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Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property

Black students at KU were banned in the 1920s and 1930s from intercollegiate athletics, the band, the orchestra, debating team, ROTC and the student council (Tuttle, 2009). Black students sat in segregated areas—usually in the balcony—at concerts and basketball games.

When Black Lawrencians went to a movie downtown they had to sit in the balcony (“Crow’s Nest”). KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy told downtown theatre owners in the late 1950s if they wouldn’t integrate he would show first-run movies for a dime on campus (the owners agreed).

March 5, 2015 at 4:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Retired KU professor Elizabeth Schultz finds success as poet later in life

I appreciate all Beth has done for the community. Just one example: she has given hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental projects.

November 2, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church's monthly sale

An authentic Indian Taco would have to have ground bison and an Indian corn flatbread. The Navaho (Dine) didn't have beef, cheese or wheat flour before the Spanish arrived.

April 3, 2014 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

John Waters to join Lawrence in celebrating William Burroughs' 100th birthday

William Burroughs is not a good role model for young people and his life and works should not be honored or celebrated in any way. Burroughs had a lifelong addiction to opiates, first morphine and later heroin, and actively promoted drug use. He murdered his common-law wife in Mexico for which he was convicted in absentia for culpable homicide after fleeing that country. Later some observers said he became a misogynist. In 1949 he became an international gay playboy using his grandfather’s fortune. He molested underage boys in Morocco and became a sex offender.

His book, “Junkie”, a semi-autobiographical novel glamorizing drug use, has little literary value critics say. Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch” is a fragmentary collection of “routines” using a cut-up and fold-in technique. Critics question the technique and its literary value and many claim it is simply gibberish. Writer Lynn Snowden Picket accurately describes Burroughs’ books as “phantasmagorias of buggered boys, bloody syringes, talking a-holes, and vaginal teeth.” Ironically a city park and trail popular with children is named after a sex offender. We can do better than that.

February 17, 2014 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Swedish meatballs make for perfect Super Bowl snack

The Swedish Crown restaurant in Lindsborg, the Swedish Capital of Kansas, has some great Swedish meatballs (Sunday buffet).

Hey, notice the hardcopy paper is more flimsy now that the KC Star is printing the J-W? Looks like it's heading to being a weekly.

January 29, 2014 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hero or terrorist? Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian to discuss John Brown

Well, he did order his sons to pull five pro-slavery men out of their cabins at Pottawatomie Creek and hack them to death in front of their families.

April 2, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Off the Beaten Plate: Flaming Cheese at the Mad Greek

A gourmet chef told me that hardly anything at the Mad Greek is fresh--most of it is out of a can!!!

March 13, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

July Final Fridays preview: Rise of the Warehouse Arts District

They need a better name. Warehouse just doesn't do it. Maybe something to do with railroads as it is near the Santa Fe yard. Actually, it is near La Yarda which had Mexican shanties for railroad workers.

July 26, 2012 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Locales: Haskell Cultural Center

It's a rather boring museum just like Wakins Museum. They both need a professional, cutting-edge curator. The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka is a first-class museum.

May 10, 2012 at 7:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Final Fridays organizers envision full-time city position to promote arts

I'd rather use tax monies for an Environmental Planner. When the economy recovers, then think about an arts coordinator.

January 17, 2012 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )