Look Ahead: April music scene delivers for all tastes

Look Ahead: April music scene delivers for all tastes

March was a relatively slow month in music. While there were a few major releases toward the beginning of the month, it slowed down as the month was ending. With March now behind us, April is full of live music in the Lawrence and Kansas City area and there’s also quite a few albums releasing. […]

'Out among the stars' entices new audience

‘Out among the stars’ entices new audience

Throughout the history of art and culture, posthumous work has played an important role in carrying on the legacy of artists.  This is exactly what Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, is trying to do by releasing a new, unheard record to the public. The album, “Out Among the Stars,” was produced by Billy Sherrill, […]

Foreign films ‘The Wind Rises,’ ‘Queen’ receive rave reviews

Foreign films ‘The Wind Rises,’ ‘Queen’ receive rave reviews

“The Wind Rises” (Japan): Only a great, great man could create a 126-minute cartoon that held the attention of a semi-mature, joke-hunting man-boy on a Friday night. It’s a seemingly impossible feat, yet that sagely devil did it again. That great man is Hayao Miyazaki. And the man-boy? That’s me. Try as I might, I […]

Americans, KU students have mixed feelings about ‘Ban Bossy’ movement

The word “bossy” may become a term of the past to describe women in charge. Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has launched a national campaign to ban the word “bossy,” claiming it discourages girls from taking on leadership roles. According to the campaign’s website, banbossy.com, by middle school, girls are less interested […]

Podcast: This Week in Music -- Episode 8

Podcast: This Week in Music — Episode 8

This week, Ryan Wright discusses releases from the enigmatic Jay Electronica and YG.

Lawrence breweries to benefit from recent Senate bill

Lawrence breweries to benefit from recent Senate bill

Local breweries may soon be looking at looser restrictions on the amount of beer they are allowed to produce. Senate Bill 346, which passed with a unanimous vote, aims to double the number of barrels that microbreweries are able to produce in Kansas from 15,000 to 30,000. One of Lawrence’s local microbreweries, Free State Brewing […]

TBT: Kanye's 'Late Registration' still held high by audiences

TBT: Kanye’s ‘Late Registration’ still held high by audiences

Over the past 10 years Kanye West has gone from a producer fighting for a chance to break into the music industry to an international superstar. In August of 2005, West released his second album, “Late Registration.” When the album came out fans wondered if it could match the quality of his critically acclaimed debut, […]

Puzzle answers for Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

Puzzle answers for Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

These are the answers for the puzzles on page 5 of the Mar. 27 Daily Kansan. Crossword Answers Cryptoquip Answers I SUPPOSE MENAGERIE DENIZENS WHICH CRAWL ABOUT CLOSE TO THE GROUND MIGHT BE CALLED ZOO CREEPERS.   Sudoku Answers  

‘Grand Budapest’ among Wes Anderson’s classics

‘Grand Budapest’ among Wes Anderson’s classics

Author’s Note: This review was written in the “Gonzo” style of Hunter S. Thompson. It is an experiment of the pen. After plopping down and settling in, I leaned back and observed the packed theater, feeling surprised that a Wes Anderson film could sell out in the wildly un-cool midwest. My enclosed mind thought I […]

Puzzle answers for Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

Puzzle answers for Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

These are the answers for the puzzles on page 5 of the Mar. 25 Daily Kansan. Crossword Answers                   Cryptoquip Answers WHEN THOSE GUYS TILLING THE SOIL BECAME PLUMB TUCKERED OUT, THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A PLOWER NAP. Sudoku Answers  

Puzzle answers for Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

Puzzle answers for Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

These are the answers for the puzzles on page 5 of the Mar. 24 Daily Kansan. Crossword Answers                   Cryptoquip Answers FAMOUS NOVEL ABOUT A MAN WHO WAS VERY CAPABLE OF UKSING POINTY ETCHING TOOLS: “STYLUS MARNER.”  Sudoku Answers  

Despite intriguing concept, 'Divergent' falters on formulaic story

Despite intriguing concept, ‘Divergent’ falters on formulaic story

“Divergent” is essentially just a lesser “Hunger Games.” It’s a franchise blockbuster led by a strong female character, which Hollywood needs more of, but it builds a future world that hits many similar story beats. And alas, it can’t overcome the biggest challenge of young adult adaptations:  a highly formulaic narrative. In a dystopian future, […]

Podcast: This Week in Music -- Episode 7

Podcast: This Week in Music — Episode 7

'Need for Speed'ier exposition

‘Need for Speed’ier exposition

“Need for Speed” accelerates to some truly pulse-pounding races, chases and crashes during its 130 minute runtime, but the momentum comes to a screeching halt because of its plodding narrative plotting. For an over-the-top car racing movie based on a franchise of essentially storyless video games, there sure is an awful lot of time spent […]

Casbah's 'Game Night' boasts vintage video games

Casbah’s ‘Game Night’ boasts vintage video games

Like Marco Polo venturing to the far East and returning to Italy with gold, spices and the riches of Kublai Kahn, Dylan Woods traveled extensively throughout Chicago and Portland about two years ago and returned to Lawrence with the idea for The Casbah’s “Tuesday Night Game Night.” Woods came up with the idea after visiting […]