Out & About

MixMaster music conference kicks off this weekend; early workshops begin Friday

Trying to carve out a career as a young musician in the age of do-it-yourself culture can be as overwhelming as it is empowering, says Nick Carswell, of the Lawrence-based indie-rock band Carswell & Hope. That’s why it’s important, especially now as the industry continues to ...

Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark to make Lawrence debut at Lied Center gig

When country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark emerged from relative obscurity to garner a 2015 Grammy nod for Best New Artist, even people on her own team couldn't help but poke fun at her "dark horse" status, printing T-shirts that read "Who the (expletive) is Brandy Clark?" These days, ...

Wichita restaurateurs open Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Bar in downtown Lawrence

Nav Chawla learned how to cook from his father. One day, watching his restaurateur dad make a chicken curry in their kitchen, Chawla wondered why his mother would, in cooking the same dish, add ingredients into the pot all at once while his father spent more time sautéing the onions. ...

10 Questions with Taco Zone’s Brad Shanks

In our second installment of 10 Questions, [Taco Zone][1] co-owner, general manager and one-time rocker Brad Shanks (formerly of the indie outfit [Blood on the Wall][2]) chats about life after Replay Lounge, the surprising popularity of the tongue taco, and brotherly (in-law) love. Each ...

Lawrence Libations: Sea Kreature at Ramen Bowls

In mid-to-late March, when social media only serves as a glum — but not entirely accurate — reminder that everyone is on spring break but you, a tropical-themed cocktail sort of reinforces the point. But, you know, there's something about the flavor trifecta of coconut, pineapple and ...

Nostalgia is key ingredient at west Lawrence’s Italian market and deli

Jess Maceli has seen how the sausage is made. And he’s not fazed in the slightest. For the last 10 years, Maceli and his wife, Renee, have held onto the dream of opening an Italian market and deli in the tradition of Pallucca’s Meat Market and Deli, where Jess spent countless hours as a ...

St. Patrick’s Day Parade expected to draw 30,000 to downtown Lawrence Thursday

The NCAA Tournament will soon be upon us, but Charlie Upton, co-chair of the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee, is preparing for another breed of March madness this week. There’s still a “lot to bring together” in the next few days before approximately 30,000 spectators ...

Lawrence Parks and Recreation to host Spring Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend

Maxine James is still getting used to the occupational injuries of her new hobby. “You burn your fingers on the hot glue,” she says, explaining the messy practice of wrapping jute rope around vases and bowls. “It’s like sewing when you run the needle through your finger.” At ...

Satirical thriller ‘Deathtrap’ to open Friday at Theatre Lawrence

Ostensibly no one is more familiar with the Chekhov’s gun principle than Sidney Bruhl, the once-successful playwright now struggling with writer’s block in “Deathtrap,” Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated thriller. The well-known theatrical rule dictates that if a gun is seen on stage in ...

That DAM Beer Event set for Friday at Abe and Jake’s

If you missed out on tickets for Saturday’s Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition, or if you simply want to maximize your intake of beer and beer-related events within one weekend, you’re in luck. Merchants Pub and Plate is hosting the second annual That DAM Beer Event at Abe and Jake’s ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Mexican chocolate beet torte at Merchants Pub and Plate

This one’s for all the parents out there, because trying to persuade a stubborn child — or adult, for that matter — to eat their vegetables is no easy task. Take it from a reformed picky eater whose mother tried fruitlessly for years to trick her children into eating healthier, even ...

10 Questions with Fork to Fender’s Eric Ireland

Fork to Fender chef-owner Eric Ireland graciously agreed to play guinea pig in the first installment of our new 10 Questions feature, in which we pose (you guessed it) 10 questions to a different chef, restaurateur or Lawrence dining personality each month. Here, in an email exchange with ...

Former astronauts to discuss science fiction vs. fact in ‘The Martian’

He’s logged more than 58 days in space, but John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate, will be exploring uncharted territory when he ventures to Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., this week. “Two Astronauts, One Stellar Night” on Thursday marks ...

Leeway Franks to debut new breakfast menu Saturday

Lee Meisel, owner of Leeway Franks, is [all about quality][1]. He describes his shop as a “nose-to-tail” operation where he breaks down whole hogs, grinds the locally sourced meat to make sausage and uses the bones to create a stock for gravy, which is then poured over hand-cut french ...

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ to open at Lawrence Arts Center this weekend

A thoroughly English production is slated to arrive in the Heartland this weekend — hopefully with a bang, if Ric Averill has anything to do with it. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” the hit musical loosely based on the Ian Fleming novel (yes, he of “James Bond” fame) and, perhaps more ...

Port Fonda chef-owner a 2016 James Beard semifinalist

Patrick Ryan, the chef-owner behind Kansas City's trendy Mexican hotspot Port Fonda and its sister location in Lawrence, is a semifinalist in this year's James Beard Awards. Port Fonda, which opened its Lawrence location last fall, shared the news [via Facebook][1] on Wednesday. For the ...