Joanna Hlavacek (Features reporter)
Joanna Hlavacek is the features reporter for Lawrence.com and the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Lawrence artist captures father, childhood home in ongoing portrait series
- August 30, 2015
- You can’t go home again. That’s what they say, anyway. But it’s not exactly what Michael McCaffrey found upon his return to Lawrence last year, when spurred by the death of his mother in 2012, the thirty-something artist decided to leave Minneapolis to move back in with his elderly father. By Joanna Hlavacek
- Lawrence production of ‘70s ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime’ still feels fresh
- August 27, 2015
- Tucked away in the alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center and identified from the outside by its green awnings, the short, squat little building at 913 Rhode Island St. is, on most days, an art gallery. But in recent weeks, the Lawrence Percolator’s already-compact 600-square-foot interior has been transformed into a small-town, 1970s-era five-and-dime store complete with an antique cash register and diner-esque chrome tables and chairs.By Joanna Hlavacek
- Off the Beaten Plate: Meatloaf po’ boy at Terrebonne Cafe
- August 26, 2015
- At Terrebonne, homemade slices of (very hefty) meatloaf are piled onto a toasted French roll with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and the cafe’s special po’ boy sauce.
- Local artist Dave Loewenstein to host introductory workshop for new ‘Kansas People’s History Project’
- August 25, 2015
- Dave Loewenstein, the local artist whose colorful murals enliven public spaces in Lawrence and across the country, is embarking on a new project that he hopes will re-engage Kansans with bits of our state identity that we may have forgotten or unknowingly overlooked. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, and to make it happen, he’s going to need some help. Loewenstein will host a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Watkins Museum of History to introduce the Kansas People’s History Project, a collaborative effort between the Douglas County Historical Society and five arts and educational organizations across the state.
- Lawrence Arts Center planning 40th anniversary street party; permit awaits approval from city
- August 24, 2015
- Held in conjunction with Lawrence Arts Center’s annual September Final Friday street party, the 40th anniversary celebration will tentatively close traffic on the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. Arts Center officials are still awaiting approval for their permit request, which will be discussed at Tuesday’s city commission meeting 5:45 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners will also consider adopting an ordinance that would allow the sale, possession and consumption of alcohol within the closed-off area during the event.
- Artists-in-residence bring ‘thoughtful, poetic’ approach to work
- August 23, 2015
- The Lawrence Arts Center’s 2015-2016 artists-in-residence moved into their studios earlier this month, and will soon begin teaching classes, taking part in community-outreach projects and creating new work in Lawrence.
- KU Today: Exhibit offers rare glimpse into the KU student experience of yesteryear
- August 23, 2015
- On March 21, 1865, a small group of men commissioned by the Kansas State Legislature met in the “Council Rooms” of a downtown Lawrence building to decide the permanent location of a state university that would eventually be known as Kansas University.
- ‘Cowboy Cabaret’ a country music variety show with a Lawrence twist
- August 20, 2015
- If you don’t consider yourself a fan of country music, it may be time to take a fresh look at the genre at this weekend’s “Cowboy Cabaret.”
- Off the Beaten Plate: Dulce de leche chimichanga at Tres Mexicanos
- August 19, 2015
- You’re likely to find a chimichanga — basically a deep-fried burrito — at almost any Mexican restaurant in town. What’s a little more off the beaten plate (ahem) is Tres Mexicanos’ sweet reworking of the Tex Mex favorite, which in this case involves dulce de leche. So, yum.