Steve Rottinghaus

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Waves of life

Songwriting winner siphons inspiration from strength of tsunami victims

Watching video of the devastating Asian tsunami aftermath struck a creative chord with 17-year-old Brenna Daldorph.

No strings attached

Free State junior passionate about puppetry

A stroke of imagination and sound effects can do wonders to mesmerize a roomful of fidgety children.

Coffeehouse Crawl hopes to brew interest in writing

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg can't imagine anything more soothing than writing while sipping a latte on a crisp November afternoon.

Bizarre dead pet memories inspire roadkill exhibition

Remember being aghast to find your pet goldfish mysteriously floating upside down in a fishbowl? Or cringing at the sight of your cat mashed along the roadside?

Stairway to exposure

LHS students featured in first Watkins Museum teen photo exhibit

If Helen Krische Dee has her way, photo exhibitions produced by high school and junior high school students will be a fixture in the stairway gallery at Watkins Community Museum of History.

Kings of karaoke

In smoky bars packed with strangers, everyday Joes search for all the right notes during three minutes of fame

Doug Bowen's 15 minutes of fame keep on ticking. Since winning a karaoke contest after singing "Super Freak," the 75-year-old retired construction worker has been a regular on the karaoke circuit in and around Lawrence. A couple of weeks ago, he made the rounds, singing at Dick Clark's American Bandstand in Overland Park and Lawrence's Molly McGee's and Set 'Em Up Jacks.

Conference to explore imagination, place

Rick Mitchell never imagined The Kansas Conference on Imagination & Place would take on a life of its own. Inspired by New York poet Robert Kelly's essay "Hypnogeography," the conference has evolved since its debut in 2001. Artists, environmentalists, community activists and scholars will gather Friday through Oct. 19 at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., to discuss the meaning of place in peoples' lives. The conference -- a collaboration of the Lawrence Arts Center, Kansas Land Trust and Cottonwood literary journal -- combines philosophy, geography and ecology.

Inspired by change

Lisa Grossman to paint landscapes for 2003 Phoenix Award winners

Since moving to the Midwest in 1988, Lawrence artist Lisa Grossman has been captivated by the seasonal changes in Kansas.

Lawrence native makes career in theater

Kevin Kuhlke goes from newspaper boy to playwright, actor, director and head of prestigious New York drama program

Since leaving Lawrence 30 years ago, Kevin Kuhlke has ran the gamut in the world of theater. Now chairman of the undergraduate drama department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Kuhlke has been an actor, director, teacher and playwright.

Frozen in time

Associated Press photography exhibit documents 75 years of history

By Steve Rottinghaus Some of the most memorable photographs in American history will be showcased the next two months at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Mo. From June 9 to July 28, "FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World" will be on exhibit at the library, U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware.

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