‘Wild’ breaks mold of pretentious self-discovery movies

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

It could have been pretentious as hell: An aimless young woman, searching for herself, discovers her own courage by hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific ...


Tomato soup brings a little summer to December

Simple Tomato Soup

Last summer, when my tomato plants were rife with fruit, I followed a friend's advice and blanched and peeled about a bushel to freeze. Canning, ...


A minty fresh treat for the late December days

Thick and cool, this smoothie rotates in nicely with the heavier foods we see this time of year.

It’s funny to me how each one of us associates this time of year with a certain “holidays-only” flavor. For some, it might be eggnog. ...


‘Hobbit’ finale taints legacy of Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy

The mammoth cinematic achievement of Peter Jackson — adapting the rich world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth since 2001 — will always come with an asterisk; ...


KC film critics award ‘Birdman’ with best film

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle named Alejandro González Iñárritu's genre-defying "Birdman" the best film of 2014, as the second oldest movie critics' organization in ...


‘Top Five’ dragged down by hype

Hype is a dangerous thing. It’s a double-edged sword, because any movie studio publicist will agree that buzz helps get people in the theater, but ...


Obsession to succeed drives characters in ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Nightcrawler’

On the surface, “Whiplash” and “Nightcrawler,” two of the year’s best and most thrilling movies, don’t have anything in common. One is about a jazz ...


Tip-toe back into the kitchen with slow-cooker curry

Warm, hearty, easy. Perfect for the time post-Thanksgiving.

My kitchen got some pretty heavy use over the holiday — before, during and after the holiday. Honestly, we needed to take a break from ...


Mac and cheese with a secret ingredient

Hidden Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

I got really inspired by the sweet potato fries I made last week, and I've been rocking the sweet potatoes ever since. I have to ...


Hank Charcuterie hosting free butchering demonstrations

Vaughn Good opened Hank Charcuterie just over a week ago at 1900 Massachusetts St. The shop — specializing in charcuterie products made from Kansas-raised animals that are butchered in-house — offers meats including lamb, goat, duck, chicken and pork. Hank also offers daily sandwich specials.

In case you’ve forgotten, that burger you’re eating came from a living, breathing animal. Obvious, we know, but in this day and age, when you ...


Kawehi announces East Coast tour, Lawrence concert

After a breakout year for Kawehi, the Lawrence-based one-woman electronic band and all-around Internet sensation will kick off 2015 with a month-long tour of the ...




‘The Theory of Everything’ a major disappointment; ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at Liberty Hall

The opening scene of “The Theory of Everything” tells you all you need to know about the film. Two young Cambridge students, Stephen and Jane, ...


Cheesy gougeres for Thanksgiving gorging

One thing I do love about Thanksgiving is the bread. There is always a steaming pile of amazing dinner rolls, a crusty loaf, some baguette ...


A holiday week snack perfect for the kiddos

They're not pretty, but they're kid's play for children and grownups alike and require no special equipment to make.

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends. I hope everyone is warm and cozy and gearing up to devour some delicious seasonal treats on the big day (and ...


Free State Brewing Co. owner reflects on success with induction into Kansas Restaurant Hall of Fame

Free State Brewing Co. owner Chuck Magerl, seen here in this 2010 photo, was recently inducted into the Kansas 
Restaurant Hall of Fame.

At first, Chuck Magerl was surprised to hear the news. The longtime owner of Free State Brewery Co., 636 Massachusetts St., is the newest member ...


Black Friday on Final Friday

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans. Bizarre Bazzar (LAC Galleries Closed) Bizarre Bazzar ...


Hunger Games and the Serialization of Hollywood — Parts 1 and 2

The first thing I thought coming out of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” is that it isn’t much of a movie. I don’t ...


Thanksgiving step No. 2: Ditch the boring sides with sweet potato fries

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Fries

I realize I'm in the minority, but I do not get excited about Thanksgiving food. I can live forever without another piece of pumpkin pie. ...


A jewel of a seasonal side dish

Red, red, as far as the eye can see.

Given it’s the week before Thanksgiving, chances are you’re thinking a bit about the big ol’ dinner that we all have on the final Thursday ...