Stories for August 2000

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Thursday, August 31

Top movies

Tending to growth

Blaze destroys car

Photographer captures routine of street life

Resident taps into people-watching skills

By Jan Biles For 20 years, Lawrence photographer Gary Mark Smith, Lawrence, has traveled the Earth searching for "Washington Squares," places where he could observe people as they go about the routines of their daily lives.

Art notes

KC Symphony to perform at zoo Silver Dollar City plans fall festival

EAT kicks off season with 'Labor Day Special'

English Alternative Theatre will open its season at 8 p.m. Monday with its "Labor Day Special," eight 10-minute staged readings of plays from the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Perry set to perform

Comedian bringing solo show to Lawrence

Janice Perry, an internationally acclaimed performance artist, will bring her solo show, "Holy Sh*t! Stories from Heaven and Hell," to Kansas University as part of the department of theater and film's Third Annual Labor Day Festival.

Renaissance Festival begins this weekend

Henry VIII and his royal crown is returning this year to the Renaissance Festival, which kicks off Saturday at the festival grounds north of Bonner Springs.

Movies

'Road House' is top cheese

Author Michael Nelson pokes fun at movie starring Swayze

When it comes to the cheesiest movie of all time, "Road House" the 1989 beat-'em-up bouncer's tale starring Patrick Swayze tops Michael J. Nelson's list.

Actor's odd roles reach new heights

D'Onofrio enjoys diversity of characters

The guy on the other end of Vincent D'Onofrio's cell phone has no idea how much trouble he's in.

Arts notes

Events in Logan celebrate Labor Day Train rides slated to Lawrence, DeSoto

Survival depends on interaction

Video game's creature tends to be insulting, yet entertaining

And now for something completely different . . .

Top music

Boy wonders hit the Web

Backstreet Boys become 'The Cyber Crusaders'

They sell records faster than a speeding bullet! They're able to leap over other boy bands in a single bound!

Ozzy talks 'Ozzfest'

Heavy metal singer deals with 'his bat act'

Heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne is dressed in a blue pinstriped suit with his eyes ghoulishly covered in black mascara. It's a look that crosses business with shock rock.

Lawrence folk musician finding niche

Singer Lance Fahy discusses latest effort, local music scene

By Geoff Harkness Lance Fahy is not your run-of-the mill Lawrence folk musician. With an increasing reputation as a live performer, a recently released CD, and a bluesy, grassroots sound, the 28-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist is carving out a serious niche in the regional music scene.

Pearl Jam rocks on

Grunge band pays tribute to the King

By Geoff Harkness Memphis was a city in ancient Egypt, so it seems fitting that its Tennessee namesake boasts its very own pyramid in this case The Pyramid, a 12,000-seat arena.

Best bets

Lawrence learns life lessons

Country singer Tracy Lawrence making comeback with new CD

By Mitchell J. Near Tracy Lawrence is a country singer riding the comeback trail, and he isn't afraid to admit it. The last several years often found Lawrence fighting his private battles including a divorce in the public's view, so he took the last two years off from recording, and then he re-emerged earlier this year with a new album, "Lessons Learned."

Wednesday, August 30

White chili is perfect food for football

Kitchen & Garden

Kitchen & Garden Gwyn Mellinger In a game of free associations, autumn and the start of a new school year mean football, and football suggests tailgating and Sunday afternoons in front of the television. It's also the season for eating chili.

Tuesday, August 29

'Mr. Big' chosen to be 'Best Man'

'Sex and the City' star Chris Noth to bring unique appeal to Gore Vidal play

Next month, Chris Noth will take the stage of the Victory Theater as a character who's clad in arrogance and ambition, never mind a well-tailored suit. At one point, he'll put this character's mindset into words, saying, "I know how to maneuver, I know how to win."

Ricky Skaggs' salute to Bill Monroe not just for bluegrass fans

Ricky Skaggs knows bluegrass. He has played it since he was a child. Skaggs also knew Bill Monroe, the father of blue grass (as Monroe spelled it) music, who died in 1996. Skaggs was a child when he first met Monroe and played for him in his hometown of Martha, Ky.; he later shared the stage with him many times, at bluegrass festivals, concerts, the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere.

Sunday, August 27

Audio Book Review

Here's a review of a recent audio-book release: 'Water, Carry Me: A Love Story' by Thomas Moran, read by Derdriu Ring.

Early light fixtures, lamps blended style with function

The earliest electric lamps were designed to look like the candlesticks and kerosene lamps they replaced. The early-1900s home had table lamps with colored-glass shades that could use only small-watt bulbs because a heat buildup would damage the glass.

Bird sanctuaries are perfect for beginners

Project of the week

With a few basic hand tools and a couple of afternoons, do-it-yourselfers can give all the birds in the neighborhood a place to rest, eat, socialize and watch out for cats.

Psychic dogs gaze into crystal bowls

'Psychic' miniature pinschers pinpoint the past, future

The psychic dogs knew you were going to read this article. That's because they have super canine mental powers that enable them to peer into the future and predict everything from presidential elections to the construction of prisons on Mars by 2010.

Spontaneous abstraction

Newcomer to Lawrence finding market for paintings

By Jan Biles Mari Pilar's paintings are a metaphor of life: a constant shifting between the known and the unknown, creation and destruction, one perspective to another. "My painting is my spiritual practice," she said. "It is a mirror for where I am, and I'm always looking in the mirror."

Books Publishers Weekly Best Seller list 8/27

Here are the nation's best-selling books as compiled by Publishers Weekly.

Puppets tell Japanese ghost tales

'Kwaidan' to open Lied Center's new season

"Kwaidan: Three Japanese Ghost Stories," by conceptual artist Ping Chong, designer Mitsuru Ishii and puppeteer John Ludwig, will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center.

Arts Trends

Michael to the Max. The family pet. Pets of the stars.

From 'X-Men' to romance

Janssen longs for longevity in the film business

Famke Janssen has been a lusty Bond villainess who crushes a man to death with her thighs. She's played a wallflowerish teacher transformed into a sultry vamp by an alien parasite. Most recently, she was a mutant who could hurl objects with her mind.

Arts notes

State fair seeking art exhibit entries. Grassroots festival slated in Lucas. Photos of Lawrence on display at library.

E Street Band? Or E Street Banned?

Bruce Springsteen ponders what direction he should take next

It was the last night of Bruce Springsteen's triumphant world tour -- 16 sold-out months on the road with the reunited E Street Band. The Boss and his sidekicks, teary-eyed, held hands as the Madison Square Garden crowd screamed wildly.

Mammoth Poetry

Poet-park ranger draws inspiration from cave

The land slopes sharply downward, warm summer air gives way to a frigid blast, and out of the dense woodland a rugged rock staircase appears, winding down into the blackness. The staircase is framed by smooth beige stone that is the cave's gaping mouth. On the clearest of mornings, dense fog still hovers about its entrance.

Photo exhibit celebrates women

Leibovitz prints touring the U.S.

The images cover everything from the real and mundane to the glamorous and bizarre. There's a weathered farmer in a field, an infant suckling a famed mother's breast and a performance artist buried so that only her head and shoulders protrude from the ground.

Collins finds calling

The Scheherazade of Hollywood nights

"Elaine Conti awoke in her luxurious bed in her luxurious Beverly Hills mansion, pressed a button to open the electrically controlled drapes, and was confronted by the sight of a young man clad in a white T-shirt and dirty jeans (urinating) a perfect arc into her mosaic-tiled swimming pool."

At Home with the Writer

Where else would Jackie Collins live but dead-center in Beverly Hills, where so many of her fictional characters have caroused and cavorted?

Defining the New Woman

Jackie Collins says she was probably first to depict the New Woman in popular fiction, and that's because she lived that life herself. "Actually, I lived my life like a man," she says.

Let's dance

Postal Service goes fishin'

Deep-sea fish will be coming to the surface on a new set of five 33-cent stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Saturday, August 26

Licking the heat

Friday, August 25

'Witchblade' lacks comic book charm

For a comic book story to transcend its roots and succeed as a movie or TV show, it has to create an intriguing and often conflicted hero, present a strong story and feature an interesting, and preferably original, production design.

'Survivor' helped TV reinvent summer

Wildly popular reality show spawned huge rating, scores of imitators

"Survivor," which dominated ratings and pop-culture discourse, has changed the face of summer programming and breathed new life into network broadcasting.

Thursday, August 24

Jennifer Lopez stars in thriller

Singer-actress takes on varios roles; she portrays therapist in 'The Cell'

You know those thoughts people have lurking in the corners of their minds? The really, really, REALLY private musings that no one would ever dream of sharing?

Video clips

UFOs: We all want to know

Web site sparks more queries; National Security Agency's plan backfires

Two years ago, the National Security Agency began posting previously classified documents on its Web site to deflect the growing number of requests each year for information about flying saucers and space aliens.

The King is not dead in Memphis

Elvis Week brings diehard fans together

By Geoff Harkness Elvis Week: T-shirts, dress shirts, kid's shirts, work shirts, hand-stitched rugs, ceramic mugs, Japanese Fan Club, souvenir lunchbox, genuine hair locks, hound dog mouse pad, commemorative towel rack, sunglasses, sideburns, yo-yos, sunburns, vigils at midnight, faux-diamond necklaces bling-blinging in sunlight, custom vans, "Welcome Elvis fans," karate poses, red clown noses, gold records, Sun Records, Elvis Monopoly, chess and checkers, The Lisa Marie, "Elvis Visa shopping spree," TCB, "all you can eat."

Allman tells it straight

Keyboardist talks about personal struggles

To say that Gregg Allman is a candid man would be an understatement. During a recent phone interview, the Allman Brothers keyboardist and leader ducked no questions and gave generous answers

Weird news

Going meatless Demons and vampires

Right on the beat

Funk band headlines outdoor concert at Lied Center

By Mitchell J. Near Jesse Jackson will appear at Kansas University's Lied Center Friday evening, and he's bringing a few of his friends along for the show.

Best bets

Geoff's CD reviews

'Army Men' hits target

3DO's latest effort gets a B for graphics and for sound quality

Finally, 3DO got it right.

Dentist sinks teeth into writing

Winter's new novel is suspense thriller

So you're sitting in the dentist's chair mentally cursing the sadist drilling, gouging and scraping inside your mouth, occasionally allowing you to spit.

Coping with loss

Old college buddies reunite for art show

By Jim Baker Thirty years has passed since the artworks of Jon Keith Swindell and Chris M. Gregory have mingled. But the two college friends have reunited for an exhibit at Art Affair, 622 High.

Movies

Hoop dreams

Earrings come in all sizes

They say some people have a keen eye for fashion. Others can sniff out the latest trend. But this season, the nose doesn't know, and the eyes don't have it.

Top CDs

Wednesday, August 23

Practice makes perfect

Lentil salad eases labor on Labor Day

Kitchen & Garden

By Gwen Mellinger Kitchen & Garden Although school has already started, the upcoming Labor Day holiday will be the symbolic end of summer vacation and the last official occasion for picnics and barbecues before autumn begins in earnest.

Tuesday, August 22

Breakup leads to breakdown

Actress Anne Heche hospitalized following announcement of her split with Ellen DeGeneres

Actress Anne Heche was hospitalized after wandering up to a rural home appearing shaken and confused, hours after her breakup with Ellen DeGeneres became public, a deputy confirmed Monday.

Studio wizards find actor to play Harry Potter

The big screen has found its Harry Potter: 11-year-old British actor Daniel Radcliffe.

Monday, August 21

Riding into history

Sunday, August 20

Grandma shows cars aren't just for boys

Barbara McPherson, a Great Bend resident since 1957, said these are the words that go through her mind when she's participating in her hobby. Barbara, known as "the racing grandma" by her eight grandchildren, is one of very few grandmothers whose hobby is race car driving.

T.V. clips offer timeline for memories

Pickett Line

By Calder Pickett Pickett Line I've been going through all my old radio programs, putting them onto other cassettes, and I've been struck by a series I did on television memories. And I propose a kind of kaleidoscope of things I've been hearing:

New stamp celebrates California

The beauty and grandeur of California's coastline is displayed on a new 33-cent stamp celebrating the 150th anniversary of that Pacific state joining the Union on Sept. 9.

Publishers Weekly best selling list

Here are the nation's best-selling books as compiled by Publishers Weekly.

Innocents from abroad

Overseas adoptions becoming more common

By Jim Baker Larry and Brenda Compton have their own mini United Nations going. The Lawrence couple have adopted six children from abroad -- three from Vietnam, one from South Korea, one from India and one from Romania. Oh, and they have a seventh adoption under way -- of a little girl in China.

Help! Is anybody out there?

Jest for grins

By Marsha Henry Goff I think, therefore I am wrong! Take the other day when I was in a hurry and decided to self-scan my groceries rather than wait in the long lines at the measly two check-out lanes that were open. Self-scanning four items should be a piece of cake, I thought, for a woman who had just made airline reservations online.

Patent models are miniature works of art

Antiques and collecting

By Ralph and Terry Kovel To get a patent on a new invention, it was necessary, from 1836 to 1880, to make an actual model to present to the U.S. Patent Office. Several hundred thousand models were eventually stored with the government.

Little barn has big potential

Project of the week

Old McDonald himself would be proud of this do-it-yourself backyard barn project. It's a great way to add valuable storage space, or use it as a workshop, a shelter for bikes and equipment, a gardener's potting shed or even a playhouse for the young children. It's sturdy, good looking and it never rusts. And unlike the real thing, this barn can be raised by one or two people in a couple of weekends.

Judge places Harry Potter case in N.Y.

A dispute between the creators of the popular Harry Potter children's book series and a Pennsylvania woman who says she owns the rights to the "Muggles" trademarks will be decided in New York, a judge has ruled.

'Nora, Nora' is sweet, nostalgic look at South

Despite their names, permanents don't last forever. But try telling that to thin, awkward 12-year-old Peyton McKenzie, the main character in Anne Rivers Siddons' appealing new novel, "Nora, Nora," set in the small-town South in 1961.

Audio books

Reviews of new audio-book releases:

'Being Dead' comes alive

Stark descriptions only exemplify author's skill

By Mark Luce On a Tuesday afternoon, married zoologists Joseph and Celice decide to take an outing to the beach and dunes where they first met nearly 30 years ago. By the middle of the first page of Jim Crace's incredible, haunting new novel, "Being Dead," the couple, in the midst of trying to recreate their first intimacies, are murdered by a sociopath wielding a large chunk of granite.

Jean Smart's back on Broadway

Actress will also appear in 'Frazier'

As Jean Smart darts about her dressing room and its mirror-lined walls, making herbal tea for a visitor and answering the constantly ringing telephone, she appears to have you surrounded.

Get ready to crumble

'Classic' Godzilla stomps into theaters

Guy in a lizard suit stomps on a building. Ahh, the memories. Godzilla's back, the original, blue-blood Godzilla of almost two dozen cheesy Japanese movies, not the pumped-up, digitized dinosaur created for the monster-budget Hollywood version of 1998.

Marine Band marks 200th anniversary

Musicians play marches and jazz

On an August afternoon 200 summers ago, Marine bandsmen in blue-trimmed red coats mustered on a hill overlooking the Potomac River, lifted their instruments and began an enduring musical tradition.

Arts notes

Public art sought for aquatic center. Concert features Stephen Foster music. Thunderbirds coming to Nebraska.

Saturday, August 19

Eyes on the five

School gym still a jungle

'Godzilla 2000' is 'lametastic' entertainment

Think about "Godzilla 2000" like you'd think about those naive, folk-art paintings in which the perspective and dimensions are deliberately wrong, in an effort to convey simplicity and purity. Sure, the artists could have put the noses in the right place or made the houses the right size, but they didn't want to.

Thursday, August 17

Reeves takes break from 'Matrix'

The eyelids are heavy, the beard is a patchy six-day growth, and the hair stands on end, even though Keanu Reeves keeps periodically pushing it back with his hand.

Pantera faithfully touring world

Heavy metal band's drummer describes life on the road. Pantera meets its music head-on. "We're not a radio band, and we've never been an MTV band," said drummer Vinnie Paul. "The way we deliver our music to our fans is to play."

Site offers look at what didn't work

Failure focuses on the people who have taken risks

'Fur Fighters' will keep players amused

Picture the cuddly teddy bear of your childhood. Now picture it packing.

What are you reading?

Best Sellers-movies and video

Pistols pack a wallop in documentary

Film profiles legendary punk rock group. Ah, the Sex Pistols. For one brief moment, it was the best band in the world. Unfortunately, things fell apart, as the group spiraled into fame, destruction and death. Much of this is captured in Julien Temple's recent documentary, "The Filth and The Fury."

Best bets

Coming up

Iron Maiden enters a 'Brave New World'

New CD is Iron Maiden's best work since 'Piece of Mind.' Although Iron Maiden wants to reclaim the title of "heavy metal gods," don't expect the swashbuckling Brits to fit into the rock industry's "flavor of the month" mentality.

Concert to pay tribute to Dick Wright

The late Dick Wright will be remembered in October with a four-hour jazz concert that will showcase some of the nation's top players and singers.

Being genuine

Donal Logue stars in 'The Tao of Steve.' Single men, listen up.

Bodice-rippers with a twist

By Jan Biles Monica King says her books should be read while nibbling on a Snickers and sipping hot chocolate. Her romance novels are comfort reads.

Arts notes

Art contest centered on wheat Mennonite items on display

Best Sellers-Audio

Movies

CD reviews

Answering the casting call

Wednesday, August 16

Look at the birdie

Special occasions call for a special cake

Kitchen & Garden

By Gwyn Mellinger Journalism teacher at Baker University If you're looking for a birthday cake that is different enough to become a party memory but traditional enough to keep the honoree from feeling like a guinea pig, this Mocha Brownie Cake will fit the bill.

Tuesday, August 15

Best Bets

TNT delivers a lot with 'Bull'

Wall Street drama packs many twists that may be hard to repeat

'Twitch City' strikes nerve with TV viewers

Canadian series loaded with couch-potato appeal

Television shows have always been more interested in people who make TV than people who watch it.

Santana shares some of his far-out wisdom

Talk to Carlos Santana and most of the time you'll get thoughtful commentary about rock history, his enduring career and the diverse musical tastes that inform his sound.

Sunday, August 13

Hoffman's 'River King' has spirit to spare

The small Massachusetts town of Haddan looks like a picture postcard of a New England village. But while a river runs through it, a ghost haunts it.

Pump gets handle on the past

Project of the week

Like a butter churn or a wood-burning stove, an old-fashioned water pump is one of those everyday objects that's become an icon of a simpler past. Everyone recognizes them, and many people remember actually using one. This universal appeal has transformed these once-common fixtures into valuable antiques.

'Shark Week' takes bite out of Dog Day doldrums

Discovery Channel to air documentary series for seven nights, beginning today

Give the folks at the Discovery Channel credit for coming up with a surefire way to put the bite on a jaded TV audience every summer. It's called "Shark Week."

Noodling earns filmmaker's fascination

Film cost about $40,000

Brad Beesley spends his spare time in rural Oklahoma prowling out-of-the-way bars and bait shops for fishermen bragging of their exploits.

Ozarks pair refine crafts

Handmade pottery and baskets fill couple's Mongolian yurt

The earth-brown clay spins under Tom Hess' practiced hands, quickly becoming a perfect cylinder. Hess applies firm pressure to the center, pressing it down nearly to the spinning surface of his potter's wheel.

States' plates say it all

Culture

License plates were once so simple: sheets of numbers that distinguished one vehicle from others, a bureaucratic tool that helped police pursue wrongdoers.

Advocate for elderly honored

Claude Pepper, a champion of rights for the elderly, will be honored on a new 33-cent stamp on Sept. 7, the eve of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Sign of a bad day

Weighing romance's options

There's nothing small about this novel approach

"She cringed inside as she saw the way they looked at her. She could see surprise, disgust, and even pity on some of the faces. Kathy almost ran, but she made herself smile and continue around the table of food."

Bookstore: bestsellers

Here are the nation's best-selling books as compiled by Publishers Weekly.

Sports rage

Parents often are the rowdiest

By Mindie Miller They lurk at baseball diamonds, basketball courts and soccer fields: the red-faced dad in the bleachers who thinks he'd make a better umpire than the one behind home plate and the grumbling mom who insists her child hasn't played nearly enough.

Trends

Washington portrait tells a lie. TV withdrawal: Can you do it? Firefighters ax pole.

Furniture of old had secrets to keep

Antiques & collecting

Desks from past centuries were designed to solve problems of the past. Where to place the inkwell? Could there be a locked drawer or a hidden compartment for valuable papers? Could papers be filed in some meaningful way? Would there be a way to hide work and still have an attractive piece of furniture?

Bookmobiles: the Amish way

Bus makes 52 stops over three days in Ohio countryside

Children clamber in the library's single aisle for books "Hank the Cow Dog," "The Babysitters Club," "The Black Stallion." Some have walked a mile, barefoot, returning last week's reading materials in grocery bags or even a wheelbarrow. And they're smiling.

There are many reasons to love the aluminum can

Through the years, most of us have pressed our lips to it more often than we've kissed the face of any loved one in our lives.

Moral of the story is ants can learn to have fun

This Wayward Life

By Joel J. Gold I grew up in a family of grasshoppers, my wife in a family of ants. For festive occasions birthdays, gift-giving holidays I'd find gaily wrapped toys and books and model cars, a baseball glove, a football helmet. She must have been unwrapping blouses and shoes and sweaters, a comb, a desk lamp.

Audio books

Great American Suspense: 5 Unabridged Classics, read by Geraint Wyn Davies.

Saturday, August 12

Hold that note

Friends & Neighbors

Little squirt

Thursday, August 10

Arts notes

Laser show coming to TPAC Blues Angels to fly over KC

Book capsules

A novel is not enough for 007 fans

A new James Bond book by Raymond Benson was recently published by Putnam.

Businesses devote space to local artists

Gallery space increasing

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer Several new art galleries are opening in area businesses.

Touring Civil War exhibit stops at Watkins Museum

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor The exhibit will include Douglas County artifacts.

Recalling the Civil War

Annual event offers activities for young and old

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor This year's "Civil War on the Western Front" begins today. Vicksburg. Appomatox. Atlanta. Antietam. Gettysburg. North fighting South, neighbor battling neighbor.

Arts note

Murphy to talk about textiles

E.M.U. opens 'futurist' production

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer An independent acting troupe adds variety to show.

'Vagrant Story' will keep RPG fans busy

The game features a turn-based system, in which you take a whack at the enemy and then he takes a whack at you.

'Hollow Man': Bacon's latest career turn

The actor doesn't consider money when he is making a decision about whether to take a role.

Box Office, Video Store

Here are the nation's top-grossing movies and most popular videos.

Movie reviews

Video clips

Rimes weathers bumps on wild ride

The singer is recovering from throat problems and hopes to tour in September.

CD Reviews

Jukebox

Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Avail throws 'Wrench' into works

Lead singer describes life on Warped Tour

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The Virginia band isn't ready to sign with a major label. Being Warped ain't easy. Playing alongside bands like Green Day, The Long Beach Dub All Stars and Less Than Jake every day can be a double-edged sword for an up-and-comer like Avail.

Best Bets

SR-71 packages itself carefully

Mitch Allan: 'We never expected this reaction this soon'

The band's debut on RCA Records, "Now You See Inside," recently hit store shelves. It's 100 degrees on Sunset Boulevard and Mitch Allan is in the back of a truck, changing his clothes and spending his rushed lunch break talking to a reporter on the telephone.

Wednesday, August 9

Friends & Neighbors

It's a jungle out there

Grocers pepper Lawrence

By Gwyn Mellinger Journalism teacher at Baker University Am I the only person who's noticed that we consumers of food are being fought over, tooth and nail, by the supermarkets on the west side of Lawrence?

Monday, August 7

Hanging tough

Sunday, August 6

Show dog handlers are breed apart

The call of the ring keeps dog handlers on center stage. It's a blisteringly hot Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Under the awning of Corky and Susan Vroom's rig, a fan plays upon an English springer spaniel named Dylan as he gets a blow-dry. In minutes, he will strut his stuff in the ring for the judges.

New Mysteries

Here's a look at recent hardcover novels of mystery and suspense.

Publishers Weekly bestsellers

Here are the nation's best selling books as compiled by Publishers Weekly.

Stories draw intimate portraits

Domestic strife, memory and the lives of ordinary people are recurring themes in the 31 stories in "The Angel on the Roof" (HarperCollins, $27.50) by Russell Banks.

Eszterhas in the White House

Presidential scandal is prime fodder for noted screenwriter

Suppose you are Joe Eszterhas and you think of yourself as a writer and you sell yourself to Hollywood and you wind up writing screenplays that become sleazy-cheesy-greasy movies such as "Showgirls" and "Jade."

Johnson builds a unique children's book

Kansas University alumnus taps into imagination

By Jim Hummels Journal-World assistant features and arts editor A Lawrence native has been hard at work so children can build upon their knowledge.

Eastwood commands 'Space Cowboys'

If John Glenn can journey into space at age 77, why not Clint Eastwood, 70, Tommy Lee Jones, 53, Donald Sutherland, 66, and James Garner, 72? Why not, indeed? While the quartet may seem creaky, they do heroic work in "Space Cowboys," directed and produced by Eastwood.

Ostertag lends name to charity golf tourney

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Greg Ostertag, Utah Jazz center and former Kansas University basketball player, has never let his asthma interfere with his goals. "I'm one of the lucky ones," he said in a news release. "My asthma is under control."

West's wild beauty timeless in appeal

Skip the progressively uglier urban areas

By Calder Pickett Professor Emeritus of journalism at Kansas University We went West again this year. We had two objectives, St. George in southern Utah to visit Cal, my wife's brother, and Mary Jane, and our Utah State pals, Swede and Phyl Larson, and the Pickett family reunion at Lava Hot Springs in southern Idaho.

Arts Notes

Time to wash Snowball

Ready for cars

Friends and Neighbors, LHS business education staff

They're all business. These former and current Lawrence High School business education staff members recently honored Lois Groh on her retirement from LHS.

Saturday, August 5

Heave-ho!

Dreaming of quitting time

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, August 4

'Hollow Man' plot is easy to overlook

The screenplay is almost as transparent as star Kevin Bacon, but let's not kid ourselves. You're not going to see "Hollow Man" to hear this invisible guy speak.

Lords of Acid bring tour to Lawrence

Fans can chat with band members online at 4 p.m. Friday

Fans of the Lords of Acid will be able to chat online with the band Friday afternoon.

Best Bets

Casting calls look for lovers, Lennon

Thursday, August 3

Gene Autry saddles up for film series

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer The original singing cowboy will be featured in a movie series at the Lawrence Public Library.

Weird news

Lawrence writer takes a look at outcasts

Daldorph releases new poetry collection

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer A Kansas University professor takes on social isolation in "Outcasts."

Jackson gets a little 'Nutty'

The actress-singer says she was counting the days until the filming would be over -- because she hated to see the experience end.

Best bets

Punk is alive and well in Murder City

Seattle septet earns success on the road

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The band's writing process usually doesn't start until studio time has been booked. Though the Northwest music scene gets pigeonholed as one big soundgarden of grunge bands, the Murder City Devils are doing everything it can to change that image.

Hunt releases 'live performance' CD

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer A Lawrence musician isn't afraid to take a few chances with her recordings. Kelley Hunt doesn't mind breaking music industry rules. She acknowledges that being a woman from Kansas who writes and records her own blues material is an anomaly.

Top video games

CD reviews

Video clips

Ready for the fair

Art notes

China painters to hold show Crown Center sends in the clowns

Book dishes dirt about Sinatra

'Rat Pack Confidential': Dig?

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Frank Sinatra is the subject of several biographies, but this one focuses in on his Rat Pack days. There's nothing better to do on a hot summer day than finding a shady spot and some good trashy reading to go with it.

Arts notes

Howe to tell stories at arts center Kmart to offer racing event

Simon Says: Take two giant steps forward

On the edge of stardom, one band puts its all into making it

Editor's note: Every year, more than 1,000 bands and singing groups are signed to recording deals. Only a handful ever make it big. Here's a look at one California band playing the odds. The band will tour the United States this fall.

Annie Potts carries the message of 'Any Day Now'

Lifetime drama examines racism

Last year the show was Lifetime's highest-rated drama in households and with women in key demographics.

'Kirby 64' game targets young, young at heart

Cuddly character makes return on N64

If you like "Doom," you just might like this game, too.

CD review

Jukebox

Here are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in this week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Arts notes

Lyric Opera looking for Trouble Magazine picks KJHK for honor

Box office

Under-chic

The basic T-shirt makes a comeback

The white T-shirt has emerged once again as the outer layer.

Wednesday, August 2

Buttering up the judge

Mango markdown worth exploring

By Gwyn Mellinger Baker University Journailsm Teacher Late every summer the local grocers mark their mangoes down to 50 cents a piece. For all I know these are the same mangoes that were in the produce bins a couple of months ago, when they were rock hard and green, and it's simply time to move them out. In any case, the ones that have been on sale here lately are ripe and ready to eat.

Tuesday, August 1

Best Bets

'Son' succeeds at being silly

Canibus returns with angry rap