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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.
The films of the Free State Festival
June 22, 2014
Because of all the other media and art-related events and activities, it may be easy to forget that the Free State Festival started as the Free State Film Festival. Here’s a preview at some of the movies showing this year.
Arts and Ideas at the Free State Festival
June 22, 2014
Enjoy innovative outdoor art installations and presentations by some of the most talented local and visiting artists in the world.
Kickstarter campaign to support documentary about son of Fred Phelps
June 15, 2014
Some Lawrence filmmakers have begun a Kickstarter fundraising campaign in the hopes of making a documentary about Nate Phelps, a former member of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church who is now a supporter of LGBT rights.
Teacher helps disabled artist create works 25 years after tragic accident
10:11 p.m., June 14, 2014 Updated 10:53 p.m.
25 years ago, artist Ron Light and his family suffered an incredible loss when he and his two children were run over by a car driven by mentally ill woman, killing Ron’s daughter, injuring his son, and severely injuring Ron. Today, with the help of Lawrence Arts Center instructor Robbin Loomas, Ron is producing original digital artwork each week in his assisted-living care facility despite having limited motor skills.
KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books
June 7, 2014
Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.
Puppet show finds handhold in community after eight years
June 4, 2014
Director Paul Santos speaks on the journey from disorganized solo act to a forthcoming college tour for Lawrence-based puppet show The Felt Zone. Santos, Cody Kiser and Jon Miller will be performing at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., on June 10. Starting at 8:30, band Electric Needle Room will open the show, as well as contribute as a backing band
Good as new: At CosMod Inc Studios, Lisa Purdon turns vintage items into art installations
June 1, 2014
Lisa Purdon recently opened a new business CosMod Inc. Studios in Lawrence that functions as an art studio, installation art gallery, and antique shop.
Behind the Lens: How to avoid photography overload
June 1, 2014
I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we will wear devices that capture a visual record of our every waking moment.
Outdoor sculpture exhibition inspires public discourse on art
May 28, 2014
Standing tall in front of Merchants on Eighth and Massachusetts streets and made entirely from stacked wooden disks is a visual puzzle for the community to solve created by local artist Kelsey Stertz. As if popping up from the ground overnight, Stertz’s piece and seven others now adorn the downtown Lawrence area as part of this year’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.
Lawrence artists among winners of 2014 Rocket Grants
May 25, 2014
A handful of local artists have been awarded Rocket Grants and will be honored at an awards ceremony early next month.
2014 Summer Movie Preview: Sci-fi spectacles take over
May 25, 2014
With three superhero movies, a monster-movie reboot, and a Biblical epic being released in the last two months, the summer movie season seems to have started extra early this year.
Printmaker fuses real world with virtual in Arts Center exhibit
May 18, 2014
The level in which technology has advanced is making the physical world around us slightly fuzzy. Printmaking artist-in-residence John Paul McCaughey has been working on a new display at Lawrence Arts Center called “Not Compatible” that provides a physical representation of the blurred line between reality and digital that we encounter daily.
Behind the Lens: Avoid being fenced in with this trick
May 18, 2014
My wife and I recently visited the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., where we saw large, long-legged and long-necked birds like the Grey Crowned Crane of Africa or the White-Naped Crane of Asia.
Kris Kuksi: High-profile sculptor shedding light on darkness
May 11, 2014
The 117-year-old St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Lawrence has undergone changes since the arrival of artist Kris Kuksi. The plush red carpet and pews have been ripped from the ground and replaced with hardwood floors. Shelves of odds and ends from various model kits, statue collectibles, and kitsch items are scattered throughout the restored building.