Out & About

Percolator’s ‘We Can’ show celebrates artists living with mental illness

Sean Sullivan sees things differently — literally. The Lawrence artist was born without a corpus callosum, the band of white matter that connects the two hemispheres of the brain. That means Sullivan has trouble processing information at times and reading social cues. It also means ...

Lawrence Libations: Grape Drank at Frank’s North Star Tavern

We literally drank the Kool-Aid — and vodka, naturally — in this month’s Lawrence Libations. Frank North Star Tavern’s signature “drank” involves plenty of the two, but also mixes in soda water to keep things from getting too sugary sweet. And, because summer’s almost here ...

La Parrilla to debut new food truck soon

La Parrilla’s signature rice bowls, tacos and burritos are hitting the streets soon. Subarna Bhattachan, co-owner of the [longtime Latin American restaurant][1] at 724 Massachusetts St., expects to unveil the new La Parrilla food truck, dubbed "La Parrilla on Wheels," about two or three ...

Play with Trump-like themes set to open at Eagles Lodge

If the titular antagonist of Card Table Theatre’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” reminds you of a certain colorful self-described-billionaire turned presidential candidate, you’re not alone. Similarities to Donald Trump, both in rhetoric and coiffure, are easy to recognize in ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Tongue torta at Burrito King

On most trips to the drive-thru, no more than a few seconds pass between being handed my food and inhaling said food. (Because, really, what’s sadder than lukewarm french fries?) Not so much with Tuesday’s jaunt to Burrito King, where I was the picture of ladylike restraint as I ...

10 Questions with Matt Hyde of 715 and Ladybird Diner

In this month's [10 Questions][1], 715 partner and manager Matt Hyde (the restaurant biz veteran also co-owns Ladybird Diner) shares insight into his pop-culture hobbies, fashion influences and days as a gravedigger in Iowa. So, not quite "Tales from the Crypt," but almost. Here's a ...

KPR’s ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’ to celebrate 20th anniversary this weekend

Darrell Brogdon didn’t expect his hour-long, weekly celebration of “incredibly strange music” to remain on the airwaves when he started hosting Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” in January 1996. “I didn’t think it would last 20 minutes in the beginning because it ...

Kristin Chenoweth, Beach Boys among Lied Center’s 2016-17 season events

If I had a nickel for every press release in my inbox that uses adjectives like “icon,” “world-class” or “superstar” (let’s also throw in their cousin “legendary” for good measure) to describe decidedly less-than-iconic musicians, I’d be a very rich reporter, indeed. But ...

Lawrence Libations: Hares Away! at Five Bar and Tables

This month’s Lawrence Libations is something of a mystery. Earlier this week, we sampled a refreshing — and potent — cocktail at Five Bar and Tables called “Hares Away!” We’d originally come across the ambiguously named concoction (cutesy animal-themed food/drink items are like ...

Mariscos to be renovated, rebranded as ‘J. Wilson’s’

Contrary to what some hapless customers might think, the restaurant owned by Nancy and Rick Renfro at 4821 W. Sixth St. is not Maceli’s, nor does it serve Italian food or tacos. It’s Mariscos — but not for much longer. The [upscale eatery][1], which you might’ve visited for a ...

An interview with Broadway legend Patti LuPone ahead of her Lied Center performance

Originally, Patti LuPone was slated to perform her popular, long-running concert “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” for Thursday’s gig at the Lied Center, which as of press time was still advertising the show under that name. But the Broadway star, she of “Evita,” “Gypsy” and the ...

Watkins Museum invites public to ‘Know Your Antiques’ at Saturday event

If you've ever wondered about the potential value of an estate sale impulse buy (can one really have *too many* coasters? ... is a question I have been asking myself to no avail for years now) or family heirloom, you might find some answers at this weekend's "Know Your Antiques" event, hosted ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Cajun Corn Dog at Terrebonne Cafe

If Terrebonne’s Cajun twist on this classic summertime treat were a person, she’d be the corndog’s sassy, tell-it-like-it-is cousin from down South. (I’ve very sincerely thought of my cat as my own hairy, clawed “problem child” for a while now, so personifying food just seems like a ...

Earth Day parade, celebration set for Saturday

Nick Schmiedeler is committed to eco-friendly practices in his art, but he doesn’t like to get all philosophical about it. “It’s what I’ve always focused on, just because I enjoy trips to the junkyard anyway,” says Schmiedeler, whose Missouri Street yard has become something of ...

West Side Folk concert series to end 20-year run next month

Sad news, music fans. West Side Folk, the popular longtime local concert series devoted to "folk, bluegrass and old-time" jams, will end its [20-year run][1] next month. The series' founder and artistic director, Bob McWilliams, confirmed Monday that the May 20 concert would be the last. ...