Arts and Entertainment

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 ...

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 ...