Out & About

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

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, ...

Vintage Players to perform annual ‘Senior Moments’ Saturday at Theatre Lawrence

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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" ...

Taco Zone files plans to add outdoor seating

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 food and drinks ...

Fiesta to celebrate Mexican culture, food this weekend

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 ...

Lawrence Libations: Rose lemonade at Aladdin Cafe

Lawrence Libations revisits an old summer standby this week, with a Middle Eastern twist on lemonade at Aladdin Cafe. The addition of rose water — which itself has been marketed as a [good-for-you “beauty drink”][1] as of late in the Western world, apparently [showing up][2] in the ...

Beyond Bamford: Free State Festival highlights

Monday brings the arrival of this year's Free State Festival and its fully stocked lineup of music, art, film and ideas. Among the many attractions: "Lady Dynamite" star Maria Bamford (you can read our interview with her here), Radiolab co-founder Jad Abumrad, film screenings galore and a solo ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Purple yam ice cream at Zen Zero

This month’s Off the Beaten Plate is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach — although in my world, a “feast” probably entails more than two scoops of creamy, dreamy lavender-hued ice cream, but Zen Zero knows what’s best for me and gave me the standard size, thankfully. If ...

Bluegrass, family fun on the docket for Saturday’s Blues and Grass by the River

Lawrence is a town that loves its bluegrass. John Gallup, a local event promoter with 20 years of experience and a resume that includes the popular, now-defunct Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, can vouch for that. “We’ve just had such good music in this town over the last 25, 30 ...

Library’s summer reading program underway; kickoff party slated for June 4

School may be out for the summer, but the Lawrence Public Library isn’t about to let our brain muscles go soft. The library’s 75th annual summer reading program launched on Thursday, just as Lawrence schools let out for summer vacation, with the theme of “Exercise Your Mind — ...

Busker Fest to go on this weekend, rain or shine

With the recent rainy conditions — and chance of thunderstorms — expected to continue through the weekend, some Busker Fest faithful might be worried about the status of the popular outdoor event, slated for Friday through Sunday in downtown Lawrence. Well, the show must go on, as they ...