Joanna Hlavacek (Features reporter)

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

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Folk musician Rhiannon Giddens turns back the clock
April 25, 2015
On April 14, Rhiannon Giddens sang for President Barack Obama. She shook hands with Obama. She managed to respond coherently when Obama told her he’d listened to her record.
Style and function come together in Chair Show
April 25, 2015
You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s a long-established rule at art museums and galleries around the world. But a new exhibit at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St., invites guests to do more than just view the approximately 25 handcrafted chairs displayed around the store.
Riptide Comedy Festival casts a wider net in second year
April 22, 2015
Harpoon Presents’ second annual Riptide Comedy Festival kicks off this week at various locations across downtown Lawrence, bringing with it more than 25 comedians from New York to Los Angeles.
April Final Friday preview: Art Emergency, See/Saw Film Festival and Lawrence Inside Out
April 22, 2015
This month’s Final Friday happenings include an Art Emergency, See/Saw Film Festival and the official unveiling of the citywide Lawrence Inside Out project.
Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut soup at India Palace
April 22, 2015
For those of us who can’t get enough coconut, India Palace’s creamy but refreshing coconut soup is the perfect appetizer or even dessert.
Turning heads: Inside Out exhibition a portrait of the entire arts community
April 18, 2015
Those walking by the Lawrence Arts Center recently may have noticed some eye-catching new additions to the building’s front windows: a trio of giant faces. The images represent only a fraction of the approximately 650 black-and-white portraits photographed over the last year by local artist Rachael Perry for the Lawrence Inside Out project.
Eric McHenry of Lawrence named Poet Laureate of Kansas
10:39 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
The Kansas Humanities Council announced that Eric McHenry, of Lawrence, has been named the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas.
Off the Beaten Plate: Duck carnitas at Merchants Pub and Plate
April 14, 2015
Carnitas, a mainstay of Mexican eateries pretty much everywhere, usually involves braising or simmering pork in oil or sometimes lard until the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Role of a lifetime: Retired KU professor revives one-man William Allen White play
April 11, 2015
When “The Sage of Emporia” premiered in March 1981, its star, Jack Wright, had to spend four hours in the makeup chair in order to convincingly portray a 74-year-old William Allen White. Fast-forward a couple of decades, Wright jokes, and the process takes about four minutes.
Theatre Lawrence’s ‘Explorers’ Club’ pokes fun at Victorian customs
April 8, 2015
The year is 1879, and the esteemed scientists of the all-male Explorers Club are facing a very serious dilemma. Gathered in the group’s London headquarters, the men must decide whether they’ll allow a woman to join their ranks.

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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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