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Autism is no joke to comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us

Joanna Hlavacek

Asperger’s Are Us has a few requests for audience members in advance of the Boston-based comedy troupe’s Aug. 5 performance at the Lawrence Arts Center. First and foremost, don’t expect to see the guys – that would be Noah Britton, Jack Hanke, New Michael Ingemi and Ethan Finlan, all of ...

Vintage Players to perform annual 'Senior Moments' Saturday at Theatre Lawrence

Joanna Hlavacek

The retirees-turned-thespians of Theatre Lawrence’s Vintage Players call it “An Evening of Senior Moments,” but, as members of the group will attest, the annual comedy performance is more than colonoscopy jokes and predictable bits about failing memory. “It’s funny,” Vintage Players director Mary Ann Saunders says of that particular brand ...

A block-by-block guide to the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

Joanna Hlavacek

With nearly 100 local businesses slated to participate Thursday, July 21, the 57th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is again expected to draw at least 10,000 savvy shoppers over the course of the day — that'd be sunup to sundown, or roughly 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. While Massachusetts Street, ...

Tour of Lawrence returns this weekend with an estimated 750 cyclists rolling into town

Joanna Hlavacek

More than 750 cyclists are expected to roll into town (we’ll try to keep the bicycle jokes to a minimum here) when the eighth annual Tour of Lawrence kicks off Friday. The three-day event, sanctioned by USA Cycling, is presented by U.S. Bank and made possible by eXplore Lawrence. It ...

Lawrence cook takes home top prize, scholarship at national culinary competition

Joanna Hlavacek

Zach Frieling was sweating, his body wracked with nerves as the results began to roll in at last month’s SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. He remembers the “shock” that came with the news that he’d won first place in the conference’s culinary arts competition, and also ...

10 Questions with Benjamin Farmer and Joni Alexander of Alchemy Coffee & Bake House

Joanna Hlavacek

In this week's installment of 10 Questions, which turned out to be nine because this reporter evidently cannot count, Alchemy Coffee & Bake House co-owners Benjamin Farmer and Joni Alexander chat about their recent Best of Lawrence honor (first place in the competitive "best coffee shop" category), their "Portlandia"-style peers ...

Free State Festival proves popular again; next year's fest to focus on global-local connections

Joanna Hlavacek

Anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 people flocked to Lawrence’s Free State Festival events, according to estimates from festival organizers, putting this year’s numbers roughly in the same range as 2015 figures. Still, it’s an imprecise tally, said festival director and ideas programming coordinator Sarah Bishop, who hopes to have more ...

Taco Zone files plans to add outdoor seating

Joanna Hlavacek

If you’re a fan of Taco Zone and eating al fresco, here’s a bit of news that might whet your appetite (get it?) for both. Brad Shanks, co-owner of the popular [downtown eatery][1] at 13 E. Eighth St., has filed plans to install a railing “with a built-in shelf” for ...

Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad on journalism, the fury of Terry Gross fans and what makes 'messy' stories worth telling

Joanna Hlavacek

The creative process, according to "Radiolab" co-host Jad Abumrad, is marked with uncertainty. Whether that creative queasiness — “gut churn,” he calls it — helps or hinders the operation is the inquiry at the center of Abumrad’s multimedia presentation of the same name, [coming to Lawrence this weekend][1] as part ...

Fiesta to celebrate Mexican culture, food this weekend

Joanna Hlavacek

In some ways, St. John’s Mexican Fiesta isn’t unlike La Yarda, says fiesta publicity chair and longtime St. John parishioner Jacinta Hoyt. The community of Mexican railroad workers that sprang up 90 years ago in East Lawrence is long gone (the patch of small, brick homes was washed away in ...

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