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Man convicted in beer-bottle death free from prison pending appeal
05:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 23-year-old Mission man sentenced in August to 32 months in prison after a Douglas County jury convicted him in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina is free on a $50,000 appeal bond.
Football-player-turned-poet gains attention with ‘Welcome to KU
January 17, 2015
Traditions Night, August 2013: It had been nearly 14 years since Christopher Enneking’s last game at Kansas University’s Kivisto Field, where he played offensive lineman for the Jayhawks from 1995 to 1999. That night he had returned not to play football but to recite a poem to incoming freshmen. By Joanna Hlavacek
Lawrence student wins best of show in statewide in art contest
January 17, 2015
Nina Friesen, a senior at Lawrence High School, has won best of show in the “Kansans…As Talented As You Think!” art contest. Sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, the annual competition honors the work of high school students.
What’s in a name? Theatre Lawrence to debut ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’
January 15, 2015
This weekend, Theatre Lawrence will debut its production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a Chekhov-inspired Tony Award-winning play.
Lawrence police offering sign-on bonus for officers who speak Spanish
05:34 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The City of Lawrence is offering a $1,500 sign-on bonus for police officers who speak fluent Spanish, the Lawrence Police Department announced Monday. The city is seeking to fill open police officer positions and especially encouraging Spanish-speakers to apply, offering a $750 bonus upon hire and a $750 bonus upon successful completion of training.
Man biking from New York City to Los Angeles stops in Lawrence to help
January 10, 2015
Courtney Bibb said he left his New York City apartment the first of October. He hopped on his bicycle and rode west across the George Washington Bridge, stopping briefly at a riverfront park in Jersey City to glance over the Hudson River.
Future of Lawrence Arts: Local arts leaders weigh in
January 10, 2015
In many ways, 2015 is a crossroads in the Lawrence arts community. This year will see a new arts and culture director for the city and the development of an arts corridor along East Ninth Street, among other big changes. How do leaders of the arts scene see all this unfolding?
Winners of 2015 Langston Hughes writing awards announced
January 10, 2015
The winners of the 2015 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards — and a $500 prize — are poet Alyse Bensel and fiction writer Matthew O’Connell. Co-sponsored by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center, the awards honor two writers who continue Hughes’ tradition of portraying life experience through poetry and prose.
Spencer Museum to host Rocket Grants event, Lawrence Inside Out
January 10, 2015
Artists interested in applying for a Rocket Grant — a program that supports innovative projects outside traditional art venues — are invited to attend a launch and review event at the Spencer Museum of Art from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18
Art show to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar
January 10, 2015
This week, an art exhibit featuring works from some of the area’s most prominent artists will be held to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar.
Final round of portrait sessions set for community photo project
03:27 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
The community photo project Lawrence Inside Out is gearing up for one more month of public portrait sessions before preparing its citywide exhibition
Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery
January 4, 2015
A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd
Artist’s widow to share stories of husband’s ‘Magic Boxes’ at Arts Center talk
January 3, 2015
“Here it is,” says Luella Vaccaro, making her way down a dark, narrow staircase to the basement of her Lawrence home. She flips a switch, casting light over the workbench where her late husband, artist and former Kansas University professor Nick Vaccaro, produced some-130 mixed-media dioramas from the late ‘60s to the mid-‘90s.
Lawrence accepting submissions for annual arts grants
January 3, 2015
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is accepting submissions for its Annual Community Arts Grant Program.
Behind the Lens: Bring old photos into the digital age
January 3, 2015
Have old photographs you’re looking to bring into the digital age? Here’s how to do it yourself.
Percolator accepting submissions for annual love-themed show
January 3, 2015
The Lawrence Percolator is now accepting entries for its annual love-themed art show.
Lawrencians ‘sweat their prayers’ for the new year
January 1, 2015
To kick off their resolutions, about 30 Lawrencians moved and grooved their bodies and souls Thursday at Be Moved Studio, 2 E. 7th St., for studio founder Laura Martin-Eagle’s 11th annual New Year’s Day “Sweat Your Prayers” dance class.
15 events for 2015: How to kick off the new year in Lawrence
December 31, 2014
Experiencing a bit of a post-holiday letdown? Cheer up — with an exciting mix of concerts, plays and perhaps a ghost sighting or two on the horizon, there’s plenty to do in Lawrence this winter. Here are few ideas to kick off 2015 with a bang. Now, get out there and embrace the New Year. It could be your best yet.
New arts and culture director leaving Lawrence after three months on job
December 30, 2014
Lawrence’s first director of arts and culture is leaving after just three months on the job. The city announced Tuesday that Christina McClelland submitted her resignation and would leave the position in mid-January.