Thursday, November 30
Meat Puppets with mi6, the Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS 11/28/2000
By Michael Newman It ain't the meat its the motion, and whatever Curt Kirkwood had decided to call this band, the Meat Puppets, The Curt Kirkwood Bandwhatever, it would still move, wildly, recklessly, beautifully. The Meat Puppets has always been a vehicle for a madman driving on the wrong side of the road. Be glad Kirkwood hasn't decided to hand over the keys just yet.
By Devin Walker The Web is quickly becoming a place for musicians to go, not only to find resources to help them break into the professional ranks, but also to distribute their music and gain exposure. For that reason, I've decided to put on my "All Access" pass and explore the many sites that are helping regional musicians reach wider audiences.
Pizzicato Five - Cowboy Junkies
By Geoff Harkness Though Rush was never revered by music critics and other snobs, it has earned a rightful place among rock's elite. For more than 30 years the Canadian power trio has been cranking out its unique brand of computer metal to a devoted following of fans, who hang on the band's every 16th note and puzzling paradiddle.
Lawrence act crafts new record with improved lineup
By Geoff Harkness The Creature from the power-pop lagoon isn't done terrorizing Lawrence music fans. In fact, it's multiplying. Alt-rock troubadours The Creature Comforts lit up regional earwaves two years ago with their debut, "The Politics of Pop," featuring "Sentimental Bliss," one of the truly great songs to unfold from Lawrence's historic music scene. This head-rushing morsel of spun sugar won the band wide acclaim as well as Klammies for both Song and Album of the Year.
By Dan Lybarger Kansas City is home to a unique annual event in cinema. Every year filmmakers can enter their flicks and have a guaranteed audience, but they'll have to kiss modern technology good-bye.
Beckett's 'Godot' launches new series
By Mitchell J. Near Samuel Beckett struggled as a writer for 20 years before he decided to translate from French into English a sparse drama he had written about two tramps waiting for some superior being to arrive and make everything in life better for them.
Rockabilly revisionists struggle with lawyers, labels and losses
By Jon Niccum Almost everyone is familiar with the typical story arc of VH1's "Behind the Music." The celebrated documentary series has traced the lifeline of dozens of popular bands, with the outcome usually falling into a similar pattern: obscurity, hard work, fame, drug addiction, car wreck, decline, break-up, sobriety, reunion.
French flick gives pointed observations on love
By Dan Lybarger There are a couple of misconceptions about French movies that prevent them from really catching on this side of the Atlantic. The first is that their flicks are so weird and arty that the subtitles really don't translate what's happening. In some respects, this description applies to Patrice Leconte's "The Girl on the Bridge." It's shot in black-and-white and features peculiar camera angles and editing.
Host mixes entertainment into cooking show
By Mitchell J. Near Tony Nave is a fun-loving nutcase. But in a good way. Throughout this interview, for example, he grooved on some of his favorite tunes, with the stereo blaring the old Johnny Horton songs "Sink the Bismarck" and "The Battle of New Orleans" as Nave discussed food, music and his overwhelming desire to entertain people.
Wheatfields Bakery featured in new book
By Mitchell J. Near A Lawrence business is among select company in a new book detailing the finest bakeries in the United States.
When he was 4, Chris Brubeck hid under the piano to hear the music. That was when his father, legendary pianist Dave Brubeck, knew he would become a musician, says Brubeck, now 48, one of six Brubeck offspring.
An actor's actor Sir Elton empties his closet Wedding bells for Madonna Revlon drops Crawford
The Library of Congress is getting a Coke and a smile. Coca-Cola Co. is donating all 20,000 of its TV commercials promoting the sweet soft drink for preservation at the library.
Author says deadbeats, obligations contributed to decision
Stephen King has pulled the plug on "The Plant," his self-published online serial novel. The experimental and prolific author is taking a break to complete other projects but, according to his assistant Marsha DeFilippo, King also is suspending the project because too many people are downloading the work without paying for it.
Toronto singer-songwriter to make American television debut on PBS
Tribal steps by Mike Yoder
J-W Staff Reports The rich and varied British choral repertoire will be featured at the Lawrence Civic Choir's concert, "The Choicest Musicke of the Kingdom: A Festival of British Choral Music."
Wednesday, November 29
Bobby Score's job involves working the hundreds of lights that illuminate the New York City Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." Yet here he was backstage putting curlers in his daughter Faith's hair.
Nuptial pix bring big bucks Oprah to interview Carnahan Bowie voted 'most influential' Travolta pays his due
CBS is doing its best to turn the scheduling of "Survivor: The Australian Outback" into a guessing game. A conference call Monday ostensibly arranged to discuss the network's less-than-dazzling performance during the November rating sweeps was unsurprisingly dominated by questions about the sequel to the summer hit, which is shooting in Australia.
Many moms not worried about music, despite great attempts to scare
Marilyn Manson knows that anyone bold and freaky enough to venture into the shock-rock market had better bring nerve, imagination and a showman's grasp of the grotesque. Leather prosthetics will help.
Tuesday, November 28
Down the aisle, again Dynamic duo A chilling stunt Don't make that call
Americans still reeling from the confusion of pregnant chads and butterfly ballots have been tossed another curve ball by the ever-resourceful federal government.
Tyne Daly shines as judgmental mom of 'Judging Amy'
Tyne Daly plays tough, hardheaded women.
Robert Downey Jr.'s attorney insists role will continue
Fox's gamble in hiring Robert Downey Jr. for "Ally McBeal" this season paid off with good ratings and reviews, but the troubled actor's weekend drug arrest has thrown the decision into question.
A few months ago Garrison Keillor went looking for Lake Wobegon, the fictional village he created. And he found it sort of. Right where he left it.
Monday, November 27
Recipe for a record-breaking holiday at the movies: Mix one Grinch, a real-life superman, a bunch of Rugrats and all those spotted puppies. Add a dash of Marquis de Sade.
Robert Downey Jr. was arrested for drug possession nearly three months after being released from prison and relaunching his career, police said Sunday.
Tapioca milk tea creating waves as fun coffee alternative
Chai latte is so five minutes ago compared to this drink. Zen-conscious Southern California the first to adopt lifestyle trends like feng shui and meditation is now welcoming another Asian fad: bubble tea.
Sunday, November 26
"Vintage" is a funny word. A fine wine touts its vintage, and the vintage work of an author or artist represents his absolute best. But when vintage and clothes are mentioned in the same breath, some people might think funky, but many just think old.
Ellen Bentley, 7, shows off a cucumber she grew in her garden. Ellen is the daughter of Terry and Mary Bentley, Lawrence. The photo was submitted by Ellen's sister, Vicki Bentley. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number and caption information, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
Versatile actor's 'Unbreakable' looks to be solid follow to last summer's blockbuster
When Bruce Willis made the jump to movies with the 1987 "Blind Date," he looked like another wannabe from television ("Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepherd) doomed to failure on the big screen. His nose was flat, his hair thin, and he projected none of the insouciance of his future wife, who had already made an impression in the 1984 "No Small Affair."
Life of sadist translates into story of artist vs. oppressive bureaucrats
When Hollywood decided it was time for a film about that most sexually lurid of writers, the Marquis de Sade, it was not hard to settle on a director.
On this autumn morning, when the chapel bell tolls, a moonlit mist shrouds the monks' cloister in the thick woods of the Ozarks. Just before the "Great Silence" ends, at 3:15 a.m., Brother Gabriel Friend slips on a white habit and heads to prayer services in a chapel that hints of incense.
Wegman dogs as Saks' elves Asimov predicted Florida? Life on the fast track That new-car smell
Church, Oread decorate, prepare for homes tour
By Jim Baker For the first time in 11 years, the historic Oread neighborhood of Lawrence will play host to the city's Holiday Tour of Homes, taking place this year on Saturday and next Sunday. The tour, sponsored by the Oread Neighborhood Assn. and Lawrence Preservation Alliance, will feature six homes and the sanctuary at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Award-winning actress discusses dognapping sequel
Nobody loves Cruella De Vil more than Cruella De Vil loves Cruella De Vil, except maybe Glenn Close.
The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet will perform "Cinderella" at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Lied Center.
Dino rocker delivers prehistoric fun
By Don and Dave Runyan Special to the Journal-World Combining the best features of a classic rocking toy with a child's natural fascination with dinosaurs, this friendly apato-saurus will make a great holiday surprise for the budding paleontologist on Santa's list this year.
Iridescent-glazed vases can sell for up to $3,000 at auctions
"From A to Z" in antiques usually ends with Zsolnay, a popular pottery from Hungary. Zsolnay was founded in 1862 by Ignac Zsolnay at Pics. After 1878, the firm used a mark that pictured five church towers.
Concert features: KU percussion professor Painter-printmaker to give talk Bruner to give Christmas harp concert Lawrence bookseller contributes to book
Prairie Wind provides concerts, workshops
By Jan Biles The Prairie Wind Dancers are dancing across Kansas and Missouri. By the end of this month, the resident professional modern dance company at the Lawrence Arts Center will have toured 20 days since late September. Their tours will have taken them to Sharon Springs, Kingsley, Arkansas City, Winfield and Sedalia, Mo. about 2,500 miles.
Campuswide event to explore arts, politics of Europe
By Jan Biles An exhibition of 20th-century Czech set and costume designs at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art has blossomed into a Kansas Universitywide celebration that will incorporate the visual arts, drama and film.
Saturday, November 25
New age Christmas music. It sounds like an oxymoron. But there's no paradox in the numbers behind Mannheim Steamroller, which has produced some of the best-selling holiday albums of the last two decades.
The Humane Society would have named the Disney doggie movie released this week "102 Headaches." The sequel to the 1996 hit "101 Dalmatians" has organization officials worried that impulsive moviegoers will buy the spotted breed and then dump them at shelters after a few weeks when they realize the dogs can be tough to handle.
New fall series hits in ratings game include 'The District,' 'CSI'
The holiday season is under way, the November "sweeps" are almost out of the way and the TV season has finished its first quarter of play.
McCartney tops wealth list Love God's show goes limp Suddenly popular 'Caddyshack' vs. 'Kaddy Shack'
Doobie Brothers have new CD and four-album retrospective
Despite the title of their new album, "Sibling Rivalry," there never have been any brothers or anyone named Doobie in the Doobie Brothers.
Part of what makes Ireland so brilliantly green is that it gets a healthy amount of rain.
Friday, November 24
Nuria Bermudez boasts a tenuous claim to fame: a fling with a former highway patrolman who is the estranged husband of a millionaire folk singer's daughter.
The debate about how to portray history is especially acute in Washington, where government buildings must both symbolize a nation and house the people who run it. Previous clashes about art have resulted in mixed outcomes.
Richards remains optimistic about his show and Dickens special
It's lunch break on "The Michael Richards Show."
Thursday, November 23
Routine sequel is showcase for Glenn Close
By Loey Lockerby The Walt Disney studio has made some of the finest animated films ever produced. Its live-action efforts are seldom in the same league (or even anywhere near it), but even those have devoted fans. In 1996, the company took a big risk by combining the two mediums, remaking the 1961 animated hit "101 Dalmatians" with real actors and real canines. Luckily for them, it was a success, thanks mostly to Glenn Close's gloriously hammy performance as Cruella De Vil. And, of course, a sea of adorable puppies.
Flower children by David Doemland
'Angels' meet the real Charlie Another trip down the aisle Puffy feeds the homeless The lowdown on 'Survivor'
A woman taking the Paramount Pictures studio tour does a double take as a man walks across the parking lot. She recognizes the actor's face but can't place his name. "Isn't that the guy from 'The Green Mile?"' she asked.
Jack Wagner is smooth. As Jack Williams on NBC's new prime-time soap, "Titans," he'd like to be even smoother. Williams is the CEO of Williams Global Enterprises and patriarch of the tempestuous family made rich by the company's fast-track deals. "Titans" airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Aging rocker explores creative side by painting portraits of stars
She once performed topless in the rain so she wouldn't ruin her silk blouse, and she threatened to spike President Nixon's tea with LSD. But that was a lifetime ago for Grace Slick, the steely psychedelic rocker who added enough salt to her words to wither a seasoned sailor.
Seasoned metal band takes the indie route
By Geoff Harkness Who says rockers aren't well read? The recent election debacle has Corrosion of Conformity singer-guitarist Pepper Keenan concerned for America's future, and he's read all about it.
Veteran underground band still struggles with addiction
By Geoff Harkness Good weather, extensive recording facilities and a low murder rate were all Curt Kirkwood was looking for when he relocated to Austin, Tex., after two years in Venice Beach, Calif.
Austin rock act finds diversity paves the way to success
By Jon Niccum "I was working on campus baking bagels for the young," says Tony Scalzo of life before his trio Fastball got famous. "It was probably one of the few jobs you could get where you could split to go tour for a couple of weeks and come back and still have your job. I liked making bagels. I could work by myself at night and crank the stereo."
By Geoff Harkness Few rappers can boast of releasing their first record at the tender age of 12. Even fewer can say that by age 20 they are multiplatinum top dogs in a rap pack known for chewing and spitting out MCs like Skoal Bandits. But B.G. of Cash Money/Hot Boys fame has never been a run-of-the-mill rapper, even amongst his Cash Money brethren.
Award-winning workshop takes comedy to the cutting edge
By Mitchell J. Near The ongoing presidential blood feud is a double-edged sword for comedy writers. It's proving to be a gold mine for comedic fodder, but it's a hair-pulling experience since the writers never know how the Bush-Gore tug-of-war is going to turn out.
By Mitchell J. Near The organizers behind the Bizarre Bazaar have everything planned out to the last detail. Even the name is meant to cover all the creative bases.
'Sixth Sense' follow-up is sluggish but interesting
By Jon Niccum "Unbreakable" may be the most well disguised superhero movie ever made. Even with an introductory crawl concerning comic books, and a story that includes unexplainable powers, flashback origins and a brooding hero with a generic alliterated name (think Peter Parker or Bruce Banner), writer-director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") makes a real stab at total genre revisionism. Unfortunately, "Unbreakable" lies in that nether space between atmospheric and boring.
Young singer seeks to distance herself from a crowded pack
By Mitchell J. Near Jessica Riddle is a stunning beauty. Not pretty, not cute, but beautiful. And she's not afraid of trading on her smoldering looks if that's what will induce people to listen to her music.
Wednesday, November 22
Lake Wobegon becomes real Penn kicks the habit An afternoon with the queen Movie auction East Movie auction West
The thick, curling eyebrows; the tiny bulldog nose; the puffy, seamed cheeks surrounded by bushy sideburns all in a deep pea green are the work of Rick Baker. Makeup, by one of the masters of the art, provides much of the fun in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," with more than 100 actors playing Whos getting makeovers along with the zany Grinch star, Jim Carrey.
Pro football on Thanksgiving Day has been televised nationally since 1956 and has featured some of the sport's most memorable games. Which of these classics do you think was the greatest?
Football fans prepare for hop from table to couch on Thanksgiving Day
You can't really blame the belt-busters who push their expanding selves from the Thanksgiving table and wallow in front of the television all day. They have two irresistible forces working against them football and nature.
Tuesday, November 21
Dolly Parton kidded with the audience every time she emerged wearing "this same old thing," a clingy beaded gown. Vince Gill picked up on her talk about costume changes. "I'm going to get to change plenty in about six months." Then he thrust his arm in the air and exclaimed, "Diaper Man."
American's queen of cuisine Contract dispute Candid complaint Sick bay report
Scientist gets laughs with 'Sex, Bugs, and Rock 'n' Roll' outlook
Like many other columnists before her, May Berenbaum was tempted to turn some of her best pieces into a book. She succumbed, and "Buzzwords" is the result. If Berenbaum's name doesn't seem as familiar as that of Art Buchwald or Dave Barry, it probably means the reader is not among the 7,000 or so insect specialists who belong to the Entomological Society of America and read Berenbaum's column in their journal, American Entomologist.
He made the Campbell's soup can a work of art and captured the imagination of millions with his silkscreen portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Mao Tse-tung. Now, 13 years after his death, Pop Art pioneer Andy Warhol is the subject of a major one-man show of his work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Monday, November 20
CBS is going a little bit country Thanksgiving night with "Grand Ole Opry 75th a Celebration" and "Faith!" an hourlong music special starring the award-winning country-pop singer, Faith Hill.
Transcending musical categories, the Dixie Chicks albums, "Wide Open Spaces" and "Fly," have sold more than 12 million copies combined. The Lubbock, Texas-born Natalie Maines and Dallas natives, Martie Seidel and Emily Robison combine honky-tonk lyrics, blue-grass music and Vegas style get-ups to put on a high-octane show.
Thanksgiving dinner, that most American of banquets, is served in its infinite variety in "What's Cooking," Gurinder Chadha's multi-generational, multi-course, multi-cultural tribute to the nation's melting pot and turkey baster.
The Grinch is having a green Christmas. Jim Carrey's live-action version of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" took in a whopping $55.1 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Microsoft founders' spending show varied interests
While Bill Gates spends his billions immunizing children in sub-Saharan Africa, financing scholarships and helping the homeless, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is backing the search for extraterrestrial life.
Sunday, November 19
Choosing old-fashioned glamour over privacy, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were married Saturday night in an extravagant wedding at The Plaza hotel on Central Park.
Sammy Hagar and the Wabaritas, Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS (Nov 17)
By Michael Newman Don't go looking for deep, meaningful insights, heavy social analysis or political statements at a Sammy Hagar concert. Just remember to choose a designated driver. Hagar doesn't play a concert as much as he throws a party. With his heart on his sleeve and a lampshade on his head, he gives his all to make sure his audience has as much fun as he does.
Comedian back on Broadway with 13 zany characters in monologue
Fifteen years later, Lily Tomlin is still searching and the laughs have not diminished. In her 1985 one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," Tomlin took on her own worries and those of the world, as she tried to make sense of what it all means.
Ricky Martin seems like too nice a boy to be such a sex fiend. On television, he invariably comes across as well-mannered and deferential, always smiling politely and showing respect. By all appearances, he's the essence of gentility.
An 'Unbreakable' bond The many myths of India Cosby's take on election coverage Cage-Arquette marriage over
'Nuncrackers' jam-packed with nonsense
By Jan Biles The "Nunsense" plays are becoming a habit with Lawrence Community Theatre. "Nuncrackers," the fourth in the popular musical comedy series by Dan Goggin, opens Friday night and runs through Dec. 10. "This is the best one since the first ('Nunsense') play," says Mary Doveton, the show's director and the theater's managing/artistic director.
Artists donate works to Red Ribbon auction
By Jan Biles More than 40 artists have donated artworks to the eighth annual Douglas County AIDS Project's Red Ribbon Art Auction.
The murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Olympic Games 28 years ago is hauntingly documented in "One Day In September."
Big Momma's House Boys and Girls The Perfect Storm Pokemon the Movie 2000
Playwright returns to Magic for premiere
Sam Shepard hasn't directed a play here in almost 20 years, but that hasn't diminished his homecoming. The buzz surrounding his new play, "The Late Henry Moss," has reached deafening levels. Family struggle. Maleness. The West.
By Jan Biles What happened in the boarding schools housing American Indian children not so long ago is brought home by Thunderbird Theatre's production of Vera Manuel's "Strength of Indian Women."
His "I Love NY" logo created an advertising phenomenon, spurring the production of millions of buttons, bumper stickers and T-shirts. His Bob Dylan silhouette crowned with lightning bolts of rainbow hair is recognized by a generation.
Saturday, November 18
Creed - Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo (Nov 15, 2000)
By Michael Newman Seldom has there been a band capable of doing so little with so much, in front of so many. Imagine Kansas City's Kemper Arena with lots of sound and lights, visual effects and smoke, pyrotechnics, the worksand a band with skills so middling, and with so little passion that the impression was more that of a rehearsal for a rock video than any suggestion of a rock and roll show.
The rumor sounds like a classic conspiracy theory: Would Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp. and patriarch of the Fox network, direct his Australian newspapers to bedevil production of "Survivor: The Australian Outback," being shot in his own corporate back yard?
After the tragedy at Columbine High School in which two teens went on a rampage killing 13 people and themselves, there was lots of finger-pointing by concerned parents and outraged pundits, and a fair number of those fingers wound up aimed at Marilyn Manson.
Andy Garcia has always been better than his movies. The handsome actor who scored Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his stand-out performance in the regrettable "The Godfather Part III" has long languished in such fare as "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead."
James Taylor has been writing songs, singing them and playing guitar for more than 30 years. That might be a lifetime career for some people, but Taylor figures he's got at least another 10 good years of singing, playing and song-writing ahead of him.
Potentially awkward situation on movie set made smooth by Paltrow
Ben Affleck chomps on ice from his soda glass, and the occasional shard of cube shoots from his mouth as he explains how it felt to make a love story with ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.
Friday, November 17
First, the good news: J.K. Rowling, author of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, is hard at work on Book Five.
There's something disquieting in the singer's voice in the rising country music hit "My Love Goes On and On."
Tired of the political horse race? Well, next week brings another nail-biter.
Comedian almost didn't get to work in live-action Dr. Seuss movie
No, it's not like he had to apologize because his bodyguards roughed up a few photographers or that the star himself snubbed his legion of fans. It's just that, well, Jim Carrey's entourage is not much of an entourage.
Thursday, November 16
Youngsters' reviews of new gadget show it is all in the games
By Jonathan Takiff Knight Ridder Newspapers Give some enthusiastic players a first-rate title to play on PlayStation2, and there's no debating the system has the goods.
KU graduate launches Web site, writing books
By Mitchell J. Near Laura Epler is back in Lawrence. The Kansas University graduate has spent the last several years immersed in the San Francisco Bay area art scene, developing her skills and her passion in photography, painting and other mediums. But when she wanted to take her art to a new level, her thoughts turned back toward Kansas.
'The 6th Day' tries to be all things to all people
By Loey Lockerby "The 6th Day" is: a) an FX-laden futuristic action movie, b) a hit-and-miss satire of technology run amok, c) a thriller about a man whose life has been taken from him by forces beyond his control, or d) a serious drama about life, death and the nature of humanity.
Dr. Seuss tale fails in big-screen translation
By Dan Lybarger On opening weekend, when the hype is all done, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" isn't much fun. Dr. Seuss' book and cartoon filled many with joy, But director Ron Howard's film will only annoy. Some source material should be left alone.
Play relives the abuse of American Indian women
By Jan Biles The placement of North American Indian youngsters in residential boarding schools and the abusive treatment they received there is a part of our history that is seldom talked about.
By Jan Biles A new theater company for Lawrence youths is tackling a David Mamet play for its first production. City Youth Theatre will be staging "Revenge of the Space Pandas," which at first seems to be nothing more than a silly sci-fi adventure but later reveals itself as something much more.
By Mitchell J. Near The folks in the Lawrence Barn Dance Assn. are at it again. As sponsors of the Eighth Annual Pilgrim's Progression, a free-for-all of a music hoe-down that includes dance classes, workshops and concerts, the group is devoted to bluegrass and Appalachian tunes that recall simple, rural times.
Tight-knit trio applies unusual background to craft fresh sound
By Jon Niccum Blondie, Concrete Blonde, 4 Non Blondes all have used the phrase "blonde" not just as a band name but as a personal physical reference to its members. No one in New York-based trio Blonde Redhead quite fits this description. The band's name only hints at how elusive and inexpressible its music is.
Sun Ra Reissues
Texas pianist mixes democracy into her music
By Dave Ranney Besides being an extraordinary pianist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, Marcia Ball is a voracious reader. She loves books, which, in a roundabout way, explains how, for the first time in years, she found something nice to say about her governor, George W. Bush.
"Rugrats in Paris the Movie" is a charming and clever romp of animation that will appeal to kids and grown-ups. The Rugrats, of course, are a group of babies and toddlers who pursue adventure while observing the grown-up world through their own understanding.
Three Oscar-winning movie stars who got their start on television return to the small screen tonight.
Price is no object A Jurassic tribute Gettin' jiggy on the links Griffith heads to rehab
ABC and CBS say they will join a script-development project created by national advertisers to bring more "family shows" to prime time. The broadcasters join the WB in tapping into the Family Friendly Programming Forum, a collection of 43 national advertisers that donated up to $1 million last year to help develop TV scripts for shows that families can watch together.
A man who stabbed George Harrison because he believed he was possessed by the former Beatle was ordered confined to a mental hospital Wednesday after being acquitted of attempted murder by reason of insanity.
Following heart surgery, actor back in control with new movie, '6th Day'
Critics who routinely dismiss Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting ability probably missed his one true Oscar-worthy performance. The performance was in neither "Terminator" movie. It was not in "Kindergarten Cop," "True Lies" or "Batman & Robin."
Wednesday, November 15
Tuesday, November 14
Singer's self-penned songs not.com.mercial material
She's recorded everything from hippie folk to disco, big-hair rock to torch. So is it even possible for Cher to make a record that could qualify as a musical departure?
Country sweetheart Faith Hill received four American Music Award nominations Monday, leading a pack of artists vying for awards chosen by fans.
After 'La Vida Loca' Grinch finds help in a pinch 'Love Ride' raises $1 million
Monday, November 13
Four local pirates take a break on Patty's Sandbar on the Kansas River during the Friends of the Kaw autumn float trip on Oct. 1.
Sunday, November 12
The Kansas Woodwinds will perform four chamber music pieces during a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall at Kansas University.
Former Kansas University student in cast of touring 'Show Boat'
By Jan Biles Singer-actress Jackie Cutburth wasn't having a good day last Sunday. She had just come off a week's vacation from the national tour of "Show Boat" and was trying to reach the show's next stop Wichita Falls, Tex. But the thunderstorms wreaking havoc over the Lonestar State put a damper on her plans.
The 31-member Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Company will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. The program will include "Grace," choreography by Ronald K. Brown; "Double Exposure," choreography by Judith Jamison, the company's artistic director; and "Pilgrim of Sorrow," "Take Me to the Water" and "Move, Members, Move" from "Revelations," choreography by Ailey.
Women write of their black, white and Jewish family
Alice Walker's life has been one headlong charge against racial barriers. She overcame her sharecroppers' childhood to emerge as a civil rights activist, and she challenged Southern law by marrying a white, Jewish lawyer.
After dismal box-office summer, Hollywood has something to prove
In the best of all worlds, the new holiday season will supply the following answers: Is there hope for Hollywood? After a dismal summer, "Meet the Parents" hinted that mainstream moviemakers could still craft a hit that would find critical favor. Will such holiday ornaments as "What Women Want" and "The Family Man" contain substance as well as polish?
Saturday, November 11
Friday, November 10
Thanks to a mea culpa and new marketing strategy from the top echelons at Paramount, "Wonder Boys" is rising from the ashes of last winter's movie schedule with a rare rerelease.
Survivors of Vietnamese prison camps seen in 'Return with Honor'
A grainy, black-and-white image appears of a young, barefoot American being escorted through a Vietnam village, his head sloppily bandaged.
Thursday, November 9
Dallas favorites forge their most cohesive disc while miles apart
By Jon Niccum In a swelling rainstorm while driving out of Austin towards Dallas, Rhett Miller is battling the elements. "I just woke up and haven't eaten, and now I'm on the highway," he says. "I've got my headset on, though." At least both hands are on the wheel.
'Billy Elliot' leaps above its own predictability
By Dan Lybarger "Billy Elliot" is one of the few movies where predictability is a virtue. Screenwriter Lee Hall and director Stephen Daldry give audiences everything they want, but they do so in such a sincere and intelligent manner that they can never be accused of pandering.
KU premieres rock production of 'Call of the Wild'
By Mitchell J. Near Marianne Kubik has spent the last four years in an on-again, off-again love affair with a couple of classic Jack London adventure stories. While "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" are staples of every teen-ager's literary diet, for Kubik, an assistant professor of theater at Kansas University, the Yukon tales of man against beast hold contemporary themes that have a strong visceral element.
Women writers collaborate on new anthology
By Mitchell J. Near Writing is often portrayed as a lonely profession, with the writer going it alone in utter seclusion to get his creative voice heard. But someone forgot to tell the women of the Prairie Poets and Writers group about that plot scenario.
Renowned painter spending year at K-State
By Jan Biles When Winston Branch goes into the studio, he's looking for the poetry in his paint. "It's about process, handling the paint and surface," the St. Lucia, West Indies-born artist says. "I believe in the sensuality and morphosis of paint."
Canadian filmmaker brings Texas BBQ to KC
By Dan Lybarger Vancouver, British Columbia-based filmmaker Stacy Kirk has a lot of experiences to draw from. A native of Bogota, Colombia, she has lived in New York, Los Angeles and other cities and has made everything from still photographs to a golf instructional video. Nonetheless, it's Texas, where she spent her youth, that provides the inspiration for her first feature film, "Barbecue ... A Love Story."
'Men of Honor' lauds heroic black Navy recruit
By Loey Lockerby Carl Brashear is a Kentucky sharecropper's son who became the first African-American to enter the Navy Dive School, graduating despite the rampant racism he encountered. After losing his leg in a 1966 accident, he refused to retire, making history again by being the first amputee to earn the rank of Master Diver. It's a life story that practically cries out for a big-budget, star-powered movie, and Hollywood has obliged with this stirring, if slightly cliched, biopic.
By Geoff Harkness "I'm kind of brain-fried right now, so I hope my answers make sense," says Starlight Mints' singer/songwriter/guitarist, Allan Vest. He's sitting in the back of a cramped van in the middle of Texas, screaming into a cell phone over the din of the engine and his fellow bandmates, drummer Andy Nunez, keyboardist Marian Love Nunez, bassist Javier Gonzales and guitarist Matt Goad.
West Coast rappers are more concerned with the music than the lifestyle
By Geoff Harkness Long Beach, California. Even if you've never passed through the palm-lined streets of Los Angeles' southern stepchild community, you've probably heard it mythologized in modern music at some point. Rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, along with "alternative" acts Sublime and The Offspring, have produced numerous tributes to the city, stamping it with an identifiable sound and aura that's almost impossible to shrug off. Until Ugly Ducking, that is.
By Geoff Harkness The Lawrence music scene welcomes a new addition to the family with the release of Coyote Project's long-awaited full-length debut, "Nothing Is Always."
Tuesday, November 7
'Bagger Vance' subpar, but at least it takes game seriously
You couldn't really say there was a lot of suspense. Tiger Woods was ahead by 10 strokes on the last hole of the NEC Invitational in August, and he had the tournament in the bag. But Woods has a sense of showmanship that's unequaled among current professional golfers and most past ones and he knew what to do to get the crowd's attention.
Free concert provides preview of planned U.S. tour next year
The Material Girl was short on material.
Queen Mum recuperating U.S. Bond New neighbor
Monday, November 6
Elliot Smith with Grandaddy, The Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS, Friday, November 4
By Michael Newman On a sparsely set stage, backed by the Granada's large video screen silently playing impressionistic scenes of people living everyday lives, Elliott Smith and his bandmates appeared. Looking like nothing more than the most unkempt neighborhood garage band assembled for a rehearsal and a beer, Smith and company proceeded to knock the socks of the packed house.
Sunday, November 5
A lot of musicians Bob Weir's age can be accused of milking the fruits of their salad days just for the bread. With Ratdog, Weir finds there's still meat on them bones.
By Jan Biles The Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder caused quite a stir Saturday night at the nearly packed Lied Center. After a two-hour concert of Wagner, Schumann, von Weber and Mozart, the smitten crowd was on its feet, clapping and clamoring for more.
Nelson-Atkins Museum plays host to symposium on Asian art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is presenting "On the Cusp of an Era: Art in the Pre-Kushan World," a symposium to define the formative stages of the Buddhist and Hindu art that developed in South and Central Asia from second century B.C. to 100 A.D.
The lives of violinist Joan Kwuon and her husband, violinist Joel Smirnoff, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, are focused on music. But breast cancer took center stage in Kwuon's life in the summer of 1999.
When Garth Brooks says he's just about through, should his fans believe him? Brooks just celebrated an amazing milestone: He has sold 100 million albums, certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. He used the occasion to make a dramatic announcement, one he's been hinting at since 1995.
Kate Hansen focus of symposium LHS art teacher receives award
Artist seen as watchdog of social and moral change
By Jan Biles A rat hangs crucified on a wooden cross while two other rodents look on. A flounder whispers in the ear of a fisherman. A woman sews a button to her cheek. A dwarf bangs on a tin drum.
Christopher Moore to give recital Severinsen and band to play at JCCC KU choral groups pair for concert
The American Repertory Theatre is bringing Julie Taymor's "The King Stag" to the Lied Center for a performance at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir program also includes Bach, Beethoven
By Jan Biles The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra has chosen the works of The Three B's Beethoven, Bach and Brahms for its next concert. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.
Ag school will never be the same. "Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type," written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, matches cultivated bovines with collective bargaining and produces a story everybody can agree on.
The Unburied - Charles Palliser Harm Done - Ruth Rendell Lying With the Enemy - Tim Binding Second Wind - Dick Francis
Dear sir or madam, will you read this book? It took 'em years to write, will you take a look?
For heaven's sake, is there anything about the Beatles we don't already know? According to the Beatles: Yep. Nearly 400 pages' worth. "The Beatles Anthology" (Chronicle Books, $60), which hit stores Oct. 5, is an exhaustive account of the most storied tenure in rock 'n' roll.
Friday, November 3
By Jan Biles The last time Philip Glass came to the Lied Center, he brought along his "Monsters of Grace," a work skewered by some critics. Thursday night, he returned to the Lied with the Kronos Quartet to present "Dracula: The Music and Film," which set his original score against the 1931 horror movie classic.
Thursday, November 2
By Michael Newman It's well documented that the storied, thirty-year run of The Grateful Dead as a rock band came to an abrupt end with the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. As a far reaching artistic and business enterprise the history of the Grateful Dead continues to be written
By Ron Berthel The photo on the dust jacket of "Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down" (Crown, 229 pages, $23) belies the book's title.
Writer pens 'new age' science fantasy story
By Mitchell J. Near A Lawrence writer is putting a new twist on science fiction writing by using the genre to promote his ideas for solving societal woes.
Teacher joins cast of student production
By Mitchell J. Near "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" certainly lives up to its name, as characters called Big Daddy, Maggie the Cat and Brick rage against one another and against society during the course of a sultry summer day and stormy night.
The 11th Annual Bad Film Festival gets musical
By Dan Lybarger After decades of derision and obscurity, the big screen musical is definitely having a comeback. "Dancer in the Dark" was the big winner at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Director Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" is scheduled for release this spring, and even action film master John Woo has indicated his desire to make a tunefest.
No grass growing under former Grateful Dead member's feet
By Michael Newman It's well documented that the storied, thirty-year run of The Grateful Dead as a rock band came to an abrupt end with the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. As a far reaching artistic and business enterprise the history of the Grateful Dead continues to be written. Founding member Bob Weir certainly hasn't let any grass grow under his feet. He's been involved in multiple projects in the years since the Dead played their last show and last respects to Garcia.
Woolery's retablos will be featured Friday
By Jan Biles Artist Karen Woolery tries to bring some aspect of healing to her works. A nurse who recently moved with her family from New Mexico to Lawrence, Woolery creates retablos that typically feature saints and other religious themes.
By Michael Newman Big things could be expected from Marilyn Manson headlining the Halloween "Freaker's Ball," featuring five supporting metal bands at Kansas City International Raceway Tuesday night. The stage was big, the lights were big, the sound was big, yet the ideas were rather mid-sized.
Austin band speaks loudly even without amplification
By Geoff Harkness The Asylum Street Spankers just might be America's greatest unknown band. Though mainstream success has eluded the Austin, Tex.-based outfit to date, the Spankers have quietly paved a way into the hearts and minds of music lovers across the country via a Kerouacian touring schedule that finds the group on the road six months out of every year.
By Geoff Harkness On again, off again, on again, off again. Light switch metaphors come just a little too easy sometimes. After endless negotiations, the proposed Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo., has been relegated to the back burner once again.
When Elliott Smith sits for an interview, it's never an easy process
By Geoff Harkness Elliott Smith has never been the most candid musician on the block. Infamous for his reluctance to analyze himself or his music in the press, the singer-guitarist prefers to let the songs do the talking. And there's a sonic stockpile waiting to be heard. Rather than focus on highlighting tracks from his fifth solo release, "Figure 8," Smith is using the current leg of his latest tour to incorporate brand new material and older obscurities into the set-lists.
Former music video director tackles new career in 'Charlie's Angels'
By Jon Niccum "We never wanted to make 'Othello,'" says McG, director of the adventure-comedy flick "Charlie's Angels." "We wanted to make a film that didn't take itself too seriously, that just sort of exploded off the screen and tapped into the pleasure center of your brain."
By Jon Niccum I don't remember much kung fu fighting in the original TV show "Charlie's Angels." I don't remember many elaborate dance sequences or scenes involving the angels leaping out of planes without parachutes. I don't remember a booming techno soundtrack or bullet-time camera moves. But I also don't remember the show being very good, either.
Robert Redford's golfing fable is sanitized and dull
By Loey Lockerby Finally, a movie for people who think the Golf Channel is too exciting. Robert Redford once again uses a slow-moving sports activity as a metaphor for life, this time adapting Steven Pressfield's "Bhagavad-Gita"-inspired 1996 novel, about a man's search for himself on the golf course.
By Geoff Harkness The Wallfloers - Breach, Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Wednesday, November 1
All rise! Judge Joseph Wapner's "People's Court" is back in session, if only for one day.
Performer started 'Tonight Show,' wrote books and songs
Steve Allen, the zany comedian and social commentator whose career zipped at warp speed from one occupation to the next from playing host to the original "Tonight Show" to lecturing about morality to composing thousands of songs has died at age 78.