Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do: St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, Akin Prairie Wildflower Walk and more

Mariachi and Tejano bands, folk dancers and plenty of authentic Mexican food will return to the parking lot of St. John Catholic School for the 39th annual St. John's Mexican Fiesta this weekend. “It’s a party in our backyard, and we invite all the neighbors over,” said Frank Lemus Jr., ...

Butch Patrick from ‘The Munsters’ to meet fans at Massachusetts Street toy shop

Having borrowed the home address of “The Munsters” for the name of his toy shop, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, owner Terry Taylor thought he was being pranked when a Munster’s manager called him about hosting a signing event at his store. “If there is a store named after 'The Munsters,' ...

Go, See, Do: ‘Mary Poppins Jr.,’ Summer Brew Fest and more

The Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theatre program is bringing a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” show to the stage this weekend — “Mary Poppins Jr.” In this abridged version of the popular musical about the “practically perfect” nanny, more than 60 students in sixth ...

Outdoor sculpture exhibit bringing selection of new works to downtown Lawrence

A large angelfish sculpture caught the attention of several people walking along Massachusetts Street on Tuesday morning. "Angelica #2," a 500-pound steel fish with a limestone face, was created by Joe Malesky, of Strafford, Mo., and was recently placed on display in the 800 block of ...

Theatre Lawrence aiming for ‘feel-good’ vacation vibe with ‘Mamma Mia!’

Theatre Lawrence hopes to take its audience on a musical vacation when its production of “Mamma Mia!” opens on Friday. Director Mary Doveton said the show's popularity comes from the combination of the music — a collection of hit songs by the band ABBA — and the classic love story ...

Go, See, Do: Historic Lecompton Territorial Days, StoryWalk at South Park and more

This weekend's Historic Lecompton Territorial Days will offer plenty of old-fashioned fun — including frog and turtle races — but also a chance to learn more about Kansas' early history. The annual festival kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the community building ...

Lawrence City Band to kick off summer concert series at South Park

"Summertime in South Park" will be the theme Wednesday night during the Lawrence City Band's first outdoor concert of the season, which will run through mid-July. The band, conducted by Paul Popiel, will play an assortment of tunes, including "Appalachian Overture," "Someone to Watch Over ...

Pulitzer-winning author Tony Horwitz dies at 60

Story updated 2:28 p.m. Tuesday Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the best-selling author of "Confederates in the Attic," has died. He was 60. Horwitz died Monday of apparent cardiac arrest in Washington, D.C., Sarah Hutson, a spokeswoman for his publisher, Penguin Press, ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Busker Festival, Art Tougeau parade and more

Acrobats, sword swallowers, magicians and comedians will fill downtown Lawrence on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 12th annual Lawrence Busker Festival — and, for the first time in the event's history, all the performers will be female. Busker Martika Daniels, whose act includes hula ...

Ahead of Lawrence visit, Pulitzer winner discusses the ‘American Divide’

If Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz’s 1998 bestseller, “Confederates in the Attic,” trained a magnifying glass on a still-divided American South more than 130 years after the Civil War, then his latest work, “Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide,” aims ...

Go, See, Do: North Lawrence neighborhood garage sale, Busker Ball and more

Bargain hunters might find some good deals north of the river when the North Lawrence neighborhood garage sale returns Friday and Saturday. More than 100 North Lawrence residents plan to have items for sale, said Ted Boyle, president of the North Lawrence Improvement Association. “The ...

Actor Alan Alda to headline Hall Center for the Humanities 2019-2020 lecture series

A well-known Hollywood actor is set to headline a series of lectures at the University of Kansas next school year. KU's Hall Center for the Humanities on Monday announced Alan Alda, who may be best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce in the TV show “MASH,” as one of the five speakers lined ...