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Joanna Hlavacek (Features reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the features reporter for Lawrence.com and the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Spencer Museum to host ‘Last Look’ events before closing for renovations
03:40 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
With renovations slated for May, the Spencer Museum of Art is giving guests the chance to take a last look at the galleries with a series of programming that will culminate in a closing party April 12.
Swarthout Recital Hall to re-open with concert series
March 28, 2015
After almost 60 years, a million patrons and thousands of performances, Swarthout Recital Hall was due for a face-lift. Now, after undergoing renovations for the last 10 months, the historic building is re-opening and christening its upgrades with an eight-concert series of performances.
Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand
March 26, 2015
If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.
Final Friday Preview: Marla Jackson to celebrate mother in Percolator quilt show
March 25, 2015
Over the years, quilter and historian Marla Jackson’s mother has been a strong influence in her life — and in her work. She’s represented, at least figuratively, in all 10 quilts that make up Jackson’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Percolator that opens Friday.
Bernadette Peters bringing many talents, love of animals to Lied Center concert
March 21, 2015
It’s just past lunchtime at Bernadette Peters’ New York City home, and the legendary actress and singer has her hands full with a pair of rowdy dogs.
When Louis Armstrong played KU
KPR to air unbroadcast recording of 1957 ‘Satchmo’ gig
March 21, 2015
Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas University men’s basketball team may have lost the national championship in heartbreaking fashion on March 23, 1957, but the team and KU fans were still treated to a night they’ll never forget thanks to a legendary jazz musician.
Off the Beaten Plate: Jja Jang Myeon at O Café
March 18, 2015
At first glance, O Café’s jja jang myeon — a Chinese-derived, Korean-adopted noodle dish — looks a bit spooky.
2015 Spring Arts Preview
March 14, 2015
With temperatures already warming up, it’s a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We’ve rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.
Off the Beaten Plate: Chorizo Sloppy José at Global Cafe
March 12, 2015
For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we decided to try out another Latin American-inspired twist on a popular American dish: the chorizo sloppy José (get it?) at Global Café.
Descent into Madness: Watch basketball at a venue that meets your needs
March 11, 2015
Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual viewer, it’s hard to avoid the craziness of March Madness here in the (sort of) birthplace of basketball. Lawrence has no shortage of venues to watch the action unfold.

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Bleeding Kansas ($8) at Five Bar & Tables, 947 Massachusetts St.

Quinoa and sweet corn fritters at La Parrilla, 724 Massachusetts St.

Mochi ice cream at Encore Cafe, 1007 Massachusetts St.

Beer float at Ted's Taphouse, 1004 Massachusetts St.

Seven-Dollar Donuts at 715, 715 Massachusetts St.

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