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Folk musician Rhiannon Giddens turns back the clock

Published April 26, 2015

On April 14, Rhiannon Giddens sang for President Barack Obama. She shook hands with Obama. She managed to respond coherently when Obama told her he’d listened to her record. “Everything was fine,” Giddens recalls of her performance at the White House, until she met Aretha Franklin and “completely fell to pieces” in the presence of the Queen of Soul. “I can make it through meeting the president of the United States, but I sound like an idiot talking to Aretha Franklin — sounds about right,” jokes the folk musician, who will play to a decidedly less intimidating crowd Wednesday evening at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Style and function come together in Chair Show

Published April 26, 2015

You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s a long-established rule at art museums and galleries around the world. But a new exhibit at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St., invites guests to do more than just view the approximately 25 handcrafted chairs displayed around the store. In the Chair Show, it’s OK not only to touch the art but to sit on it. Go ahead — take a seat, make yourself comfortable and have some coffee while you’re at it.

Weekend Picks: Riptide Comedy Festival; See/Saw Film Festival; Red Rockin Music Fest; Farmers' Ball finals

Published April 24, 2015

If you're in the mood for a festival this weekend, you won't have to travel far. Lawrence will play host to at least three festivals, delivering comedy, film and music. Larryville Life has more weekend picks.

Weekend Picks: Riptide Comedy Festival; See/Saw Film Festival; Red Rockin Music Fest; Final Friday; Farmers' Ball finals

Published April 24, 2015

It's a diverse festival weekend in Lawrence, with at least three festivals delivering comedy, film and music. Mix in a wealth of Final Friday activities and the Farmers' Ball finals, and there's surely enough close at hand to keep any culture-seeking citizen well-satisfied.

Town Talk: City set to select Stoddard to serve as interim city manager; speculation that Holiday Inn will become a DoubleTree by Hilton

Published April 24, 2015

Lawrence city commissioners are now off and running in their process to find a replacement for departing City Manager David Corliss. As expected, commissioners are turning to current Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard to serve as an interim replacement for Corliss, who has taken a job in Colorado. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: New center for business startups opens near Ninth and Iowa; city plans to discuss gigabit Internet again

Published April 23, 2015

Figuring out how to help Lawrence residents build new companies is the big talk in local economic development circles these days. Now, there is a new private effort underway to help budding entrepreneurs as well. The Lawrence Center for Entrepreneurship has recently opened near Ninth and Iowa streets. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

As morels spring up, so do restaurant specials

Published April 23, 2015

It's springtime in northeast Kansas, and for the past few weeks, the area has been abuzz with talk of a very special fungus: the morel mushroom. A number of restaurants in town are serving up a variety of morel-centric dishes while they're still plentiful along Lawrence-area river banks and hillsides. By Joanna Hlavacek

Yard games with KU football coach David Beaty

Published April 23, 2015

Kansas football coach David Beaty hit the yard outside Watson Library on Thursday to challenge students to various yard games and to drum up some support for the Jayhawk football team. Video by Nick Krug

Town Talk: How paychecks, pickup trucks and guns fit into the city's budget deliberations; name change on tap for Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau

Published April 22, 2015

Paychecks, pickup trucks and guns: They’re not just the beginning of a Jeff Foxworthy joke. They’re also items to keep an eye on as city commissioners begin crafting a 2016 budget. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Watch KU introduce women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider

Published April 21, 2015

New KU women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider introduced himself to the media and the Jayhawk fanbase this morning at a press conference.

Town Talk: Bridal shop to take over space of longtime downtown retailer; city considering issuing new citizen survey; project to honor Langston Hughes

Published April 21, 2015

Someday soon, a man going to downtown Lawrence is going to be confused. A man will go into the storefront at 731 Massachusetts St. and expect to revel in the comfort of bats, balls, jerseys and other macho merchandise that was the hallmark of Francis Sporting Goods. Instead, he’s soon going to find wedding dresses and everything else brides are looking for to make a perfect day. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Police, fire departments list funding needs for 2016; Sprouts sets new opening date for Lawrence store; former KU basketball player says deal is near on wing restaurant

Published April 20, 2015

So much for a nice welcome basket or even a tin with that wonderful nacho cheese-flavored popcorn. New city commissioners will get none of that when they dig into their first full meeting on Tuesday. Instead, they’ll get memos detailing how the police and fire department need millions of dollars in new funding. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Turning heads: Inside Out exhibition a portrait of the entire arts community

Published April 19, 2015

Those walking by the Lawrence Arts Center recently may have noticed some eye-catching new additions to the windows next to the building’s main entrance: a trio of giant, 12-foot-tall faces. The giant images represent only a fraction of the approximately 650 black-and-white portraits photographed over the last year by local artist Rachael Perry for the Lawrence Inside Out community photo project. By Joanna Hlavacek

See/Saw Film Festival to take viewers back to childhood

Published April 19, 2015

“What does it mean to grow up in the 21st century?” That’s the tagline for the See/Saw Film Festival, April 24-26 at the Lawrence Public Library, which has an intriguing and distinctly different slant than other film festivals I’ve seen before. Once I saw the top-tier lineup of movies and read the description, it wasn’t a surprise to find that See/Saw is the brainchild of two Kansas University doctoral students: Maggie Beneke and Sorcha Hyland.

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