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Respiratory illness hits KC-area kids
September 2, 2014
A Kansas City pediatric hospital has treated hundreds of young children for a respiratory illness that has symptoms similar to a common cold that more typically is seen during winter months.
Lawrence Fall Music Preview 2014
August 28, 2014
The Lawrence music scene is relatively quiet in the summer. We lose some of our most-devoted concertgoers when Kansas University students go home. But the silence is finally over. Mark your calendars now for nationally touring bands, jazz ensembles, emerging artists, musicals and other acts making their way through town this fall. Here’s a preview to get you started:
Despite heat, Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships draws crowd at South Park
August 24, 2014
Trees were prime real estate in Lawrence’s South Park during the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. As temperatures soared past 100 degrees Sunday afternoon, musicians and spectators parked themselves under the foliage — hats, fans and cool drinks in tow — seeking relief from the sweltering late-August heat.
Get ready for a weekend of fiddling and picking in Lawrence
August 20, 2014
Lawrence is tuning up for a weekend of live fiddling and picking that will culminate with the 34th annual state championships on Sunday in South Park.
Lawrence Opera Theatre celebrates anniversary with ‘Don Giovanni’
August 14, 2014
Lawrence Opera Theatre is diving into uncharted territory this summer with their first full-scale opera production in conjunction with their five-year anniversary celebration.
Ensemble Ibérica to perform flamenco with a twist at Lied Center concert
August 14, 2014
Ensemble Ibérica will serve up traditional Spanish sounds — mixed with other musical influences from around the globe — to Lawrence audiences with its new show, “Flamenco Mío,” Friday night at the Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive.
Young Lawrence pianist receives Finalist Prize at international competition
July 14, 2014
Fourteen-year-old Ulises Magaña de la Paz, of Lawrence, finished in the top six in the final round of the International Piano Competition on Monday.
Practice makes perfect: Young pianist from Mexico represents Lawrence in international competition
July 13, 2014
Honestly, Ulises Magaña de la Paz, 14, does not particularly like practicing the piano six to eight hours every day. But wowing audiences and winning competitions? That’s more like it. So he practices. And practices. And practices some more. By Sara Shepherd
Vinyl addicts unite: the lasting culture of record collecting
July 6, 2014
Three local residents share their motivations for vinyl collecting and their reasons for keeping the plastic tradition alive.
KU music students to jazz up Europe on tour
June 29, 2014
A group of student musicians from Kansas University will perform at several high-profile festivals across Europe starting early next month in a university-funded tour. KU’s Jazz Ensemble I, comprising 19 members, is slated to play eight shows during the 11-day stint, including gigs by invitation at the high-profile Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and France’s Jazz À Vienne Festival.
Lawrence orders artists out of SeedCo building until codes issues addressed
June 26, 2014
A group of artists that helped the Warehouse Arts District earn its name is scrambling to relocate after learning their building doesn’t meet code requirements for them to be there. By Sara Shepherd
Navigating this weekend’s jam-packed festivities
June 25, 2014
With the Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Final Fridays and Lawrence Field Day Festival all going on, trying to decide what to do this weekend is an overwhelming task. To make things easier for you, we’ve come up with a schedule of suggestions of what’s going on at a given time, along with some alternative ideas.
Thousands flock to downtown Lawrence for Johnny Winter, beginning of Free State Festival
June 25, 2014
Anyone hungry for a weekend of ideas, art, music and film got a solid appetizer Wednesday night from celebrated blues guitarist Johnny Winter in downtown Lawrence.
Lee McBee, renowned blues musician from Lawrence, has died
09:55 a.m., June 25, 2014 Updated 04:46 p.m.
Lee McBee, a nationally known blues musician from Lawrence, has died. He was 63.
Middle school program helps students beat the heat with jazz jams
June 24, 2014
Within the walls of Lawrence High’s air-conditioned band room, another layer of cool was laid down before lunchtime on Tuesday. In the twilight of its annual two-week iteration, the middle school summer jazz program played on as more than 30 students assembled for what amounted to a 90-minute jam. Save for a few punctuations, like the time a student set off on a riff of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” By Stephen Montemayor