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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.

Time for a road trip? Check out the haunted history of Kansas

Back when I worked in reference, the library received an envelope postmarked from Santa Rosa, Calif., with our address scrawled across the lower left hand ...

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Lawrence resident, comedian to perform as 'Head Lady Dancer' in world's largest powwow

Tonia Hall still isn’t sure how she snagged the coveted role of Head Lady Dancer in this week’s 33rd annual Gathering of Nations, but she’s pretty sure positive thinking had something to do with it.

Kirkus is still king of the grouchy book review

“It has come to this: werewolves on The Titanic.” Favorite first lines of novels make great discussion fodder, but book reviews rarely begin with sentences ...

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, more than a 'Girl in a Band,' coming to Lawrence in May

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, Sonic Youth. Yes, get ...

Books about time travel, with and without machines

When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in eastern Missouri. Founded in the 1810s, our little town was a goldmine of ...

John Keats, a man out of time

“April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us ...

Fresh cookbooks for fresh spring veggies

For me, there’s no more-definite sign of spring’s arrival than the return of the Lawrence Farmer’s Market. Beginning this Saturday, fresh local fruits, vegetables and ...

Prime your hungry ear for food and poetry at the library

Roses are red Violets are blue I like nutritious foods And so should you — A poem by seventh-graders Mykynzie Wright, Hailey Coon and Rylie ...

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'A Streetcar Named Desire' to open this week at Theatre Lawrence

Most people familiar with “A Streetcar Named Desire,” says Piet Knetsch, are only familiar with just that — the name of the play itself, and not much else. Not much else, he says, beyond the now-famous scene in the 1951 film adaptation in which Marlon Brando, playing the brutish, broken Stanley Kowalski, yells out his wife’s name (“Stella!”) in a desperate plea for her forgiveness.

'The Hidden Half of Nature:' a great read about microbes

While waiting for signs that winter is in fact waning and that it’s time to dig my hands in the dirt, pruning fruit trees is ...

Author Spotlight: Juliet Marillier

There are only a few days left in Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to discuss one of my favorite authors ...

New month, new genre with Gaslamp Fantasy

Gaslamp Fantasy was first coined by Kaja Foglio to describe her graphic novel series "Girl Genius." The term evolved as a response to the Steampunk ...

Revisiting the 'Star Wars Radio Drama'

Like William, I was lucky enough to be born into a good, Force-sensitive, "Star Wars" loving household. As kids, my brother and I watched "Star ...

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A conversation with the creators of 'Red Bird,' a new kind of Western

Thursday sees the release of the first two episodes of "Red Bird," the new Web series created and co-written by Lawrence husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Jeremy Osbern and Misti Boland.

YA Backlist: '100 Sideways Miles' by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is probably one of my top favorite YA authors. His characters are honest and relatable, and their stories are always engaging. "100 Sideways ...

'Someday a Bird Will Poop on You' and other funny life lessons for kids

It’s hard to put a finger on what makes a great title, and like everything else about reading, it’s a matter of taste. Among the ...

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Lawrence-born filmmaker honors late father, parents' love story in 'The Good Catholic'

It was March 2013, and Paul Shoulberg had every reason to be happy.

10 books celebrating international women's fiction

March 8 is International Women’s Day, hooray! Here at the Lawrence Public Library, I walk among powerful women every day within the stacks, not just ...

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Marilyn Stokstad, 'trailblazing' distinguished professor emerita of art history, dies at 87

Charles Eldredge remembers the moment his life changed forever. It was 1969, and Eldredge, then a doctorate student in art history at the University of Minnesota, was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Marilyn Stokstad, at the time a professor of art history, department chair and director of the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

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