For the past few weeks, we've experimented with a round-up called The Lasso where we bring you the best links about Lawrence every week.
Moving forward, you'll see more posts more often featuring the fun, fabulous, eyebrow-raising and generally interesting stuff about our town, with the aim of bringing you the best of the web, Lawrence-style. Welcome to the rodeo.
We thought we saw the start of warmer weather this week but Mother Nature stopped us cold. WIBW put it perfectly: Seriously?????
Despite the speed bump on the way to spring and summer, The PBR Book Club met this week and chatted with author Sam Pink about his book "Rontel" (named after his cat) and Chicago things. The chat is a long read and probably NSFW but worth taking in for his literary advice.
Architecture and fashion
The KU School of Architecture turned 100 years old last week (definitely check out the vintage photo from 1915). Architecture blog, Lawrence Modern posted a few cool images from the celebration.
I've been a fan of campus fashion blog Style on the Hill for a while now and I'm excited to see it just launched its first magazine Wednesday. Did anyone go to the party or pick up a copy? Let me know how it is.
Music and musicians
On Tumblr this week is video of William Beckett's (of former The Academy Is... fame) March visit and live performance in KJHK's studios. Speaking of KJHK, the Farmer's Ball wrapped up April 27 and they've got great photos from the finals on Facebook.
Caroline Glaser is still representing Lawrence (and St. Louis) on The Voice. I haven't been following the show this season, but judging from her YouTube channel, it's clear the girl's got some talent. You can also follow her on Twitter.
Tell Adam Levine I say hello.
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The Lasso: Sudeikis/Wilde wedding update, ‘The Voice,’ gluten-free goodies and a ‘Downton Abbey’ tea
A New York wedding
Maybe their KU basketball fandom wasn’t enough to lure Kansas native Jason Sudeikis and his fiancee actress Olivia Wilde back here for their wedding, as a few early rumors indicated might be the case. In the latest update, the New York Post reported this week that the wedding will be in upstate New York next spring. The latest US Weekly (or was it a different tabloid I was reading at the gym...?) also ran a picture of the two at a recent Knicks game and quoted Wilde gushing about how great a New York wedding would be. (Side note: One might think Sudeikis would wear a Knicks hat to a Knicks game. Nope.)
According to show producers, KU student Caroline Glaser made it through blind auditions — the first elimination round — on the television show, “The Voice.” Our KU reporter, Matt Erickson, posted an update on his blog earlier this week. She’s not listed as a current student, but at least one source reported she withdrew to shoot for a music career. Her song? “Tiny Dancer.” Watch the video here.
A spot of tea
The local Daughters of the British Empire chapter is planning a “Downton Abbey”-themed tea May 4 at the Castle Tea Room. Attendees will dine on finger sandwiches, tea breads and scones with jam and clotted cream (yum!), and are encouraged to wear hats or dress in character.
Almond (flour) joy
Java Break is now selling bulk almond flour. Yes, that seems like a weird thing to pick up with a cup of coffee, but there’s actually a good explanation. Java Break has been making its own almond milk for a while. They’re now using those almonds to make flour, too, and using that to make their gluten-free raspberry and blackberry matrimonials and peanut butter cookies. For gluten-free home cooks, the extra flour is for sale at $5 for a quarter pound.
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