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Nadia Imafidon

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Ex-Flaming Lips drummer comes home, moves forward in his music career

Lounging comfortably on the couch in his home, Kliph Scurlock says he has found peace since his firing as drummer of The Flaming Lips became public five months ago.

'Monuments Woman' to deliver lecture on protecting the arts during wartime

For Kansas University alumna Corine Wegener, saving the arts has a literal application in her profession as a cultural heritage preservation officer. A modern-day “monuments woman,” Wegener travels into war-torn countries, and much like the Monuments Men who traveled to Europe to recover Nazi stolen art, she helps museum staff reclaim and protect cultural treasures.

Tegan and Sara celebrate 10 years since their first walk with the ghost

In September, Tegan and Sara celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their fourth album and commercial breakthrough, “So Jealous.” Before Tegan and Sara share the Liberty Hall stage on Wednesday, Tegan shares her thoughts on the major changes they've witnessed in the past decade,

Garden mixology: Incorporate fresh flavors into your drinks

Skip the morning orange juice for a specialty creation of your own using fruits, vegetables and herbs. Tweak some classic cocktails with seasonal fare straight from the garden. Make your own juices, mocktails and cocktails with some help from a local juicer and local bartenders who serve garden drinks at their own businesses.

Stand and deliver: Local comedians join forces as opportunities grow

Stand-up comedy is on the rise in Lawrence as local collective Harpoon Presents creates opportunities for comics to develop their shtick in hopes of pursuing this unconventional career avenue. Local stand-up comedian Shadoe Barton shares what it's like to try to be funny.

Feeding time: Theatre Lawrence brings a monster to life in 'Little Shop of Horrors'

When an entire production is centered around a flesh-eating plant, it’s going to take a talented group of creative minds to bring “Little Shop of Horrors” to life on the Theatre Lawrence stage.

Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary

It’s important to have a personal space to unwind that's away from the rest of the world. That place should be your bedroom, said Dana Niemack, a feng shui interior designer.

KU School of Music to show off its many faces in Collage Concert

The Lied Center will serve as a one-stop shop of musical talent on Friday night as the Kansas University School of Music presents its 15th annual Collage Concert.

2014 Fall Arts Preview

As the cool weather makes its way into Lawrence, make your way inside to the nearest exhibits, readings, performances, music and lectures by artists coming though town and those who live here. Mark your calendar for some of these notable events.

Fall Arts Preview: Upcoming events at the Lied Center

The Lied Center has a reputation for bringing world-class performers to the community, and this fall is no different. From critically acclaimed musicians to Broadway stars to comedians, here is a preview of this fall's Lied Series events:

Tailgating this football season with the whole family

Die-hard tailgaters don’t miss an opportunity to get riled up for a game for any reason. Not even having children.

Local musician emulates William S. Burroughs with cut-up style music

For a musician described as a “bedroom folk” artist, it’s rather remarkable that Lawrence-based Nate Henricks gained attention outside the confines of his home and on an international radio station this past July with a BBC interview on Stuart Maconie’s “Freak Zone.”

The Pouring Twenties: Speakeasy brings classic cocktails, atmosphere to downtown Lawrence

It may not advertise its whereabouts with any kind of sign, but the folks at John Brown’s Underground will leave a light on for you. Open the nondescript door and the sound of a cocktail shaker, sophisticated jazz and pleasant conversation greets the guests. It’s now very clear you’ve stepped out of a college town and into a ‘20s speakeasy.

University Theatre students to perform 'Electra' this Saturday

It’s safe to say putting together the University Theatre production of Sophocles’ “Electra” was all Greek to the students. Not only did they speed-learn a play, but a new language, says director Dennis Christilles.

Lawrence Arts Center resident artists explore the human body in printmaking, ceramic figures

Printmaker Tonja Torgerson and ceramist Gunyoung Kim were selected for the highly competitive Lawrence Arts Center resident artists program. They will spend the next year teaching classes, taking part in community-driven programs and creating a body of work for an exhibition at the end of the year. The center offers curatorial and technical assistance in ensuring the artists fulfill their vision. Torgerson and Kim stood out among the 60 to 70 applicants because of the many ways they have explored techniques in their respective fields.

Lawrence Fall Music Preview 2014

The Lawrence music scene is relatively quiet in the summer. We lose some of our most-devoted concertgoers when Kansas University students go home. But the silence is finally over. Mark your calendars now for nationally touring bands, jazz ensembles, emerging artists, musicals and other acts making their way through town this fall. Here’s a preview to get you started:

The Dinner Party Project: Bringing art to the table

Local artist Emily Kate Johnson caters more than just the food at her dinner party events — she also caters artwork, serving up conversations with and about artists along with fine dining.

The new kids on the block at the Lawrence Busker Fest

Five Busker Fest newcomers to look out for this year including poets, a ping pong manipulator and a comic daredevil.

Mad for midcentury modern: the retro room makeover

Characterized by simplicity, clean lines and sleek form, midcentury modern is considered the edited interior design style; its key motto is “less is more.” Here is some decorating advice from some experts of the style.

Pledging through paint: John Sebelius peers into college greek life

John Sebelius's “Do You Know Who My Father Is?!” exhibit at the Arts Center explores the vibrant Greek life by painting images found in photos from public Facebook profiles of Kansas University students.

Lawrence Opera Theatre celebrates anniversary with 'Don Giovanni'

Lawrence Opera Theatre is diving into uncharted territory this summer with their first full-scale opera production in conjunction with their five-year anniversary celebration.

Off the Beaten Buy: Nose eyeglasses holder at Kretyen

This mustached nose eyeglasses holder may be a bit comical, but it's completely practical for those who can never seem to find their glasses.

Writing on the walls: The art of graffiti

When an art form is viewed as vandalism in the eyes of the law, the challenge for the artists responsible is as much about how to create as about what to create. Graffiti is such an art form, with authorities quick to document the crime and property owners eager to scrub the paint off. To protect themselves, graffiti artists rarely reveal their true identities, and as a result don't always receive recognition for their work. And the ones that do come out of hiding risk being arrested. So it begs the question: Is creating graffiti art worth the risk? We asked some local graffiti artists, law enforcement and art experts to find out.

Lawrence Libations: Hog Wash Sazerac at 715

It may not be the most appetizing of names, but true fans of the classic sazerac cocktail will swoon over this smoky signature 715 rendition.

Getting inked: The bodies of artwork in Lawrence

It’s not enough for some to get a simple black text tattoo. Some sit down for hours at a time to have tattoo artists ink intricate designs all over their bodies. Take a look at several stunning pieces created in Lawrence.

Hair vs. Humidity: Fighting summer frizz

With a few adjustments in the hair care beauty regime, and some trendy styling tricks from some local hair experts, fight off frizz and finish this summer with great hair despite the aggressive weather.

Arts Center ceramist, KU partner for excavation in Crete

The Lawrence Art Center’s ceramist-in-residence Kyla Strid will be traveling to Gournia, Crete, this week with an archeological team led by Kansas University’s classics professor John Younger to consult on the excavation of a Minoan Pottery site.

Spreading her wings: Illustrator's pursuit of book deal spread continents

Author and illustrator Lindsey Yankey shares how the idea for her children's book "Bluebird" came into being after two gutsy trips to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Off the Beaten Buy: Dog Casino Interactive Game

It’s not exactly dogs playing poker, but now dogs have the opportunity to try their hand (or paw, rather) at a little gambling.

Pet proofing your home

Whether it’s keeping them safe or making them feel comfortable in the home, Kemberling and other local pet experts share some helpful guidelines for pet-proofing the house for your new companion.

Fair necessities: 7 essential things to do at this year's Douglas County Fair

With no admission charge for the Douglas County Fair there’s no reason not to hang out and check out all of the exhibits, says Margaret Kalb, executive secretary of the fair's board. But if you don't have time to hit up everything, here are seven essential things to do at this year’s fair:

Artwork in the DNA of new library building

Spanning across the atrium of the renovated library and above the staircase are six panels of multicolored glass strung together to make “A Ribbon of Light” created by Dierk Van Keppel. With the framework resembling a double helix, anyone drawing scientific conclusions from its aesthetic would be exactly right.

Through the looking glass: the artists behind window displays

With a college campus nearby, and some graduates staying put, local businesses are bound to find creative artists to spruce up their storefronts and get noticed from the streets.

Strategizing for the Sidewalk Sale

The 55th annual Sidewalk Sale is on July 17 this year, and those who are familiar know that it’s “sun-up to sundown” affair that requires a bit of strategizing. With the help from director of Downtown Lawrence, Inc., Sally Zogry, here is a breakdown of the five-block territory to make sure shoppers know where to search, where to break and how to make the most out of the occasion.

Master craftsman: Ted's Taphouse embraces craft beer movement

Ted’s Taphouse, 1004 Massachusetts St., is Lawrence’s only craft-beer-exclusive hang out spot, and big contributing factor to the craft beer movement in Lawrence.

Vinyl addicts unite: the lasting culture of record collecting

Three local residents share their motivations for vinyl collecting and their reasons for keeping the plastic tradition alive.

The top spots for watching Fourth of July fireworks

It’s a given that on every Fourth of July wherever you may be, the sky will explode in a kaleidoscope of colors to celebrate Independence Day. It’s not a given that you’ll have a primo viewing spot of the fireworks display.

10 ways to ensure a successful garage sale

Setting up shop in the garage isn't as easy as you might think.

Lawrence Libations: Apple Mint Bourbon Iced Tea

It’s absolutely mandatory to sip on an iced tea this summer, whether there’s a porch in your life or not.

Ceramist makes a beeline in Arts Center exhibition

Kyla Strid's exhibition entitled “Waggle Dance” is an analogy for her unconventional journey to becoming a potter, incorporating aspects of her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, with the new home she has made for herself in Lawrence. The exhibition has been open at the Arts Center since last Friday and will run through July 25.

Navigating this weekend's jam-packed festivities

With the Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Final Fridays and Lawrence Field Day Festival all going on, trying to decide what to do this weekend is an overwhelming task. To make things easier for you, we've come up with a schedule of suggestions of what's going on at a given time, along with some alternative ideas.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Gulab Jamun at India Palace

It’s similar to the American donut hole, but arrives warm and drenched in a sugary syrup.

Inaugural summer arts and crafts festival this Saturday

Lawrence Parks and Recreation are hosting the first-ever Summer Arts and Crafts Festival this Saturday, a festival where regional vendors, artists and businesses in the Midwest will sell food, arts and crafts in South Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live music at the Free State Festival

This year’s Free State Festival is jam-packed with live musical performances weaved throughout the five-day celebration of film, music, art and ideas.

Guitar legend Johnny Winter on his blues legacy

Johnny Winter is coming through Lawrence for the Free State Festival documentary screening of “Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; a free show will follow the film put on by the legendary musician and his backing band, including his brother Edgar Winter.

Arts and Ideas at the Free State Festival

Enjoy innovative outdoor art installations and presentations by some of the most talented local and visiting artists in the world.

Ways to keep your kids entertained this summer

Consider this your “I’m bored” troubleshoot guide for when your kids just need a few ideas to make the most out of the summer free time, complete with a few event suggestions to put on the calendar.

Sipping up some summer drinks

With porches and outdoor bar seating calling out our names as happy hour approaches, it’s time to embrace the season with a light, refreshing, fruity, creamy, or frothy cocktail in hand.

Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burrito at Thai House

It’s rather unexpected to walk into a Thai restaurant and find a dish closely resembling an item found on a Mexican menu.

Best Local Band - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Entertainment & Nightlife

Indie rock band Cowboy Indian Bear still holds Lawrence listeners’ loyalty despite taking a year’s hiatus since last spring’s record, their fourth, entitled “Live Young, Die Old.”

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