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Weekend Picks: Major Games Album Release; #MXM2015 Conference; Kansas Food Truck Festival; David Mamet's The Shawl; Taproom Poetry Series

Published April 30, 2015

This weekend isn't as festival-heavy as the previous two, but there's still one major festival to showcase, along with two major rock shows. Also on tap: a music conference, an unusual theatrical event, and an edgy Sunday afternoon of poetry. Weekend Picks from Larryville Life

Town Talk: Update on reopening plans for Ladybird, Jefferson's, Biggs on Mass following fires; a guess on when Menards will open

Published April 30, 2015

If anything good comes out of the fires that have temporarily closed three downtown restaurants, it is that the pairing of doughnuts and bourbon may finally get its due. I have updates on reopening plans for the three eateries — Jefferson’s, Biggs on Mass, and Ladybird Diner — and yes, one of them really does involve doughnuts. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Kansas Food Truck Festival expands roster in second year

Published April 29, 2015

More than a dozen food-on-wheels vendors will make an appearance at the second annual Kansas Food Truck Festival this weekend in Lawrence's Warehouse Arts District. The event, which also features live music and performances from Lawrence Busker Festival acts, nearly tripled its roster of trucks from last year. By Joanna Hlavacek

Town Talk: Lawrence based advertising agency sold to new owner; get ready for 'Unmistakably Lawrence'; plans in the works for City Hall to take over Convention and Visitors Bureau

Published April 29, 2015

A Lawrence-based advertising agency that does work for everybody from Free State Brewing Company to Westar Energy has been sold. Leaders at Callahan Creek have announced that longtime CEO Cindy Maude has sold her majority ownership interest in the company to Callahan Creek President Chris Marshall. With the purchase, Marshall now takes over as president and CEO of the company. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Column: Addition of big man Diallo makes Kansas Final Four contender

Published April 29, 2015

Newly signed KU big man Cheick Diallo doesn’t need to earn All-Big 12 honors ­­to become a difference-maker for a Jayhawks roster that figures to bring so much more maturity, balance and chemistry than the squad that Wichita State bounced from the tournament in the Round of 32. Column by Tom Keegan

Town Talk: Home sales soar in March; proof that a Chick-fil-A is coming to Lawrence; plans for East Lawrence bar/bistro

Published April 28, 2015

I’m sure we all spent some of our time last weekend watching the Kansas University spring football game, and we all came to the same conclusion about the upcoming season: I’m going to have to buy a bigger house to host all these fantastic watch parties. Well, some people evidently had already figured that out before Saturday’s game because the latest report for the Lawrence real estate market showed sales soared in March. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Report says Lawrence could use more conference space; city set to move ahead with $45 million sewer plant

Published April 27, 2015

Lawrence could use some extra conference space, and it probably ought to be located in a place like downtown, a new City Hall report has found. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

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.

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.

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

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