The Sacred Flame of Healing is within.
Welcome to Merkaba Wellness Center and Spa. We offer healing practices that honor varied world traditions from Africa, Hawai’i Thailand, Sweden, China, India & the Americas.
We strive to provide a sanctuary for people of all cultures, spiritual beliefs and intersections to heal, be restored and honored, protecting the sacred flame of life in every being.

Welcome to India Palace, Lawrence’s premier destination for fresh, authentic Indian cuisine. We offer a wide array of traditional Indian dishes with both meat and vegetarian options, available for carryout or delivery. Come visit us today in Downtown Lawrence. Visit or come to the restaurant at 10th and New Hampshire.

Severe weather season is officially here and our trees can cause damage to our homes, property and lives.

Trust the team at JC Tree Service for prevention, maintenance and clean up.
When severe weather strikes NE Kansas, count on the Storm Response Team at JC Tree Service. Call 785-418-7428 for 24/7 response, cleanup and preventive care programs.

Acapulco Mexican Grill


Come join us for our next Karaoke party. Bring props, chops and pull out all the stops. Food and drink specials and great fun with your friends.

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Jay talks with Chris Tilden, Director of Community Health,  about the recent drop for Douglas County in quality of life rankings in Kansas. Douglas County now ranks 6th in length of life, down 3 from 2017 and 68th in quality of life down 40 from 2017. For more information, visit

 to find out what the county plans to do to improve.

Grand Prize Traveling Trophy: #106 THE SANDBAR
1st Place Family: #41 Weatherwax Family Circus
2nd Place Family: #57 Ryan Family
3rd Place Family: #43 Harry Herrington
1st Place Commercial: #56 Berry Plastics
2nd Place Commercial: #47 Heartland Meat Market
3rd Place Commercial: #77 Prime Martial Arts
1st Place Non Profit: #21 Greenhouse Culture
2nd Place Non Profit: #86 Douglas County TrailRiders
3rd Place Non Profit: #93 Lawrence Elite Wrestling
Best Dressed Wee Little Irish Folk: Jesse Sottilare, 5
Best Dressed Adult Irish Folk: Tonya McNeely from #22 Kansas Tree Care

 March Madness on LawrenceHits. Click on the link, fill out your bracket by selecting artists from the dropdown menus. Then save a copy and send it to  #free #lfk #marchmadness #contest

One entry per email address 

Contestants are competing against a panel of music industry professionals who have voted
Winner is the one whose guesses come the closest
Tie breaker is total number of correct guesses


The Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra of Germany



The Lied Center is honored to host The Staatskapelle Weimar on its first tour of North America. Founded in 1491, it is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world. In 1756, Duchess Anna Amalia made the orchestra the primary musical institution of the city of Weimar. There are many famous names in classical music history that have been associated with the orchestra, including Johan Hummel, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss and many others.


Richard Wagner    Overture The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner    Wesendonck – Songs featuring Catherine Foster, soprano

Richard Strauss    Don Juan, Op. 20

Richard Strauss    Death & Transfiguration, Op. 24

Anthony Trionfo, flute


Praised for his “spellbinding” performances with “authoritative intellect” by the Santa Barbara Voice after his performance of the Jolivet Concerto with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, flutist Anthony Trionfo made his recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists (YCA) Series at the Kennedy Center as well as in New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall.Recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in 2012, Trionfo appeared on From the Top as a featured alumni performer. He served as the Principal Flute of the American Youth Symphony for the 2015–2016 season. At the Young Concert Artists 2016 international auditions, Trionfo received numerous prizes including the distinction of being the first YCA artist to win the inaugural LP Classics Debut Recording Prize, granting him a commercial recording.


Trionfo studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of James Walker. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, having studied with Nancy Stagnitta. He has performed concertos with the Interlochen Symphony Orchestra, the Colburn Symphony Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In 2013, Trionfo was a first-prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition and a winner of the National Young Arts Foundation Competition.




Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil. This critically acclaimed one-woman show, performed by Rohina Malik, has been presented at universities, churches, mosques, synagogues and theaters in the United States, Canada and South Africa.Enjoy seating on the stage for this performance.




THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSICis coming to the Lied Center of Kansas. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including My Favorite ThingsEdelweiss and the title song.THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.




A talented cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the new world with a gala celebration of Irish music and dance.

The journey begins in rural Ireland, prior to the famine, in kitchens, barns and fields. As the great hunger closes in, the people look west, across the ocean to New York City.

Mingling with immigrants from around the globe, the Irish congregate in dance gatherings, some bound for the Appalachian Mountains where ancient Irish melodies fuse with African rhythms, creating American tap dance and early roots music.

The journey leads us to the present moment, celebrating the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music—showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance.

Brad Sledd has been in the beauty industry for 7 years working behind the chair. Starting in 2016 he took on an educational role with Pureology Serious Colour Care, a professional haircare line. Working and training under some of the industries top stylist, his passion for the beauty industry and helping people look and feel good about themselves drives his love in his work.




February 6 | 9pm

Rice Auditorium

He is not white. He’s not even light-skinned. Make no mistake about it; he is black. Yet, Klan-Destine Relationships author and Accidental Courtesy star, Daryl Davis has come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white non-members and certainly most blacks — short of being on the wrong end of a rope. What’s more? He continues to do so, making him one of the most unique lecturers on the speaking circuit today.

Over the last twenty-five years, Daryl Davis has walked on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice. His stories of setting up surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color and attending KKK rallies, has the suspense of Hitchcock, keeping audiences riveted to their seats in disbelief. He is one man successfully taking on the oldest (150 years) and most racist and organization in the United States, by himself.


Opening February 16 at KU Theatre: “Ashes to Ashes” by Harold Pinter and “Henry’s Law” by Stacie Lents. This pair of one-act plays features haunting tales of cyberbullying and the trauma of witnessing war crimes. Reserve your seat today. Enjoy professional-quality theatre at an affordable price. Student and senior citizen discounts available. Purchase tickets online at, or call the KU Theatre Box Office at 785-864-3982.

This morning at 10am, I had the honor of being granted an on camera television interview with our new police chief, Gregory Burns.

I found him to be thoroughly prepared and extremely insightful. The one comment that he made that has stayed with me since our time together was “you can not police morality.”

I think you will find this interview to provide tremendous insight into the background, beliefs and positions of our new police chief in Lawrence, Kansas.

It appears we are in very capable hands.

It was a pleasure interviewing country star Josh Gracin this morning. He is coming to The Oread August 26th. You can hear the interview on the attached video link after listening to a short promo for the concert:

Benet Magnuson is the Executive Director of Kansas Appleseed.

This advocacy group based at Green Hall on the KU Campus and also in the law building at Washburn in Topeka are making tremendous strides in the Kansas Social Justice movement.

Watch the video, feel inspired and help out. They are fighting for a better Kansas