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Weekend Picks IV: Documentaries, comedians, A Very Special SXSW Message From The Noise FM, Lolla-Pi-Looza and Marx Madness

Readers, we are now on our fourth week here at Lawrence.com and already the column is evolving.

Since the column tends to "go live" on Wednesdays at midnight, we realized that we should also be covering Thursday events. Let's not kid ourselves: many of you kick off your weekends on Thursdays, if not before.

So contained within you'll find a "highbrow" Thursday pick, a not-so-highbrow Thursday pick, and a lot of weekend music picks, including a "very special message" from Chicago rockers The Noise FM as they (like several other bands mentioned here) prepare to embark on the annual pilgrimage to Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Plus, we also threw in a couple of family-friendly Saturday and Sunday afternoon picks for good measure.

Documentary film screening: "Finding Vivian Maier," 7 p.m. Thursday, Lawrence Arts Center

Everyone is into documentaries these days. Even people you would not necessarily expect to be watching documentaries seem to be talking about documentaries (especially that recent "Blackfish" documentary, which got everyone pissed off and claiming they'll never return to Sea World).

Stop by the Lawrence Arts Center on Thursday night for a free screening of the acclaimed doc "Finding Vivian Maier." The FB event page offers this description: "This award-winning documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the intriguing life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers."

If you haven't attended one of the ever-more-numerous film events at the Lawrence Arts Center, you likely don't realize that their main auditorium is an excellent place to watch a movie. Plus, there will also be a follow-up discussion of the film with three locals bringing their perspectives to bear on the film's issues: photographer Ann Dean, filmmaker Laura Kirk, and KU photography professor John Putz.

Break away from Netflix for an evening and join the community.

Good Time open mic and comedy showcase, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Replay Lounge, followed by rock and roll from Kim and the Created at 10 p.m.

We wrote a lot about the recent growth of LFK's very active comedy scene over at our old blog, but it's possible that our new readers here at Lawrence.com are not yet aware of this weekly "matinee" event at the Replay hosted by local comedy collective Harpoon Presents. Sign-up begins at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. open mic, which is followed by a showcase of three or four local (and occasionally touring) comedians at 8.

We don't know about you, but we're fans of ritual, and it's nice to know that you can always count on hearing a few good boner jokes to start off your weekend. The cover is only $2, leaving you extra cash for PBR and (returning soon) tacos from LFK's beloved Taco Zone, which is also poised to expand into a full restaurant on Eighth Street.

Stick around late on this particular evening and catch LA's well-hyped Kim and the Created as they pass through on their way to SXSW. The flier alone is enough to sell us on this show, but the following blurb from the SXSW schedule clinches it: "Her over the top stage antics and outfits are only surpassed by the sheer strength of her Stooges and Cramps influenced garage gems."

The Noise FM/Archie Powell and the Exports/Me Like Bees, 10 p.m. Friday, Replay

Area fans of The Noise FM can almost always count on at least two area appearances per year from these "sleek...athletic...masters of the universe" and all-around golden gods who relocated from LFK to Chicago many years ago. They reliably pop up in December to spread cheer at their annual "Noise for Toys" benefit and they tend to swing through again in March for a pit-stop on their way to South by Southwest.

The "Noise Boys" will be at the Replay on Friday the 13th for a big triple-bill with fellow Chicagoans Archie Powell and the Exports. The tour is called "The Magnificent 7 Tour" (because there are seven of them and because this will be the Noise Boys' seventh trip to SXSW) and we're hoping they have a stunt planned in reference to the tour's namesake film, such as riding into the Replay on horses.

Make sure to get there early enough for a sweet-as-honey opening set from buzzy Joplin rockers Me Like Bees, since missing their show would really sting! (Yes, that's three bits of bee-wordplay in a single sentence). Visit the FB event page for the show here.

Old fans of our Larryville Chronicles blog may be aware of our long-running tradition of having The Noise FM send us a funny/silly blurb prior to their area shows, and we wanted to continue that proud tradition here. So enjoy the long tale about a very unusual fundraising campaign to insure their safe arrival in Austin next week. And make sure to buy them a PBR at the Replay on Friday!

*"Replay! Mop up the floors and fill up the pitchers – The Noise Boys are coming home!

For those keeping score, this is our 7th trip down to SXSW, and we have a strong feeling that this is reallllly gonna be The Noise FM’s year. It’s common knowledge in the music biz that it takes 7 years of playing SXSW before record execs start to take notice. There’s no way we’re coming home without a record deal this time around.

Assuming our van Topanga withstands the drive.

For the 3rd consecutive year we’re faced with several hundred dollars of van repairs before we hit the road, including repairs to a cracked radiator and a broken brake line. We’re not sure how a radiator cracks or a brake line breaks, let alone what either of them do, but our guy over at Logan Square Auto seems to think that both are necessary for our 2300 mile drive to Texas and back.

So here’s our latest idea, and it’s even better than when we invented the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year:

There’s a song called “Miss You” by a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award-winning band called Blink 182. By all accounts, it’s an atrocious tune as well as our go-to karaoke song whenever everyone in the bar is having too much fun and we want to bring them down a notch. Some brave hero on YouTube created a 10 hour loop of Tom DeLonge’s verse -- the one where he chimes in with that tornado siren of a voice of his to ask “Where are you?” before racing to finish a sentence with way too many syllables before the chorus starts.

We plan to listen to this 10-hour piece of shit for money. We’re proposing our version of a Walk-A-Thon, a fundraiser that does nothing to help the community and exclusively benefits The Noise FM and Archie Powell & The Exports so that we can offset our van repairs costs. A Van-A-Thon perhaps?

For every $1 donated, all seven of us in The Noise FM and Archie Powell & The Exports will listen to Tom DeLelonge’s verse of “Miss You” for 1 minute in the van.

For every $5, 10 minutes.

For every $20, an entire hour.

Donations will be accepted at shows or via paypal at archiefmtour@gmail.com

We’ll be documenting the Blink 182 experiment during our travels at twitter.com/thenoisefm, twitter.com/archiepowell, IG: thenoisefm, IG: archiepowell, www.facebook.com/thenoisefm, and www.facebook.com/archiepowellandtheexports.

We have a 36 hour drive ahead of us. Bring it on, Tom!"

Till Willis and Erratic Cowboy/Jon Harrison and the Cash Cows, 10 p.m. Friday, Frank's North Star Tavern

If you're not really into the Noise Boys or you're worried that they might just get drunk and play Blink-182 songs instead of their usual set (entirely possible), head north of the river for an evening of rock at Frank's, assuming you are not afraid to hang out on Friday the 13th in a dark basement that probably used to be a cockfighting pit. (Actually, the FB event page claims the show is upstairs. We just wanted to make that joke).

Tonight's double-bill feature Till Willis and Erratic Cowboy along with Jon Harrison and the Cash Cows playing an evening of "future-rustic roots-rock." We don't think we've encountered this particular Harrison band-name before (is it a different line-up than the Harrisonics?) but we always trust Jon is up to something awesome.

Psychic Heat cassette release show, 9 p.m. Friday, The Bottleneck

This show has our favorite (local) flier of the week and is almost certainly the best bet for local music collectors, with Psychic Heat "re-releasing their EP Lighter and Brighter on Cassette through Whatever Forever with an additional unreleased B side and full live performance of the EP on side B!"

Stop by and greet the Heat (do people call them the Heat?) before they head down to impress the masses at SXSW the next week. With The Sluts and Gnarly Davidson opening up, this is also our pick for LOUDEST show of the week. Visit the FB event page here.

Lolla-Pi-Looza, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lawrence Public LIbrary

Readers, is it possible that some of you want us to cover more family-friendly events that don't necessarily occur at night and center around beer? We're just not sure, since no one ever comments on Lawrence.com posts in this new era of talkback-accountability.

Just in case, we'll offer a plug for the Lawrence Public Library's goofily-titled Lolla-Pi-Looza, a celebration of Pi Day (3/14) featuring LFK's Alferd Packer Memorial String Band performing "songs about math and science." Find info via the LPL website.

Marx Madness, 4 p.m. Sunday, Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall's popular "Marx Madness" event returns for the second year starting Sunday to delight those who prefer to supplement their basketball-watching with some Marx Brothers hijinks. We were on hand last year for "A Night at the Opera," and a man in the audience laughed so hard at the legendary "stateroom scene" that we honestly thought he might die.

This year features four lesser-known films from the Brothers. "Animal Crackers" screens on Sunday at 4 followed by "At the Circus" at 6. "The Cocoanuts" and "Horse Feathers" are slated for March 29.

Don't worry: none of these films will conflict with actual KU basketball games, most of which (we've heard) are also slated to be shown at Liberty Hall barring conflicts with previously scheduled conflicts.

As ever, tweet us @LarryvilleLife with tips or rants or raves. We're (often) happy to plug your events if we know about them and they have enough of an online presence to warrant the space.

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Harmonizing sirens: The Ovaries-eez bring needed attention to Girls Rock Camp

The Ovaries-eez perform at the Replay Lounge on Friday

The Ovaries-eez perform at the Replay Lounge on Friday by Fally Afani

Women ruled the Replay stage on Friday night as part of a fundraiser to bring Girls Rock Camp to Lawrence. The night featured a stunningly wide array of female Lawrence performers ranging from the dainty to the nitty-gritty (we're looking at you, The Bad Ideas).

The night began with a swoon-worthy set from The Ovaries-eez. If their likable, punny name didn't win you over, their attitude did. We like to joke that this is the type of band you'd see in the feminist bookstore on "Portlandia." Amber Hansen, Johni Lacore and Monica George perfect the art of simplicity to convey female-centered themes, such as motherhood.

The three sirens who constantly harmonize over a softly strumming guitar. Very rarely do they stray from this style, although for a couple of songs they bust out the kick drum and pound away at a driving folk tune or two. After one song that featured the kick drum, they joked, "That's probably as hardcore as we get. We have a distortion pedal, but we don't use it." The rest of their time is spent softly crooning and gently swaying in their seats.

Here are a couple of clips from their Friday night performance, including one featuring that exciting kick drum!

Right now Girls Rock Lawrence needs lots of volunteers and donations. This is an extraordinary event that provides "a safe space for adolescent girls to participate in music education and mutual empowerment through Lawrence."

You can help by teaching a class, donating gear (this is something dudes can provide for the camp), or working to promote the camp, which runs the first week of June. For all information, including how to contact Girls Rock Lawrence, click here.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Ponyboy returns from a dark place

Ponyboy at the Replay Lounge on March 5.

Ponyboy at the Replay Lounge on March 5. by Fally Afani

"This next one's called I hate myself and I wanna die."

Ponyboy went away for a little while. We don't know where they've been, but it must have been a dark place.

It's been a few months since the sludgy grunge duo's last show. We all thought they had officially called it quits. But on Thursday night, they returned to the Replay with a different feel to their set. Before the break, they were fairly saucy. But the band now has a much more somber attitude.

The lyrics are tortured and heartbreaking, but the rhythms are peppy enough to get stuck in your head. Thank God for those catchy bits, or else we'd all just surrender to sadness. Countering those mellow lyrics with more upbeat rhythms is no accident.

That's a deliberate move from frontman Charles McVey. He's very smart and knows what he's doing, and one of the few musicians left in town who comes off as a true artist.

He plays impressive solos on his bass that make you never question why there isn't a boring old six-string onstage. McVey's growls and screams are really all the rage.

He's got one of the more solid drummers in the area backing him up. David Zey's big, brawny frame owns that kick drum, and on this night he beat the drums so hard that a stick broke and flew out onto the front of the stage. He's the kind of drummer you could listen to doing sound check for hours.

The set was packed with nothing but new songs and ended on a surprise Sabbath cover. Here's one song we took to be called "I hate myself and I wanna die."

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Weekend Picks III: Dwight Twilley and Josh Berwanger; Girls Rock Lawrence benefit; Kansas Craft Beer Expo; Taproom poetry

Readers, do you have a ticket for the sold-out Kansas Craft Beer Expo in LFK this weekend? We hope you do. If not, however, there are plenty of other equally worthy ways to spend your time (also while drinking beer). Let's take a look:

She Plays Replay: GRL Benefit, 10 p.m. Friday, Replay

Our pick for Fundraiser of the Weekend is this Replay show, which offers a varied selection of female-centric bands with proceeds going to establish a week-long summer rock camp (Girls Rock Lawrence/GRL) for girls ages 7-12. Tonight's tunes range from the punk rock onslaught of KC's The Bad Ideas to the gritty garage duo of Mr. and the Mrs. to La Guerre's lovely electronic musings to the very unusual "ethereal folk" of the brilliantly-named Ovaries-eez. Visit the Facebook event page here and make sure to be on hand on Friday. Do it for the ladies!

Dwight Twilley and Josh Berwanger Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Love Garden

As we noted last week, Love Garden is KILLING it on the in-store rock shows in 2015, and this Saturday's show promises to be the best yet. Tulsa power-pop legend Dwight Twilley will play an acoustic set at 7:30 p.m. followed by LFK/KC's own Josh Berwanger Band, topped off by a Twilley meet-and-greet and merch-signing. It's a release show for a Twilley/Berwanger 7". Find full details on the Facebook event page here.

The show will cost you 10 bucks, which is 10 bucks more than most Love Garden shows, but don't grumble — it will be worth it. A stage is even being constructed so that people further than 10 feet away will actually be able to see a Love Garden show for the first time ever! A limited number of seats will be available for this one, so get your tickets at the Love Garden quickly.

How will Berwanger's arena-ready sound work in the confines of Love Garden (LOUDLY, we assume) and will he bring his fog machine? We've seen at least one fog machine snafu in Love Garden before, so things could get interesting!

We asked Josh to give us an entertaining account of his background with Dwight Twilley and what to expect at this show:

"Twilley and I first met randomly in Tampa, Florida, where we both just so happened to be at one of our favorite places to eat on the road: Hogan's Beach, a tropical/wrestling themed restaurant that's the brainchild of Hulk Hogan. I recognized Dwight at the bar and politely asked what he was doing here. He said he was ordering a (and in unison we both said) "Hogan's Punch," which is one of the specialty cocktails the Hulkster has to offer at his very classy establishment. We exchanged cellphones and kept in touch since.

"...When we finish (the Love Garden show), Dwight will take photos, sign autographs, and drink Miller Lights with fans. This event is in celebration of a split 7" we are doing together that comes out on Good Land Records. Good Land is also flying in for the show and will have some fun things to give away. There are also limited edition screen prints made for the show based on the Stull, KS church.

"There will be plenty of beer and Cuervo shots, plus both Love Garden cats will be dressed in tuxedos and will usher people to their seats. Yes! Love Garden will have seats for this event so leave your mouthpieces and jock straps/cups at home: moshing won't be allowed at this one."

Kansas Craft Brewers Expo, Saturday, Abe and Jake's; That DAM Beer Event at Abe and Jake's on Friday; Kansas Craft Beer Mixer, Friday, Burger Stand

Perhaps the highest-profile event of the weekend is the very popular Kansas Craft Brewers Expo, returning to Abe and Jake's on Saturday for two sessions running from noon-3 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event, as in past years, sold out pretty much immediately. No surprise, given that LFK is the seventh drunkest American city.

If you've got $50 to spare, Abe and Jake's is also hosting an event called That DAM Beer Event the night before the Expo. The event features different breweries than the Expo, and beers will be paired with "heavy appetizers" from Merchant's Pub and Plate (hopefully they have the one that we like to call "cornballs"). Visit the Facebook event page here.

If you missed the boat on Expo tickets and prefer your beer events without a hefty cover charge, you can head to Burger Stand on Friday for its Craft Beer Mixer, where many of the Expo brewers will be on hand. The Facebook event page promises "a raffle for awesome prizes including neon signs, hats, shirts, bags and more" with proceeds going to the Lawrence Humane Society.

Taproom Poetry Series: Jessica Comola, Tim Earley, and Candice Wuehle, 5 p.m. Sunday, Eighth Street Taproom

As proud members of LFK's notorious PBR Book Club, we are always looking for interesting/unusual new literature. Combine that with our Southern background, and we have to take a few minutes to recommend the poetry of Tim Earley, born in North Carolina and currently holding court in Oxford, Miss.

Earley was recently hailed in the Huffington Post as "a master of anaphora, Biblical rhythms, revelatory testimony, tell-it-slant aggression, and juxtapositive imagery that borrows heavily from the Southern lexicon."

A friend of ours who knows Earley from Oxford offers this irresistible, and much funnier, description: "Tim practices something he calls postmodern French Appalachian poetry. It's some wildly good stuff. I don't understand a word of it."

Visit the FB event page here for more info on Earley and the evening's other readers.

" A Raisin in the Sun," KU Theatre, Feb. 27-March 8/"Clybourne Park," Theatre Lawrence, Feb. 27-March 8

Another weekend remains to catch the exciting cross-town collaboration between KU Theatre and Theatre Lawrence as they present, respectively, Lorraine Hansberry's classic "A Raisin in the Sun" and Bruce Norris' provocative Pulitzer-winning "spin-off" "Clybourne Park." We wrote about the plays in last week's column and the LJ-World ran a great feature article as well.

We caught "Raisin" last Sunday and are happy to report that it is beautifully acted and ultimately so warm and welcoming that it easily overcame the slightly drafty and not-so-comfortable Crafton-Preyer Theatre at KU.

We look forward to catching "Clybourne" this weekend in the cozier confines of Theatre Lawrence, where we can laugh at the edgy material with a drink in hand. According to the friendly folks we spoke to at the box office, Clybourne ruffled some feathers within the older community theater crowd during its first weekend, and numerous complaints were leveled. We encourage you to support material like this. Otherwise, Theatre Lawrence will almost certainly retreat into producing the kind of exclusively "safe" musicals and farces that dominate most community theater schedules.

Tweet at us @LarryvilleLife and we'll see you on the town.

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Were tanks once parked on Pachamamas’ roof?

When Chad Lawhorn wrote last month about plans to repurpose the Pachamamas building at Eighth and New Hampshire, it generated some buzz.

Readers had strong feelings about Pachamamas. Readers also had strong feelings about Doug Compton, who purchased the site. And readers had strong feelings about tanks. on. roofs.

You see, Chad included this note:

But don’t look for the building to get torn down. Instead, look for four additional stories to be built atop the existing structure. The building used to be an armory and was built to a heavy-duty standard. My understanding is the building was constructed to allow a helicopter to land on the roof, and Compton said he has photos of tanks parked on the roof. (Don’t look at me, I wasn’t driving.)

Artist's interpretation

Artist's interpretation

This was a great hook for social media. But like everything on Twitter, it was fast forgotten.

That is, until Tuesday, when we posted renderings of the new building. No mention of roof tanks, sadly, but people remembered! So I dived into our archives.

Sure enough, 800 New Hampshire was once a Kansas National Guard Armory. Or rather, the building had a second floor. And it was an armory.

From July 25, 1930:

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"Announcement of the leasing of a new armory for the two local Kansas National Guard companies was made today by officers of the two units. Starting as soon as the L. L. Riling building, which is now under construction at Eighth and New Hampshire streets, is completed, the two companies will occupy the second floor of the new building. …
"The second floor of the building will measure 117 by 110 feet of which an area measuring 101 by 84 feet will be used for a drill floor. The remainder of the space will be occupied by offices, locker rooms, storage rooms and other quarters.
"For the past five years the units have occupied the Armory at 740 Vermont street. The lease on this building expires soon. The new quarters will provide much more room than the old armory. The new building will be well lighted and well ventilated. …
"The new armory will have a cement floor and the walls will be of natural brick finish. Partitions will be of wood. The drill space will be clear there being no supports or posts of any kind in the way. The roof will be supported by curved beams.
"Officers plan to install a target range in the new building. A ramp running in from the west side of the building will make it possible for trucks to drive onto the drill floor. This feature will be of special convenience just before and after the annual encampment at Fort Riley when much equipment must be taken to the camp and then returned to the various supply rooms."

So that answers that. But why is the Pachamamas building (site of Midwest Graphics before that) only one level? What happened to the second story?

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Oh.

From Dec. 6, 1938:

"Amidst the explosion of 100,000 rounds of 22 and 30 caliber ammunition, firemen waged a stiff battle early today with a blaze which destroyed the National Guard Armory occupying the second floor of the building at 800 New Hampshire street.
"The M. F. Hudson Motor company which occupies the lower floor of the building suffered only water and smoke damage. L. L. Riling, owner of the building, estimated that his damage might reach $15,000. His loss was approximately half covered by insurance. Officers of National Guard companies using the armory estimated the loss to the U.S. Army at $100,000.
"The origin of the fire was unknown today. Company M held its weekly drill in the armory earlier last night. The fire department received the alarm at 2:03 o’clock this morning and when the firemen arrived on the scene the blaze was nearly out of control."

The fire was a big mess, and it's even mentioned that "Three members of the K.U. football team saw duty in the alarm."

"A large crowd gathered to watch the blaze but the onlookers gave the building a wide leeway because of the exploding cartridges.
"Jesse Jackson, 331 Indiana street, said that relatives living closer to the scene called him at about 3 o’clock and at that time the boom of exploding cartridges could be heard plainly at his home."

Thoughts immediately turned to replacing or repairing the armory.

"Destruction of the armory caused a revival of consideration of plans for the construction of an armory building to house the local National Guard units. The military affairs committee of the Chamber of Commerce had previously dropped the plans because the building at Eighth and New Hampshire streets had been constructed by Lee Riling under arrangements to use the second floor as an armory.
"Plans for a separate armory building will now be considered in connection with the problem of home for the military companies."

And as the days passed, it became more and more apparent that the second floor was a total loss.

From Dec. 7, 1938:

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"L. L. Riling, owner of the building said today that he had started collecting figures to determine the cost of replacing the building. In the meantime, workmen were clearing away the debris of the fire and breaking down the walls of the second story to determine how much of the walls can be left standing in the rebuilding process."

From Dec. 8, 1938:

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"No attempt will be made this winter to rebuild the National Guard armory, L. L. Riling, owner of the building which formerly housed the armory, said today.
"Riling said that the reconstruction of the second story of the building at 800 New Hampshire street would be postponed at least until spring and even then he might decide to repair the building to provide only one floor.
"The owner of the building, which was damaged by fire Monday night, said the approach of winter weather had prompted his decision to place a temporary roof over the first floor to protect the M. F. Hudson Motor company, which occupies the lower level of the building."

In the spring of 1939, the city held a special election in April and voters approved $75,000 in bonds to construct a new armory and community building at 115 W. 11th St.

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That building is still around today, but it's only known by one of those names: Community Building.

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No word if tanks ever parked on its roof.


(Big thanks to Brittany Keegan and the staff at Watkins Museum of History for pointing me in the right direction)

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An electrifying power: The Bad Ideas light up the Jackpot

Sugar, spice and everything rotten. Is there anything more alluring than a Bad Ideas set? This punk rock band from Kansas City is quite active on its home turf, but rarely make their way to Lawrence for a performance. So when they do end up here, it's a real treat.

They made an appearance at the Jackpot over the weekend under the glistening new light installation. Singer Break-A-Dawn is absolutely startling with her dramatic (yet intimidating) jumps and tumbles on the stage.

Guitarist Britt Adair is not one to mess with. This statuesque musician possesses such an electrifying power with those guitar skills, it's hard to take your eyes off her towering above you. Combine an enigmatic bassist and completely splendid drummer, and you've got something truly remarkable.

The band got kudos for stopping their performance and making the audience honor Leonard Nimoy by yelling "It's Spock Time!" and leading the audience in the "Live long and prosper" hand salute.

You can watch The Bad Ideas this Friday at the Replay for the "She Plays Replay" Girls Rock Camp fundraiser with Mr. and the Mrs., La Guerre, and The Ovaries-Eez.

Note: This post originally appeared on I Heart Local Music.

— Fally Afani is a freelance writer and editor of I Heart Local Music. She enjoys long walks, photography and rock and roll. She does not like cats, but makes exceptions for the ones at Love Garden. For more local music coverage, visit iheartlocalmusic.com.

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Weekend Picks: Final Friday, Comedy Freakout, fundraisers, rock and roll, and two great plays

Readers, we're still trying to find our footing and figure out our target audience here at our new Lawrence.com gig. Exactly who IS the readership for the site these days? Honestly, we're not sure. Somehow we suspect the readers may be primarily thirtysomething and fortysomething women looking for fashion advice and recipes for hearty winter soups. But maybe we're wrong.

Anyway, unlike last week's mostly mellow and folky picks in our debut column, many (but not all) of this week's options are geared toward a somewhat younger demographic. We've got Final Friday activities, comedy, rock and roll, and theater to consider.

Here goes.

Red Legger Studios art opening plus three bands, 6 p.m. Friday, Love Garden

Kick off your Final Friday by perusing screen prints and zines from Nick Perry while digging tunes from The Youngest Children, No Cave and Spirit is the Spirit.

Love Garden seems to have upped the frequency of its in-store rock shows so far in 2015. We were recently on hand for a stellar Valentine's Day show featuring various incarnations of OILS from a two-piece up to a seven-piece.

If Nick's awesome fliers for this event are any indication, this show should be impressive as well. Visit the Facebook event page here for further details and set times for the bands.

Comedy Freakout Turns 2!, 10 p.m. Friday, Frank's North Star Tavern

For two years now, young comedy fans have flocked north of the river to see their favorite comedians perform in what was probably a cockfighting pit long before it became the cozy (if still slightly creepy) basement of Frank's North Star.

The Freakout draws touring headliners — this edition features Stryker Spurlock and Andrew Mihalevich from Saint Louis — plus local and KC favorites. And the whole freaky affair is hosted by the adorable duo of Peter Lyrene and Chance Dibben, LFK's answer to Laurel and Hardy (if Laurel and Hardy worked blue and loved poop jokes). The FB event page is here.

SXSW Bound: I Heart Local Music fundraiser, 9 p.m. Friday AND Saturday, Jackpot

At this time of year, local bands are in full manic preparation mode for the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and I Heart Local Music's annual fundraiser is a good way to help some of them kick-start their journey while catching a slew of the area's best local and regional bands.

Acts range from the "beer rock" of LFK's Gnarly Davidson to the garage pop goodness of St. Louis duo Bruiser Queen to the bearded barbaric yawps of Nicholas St. James and Tyler Gregory. Visit the FB event page here for a full list of bands. Chances are you'll catch a couple favorites and discover a band or two you haven't heard before.

Who and the F**ks, 10 p.m. Friday, Replay Lounge

Perhaps none of the bands at the Jackpot appeal to you for some reason. Perhaps your genre of choice is "dumpster surf" and you like your bands to be from Oklahoma and have odd names. Then consider Who and the F**ks, opening up at the Replay tonight. Of all the shows this weekend, surely this one has the most potential to provoke accidental Abbott and Costello routines:

"Who the f**k did you say you're seeing at Replay tonight?"

"No. Who AND the F**ks."

"Right. That's what I just asked you. Who the f**k are you seeing?"

"No, no, the band is NAMED Who and the F**ks."

Etc etc.

Rockin' Comedy Show, doors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jazzhaus

Another worthy fundraiser — with all proceeds going to LFK's Ballard Community Services — is slated for Saturday at the Jazzhaus. The Card Table Productions gang will be performing at 7 p.m. Performing what? We don't know. But it will be something weird, no doubt. This is followed by music from Thunderkat, performing some "epic '80s hard rock" at 8:30. The cover is $10 but this sounds like a full evening of shenanigans.

From left, Diadra Smith, Catherine A. Collins and Tripp Starr rehearse a scene from "Raisin in the Sun" on Wednesday at Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall. The KU University Theatre production opens Friday, and is in conjunction with Theatre Lawrence's production of "Clybourne Park," which also opens Friday and runs through March 8.

From left, Diadra Smith, Catherine A. Collins and Tripp Starr rehearse a scene from "Raisin in the Sun" on Wednesday at Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall. The KU University Theatre production opens Friday, and is in conjunction with Theatre Lawrence's production of "Clybourne Park," which also opens Friday and runs through March 8. by John Young

"Raisin in the Sun," KU University Theatre, Feb. 27-March 8/"Clybourne Park," Theatre Lawrence, Feb. 27-March 8

A truly special theater opportunity begins this weekend in LFK. KU's University Theatre is performing Lorraine Hansberry's beloved 1959 classic "A Raisin in the Sun" while Theatre Lawrence simultaneously performs Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer-winning "Clybourne Park," a provocative commentary on race relations that is also an unusual "spin-off" of Hansberry's play.

For those who need a quick refresher on "Raisin," the play charts the travails of the Youngers, an African-American family in 1950s Chicago on the verge of moving into all-white Clybourne Park. Norris' update covers a 50 year span: the first act looks in on the white family in 1959 whose house will soon be occupied by the Youngers while the second act leaps forward to a vision of the same neighborhood in 2009. "Clybourne" can easily stand alone, but knowledge of "Raisin" deepens its thematic resonance and the two even briefly share an overlapping character.

It's also worth noting that "Clybourne Park" is edgier fare than one usually expects from Theatre Lawrence (or community theater in general), so kudos to them for attempting it. The language is raw and the humor is scathing. The 2013 production we saw at the Unicorn in KC was an entertaining yet bracing experience, so we hope the Theatre Lawrence effort lives up to high expectations.

Visit KU University Theatre here and Theatre Lawrence here for ticket info, and inquire about special discount prices if you are purchasing tickets to both plays.

As always, tweet us @LarryvilleLife with tips for this column or email blurbs and links: larryvillelife@gmail.com

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Weekend Picks: Gentlemen Geeks, Martin Sexton, Chuck Mead, True West auditions, Taproom poetry

Welcome to our debut column at Lawrence.com, in which we will showcase a few worthy ways to spend part of your weekend in LFK.

Many of you may know us from our omnipresent tweeting via @LarryvilleLife. You might also remember our old “Weekend Picks” column from the now-defunct Larryville Chronicles blog, a site where we often said raunchy things that will not be repeated in the civilized world of Lawrence.com, because this is a happy place where even the commenters must behave and identify themselves these days. However, we do hope to maintain a little attitude and offer a bit of critical perspective on your weekend options. Otherwise, you might as well just peruse the calendar portion of this site.

We’ll do our best to offer a balance of selections covering music, comedy, art, theater, festivals and anything else that might broaden your cultural horizons. Is it possible to bribe us with a few PBRs and get your event mentioned here? Maybe.

So let's see what's happening this weekend.

Gentlemen Geeks, 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Replay Lounge AND 10-ish, Frank's North Star Tavern

Everyone knows the Replay has Sunday matinee patio shows in the spring and summer, but not everyone knows there are often Friday matinees as well, even in these often-gray winter months. At this time of year, the Friday matinees are indoors and cozy and provide a fine way to kick off your evening with a PBR and an intimate performance.

The Gentleman Geeks describe themselves as a hybrid of jazz and bluegrass, specifically “old-timey 1930s carnival influenced jazz/bluegrass.” Readers, you will see trombones alongside fiddles and a washtub bass. We caught one of their first LFK shows awhile back and were highly amused. We can also assure you that, unlike the carnival geeks of yesteryear, these "gentlemen" will (probably) not bite the heads off live chickens during the set.

If you enjoy the Geeks enough, perhaps you can carpool to Frank's North Star Tavern with them after the show, since they are opening up for the County Graves around 10-ish. Busy, busy Geeks! The Argyle Sky opens the early show at the Replay.

Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, The Granada,

Our pick for touring act of the weekend is the acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Sexton, whose last performance in LFK was an all-too-brief opening slot for a packed Josh Ritter show at Liberty Hall in 2013. Sexton seemed to win over a whole new set of younger LFK fans at that show, so perhaps some of them will help fill the Granada on Saturday for his headlining performance.

If you think you’re bored with the usual singer-songwriter fare, you probably haven’t heard Sexton’s brand of folk and soul, accompanied by a mind-boggling falsetto, fingerstyle guitar and occasional scat-singing.

If you’re an old fan, you may be thinking that the Granada seems like a bit of an odd room for Sexton, and perhaps it is. The few Sexton shows we’ve seen over the years, however, have convinced us he sounds great in ANY room. Sexton's new album, "Mixtape for the Open Road," is his first full-length studio recording in five years and was just released Feb. 10.

Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, the Bottleneck

The elder statesmen (and women) of the Lawrence scene always turn up in droves when Chuck Mead passes through town.

Well-known in Lawrence from his days in Homestead Grays and BR5-49, Mead is touring these days with his three Grassy Knoll Boys backing him up. The show we caught at the Bottleneck last February was a rollicking barnburner with guest vocal appearances from local legend Ricky Dean Sinatra and even Chuck’s mom. There is no reason to think this year’s gig will be anything less than a blast.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Chuck last year over at our old blog, where he relayed a memorable tale of a truly epic New Year's Eve performance at a long-gone Lawrence venue. Give it a read here if you are so inclined. Note the early start time for this show, which is perfect for the older set and also makes way for a late show from great LFK hip-hop act Ebony Tusks.

"True West" auditions, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Lawrence Public Library, Room A

One of our most-anticipated theatrical events of the year is Card Table Theatre’s June production of "True West," Sam Shepard’s classic 1980 tale of brothers and “double nature.” We’ve been excited about Card Table’s recent willingness to tackle more challenging and ambitious fare, and "True West" promises to fully deliver on those fronts.

Director Rob Schulte — everyone’s favorite local barista, comedian and Shepard scholar — is planning an unusual staging of the play at Liberty Hall with an intimate setup that will bring the audience onstage with the actors. But who will the actors be? Well, readers, it could be you!

Auditions are being held in Room A of the Lawrence Public Library from 1-3 p.m. The play calls for three male roles and one female role, and Rob’s plan for the production is to have the two male leads switch roles each night in the manner of the much-loved Broadway production that starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. So you better bring your A-game to this audition! The Facebook event page notes that “actors are encouraged to bring a monologue, but sides will be provided.”

Elizabeth Schultz, a professor emeritus of English at Kansas University and the author of five collections of poems, is pictured here in her Lawrence home with her cat, Bruce.

Elizabeth Schultz, a professor emeritus of English at Kansas University and the author of five collections of poems, is pictured here in her Lawrence home with her cat, Bruce. by Mike Yoder

Taproom Poetry with Amy Ash, Sara Henning and Elizabeth Schultz, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Eighth Street Taproom

By almost any reckoning, the Eighth Street Taproom is one of the three coolest bars in LFK, and the long-running Sunday poetry series (usually a monthly event) provides a nice chance to experience the Tap's basement without finding yourself in the midst of a sweaty DJ dance party.

Many long-time Lawrence residents are certainly familiar with one of this month’s readers, Elizabeth Schultz. Schultz is a former KU professor, Melville scholar, and environmental advocate who published three — yes, three — books of poetry last year. As for us, we didn’t publish a single poem last year, so we’re pretty impressed.

If you’ve had a class with Beth Schultz (full disclosure: we have), you know she’s a local treasure, so stop by in advance of your Oscar parties and fill your ears with poems from her and the others.

Feel free to tweet us @LarryvilleLife with ideas for future Weekend Picks, and you can also email us blurbs and links at larryvillelife@gmail.com

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Four things LawrenceWomen should do during October

LawrenceWomen is where we will unpack nationally publicized issues that are important to women and have a discussion about what they mean on a local level. Read previous posts here.

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1. Be politically engaged during the homestretch of elections.

According to some, this is the most important election in Kansas in 40 years. So get to know the candidates running for office if you haven't already. There are several opportunities sponsored by the League of Women Voters to hear what the candidates have to say in the final month before election day, which is Nov. 4.

  • Tune into KTWU for a candidate forum for Secretary of State candidates Kris Kobach and Jean Schodorf. on Oct. 22 at either 7–8 p.m. or 9–10 p.m. KTWU is channel 11.1.

  • 20 minute interviews with Governor candidates Sam Brownback, Paul Davis and Keen Umbehr will air on KTWU on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

  • To hear the candidates for U.S. House of Representatives (second district), watch KTWU again on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The forum will feature candidates Lynn Jenkins, Chris Clemmons and Margie Wakefield.


2. Cook (or just eat!) some good food.

Attend a cooking class for less-than-sufficient-foodies that is open to the public. Then complement what you learn in the cooking class with some drink recipes that you can concoct yourself. But, most importantly, these are eating opportunities.

Alive and Alert drink made with ginger, kale, spinach, grapes and apples at t. Loft, 4801 Bauer Farm Drive.

Alive and Alert drink made with ginger, kale, spinach, grapes and apples at t. Loft, 4801 Bauer Farm Drive. by Mike Yoder

  • Want to cook with sweet potatoes? Well, you can learn at the Community Mercantile, aka The Merc, on Oct. 9 from 7–9 p.m. Nutrition Coach Karen Duggan will teach you how to prepare sweet potato quinoa cakes, chicken pot pie over mashed sweet potatoes, red leaf salad with roasted sweet potatoes and sweet potato pudding. The class costs $18.

  • Create fall-themed, nutritious beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Check out these healthy drink recipes (with tips from a local juicer and local bartenders) and try your hand at making juice, cocktails or mocktails.


3. Attend a lecture and learn which women’s issues scholars are talking about.

A couple of women are speaking about some intriguing women’s topics at Kansas University this month.

  • On Oct. 2, Karen Tice is visiting Lawrence from the University of Kentucky. She will be talking about “Race, Beauty, Politics & College Pageantry” at the Hall Center for Humanities from 3:30–5 p.m.

  • Ayesha Hardison is a visiting professor from Ohio University, and she will have a lecture at the Kansas Union on Oct. 30 about race and gender. Her presentation is “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow,” and it will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room in the Kansas Union.


4. Make a difference.

Volunteer in the area to help other women in your community. Here are some opportunities.

United Way volunteer with the Sunflower Elementary Boys and Girls Club, Marlee Yost-Wolff chats up kindergartners Marissa Hattemer and Logan Thomas about their weekend plans on the playground at Sunflower Elementary, Friday, July 25, 2014. Yost-Wolff is in her second year as a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and says she enjoys hanging out with the kids, playing and assisting the other counselors.

United Way volunteer with the Sunflower Elementary Boys and Girls Club, Marlee Yost-Wolff chats up kindergartners Marissa Hattemer and Logan Thomas about their weekend plans on the playground at Sunflower Elementary, Friday, July 25, 2014. Yost-Wolff is in her second year as a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and says she enjoys hanging out with the kids, playing and assisting the other counselors. by Nick Krug

  • The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter is hosting a community workshop called “In Her Shoes” on Oct. 9 4:15-5:15 p.m. The interactive activity is based on stories of survivors and the realities they faced when they sought help and support. The workshop is free and open to the public at The Willow’s administrative office, 1920 Moodie Road. They recommend that you RSVP to ensure a spot: bburns@willowdvcenter.org or (785) 331-2034 X104.

  • Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism (DCCCA) accepts applications for volunteers who want to help children and families with parents who struggle with addiction.

There’s a lot going on in Lawrence … So what did I miss? Comment below, email kkutsko@ljworld.com or call (785) 832-7284 to let me know what you’d like me to cover.

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Should parents spank their children? (And other questions about corporal punishment)

LawrenceWomen is where we will unpack nationally publicized issues that are important to women and have a discussion about what they mean on a local level. Read previous posts here.

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Spanking is defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics as “striking a child with an open hand on the buttocks or extremities with the intention of modifying behavior without causing physical injury.”

You’ve probably heard by now — the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch, leaving him covered in bruises, lacerations and welts.

Publicity surrounding Peterson’s case and domestic abuse in the NFL have brought the long debate about corporal punishment into the spotlight again.

By the time American children are adolescents, 85 percent of them will have been spanked at least one time, according to Dr. Alan Kazdin. Kazdin is a psychologist at Yale University who has studied the use of spanking to discipline children.

There are a lot of questions to ask: Is spanking a form of child abuse? In general, should parents spank their children? Do more women or men believe that corporal punishment is acceptable? Should spanking be illegal? What implications does this leave on kids? What about on the parents? On a spectrum of corporal punishment, is hitting a child with a switch worse or better or no different from a spanking?

Will spanking lead to “parenting regrets?” What role do religious and cultural background play in the debate? Where do parents draw the line? What is a “reasonable standard?” Why do parents choose corporal punishment over other forms of discipline?

I took a look at a couple of the questions surrounding the debate. Please leave comments or email kkutsko@ljworld.com to continue the conversation.


Is spanking an acceptable form of punishment?

The majority of Americans say “yes.” Between 2010 and 2012, about 70 percent of Americans agreed with the use of physical punishment.

AAP's answer is a resounding “no.”

Corporal punishment is legal in Kansas, but people can be (and have been) arrested for inhumane corporal punishment to a child in Douglas County.

The line between excessive force and acceptable force is thin, though. The Kansas Department for Children and Families defines corporal punishment as “activity directed toward modifying a child’s behavior by means of physical contact such as spanking with the hand or any implement, slapping, swatting, pulling hair, yanking the arm or any similar activity.”

What are women's vs. men's attitude toward corporal punishment?

77 percent of men, and 65 percent of women 18 to 65 years old agreed that a child sometimes needs a “good hard spanking,” according to Child Trends Databank.

What happens, to you and to your child, when you spank as a form of discipline?

AAP’s official position on physical punishment states:

“It is harmful emotionally to both parent and child. Not only can it result in physical harm, but it teaches children that violence is an acceptable way to discipline or express anger. While stopping the behavior temporarily, it does not teach alternative behavior. It also interferes with the development of trust, a sense of security, and effective communication. (Spanking often becomes the method of communication.) It also may cause emotional pain and resentment.”

AAP released a study in 2012 that links mental illness to physical punishment, and more specifically, spanking.

Another study released in 2009 suggests that "exposing children to HCP (harsh corporal punishment) may have detrimental effects on trajectories of brain development." That means a child's brain could have less gray matter.

What roles do cultural and religious backgrounds play in the debate?

Though social scientists and doctor groups agree the risks outweigh the benefits of corporal punishment, and specifically spanking, there is a national disparity.

Depending on where you grew up or whether or not your parents spanked you might play a part in whether you will spank your child.

The Centers for Disease Control promotes healthy parenting practices across cultural groups and did research on the subject. Its study found, however, that all cultural "groups said they used spanking as a 'last resort' ('You don’t start with spanking')."


The national conversation:

  • NPR — Is corporal punishment abuse? Why that's a loaded question

Spanking is an appropriate form of punishment:

  • Time — Spanking can be an appropriate form of child discipline
  • CNN — Spanking isn’t child abuse; it’s common sense

Spanking is not an appropriate form of punishment:

  • Forbes — Adrian Peterson, the NFL and whippings
  • The Week — Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children

What do you think?

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What would it mean if over-the-counter birth control were available in Lawrence?

LawrenceWomen is where we will unpack nationally publicized women's issues and find out what they mean on a local level. Read the introduction post here.

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Birth control, and access to it, has been debated heavily this year. Conversations about over-the-counter (OTC) birth control generated national buzz after several Republican Senate candidates publicly endorsed it.

Some critics of the Republican support for OTC birth control claim it is purely a political move to capture female voters, because the candidates all openly oppose abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance policies pay for preventive care with no deductibles or co-pays.

Cory Gardner’s (R-Colo.) reasoning, according to a column published in the Denver Post, is that over-the-counter pharmaceuticals “get dramatically cheaper and consumers save time and hassle by avoiding unnecessary doctors’ appointments just to get the pharmaceuticals they already know they need.”

However, those who are not buying into the GOP’s reasons are concerned that it would be too expensive for many women, unless insurance companies continue to cover it. In some cases, birth control costs women up to $600 annually.

This issue is not new — advocates for OTC birth control have been talking about it for a while. Just like Republican Senate candidate Gardner, OTC birth control supporters say some pros on the issue are wider accessibility and more convenience for busy women. But, more importantly to that side, doctor groups and pharmacists support OTC birth control.

The national conversation:

  • Huffington Post — Planned Parenthood’s ad hits GOP candidates on OTC birth control
  • The Federalist — Politicians want you to depend on them for birth control: Liberals are accusing Republicans of wanting to deny women access to birth control because Republicans want to make birth control more accessible to women.
  • The Baltimore Sun — Editorial: Birth control bait-and-switch
  • USA Today — Column: Republicans’ fake birth control promises

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But what would it mean locally?

Trent Scott is a pharmacist at Sigler Pharmacy on 18th Street, and he believes that people can trust the regulatory bodies, like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to determine whether drugs should be available without a prescription.

“If we can rely on the FDA to deem it safe for a regular consumer, then I don’t know why we (pharmacists) would consider it not to be,” Scott said. “At the very least, have a conversation (with your pharmacist) about what to expect when taking medications and what the possible side effects might be.”

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel, who is a family doctor at NeuCare Family Medicine, says it's always best to consult with someone — he recommends talking with your physician — before taking any medicines, even ones that are over-the-counter already.

“I think birth control, in the vast majority of women, is safe," Neuhofel said. "I don’t think it would pose a huge risk to take it, in terms of a safety profile.”

The potential downside, however, is one that skeptics have pointed out before: Without consulting a doctor, women must rely on themselves to self-screen and determine whether the medication is safe for them.

Though birth control is safe for most women, those who are older than 35 and smoke have an increased risk of blood clots.

Neuhofel pointed out that one could make the same argument for other OTC medications. For example, alcoholics should not take Tylenol. There are medicines that are more benign than birth control already available over-the-counter, and there are also medications that could pose a greater threat, he said.

Both health care professionals noted the price difference and convenience of OTC birth control as important factors for their customers and patients.

Scott said that he could not speak to the cost of OTC birth control, but he knows it would probably be more expensive than a typical OTC drug.

However, Neuhofel guesses that birth control would become less expensive than it is currently. This is true of most pharmaceuticals that become available over-the-counter, like allergy medications.

In addition to being cheaper, Neuhofel says, OTC birth control would be more convenient for his patients.

Scott agreed.

“As far as our patient population, do I think it’s something that could be utilized?” Scott said. “Absolutely.”

What would it mean for you?

Neuhofel says the debate about OTC birth control is more a question of "is this medically appropriate?" than a political or ethical one.

“It’s clearly something that millions of women do every day,” Dr. Neuhofel said. “The difficulty in discussing this topic is that people always bring political beliefs into it.”

Do you think the benefits outweigh the risks? Can women be held accountable to self-screen for health risks if given the ability to purchase birth control pills OTC? Do you think this move could help lower the unintended pregnancy rates, which have been at 50 percent for the past 20 years? What do you think?

Comment below or email me at kkutsko@ljworld.com to continue the conversation.

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What is LawrenceWomen?

LawrenceWomen is for anyone who wants to look at women’s issues and talk about what they mean locally.

What do nationally publicized issues mean for you? What do these issues mean for your best friend, wife, sister, niece, daughter or granddaughter?

I’m a 20-year-old intern at the Lawrence Journal-World who is also a college student. Women’s issues — especially those concerning my almost-30-year-old sister, 52-year-old mother and 71-year-old grandmother — are important to me. And I’m not just talking about health issues but also social, political, entertainment, technology, spirituality and business issues.

LawrenceWomen is where I will unpack these issues and find out what they mean on a local-level. This week I will start by taking a look at over-the-counter birth control. What do doctors and pharmacists in Lawrence have to say? Will this be affordable and safe? What does the national conversation sound like? And then, most importantly, we’ll have a conversation — How will this issue affect you, your daughter or your granddaughter?

So, what are you passionate about? What is important to you or other women you know? I want you to be a part of the conversation.

Send me an email at kkutsko@ljworld.com, tweet @katiekutsko using #LawrenceWomen or call me at (785) 832-7284.

Let’s start talking.

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Man found stabbed in a Lawrence park

Operation 100 News report.

Lawrence Police are investigating after a man was found stabbed at Centennial Park early Monday.

Officers were called to the park, located in the 600 block of Rockledge Road, around 1:30 a.m. on reports of a man injured from a fight.

Lawrence Medics reported the man had been stabbed multiple times and described his injuries as serious. He was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Witnesses were only able to provide a very vague description of the suspect and police are still working to determine where in the area the stabbing occurred. The victim was found on the west side of the park, near the rocket.

Radio traffic indicates the incident may have happened closer to 9th Street and Centennial Drive.

Check back with this page for updates as new information becomes available.

The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.

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One killed, another critical in tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 70

Operation 100 News report.

Leavenworth County first-responders are on the scene of a serious accident on westbound Interstate 70 this morning.

Firefighters and medics were dispatched to the eastern toll plaza, near milepost 217, for an injury accident involving a tractor-trailer at 3:04 a.m..

Kansas Turnpike Troopers arrived to report one person had been ejected from the truck and was unconscious. A second injured person was still inside the cab of the truck.

Medics reported one person deceased at the scene and another with critical injuries.

A LifeStar helicopter landed in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate, temporarily blocking several lanes through the toll plaza for a short time. Those lanes reopened around 4 a.m..

A LifeStar helicopter has landed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, near the eastern toll plaza following a fatal accident.

A LifeStar helicopter has landed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, near the eastern toll plaza following a fatal accident. by Mike Frizzell

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says all westbound lanes of I-70 are closed due to the accident.

Troopers have requested a Highway Patrol helicopter respond to the scene after sunrise to photograph the accident scene from above.

Additional updates as they become available.

The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.

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Numerous accidents on Interstate 70 leave at least eight injured

Operation 100 News.

Lawrence Police and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded on at least four different accidents on the Interstate 70 turnpike Sunday morning. The first accident was reported shortly after 3 a.m..

Three of the accidents were near the east Lawrence interchange while the fourth accident was closer to the west Lawrence interchange.

At least three ambulances responded to the area to check for injuries.

One vehicle crashed on its side, leaving two people with serious injuries on westbound Interstate 70 at milepost 205.8.

At least six people at various crash scenes were treated for minor injuries.

There were also accidents working on Johnson County highways. Several on Interstate 435 and Interstate 35, one on K-10 near De Soto.

The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.

Operation 100 News' listening hours as well as contact information is located on our Facebook page. Don't forget to give us a "Like" while you are there.

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Troopers identify two men killed in K-10 crossover accident

Operation 100 News report.

Updated: 9:19 p.m..

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after two people were killed in a head-on accident on Kansas Highway 10 in De Soto.

The accident was reported shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of K-10, east of Kill Creek Road.

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the scene to report two vehicles with heavy damage.

Johnson County Med-Act reported two people dead at the scene.

Both eastbound lanes of the highway were closed, with traffic being diverted to Kill Creek Road. All lanes reopened to traffic at 6:15 a.m..

Troopers say, 45-year-old, Johnnie Royce Jackson of Kansas City, Missouri, was driving his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado westbound in the eastbound lanes of K-10 after crossing the grassy center median. The wrong way truck then crashed nearly head-on into an eastbound 2013 Toyota Avalon. The Toyota was being driven by, 20-year-old, Robert Anthony Zevenbergen of Kansas City, Kansas.

An accident report says Jackson was not wearing a seat-belt and was ejected from the truck. Zevenbergen was properly restrained and had to be extricated from his car.

Trooper Howard Dickinson says the crash was not survivable because of the force of two vehicles traveling at 70 mph and crashing into each other.

The Kansas Highway Patrol continues to investigate if alcohol played a role in the accident's cause.

The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.

Operation 100 News' listening hours as well as contact information is located on our Facebook page. Don't forget to give us a "Like" while you are there.

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Domestic dispute turns violent, two stabbed in Lawrence apartment.

Operation 100 News report.

Lawrence Police are investigating a domestic dispute that turned violent early Tuesday.

Police were called to an apartment in the 1400 block of Coventry Manor around 1:10 a.m. on reports of a stabbing.

Medics arrived to find a 22-year-old man with a serious stab wound to his lower back and a female with minor lacerations. The man has been transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Initial reports indicate that the female stabbed the male and then turned the knife on herself. She has been detained for questioning.

Lawrence Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. No other details were immediately available.

The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.

Operation 100 News' listening hours as well as contact information is located on our Facebook page. Don't forget to give us a "Like" while you are there.

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Two people critically injured in separate Douglas County accidents early Sunday

Operation 100 News report.

Updated 3:07 a.m..

Douglas County Deputies are investigating two accidents this morning.

First accident

The first was reported shortly before 12:30 Sunday morning near the intersection of North 950 Road and East 850 Road, south of Clinton Lake.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene to report one vehicle, on its side and in the ditch. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Medics reported the driver's injuries to be critical. A LifeStar Helicopter transported the injured driver to Stormont-Vail HealthCare center in Topeka.

Clarion Springs EMS, Clinton Township Fire, Wakarusa Township Fire and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical all assisted on the scene and the helicopter landing zone.

Google Earth map showing the locations of both accidents.

Google Earth map showing the locations of both accidents. by Mike Frizzell

Second accident

The second accident was initially reported as a possible grass fire just before 1:10 a.m.. It is unclear who reported the fire but, an arriving deputy found a vehicle down a steep embankment at the intersection of North 1550 Road and East 1625 Road in Wakarusa Township.

Medics reported the driver's injuries to be critical and requested a helicopter for transport. Dispatchers contacted LifeFlight Eagle and LifeNet, both were unavailable due to fog in the area east of Lawrence.

The injured driver, only identified as a 55-year-old man, was transported by a Lawrence Medic unit to the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. His injuries are said to include a head laceration.

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One critical, two detained following early morning shooting

Operation 100 News report.

Updated: 4:30 a.m..

Lawrence Police are investigating after a person was shot in the 2400 block of Cedarwood Avenue early Saturday.

The shooting was reported just before 3:10 a.m.. Officers located a male, approximately 40-years-old, with one gunshot wound to the chest.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews report the victim's injuries to be critical. The man was rushed to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by medics. An air-ambulance was not available due to the weather.

A witness told police that a person ran from the building eastbound and then northbound towards 23rd Street. That person was only described as a male wearing a black jacket.

At least two people have been detained for questioning. One ran from an officer in the area of 27th Street and Redbud Lane. He was apprehended at 4:25 a.m..

Anyone with information is asked to call Lawrence Police at 785-830-7400 or the Douglas County CrimeStoppers at 785-843-TIPS (8477).

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Driver of stolen vehicle leads police on 25-mile pursuit

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A Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle in north Lawrence early Sunday. The driver of that vehicle didn't stop and ended up leading police on a 25-mile pursuit through parts of three counties.

Around 12:20 a.m. a Trooper reported spotting a vehicle that had been reported stolen from an address in Lawrence, and attempted to stop the vehicle, near Interstate 70 and North Third Street. The driver sped up and the chase was on. A nearby Lawrence officer joined the pursuit as they turned eastbound on U.S. 24.

Speeds reached 70 miles per hour as they passed Lawrence Municipal Airport and then turned eastbound on Kansas Highway 32, crossing into Leavenworth County.

The Trooper reported speeds of 80 miles per hour as they approached Linwood city limits.

As the chase crossed into Wyandotte County and the city of Bonner Springs, officers with the Bonner Springs Police Department were able to hit three of the suspect vehicle's tires with spike strips.

Speeds dropped to the 55 miles per hour speed limit as the chase continued through the eastside of Bonner Springs, still on K-32.

The chase came to an end about a mile inside Edwardsville city limits, at mile marker 22, just before 12:50 a.m.. The Lawrence officer and the Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper were then able to take the driver into custody without further resistance.

Google Earth map showing the distance covered by the pursuit.

Google Earth map showing the distance covered by the pursuit. by Mike Frizzell

Lawrence Police confirmed that the vehicle was stolen. The Trooper learned that the driver has a felony warrant for his arrest out of Leavenworth County and does not have a valid driver's license.

After about 10 minutes in custody, the suspect requested an ambulance, because he wasn't feeling well. An ambulance from the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department responded, but did not transport the man to the hospital. The Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper transported the man back to Lawrence and Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says no officer were injured and no police vehicles were damaged during the pursuit.

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