Sunday, December 31
Lawrence photographer documents country's landmarks, scenery and architecture
By Jan Biles Lawrence photographer Leo Lutz says shooting pictures is like creating music. "Making the negative is the score," he says. "Working in the darkroom is like the production of music." Forty of Lutz's "compositions" will be displayed this month at The Michael Cross Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. All of the images are black and white.
Whom do you admire? Ventura lines up another book Baby on board Eubanks becomes a star Pin-up peeved at Playboy pics
Sharon and John Ashby dreamed of meeting Waylon Jennings but settled for a vase and portrait. The Ashbys drove nine hours from Dixon, Ill., to stand elbow-to-elbow Thursday with hundreds of fans, professional dealers and curious locals for the beginning of a three-day estate sale at the country star's home.
Give this much to Ted Nugent: For all the freewheeling vitriol that effortlessly spills from his mouth, he certainly seems like a happy guy.
Shanghai show tame, many avant-garde works censored
The painting of Mao Tse-tung as a Renaissance saint was too risky for the Shanghai 2000 Biennale. The photo of a man eating a dead baby was too disturbing. The works, rejected by the Shanghai Art Museum's official contemporary art show, went on display at private galleries.
"Man and the Moon," a painting completed by Andrew Wyeth in 1990, has joined the permanent collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.
KCUR to air symphony concerts Art being sought for convention center Exhibit of miniatures on display in KC Pratt event seeking fine arts, crafts
Li wins Chopin competition, judged in part by Kansas University professor
It is perhaps against all odds that Li Yundi has become such a promising young pianist. The 18-year-old student, who recently won a gold medal in Warsaw at the International Frederic Chopin Competition, came from humble beginnings.
Scientists and filmmakers say space film influenced their lives
Way back in 1968, when Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" first was released, critics blasted it as "somewhere between hypnotic and immensely boring" (Renata Adler, The New York Times) and "in some ways ... the biggest amateur movie of them all" (Pauline Kael, Harper's).
As the 16mm projector begins to whir and light flickers on the screen, Skip Elsheimer and his buddies open the beer and chips and settle in for another Sunday night at the movies.
Colorado choreographer's spirited works tell multicultural stories
Cleo Parker Robinson's parents ignited her passion for the arts when she was just a young girl in the 1950s. Her parents, an actor and a French horn player, introduced her to the world of theater and music, where she became enthralled with dance.
Painting caused 'Sensation' in New York; King nixed e-book
From bubble-gum pop to Dr. Seuss adaptations to a certain boy wizard, many of this year's sensations in the arts and entertainment were aimed at kids or at adults' nostalgia for the pop culture of their childhood. (The top boy band at year's end? The Beatles, of course.)
Here are some excerpts from letters that appear in William B. Styple's book, "Writing & Fighting The Civil War: A Collection of Soldier Correspondence to the New York Sunday Mercury," Belle Grove Publishing, Kearny, N.J., 2000.
Historian edits book of letters from the Civil War
The descriptions of war that Stephen Beekman wrote 138 years ago in a letter to a newspaper are as vivid and stunning as any to drip from the pen of a Hollywood screenwriter: "The deep booming of the battery on our left made the very ground shake. ...
Saturday, December 30
Michael once again rules hospital nurseries. Hannah reigns over the girls at least this year. Michael is the most popular boy's name of 2000, according to BabyCenter.com. Last year, Jacob edged Michael for the top spot, but Michael had been the No. 1 boy's name in the United States for the previous 35 years.
Dick Clark still rockin' Tritt impostor nabbed Madonna wedding details leaked Trafficking in children
TV Guide is adding nine categories to its third annual "TV Guide Awards." The awards show will take place Feb. 24 at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles and will air March 7 on Fox.
Anyone who appreciates how good television can be when it's at its best owes a thank you to Dorothy Collins Swanson. And now is the time to say it.
Pioneer in electronic music tries to reclaim market through innovation
His name is synonymous with electronic music, but for years someone else owned the right to use it. Bob Moog now has regained his identity, and he's again stepping onto the stage as a technical innovator.
The WB TV series "Roswell" was on the verge of extinction, but thanks to the Internet and a few thousand bottles of Tabasco sauce, the show and its fans are enjoying another television season.
Staying home for the big turn of the millennial odometer? There's no shortage of late Sunday night TV options.
Sales continued to flag, Garth Brooks announced his retirement and The Nashville Network removed "Nashville" from its name during 2000, a desultory year for the country music industry.
Designers boost sales with cozy, chic clothes
Jack Frost is no friend of the fashion crowd. But instead of plotting revenge for your flattened hat hair, it is more fun and much more stylish to get even by bundling up in the latest trends.
Friday, December 29
Roeper provides clear-cut contrast to well-known movie critic
In person, Roger Ebert seems as pearly and placid as a movie screen before the show. His new partner, Richard Roeper, bristles with lean eagerness.
Fox named top celebrity Spielberg to be knighted Kuralt mistress prevails '90210' actress nabbed for DWI
"Gladiator" received the most prizes five from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. "Erin Brockovich" and its director, Steven Soderbergh, though, received the most prestigious for best picture and best director.
Proving older musicians still have legs in the marketplace, Tina Turner outpaced teen heartthrobs 'N Sync to generate the most money on the concert circuit in 2000.
You've got your scope and your sweep if you're writing an epic novel like "All the Pretty Horses." But scope and sweep are the first casualties in Billy Bob Thornton's movie of the same name the one that stars Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and a whole herd of great-looking horses.
Wow, the second-to-last column of the year. How penultimate. Time to look back at the year's best and worst new shows. It's not easy coming up with the best new show of the year.
George Peper and the editors at Golf Magazine took upon themselves the challenge of identifying the 500 golf holes around the world that own a special place in the game. It's a challenge that's both simple everyone knows the 13th hole at Augusta National belongs and impossibly hard.
Thursday, December 28
Carnahan to appear on 'Oprah' Robert Downey Jr. pleads innocent to drug charges Ryan talks about breaking up Sheriff sued for using lyrics without permission
TV networks should have identified the White House as a sponsor of several popular prime-time programs with anti-drug messages since the government paid $25 million for the right to approve scripts, regulators say in a ruling sought by marijuana backers.
The librarian of Congress named 25 classic films for preservation in the National Film Registry, from Bela Lugosi's "Dracula," a grandparent of today's horror movie, to the cinematic record of President William McKinley's inauguration in 1901.
Survivalist saga 'Cast Away' represents seven-year idea for actor
Tom Hanks walks into a subterranean room of the Four Seasons Hotel with all the fanfare of a busboy. He has no entourage. He does not crackle with "I'm here" energy. He holds a tall Starbucks coffee and orders an egg-white omelet with American cheese. If he were at home in Malibu, Calif., on this morning, he might be surfing.
Betty Beets and her husband, "Doc," both of Ottawa, twisted the afternoon away at the Douglas County Senior Center. JB's Band provided the tunes Wednesday for seniors to cut a rug.
Barry Levinson has it down when it comes to improvisational banter among working-class characters. If you haven't seen any of his Baltimore-based films, you owe it to yourself to catch "Diner," "Tin Men" and "Liberty Heights."
Revered as an aviation hero and reviled as a Nazi sympathizer, Charles Lindbergh may be the most controversial American of the 20th Century. Harry Smith hosts a one-hour "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) of the "Lone Eagle."
Who would have thought? That a Western could be both riveting and sexy, more focused on the power of love than the power of the gun, a story where human beings with all their petty wants, needs and flaws are mere pinpricks on a vast stormy canvas of mountain, snow and sky?
Actor goes from cashier to appearing with Tom Cruise, Matt Damon
The day has been long all that endless questioning and prodding so it's only natural for Philip Seymour Hoffman to get distracted.
With the right equipment, you can download your favorite tunes
By Devin W. Walker I know Santa left loads of computers under Christmas trees this year. A majority of computers will be going to music lovers, and along with these will come the need for a good soundcard, better speakers, a CD burner and an MP3 player (both on the computer and a portable system).
By Jon Niccum For nearly 15 years, Buffalo Tom has earned a reputation as one of the most honest, hard-working acts on the college-rock circuit.
Band tries to keep jazz alive and well in Lawrence
By Geoff Harkness "Kenny G is not jazz," Rick McNeely declares emphatically. "Some of the stuff that David Sanborn does is definitely not jazz. Just because it doesn't have vocals doesn't mean it's jazz."
By Jon Niccum Where can you expect to find wide-ranging national acts such as Old 97's, Poster Children and Los Straitjackets sharing a bill with local faves Ultimate Fakebook, Slurry and Split Lip Rayfield?
Mentor movie rises above its predictability thanks to standout performances by leads
By Dan Lybarger "Finding Forrester" incorporates large portions of its storyline from "Scent of a Woman," "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "Good Will Hunting." Fortunately, director Gus Van Sant, who helmed "Good Will Hunting," imbues the new film with just enough stylish touches to keep it from feeling stale or rote.
'Quills' takes an objective look at one of history's most repulsive characters
By Loey Lockerby The Marquis de Sade was the Eminem of post-Revolutionary France.
Kaufman involved with another infamous figure
By Dan Lybarger Like the subjects of his movies, director Philip Kaufman has been controversial and frequently misunderstood.
The Get Up Kids mature from garage band to arena rockers
By Geoff Harkness First impressions are so rarely what they appear to be.
Legendary KC reggae band set for New Year's bash
By Mitchell J. Near Though it may be freezing outside, it's a guarantee that come New Year's Eve it's going to be hot inside Liberty Hall.
Wednesday, December 27
"Cast Away," starring Tom Hanks as a man stranded on an island for four years, was the top film during the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio figures released Tuesday.
He won 2 Oscars, though he said he preferred live theater
Jason Robards, the veteran stage and screen actor who won back-to-back Oscars for "All the President's Men" and "Julia," died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 78.
Coleman mum in '01 Kudos from Connery Waylon has garage sale The Madonna watch
They're just as foulmouthed, politically incorrect and crudely drawn here as they are back in the United States.
Tuesday, December 26
When William Shakespeare wrote his earliest plays, he crafted them for intimate and boisterous Elizabethan audiences, which often interacted with performers in a rock concert-like atmosphere.
Dafoe enjoys playing bad guy Actress goes low-budget What Santa brought celebrities
The carne asado and Indian tacos go unnoticed. The children are listening, deeply listening as a human rights attorney tells them, "The first rule is not to be silent."
Actress' comeback includes new movie shot in KC
Actress Sean Young is ratcheting up her show biz visibility again after turning her back on Hollywood for much of the last decade.
When Harley Elliott was in high school, he used to search for flint arrowheads around Salina.
Monday, December 25
War on drugs is hell Homey touches Hope floats Some gave all
Tom Hanks had a lot of company on his desert island over the weekend. Hanks' new movie "Cast Away," in which he plays a man stranded for four years after a plane crash, took in $30.1 million from Friday to Sunday to debut as the weekend's top film.
Albert Einstein. Karl Marx. Saul Bellow. Woody Allen. Marc Chagall. And Joey Ramone? Everybody knows the Jewish trailblazers in science, philosophy, art and literature. But few can name Jews who've made waves in rock 'n' roll.
Rocky Carroll makes 'Welcome to New York' a welcome newcomer
Rocky Carroll easily pinpoints the moment he knew it would be an actor's life for him. He was just out of college and had landed a job in New York with producer Joseph Papp, something a bit less prestigious than one of Papp's famed Central Park gigs.
At last, a bona fide Academy Award nominee among the 2000 crop of movies. "Finding Forrester" qualifies handsomely, combining an extraordinary script, meticulous direction and two heartfelt performances, one by a grizzled veteran of the film wars, the other by a 16-year-old who had never acted professionally before.
NBC will repeat the 1946 Frank Capra fantasy, "It's A Wonderful Life" (7 p.m.) for the third and final time this holiday season. Considered a flop when first released on the big screen, the movie fell into public domain and wound up being played repeatedly on television around the holidays.
Sunday, December 24
Portraits of painters draw in filmmakers
The life of American painter Jackson Pollock, who battled inner demons, drank too much, thrilled museum-goers with his loopy paint-spattered canvases and then died behind the wheel in 1956, was full of angst, art and aspiration.
"The Moon Pearl" (Beacon Press, 316 pages, $24) by Ruthanne Lum McCunn is a charming novel with characters that are well-drawn and sympathetic. More important, it provides a rare view of the difficulties and liberation from cultural expectations young women experienced in southern China in the 1830s.
Soccer great moves to publishing heavyweight
He's won a World Cup championship and gained international acclaim for his ferocious field attack as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Now Diego Maradona can add a brisk-selling autobiography to his list of accomplishments.
Many fans of Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" series will be disappointed with "The Night Listener" (HarperCollins, $26), Maupin's much-anticipated new novel.
Gillian happy with 'Mirth' Santa's got a brand new bag Douglases win photo lawsuit Bye, bye Bill
There's no place like Pine Valley for the holidays. Unless it's Llanview. Or Oakdale. Or Port Charles. For decades, soaps have been the national St. Nick, getting us all in the spirit with their glittering, snow-filled sets, glamorous holiday parties and touching yuletide scenes.
The secret took hours to leak out: Madonna and Guy Ritchie are husband and wife. "It did happen," the Rev. Susan Brown confirmed Saturday, at last answering the question that kept the media camped outside Skibo Castle in a freezing fog Friday night.
Expect laughs as improvisational team tries to predict Santa's whereabouts
Colin Mochrie has flown in from Canada to keep track of Santa Claus. The Canadian comic actor was sipping a cocktail in the lobby bar of a chic hotel. He was elegantly dressed in black, apart from his colorful jingle bell socks.
In October 1843, a story gripped Charles Dickens. He "wept and laughed, and wept again," he later said, as he wrote "A Christmas Carol" in a six-week rush.
Gary Smith wins photography award Library displays maps of early New England Exhibit describes Charlemagne's crowning KU art museum enjoys record year
Saturday, December 23
With his latest album floundering on the pop charts, Ricky Martin is turning his sights to the silver screen.
Barrymores reconcile Merv's back on record A royal rollover Trump apologizes
With a threat of Hollywood trade-union strikes looming, the broadcast networks are preparing for the worst. Programs are being rushed into production, films are shot ahead of schedule, and reality shows are sprouting like weeds along a highway.
Once Hillary Rodham Clinton begins her $8 million memoirs, she might follow any number of paths. She could write a confessional book, like Betty Ford's "The Times of My Life." She could settle scores, like Nancy Reagan or Edith Bolt Wilson.
Secrecy surrounds wedding plans in Scotland
Madonna and Guy Ritchie kept their wedding in a Scottish castle shrouded in secrecy Friday, but some British tabloids reported that they were married in a flower-strewn chapel.
Here's a clear sign that the suits at ABC may be worrying about the staying power of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (8 p.m., Sunday, ABC). They're messing with the franchise.
Friday, December 22
Programmers discard the predictable for riskier fare
The people who run The Weather Channel faced a couple of major decisions during the past few years that had nothing to do with whether or not to carry an umbrella to work.
Mickey Rooney recovering Bullock banged up Beach Boys fight for their songs Lewinsky turns on Tripp
Four-month-old Rocco Ritchie upstaged his mother Madonna on the eve of her wedding, as the pop diva and her husband-to-be brought the baby to church for his baptism Thursday evening.
'Gladiator,' 'Traffic' each listed in 5 film categories for Golden Globes
Two films with ties to Lawrence were nominated Thursday for Golden Globes. "Erin Brockovich" was listed for four categories, and "Nurse Betty" for best actress.
Thursday, December 21
Bullock's pageant is only good enough to be runner-up
By Jon Niccum Like most beauty pageant contestants themselves, "Miss Congeniality" is all charm and little substance.
Fans search out Britney Spears Bullock uninjured in plane mishap Celin Dion stores 'laboratory twin' Carrey acts Grinchlike to Whos
Rob Buck, lead guitarist for the rock band 10,000 Maniacs, has died of complications from liver failure. He was 42.
Low-budget video parodies suburban life of first daughter, 'the ideal woman'
Chelsea Clinton slips out of her house past some bumbling Secret Service agents, hops onto a motorcycle behind a handsome young man and zips into town for a heart-to-heart talk. The couple is spotted by a gossip-mongering TV reporter, but it turns out no romance is blooming.
Small Scottish town of Dornoch fills quickly with celebrity-watchers
The celebrities arriving at the airport, the masses of telephoto lenses and the eager kids hoping for a glimpse of someone famous all testify that Madonna's wedding is no secret.
As anyone in attendance at Prince's recent concerts knows, there's nothing like the real thing. "Rave Un2 the Year 2000," the release of Prince's New Year's Eve pay-per-view concert last year, comes fairly close.
Stories of adoption take center stage on "A Home for the Holidays" (7 p.m., CBS). A ratings hit last Christmas season, this musical special returns with performances by Faith Hill, Stories of adoption take center stage on "A Home for the Holidays" (7 p.m., CBS).
History rings true for jewelry designer
The holiday sounds of jingle bells, sleigh bells and silver bells are music to Terry Mayer's ears. She is a self-described "bellologist," a name she gave herself because she is a student of and a lover of bells.
Despite fine work from Hanks, film leaves audiences stranded
By Loey Lockerby Why does every movie that comes out after October have to be two and a half hours long? Does the editors' union go on strike every fall? Is there some correlation between a movie's length and how many awards it wins? Are there just too many self-indulgent directors out there?
By Loey Lockerby They may as well have called it "It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol." That pretty much sums up "The Family Man," a relentless, feel-good holiday film that puts yet another unsuspecting protagonist through a "what if" scenario in order to teach him a lesson.
This TV season offered equal parts quality and unintentional laughs
By Mitchell J. Near I love my job. I get paid to watch TV. I hate my job. I get paid to watch TV.
KU professor discovers 98-year-old story
By Mitchell J. Near Brian Daldorph, editor of the regional journal "Coal City Review," is always on the lookout for new writers. But this time he ventured into the past way into the past to come up with a writer whose own life story makes for a good tale.
Artist assembles vision from discarded items
By Mitchell J. Near Karen Jacks finds inspiration in the most unusual places. Her three-dimensional assemblages use everyday items like wood, metal, paper, ceramics, fabric and other ordinary materials, only she finds her art in other people's refuse.
Lawrence group finds itself on front page of The New York Times
By Geoff Harkness "If you listen to the music on the radio today, it's not really the kind of music you want to see live," mi6 singer/guitarist Kenny Peterson says during a recent interview at the band's "yellow house" living space/rehearsal studio. "It's good music, but there's no live energy there."
Topeka rap outfit takes Midwest hip-hop to the national stage
By Geoff Harkness "We came from the ground floor up," says Str8jakkett, one of the four MCs in DVS Mindz. "From nobody knowing us, to people knowing us, to disrespecting us, to opening for major acts."
Wednesday, December 20
With the arrival of reality TV, the word "celebrity" doesn't mean much anymore. It doesn't mean you're attractive or talented or rich. You can walk around naked on a desert island or marry a man you don't know on live television and everyone will know your name.
Actor says election, like his show, favored style over substance
It was a week ago at midmorning, to be exact that Bradley Whitford bit into a chocolate cream-filled doughnut and savored his life.
Carnegie Hall's top administrator announced his surprise resignation Tuesday after a stormy two-year tenure, leaving to take a similar position with the Berlin Philharmonic in his native Germany.
Gospel singing patriarch dies Hunk heads to Hollywood Helen Hunt, hubby in splitsville Clooney is no crooner
Tuesday, December 19
Martin to host Oscars Family ties Takeoffs and landings Bradley scores a job
A jazz and rap radio station hip in area prisons has invited inmates to broadcast holiday wishes during a live call-in show. In a rural region where country music rules the airwaves, WMMT programs jazz, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, rap and other contemporary forms of urban music.
Madonna arrives in Scotland to prepare for wedding
Serenaded by a lone bagpiper, Madonna and British film director Guy Ritchie arrived by private jet on Monday in the north Scotland city of Inverness to begin preparations for their wedding.
Randolph Apperson Hearst, the newspaper heir whose daughter Patricia was kidnapped by the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, died Monday at a New York hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 85.
Jon Bon Jovi, Macy Gray, John Popper, Wyclef Jean, B.B. King and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform holiday songs on "A Very Special Christmas From Washington" (7 p.m., TNT). Taped last Thursday, this 90-minute concert will benefit the Special Olympics.
There are times during a Rachelle Ferrell performance when listeners must wonder whether there is some kind of technical wizardry behind the amazing sounds they are hearing.
Monday, December 18
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Saturday voted the martial arts romance "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" the best picture of 2000. Director Ang Lee's film, set in ancient China and starring Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, claimed three other awards for music, production design and cinematography.
In his directorial debut with the western "South of Heaven, West of Hell," singer-composer-actor Dwight Yoakam displays a genuine depth of feeling for the Old West, only to cancel it out with self-indulgence.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. So the adage goes. And sometimes it makes you do things that seem absolutely batty. Take J. Edgar Hoover and his files. The FBI director kept dossiers on practically anybody of note. He had a real passion for getting the dirt on big celebrities.
Richard Thomas visits the dark side in Broadway's 'Tiny Alice'
Richard Thomas had just suffered an agonizing death. But here he was, alive and fit after a quick change of clothes, back onstage to join fellow cast members of "Tiny Alice" for a post-show discussion with the obviously puzzled, but very game, audience.
Mel Gibson has stolen the top box office spot from the Grinch. "What Women Want," Gibson's comedy about a chauvinistic ad exec who can suddenly read women's minds, debuted as the No. 1 movie, taking in $34.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Sunday, December 17
A new mother has many wonderful, magical moments. The day she can pack away her maternity clothes is one of those times. After feeling like someone who swallowed a basketball and then stuffed into a sausage casing for months, the return to a favorite pair of jeans or a sleek sheath means a woman has reclaimed her body.
The good was balanced by the bad in 2000
By Mark Luce A pox on the critics' breathless obligatory best 10 books of the year. Let's try something different a big ol' holiday gift list and cocktail party primer on the year in books. Here's the whole shootin' match of this reviewer's reading for the year the good, bad, the unfinished and the stunningly mediocre.
Ever since the Cold War thawed, then melted, John le Carre has had an uncanny knack for setting his masterful novels of intrigue in the world's next hot spots. In 1995's "Our Game," he was in Chechnya before most news anchors could pronounce it, and in 1996's "The Tailor of Panama," he landed in that "Casablanca without heroes" right before the impending handover.
Sweet Georgia - Ruth Birmingham Unbreathed Memories - Marcia Talley
Exhibit explores the meaning of rock art
By Jan Biles Al Johnson, director of Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology, took a closer look at an enlarged photograph of a rock wall found in the Southwest. On the surface of the rock is the image of a corn stalk, with silk spilling from its large ears.
Plans are being made for a three-month-long festival to celebrate the works and life of composer Igor Stravinsky. The Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music will present a variety of programs and activities, including 33 performances, celebrating the Russian composer from Jan. 13 to March 25.
"Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000," a new exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., features works by the leading innovators in ceramics, including Robert Arneson, Ken Ferguson, Beatrice Wood and Peter Voulkos.
Whenever there's a scheduling conflict, Marian McPartland will do her weekly radio show, "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz," instead of accepting a gig. "It's more important to me than concert dates," she said in an interview.
A small group of Cuban artists sat on an aging terrace, chatting quietly in the dimness of the cool Havana night. Beers in hand, the friends shared their experiences about an art show in Istanbul, an exhibition in Colombia, plans to travel to New York City.
You probably don't remember the second half of "The Sleeping Beauty" what happened after the prince woke the princess from her hundred years' sleep. It's not a pretty story. It seems the prince's mother was from a race of ogres and she harbored cannibalistic designs on her daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Mystery writer to sign books Plays advance to regional festival
Oscar-winning French actress enjoys sweet success
Discussing the perils of unpredictable stage acting compared with the controlled environment of film work, Juliette Binoche accidentally spills her water glass onto her lunch plate.
The setting is outside the Tribeca Grand Hotel in downtown Manhattan. Lenny Kravitz is offering a few reminders of how his job rock star is so different from other occupations.
Some of us are just about ho-ho-ho'ed out by this point in the season. A picturesque look at survival of the fittest tempers the holiday's sugar-spun good cheer. And as most kids know, two animals get top-billing in the fierce predator department alligators and sharks.
Cameron Diaz: crimefighter Calista faints on 'Ally' set Reward offered for guitar Crowe tops Entertainment list Country crooner recovering
Saturday, December 16
By Jan Biles The Lawrence City Band is giving a gift to the Lawrence community a free concert of Christmas music. The 40-plus-member band, under the direction of Bob Foster, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. The concert is sponsored by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, the Rice Foundation and the Lawrence Journal-World.
After a successful eight-episode summer run on NBC, "Mysterious Ways" moved over to Pax Network, in which NBC has a financial stake. Ever since then, series creator Peter O'Fallon has been hoping to get back to the big show.
French Stewart makes a welcome departure from his brainless role on "3rd Rock" to star in "Murder at the Cannes Film Festival" (8 p.m., Sunday, E!). Stewart headlines this engaging mystery as Nathan Booth, an actor who arrives at the fabled film fest only to discover that his big scene in the film, "Hemingway Loved Me" has been left on the cutting room floor.
Check in with blues guitarist Chris Cain over the years, and find out he's been working on learning bass, or sax, or gee, there's a nice beach across the street and he really ought to go see it, but he's just been hanging inside, playing piano.
From classical to country, from the novel to the stage, this year's recipients of National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals cover a wide spectrum of American culture.
Focus, title of program changes as sitcom gets rare second chance
Steven Weber is contemplating the vicissitudes of an acting career. Ironically, sitting nearby on the busy soundstage is Charlton Heston, almost twice his age. A household name since he played Moses in "The Ten Commandments" in 1956, Heston is guest starring on Weber's new NBC sitcom, formerly "Cursed" and now called "The Weber Show."
Friday, December 15
Genres all have their fashion equivalent, says MTV's 'Fashionably Loud'
Are you a fan of rock, pop or hip-hop? "Rock" favors Union Jack flags and leather chokers, "pop" likes to sparkle, and "hip-hop" is all about jewelry. Confused? Yes, they are all types of music, but they also are fashion genres. Popular music and its stars are leaving an indelible mark on the styles that show up on the designer runways and in your wardrobe.
Try as it might, "Quills" cannot make the Marquis de Sade into a cuddly stuffed animal. It has smart things to say about free speech and hypocrisy, but "Quills" misrepresents de Sade. His shocking stories about limb-ripping sex are depicted as playful, anti-government metaphors that threatened the ruling class but delighted workers, who understood the beauty in the grotesque things de Sade wrote.
Madonna gets royal treatment Grammys honor legends 'Moon River' mind-bender Film awards season opens
Lousy film years aren't much fun, but they do get folks talking about how to make things better. As we approach 2001, more and more film types are preaching the gospel of the digital revolution.
It didn't take long for Clive Davis' new record company to set a record of its own. J Records, which was created in September after Davis' departure from Arista Records, celebrated its first hit this week when boy-band act O-Town made its debut at the top of the Billboard sales chart with the bubblegum single "Liquid Dreams."
Thursday, December 14
By Geoff harkness "I got up about 20 minutes ago," says "Mean" Dean Eddington, waking on a recent Sunday afternoon. Even at this early hour, Dean's enthusiasm for all things metal shines through the phone line. On Friday night, the enigmatic host of "Malicious Intent" will throw his third annual Birthday Bash, featuring a veritable who's who of hardcore. This year's lineup includes Pro-Pain, Dead Orchestra, Origin, The Esoteric, Full Power, Not Waving Drowning, Punchline and Wake.
Local act makes an assault on national death metal scene
By Geoff Harkness Jeremy Turner was a normal 13-year-old child until the day he got caught in a blizzard of Ozz.
'Runways' promotes Kansas aviation
By Mitchell J. Near Sometimes a creative project can turn into a long-term labor of love. Susan Thompson just finished her first book, "Prairie Runways," and it only took her nine years to do it.
Web site provides new space for area artists
By Mitchell J. Near Two Web site designers are combining their love of art with their computer skills by opening a new virtual gallery that any art lover with a computer can access.
Animated comedy helps Disney get its groove again
By Dan Lybarger Instead of plundering fairy tales or altering history, Disney's latest flick "The Emperor's New Groove" borrows elements from previous Mouse House cartoons. The central story from "Beauty and the Beast" blends with the shtick of "Hercules" with surprising ease. Furthermore, there are some refreshing developments in the film that keeps the Disney formula from going stale.
2000 will be remembered most for its forgettable tones
By Geoff Harkness It was the best of music; it was the worst of music. Ah, hell, maybe it was just the worst of music.
Highland connection by Earl Richardson
CNN wants a few good stars on its prime-time schedule who can cross over from news to talk, and it's going boldly where it has gone before to get them. In an internal memo to the staff Tuesday, CNN executives announced that Wolf Blitzer, who has been anchoring the cable news network's 8 p.m. coverage of the Florida vote impasse and who has anchored "The World Today" in the time slot, will stay there.
When Sting started writing songs for a dramatic cartoon musical from Disney, he envisioned generations of children enjoying the music. Instead, most of his tunes got cut when studio executives, unhappy with the film's script, turned the epic musical into a not-so-musical buddy farce, "The Emperor's New Groove."
Best of Carl Sagan's masterpiece to be shown on PBS
Twenty years after the broadcast of "Cosmos," Carl Sagan's love letter to the universe, Ann Druyan remembers it all. "I have the tape running in my head all the time," she says. This makes a certain amount of sense. Druyan co-wrote the PBS series with Sagan, her astronomer husband; she was there when it became the most popular limited series in the history of public television at that time, when it won Emmy and Pea-body awards.
Actress Robin Tunney braves the elements in 'Vertical Limit'
By Dan Lybarger Those who want to get into acting for a glamorous, easy life should not follow Robin Tunney's example. She shaved her head to play a punk rock aficionado in "Empire Records," learned horseback riding so she could rustle cattle in the cable movie "Riders of the Purple Sage" and studied the traits of Tourette's Syndrome for her role in "Niagara, Niagara." Her efforts paid off at the Venice Film Festival, where she walked away with a Best Actress award.
Jared Leto learns art of making people sick
By Loey Lockerby Hollywood is full of legends about people having extreme reactions to movies. There's the story about the guy who had a heart attack at the "Jaws" premiere. Or the man who passed out during the infamous adrenaline-shot scene in "Pulp Fiction." And, more recently, the people who became seasick from watching the shaky camera work in "The Blair Witch Project."
Director's sophomore effort exposes the nightmares of drug addiction
By Loey Lockerby Is it possible for a movie to be depressing and thrilling at the same time? If that movie is made by a director as inventive as Darren Aronofsky, then the answer is a resounding yes. No matter how dark the subject matter may be and "Requiem for a Dream" is about as dark as it gets anyone who loves films will walk away from this one exhilarated.
Napster's efforts lost in jumble of copyright lawsuits
By Devin W. Walker In this tumultuous year in the music and Internet industries, it would be obvious to make the case that Napster was the top music-related site on the 'Net.
By Geoff Harkness, Mitchell J. Near and Jon Niccum
By Geoff Harkness In a year when the pop charts didn't have much to offer, the best music was often made by local artists whose commitment to art for art's sake provided much-needed relief from the world of thong songs and shaking bonbons.
But enough of listening to us. Here's what a few area notables had to say about some of their favorite albums and songs from this year. Also included are some saucy quotes culled from interviews with various music types that The Mag spoke with during this millennial season:
Wednesday, December 13
Papa Roach, Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO, 12/11/2000
By Michael Newman - Online Entertainment Manager See Dick mosh. Mosh Dick, mosh. See Jane crowd surf. Surf Jane, surf. See spot throw his hands in the ay-uh, like he jus' don't cay-uh. Woof spot, woof. See the singer swear and spit. Yawn critic, yawn.
The glory of "Gladiator" doesn't seem to simply end at the movie's success. Russell Crowe certainly climbed to the top, getting noted first after being in Curtis Hanson's Oscar-winning "L.A. Confidential."
Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aerosmith and Queen headline an all-male group of artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2001.
Capt. Kirk to abandon ship? Whoopi goes to jail Celebrate virginity Pooh characters need therapy
Age-old question poses new charming role for paradoxical actor
Mel Gibson has a way of scratching his neck and rubbing at his cheek as he speaks the kind of unconscious gestures that suggest mild discomfort. It could be wariness of the press, which scrutinizes his every utterance and move. Or maybe he's not quite used to talking about the new persona he stakes out in "What Women Want."
Playing outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles just before a riot exploded, Rage Against the Machine was at its musical and politically charged peak in August.
Perhaps the most popular and malleable of Dickens' stories, "A Christmas Carol" gets a campy update in "A Diva's Christmas Carol" (8 p.m., VH1). Set in the glamorous world of music videos, "Carol" stars Vanessa Williams as Ebony, a cheap, mean-spirited singer who thinks nothing of making her employees work on Christmas for a dubious charity benefit concocted by her grasping accountant.
It's that time again. Time to list the 10 best bluegrass albums of the year. And these are the best I've heard in 2000.
Tuesday, December 12
"The Mole" is ready to burrow its way into ABC's schedule.
Maybe later, your majesty A new dawn for Deborah Infamous collectibles Tale of a castaway
In his most extensive public comments since going into self-imposed isolation a year ago, Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez says being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer was an "enormous stroke of luck" that pushed him to write his memoirs.
"Saturday Night Live" alum Chevy Chase is eyeing a return to the small screen. Chase has teamed with "Murphy Brown" producers Bill Diamond and Rob Bragin to develop a comedy in the vein of "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
NBC's quirky show has small-town charm to spare
It's a bowling alley. But it's not a bowling alley. It's Stuckeybowl, formerly Country Club Bowling, a closed-down New Jersey bowling center that now serves as ground zero for NBC's comic drama "Ed."
Mean teens. A worried mother. Murder in the heartland. "The Stalking of Laurie Show" (8 p.m., USA) would seem like just another awful cable drama if it weren't based on true events.
Monday, December 11
Fashion, music from the '80s riding new wave of popularity
When Jay Schwartz and his brother started a vintage clothing and memorabilia shop eight years ago, retro meant '60s and '70s. Nowadays, though, Schwartz's customers are also looking for parachute pants and Cyndi Lauper trading cards straight out of the '80s.
The Grinch remained king of the hill at the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive week, stepping over two new mountain-rescue movies in the climb for the top spot.
When Stephen King launched his serial novel, "The Plant," into cyberspace last July, he set off a wave of speculation about the publishing industry's future in a marketplace where author and reader can do business directly, with no middleman.
Sunday, December 10
Elizabeth 'Grandma' Layton prints among works that are for sale
By Jan Biles If you go to an art exhibit and buy one of the works, you most likely won't be able to take it home that day. Typically, the works remain on the gallery's pedestals or hang on its walls until after the exhibit runs its course. That's not the case with the Lawrence Arts Center Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale. The minute you shell out the money, you can stake your claim and take it home.
Homeless people's photos depict their lives
A photography show at the local public library hopes to break down negative stereotypes about the homeless. "Down and Out in Lawrence: Views of the City as Seen by Its Homeless," a photography exhibit, will run through Dec. 30 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
If this is going to be the ultimate holiday season, parents and grandparents will have to consider adding "Eloise: The Ultimate Edition" to the shopping cart.
Book offers insights into private lives of first families
If there's a lesson tucked inside all the great minutiae of historian of first ladies Carl Anthony's latest book, it's this: Most of the families who make it to the White House weren't all that average to begin with.
Delivering the mail That's some long pregnancy Funky fossil threads
Casagrande's jewelry becomes softer, more organic
By Jan Biles Ellen Casagrande gets inspiration for her jewelry from her surroundings from the architecture of a building to the geometric shape of a piece of confetti. "I can get inspiration from almost anything," the Lawrence artist said. "There are few new ideas in art, but it's how you put it together that makes it unique to your own work."
Natalie Cole is on the phone from the coast, chatting with a total stranger about the period of drug and alcohol addiction that might have destroyed her life. But why? As if relating some of these details over the phone isn't awkward and revelatory enough, she also will share a lot of the story in "Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story" at 8 p.m. today on NBC.
Fox newsman puts his opinions up front and won't back down
Back in the Golden Age of television, network newsmen would give their reports and then shut up. The only personal flourishes were Edward R. Murrow's cigarettes and Huntley and Brinkley's sign-off: "Goodnight, Chet." "Goodnight, David."
Terry McMillan had expected them to do the right thing. After all, the screen adaptation of her best-selling novel "Waiting to Exhale" had become the highest-grossing black film to date when it splashed across the big screen in 1995 bringing in $60 million for Twentieth Century Fox and turning author McMillan into a hot Hollywood commodity.
Saturday, December 9
Joe Jackson at Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS - 12/07/2000
By Michael Newman - Online Entertainment manager In 1979, Joe Jackson, like several of his British contemporaries, got tagged with the "angry young man" label like a "kick me" sign slapped to his back. Since so many music journalists are eager to wear that banner themselves, he was a critics darling.
Mary how does your gardener go? Elton togs fetch big bucks Actor accused of assault Prime Time changes
In October, Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha announced that he had left the phenomenally popular, politically minded and controversial group, momentarily halting the career of one of this generation's most relevant rock bands.
Actor Dean Cain's career soaring after stint as favorite superhero
Dean Cain is tossing darts at the "S" logo on a dartboard in his studio office and most are landing closer to Krypton. But the one-time TV Superman is hitting the mark when it comes to his career.
Friday, December 8
Futurists are forever predicting that computers and televisions will synergize into one glorious, life-fulfilling medium. But if ABC's new series, "Dot Comedy," is a sign of things to come, viewers may wish to turn back the hands of time.
Former "Ally McBeal" regular Courtney Thorne-Smith revealed that she had an eating problem while working on the set of the Fox comedy that is, a not-eating problem. In an interview with US Weekly, Thorne-Smith said that the pressure to be thin ultimately led her to quit the series.
Veterans, unknowns combine online for challenging roles
The two actors are seated on a brown leather couch filming a "Star Trek" spoof. He's an unknown who's supposed to be William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk. She's Nichelle Nichols, playing herself, the former Lt. Uhura.
Rock rolls from HBO A presidential request 'Col. Klink" actor dies Score one for Julia Up With People closes down
Thursday, December 7
Nelly Furtado - Samantha Mumba
By Dan Lybarger Canadian-born writer-director Michael Kalesniko specializes in movies that feature less than cuddly characters. His feature debut, "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog," stars Irish Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh as Peter McGowan, a chain-smoking playwright with a quick temper and lacerating wit.
D.C.-based band is being smothered by success
By Geoff Harkness Sometimes you just have those kind of days on the road. Just ask Nothingface singer Matt Holt, who's currently phoning from the back of a Seattle-bound tour bus.
Lawrence band's style is 'work-in-progress'
By Mitchell J. Near Mr. FieldTrip is a band in search of a sound. It's not that the members don't know what to play, but that they have so many musical influences that they like to explore everything. So fans can really hear a creative evolution from their self-titled debut to their newest CD, a compilation of material culled from live gigs called "Live 2000."
Seinfelds tout education Animal activists sue Rosie Muppets creator honored Tiger not ready for prime time
Billy Crystal said he won't be serving as host of the Oscars this March because he's too busy. Crystal, who has played host seven times for the show and is known for his send-ups of the Best Picture nominees, is working on the comedy "America's Sweethearts," opposite Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, according to The Associated Press.
Film would have discussed deaths related to cyanide-laced Excedrin
USA Network canceled production of a television movie about two drug-tampering deaths after it was pressured by a major pharmaceutical advertiser. The New York-based cable network pulled the plug on "Who Killed Sue Snow?" on Nov. 22, five days before filming was to begin in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
'Proof of Life' filming, including co-worker's death, tough on soft-spoken actor
In his own way, David Morse is no stranger to being kidnapped. The actor, who plays an American held for ransom by South American guerrillas in the new "Proof of Life," said his Hollywood career often steals him away from his quiet life in rural Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Angry reputations and inner turmoil are band's price of fame
By Geoff Harkness The unmistakable sound of shattering glass rings through the telephone. "Hey, shut up! I'm trying to do an interview," yells Papa Roach bassist Tobin Esperance, calling from somewhere in Oklahoma.
Film uncovers forgotten event from Holocaust
By Loey Lockerby It sometimes seems as if there's not much left to learn about the Holocaust. Survivors and educators have ensured that words like "Auschwitz" and "Kristallnacht" are part of our vocabulary, lest the tragedy those words convey be forgotten.
Veteran Joe Jackson releases a sonic sequel
By Jon Niccum There's a realistic chance that if a movie becomes popular it will generate a sequel. The laws of economics and studio politics almost ensure that. But with music albums, sequels are a true rarity. A few tepid examples come to mind consider Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell II" but they hardly generate "Phantom Menace"-like interest.
Cliffhanger flick can't even suspend disbelief
By Dan Lybarger Climbing Mt. Everest or K2 is a rare accomplishment; so is keeping a straight face through "Vertical Limit." Despite some beautifully rugged surroundings (New Zealand doubling for the Himalayas), the movie's silliness negates its eye-popping landslides.
She finds art in simple life
By Mitchell J. Near Paula Hauser-Leffel finds art in simple things: pottery, dishes and pieces of fabric. But that's a deceptively easy conclusion to draw when viewing her still-life pastels and oil paintings.
Dodge City author adds new twist to old
By Mitchell J. Near Ernest C. Frazier loves the Old West, but he also knew that when he started writing Western fiction he would need a new twist, a new angle, to update his cowboy settings.
Music on tap by Michael Newman
Wednesday, December 6
Comedy Central's latest? Trash-talking animal puppets and cartoons
You know those snuff-tin-shaped novelties that, when turned over, let loose with a cow's moo or a cat's meow? Robert Smigel does. They crack him up. With a flick of his wrist he pretends to invert such a toy, then provides his own "mooooooo" and bursts out laughing.
O.J. in road rage episode Film festival honors Kirk Julia Roberts: Power gal Bean curd for everyone 'N Sync fans boo Britney
The American Film Institute, boldly stepping onto a stage that is certain to draw worldwide attention and plunge the venerable nonprofit organization into the superheated media frenzy leading up to the Academy Awards, Tuesday launched a program to select an annual list of 10 outstanding feature-length films released during the calendar year.
The artist made famous by singing about women's underwear took home six awards Tuesday at the Billboard Music Awards while 'N Sync, the Dixie Chicks and Destiny's Child won four apiece.
Tuesday, December 5
Bongo Comics is a company with an eye on the future. And it's a pretty funny future.
Gwendolyn Brooks encouraged others to write
Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, 83, died of cancer Sunday as she lived with a pen in hand, surrounded by verse and people she loved in her South Side home.
Twenty years later, Yoko Ono imagines what might have been
Sitting inside her office at the Dakota apartments, a stone's throw from the spot where her husband was mortally wounded two decades earlier, Yoko Ono considers the question: Imagine John Lennon at 60?
Monday, December 4
Returning to the same small venue where they debuted as a band 13 years ago, The Smashing Pumpkins bid farewell to their fans with a blistering four-hour collage of songs that have made them one of the most definitive bands of the past decade.
With no major movies opening in wide release, the weekend box office returns show the top 10 films holding basically the same positions as last week, according to industry estimates Sunday.
Kennedy Center honorees feted in capital gala
American movie icon Clint Eastwood and ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, a Soviet defector during the Cold War, took their place Sunday with three other master performers from the worlds of film, stage and music as Kennedy Center honorees.
Sunday, December 3
Critics bemoan lack of talent in list of possible Academy Award hopefuls
And the nominees for best actor are: Adam Sandler for "Little Nicky," Sylvester Stallone for "Get Carter," John Travolta for "Battlefield Earth," the submarine in "U-571" and the radioactive reptile from "Godzilla 2000."
By Jan Biles The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet made its fourth visit to the Lied Center Saturday and, based on its reputation and popularity, was able to draw enough ice-skating and ballet fans to fill the hall not once, but twice, to see its version of "Cinderella."
Classic play tackles weighty issues, lets you see actors sweat
By Mitchell J. Near There are different types of theatrical presentations. What have always been popular and what are really in vogue right now are the big-ticket, blockbuster spectaculars featuring nonstop action. Going to many plays is pretty similar to going to the movies, only with a play the action is still live and there is no Dolby stereo sound.
Today, a hostess setting a very special holiday dinner table might include napkin rings at each place. Napkin rings, especially the elaborate, silver-plated, figural rings, also were popular in the 19th century. They were not used by the rich, because the wealthy used fresh napkins at each meal, showing that they could afford a laundress to do the linens.
By Dave Toplikar The Mag, an entertainment guide that has been a fixture on coffee tables around Lawrence for several years, has undergone an overhaul. After months of planning, The Mag has been re-invented to make it the pre-eminent place to get music, film and entertainment information for the region.
The passion of flamenco, the non-chalant precision of Baroque, the elegance of ballet and the storytelling of modern dance are pulled into one program by a series of collaborations between musicians and dancers for the University Dance Company's fall concert.
By Joel J. Gold Special to the Journal-World In the past month or so, I've been thinking a lot about newspaper delivery. Specifically, I've been thinking about the young man who is usually chatting with a friend at 4 in the morning when he fires my newspaper at the front steps.
Letters reveal private side of enigmatic writer
"To be great," wrote Oscar Wilde, "is to be misunderstood." By that reckoning, Wilde must stand among the greatest writers of the last few centuries.
Couple's Rhodesian Ridgeback winning shows
By Jim Baker Woody is a heck of a dog. So good, in fact, that he's got an official title: International, American and Canadian Champion Wetu of Kalahari. That's his fancy name. But the owners of this pooch Mike and Cindy Well of Lawrence just call him Woody.
The folks at Lucasfilm have always been supportive of fan-made "Star Wars" shorts on the Internet, and now they're making it official. The Official Star Wars Fan Film Network, a joint venture of Lucas Online and AtomFilms, was launched Thursday on the Web at www.starwars.atomfilms.com.
Saturday, December 2
From Santa to Martha Stewart, specials celebrate the season
'Tis the season to gather around the TV set and receive our holiday cheer electronically. So pour the eggnog, pick up the remote and say "hello" to old favorites like CBS' "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and such inventive newcomers as Fox Family Channel's "Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer."
'Papa's Angels' features 'quantum leaper' as producer, lead actor
Scott Bakula wore two hats for the CBS movie "Papa's Angels." One was the wide-brim brown hat he wears in his starring role as banjo-strumming dad "Grins" Jenkins in the heartfelt seasonal film set in Appalachia in the 1930s (Dec. 3, 8 p.m.).
A former research assistant who sold medical records of the late country music superstar Tammy Wynette to supermarket tabloids was sentenced to six months.
A royal wedding She's 'Blue' and in court People's Choice nominees set 'Gilligan' auctioning memorabilia
Friday, December 1
CNN has told its staff to expect "aggressive" changes in the news operation next year, promising to evaluate each employee.
New show to make premiere on cable TV
National Geographic's new TV channel and New York Times Television have struck a partnership for a science magazine show that will allow them to swap information and promotion.
New, old rockers honored
Newcomer Creed was the big winner with four awards in the "My VH1 Music Awards" Thursday in which categories were designed and decided by viewers voting online.
Everything old is new again Celebrity blotter The Whitney and Bobby show Helping hand for a hospital