Out & About

Local filmmakers’ script a Beverly Hills Film Festival official selection

The script for the [locally penned fantasy flick][1] “From Ashes to Immortality” is now an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Co-written by Lawrence residents Eric Hyde, Jazzmyne Matchette, George Dean and Mike Anderson, the “From Ashes to Immortality” tells ...

Lawrence Home Show set for this weekend

The Lawrence Home Show returns to the Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3430 S. Iowa St., this weekend, bringing with it more than 60 of the area’s top home improvement experts and building professionals. Hosted by the Lawrence Home Builders Association, the 16th annual show is expected to draw ...

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform Saturday in benefit concert for Just Food

When musician Kelley Hunt was growing up, her mother could always be counted on to bring cheer to those who needed it most. She’d offer her humor, a few kind words and, perhaps most strikingly, her soulful, bluesy voice, at the drop of a hat to anyone who needed it. Anywhere, too, Hunt ...

Boy Scouts troops’ handcrafted planetarium now open at library

Stargazers, particularly those of the small variety, should appreciate the latest addition to the Lawrence Public Library’s atrium. In honor of the library’s space-themed [Read Across Lawrence][1] teen series, which blasted off earlier this week, a pair of local Boy Scouts troops have ...

Dueling Dukes sing-off puts local men in the spotlight for Theatre Lawrence

More than a quarter century has passed since Jason Edmonds and Matt All last shared the stage together, when the two then-students tied for the big prize (it was something along the lines of “best male vocalist” or “best male performer,” though neither can remember for certain) at ...

Lawrence Libations: The Lieutenant Dan at Java Break

If my Twitter feed is any indication, award season is upon us, with the king of award shows, the Oscars, slated for Feb. 28. So, in honor of Hollywood’s big night, we thought it only appropriate to highlight 1995’s Best Picture winner — and the creativity of the folks at Java Break ...

Mardi Gras parade set for Tuesday

Time to bust out the beads, baubles and general "freaky" attire, Lawrencians. The 10th annual Mardi Gras parade returns Tuesday, with local musician Mike West and his family again at the helm. The fun starts about 11:30 a.m., when folks are invited to gather in front of Aimee's Coffee ...

Female-led ‘Women in the Field’ dinner to benefit Sunrise Project

A handful of female chefs and restaurateurs are teaming up for a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment to benefit the Sunrise Project next month at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. “Women in the Field,” slated for Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., will feature the culinary ...

Percolator’s ‘Group Love’ show to open Friday

“Group Love,” the Lawrence Percolator’s fourth installment of its annual amore-themed exhibit, opens Friday — just in time for Valentine’s Day, conveniently enough. But [the show][1] isn’t merely a valentine to romance. Love of all kinds — love for family members, friends, for ...

Off the Beaten Plate: The Drunken Chicken at Fat Freddy’s

Off the Beaten Plate is no stranger to the creatively named and often wildly indulgent pizzas at Fat Freddy’s. Remember the [Wake n Bake][1] from September 2013? Or the similarly themed Stoner Pie, which we’ve never featured but will probably make its way into my gullet at some point in ...

Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition returns to Lawrence March 5

Here’s a bit of cheery news on a dreary Monday, at least for those of us who appreciate a good beer: The wildly popular Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition has set a date for this year’s event in Lawrence, slated for March 5 at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. (“Wildly ...

Lawrence women to compete for charity in Saturday’s Transformations pageant

Throughout her childhood and well into high school, Carrie Combs lit up the stage as a competitive dancer. Now, at 27, Combs is dusting off her dance shoes for the first time in a decade to perform in Saturday’s sold-out Transformations pageant. Slated for 6 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 ...

Off the Beaten Plate: Tiger Cry Beef at Baan Thai

With a name like “tiger cry,” you might assume Baan Thai’s beef appetizer is spicy. And you would be right. So christened — our waiter guessed — because the heat from the sauce (a mixture of unnamed peppers, we’re told) could make even a tiger shed tears, the flavorful appetizer ...

Percolator to accept entries this weekend for annual love-themed art show

The [Lawrence Percolator][1] is now accepting entries for its annual love-themed art show. Titled "Group Love," [this year's show][2] encourages artists of every medium. Organizers ask that participants expand upon the four categories of love established by the ancient Greeks (romance, ...

Watkins Museum to host introductory genealogy workshop Saturday

Beginners are welcome at the Watkins Museum of History’s [introduction to genealogy class][1] Saturday. Slated for 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 1047 Massachusetts St., the class will be led by genealogy veterans Richard Branham, a professor of industrial design at Kansas University, ...

Kevin Willmott’s ‘Chi-Raq’ to open in Lawrence this weekend

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/dec/12/300582/ “Chi-Raq,” the latest effort from local filmmaker Kevin Willmott, opens in Lawrence today at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Willmott, an associate professor of film and media studies at Kansas University, [co-wrote][1] and ...