Arts and Entertainment

New folk and bluegrass music festival coming to Lawrence in August

A new musical festival will be coming to Lawrence this summer, and its promoter has high hopes that it will become a signature event. In launching what will be known as the Kaw River Roots Festival, local entertainment promoter Mike Hannah said he wanted to make Lawrence the Midwestern capital ...

Go, See, Do: Van Go benefit concert, annual menorah lighting and more

Shoppers at Van Go's annual holiday art sale this weekend will be able to take in some eclectic music at the same time. The social service agency that employs at-risk young people as apprentice artists will be welcoming Kansas City-based musician Calvin Arsenia for a benefit concert on ...

Go, See, Do: Carriage rides on Mass. Street, Prairie Moon winter fair and more

A new holiday event will be rolling through downtown Lawrence this weekend: carriage rides for a good cause. Several local businesses, including McGrew Real Estate and the Eldridge Hotel, are partnering to offer the horse-drawn carriage rides on Massachusetts Street as a benefit for the ...

KU is the setting for professor’s most recent detective novel

By day, University of Kansas professor Leonard Krishtalka is the director of the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, but by night he writes fiction. Though educated as a scientist, for as long as Krishtalka can remember he has loved writing. His moonlighting has paid off with ...

Go, See, Do: Christmas tree exhibit, Ten Thousand Villages pop-up shop and more

More than 200 festively decorated trees will be on display throughout the holiday season at the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton. This is the 16th year for the display, which features trees with a variety of themes. Some of the trees have ornaments dating back to the Victorian era, ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Christmas Candlelight Vespers return to Baker University

A Baker University tradition will return Dec. 8 with the Baker Music Department's annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers. For the 89th year, students and faculty from the department will perform a variety of popular and classical pieces. The performances will be at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Vespers, stage shows and more festive performances on tap

This holiday season will feature plenty of musical performances in Lawrence — from local favorites like the University of Kansas' Holiday Vespers to a live stage show based on a classic Christmas special. Here's a selection of the shows coming up this season: Romero Lubambo concert 7:30 ...

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 ...