Stories for July 2016


Sunday, July 31

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Lawrence Opera Theatre to celebrate Shakespeare in upcoming season

In his short (but by Elizabethan standards, fairly long) life, William Shakespeare authored — by himself or in collaborations — 38 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of poems and other verses. But in death, the Bard has lived on, with hundreds or possibly thousands of works inspired by his genius being produced since, from Broadway classics like “West Side Story” to thoroughly modern teen flicks like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “She’s the Man.”

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KU mourns death of longtime film and media studies professor

Kansas University is mourning the death of Charles “Chuck” Berg, a longtime professor in the school’s department of film and media studies. Berg, 75, died Tuesday, July 26, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Friday, July 29

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Weekend Guide: Water Balloon Dye Fight; Lawrence Opera Theatre at the library; 'Into the Woods'; Douglas County Fair

Lots of cultural offerings this weekend in Lawrence (Final Friday is here), from free opera at the library to a staging of Stephen Sondheim's classic "Into the Woods" at the Lawrence Arts Center. Plus, plenty of down-home fun at the Douglas County Fair.

Tuesday, July 26

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Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks named Ross and Marianna Beach Author, to visit Lawrence this fall

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s 2016 Ross and Mariana Beach Author Series, the library announced earlier this week.

Sunday, July 24

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KU Faculty Exhibition artist draws inspiration from family history, plight of refugees

Woven throughout Tanya Hartman’s family history are tales of alienation, loss and the very universal hunger to belong — if not in one’s homeland, then wherever else home might be found.

Friday, July 22

Datebook: Pilates, Summer Youth Theatre and more events for July 22

Lawrence and area events for July 22.

Weekend Guide: 'Angel Street;' Headquarters Presents 'Everybody Day!'; Simple Gifts; Poke(mon) Around Historic Oak Hill

This weekend in Lawrence: twists and turns galore in Kansas Repertory Theatre's "Angel Street," a party in the park hosted by Headquarters, the "Simple Gift" of (free) music and a Pokemon-minded history lesson at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Thursday, July 21

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Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale deemed a success despite heat

Blazing-hot temperatures didn’t seem to keep bargain hunters away from downtown Lawrence Thursday, as thousands of shoppers descended upon Massachusetts Streets and its side streets for the 57th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

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Expect hot deals, temperatures at Thursday's Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

With nearly 100 businesses participating, Thursday’s 57th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is sure to be a hot one — because of the hot deals to be found and because, well, it’s going to be really, really hot outside. Before hitting the streets along with an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 of your fellow bargain hunters, consider reading up on the basics first. Here’s a quick rundown to get you started. For a look at specific deals being offered at downtown shops, check out our block-by-block guide.

Sunday, July 17

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Library's 'A Hike Through History' chronicles Lawrence's hidden past

On any given day, the Burroughs Creek Trail functions as a quiet retreat for East Lawrence residents. The 1.7-mile pathway, which stretches from 11th Street in the north to 23rd Street in the south, might host joggers on their morning routes, dog walkers, cyclists or neighbors out for an evening stroll. But the trail, which was developed along the route of an abandoned rail corridor and opened to visitors in 2010, could also be so much more.

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Style Scout: Aaron Marable

Fashion trends you hate: There's no room for hate these days.

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Style Scout: Shanon Fouquet

Fashion trends you love: Right now, boho stuff. Bohemian, earthy, hippie stuff.

Friday, July 15

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Weekend Guide: 'Harvey;' Tour of Lawrence; The Petersens; Lawrence Field Day Fest; 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Tour of Lawrence might prove the biggest event in Larryville this weekend (approximately 750 cyclists and an estimated 7,000 spectators can't be wrong), but there's plenty more where that came from — namely classic theatre in the form of "Harvey" at KU's Murphy Hall, wholesome family fun pretty much everywhere, and another celebration of local music at the fifth annual Lawrence Field Day Fest.

Sunday, July 10

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Things aren't always what they seem in Kansas Repertory Theatre's 'Angel Street,' 'Harvey'

In Kansas Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season, opening Friday at Kansas University’s Murphy Hall, things aren’t always what they seem.

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Behind the Lens: Great pics don't always take great gear

A photographer went to a dinner party, where he showed his photographs. The lady of the house said, “Those are nice pictures; you must have a great camera.” He said nothing, but when leaving, he offered the following compliment to the woman: “The meal was very nice; you must have great pots and pans.”

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Style Scout: Truman Cassady

Whom do people say you look like? I actually got Einstein a few weeks ago. I don't agree with that.

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Style Scout: Chelsea Rae

Fashion influences: My mom, and a young Audrey Hepburn.

Friday, July 8

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Weekend Guide: 'An Evening of Dean Bevan's Plays;' Dinner and a Movie: 'A League of Their Own;' Petal Power; Ghostbusters Puzzle Hunt; 'Improdge at the Eagles Lodge;' 'My Neighbor Totoro'

Lots of family-friendly entertainment this weekend in Lawrence, from improv at the Eagles Lodge to movie magic at Liberty Hall.

Wednesday, July 6

Lawrence Arts Center announces 2016-2017 artists-in-residence

Ceramicist Carly Slade and printmaker Tressa Jones are the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2016-2017 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center announced Tuesday. The pair will begin developing new bodies of work, collaborating in Arts Center studios, taking part in community-driven projects and teaching as part of their yearlong residencies at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., after arriving in Lawrence in mid-August.

Monday, July 4

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Where to check out Fourth of July fireworks displays in Douglas County

Lawrence Police officers will do their best to keep the city fireworks-free this Independence Day. All pyrotechnics — aside from novelty items such as party poppers, snappers, snakes, glow worms, sparklers, toy caps and toy smoke devices — are banned inside the city, but that doesn’t mean the freedom-loving fireworks fans among us have to go without.

Sunday, July 3

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Theatre Lawrence to stage 'An Evening of Dean Bevan's Plays'

Years ago, long before the congressional debate over requiring women to register for the draft made headlines and sparked national debate earlier this summer, Dean Bevan was mulling over a more fundamental question.

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Style Scout: Irene Laskowski

Favorite thing about Lawrence: Probably the laid-back atmosphere.

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Style Scout: Robert McDonald

Fashion trends you hate: Mumford & Sons. Like, porkpie hats and mandolins.

Friday, July 1

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Weekend Guide: 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.;' Cycle Tryouts; Clinton Presbyterian Church Fourth of July Breakfast; brunch at the VFW

With the Free State Festival having ended its run, this weekend's social calendar is a comparatively a little sparse. Still, we've rounded up a few noteworthy events to keep you busy before Monday's big holiday. Happy early Fourth of July, readers! And keep an eye out for rundown of Independence Day festivities in Monday's Journal-World.