Stories for May 2016


Sunday, May 29

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Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence explores humanity's relationship with nature in 'Impermanent Lines'

When Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence Amanda Maciuba visited the Baker Wetlands for the first time last fall, she saw tire tracks etched into the dirt, evidence of a road being built, land that had been recently dug up in preservation efforts. Several months later, the area is starting to resemble a wetland more and more, she says, albeit one created and managed by human forces.

Friday, May 27

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Weekend Guide: Busker Fest; Art Tougeau Parade; 312th Army Band Memorial Day concert; Memorial Day scramble at Eagle Bend Golf Course

Celebrate the unofficial arrival of summer with two of Lawrence's signature wacky events, then celebrate Memorial Day with patriotic tunes courtesy of the 312th Army Band. Plus, a special Memorial Day scramble at Eagle Bend Golf Course, because what's more American than competitive sports?

Tuesday, May 24

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East Lawrence mural badly deteriorating after only a month; organizers not sure why

Patches of a street mural at the intersection of 10th and New Jersey streets are already faded or completely bare just over a month after community members and neighbors came together in a “painting party” to beautify the East Lawrence roadway.

Friday, May 20

Weekend Guide: Lawrence Arts Center's School of Dance Gala; Hank Booth's 70th birthday celebration; Hilltop Mini Fest; Floyd Bledsoe: 'From Prison to Freedom'

A relatively quiet weekend in Lawrence welcomes a dance performance, the 70th birthday of a local icon and one man's journey "from prison to freedom." Elsewhere in Douglas County, music, brews and outdoor fun reign supreme at Perry's Hilltop Mini Fest.

Wednesday, May 18

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Food truck owner planning new culinary festival in Lawrence

A new culinary festival is being planned in Lawrence this fall as a bookend to food truck season.

Search to replace Lawrence Arts Center leader is underway; decision expected by end of June

The Lawrence Arts Center may have a new CEO sooner than expected.

Tuesday, May 17

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Lawrence Arts Center receives $50,000 from NEA to fund Free State Festival

The Lawrence Arts Center has received a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts, joining 63 other communities nationwide to garner Our Town grants from the NEA.

Sunday, May 15

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Pulitzer-winning writer Leonard Pitts on racism, loudmouths and Obama-induced insanity

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will stop by Lawrence’s Abe & Jake’s Landing next weekend for the ACLU of Kansas’ inaugural Free State Forum, where he’s slated to give the keynote address and sign copies of his 2015 novel, “Grant Park.” Before his appearance here, Pitts offered his thoughts to the Journal-World on writing, Internet loudmouths, “moral laziness” and why Obama is like a Rorschach inkblot:.

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Pat Kehde, co-founder of the Raven Book Store, to retire after 28 years working at shop

It was a date that would live in infamy — at least in Pat Kehde’s mind. Most people might not be able to recall several years later the exact day another ubiquitous chain store rolled into their neighborhood, but Kehde, the founder and former co-owner of the Raven Book Store, has reason to remember Dec. 6, 1992.

Saturday, May 14

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Lied Center receives $40,000 NEA grant

The Lied Center of Kansas has received a $40,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts that will fund a series of events focusing on work created by, for and about people with disabilities, the Lied Center announced this week.

Friday, May 13

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Weekend Guide: Native plant sale; WalkAboutLawrence; Free State Brewing Co. open house; Lawrence Parks and Recreation's Ultimate Dance Party

Soak up a little history (and some brews) this weekend in Lawrence with the Watkins Museum's WalkAboutLawrence tour and Free State Brewing Co.'s open house/foodtruck shindig. Also going on: the "Ultimate Dance Party," hosted by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, and Grassland Heritage Foundation's fourth annual native plant sale.

Thursday, May 12

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Lawrence Public Library receives NEA grant to host 'Big Read' events

The Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with Kansas University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and KU Libraries, has received a $14,000 grant that will allow Lawrence to host the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read.

Monday, May 9

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Lawrence Arts Center staff awarded Fulbright grant, other honors

The Lawrence Arts Center announced Monday that four of its staff members have recently garnered prestigious residencies, internships and teaching opportunities, among them a Fulbright grant awarded to the Arts Center's 2015-2016 ceramics artist-in-residence.

Sunday, May 8

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West Side Folk to end 20-plus years of concerts this month

Institutions like West Side Folk, the popular Lawrence concert series set to end its run after 20-plus years later this month, don’t become institutions overnight. Since its unofficial launch in 1994, West Side Folk has hosted hundreds of concerts, bringing nationally recognized folk, bluegrass and old-time musicians such as Greg Brown, Tim O’Brien, Dougie MacLean, Martin Sexton and Lucy Kaplansky to Lawrence stages.

Friday, May 6

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Weekend Guide: Point B Dance Carnival; Monarch Watch open house and fundraiser; Lawrence Potters' Guild Spring Sale; Kansas Food Truck Festival; Lawrence Community Orchestra's 'Russian Masters'

Spend some time with your mom this weekend. Our always-helpful Weekend Guide has a few ideas (all mothers enjoy gardening as a general rule, right?) to get the party started.

Sunday, May 1

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KU Theatre explores hip-hop's racial, gender dynamics in 'Welcome to Arroyo's'

“Welcome to Arroyo’s,” which runs through Thursday at KU’s William Inge Memorial Theatre, is a thoroughly modern tale that deals in some pretty timeless themes — among them identity, loss and love. Penned by one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz, the urban coming-of-age tale follows a pair of siblings, Alejandro (Juan Gonzales) and Molly (Alejandra Villasante), in the aftermath of their mother’s death.