Joanna Hlavacek (Features reporter)

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

Recent stories

Soup’s on: Author uses short stories to help challenge preconceptions of disabilities
December 20, 2014
“You can push her over there,” said the woman behind the desk.
Celtic singer Ashley Davis returns home to perform at Lied Center
December 17, 2014
Ashley Davis may call Kansas home, but these days, you’ll be hard-pressed to find her there.
Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled Glazer at Harolds Fried Chicken & Donuts
December 17, 2014
If you catch a glimpse of the Grilled Glazer from far away, it might appear to be a normal chicken sandwich. Upon closer inspection, though, and it’s pretty clear that this is no ordinary meal.
Homemade for the holidays: Local artists craft greeting cards by hand
December 13, 2014
We are living in the age of DIY, says Sarah McCormick. In a time when the many uses of a Mason jar can draw as much excitement from folks as the newest iPhone, a handful of local artists are finding a market for handmade greeting cards.
Cast, along with beards, grow in latest incarnation of ‘A Kansas Nutcracker’
December 10, 2014
This weekend, Ric Averill will complete his months-long transformation into Gen. Hugh Cameron, an eccentric figure who settled in Lawrence during the tumultuous years just before the Civil War.
Off the Beaten Plate: Walking Tacos at Henry T’s
December 10, 2014
The “Walking Taco” is all about convenience. Order up a plate of these babies at Henry T’s and forget about the to-go box.
Lawrence Percolator to debut ‘sunny’ art show
December 6, 2014
As winter progresses and the days get shorter, colder and darker, the folks at the Lawrence Percolator hope to remind us of happier times with a new show celebrating — what else? — the sun.
Spencer Museum’s WWI art helps recall past, understand present
December 6, 2014
In an oil painting hanging from a gallery wall on the fourth floor of the Spencer Museum of Art, a single saucer-shaped eye looks out underneath the brim of a combat helmet adorned with a crown of barbed wire.
Theatre Lawrence’s ‘Mary Poppins’ takes flight this weekend
December 3, 2014
Those expecting a carbon copy of the 1964 classic film starring Julie Andrews as a singing, flying nanny may be in for a surprise come Friday evening, when “Mary Poppins” makes its debut at Theatre Lawrence.
Off the Beaten Plate: Pumpkin Curry at Baan Thai
December 1, 2014
With Thanksgiving officially over and next month’s holiday feasts on their way, pumpkin heyday is in full swing. For those who can’t get enough of the festive vegetable, might we suggest something a little out of the ordinary: pumpkin curry at Baan Thai.

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Recent photos

Grilled Glazer at Harolds Fried Chicken & Donuts, 3300 W. Sixth St.

Walking Tacos at Henry T's Bar & Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St.

Grape Drank, $3, at Frank's North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

Pumpkin curry at Baan Thai, 741 Massachusetts St.

Shark Attack at The Sandbar

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