Arts and Entertainment

Scene Stealers: The best movies of 2012

With a better-than-normal-slate of high-profile moves in 2012, filmgoers bought a record $10.8 billion in movie tickets this past year. Most of the best films of the year, however, didn’t exactly catch fire at the box office. Here’s my list of the Best Movies of 2012:10 “Seven ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 6

For Sunday, Jan. 6:This year you become a little more hot-tempered than in the past. Inspiration and industry merge, and you become very driven as a result. If you are single, your temperament could push someone away, but it is unlikely that you will be alone. If you are attached, your sweetie ...

Topeka music competition open to Lawrence middle-schoolers

Lawrence sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade music students are invited to participate in the upcoming Topeka Young Musician Awards competition. Each participant will receive at least three evaluations, and the top five finalists in each of four categories — piano, vocal, strings and ...

Enrollment open for arts center’s winter classes

Want to try Solarplate printmaking? Create your own set of cups out of clay? Or, for kids, act in an ensemble or become a junior architect? Enrollment is under way for these and many other winter classes at the Lawrence Arts Center. Classes, many of which begin this month, are offered for all ...

Internationally known public art team plans free talk in Lawrence

The relationship between people and place is a complex one — who better to tackle it than an architect and an artist? The public art duo “Sans façon” — French architect Charles Blanc and British artist Tristan Surtees — will speak in Lawrence about the roles of art and artists in ...

Percolator Artspace looking for love

The month of love is fast approaching, and the Percolator Artspace is planning a fitting tribute.The Percolator is seeking artwork about love — or lack thereof — for a show scheduled to open from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 25, during this month’s Final Fridays event. Intimacy, sensuality, sexuality, ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Downton’ wields a glass hammer

I know these are fighting words, but as “Downton Abbey” returns for a third season on “Masterpiece Classic” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings), I almost wish it hadn’t.Everything folks adore about this series has returned. The clothes, interior design, landscaping and familiar faces ...

Budding jazz pianist plans hometown performance

Lawrence native and ascending young jazz pianist Addison Frei is bringing his jazz group, AMP Trio, to his hometown for an upcoming performance.The performance, scheduled for 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., will include music from the group’s debut album, ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 5

For Saturday, Jan. 5:This year you focus on your goals. Update them as you do your friendships. Be aware that they might be changing as a result of your recent transformation. If you are single, a friendship could become even more. If you are attached, make sure to tend to the friendship that ...

Tune In Tonight: Cable’s crass menagerie

The same, but different, is not always better. Cesar Millan’s new series “Leader of the Pack” (9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild) is nothing more, or less, than the mirror image of “Dog Whisperer.” Instead of visiting with the owners of untrainable pets, Millan auditions three potential owners for ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 4

For Friday, Jan. 4:This year others become aware of your plethora of innate skills. You often find that you are being placed on a pedestal. If you are single, you’ll have many opportunities to change your status. If you are attached, a community commitment could keep you busy. The Stars Show ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Downton Abbey’ castle gets closeup

Fans who can’t wait until Sunday for the third season premiere of “Downton Abbey” can visit the Abbey itself on “Castles on Camera: Royal Residences on TV” (8 p.m., HGTV).The “Abbey” is really Highclere Castle, home of the Carnarvon family since 1679. Other venerable domiciles ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 3

For Thursday, Jan. 3:This year you can be very practical one moment, and then unexpectedly switch to being idealistic. When dealing with certain people, you often tend to find that one-on-one relating can push you over the edge. If you are single, your diverse personality attracts many ...

Local barbecue team makes TV debut Sunday on Pitmasters

Truebud BBQ outcooked hundreds of competitive barbecuers last year, but will the local team be able to smoke its competition on national TV? Find out this weekend, when the Kansas City episode of BBQ Pitmasters premieres on TLC’s Destination America.Truebud BBQ — with its meticulous ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 2

For Wednesday, Jan. 2:This year you could experience unusual tension involving your work and its direction. The wise Goat would take a class or two in order to fine-tune his or her specialization even more. If you are single, you will be drawn to a foreigner or someone quite bohemian. If you ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Nova’ recalls Icelandic volcano

The Mayan calendar was so 2012. “Doomsday Volcanoes” on “NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS) recalls the 2010 eruption of an unpronounceable volcano in Iceland. Actually, it was called Eyjafjallajokull. And if you get that as a crossword puzzle clue, more power to you.As you may recall, ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 1

For Tuesday, Jan. 1:This year you have a tendency to reminisce about days past. Often when you are like this, you come up with novel ideas. If you are single, you could meet someone quite exotic and different. If you are attached, the two of you finally might take that long-awaited and ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Sisterhood’ features church ladies with clout

When five women call themselves “the First Lady,” you’re bound to have drama — as well as intrigue and pecking orders. Welcome to “The Sisterhood” (8 p.m., TLC), a new docu-melodrama showcasing five women married to the most prominent religious pastors in Atlanta.As the wives of ...

Horoscopes for Dec. 31

For Monday, Dec. 31:This year you enjoy relating on a one-on-one level. Though you love to socialize, you also appreciate the exchange that goes on just between two people. If you are single, you attract people from out of the blue and in odd situations. If you are attached, the two of you love ...

Tune In Tonight: Recalling old acquaintances

Where did the year go? Can it already be the time for “New York’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark” (7 p.m., ABC)? The special, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, looks back at Clark’s many decades as a television personality and his long association with hosting ABC’s New ...