Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do: Sertoma 48 BarBQ Cook-Off, Parade of Homes and more

Nearly 50 barbecue teams will square off at Saturday’s Sertoma 48 BarBQ Cook-Off, serving up their best pork, brisket, chicken and ribs for a chance to compete in the American Royal's World Series of Barbecue in September. For $6 each round, visitors can taste the contest entries and vote ...

Youths with special needs take center stage with Theatre Lawrence production

Kelsey King hasn’t missed a rehearsal of Disney’s "Aladdin Jr." since the first snowy night in February when the Penguin Project was introduced at Theatre Lawrence. But she’s not alone. Her peer mentor Eleanor Roust has been by her side. “The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew we were ...

Choctaw historian at KU restoring cultural knowledge through food, fiction, family

The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time between being a professor, writing (both fiction and nonfiction), and advocating for healthy eating in the Native American community, ...

Van Go’s apprentice artists begin work on 3 murals for hospital

In order to create the murals that will soon adorn the walls of three crisis rooms in LMH Health's emergency department, apprentice artists at Van Go Inc. had to take a crash course in calming. Before they could start painting, the 19 young workers with the arts-based social service agency had ...

Have an inner rock star? Contestants sought for Mic Drop 2019 fundraiser

For those who enjoy singing along to the car radio, it might be time to kick it up a notch and go public for a good cause. Organizers of Lawrence Mic Drop 2019 are looking for 10 to 12 contestants to perform on the stage of Liberty Hall during the June 22 fundraiser for The Willow Domestic ...

Lawrence artist Roger Shimomura’s new exhibit touches on U.S. immigration policy

A renowned Lawrence artist will soon display many newly created images, some of which were inspired by U.S. immigration policies under President Donald Trump. Roger Shimomura, 80, will open his three-part exhibit called “American Muse” at the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art gallery in Kansas ...

Three sisters to display nature-inspired artworks at downtown Lawrence show

Hong Zhang was dropping off the last of her paintings Wednesday morning for Friday’s opening of “Journey to the West: works on paper by three Chinese sisters.” “Now I can sleep tonight,” said Hong Zhang, one of the three sisters displaying their work in the show at the Fayman ...

Grant funds will boost ‘heart of the school’ at Cordley, Pinckney elementaries

Librarians at Pinckney and Cordley elementary schools in Lawrence have accepted a challenge that could garner up to $9,000 for new books and materials in their respective libraries. The Lawrence-based Northeast Kansas Library System, or NEKLS, announced Thursday that it has selected the two ...

Go, See, Do: A March Madness-inspired art show/tournament and more

March isn't just tourney time for college basketball — one local coffee shop and pub is expanding it to the art world, too. At Shaun and Sons Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St., a bracket of 64 paintings by local artists has been narrowed down over the month by a panel of judges. The ...

Stan Herd unveils latest crop art project featuring Beto O’Rourke

Passengers with window seats flying in and out of Austin, Texas, will be able to catch a glimpse of Stan Herd’s latest creation. The Lawrence-based crop artist has created a likeness of presidential candidate and former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Using soil, grass and rock as his ...