Stories for June 2000

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Friday, June 30

'Grease' is the word for youth theater

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor The Summer Youth Theatre kids rarely disappoint their audiences, and "Grease!" is no exception. The energetic show opened Thursday night to a packed house at the Lawrence Arts Center, and received a standing ovation and plenty of hoots and yollers from the audience.

Thursday, June 29

Summer concerts fill nearly every night

Here are some of the concerts coming this summer to the Lawrence-Kansas City-Topeka area.

Kottonmouth Kings get political

The California-based band strives to create a unique version of hip-hop.

The Mag: CD reviews

Here are reviews on CDs by Poison, Kottonmouth Kings, Sunny Day Real Estate

The Mag: Best bets

Here's our picks for your best entertainment bets in the area.

The Mag: Top movies

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

Students receive art scholarships

Four Lawrence students have been selected for scholarships to the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar, an intensive visual art program for gifted high school students.

'Bust-A-Move' proves to be worthy puzzle

The new game gives you several ways to play.

BestSellers-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.

Baker program puts on musicals 'in a hurry'

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer The "Broadway at Baker" camp gives performers a taste of the professional life.

The Mag: Movies

These movies are showing at local theaters this weekend.

Jim Carrey returns to his comedic roots

Actor finds love on 'Irene' set

The actor reunites with the Farrelly brothers for his latest movie.

Exhibit shows off talent of arts center faculty

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor About 35 artists have been invited to display their works in the exhibit.

The Mag: Weird news

"Crazy like a fox," "Ouch!" and "Overreaching comparisons" are the News of the Weird headlines.

Summer concert season offers variety, younger bands

Even though ticket prices are inching upward, fans are willing to pay for good seats. Teen favorites 'N Sync or Diana Ross' ersatz Supremes? Voluble folkie Bob Dylan or foul-mouthed rapper Eminem? Young costumed shock rockers Slipknot or retiring costumed shock rockers Kiss? Music fans won't lack for choices in what's expected to be a busy summer concert season. "What you've got is the most diverse concert season in a long time," said John Scher, president of Metropolitan Entertainment, a top Northeast promoter. For much of the 1990s, veteran rock acts dominated the summer touring season and some promoters worried whether young musicians had enough appeal to take over. That doesn't seem to be a concern anymore.

Audio book awards announced

The Mag: coming up

Bandwear.com has business down to a T

A Web site lets stay-at-home fans get a piece of the concert action.

Wednesday, June 28

When smoke clears taste will linger

By Gwyn Mellinger With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, plenty of local cooks will be looking for meals to prepare outdoors. While quick meals on the grill make sense for gatherings at the lake or park, homebodies who plan to spend a lazy day around the yard might consider firing up the smoker.

Tuesday, June 27

Best bets

Wedding-bell blues take a knock

Sunny Day also rises

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Seattle emo kings Sunny Day Real Estate played to an adoring Bottleneck audience Sunday night in support of its latest opus, "The Rising Tide."

Monday, June 26

Purrrrr-fect presentation

Hot fun in the summertime

Sunday, June 25

College buildings honored

Sometimes small colleges get special recognition when warranted. The latest is Middlebury College of Middlebury, Vt., which has an enrollment of about 2,000 students. The school is being honored on a new 20-cent stamped card in recognition of the 200th anniversary of its founding. The commemoration is part of the U.S. Postal Service's Historic Preservation Series.

Arts Notes

Publishers Weekly best-sellers list

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

'Plain Truth' is quite a tale

When a dead newborn baby is found in an Amish farmer's dairy barn, it sets in motion a murder investigation and eventual trial that seem almost as much a violation of human rights as the baby's death.

500 years and attitude

Book condenses Western civilization into a dozen themes and 877 pages

When Jacques Barzun answers the door of his friends' townhouse with a mischievous grin and an old man's soft handshake, you sense that you're stepping into centuries and civilizations past. He's a human time machine.

Arts commission taking nominations

The Kansas Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2000 Governor's Arts Awards. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Sept. 5.

Audio book capsules

Garden of Eden, by Edna Buchanan, read by Sandra Burr

Stores plan Harry Potter marketing blitz

Bookstores are hoping Harry Potter will create some cash-register magic with next month's publication of the fourth story in the best-selling series about the young wizard.

Bygone era returns with Poison

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Cheesy, clichéd, derivative and fun as hell. Poison brought its three-ring musical circus Friday night to Sandstone Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs, headlining a show that featured great dinosaurs of the metal age Cinderella, Slaughter and Dokken.

'Jesus' Son' bless with Crudup performance

Actor Billy Crudup makes an unlikeable character endearing.

You've got to say this for FH, the druggie with the unprintable nickname at the capacious heart of "Jesus' Son": There's rarely been so endearing a screen reprobate. That's something of a switch, given the history of drug addiction on screen, from "Drugstore Cowboy" to "Trainspotting" and numerous harrowing stops en route.

Some radios offer more than music, news

Radio broadcasting as we know it today started in 1920, probably with the report by KDKA of Pittsburgh on the Harding-Cox presidential election returns. The first receiving radios were made under an agreement with Howard Armstrong, who held patents related to the new technology. Armstrong licensed many major manufacturers, and a variety of radios soon appeared.

Tips on seeing the Rockwell exhibit

Tickets will be required for admission to "Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and by Washington standards they will not be cheap.

Saying Grace for the American people

Norman Rockwell paintings capture an era

We are saying grace for Norman Rockwell, for his century is gone and he seems free at last. Now he is released from the burden of being the American Creator, the figure who perhaps more than any other, more than Walter Cronkite or Johnny Carson or Frank Capra or Walt Disney, more than FDR or Ike or Jack Kennedy or Ronald Reagan, offered Middle America a common sense of historical identity and idealized purpose throughout the modern mess of 20th-century existence.

Wheelbarrow holds loads of charm

Project of the week

Anyone who enjoys working around the yard and garden recognizes the simple charm of rustic gardening implements. Today these old-fashioned tools are valued more for their nostalgic appeal than their utility, and many nurseries carry replicas specifically designed for use as planting containers.

Friday, June 23

'Me, Myself and Irene' is crude, often uproarious

The newfound Kings of Raunch, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, return with another Jim Carrey movie that makes their "Dumb and Dumber" seem like "Hamlet."

Contrived pop loses its fizz

How anemic is contemporary pop music? In three different shows, we get slick corporate hucksterism; blatant, plastic imitation; and, to top it off, a duet with the dead.

Best bets

Thursday, June 22

Top movies

'Shaft' fashion: Can you dig it?

It's all about leather when it comes to New York City fashion.

Paperback capsules

Best bets

Movies

Lawrence artist's paintings reflect her life's surroundings

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor When Wheatfield's opens its door, Elaine Matt's paintings will be on the walls.

Weird news

Brockovich praises her parents

The celebrity says she thinking about writing a book and hosting a talk show

Band's guitarist attacks Sub Pop

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The Seattle-based band's outlook is on the "Rise."

Video clips

Arts notes

Video allows players to pick perfect fight

With the exception of its graphics, the game is top-notch.

Movie's hapless hens are something to crow about

Imagine a tale of danger, courage, resourcefulness, faith, redemption and thrilling escape from certain death.

'Grease' returns to the '50s

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer A classic American musical features a nostalgic look at the 1950s.

Choirs set for joint-performance

Japanese and American voices combine

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer The Lawrence Civic Choir will sing with members of the Hiratsuka Civic Choir at the Lied Center.

Writer's obsession kicks in

McGinness follows journey of soccer team

By Tom Meagher Journal-World Writer A soccer club from a drab mountain town of 5,000 rises through the ranks of the professional leagues.

Heavy-metal band getting greedy

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer Metallica has taken a stand against Napster, but what's the band's motive?

Poison still makes its rock part pop

Rikki Rocket talks about the band's legacy

By Geoff Harkness Journal-World Writer The legendary glam rockers are promoting their new album, "Power to the People."

Exhibit gives insight into acquiring of art

Museum looks at curators' decisions

By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor How does a museum decide what artworks to acquire?

Jukebox

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

Coming up

Tuesday, June 20

Best bets

King, Clapton get it together - almost

Monday, June 19

"Music Man" offers nostalgic, family fun

By Mitchell J. Near Journal-World Writer Despite cool temperatures and overcast skies, the Baldwin City Theatre's production of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" managed to hold off Mother Nature on Saturday night while also turning in an effort that delighted the crowd.