Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Busker Festival, Art Tougeau parade and more

Acrobats, sword swallowers, magicians and comedians will fill downtown Lawrence on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 12th annual Lawrence Busker Festival — and, for the first time in the event's history, all the performers will be female. Busker Martika Daniels, whose act includes hula ...

Ahead of Lawrence visit, Pulitzer winner discusses the ‘American Divide’

If Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz’s 1998 bestseller, “Confederates in the Attic,” trained a magnifying glass on a still-divided American South more than 130 years after the Civil War, then his latest work, “Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide,” aims ...

Go, See, Do: North Lawrence neighborhood garage sale, Busker Ball and more

Bargain hunters might find some good deals north of the river when the North Lawrence neighborhood garage sale returns Friday and Saturday. More than 100 North Lawrence residents plan to have items for sale, said Ted Boyle, president of the North Lawrence Improvement Association. “The ...

Actor Alan Alda to headline Hall Center for the Humanities 2019-2020 lecture series

A well-known Hollywood actor is set to headline a series of lectures at the University of Kansas next school year. KU's Hall Center for the Humanities on Monday announced Alan Alda, who may be best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce in the TV show “MASH,” as one of the five speakers lined ...

Former poet laureate saying goodbye to Kansas

Kansas poet Denise Low will be pulling up stakes and heading west this summer. In preparation for a move to California, she has been decluttering her life. It helped that the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas accepted 20 boxes of her papers, manuscripts, letters and ...

Lawrence Civic Choir will take to the stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall

Fans of the Lawrence Civic Choir can attend a local performance Saturday or wait until June 9 and catch the choir on stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Attending “A Spring Bouquet of Songs,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave., will be more ...

Go, See, Do: Kansas Food Truck Festival, Art in the Park and more

Visitors to Saturday’s Kansas Food Truck Festival can enjoy everything from gyros to bulgogi bowls to Kansas City barbecue, all while supporting an important cause. Thirty-two vendors will be at the annual event, including local favorites such as Torched Goodness, Drasko's and the Mad ...

Local dogs to showcase disc-catching skills at South Park; volunteer judges needed

Local dogs can soon display their disc-catching skills for the public at South Park as part of the Skyhoundz Local Championship. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the annual event May 11, and it will be free for spectators and dog-owner teams wishing to compete, ...

Mavis Staples reschedules Lawrence speaking event for August

Celebrated R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples is once again set to visit Lawrence to share stories from her life and career. Staples will appear Aug. 21 at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., as part of the Lawrence Public Library's 780s Series, the library announced Wednesday in a news ...

Homes: Owners believe they are just caretakers of restored early pioneer cottage

Robert Sterling’s neat craftsmanship remained a selling point 146 years after he laid the stone for the small cottage at 1117 Connecticut St. Warren Hays and Melody Stratton purchased the house in June 2015, after moving to Lawrence from the Washington, D.C., area for Stratton’s job at the ...

Go, See, Do: Sertoma 48 BarBQ Cook-Off, Parade of Homes and more

Nearly 50 barbecue teams will square off at Saturday’s Sertoma 48 BarBQ Cook-Off, serving up their best pork, brisket, chicken and ribs for a chance to compete in the American Royal's World Series of Barbecue in September. For $6 each round, visitors can taste the contest entries and vote ...

Youths with special needs take center stage with Theatre Lawrence production

Kelsey King hasn’t missed a rehearsal of Disney’s "Aladdin Jr." since the first snowy night in February when the Penguin Project was introduced at Theatre Lawrence. But she’s not alone. Her peer mentor Eleanor Roust has been by her side. “The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew we were ...