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Time for a road trip? Check out the haunted history of Kansas

Back when I worked in reference, the library received an envelope postmarked from Santa Rosa, Calif., with our address scrawled across the lower left hand corner in untidy, barely legible print. Inside was a 20-page letter, written in the same hand, requesting information on the alleged paranormal ... Continue reading

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Mariscos to be renovated, rebranded as ‘J. Wilson’s’

Contrary to what some hapless customers might think, the restaurant owned by Nancy and Rick Renfro at 4821 W. Sixth St. is not Maceli’s, nor does it serve Italian food or tacos. It’s Mariscos — but not for much longer. The [upscale eatery][1], which you might’ve visited ... Continue reading

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An interview with Broadway legend Patti LuPone ahead of her Lied Center performance

Originally, Patti LuPone was slated to perform her popular, long-running concert “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” for Thursday’s gig at the Lied Center, which as of press time was still advertising the show under that name. But the Broadway star, she of “Evita,” “Gypsy” and the myriad showbiz honors, ... Continue reading

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Kirkus is still king of the grouchy book review

“It has come to this: werewolves on The Titanic.” Favorite first lines of novels make great discussion fodder, but book reviews rarely begin with sentences as memorable as that one, which led off a review of Claudia Gray’s "[Fateful][1]" in the curmudgeon of professional book review journals, ... Continue reading

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Watkins Museum invites public to ‘Know Your Antiques’ at Saturday event

If you've ever wondered about the potential value of an estate sale impulse buy (can one really have *too many* coasters? ... is a question I have been asking myself to no avail for years now) or family heirloom, you might find some answers at this weekend's ... Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Plate: Cajun Corn Dog at Terrebonne Cafe

If Terrebonne’s Cajun twist on this classic summertime treat were a person, she’d be the corndog’s sassy, tell-it-like-it-is cousin from down South. (I’ve very sincerely thought of my cat as my own hairy, clawed “problem child” for a while now, so personifying food just seems like a ... Continue reading

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Earth Day parade, celebration set for Saturday

Nick Schmiedeler is committed to eco-friendly practices in his art, but he doesn’t like to get all philosophical about it. “It’s what I’ve always focused on, just because I enjoy trips to the junkyard anyway,” says Schmiedeler, whose Missouri Street yard has become something of a folk-art ... Continue reading

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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, more than a ‘Girl in a Band,’ coming to Lawrence in May

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, [Sonic Youth][1]. Yes, get your jaws off the floor. I know this makes me sound terribly old and decidedly unhip. It all started when the planning ... Continue reading

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West Side Folk concert series to end 20-year run next month

Sad news, music fans. West Side Folk, the popular longtime local concert series devoted to "folk, bluegrass and old-time" jams, will end its [20-year run][1] next month. The series' founder and artistic director, Bob McWilliams, confirmed Monday that the May 20 concert would be the last. He ... Continue reading

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Books about time travel, with and without machines

When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in eastern Missouri. Founded in the 1810s, our little town was a goldmine of semi-abandoned artifacts in various states of disrepair: cemeteries (Daniel Boone was originally buried there!), a spooky old log house, a former general ... Continue reading

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MixMaster music conference kicks off this weekend; early workshops begin Friday

Trying to carve out a career as a young musician in the age of do-it-yourself culture can be as overwhelming as it is empowering, says Nick Carswell, of the Lawrence-based indie-rock band Carswell & Hope. That’s why it’s important, especially now as the industry continues to reinvent ... Continue reading

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Theatre Lawrence announces 2016-2017 season, including ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘The Music Man’

To honor its upcoming 40th season, Theatre Lawrence is staging four musicals instead of the usual three, and it will "include two shows that were offered as examples of why the Theatre needed to build a bigger stage," it was announced this week. Theatre Lawrence opened its ... Continue reading

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John Keats, a man out of time

> “April is the cruelest month, breeding > > Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing > > Memory and desire, stirring > > Dull roots with spring rain. > > Winter kept us warm, covering > > Earth in forgetful snow, feeding > > A little ... Continue reading

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Free State Festival headliner Maria Bamford reverses course after threat to cancel over Kansas lawmakers’ LGBTQ limits

Crisis averted. After announcing on Twitter Thursday night that she planned to cancel Kansas performances in support of LGBTQ rights — and in protest of state lawmakers' efforts to limit them — [Free State Festival headliner][1] Maria Bamford has apparently decided to reverse course and use her ... Continue reading

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Fresh cookbooks for fresh spring veggies

For me, there’s no more-definite sign of spring’s arrival than the return of the Lawrence Farmer’s Market. Beginning this Saturday, fresh local fruits, vegetables and more will once again be available to all. When it comes to produce, the choices are actually pretty overwhelming. Those only with ... Continue reading

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Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark to make Lawrence debut at Lied Center gig

When country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark emerged from relative obscurity to garner a 2015 Grammy nod for Best New Artist, even people on her own team couldn't help but poke fun at her "dark horse" status, printing T-shirts that read "Who the (expletive) is Brandy Clark?" These days, ... Continue reading

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Wichita restaurateurs open Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Bar in downtown Lawrence

Nav Chawla learned how to cook from his father. One day, watching his restaurateur dad make a chicken curry in their kitchen, Chawla wondered why his mother would, in cooking the same dish, add ingredients into the pot all at once while his father spent more time ... Continue reading

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Prime your hungry ear for food and poetry at the library

> Roses are red > Violets are blue > I like nutritious foods > And so should you — A poem by seventh-graders Mykynzie Wright, Hailey Coon and Rylie Stellwagon, from "Food Poetry" by Topher Enneking & South Middle School Students Did you know that April at ... Continue reading

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‘The Hidden Half of Nature:’ a great read about microbes

While waiting for signs that winter is in fact waning and that it’s time to dig my hands in the dirt, pruning fruit trees is one of my favorite activities. As I thin and train branches, I ponder recent discoveries of tree health: how soil bacteria and ... Continue reading

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10 Questions with Taco Zone’s Brad Shanks

In our second installment of 10 Questions, [Taco Zone][1] co-owner, general manager and one-time rocker Brad Shanks (formerly of the indie outfit [Blood on the Wall][2]) chats about life after Replay Lounge, the surprising popularity of the tongue taco, and brotherly (in-law) love. Each month, we're asking ... Continue reading

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