Alligators, vampires (and bibliozombies?): Looking ahead to Karen Russell's visit to Lawrence

Thursday, Oct. 15, will be a busy evening in Lawrence. At 6 p.m., zombies will take to Massachusetts Street for their annual walk from South ...

Going gonzo: Looking back at the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson

This weekend I had the chance to visit the Lawrence Arts Center’s exhibit "Freak Power" curated by Daniel Joseph Watkins that explores Hunter S. Thompson's ...

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'Freak Power' exhibit details Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 run for sheriff

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

Trading cards celebrate 'controversial' books

Books have the power to change lives on the individual and societal level. They’re portals to magical lands and guides for navigating life’s most gruesome ...

Simons fellow Angela Elam discusses 'Power of Narrative' in Hall Center presentation

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.

5 books for growing healthy teens

“It’s time we had the talk.” No six words strike more terror into the heart of a teen, not to mention the parent who has ...

Simons Public Humanities Fellow, radio producer Angela Elam to speak at KU

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.

Read them all, you must

Inevitably, I hear the same four words when I talk to parents of grown children: “It goes so fast.” Parents with kids just a few ...

Lawrence native's 'I Was a Revolutionary' a kaleidoscope of Kansas history

Lawrence native Andrew Malan Milward has combed through Kansas history for all the secrets, idiosyncrasies and forgotten moments of our state. With this trove of ...

Otto Dix painting chosen as 2015-2016 KU Common Work of Art

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

Mourning the loss of NBC's 'Hannibal'

Let’s get real: “Hannibal" is one of the most compelling, evocative and artistic series on network television. Bryan Fuller continues to dazzle and amaze audiences ...

Five questions with Eric McHenry, Kansas Poet Laureate

Language lovers of all ages are in for a treat this Thursday night: Eric McHenry, the current Kansas Poet Laureate, will be speaking at a ...

One tough cookie: Fran Ross’s 'Oreo' written decades before its time

There are a handful of books I have re-read several times because I found some deep, emotional connection with the characters, and each read is ...

Taking a hard look at 'Watchman'

Harper Lee’s second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," hit the shelves last week, bringing with it a storm of controversy. The book follows a 26-year-old ...

Poetry showcase at Jackpot to feature homegrown, East Coast talent

Poet and Lawrence native Nick Givechi will return to his hometown Tuesday for an evening of spoken-word poetry at the Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St.

Rare collection of Burroughs portraits published

A collection of black-and-white portraits offering a rare and intimate glimpse of Beat Generation writer and former Lawrencian William S. Burroughs is now available to the public.

Lawrence authors make 2015 Kansas Notable Books List

Three Lawrence residents are among the honorees in this year's Kansas Notable Book List.

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George Clinton, Dennis Lehane among Free State Festival headliners

Best-selling authors, famous comedians, acclaimed filmmakers and a funk legend are among the headliners for this June's Free State Festival, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Wednesday.

2015 Spring Arts Preview

With temperatures already warming up, it's a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We've rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.

Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.