0

May 2016 Final Friday Preview: ‘Soundshapes’ in North Lawrence, blacklight art, ‘Sideshow Serenade’ and more

Among the attractions at this month's Final Friday: circus-themed creations, blacklight art, "Soundshapes" and a romp through Catherine Reed's textile "jungle" at the Percolator. All events are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Check out [www.lawrenceks.org/finalfriday][1] for a complete listing. **The Brewhaus, 624 N. ... Continue reading

0

Lawrence City Band to kick off summer series Wednesday with new conductors at the helm; storm threat forces relocation

Update: Wednesday's concert has been moved to Room 130 of KU's Murphy Hall because of the threat of thunderstorms. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. • • • Original post: When the Lawrence City Band performs its first concert of the 2016 summer season Wednesday evening, ... Continue reading

0

Dancing with the family skeleton: family memoirs

I’ve come to believe that every family is like a country unto itself, each with its own culture and customs, each member of that family a citizen of a singular homeland. In all our interactions with “foreigners” — that is, anyone who is not a member of ... Continue reading

0

Barry Crimmins on life after ‘Call Me Lucky,’ political correctness and the state of comedy today

Barry Crimmins won over audiences at last year's Free State Festival, where the veteran stand-up comedian, political satirist and activist joined director and comic Bobcat Goldthwait for a screening of "Call Me Lucky." Goldthwait's critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Crimmins' story of survival, from his brutal rape as ... Continue reading

0

Mourning has broken in Matt Haig’s memoir of depression

I sit here and find myself feeling a similar apprehension to what author [Matt Haig][1] felt upon sending his book, "[Reasons to Stay Alive][2]," to his publisher. My concern stems not from the subject of mental health, but rather the associated stigmas, because I am a [suicide ... Continue reading

0

Percolator’s ‘We Can’ show celebrates artists living with mental illness

Sean Sullivan sees things differently — literally. The Lawrence artist was born without a corpus callosum, the band of white matter that connects the two hemispheres of the brain. That means Sullivan has trouble processing information at times and reading social cues. It also means that the ... Continue reading

0

Lawrence Libations: Grape Drank at Frank’s North Star Tavern

We literally drank the Kool-Aid — and vodka, naturally — in this month’s Lawrence Libations. Frank North Star Tavern’s signature “drank” involves plenty of the two, but also mixes in soda water to keep things from getting too sugary sweet. And, because summer’s almost here and also ... Continue reading

0

La Parrilla to debut new food truck soon

La Parrilla’s signature rice bowls, tacos and burritos are hitting the streets soon. Subarna Bhattachan, co-owner of the [longtime Latin American restaurant][1] at 724 Massachusetts St., expects to unveil the new La Parrilla food truck, dubbed "La Parrilla on Wheels," about two or three weeks from now. ... Continue reading

0

The bite-sized sci-fi vignettes of ‘From Now On’

We’ve all heard the cautionary advice, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And sure, there’s a lot of truth to that. On the other hand — being judged is totally what book covers are for. My resistance to this old adage has been validated time and ... Continue reading

0

Political satirist Barry Crimmins to film comedy special in Lawrence next month; Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton to produce

Well, comedy fans, here's a spot of sunny news for you on a rainy day: Barry Crimmins, the veteran political satirist and activist who "won hearts" during last year's Free State Festival with his critically acclaimed documentary "Call Me Lucky," returns to Lawrence next month — this ... Continue reading

0

Play with Trump-like themes set to open at Eagles Lodge

If the titular antagonist of Card Table Theatre’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” reminds you of a certain colorful self-described-billionaire turned presidential candidate, you’re not alone. Similarities to Donald Trump, both in rhetoric and coiffure, are easy to recognize in Ui, a Chicago gangster doubling as ... Continue reading

0

Exploring “Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape”

Take a few moments to trace your history. Now trace the history of the place you call home. Following threads of memory, you’ll discern more than one version of your past. You probably have had more than one home, each of which has different versions of its ... Continue reading

0

Off the Beaten Plate: Tongue torta at Burrito King

On most trips to the drive-thru, no more than a few seconds pass between being handed my food and inhaling said food. (Because, really, what’s sadder than lukewarm french fries?) Not so much with Tuesday’s jaunt to Burrito King, where I was the picture of ladylike restraint ... Continue reading

0

We’ve got game(s): The library isn’t just for books anymore

When my wife and I moved to Lawrence last August, one of the first places we visited was the library. It wowed us. We hadn’t yet sold our souls to an internet service provider so we were Netflixless, and LPL’s media collection came to our rescue. The ... Continue reading

1

10 Questions with Matt Hyde of 715 and Ladybird Diner

In this month's [10 Questions][1], 715 partner and manager Matt Hyde (the restaurant biz veteran also co-owns Ladybird Diner) shares insight into his pop-culture hobbies, fashion influences and days as a gravedigger in Iowa. So, not quite "Tales from the Crypt," but almost. Here's a condensed and ... Continue reading

0

KPR’s ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’ to celebrate 20th anniversary this weekend

Darrell Brogdon didn’t expect his hour-long, weekly celebration of “incredibly strange music” to remain on the airwaves when he started hosting Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” in January 1996. “I didn’t think it would last 20 minutes in the beginning because it was just so weird,” ... Continue reading

0

Lawrence Public Library adds instant access to digital content

I tend to have very strong and vocal opinions about things I dislike. This can be frustrating for my loved ones AND extremely embarrassing for myself when I realize just how wrong I was. I can think of three specific items which eventually caused me to eat ... Continue reading

0

Book’s wild adventures grounded in the historical roots of Kansas

Lawrence author George Frazier celebrates the wilderness he finds in Kansas, lyrically linking the present with the past in his new book "[The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys Into Hidden Landscapes][1]." "The Last Wild Places of Kansas" reads virtually as smoothly as song lyrics, interconnecting personal ... Continue reading

0

Kristin Chenoweth, Beach Boys among Lied Center’s 2016-17 season events

If I had a nickel for every press release in my inbox that uses adjectives like “icon,” “world-class” or “superstar” (let’s also throw in their cousin “legendary” for good measure) to describe decidedly less-than-iconic musicians, I’d be a very rich reporter, indeed. But the press announcing the ... Continue reading

0

Art in the Park returns this weekend amid ‘rebuilding year’ for Lawrence Art Guild’s event

Cheyenne Bartz had always been drawn — pun intended — to creative pursuits from an early age. From the time she could hold a pencil in her tiny hand, she was also reaching for a paintbrush. Instead of joining her classmates on the playground at recess, Bartz ... Continue reading

Prev