Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do: Civil War on the Western Frontier, Mavis Staples talk and more

History buffs can enjoy tours, reenactments, 19th-century music and more during this weekend's Civil War on the Western Frontier events, organized by the Watkins Museum of History. As in previous years, the museum will be offering walking tours and bus tours that highlight historic sites — ...

The Paper Plains Literary Festival coming to Lawrence next spring

Organizers of a literary festival set for next spring are lining up authors for the four-day event in Lawrence. “The Paper Plains Literary Festival,” scheduled for April 23-26, 2020, will be a collaboration of the University of Kansas Hall Center, The Commons, the Raven Book Store and the ...

For ‘Sea Witch’ author Sarah Henning, of Lawrence, time is the real villain

Even if it’s just an hour a day, Lawrence author Sarah Henning always finds time to write. Henning recently released "Sea Witch Rising," her second novel in just more than a year, all while holding down a full-time marketing job, running ultramarathons and raising two kids. To keep up, ...

Go, See, Do: Community Safety Fair, “Good Night, Lawrence!” and more

Comedians and a few political candidates will come together for a night of local laughs at this weekend's "Good Night, Lawrence!" show. This is the second "Good Night, Lawrence!" performance that local theater group Card Table Productions has done — the last one was in January of this year. ...

Go, See, Do: “Disney’s Frozen Jr.,” Humanities in the Wild and more

Temperatures are sizzling outdoors, but it will be snowing on the stage of Theatre Lawrence during this weekend’s youth production of “Disney's Frozen Jr.” The show, based on the 2013 Disney film, includes a cast of more than 40 young performers, and the technical crew has been hard at ...

Lawrence Arts Center to celebrate 50th anniversary of Woodstock with photo exhibit

Using an X-Acto knife, Ben Ahlvers very slowly cut through the packaging tape to open the tube of photographs that arrived Monday for a new exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center. "It’s a little like surgery,” said Ahlvers, the exhibition program director at the center. He was being extra ...

North Lawrence home is a family heirloom

Marvin and Kathy Pine have become curators of what appears to be a living history museum. It's also their home. In a time when more people are moving toward a minimalist lifestyle, the home at 1741 East 1500 Road on the edge of North Lawrence tells the story of the Pine family through a ...

Pets take center stage to unofficially kick off 2019 Douglas County Fair

Blake Wohler wasn’t upset when his cat Opie, whom he was showing in this year’s Douglas County 4-H cat show, noticed another competitor opening some cat food and jumped off the judging table. Cats being cats, the rules for acceptable pet behavior are more relaxed than in the dog show. So ...

Demolition derby, bull riding, beer garden all on tap for 2019 Douglas County Fair

The 2019 Douglas County Fair will arrive in two weeks, and this time, the fair's staple events like the demolition derby and the tractor pulls will be joined by a new attraction: a beer garden. Although a few events are scheduled for this week, the annual fair officially begins Monday, July ...

Van Go’s young artists unveil their colorful benches

After two months of work, young artists at Van Go unveiled 20 vibrant handmade benches to their clients and the community on Friday. The unveiling event was the culmination of the arts-based social service agency's annual Benchmark program, and Van Go program director Kristen Malloy said it ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Field Day Fest, Paleo Garden Plant Sale and more

More than 20 musical groups will take the stage for free concerts around the city at this weekend's Lawrence Field Day Fest. The annual music festival, now in its eighth year, runs from Thursday through Saturday and will include 24 bands. Fally Afani, the festival organizer and editor of the ...

Go, See, Do: Friends of the Library book sale, keyboardist Mike Finnigan and more

Shoppers can browse a selection of tens of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs this weekend at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library's Summer Book Sale. “We estimate over 64,000 books are on our shelves inside," said Angela Hyde, program coordinator for the Friends group. "We don't even ...

Lawrence’s new downtown visitor center looking for local artists to display work

The new Explore Lawrence Visitor Center, scheduled to open Monday, is planning to have monthly displays by local artists. The visitor center, at 812 Massachusetts St., plans to use its wall space to display art. It has put out a call to local artists to consider having their work included, ...

‘Iliad’ performer to take on 26 parts in Lawrence show

Becoming 26 different characters during a solo performance would overwhelm many actors, but Daniel Bird Tobin has it down by now. Having performed the play "An Iliad" over the past six years around the U.S. and in England, Tobin, 29, has come to know all the characters and has locked them in ...

Lawrence native wins game show about sleep deprivation

When he went on the the Netflix game show “Awake: The Million Dollar Game” last August, Lawrence native Ben Thomas was put in a windowless room with nothing to do but count quarters for a full 24 hours. His mind began to wander as he became exhausted from the repetitive task of putting ...