Sunday, September 27
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
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
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
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
Tell us a secret: I would absolutely love to actually live in this place (Cider Art Gallery)
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.
Whom do people say you look like? Clark Kent, James Dean
Wednesday, September 23
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.
Guacamole broken down to its parts.
Tuesday, September 22
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
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.
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
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.
The Lawrence Home Builders Association is kicking off its annual Fall Parade of Homes this weekend.
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
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.
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!
What are your favorite and least favorite things about Lawrence? Favorite is the people. Least favorite are the parking meters.
When Wavves hits the stage with their crashing guitars and throbbing garage rock sound, fans tend to go a little nuts
Wednesday, September 16
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.
These sweet little morsels are popular in China, where they’re traditionally eaten on birthdays or New Year’s celebrations.
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.
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
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.
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.
Make space on your calendar for some of these informative, fun and funky events this season.
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
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.
Tell us a secret: I’m going to be famous in 3-5 years
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
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.
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
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'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
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.
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
Describe your style: I look in my closet, and I think, “We gotta get dressed today. Let’s make this work.”
Fashion trends you love: James Bond and skinny jeans
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
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.
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.”