Arts and Entertainment

Photo gallery: Lawrence women of color mural celebration

Designers of the “Wak’ó Mujeres Phụ nữ Women Mural” located on the south side of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., held a ribbon cutting and celebration of the mural on Saturday. The mural depicts more than 20 local women and girls of color from multiple centuries and ...

TV programs about Lawrence authors, history to air on C-SPAN this weekend

TV programs about Lawrence’s literary chops and colorful history — including a tour led by a local John Brown impersonator — will make their debut this weekend on C-SPAN. Lawrence is one of several cities featured on C-SPAN’s Cities Tour, which highlights the history and literary life ...

Report: Lawrence author sells rights to debut novel for at least $1 million

A local author is likely to make a splash with her debut novel. Kate Russell, who teaches creative writing and composition in the University of Kansas English department, sold the publishing rights to her novel “My Dark Vanessa” to William Morrow, an imprint of the publishing company ...

‘BlacKkKlansman,’ co-written by KU prof, nominated for 4 Golden Globes

“BlacKkKlansman,” a film co-written by a University of Kansas film professor, was recently nominated for four Golden Globes Awards, including best motion picture drama. Kevin Willmott, a director, screenwriter and KU professor, co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee. Lee was nominated ...

Popular video game references Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence

Once again, Lawrence’s most famous historic event makes an appearance in popular culture. William Quantrill's attack on Lawrence makes a brief appearance in the extremely popular video game “Red Dead Redemption 2,” a western-themed, open-world game set just before the turn of the 20th ...

Neighborhoods bond over Lawrence’s Little Free Libraries

In 2009, the first Little Free Library box was constructed by a man named Todd Bol in Hudson, Wis. What started as a spiritual gesture to honor his late mother, June, quickly became a neighborhood sensation. And less than a decade later, it has evolved into a movement that has taken over the ...

Homes: Well-known holiday house holds 45 years of Christmas memories

People keep asking when Donna Osness and her husband are going to sell the house. But for her five children, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, the Osness home on University Drive is the heart of the holiday season. “Of our grandchildren, I don’t think any of them have spent ...

City to hold annual Holiday Extravaganza with 200 vendors

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s annual holiday gift and art fair will take place this weekend. The Holiday Extravaganza will include 200 vendors selling both commercial and noncommercial artwork and items produced by local and regional artists, according a news release from ...

Mural illustrates stories of Lawrence women of color

The mural that now wraps around the foundation of the Lawrence Public Library catches the eye with its background of vivid colors, but what the artists involved find the most important are the many shades of brown of the women depicted. The “Wak’ó Mujeres Phụ nữ Women Mural” ...

With double cast, 2 girls bond over portraying title role in ‘Annie’

Adelle Spiess and Vivi Riffel knew each other before this month, but now the two 11-year-olds are much closer friends, they said recently. After all, it's easy to get to know someone when you're both playing the same iconic musical theater role. Spiess and Riffel both play the title role in ...

Meeting to gather community input on art installations for East Ninth Street

Fifteen art projects are coming to East Ninth Street, and community meetings will soon gather input on what those projects should be. The first of three community input meetings will take place Dec. 1, according to a news release from the East Ninth project team. Project Facilitator Mandy ...

Holiday Happenings: Farmers market’s holiday edition coming up

Although its standard sales have closed for the year, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market will return for a special holiday edition in early December. The 29th annual Holiday Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Drive. About 60 vendors ...