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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.

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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.

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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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Lawrence to host celebration of all things clay this week

When Ben Ahlvers arrived in Lawrence 11 years ago, it was understood that he would be the first artist-in-residence in the Lawrence Arts Center’s ceramics residency program. Ahlvers, now exhibitions director at the Arts Center, never completed the residency. Being hired only two weeks in as studio manager put a stop to that.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

City seeks artists for Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is seeking artists for its annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

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Acclaimed artist Kris Kuksi to make Lawrence Arts Center debut

Scattered throughout Kris Kuksi's North Lawrence studio are the pieces — in various stages of completion — that he intends to show at his first official Lawrence Arts Center exhibition, opening Jan. 15.

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The top 10 films of 2015

Looking back at a madcap year in movies

2015 was an unpredictable year for movies.

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Letter winners: Club, workshops help hone the art of penmanship

For more than a year now at Decade coffee shop in East Lawrence, a group of about 15-20 people have been gathering on the first “teenth” Sunday of every month to write letters, show off greeting cards, admire each other’s stationery, and just hang out, generally speaking.

Is the Force strong with this one? A spoiler-free review of the new 'Star Wars'

There’s nothing like seeing a favorite movie from your childhood for the first time in almost 20 years to make you feel old. That’s about ...

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Between 'Chi-Raq' and a hard place

Kevin Willmott on the strong reactions to his and Spike Lee's bold, timely new film and how it has been misconstrued from the start.

Lawrence artist Anne Bracker, late husband Bill Bracker to receive regional art award

Local artist Anne Bracker and her late husband, Bill Bracker, are newest honorees of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ Regional Award for Excellence, the organization has announced.

Exhibition to showcase artwork by Haskell students

Student artwork will be celebrated next week at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Van Go Adornment Holiday Art Sale opens this weekend

The holidays are going to the dogs (and other members of the animal kingdom) this weekend, when Van Go Inc. kicks off its month-long Adornment ...

From hand games to quilling, upcoming week is chance for public to experience American Indian traditions

American Indian arts and traditions will be on display for the public throughout the upcoming week at Haskell Indian Nations University. Haskell community members and visiting artists will give a series of presentations and workshops on traditions from hand games to quilling, planned in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month.

New KU art class studies where creativity meets sustainability

In a studio on the first floor of Chalmers Hall, the labyrinth-like structure that up until this past spring had been generically known as Kansas University’s Art and Design Building, students are busy. Busy bees, you might say.

Watch the trailer for the Kevin Willmott-penned Spike Lee film 'Chiraq'

Audiences can get their first look at "Chiraq," the Spike Lee film about Chicago gun violence co-written by Kansas University professor and filmmaker Kevin Willmott, ...

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