Stories for June 2015


Monday, June 29

Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof's 2004 film

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

Lawrence ArtWalk names new director

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.

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Spencer Museum of Art remains 'At Large' during renovations with 'NuPenny's Last Stand'

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.

Kansas City Connection: Fourth of July fireworks, folk art at the Nelson

The Fourth of July is a magical time in America, and especially in Kansas City.

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After reunion, alternative rock band Failure kicking off tour at Liberty Hall

When Failure decided to reunite, they went big.

Friday, June 26

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Accessories for dapper dogs among handmade items for sale at Summer Fest arts and crafts fair

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

Style Scout: Kelsey Ploeger

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.

Style Scout: Eugene Dickens

Describe your style: Cool

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Players and listeners: Paper Buffalo’s sound-seeking journey to Lawrence Field Day Fest

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

East Ninth Project's advisory committee discusses proposed 'associate artist' program

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.

Off the Beaten Plate: Red bean pancake at Panda and Plum Garden

Trying out a dessert that's like China’s version of a crepe.

Tuesday, June 23

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Jon Ronson: Twitter is 'just coughing and feeling like crap'

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.

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Upcoming St. John's Mexican Fiesta a family affair for volunteers

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

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ICYMI: It's Free State Festival week

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

Kansas City Connection: Tour spotlights how things are growing in urban gardens, farms

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.

Lawrence authors make 2015 Kansas Notable Books List

Three Lawrence residents are among the honorees in this year's Kansas Notable Book List.

Arts Center announces 2015-2016 artists-in-residence

Printmaker Amanda Maciuba and ceramicist Christy Wittmer are the Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center has announced.

Rare collection of Burroughs portraits published

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.

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Artist-in-residence exhibitions reflect humanity in own way

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.

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Short films by local youths to debut at Free State Festival

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

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Best Coffee or Tea Shop | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

La Prima Tazza has a lot to celebrate these days.

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Best Pizza | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Breakfast Spot | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Barbecue | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Hamburger | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Restaurant to Watch a Game | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

If you thought Buffalo Wild Wings was a good place to watch a game at its former location, you should see it now.

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Best Outdoor Dining | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

When the weather warms up, Cielito Lindo co-owner José Lopez says he knows to expect the masses.

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Best Fast Food | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Mexican Restaurant | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Bakery | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

When many in Lawrence are just bedding down for the night, WheatFields Bakery Café employees are just showing up to work.

Best Bank | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

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Best Plumber | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

“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.

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Best Credit Union | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

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Best Hotel | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

Lawrence’s Eldridge Hotel is among the most historic in Kansas.

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Best New Business | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.”

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Best Place for Children's Birthdays | Best of Lawrence | Community

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.

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Best Art Gallery | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

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Best Large Place to Work | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

When it comes to naming the benefits that come with working at Kansas University, Easan Selvan needs very little prompting.

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Best Nonprofit | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

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Best Golf Course | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

Paul Hooser, PGA Professional and head golf pro, is excited for his third season at Alvamar to get into full swing.

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Best Gym | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

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.

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Best Eyewear | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

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.

Best Pet Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.

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Best Shoe Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

When Ryan Schwisow, owner of Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., says the store is about comfort, he means it.

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Best Unique Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.

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Best Men's Clothing Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.

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Best Floral Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.”

Best Women's Clothing Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

Earlier this year, reported that nationwide Kohl’s was women’s favorite place to shop for clothing and has been for several years now.

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Best KU Souvenir Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

The Kansas University souvenir market isn’t just for T-shirts anymore. One step inside Kansas Sampler in downtown Lawrence makes that obvious.

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Best Landscaping | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

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.

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Best Lawyer | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

David Brown began his law practice in Lawrence in 1992, and in the decades since has developed a reputation for civic commitment.

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Best Realtor | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

Although the real estate profession can be difficult and stressful at times, the happy-ever-afters makes all the effort worthwhile for Nicholas Lerner.

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Best Photographer | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

Ailecia Ruscin, owner of Oh Snap! Photography, got her start snapping the action during concerts: no poses, no setup, no do-overs.

Best Handyman | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

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.

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Best Tattoo Shop | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Live Music Venue | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Wine List | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Bartender | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Bar | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Window Display | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

As per usual, the Toy Store in downtown Lawrence had plenty of fun things on display in its storefront window this spring.

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Best Overall Restaurant | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Free State Brewing Company isn’t just a good restaurant — it’s a Lawrence tradition.

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Best Grocery Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

Best Delivery | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

Best Sandwich | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Nick Beck says he will likely be the general manager of Yello Sub until he’s 70 years old.

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Best Teacher K-12 | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

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Best Orthodontist | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

Lawrence-based orthodontist Dr. Daniel Ranjbar looks at the people in his chair as patients, not consumers.

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Best Spa | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

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.

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Best Family Doctor | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

Lawrence Family Medicine and Obstetrics prides itself on providing care to all types of patients at any age.

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Best Bookstore | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.”

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Best Place to Buy a Car (New) | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.

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Best Auto Collision Repair | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

Since 1960, Hite Collision Repair Center has been bringing broken cars back to life.

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Best Veterinarian | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

For 40 years, Lawrence pets and their owners have relied on Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital for quality medical care.

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Best Liquor Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.”

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Best Local Band | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Garden Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.

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Best Gift Shop | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

There’s a word for a family of 350 artists: fun, says Sue Shea, manager of the Phoenix Gallery.

Best Barber | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

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.

Best Insurance Agent | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

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.

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Best Electrician | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

Lights off, lights on: That’s the motto of Danielsan Electric, a growing go-to source for electrical needs in Lawrence.

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Best Happy Hour | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Entertainment & Nightlife

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.

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Best Place to Hold an Event | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

Best Mature Living | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

Since opening in 1987, Brandon Woods at Alvamar has been popular with seniors in Douglas County.

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Best Local Store Owner | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

For Linda and Tom Cottin, the magic of owning a local business is in the customers.

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Best Small Place to Work | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

Fundraising is generally not an easy task, but at Pennington and Company, a fundraising consultation firm, it’s a rewarding one.

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Best Local Event | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Community

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.

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Best Pediatrician | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, PA has been around since 1976, modernizing steadily through the decades.

Best Chiropractor | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

It’s one happy family — literally — at Advanced Chiropractic Services.

Best Sports Medicine | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

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.

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Best Bike Shop | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

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.”

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Best Dessert | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best Caterer | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

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.

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Best New Restaurant | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

“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.”

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Best Dentist | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Health & Fitness

Customizing care, emphasizing prevention and establishing a “layer of trust” are important principles at Heinbach Larkin DDS.

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Best Pet Care | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Services

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.

Youth theatre to stage 'Spring Awakening' this weekend at Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center's Summer Youth Theatre program will debut its production of "Spring Awakening" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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JEFF the Brotherhood shows that freedom rocks

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.

Setting the tables: Restaurant turns wine cellar into fine dining experience

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.

Style Scout: Ori Onazi

Tell us a secret: I sing neo-soul music.

Style Scout: Michael Wade Smith

What’s your spirit animal? A Newfoundland dog because they’re large, black and very friendly

Wednesday, June 17

Off the Beaten Plate: Spaghetti Pie at Tad's Pizzeria

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

Lawrence artists among 2015 Rocket Grant recipients

Two projects by Lawrence artists have been chosen as recipients of 2015 Rocket Grants, the Spencer Museum of Art announced Friday.

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Kansas City Connection: A celebration of beer

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.

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2015 Free State Festival events run gamut of art and ideas

A performance by comedian Tig Notaro kicks off a week chock full of arts and culture events in downtown Lawrence.

Saturday, June 13

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Free State Fest concerts bring week-long party to downtown

A free outdoor George Clinton concert headlines a week of music events during the Free State Festival.

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The films of 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

Style Scout: Omer Farooq

Tell us a secret: I’ve watched all 10 seasons of “Friends” multiple times.

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Treasured island: Theatre Lawrence staging classic musical 'South Pacific'

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.”

Style Scout: Saira Waheed

Whom do people say you look like? Diya Mirza, a Bollywood actress

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New restaurant Prime Blu alight with sushi

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

Retro furniture, 'Celebrity Bikes' up for sale at Van Go fundraiser

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.

Off the Beaten Plate: Southwestern Chicken Egg Rolls at La Familia Cafe & Cantina

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.

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Buzz Osborne and The Melvins bringing iconic sound, strong opinions to Lawrence

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

Today in Lawrence: Hot weather, cicada science and uncontrollable dancing

Temperatures approach 90 degrees, a cicada-themed Science on Tap and punk-pop band Yojimbo at the Bottleneck.

Saturday, June 6

Kansas City Connection: Stones headline summer's biggest KC concerts

Looking ahead to Kansas City’s summer concert lineup.

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Behind the Lens: Capturing what it means to be human

A tragic fire at Pet World brings out the best of humanity.

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Lawrence designers' work to be featured in West 18th Street Fashion Show

For Margie Hogue, home improvement and fashion are inextricably linked.

Thursday, June 4

Library's outdoor showing of 'Jurassic Park' rained out

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 in Lawrence: Welcome to Jurassic Park

Today, a hot and possibly rainy day, The Beer Bellies kick off the Brown Bag Concert Series, and an outdoor screening of "Jurassic Park."

Style Scout: Mama Lou

Tell us a secret: I secretly want to run for mayor of Lawrence. Also, I’m obsessed with Tootsie Rolls and Coke slurpies.

Style Scout: Austin Barnes

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

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Production of Sam Shepard play aims to be truly weird

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.

Percolator to host artist reception for 'Matter of Life' exhibit

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.

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Music camp teaching girls how to rock in more ways than one

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

Lawrence Libations: Clockwork Orange at 715

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

Today in Lawrence: Morning storms, a pool for tykes and a summer wine tasting

The South Park Wading Pool is open for the summer, and the Eldridge is hosting a monthly Summer Wine Tasting.