Stories for July 2015

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Thursday, July 30

Style Scout: Mark Maiden

Whom do people say you look like? Eraserhead

Style Scout: Kate Hartland

What is your spirit animal? A dark alley.

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The whole hog: Butcher serves up all-natural sausages at Leeway Franks

Lee Meisel first fell in love with sausages as a teenager growing up in rural North Dakota. It was in the midst of deer season one year that Meisel scored a job making sausages at a small butcher shop in his hometown of Mandan. There, he learned many of the techniques that he would later use as 715’s resident butcher.

Wednesday, July 29

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Finalists for East Ninth Project art, design work announced

East Ninth Project officials announced the finalists for the project’s two ongoing commissioned opportunities during Wednesday evening’s Citizen Advisory Committee meeting at City Hall. The project’s call for artists attracted plenty of local interest as well as applicants from as far away as New York City and Tuscon, Ariz., she said. By Joanna Hlavacek

Off the Beaten Plate: Tempeh Parmesan at Yello Sub

For a sandwich modeled after chicken Parmesan that doesn't actually contain any animal protein, Yello Sub's Tempeh Parmesan offers a surprisingly meaty taste and texture.

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Program that would involve local artists in East Ninth Project looking for applicants

With no applicants as of yet and a little less than a week to go before the Monday deadline, East Ninth Project officials have a "frustrating" situation on their hands with the project's newly conceived associate artist program, said Porter Arneill, the Lawrence director of arts and culture, on Tuesday. Yet, despite the uncertainty, Arneill said he remains hopeful about the status of the program, which will select at least three local artists to work alongside a panel-selected artist in the East Ninth Project’s commissioned opportunities.

Tuesday, July 28

Kansas City Connection: Taking a tour up North

In my relentless pursuit of new entertainment options in the Kansas City area, I recently discovered an entirely new city just across the river from downtown Kansas City, Mo. This little-known municipality, referred to by natives as “North Kansas City,” appears to be a self-sustaining community complete with movie theaters, restaurants, breweries and dentist offices.

Sunday, July 26

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Longtime friends and musicians Danny Pound, David Swenson to reunite for Love Garden show

Back in the late 1990s, when Danny Pound and David Swenson were just a couple of twentysomething kids tooling around with their guitars and playing offbeat gigs at local venues, Love Garden Sounds was the place to be.

Artistic takes on controversial books sought for library trading cards

The Lawrence Public Library is once again asking local artists to submit their takes on controversial literature for its annual Banned Book Trading Card series.

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Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

The KU professor and filmmaker dishes on his controversial new project with Spike Lee, his favorite movies and one thing every budding screenwriter should know. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration. By Eric Melin

Friday, July 24

Free State Festival looking for public feedback

The Lawrence Arts Center is looking for feedback from the public about this year's Free State Festival.

Thursday, July 23

Dean Monkey and the Dropouts doo-wop that thing

Band among 8 performing at this weekend's Forever Fest

Lawrence musicians will dive into all sorts of genres, from punk to garage to hip-hop. But if you’re in the mood for doo-wop, there’s only one band that will give it to you.

Style Scout: Samantha Hayes

What is your spirit animal? A tiger. They’re calm, but strong.

Style Scout: Stanton Nelson

Tell us a secret: I’m a pretty decent shot with my shotgun.

Wednesday, July 22

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Off the Beaten Plate: Inari at Dondon

These sweet little pouches take their name from the Shinto god Inari, who is believed to have a fondness for fried tofu — the more you know, as they say.

Sunday, July 19

Poetry showcase at Jackpot to feature homegrown, East Coast talent

Poet and Lawrence native Nick Givechi will return to his hometown Tuesday for an evening of spoken-word poetry at the Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St.

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Piano that once belonged to Phog Allen finds home at KU

The story of how Phog Allen's old baby grand piano made its way to the KU chancellor's residence is "a fascinating little nugget of Lawrence history."

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Kansas City Connection: Dance festival, Big Picnic, Van Halen make braving summer heat worth it

Temperatures have been unbearably hot lately (at least from what I hear — I haven’t been outside in days), but anyone willing to brave the heat will find a number of fun activities, concerts and sporting events this week in Kansas City.

Friday, July 17

Patti LuPone's show at Lied Center rescheduled for April

A performance by Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone at the Lied Center has been moved to April because of a conflict with her TV filming schedule.

Thursday, July 16

Style Scout: Ian Roozrokh

Tell us a secret: I wish I could shave my legs

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Kansas Repertory Theatre returns to KU with 'Sherlock,' 'Mousetrap'

Nail-biting suspense, larger-than-life personalities and wry British humor are coming to the stage as the Kansas Repertory Theatre kicks off its second season with a production of “Sherlock’s Last Case” on Friday evening at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall.

Style Scout: Terrah Schultz

Describe your style: Prairie witch

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Douglas County Fair returns with new theme, kiddie derby

The Douglas County Fair may just be one of the summer’s biggest attractions — in recent years, it’s drawn upward of 25,000 people to the fairgrounds in Lawrence — but back in the early 1950s, the fair was just a fledgling operation hosted at Haskell University. Back then, before the fairgrounds were built, 4-H animals were all housed underneath the school’s football stadium. Or at least that’s what Margaret Kalb’s mother told her growing up.

Wednesday, July 15

Off the Beaten Plate: The Waldorf at Glory Days Pizza

Looking through the hallowed archives of Off the Beaten Plate, it's pretty clear that my colleagues and I have a thing for innovative pizza creations.

Late, great Lawrence musician Clyde Bysom to be honored in tribute concert Saturday

Clyde Bysom was just a kid when he played his first concert with the Lawrence Boys Band at the South Park gazebo back in 1929. Bysom would return to that same gazebo — with his trusty clarinet or saxophone in hand — on several hundred occasions over the next eight decades, for Wednesday night concerts with the Lawrence City Band starting in 1949 as well as gigs with the dozens of local groups he belonged to throughout his lifetime. By Joanna Hlavacek

Sunday, July 12

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Painter, Lawrence artist-in-residence explores Darwinism, happiness in new exhibition

Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance from Charles Darwin — yes, that Charles Darwin — by way of an 11-year-old boy to change one’s outlook when things get rough.

Theater group seeks retro artwork for upcoming play, exhibition at Percolator

Orange Mouse Theatricals is seeking mid-century-inspired artwork and handmade merchandise to be incorporated into its upcoming production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" as well as an accompanying exhibition.

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Kansas City Connection: It’s showtime for theater festivals

With Kansas City theaters ranging from small, independent stages like The Living Room and the Unicorn up to large-scale operations like Starlight Theatre and the Missouri Rep, it’s safe to say Kansas City has a thriving theater scene.

Friday, July 10

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Demand for natural, organic products evident in evolving Lawrence grocery market

Seven-year-old Maddon Brittingham has rarely met a fruit he didn’t like. He’s been fostering an “addiction” to watermelon for quite a while now (according to his mother, Kellie) but decided to branch out last Tuesday on a shopping trip to the recently opened Sprouts Farmers Market at 4740 Bauer Farm Drive.

Thursday, July 9

Style Scout: Justin Curry

What's your spirit animal: A koala bear

Style Scout: Brittany Jones

Who would you choose to have dinner with, living or dead? Bernie Mac

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Barker Brothers: Siblings sell artisan baked goods, coffee out of former laundromat

Talk about brotherly love. It’s partly what pulled 21-year-old Reagan Petrehn back home to Kansas last summer from Xining, China.

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Chasing the sensation: How Ebony Tusks’ Marty Hillard returned to hip-hop

Ebony Tusks is, unmistakably, one of the most recognizable and well-loved hip-hop acts in Lawrence right now.

Young international piano competition winners to perform Saturday

Winners from this week's International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition will perform at a special concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Wednesday, July 8

Lawrence Libations: Tigerlilly at Zen Zero

If you're a fan of bubble tea and its gelatinous globes of tapioca, you'll probably enjoy the Tigerlilly at Zen Zero. Basil seeds (not basil leaves) float around the bottom of this Asian-inspired cocktail, which made its debut a few weeks back at the downtown restaurant.

Sunday, July 5

Behind the Lens: Avoiding the media fashion police in South Korea

My photography checklist for traveling to South Korea included two camera bodies, three lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and memory cards, including an Eyefi Mobi Pro SD memory card. What I forgot to pack were pastel-colored clothes. What?

Kansas City Connection: A tour of West 39th Street

This week, I’d like to take a brief tour of some of the classic, updated and new locations on one of my favorite walking/dining/shopping strips: West 39th Street.

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Open season: Growing open mic night scene an opportunity for musicians to hone their craft

When you start talking to Nicholas St. James about open mic night, it takes about half a second for him to perk up and get really animated on the subject. That’s because in Lawrence, open mic night is not some boring stage where nervous songwriters try their hand at live music.

Friday, July 3

Free State Festival attendance nearly double that of last year; organizers looking forward to 2016

Attendance at last month’s Free State Festival came close to doubling that of the previous year, Lawrence Arts Center organizers said. The weeklong Free State Festival, which wrapped up Sunday, attracted more than 20,000 people to downtown Lawrence, according to estimates from the Arts Center.

Thursday, July 2

Style Scout: Antonio Shepherd

What’s your spirit animal? Shark because the only thing on a shark’s mind is eating

Style Scout: Danielle Hodges

Fashion influences: Rhianna, Miley Cyrus, MIA and FKA Twigs

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Annual Fourth of July event expands, changes name to Party in the Parks

Those perusing local events calendars recently may have noticed a subtle change to a Fourth of July tradition. For the first time in the event’s seven-year history, Party in the Park will be spread across both Watson and Constant parks, hence a new name: Party in the Parks.

Wednesday, July 1

Off the Beaten Plate: Salted caramel bacon pops at Ted's Taphouse

They might look like a couple small pieces of chocolate cake from far away (remember Hostess Zingers? I do, because my mom never let me near them as a kid) but the salted caramel bacon pops at Ted’s Taphouse are a mostly savory affair.

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Hank Charcuterie's secret to making perfect pork chops

Pork chops are a favorite of Hank Charcuterie owner/chef Vaughn Good’s all year round, but he says those cooking the sweet meat at home this summer might need to pay special attention to their pork chops when using a grill.