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‘We Are the Ants’: Coming of age, aliens and the end of the world

“Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don’t. Because we are the ants.” Imagine one day you are taken from your home, your backyard, or your favorite coffee shop, and you wake up ... Continue reading

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KU alumna to star in Comedy Central’s ‘Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,’ premiering Tuesday

Scot Pollard, whose "Survivor" stint kicks off Feb. 17 on CBS, won't be the only Kansas University alumnus to grace our TV screens this month, it seems. Tuesday night marks the premiere of Comedy Central's newest outing, ["Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,"][1] hosted and executive-produced by the ... Continue reading

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Boy Scouts troops’ handcrafted planetarium now open at library

Stargazers, particularly those of the small variety, should appreciate the latest addition to the Lawrence Public Library’s atrium. In honor of the library’s space-themed [Read Across Lawrence][1] teen series, which blasted off earlier this week, a pair of local Boy Scouts troops have built a miniature planetarium ... Continue reading

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Dueling Dukes sing-off puts local men in the spotlight for Theatre Lawrence

More than a quarter century has passed since Jason Edmonds and Matt All last shared the stage together, when the two then-students tied for the big prize (it was something along the lines of “best male vocalist” or “best male performer,” though neither can remember for certain) ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Libations: The Lieutenant Dan at Java Break

If my Twitter feed is any indication, award season is upon us, with the king of award shows, the Oscars, slated for Feb. 28. So, in honor of Hollywood’s big night, we thought it only appropriate to highlight 1995’s Best Picture winner — and the creativity of ... Continue reading

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Mardi Gras parade set for Tuesday

Time to bust out the beads, baubles and general "freaky" attire, Lawrencians. The 10th annual Mardi Gras parade returns Tuesday, with local musician Mike West and his family again at the helm. The fun starts about 11:30 a.m., when folks are invited to gather in front of ... Continue reading

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Prepare for the worst, and enjoy every moment of it

Let’s say that a sudden accident has left you stranded and alone on a faraway planet. (Does this scenario ring some bells? If not, come by the library to check out a copy of this year’s Read Across Lawrence pick, Andy Weir’s “The Martian”). How on (off?) ... Continue reading

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‘Jay’s Dinner’ to honor late Hank Charcuterie chef Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh, benefit Just Food

When Hank Charcuterie chef de cuisine Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh [passed away][1] last November, he left behind a small library of notebooks brimming with recipe ideas that he would never make. “Jay,” the quietly ambitious, imaginative young man who started his culinary career as a line cook at ... Continue reading

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Female-led ‘Women in the Field’ dinner to benefit Sunrise Project

A handful of female chefs and restaurateurs are teaming up for a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment to benefit the Sunrise Project next month at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. “Women in the Field,” slated for Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., ... Continue reading

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‘The Hateful Eight’ and the books you’ll love

Influenced by “The Thing,” “Clue,” and Sergio Corbucci’s nihilistic spaghetti western “The Great Silence,” Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming, where eight sadistic strangers seek shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery during a whiteout blizzard. Filmed in Ultra Panavision 70mm, “The Hateful ... Continue reading

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Percolator’s ‘Group Love’ show to open Friday

“Group Love,” the Lawrence Percolator’s fourth installment of its annual amore-themed exhibit, opens Friday — just in time for Valentine’s Day, conveniently enough. But [the show][1] isn’t merely a valentine to romance. Love of all kinds — love for family members, friends, for one’s self — is ... Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Plate: The Drunken Chicken at Fat Freddy’s

Off the Beaten Plate is no stranger to the creatively named and often wildly indulgent pizzas at Fat Freddy’s. Remember the [Wake n Bake][1] from September 2013? Or the similarly themed Stoner Pie, which we’ve never featured but will probably make its way into my gullet at ... Continue reading

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Read Across Lawrence for adults, kids launches this week; teen program to follow early next month

Read Across Lawrence 2016 is “Out of This World,” with plenty of space-related programming to prove it. Expanding on this year’s theme, the Lawrence Public Library is hosting several astronomical events beginning this week through February. Read Across Lawrence for Adults (the annual program also caters to ... Continue reading

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The Once and Future Read: T.H. White’s Classic in 2016

Last year, Helen Macdonald’s “H is for Hawk” was released to tremendous praise (our own Eli Hoelscher considered it his book of the year). It’s a true story that examines the intersections between isolation, solace, civilization and wildness. In an attempt to exorcise her own rage and ... Continue reading

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Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition returns to Lawrence March 5

Here’s a bit of cheery news on a dreary Monday, at least for those of us who appreciate a good beer: The wildly popular Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition has set a date for this year’s event in Lawrence, slated for March 5 at Abe & Jake’s Landing, ... Continue reading

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2016’s new book club services

It’s Thursday, you’re counting down the hours until the workday is done, and you have book club tonight. Not only do you have book club, it’s YOUR TURN to host. You’ve got cheese dip to make, pinot to purchase, and you still don’t know what book to ... Continue reading

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Lawrence women to compete for charity in Saturday’s Transformations pageant

Throughout her childhood and well into high school, Carrie Combs lit up the stage as a competitive dancer. Now, at 27, Combs is dusting off her dance shoes for the first time in a decade to perform in Saturday’s sold-out Transformations pageant. Slated for 6 p.m. at ... Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Plate: Tiger Cry Beef at Baan Thai

With a name like “tiger cry,” you might assume Baan Thai’s beef appetizer is spicy. And you would be right. So christened — our waiter guessed — because the heat from the sauce (a mixture of unnamed peppers, we’re told) could make even a tiger shed tears, ... Continue reading

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New ‘Suicide Squad’ posters have ‘El Diablo’ co-creator Jai Nitz’s seal of approval: ‘I’m ecstatic,’ says Lawrence writer

With the release of the [official posters][1] Sunday and a [new trailer][2] slated to drop Tuesday night, "Suicide Squad" fans have a lot to chew on — and obsess over via social media — this week. Jai Nitz included. The Lawrence resident, KU alumnus and celebrated comic ... Continue reading

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Percolator to accept entries this weekend for annual love-themed art show

The [Lawrence Percolator][1] is now accepting entries for its annual love-themed art show. Titled "Group Love," [this year's show][2] encourages artists of every medium. Organizers ask that participants expand upon the four categories of love established by the ancient Greeks (romance, friendship, family and unconditional) and "delve ... Continue reading

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