Stories for November 2015

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Sunday, November 29

Kansas City Connection: Pick up a unique gift at an upcoming arts and crafts fair

Next weekend in Kansas City, several independent holiday arts and crafts fairs will give shoppers and arts fans a chance to check out a wide variety of items for purchase.

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Gifts for Lawrence art lovers: a holiday shopping guide

With the holiday season upon us — and the madness of Black Friday behind us — you won't find a shortage of artsy gift options here in Lawrence.

Saturday, November 28

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Lawrence native played role in rescuing Chilean miners who are now subjects of 'The 33'

When the San Jose mine collapsed in August 2010 and left 33 workers trapped 2,000 feet beneath Chile’s Atacama Desert, it took the efforts of several Chilean government ministries, NASA, approximately a dozen multinational corporations and one quick-thinking Lawrence native to get them out. Selina Jackson, a 1984 graduate of Lawrence High School and 1988 alumna of Kansas University, helped facilitate the transportation of the 13-ton drilling equipment that brought the miners safely above ground in October 2010.

Friday, November 27

Exhibition to showcase artwork by Haskell students

Student artwork will be celebrated next week at Haskell Indian Nations University.

New library program aims to connect public with local history, genealogy resources

From the annual commemorations of Quantrill’s Raid to the city streets, schools and other landmarks named for Bleeding Kansas ideologies (Free State, anyone?) and figures, it’s safe to say at this point that Lawrence is a town obsessed with its own history. A new program at the Lawrence Public Library is capitalizing on that fascination by providing local history buffs and those interested in their own family history with the tools to explore it.

Style Scout: Setsuna Steelefang

Describe your style: Just me. I'm a traveler; I don't really have a style, per se. I wear what's comfortable and whatever's dark enough to hide me when I hop on a freight train.

Style Scout: Isabella Koch

Tell us a secret: I've always been afraid of the dark. I don't know if that's a secret, but it's kind of embarrassing because I'm 19.

Weekend Guide: Bizarre Bazaar; 'Black Friday;' Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa Rescue; Van Go Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale

On the docket this weekend: plenty of holiday fun, from the artsy to the classic and beloved tradition that sees Santa "rescued" from the Weaver's roof every year. (Is St. Nick not familiar with Einstein's oft-quoted definition of insanity?) And, for those of us who won't be heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday" on Black Friday.

Wednesday, November 25

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Free State High trumpeter to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this week

More than 50 million TV viewers tune in every year to watch the balloons, floats and various entertainers strut down New York City streets in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sunday, November 22

Kansas City Connection: More holiday events, tasty eats and food for your ears

No sooner had last Sunday's holiday preview gone to press than I learned of two more interesting stage events taking place through 2015 in Kansas City.

Lawrence musicians increasingly turn to local, independent studios

When Cowgirl's Train Set was ready to record this fall, space in the studio was a valuable resource. To keep sounds from bleeding together during the process, they recorded saxophonist Albert Moews' parts in the kitchen, while the rest of the band strummed and plucked away in the studio upstairs.

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Lawrence artists answer: What are you thankful for?

"What makes you thankful to be an artist in Lawrence?" In advance of this week's holiday, we posed that question to a handful of Lawrence artists working in a variety of disciplines, among them visual art, theater, music and film.

Friday, November 20

Style Scout: Jim Heintzelman

What’s your spirit animal? I'd like to think it's a cat because I got lost in the woods one time and I followed this white cat, for some reason, and I found my way out — and the cat disappeared. I don't know why he was there — or not — but it kind of makes me think that's something significant.

Weekend Guide: Beading at Haskell; TJ5K and Family Fun Run; Vintage Motorcycle and British Car Show; Right Between the Ears and 'Trading Spaces'

On the roster this weekend: beading workshops, a charity run, a car show and, for those experiencing the pre-Thanksgiving jitters, plenty of comic relief with a holiday bent.

Style Scout: Ardyn Pannell

Tell us a secret: I love Justin Bieber. I cannot get enough of Justin Bieber.

Sunday, November 15

Kansas City Connection: 'Christmas Cheer' from a new 'Nutcracker' to Charles Dickens

You've likely seen news reports and alarmist email forwards about an alleged "War on Christmas," but what's less publicized in the media is Kansas City's perennially successful "Campaign for Christmas Cheer (And General Holiday Merriment)." Whether you prefer a secular or a nonsecular Starbucks cup, this year's holiday arts preview includes KC holiday classics for people of all beliefs, interests and ice-skating abilities.

From hand games to quilling, upcoming week is chance for public to experience American Indian traditions

American Indian arts and traditions will be on display for the public throughout the upcoming week at Haskell Indian Nations University. Haskell community members and visiting artists will give a series of presentations and workshops on traditions from hand games to quilling, planned in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month.

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2015 Holiday Arts Preview

Whether you're dreaming of a white Christmas or lean more toward Scrooge, you'll easily find something to do in Lawrence this season.

Library to host one-day Artist Inc. program

Before Artist Inc. launches in Lawrence next spring, the Lawrence Public Library will host a shortened, one-day version of the program called “What Works with David Wayne Reed” next weekend.

Friday, November 13

Style Scout: Logan Gossett

What’s your spirit animal? For some reason, I was instinctively going to say a giraffe but I’m not really sure why, but the fact that that came out of me probably means it’s a giraffe.

Style Scout: Sydney Hensley

What’s your spirit animal? Probably an all-black cat. I have an all-black cat and he’s very sassy like me and very cuddly as well, so he’s a loving introvert. His name is Ford after Harrison Ford.

Sunday, November 8

New KU art class studies where creativity meets sustainability

In a studio on the first floor of Chalmers Hall, the labyrinth-like structure that up until this past spring had been generically known as Kansas University’s Art and Design Building, students are busy. Busy bees, you might say.

Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’

One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.

Friday, November 6

Quirky musicians to celebrate 40 years of 'Glad Bag' folk song

This weekend, musicians near and far will gather at the Jackpot to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Send Me to Glory in a Glad Bag.”

Style Scout: Clay Burkhead

Tell us a secret: I don't trust bicycles. I don't ride them. I know how, but I don't ride them. It could be called a fear, but I'd rather say a vigilant distrust.

Style Scout: Danielle Ashner

Fashion trends you hate: I feel like people can wear pretty much anything as long as they feel comfortable in it.

Sunday, November 1

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KU's remote piano program provides lessons to kids in need

Teneill Childers, 12, is one of nine students at Eisenhower Middle School taking part in Piano Without Borders, a groundbreaking new initiative from the KU School of Music that provides kids in need with private lessons remotely.

Kansas City Connection: Newer venues to get your KC music fix

After 10 years of daily concerts, drinks and a menu filled with clever musical references, Kansas City’s recordBar will relocate from the Westport Landing strip mall when its lease is up at the end of the year.