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The Lasso: Winds wow at Carnegie, Pitch reviews Intorno, Crunchy Chicken Wrap hanging on by thread

Italian fare at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St., includes seafood dishes such as the Linguini Monte Mara and the Crab Cakes appetizer. The linguini comes with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and cherry tomatoes in garlic cream sauce. The Maryland crab cakes are served with dill and adobo sauces.

Italian fare at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St., includes seafood dishes such as the Linguini Monte Mara and the Crab Cakes appetizer. The linguini comes with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and cherry tomatoes in garlic cream sauce. The Maryland crab cakes are served with dill and adobo sauces. by Richard Gwin

Art, food and other stuff spotted this week on the Web. But mostly art and food.

Winds in Big Apple

The KU Wind Ensemble, in a much-anticipated performance, premiered a 9/11-inspired large-scale, narrative work called “In the Shadow of No Towers” Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We heard from a (very excited) reader that The Times might be reviewing the performance. That didn’t happen, as far as I can find (UPDATE: The Times later published a review, which you can read about here.), but a New York City blog called Feast of Music had a review. Feast of Music — clearly skeptical of college kids on the renowned stage — was impressed. A snip:

Whenever a student or other amateur ensemble rents out Carnegie Hall, most seasoned New Yorkers groan and look the other way. ... Every now and again, however, a jewel can be found among this wasteland of student recitals and overdressed soloists. Case in point: last night's concert by the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble. Yes, Dorothy, the Jayhawks are known for more than just basketball.

There’s an encore performance planned Tuesday here in Lawrence, which you can see for free — if there’s any tickets left.

Intorno review

Every once in a while Kansas City media treks to Lawrence to review one of our restaurants. Last week The Pitch reviewed Intorno — and quite favorably. We featured the restaurant shortly after it opened, and ordered their crab cakes for the photo shoot. I’m with Charles 100 percent on these — they’re extra-meaty, and fantastic.

Food fight

KU Dining’s Crunchy Chicken Wrap made the Elite Eight but seems to be slipping behind some chili/spaghetti thing called “The Marquette” in the Cooking Channel’s Best College Eats Bracket Battle. Our KU reporter Matt Erickson has been updating the face-off on his blog ... even though, as he puts it, "It feels a bit funny, filing updates for you all on how many people are clicking on a 'vote' button for a chicken wrap as part of a cable-channel promotion, but all the evidence out there suggests a lot of you are into it, so I'm going to continue."

Art madness

It's Friday, the Final Friday. Here's Lawrence.com's monthly Final Fridays preview, a brief writeup about a fun new thing Wonder Fair's doing to celebrate its anniversary, and the official Final Fridays blog, with a list of everything to see and do. Chip doesn't think anyone will be hitting Final Fridays instead of watching the game, but Larryville Chronicles assures us they will and offers this preview, as well.

Best of Lawrence

It's that time! The annual Best of Lawrence competition kicked off this week, with official voting on Lawrence.com. Meanwhile, an unofficial Best Burger battle seems to be under way on our Facebook page, where we've got people plugging Pachamamas, West Coast Saloon, and pretty much everything in between.


The Lasso: Happy hipsters, St. Pat’s pics, new shop and KU facing strangest mascot ever

Western Kentucky basketball players fall to the floor by the team's mascot after winning the Sun Belt Conference championship  game on March 11. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Western Kentucky basketball players fall to the floor by the team's mascot after winning the Sun Belt Conference championship game on March 11. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) by Sara Shepherd

This week on the Web we spotted:

Happy hipsters

A blogger for go-go-go.org recently visited our town, encountered a number of friendly hipsters (not mutually exclusive traits, she marvels) and wishes the hipsters back home in Chicago would act more like “The Happy Hipsters of Lawrence, Kansas.” Hipster bread boy at Wheatfields and hipster cashier at Burger Stand received special shout-outs. (Hat tip to Visit Lawrence for sharing this link!)

St. Patrick’s Day pics

St. Pat’s Day was cold and dreary, but of course there was still a parade and people hitting the bars wearing lots of silly green stuff.

A new store

Mrs. Mass checks out Essential Goods, the new shop above Java Break selling local art and handcrafted goods.

Big Red

“Western Kentucky University sits atop a hill in Kentucky, which explains the ‘Hilltoppers’ nickname,” writes usnews.com. “What it does not explain is the red, furry blob, known as Big Red, that is its mascot.”

No kidding. What is that thing? A lot of bloggers have taken stabs at identifying the mascot of the team KU will play tonight in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Among other guesses, bloggers have ID'd Big Red as “a large, red version of Cookie Monster," “a severely obese Elmo," “the illegitimate son of Charles Barkley and a ... Muppet," a “massive red, furry lump of cuteness," “a rolled up shag carpet Ralph Carey stapled together to bounce around in,” "a stunt double for the Teletubbies" and, simply, a mascot "so lame he rulez."

Big Red

Big Red by Sara Shepherd


The Lasso: St. Pat’s food specials, cookies and cream milk, Coffee Ale and a guy named Prester John

Green Velvet Cupcakes at Billy Vanilly (photo from Billy Vanilly)

Green Velvet Cupcakes at Billy Vanilly (photo from Billy Vanilly) by Sara Shepherd

This week's roundup is heavy on the food and drink. Between St. Patrick's Day and March Madness, there's a lot of that going around.

Eats o’ the Irish

A few of the Irish-inspired food specials I’ve spotted: There’s Celtic ale bread, Irish soda bread and shamrock cookies at Wheatfields. Those are only available until Sunday, but Wheatfields is serving Corned Beef and Cabbage all month. Billy Vanilly has created Green Velvet Cupcakes. Sunday afternoon only, there’s going to be traditional Irish stew at the Bourgeois Pig. At Dempsey’s, opening at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, get corned beef and hash for breakfast and mini Reuben sliders braised in Guinness throughout the day. (If you know of other special St. Pat's eats, help your fellow Lawrencians and add links in the comments!)

St. Patio Show

I’m having a hard time visualizing the Replay patio as shiny and new, but it is (though probably not for long). They’ve been doing construction over the winter, and the new patio is ready to be christened with a weekend of partying. On Saturday, there’s Fake Patrick’s Day Prom (a benefit for the Social Service League), and on Sunday the St. Patio Show (music starts at 3 p.m.).

Coffee Ale

Boulevard didn’t make Chocolate Ale this year but instead collaborated with the Roasterie of Kansas City, Mo., to create Coffee Ale. The Smokestack Series special release is expected to hit shelves Tuesday.

The Miracle Shot

NCAA March Madness is here, and the Oread and Eldridge picked their monthly "cause" drink to suit — the Miracle Shot Martini. This version of Mario's Miracle is a layer of red, a layer of blue and a yellow twist, and $3 from each $10 drink goes to the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation. The foundation’s mission, according to its website, is “to create and support community based programs that encourage the positive development of youth through sports and education and fund initiatives for breast cancer research and treatment.”

Cookies and Cream milk

Iwig Dairy’s milk flavor of the month for March is Cookies and Cream. To see the cows this milk comes from in action, the dairy also is starting up its spring farm tours, with the next one coming Wednesday.

Cy the crotchet needle guy

I wrote about Cy the Drum Guy of Baldwin last fall while he was building a giant drum for the Kansas City Chiefs. In addition to his usual drums and didgeridoos, Cy is now making other wooden stuff and selling it on Etsy. Knitters (and people in the market for tiny looms), take note.

Who was Prester John?

If you made it to Nerd Nite on Tuesday, you already know. For the rest of us, Larryville Chronicles and Larryville Artists have shared recaps so we, too, know the answer to this question.


The Lasso: Snow-creatures gone wild, Final/First Fridays, giraffes and help for JJ’s

Your weekly roundup of local art stuff, oddities and — this week only — snow-creatures from the web.

I spotted this snow-dog Wednesday on Tennessee Street.

I spotted this snow-dog Wednesday on Tennessee Street. by Sara Shepherd

Snow-creatures gone wild

No way to quantify this, but I’m pretty certain Lawrence’s higher-than-average population of creative types has something to do with its more-awesome-than-average snow sculptures. With two two major winter storms in less than a week, this phenomenon is worth a photo recap. Last Thursday’s storm brought us snow-behemoth, snow-dragon, snow-truck, snow-toad and snow-Yoda. (For obvious reasons, Snowda pretty much went viral.) After Tuesday’s storm we got snow bears, snow horse, snow-Hawk, snow-D2 and this weird snow-viking thing. Larryville Artists has at least one creation we didn’t but I wish we did — snow-DJ Buddah is truly legit.

Final Fridays on First Friday ... and other days

Because of big snow No. 1, many of last month’s Final Fridays events were rescheduled for tonight. Check out the Final Fridays blog for a list. Two events we featured in the paper have been rescheduled for different days. Erika Nelson — purveyor of “The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things” — will present "Hucksters, Barkers, and Sideshows,” a talk about how sideshow workers of Kansas plied their craft, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Percolator Artspace, 913 Rhode Island St. To see the chopstick murders and Burroughs footage promised to kick off Wayne Propst’s exhibit in the Lawrence Arts Center’s new Antecedent Gallery, you’ll have to wait until next week, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 7.

Behind the scenes of “Errant Line”

“An Errant Line” doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow, but the Spencer Museum of Art offers a sneak peek of behind-the-scenes work involved in realizing the major installation, a new exhibit in which artists Ann Hamilton and Cynthia Schira meld new textile and digital art with objects from the Spencer’s deep collection. Very cool images by the Spencer’s talented in-house photog’s.

A concert for JJ’s

When a gas explosion and resulting fire leveled JJ’s restaurant on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza Feb. 19, one JJ’s employee was killed and numerous others were injured, some critically. KC is banding together for a big benefit concert March 5 at the Uptown.

Inventory No. 12: Giraffes

A lot of weird stuff goes into — and comes out of — the Social Service League Thrift Store trash bin. In January, I wrote about artist David Loewenstein’s project to document this alleyway phenomenon. He’s been updating the project as he goes on his blog, and his latest inventory is worth the suspense.

Photo gallery! SXSW Fest

I Heart Local Music this week posted band and party pix from Day 1 and Day 2 of the SXSW Fest at Jackpot. The first post kicks off with this quotable quote: “We don’t care what chicks think of us, we sing about anime.” — Isaiah Radke, one of the three brothers in Radkey.

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The Lasso: Baby goats, Morrissey’s apology letter and local beer on the road

Photo from facebook.com/theredtractorfarm

Photo from facebook.com/theredtractorfarm by Sara Shepherd

Your weekly round-up of things I found on the web and thought were interesting enough to share. (Okay, I guess one of these things was just cute.)

Final Fridays under the weather

Today’s post was going to include a section devoted to all the fun Final Fridays events happening tonight. But thanks to #SnowtoriousBIG it turns out a lot of them aren’t happening, or at least not tonight. To find out which events are still on and which have been rescheduled, check out our list. If you want a look at the snow without getting out in it, our staff photographers got some great shots.

Poor Morrissey

Liberty Hall has yet to announce a rain date for the Feb. 2 Morrissey show that was postponed after the musician was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer, but Morrissey has since cancelled three more shows in addition to those announced earlier. In possibly the most poetic medical update of all time, shared this week on rollingstone.com, Morrissey apologizes for his absence. A snippet: The will to get on with it runs strong... my ulcer is now under reins, even if neither asleep nor dead, but the continued cause for concern is a slightly embarrassing absence of blood – most of which the bleeding ulcer relieved me of.

Baby. Goats.

Lawrence’s Red Tractor Farm has kindly been posting ridiculously adorable video clips of the farm's baby goats. New favorite Facebook page.

Big-name beer dinner

Free State Brewing Co. has announced an upcoming beer dinner March 5 at Bluestem restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. Bluestem chefs/owners Colby and Megan Garrelts are hot topics right now (well, they pretty much always are but especially right now). Not only did they recently open another restaurant called Rye, just this week Colby Garrelts was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award of Best Chef in the Midwest.

Performance in the galleries

This happened at the Spencer Museum of Art. The performing artists’ over-the-top costumes are striking against the backdrop of the Spencer’s “Empire of Things” exhibit.


The Lasso: Beards, a book talk in a bar, nerds and the new Indian restaurant

Spotted this week on the web. A roundup of Lawrence culture/stuff to do.

Musicians, the masked and the masses gathered on Massachusetts St. for the annual Mardi Gras march Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The group, performing such hits as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Down by the Riverside" paraded through most of downtown, even into a few select restaurants during the noon hour event.

Musicians, the masked and the masses gathered on Massachusetts St. for the annual Mardi Gras march Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The group, performing such hits as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Down by the Riverside" paraded through most of downtown, even into a few select restaurants during the noon hour event. by Mike Yoder

Book talk in a bar

Because books and Bahama Mamas go together, no? The library has arranged for crime fiction writer Tim Dorsey to discuss his new book, “The Riptide Ultra-Glide,” Sunday at the Sandbar.

Feeling the love for downtown Lawrence window displays

Brits has a fun Facebook photo gallery of Mass. Street Valentine’s Day window displays. (IMHO, the crazy mannequins at Wildman Vintage win this category year-round.)

Beards, glorious beards

Missed this one in last week’s post, but I Heart Local Music's “Best Beards in the Biz” is worth rewinding for. Can you guess which local musician's beard they're talking about here? “Glorious golden beard that often turns heads, impeccably hanging in the air like some sort of heavenly chin halo.”

Nerd alert

Here’s a mini recap of this week’s Nerd Nite Lawrence. Subject matter: “It Gets Better” and “ Galileo's Finger.” Larryville Chronicles assures us that no nerds were harmed in the making of this event.

A taste of the new Indian diner

Mrs. Mass visits the just-opened Chutney’s Indian Diner and Bar and tells us what she thinks.


Pretty sure Lawrence is the only place in Kansas (and maybe beyond?) where this many people — young and old — would pile on this much crazy flare for an unofficial Mardi Gras sidewalk parade. Silliness. If you missed it, check out the Journal-World’s video and I Heart Local Music’s photo gallery by Lillian Wright Smith.


The Lasso: Bad Religion, barbecue burritos and burlesque to sketch

Spotted, sharing:

Sweet Bad Religion coasters

Bad Religion plays Granada April 8. If you’re on the fence about whether to go, consider this: An Instagram post from the theater promises people who get their tickets early at the box office can get a pair of these “sweet” coasters.

Carolina style barbecue ... burritos?

Frank’s North Star Tavern posted on its Facebook page that Mr. Bacon BBQ — the food truck — will be at the bar from 5-8 p.m. tonight. Frank’s also is claiming Mr. Bacon serves barbecue burritos with coleslaw. I haven’t verified that, but if it’s true they sound awesome.

10 alcohol related world records

Have you ever wondered what the world’s most expensive cocktail is? I hadn’t — until I saw a tease to this article on Twitter (via @kcwineguy). Now I know.

Burlesque drawing with Bunny Baltimore

I love that our local artists and our local burlesque troupe team up for events like this and the "Sketch Teases" at Seed Co. Studios. The Larryville Artists blog this week posted pic's of a few Alphonse Mucha-inspired tableaus from the Thieves Guild's monthly burlesque drawing event at Fatso's.

Get ready for ‘Foodie Fiction’

Bon Appetit shares seven novels “for those of us who like to read, eat, and read about eating. Many of them, to my surprise, combine food and history with murder (will the gastro-thriller emerge as the breakway category?). And of course, love.”

Feature of the week: "What Love Is"

"She kept not dying. He was born different. Her parents wished for a normal life. This is their love." That was The Washington Post's Twitter tease for this beautiful story. It didn't disappoint.