Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do | Pumpkin patches, ghost and farm tours, a big bike ride and more

When I walked outside and took a big breath of the cold air Thursday morning, I could tell it’s finally beginning to turn to the best season — autumn. And there's no better way to celebrate autumn than spending the month of October doing some of the most classic fall activities: picking ...

Independent film star Parker Posey delivers a nostalgic memoir

Well, it's happened — I've turned into one of those people who talks fondly of their formative years through the rose-colored tint of vintage sunglasses popular in the 90s. I never wanted this to happen. The plan was to change with the times and never grow old. Obviously. I suppose a lot of ...

Musical opens season for newly merged KU Theatre & Dance

Friday was the start of something new for theater and dance at the University of Kansas. The University Theatre and University Dance Company started the 2018-19 season off this weekend with a musical, the first performance for the two departments after they merged this summer. “A Man of No ...

Go, See, Do | Backyard Bash, Oktoberfest, Final Friday and more

Although it’s getting colder outside, I still think it’s a nice time to hang out in the backyard to enjoy the fall weather. Luckily, the Spencer Museum of Art agrees and will be throwing a party this weekend in possibly the biggest backyard in Lawrence. The museum’s annual Backyard Bash ...

Upcoming Watkins Museum exhibit to showcase daily life in early Douglas County

Have you ever wondered what it looked and felt like to live in Lawrence in the town's early days? Soon, visitors to the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., will be able to do just that. The museum is in the process of developing a third-floor exhibit focused on what daily life ...

Rapper 2 Chainz slated to perform at Kansas basketball’s Late Night

The recent tradition of bringing a big-name rap star to Late Night in the Phog to help kick off another Kansas basketball season appears to be alive and well. And it was KU’s football coach, of all people, who dropped the announcement. Speaking about the hype surrounding the week ahead ...

Painting underway on women of color mural at Lawrence Public Library

Updated at 4:13 p.m. Saturday A mural depicting women of color is well underway on an exterior wall of the Lawrence Public Library. The vividly colored "Wak’ó Mujeres Phụ nữ Women Mural" spans much of the library’s lower south wall and celebrates women of color past and present who ...

Go, See, Do | Well-known author appearance; car show; downtown block party

A leading voice on socio-economics and class will soon come to Lawrence to share some knowledge of growing up poor in Kansas. Sarah Smarsh, a freelance journalist who has reported for several media outlets, has experienced a meteoric rise recently, becoming a proud voice for America’s ...

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 ...