Arts and Entertainment

An erratic start to 2018

One month into 2018 and I find myself in a very erratic reading mode, so much so that I couldn't settle on trying to feature one book in depth, so I thought I’d take you, dear reader, on a stroll through some books I’m really enjoying — but haven’t finished yet! I challenged myself to ...

New framework for East Ninth Street art proposed

Ideas are starting to take shape for adding art to East Ninth Street. The Lawrence Arts Center, with input from members of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association, has created a draft proposal that establishes a loose framework, budget and timeline for the long-running project. ELNA board ...

Deep thoughts

Thanks to the discovery of a book called “[Deep][1],” while it was below zero here in Kansas, I was immersed below sea level in a warm and magical aquatic world where the rules of life are tweaked and a different language is spoken. Hundreds of feet down and more, they speak of ...

Former Lawrence Art Guild president convicted of stealing from group

The former president of a nonprofit Lawrence arts organization has been convicted of stealing money from the group.Jurors were at the ready Wednesday morning in Douglas County District Court to hear the case against Amanda L. Monaghan, 36, originally charged with felony theft for allegedly ...

Winners of Langston Hughes creative writing awards announced

The winners of this year's Langston Hughes Award for creative writing are poet Rachel Atakpa and fiction writer Kim Condon.Atakpa is an undergraduate student and researcher at the University of Kansas studying English with a focus in creative writing and Spanish, according to a news release. ...

A new book on Kansas LGBT pride

Kansas Day is almost here, and I’ve got an inspiring way to celebrate! A new book pays tribute to the Kansans who are advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. In "[No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas][1]," author C.J. Janovy shares the recent ...

Soon there will be a book that lets you play some of Lawrence’s favorite songs

Most cities don't have up-to-date songbooks of all the wonderful music conceived and recorded within the confines of their city limits, but Lawrence soon will.For about a year now, Lawrence artist Nicholas Ward, best known for his documentary "Called to Walls" and his efforts to engage the ...

Never trust a librarian carrying a dog book

[Sounder][1], [Old Yeller][2], [Old Dan, and Little Ann][3]: children’s literature is littered with corpses of dogs who died too young and made us cry harder than we wanted to. Luckily, our parents burst into tears, too, which helped distract us from our own sorrow, since they looked so weird ...

What to read while you wait for Obama’s favorite book

While Barack Obama was president, he started an annual tradition of sharing his favorite books and music from the previous year, and he’s graciously kept with this tradition for 2017. At the top of his list this year? A new “dystopian” novel with some radical feminist themes called "[The ...

Read Across Lawrence 2018: the heartfelt middle-school story of Wonder

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.” -Auggie, "[Wonder][1]" Whenever I’m handed a book with the promise “This will make you cry,” I’m always a little skeptical. A montage of dogs seeing their owners ...

Time-traveling activists’ exploits on display at Lawrence Arts Center exhibition

The solo exhibition currently under construction at the Lawrence Arts Center will feature artist Justin Marable, whose name many will recognize from his work in screen printing. But for this exhibition, which Marable describes as “a pretty big departure” from his past work, he has gone full ...

City accepting proposals for annual downtown sculpture exhibition

The City of Lawrence is accepting proposals and/or artwork for the 30th annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.The exhibition displays a range of temporary artworks in downtown Lawrence along Massachusetts Street, in the arts district and in other select sites throughout the city. The ...

A&E: 2017 Animal Photos of the Year

It seems fair to say that animals live much simpler lives than humans—minus the whole fleeing from larger animals and humans part. While most of us are hopeful for a smooth transition into the new year, let us draw inspiration from our uncomplicated, furry and feathered friends. Here are our ...

Library announces 2018 Read Across Lawrence pick

The Lawrence Public Library has chosen “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio, as its 2018 Read Across Lawrence pick for adults, teens and kids. The library announced the news Monday in partnership with KU Libraries, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation. ...

Give the gift of Lawrence art this holiday season

Maybe remembering shirt and pant sizes is not your strong suit. Or maybe you’re having second thoughts about gifting that one-of-a-kind painting of sunflowers in a vase you made after three glasses of red wine. If either of these are true, it might be helpful to remember that they don’t ...