Staff blogs

Twitter game puts Lawrence in the movies

For all its inanity and insanity, Twitter still has the power to unite strangers in pursuit of a greater good. On this particular Monday, in ...


Overstuffed ‘Avengers’ sequel at odds with itself

The weight of responsibility hangs over every character in Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It is a weight no doubt felt by writer/director Joss ...


What came first, the chicken or the egg? Cracking a mystery at Frank’s North Star Tavern

Frank Dorsey, owner of Frank's North Star Tavern, was doing some yard work behind his bar at 508 Locust St. earlier this week when he discovered these eggs nestled in the tall grass.

Frank's North Star Tavern is going to the birds. One bird in particular, actually. A chicken, thought to belong to one of the bar's neighbors, ...


Weekend Picks: Major Games Album Release; #MXM2015 Conference; Kansas Food Truck Festival; David Mamet’s The Shawl; Taproom Poetry Series

This weekend isn't as festival-heavy as the previous two, but we still have one major festival to showcase, along with two major rock shows (one ...


Roasted corn and jalapeno salsa for a taste of summer

Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Salsa

Summer is almost here, and I'm starting to seek out the tastes and colors of warm weather. Winter food tends to be full of browns ...


Watch: Something and the Whatevers cover La Guerre

This might be the best thing you see on the Internet today. Something and the Whatevers aren't just a local band, they're a band that ...


Local bands bring Lawrence to Middle of the Map Fest

Middle of the Map Fest is a big festival. This year saw more than 100 bands scattered across several stages in Westport, and only a ...


‘Ex Machina’ disturbs, ‘The Wrecking Crew’ rocks

There are a lot of very uncomfortable gender issues being raised in “Ex Machina,” the directorial debut of novelist/screenwriter Alex Garland now playing in theaters ...


As morels spring up, so do restaurant specials

It's springtime in northeast Kansas, and for the past few weeks, the Journal-World newsroom has been abuzz with talk of a very special fungus: the ...


Weekend Picks: Riptide Comedy Festival; See/Saw Film Festival; Red Rockin Music Fest; Final Friday; Farmers’ Ball finals

Many local scenesters will likely trek to Kansas City this weekend for the music portion of KC's massive Middle of the Map Fest, but it's ...


Breakfast bagel sandwiches for boys and girls

The Perfect Bagel Sandwich

The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence hosts a breakfast at their Teen Center every Wednesday morning. Did you know that? It's free. FREE BREAKFAST. ...


Why local musicians shouldn’t miss the MixMaster 2015 Music Conference

If you are in any way involved with local music, you might want to sign up for an upcoming conference. MixMaster 2015 is an event ...


Why Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ is the best Marvel show yet

Can't wait for "The Avengers"? Tide yourself over with "Daredevil." In his video blog, Scene Stealers film critic Eric Melin explains why the raw, gritty ...


The musical mad scientist: This Is My Condition

Craig Comstock might be the only person in town who can get a crowd worked into a frenzy over a series of noises. The musical ...


1152-Hour Film Fest gives filmmakers time in more ways than one

“Descent 5: The Illusory Descension of Infinity”

This is the fifth year that Lawrence resident and Kansas University graduate Bradley Cook has made a short film for the annual Wild West Film ...


Sunrise Project fundraiser draws prominent local culinary talents

Rick Martin, executive chef and owner of Limestone Pizza, is one of several local culinary professionals participating in the Chefs' Table Dinner, a fundraiser for the Sunrise Project slated for May 12.

Some of Lawrence's best and brightest culinary minds are coming together to raise money for the Sunrise Project. The Lawrence organization, which garnered its nonprofit ...


Brace yourselves: Record Store Day is coming

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and Love Garden Sounds will be having a sale on top of selling the day's exclusive releases.

By now the staff at Love Garden is in busy mode getting ready for Record Store Day, an annual event that draws music aficionados to ...


KJHK Farmers’ Ball semifinals feature 8 (mostly psychedelic) bands

This year's KJHK Farmers' Ball semifinals and finals will be April 18 and 25 at the Bottleneck.

A battle of the bands is brewing. The finalists for KJHK's Farmers' Ball have been announced, with the semifinals scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at ...


Weekend Picks: KJHK Farmers’ Ball; Record Store Day; Pop-Up Festival; Poetry Fair; Letter Writing Club

Spring is here and that means festival season is upon us. But you don't have to run off to KC's Middle of the Map to ...


Johnny’s Tavern named most iconic bar in Kansas by Thrillist

Johnny's Tavern, pictured here in 2013 with owner Rick Renfro, has been named the most iconic bar in Kansas by the website Thrillist.

"Serving Up Tradition Since 1953." So reads the weather-worn, metal sign outside Johnny's Tavern, the north Lawrence establishment that men's lifestyle website Thrillist recently named ...