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.

Kansas City Connection: A bakery to satisfy your cookie addiction

Published May 30, 2015

For years, people have been telling me to visit McLain’s Bakery, which has been operating in the Waldo neighborhood since 1945. I finally paid a visit last week and immediately realized why I’d been putting it off for so long: my goal to reduce my sugar intake has now gone from unlikely to a complete impossibility.

Town Talk: News of a Mexican restaurant for 31st Street; city commissioners struggle with idea of ad hoc committee for police headquarters issue

Published May 29, 2015

I know you felt it. Lawrence’s world was a little bit out of balance, especially near the 31st and Iowa area. A Mexican restaurant —El Potro — had moved from its location along 31st Street to a new location near 33rd Street. And get this, no Mexican restaurant had taken its place. Fear not, the world is set to be right again. I’ve got news of a new Mexican restaurant going into the spot that used to house El Potro. Town Talk by Chad Lawrhorn

Busker Festival, Art Tougeau keeping Lawrence weird this weekend

Published May 29, 2015

Things got a little weird at Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting. Citing “a car shaped like a phone,” a “street legal U.F.O.” and Lawrence’s general proclivity toward the odd, mayor Jeremy Farmer proclaimed May 29-31 as “The Official Weird Weekend.” This weekend will host both the Lawrence Busker Festival and the Art Tougeau parade, a new partnership orchestrated by longtime Busker Fest director Richard Renner. By Joanna Hlavacek

Seven KU buildings still have ‘naming opportunities'

Published May 29, 2015

So you don't have a building at Kansas University named after you yet? (Welcome to the club.) Don't give up hope. At least seven still have “naming opportunities,” according to KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson. By Sara Shepherd

Town Talk: Lawrence construction totals on pace for record year; more details on costs of large apartment project; eco devo leaders confirm details of new manufacturer

Published May 28, 2015

It is time to keep our eyes open for a possible Lawrence record in 2015, and it involves the use of hammers and saws, which is usually the type of record that causes my insurance agent to lose his job. But no worries here because the record in question is whether Lawrence will have its best building year in history. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Lawrence home sales surge in April; new report finds local housing value growth lagging region; new sights coming to downtown sidewalks

Published May 27, 2015

Perhaps I need to fire my Leavenworth-based tax preparer (his motto: I wish I had an open door policy) because it sure looks like a lot of people’s tax refunds in April were bigger than mine. Or at least something spurred a surge in home buying in Lawrence, according to the latest figures from the Lawrence Board of Realtors. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn