Stories for February 2016


Sunday, February 28

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Eighties-era rockers Thumbs to be inducted into Kansas Music Hall of Fame this weekend

There is a famous saying about the 1960s — variously attributed to Robin Williams, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Dennis Hopper, among others — that reads something along the lines of, "If you remember the decade, you weren’t really there at all." But for Marty Olson and Steve Wilson, that period was really the late '70s and early '80s, when their Lawrence-based rock band, Thumbs, was in its heyday.

Friday, February 26

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Style Scout: Kayci Lineberger

Describe your style: A mix of sultry and baglady.

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Style Scout: John Dillingham

Fashion influences: I would say my grandparents, Kylie Jenner, and whoever is stocking the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters.

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Weekend Guide: Final Friday; 'The Rehearsal & the Hypochondriac;' 'Called to Walls;' an 'Out of This World!' library event and St. Luke's 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'

Coming up this weekend in Lawrence: February's installment of Final Friday, a "spectacle of 17th-century comedy" at KU, the Lawrence Public Library Foundation's "spacey soiree," the premiere of "Called to Walls" and St. Luke's annual Black History Month Musical.

Monday, February 22

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Lawrence Art Guild rebuilding after removal of officers; police search continues for missing property

A local woman formerly identified as secretary of the Lawrence Art Guild on state records has now been officially acknowledged as never having filled that position.

Sunday, February 21

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Lawrence filmmakers' documentary explores role of public art in Heartland communities

In Joplin, Mo., there is a mural stretching about 60 feet across the side of an old brick building near the intersection of 15th and Main streets. Its imagery is colorful and childlike. Representations of historical Joplin transition to butterflies, flowers and kids at play interspersed with less cheerful images — barren trees, destroyed buildings, ominous clouds — before giving way to a phoenix triumphantly soaring toward the sun.

Friday, February 19

Americana Music Academy to launch artist-in-residence program next week

Lawrence's Americana Music Academy launches its new artist-in-residence program next week with a series of private lessons, workshops and a concert with acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nakoa.

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Weekend Guide: 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'; model train show and swap meet; Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club chili feed; Zumbathon for Douglas County CASA

This weekend in Lawrence: a "truly scrumptious" musical makes its Lawrence Arts Center debut, model-train enthusiasts congregate at the fairgrounds, chili (with the fixin's) is ladled out at the American Legion, and Douglas County CASA gets in the groove with a Zumbathon.

Sunday, February 14

Mexican artist to install interactive project, speak on KU campus this week

The Spencer Museum of Art will host Mexican artist Nacho Rodriguez Bach as he installs his interactive project, “The Path of Thought,” with the help of Kansas University students on the school’s campus this week.

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KU grad Nikki Glaser holds nothing back in new Comedy Central show

Kansas University alumna, Midwest native and newly minted comedy star Nikki Glaser is a self-described “curious perv,” and proud of it.

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For Lawrence choir, singing to the dying is a life-affirming act

Sophia Compton “can’t read a note” of music. The retired professor (Compton taught women’s studies, religion and philosophy back on the West Coast before moving to Lawrence three years ago) isn’t embarrassed to admit her lack of vocal training, even amid three of her fellow choir members.

Friday, February 12

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Style Scout: Leslie Butsch

Tell us a secret: A secret to life is always listen to your music in the car really loud with the windows down, if the weather permits it.

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Weekend Guide: Kaw Valley Seed Fair; LOLA Valentine; TownTalk Live; Jewish Community Women Film Festival; 'The Princess Bride' at Liberty Hall

With Valentine's Day this Sunday, this installment of Weekend Guide has something for everyone. Here, we outline a few date-worthy activities for you and your loved one — as well as amusing distractions for those of us who'd just as soon not this year.

Wednesday, February 10

Garnett's Walker Art Gallery seeking entries for 'At the Walker'

The Walker Art Gallery in Garnett is seeking artists for its second annual "At the Walker" open exhibition.

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Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade announces 2016 grand marshals

Jean F. Shepherd and Judy Culley have been named the grand marshals of this year's Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.

'Jay's Dinner' raises $5,400 for Just Food

Jay's Dinner, a six-course meal in honor of the late Lawrence chef Juan Carlos "Jay" Tovar-Ballagh held last month, raised $5,400 for Just Food.

Tuesday, February 9

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Maria Bamford, Jad Abumrad to headline Free State Festival 2016

Comedian Maria Bamford and "Radiolab" founder and co-host Jad Abumrad will be the featured presenters at Free State Festival 2016, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Tuesday.

Monday, February 8

Congressional Art Competition now open to Kansas high school students

High school students in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District are invited to submit artwork for this year's Congressional Art Competition.

Sunday, February 7

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A slice of Hollywood in Lawrence: Through a Glass Productions creates movie magic in Sunflower State

The air inside the storage room feels stagnant and warm. Its high walls are lined with shelves of cameras and their various accoutrements, leaving little space for the three men — one cinematographer, one producer and one enthused Journal-World photographer in his own version of heaven — squeezed inside.

Friday, February 5

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Country's Jennifer Nettles to take Lied Center stage April 10

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles will make a stop in Lawrence this spring as part of the “CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour.”

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Style Scout: Ashley Barton

Tell us a secret: Always keep a lint roller — in your car, at work, at home, in your purse — lint rollers are key. That’s my secret.

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Weekend Guide: Souper Bowl Saturday, Bob Marley Birthday Bash and a history lesson in Lecompton

Plenty of singing and storytelling on the docket this weekend. And yes, there will be soup.

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Style Scout: Sarah Allen

Tell us a secret: Find time for yourself — that’s the biggest thing; your passions, whatever you like to do. Yoga, guitar — those are my things.

Thursday, February 4

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Noted war photographer to give keynote lecture for KU's Common Book program

Noted war photographer James Nachtwey will present the keynote lecture for Kansas University's Common Book Program on March 1 in the Kansas Union, KU announced Thursday.

Tuesday, February 2

Centro Hispano wins $10,000 at Transformations event

Nadia Imafidon — and her charity, Centro Hispano — walked away the big winners at the recent Transformations charity gala.