Arts and Entertainment

Brass band keeps Lawrence’s downtown Mardi Gras parade marching on

Lawrence's annual Mardi Gras parade — with its bead-clad participants and brass band — will return to downtown's sidewalks at noon Tuesday. The parade has been a staple in Lawrence since 2007, when a Louisiana family moved to town and started the tradition. Mike West and Katie Euliss ...

Go, See, Do: Fire Station No. 1 open house, ‘As You Like It’ and more

The public is invited to see the newly renovated Fire Station No. 1 and watch firefighters demonstrate “turning out” for a call this Saturday at an open house. The entire station will be open, allowing visitors to see all aspects of the $7.14 million renovation, including two additional ...

Go, See, Do: An Evening of Love Songs, Science Sunday and more

This Valentine's Day, listeners can take in four decades worth of lovey-dovey tunes during "An Evening of Love Songs" at S&S Artisan Pub & Coffeehouse. The Mary Conn Jazz Trio — Mary Conn (vocals), Tim O’Brien (upright bass) and Steven Bergdall (keyboard) — will perform songs ...

‘Vagina Monologues’ production to feature stories of Lawrence women

In “The Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters,” on stage this week at the Lawrence Arts Center, director Sadie Barbee seeks to share the stories of women whose voices have been muted. “One of my favorite lines in the show is, ‘We forget the vagina. What else would explain our lack of ...

Go, See, Do: Antique motorcycle show, Souper Bowl Saturday and more

For the 11th year in a row, an antique motorcycle show is coming to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, and one of the organizers wants the public to know that youth are encouraged to attend. “The antique motorcycle enthusiasts are a bunch of gray-haired guys,” said John Webb, one of the chief ...

157-year-old Pinckney home is a good fit for Busker Fest organizer

Richard Renner thinks he and his home at 408 Indiana St. are an ideal match for each other — and for Lawrence's Pinckney neighborhood. Renner owns the Vodvill Entertainment Company, a talent agency for variety acts, and organizes the quirky Busker Fest in downtown Lawrence every year. His ...

Langston Hughes award winners wrote about bees, racism

The winners of this year’s Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards wrote about the decline of bees and experiencing racism while growing up in Australia. Kate Lorenz, the events coordinator for the Lied Center, won the fiction writing contest for her short story "Beekeeping," and Tracey ...

Go, See, Do: Kaw Valley Comedy Night, chili contest and more

Kaw Valley Comedy Night producer Cody Lindenberger says attendees will have to find out for themselves why he calls one of the comics at the event a “human tornado.” “If you saw his stand-up, you’d understand,” Lindenberger said of Kansas City-based comic Colby Cusick, who will be ...

Local film about immigration in Garden City wins festival award

A locally made film about immigration has won an award at the 2020 Borrego Springs Film Festival in Southern California. The film, “Strangers in Town,” co-directed by Lawrence resident Stephen Lerner and Reuben Aaronson of Los Angeles, won the People’s Choice Documentary award. Lerner ...

Crave special section: On the menu in Lawrence

A NOTE FROM EDITOR CHAD LAWHORN: Lawrence seems to love restaurants. They’ve become a part of our identity, in some ways, and certainly a major part of our entertainment scene. With that in mind, we wanted to do something that gave readers a bit more of an extended look at Lawrence restaurant ...

Lawrence restaurants: Manager says La Tropicana is full of family history

This Q&A appeared in the Jan. 22, 2020, edition of the Journal-World's Crave food supplement. More from that section, including interviews with Lawrence restaurateurs, can be found here. Catalina Martin del Campo, manager of La Tropicana in North Lawrence, recently told the Journal-World ...

Lawrence restaurants: Nagoya owners focused on healthy Japanese fare

This Q&A appeared in the Jan. 22, 2020, edition of the Journal-World's Crave food supplement. More from that section, including interviews with Lawrence restaurateurs, can be found here. Michelle Yu, who owns Nagoya Japanese Cuisine with her husband, Vincent, spoke to the Journal-World ...

Lawrence restaurants: Terrebonne owner loves town’s varied restaurant scene

This Q&A appeared in the Jan. 22, 2020, edition of the Journal-World's Crave food supplement. More from that section, including interviews with Lawrence restaurateurs, can be found here. Greg Renck, owner of Terrebonne Cafe, recently sat down with the Journal-World to talk about ...

Lawrence restaurants: 15 quirky, freaky and fun food finds

This Town Talk column appeared in the Jan. 22, 2020, edition of the Journal-World's Crave food supplement. More from that section, including interviews with Lawrence restaurateurs, can be found here. I’m definitely not a restaurant critic, and I’ve found it is dangerous to be a food ...