Arts and Entertainment

Library’s new streaming platform will feature music of northeast Kansas artists

The Lawrence Public Library has launched a free online streaming platform featuring the music of northeast Kansas artists, both past and present, called the Kaw Valley Jukebox. It’s meant to be an archive of music history in Lawrence, project manager Kevin Corcoran said, but it’s also ...

Local artists create postcards and posters of Lawrence parks and green spaces

Creators of a new art project want to help people appreciate the beauty of Lawrence parks and green spaces — and even bring a bit of that beauty indoors. The Lawrence Public Library partnered with several organizations — Lawrence Magazine, the Kansas Land Trust and the Douglas County ...

After initial rescheduling, Lawrence Busker Festival is now canceled

The Lawrence Busker Festival, originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and then rescheduled to Labor Day weekend, has now been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Monday message on the Lawrence Busker Festival's Facebook page said that despite big plans for this year — the ...

LHS students’ documentary on dancer Alvin Ailey showcased by Smithsonian museum

A short documentary film by Lawrence High School students focusing on the life and resilience of dancer Alvin Ailey reached the national stage this week. Liliana Christensen and Zora Lotton-Barker, who will be seniors at LHS this coming fall, told the Journal-World Thursday they were excited ...

Drive-in concerts this Father’s Day at Douglas County Fairgrounds

Sky Smeed and Ric Averill will take the stage Sunday for two drive-in concerts at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Smeed, a Lawrence-based Americana musician, will perform at 7:30 p.m. and Averill will perform a family friendly set of stories, songs and singalongs at 10 a.m. Smeed's show costs ...

Lawrence City Band summer concert series canceled because of pandemic

The Lawrence City Band concerts that usually take place every summer in South Park have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The city band has played its weekly summer concert series since the early days of the city, and band leaders said it was a hard decision to cancel the ...

Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships canceled because of pandemic

One of Lawrence's signature late summer events, the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event normally takes place the fourth weekend in August. This year, which would have been its 40th annual event, will be the first ...

New ‘stay-at-home’ film festival gives locals 24 hours to produce a short movie

Want to earn the title of “Best Lawrence Film?” Local actor and playwright Will Averill has established a one-time only “24-Hour Stay-At-Home Shorts Film Festival.” It’s Averill’s first film festival, and he’s hoping it will give community members the opportunity to be creative ...

Pulitzer Prizes recognize authors, journalist originally from Kansas

Two authors and a freelance journalist from Kansas were recognized by judges of some of the most prestigious writing awards in the country on Monday. Anne Boyer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, while Ben Lerner was shortlisted as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for ...

Free State Festival postpones return until 2021

Lawrence’s Free State Festival is the latest local organization to cancel its summer event amid ongoing uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers announced Monday that the festival, which was last held in 2018, will not return until June 2021. This year's event had been ...

Stay, See, Do: Virtual literary festival and Red Dog’s workouts at home

Though the Paper Plains Literary Festival — originally scheduled for this weekend — has been postponed until 2021, some participating authors will still discuss their works virtually in free sessions open to the public Friday through Sunday. Friday at 7 p.m., Grady Hendrix will discuss his ...