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Percolator to host annual winter-solstice celebration

The Lawrence Percolator is hosting its annual winter-solstice celebration today.

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Crafting gifts: 4 easy present ideas to make yourself

The warmth of a handmade gift goes a long way toward cutting through December’s chill. But what if you’re not particularly crafty or can’t spend a fortune on supplies? Can you still give handmade gifts that your family and friends will treasure?

Lawrence Arts Center to exhibit work of late KU professor Nick Vaccaro

The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., will open an exhibit of mixed-media work by Nick Vaccaro with a reception on Monday from 7 to p.m.

Local artist to celebrate 90th birthday with retrospective at Pachamamas today

The public is invited to attend a very special birthday party today at Pachamamas, 800 New Hampshire St. From 5 to 9 p.m., the restaurant will host a retrospective exhibit of works by Lawrence artist Jay Hines. A lifelong Kansan and World War II veteran, Hines is celebrating his 90th birthday this month.

Lawrence Craft Collective to host holiday show this weekend

The Lawrence Craft Collective will host its second annual Holiday Indie Craft Show this weekend at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

2014 Holiday Arts Guide

Highlights of arts and entertainment events from now through New Year’s

Looking for something do this holiday season? Whether you're in the mood for holiday festivities or less seasonally specific events, this list of local activities is sure to keep you busy through New Year's.

Holiday Bazaar exhibitor finds yarn a constant source of inspiration

Peggy Westergard may be new to the crafting business, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t savvy. The enterprising retiree, who specializes in crocheting, needlepoint and knitting, already has a “quality control officer” at her disposal. “He’s especially devoted the stuffing of catnip mice,” Westergard says of her colleague, a 7-year-old tabby Manx by the name of Seamus McGillakitty.

A family affair: Foxy By Proxy pull together to stage annual Halloween Hextravaganza

Foxy By Proxy is a family, its members say — a kooky, demented clan of “weirdos.” Gathered around the fireplace at Frank’s North Star Tavern, the Lawrence-based burlesque troupe’s de facto headquarters, five of the group’s 16 members are discussing costumes for their upcoming Halloween Hexstravaganza. It all looks a bit like a strange family portrait.

Arts Center to screen controversial 'Death of Klinghoffer'

Lawrence Arts Center will host a screening of the 2003 film “The Death of Klinghoffer” Sunday afternoon followed by a panel and discussion. Based on a 1991 opera of the same name, “The Death of Klinghoffer” is a dramatization of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian liner MS Achille Lauro in which Palestinian terrorists shot and killed Jewish-American businessman Leon Klinghoffer.

Rise and shine: 2014 Phoenix Award winners promote arts, inclusivity

Every year, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission honors five local artists or arts-based organizations with the Phoenix Awards. Now in their 19th cycle, the awards are meant to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community.

Several counties planning to sue state over improper distribution of funds

Periods of clouds are expected for your Monday. No precipitation is expected, however. Depsite just a bit of sunshine, temperatures will still be close to normal; around 71°F. Winds will turn to the south, but stay just light enough that ...

At 93, sculptor Elden Tefft prepares for a show

Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft works in preparation for his upcoming show at the Lawrence Arts Center, “Gossamer: Before and After the Sculpture Moses.”

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons.

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist, Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons

Life in the ring: An inside look at local pro wrestling

Several professional wrestlers share their stories about life in the ring. Every month the wrestlers compete at the Turner Recreation Center for Metro Pro Wrestling.

"The Jawbreaker" preview of pro wrestling feature

Trevor Murdoch, former WWE star, reflects on why he's still wrestling after 12 years and many bumps and bruises. Murdoch wrestles at the monthly Metro Pro Wrestling events held at the Turner Recreation Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Lawrence artist paints the Flint Hills

Randall Bennett, a Lawrence artist, is finishing up work on a 60-foot mural of the Flint Hills for the soon-to-be opened Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Bennett said he hopes the mural will inspire people to see the Flint Hills in person.

Lawrence muralist talks about efforts to rework his first community mural

Lawrence muralist Dave Loewenstein talks about his first community mural, "Guardians of the Arts," which formerly existed on the north wall of the building at 722 Massachusetts, and the efforts being made to possibly remake it, as it was recently painted over because of repairs to the building.

Gov. Brownback comments on attempts to stop national arts funding for Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback answers a question about a group's request to have the National Endowment for the Arts pull its funding for Kansas after the state cut its own funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. The president of Americans for the Arts said that allowing Kansas to receive federal arts funding while not providing any of its own would be unfair to other states.

Arts supporters plan future funding strategies

Arts supporters talk about moving forward despite the recent elimination of state funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.

Lawrence artist Elden Tefft creates sandrat sculpture to honor North Lawrence residents

Lawrence artist Elden Tefft is creating the "Sandy the Sandrat" sculpture in honor of North Lawrence residents, who consider themselves sandrats, and are in need of a mascot. The annual North Lawrence Sandrat reunion is Saturday, June 4, and attendees will have a chance to get an early look at the sculpture in progress.