Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do: For Your Ears Only sale, Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase and more

An electric violin, autoharps and Caribbean drums are among the wide selection of instruments that will be on available at the Kansas Audio-Reader Network's annual For Your Ears Only sale. “This is the most musical instruments we have had,” said Beth McKenzie, Audio-Reader’s development ...

Lawrence bookstore owner receives Midwest Bookseller of the Year Award

Danny Caine, owner of the Raven Book Store, has been named Midwest Bookseller of the Year by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. Caine was selected because of his extraordinary impact on his community, according to a news release from the association. “When a store gets it ...

Go, See, Do: Haskell Indian Art Market, Banff Mountain Film Festival and more

Native American artisans from around the country will converge on Lawrence this weekend for the 31st Haskell Indian Art Market. Stephanie Fernando, coordinator of the two-day event, said 135 booths will be set up outdoors on the grounds of Haskell Indian Nations University. Some of the artists ...

Exhibitors getting ready for Lawrence’s 40th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

Exhibitors are down to the wire creating items to sell at this weekend's 40th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. On Tuesday, Christy Minton was putting the finishing touches on the multimaterial collages she fashions in her downtown Lawrence apartment. In North Lawrence, Guy Young was ...

Go, See, Do: Turning trash into instruments, barbecue contest and more

Two musicians will be turning trash such as beer bottles and disposable cups into instruments during this month’s installment of the Humanities in the Wild lecture series. At Friday's free performance, Mike Compitello and Hannah Collins, both faculty members at the University of Kansas ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the ...

Go, See, Do: Civil War on the Western Frontier, Mavis Staples talk and more

History buffs can enjoy tours, reenactments, 19th-century music and more during this weekend's Civil War on the Western Frontier events, organized by the Watkins Museum of History. As in previous years, the museum will be offering walking tours and bus tours that highlight historic sites — ...

The Paper Plains Literary Festival coming to Lawrence next spring

Organizers of a literary festival set for next spring are lining up authors for the four-day event in Lawrence. “The Paper Plains Literary Festival,” scheduled for April 23-26, 2020, will be a collaboration of the University of Kansas Hall Center, The Commons, the Raven Book Store and the ...

For ‘Sea Witch’ author Sarah Henning, of Lawrence, time is the real villain

Even if it’s just an hour a day, Lawrence author Sarah Henning always finds time to write. Henning recently released "Sea Witch Rising," her second novel in just more than a year, all while holding down a full-time marketing job, running ultramarathons and raising two kids. To keep up, ...

Go, See, Do: Community Safety Fair, “Good Night, Lawrence!” and more

Comedians and a few political candidates will come together for a night of local laughs at this weekend's "Good Night, Lawrence!" show. This is the second "Good Night, Lawrence!" performance that local theater group Card Table Productions has done — the last one was in January of this year. ...

Go, See, Do: “Disney’s Frozen Jr.,” Humanities in the Wild and more

Temperatures are sizzling outdoors, but it will be snowing on the stage of Theatre Lawrence during this weekend’s youth production of “Disney's Frozen Jr.” The show, based on the 2013 Disney film, includes a cast of more than 40 young performers, and the technical crew has been hard at ...

Lawrence Arts Center to celebrate 50th anniversary of Woodstock with photo exhibit

Using an X-Acto knife, Ben Ahlvers very slowly cut through the packaging tape to open the tube of photographs that arrived Monday for a new exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center. "It’s a little like surgery,” said Ahlvers, the exhibition program director at the center. He was being extra ...

North Lawrence home is a family heirloom

Marvin and Kathy Pine have become curators of what appears to be a living history museum. It's also their home. In a time when more people are moving toward a minimalist lifestyle, the home at 1741 East 1500 Road on the edge of North Lawrence tells the story of the Pine family through a ...

Pets take center stage to unofficially kick off 2019 Douglas County Fair

Blake Wohler wasn’t upset when his cat Opie, whom he was showing in this year’s Douglas County 4-H cat show, noticed another competitor opening some cat food and jumped off the judging table. Cats being cats, the rules for acceptable pet behavior are more relaxed than in the dog show. So ...

Demolition derby, bull riding, beer garden all on tap for 2019 Douglas County Fair

The 2019 Douglas County Fair will arrive in two weeks, and this time, the fair's staple events like the demolition derby and the tractor pulls will be joined by a new attraction: a beer garden. Although a few events are scheduled for this week, the annual fair officially begins Monday, July ...