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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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Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU
March 1, 2015
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.
Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property
March 1, 2015
If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Tostada pizza at Minsky’s
February 26, 2015
For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we traveled south of the border by way of Italy with Minksy’s tostada pizza.
February Final Friday preview: Artist Roger Shimomura to talk, sell work at Makerspace
February 26, 2015
For one night only during this month’s Friday Friday, celebrated artist Roger Shimomura will offer approximately 35 other prints at a solo show at Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E. Ninth St.
Sound check: Liner notes from the library’s Sound + Vision recording studio
February 21, 2015
Things are starting to get loud at the Lawrence Public Library. Since the arrival of sound engineer Ed Rose in early January, the Lawrence Public Library’s recording studio has become a hotbed of creative activity. These days, you’ll probably have to schedule at least a week in advance if you want to book a weekend slot, Rose says.
KU’s Murphy Hall houses Oscar treasure
February 21, 2015
Go ahead — ask Kathy Pryor about Oscar. In addition to her duties as managing director and budget officer of theater at Kansas University, Pryor also serves as a caretaker of sorts for a 53-year-old Academy Award statuette that once belonged to playwright, novelist and KU alumnus William Inge.
Off the Beaten Plate: Waffle Benedict at The Waffle Iron
February 19, 2015
If, like me, your everyday breakfast consists of two Eggo waffles hastily eaten on the ride to work, a meal at The Waffle Iron is a particularly special occasion.
One for the road: Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton bringing ‘Mixtape’ to Granada
February 19, 2015
On his newest album, “Mixtape of the Open Road,” singer-songwriter Martin Sexton jumps across musical styles, from the psychedelic “Remember That Ride” to the sweet, breezy “You (My Mind is Woo).” Sexton will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Granada.
Annual downtown Mardi Gras parade remains wacky while avoiding snow
04:33 p.m., February 17, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
A light dusting of snow fell over downtown Lawrence just as Mike West and his raucous band of Mardi Gras revelers reached Free State Brewing Co. By 1:30 p.m., the group had completed its four-block march down Massachusetts Street without Kansas weather spoiling the fun. By Joanna Hlavacek
Author bases novel on Phelps family, church
February 14, 2015
In a lot of ways, the youngest members of the Phelps family aren’t much different from other kids.

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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.

Triple Cheese Melt at Milton's Cafe, 901 New Hampshire St.

Seven-Dollar Donuts at 715, 715 Massachusetts St.

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