Stories for October 2015


Saturday, October 31

The artistic achievements of the 2015 Phoenix Award winners

Now in their 20th year, the Phoenix Awards annually recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community, as chosen by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

Friday, October 30

Style Scout: Taylor Rivera

Tell us a secret: I've been told I have a very deep belly button by multiple doctors.

Style Scout: Susan Burke

Fashion trends you love: 1960s mod. My hair is based on Mia Farrow from "Rosemary's Baby."

Sunday, October 25

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Kansas City Connection: FüD for thought

This week, take a look at the organic and gluten-free vegan fare at FüD, plus Halloween events and Janet Jackson comes to Sprint Center.

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Jeff Daniels on balancing his acting and music careers, going on a 'musical adventure' with his family and that famous 'Newsroom' speech

Amid the recent releases of two new films, “Steve Jobs” and “The Martian,” Jeff Daniels will be showcasing a musical talent not everyone gets to see when he stops at the Granada on Oct. 27 with his son’s act, The Ben Daniels Band, for a night of rustic Americana.

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'Prom Dress Room' examines inner lives of women through poetry

For Sandy Hazlett, who will host a reading of her book of poetry “The Prom Dress Room,” Thursday evening at the Raven Book Store, the collective American teenage experience known as The Prom is really just shorthand for the time in a young person’s life when the first steps are taken into adulthood.

Friday, October 23

Arts Center regifts Elizabeth Layton drawings to museums across state, country

A collection of 50 drawings by the late Kansas artist Elizabeth Layton, donated to the Lawrence Arts Center 20 years ago, have now been gifted to several art museums across the country.

Style Scout: Jorge Basaure-Carrington

Describe your style: Boho-chic librarian

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'Johanna: Facing Forward' brings powerful true story of domestic abuse to KU stage

“Johanna: Facing Forward” tells the extraordinary story of Johanna Orozco, who not only endured a sexual assault at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend but also a shattered jaw and disfigured face that she bravely refused to hide.

Style Scout: Gina Russ

Tell us a secret: I only wear my hair up so I don't have to wash it.

Sunday, October 18

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Wonder Fair creates whole new world of community engagement, with dash of whimsy

For seven years, the gallery and retail shop Wonder Fair existed in a compact upstairs space above the Burger Stand. At it’s new location just down the street, the store has a lot more square footage — and a bigger community presence along with it.

Kansas City Connection: Bonner Springs balloon fest puts the helium in Halloween

After the Royals extended their playoff run last week, I thought about writing a column listing the best bars in the area to watch the MLB playoffs. But the truth is, as long as the postseason wins keep coming, you can pop your head in any pretty much any watering hole in town and expect to have a good time.

Friday, October 16

Weekend Guide: 'Johanna: Facing Forward,' Wings for a Wish, Science Saturday and Girls Rock! album release party

Coming up this weekend: A survivor's story, tailgating for a cause and fun with rock(s) — in more ways than one.

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KC native, 'American Idol' winner David Cook to take Lied Center stage Saturday

David Cook will return to the site of the early days of his music career when his “Digital Vein” tour makes a stop at the Lied Center this Saturday.

Zombie Scout: Brittney Simon

From a zombie’s perspective, what are the best and worst things about Lawrence? Best: Lots of brains. KU brings in lots of brains.

Zombie Scout: Marvin Blake and Cousin Eddie

Fashion influences: Feldmans Farm and Home, I guess? It's about living life and having fun and being outside the box.

Sunday, October 11

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Karen Russell on childhood, natural disasters and 'America's fantasy capital' — aka Florida

On Thursday, surrealist writer Karen Russell will visit Lawrence to share stories and offer insight into the creation of her magical worlds in a talk at Abe and Jake's Landing.

Kansas City Connection: The art of ‘Rising Up,’ and visiting some old haunts

This week we take a look at the murals of American painter Hale Woodruff at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Rhiannon Giddens at the Folly, haunted houses in the West Bottoms and the art of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" at the KC Library's Central Branch.

Friday, October 9

Lawrence native represented U.S., Kansas in worldwide bartending competition

Lawrence native Tyson Buhler represented the United States last month at the United States Bartenders’ Guild World Class finals in South Africa. Although he didn’t place in the competition, Buhler will still carry out his reign as the USBG 2015 Bartender of the Year, his father, longtime Lawrence resident Mark Buhler, told the Journal-World. Tyson Buhler earned the title at the fourth annual World Class U.S. competition in June.

Style Scout: Sean Peak

What’s your spirit animal? Well, I bought a shirt that says, "My spirit animal is a shiba inu," the little Japanese dog. I just thought it was funny, but it's kind of true because they're kind of stubborn and hard to train.

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Weekend Guide: Free Stoney LaRue concert, Late Night in the Phog, a brewery tour and Star Wars Reads Day

In store this weekend: Wookiees, a country crooner and the official kickoff to basketball season. Also, a glimpse into how beer is made at Free State Brewery's east Lawrence plant.

Style Scout: Siren Holland

Tell us a secret: I wear only two pairs of shoes. I only have, like, two pairs, and I alternate between them.

Wednesday, October 7

Welcome fall with these seasonal cocktail recipes from local bartenders

Looking to shake up (that’s an attempt at a cocktail joke) your libations repertoire this fall? Try out these cold-weather recipes from local bartenders and restaurateurs at your next get-together.

Sunday, October 4

Behind the Lens: Over the moon

My wife doesn’t accompany me on many Journal-World photo assignments. But the moon has been a close friend of hers since she was young, so she joined me to chase the harvest moon and eclipse Sept. 27.

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Bully to bring raw rock to the Bottleneck

If you’ve been missing that ’90s, alternative rock vibe, Bully might be the band for you.

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Lawrence Arts Center exhibition provides insight into career of KU professor, modernist painter Albert Bloch

The majority of the pieces in “Albert Bloch: Themes and Variations. Paintings and Watercolors from the Albert Bloch Foundation,” which opened late last month and will remain at the Arts Center until early January, had never been displayed publicly before. Most of the watercolors, Ben Ahlvers notes, had never left Bloch’s studio. Not even in the 50 years following his death. By Joanna Hlavacek

Kansas City Connection: Getting pumped for postseason baseball

Happy October, dear readers. I hope everyone is maintaining a nice pumpkin spice latte buzz and getting ready for another exciting season of playoff baseball. I know I am.

Friday, October 2

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KU Theatre's 'Detroit '67' explores race issues still relevant today

“Detroit ‘67” is, without a doubt, a period piece. The stage of Kansas University’s William Inge Theatre has been transformed into a Vietnam-era basement in preparation for KU Theatre’s newest production, opening Friday at Murphy Hall.

Thursday, October 1

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Musical maturity: Katlyn Conroy of La Guerre growing up in the public eye

This Saturday, Katlyn Conroy and her band La Guerre will be returning to the one of the larger stages in town at the Lied Center for Midwest Fallfest, an event that showcases music, art and film at KU.

West Side Folk to celebrate 20th anniversary season with 5 concerts

Since its founding in 1995, the Lawrence concert series for singer-songwriters and folk musicians has staged more than 250 performances.

Style Scout: Claire Little

Tell us a secret: Don’t follow the whole “brown/black, silver/gold” — everything matches. There’s really no rules anymore when it comes to fashion. The old, “Don’t wear white after Labor Day?” Quit it, just wear it. It’s fine.

Style Scout: Tyler Littleton

What are your favorite and least favorite things about Lawrence? Favorite things about Lawrence? All the good shows come here, and there’s always pretty women everywhere. Least favorite things? That I don’t live here, I guess.