Arts and Entertainment

Lawrence writer wins international science fiction award

Lawrence writer Bogi Takács has won one of the science fiction world’s most prestigious awards. Takács was announced as one of the winners of a Hugo Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy, on Aug. 1. The Lawrence resident, originally from Hungary, ...

Library’s new streaming platform will feature music of northeast Kansas artists

The Lawrence Public Library has launched a free online streaming platform featuring the music of northeast Kansas artists, both past and present, called the Kaw Valley Jukebox. It’s meant to be an archive of music history in Lawrence, project manager Kevin Corcoran said, but it’s also ...

Local artists create postcards and posters of Lawrence parks and green spaces

Creators of a new art project want to help people appreciate the beauty of Lawrence parks and green spaces — and even bring a bit of that beauty indoors. The Lawrence Public Library partnered with several organizations — Lawrence Magazine, the Kansas Land Trust and the Douglas County ...

After initial rescheduling, Lawrence Busker Festival is now canceled

The Lawrence Busker Festival, originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and then rescheduled to Labor Day weekend, has now been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Monday message on the Lawrence Busker Festival's Facebook page said that despite big plans for this year — the ...

LHS students’ documentary on dancer Alvin Ailey showcased by Smithsonian museum

A short documentary film by Lawrence High School students focusing on the life and resilience of dancer Alvin Ailey reached the national stage this week. Liliana Christensen and Zora Lotton-Barker, who will be seniors at LHS this coming fall, told the Journal-World Thursday they were excited ...

Drive-in concerts this Father’s Day at Douglas County Fairgrounds

Sky Smeed and Ric Averill will take the stage Sunday for two drive-in concerts at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Smeed, a Lawrence-based Americana musician, will perform at 7:30 p.m. and Averill will perform a family friendly set of stories, songs and singalongs at 10 a.m. Smeed's show costs ...

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 ...