Arts and Entertainment

Former Lawrence schoolhouse becomes a punk rock venue

Out in North Lawrence, on the edge of the city limits, stands a small white schoolhouse surrounded by grass and trees. For almost 100 years, the building known as White Schoolhouse was used as an actual school. Now, the building, located at 1510 N. Third St., serves as an all-ages punk rock ...

Go, See, Do | A new downtown art gallery joins Final Friday with local legend

If I had to boil down what I love about Lawrence to one thing, I would have to say it’s the amount of fun, interesting and exciting things available for local people to go out and do. That’s a big reason I recently moved back to the city where I received my college degree and I plan to ...

Kevin Willmott talks truth, humor and success of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ film

It doesn’t matter where Kevin Willmott watches "BlacKkKlansman." Whether it’s at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood, New York or Lawrence, in every theater, the ending is always met with dead silence. The award-winning film with the arresting finish — relax, no spoilers below — opened ...

Community invited to dog parade and birthday party this weekend

A parade and birthday party for Lawrence dogs and their owners will be held this weekend, according to a news release from the Lawrence Humane Society. The Dogust Birthday Parade will include treats, crafts and games for dogs and their owners Saturday at Burcham Park, 200 Indiana St. Owners ...

‘Black Panther’ comics author Okorafor to visit Lawrence this fall

Award-winning author and “Black Panther” scribe Nnedi Okorafor will visit Lawrence this fall as part of the Lawrence Public Library’s Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. The library, in partnership with the University of Kansas’ Hall Center for the Humanities, will host “An ...

New Watkins window panels tell stories of city’s past, present

Sandra Wolf was impressed by what she saw during an unveiling Sunday of the nine new window panels on the third floor of the Watkins Museum of History. “It’s very well done,” she said during the open house of the information provided on the panels that cover nine large windows on the ...

Douglas County Fair officials promise to make good use of new facilities this year

Last year, the Douglas County Fair had millions of dollars of new facilities at its disposal. This year, fair officials say, those new additions will be given a better chance to shine. The 2017 Douglas County Fair was the first one to be held after the completion of the $7.95 million ...

‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ a thoroughly entertaining revenge tale

I’m a big "Bob’s Burgers" fan. It’s a top ten show for me. I own all the seasons (and the delightful soundtrack to boot). We quote it (and often sing it) almost daily at my household. Heck, this isn’t even the first time I’m writing about it.  An all-time great episode is the fifth ...

“Atlas of a Lost World”: a new read on old life across the world

The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also walked, trying to follow their slow migration from Mesa Verde to Chaco Canyon and on south to the Sierra Madre. "[House of Rain][1]," published a decade ago, is ...

Getting ready for summer reading with some oohs and aahs

Every year as schools wind down, the library winds up. Summer is just around the corner and the bulk of the Lawrence Public Library's Youth Services department went out into the wild — aka USD 497 — to promote the Summer Reading Program. (If you want to learn more about it, when it starts, ...

Frog and Toad’s laws of literary motion

In my years selecting children’s books for the library, I have often envied the mathematical certainty of the hard sciences. After all, when the Pythagorean theorem doesn’t work, it’s usually our own bad arithmetic at fault, and the Planck constant isn’t exactly wishy-washy. It’s a ...

Sound+Vision Sessions: a conversation with Heidi Lynne Gluck

June 22 marks the second installment of the new Lawrence Public Library event series, Sound+Vision Sessions. The event showcases local music artists whose material we have in our catalog in a family-friendly, all-ages atmosphere. This concert features the incredibly talented and esteemed ...

Theatre Lawrence hopes ‘Camelot’ will take audiences to a more optimistic time

Theatre Lawrence is capping off its 2017-2018 season with "Camelot," and the theater company hopes the epic adventures of King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot will transport audiences to a more optimistic time. The classic musical, which has been around since 1960, retells the story of the ...

5 new young adult books to read for Pride Month

There are a number of ways to celebrate Pride Month, but the bookworm in me insists there's nothing like a good read. The young adult publishing industry has come a long way since my own teenage years when it comes to diverse and #OwnVoices titles, books written by authors who share a ...

Gifts from nature: creative inspiration and free art supplies

Now is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors, and if you need an excuse to do so, gathering ideas and art supplies is a great one. It’s fun to keep your eyes open for treasures when you are on a hike, weeding your garden or just strolling through the neighborhood. I have always ...