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An interview with Lawrence's NaNoWriMo winners

14 December 2009

Shaun Hittle talks with Jason Arnett and John Bond, winners of the Lawrence NaNoWriMo contest, about their writing process and their new books.

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It's 'Showtime' at LHS

24 April 2008

The annual "Showtime" music revue kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight - and continues with shows Friday and Saturday - with a variety of acts at Lawrence High School. Tune in to the Pulse Podcast to hear a sampling of performances at this year's event.

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Sounds of 'Encore' at Free State High School

28 March 2008

Each spring, dozens of students at Free State High School perfect their vocal talents on popular songs during "Encore," a music revue of sorts. This year's lineup include old standards, rock, country and even a song from Schoolhouse Rock. This week's Pulse Podcast gives you a sampling of songs you'll hear at the annual show, which opened Thursday and continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the school, 4700 Overland Drive. Tickets are $7.

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Patty Larkin blends acoustic, electronic styles

21 March 2008

Patty Larkin is known for being on the front edge of folk music. Whether it's inventing new instruments or adding electronic loops into her songs, she's willing to blend styles and experiment. For her latest album, "Watch the Sky," Larkin went on a truly solo writing and recording experience, choosing not to bounce her ideas off anyone before moving forward with the album. She talks about that experience in today's Pulse Podcast. Larkin plays in the West Side Folk series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Unity Church of Lawrence.

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Event examines 'Science of Sound'

14 March 2008

If your spring break - and that of your kids - involves staying around Lawrence next week, here's an option: Imitate dinosaur noises and find out how body functions are made. It's time for "The Science Sound," the theme for ths annual spring break education event at Kansas University's Natural History Museum. The interactive exhibit features the science behind sound waves, how animals make noises and a variety of other fun activities good for kids of all ages. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through March 22, is the subject of this week's Pulse Podcast. Teresa MacDonald, the museum's education director, demonstrates some of the activities and talks about the science behind them.

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Lawrence Women's Chorale celebrates 20 years

7 March 2008

It started with a group of women singing in a living room. But the Lawrence Women's Chorale has developed into one of Lawrence's musical institutions. In this week's Pulse Podcast, director Sara Wentz and choir members talk about the history of the group, and what's kept it going through the years. Plus, hear several tunes from the chorale's 20th anniversary concert, which is at 8 tonight at First United Methodist Church 946 Vt.

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'Tom Sawyer' brings kids, adults to stage together

29 February 2008

"There's a little Tom Sawyer in all of us," says 12-year-old actor Sally Spurgeon. It might be that little piece of mischief that lives inside us. A cast of 40 -- including many children -- is examining Tom Sawyer's life in a stage adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel. The production, which opens at 7 tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center, is the focus of this week's Pulse Podcast. Director Ric Averill and several child actors talk about the story and what makes "Tom Sawyer" such an engaging story.

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City Youth Theatre rolls in 'Money'

22 February 2008

How are money and materialism played out through the arts? That's the topic of a performance this weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center, 904 N.H. City Youth Theatre presents "Money Changes Everything," a mix of theater and music based on economic issues, with personal messages and statistics weaved in. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. In this week's Pulse Podcast, hear one of the performance numbers, as well as the thoughts of two performers and the director about the show. After that, hear about some of the other events going on in Lawrence this weekend, as well as a song from Ardys and Bradford, who have a CD release show tonight.

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Guest composer hot among young musicians

15 February 2008

Eric Whitacre is a bit of a rock star in the world of band and choral conducting these days. This weekend, he'll be in Lawrence to work with young musicians at Lawrence High School, Free State High School and Kansas University, in preparation for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center. In this week's Pulse Podcast, Free State choir teacher Hilary Morton and students Raquel Gonzalez and Sarah Robinson talk about why Whitacre is so popular.

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Cash tunes live on in 'Ring of Fire'

8 February 2008

Not a traditional musical and not a straight-up concert, "Ring of Fire" is a little hard to describe. What is for sure is that the stage production features 30 of Johnny Cash's songs sung by 16 performers. In this week's Pulse Podcast, cast member Steve Benoit talks about Cash's legacy and the show, which comes to the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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