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Sarah Smarsh

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Review: Lucinda Williams

The alt-country maven didn't let illness slow her down.

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Populist music: Americana singer Lucinda Williams writes for all

Lucinda Williams the songwriter is not overtly political. But, on a tour bus parked in Allentown, Pa., a couple weeks before she will make a stop at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., Lucinda Williams the woman talks politics.

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All that Snuff

Something about jazz-it never feels quite at home in the wrong environment. Like a hearing some Coleman Hawkins performed in his hometown performing arts center-posh-with a bunch of wannabe rich, white-haired white people filling out the seats (all reclining, all with armrests). So what?

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Dan Luckey

TOWNIE GUIDE TO: A Rainy Day

Has been in Chicago the past eight months but is visiting Lawrence, where she lived from fourth grade onward.

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Anthony Brothers

Style Scout: Sally Schrum

Style Scout: Daiquiri Ice Carnahan

Kerry Carnahan

Style Scout: Kendra Oberzan and Chris Millspaugh

Kendra Oberzan and Chris Millspaugh

Style Scout: Ken Baker and Leilei Woolfolk

Ken Baker and Leilei Woolfolk

Style Scout: Kevin Saunders and Liz Wilson

Kevin Saunders and Liz Wilson

Style Scout: Audri Brantley and Cameron Case

Audri Brantley and Cameron Case

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Mud Man

Lawrence hobbyist returns to pioneer aesthetic with natural building materials

Michael Crouch's home in North Lawrence reveals a man who loves to play in the mud.

Style Scout: Alex Ashmore and Bridget Franklin

Alex Ashmore and Bridget Franklin

Style Scout: Rob Pope and Jennifer Lea

Rob Pope and Jennifer Lea

Style Scout: Rachel Zavarse and James Colbert

Rachel Zavarse and James Colbert

Style Scout: Grant Noble and Dana Parsons

Grant Noble and Dana Parsons

Style Scout: Jill Cavender and Justin Mosel

Jill Cavender and Justin Mosel

Style Scout: Emily Elmore and Brent Carter

Emily Elmore and Brent Carter

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Practice holding still

Lawrence artist Paul Flinders opens anticipated second show

Only a kid from Utah could describe northeast Kansas as noisy and crowded. Lawrence artist Paul Flinders grew up on an orchard at the base of Utah's Manti Mountain and moved to small-town Kansas as a kid. He regretfully compares the landscapes.

Style Scout: Zack Love and Courtney Crouch

Zack Love and Courtney Crouch

Style Scout: James Holt and Thao Nguyen

James Holt and Thao Nguyen

Style Scout: Michaela Ayers and Sam Doores

Michaela Ayers and Sam Doores

Style Scout: Sarah Schirmer and Rod Smith

Sarah Schirmer and Rod Smith

Style Scout: Ian Huebert and Emily Kurtz

Ian Huebert and Emily Kurtz

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De-classified

FBI documents shed light on domestic surveillance in Lawrence

Mysterious men watching houses from parked cars. Secret government infiltration of activist groups. Classified FBI files on seemingly innocuous citizens. It's the stuff that conspiracy theories are made of. And it all happened in Lawrence during the political upheaval of the late '60s and early '70s.

Style Scout: Harold Fätzer and Tiffanie Chambers

Harold Fätzer and Tiffanie Chambers

Homemade for the holidays

It's the thought that counts

The homemade gift is personal, from the heart, fun to make and to give. We've heard all that. But there are plenty of other reasons to buy a glue gun this holiday season. Among them: cluttered junk drawers, mass consumerism and the cost of natural gas.

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God, science and the kooky Kansans who love them both!

Our findings will shock, outrage, titillate!

Turns out, Paul Mirecki might be a prophet. Or, Mirecki - the Kansas University professor who caught considerable hell for smack-talking religious fundamentalists - might at least be a spot-on social analyst.

FreeStateFamily.com - neither precious nor painfully trendy

Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards

Becoming a parent does not necessitate becoming lame, as well. People with kids still like to, you know, do stuff. But it's not always easy to find children-friendly activities amid a social scene geared toward young, single boozehounds.

Crafting is the cause

A local art group is heavy on D.I.Y. but happens to lack the Y chromosome

There's no feminist motivation behind Ladies of Lawrence Artwork, says co-founder Kylie Grater.

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Denied!

Not scoring with your athletic love? Check the team schedule.

The pre-game ritual: Hydration. Lots of carbs. Plenty of rest. No sex.

Covert Artist

For Andiy Sullivan, all's fair in multi-media art and coffee-house bathrooms

The dreadlocked girl behind the counter at Henry's coffee shop is sweet as a double-shot vanilla latte with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. Andiy Sullivan also happens to be an artist.

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It's good to be used

In a world where high-end jeans come pre-ripped and frayed, Lawrence's evolving second-hand scene blurs socioeconomic lines

Children of the '80s may be the last to remember a time when second-hand clothing was less than rad.

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Authority v. Minority

On eve of new law against racial profiling, Lawrencians share their stories

Sweet, blessed Massachusetts Street. Bastion of local business, historic buildings, buzzing nightlife and ... racial profiling?