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Visual Arts

Behind the Lens: Basketball games keep photographers (and fans) on their toes
March 2, 2014
Plenty of my photographer colleagues believe that basketball sits at the top of the list among the easiest sports to cover. Often the reasons they cite are that it’s played on a relatively small court and also for the predictability of the action’s direction.
James Turrell exhibit at Spencer Museum of Art to bring noteworthy figures
February 23, 2014
Richard Andrews, Lawrence Weschler and Suzanne Deal Booth will be speaking this spring on behalf of the Spencer Museum of Art exhibit, “James Turrell: Gard Blue.”
International and local quilters featured at Spencer Museum of Art
February 20, 2014
“Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji & Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell” will be on view through May 18.
John Waters to join Lawrence in celebrating William Burroughs’ 100th birthday
February 16, 2014
Filmmaker John Waters is bringing his “The Filthy Life” monologue to the Lawrence Arts Center on Feb. 20. Waters was famously called “Pope of Trash” by Burroughs, a name earned because of his trashy, absurd cult films in the 1970s and 1980s. By Nadia Imafidon
Behind the Lens: When photos require a higher perspective
February 16, 2014
After a long and happy relationship, I recently had to give up my 1996 Toyota RAV. It was a super vehicle and a surprisingly great creative device for my photography.
Love Your Library Project offers unique opportunity to make mark on new building
February 15, 2014
Lawrence Public Library is asking kids and grown-ups alike to come out and decorate tiles this weekend for the Love Your Library Tile Project to make their mark on the new library building.
Film on doctors who perform late-term abortions to screen at Liberty Hall
February 13, 2014
A special screening of Sundance award-winning documentary “After Tiller” will take place on Feb. 16.
Jayhawkers’ brings a legend back to life
Film tells story of how Wilt Chamberlain changed Lawrence on and off court
February 9, 2014
Broad, sweeping biographical films that try to sum up a person’s entire life in two hours rarely ever get it right. That’s why the best thing that happened to Kevin Willmott’s movie “Jayhawkers” was not being able to raise the $12 million dollars they needed.
Vicki Lawrence and ‘Mama’ to perform at the Oread
February 6, 2014
Vicki Lawrence is traveling across the country for her co-written cabaret-style two-woman production; both parts played by herself, of course.
Library fundraiser asks kids to leave mark on new building
February 2, 2014
Lawrence Public Library is asking kids to participate in the Love Your Library Tile Project on Valentine’s Day weekend to leave their mark on the new library building.
The alternative Oscars
Awarding the best, worst and weirdest achievements in film
February 2, 2014
In the spirit of awards season, and after some serious reflection on the past year in films, I’d like to present my own particularly dubious set of awards: the Alternative Oscars, if you will. And the winners are … (Warning: Some light spoilers ahead.) By Eric Melin
Behind the Lens: Outside perspective sparks creativity
February 2, 2014
The New Jersey Press Association asked our photo staff to judge its state’s newspaper photography contest for 2013. Ten photo categories, including, sports and portraits, comprising about 1,000 photographs, were reviewed. While looking at the images, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Dorothy’s famous line, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Lawrence Arts Center hosting annual Souper Bowl
January 30, 2014
Get your homemade artisanal bowls, soup included.
Make More Love exhibit explores the many realms of affection
January 26, 2014
Leaving it up to the community entirely to decide, people of all ages contribute love-inspired work to the Percolator Artspace.
Award-winning Turkish film to play at Liberty Hall
January 19, 2014
Filmmaker Pelin Esmer will answer questions and meet guests following the free screening of her film “Watchtower.”