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Lawrence artist captures father, childhood home in ongoing portrait series

Published August 30, 2015

You can’t go home again. That’s what they say, anyway. Thomas Wolfe famously coined the phrase in his 1940 book of the same name, which told the tale of a fledgling writer who, after writing a successful novel about his family and hometown, is later driven out of the community by its resentful residents. It’s not exactly what Michael McCaffrey found upon his return to Lawrence last year, when spurred by the death of his mother in 2012, the thirty-something artist decided to leave Minneapolis to move back in with his elderly father. By Joanna Hlavacek

Lawrence production of '70s 'Come Back to the Five and Dime' still feels fresh

Published August 28, 2015

On most days, the Lawrence Percolator is an art gallery. But in recent weeks, its already-compact interior has been transformed into a small-town, 1970s-era five-and-dime store. The effect is cluttered, chaotic and a tad uncomfortable. It's all part of the immersive theater experience for “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” which opens Friday. By Joanna Hlavacek

KU Today: A look at KU's campus, community in its 150th year

Published August 22, 2015

In this this special KU section of LJWorld.com, read about what’s happening at KU today while also looking back at where it started 150 years ago.

Mandolin mecca: Tracing Lawrence's decades-long love affair with an old-fashioned instrument

Published August 16, 2015

Ask Mike Black what brought him to Lawrence in 2000, and he’ll tell you. Love. Black, 42, was in his mid-20s when he packed up and left his hometown of Salina to follow his then-girlfriend to Lawrence. The relationship didn’t last — they broke up shortly after the move, Black says — but his love affair with Lawrence and its music scene has held steady. More than a decade later, he’s still in town, and for the last year, has earned his living handcrafting mandolins out of his garage. It’s a full-time gig, says the former call-center worker, who receives about 10 to 15 orders per year. By Joanna Hlavacek

Journal-World Photos of the Month

Published August 10, 2015

Journal-World photographers select their best photos each month.

Will Rogers and Okie prank calls come to life in roadshow documentaries at Lawrence Arts Center

Published August 7, 2015

Three Oklahoma filmmakers are going on a road trip throughout the Midwest to screen their newest projects, and they are making a stop at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Free State Fest Film Society presents an encore performance of Free State Fest short-film favorite “Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story,” as well as the 60-minute documentary “The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers” on Aug. 15. By Eric Melin

Before Drakkar Sauna plays its farewell, a look back

Published August 2, 2015

The boisterous wailing, the twirly moustache, the science fiction-themed lyrics: they’re all key ingredients that have helped make the duo known as Drakkar Sauna a local music treasure over the last decade. They are unlike any band in Lawrence, playing almost strictly acoustically and utilizing instruments such as the harmophone. What really draws fans to this band, though, is their unique harmonizing.

The whole hog: Butcher serves up all-natural sausages at Leeway Franks

Published July 30, 2015

Veteran butcher Lee Meisel, who worked for three years at 715 before setting up shop at Leeway Franks earlier this month, says his new store offers him a chance to do what he does best: make sausage. He’s taking a “no-fuss, straightforward” approach at Leeway Franks, where he and his staff are serving up all-natural, locally sourced sausages (no "hot dogs" here, Meisel stresses) all made in-house by Meisel. By Joanna Hlavacek

Sights from the 2015 Douglas County Fair

Published July 28, 2015

Photo gallery of various events at the 2015 Douglas County Fair, July 24 to Aug. 2.

Photo Gallery: Van Go's 17th annual Benchmark unveiling

Published July 27, 2015

Van Go, whose mission is to give at-risk youth practical career training through the arts, held its 17th annual bench unveiling on Friday, July 24, 2015, as part of its Benchmark program.

Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

Published July 26, 2015

It’s a busy time for filmmaker and KU associate professor Kevin Willmott. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director. The movie, which stirred up controversy because of its name alone, is the first to be released by Amazon Studios. It stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration.

Taking a hard look at 'Watchman'

Published July 25, 2015

Harper Lee’s second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," hit the shelves last week, bringing with it a storm of controversy. The book follows a 26-year-old Scout Finch — now going by her proper name, Jean Louise — as she returns home to Maycomb, Ala. It is not a true sequel to the celebrated "To Kill A Mockingbird," but rather a “companion” story.

Kansas basketball's journey to the gold medal in South Korea

Published July 20, 2015

Revisit the Kansas men's basketball team's road to the gold medal at the World University Games in South Korea. Find exclusive coverage, behind-the-scenes content and more from Team USA practices and games at KUsports.com

Piano that once belonged to Phog Allen returns to KU

Published July 19, 2015

From the time they were small, there was “never any question” that the Gallup girls would learn how to play the piano. And, from how Cindy Pine (née Gallup) tells it, that’s what they did. When your mom’s a professional piano accompanist, you don’t have much of a choice. “Our home was always full of wonderful music,” recalls Pine, who, along with her sister, Nancy, continued with lessons until graduating high school.

'Ant-Man' a small wonder; 'Amy' goes behind the music

Published July 18, 2015

In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the mega-superheroes are taken out of their usual hi-tech, urban surroundings and brought down to Earth when they hide out at a Midwestern farmhouse. It’s a scene that writer/director Joss Whedon had to fight to keep in the movie, and it's one of the best. In Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” the titular character (played by Paul Rudd) suffers an even more ignoble juxtaposition.

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