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Alex Garrison

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Lindsey Stirling strings together success

It’s amazing, the power of social media. So says Lindsey Stirling, the dubstep violinist, the dancing, emotive pop-inspired classical music YouTube sensation. By Alex Garrison

Party on: British indie-rock group Bloc Party stops in Lawrence after long hiatus

Russell Lissack is a musician, not a politician. He’s a guitarist, a vegetarian, a lion-bite survivor, a producer, and, doubtlessly, many things good and bad to his friends and family. But to the public, he’s a member of Bloc Party. By Alex Garrison

Submissions sought for County Courthouse art exhibit

Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is organizing its annual juried art show and looking for submissions.

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Canadian 5-piece Stars back on tour, back on form in 'The North'

A blend of indie and pop sensibilities with influences like the Smiths and brothers-and-sisters in arms like Broken Social Scene, Stars is an established band out of Montreal via Toronto and New York. After albums on Arts and Crafts, their latest, "The North," came out on Soft Revolution, their own label, last month.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Live Music

Liberty Hall turned 100 this year, celebrating with style in the form of a two-day, sold-out extravaganza performance (and street party!) from the Flaming Lips and proving it’s not too old to rock.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Local Band

Cowboy Indian Bear is an indie band of the 21st century — deep local ties and solid support, but also a keen eye to digital self-promotion and a willingness to experiment.

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Personal influences build characters in author Daniel Woodrell’s world

Woodrell spoke with Allen at Liberty Hall on Thursday in front of about 150 people who gathered to hear the “Winter’s Bone” author discuss everything from tribal mentality to moonshine to Renoir.

Writing’s in his bones: Woodrell’s books rooted in rural life

Daniel Woodrell’s approach to fiction, he says, is to “think of life as a big river and throw your bucket in.” It’s a statement that suits him — connected to place, realistic, rustic. But possibly a little dangerous, and certainly ever-changing.

KU students reviving ancient Greek play

A group of Kansas University students who put on Euripides' "Orestes" in an ancient theater in Greece this summer will revive the play here in Lawrence this weekend. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall on KU's campus.

Fiddling and Picking Championship events start Aug. 24

The 32nd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships will begin with a showcase at Busker Fest on Aug. 24 in downtown Lawrence

EMU Halloween show auditions Sunday

The EMU Theatre group will be holding a cold-reading audition for its annual Halloween show, Horrorshow VI.

Elvis impersonators revved up for hot rod show

Elvis will be back in the building next weekend. Well, OK, not the building. Just the park.

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Chill-out artist: Washed Out makes laid-back music

People say it frequently. It seems a little too easy — a cutesy quip made by music journalists to play on the zeitgeisty alt subgenre he became a poster boy for, after his songs were picked up from Myspace and he was catapulted to doing shows reviewed by the New York Times.

Quantrill, Brown exhibits to kick off with reception at Watkins Museum

An exhibit about Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, which took place Aug. 21, 1863, will open in a public reception at 6 p.m. Friday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Missouri State University professor Jeremy Neeley will lead a theatrical performance of “Guerilla Warfare: Bushwackers and Jayhawkers” to kick off the event.

Victor Continental shows this week

Like Santa Claus, they say, Victor Continental only comes once a year. But Victor’s not for children.

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Hidden Pictures return with latest effort, 'Rainbow Records'

Lawrence/KC band laments the music biz while reinventing and improving their sound with a new release, "Rainbow Records."

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A day at the beach with Victoria Legrand

Beach House singer discusses downside of corporate radio and making honest music

Baltimore two-piece Beach House became something of an indie zeitgeist representative with its 2010 record, “Teen Dream,” forcing even casual music fans to reckon with the term “dream pop” and its implications.

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Humble Approach: Lawrence hip-hop artist back to making music in town

There’s a lot to notice about Sean Hunt. In short, if you haven’t yet noticed one of the area’s best MCs, you ought to.

Field Day concerts celebrate local music

It’ll be a field day for grown-ups. Or at least semi-grown-ups.

A passion that's one for the books

Collectors’ love for amassing literature reflects life pursuits

The thing about collecting is that, sometimes, it starts accidentally with something small, like a book that piques your interest.

'Little libraries' put books up for sharing

Darcy Schild is a book person. And book people, she says, like to share.

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Acrobats entertain at Liberty Hall

Event serves as fundraiser for shelter

A 20-person acrobat troupe from China, called simply the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats, came through Lawrence on Monday night in a benefit for the Lawrence Community Shelter. About 250 people came to the show.

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The Lips' heart

At 43, Steven Drozd is the young Flaming Lip, and the person who can take wild and wonderful frontman Wayne Coyne’s wacky ideas and help structure them into beloved songs.

Theatre Lawrence to raise curtain on ‘Joseph’ this week

Theatre Lawrence will begin its performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Friday.

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Katlyn Conroy works through inner battles with new solo project, La Guerre

After working in the Lawrence music scene for years, Katlyn Conroy is about to embark on her first solo national tour.

Style Scout: Kyle Dingman

Tell us a secret... I’m a secret fan of Ace of Base.

Style Scout: Cait Curtis

Do you have any piercings or tattoos? I have a tattoo I gave myself but never finished. It was supposed to be a Pisces sign.

Summer class teaches kids how to make a feature film

In the early 1990s, the storefront at 731 N.H. was a treasure trove.

Summer Arts Guide: Your guide to Lawrence’s arts scene from now until Labor Day

Whether you’re a kid or adult, bookworm or concert junkie, want to dress up like Harry Potter or Elvis, Lawrence has plenty of opportunities to keep you busy this summer.

Style Scout: Keith Clark

Current favorite fashion trends? I start them.

Style Scout: Lauren Browning

Fashion influences: I love Zooey Deschanel. If she wears it, I want to wear it.

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Not asking for a billion: Local musician funds latest work through donations

Sam Billen's latest work is an ambitious family affair funded through Kickstarter.

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This too shall pass: Xiu Xiu on depression, transistion and music

Xiu Xiu will play at the Jackpot on Tuesday.

Californian Cory Phillips performing 'soul jazz erotic grove funk' with local musicians

"It’s really sexual, sensual groove funk. I think the wine sales go up in bars I play because it’s swooning dance music," Cory Phillips says of his music. He'll play at the Jazzhaus tonight.

Style Scout: Steven Thompson

Fashion trends you hate? Underpants. Just hate underwear in general.

Style Scout: Stephanie Bowlin

Tell us a secret... I’m engaged to my former professor. That’s juicy, right?

EMU performing 'Waiting for Godot' at powwow space

The EMU Theatre is putting on free performances of a critically-deemed-important-but-infrequently-seen modernist play.

Summer film academy seeking youth applicants

LightLyre Films, 731 N.H., is looking for teenage participants in its summer film academy program.

Tickets for 2012-13 Lied Center season on sale Monday

The Lied Center on Kansas University’s campus is opening ticket sales to the public for its 2012-13 season Monday.

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Stage set for new theater

Groundbreaking is latest act for community-produced plays

Years of campaign fundraising and planning culminated in a curtain-raising for a new act for the 35-year-old community theater group’s history in an event Thursday afternoon. Staff, volunteers, supporters and property developers gathered at 4660 Bauer Farm Drive near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive to mark the ceremonial beginning of construction, which they hope to complete within a year.

Style Scout: Keith Moore

Fashion trends you hate? I hate Crocs. I know everyone does, but still.

Style Scout: Brandy Stratton

Current favorite fashion trends? Neons — not all-over, but in accessories and paired with neutrals. It’s all about accessories; you can always make a basic look amazing with the right accessories.

Have you seen this painting? Artist on the hunt for stolen work

A Lawrence artist is reaching out for help finding his stolen work.

Writer of Greensburg book to give reading

Author and former Baker University professor Robert Fraga will give a reading at 7 p.m. Friday at the Raven, 8 E. Seventh St.

Event hosting sci-fi, fantasy authors

Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd St., is hosting a “gathering” of several area science-fiction and fantasy authors. The event, where the authors will give readings and sign autographs, will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the store.

Style Scout: Deborah O’Neal

Age: Let’s just say over 39.

Style Scout: Summer Shiflett

Fashion trends you hate? I dislike neon, because not everyone can wear it. (I can’t.)

Concert to present early music ‘boquet’

Kansas University’s School of Music will present “A Bouquet of Early Music,” its Collegium Musicum spring concert, at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in Swarthout Recital Hall on KU’s campus.

Focus Film Festival to screen high schoolers' movies Saturday

The seventh annual Focus Film Festival will feature the work of high schoolers from across northeast Kansas.

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Indie-dance group Rubblebucket looking for volunteers to be robots

Rubblebucket will play at the Bottleneck, 737 N.H., on Monday. Tickets are $9.