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Lawrence Arts Center hosting first Poetry Fair

In open mic fashion, more than 20 poets will gather in the lobby to share their poetry, meet with guests and sell their books that The Raven bookstore will have on hand.

Celtic Woman to bring gems of Ireland to the Lied Center

The all-female group is stopping in Lawrence in honor of The Emerald Tour, to perform at the Lied Center in support of their latest studio album “Emerald: Musical Gems.” Originally recruited in 2007 and performing with Celtic Woman until 2007, Lynn Hilary has returned for this 75-city tour, joining Máiréad Nesbitt, Máiréad Carlin, and Susan McFadden.

KU architecture students to demonstrate how to create a 'better block'

Imagine bike lanes separated from traffic by natural barriers, cafe seating on the street where parking spots usually are, artists and vendors selling their wares outdoors — all in a residential neighborhood. A group of Kansas University architectural students wants to help Lawrence residents envision what a "better block" such as this one might look like. As part of Final Fridays, the students will be introducing their project, Better Block Lawrence, to the community from 6-10 p.m. Friday on Ninth Street between Connecticut and New Jersey streets. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission announces recipients of arts grants

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission selected five organizations to receive a total of $6,345 as part of the 18th annual Community Arts Grant Competition. Every year, the grants go toward financing projects that aim to promote awareness and participation in the arts in Lawrence. The grants will be distributed by Mayor Mike Amyx and Grace Peterson, Chair of the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, in May.

KU's Wakarusa Trio wins a top prize in Chamber Music Competition

The Wakarusa Trio, comprised of clarinetist Puyin Bai, violist Shokhrukh Sadikov and pianist Kai Yin Crystal Lam, recently won a $4,000 prize at the 68th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Photographer Mark Klett to deliver two lectures this week

Renowned photographer Mark Klett will be speaking on his collection of work at two events at Kansas University this week. The first is a Hallmark Symposium Lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art today.

Get to know the Farmers' Ball semi-finalists

From 60 local band submissions, whittled down to 16 by KJHK/SUA committee members, and sliced in half by the community through online voting, eight bands will go head-to-head this Saturday, April 19 at The Bottleneck, at 8 p.m. This is the 20th year of this battle of the local/regional bands. It’s the second year the two organizations have been able to offer monetary prizes: the top reward being $2,000 and runner up receiving $1,000.

Lawrence High School students receive film festival awards

Four Lawrence High School students recently received awards for their short films presented in the student-run Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival.

John Cale always reinventing himself

John Cale is this month’s featured Nine Forty Live artist at Lawrence Arts Center, performing a variety of material from his six decades of studio albums (his latest, “Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood”) with a backing band at 8 p.m. April 15. In true Cale fashion, there’s going to be some surprises in the mix to look forward to, but anyone familiar with his live shows already know not to come prepared to hear exact renditions they’ve heard in the past

Mates of State: the ultimate power couple born out of Lawrence

Mates of State will be performing a stripped-down set at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Granada.

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.