KU's Team USA receives warm welcome in first practice

Published June 30, 2015

It was quite the scene on Tuesday night when Kansas University men's basketball players took the court for their first practice in Korea and were surrounded by hundreds of students from Gwangju High School. By Bobby Nightengale

Spencer Museum of Art remains 'At Large' during renovations with 'NuPenny's Last Stand'

Published June 28, 2015

A lot of folks were left scratching their heads after a mysterious structure resembling an old-timey toy store sprung up seemingly overnight in an East Lawrence industrial park just over a week ago. Those who happened to stumble upon the mid-century-style monolith posted pictures on social media, and soon word began to spread. More and more people stopped by to see it in person, but weren’t sure what to make of the thing.

Kansas sweeps Canada with big 4th quarter, 87-76

Published June 26, 2015

The Kansas University men's basketball team swept Canada and grabbed plenty of momentum for next month's World University Games in South Korea with a 87-76 victory over Team Canada at Sprint Center on Friday.

Is Netflix taking over TV and movies?

Published June 26, 2015

A prequel to one of the biggest cult comedy classics of the last 20 years is out on July 31, only it won’t be released in theaters. And, unlike its predecessor, it’s not a movie. Unless you binge watch all eight episodes in a row. By Eric Melin

Weekend Picks: Festivals, fiestas, Final Friday and freakouts

Published June 25, 2015

Buckle up, folks. This weekend is almost certainly the busiest cultural weekend of the summer, if not the entire year. If you are out and about very much at all, you're likely to find yourself (intentionally or otherwise) in the midst of two festivals, a fiesta, Final Friday events, and some bike races.

Have you found NuPenny yet? Unraveling the mystery of Lawrence's newest art installation

Published June 24, 2015

Those cruising around the outskirts of East Lawrence (or social media) in the past few days may have noticed an eye-catching new addition to the area's normally unassuming landscape. By Joanna Hlavacek

Jayhawks get past Canada in first exhibition

Published June 23, 2015

In its first attempt at taking on the world, the Kansas University men's basketball team opened up its opportunity to represent the United States in next month's World University Games in South Korea with a 91-83 victory over Team Canada at Sprint Center.

KU releases uniforms for World Games in South Korea

Published June 22, 2015

The Kansas University athletic department on Monday released several photographs of the uniforms the men's basketball team will wear while representing the United States in the World University Games in early July in South Korea.

'Inside Out' has That Pixar Feeling

Published June 19, 2015

“Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” was already a well-worn cliché before the band Cinderella turned it into a power ballad monster, but just because they didn’t invent it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hold some kind of strange potency. Animation studio Pixar didn’t invent poignancy either, but as far as movies with mainstream appeal go, they seem to have perfected a very specific version of it. Let’s call it “That Pixar Feeling.” Lawrence.com movie review by Eric Melin

Setting the tables: Restaurant turns wine cellar into fine dining experience

Published June 18, 2015

If it grows together, it goes together. That’s the idea behind Two Tables, the new “fine dining pop-up restaurant” — as it’s described by owner Steve Wilson — that’s located, funnily enough, below ground. By Joanna Hlavacek

2015 Free State Festival events run gamut of art and ideas

Published June 15, 2015

A performance by comedian Tig Notaro next Monday will kick off a week chock full of arts and culture events in downtown Lawrence. By Joanna Hlavacek

Dear Hollywood: Stop getting our hopes up

Published June 13, 2015

Hope is a dangerous thing, and with its never-ending stream of sequels and franchise reboots, Hollywood preys on its audience’s hope in the most cynical of ways. Hope is what drew me to see “Jurassic World,” even though I knew in the back of my mind not to get too hopeful. Movie review by Eric Melin

Town Talk: Latest plans show hundreds of new apartments, condos, retirement units near Alvamar golf course; city looks to get in gear on transit changes

Published June 3, 2015

The future of the Alvamar Golf and Country Club is becoming clearer: It involves several hundred new apartment or condo-style residences around the course. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Threat of furloughs looms large as Kansas tax debate continues

Published June 2, 2015

The Kansas Senate on Monday shot down another tax proposal aimed at closing the state’s $400 million budget gap as the threat of having to furlough thousands of state employees looms on the horizon.

Outdoor sculpture exhibition invites public to engage with art

Published May 31, 2015

When John Merigian accompanied his teenage son on a college visit to Kansas University last year, he rounded out the trip — as many parents of prospective Jayhawks do — with a walk down Massachusetts Street. It was there that the recent Kansas transplant noticed “all these cool sculptures” dotting the downtown landscape and thought to himself, “I’d like to do this.” Now, his sculpture “Homage to L’Homme Qui Marche” adorns the sidewalk outside The Eldridge Hotel on the southwest corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets. Merigian is one of five artists contributing work to this year’s Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, featuring eight sculptures total. Founded by local sculptor James Patti in 1988 and sponsored by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, the exhibition attracts artists from all over the country.