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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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Common threads: Exhibition charts textiles’ social role in local history
January 24, 2015
Brittany Keegan is standing opposite a massive quilt that hangs from the wall of a sun-drenched room on the second floor of the Watkins Museum of History.
Public invited to talk about issues at ‘People’s State of the Union’
04:54 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Following President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, organizers with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture will host events across the country through the end of the month that they’re collectively calling the “People’s State of the Union.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Halum cheese at Aladdin Cafe
January 22, 2015
We’ve never met a cheese we didn’t like, and the Halum appetizer at Aladdin Cafe (our first experience with the variety) was no exception.
TEDxLawrence seeking speakers for March event
January 18, 2015
Innovative. Collaborative. Dynamic. Those words describe the ideas organizers hope to showcase at an upcoming TEDxLawrence conference, the city’s first, slated for March 23 at Liberty Hall. By Joanna Hlavacek
Football-player-turned-poet gains attention with ‘Welcome to KU
January 17, 2015
Traditions Night, August 2013: It had been nearly 14 years since Christopher Enneking’s last game at Kansas University’s Kivisto Field, where he played offensive lineman for the Jayhawks from 1995 to 1999. That night he had returned not to play football but to recite a poem to incoming freshmen. By Joanna Hlavacek
What’s in a name? Theatre Lawrence to debut ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’
January 15, 2015
This weekend, Theatre Lawrence will debut its production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a Chekhov-inspired Tony Award-winning play.
Off the Beaten Plate: Mochi ice cream at Encore Cafe
January 15, 2015
This frozen treat is like two desserts in one — soft, gelatinous mochi (a Japanese pounded rice cake, for the uninitiated) on the outside and a scoop of ice cream on the inside.
Future of Lawrence Arts: Local arts leaders weigh in
January 10, 2015
In many ways, 2015 is a crossroads in the Lawrence arts community. This year will see a new arts and culture director for the city and the development of an arts corridor along East Ninth Street, among other big changes. How do leaders of the arts scene see all this unfolding?
Off the Beaten Plate: Hercules Burger at The Mad Greek
January 8, 2015
If you’ve ever bitten into a hamburger and thought to yourself, “This could really use more meat,” the Mad Greek’s Hercules Burger may be the meal for you.
Borrowed from the kids’ menu: Restaurants offer adult versions of childhood treats
January 8, 2015
You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn’t go crazy for macaroni and cheese or a plate of chicken tenders. But, as those kids grow up, so do their taste buds. But just because we grow up doesn’t mean we have to abandon the culinary treats we enjoyed as kids.

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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.

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

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