Arts and Entertainment

Lawrence Art Guild offers monetary assistance to art teachers at area high schools

The Lawrence Art Guild recently presented $7,000 to art teachers at area public high schools to help with the purchase of art supplies. This is the second year in a row the organization's gifting program has been able to assist seven area school districts with a gift of $1,000 each, according ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Home Show, seed library and more

At this weekend's Lawrence Home Show, you can fight off the winter blues by getting some ideas for spring landscaping and home improvement projects. For homeowners of all ages, the show will be full of inspiration for all kinds of projects, from the front yard to the back door, said Bobbie ...

KU professor Kevin Willmott wins BAFTA for ‘BlacKkKlansman’ screenplay

University of Kansas professor Kevin Willmott received his first major award for his work on the film “BlacKkKlansman.” On Sunday, Willmott and co-writer Spike Lee won the British Academy Film and Television Arts award, also known as BAFTA, for best adapted screenplay for their film ...

Kaw Valley Eagles Day event rescheduled for Saturday

The Jayhawk Audubon Society has rescheduled its annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day for Saturday. This year's event was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was canceled because of icy weather. The rescheduled event will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Billy Mills Middle School, 2734 Louisiana St., ...

New theater program offers opportunity for young people with special needs

Young people with special needs will be singing, dancing and acting in a summer production of Disney's "Aladdin Jr.," thanks to a new program at Theatre Lawrence. The Penguin Project, a national program that guides community theaters in offering programs for people 10 to 21 years old with ...

Go, See, Do | Story Slam, Haskell Welcome Back Pow-Wow and more

If you fancy yourself a storyteller, Friday is your chance to share your true tales in front of a live audience at the Lawrence Arts Center. Story Slam takes place on the second Friday of each month at the center, 940 New Hampshire St. The event invites attendees to stand up in front of an ...

Go, See, Do: Souper Bowl sale, literary events, film screening and more on tap

While the Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta on Sunday, here in Lawrence the Souper Bowl will take place Saturday. Souper Bowl Saturday includes more than 1,000 handcrafted bowls for sale. The annual event has been a major fundraiser for the Lawrence Arts Center for several decades, ...

Author Walter Mosley to speak at KU about politics in the age of Trump

A prolific author of crime and science fiction books as well as political essays will soon speak at the University of Kansas about political optimism in the age of President Donald Trump. The author, Walter Mosley, will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the ballroom of the Kansas Union, ...

Love for a trumpet was KU student’s ticket out of Afghanistan

Baset Azizi looks like any KU music student, calmly pulling his silver horn out of its case, but he comes from a place where it wasn’t safe to have a trumpet in public. Growing up in Afghanistan, where the Taliban forbid many things, including Western music, there were days when just walking ...

Wedding coming up but you can’t dance? Parks and Rec can help with that

Gina White and Paul Touyz arrived at the Community Building on a recent Sunday with an open mind. They had come for a crash course in dancing put on by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The two University of Kansas classics professors are to be married in August in White’s native ...

Lawrence native awarded Langston Hughes short fiction writing award

What was originally written for a class assignment has turned out to be a winning fiction submission in Lawrence. Molly Weisgrau, a senior studying English at the University of Kansas, told the Journal-World via email Monday that she was excited to see that a short story she wrote for a class ...