Saturday, September 30
Friday, September 29
Thursday, September 28
Washington's performance keeps movie moving
By Dan Lybarger Because the makers of "Remember the Titans" have their hearts in the right place, it's easy to forgive them for overstating their message.
"Saturday Mornings at the Library," a new series of workshops that introduce the wide variety of the services and resources available at the Kansas University libraries, is being offered.
Actor Billy Crudup has been 'Almost Famous' for years
By Dan Lybarger Dozens of recent publications have touted actor Billy Crudup as the "Next Big Thing." The cover of Esquire declared, "He's about to be a big star. Whether he likes it or not." For a man on the edge of fame, it's odd that the performer is known for little-seen films such as "Without Limits," "Waking the Dead" and "The Hi-Lo Country."
Film rekindles interest in rock
By Jon Niccum Rock music used to mean more.
Songwriters Beth Amsel and Bryan Kelley will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at Ecumencial Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread.
I recently asked a few people I know in the video-game playing community if they could set up an interview with somebody who's engaged in a very special business.
By Jan Biles Eight just isn't enough for the Harvest of Arts.
Media, discussions spark songs' subjects
By Mitchell J. Near Ellis Paul is the iron man of the folk music scene. For more than a decade, the balladeer has put in 200 plus concerts annually. He hits the road, plays his tunes and meets his fans. And in the process, he's also built up a national reputation as a master performer.
Lawrence band rises from the ashes of success
By Geoff Harkness For many Lawrence music fans, Paw was to be the next Pearl Jam. Swept up in a wave of post-Seattle grunge signings and propelled by an unforgettable first single, "Jesse," the Lawrence quartet seemed poised for nothing less than worldwide success. Unfortunately, the ride proved a short and tumultuous one as the band suffered the sort of trials and tribulations faced by myriad up and coming acts. After numerous delays and false starts, a newly invigorated Paw has returned to claim its position atop the local rock hierarchy. This time, it's for all the right reasons.
Dilated Peoples provide eye-opening set
By Geoff Harkness For Dilated Peoples, it's all about the show. "I love to perform," says Dilated mic master Rakaa, phoning just prior to a San Francisco soundcheck. "I got into this thing as a performer. We want people to feel the energy and get sweated on and everything else. We gotta bring it to them. It's not easy, though. A lot of people think you spend a half hour on-stage and then don't do anything the rest of the time. But it's a 24-hour day sometimes. We're doing 40 cities in 45 days, so it gets kind of hectic."
James Gunn book to be released in October
By Mitchell J. Near Back in the 1930s when James Gunn was just a boy, he discovered a stack of dime novels and magazines in the back of his grandma's closet. Scanning the titles, he found that they were a collection of hero pulp fiction by the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Ensemble's concert inspired by artwor ESPN to air NHRA races
Wednesday, September 27
Tuesday, September 26
An autopsy did not explain the death of the man whose van struck and severely injured horror writer Stephen King, officials said Monday.
Grateful Dead puts up lively fight against music pirates
The Grateful Dead's communal spirit is part of rock 'n' roll lore, but the band is just as merciless as the next capitalist when a digital pirate tries to make money off its music.
Monday, September 25
A pair of horror films took hold of the weekend box office, helping bring theaters' overall take up from last weekend's disappointing low.
In new sitcom, comparisons to 'Seinfeld' character inevitable
"Why am I doing this is that your question?" Michael Richards asks, sounding a tad prickly. The subject is "The Michael Richards Show," debuting on NBC Oct. 24 and airing Tuesday nights thereafter. But Richards is correct to detect a more probing topic, as in: Why weren't those nine seasons of genius and money, otherwise known as "Seinfeld," enough?
Sunday, September 24
Saturday, September 23
Friday, September 22
Barbara Walters is staying at ABC News. But then, what did you expect? In what could be the richest deal in the history of network TV news, Walters signed a contract Tuesday that will keep her at ABC through the middle of the decade.
Fans who can't wait get results from 'Net, radio
Debra Margulies knows who won the Olympic gold medal in women's gymnastics at the Sydney Games "Not the Americans."
Thursday, September 21
Lawrence native finds place in Nashville
By Mitchell J. Near Ashley Davis is pragmatic about her music career. As a folk singer and songwriter whose music belies a strong Celtic influence, Davis knows she is probably not going to make a fortune. But she loves what she does, and fresh out of college she is finding both an audience and critical success for her songs.
In the skies over Canada, a jetliner is hijacked by terrorists. Amid the screams of trembling passengers, a black-robed magician makes a dire prophesy and a passenger has a vision of a flaming meteorite.
Book honors Edward Tanner's creativity
By Mitchell J. Near An architect who helped create some memorable Northeast Kansas landmarks, including the Kansas University Danforth Chapel and most of Kansas City's Plaza landmarks, is being remembered in a new book by two Lawrence residents.
Documentary looks at much-maligned former preacher's wife
Those eyes. Those eyelashes. Those cheekbones. Those outfits. She is an American original, this Tammy Faye Bakker for better and for worse, an utterly unique vessel that contains the strange stew of celebrity, spirituality and sin we have come to expect from our fallen icons.
Penelope Cruz's character lost in breezy tale of food, passion
By Jon Niccum For a film whose title implies female empowerment, "Woman On Top" is really about motion sickness. This slight comedy is suffocated by its own cuteness, and what little humor it does generate evaporates as quickly as the film's frothy samba soundtrack.
By Mitchell J. Near A new children's drama that uses an ancient Scottish tale to promote acceptance amid cultural diversity is the latest theatrical offering from The Kansas University Theatre for Young People.
Lawrence Community Theatre play puts spotlight on 1925 Tennessee case
By Mitchell J. Near With the Kansas State Board of Education making international headlines over its decision to downplay the teaching of evolution in schools, the play "Inherit the Wind," is making a timely comeback in theaters.
Spencer Museum to hold family day 'Imagination Workshop' to open season
"The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium at Baker University.
Steve Allen speaks out about religion, politics
By Erwin Seba Talking to Steve Allen wears one out. The founder of "The Tonight Show" has written 53 books and 8,500 songs, along with musicals, plays and television shows from the comic to the cerebral.
Punk rockers prove they're more than 'Dumb Little Band'
By Geoff Harkness The phone rings. It's Dr. Frank from MTX, aka The Mr. T Experience. "I'm actually calling you from a pay phone at Chili's," he says. "We're somewhere around Boston, I think."
After a harrowing illness, Mike Watt gets back to basics
By Jon Niccum Mike Watt is lucky to be alive. The punk rock legend whose booming bass guitar and voice have powered the bands Minutemen, Firehose and various solo projects for more than two decades has been forced to confront his own mortality since falling deathly ill in January.
Wednesday, September 20
An anti-smoking commercial showing body bags being stacked outside a tobacco company office building is running on NBC's Summer Olympics telecast after being rejected by all four major American networks earlier this year.
We have a scraggly looking walnut tree in our front yard that has taken the brunt of who-knows-how-many Kansas thunderstorms over the years. Here on our hilltop, where a bolt of lightening can illuminate the inside of your house, a tree's existence is somewhat precarious.
Monday, September 18
Beyond Kramer Giants of country
"The Watcher," a thriller about a serial killer tracking an FBI agent, held onto its No. 1 spot at the box office for the second week in a row as theaters recorded one of the lowest-grossing weekends in years.
Serious issues murder, abuse examined by country artists
Serious is selling again in the country music industry. And an old-fashioned tear-jerker is shaping up as one of the year's most talked-about country singles.
Sunday, September 17
Probably the most popular areas of collecting today are pottery and porcelain. One of the most popular is Roseville pottery. The company opened a plant in Roseville, Ohio, in 1890. It was so successful that they added another plant in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1898. The firm continued making pottery until 1954.
Saturday, September 16
Friday, September 15
On Sunday, Farm Aid returns to suburban Washington for the second-straight year, and Willie Nelson hopes its message of continuing concern for the plight of the American family farmer travels swiftly up Route 66 to Capitol Hill.
CBS to rerun popular island program opposite Olympics
Pagong. Tagi. Tribal council. Jeff Probst. They're all part of the popular lexicon now, but who knew 'em from Adam when "Survivor" premiered May 31? Those who missed the boat, or want to reboot, can jump ashore Friday when CBS' "Survivor" marathon begins at 8 CST nightly except Sundays through Sept. 29, opposite NBC's Summer Olympics coverage. Here are 10 top moments to look for:
Thursday, September 14
Star of 'The Way Of The Gun' speaks about movie violence
When Juliette Lewis picks up on today's hot-button issue violence in the media people tend to respond in one of two ways: with cynicism (Yeah, sure look who's talking. She's left a swath of blood on screen the size of Kansas) or with curiosity (Hey, give the lady a chance! She's been there. Let's listen).
KU graduate looks for challenge, surprise effect in movies
Careful. Don't get too close. Yes, "Nurse Betty" is a screwball comedy from the director of those searing indictments of human nature, "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors."
Musician promoting new CD
By Geoff Harkness Though she lives on a 130 acres in Maine, surrounded by quiet, Kate Schrock is one busy musician. "I do everything myself," Schrock explained.
Benefit concert to honor bus driver
By Geoff Harkness On campus, we dubbed him Rockin' Ron in honor of his affinity for high-decibel classic rock, which continually blared from the tinny speakers of the bus he drove. At home, though, he was just Ron, or "Dad."
Dave Matthews discusses band's summer tour, next album, life in Virginia
A warm Virginia breeze blows through the open doorway of the home where the Dave Matthews Band is recording its next album. Rocking chairs gently sway on the front porch.
Lawrence band gives marathon performance
By Tom Meagher Few musicians have the perseverance to sing 100 songs in one sitting.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of spiritual leader Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium at Baker University.
KU playwrights aim for humor
By Mitchell J. Near Male gender stereotypes get pummeled in two new one-acts being staged by English Alternative Theatre.
Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters is set to captivate area audiences in a one-night only performance with the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday at Starlight Theatre, 6601 Swope Parkway in Kansas City, Mo.
Lawrence author's 'Six Crooked Highways' hits area bookstores
By Mitchell J. Near Wayne Johnson has been many things during his adult life, including an auto mechanic, a ski instructor and a U.S. Forest Service surveyor. But his heart was always into more creative endeavors, and that drive led him to creative writing in college.
It's time, football fans.
Country concert to open Cider Days Fall Festival Atchison to celebrate Lewis-Clark expedition
Wednesday, September 13
Kitchen & Garden
By Gwyn Mellinger We tend to think of corn as a summer novelty, to be eaten on the ear. At other times of the year, corn comes out of the can or freezer and plays a supporting role as a side dish or as an ingredient in a soup or stew. When it isn't fresh on the cob, slathered with butter, corn is rarely the focus of a meal.
Tuesday, September 12
A top CBS executive has rejected conspiracy theories popping up on the Internet that the network and producers of "Big Brother" are manipulating the outcome of the reality series.
Comedian a big winner as host of the Emmys
"I said to my mother, 'I'm hosting the Emmys,"' cracked Garry Shandling. "She said, 'You do what you have to do."'
Monday, September 11
"The Watcher," a thriller about a serial killer tracking an FBI agent, slew the competition at the weekend box office but wasn't enough to keep movie revenue from falling behind last year's record pace.
Broadway's longest-running show comes to an end
"Now and forever" is here and gone.
Sunday, September 10
KC's jazz district development stalls
It's a hot, quiet Saturday night. Footsteps from a sprinkling of people shuffle softly down the sidewalks along Vine Street, Kansas City's hallowed ground of jazz. Each visitor's step searches for the sounds drifting from The Blue Room jazz club on the corner of 18th and Vine, the intersection that helped shape bebop's zigzagging style as perhaps the city's cornerstone contribution to American popular culture.
Japanese tale of erotic love steams across Pacific
Is it literature, or pornography dressed up as cherry-blossom art? Is it a mature, modern interpretation of a classic Japanese lovers' tale, or a stereotype-laden tour of the dark side of sexual passion? American readers can decide for themselves as "A Lost Paradise," an English translation of the controversial Japanese blockbuster "Shitsurakuen," hits U.S. bookstores, one of the few Japanese titles to make it across the Pacific this summer.
Tonight's Emmy ceremony could end up one of the most engaging in recent memory. At this point, many readers may be scratching their heads in an attempt to uncover Emmy memories for comparison's sake. Last year's show was the lowest-rated Emmy broadcast in nearly a decade, drawing about 17 million viewers.
Saturday, September 9
A 12-year-old girl is the designer of the latest stamp issued by the United Nations Postal Administration.
Friday, September 8
Kathie Lee who?
Style trumps substance at annual celebration of music videos
Foul-mouthed rapper Eminem performed "The Real Slim Shady" while walking into Radio City Music Hall with an army of lookalikes Thursday, then walked out with the top honors on the MTV Video Music Awards.
Thursday, September 7
Will high-tech characters take over big screens? Unlikely, experts say
When Angelina Jolie was cast as Lara Croft in the movie version of "Tomb Raider," most gamers applauded the choice; Jolie, they say, has the look and the attitude to convincingly play the star of the popular video game. A handful of fans, however, were nonplused Lara Croft is a sex symbol in her own right and one of the most downloaded faces on the Internet. Why couldn't she play herself?
Dog walk to benefit cancer awareness Spinach and Trails Fest set for this weekend
Resident writes about Michigan experiences
By Mitchell J. Near Jack Ozegovic's new book is a hilariously upbeat look at a potentially bitter subject.
Author Tim McLaurin lives to tell about his second bout with cancer
He's a snake-handling ex-Marine who wears metallic blue nail polish on his big toes, a heavy drinker who swore off alcohol almost overnight.
These movies are showing at local theaters this weekend. Check daily listings for show times. Capsule reviews and ratings are from wire services and staff reports.
Peet advances from hired gun to man slayer
Beware Amanda Peet's beguiling smile, or rather, what lurks beneath it.
Latest from Japan Nun sense
Dreamcast game's graphics and controls are tops among this year's pool
Even if Sega's latest Ecco the Dolphin game was a clunker, it would be worth the price of admission just for the graphics.
In its 12th year, the Lawrence Indian Arts Show is the largest show of American Indian art in the Midwest. The show features artistic creations by approximately 170 artists creating work ranging from jewelry to paintings and from drums to pottery.
Grandmother prepares to sell popular gift idea at Lawrence's Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
By Mitchell J. Near When Mary Ann Puckett sets up her tent Sunday at Lawrence's 21st Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, it will be her first show on the crafts circuit.
Attendees to solve "Murder on Midland" Bands to put on Burcham Park concert
Loretta Swit to perform in 'Song of Singapore'
Emmy Award-winner Loretta Swit will star as Rose in the musical comedy "Song of Singapore" beginning today at New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster.
Buss it, your children have already hipped you to words like "flossin' " and "big pimpin'." But don't get too fly, baby boomers, most of their lingo is off limits to you. Be clear, there's nothing worse than an old school cat acting like a brand new playa.
Music style spreading, showing up in speech
Shorty. Bling. Dime piece. Whoa! Celly. Pimp. Chips. Whips. Need a translator? Thought so.
Dillinger's vocalist talks about car accident, touring, Napster
By Geoff Harkness The Dillinger Escape Plan is a band that doesn't mind spending six months in a van, touring and playing tiny venues. "It's definitely fun," said Dillinger vocalist Dimitri Minakakis during a recent interview. "Sometimes it gets to be a pain, but that's like anything else. Bottom line is it's really fun. Once we get cooking, we don't want to stop. Honestly, it's easy for all of us. We all have our jobs and
Wednesday, September 6
By Gwyn Mellinger Given the scorching hot summer we've just had and apparently will continue to have it's probably a miracle that we've had anything come off our apple trees but leaves. So far, we've managed to pick about half a dozen Golden Delicious apples and a couple of Reds, but there won't be many more from the look of things.
Tuesday, September 5
'Strong Heart' pumps out variety of musical styles
A Nashville music business executive asked Patty Loveless if a song on her new "Strong Heart" album is "too Shania."
The peppy cheerleading flick "Bring It On" continued to make noise at the box office even as Hollywood quietly ended a less-than-spectacular summer.
Monday, September 4
When the McPhelimys mother, father and four kids move into a new house in an "estate" (i.e., housing development) in West Belfast, they thought they'd left the Troubles behind.
By Jill Hummels I hope this doesn't bug you too much. But there's a really cool Klutz guide that defies children to think of bugs in a whole new way. "Spotter's Guide to the Nastiest Bugs in the Backyard" is a 12-paneled laminated fold-out booklet that has some awesome pictures of insects and some of the most useful and useless information around.
Sunday, September 3
Dyche Hall is too small to house its exhibits and specimens
By Mitchell J. Near The Kansas University Natural History Museum is busting at the seams and is looking for more space for its huge collection of specimens. That the facility has become too small can best be seen in all the problems the staff has had trying to set up its newest dinosaur exhibit.
Quilter's guild events include show and HAll of Fame
By Joy Ludwig At age 80, Lorene L. Mosser is still learning new quilting techniques though she learned at a young age. "I did a quilt when I was 16 when I had the mumps," she said. "My mother and grandmother put me up to it since I was home for a month."
Barry Coffin is one of Indian Arts Show's judges
By Jim Baker Barry Coffin's career as an artist has brought him plenty of recognition and some pretty cool experiences, too. Like getting to play golf with rock musician Steve Miller as in the Steve Miller Band. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Lawrence artist participated in an art show called Indian Arts Northwest in Portland, Ore. He figured that as long as he was in the area, he'd stop by and see his buddy Miller.
Ranks of retirees growing at colleges, universities
Robert Larson is almost out of courses to take at Ohio Wesleyan University. But the 80-year-old retired history instructor and full-time Civil War buff hasn't missed a semester in some 15 years, and he isn't about to start now.
What a marvel, the mind! It may not let us remember the name of the book we just finished, or why we moseyed into the freezer aisle at the grocery store. But by golly, it won't let us forget all 28 members, in alphabetical order, of an eighth-grade dramatics class 30 years ago.
By Tim Carpenter Lithuanian Jacques Lipchitz' crime was his art. Labeled a degenerate and exiled by the Nazi regime, the sculptor and printmaker was cast aside with thousands of other artists who achieved renown in the 20th-century. The roster included Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Max Beckmann, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Max Ernst and Josef Albers.
There are several reasons why old phonographs are selling for high prices. Collectors are showing a growing interest in technology antiques and early mechanical devices. There is also a need for working phonographs that can be used to play the old records that are collected by music historians.
Transportation engineer Owen Allison learns you can go home again, but the roads may be more complex, the ride not quite as smooth and the memories not as intact in "Highway Robbery" by John Billheimer. Allison returns to his West Virginia hometown when human remains are found under old pavement. His mother believes it may be the body of Allison's father, who supposedly was swept away in a flash flood more than 35 years ago
More than 80 U.S. artists participating in this year's show
Jewelry, paintings, pottery, textiles and other art forms are part of the 12th Annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show juried competition at Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology. The juried show will be from Saturday through Oct. 22, with a benefit opening, sale, silent auction, art preview and awards ceremony from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday.
By Joel J. Gold A recent telephone call soliciting a political contribution got me thinking about my experience with the more colorful political scene in London a few years back. A by-election was required in my North Kensington neighborhood because our Conservative M.P., Sir Brandon Rhys-Williams, had died in office.
"The Heart Revolution" By Dr. Kilmer McCully and Martha McCully, read by the authors
Is heart disease strictly caused by high cholesterol and a diet of too much fat? Then why are the French able to eat so much foie gras and drink red wine and still have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world? The author believes that vitamin B deficiencies in the American diet is the chief reason that heart disease is this country's No. 1 killer.
Saturday, September 2
Friday, September 1
Mary Youngblood and Robert Tree Cody top the list of nominees for the Third Annual Native American Music Awards, with seven nominations each. Another 75 Indian musicians with 1999 releases are competing in the NAMMYs' 25 categories, ranging from traditional to rap/hip hop.
Customers line up to purchase pricey commercials for sequel to summer hit
You thought, perhaps, there was nothing more to say about "Survivor?" Think again. CBS has already started lining up sponsors for Australia-based "Survivor 2," which won't make its debut until late January, and advertisers who want in are being told to fork over $14 million a hefty $10 million more than the price of a sponsorship on "S1."