Arts and Entertainment

Go, See, Do: Songs from Ireland, Miss Gay Kansas United States Pageant and more

“Songs from Ireland,” an evening of music at Liberty Hall, is an invitation for the audience — and even participating musicians themselves — to learn more about Irish artists. Nick Carswell is one of the organizers of the event and a member of Carswell & Hope, the main band. Other ...

In new poetry book, Raven Book Store owner writes about fatherhood and fast food

Danny Caine was eating a five-piece spicy chicken tender meal at the Popeyes on Iowa Street when genius struck. It was February of 2018 and Caine, owner of The Raven Book Store in downtown Lawrence, was alone in a corner booth with his combo meal, a good book and the setting sun. “As I ...

Grammy-winning bluegrass band to headline new music festival in Lawrence

Grammy-winning bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys will headline the inaugural Kaw River Roots Festival in August in Lawrence. Organizers on Monday announced 24 participating bands and artists for the two-day festival, Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. Mike Hannah, one of the ...

Go, See, Do: Antique Show, Read Across Lawrence book giveaway and more

A local nonprofit's two-day antique show this weekend will include a hodgepodge of items from 26 vendors, of course, but it will also have a lot of pie. “Our homemade pies are well known throughout this town,” said Diana Boyd, co-treasurer of the Pilot Club of Lawrence, which puts on the ...

Photo gallery: 2020 Lawrence Mardi Gras parade

Lawrence’s annual Mardi Gras parade — with its bead-clad participants and brass band — marched along downtown’s sidewalks Tuesday afternoon. The parade has been a staple in Lawrence since 2007, and although its original organizers have since left town, local musicians have ensured that ...

Brass band keeps Lawrence’s downtown Mardi Gras parade marching on

Lawrence's annual Mardi Gras parade — with its bead-clad participants and brass band — will return to downtown's sidewalks at noon Tuesday. The parade has been a staple in Lawrence since 2007, when a Louisiana family moved to town and started the tradition. Mike West and Katie Euliss ...

Go, See, Do: Fire Station No. 1 open house, ‘As You Like It’ and more

The public is invited to see the newly renovated Fire Station No. 1 and watch firefighters demonstrate “turning out” for a call this Saturday at an open house. The entire station will be open, allowing visitors to see all aspects of the $7.14 million renovation, including two additional ...

Go, See, Do: An Evening of Love Songs, Science Sunday and more

This Valentine's Day, listeners can take in four decades worth of lovey-dovey tunes during "An Evening of Love Songs" at S&S Artisan Pub & Coffeehouse. The Mary Conn Jazz Trio — Mary Conn (vocals), Tim O’Brien (upright bass) and Steven Bergdall (keyboard) — will perform songs ...

‘Vagina Monologues’ production to feature stories of Lawrence women

In “The Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters,” on stage this week at the Lawrence Arts Center, director Sadie Barbee seeks to share the stories of women whose voices have been muted. “One of my favorite lines in the show is, ‘We forget the vagina. What else would explain our lack of ...

Go, See, Do: Antique motorcycle show, Souper Bowl Saturday and more

For the 11th year in a row, an antique motorcycle show is coming to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, and one of the organizers wants the public to know that youth are encouraged to attend. “The antique motorcycle enthusiasts are a bunch of gray-haired guys,” said John Webb, one of the chief ...

157-year-old Pinckney home is a good fit for Busker Fest organizer

Richard Renner thinks he and his home at 408 Indiana St. are an ideal match for each other — and for Lawrence's Pinckney neighborhood. Renner owns the Vodvill Entertainment Company, a talent agency for variety acts, and organizes the quirky Busker Fest in downtown Lawrence every year. His ...