Stories for July 2000


Monday, July 31

Friends & Neighbors

Youngsters ride in style

Riding the trails

Sunday, July 30

Memory-making moments with Britney

By Tina Yates Special to the Journal-World My 8-year-old daughter is a diehard Britney Spears fan, and she has the CDs, Barbie doll, biographical books and T-shirt to prove it. Many times I have walked into her bedroom to find her belting out the words to one of Britney's songs. That is why, being the good mother that I am, I broke down and purchased tickets to the recent Britney Spears concert at Sandstone Amphitheatre near Bonner Springs.

Garden ornament is Dutch treat

Project of the Week

Now that the warm weather's here, it's time for do-it-yourselfers to slip on their wooden shoes and dress up the yard with this decorative windmill project. With its Old-World look and blades whirling in the breeze, it's perfect for the flower garden -- surrounded by tulips, of course. Wherever it's placed, the project adds a distinctive accent and an eye-catching motion that brightens any landscape.

Union Station experiences rebirth with Science City

'It's an innovation in children's museums'

A cacophony of voices reverberates off the walls of the grand North Waiting Room. Children and adults share enthusiasm for the three-hour adventure that awaits them. But these are not the voices of passengers who boarded hundreds of trains from Kansas City's palatial Union Station in its prime. The trains that passed by are idle. Many say that when their engines died, so did the station.

Missouri man spearheads drive for slavery museum

Iron shackles that once bound his great-grandfather now are conversation pieces on Father Moses Berry's coffee table. Yellowed old photographs and charcoal portraits of former slaves invite questions about his family history.

'Spinning Into Butter' -- ambitious drama about race

Sarah Daniels, the dean of students at a picture-perfect New England college, is white, well-meaning and liberal. She also is a closet bigot.

Apes to dominate videos in August

The shark ruled last month on DVD; now it's time for the apes to put the bite on "Jaws." Twentieth Century Fox certainly isn't monkeying around with its much-anticipated six-disc set of the "Planet of the Apes" series. It's including all five films in the series as well as the 1998 documentary "Behind the Planet of the Apes," hosted by the late Roddy McDowall. It arrives Aug. 15 on DVD and VHS.

Sweet memories

Handmade aprons, homemade desserts are hallmark of different era

Remember when Mother put on a starched apron, most likely handmade, before she began to cook? Which was often. Remember when Mom clipped recipes from newspapers and magazines, copied them from pamphlets and packages or from friends? And how she filed them in a loose-leaf binder or recipe box?

Murano glass revolutionized designs

Undiscovered treasures are still out there

By Ralph and Terry Kovel Glass has been made in Italy for hundreds of years. About 1910, there was new interest in the glassmaking industry. Totally new, modern designs appeared. The Murano, Italy, glass industry began anew with Carlo Venini in the 1920s. He did away with delicate glass with curlicues and filigree, and turned to plain pieces with clean lines and color.

Fake teeth fad takes root

The gums are gnarled and have holes the size of cigarette burns. The enamel is chipped, bloodstained and soy sauce-colored. The teeth -- the few that are there-- look like crushed ice kept frozen in a used spittoon.

Publishers Weekly Best Sellers 7/30

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

Roadtrip selections 'Potter,' 'Me Talk Pretty' make miles fly

Audio booksellers usually pine for a new John Grisham, but they certainly haven't needed a lawyer yarn this year. July 2000 will instead be memorialized in their account as the summer of "Harry" and David.

'Goblet of Fire' burns true

For all you Harry fans who have just begun to crack the spine of the massive fourth volume, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," there is good news. Although 734 pages, the latest of J.K. Rowling's books about a young wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy is as riotous a romp and as quick a read as the first three in the series.

Lost & Found

Travels produce unexpected lessons

Many fantasize about leaving behind their daily routines and responsibilities and starting a new life. But Alice Steinbach actually did it, in 1993 when she went to Europe on a yearlong quest to find her former self.

Arts notes

Map highlights Truman sites; Artist to address mural conference; Pelathe center receives KAC grants.

Bowling alley body English

Horsin' around at the fair

Ceramics in China

KU student fulfills long-held dream to study ceramics in China

By Jim Baker Journal-World Writer During childhood visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., Judy Arnold was always drawn to the collection of Chinese ceramics. While a Kansas University student, Arnold earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and philosophy.

New words tap creativity

Jest for Grins

By Marsha Henry Goff Jest for Grins My family role models have always had a way of saying things that made me remember their words. On those occasions when they couldn't find the right word, they simply made up one of their own to fit the situation. And they didn't hesitate to quote the words of another if they seemed appropriate.

KU student lands his 'Alien Craft'

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Jiri Lonsky started out wanting to be a molecular biologist. That's why he packed his bags in 1992 and made the trip from the Czech Republic to study at Kansas State University.

Saturday, July 29

Smoothing the way for horses

Rain watchers

Rosin up the bow

Friday, July 28

Actors put effort into 'Outsiders'

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer Sometimes students get an A on their report card not because of the end result but because of the hard work they put into the assignment. That rule could apply to the Summer Youth Theatre production of "The Outsiders."

New books

The Silence of Heaven: Agnon's Fear of God

Cartoon sidesteps genre's growing pains

Best Bets

Thursday, July 27


Friends & Neighbors

Summer Fun

Arts Notes

Nicodemus to hold Homecoming 2000 Concert to feature African dance, music

'Creatures II' has nightmarish aspects

If you like to see blood and monster parts flying, give "Nightmare Creatures II" a try.

Singer Steve Earle weaves politics into lyrics

The singer-songwriter's new album addresses the issue of capital punishment.

Top movies

SYT stages 'alienated youth' tale

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer Although written 30 years ago, "The Outsiders" remains topical in the 21st century.

Artist 'horses' aruond with her art

Christy-Moore captures imagination on canvas

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor A Lawrence painter lets her feelings and imagination drive her work.

Lawrence band takes online route

Mi6, a Lawrence post-punk band, recently made it onto the front page of the national edition of the New York Times.


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

TV happenings signal Apocalypse

Russell cuts hair, USA losing battle, Kathie Lee leaving . . . what's next?

Based on what's happening in the world of television, the end must surely be near.

Jazz, hip-hop define brass band's style

By Joel Mathis Journal-World Writer YoungBlood Brass Band confounds expectations with its unique style. Listen to the YoungBlood Brass Band, and you'll hear a mix of styles you might never have imagined.

Best bets

Weird news

Counting Crows

The band's piano player talks about its 'overnight success'

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The pianist for the popular rock band talks about its latest CD and the Napster controversy. The Counting Crows. Seems like people love 'em or hate 'em.

Coming up

Manhattan band making its mark

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The band's third CD was re-released in June with a couple of new songs. Ultimate Fakebook and Lawrence are practically synonymous.

Impossibles regroup, release CD

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The band recorded the album in seven days in February. The Impossibles are a band that nearly lived up to its own name.

CD reviews

Patrick joining 'X-Files'

Robert Patrick, who played the evil liquid-metal cyborg opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," is joining "The X-Files" next season, filling the gap in the episodes that star David Duchovny will be sitting out.

CosmoGIRL! features more than fashion

The editor-in-chief sees the magazine as a way to help teen-age girls.

Bands find Web helpful in promoting music

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Area musicians and Web site designers talk about music's future in the digital age.

Ford tackles a ghost story

The seasoned actor is more concerned about interesting roles than box-office totals.

Hip-hop books reach for new audiences

'Street Sweeper' to debut this summer

The novellas are in the shape and size of CDs and have shimmery covers.

Wednesday, July 26

Potato salad breaks the mold

By Gwyn Mellinger Baker University Journalism Teacher If you're like most people, you're a bit reluctant to try new variations on standard dishes. The tried and true doesn't yield easily to innovation, especially if we have fond memories of eating a particular dish, prepared a certain way, on special occasions.

Tuesday, July 25

Quirky 'Nest' is gore-laden bugfest

'Loser' can't win

In "Loser," Jason Biggs plays the saint and Mena Suvari the wild spirit. He's a scholarship nerd with a dorky hunter's cap. She's a wacky, sexy student who sleeps with her rakish English professor. At New York University, they're both outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance.

Monday, July 24

Best Bets

Sunday, July 23

Feet do the painting for tango artist

Passion for dance comes through on canvas

Guillermo Alio rolls up his pant legs and laces up his black leather shoes. He ties a long, white handkerchief about his throat and sets a black sombrero jauntily atop his head.

Stand up and wash

Fins and grins

Arts Notes

A breeze from the past

Once the workhorse of the farm, windmills have become pasture art

By Bill Snead Journal-World Senior Editor There is something soulful about the sounds that come from an old farm windmill when it strains to stand up to a Kansas wind. The galvanized metal blades, steered by a wobbly tin fin that used to bear the name of its maker, screech and moan as they slowly turn and pick up speed. Their purpose was to drive a hand pump at the bottom of a skinny-legged tower, which in turn filled a livestock tank with well water.

Things that go bump in the summer

Now for the real scary movie. Last summer, you couldn't toss a package of Junior Mints in a movie lobby without beaning someone rushing in to see "The Sixth Sense," "The Blair Witch Project," "The Haunting" or some other horror flick. Other than the parody "Scary Movie," the Michelle Pfeiffer-Harrison Ford ghost tale "What Lies Beneath" pretty much has the market cornered on things that go bump in the theater this summer.

The time is ripe to start a fall vegetable garden

Garden Calendar

By Bruce Chladny The Garden Calendar For the next several weeks, crops can be grown that we traditionally associate with a spring salad garden. Vegetables like lettuce, radishes, spinach, snap beans, summer squash, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes and beets all can be planted now for a bountiful fall harvest.

Sarajevo native becoming master of written word

It's just not fair. Alexsandar Hemon has been writing in English for a grand total of about five years, and "The Question of Bruno" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $22.95), his insanely great collection of interlaced stories, shows that this Sarajevo native didn't take long to wrestle the language into submission.

Author debuts with hard-hitting novel

Incest, corruption and pedophilia come together in Akhil Sharma's harrowing debut novel, "An Obedient Father" (FSG, $23). Ram Karan, the central character, is a corrupt functionary in the physical education department of a school in New Delhi, India. He is a widower who lives with his widowed daughter, Anita, and his 8-year-old granddaughter, Asha, in one of the city's poorer sections.

Book warns of dangers of Russian mob

"Red Mafiya" tells about the roots of the Russian mob and how it has crept into various aspects of American business, finance and professional sports.

Chest of drawers shows metamorphosis of furniture styles

By Ralph and Terry Kovel King Features Syndicate The storage unit available to most people in the 1700s was a rectangular boxlike chest with small feet, narrow drawers at the bottom and a lift-top lid. It must have been difficult for many matrons to bend down to find the linens in the bottom drawers. Consequently, a new design appeared. The chest was placed on a stand that had longer legs and a decorative front. A plain chest often had an elaborately carved and gilded stand.

Outdoor rocker is quick, easy

Project of the week

Project of the week Busy do-it-yourselfers will appreciate this quick and easy outdoor rocker project. Even amateurs will find that they can finish it in one or two afternoons and enjoy it on the lawn or patio for years.

Chaos ready to electrify

Although not everyone remembers it, there was a time when buying a wristwatch meant choosing between a leather band and a metal band. "Accessories used to be just something you stuck in your hair, or a little watch you put on your wrist," said entrepreneur Mary Swan Lewis of Manhattan Beach.

Sumner High School archives on display

The archival records of Kansas' only African-American high school are on display at Spencer Research Library at Kansas University.

Burns hypes 'Jazz' series

Sen. John McCain had the Straight Talk Express. Civil War filmmaker Ken Burns has the Runaway Hyperbole Train. In promoting his PBS epic "Jazz," which premieres in January, Burns made sweeping, jaw-dropping statements to the nation's TV critics. He proclaimed jazz "the only art form ever invented by Americans."

Chihuly finds light in glass

Translucent. Transparent. Transcendent. "I like to say I work with four materials of any scale -- glass, plastic, water and ice," artist Dale Chihuly says. "But it is really light that makes those materials come alive."

Natasha Lyonne, always on the outside, peers in

Natasha Lyonne's normally unruly corkscrew hair is now straight as glass. She's developing a fondness for designer tops and stiletto heels. Her latest film role is a bubbly cheerleader.

Publishers Weekly best sellers

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

'Cookies' may be inducing computers' senior moments

This Wayward Life

By Joel J. Gold In the early days of my computer innocence, I bought a 20-megabyte Leading Edge, assured that 20 megs translated to something like 10,000 pages of text. Even Norman Mailer would take his time filling up a 20-meg hard drive. That computer could remember the Maine, remember Pearl Harbor, recall all of the Bible, and the complete works of Charles Dickens. And have enough memory left over to know who threw the overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder.

Saturday, July 22

In the loop

Friday, July 21

Best Bets

'Sopranos,' 'West Wing' top Emmy contenders

"The Sopranos," roughed up at last year's Emmy Awards, has a chance for revenge. But the mob drama must get past White House security first.

Thursday, July 20

Coming up

Weird news

Indigenous coming to KC blues-jazz festival

Band gets break from Indigo Girls

By Dave Ranney Journal-World Writer The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival's all-star lineup includes Indigenous, an American Indian blues band.

Murphy paints peaceful scenes

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer A Baldwin artist finds art in everyday locales.

Street art

Outdoor sculpture exhibition includes one Lawrence artist

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor A Kansas University graduate student goes public with her thoughts and feelings. Jamie Pawlus' art is a sign of her times.

Dance fever heats up MTV

Teens flock to 'Sisqo's Shakedown'

"Sisqo's Shakedown" is second in popularity among MTV loyalists behind "Total Request Live."

Cephalic Carnage rides death-metal circuit

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The Denver-based band tours the country in a 15-passenger van.

Banks shows strength as short-story writer

Author's latest effort is among is best

Russell Banks' "The Angel on the Roof" includes nine new short stories and 22 from previous collections.

Zuel points camera at music scene

Lawrence resident shares blues enthusiasm with viewers

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer A new cable access show gives viewers an inside look at blues bands.

Top movies

Best bets

Source outshines all other hip-hop mags

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer While nearly half of the magazine is ads, there's plenty of good writing in it, too. The Source, which calls itself "the magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics" is one of the more interesting music monthlies to fill the racks of bookstores, discount chains and supermarkets.

Top audio

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

List of retro-TV flops grows

Hollywood's backing off of remakes

"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," like many other movies based on old TV shows, couldn't pass the muster at the box office.

Artist shares skills, passion with 'family'

By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer The pupils of artist Jon Eric Narum will showcase their best work from the last 10 years at an exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center.

'Big Brother' fans can get nonstop Web show

'Round-the-clock watching

While visits to the Web site reportedly have increased, ratings for the TV show have fallen.

Canned Heat, Jay McShann, Spyro Gyra to take stage

The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival will kick off Friday night and run through Sunday at the Liberty Memorial in Penn Valley Park, 27th and Main.


Wednesday, July 19

Kitchen & Garden

Romas are best for preserving

By Gwyn Mellinger Baker University Journalism Teacher The month of July is a window of opportunity that tomato lovers best not let slip by.

Tuesday, July 18

Best Bets

Monday, July 17

Lil' Kim comes into her own

When the little girl with the big, bad mouth forced her way into the hip-hop arena as the sole female member of junior M.A.F.I.A., few were ready. Lil' Kim represented the female hustle, period. There was no sugar-coating, no innuendo -- and no apologies.

Sunday, July 16

A knight to remember

Best Sellers

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

The man from Mali

West African adjusts to American life

By Jim Baker Journal-World Writer Sekouba Sissoko had a surprise in store for him when he came to Lawrence from the West African country of Mali two years ago. He discovered that life in the United States is quite different up-close than it appears to Africans living thousands of miles away. "First of all, the United States is a really big deal in Mali. Among young people my age, the U.S. is in the news a lot. We like rap music and movies. We dress like that and try to act American," Sissoko says.

'X-men' marks the spot for comic book fans

There are mutants among you. They may look the same as everyone else, dress the same, walk and talk the same. But they share one notable difference. They are "X-men" fans, and their day has finally come. "I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming that the X-men movie is actually coming out next week!" read a recent Internet posting, one of tens of thousands of fan messages floating around the Web about "X-men," which opened Friday.

'Girls of Summer' follows journey of women's soccer champions

On July 10, 1999, more than 90,000 soccer fans and 40 million American television viewers watched the biggest event in women's sports history. The impact of that Women's World Cup final has not faded.

Book delves into life, work of criminal-profiler

Criminal-profiler Jeanne Boylan has sketched another perfect portrait. However, this one isn't her usual drawing of some fugitive from justice -- it's her revealing book about her life and work.

Giuliani shakes his family tree

Did the mayor's family have Mafia ties?

It seems Hizzoner Rudolph Giuliani, bane of the mob and scourge of street hoods, is himself the son of a stickup man and the nephew of a mobster. The revelations, contained in "Rudy!," a new "investigative biography" of New York's once-fearsome mayor, are another curious turn in a curious year for him.

Book guides tourists to murder, mayhem sites in U.S.

Calling all cars -- and RVs and motorcycles -- that are toting tourists tired of well-trod attractions. Just in time for the summer travel months comes "Crime Scene USA," a guide to murder and mayhem in all 50 states.

California industries pay for making of IMAX film

Some documentarians balk at business sponsorship

And now, from the state that brought you Hollywood and "product placement": an IMAX film about California, conceived by state tourism officials. "Adventures in Wild California," which opened in some U.S. and Canadian theaters in May and June, offers a dazzling portrait of the state's history, characters and natural beauty.

Flood of 'Survivor' imitators is on the way

When television networks began jumping gleefully into the reality pool, NBC was content to lie back, playing it cool. Maybe its programmers preferred a nice game of golf. Now that it's perceived there's a treasure lying at the bottom of the pool, that decision has come back to haunt NBC's entertainment team, Scott Sassa and Garth Ancier.

St. Thomas: birthplace of Impressionism?

Camille Pissarro is considered the father of Impressionism, a painting style that won huge popularity and influence with its celebration of life, beauty and color, and a style generally associated with France.

Guardsmen save lives in anonymity ... until 'Perfect Storm'

'We train and train and train'

Lt. Col. Graham Buschor narrates a story with the same attention to detail he relies on when mapping out treacherous helicopter rescue missions, the missions he and his fellow Air National Guardsmen risk their lives on but like to call "sporty."

Arts notes

The 'X-men' files

A who's who

The X-Universe is way larger than any two-hour movie can contain. For those interested in investigating further, back issues are as near as your local comics specialty shop. Be sure to take lots of money. You might also want to take along this handy guide to the key X-people, both good and bad.

Swing helps you glide into summer

Project of the Week

With summer finally here, wouldn't it be nice to relax -- rain or shine, day or night, alone or in a group -- on a big, comfortable glider swing? This do-it-yourself project makes it easy.

Imaginative toys predict future technology

By Ralph and Terry Kovel New technology is changing our world, and toys reflect these changes. The toy telephone no longer has a rotary dial and a bell. It is pushbutton and looks cellular so children can imitate real life. Space toys must keep up and predict the coming technology in order to intrigue future collectors.

Alphabet of creation gives writer new insight

On the Hill

Roger Martin Kansas University Center for Research When the scientist from Northwestern University said that our week in the laboratory might lead us to a religious experience, I snapped to attention. In a question session that followed, I asked the scientist, Rex Chisholm, for details. He smiled and said, "Over a beer, maybe."

Film canvasses the art of war

For those who didn't fight in World War II, the blood flowed and the bombs burst in the gritty but not quite realistic black and white of news reels and newspaper photographs. Little color made its way home save for the red-, white- and blue-draped coffins of those whose lives the war claimed and the sallow faces of those who managed to survive.

Cessna flies high

U.N. marks 55th year with stamp offerings

United Nations' headquarters, located on the banks of New York City's East River, has become recognized as a visual for world peace.

Jude Law shines in 'Wisdom'

Steven Grlscz is in a rut. He meets girls, dates them and kills them. Then he meets a nice young woman and falls completely in love with her, and she with him. Suddenly, he doesn't feel like killing her, and that's a problem for Steven, because he needs to kill her to survive.

Teen country music singer looks forward to building her career

With high school now behind her and college postponed for a few years 18-year-old Lila McCann is busy working on her third album. She has picked five songs so far. Meanwhile, McCann has been reading Better Homes and Gardens magazine to get ready for a move into her own place in Santa Monica this summer.

Saturday, July 15

Browne wows 'em in intimate concert

By Frank Lingo Jackson Browne played a solo acoustic show Tuesday night at Topeka Performing Arts Center, achieving a rare intimacy with the audience of 1,600 fans. Browne, still looking decades younger than early 50, opened with "I'm Alive," a 1990s song that is a stark look at some of the things he's been through. He followed with "In the Shape of a Heart" and proceeded to alternate between his electric piano and any of six guitars.

Sidewalk surfin'

Summer squeeze

True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir

Book review

In 1953, Ernest Hemingway went on safari to Africa for the last time, writing about the trip in an 850-page manuscript that was left unpublished at his death. His son Patrick cut it in half, edited it and dubbed it as a "fictional memoir" for release last year on the 100th anniversary of Hemingway's birth.

Friday, July 14

'Explorer' cupples up to pythons

Best Bets

'Wedding' combines show's cast, audience

If you've been to a wedding, you know what "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" is about.

Thursday, July 13

Recital honors retiring carillonneur

By Mindie Miller Journal-World Writer Kansas University's carillonneur is stepping down at the end of the summer.

Video clips


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

Author follows in famous footsteps

The greatest pain was separation from family

W. Hodding Carter's account of his 1,900-mile journey in a replica of a Viking cargo ship is chronicled in "A Viking Voyage."

Weird news

'Scary Movie' brings Wayans back to comedy

Actor-director Keenen Wayans says "I'm staying" to comedy.

Best bets

Chicago act mixes punk, pub tunes

The Tossers' music taps into Irish background

By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer Eight years and countless pints later, Chicago's answer to the Pogues are finally hitting the road to tour nationally.

Coming up

Top movies

CASA hopes to raise $10,000

By Mindie Miller Journal-World Writer Douglas County CASA will give away a playhouse to raise money for services to help abused and neglected children.

CD reflects Sevendust's growth

Band finds following by touring 'like crazy'

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Sevendust recently finished a 3 1/2-month stint opening for Creed, and is now on the Tatoo the Earth tour.

Dalton turns toys into art

Lawrence gallery selling Philadelphia artist's works

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer A Philadelphia-based artist's work is for kids and adults.

Play lets you be part of the wedding party

Interactive comedy pokes fun at relationships

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor The interactive theater production will raise money for Lawrence Community Theatre.


Even in 'Origins,' the play's the thing

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Wednesday night, when I entered the Lied Center to see "Origins," I thought, "I should have brought along a paring knife to peel away the politics so I could get to the core of it all."

Rollin', rollin', rollin'

Eh, batta, batta, batta

'Brainjacking' is key to finishing "Maken X'

"Maken X" is an easy game to learn, giving you full command quickly and letting you enjoy both the action and the sights and sounds.

CD reviews


Lizard leaps to forefront of festival

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer Several events are planned to analyze the reptilian cultural phenomenon. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Godzilla is poised to shake, stomp, rattle and roll through the River City next week.

Arts note

Advantage searching for 'Singing' pets

Wednesday, July 12

Plums make tart summer dessert

Kitchen & Garden

By Gwyn Mellinger Baker University Journalism The most congested area in a grocery story in July is the vicinity of the fruit bins in the produce section. I've found myself having to wait my turn, bag in hand, to squeeze the peaches and apricots or sort through the cherries.

Monday, July 10

Can't outrun the heat

Sunday, July 9

Individual tickets are on sale for Lied Center events

Single tickets are on sale for the Lied Center's 2000-2001 season. The season is marked by the final phase of the Cultural Countdown to the Millennium Project, which will highlight Asian influences in the performing arts, and the debut of the World Series.

Looney offering: Catch it if you can

Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are featured on a new 33-cent stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp shows the letter-delivering Road Runner perched atop a mailbox while Wile E. Coyote tries to grab him.

Nothing but blue skies


Here are the nation's best-selling books as listed with Publishers Weekly.

Book's strained pairing makes 'Grievance' more than a whodunit

By Mary Campbell AP Newsfeatures Writer K.C. Constantine's new book is not only a murder mystery. "Grievance" (Mysterious, $23.95) is a fascinating novel with some surprises and plenty of meditation on family responsibility, the nature of addiction, compassion and how big business and city politics often harm individuals.

Korean War novel is modern masterpiece

By Norman N. Brown For AP Special Features James Brady's novel, "The Marines of Autumn" (St. Martin's, $24.95), is a masterpiece set during the Korean War. Brady pegs his tale on the military operations in northeastern Korea in the fall of 1950. His main character is the fictional Capt. Thomas Verity, a reserve officer and World War II veteran recalled to active duty because he speaks several Chinese dialects.

Take in the trash

One man's trash is another man's well, you know

By Tim Madigan Fort Worth Star-Telegram First let us ponder the meaning of the term "trashy novel." I have recently come to discover that my definition of trash and that of most of the rest of the English-speaking world are hopelessly at odds.

Appraisers to give free estimates of antiques' worth

Ever wonder how much that plate your grandmother gave you was worth? Or maybe the gold watch passed down through your family? You'll have a chance to ask an appraiser those questions at the next "Discover Your Treasures" fund-raiser July 16 at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Disney designs

The man who made the mouse influences modern-day architecture

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Since its opening in 1955, Disneyland has been an international symbol of America. To some, it's a fantasy land where all is good and anything is possible. To others, it's a giant Mickey Mouse emporium that reflects our consumer society. What's undeniable about Disneyland is that the theme park's design blurs the line between actuality and illusion, and has had a significant influence on architecture in the real world.

Arts notes

Aborigines get organized to protect art and culture

A bright-eyed child's smiling face displaying the "spirit of Australia." Tumbling boomerangs symbolizing the limbs of an Olympic athlete. Thousands of colored dots on canvas mapping the nation's vast, dry interior -- spiritually as well as geographically.

Brown ditches high finance for recording career

When Alison Brown says her music label, Compass Records, represents the triumph of art over commerce, she is uniquely qualified to talk about both. She's a record company executive, MBA, former investment banker, guitarist, banjo player, band leader (the Alison Brown Quartet) and band member (New Grange).

Events mark Armstrong centennial

Here are some events marking the 100th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birth. Updated listings can be found at the Web site of the Louis Armstrong House and Archives at Queens College,, and a centennial site,

Armstong's influence still highly visible today

New boxed set to be released in August

The passage of time has not been kind to Louis Armstrong. Ask people today who he was and you'll hear descriptions of a grinning, bug-eyed singer who belted out "What A Wonderful World" and "Hello, Dolly" in an enchanting growl. And technically, that's correct.

Woody Allen's funniest films released in DVD collection

Get ready again to share the pathos and humor of America's favorite neurotic, Woody Allen. MGM Home Entertainment has prepared an impressive DVD collection of eight films by the director/actor/writer.

Radio disc jockey finds freedom with the Internet

It's 8 p.m. on a sticky summer Sunday in the city. One of America's last great freeform disc jockeys grabs a microphone and starts his weekly six-hour shift. Vin Scelsa opens with a blast of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. He's soon moves to Miles Davis blowing "Summer Night," followed by Dick Van Dyke's "Put on a Happy Face" -- a nugget from the "Bye Bye Birdie" movie soundtrack.

Movie is nightmare on spoof street

According to director Keenen Ivory Wayans, whose brothers Shawn and Marlon (along with Four Other Guys You Never Heard Of) wrote the script about a group of sex-crazed teen-agers being picked off by a masked serial killer, " 'Scary Movie' is more than a parody of one type of entertainment; it's all sorts of comedies rolled into one."

Artist who sketched Japanese atrocities holds U.S. exhibit

Many of Liu Kang's sketches show acts of torture, but also the everyday indignities of life under occupation.

Plant stands were source of pride in 19th century

By Ralph and Terry Kovel Gardens and houseplants have always been an important part of the 18th- and 19th-century home. In the 18th century, a homeowner would plant a garden with medicinal and cooking herbs. Many gardens had some of the same flowers we plant today for enjoyment.

Victorian charm enters the garden

Project of the week

Here's a great way for do-it-yourselfers to add a little Victorian charm to the yard this spring. Based on 19th-century garden structures, this arbor settee project will create a comfortable place to enjoy the outdoors.

Saturday, July 8

Funny scripts drive 'Pink Thunderbird'

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor If you're in need of a good laugh, then head out to Murphy Hall and see "1959 Pink Thunderbird," the umbrella title for James McLure's hilarious Texas-set one-acts "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lone Star."

Hot and heavy

Mad about madrigals

Friday, July 7

Friends & Neighbors

Roy watch finally over

Musical brings back childhood memories

By Jan Biles Journal-World Arts Editor Anyone -- from 6 to 66 -- who can understand Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" will fall in love with Kansas Summer Theatre's production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

Thursday, July 6

The hard cell, or brushes with grate-ness

Who's that guy talking to?

By Kevin Cowherd Baltimore Sun Someday, we may look back on this period in our country's history as the Age of Madness, a time when millions of people walked around with cell phones attached to their ears, and yet no one considered this particularly bizarre behavior.

Fund-raiser helps connect kids with the arts

By Mindie Miller Journal-World Writer Snow won't grace the Lawrence Arts Center's next Christmas party. But the holiday spirit will pervade as guests gather July 15 on a hilltop near downtown Lawrence to raise money for the center at its seventh annual Christmas in July event.

The Mag: Best bets

Turn the dial: Radio scene is confusing

The selection of music is slim

By Geoff Harkness The Mag music writer Can anyone please tell me what's going on with radio in Lawrence these days? First, the Lazer goes Top-40, now it's trying to go back. Sort of. Meanwhile, KJHK has stumbled all over itself in its recent attempt to jump feet first onto the hip-hop bandwagon. Next thing you know you'll hear that the former host of KJHK's punk show is a DJ for the Lazer! It's been that kind of year for Lawrence radio.

The Mag: CD reviews

Here are reviews of CDs by Troika, XTC, David Raitt and Jimmy Thackery, Joe Ely and Chucho Valdes

No Doubt bands together after bumpy start

By J.D. Considine The Baltimore Sun Going from nowhere to the top of the charts is a trip many musicians dream of someday taking. Everyone imagines how great it will be -- fans and fame and fortune. Your video on MTV, your face on the cover of Rolling Stone, your name in the gossip columns.


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

Gameboy cars will keep kids quiet on road trips

By William Schiffmann Associated Press Writer It's summer, school's out, and that can mean just one thing. Road trip! If the thought of loading your brood into the van and heading across country -- or across town -- turns your heart icy with fear, remember you have a friend who can make everything OK.

The Mag: Movies

These movies are showing at local theaters this weekend.

The Mag: top movies

Here are the nation's top-grossing movies based on box-office totals from last weekend.

Director braves the elements for 'Perfect Storm'

By Barry Koltnow The Orange County Register In the fall of 1998, long before filming was to begin on the movie "The Perfect Storm," director Wolfgang Petersen and a small production team traveled to Gloucester, Mass., to scout locations.

Calligraphy: popular agin in China

An exhibition of contemporary Chinese calligraphy that showed in New York City and was headed back to Beijing is now coming to Lawrence. "Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China" will be shown Saturday through Sept. 3 at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art on the Kansas University campus.

Lawrence Art Guild show reflects diversity of its members

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Nearly 40 Lawrence Art Guild members are displaying their works in its all-member show running through July 31 at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. More people than usual are expected to view the works during its artists' reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Friedson's enamels reflect love of nature

Fin and wing forms often occur in artwork

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Step into Herb Friedson's home and be prepared to feast your eyes on some stunning visual art. His enamel pieces pop from the walls of nearly every room.

Pop stars strive for diva flash--and fizzle

By Teresa Gubbins The Dallas Morning News They call themselves "Queen Bees" -- modern-day diva candidates. But too many of the new divas, suggests designer Anthony Mark Hankins, are wanna-bees.

Fashion trends

Now that leather halter tops and skirts in such colors as yellow and pale pink have proved that leather isn't just for winter and fall, it's time to see what lies ahead in the world of leather for autumn.

Imagine, FBI investigated Lennon

By David Hinckley New York Daily News Prying John Lennon's surveillance files out of the protective clutches of the FBI lent renewed meaning to the Beatles' song "Do You Want to Know a Secret?"

The Mag: What are you reading?

Audio book capsules

Here are reviews of audio books by Stephen King, Jonathan Kozol, and Steve Fiffer.

The Mag: Arts Notes

Balancing act

Charlie Brown and Texas Towns

Director knows that funny characters require serious acting

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer The Kansas Summer Theatre program continues to challenge its actors with a series of nontraditional roles. Case in point: Next up for the Kansas University thespians is a musical featuring singing cartoon characters and a series of one-acts about some funny, rural Texans. But in order to pull off their funny characters, the actors are playing it very straight, said director Don Schawang, who is helming the stage version of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." "What we don't want is a lot of the comic book on stage, something two-dimensional," he said. "What we want is a production that is substantial. It's light and whimsical, but there is a lot going on."

The Mag: Weird News

"Ashes to ashes," "Alien alert," "Implants gone bad," and "Uh-oh!" are among the weird headlines this week.

Wednesday, July 5

Shelter from the rain

Allman Brothers offers money-back guarantee

For those who don't think the Allman Brothers Band without Dickey Betts would be worth seeing, drummer Jaimoe is offering a money-back guarantee. "I'm happily challenging anyone," says the drummer and founding member of the band.

Rainy day run

Tuesday, July 4

Blues Traveler was well worth the trip

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Blues Traveler rolled into town Sunday night for an exclusive stop on its recent mini-tour. After losing founding member and bassist Bobby Sheehan last year, the band has regrouped, re-energized itself and hit the road for a few weeks of warm-up gigs. Later this summer, the band will enter the studio to record a new album and try to forget the ghosts of the past year.

Sunday, July 2

Installations make statement about culture

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is staging two unusual art exhibitions: One involves nails, brads and spikes; the other, beds.