Arts and Entertainment

Questions abound as new arts group starts work

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback's administration tried to launch a new statewide arts initiative on Thursday, but questions arose immediately about how to proceed, including whether the director works for the arts commissioners or vice versa."Today is a new day," said Kansas Department of Commerce ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 24

For Thursday, Jan. 24:This year you’ll want to avoid power plays at all costs. You might generate a lot of plans only to find that many of them will fall apart. If you are single, your nurturing style draws many people to you. If you are attached, dive into a new hobby with your sweetie. The ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Incredible’ is torture for adults

How bad is “Incredible Crew” (8 p.m., Cartoon Network)? Let’s just say “Incredible” requires us to sit through contrived bits featuring adolescents trying too hard to be comedians. And the first episode is called “Farting Grandpa.” And there’s a belabored comedy rap ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Do No Harm’ makes no sense

‘‘Do No Harm” (9 p.m., NBC) offers a curious blend of medical procedural mixed with a 21st-century update of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”Handsome and headstrong, neurosurgeon Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, “Rescue Me”) has a devil of a time multitasking. From 8:25 a.m. to 8:25 p.m., ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 23

For Wednesday, Jan. 23:This year you often might be inclined to risk. What you take chances on will define how you feel about success and failure. If you are single, you could meet someone through your day-to-day life. If you are attached, the two of you might decide to splurge on a ...

Tune In Tonight: ‘Drones’ investigates unmanned aircraft inventors, pilots

“NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS) lifts the veil off our most secret weapon — just slightly. “Rise of the Drones” examines the inventors and pilots behind the unmanned aircraft that have been an essential — and largely clandestine — part of American espionage and warfare since 2001.We meet ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 22

For Tuesday, Jan. 22:This year your self-expression attracts many people, and often inspires them. Your words carry power and energy with them. If you are single, you will establish a meaningful bond, if that is what you desire. If you are attached, you’ll romance your sweetie and ...

Tune In Tonight: New cooking show uses blind taste tests

When in doubt, imitate. “The Taste” (7 p.m., ABC) borrows a concept from “The Voice” and asks competitors, ranging from professional chefs to adventurous home cooks, to submit their offerings to a “blind” taste test. The celebrity judges won’t be told the name of the dish, the ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 21

For Monday, Jan. 21:This year you are more verbal than usual. Your imagination stars as one of your strongest assets, and loved ones admire your creativity. If you are single, you could meet one of your greatest loves at any moment this year. If you are attached, you start acting like newfound ...

Friends’ ‘Kansas Bestiary’ tells stories of 15 native animals

It was a sound Doug Hitt, and anyone who’s been in Kansas in the spring, had heard before, even if he’d never really thought about it.But once he learned that the “preep! preep!” was the call of the boreal chorus frog, he could no longer hear it without thinking about where it was ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 20

For Sunday, Jan. 20:This year you become more stubborn than you have been in the past. Once you become entrenched in a certain way of thinking, you have a difficult time seeing any other path. If you are single, you could fall into a volatile relationship. If you are attached, work on new ways ...

Spencer’s new permanent exhibit puts ‘Things’ back in place

Things. They’re like mirrors reflecting the people who gave them to us, the places we've been and what we perceive as beautiful, valuable or useful. And they don't exist in vacuums, as most are fashioned after similar things and displayed alongside yet more things.In museums — where ...

‘Riverkings’ exhibit highlights fishermen who made living on the Kaw

“Riverkings” — generations of fishermen who made their livings and supported their families on the Kansas River — are the subject of a new exhibit at the Watkins Community Museum of History. “Riverkings of Kansas: Life on the Kaw” opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday ...

Baker invites residents, students to sing in community choir

Baker University students and Baldwin City and area residents interested in singing are welcome to participate in the Baker University Community Choir. The choir begins its spring season rehearsals at 6 p.m. Thursday at McKibbin Recital Hall on Baker’s Baldwin City campus.Beginning this ...

Jewish films, discussions will delve into Holocaust and stereotypes

The Jewish Community Women are sponsoring two upcoming documentary film events at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Drive.Each film examines various aspects of Jewish identity and will be followed by a panel discussion. The events are open to the public, and popcorn and ...

Arts Center is finalist for placemaking grant

The Lawrence Arts Center has announced it’s one of 104 applicants nationwide to be named a finalist for a grant from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking. ArtPlace received more than 1,200 applications for the grants. Finalists were chosen for their potential to ...

January Final Fridays Preview: Percolator exhibit feels the love

“When you put creative people together, amazing stuff happens,” Eric Kirkendall says. If anyone understands that, it would be Kirkendall, who has been putting creative people together at the Final Friday Art Party for more than two years at the Hobbs Taylor Lofts building, 718 New Hampshire ...

Behind the Lens: Carrying a backup a good idea in case camera breaks

Camera equipment failure is unavoidable. Gear wears out, gets dropped and breaks down. Fortunately, I don’t recall an incident where a malfunctioning camera kept me from completing an assignment. A big reason why is that I carry two camera bodies and lenses. But recently I had a close call. I ...

Horoscopes for Jan. 19

For Saturday, Jan. 19:This year you often question your direction and energy. You have what it takes; you are just being challenged. If you are single, your desirability summons many potential lovers. If you are attached, you do a lot of kissing and making up this year. The Stars Show the Kind ...

Tune In Tonight: In “Ripper Street,” ‘Law and Order’ meets ‘Downton’

A stylish tale of lower and upper classes in the urban underbelly, “Ripper Street” (8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America) returns to London circa 1889, when fear of gruesome serial killer Jack the Ripper grips the streets, and most notably, the women who walk them.Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna ...