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Artistic takes on controversial books sought for library trading cards

The Lawrence Public Library is once again asking local artists to submit their takes on controversial literature for its annual Banned Book Trading Card series.

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Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

The KU professor and filmmaker dishes on his controversial new project with Spike Lee, his favorite movies and one thing every budding screenwriter should know. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration. By Eric Melin

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Painter, Lawrence artist-in-residence explores Darwinism, happiness in new exhibition

Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance from Charles Darwin — yes, that Charles Darwin — by way of an 11-year-old boy to change one’s outlook when things get rough.

Theater group seeks retro artwork for upcoming play, exhibition at Percolator

Orange Mouse Theatricals is seeking mid-century-inspired artwork and handmade merchandise to be incorporated into its upcoming production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" as well as an accompanying exhibition.

Behind the Lens: Avoiding the media fashion police in South Korea

My photography checklist for traveling to South Korea included two camera bodies, three lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and memory cards, including an Eyefi Mobi Pro SD memory card. What I forgot to pack were pastel-colored clothes. What?

Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof's 2004 film

When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence ArtWalk names new director

Anne Egitto is the new director of the Lawrence Artwalk, a tour of visual artists' studios and artwork that has taken place every October since 1995 in Lawrence.

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Spencer Museum of Art remains 'At Large' during renovations with 'NuPenny's Last Stand'

A lot of folks were left scratching their heads after a mysterious structure resembling an old-timey toy store sprung up seemingly overnight in an East Lawrence industrial park just over a week ago.

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Accessories for dapper dogs among handmade items for sale at Summer Fest arts and crafts fair

Alysson Bodenbach's handmade dog accessories and treats will be among the many items available for purchase at this weekend’s Summer Fest in South Park. Slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the second annual event will bring in artists, craftspeople and food vendors from across Kansas and the Midwest, as well as live music throughout the afternoon.

June Final Friday Preview: A fundraiser for Pet World, and the debut of a new community photo studio

With the Free State Festival in full swing, this month's Final Friday events come in a little under the radar.

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ICYMI: It's Free State Festival week

Free State Festival has officially begun, and will features lots of art, film, food and music events throughout this week. Check out all our preview coverage in one place.

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Short films by local youths to debut at Free State Festival

Seven short films created during a filmmaking outreach program for local youths at Van Go and the Boys and Girls Club will be screened at the Free State Festival’s Outreach Film Showcase.

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Artist-in-residence exhibitions reflect humanity in own way

Lawrence Arts Center artists-in-residence Gunyoung Kim and Tonja Torgerson have spent the last year teaching classes, participating in community outreach programs and creating bodies of work that will be shown at the Lawrence Arts Center throughout this month and the next.

Arts Center announces 2015-2016 artists-in-residence

Printmaker Amanda Maciuba and ceramicist Christy Wittmer are the Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center has announced.

Lawrence artists among 2015 Rocket Grant recipients

Two projects by Lawrence artists have been chosen as recipients of 2015 Rocket Grants, the Spencer Museum of Art announced Friday.

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2015 Free State Festival events run gamut of art and ideas

A performance by comedian Tig Notaro kicks off a week chock full of arts and culture events in downtown Lawrence.

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The films of the Free State Festival

This year's film portion of the Free State Festival features locally made student films to major festival darlings and their filmmakers.

Retro furniture, 'Celebrity Bikes' up for sale at Van Go fundraiser

Colorful patio umbrellas, retro butterfly chairs and a wagon made to look like a pirate ship are among the items up for auction at Van Go, Inc.’s annual What Floats Your Boat fundraiser, slated for June 20 at Clinton Lake Marina.

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Behind the Lens: Capturing what it means to be human

A tragic fire at Pet World brings out the best of humanity.

Percolator to host artist reception for 'Matter of Life' exhibit

The Percolator is hosting an artist reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday to mark the opening of "The Matter of Life," a ceramics exhibition by Michelle Rogne.

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