Monday, June 29
When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd
Sunday, June 28
Anne Egitto is the new director of the Lawrence Artwalk, a tour of visual artists' studios and artwork that has taken place every October since 1995 in Lawrence.
A lot of folks were left scratching their heads after a mysterious structure resembling an old-timey toy store sprung up seemingly overnight in an East Lawrence industrial park just over a week ago.
The Fourth of July is a magical time in America, and especially in Kansas City.
When Failure decided to reunite, they went big.
Friday, June 26
Alysson Bodenbach's handmade dog accessories and treats will be among the many items available for purchase at this weekend’s Summer Fest in South Park. Slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the second annual event will bring in artists, craftspeople and food vendors from across Kansas and the Midwest, as well as live music throughout the afternoon.
Thursday, June 25
What’s your spirit animal? It’s a toss-up between a Corgi and a flamingo. Corgi for the personality and flamingo for the height and they’re colorful.
Describe your style: Cool
You wouldn’t guess this by looking at them, but Paper Buffalo sounds wise beyond their years. The indie-rockers will be among over 50 bands playing during the Lawrence Field Day Festival this weekend.
June Final Friday Preview: A fundraiser for Pet World, and the debut of a new community photo studio
With the Free State Festival in full swing, this month's Final Friday events come in a little under the radar.
Wednesday, June 24
The East Ninth Project’s citizen advisory committee unveiled a draft for an RFQ — or, simply put, a request of qualifications for prospective artists — and introduced the idea of a second RFQ during a meeting Wednesday night at City Hall.
Trying out a dessert that's like China’s version of a crepe.
Tuesday, June 23
Journalist, author and documentarian Jon Ronson said Tuesday night there have been three moments in his life where something in his brain clicked: When he became a vegetarian, when he quit smoking and when he turned off social media.
With the Free State Festival and Final Friday on the docket, this weekend should offer plenty of activities for those out on the town. But even with that extra competition, Frank Lemus says he’s not worried about attracting revelers to St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St.
Monday, June 22
Free State Festival has officially begun, and will features lots of art, film, food and music events throughout this week. Check out all our preview coverage in one place.
Sunday, June 21
This week, take a look at some of Kansas City's urban gardens, Maker Faire returns to Union Station and some fancy vintage vehicles are put on display.
Three Lawrence residents are among the honorees in this year's Kansas Notable Book List.
Printmaker Amanda Maciuba and ceramicist Christy Wittmer are the Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center has announced.
A collection of black-and-white portraits offering a rare and intimate glimpse of Beat Generation writer and former Lawrencian William S. Burroughs is now available to the public.
Lawrence Arts Center artists-in-residence Gunyoung Kim and Tonja Torgerson have spent the last year teaching classes, participating in community outreach programs and creating bodies of work that will be shown at the Lawrence Arts Center throughout this month and the next.
Seven short films created during a filmmaking outreach program for local youths at Van Go and the Boys and Girls Club will be screened at the Free State Festival’s Outreach Film Showcase.
Thursday, June 18
La Prima Tazza has a lot to celebrate these days.
Even big cities here or abroad would be hard-pressed to claim anything quite like the Italy-meets-Midwest farmhouse pies at Limestone pizza + kitchen + bar, which opened in April 2014.
As breakfast out and weekend brunch have exploded in popularity, so, too, have out-of-the-box creations on morning menus. At the same time — perhaps with breakfast more than any other meal — the basics still reign. The Roost tries to offer the best of both worlds.
Since 2004, Bigg’s has strived to serve quality barbecue in a region of the country that takes ribs and pulled pork very seriously, says owner Doug Holliday.
While the fries at The Burger Stand at the Casbah have become as well-known a food in Lawrence as any other, don’t look past the dish that gave this downtown staple its name.
If you thought Buffalo Wild Wings was a good place to watch a game at its former location, you should see it now.
When the weather warms up, Cielito Lindo co-owner José Lopez says he knows to expect the masses.
In a category flooded with quick and cheap value meals, Chipotle keeps its focus on fresh food, served promptly and with exceptional customer service, says Miranda Rice, assistant manager of the Massachusetts Street location.
In a sea of dining options it can be difficult to stand out. But El Potro is setting itself apart from other Lawrence eateries by focusing on food and service.
When many in Lawrence are just bedding down for the night, WheatFields Bakery Café employees are just showing up to work.
Capitol Federal is a homegrown Kansas bank, originating in Topeka in 1893. The first branch outside of the capital city opened in Lawrence in 1953.
“Plumbing does provide a very important thing for the community … keeping people healthy with the water and drain systems,” says Action Plumbing owner Kevin Hoppe. And it’s something he enjoys doing.
What makes a credit union different from a traditional bank? Truity Credit Union regional vice president Ginger Wehner explains that, unlike a bank controlled by shareholders, Truity is a not-for-profit organization owned by members, much like a co-op.
Lawrence’s Eldridge Hotel is among the most historic in Kansas.
When Meg Heriford opened Ladybird Diner in August 2014, she didn’t expect to see 1,000 people come through her doors on opening weekend. Heriford knew Lawrence needed a spot to get Americana-style diner food, she said, but the degree of desire is “surreal.”
Children’s birthday parties should be fun for everyone, including the parents. That is the philosophy at Lawrence Gymnastics and Athletics, where birthday party packages come with a party host who supervises activities, runs the cakes and presents operation, and cleans up afterward.
A one-stop shop for performing arts, education and exhibitions, the Lawrence Arts Center engages with the community in a number of ways. And that’s probably why it has been voted Best of Lawrence 2015’s best art gallery.
When it comes to naming the benefits that come with working at Kansas University, Easan Selvan needs very little prompting.
Since the 1890s, Lawrence has had some type of organization to watch out for unwanted or abused animals. Today that responsibility is handled by the Lawrence Humane Society, which was chartered in 1951.
Paul Hooser, PGA Professional and head golf pro, is excited for his third season at Alvamar to get into full swing.
Every good lifter deserves a good spotter. The business plan that fitness professional Lorinda Hartzler designed and presented to various banks decades ago still exists today. Hartzler found financial flexibility in local banker Mark Gonzalez, who spotted Hartzler her first loan in 1995 to buy Body Boutique, a second loan in 2004 to move the business to its current location, and a recent loan to expand the facility, doubling its size.
If there’s one thing the staff at Lawrence Family Vision Clinic has learned over the years, it’s how to go with the flow.
If you’re feeling adventurous about the next pet you want to welcome into your home — a creature other than a dog or cat — it may be best to visit with Pet World.
When Ryan Schwisow, owner of Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., says the store is about comfort, he means it.
When you need a gift, going for something unique is always a solid choice. Shoppers can find plenty of things under that category at Made, a 4-year-old store in Lawrence’s downtown that sells handmade items from more than 100 independent artists across the country.
Trends have come and gone since Weaver’s department store opened its doors in 1857. But there is a key difference between trends and style, and the store’s focus is on the latter, says Brady Flannery, vice president of Weaver’s.
Imagine the joy of going to work every day in a shop brimming with freshly cut flowers. Could you ever tire of it? “I still love it,” says Kristin Spacek, owner of Owens Flower Shop. “I don’t think there’s a day that I didn’t want to go to work.”
Earlier this year, BusinessInsider.com reported that nationwide Kohl’s was women’s favorite place to shop for clothing and has been for several years now.
The Kansas University souvenir market isn’t just for T-shirts anymore. One step inside Kansas Sampler in downtown Lawrence makes that obvious.
Glen Westervelt, president of Lawrence Landscape, loves coming up with cool outdoor projects for his clients. The only problem: He’s easily distracted. Not to worry. Over the past 28 years he’s surrounded himself with talented employees.
David Brown began his law practice in Lawrence in 1992, and in the decades since has developed a reputation for civic commitment.
Although the real estate profession can be difficult and stressful at times, the happy-ever-afters makes all the effort worthwhile for Nicholas Lerner.
Ailecia Ruscin, owner of Oh Snap! Photography, got her start snapping the action during concerts: no poses, no setup, no do-overs.
Everyone needs a good handyman. While some of us are lucky enough to have a friend or family member who is both handy and generous, the rest of us need a reliable person we can call when things break. For many people in Lawrence, that person is Patrick Shea of Shea Handyman Services.
Most people who walk in the door of BDC Tattoo (formerly Big Daddy Cadillac) know what they’re getting themselves into: some pain. Every so often, though, tattoo artist and shop co-owner Steven Bridgman might encounter someone in need of good, old-fashioned bedside manner.
What do Joan Baez and the Wu-Tang Clan have in common? Both acts — along with such varied artists as Willie Nelson, Sonic Youth, M.I.A. and The Police, among others — have performed at Liberty Hall, Lawrence’s pick for best live music venue.
From a glass of house wine at $6 to a bottle of Chateau Latour for $1,200, 715 has something for everyone, says co-owner and manager Matt Hyde of his downtown restaurant.
If you’ve ever spent one too many dollars — or brain cells — on the Sandbar’s famous “shot wheel,” you’ll have to thank longtime bartender and managing partner Dave Johanning.
Aside from that little university on the hill, it could be argued that no Lawrence institution is as widely beloved as Free State Brewing Company.
As per usual, the Toy Store in downtown Lawrence had plenty of fun things on display in its storefront window this spring.
Free State Brewing Company isn’t just a good restaurant — it’s a Lawrence tradition.
The red cursive logo is a familiar one around town. Voted best grocery, Dillons, with its four locations in Lawrence, offers quality as well as quantity.
Don’t get confused that a gourmet sandwich has to be complicated. In fact, the crews at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches work hard to keep it simple.
Nick Beck says he will likely be the general manager of Yello Sub until he’s 70 years old.
When Jeanne Yantzie left Nebraska for Kansas just five years ago, she didn’t know what the future held. But after working as a para-educator in the Lawrence school district, she almost immediately fell in love with special education.
Lawrence-based orthodontist Dr. Daniel Ranjbar looks at the people in his chair as patients, not consumers.
Pampered, relaxed, beautiful: Those are just some of the customer goals put forth by Salon Di Marco, a full-service salon and spa in downtown Lawrence.
Lawrence Family Medicine and Obstetrics prides itself on providing care to all types of patients at any age.
Manda Barker finds bookstores in general to be romantic places filled with surprises. “I just think they are a comfortable place for people,” says Barker who is the manager of The Dusty Bookshelf in downtown Lawrence. “I think they make people feel good. There are surprises here, and people will find things they weren’t looking for.”
It’s not just the cars that make Crown Automotive a favorite dealer around town, though it does have a lot of those. Between the dealership’s lot and its big showroom, Crown has a selection of 400 to 500 new and used vehicles, says Randy Habiger, general sales manager for the dealership.
Since 1960, Hite Collision Repair Center has been bringing broken cars back to life.
For 40 years, Lawrence pets and their owners have relied on Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital for quality medical care.
Having won best liquor store in 2013 and 2014 and having scored runner-up in 2012, On The Rocks general manager Matt Easley attributes the store’s consistent success to its “neighborhood feel with a metropolitan selection.”
Come fall, Mike and Katie West will celebrate 12 years in Lawrence. The Midwestern oasis has become home for the husband-and-wife team that forms Truckstop Honeymoon, Lawrence’s favorite local band.
That’s when William Allen Pine came to the fertile area now known as North Lawrence. He made his living by growing vegetables. Today, Gerald Pine runs the venerable Howard Pine’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, which is named after its founder and Pine’s father, who died in 2002.
There’s a word for a family of 350 artists: fun, says Sue Shea, manager of the Phoenix Gallery.
For Jay Amyx, co-owner of Downtown Barber Shop, the best part of being in the family business is the people he meets and the stories they tell when they take their spin in the barber chair.
Ron King is a popular guy. He founded his insurance agency in 1988 and is now a common name in many households across Lawrence. More than 2,000 households, to be exact.
Lights off, lights on: That’s the motto of Danielsan Electric, a growing go-to source for electrical needs in Lawrence.
Partakers in Merchants Pub & Plates’ happy hour specials have much more to look forward to than a cheap swig after work. With 30 craft beers on tap at any given time, customers at the historic former bank building can expect the best, owner Emily Peterson says.
A combination of rich history and interesting architecture are the perfect ingredients for an event atmosphere. Abe & Jake’s Landing has plenty of both, which is why people love throwing events at this one-of-a-kind venue.
Since opening in 1987, Brandon Woods at Alvamar has been popular with seniors in Douglas County.
For Linda and Tom Cottin, the magic of owning a local business is in the customers.
Fundraising is generally not an easy task, but at Pennington and Company, a fundraising consultation firm, it’s a rewarding one.
With Lawrence landing itself on last year’s Travel + Leisure’s list of quirkiest towns in America, it’s no surprise that the Lawrence Busker Festival was voted the best local event for the second year in a row.
Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, PA has been around since 1976, modernizing steadily through the decades.
It’s one happy family — literally — at Advanced Chiropractic Services.
It takes a good team to be successful in sports, and it seems the same rule is true in sports medicine. If the team at OrthoKansas were a college basketball team, they’d rival the 2008 Kansas University Jayhawks.
Lawrence has always been a popular city for bicycling, and the popularity of riding bikes is flourishing in the region. “It sounds funny to say the bike business is cyclical, but it’s true,” says Sunflower Outdoor and Bike owner Dan Hughes. “The first big bike boom was in the ’70s because of the gas shortage. Then in the mid-’80s, there was the mountain bike boom that allowed people to ride on trails.”
On any given day, Sylas & Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream can go through eight full buckets of handmade waffle cones and as many as 30 buckets of homemade ice cream.
Steve Maceli’s catering business has grown a lot since the days of moonlighting his friends’ wedding receptions. In its 20 years in business, Maceli’s has gone from a one-man caterer to a staff of about 30 people.
“Our objective is to be lively and approachable,” says Ladybird Diner owner Meg Heriford. “Ladybird is staffed by friendly, energetic people. It’s a little family.”
Customizing care, emphasizing prevention and establishing a “layer of trust” are important principles at Heinbach Larkin DDS.
Ten years ago, sisters Amber Nickel and Nichele Spurling had an idea. They regularly hauled Spurling’s Labrador to a self-service pet bath in Kansas City and always, on the way back to Lawrence, talked about how cool it would be to have a similar option in Lawrence. “Finally, the light bulb went on and we thought we’d try it,” Nickel says. And that’s how Pawsh Wash and Pet Health Market was born.
The Lawrence Arts Center's Summer Youth Theatre program will debut its production of "Spring Awakening" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
JEFF the Brotherhood is finally getting a taste of freedom. Earlier this year, brothers Jamin and Jake Orrall were cut by Warner Bros. Records just as they were about to release a new album. Instead of mourning the loss, they celebrated it.
If it grows together, it goes together. That’s the idea behind the new fine-dining pop-up restaurant that’s located, funnily enough, below ground.
Tell us a secret: I sing neo-soul music.
What’s your spirit animal? A Newfoundland dog because they’re large, black and very friendly
Wednesday, June 17
I was a little suspicious upon catching my first glimpse of the spaghetti pie at Tad's Pizzeria, which despite the menu's description — a pizza topped with spaghetti, meatballs and Parmesan cheese — didn't exactly look like how I'd pictured it.
Sunday, June 14
Two projects by Lawrence artists have been chosen as recipients of 2015 Rocket Grants, the Spencer Museum of Art announced Friday.
Boulevard Brewing Company may have been purchased in 2013 by the Flemish brewery Duvel, but it is still very much a Kansas City institution. For evidence, look no further than next weekend’s Boulevardia festival, a celebration of local music, food, crafts, community organizations, and (of course) beer.
A performance by comedian Tig Notaro kicks off a week chock full of arts and culture events in downtown Lawrence.
Saturday, June 13
A free outdoor George Clinton concert headlines a week of music events during the Free State Festival.
This year's film portion of the Free State Festival features locally made student films to major festival darlings and their filmmakers.
Thursday, June 11
Tell us a secret: I’ve watched all 10 seasons of “Friends” multiple times.
For Terrance McKerrs, the director behind Theatre Lawrence’s upcoming production of “South Pacific,” each listen of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic score is something like a visit from “an old friend.”
Whom do people say you look like? Diya Mirza, a Bollywood actress
With laser lights darting across the ceiling, a huge doughnut-shaped bar lit from underneath by LED lights, and massive floor-to-ceiling columns that change colors powered by more lasers, Prime Blu isn’t your average sushi spot.
Wednesday, June 10
Colorful patio umbrellas, retro butterfly chairs and a wagon made to look like a pirate ship are among the items up for auction at Van Go, Inc.’s annual What Floats Your Boat fundraiser, slated for June 20 at Clinton Lake Marina.
You wouldn’t expect to see egg rolls at a traditional Mexican joint, but that’s what we found during a recent lunchtime trip to La Familia Cafe & Cantina.
Buzz Osborne will insist that nobody ever listens to him, but the man behind The Melvins is actually full of good ideas.
Tuesday, June 9
Temperatures approach 90 degrees, a cicada-themed Science on Tap and punk-pop band Yojimbo at the Bottleneck.
Saturday, June 6
Looking ahead to Kansas City’s summer concert lineup.
A tragic fire at Pet World brings out the best of humanity.
For Margie Hogue, home improvement and fashion are inextricably linked.
Thursday, June 4
Thursday night's "Dinner and a Movie" on the Lawrence Public Library lawn has been rescheduled because of expected rain, the library announced Thursday afternoon.
Today, a hot and possibly rainy day, The Beer Bellies kick off the Brown Bag Concert Series, and an outdoor screening of "Jurassic Park."
Tell us a secret: I secretly want to run for mayor of Lawrence. Also, I’m obsessed with Tootsie Rolls and Coke slurpies.
What’s your proudest moment? Honestly, I’ve never been able to open a pop-tap soda can — someone always did it for me — and I finally did last night.
Wednesday, June 3
Rob Schulte wants you to “feel weird” leaving the theater after experiencing “True West,” a Card Table Productions play set to open Friday at Liberty Hall.
The Percolator is hosting an artist reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday to mark the opening of "The Matter of Life," a ceramics exhibition by Michelle Rogne.
It’s only the first day of the Girls Rock! Lawrence summer camp, but a quartet of middle school-aged girls gathered in an upstairs classroom at St. John’s Catholic School has already come up with a name for their fledgling group: The Extraterrestrigirlz. The camp is helping teach about 20 young female musicians how to make music and empower them on and off the stage. By Joanna Hlavacek
Summer isn’t here officially — that won’t happen for another three weeks or so — but since school is out and temperatures have begun to creep up, we thought we’d take this month’s Lawrence Libations in search of a refreshing, hot-weather drink.
Tuesday, June 2
The South Park Wading Pool is open for the summer, and the Eldridge is hosting a monthly Summer Wine Tasting.