Joanna Hlavacek (Features reporter)

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

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Seeing double: Artists team up for show at Cider Gallery
May 23, 2015
“More Than Meets The Eye.” Those who grew up in the 1980s might remember the phrase from the old “Transformers” cartoons. It’s also the name of an upcoming collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Lawrence artists John Sebelius and Jeromy Morris.
Art gives voice, healing to woman living with mental-health condition
May 23, 2015
It all started with a doodle. Lesa Weller had always struggled with mental health. Diagnoses for depression and bipolar disorder came early in life, and several suicide attempts marked her teenage years.
Library’s Lawrence Music Project aims to archive, share local music
May 23, 2015
The Lawrence Public Library is helping to archive local bands past and present in a new initiative called the Lawrence Music Project.
Young dancers to take stage at Arts Center’s End of Year Showcases
May 21, 2015
More than 600 performers will take the stage at the Lawrence Arts Center this weekend, as the center’s School of Dance presents its annual End of Year Showcases.
Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken gizzards at Set ‘Em Up Jack’s
May 20, 2015
When in doubt, fry it. That’s the takeaway from this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, which took us to Set ‘Em Up Jack’s in search of chicken gizzards.
2015 Summer Arts Preview
May 16, 2015
Don’t let the heat keep you in the house all summer. From art exhibits to outdoor concerts to “The World’s Best Slip N’ Slide” there’s a lot to see and do in Lawrence in the next few months.
Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burger at 8 Flavors
May 13, 2015
It’s easy to walk into 8 Flavors and assume that the advertised “Chinese burgers” are some sort of wacky, modern riff on an American staple. After all, Americans invented the hamburger, right? Wrong.
New York Elementary second-graders get creative with product pitches
01:43 p.m., May 11, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
It’s a little past 8 a.m. Monday at New York Elementary and Shane Heiman’s second-grade classroom is busy pitching ideas to JanSport. The task at hand: designing a new feature for the company’s backpacks. Among the concepts tossed around: built-in video games, music players, iPads, pillows and in one of the more outlandish designs, a rainbow-tooting unicorn. A similar scene has unfolded every day since October. By Joanna Hlavacek
Artist explores ‘gray area’ of human condition in Arts Center exhibit
May 9, 2015
The Seven Deadly Sins — and their righteous counterpart, the Seven Heavenly Virtues — served as a linchpin to Patrick’s Duegaw’s childhood in upstate New York, where his Catholic schooling ingrained in him a fear of the Devil and his vices.
Lawrence moms pass on musical gifts to kids
May 9, 2015
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating three local mothers with musical talents — and the kids who have followed in their footsteps.

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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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