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As Halloween nears, stained-glass artist's works take on a darker tone

Artist John Niswonger’s stained-glass hawk feathers would look nice in just about any window and might even make a nice gift for a loved one. But here’s guessing that your grandmother would not react the same way if she were to unwrap his one hundred-piece homage to the 1970s low-budget, horror movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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New Year's Eve guide: Celebrations at The Bottleneck, Jazzhaus among entertainment options

Lawrencians will find no shortage of entertainment this New Year's Eve, from afternoon screenings of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" to The Crumpletons' annual early New Year's show at The Jazzhaus to late-night karaoke and champagne toasts at the Yacht Club.

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Dublin-based harpist to return to Lied Center stage for annual Ashley Davis holiday concert

In Ireland, where acclaimed harpist Cormac De Barra grew up, Christmas is a time for families and loved ones to come together. “No matter where you are, you drop everything and make it home for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day,” De Barra, an internationally touring musician based primarily in Dublin, says of the holiday tradition he and fellow Irishmen hold dearest.

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Style Scout: Shanon Fouquet

Fashion trends you love: Right now, boho stuff. Bohemian, earthy, hippie stuff.

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Style Scout: Aaron Marable

Fashion trends you hate: There's no room for hate these days.

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Style Scout: Chelsea Rae

Fashion influences: My mom, and a young Audrey Hepburn.

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Style Scout: Truman Cassady

Whom do people say you look like? I actually got Einstein a few weeks ago. I don't agree with that.

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Where to check out Fourth of July fireworks displays in Douglas County

Lawrence Police officers will do their best to keep the city fireworks-free this Independence Day. All pyrotechnics — aside from novelty items such as party poppers, snappers, snakes, glow worms, sparklers, toy caps and toy smoke devices — are banned inside the city, but that doesn’t mean the freedom-loving fireworks fans among us have to go without.

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Style Scout: Robert McDonald

Fashion trends you hate: Mumford & Sons. Like, porkpie hats and mandolins.

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Style Scout: Irene Laskowski

Favorite thing about Lawrence: Probably the laid-back atmosphere.

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Style Scout: Kyle Reid

Fashion trends you love: Big hoop earrings.

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Style Scout: Casey Keel

What's your spirit animal? A raccoon. They're nocturnal, cute little burglars, and they love food.

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Lawrence native Corinne Brinkerhoff helms CBS whodunnit 'American Gothic'

Corinne Brinkerhoff (Lawrence High School's class of 1998) recently chatted with her hometown newspaper about her new show, American's crime obsession and the '90s cult classic that first sparked her Hollywood dreams as a book-loving teen in the Sunflower State.

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Style Scout: Vicky Díaz-Camacho

Describe your style: Vintage, with a lot of inspiration from contemporary art and French cinema.

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Style Scout: Paul DeGeorge

Describe your style: "Animaniacs" T-shirt and jeans. That's the bulk of my style.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade committee donates $40,000 to The Shelter Inc.

The Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade committee has donated $40,000 to The Shelter Inc., parade commissioners announced this week. The gift was presented during a ceremony Tuesday at The Shelter's Williams Facility in Lawrence.

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Style Scout: Laramie Barnes

What’s your spirit animal? Some sort of feline, like a black cat because we’re both small, stealthy and mysterious.

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Style Scout: Zach Jones of A Great Big World

What’s your spirit animal? Kermit the Frog because he’s kind and he likes to entertain people. And he hangs out with a lot of weirdos. And he’s kind of a weirdo himself.

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Style Scout: Chris Kuffner of A Great Big World

Describe your style: I’m a borderline Buddhist hippie with an urban flair.

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