Arts and Entertainment

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 ...

A glimpse at next year’s most intriguing sci-fi novels

With 2018 winding to a close, librarians and book lovers everywhere are reflecting on another joyful year of reading. The curated “best of” lists are rolling out or are in the works — stay tuned! — and readers get to think back on the titles that will stick with them for many more ...

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 ...