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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Your weekly roundup of local art stuff, oddities and — this week only — snow-creatures from the web.
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.
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.
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.
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
Spotted this week on the web. A roundup of Lawrence culture/stuff to do.
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.”
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.