Arts and Entertainment

Holiday Happenings: Nativities on display each weekend in December

A staple of the Lawrence holiday season, the Festival of Nativities will once again be hosted at Centenary United Methodist Church. Each weekend in December — beginning Dec. 1 — the church, at 245 N. Fourth St. in North Lawrence, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. The event will end after ...

Holiday Happenings: Bizarre Bazaar offers all things handcrafted

A recent Bizarre Bazaar social media post touts that the pictured handmade item, among designs to be for sale at the event, is something “you won’t come across in stores.” That’s a signature of this annual only-in-Lawrence holiday shopping event — and antithesis to Black Friday at ...

Holiday Happenings: Holiday Music

Local musicians and touring acts will give you plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit over the next few weeks. Here are some of the highlights for this year’s holiday music scene: Organ Vespers 4 p.m. Nov. 25, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Lawrence concert ...

Holiday Happenings: Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than hearing the clip-clopping of horses in downtown Lawrence, says Elaine VanDeventer, director of Lawrence’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. The 26th annual parade will include horses of all colors and sizes trotting down Massachusetts ...

Holiday Happenings: Van Go Adornment

Shoppers in Lawrence will have the opportunity again this holiday season to shop for some local, handmade arts and crafts while helping support an arts-based job training program for at-risk teens in the area. This year’s Van Go Adornment Art Show and Sale begins Saturday, Nov. 24, at the ...

Holiday Happenings: Gingerbread house display returns Dec. 1

For the second year, Lawrence’s Gingerbread Festival & Auction will be spread over two weekends instead of just one — enabling ample opportunity to view the exquisite sugary creations and participate in a festive auction for them. The annual festival, a Lawrence tradition for more ...

Holiday Happenings: Baldwin City festival will light up the night

Vehicles, floats, horses and even marchers will be decked out in strings of holiday lights on Dec. 1 for Baldwin City’s annual Festival of Lights. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Eighth Street along the west side of the Baker University campus and then turns east on High Street. Jeannette ...

Holiday Happenings: A journey through the history of Christmas music at Baker

The Baker University Music and Theater Department will present a historical, musical Christmas revue for its 88th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers, said Ryan Olsen, the Baker vocal music director. The annual Vespers performances are scheduled for 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Rice ...

Holiday Happenings: Festival of Trees

The Lawrence community once again will kick off its holiday season with the annual Festival of Trees at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., in downtown Lawrence. The event is the primary fundraiser for The Children’s Shelter, a nonprofit agency that provides temporary residential care, ...

Holiday Happenings: Holiday Homes Tour

Those looking for the holiday spirit will find it in high supply at the annual Holiday Homes Tour, which showcases homes decorated for the season. Holiday Homes Tour Committee Chair Kris Marsh said many have made a tradition of the annual tour, and that she thinks people enjoy it because it ...

Holiday Happenings: A Kansas ‘Nutcracker’

The Lawrence Arts Center’s annual performance of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King reimagines the traditional tale in a Kansas setting. “I consider the show to be a lovely family experience that is magical, transformative and that celebrates what Lawrence loves ...

Skip the stores and go outdoors: State parks waiving entry fees for Black Friday

Black Friday can be one of the most hectic days of the year, but the Kansas state parks want to change that. Instead of waiting in line at a store, the parks are offering an opportunity for Kansas residents to visit a state park and experience the outdoors. Entry fees will be waived Friday at ...

Explore Lawrence’s Final Fridays advertising bringing in out-of-town visitors

Explore Lawrence’s targeted advertising toward people attending arts events in major Midwest cities has been able to attract visitors to the city's Final Fridays events, according to the organization’s marketing analysis. Since 2017, online advertising for Final Fridays has been seen by ...

Library selects 3 food-themed books for 2019 Read Across Lawrence

After selecting one book for all ages in 2018, the Lawrence Public Library went back to selecting three books for the 2019 Read Across Lawrence program. “It’s a return to the norm,” said Kristin Soper, adult programming coordinator for the library. This year, the library selected “A ...

Living a creative life second nature to KU lecturer of architecture

Anne Patterson has been known to walk around town with a reproduction of the Trinity Episcopal Church steeple atop her head. The steeple, which she created and wears for Halloween, is just a fraction of the creativity that exudes from this University of Kansas lecturer of ...

Go, See, Do | Blintz Brunch, Beers on the Kaw, “Elf the Musical,” Nnedi Okorafor

In times of tragedy, great communities often find ways to come together to offer support to those who need it. Steve Hurst of the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation said the Lawrence community will have the opportunity to do that on Sunday at the 55th annual Blintz Brunch. While the event ...

Local Día de los Muertos celebration invites all to participate

There is a long tradition behind the painted skulls, cheerful skeleton dolls and tissue-paper flowers of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Those who want to learn more about Día de los Muertos and participate in an authentic celebration of the holiday with traditional Mexican food, ...