WRITER: Dylan Lysen

Autumn arriving: Temperatures expected to drop 20 degrees this weekend

Autumn weather in the Lawrence area is on its way. With an overnight cold front and a possible thunderstorm, temperatures in the area are expected to drop from the low 90s to the mid 70s on Friday, said Ariel Cohen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. “The greatest potential for strong to severe storms is across north-central Kansas,” Cohen said on Thursday. “However, when the ...

Improvements to 23rd Street to affect traffic this fall

Construction on 23rd Street will affect traffic beginning this fall. The Lawrence City Commission at its Tuesday meeting approved a $2 million project for the busy street. David Cronin, city engineer, said the first phase of the project — mill and overlay from Ousdahl Road to Louisiana Street — would begin in the next month. The city is working with contractors to establish the phasing of the project, he ...

Musical about forbidden love affair to open Theatre Lawrence's new season

The story that was the focus of many a book club in the early 1990s will soon take the stage in Lawrence. “The Bridges of Madison County” — originally released as a novel in 1992 and as a film in 1995 — makes its way to Lawrence in musical form for the first time this weekend, said Mary Doveton, executive director of Theatre Lawrence. The musical adaptation of the story opened on Broadway in 2014. The ...

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence receives $1.16 million in grant funding

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence recently received three grants totaling almost $1.16 million in funding, which accounts for a third of the organization's annual revenue. The organization received $400,000 for its 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which is funded by the Kansas State Department of Education; $400,000 for its Kidz Lit program, which is funded by the Kansas Department for ...

Independent film 'Burden' comes to Free State Festival thanks to local lecturer

A connection made 20 years ago helped bring an award-winning film to the Free State Festival this week. Andrew Heckler, writer and director of the film “Burden,” met Laura Kirk — who is now a University of Kansas film lecturer and a festival advisory board member — when they both lived in New York City in the 1990s, he said. Shortly after Heckler’s film won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award ...

Author who explores underground queer culture to read at Free State Festival

Author Michelle Tea has written several accounts of her own life, but recently, she has turned her attention to chronicling the history of the broader community of queer culture. Tea, the author of several memoirs and novels, will read selections from her newest book, “Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms,” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., as part ...

Best-selling author Craig Johnson talks about his new book ahead of Lawrence visit

The mind behind a well-known Wyoming sheriff will soon come to town. Craig Johnson, the New York Times best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, will visit Lawrence as part of the Free State Festival, which kicks off on Monday and continues through Sept. 23. Johnson, 57, will read from his new book, “Depth of Winter,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Arts Center. Admission is $30 and ...

Ax throwing business hopes to offer new experience for Lawrence consumers

James Marx lifted the sharp object with both arms behind his head before using the momentum of his body to throw it about 15 feet. The object, a light metal ax, made a "thwack" sound when it reached its destination, a wooden bullseye. “I’ve always had a fondness for dangerous things being thrown at wood,” said Marx, noting his experience in archery. “This just seems like a good time.” Marx and his ...

Go, See, Do | Fun with monarchs; Lied Center birthday bash; Free State festival begins

A massive migration of monarchs is in the midst. Monarch butterflies, that is. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch, said one of the largest migrations in several years of monarch butterflies from the north to the south is underway. He said thousands upon thousands of monarchs are currently being monitored for the migration. “This is a big migration,” he said. “This is the biggest ...

Local church leaving Masonic Temple building for a space across the street; cafe in the works

A new location in downtown Lawrence will allow a local church to offer more services and open a public cafe, its pastor says. The Greenhouse Culture, a nondenominational church currently located in the former Masonic Temple at 1001 Massachusetts St., plans to move across the street to the former Buffalo Wild Wings location at 1012 Massachusetts St. Jared Scholz, lead pastor of the church, said The Greenhouse ...

Longtime Lawrence couple to lead United Way campaign to raise $1.5M; local poverty said to be on the rise

The United Way of Douglas County will again aim to raise $1.5 million in its annual campaign. Linda and Scott Robinson, both longtime Lawrence residents and University of Kansas graduates, will serve as the co-chairs to lead the fundraising efforts for the 2018-19 campaign. Each year, the United Way of Douglas County conducts a campaign to raise funds to improve education, financial stability and health in the ...

Sports Pavilion Lawrence staying busy with 36 weekend tournaments scheduled for 2019

September may be the calm before the storm for Sports Pavilion Lawrence. No youth sports tournaments are scheduled at the athletic facility in northwest Lawrence this month, but tournaments will go “full bore” in October, said Lee Ice, youth sports supervisor for parks and recreation. Thirty-six weekends of 2019 — more than half — are scheduled for tournaments at the facility, he said. “There are ...

No timeline set for opening of new Eldridge Hotel restaurant

When a new restaurant in the Eldridge Hotel will open is still up in the air. Although signs in the windows of the historic downtown building at 701 Massachusetts St. show a plan for a restaurant to open in October, an official timeline has not been set. When asked if the restaurant – seemingly named The Eldridge House Club Restaurant – will open soon, hotel general manager Nancy Longhurst declined to ...

KU common work of art explores connection between U.S.-Haiti history

Although many Americans may not know it, Haiti and the United States share an important history, said Cécile Accilien, associate professor and director of the Institute of Haitian Studies at the University of Kansas. “Haiti is the first black republic to have a successful slave revolt,” Accilien said. “As a result of that slave revolt, you have the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United ...

Go, See, Do | Writer returns home for reading of her book about Kansas

Leaving Kansas can be hard when it’s the only place you’ve lived during the first 20-plus years of your life. I know because when I left Lawrence after college to live in Texas, I only made it a couple of months away from the Sunflower State. A few years after returning to Kansas, I read a story from Becky Mandelbaum’s book “Bad Kansas” about a woman who moved to California with her boyfriend only ...

Lawrence, still suffering from drought, could receive more rain this week from Tropical Storm Gordon

The Lawrence area could see more rain this week as Tropical Storm Gordon hits land in Alabama and moves into the Midwest. But how much is still up for debate. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said theories differ on how the storm will progress. Current models show that the bulk of the storm will reach southeast and south-central Kansas and then move north toward Kansas ...

Ribbon cutter exemplifies Boys & Girls Club goals

With snow falling outside and only an outdoor basketball hoop to play on, Avion Nelson decided what any child desperate to get some shots up would do. He shoveled the snow. “Once it got finished, everyone wanted to come outside and play,” he said. But Nelson no longer needs to put in work to have fun on the basketball court, because the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club recently moved into a new ...

New Boys & Girls Club teen center offers many spaces, activities for local students

With the sun shining through the large windows of the new Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence teen center in the southeast part of town, students were recently jumping off the bus and forming a long line to hurry into the building. The new 50,000-square-foot facility — officially the Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures — features an indoor gym, performance stage, recording studio, several lounge ...

Former Lawrence schoolhouse becomes a punk rock venue

Out in North Lawrence, on the edge of the city limits, stands a small white schoolhouse surrounded by grass and trees. For almost 100 years, the building known as White Schoolhouse was used as an actual school. Now, the building, located at 1510 N. Third St., serves as an all-ages punk rock venue for local production company Petri Productions. Petri Productions, led by Paige Batson, recently celebrated its ...

Musical exploring the world of child gender identity will start in Lawrence, then move to NYC

A musical production focusing on a child dealing with gender identity issues is preparing in Lawrence before taking its act to the Big Apple. Hazel Youngquist, a senior at Perry-Lecompton High School, portrays the titular Q in the upcoming musical, which tells the story of a nonbinary fifth-grader who must navigate a dangerous journey of bullying, schoolwork and deciding whether to try out for the boys or girls ...