Arts and Entertainment

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 ...

Lawrence Busker Festival moved to Labor Day weekend

Lawrence's Busker Festival, originally set for the end of May, has been rescheduled to September. In January, the Journal-World reported that the Busker Festival would expand by a day this year. This remains true even with the date change, as the festival has been moved from one four-day ...

Lied Center to stream free live performance from Mwenso & the Shakes

Some members of the band Mwenso & the Shakes are quarantined together in Harlem, and they will be performing a live concert on the Lied Center’s Facebook page Tuesday night at 7:30. “It’s joyous and uplifting music with energy that exudes positivity. And that’s what we need right ...

City postpones Earth Day celebration because of COVID-19

The City of Lawrence has postponed its annual Earth Day celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic. Following recent orders from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people, the city announced in a news release this week that it would ...