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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
Behind the Lens: How to survive a court-storming
March 1, 2015
If my calculations are correct, Kansas University men’s basketball opponents are more or less good for about three to four court-stormings a season. I’ve learned a few things about how to protect myself and how to convey the gravity of the moment without getting trampled.
February Final Friday preview: Artist Roger Shimomura to talk, sell work at Makerspace
February 26, 2015
For one night only during this month’s Friday Friday, celebrated artist Roger Shimomura will offer approximately 35 other prints at a solo show at Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E. Ninth St.
Handmade chairs sought for upcoming art exhibit
February 22, 2015
Design and build studio Struct/restruct is seeking handmade chairs made by local artists and craftspeople to display in an upcoming art show at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St.
KU’s Murphy Hall houses Oscar treasure
February 21, 2015
Go ahead — ask Kathy Pryor about Oscar. In addition to her duties as managing director and budget officer of theater at Kansas University, Pryor also serves as a caretaker of sorts for a 53-year-old Academy Award statuette that once belonged to playwright, novelist and KU alumnus William Inge.
Creator of KU’s most famous bronze sculptures dies at 95
05:20 p.m., February 19, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A bronze sculptor and professor emeritus who created some of Kansas University’s most iconic public art died this week. Elden Tefft’s Academic Jay stands alert in front of Strong Hall, and his monolithic Moses kneels outside Smith Hall, across from the Kansas Union. By Sara Shepherd
Visiting ceramic artist to discuss ‘Wildness Within’ at KU
February 18, 2015
Beth Cavener, a Washington state-based artist known for creating emotionally charged animal sculptures, will talk about her creative process Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Predicting this year’s Oscar races
February 14, 2015
Film critic makes his picks for who will take home Oscars this year and who will be snubbed.
Behind the Lens: Pooling with the president
February 1, 2015
When Journal-World photo chief Mike Yoder told me that we had been offered a position in President Barack Obama’s press pool during his Jan. 22 visit to Lawrence, I believe I channeled Keanu Reeves when I responded, “Whooooooooaaaaa.”
Artists celebrate love of all kinds in annual Percolator show
January 31, 2015
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the Lawrence Percolator is hosting a show that celebrates devotion in all its forms. This year’s exhibition, The Love Show, is the Percolator’s third based on that theme. It opened during January’s Final Friday and will run until Feb. 22.
January Final Friday preview: Sweet treats, graffiti influences and free massages
January 29, 2015
Final Fridays returns post-holidays with an eclectic mix of events. From love-centric art to ceramics to free massages, this Final Friday has something for everyone.
Arts Center to host annual Souper Bowl Saturday this weekend
January 28, 2015
More than 500 handmade ceramic bowls produced by area artists, community members and Lawrence Arts Center students will be up for sale at this weekend’s Souper Bowl Saturday.
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.
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.

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