Lawrence

Arts & Culture
4:59 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Lawrence City Commission To Consider Design Team For 9th Street Corridor Project

Credit courtesy: el dorado inc.

Update: Lawrence residents expressed concerns after reading the entire ArtPlace grant application, which had not been been made available to the public until this week. The grant listed architecture firm el dorado inc. as the lead project designer, but the firm was not officially selected by a committee until this month.

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Arts & Culture
8:11 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Lawrence Residents Weigh In On Plans For East 9th Street

Artwork and studios, like artist Dave Loewenstein's on E. 9th Street, are not uncommon in East Lawrence.
Laura Spencer KCUR

East Lawrence, Kan., is a mecca for artists with its affordable housing and studio space.

But an influx of funds for creative placemaking could change all that.

In June 2014, Lawrence Arts Center received a $500,000 ArtPlace America grant. The 9th Street Corridor project calls for a transformation of six blocks between New Hampshire and Delaware streets.  The plan includes "multimodal paths, upgrade amenities, and new models of urban infrastructure" along with art. 

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Central Standard
2:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

In The Fall, Kansas Orchard Ships Chestnuts Across America

There are 1,500 chestnut trees in Chestnut Charlie's Orchard in Lawrence, Kan.
Matt Hodapp KCUR

The chestnut harvest in Kansas ends during the first few weeks of October, and every year around that time 40 to 50 workers pick pounds of nuts from 1,500 chestnut trees on an orchard right outside of downtown Lawrence.

Since 1995, Charlie NovoGradac, also known as "Chestnut Charlie," and Deborah Milks have been cultivating, collecting and distributing chestnuts.

When the harvest is over, the orchard is covered in gigantic thorny cockleburs. As they ripen during the season, these prickly husks open and release the chestnuts.

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Central Standard
4:14 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Lawrence's Rock Wizard: Paul DeGeorge Of Harry And The Potters

Paul DeGeorge wouldn't be Harry Potter without his accessories.
Credit Paul Andrews

Paul DeGeorge and his brother Joe have been writing and performing songs about the trials and triumphs of wizards-in-training since 2002. They look disorientingly similar, and both wear v-neck sweaters and neck ties. Their band, Harry and the Potters, has inspired its own genre: "wizard rock."

It was the younger brother, Joe, who first read the Harry Potter books. In his early 20s when the first books in the series came out, Paul, the older of the DeGeorge brothers, picked them up out of curiosity; he immediately related to the Harry Potter character as a punk.

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Arts & Culture
8:37 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Director's Cuts: Ric Averill On 'The Nervous Set'

Thomas Picasso (Danny) and Seth Golay (Brad) sing of feeling sick of hearing songs about New York.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of writer William S. Burroughs, an icon of the Beat movement.

Burroughs lived in Lawrence, Kan., from 1981 until his death in 1997.

As a way of honoring him, the Lawrence Arts Center is focusing some of its programming on Burroughs' work and influence, including a production of the 1950s musical The Nervous Set.

Here, Megan Birdsall sings one of the songs from the production called "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most":

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Arts & Culture
1:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Lawrence Public Library Releases Banned Books Trading Cards

'Harriet the Spy' by Louise Fitzhugh
Lora Jost

The Lawrence Public Library on Thursday revealed this year's set of banned books trading cards.

It marks the third time the Kansas library has celebrated Banned Books Week by highlighting shunned classics and contemporary works with a set of trading cards. 

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Education
6:22 am
Mon September 1, 2014

KU Police Officers Now Wear Body-Mounted Cameras

A body-mounted camera made by Digital Ally, a Lenexa company.
Credit (Courtesy of Digital Ally)

The University of  Kansas Police Department began the new school year with eight body-mounted cameras that its officers are wearing on all patrols.

The department ordered the cameras last spring – well before the protests in Ferguson, Mo., when a police officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Since then, many have called for using the body-mounted cameras to keep police accountable.

The KU Police Department has used dashboard cameras for 20 years, said Capt. James Anguiano said. But those video cameras have limited use, for those officers in vehicles, he said.

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LGBT Rights
2:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages

A couple holds their marriage license in Iowa, a state where same-sex couples can go to get legally married.
Credit Alan C. / Flickr-CC

Kansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage hasn't stopped same-sex couples from getting divorced in Douglas County.  

On Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sat down with David Brown, a family lawyer in Lawrence who has personally helped two same-sex couples divorce. 

Brown says that the Kansas state constitution has to do with public policy, not the court's legal recognition of gay marriage.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Music In The '90s: Was There A 'KC Sound'?

In the age of cassette tapes, Kansas City's underground music scene was alive and well.
Credit Thegreenj / wiki commons

As the national media look back at grunge and Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Central Standard revisits Kansas City's hole-in-the-wall venues of the 1990s and asks: Was there a Kansas City sound? And are the musicians and fans active at that time still making, promoting and listening to music today?

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Music
8:35 am
Tue March 4, 2014

'Free State Serenade': Chuck Mead’s Ode To The Dark Side Of Kansas

Chuck Mead remembers seeing a colt born in this barn on his parents' property south of Lawrence.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Musician Chuck Mead has made a name for himself in Nashville, but his new album is all about his home state of Kansas. Mead describes the music in Free State Serenade as “Kansas Noir… true stories of love, murder, and a UFO."

“Nashville is where you go to make country music,” says Mead. “There’s a certain song vibration down here, there’s a whole song writing culture and playing culture that really doesn’t exist outside of New York, or Los Angeles or Chicago."

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Tell KCUR
3:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Tell KCUR: Are You A Joe 6-Pack Or Craft Beer Kind Of Person? Why?

Are you a Joe 6-pack or a craft beer kind-of person? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

Craft beer makers from all over the region are poised to descend upon Lawrence for the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition this weekend.  

And we’re wondering how Kansas Citians identify with the specialty ales.

We want to know what your beer choice says about you.

Tell KCUR: Are you a Joe six-pack or craft beer kind of person? Why?

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Arts and Culture
1:45 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

William S. Burroughs And Lawrence, Kansas: Linked Inexorably

On the Banks of the Wakarusa with .44 Special, March 4, 1994
From William S. Burroughs in Prints: A Portfolio of Original Photographs Courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 5, marked what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the 20th century’s most important and notorious writers: William S. Burroughs.

Burroughs was one of the original Beat poets, and helped spark a cultural revolution. He wrote like no one had before, about topics considered impolite, if not obscene, at the time.  

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Central Standard Friday
9:44 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Food Critics: The Best Restaurants in Lawrence, Kan.

Mass. Avenue in Lawrence, Kansas, home to a number of Lawrence's restaurants.
Credit Franklin B Thompson / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Lawrence, Kan. is probably best-known to most of us as the home of the University of Kansas, but the beloved college town has also become a dining destination for Kansas City diners. Just 45 minutes outside of the heart of Kansas City, Lawrence boasts one of the best bakeries in the Midwest and at least a half dozen truly excellent restaurants. Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Mary Bloch, Emily Farris, and Sara Shepherd  give you a crash course in Lawrence dining. Notebooks ready? 

New and Notable

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Central Standard Friday
5:21 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Pioneers' Hardship In Eastern Kansas

Credit R-Cleland / Flickr - CC

Traveling to a new land, a place one has never been before can be nerve-wracking. More so when that land is uninhabited, undiscovered, and there is no support system other than your family and those traveling with you. In the case of settlers moving west, sometimes the only place for them to express themselves--their thoughts, their emotions--was their journals.

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Meet The Buskers

Credit Bill Anderson / KCUR

So, a fire-eater, juggler, and a comedy-hypnotist-cowboy all walk into a radio studio. On the program today, there was a merry band of street performers also known as buskers.

Essentially, they make their money by doing a live, audience-interactive performance, followed by passing a hat around in order to collect a profit. It's an incredibly risky pursuit, but those who can make a living at it, get much more than just money in return. 

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History
8:26 am
Wed August 21, 2013

A Look Back At Quantrill's Raid, 150 Years Later

The Ballad of Quantrill’s Raiders, 1992, acrylic on Masonite™ laid on ground cloth.
Credit Joe Colman b. 1955 / Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas

It was guerrilla war, and not unlike Afghanistan today or what happened in Iraq. But this was on native Kansas soil.

One hundred fifty years ago this morning, 400 men rode out of Missouri to kill and to destroy much of abolitionist Lawrence, Kan.

With the massacre lodged in history, a group of students from the Army’s Command and General Staff College at nearby Fort Leavenworth ventured to the scene of the 1863 carnage.

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KC Currents
12:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Historic Designation Reveals Jewish Roots Of Eudora, Kan.

Small grave marker, Eudora, KS
Alex Smith

This week, during Passover, Jewish communities everywhere will gather together to retell one of the oldest tales in the world: the biblical story of Exodus. 

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

An Artistic Slant On Health Care At The Spencer

Visitors to The Drop-In/Pop-Up Waiting Room Project vote for their favorite superhuman health agent.
Spencer Museum of Art

The state of health care in the U.S. was at the top of the list of concerns many Americans took to the voting booths this week.

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Business & Tech
6:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Hallmark Consolidates Kansas Facilities, Cuts 300 Jobs

Hallmark Cards, Inc. today announced the consolidation of its manufacturing operations in Kansas to two locations: Lawrence and Leavenworth.

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Get Your Busk On

On this Thursday's Central Standard, an extreme pogo performer, a sword swallower, and a look at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

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Health
1:51 am
Tue August 7, 2012

'Dog Days' Community Workout Heats Up In Lawrence

Elana Gordon KCUR

It’s the "Dog Days" of summer, and an unseasonably hot one at that.

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KC Currents
11:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Happy Hour Is Back In Kansas

The liquor shelf at La Esquina in Lawrence, Kansas
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

It’s a toast to the happy hour, so raise your glasses Kansans!  As of this Sunday, Kansans will legally be able to partake in the after-work and late-night tradition of happy hour drink specials. 

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Body Of Art: The Human Form

Louis Copt's "Wild Hair," on display now through June 30 at the Lawrence Arts Center's "Body of Art" exhibit.
Louis Copt louiscopt.com

What's it like to be a nude model....or an artist working from one?

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