‘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) 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 ...


John Cleese and the silliness of everything

“The idea that the world can become a sensible place is ridiculous,” said John Cleese during a 90-minute conversation onstage at The Midland Theatre on ...


Free State Brewing Co. to release limited-edition Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout

Free State Brewing Co.'s Owd Mac's Imperial Stout

This week's frigid temperatures could not come at a more perfect time for Free State Brewing Co.'s release of Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout. The "warming ...


What are Lawrence’s most iconic drinks? Help us decide

Schooners of beer (Bud Light, at left, and Free State Ad Astra Ale) at Louise's Downtown, 1009 Massachusetts St.

In August of this year, the Journal-World (with ample help from readers) assembled a list of Lawrence's top 10 food wonders. A few months later, ...

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Noir City Kansas City celebrates the dark side

The term “film noir” often conjures up black-and-white images of boozy detectives pointing their guns and beautiful femme fatales smoking cigarettes in the shadows. But ...


‘Interstellar’ unforgettable but flawed

Christopher Nolan, the filmmaker most often credited with making modern blockbuster films that tackle big themes and require grown-up thought (“The Dark Knight,” “Inception”), reaches ...


Thanksgiving step No. 1: Brie and pears

Sake-poached Brie and pears

So let's talk about Thanksgiving. I've always admitted that it's not my favorite kind of food. I'm not into turkey, and all of the food ...


‘Baked’ sweet potatoes in the slow cooker

A "baked" sweet potato made in the slow cooker and topped with peppadew peppers and avocado.

It’s hard for some people to imagine, but maternity leave isn’t just a 12-week staycation with a cute baby. It’s 12 weeks of barely any ...


The unexpected virtue of ‘Birdman’

They say that one of the best ways to combat stage fright is to imagine the entire audience naked, so it’s no surprise that “Birdman” ...


Final Friday Halloween Map


John Brown’s Underground serving weekend brunch; Limestone Pizza now open Sundays

Bahn Mizza at Limestone Pizza Kitchen + Bar

Speakeasies may not be known as brunch destinations, Kate Brubacher admits, but she's hoping to change that at John Brown's Underground, 7 E. Seventh St. ...


Kansas food: Chili and cinnamon rolls

Parker House Cinnamon Rolls

If you're from Kansas, you may remember eating chili and cinnamon rolls at school lunch. For me, it was one of the few school lunches ...