It's been busy around the newsroom, what with storms and general newsy busy-ness, but the Lasso is not yet dead. Here's your roundup:
• In case you hadn't caught on, I love cool photos of this town. Here's a few shots of East Lawrence from writer Bobby Myers' Tumblr (Hamm's garbage can, anyone?).
• Merchant's Pub & Plate opened Saturday. Did you go?
• And as far as Lawrence restaurants go, Mrs. Mass went to Yokohama.
• For your artsy side, Lawrence Percolator has a post on an upcoming exhibition opening during September's Final Friday called High Moon Tide.
• Fashion blog Kansas Couture has been keeping Kansas fashionable for five years.
• Twitter tells me that a new Lawrence arts and entertainment site is on the horizon, based on this tweet from @BARR:
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Music happened this week:
• At The Granada, Marina and the Diamonds performed her 100th show, as covered by I Heart Local Music. And, if you follow us on Twitter, we linked to budding photojournalist Kylee Gregg's gallery of the concert.
• IHLM also relives Spring into Summer Fest at the Replay.
• And for fans of Tech N9ne, Jeopardy of Contentment talks about his cousin, Oobergeek's new song. Check it out.
Can't wait to see the photos that will come from the Limp Bizkit concert.
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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.
Best of Lawrence voting ends today! If you haven't already taken the survey (and you can only take it once), here's the link.
I reported in Friday's Lasso that we heard The New York Times might be reviewing the KU Wind Ensemble's March 26 performance at Carnegie Hall, but I couldn't find that they had.
Turns out The Times did publish a review of the show — and it was a good one. The critic writes that the ensemble, "one of America's most esteemed concert bands," performed composer Mohammed Fairouz’s new work "with polish, assurance and copious spirit, eliciting a rousing ovation for its members and for Mr. Fairouz."
Many thanks to the reader who emailed me the link this weekend! (I went looking for the writeup Thursday night, but that was too soon. It published on The Times' Website on Friday.) For more on the wind ensemble's performance of Fairouz's 9/11-inspired "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall, plus ticket information for Tuesday's encore performance at the Lied Center, see my previous story, "Big impact, big stage: KU Wind Ensemble to perform world premiere of weighty work at Carnegie Hall."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.