Arts and Entertainment

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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,” ...

Southwestern artists make annual trip to Haskell Indian Art Market

As he sat at behind a table filled with his animal carvings Saturday in a tent on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus, artist Joseph Begay, of Albuquerque, N.M., said he was part of an annual September migration from the American Southwest to Lawrence. “This is the week New Mexico ...

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 ...

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 ...

Go, See, Do | A new downtown art gallery joins Final Friday with local legend

If I had to boil down what I love about Lawrence to one thing, I would have to say it’s the amount of fun, interesting and exciting things available for local people to go out and do. That’s a big reason I recently moved back to the city where I received my college degree and I plan to ...

Kevin Willmott talks truth, humor and success of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ film

It doesn’t matter where Kevin Willmott watches "BlacKkKlansman." Whether it’s at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood, New York or Lawrence, in every theater, the ending is always met with dead silence. The award-winning film with the arresting finish — relax, no spoilers below — opened ...

Community invited to dog parade and birthday party this weekend

A parade and birthday party for Lawrence dogs and their owners will be held this weekend, according to a news release from the Lawrence Humane Society. The Dogust Birthday Parade will include treats, crafts and games for dogs and their owners Saturday at Burcham Park, 200 Indiana St. Owners ...

‘Black Panther’ comics author Okorafor to visit Lawrence this fall

Award-winning author and “Black Panther” scribe Nnedi Okorafor will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. The library, in partnership with the University of Kansas’ Hall Center for the Humanities, will host “An ...

New Watkins window panels tell stories of city’s past, present

Sandra Wolf was impressed by what she saw during an unveiling Sunday of the nine new window panels on the third floor of the Watkins Museum of History. “It’s very well done,” she said during the open house of the information provided on the panels that cover nine large windows on the ...

Douglas County Fair officials promise to make good use of new facilities this year

Last year, the Douglas County Fair had millions of dollars of new facilities at its disposal. This year, fair officials say, those new additions will be given a better chance to shine. The 2017 Douglas County Fair was the first one to be held after the completion of the $7.95 million ...