Game blog: KU football at Iowa State

Published October 3, 2015

Follow along for another week of live Kansas football coverage at As you probably have figured out by now, today’s game at Iowa State — the Jayhawks’ Big 12 opener — looks like the most winnable game left on KU’s schedule.

'Freak Power' exhibit details Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 run for sheriff

Published September 27, 2015

Lawrence native and Aspen art collector Daniel Joseph Watkins' “Freak Power” exhibit featuring political art and writing from Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colo., opened Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center. By Joanna Hlavacek

Game blog: KU football at Rutgers

Published September 26, 2015

Coming off a bye week, the Kansas football team returns to action in its final non-conference game of the season today, at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights (1-2) are in a bit of disarray, with head coach Kyle Flood currently serving a three-game suspension. But Kansas (0-2) and first-year coach David Beaty aren’t exactly world-beaters themselves. It might not be the best college football game of the weekend — in fact, it almost certainly won’t be — but it very well could turn out to be a competitive, entertaining one. And, at least for right now, that should be good news for KU football fans. If Beaty and the Jayhawks somehow can put an end to KU’s 33-game skid away from Memorial Stadium, one might even claim the program is actually making some progress in the early stages of a mammoth overhaul.

Theatre Lawrence explores hope, faith, American Dream in 'Hands on a Hardbody'

Published September 18, 2015

The title of Theatre Lawrence’s newest production “Hands on a Hardbody” might sound a tad risqué, James Diemer admits, though the show, which opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., is actually anything but. Based on a 1997 documentary of the same name, “Hands on a Hardbody” tells the true story of a Longview, Texas, endurance competition in which contestants vied to keep their hands on a Nissan pickup truck without squatting or leaning. By Joanna Hlavacek

2015 Fall Arts Preview: Concerts, exhibits, shows, celebrities and more

Published September 13, 2015

Make space on your calendar for some of these informative, fun and funky events this season. By Joanna Hlavacek

Memphis wins at Kansas, 55-23

Published September 12, 2015

Despite an early 10-point lead against favored Memphis, the Kansas football team, early in a major rebuilding project, couldn’t keep up with the Tigers the rest of Saturday night’s 55-23 loss at Memorial Stadium.

Otto Dix painting chosen as 2015-2016 KU Common Work of Art

Published September 6, 2015

In 1910, a young Otto Dix had just entered his first year of study at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. By fall 1915, after enthusiastically enlisting in the Germany army, Dix was serving as a machine gunner and platoon commander in the battlefields of France, Flanders, Russia and Poland. Just three years later, Dix had witnessed — and taken part in — some of World War I’s most harrowing chapters, including a near-fatal wound to his neck that ultimately led to his discharge from the army in 1918. His experience as a soldier — which he chronicled throughout the war in his diary and sketchbook — became the basis for much of his artwork, including a 1914 self-portrait chosen by the Spencer Museum of Art as the 2015-2016 Common Work of Art at Kansas University. By Joanna Hlavacek

South Dakota St. beats KU, 41-38, in David Beaty's debut

Published September 5, 2015

South Dakota State held on for a 41-38 win at Kansas in head coach David Beaty's first game as the Jayhawks' head coach.

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, 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.