Stories for September 2015


Sunday, September 27

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'Freak Power' exhibit details Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 run for sheriff

Lawrence native and Aspen art collector Daniel Joseph Watkins' “Freak Power” exhibit, featuring political art and writing from Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colo., opened Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center. By Joanna Hlavacek

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Renowned band Kansas returns to home state for Lied Center concert

The legendary rockers (and Topeka natives) known for hits such as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” will help celebrate Kansas University's 150th birthday with a concert at the Lied Center. By Joanna Hlavacek

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Kansas City Connection: Group golf and a great escape

Eating, drinking and live entertainment are the typical touchstones for this column, but this week I’d like to first examine some of the more activity-based attractions in the Kansas City area, including a few that just opened in 2015.

Friday, September 25

'Rev it Up!' car show returns with hot rods, music, food

Hundreds of colorful rides, from newer imports and muscle cars to the “old-school” hot rods will descend upon South Park starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Live music, food vendors, a Free State Brewing Co. beer garden, and kids’ activities will also be on hand. By Joanna Hlavacek

Thursday, September 24

Style Scout: Samantha Carlson

Tell us a secret: I would absolutely love to actually live in this place (Cider Art Gallery)

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Radkey's return: How the hard-rocking trio of brothers got their start in Lawrence

There’s a reason why Radkey, which hasn’t played a show in Lawrence in a couple of years, wanted to come here in the midst of an international tour: This is where they got their start.

Style Scout: Jack Clothier

Whom do people say you look like? Clark Kent, James Dean

Wednesday, September 23

Watkins Museum to celebrate launch of 'Emigrant Tribes' exhibit with Final Friday event

The Watkins Museum of History will host an “exciting evening of Indian history and culture” to celebrate the opening of its “Under Protest: Emigrant Tribes in Franklin County, Kansas” exhibition Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Off the Beaten Plate: Deconstructed guacamole at 23rd Street Brewery

Guacamole broken down to its parts.

Tuesday, September 22

Simons fellow Angela Elam discusses 'Power of Narrative' in Hall Center presentation

Around 30 people gathered in the small, sun-lit conference hall of the Hall Center for the Humanities on Tuesday afternoon to hear 2014-2015 Simons Public Humanities Fellow Angela Elam discuss the impact of narrative in storytelling, particularly in public media. It was a fittingly intimate crowd for Elam’s presentation, “The Power of Narrative: From Poetry to Podcasts,” which included excerpts from her interviews with writers David Sedaris, Natasha Trethewey and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Sunday, September 20

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Dream pop duo Beach House returns to Liberty Hall with ‘unpredictable’ live experience

From the very start of their nearly 10-year career, Beach House has created a sound that sets them on a vastly different path from most bands.

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Kansas City Connection: The ultimate Mexican feast

For anyone who hasn’t yet explored the Mexican restaurants of Kansas City, I’ve assembled what I call the ultimate piecemeal Mexican feast — taking one or two items from different establishments.

Friday, September 18

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'Mass' effect: How a KU graduate wrote a gangster film starring Johnny Depp

Kansas University graduate Mark Mallouk is having quite a week. On Friday, “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger — the movie he wrote — opened in over 3,500 theaters nationwide.

Fall Parade of Homes to open this weekend

The Lawrence Home Builders Association is kicking off its annual Fall Parade of Homes this weekend.

Simons Public Humanities Fellow, radio producer Angela Elam to speak at KU

Simons Public Humanities Fellow Angela Elam will share her presentation "The Power of Narrative: From Poetry to Podcasts" at Kansas University's Hall Center for the Humanities on Tuesday.

Thursday, September 17

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Theatre Lawrence explores hope, faith, American Dream in 'Hands on a Hardbody'

The title of Theatre Lawrence’s newest production might sound a tad risqué, James Diemer admits, though “Hands On a Hardbody,” which opens its two-week run Friday, is anything but.

Style Scout: Caitlin Curtis

What’s your spirit animal? A snail because they carry their home on their back, and they’re gentle and passive. There’s beauty in their sparkly slime trails!

Style Scout: Cody Struber

What are your favorite and least favorite things about Lawrence? Favorite is the people. Least favorite are the parking meters.

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How Wavves is leading the return of guitar rock

When Wavves hits the stage with their crashing guitars and throbbing garage rock sound, fans tend to go a little nuts

Wednesday, September 16

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Spencer Museum exceeds fundraising goal, allowing expansion of renovation Phase I

Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art has surpassed its $5 million fundraising goal for Phase I of its renovation, allowing the museum to expand the scope of the project.

Off the Beaten Plate: Sesame balls at Red Pepper Chinese Restaurant

These sweet little morsels are popular in China, where they’re traditionally eaten on birthdays or New Year’s celebrations.

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Sampling some of the inventive dishes of Restaurant Week

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week is giving some local eateries a chance to flex their gastronomic muscles.

Monday, September 14

City Commission to review Free State Festival's $100,000 funding request; arts center director says event will be canceled if city doesn't agree

City commissioners will be asked to approve the Lawrence Arts Center’s request for $100,000 at City Hall on Tuesday evening. If festival organizers don’t receive an answer by then, the 2016 Free State Festival, tentatively slated for June 20-26, will be canceled. That’s the line Lawrence Arts Center CEO Susan Tate drew in an Aug. 10 letter, which asked for $100,000 in transient guest tax funds — a jump from $60,000 in 2015 and $20,000 in 2014 — to support the festival.

KU Visiting artists to showcase indigenous arts in public talk, performance

A trio of renowned indigenous artists will visit Kansas University this month to share the visual arts and performing arts of the Haida, an indigenous people of North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast.

Sunday, September 13

Print Week returns with print fair, exhibits and more

Lawrence's second biennial Print Week returns this week, bringing with it a stacked schedule of exhibitions, workshops, presentations, studio tours and a highly anticipated print fair that’s expected to draw 20 vendors from around the region and nation.

Kansas City Connection: Fall chock-full of colorful events

Arts aficionados in Kansas City have long believed their humble metropolis to be a quietly compelling capital of world-class culture. Here are some of the season’s highlights.

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2015 Fall Arts Preview: Concerts, exhibits, shows, celebrities and more

Make space on your calendar for some of these informative, fun and funky events this season.

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Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week returns this week with new surprises, old favorites

Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week, formerly known as simply Lawrence Restaurant Week, is back. Nineteen eateries are participating in this year’s event, which kicks off today and runs through Saturday.

Thursday, September 10

Style Scout: Madi Tubbs

What’s your spirit animal? I’d like to be a snow leopard because they’re exotic. Or maybe a spider just because I like them.

Style Scout: Jamal Akakpo

Tell us a secret: I’m going to be famous in 3-5 years

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A rocker’s reinvention: Albert Hammond Jr. to bring defining sound to the Bottleneck

If you’re heading to the Bottleneck this Sunday, you better gussy up and bring your dancing shoes. Albert Hammond Jr., known as the energetic and speedy rhythm guitarist from The Strokes, is coming through Lawrence armed with a new album full of upbeat and entirely danceable tunes.

Wednesday, September 9

Locally Sourced: Take an up-close look at agriculture

If you delight in gathering your food while enjoying the great outdoors, then put on your favorite fleece and visit to some of the area’s many farms, orchards and ranches.

Off the Beaten Plate: Corn nuggets at Jefferson's Restaurant

A trip to Jefferson’s just isn’t complete without a sampling of one of the restaurant’s many fried delicacies. This week’s visit — our first after the January fire that shuttered Jefferson’s until its grand reopening last week — included a basket of the Lawrence staple’s corn nuggets.

Monday, September 7

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Only in Lawrence: Longtime Lawrence 'travel artist' recalls lifetime spent abroad

Frank Janzen, 72, is a self-described “travel artist.” He’s spent a collective 25-plus years living, working and traveling outside the United States, visiting more than 50 countries — meditating on an Indian hillside, teaching English in Oman and Yemen, building a pharmacy with the Peace Corps in a Senegalese village — along the way. By Joanna Hlavacek

Sunday, September 6

Otto Dix painting chosen as 2015-2016 KU Common Work of Art

Otto Dix's experience as a soldier — which he chronicled throughout World War I in his diary and sketchbook — became the basis for much of his artwork, including a 1914 self-portrait chosen as the 2015-2016 Common Work of Art at Kansas University. By Joanna Hlavacek

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Kansas City Connection: 9 events to kick off a busy September

The start of September is a bustling time in Kansas City, and in honor of the ninth month of the year, here are nine standout festivals, concerts and weekend events to help you make the most of your week.

More than 50 performances in store for KU School of Music concert season

The 2015-2016 Kansas University School of Music concert season is now underway. The season, which kicked off last week in the newly remodeled Swarthout Recital Hall, includes more than 50 shows featuring students, faculty and visiting artists, with performances scheduled in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka and New York City.

Thursday, September 3

Style Scout: April Czarnetzki

Describe your style: I look in my closet, and I think, “We gotta get dressed today. Let’s make this work.”

Style Scout: Shea Greenwell

Fashion trends you love: James Bond and skinny jeans

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Hangover cures at Lawrence restaurants: Dishes for the morning after a night out

With fall semester at Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University officially underway, we thought we’d celebrate the students’ return with a roundup of some of the many hangover-approved dishes (from the greasy to the greasier) available at local restaurants. By Joanna Hlavacek

Wednesday, September 2

Dillons cheese steward embarks on journey to earn national certification

Sara Knickerbocker, 24, is the resident “cheese steward” at the Massachusetts Street Dillons store. She can recognize Norwegian cheese from a mile away (they’re usually rind-less) and, on a recent Monday morning at the so-called “Dapper Dillons,” excitedly rattled off the origins of the semi-soft Port Salut cheese, which she says was originally developed by French monks in the 19th century.

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Lawrence Libations: Bad Idea at Prime Blu

For some of us, the college experience is just as much about the questionable life choices one often makes while intoxicated as it is about scholarly pursuits. In honor of university students’ recent return to Lawrence, we thought we’d revisit some of those iffy decisions with a drink Prime Blu manager David Kwon has simply dubbed “Bad Idea.”