Arts and Entertainment

Library selects 3 food-themed books for 2019 Read Across Lawrence

After selecting one book for all ages in 2018, the Lawrence Public Library went back to selecting three books for the 2019 Read Across Lawrence program. “It’s a return to the norm,” said Kristin Soper, adult programming coordinator for the library. This year, the library selected “A ...

Living a creative life second nature to KU lecturer of architecture

Anne Patterson has been known to walk around town with a reproduction of the Trinity Episcopal Church steeple atop her head. The steeple, which she created and wears for Halloween, is just a fraction of the creativity that exudes from this University of Kansas lecturer of ...

Go, See, Do | Blintz Brunch, Beers on the Kaw, “Elf the Musical,” Nnedi Okorafor

In times of tragedy, great communities often find ways to come together to offer support to those who need it. Steve Hurst of the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation said the Lawrence community will have the opportunity to do that on Sunday at the 55th annual Blintz Brunch. While the event ...

Local Día de los Muertos celebration invites all to participate

There is a long tradition behind the painted skulls, cheerful skeleton dolls and tissue-paper flowers of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Those who want to learn more about Día de los Muertos and participate in an authentic celebration of the holiday with traditional Mexican food, ...

Downtown Lawrence to host annual trick-or-treating event, other Halloween activities

Those in search of the highest concentration of doorsteps ready for trick-or-treaters may want to head to downtown Lawrence. Downtown’s annual Halloween trick-or-treating event will take place Wednesday evening. Downtown Lawrence Inc. Executive Director Sally Zogry said that almost every ...

Eldridge Hotel to reopen restaurant, bar Friday with sleek new look

It may have taken longer than expected, but the Eldridge Hotel will soon be reopening its restaurant and bar with a new, sleek design concept. Nancy Longhurst, general manager, said the hotel’s bar and restaurant will officially reopen Friday. Longhurst acknowledged the restaurant and bar ...

Vinland Valley couple bringing artistic touch to Maple Leaf Festival

Donna Curran, longtime booth committee chair for the Maple Leaf Festival, said it takes something different for a first-time vendor to earn a spot at the popular autumn festival. Most of the vendors return year after year, and the 361 booth spaces usually are claimed four to five months before ...

Baldwin City inviting visitors to ‘branch out’ with annual Maple Leaf Festival

The maple trees lining the brick streets of Baldwin City are beginning to display their fall splendor, just as a founder of the Maple Leaf Festival anticipated before the first festival 60 years ago. Ivan Boyd, one of the Baker University professors who founded the festival as a way to show ...

Quilt show, train rides, 5K run, battlefield tours all part of Maple Leaf Festival

Maple Leaf Guild quilt show returns to elementary school The Maple Leaf Quilt Guild’s annual show will return this year to Baldwin City's Maple Leaf Festival, which is the third weekend in October, and organizers once again invite area quilters to submit their handiwork for display. The ...

Local author talks about writing true-crime book with her famous father

Having a famous father can have its perks — like having him ask you to help research and write a book that attempts to solve some early-20th-century murders. Rachel McCarthy James, the Lawrence native and daughter of Bill James, the man who forever changed the way people think about baseball ...

Jazz performance about Jayhawk basketball to take Lied Center stage

A jazz performance about Jayhawk basketball will take the Lied Center stage this week in honor of 15 legends affiliated with the University of Kansas sports program. The Lied Center partnered last fall with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis, to ...