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Weekend Picks: Love Garden songwriters; Bill Murray art; weird walking tours; demolition derby; Blackbird Revue

We don't have a festival in our Weekend Picks this time around, but we do have a fair. That's sort of like a festival, right? ...

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Life of the party: Local rappers inspire, entertain and educate at Replay show

On Saturday, the love of hip-hop was alive and well at the Replay when three local acts got together to showcase what the genre has ...

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Roasted squash and salmon: summer simplicity

Panko-Encrusted Salmon with Summer Vegetables

I wrote last week about liking to cook simple things in the summer that aren't fussy, with ingredients that are easily accessible from the kitchen ...

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Local chefs preparing for eggplant battle at Douglas County Fair

Rick Martin, head chef and owner of Limestone Pizza, plates his pork carnitas chopped salad served with the flat bread as he participates in the fourth annual Chef's Challenge on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Douglas County fair. Martin won first place with his dish.

Last year, Rick Martin beat out fellow gastronomic greats Rafael and Kate Gonzales of Global Café in the Douglas County Fair’s annual Chefs Challenge. On ...

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Local music fans, bands get freaky at Forever Fest

The Lawrence label boasting musicians that like to get weird lived up to its reputation on Friday. Whatever Forever held a mini festival of sorts ...

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Taking a hard look at ‘Watchman’

"Go Set a Watchman"/"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Harper Lee’s second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," hit the shelves last week, bringing with it a storm of controversy. The book follows a 26-year-old ...

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Boxing cliches spring eternal in ‘Southpaw’

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Southpaw"

Most boxing movies are rags-to-riches stories but “Southpaw,” starring a bulked-up Jake Gyllenhaal, is a riches-to-rags story. This reversal of the traditional structure doesn’t mean ...

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with some fancy franks

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Today is National Hot Dog Day, and lovers of encased meats are rejoicing across the country. Here are four places in Lawrence with special kinds ...

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Weekend Picks: Firkin tapping; Basic Boys comedy; Forever Fest; Robert Earl Keen; Sunday poetry

The summer stretches onward. There is still beer to drink, shows and festivals to attend, comedy to make you laugh, and poetry to inspire you. ...

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Website names Free State best craft brewery in Kansas

Entertainment website Thrillist has named Free State Brewing Co. the best craft brewery in Kansas.

As if you needed another excuse to go to Free State Brewing Co.'s cheap pint night on Mondays, entertainment website Thrillist has named the longtime ...

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Pork Crostini with corn relish fancy fare for summer

Barbecue Pork Crostini with Sweet Corn Relish

In the summer, when food revolves around salads and grills and fresh vegetables, I often forgo things that seem fancy or fussy. We eat whole ...

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Meet Voyager, Lawrence’s newest metalheads

We have found Gnarly Davidson's evil twin, and his name is Voyager. This trio of sludge-rockers are working the town into a frenzy. Their Replay ...

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‘Ant-Man’ a small wonder; ‘Amy’ goes behind the music

Paul Rudd in "Ant-Man"

In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the mega-superheroes are taken out of their usual hi-tech, urban surroundings and brought down to Earth when they hide out ...

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The dog days of the Lawrence rock scene have arrived

Now that all the festivals and special events have died down, it's time to enjoy the finer points of the rock scene in Lawrence. These ...

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Hard-working rapper Approach can’t stop, won’t stop

Here's a fella that puts your busy days at work to shame. On Saturday, Sean Hunt (you know him as Approach) earned his title as ...

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Weekend Picks: Sidewalk Sale; Bummer release party; ragtime at Gaslight; Class of Astra; theatrical mysteries; and wacky science theater for kids

Readers, the heat wave is on and seems to be lingering for the weekend. Will you brave the temps for sweet bargains at the Sidewalk ...

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Fast frittata makes great breakfast for dinner

Sausage, Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata

A frittata is basically a crustless quiche. I make them often because it's a quick way to make a nice breakfast for several people, or ...

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Soaking up psych rock with Spirit is the Spirit

Right now, psych rock is king in Lawrence, which makes Spirit is the Spirit royalty. The longtime Lawrence melody makers are really best served on ...

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‘Trainwreck’ tweaks the rom-com formula for the better

The genre of romantic comedy is in a sorry state these days. Besides sporting some of the most interchangeable, clichéd movie titles ever, most of ...

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Hank Charcuterie teaming up with Dark Horse Distillery, Wood + Salt for food and cocktail event

Hank Charcuterie is partnering with the folks at Wood + Salt and Dark Horse Distillery to host an evening of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails next ...

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