Arts and Entertainment

New theater program offers opportunity for young people with special needs

Young people with special needs will be singing, dancing and acting in a summer production of Disney's "Aladdin Jr.," thanks to a new program at Theatre Lawrence. The Penguin Project, a national program that guides community theaters in offering programs for people 10 to 21 years old with ...

Go, See, Do | Story Slam, Haskell Welcome Back Pow-Wow and more

If you fancy yourself a storyteller, Friday is your chance to share your true tales in front of a live audience at the Lawrence Arts Center. Story Slam takes place on the second Friday of each month at the center, 940 New Hampshire St. The event invites attendees to stand up in front of an ...

Go, See, Do: Souper Bowl sale, literary events, film screening and more on tap

While the Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta on Sunday, here in Lawrence the Souper Bowl will take place Saturday. Souper Bowl Saturday includes more than 1,000 handcrafted bowls for sale. The annual event has been a major fundraiser for the Lawrence Arts Center for several decades, ...

Author Walter Mosley to speak at KU about politics in the age of Trump

A prolific author of crime and science fiction books as well as political essays will soon speak at the University of Kansas about political optimism in the age of President Donald Trump. The author, Walter Mosley, will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the ballroom of the Kansas Union, ...

Love for a trumpet was KU student’s ticket out of Afghanistan

Baset Azizi looks like any KU music student, calmly pulling his silver horn out of its case, but he comes from a place where it wasn’t safe to have a trumpet in public. Growing up in Afghanistan, where the Taliban forbid many things, including Western music, there were days when just walking ...

Wedding coming up but you can’t dance? Parks and Rec can help with that

Gina White and Paul Touyz arrived at the Community Building on a recent Sunday with an open mind. They had come for a crash course in dancing put on by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The two University of Kansas classics professors are to be married in August in White’s native ...

Lawrence native awarded Langston Hughes short fiction writing award

What was originally written for a class assignment has turned out to be a winning fiction submission in Lawrence. Molly Weisgrau, a senior studying English at the University of Kansas, told the Journal-World via email Monday that she was excited to see that a short story she wrote for a class ...

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 ...