 14

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Predicting this year’s Oscar races

Film critic makes his picks for who will take home Oscars this year and who will be snubbed.

KU School of Music announces KU at the Capitol concert series

The Kansas University School of Music will kick off its spring 2015 KU at the Capitol concert series this Wednesday. It will be the first of six concerts to take place at the Statehouse rotunda this semester as part of the series.

KU alumna to share lessons learned from work on 'Sesame Street'

A Kansas University alumna who has found success on "Sesame Street" will share stories from her career with the children's television series Monday at KU.

Author bases novel on Phelps family, church

In a lot of ways, the youngest members of the Phelps family aren’t much different from other kids.

Thursday, February 12

Off the Beaten Plate: Bún at Little Saigon Cafe

Don't let the name fool you — this dish doesn't involve any bread.

Today in Lawrence: Sebelius discusses the first woman president

Today in Lawrence: Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius comes to the Dole Institute

Style Scout: Jennifer Scott

Tattoos or piercings: Several tattoos. My favorite says, “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” which is written in script is for inspiration.

Style Scout: Joshua Rosenblatt

Fashion trends you love: Mixing athletic wear/sporty look with a vintage look. I’m also trying to grow out the man-bun: long hair! That’s a trend I like.

Valentine's Day offers fun activities for couples, singles alike

This year, take the stress out of the Valentine’s Day equation with our rundown of interesting and original activities to do with that special someone. Whether you’re happily coupled or going solo, there’s something for everyone to love this weekend in Lawrence.

Indian music concert to benefit Buddhist monastery in Nepal

Subarna Bhattachan, the restauranteur behind three downtown restaurants, is organizing a benefit concert for the Chhairo Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Mustang, Nepal.

KU students to debut original plays this weekend

Plays written by Kansas University undergraduate students will debut this weekend in the fifth Black Box Productions at the University Theatre.

Wednesday, February 11

Cooking from Scratch: Shortbread cookies for your sweetie

These chocolate-dipped orange shortbread cookies when tucked into a book bag or left on the counter for a late-night snack were a sweet way for my husband and I to say, “I’m thinking of you” without spending the rent money.

Tuesday, February 10

Today in Lawrence: Sweet treats and sunny skies

Today in Lawrence: Another nice day, petite sweets and the Brasil Guitar Duo.

Sunday, February 8

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Kansas City Connection: Chock full of chocolates

There are few things in this world as well-received as the gift of chocolate. And whether it’s a Valentine’s Day present, something to butter up your co-workers, or just a treat for yourself, quality matters.

Saturday, February 7

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Love for sale: Musician Katlyn Conroy turns people's love stories into songs

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs, or so sings Paul McCartney on the 1976 Wings track. But Katlyn Conroy, a local musician who is crafting personalized tunes for customers just in time for Valentine’s Day, looks around Lawrence and sees it isn’t so.

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After crazy year, offbeat writer Patricia Lockwood on what's next

Local poet and writer Patricia Lockwood shares her thoughts on fame, ghostbusting potatoes, and what her parents think about being the subject of her next book, tentatively titled "PRIESTDADDY."

Thursday, February 5

Lawrence Libations: Bleeding Kansas at Five Bar & Tables

With Kansas celebrating its 154th birthday last week, it only seemed appropriate to follow up that momentous occasion with a Kansas-centric martini for this month's Lawrence Libations.

Today in Lawrence: Lost Burroughs documentary comes to Liberty Hall

Today in Lawrence: Liberty Hall celebrates William S. Burroughs' birthday, and Lawrence warms up a little.

Style Scout: Felix Rodriguez

Tell us a secret: I have a bit of hoarders anxiety. Clutter makes me panic!

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Lawrence Local Table hopes to make city a dining destination

Lawrence Local Table, new collective of local culinary professionals, hopes to strengthen the local food scene one course at a time.

Style Scout: Jenna Salmons

Fashion trends you love: I love the idea of mixing contrasting elements, like a feminine skirt with a men’s shirt.

Wednesday, February 4

Kansas Virtuosi to perform concert Sunday at KU

Kansas University School of Music will stage the third performance in the Kansas Virtuosi Series for the 2014-15 season Sunday, featuring a special program titled "Organ Plus."

Tuesday, February 3

Today in Lawrence: Supper time at 715 restaurant

Today in Lawrence: The library hosts the write stuff, and a new group of culinary professionals is putting on a fancy dinner.

Monday, February 2

Author Margaret Atwood delights packed house with reflections both serious and silly

As many guest speakers in Kansas do, Margaret Atwood began her much-anticipated speech with an allusion to “The Wizard of Oz.” Only this time it wasn’t something the 1,100 Kansans in the room had heard a million times before. This time it was a query, not a cliché. And it elicited genuine — not merely polite — laughter. By Kim Callahan

Sunday, February 1

Lied Center to host fundraiser to support performing arts access for schools

On Feb. 16, the Lied Center of Kansas and the Lawrence Schools Foundation will host Expanding Performing Arts Access, a fundraising dinner to support free performing arts experiences for middle and high school students.

Raven to host eclectic author Stuart Levine

Local author, musician and retired Kansas University professor Stuart Levine will read from his new book of short stories “Are You Superman?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.

Behind the Lens: Pooling with the president

When Journal-World photo chief Mike Yoder told me that we had been offered a position in President Barack Obama’s press pool during his Jan. 22 visit to Lawrence, I believe I channeled Keanu Reeves when I responded, “Whooooooooaaaaa.”

Kansas City Connection: Nelson-Atkins exhibits take sobering look at war

Two new exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art confront viewers with the realities of war, albeit in dramatically different ways.