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Waffle Iron sets re-opening dates, serving up chicken and waffles in meantime; La Prima Tazza to unveil new menu

Listen up, waffle enthusiasts. I’ve got two big pieces of Waffle Iron-related news to share with you. Let’s start with the most important bit. The popular breakfast spot, which closed earlier this summer for renovations, will re-open Saturday, Sept. 5. Owner/chef Sam Donnell confirmed the date earlier ... Continue reading

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Mourning the loss of NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

Let’s get real: “Hannibal" is one of the most compelling, evocative and artistic series on network television. Bryan Fuller continues to dazzle and amaze audiences in his breathtakingly beautiful and haunting portrayal of the Hannibal mythos. Although it may stylistically appear like a pretentious art film, “Hannibal” ... Continue reading

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Weekend Picks: Final Friday art; “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”; Comedy Freakout; “They Live” at Liberty Hall; GWAR

Recent columns have focused on family-friendly summer fare, but send the kids to bed for (most of) this column. We're here to talk about indie theater, Comedy Freakouts, ASSJAMZ and GWAR. **Art Opening: Grace D. Chin's "Find a Place You Trust and Then Try Trusting It For ... Continue reading

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Sludgy and severe: an introduction to Amenaza

There was a lot of serious metal at the Jackpot over the weekend, but you’ll want to take note of Amenaza. The Lawrence band is establishing a solid spot amongst its grungy peers with an impressively brutal set executed impeccably in the key of doom. Normally, when ... Continue reading

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Five questions with Eric McHenry, Kansas Poet Laureate

Language lovers of all ages are in for a treat this Thursday night: Eric McHenry, the current Kansas Poet Laureate, will be speaking at a special free event in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium at 7 p.m. Along with being the author of the award-winning poetry collection ... Continue reading

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Life’s a peach, so make some shortcakes

Who said all shortcake had to be topped with strawberries? It turns out, my kids aren't huge fans of strawberries — something to do with the seeds. This made me sad, because I have fond memories of strawberry shortcake all summer long when I was growing up. ... Continue reading

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Tyler Gregory to reunite old band for weekend hootenanny

Get ready for a hootenanny this weekend. For the first time in two years, [Tyler Gregory will be joined by The Bootleg Band (formerly the Bootleg Bandits) for an actual stage show][1] (and not just a casual jam) at the Bottleneck this Friday. This is significant because ... Continue reading

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‘The Look of Silence’ a fascinating, must-see documentary

A companion piece to the best documentary of the last 10 years is playing at the [Alamo Drafthouse][1] in Kansas City, and it sheds more disturbing light on the darkest depths of men’s souls, but for the first time offers a sort of catharsis as well. **“The ... Continue reading

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Required Reading: ‘Between the World and Me’

I just finished Ta-Nehisi Coates’ [“Between the World And Me,”][1] or should I say, it just finished me. One of those books, you see. Written as a letter to his son about his experiences as black man in America, it is both a memoir and a lesson. ... Continue reading

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Weekend Picks: Fiddling and Picking Championships; ‘Obamaville’-themed fundraiser; Cowboy Cabaret; Taproom Poetry Series; Dewayn Brothers at Replay

The students are back in town and hopefully they won't run over you as you make your way to this weekend's cavalcade of cowboy cabarets, "candy-ass dance parties," and fiddling and picking contests in South Park. Good luck! **Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, pre-party at 6 ... Continue reading

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Folk music to take over downtown Lawrence this weekend

Lawrence is in store for a weekend full of ballads, harmonies and get-downs thanks to the Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. This is the 35th year for the event, which brings music lovers far and wide to the heart of Lawrence on a hot August ... Continue reading

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Just Food moving forward with Chef’s Table fundraiser

Despite the recent controversy surrounding former executive director (and now-resigned Lawrence mayor) [Jeremy Farmer][1], a spokesperson for Just Food says the food bank is still moving forward with its upcoming [Chef’s Table][2] fundraiser. “This dinner is important now more than ever as we serve 140 to 200 ... Continue reading

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Local salsa and a simple margarita add up to a quick patio party

So, I'm taking the Farm Fresh Challenge. Are you? This nifty program is designed to encourage us all to shop for local foods and eat a little bit more healthy (and locally) than maybe we were before. It's not always easy for me to do. I'll admit ... Continue reading

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Listen to Dean Monkey and the Dropouts’ new song ‘My Little Bum’

At long last, Dean Monkey and the Dropouts have released a new song. "My Little Bum," a cheeky yet heartbreaking number from everybody's favorite dirty doo-woppers, is their first piece of new music since the release of ["Dean's Steak House"][1] in 2013. It was worth the wait ... Continue reading

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Pushing the pause button: Mindfulness with kids

This summer I made a bet with myself — and won. Sometime around the last school year’s end, when my kids were burned out from classrooms, homework and boxed lunches, I was watching Phie Ambo’s documentary [“Free the Mind.”][1] The film explores the impact of mindfulness meditation ... Continue reading

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Library’s Genre Book Club: All gushing, no shushing!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: we library folk want to talk about books with you. We absolutely do. But research shows that when people are looking for something new to read, librarians are your go-to only 19 percent of the time. Que ... Continue reading

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Retro spy thriller falls flat; Sundance sensation at Liberty Hall

The spy thriller **“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”** has a couple of underdog qualities that had me rooting for it from the get-go. First, I love the idea that rather then merely stealing the name of the mid-'60s TV show and updating it to the present day (as ... Continue reading

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Waffle Iron returns with popup this weekend; Basil Leaf Cafe to start serving breakfast

If the Waffle Iron’s recent hiatus has left you in a waffle withdrawal, you’re in luck. Sam Donnell, owner and waffle wizard, has announced plans of a popup this weekend at the Basil Leaf Café, 616 W. Ninth St. [The Waffle Iron][1], which shares the space above ... Continue reading

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Weekend Picks: Me Like Bees; Joke Fighter; ConfabuLarryum; music documentaries; KMFDM

This is the last summer weekend before the students move back into the dorms and LFK kicks into full college-town mode once again. Savor it while you can with good bands at the Replay, big laughs at Jazzhaus, and family fun at ConfabuLarryum. **Me Like Bees/Westerners, 10 ... Continue reading

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Radkey releases new music video, announces Lawrence show

Not a lot of people will remember this, but an important part of Radkey's beginning was right here in Lawrence. The punk-rock thrashing, anime-loving, and overall badass trio of brothers used to play venues here before they were legally old enough to enter them. Now, they sell ... Continue reading

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