Stories for December 2000

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Sunday, December 31

In black and white

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.

Anyone for table tennis?

People

Whom do you admire? Ventura lines up another book Baby on board Eubanks becomes a star Pin-up peeved at Playboy pics

Waylon's fans pick through treasures of a life well lived

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.

Rocker Ted Nugent refuses to quiet down

Give this much to Ted Nugent: For all the freewheeling vitriol that effortlessly spills from his mouth, he certainly seems like a happy guy.

China bids to join global art world

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.

Kemper Museum acquires Wyeth painting

"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.

Arts notes

KCUR to air symphony concerts Art being sought for convention center Exhibit of miniatures on display in KC Pratt event seeking fine arts, crafts

Piano prodigy hails from China

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.

Kubrick's '2001' still ahead of reality

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).

Films offer funny, sometimes serious view of postwar America

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.

Robinson's dances go beyond movement

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.

2000: From Santana to 'Seussical'

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.)

Military leaders write about the horrors of battle

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.

Soldiers' stories

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

Playgrounds will be full of Michaels, Hannahs

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.

Friends and neighbors

Frosty Flint Hills

Waiting for the big thaw

People

Dick Clark still rockin' Tritt impostor nabbed Madonna wedding details leaked Trafficking in children

TV Guide announces annual award nominees

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.

After 16-year run, TV watchdog cancels itself

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.

Moog synthesizes new synthesizer

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.

'Roswell': Saved by Tabasco sauce

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.

Ring in the new year from the couch

Staying home for the big turn of the millennial odometer? There's no shortage of late Sunday night TV options.

Country uncool again in 2000

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.

Cold-weather fashion

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

It's thumbs up for Ebert's partner

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.

Friends and neighbors

Picture perfect

The ice melt cometh

Winter recess playground

People

Fox named top celebrity Spielberg to be knighted Kuralt mistress prevails '90210' actress nabbed for DWI

'Gladiator,' 'Brockovich' win Las Vegas film awards

"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.

Tina Turner tops teens in total tour take

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.

'Pretty Horses' reined too tightly

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.

Looking back at 2000's best, worst

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.

Book lists best golf holes

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

Parting Shot

Friends and neighbors

Sign of a thaw?

Kwanzaa celebration

People

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

FCC: White House role in TV shows needs disclosure

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.

Library of Congress chooses 25 classic films to preserve

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.

Hanks backs film as personal project

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.

Come on baby, let's do the twist

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.

Levinson keeps the 'Piece' in flick

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."

A&E to air Charles Lindbergh story

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."

Winterbottom stakes his 'Claim'

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?

Hoffman cashes in on quiet fame

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.

In the spirit of sharing

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).

BEST BETS

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Bill Janovitz

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.

Fascinating Rhythm

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."

No confusion for 'Fusion'

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?

TOP MOVIES

'Finding Forrester' - film review

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' - film review

'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.

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEES

Sharpening 'Quills'

Kaufman involved with another infamous figure

By Dan Lybarger Like the subjects of his movies, director Philip Kaufman has been controversial and frequently misunderstood.

Something to write home about

The Get Up Kids mature from garage band to arena rockers

By Geoff Harkness First impressions are so rarely what they appear to be.

Movie listings

Blue Riddim nation

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.

ARTS NOTES

Wednesday, December 27

'Cast Away' is lonely at the top of box office receipts

"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.

Actor Jason Robards dies

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.

People

Coleman mum in '01 Kudos from Connery Waylon has garage sale The Madonna watch

Foul-mouthed 'South Park' a hit in Taiwan

They're just as foulmouthed, politically incorrect and crudely drawn here as they are back in the United States.

Tuesday, December 26

Replica of Rose Theater proposed for Massachusetts

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.

People

Dafoe enjoys playing bad guy Actress goes low-budget What Santa brought celebrities

Young Hopis write to preserve their identity

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."

Young resuscitates film career

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.

Artist hopes to push past American Indian stereotypes

When Harley Elliott was in high school, he used to search for flint arrowheads around Salina.

Monday, December 25

People

War on drugs is hell Homey touches Hope floats Some gave all

'Cast Away' survives blizzard of holiday fare at box office

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.

Book offers revelations about 'Jews Who Rock'

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.

Sitcom anchor pulls his weight

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.

'Finding Forrester' stands out in field

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.

Warm up with shot of Bailey

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.

Friends and neighbors

Sunday, December 24

Artistic license

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.

'Moon Pearl' shines

"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.

Maradona tells all

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.

Maupin's 'Night Listener' is a literary whisper

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.

Friends and neighbors

People

Gillian happy with 'Mirth' Santa's got a brand new bag Douglases win photo lawsuit Bye, bye Bill

Soaps celebrate holidays with traditional togetherness

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.

Madonna's 'secret' wedding takes hours to leak out

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.

Comic tracks Christmas Eve doings

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.

Publisher donates royalties in Dickens' name

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.

Arts Notes

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

Ricky Martin goes to Hollywood (or so he hopes)

With his latest album floundering on the pop charts, Ricky Martin is turning his sights to the silver screen.

Friends and neighbors

Unscheduled flight

Cold cereal

A visit from St. Nicholas

People

Barrymores reconcile Merv's back on record A royal rollover Trump apologizes

Hollywood rushes to finish films as strike threatens

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.

What will Hillary reveal in her memoirs?

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.

Madonna weds maybe

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.

'Millionaire' should stick to franchise

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

Forecast fine for Weather Channel

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.

People

Mickey Rooney recovering Bullock banged up Beach Boys fight for their songs Lewinsky turns on Tripp

Child upstages Madonna

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.

'Brockovich' nominated for 4 Globes

'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

'Miss Congeniality' - film review

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.

People

Fans search out Britney Spears Bullock uninjured in plane mishap Celin Dion stores 'laboratory twin' Carrey acts Grinchlike to Whos

10,000 Maniacs guitarist dies

Rob Buck, lead guitarist for the rock band 10,000 Maniacs, has died of complications from liver failure. He was 42.

Chelsea Clinton portrayed in film

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.

Eyes turn to Madonna's secret vows

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.

Prince and friends team up for 'Rave'

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.

Tales of adoption on 'Home'

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).

Metal bells make fashion statement

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.

'Cast Away' - film review

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?

TOP MOVIES

'Family Man' - film review

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.

The good, bad and just plain stupid

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.

What are you reading?

'Sadie' comes out of hiding

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.

Profound refuse

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.

Best bets

TOP MUSIC

Home for the 'Alcoholiday'

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."

'A puzzle full of pieces'

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."

Movie listings

Wednesday, December 20

Celebrities provided intriguing moments in 2000

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.

Life imitates TV on 'West Wing'

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.

Curtain falls on flutist's run at Carnegie Hall

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.

People

Gospel singing patriarch dies Hunk heads to Hollywood Helen Hunt, hubby in splitsville Clooney is no crooner

Tuesday, December 19

People

Martin to host Oscars Family ties Takeoffs and landings Bradley scores a job

Radio station invites inmates to broadcast holiday wishes

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.

Highlands ring with anticipation

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.

Newspaper heir Randolph A. Hearst dies

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.

Hero wanted

Bon Jovi performs in dueling concerts

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.

Ferrell returns to studio after 8-year absence

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

People

L.A. critics honor 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

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.

Yoakam's 'Heaven' is over the top

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.

Did the G in G-Man stand for gossip?

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.

'John Boy' image put to rest

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 comedy delivers what movie-goers want

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

After the baby comes the fashion

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.

Books to seek out or forget

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.

John le Carre banks on betrayal again

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.

Mystery Capsules

Sweet Georgia - Ruth Birmingham Unbreathed Memories - Marcia Talley

Open to interpretation

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.

KC festival to celebrate contributions of Stravinsky

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.

Exhibit focuses on contemporary ceramics

"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.

McPartland's 'Piano Jazz' combines music and talk

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.

Cuban artists ride trendy wave

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.

Alternative comics sensibility enriches familiar folk tales in new book

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.

Arts Notes

Mystery writer to sign books Plays advance to regional festival

Christmas, Flamenco-style

Winter woes snare motorists

Binoche covered in 'Chocolat'

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.

Lenny Kravitz having fun being a rock star

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.

Everglades' alligators put the bite on Disney special

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.

People

Cameron Diaz: crimefighter Calista faints on 'Ally' set Reward offered for guitar Crowe tops Entertainment list Country crooner recovering

Saturday, December 16

Snow sweeper

City Band to play holiday concert

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.

'Mysterious Ways' returns to NBC to find an audience

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.

Stewart shows Cannes-do spirit

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.

People

Have yourself a bluesy little Christmas with Chris Cain

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.

Arts medal winners include Baryshnikov, Angelou

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.

NBC takes 'curse' off Steven Weber

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

Clothes make the music fan

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.

Friends and neighbors

'Quills' sheds light on Marquis de Sade

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.

Car owner puts on the dog

I'd walk a mile for a Wildcat

Getting to class on time

Wintry fiesta

People

Madonna gets royal treatment Grammys honor legends 'Moon River' mind-bender Film awards season opens

Everyone can be a filmmaker in digital revolution

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.

Start-up company tallies hit with artist's first record

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

Best bets

TOP MUSIC

Pedal to the metal

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.

The species of Origin

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.

What are you reading?

Wings on the prairie

'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.

A virtual gallery

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.

'The Emperor's New Groove' - film review

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.

The year in music

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.

Parting Shot

Highland connection by Earl Richardson

Friends and neighbors

Snow scenes

Even Santa can get chilly

Even sand trucks slide

People

Election coverage stars added to CNN's schedule

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.

Sting stung when Disney cuts songs

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."

'Cosmos' returns to television

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.

ARTS NOTES

TOP MOVIES

A mountain of challenges

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.

A 'mini-tour through Satan's promised land'

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."

'Requiem for a Dream' - film review

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.

ARTISTdirect rises to top

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.

The Mag's Annual Year-End Awards

By Geoff Harkness, Mitchell J. Near and Jon Niccum

The year in local music

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.

All the best from the rest

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:

Movie listings

Wednesday, December 13

Papa Roach: Call the exterminator

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.

Russell Crowe's thorny personality is tough, but 'it's worth it'

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."

Select all-male group named Rock Hall inductees

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.

People

Capt. Kirk to abandon ship? Whoopi goes to jail Celebrate virginity Pooh characters need therapy

Gibson learns what women want

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."

Friends and neighbors

'Renegades' may be last effort for Rage

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.

Roll over, Charles Dickens

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.

'Songs of Bill Monroe' tops 2000 bluegrass list

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

ABC tests reality TV's durability with 'The Mole'

"The Mole" is ready to burrow its way into ABC's schedule.

People

Maybe later, your majesty A new dawn for Deborah Infamous collectibles Tale of a castaway

Ailing Nobel laureate comes out of self-imposed solitude

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.

Chevy Chase thinks he's ready for prime time

"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.

'Ed' bowling audiences over

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."

'Laurie Show' awful, but true

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

Scratching the 20-year itch

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.

People

'Grinch' keeps tight grip on top spot at box office

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.

Book publishers remain firmly planted

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

Art show caters to holiday shoppers

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.

Down and out in Lawrence

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.

'Eloise': a good gift to put under the tree

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.

Not-so-ordinary people

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.

Arts Briefs

Delivering the mail That's some long pregnancy Funky fossil threads

Wearable art

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."

Christmas through a child's eyes

People

Natalie Cole rebounds from life in turmoil

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.

Living the life of O'Reilly

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."

Hollywood learns author doesn't come cheap

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; the man, not so angry, not so young

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.

People

Mary how does your gardener go? Elton togs fetch big bucks Actor accused of assault Prime Time changes

'Rage' releases new CD as singer embarks on solo career

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.

Friends and neighbors

Superman swaps cape for sheriff's star

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.

2001: A reading odyssey

Friday, December 8

Same old leftovers recycled on 'Dot Comedy'

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.

'Ally McBeal' actress pressured to lose weight

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.

Ex-stars caught up in the 'Net

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.

People

Rock rolls from HBO A presidential request 'Col. Klink" actor dies Score one for Julia Up With People closes down

Thursday, December 7

CD Reviews

Nelly Furtado - Samantha Mumba

Best Bets

Top Music

ARTS NOTES

Top Movies

Killing a misconception

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.

Much ado about Nothingface

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.

From left field

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."

Piping up

A sign of the times

Doing the Santa shuffle

Breakfast with style

Hero wanted

People

Seinfelds tout education Animal activists sue Rosie Muppets creator honored Tiger not ready for prime time

Crystal bows out of Oscars

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.

TV movie canceled after ad protests

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.

David Morse endures 'kidnapping'

'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.

Papa don't preach

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.

'Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport' - film review

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.

Movie listings

The difference is night and day

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.

'Vertical Limit' - film review

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.

Matching subjects drives artist's work

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.

What are you reading?

Shoot-outs and accounting

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.

Parting Shot

Music on tap by Michael Newman

Wednesday, December 6

'Funhouse' laughs 'til cows come home

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.

Friends and neighbors

People

O.J. in road rage episode Film festival honors Kirk Julia Roberts: Power gal Bean curd for everyone 'N Sync fans boo Britney

American Film Institute steps into annual award spotlight

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.

Billboard awards play it loud

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

'Futurama Comics' joins Matt Groening's Bongo lineup

Bongo Comics is a company with an eye on the future. And it's a pretty funny future.

Poet versed in teaching

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.

Lennon's assassination still echoes

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

Smashing Pumpkins take long 'last gasp' in Chicago

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.

People

Movies hold box office positions, can't maintain earnings

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.

Stars come out in Washington

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

Slim pickings left for Oscar night

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."

Ice ballet warms holiday heart of Lawrence

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."

'Godot' makes most of minimalist setting

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.

Napkin rings can be worth thousands

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.

The Mag shifts focus, expands online version

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.

Spanish choreographer to appear with University Dance Company

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.

Home delivery not so easy in Britain

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.

On the Wilde side

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.

Top Dog

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.

Crafty Shoppers

Frost can't nip her nose

People

'Star Wars' fan filmmakers get unusual Web support

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

Friends and neighbors

TV gives a few good holiday gifts

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."

Banjo-strumming Bakula plays new tune

'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.).

Researcher sentenced in Wynette case

A former research assistant who sold medical records of the late country music superstar Tammy Wynette to supermarket tabloids was sentenced to six months.

Ice maker

People

A royal wedding She's 'Blue' and in court People's Choice nominees set 'Gilligan' auctioning memorabilia

Friday, December 1

CNN crew awaits 'aggressive' changes

CNN has told its staff to expect "aggressive" changes in the news operation next year, promising to evaluate each employee.

'Science Times' to be launched

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.

Creed big winner at VH1 Awards

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.

People

Everything old is new again Celebrity blotter The Whitney and Bobby show Helping hand for a hospital