Tuesday, October 31
"The Early Show" celebrates its first anniversary Wednesday and its biggest victory may be that none of the CBS stations that aired the debut have abandoned it.
Newcomer Goran Visnjic is the doctor to see on 'ER'
The doctor wears a crisp white coat, has gentle hands and beautiful midnight-blue eyes.
Monday, October 30
Sunday, October 29
Steve Martin comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, playwright is a novelist, too. His novella "Shopgirl" (Hyperion, 130 pages, $17.95) is the tale of Mirabelle Buttersfield, an "attractive wallflower" who works in "the Siberia of Neiman's, the isolated, landlocked glove department" where she sells something that "nobody buys anymore."
Documentary profiles leading female mystery writers
By Jan Biles A Lawrence native is among a trio of female mystery writers who are profiled in a documentary that will be shown Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.
Exhibit of textile art opens at arts center
By Jan Biles Sycamores and aspens are taking root in Chris Wolf Edmonds' rural Lawrence studio. Their fabric trunks and branches bend in layers over the railing of the staircase, and their leaves, stamped on cotton blocks, create the spectrum of fall colors.
Philip Glass composes score for classic 'Dracula'
By Jan Biles Composer-keyboardist Philip Glass says he's been surprised by the reception his "Dracula: The Music and Film" has been receiving in the United States. "It's nearing Halloween so people are dressing up for the performances," he said during a phone interview last week. " They're gothic or Dracula. At one place they were handing out white Dracula teeth."
Saturday, October 28
"Lucky Numbers" almost hits zero. This miscalculated comedy makes you long for the sustained insanity of the Coen Brothers or the witty irreverence of Billy Wilder. Instead we have a movie that drips with condescension.
Friday, October 27
By Jan Biles Incest is never an easy thing to talk about. So imagine having to act out a scene where a teen-age girl is raped by her uncle in front of an audience of friends and strangers. That's the task that lies ahead of Sandi Bailey and John Meyer every night during the nine-day run of University Theatre's production of "How I Learned to Drive," a gut- and heart-wrenching script by Paula Vogel.
Thursday, October 26
By Geoff Harkness Jamaican reggae legend Burning Spear and his Burning Band dropped into The Bottleneck Tuesday for a night of roots rock and rhythm. The 60-something Spear (born Winston Rodney) has been touring the world, presenting his politically charged brand of reggae to enthusiastic crowds, for more than 30 years. All that experience paid off handsomely Tuesday.
The J-Birds Ninth- and 10th-grade girls basketball team won the KC Premiere basketball tournament this summer.
Junction City photos provide glimpse of the past
By Mitchell J. Near A rare photo collection is opening doors to the past with its images of life in 19th-century Kansas.
Lawrence filmmaker explores bigotry with new documentaries
By Dan Lybarger "I'm not getting much sleep these days," says Lawrence-based filmmaker Tim DePaepe. "I'm to the point where I have to make an appointment to take myself out to dinner." With one project in the works and his documentary "Shades of Gray" making its international debut, the director has reason to be tired.
Wood carvers gather at mall Haunted house tour in Atchison
By Jon Niccum Those who have casually witnessed the televised dog shows on ESPN often wonder what the pets' masters are like when the cameras aren't rolling. Are they pamperers, disciplinarians, buddies or just plain freaks?
Sequel to popular indie flick is horrific failure
By Loey Lockerby "The Blair Witch Project" was the love-it-or-hate-it movie of 1999. To its detractors, it was an amateurish bore, the ultimate triumph of hype over substance. To its fans, it was a fascinating example of minimalist horror, the kind of film that trusted its viewers to use their imaginations instead of wallowing in cheap shocks and gore. In the end, the fans apparently outnumbered the naysayers although it cost less than $100,000 to make, "Blair Witch" has, to date, raked in more than $200 million.
Seem-To-Be Players put on plays for children
By Jan Biles Halloween is the Seem-To-Be Players' favorite time of year. This season the professional children's theater company has resurrected an old favorite for its double creature feature.
May Bernofsky to participate in ArtWalk 2000
By Jan Biles May Bernofsky's paintings at first glance seem childlike. But they also reflect her spirit, what's going on around her and what she's read.
By Jon Niccum It's been five years since Poe released her debut album "Hello," but it might as well have been 25 years. In the half-decade that has lapsed, strong, cutting-edge female artists such as Poe, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and Liz Phair have been replaced by navel-flaunting teenyboppers more concerned with choreography than songwriting.
Artist overcomes tragedy, celebrates career
By Mitchell J. Near Billy Spears' life story would make a powerhouse country song. The consummate Lawrence fiddle player has sawed his bow at fairgrounds and festivals and clubs and taverns for more than four decades, and he isn't about to hang up the instrument.
Dar Williams tries not to anger her muse when writing
By Geoff Harkness Dar Williams never gets tired of touring. "Every tour is different," says the Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter.
Wednesday, October 25
'Nosferatu' matinee features orchestra 'Boo at the Zoo' offers family fun
Tuesday, October 24
Liza Minnelli is recovering in a hospital after being admitted in "very serious condition" earlier this month with viral encephalitis, a potentially deadly brain inflammation.
Actors, advertisers praise deal to end strike
Actors who appear in TV and radio commercials praised a deal Monday that would end their six-month strike against the advertising industry, the longest talent walkout in Hollywood history.
Sunday, October 22
By Michael Newman "MA-CE-O...we want some MO!" And with that chant Friday night at Liberty Hall, sax and flute player, and vocalist Maceo Parker and his tight-as-a-tick band of funk veterans were coaxed back onstage to conclude a three-hour throw down before a throbbing, sweating, funked-up mix of college students and long-time Funketeers.
Nelson-Atkins exhibition includes works by Dali, Warhol, Monet and Hopper
By Jan Biles Last New Year's Eve, people around the world lit up the sky with fireworks and made toasts to the new millennium. But partygoers were a year too early. The millennium doesn't start until Jan. 1, 2001. The millennium confusion brings home the premise of a new exhibition, "Tempus Fugit: Time Flies," running through Dec. 31 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. The exhibit points out that time is relative and subject to interpretation.
English Alternative Theatre production features rare moments of acting insight
By Jan Biles Alan Newton's new play "Whiteout" makes a bold statement about racism in the United States: Although it ranges from subtle to overt, it remains ever-present. The play, staged by English Alternative Theatre, is structured around the reunion of three high school friends at a cabin in the northern Alabama woods.
Cathy Robins, a local sculptor, is among more than 80 artists who will participate next weekend in ArtWalk 2000, a self-guided tour of artists' studios and art galleries.
Saturday, October 21
Friday, October 20
As much as Melina Kanakaredes has embraced aspects of the show-business life, the NBC-TV series "Providence." star never seems to let go of the part of her that grew up in Akron, Ohio.
Ono's first U.S. art retrospective to open in New York
Say the name Yoko Ono and a crush of images crowd the mind: strange howling music, odd bits of performance art in which Ono's clothes are cut off piece by piece or a fly crawls over a woman's naked body.
Thursday, October 19
Comedian proves the somber approach is often the funniest
By Jon Niccum Performers inevitably discover that fame has different drawbacks. With some it is the lack of privacy, and others it is the strain the lifestyle puts on relationships. For comedian Steven Wright there is one cardinal disadvantage. "The traveling," he says. "The moving around so much has eroded part of my mind. It's to where all I do now is doodle and draw rifles.
Burning Spear continues to build his legend
By Geoff Harkness Reggae fans around the world may not be familiar with the name Winston Rodney, but nearly all know his stage moniker, Burning Spear. "Each time I go out there, people try to let themselves be present," the legendary Jamaican musician explains during a recent interview. "A lot of people been listening to Burning Spear before seeing Burning Spear live in concert. So each time it really encourage I to go back out there and do it again for the people. I know a time will come when I'm not gonna be out there doing it for the people. People play a big part in my going out."
New Orleans act offers more than just jams
By Geoff Harkness "This place definitely isn't hectic," says Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio, phoning from his New Orleans home. With a just-released album, tour dates lined up through next year and an increasing reputation as a band to watch, hectic is exactly what Galactic may be in for.
Concert to feature Broadway tunes Piano students to perform tonight Kaufman to pick at St. Margaret's Quilter to hold workshop at Maple Leaf Festival Chili comes to Old Town Wine festival in the Little Apple
Lawrence artist finds scenic motivation
By Jan Biles An artist never knows where his or her inspiration will come from. For Lawrence artist Bob Proctor, it was putting an old painting in his backyard.
Optimistic film attempts Capra-like sentiment
By Dan Lybarger Grounded on a premise that's almost too simple, "Pay It Forward" seems to succeed in spite of itself. Working from Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel, screenwriter Leslie Dixon and director Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact") exceed their quota of implausibilities, clichés and extraneous details. In many ways, the movie looks a lot like something Frank Capra would have made ("Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Meet John Doe"). Capra's films had their share of corn, but Leder, like her predecessor, pleads for decency and sentiment in a manner that is credible enough to be engaging.
Remake of 'Bedazzled' is sinfully predictable
By Loey Lockerby The 1967 comedy "Bedazzled" was a showcase for Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, who were then emerging as two of Britain's most popular comedy exports. A very '60s satire on the Faust legend, it has become something of a cult classic in the 33 years since its initial release. So why remake it? Updating the story is not an inherently bad idea, but doing so would require a lot more thought than was evidently put into this latest version
Edgy drama examines disturbing relationships
By Mitchell J. Near A new play staged by University Theatre takes a frank look at incest. Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" won a 1998 Pulitzer Prize for its examination of a man's sexual relationship with his niece. The playwright was determined to create three-dimensional characters and an unflinching portrayal of actions where both the perpetrator and victim become uneasily aligned in a mutual bond of silence and cover-ups.
Lawrence jazz lover honored with tribute
By Mitchell J. Near A beloved area jazz enthusiast is being memorialized with a musical tribute that will feature the style he loved. Dick Wright died of cancer last year, and almost immediately, friends and family started working toward a concert that would acknowledge Wright's accomplishments, while also helping student musicians.
By Geoff Harkness Female musicians have always been a major part of music life in Lawrence, but now they are finally getting their due on disc. A recently-released CD, "Curves," serves to celebrate the unique contribution that women are making within the Lawrence music scene. "Curves" features a veritable who's-who of local female musicians: Stephanie Hewett, Celia, Sheri Martin, Melineh Kurdian, Jen Brabac, Megan Hurt, Pamela Brunner, Maria Anthony, Kim Forehand, Ardys Ramberg, Tawni Freeland, Meg Hooper, The Talia Morales Trio and Sirens (a "supergroup" of sorts featuring Hewett, Kurdian, Celia, Brabac and Hurt)
Wednesday, October 18
By Gwyn Mellinger 'Tis the season to extol the virtues of the pumpkin and this week and next I'll be doing just that. We tend to see the pumpkin's value in just two ways: as carving material for jack-o'-lanterns and as pie filling. I have seen estimates that 99 percent of all pumpkins are sold for decoration, which suggests that most of the flesh produced by pumpkins is scooped out and pitched. Many of our ancestors would be shocked.
'For All Time' is fantasy romance drawn from 'Twilight Zone'
The passage of time does not seem to affect Mark Harmon's good looks. That makes him the perfect actor to star in "For All Time" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG), a time-travel fantasy romance based on an old episode of "The Twilight Zone." Charles Lattimer (Harmon) is a gifted artist, frustrated by his soulless advertising job, his loveless marriage and a world that moves too fast.
Hearts are thumping, noses are quivering and fur is flying as eager competitors wait their turns to shine at the prestigious if fictional Mayflower Dog Show. But the prized pooches seem to be taking the hoopla surrounding the canine Olympics in stride.
Tuesday, October 17
Rock 'n' roll survivor launches her final tour
As a Tennessee farm girl, Anna Mae Bullock planned to be a nurse when she grew up.
It's remarkable enough that Brian Wilson is still alive. God only knows how he managed to get back on stage.
Sunday, October 15
Novel pairs cousins' superhero literary effort with Nazi backdrop
By Mark Luce In two lively novels and two tight collections of short stories, Michael Chabon has established himself as a writer of rare wit, eloquent prose and uncanny charm. The knocks against him, normally by older critics, suggested that Chabon lacked intellectual heft, and some unfairly lumped him with young turks such as the model-obsessed Jay McInerney and "enfant terrible" Bret Easton Ellis.
Saturday, October 14
Friday, October 13
Thursday, October 12
Robert Altman's latest unveils softer approach toward romance
By Loey Lockerby Robert Altman is one of the few directors who can make long, rambling movies that remain interesting all the way through. Somehow, he successfully juggles large casts and multiple storylines and still manages to get to a point by the end.
By Geoff Harkness Though many remember Tina Weymouth from her days as a bass-playing Talking Head, fans of hip-hop and dance music have probably heard her band Tom Tom Club more times than they know. Tom Tom's "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood," both from the group's 1982 debut, have been sampled almost as many times as the catalogs of George Clinton and James Brown.
Chicago act finds diversions
By Geoff Harkness The Sea and Cake is an anomaly in today's glitzy music business, where art typically takes a back seat to make way for bubble-gum pop and boy bands. Not so for this Chicago quartet, who've steadily built a dedicated following by doing things its own way.
Punk O Rama; Agnostic Front with All and Voodoo Glow Skulls - Oct. 5, The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
By Michael Newman Midway through Agnostic Front's headlining Punk O Rama set Thursday night at The Bottleneck, the Huntz Hall of thrash, goofball guitarist Vinnie Stigma, raised his arms and exclaimed, "Welcome to the hardcore show!" And with little hesitation one could accept the idea that this was indeed the hardcore show.
Former film critic crafts uneven thriller
By Jon Niccum Insider views of the machinations of the White House make for a popular topic these days. With "West Wing" establishing itself as TV's best drama, and the real presidential race heating up, one would think the subject might be a tad overplayed. Yet entering the ring is "The Contender," an enthralling political portrait that seems headed for multiple Oscars up until a pathetically ineffectual ending seeks to erode the fine work that preceded it.
Accomplished guitarist reveals his true colors
By Jon Niccum Ian Moore is a case study in reinvention. Eight years ago at the age of 24, Moore was heralded as the next young guitar god to hail from Austin, Tex. Following in the creative path built by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, fellow hometown hero Moore seemed to have many of the same musical tools but was wrapped in an even glossier package.
Atlanta band finds that overnight success takes years
By Geoff Harkness Some might call Marvelous 3 an overnight success story, but the group has actually been pounding out its particular band of alterna-pop for years. The members first collaborated in the popular club act Floyd's Funk Revival, then streamlined their lineup to become Marvelous 3, releasing the 1997 indie debut "Math and Other Problems." M3's ascension to fame began in earnest with 1998's major-label "Hey! Album," containing the sugary sleeper "Freak of the Week," which became a top-5 hit the following year.
Major Asian art collection to go on auction block this weekend
By Tom Meagher When Mary Gray died in June 1999, she left a third of her vast Asian art collection to Kansas University's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. The other 266 pieces will be auctioned this weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center.
'Jimmy Corrigan' redefines literary comic books
While our techno friends crow how e-books will revolutionize literature by melding text and sound and pictures, a better revolution is happening under our noses.
Mystery writer to sign books Variety show features short performances
'Designs in Wood' displays handmade furniture
By Mitchell J. Near In a Wal-Mart world, three craftsmen who specialize in handmade furniture are proving you can go against the grain and be successful at it.
Wednesday, October 11
If you have a home theater system, get ready for it to rock.
By Gwyn Melllinger Within the next couple of weeks, now that we've started to get hard frosts, wild persimmons will be available for the gathering throughout the eastern Kansas countryside.
Vice presidential role played by actress rejected by studios
Sometimes, Joan Allen learned to her frustration, movie casting imitates the movie itself.
Tuesday, October 10
Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer of PBS' Emmy Award-winning dramatic showcase "Masterpiece Theatre," remembers watching the series' first-ever installment, "The First Churchills," in 1971.
Director has no trouble assembling big-name lineups
After 35 features in 43 years, everyone still clamors to work for Robert Altman particularly the women.
Monday, October 9
Don't Bette on it Getting real
Disney's newest direct-to-video, "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea" is fun, but it's no match for the first "Little Mermaid" movie. Young fans of "The Little Mermaid" will enjoy the sequel, but adults will notice that the plot is very similar to the original.
It wasn't quite the end of the Earth, but it was awfully close.
Community leaders celebrate start of long-awaited building plan
By Tom Meagher After a decade of road blocks, changed plans and hope, staff and residents broke ground Sunday for the new Lawrence Arts Center building in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. Arts supporters celebrated the turning of the dirt with music, dance performances and arts and crafts. Director Ann Evans said she expects construction of the $7.35 million building to begin within a month.
Movie-goers gave a fine reception for the betrothal comedy "Meet the Parents," helping to lift Hollywood out of the box-office doldrums.
Juliana Hatfield takes one step back, two steps forward
Juliana Hatfield wants her own island. One with a moat. A big moat.
Sunday, October 8
It's time to ease up to the keyboard or dust off your writing pen. The Journal-World's annual Halloween writing contest is in full swing.
University Theatre stages Pulitzer-winning play
When Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches" was first performed a decade ago in Los Angeles it caused quite a stir. The play was controversial because its leading male characters are homosexuals and its action revolves around the AIDS epidemic. After all, it was the Reagan era then, and AIDS was considered by some conservatives, both religious and not, as a justified consequence of homosexual behavior.
'Daniel's Story' exhibit to be at Science City through mid-March
"Remember the Children, Daniel's Story," an exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., will open Oct. 20 at Science City in Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road.
Homeowners must decide whether it's worth the effort to take action
Some friends recently offered me cucumbers, tomatoes and squash out of a garden where I know rabbits are regularly shot with a pellet gun. Not one to turn down free food, I nonetheless felt compelled to ask whether the produce I was about to accept was cruelty-free.
Advertising signs of all ages are selling for high prices. The early handmade signs are popular with folk-art collectors. Late-19th- and 20th-century tin lithographed signs can sell for thousands of dollars if the graphics are appealing and the brand is known. Kings of the collectibles are cola and soda-pop advertising pieces, especially signs.
Weir to perform, teach master class
Dame Guillian Weir, one of the world's most famous concert organists, will visit Kansas University this week.
Broadway musical opens Friday night at the Lied Center
Tony Award-winning actor Ron Holgate will appear as Don Quixote in the national tour of "Man of La Mancha," which is coming Friday to the Lied Center. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Play gives students chance to hone technical skills
Megan Schemmel's role in University Theatre's "Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches" has been an uplifting experience. At the end of the play, which is overwhelmed with a feeling of death and misery, hope appears in the form of a flying angel, played by Schemmel.
Cradle helps parents get a good night's sleep
Any mom or dad who's walked the floor at 2 a.m. trying to soothe a fussy baby knows all the tricks a ticking clock, a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, even a late-night ride in the car. Nothing, however, beats the gentle swaying of a rocking cradle for helping little ones calm down and fall asleep.
Aerodrome society keeps love of old planes alive
There is a whir, a wheeze and a cough, followed by a belch of white smoke and, finally, a throaty, meaty rumble a roar as the big, old radial engine comes to life. It is a distinctive sound, one you've likely never heard before, unless you spent time around airports at least half a century ago.
Friday, October 6
Thursday, October 5
Willis Barnstone dabbles in poetic wizardry
If Willis Barnstone does not exactly outsell J.K. Rowling, he has written 12 times more books. And his wizard is no fictional character but rather the author himself.
Comedy Central experiments with downloads of popular animated shows
Snippets of the foul-mouthed video antics of Cartman, Stan and the rest of the zany "South Park" gang have been traded freely on the Internet for years.
Reviewers: Loey Lockerby, Dan Lybarger and Jon Niccum
Re-release of 'Blood Simple' solidifies film's greatness
By Jon Niccum Seediness weathers well.
Film overcomes sitcom premise
By Loey Lockerby Abbott and Costello. Martin and Lewis. De Niro and Stiller.
Professor's paintings to be auctioned Lawrence Art Guild to meet at library
Game offers a dozen events in which to compete
There won't be any medals awarded to "Sydney 2000."
Cartoon movies are getting an Academy Award of their own, the first new Oscar category in two decades.
'Hidden Treasures' on view in Topeka Tour visits homes in Hyde Park district
'Shorts and Flipflops' explores language, how it shapes lives
By Mitchell J. Near Unlike many companies that survive by performing tried-and-true plays by established writers, the E.M.U. Theatre company players seem to thrive on the unknown.
Band entertains with chaotic music
By Mitchell J. Near The members of Les Savy Fav take an irreverent approach to their music. Consider the name. Though it sounds vaguely French, it's really a moniker about nothing.
Belgian group provides haunting soundscapes
By Geoff Harkness Perhaps the only thing worse than having a bad case of road flu is having a bad case of it and slated to do an interview. Voice frail and whisper-soft from a recent bout with every musician's nightmare, Hooverphonic vocalist Geike Arnaert phones on the eve of a recent tour for a brief discussion of all things musical.
Wichita musician embraces technology
By Geoff Harkness It's not Zoo TV, but it ain't your basic bar band, either. Wichita musician Gooding's recent tour is being touted as a multimedia event, replete with giant screens flashing video montages cued in time with the music and a host of other special effects. But, there's substance beneath the flash, says Gooding, who phoned from a Tennessee hotel room to discuss his unique approach to art.
Wednesday, October 4
By Gwyn Mellinger One of the sure signs that fall is here is the appearance in supermarkets of winter squash, which gardeners in this region generally pick in September. One of the most popular of the winter squashes, and among the easiest to prepare, is acorn squash.
A locally based talk-radio host, subjected to a campaign designed to chase away the program's advertisers, makes the jump to television this fall, headlining a new syndicated TV show grappling with issues of morality
Tuesday, October 3
'Normal' styles back in fashion
Prada and Gucci set the pace of contemporary Italian style. Yet they walk on opposite sides of the fashion street.
Writer offers predictions on CMA Awards winners
Whoever ends up holding trophies at the Country Music Assn. Awards, some things are certain about the ceremony airing Wednesday.
Director of 'Titanic,' 'Terminator' makes TV debut
Don't get me wrong. Jessica Alba looks nothing like Humphrey Bogart. But like Bogart's character Rick in "Casablanca," Max (Alba), the sexy mutant heroine of "Dark Angel" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14, D, L, S) has to slowly come to the conclusions that fighting for the good guys is more important that saving her own skin.
Monday, October 2
Craig T. Nelson tackles crime drama in 'The District'
Craig T. Nelson, best known for the long-running sitcom "Coach," plays Jack Mannion, chief of police in Washington, D.C., in the new CBS drama, "The District."
"Remember the Titans" sacked the weekend box office competition with $21.2 million in ticket sales, offering hope that the industry's months-long slump is finished, an analyst said Sunday.