Arts and Entertainment

Homes: Couple renovates old Lawrence home for a mix of historic, modern

Renovating a rundown home in a historic part of town allowed for a young couple in Lawrence to mix the old with the new. Lindsey and Kyle Weiland purchased their home at 1327 New Hampshire St. in January 2014 with plans to gut the interior and rebuild it to their liking. Kyle, who is a general ...

Lawrence community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events

Groups around Lawrence will gather next week in celebration of a man whose powerful words, voice and dream still resonate as strongly today as they did decades ago. Community events are scheduled to begin bright and early Monday as the nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are ...

Go, See, Do | ‘Ovation! USD 497 Talent Show,’ author talk with Chigozie Obioma

Update, 8:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019: Kaw Valley Eagles Day has been canceled because of inclement weather. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake said in an email to the Journal-World that no alternate date has been set yet. This weekend, the talents of local middle and high ...

All the performers at this year’s Busker Fest will be women

A popular annual festival in downtown Lawrence is going to look a little different this year. The 12th annual Lawrence Busker Festival, scheduled for May 24-26, will feature only female performers, organizer Richard Renner said Wednesday. Renner decided to go with such a lineup after Linsey ...

East Ninth Street art project team to hold second community meeting

The project team facilitating the addition of art to East Ninth Street will hold its second of three community input meetings Thursday. The Community Visioning Workshop will include a conversation about potential art projects and installations along East Ninth Street, according to a news ...

Locally produced film examines acceptance of diversity, immigration in Garden City

When it comes to immigration, Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner said he finds the national debate has generally become polarized, rage-filled and uncivil. But in Garden City, a small town in a generally conservative area of southwest Kansas, the residents seem to have a different view, he ...

New Langston Hughes award to celebrate poetry performance

Poetry is an art that is meant to be heard, says Lawrence poet Eric McHenry. And now that audible art form will be recognized with a special local award. As part of the annual Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards, Lawrence Magazine is funding a new prize to celebrate the performance side of ...

Following a family legacy in the arts, Lawrence native is singing opera in Germany

Sarah Bodle couldn’t just come to Lawrence and spend Christmas with her family; she had to squeeze in a performance. The 28-year-old opera singer, who lives and studies in Berlin, will give a winter-themed recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1263 North 1100 ...

Library staff’s picks for the best books of 2018

With another year in the books, Lawrence Public Library staffers share their favorite new titles of 2018. Ian Stepp, information services assistant:   Can I cheat and choose two? I’m going for it. These fantastic graphic novels are both set in space, but couldn’t be more different. ...

Artist follows his heart from Iran to Lawrence and finds his true calling

Mehrzad Alison discovered long ago that jealousy could be a muse. As a child, Alison, 57, envied a classmate who was always drawing and being praised by the teacher. Alison was so jealous of the attention the boy was receiving that he began drawing. It worked. He gained the teacher’s ...