Stories for March 2015

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Tuesday, March 31

Today in Lawrence: KU's annual Celebration of Books and Bad Religion comes to Liberty Hall

Today in Lawrence: Great weather, celebrating books and Bad Religion at Liberty Hall.

Monday, March 30

Theatre Lawrence announces 2015-16 season

A mermaid, a deathtrap and classic Broadway hits will be coming to the Theatre Lawrence stage, as Monday the group announced its show lineup for the 2015-2016 season that will debut in September.

Spencer Museum to host 'Last Look' events before closing for renovations

With renovations slated for May, the Spencer Museum of Art is giving guests the chance to take a last look at the galleries with a series of programming that will culminate in a closing party April 12.

Sunday, March 29

KU's multi-choir 'Joy of Singing' concert this Thursday

Kansas University's School of Music will host a multi-choir concert Thursday at the Lied Center, the school said in a release.

Saturday, March 28

Kansas City Connection: Library activities go way beyond books

In addition to being an excellent place to do research, check out books or attend film and public speaking events, the Kansas City Library’s Central Branch, located in the First National Bank building at 10th and Baltimore, also functions as something of a museum.

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Of Montreal gets its freak on

Kevin Barnes looks forward to bringing communal commotion to the Granada

When Of Montreal hits the stage, they tend to be theatrical and dramatic. Band members pull out all the stops when it comes to sequins and stimulation during their highly danceable numbers, and their show at the Granada on Wednesday will be no different.

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Swarthout Recital Hall to re-open with concert series

After almost 60 years, a million patrons and thousands of performances, Swarthout Recital Hall was due for a face-lift. Now, after undergoing renovations for the last 10 months, the historic building is re-opening and christening its upgrades with an eight-concert series of performances.

Garden Variety: Organic fertilizer options

Gardeners who want to grow organically face a few extra challenges when selecting fertilizer, although with a little extra care the nutrients that plants need can still be provided at a reasonable cost. The biggest challenges are understanding the need for fertilization (or lack of), recognizing organic sources, and deciphering the supply chain.

Thursday, March 26

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Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand

If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.

Wednesday, March 25

Style Scout: Kim Nixon

Whom do people say you look like? One of The Coreys from the ’80s before my hair was blue. I can’t remember which one.

Style Scout: John Henderson

Tell us a secret: I miss having Mizzou in the Big 12 because all that hatred goes to waste. I try to hate Iowa State, but it’s just not the same.

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Final Friday Preview: Marla Jackson to celebrate mother in Percolator quilt show

Over the years, quilter and historian Marla Jackson’s mother has been a strong influence in her life — and in her work. She’s represented, at least figuratively, in all 10 quilts that make up Jackson’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Percolator that opens Friday.

KU visiting artist Lynne Yamamoto to lecture at Spencer Museum

Installation artist Lynne Yamamoto will give a lecture 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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Today in Lawrence: Police drummer reimagines chamber music; Safe Routes Town Hall at Liberty Hall

Today in Lawrence: Police drummer reimagines chamber music at the Lied Center, and the Safe Routes Town Hall at Liberty Hall demonstrates the importance of safety for bikes and pedestrians.

Tuesday, March 24

Today in Lawrence: Storms in store and showtunes with Bernadette Peters

Today in Lawrence: A thunderstorms, genomes and Bernadette Peters.

Monday, March 23

Group asks what will make planned 9th Street Corridor project a success

A committee of neighborhood, city and business representatives gathered Monday night at the Lawrence Public Library to ask what will make the planned Ninth Street Corridor Project a success.

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Today in Lawrence: Go to a city or county meeting and let your voice be heard!

After the morning's possible showers, prepare for a night full of civic meetings and an Audubon Society presentation on energy and the wilderness.

Sunday, March 22

KU to host writer-performer Heather Harpham this week

The Commons, in partnership with the Kansas University theatre department, will host writer and performer Heather Harpham as artist-in-residence this week.

Saturday, March 21

Kansas City Connection: City Market a hub for delicious ethnic food

When people ask me what neighborhoods they should check out in Kansas City, I try to find out what their goals are. If their objective is to eat a lot of different kinds of ethnic food at fairly inexpensive prices, I direct them to the City Market.

Bernadette Peters bringing many talents, love of animals to Lied Center concert

It’s just past lunchtime at Bernadette Peters’ New York City home, and the legendary actress and singer has her hands full with a pair of rowdy dogs.

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When Louis Armstrong played KU

KPR to air unbroadcast recording of 1957 'Satchmo' gig

Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas University men's basketball team may have lost the national championship in heartbreaking fashion on March 23, 1957, but the team and KU fans were still treated to a night they'll never forget thanks to a legendary jazz musician.

Wednesday, March 18

Style Scout: Mary Rice

Whom do people say you look like? My husband says that I look like Kate Middleton. I’m sure he’s just flattering me!

Style Scout: Steven Duval

Whom do people say you look like? Unfortunately, no one but ever since I lost my hair I modeled myself after Isaac Hayes.

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Fast-rising Sylvan Esso takes pride in being a crowd-pleaser

A little bit jazzy, a little bit soulful and completely likable — Sylvan Esso makes music that has crept into everybody’s life over the last year.

Off the Beaten Plate: Jja Jang Myeon at O Café

At first glance, O Café’s jja jang myeon — a Chinese-derived, Korean-adopted noodle dish — looks a bit spooky.

Today in Lawrence: A crash course in severe weather

Today in Lawrence: A rainy day, Weather 101 and a free butchering demonstration.

Tuesday, March 17

Today in Lawrence: Painting the town green for St. Patrick's Day

Today in Lawrence: Everyone's a little bit Irish.

Saturday, March 14

2015 Spring Arts Preview

With temperatures already warming up, it's a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We've rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.

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Kansas City Connection: Upcoming events with a spring in their step

Here are some of the season’s most interesting and eclectic events to give you several incentives to visit the Kansas City area in the next couple of months.

Thursday, March 12

Today in Lawrence: A nice day for some March Madness

Today in Lawrence: More pleasantry, March Madness and "Finding Vivian Maier"

Off the Beaten Plate: Chorizo Sloppy José at Global Cafe

For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we decided to try out another Latin American-inspired twist on a popular American dish: the chorizo sloppy José (get it?) at Global Café.

Style Scout: One-Jea Lee

Tell us a secret: In the past 10 years, I flew more than 2 million miles.

Style Scout: Meg Schwend

Fashion trends you hate: The saggy diaper pants that Justin Bieber wears. That’s the only thing that I can’t handle.

Wednesday, March 11

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Descent into Madness: Watch basketball at a venue that meets your needs

Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual viewer, it's hard to avoid the craziness of March Madness here in the (sort of) birthplace of basketball. Lawrence has no shortage of venues to watch the action unfold.

KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis

Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence.

Tuesday, March 10

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Delicious/Nutritious: Kumquats a little fruit that packs a punch

Sweet, sour and possibly the tartest fruit this side of a lemon, the kumquat is a bite-sized, seasonal winter citrus.

Cooking from Scratch: Homemade SpaghettiOs

All the same, I couldn’t quite commit to serving up a can of SpaghettiOs for dinner-proper, as my son requested soon after learning the jingle. Instead, I decided to try to make SpaghettiOs from scratch.

Today in Lawrence: A taste of Japan comes to the Arts Center

Today in Lawrence: Another beautiful day, and JapanFest at the Arts Center.

Monday, March 9

Today in Lawrence: Sun, warm temps, art and music for your Monday

Today in Lawrence: Sun, warmth, art and music make for a quite fine Monday.

Saturday, March 7

Kansas City Connection: Sorting through the hoopla of the Big 12 tournament

March Madness begins in earnest next week in downtown Kansas City, as the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament returns to the Sprint Center from Wednesday through Saturday.

Upcoming Benefit Art Auction expected to be a big draw

In less than a week, Lawrence Arts Center galleries will be full of artwork, as it kicks off the month-long exhibition that will culminate in the 34th annual Benefit Art Auction on April 11.

Friday, March 6

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Today in Lawrence: Spring making an appearance; DST on Sunday; plays and more

Today in Lawrence: Spring weather will show its face this weekend; daylight saving time is on Sunday, and there are plays and events in abundance.

Thursday, March 5

KPR host Laura Lorson a two-day champion on 'Jeopardy!'

Kansas Public Radio host Laura Lorson moved on to another episode of "Jeopardy!" after winning the show that aired Thursday.

Lawrence Libations: Poached-pear mulled wine at John Brown's Underground

There’s nothing like a hot, literally steaming glass of wine on a chilly winter day.

Today in Lawrence: A crimson and blue revue

Today in Lawrence: A cold day in store, plus Rock Chalk Revue

Style Scout: Qing Tian

Describe your style: In high school, I used to wear a lot of sports styles. But since I’m at the university now, I try to dress like a young lady.

Style Scout: Dhari Alanazi

Describe your style: I love the color blue, all shades of gray as well as khakis and jeans in general. My style is quite colorful, classic and simple.

Wednesday, March 4

Local trivia whiz a champion on first 'Jeopardy!' appearance

Standing next to a smaller, televised picture of herself, Laura Lorson described her high-pressure experience on the television game show "Jeopardy!" "It's just like your life is ebbing away," she said about the show's theme song as it played during Final Jeopardy. "It's just trickling through your fingertips."

Local chefs dish on favorite meals in Lawrence

Where do chefs and restauranteurs like to eat when they're not in the kitchen? We posed that question to some of Lawrence's best and brightest culinary minds, and the results might surprise you. Turns out, even the highest-profile chefs with the most refined food palates in town reach for their favorite comfort food at the end of a long day.

Today in Lawrence: Cold is back; library volunteer session; women's leadership series

As the weather cools down, attend a session to learn how to volunteer for the library, or go to the Discovering the Leader in You session at the Dole Institute.

Tuesday, March 3

Today in Lawrence: Primaries for City Commission, school board candidates today

Today in Lawrence: Rocking the vote, and a former poet laureate visits KU.

Sunday, March 1

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KPR host Laura Lorson to appear on 'Jeopardy!'

As moderator of “Quest,” a televised quiz bowl competition for Kansas high school students, Laura Lorson is used to dishing out tough questions. On Wednesday, audiences nationwide can watch Lorson as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” — where she’ll be the one on the hot seat.

Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.

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Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property

If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre's “A Raisin in the Sun.”

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Behind the Lens: How to survive a court-storming

If my calculations are correct, Kansas University men’s basketball opponents are more or less good for about three to four court-stormings a season. I’ve learned a few things about how to protect myself and how to convey the gravity of the moment without getting trampled.

Kansas City Connection: Women artists, puppets and Sporting KC

The Epsten Gallery is much smaller and lesser known than institutions like the Nelson-Atkins, Kemper or Nerman museums. But the gallery, located in the center of Overland Park’s Village Shalom assisted living facility, is currently hosting one of the most interesting exhibitions in the city.