Arts

Theatre Lawrence announces 2015-16 season
05:11 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A mermaid, a deathtrap and classic Broadway hits will be coming to the Theatre Lawrence stage, as Monday the group announced its show lineup for the 2015-2016 season that will debut in September.
Spencer Museum to host ‘Last Look’ events before closing for renovations
03:40 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
With renovations slated for May, the Spencer Museum of Art is giving guests the chance to take a last look at the galleries with a series of programming that will culminate in a closing party April 12.
KU’s multi-choir ‘Joy of Singing’ concert this Thursday
March 29, 2015
Kansas University’s School of Music will host a multi-choir concert Thursday at the Lied Center, the school said in a release.
Of Montreal gets its freak on
Kevin Barnes looks forward to bringing communal commotion to the Granada
March 28, 2015
When Of Montreal hits the stage, they tend to be theatrical and dramatic. Band members pull out all the stops when it comes to sequins and stimulation during their highly danceable numbers, and their show at the Granada on Wednesday will be no different.
Swarthout Recital Hall to re-open with concert series
March 28, 2015
After almost 60 years, a million patrons and thousands of performances, Swarthout Recital Hall was due for a face-lift. Now, after undergoing renovations for the last 10 months, the historic building is re-opening and christening its upgrades with an eight-concert series of performances.
Free State High students to compete in regional poetry competition
04:16 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:36 p.m.
Emotional, empowering stories from the lives of Lawrence students will sound out from a Kansas City stage this weekend. Free State High School’s slam poetry team recently earned a spot in Saturday’s finals of the KC “Louder than a Bomb” competition.
Final Friday Preview: Marla Jackson to celebrate mother in Percolator quilt show
March 25, 2015
Over the years, quilter and historian Marla Jackson’s mother has been a strong influence in her life — and in her work. She’s represented, at least figuratively, in all 10 quilts that make up Jackson’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Percolator that opens Friday.
KU visiting artist Lynne Yamamoto to lecture at Spencer Museum
March 25, 2015
Installation artist Lynne Yamamoto will give a lecture 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Group asks what will make planned 9th Street Corridor project a success
March 23, 2015
A committee of neighborhood, city and business representatives gathered Monday night at the Lawrence Public Library to ask what will make the planned Ninth Street Corridor Project a success.
KU to host writer-performer Heather Harpham this week
March 22, 2015
The Commons, in partnership with the Kansas University theatre department, will host writer and performer Heather Harpham as artist-in-residence this week.
Bernadette Peters bringing many talents, love of animals to Lied Center concert
March 21, 2015
It’s just past lunchtime at Bernadette Peters’ New York City home, and the legendary actress and singer has her hands full with a pair of rowdy dogs.
When Louis Armstrong played KU
KPR to air unbroadcast recording of 1957 ‘Satchmo’ gig
March 21, 2015
Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas University men’s basketball team may have lost the national championship in heartbreaking fashion on March 23, 1957, but the team and KU fans were still treated to a night they’ll never forget thanks to a legendary jazz musician.
Fast-rising Sylvan Esso takes pride in being a crowd-pleaser
March 18, 2015
A little bit jazzy, a little bit soulful and completely likable — Sylvan Esso makes music that has crept into everybody’s life over the last year.
2015 Spring Arts Preview
March 14, 2015
With temperatures already warming up, it’s a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We’ve rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.
Book documenting 1968 Miami Pop Festival to launch at KU
March 14, 2015
Photographer Ken Davidoff and musician-filmmaker Jack Connell, the authors behind the upcoming “The 1968 Miami Pop Festival,” will celebrate their book’s launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium.
KU mourns death of longtime theater professor Ron Willis
March 11, 2015
Ron Willis, a professor emeritus of theater at Kansas University, died last week at his home in Lawrence.
Upcoming Benefit Art Auction expected to be a big draw
March 7, 2015
In less than a week, Lawrence Arts Center galleries will be full of artwork, as it kicks off the month-long exhibition that will culminate in the 34th annual Benefit Art Auction on April 11.
Former U.S. poet laureate speaks about poetry, history at KU
March 3, 2015
Aspiring writer and poet Beth Fox said she believes there is much to learn from the stories passed down through individuals or through cultures.
Former home builder, mechanic and racer builds motorcycle out of wood
March 2, 2015
Back in their heyday, Leroy Mize and Jerry Casebier would grab their wives, hop on their motorcycles and travel across the country. Now 73 years old, Mize said he’s too old to ride or race, but he’s found another way to combine his love of woodworking and machinery. For the past three and a half years, Mize said he’s been building a 1965 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle out of oak and walnut. By Conrad Swanson

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