Arts and Entertainment

Holiday Happenings 2019: Holiday Homes Tour offers something ‘for every taste’

Organizers of the annual Holiday Homes Tour, which showcases homes decorated for the season, say this year's show will give attendees a glimpse of all the city has to offer. Holiday Homes Tour Committee Chair Summer Wedermyer said this year’s tour includes a beautifully renovated historic ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Festival of Trees returns to Liberty Hall

Dozens of colorfully decorated trees and wreaths will fill Liberty Hall next week for the annual Festival of Trees. The festival begins Monday and will feature 50 trees and 24 wreaths, all decorated and donated by members of the Lawrence community. It's a fundraiser for The Children’s ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Creative housewares on sale at Van Go Adornment

Van Go's annual holiday sale returns this weekend, and the young artists will be selling a variety of creative housewares to fit the theme of this year's event, “Make Yourself at Home.” An arts-based social service agency, Van Go employs at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 and teaches them skills ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Gingerbread Festival and Auction celebrates 25 years

Edible edifices of all kinds will soon be on display — and available for purchase — as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread Festival and Auction marks its 25th year. The viewing portion of the Gingerbread Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, giving attendees ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Holiday Farmers’ Market celebrates 30 years

Now in its 30th year, the Lawrence Holiday Farmers’ Market will soon bring dozens of vendors to the DoubleTree hotel. And while the season for fresh produce may be over, Lawrence Farmers' Market manager Brian McInerney said there will be something for everyone at the market, scheduled for ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Support local artists at Bizarre Bazaar

Although Lawrence's annual Bizarre Bazaar shopping event now draws more than a hundred artists every year, the event got its start as a small, intimate affair. “The event began about 31 years ago because a small group of artists 'didn't fit' in traditional art fair settings,” said Jerry ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade returns for 27th year

There’s no better way to begin the holidays than hearing the clip-clopping of horses in downtown Lawrence. That’s according to the organizers of the local Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, which returns this year to celebrate the holiday season for the 27th year in a row. "We think it's a ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: See hundreds of crèche sets at Festival of Nativities

A staple of the Lawrence holiday season, the Festival of Nativities will return soon to Centenary United Methodist Church. By the time this year’s festival opens on Dec. 7, the church at 245 N. Fourth St. will have transformed into a softly lit metropolis of more than 300 crèche sets made ...

Poetry and fiction submissions sought for the 2020 Langston Hughes Awards

It’s time for Douglas County residents to finish the story they're working on or polish up their poems and submit them for the 2020 Langston Hughes Awards. The annual event, jointly sponsored this year by the Lawrence Arts Center and The Raven Book Store, will offer two awards of $500 each, ...

Go, See, Do: Poetry workshop on the Kaw, 6 short plays and more

Theatergoers can take in six stories in one evening during this weekend's Festival of Short Plays at Theatre Lawrence. The event, now in its second year, only features scripts from regional playwrights, said Dani DeGarmo, the theater’s marketing coordinator. She said the selection process ...

Lawrence Arts Center show to focus on issues related to suicide and grief

A local theater production is looking to be a beacon of hope for those affected by suicide-related grief. The Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday will host Life Restoration Ministries’ “Hope Remains Even in the … Shadows.” Written and directed by Rita Rials, the production delivers its ...

City to host annual holiday craft fair this weekend

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will host its 43rd annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday. The Holiday Bazaar features handmade arts and crafts produced by local and regional artists, including pottery, stained glass, paintings, jewelry and many more items, according to a city news ...

East Ninth art project seeking youth proposals; $1,000 to be awarded for each project

Organizers of the East Ninth Street art project are seeking young artists who want to add their artistic touch to the East Lawrence neighborhood. The East Ninth Project has already awarded grants to fund 10 artist proposals from adults, including sculpture, film and musical projects, and is ...

Baldwin City to host 62nd annual Maple Leaf Festival this weekend

Baldwin City has spent the last week putting on its festival face. Crews have been placing orange “no parking” placards along downtown streets, as well as portable toilets and ready-to-assemble barricades at key intersections. They've marked off the sites for the hundreds of vendors whose ...