Arts and Entertainment

Tennessee Williams’ classic ‘The Glass Menagerie’ opening at Theatre Lawrence

In a career that has spanned 50 years, Piet Knetsch has never directed the same play twice. Or, rather, he hadn’t directed the same play twice until he approached Theatre Lawrence about "The Glass Menagerie."“Frankly, as soon as I heard it was in the season, I immediately expressed interest ...

Art meets activism in Dave Loewenstein’s works

Even if you don’t know who Dave Loewenstein is, it’s highly likely that you’ve come across his murals, which often stretch the length of the walls of Lawrence parks, schools, buildings, passageways and elsewhere. What you may not be aware of is that there is a good chance that you’ve ...

Choose kind at your library

February and March are Read Across Lawrence months at the Lawrence Public Library. The goal is to get everyone in the community on the same page by reading the same book at the same time. This year, we tried a grand experiment: one book for all ages. "[Wonder][1]" by RJ Palacio was the ...

Acclaimed sci-fi, fantasy author Neil Gaiman to visit KU this fall

Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman will appear at the Lied Center this fall, the University of Kansas announced this week. The writer behind novels such as “American Gods,” “Coraline” and “Stardust” will visit Lawrence Nov. 19 as part of the Humanities ...

Another year, another Newbery Medal winner

[The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards][1] season is a heady time for librarians in youth services. We’re all trying to figure out what the best book will be while waging our own mental campaigns for our favorites by thinking very compelling arguments at the selection ...

TV killed the literary star

The sophomore season of Donald Glover’s cult-favorite TV show "[Atlanta][1]" kicked off yesterday, continuing the story of Earnest “Earn” Marks and his struggle to make money (and sense) in an often absurd world. It’s likely one of Glover’s lesser-known works among his renaissance-man ...

The Anglophile’s guide to historical fiction

There is nothing that brings me such unbridled joy as a richly written, atmospheric historical fiction novel. I have never been one to wish for times past, because I am a modern lady who enjoys modern amenities such as public works systems, vaccinations and air conditioning units. However, ...

Theatre Lawrence bringing Johnny Cash’s life story to the stage

If catching Johnny Cash in concert was on your bucket list and you never quite got around to it before his passing in 2003, Theatre Lawrence may have the tunes — 36 to be exact — to set your weary heart at ease. With its production of the musical "Ring of Fire," Theatre Lawrence will tell ...

Lawrence City Commission approves new mural for 23rd Street business

A new mural will soon brighten one of the city’s main roadways. The Lawrence City Commission has approved an approximately 600-square-foot mural proposed by the Van Go program for the Natural Grocers building, 1301 W. 23rd St. About 20 teenagers ages 14 to 18 will work with a lead artist on ...

Lawrence Arts Center changing the mood of ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Lawrence Arts Center's upcoming production of "The Wizard of Oz" won't change the script or music of the beloved tale, director Amanda Pintore said. However, as far as the set and many of the underlying messages, she and the cast are inviting viewers to skip arm-in-arm down a different path ...

What are we having for dinner?

Being a reader almost inevitably means forging relationships (at least in our own minds) with favorite authors. Once upon a time, as a nine-year-old hardcore "[Little House on the Prairie][1]" fan, I was devastated when at last it dawned on me that I would never, ever meet Laura Ingalls Wilder ...

City’s monthly arts and culture meeting to change time and location

The city's early-morning meeting to discuss local arts and culture will now have a new time and location. The informal monthly meeting, Coffee & Culture, will now be in the afternoon and will be known as Culture Chat, according to a city news release. The meeting is for anyone ...

Fancasting my favorite rom-com reads

Like many people, I love a good romantic comedy. I’m always in the mood for a meet-cute, a tale-of-friends-to-lovers, a happily-ever-after (or at least for now). Luckily, as a reader of romance, I usually have a stack of rom-coms sitting on my bedside table. The only downside to my rom-com ...

World music mixtape

Since last November’s [Luaka Bop][1] spotlight, I’ve disgracefully neglected my world music search. Hoping to make up for lost time, I asked my coworkers to share some of their favorite albums from our world music collection. Here are their responses: Dom La Nena’s "[Ela][2]" is a ...