Staff blogs

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” ...


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 ...


Spooky good cookie dough bites

Delicious and healthy and perfect for keeping the candy monster at bay.

At this point in my life, I’m not one to overdose on Halloween candy. Up until a few years ago, yes. Now, not so much. ...


A Halloween comedy tradition comes to Liberty Hall big screen

The ongoing Film Church series at Liberty Hall rolls on this month with three screenings on Sunday of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic “Young Frankenstein,” a ...


Tret Fure, a trailblazer for women in the music industry, playing concert in Lawrence

Tret Fure, one of the pioneers of women's music, will play an intimate folky acoustic session this Saturday at the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 N. 1100 Road.

Far be it from anyone to tell singer-songwriter and activist Tret Fure where she belongs in the music industry. Or that she doesn’t, for that ...


BurgerFi now open in downtown Lawrence

A meal from BurgerFi, featuring the restaurant's hand-dipped, freshly prepared onion rings. 
Photo courtesy Charlie Guzzetta/BurgerFi

A bright-green sign has adorned the windows at 918 Massachusetts St. for at least six months now, promising us a new hamburger joint called BurgerFi ...


Celebrating sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes and apples make for the perfect fall anytime dish.

October is pretty tuber-tubular, according to the local farm set. A group of area farmers, foodies, restaurants and stores have banded together to make October ...


Veggie-ALE beef soup

There is nothing like cracking open a beer at 7:15 in the morning. On a Wednesday. And while I may or may not have done ...


Spoiler alert: ‘Gone Girl’ is gussied-up trash!

I knew this movie wouldn’t go away. On its opening weekend, I issued my spoiler-free review of director David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” based on the ...

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Arts Center hosting tribute to bizarre cult film ‘Phantom of the Paradise’

Lawrence musician Jeremy Sidener has always been interested in fringe culture, which in the pre-Internet days, was wherever one could find it. Growing up in ...


Meatball Wednesday? It’s going to be a thing

If Meatless Monday is a thing, then I see no reason I can't make Meatball Wednesday a thing as well. Because much as I am ...


A simple, hearty, handheld meal

Quick and easy dinner in the palm of your hand.

Life with a new baby is always a lot harder than you’d think it would be, even when you’ve already been through the ringer as ...


‘Frank’ puts a face on the creative process

Frank, the fringe musician who never takes off his giant papier-mache head (played by Michael Fassbender), isn’t going to kowtow to the rules, and neither ...


Modern marriages go bad in ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The One I Love’

Buried somewhere beneath the button-pushing gender politics and all-too-convenient plot twists in “Gone Girl,” there are some mildly interesting points being made about modern marriage. ...


Shrimp tortellini for the girlfriends

When my husband leaves or is out for an evening, I make girly food and invite my friends over. Sometimes this looks like piles of ...


A twist on ratatouille

Summer, fall and winter in one dish.

October is a strange time of year if you eat seasonally. It’s easy to want the best of both worlds — the taste of summer ...


Local musicians give back by donning swimwear

Photo by Fally Afani: The Noise FM strike a pose for the month of May.

Fall may officially be upon us but I Heart Local Music is giving us an opportunity to enjoy summer sunshine year-round with its second annual ...


New reissues challenge views of the Holocaust and man’s capacity for murder

The famous German playwright Bertolt Brecht fled his home country when Hitler came to power, and in 1942 at the invitation of renowned film director ...


Looking Forward: Wizard rock, Interpol, Tegan and Sara and more

Tegan and Sara will play Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., on Wednesday for their Let's Make Things Physical tour. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Free Salsa Night As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival in Lawrence, musicians from the Kansas City jazz and Latin scene are offering up ...