Arts and Entertainment

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Radius concert series seeks a new normal for Lawrence live music

BY: - March 12, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Chad Onianwa is a writer, visual artist, and founding editor of region journal. In Lawrence, a new event series is breaking ground, wrangling cutting-edge underground acts […]

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Wichita artist Ann Resnick creates powerful work about ‘grief and loss, love and death’

BY: - February 26, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Emily Christensen is a journalist based in Wichita who writes about arts and culture. Wichita-based artist Ann Resnick has read obituaries for as long as she […]

The Kansas House granted preliminary approval Monday of a bill dealing with quirk of state law allowing Kansas Highway Patrol to seize and destroy vehicles with changed or altered vehicle identification plates. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Corvette seizure prompts House bill retooling VIN mandate for antique vehicles

BY: - February 21, 2022

Kansas House legislation designed to protect owners of antique vehicles with VIN plates removed during repair or renovation projects.

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New Lindsborg gallery and arts education center opens with Mike Hartung’s provocative paintings

BY: - February 12, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Lori Brack is an author who has worked in programs and publications for the Salina Art Center, as a college and community writing instructor and as director […]

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When it comes to indie filmmaking, there’s no place like home

BY: - February 4, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Brett Crandall is an actor, writer, producer, puppeteer and LGBTQIA+ activist based in Garden City. The film industry has been no more immune to the COVID-19 […]

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New art gallery invites visitors to hear, touch and ‘Envision Your Community’

BY: - January 29, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Whitni Carlson is a freelance writer based in Wichita. The weather was harsh for last Saturday’s “Envision Your Community,” the first show in the new Envision […]

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For 150 years, ‘Home’ has been wherever you sing this song

BY: - January 23, 2022

Brewster Higley is an enigma. When he came to Kansas in 1871, he was already pushing 50, so frontier life must have been a special challenge. Higley was a physician, what we would today call an ear, nose and throat specialist. But in rural and remote Smith County, up near the geographic center of the […]

The Kansas Legislature's auditors say the Prairiefire development in Overland Park financed with $65 million in STAR bonds issued under a state program is in jeopardy of defaulting on debt because it won't likely retire the bonds in the required 20 years. (Screen capture/Kansas Department of Commerce report)

Legislative auditors skeptical Prairiefire development can pay off $64.8M in bond debt

BY: - January 22, 2022

Auditors say Prairiefire in Overland Park in jeopardy of defaulting on $65 million in STAR bond debt given modest tourism draw, weak sales tax growth.

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Ten books every Kansan should read. Sorry, Dorothy.

BY: - January 9, 2022

There must be 6,000 books in our house on Constitution Street, and they overflow from shelves as if they were multiplying on their own. They represent the cultural life of a pair of individuals who separately immersed themselves from an early age in literature and, eventually, came together as a couple in an explosion of […]

Kansas Reflector’s 2021 year in review: Insurrection, deep freeze, vaccines, arrests, Bob Dole

BY: - December 31, 2021

TOPEKA — The year began with the ominous declaration that four members of the Kansas congressional delegation would support President Donald Trump’s lies about voter fraud by refusing to acknowledge the fair and accurate results of the election. Then, on Jan. 6, the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in shocking violent rage, delaying the […]

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A Christmas wish for Kansas Reflector readers: Embrace the now

BY: - December 25, 2021

This Christmas Day, let’s all give ourselves the gift of presence. No, that’s not a misspelling of “presents.” I mean presence, our existence in this moment. Ourselves being ourselves, ignoring technological bubbles and alternate realities. On this one day of the year, let’s commit to being right here, right now, no matter what. Perhaps this […]

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In 1923, a Kansan saw a fireball overhead. He helped popularize a new science.

BY: - November 28, 2021

Look up. The Kansas sky on a clear winter’s night is a picture window to the universe. Seek out a place where, as the astronomers say, the seeing is good — my local favorite is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City — and you can peer into a star-spangled slice of the Milky […]