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Arts

Former Dole Institute director pens extensive Rockefeller biography
November 22, 2014
In the prologue of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,” the subject’s longtime personal assistant Joe Canzeri compares him to a 16-slice pizza pie, with no one but his second wife, Happy, having access to more than three of four slices.
Lawrence Craft Collective to host holiday show this weekend
November 19, 2014
The Lawrence Craft Collective will host its second annual Holiday Indie Craft Show this weekend at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.
Installation of Sol LeWitt wall drawing underway at Spencer Museum
November 16, 2014
Over the next week at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, a team of artists will transform a blank gallery wall into a large-scale, vibrantly hued work of art by Minimalism and Conceptualism pioneer Sol LeWitt.
2014 Holiday Arts Guide
Highlights of arts and entertainment events from now through New Year’s
November 15, 2014
Looking for something do this holiday season? Whether you’re in the mood for holiday festivities or less seasonally specific events, this list of local activities is sure to keep you busy through New Year’s.
Holiday Bazaar exhibitor finds yarn a constant source of inspiration
November 13, 2014
Peggy Westergard may be new to the crafting business, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t savvy. The enterprising retiree, who specializes in crocheting, needlepoint and knitting, already has a “quality control officer” at her disposal. “He’s especially devoted the stuffing of catnip mice,” Westergard says of her colleague, a 7-year-old tabby Manx by the name of Seamus McGillakitty.
Dance company brings signature take on hip-hop to Lied Center
November 12, 2014
The Philadelphia-based Rennie Harris Puremovement hip-hop dance company, which has traveled the world teaching, performing and sharing the joys of hip-hop, will be performing Friday night at the Lied Center.
Prison choral group East Hill Singers to perform this weekend
November 12, 2014
The East Hill Singers, a choral group comprising inmates from the minimum-security unit of the Lansing Correctional Facility as well as volunteer singers from the surrounding community, will perform at Lawrence’s Plymouth Congregational Church this weekend.
KU Theatre tackles family, love and loss in ‘The Big Meal’
November 12, 2014
It’s been said that food brings people together. And while that’s certainly the case in Kansas University Theatre’s newest production, “The Big Meal,” gathering to eat also provides the catalyst for tearing loved ones apart.
Behind the Lens: Bad weather can make for good photos
November 9, 2014
I’ve been scanning old negatives and slides lately, and I’ve noticed how weather, specifically inclement weather, is an important element in many images.
Library to celebrate late modernist artist, KU professor
November 9, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., will celebrate famed modernist artist and Kansas University professor Albert Bloch on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Renowned hip-hop dancer to teach public classes at KU this week
November 9, 2014
Renowned hip-hop dancer Rodney Hill will teach a series of master dance classes at Kansas University this week as part of a partnership between the Lied Center of Kansas and KU’s department of dance.
Group of female musicians aims to teach girls how to rock
November 8, 2014
Sally Sanko loved to sing as a girl — just not when anyone else was around. Sanko, now 25, would lock herself in the bathroom, light some candles, draw a bath and turn up the Mariah Carey tunes. There in the solitary comfort of the tub, Sanko let her inner diva out with a few Mariah-esque vocal riffs.
Arts Center to host closing event for Tea Project installation
November 7, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday will host the closing of the Tea Project, a month-long installation by artists-in-residence Amber Ginsberg and Aaron Hughes, before the traveling exhibit moves to its next venue.
Lucinda Williams digs deep into Southern roots, family history in new album
November 5, 2014
Lucinda Williams is a “gypsy at heart.” That’s how the country singer-songwriter describes herself during a chilly, overcast afternoon in Oklahoma City — more than 1,000 miles from her home base of Los Angeles — earlier this week. Williams, who kicked off a month-long tour Sunday in Denver, had just stopped in the Sooner State to let her bus driver get some sleep before continuing on to Austin.
Retired KU professor Elizabeth Schultz finds success as poet later in life
November 1, 2014
“I never planned on being a poet,” swears Elizabeth Schultz, a retired Kansas University professor of English whose three most recent books of poetry were released this year to critical acclaim.
Visiting professor, author to talk race, gender politics at KU
October 29, 2014
Ayesha Hardison, Kansas University’s current Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will speak about race and gender politics today at the Kansas Union. Hardison, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, will give her presentation, titled “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow” at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the union.
A family affair: Foxy By Proxy pull together to stage annual Halloween Hextravaganza
October 25, 2014
Foxy By Proxy is a family, its members say — a kooky, demented clan of “weirdos.” Gathered around the fireplace at Frank’s North Star Tavern, the Lawrence-based burlesque troupe’s de facto headquarters, five of the group’s 16 members are discussing costumes for their upcoming Halloween Hexstravaganza. It all looks a bit like a strange family portrait.
Twenty years after reuniting, father and daughter to share stage in Lawrence
October 23, 2014
Rachel Dirks’ story is a real-life “August Rush.” The 2007 drama, which follows a young musical prodigy who reunites with his birth parents after years of separation to find they share his talents, is not all that different from Dirks’ own life.
Vaudeville-inspired ‘Amazing Feats of Loneliness’ comes to Arts Center
October 23, 2014
Just in time for Halloween, the Lawrence Arts Center, in conjunction with the Card Table Theatre, is slated to stage “Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness” starting Oct. 23 at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.