Stories for April 2001

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Monday, April 30

Canyon theater remains grand

Will Geer's last-ditch attempt to save his family has lasted 50 years

Fifty years ago, when actor Will Geer found himself broke, homeless and unable to make movies because of McCarthy-era blacklisting, he moved his family into a cabin in the middle of a deserted canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Pushing on

Everclear's glad to be back on tour

In an era when most bands are content if not grateful to complete one album a year, Everclear defied convention by releasing two in four months.

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

No one was surprised when NBC announced that it had renewed its hit new game show "The Weakest Link" (7 p.m., NBC). I really like this show. While much has been made of host Anne Robinson's supposedly mean character, everyone can see that it's just an act.

People

Looking deeper at artist's work reveals new painting over old

When Piet Mondrian traveled from London to New York in 1940, the energy of Manhattan inspired him. He decided to revise 17 paintings he had completed in Europe, and began scraping away old paint, adding new lines and colors, and inscribing two sets of dates on each one.

Stallone races to the top of the charts

Sylvester Stallone's car-racing thriller "Driven" coasted to a first-place finish at the weekend box office, debuting with $13.1 million. "Driven" bumped off "Bridget Jones's Diary," which slipped to second place with $7.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sunday, April 29

Typewriter's debut keyed unusual designs

The computer has almost replaced the typewriter. Many young children would not recognize an old typewriter with an exposed typebar, as modern typewriters usually print the letters from a ball.

Arts notes

Sons of the Desert coming to Ottawa Erica Wheeler on tap at ECM Lawrence writers to be recognized Kaw Mission marks sesquicentennial Artists picked for Hays show Ramberg and friends to give concert

Hollywood promises summer blockbusters

Movies with Julia Roberts, apes and Pearl Harbor lead the pack

It's same-old, same-old time in Hollywood. Predictably, summer blockbuster season is bursting with sequels, remakes, the odd adaptation of a video game and the latest Julia Roberts romantic comedy.

'Waltz Project' takes a look at gender issues

By Jan Biles When you think of the waltz, you probably imagine women in flowing gowns and men in ruffled shirts dancing to the music of Johann Strauss. The dancers, of course, know the etiquette of the ballroom and strictly adhere to it.

Choreographer wants dancers to feel 'sensations'

KU dance concert shows off faculty's creations

By Jan Biles Choreographer Tom Ralabate had a clear goal when he worked earlier this spring with University Dance Company members. He not only wanted to create a new jazz dance but he also wanted to make the students aware of the sensations created by each movement of that dance.

Students make the most of break

Haskell group visits Southwest for powwows, shopping and family time

By Rhonda LeValdo, Special to the Journal-World My friends and I decided to let the outside world into spring break. Haskell Indian Nations University students Ashley Youngbird, Prairie Band Potawatomi; Jessica Youngbird, Prairie Band Potawatomi; Tracy Kennedy, Northern Paiute; and me, Acoma Pueblo, planned a trip to the Denver March Powwow in Denver, a trip through the Southwest that eventually wound through Phoenix and back to Kansas.

At home, Norville is an anchored mom

Deborah Norville, journalist, author and mother of three, is an accidental parenting expert. "I think we're all out there, always looking for solutions for our kids, comparing with each other all the time. I'm an extension of it because people see me juggling work and home and they think I must have it all figured out."

Bookstore

Shaq takes some free shots in memoir

Much has been written about the feud between Los Angeles Lakers star basketball center Shaquille O'Neal and teammate Kobe Bryant, and it was even reported in January that Shaq had asked to be traded.

A master of words

Editor reflects on her work with Updike, Child and others

In John Updike's "More Matter," an anthology of nonfiction prose, the author recalls attending an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall. He was seated next to editor Judith Jones, who had undergone gum surgery earlier that day.

Arts notes

This Mother's Day, it's your turn Sweet sounds, sweet foods "Urban Patterns," KU organist receives prestigious prize

Woman who helped establish festival still exhibiting at Art in the Park

By Jan Biles Lawrence painter Joyce Schild is still surprised about how far her "little art show idea" of 1962 has gone. Originally a showcase for everyday artists in the Lawrence area, today the event known as Art in the Park is an outdoor juried exhibit that draws scores of regional artists to South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Rolling along

Decorated wheels drive Art Tougeau parade

By Jan Biles If you're planning on going to the Art Tougeau parade, 14-year-old Paulownia Clark says you'd better bring your sunglasses. Light reflecting off the car decorated by Clark and a dozen other youngsters with the Pelathe Community Resource Center is sure to make you squint. "We glued CDs on like scales (of a fish)," said Paulownia, a Central Junior High School student. "We covered it completely, except for the headlights, windows and door creases."

First weekend in May packed with activity

In addition to the Art Tougeau parade and Art in the Park, several events are planned next weekend in Lawrence.

Flood watch

Just in time for summer

People

The real Kramer runs for mayo Motley Crue drummer miffed Douglas gets humanitarian award Stallone's driven to perform 'ER' star couldn't stand scripts

Fresh plots, computer images accent summer cartoons

This summer's cartoon fare offers a nice mix of original story lines and a cutting-edge blend of live-action with computer-generated images and traditional pen-and-ink animation.

When 'Survivor' ends, that's not all

Plenty of 'reality TV' shows provide strike-proof alternatives

The end is nigh. Again. Sort of. Just as last August we saw slithery Richard Hatch become the first "Survivor" champ, soon we will see who aced "Survivor: The Australian Outback," a struggle for one-upmanship Down Under that's been watched, analyzed and talked about for weeks.

Arts notes

Film festival focuses on lesbian life Portraitist shows works in Ottawa

Saturday, April 28

'Lost' profiles impersonators

Funny, poignant, strange and insightful, "Lost in Las Vegas" (8 p.m. Sunday, A&E) is a compelling, entertaining and thought-provoking documentary. "Lost" follows two Canadians, Wayne Catanian and Kieran Lafferty, as they travel to the gambling Mecca to make their fortune as Blues Brothers impersonators.

Hearts and crafts

People

Domingo to undergo surgery Heston cancels appearance Brosnan protests Navy's sonar Andrews receives Ella award Homegirl Cusack dislikes travel

Group wins seven awards at Billboard's Latin music festival

Son by Four, the pop salsa group that burst on the scene with its song "A Puro Dolor," won seven awards, including artist of the year and track of the year, Thursday night at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Music arena changes its name for a day

On July 1, when thousands of frenzied youngsters descend on Fair Park to hear teen music sensation Aaron Carter, the Smirnoff Music Centre will no longer exist. For 24 hours or as long as young Aaron performs the concert venue formerly known as Starplex will officially be called the Music Centre at Fair Park, or the Fair Park Music Centre. Or whatever else its managers decide.

Play explores Korean War

Kim Min-gi's work depicts political, social repercussions

Daehak-no is a buzzing showcase of South Korean affluence, a hip Seoul neighborhood where the young pack neon-lighted nightclubs, fast food joints, Internet cafes and video arcades.

Quick pace of 'McCool's' is its saving grace

Genre-bending is an honorable practice that occasionally yields a pleasant surprise such as "Naked Gun," a detective slapstick, or "Pennies from Heaven," a musical melodrama. "One Night at McCool's," a curious screwball "noir," doesn't so much bend established genres as blend them into an unappetizing cocktail where they curdle before pouring.

Friday, April 27

MTV says it's not responsible for 'Jackass' copycats

MTV says it's upsetting when young people injure themselves with the popular show "Jackass" in mind but insists it isn't responsible for viewers who try dangerous stunts.

Smithsonian puts 'Star Wars' on display

A mythical "Star Wars" spacecraft took the name of a real jet fighter. And the ongoing fiction that now features the imaginary craft has furnished a nickname for a real anti-missile project.

Kesey's '60s tale launched career

'Cuckoo's Nest' returns to Broadway, nearly 40 years after first run

Author Ken Kesey has never seen the movie version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," his classic 1960s tale of how mainstream society cannot abide a free thinker.

People

Halle sues tabloid for libel The enlightenment of jail 'Traffic' settles school complain J. Lo adds clothing line

Thursday, April 26

Will we survive 'Survivor'?

Tension is sure to mount on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" (7 p.m., CBS) now that the cast has been whittled down to its final four. I'll be the first to admit that nothing could interest me less. I caught a half-hour of the show last week, more out of professional duty than curiosity. I remain resolutely not thrilled at all.

People

Long-delayed Beatty, Hawn film finally to hit theaters

Three years in the making, the comedy "Town & Country" rolls into theaters Friday, minus the fanfare normally surrounding such a star-studded movie.

Subject of best-selling 'Geisha' sues author

The Japanese woman who inspired the best-selling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha" has sued its author, contending he violated their confidentiality agreement and disparaged her reputation.

Maris, Mantle rivalry revisited

Baseball's home-run derby featured Saturday in HBO movie '61*'

Billy Crystal walked into Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1956, to see his first New York Yankees game. Forty-five years later, he combines his love of baseball and fondness for nostalgia in HBO's "61*."

Arts Notes

 Photography students receive honors  Organ recital set at Corpus Christi  KU department to have ceramics sale  Kansas tribute planned for choir

Different perspective

Stack isn't interested in same old landscapes

By Mitchell J. Near Robert Stack loves to paint. He works primarily in watercolors, and because of his skill and his hectic schedule he can paint wonderfully vibrant and realistic landscapes in a short period of time. But his one criterion is that he's not interested in rendering a picture the way all the other painters might see the subject.

Speak for yourself

Women empower production of 'Talking With'

By Mitchell J. Near A new theater production at Baker University has a definite female angle to it. While most plays are written by men, with the majority of parts going to men, "Talking With" stands apart as something of an anomaly.

Wake Up Poll

Parting shot

Wake Up Call: The cookie crumbles

Girl Scout vendors pose a 'threat' to non-union workplaces

By Greg Douros Linda brought her 12-year-old daughter Melissa to work in January to sell Shortbreads and Caramel deLites for her local girl scout troop. Was this action one of a responsible parent encouraging her daughter's cookie sale efforts? Or was it the act of a subversive, intent on organizing revolutionary cell blocks to seize the workplace from its capitalist owners and declare a workers' commune?

Movie Listings

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'Driven'

Racing sequences help disguise lack of momentum in 'Driven'

By Loey Lockerby Let's be honest, there's only one reason anyone will go to see this film, and it's not Sylvester Stallone's way with words. It's the cars and, more specifically, the cars crashing into walls and flipping over the landscape at 200 miles per hour. That's what "Driven" is about, and that's what people will pay money to watch. Director Renny Harlin delivers, too, staging race sequences that are as tense and thrilling as a great real-life day at the speedway (or at least a really cool video game).

Silly Puddy

Actor Patrick Warburton redefines his aloof persona in 'The Dish'

By Dan Lybarger Patrick Warburton left an indelible impression on viewers of the popular sitcom "Seinfeld" as David Puddy, Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) less than ideal boyfriend. In fact, the impression may have been too lasting.

Film Review - 'The Dish'

'The Dish' transmits a more unusual viewpoint of the first landing on the moon

By Dan Lybarger Because the footage of Neil Armstrong taking the first human steps on the moon have been repeated so many times, it's easy to take the image itself for granted. Merely getting Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin to the lunar surface was such an endeavor that one can forget that a group of enterprising Australian scientists were responsible for making sure those unforgettable pictures made it back to earth.

What Are You Reading?

Book Review - 'When Duty Calls'

Parents' love letters inspire Topekan to write 'When Duty Calls'

By Mitchell J. Near New interest in the Vietnam War has promoted everything from a PBS examination series to a term-ending visit to battlefield sites by then President Clinton. Now a Topeka writer is recounting what it was like for one war bride and her GI spouse in the new novel "When Duty Calls."

Out of Bounds: No X-citement from XFL

By Seth Jones It wasn't but a couple months ago that people were actually beginning to become excited about the XFL. After all, there would be no fair catches, cameras could be allowed inside the locker rooms and cheerleaders were encouraged to date players. Just the last two made people think that the "X" in XFL possibly stood for X-rated. Maybe in our mind's eye that locker room camera would X-pose something extra sexy with our football like players and cheerleaders sharing the same showers.

TOP MUSIC

The Cedar House rules

House of Large Sizes remains Iowa's most reliable export

By Geoff Harkness With the dubious exception of Slipknot, the mainstream music world has yet to recognize the wealth of talent that springs from Iowa, possibly the only state considered less cool than Kansas.

Reservoir 'Dogs

The Honeydogs finally stumble into a little bit of 'Luck'

By Geoff Harkness Some bands complain bitterly about life on the road, but not The Honeydogs. Given the band's history of heartache, setback and strife, being on tour probably seems like a walk in the park.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Chris Duarte

By Dave Ranney The early word on Chris Duarte had him sounding like just another directionless guitar whiz imitating Stevie Ray Vaughan doing Jimi Hendrix. Duarte can, in fact, replicate the Hendrix and Vaughan catalogs perfectly. But after playing 250-plus gigs a year for more than a decade, he's nobody's wannabe.

TOP MUSIC

Keeping it surreal

Archetype avoids popular rap stereotypes

By Geoff Harkness Archetype is one hip-hop group that will never be labeled gangsta rap. Rather than spewing noxious tales of cash, money and hos, the Lawrence-based duo mixes nimble beats and dexterous, native-tongue rhymes that steer clear of the bling-bling mentality that often pervades the genre.

Best Bets

One for the nerds

Spark of generosity

Puppeteers pull the right strings

By Jan Biles Puppet theater has been a long-standing tradition in the Czech Republic. But the DRAK Puppet Theatre takes the familiar and puts its own spin on it by creating a space where live actors interact with shadow puppets, special lighting and music.

Wednesday, April 25

Carlin accepts award

George Carlin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards (7 p.m., Comedy Central). Irreverent as always, Carlin has already lampooned the event on his own Web site, www.georgecarlin.com.

People

Rosie back despite infection Buffett headed back to college QEII headed to the poorhouse 'Nash' tosses temper tantrum

Robert Downey Jr. arrested again - for drugs

Robert Downey Jr. was fired from the TV show "Ally McBeal" on Tuesday, hours after his arrest for investigation of being under the influence of drugs. The arrest was the latest in a string of substance-abuse troubles for the actor, whose career has been derailed several times by rehabilitation and prison time.

Kid Rock 'getting to know' Pamela Anderson

Kid Rock has a new acquaintance, and she's as high-profile as they come. The Detroit rock star talked this week about his budding relationship with actress-model Pamela Anderson. "We're just friends and we enjoy each other's company," he told the Detroit Free Press. "We're just getting to know each other right now."

Thrill-seekers seek coupons

Theme parks are becoming pricier, but more people are using discounts

Using coupons she got from an airline and a hotel, Judith Morales saved $18 on theme park entrances during a four-day visit to Orlando with her daughter and husband. "Discount is better," the tourist from Yonkers, N.Y., said outside a T-shirt shop.

'All for You' doesn't deviate much from Jackson formula

By this point, five albums into her lucrative dance-pop reign, Janet Jackson and her longtime producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, have the drill down. When it's time for a new album, just throw together a couple of basic floor-thumping tracks aimed at clubs, some suggestive ballads that fall into the category of aural foreplay, a few songs that appropriate their hooks from legendary singles and maybe the odd rock-guitar track.

Tuesday, April 24

Punker (?) Billy Idol tries to mount a comeback

What's the prognosis for punk rock in 2001? Second-generation bands such as Green Day, Offspring and Blink-182 are headlining arenas and summer festivals.

'Law & Order' hits the street

Broadway a constant source of talent for N.Y. cop show

Tough defense lawyers, odious criminals, manipulative family members, spacey eyewitnesses: gritty roles actors probably couldn't find in any one play by Miller or O'Neill.

People

Stallone slowing down The odds are in on 'Survivor' Bathed in Billy Bob's blood Getting into Madonna's underwear

Rapper pleads to gun charge, hopes to avoid jail

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem pleaded no contest Monday to weapons charges stemming from an argument with associates of a rival Detroit rap group.

Monday, April 23

People

Turn off the TV week wants to get kids outside

Attention kids: Drop that remote control, put down those fattening snacks munched while watching television, and go outside to play. That's the message in a campaign beginning today that encourages youngsters and their families to turn off their sets and exercise more.

'Bridget Jones' bumps 'Spy Kids' off top perch

Resolution No. 1 for "Bridget Jones's Diary": Add 600 theaters and take over as America's top film. Renee Zellweger's romantic comedy about a Londoner who fancies making lists and life-improving resolutions grossed $10.5 million in its second weekend to move into first place at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Quiet Man' trumpets his films

Dimension Film's low-key Bob Weinstein carries major clout

While one brother entertained Hollywood's A-list at a pre-Oscar bash in Beverly Hills for his art-house movie "Chocolat," the younger sibling was holed up in a lower Manhattan office poring over marketing details for the release of his family adventure film "Spy Kids."

Jayhawks backer

Lied Center season to have French flavor

By Jan Biles The Lied Center is making some French connections with its 2001-02 season, according to Fred Pawlicki, the center's interim director. BeauSoleil, a Cajun band from Louisiana; "Orfeo," a virtual-reality production from Quebec; Lyon Opera Ballet from France; and "Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia," a project of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, will bring aspects of the French culture to Lawrence.

Sunday, April 22

Young artists to perform at concert

Winners of the Young Artist Competition will be featured at a Lawrence Chamber Orchestra concert at 2 p.m. April 29 in Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. Heather Baker, a junior at Lawrence High School, will perform the first movement of Mozart's "Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K.314." Baker, the daughter of Rose and John Lingenfelser, plays flute, piccolo and alto flute with the LHS marching and symphonic bands.

Czech group presents puppet journey

DRAK Puppet Theatre, one of the world's leading puppetry companies, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Lied Center. A talk-back session with the performers and backstage tours will be offered after each performance.

Udderly beautiful

Lawrence artists get moo-ving for Kansas City CowParade

By Jim Baker Some have called Kansas City a cow town. Now there's proof. From June 8 through Sept. 14, the Kansas City area will serve as a giant urban pasture to hundreds of bovine visitors. But Kansas Citians needn't worry about dodging cow pies. These cows aren't real they're works of art.

Arts notes

Pianist Lorie Line to perform Wednesday 'Glass Menagerie' set at Washburn Author to give lecture on how to make peace KU Czech festival includes three concerts OU students to perform 'Marcus is Walking' 99 Drums participants to give free concert

People

Morissette threatens to leave Maverick label

AOL Time Warner could be losing one of its biggest selling music artists: Alanis Morissette. The mega-selling singer is threatening to leave Maverick Records, the label run by Madonna that's part of AOL Time Warner's Warner Music Group, music sources said.

Bee Gees stayin' alive 'By Request' on A&E series

Robin Gibb talks a blue streak faster than a New York cabbie, faster than a hyperactive Southern belle. And he dispenses opinions, rather strong ones actually, in a declarative fashion that you have to admire.

Actress brings life to kids' film

Carla Gugino is no stranger to adventures in 'Spy Kids'

There's a scene in "Spy Kids," an action-adventure flick for the little ones, in which actress Carla Gugino shares an amorous kiss with Antonio Banderas. Problem was, it couldn't be too amorous. Director/writer Robert Rodriguez had to police things to make sure they were in check for the kiddies.

Arts notes

Country nominees to perform in Ottawa Tours offer glimpse into Capitol's history Gold Rush treasures on display in Omaha

Arts notes

KC Symphony lists classical series Lyric Opera season tickets on sale Kansas railroad offers dinner trains Coterie, Unicorn combine auditions Ballet offers summer youth programs Applications open for touring program

Bookstore

Another season of baseball books is upon us

Whether you're a true-blue baseball fan or your idea of loyalty is simply for the Birds, there's a new baseball book for you. "True Blue" and "From 33rd Street to Camden Yards," oral histories of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles, respectively, are among new books being pitched to devotees of the National Pastime.

Caro readies another LBJ epic

On the desk of Robert Caro lie 2,007 typewritten pages about the Senate years of Lyndon Baines Johnson. The pages are stacked nearly 7 inches high, more than twice as thick as the Manhattan phone book.

Saturday, April 21

'Wind Done Gone' loses copyright suit

A federal judge on Friday blocked the publication of a novel he said borrows too liberally from "Gone With the Wind" and infringes on the copyright of Margaret Mitchell's classic novel.

I'm a little flower pot

'Men of Honor' leads wave of films with a naval theme

The U.S. Navy sails to the video shelves this spring. "Men of Honor," with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr., arrived in stores this month and leads the way for a number of new releases featuring naval themes.

Rosie leads the fun at 'Kids Awards'

Rosie O'Donnell returns for the fifth time to host "Kids Choice Awards" (7 p.m., Saturday, Nickelodeon). Now in its 14th year, the show, featuring thousands of screaming kids live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, will salute those movies, songs, TV shows and sports figures that most appeal to younger viewers.

People

Hutton has much to smile about

Actor settles into sidekick role in A&E's 'Nero Wolfe' series

Timothy Hutton has what you could call a Jack Lemmon-ish face, one of those faces made perpetually youthful by a smile and a way of arching the eyebrows that turns troubled to sunny in a split second.

Friday, April 20

'61*' scores with Maris', Mantle's home-run race

In the pantheon of great baseball movies, HBO's "61*" may or may not fall into the hallowed company of "The Lou Gehrig Story," "The Natural" or "Bull Durham." But for actor Billy Crystal, who produced and directed the emotional story of the 1961 season in which New York Yankees sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle chased the single-season home-run record, making "61*" was more about tugging at the heartstrings.

People

Jamie can't keep a straight face Life in the fast lane Quiet night at 'Moulin Rouge' Beatle battles against land mines

Country crooner Charley Pride first to 'copy-protect' CD

Say hello to the latest technological breakthrough to hit the music business the copy-protected compact disc, yet another attempt by the record industry to thwart the efforts of Internet pirates. But it's not the major record labels making the first move. It's an artist.

Actor-writer brings wiseguy to life

'Sopranos' character unfolds as more than just caricature

This guy is a screw-up. That's the first thing to understand about Christopher Moltisanti. And to savor.

Thursday, April 19

Film Review - 'Last Resort'

By Jon Niccum Much is made of the American dream to own a house, a car, raise a family and earn a decent living in relative peace. But "Last Resort" explores the basic dreams those from other continents often have of being able to feed one's family without suffering persecution. With "Last Resort," writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski, a Polish filmmaker working for the BBC, has created a powerful film about how those immigrants anticipating a better life on British shores may be better off staying at home.

Warm, in any language

People

Michael Ritchie, director of 'The Candidate,' dies

Michael Ritchie, who directed the Robert Redford movies "Downhill Racer" and "The Candidate" early in his career and went on to make several quirky comedies, died from complications of prostate cancer. He was 62.

Jane Fonda files for divorce from Ted Turner

Jane Fonda filed for divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner, who said recently that their marriage broke up partly because of her decision to become a Christian.

Awards pay irreverent tribute

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice show doesn't stand on ceremony

Those sinking Oscar ratings indicate it's time for a new approach, maybe pumping the ceremony up with more juice, more jazz, more electricity. Or a dollop of slime might help like the green goo that has drenched Will Smith, Rosie O'Donnell, James Earl Jones and others during the wild finale of each Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

PBS tops the list with 'Schindler'

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, PBS will broadcast the acclaimed 1994 drama "Schindler's List" (7 p.m.). "My goal with 'Schindler's List,"' explains director Steven Spielberg, "was to bring public awareness about the Holocaust to this and future generations.

Arts Notes

 KC Symphony lists classical series  Choreographers show work at arts cente  KU theatre auditions held for fall productions  Exhibit explores Cold War days

Spinning The Web: The long and short of it

Mulletmania washes over the Internet

By Michael Newman Bless the World Wide Web. Just when I despaired of ever finding the elusive group I could safely hold in open contempt in this socially sensitive era, eureka, I discovered the mullet heads.

Ride of a lifetime

Lawrence students bike across America to honor victim of drunken driving accident

By Seth Jones In two weeks Casey Beaver was leaving Kansas for Illinois. He had finished his undergraduate degree and was ready to continue his schooling in the optometry field. But on Aug. 4, 2000, he met Vencen Gilmete head on in a car accident that killed both of them. Before I tell you about Beaver, I'd like to share a little bit of what I know about Gilmete.

What Are You Reading?

Kicking up your heels

Lawrence writer looks to inspire women through martial arts

By Mitchell J. Near When the editors at Wish Publishing needed a writer with a strong background in the martial arts, they came looking for Jennifer Lawler. The firm specializes in non-fiction books featuring women in athletic competition, and they knew Lawler could put out a book that taught the skills necessary to compete with the men, while also writing strong, clear prose.

Movie Listings

Hogan and the 'real' hero

'Crocodile Dundee' franchise is revived by Australian icon

By Dan Lybarger Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush may be more acclaimed, but no actor is better known simply for being Australian than 60-year-old New South Wales native Paul Hogan.

A hare-raising tale

KU student's play to open at Kennedy Center

By Mitchell J. Near Michael O'Brien is in over his head and loving every minute of it. Last year the novice playwright penned a "what-if" satire around the premise that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was pretty much a moron who literally stumbled into his career as spokesman for sexual liberation.

TOP MOVIES

Film review - "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles"

'Dundee' sequel wallows in shallow waters

By Dan Lybarger Paul Hogan should stick with doing commercials. When inviting us for "shrimp on the barbie," we want to book the next flight to hang with him in Australia. Only he can make driving a Subaru station wagon seem adventurous.

Brother from another planet

Electronica's extraterrestrial takes a holiday in 'Cydonia'

By Geoff Harkness His music could be the soundtrack to outer space itself. He is often compared to mad musical geniuses like Syd Barrett and Brian Eno. One of his biggest hits is titled "Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain that Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld" His new album, "Cydonia," takes its name from a mythical city located on ancient Mars. He is Alex Paterson, mastermind behind The Orb and brother from another planet. He is not one of us.

Exclusive Online Profile: The Billions

Topeka rock band finds Lawrence scene welcoming

By Michael Newman For the Billions, their hometown of Topeka may only be 20 miles west of Lawrence, but it's a 'millions of miles' from where they want to be, that is to say, on a stage playing their original music where it's appreciated. So far that's meant places like Lawrence, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Joplin and down in the Ozarks.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Ravi Shankar

By Geoff Harkness Quiet dignity. It's a phrase that describes the man and his music. Legendary sitarist and one of the 20th century's true genius musicians, Ravi Shankar is an icon ? a myth as much as a musician. Though he began performing in 1930 (in his family's dance troupe) at the age of 10, he's often recognized for the more pop culture elements of his career. The gigs he played were equally mythical: The Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, The Concert For Bangladesh. Whether it was pristine concert halls or muddy fields, Shankar was there ? killing them softly, spinning heaven-sent notes of undeniable power.

Best Bets

Side Notes: Profits from the prophet

The Rev. Fred Phelps of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church has a long and storied history of finding targets for his venom in the most unusual places.

Theater of pain

By Geoff Harkness The saga of Preferred Villain might be compared to the arc of your basic "Behind the Music" storyline: A flash of early success leading to turmoil and struggle, culminating in redemption and return. Unlike your average VH1 rockers however, PV skipped the tawdry sex and drugs route in favor of a road littered with riff-based hard rock and boisterous live shows. Pegged as Lawrence's next big band, Preferred Villain was packing area clubs last summer. Then  as quickly as it began  things fell apart.

Parting shot

Wednesday, April 18

ABC faces tough decisions

Could Denis Leary be out of a job? "The Job" airs its sixth and final original episode tonight (8:30 p.m., ABC). Mike is sentenced to anger-management classes after his fit in a taxi is captured on video and broadcast on television.

People

Mommy-ness becomes her You aren't what you wear Di statue in racism flak Spielberg quits Boy Scouts

'Wind Done Gone' blows up into copyright suit

Words have power like the words in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" that did much to help shape the way entire generations of Americans think of slavery, plantation life and the Civil War South.

'West Wing' creator arrested for drugs

Aaron Sorkin, creator of the Emmy-winning drama "The West Wing," was arrested for investigation of drug possession, officials said Monday. Sorkin, 39, was arrested Sunday at Burbank Airport when a search allegedly found "illicit mushrooms" in a carry-on suitcase, airport spokesman Victor Gill said.

Voices rise from Vegas' past

Secret recordings bring some of the Strip's performers back to life

In Las Vegas' heyday, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Judy Garland ruled the famed showroom at Caesars Palace. As they belted out the hits, one man quietly recorded every song, every word spoken to the audience for almost three decades.

Consistency marks Dead's Volume 21

Volume 21, the ongoing series of concert recordings from the Grateful Dead's fabled vault, has a high consistency level because it has largely stuck with the safest decade of the band's 30-year ride: the 1970s.

Tuesday, April 17

'Millionaire' crowns two in one week

A 30-year-old graduate student from Santa Barbara, Calif., became the eighth big winner Sunday on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and the second in five days.

Actress transforms for 'Bridget'

Texan Zellweger portrays Brit heroine balancing career and love

Actress Renee Zellweger has had some tricky roles in the past: a Jewish woman experiencing a crisis of faith ("A Price Above Rubies"), a small-town waitress suffering a break from reality ("Nurse Betty") and the girlfriend of pulp-literature bad boy Robert E. Howard ("The Whole Wide World"). But she really stuck her neck out as the title character in the film adaptation of "Bridget Jones's Diary."

Tupac Shakur's corpse still being picked over

Somewhere probably at that classy strip club in the sky where all great rappers go when they die Tupac Shakur must be having a good laugh. Imagine what he might think: "All those nights I dropped by the studio just to record anything that popped into my head and now it's all gone to No. 1! Again! You people are crazy!"

Spelling behind haunted hospital series

Overshadowed by the idiocy of "Chains of Love," the spooky series "All Souls" also premieres tonight (8 p.m., UPN). "Souls" is a classic Aaron Spelling production a high-concept drama with impossibly good-looking leads.

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An evening with Dudley Couples coupling Affleck looks to D.C. Madonna hits the road

Music compilations click with fans

Collections of pop hits climb the charts and stay there a long time

Once, compilations of hits were seen as hopelessly dated bundles of past glories, hawked in even cheesier TV commercials.

Monday, April 16

'Spy Kids' beats rivals to stay atop box office charts

A bawdy romance, a funeral flick, a gross-out comedy and a cartoon adaptation could not compete with a family of spies and cops on a kidnapping case.

NBC sees strength in 'Weakest Link'

Acerbic British import combines 'Survivor' and 'Millionaire'

The quiz show contestants stand in a semicircle. They look tense. The host is center stage, wearing black and an unveiled expression of contempt.

'Dirt' is low-down and laugh-poor

About David Spade's "Joe Dirt," the comedian's dismal attempt to make an adorable, franchise-spawning, mullet-haired, redneck character named, yep, Joe Dirt, I gotta say this: no dang good.

Battle of sexes re-created

Viewers of a certain age may remember when the term "male chauvinist pig" packed a real punch. It described the kind of guy who resented a woman's right to social and professional equality. And back in 1972, nobody reveled the role of the "MCP" better than tennis has-been Bobby Riggs.

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Punk rock patriarch Joey Ramone dies

Singer Joey Ramone, the punk rock icon whose signature yelp melded with the Ramones' three-chord thrash to launch an explosion of bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols, died Sunday. He was 49.

Sunday, April 15

Cox's latest is no 'Bargain'

Emotionless stories don't elicit empathy for characters

By Mark Luce A brutal car wreck, perverted preachers, angry orphans and teen-age girls aflutter with adolescence sexuality.

Carman says peace is linked to treatment of animals

By Jan Biles Judy McCoy Carman says her new book was years in the making. "Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul: Shameless Visions and Prayers for World Peace, Inner Peace and Animal Liberation" is an outgrowth of her work in the animals rights, peace and justice, and environmental movements and her own spiritual search.

Arts notes

Theater starts troupe for senior citizens KU music professor conducting in Singapore Nominations due for state arts award Horn professor to give recital Concert features KU singing groups

Artist's water-media works reflect her surroundings

By Jan Biles A couple of years ago, Mary Ann Saunders was showing her water-media paintings at an art fair. An older woman walked by, stopped and lingered to look at one of the works. The woman told Saunders that the painting didn't go with anything else in her house and that she really couldn't afford it, but she was going to buy it anything.

Girls choir's repertoire boasts of classical, pop and gospel

The 50-member Girls Choir of Harlem, directed by mezzo-soprano Lorna Myers, will perform at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Lied Center.

KU grad student wins Hansberry playwriting award

"Whiteout," a full-length play about race relations by Kansas University graduate student Alan Newton, has won the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

'Bartered Bride' brings out best in University Theatre

By Jan Biles There could not be a more enjoyable and satisfying way for University Theatre to close out its season than with its imaginative production of "The Bartered Bride."

Arts notes

KU GTA appearing at organ concert KU student interning at Kennedy Center

Arts notes

IMAX film features popular musicians Musicals headline Starlight season KC Ballet plans final show of season 99 Drums brings together children

Piping up for Easter

Painting the town red

One branch at a time

'After the Ball': A Wilde dance

Noel Coward's musical comedy interprets Irish classic

Irene Worth remembers the heady days when she starred with John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson on a London stage, just a stroll from the theater presenting Noel Coward's new musical, "After the Ball."

Russian TV network taken over

The Kremlin-connected gas giant Gazprom took control of Russia's lone independent nationwide television network Saturday, tossing out resistant journalists and installing a new, pliant team during a nighttime takeover.

Comprehensive Picasso exhibit opens in Madrid

When she started planning the Picasso exhibit, curator Paloma Esteban sent 200 letters to museums and private collectors around the world asking them to lend their works. Only one agreed.

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Shark-bite victim

Saturday, April 14

Egging on a smile

Theories about Jesus abound

TV observes Easter Sunday with a wealth of programming reflecting the sacred nature of the day. The three-hour documentary "Jesus: The Complete Story" (7 p.m. Sunday, Discovery) combines biblical scholarship and recent scientific discoveries to present new facts and theories about the birth, life and death of the historical figure.

101 uses for duct tape

People

No free preview for Harry Potter movie fans

Muggles, be warned. General Cinemas movie theaters, which have been showing a new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," will not give refunds to impatient fans who go to theaters, watch the trailer which is less than two minutes long then ask for their money back.

Experimental theater company tells story of Rwandan genocide

A woman sits on a simple chair, alone on the stark, dimly lighted stage. Behind her hang two floor-length pieces that look like slabs of the dark red earth of Rwanda.

Phish finding new waters

Former band members enter filmmaking, new musical groups

Phish members knew the hiatus of their popular band was having an effect on the larger culture when references started popping up in amazing places. "Now there's a skit on 'Saturday Night Live' about it," said member Mike Gordon. "These kids are in a dorm room doing bong hits, and one of them wakes up and says: 'Phish is breaking up!' and passes out again."

Pedestrian struck

Friday, April 13

Boys from O-Town return

Maybe the most daring thing about "Making the Band" (7 p.m., ABC) is the fact that it's even entering a second season. Series stars Ashley Parker Angel, Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood have already been selected. Maybe they should change the name of the show to "We've Already Made the Band."

LCT's 'Cat' purrs beautifully

By Jan Biles One of the best things about live theater is being swept up into the story, believing everything that's going on onstage and leaving the theater with the feeling that you had just seen something of worth.

EJ and BJ rock the mini-van set

Elton John and Billy Joel at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO 04/12/2001

By Michael Newman Thursday evening's marathon Elton John and Billy Joel "Face to Face" concert at Kansas City's Kemper Arena could be considered the Johnson County babysitter's full-employment act. The sold out arena was a sea of Dockers and meticulously creased jeans as far as the eye could see.

Student elections

Tree-trimming time

One fine day

People

Tom and Drew tie the knot Diana's estate auction canceled Searching for the perfect Marilyn War vets protest Fonda

Warner Bros. fields some winners at film sneak peeks

Warner Bros. Pictures showed a select group of journalists and critics some sneak peeks Tuesday at the rest of its line-up for the year of 2001. Haley Joel Osment's blue eyes as the robotic boy in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" got some gasps as he uttered his Pinocchio-like whine of "Please make me a real boy."

'Joe Dirt': Mullet debate tangles film's opening

Mullets everywhere should be raising their brewskis as a toast. These are heady times. NASCAR season is under way and a fresh movie "Joe Dirt," whose star, David Spade, may do for their beloved hairstyle what Mr. T did for the Mohawk opened in theaters on Wednesday.

Taking the back road to success

Lost Highway record label collects musicians who don't fit the mold

Lost Highway Records is taking the back road to success, with artists who don't fit into categories easily and certainly don't fit into today's rigid radio formats. "You can't do this without taking a risk," said Luke Lewis, the new label's founder. "This is like a dream label for me.

Thursday, April 12

Out of Bounds: Golden Tee junkies

Players need constant hits off popular game

By Seth Jones It's Monday night at Rick's Place, there's a full bar top, and the biggest game in college basketball is about to start. The NCAA championship game between Duke and Arizona is set, for all the marbles. But the big news hasn't got a thing to do with the hoops game.

Out on the prowl

By Mitchell J. Near A Southern Gothic tale of lies, passion and familial ties opens tonight on the Lawrence Community Theatre stage.

The Word Downtown

Semisonic boom

Minneapolis trio crafts semisweet morsels of pop

By Jon Niccum There's a bundle of liability that goes along with writing a hit song. And not just any song that marginally cracks the Top 40, but one that is seemingly omnipresent the type of pop ditty that punctuates sporting event PAs and TV programs, and will no doubt be included in "Best of the '90s" compilations 20 years from now.

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Side Notes: When rock stars attack

By Geoff Harkness Sometimes there's nothing better than a live recording. Not only do they feature in-concert renditions from music's great (and not so great) artists, but the best ones also reveal something about the true nature of these performers. Of course, it's in-between the grooves where the real revelations occur. When rock stars dust off their speaking voices and orate from the stage, the results are usually nothing less than hysterical.

Thankyouverymuch

Red Elvises remain kings of Siberian surf rock

By Geoff Harkness There probably aren't too many bands that advertise their sound as "Siberian Surf Rock." In fact, the Russian-born Red Elvises might be the ONLY band out there describing it this way. Forming in Los Angeles in 1996, guitarist Igor Yuzov, bassist Oleg Bernov and guitarist Zhenya Kolykhanov have built a grassroots following that can't get enough of their retro approach to modern music.

Parting shot

Wake Up Call: Corporate welfare hogs public funds

By Greg Douros My wife and I just finished filing our 2000 tax returns and once again were slapped with a sizable bill. Though our combined income was just over $15,000 last year, amazingly, we still owed. What's a student gotta to do to get a little tax relief these days? Corporations like American Eagle Outfitters know all about the subject. In fact, they're experts.

Spinning the Web: Groupie therapy

Women magnetized to rock share tales on Web

By Michael Newman The linkage between rock 'n' roll and sex is inextricable. The term "rock 'n' roll" is by some accounts taken from a term for the act itself. And while human sexuality underlies almost all human endeavors, in no form of expression does it lay any closer to the surface, or as often above the surface, as with rock music.

A chilling experiment

Broad spectrum of weather

Trying to catch the wind

'Rudest woman on TV' to give Regis competition

There's no reason to fear Anne Robinson. Unless, that is, you are a contestant on "The Weakest Link," the British game show moderated by Robinson, which has earned her a reputation as the "rudest woman on TV."

People

Awards show redux Shields is suddenly married Selleck hits the stage Brando signs for 'Scary' sequel

Cult '70s cartoon fans may purr with delight

Get ready to say "Hello, Kitty!" This week's release of the live-action movie "Josie and the Pussycats" is going to unleash so much Josie merchandise and music that fans of the cult '70s cartoon will be purring with delight.

Psychoanalyzing the mob

'Sopranos' shrink enjoys challenge of TV series role

New Jersey psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi was the focus of a breathtaking moment on a recent episode of "The Sopranos." No, blood wasn't spilled or glasses raised, as is often the case in this HBO drama's most memorable scenes. Instead, mob boss Tony Soprano simply faced the truth.

Lifetime plans push toward unscripted programming

Lifetime Television, the cable channel for women, is jumping on the trend toward unscripted television with plans to launch a new network, Lifetime Real Women, as well as a night of original programming devoted to the genre.

'ER' revisits its origins

Where were you on Sept. 19, 1994? That was the debut night for the hospital drama "ER." NBC will air the two-hour pilot (8 p.m.) featuring some now departed characters including Dr. Douglas Ross (George Clooney) and Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield).

Arts Notes

 Inge festival honors Lanford Wilson  Arts fair looking for entries  Illusionist to perform at Kansas Union  Ambrose to speak at K-State

Movie listings

Film review - 'Josie and the Pussycats'

Update of 'Josie and the Pussycats' makes for a catchy little number

By Loey Lockerby 'N Sync has recorded a cover of "Sailing."

For whom the film tolls

Lawrence native makes short about life on the turnpike

By Dan Lybarger Lawrence native and KU alumnus Seth Wiley has made a unique film about a subject that seems not especially cinematic. His locally-shot 25-minute short "The Good Things," which played at this year's Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee and will play during the Kan Film Festival at the Lied Center this June, is a funny and tightly-paced study of going nowhere.

Film Review - 'Bridget Jones's Diary'

Adaptation of popular novel keeps spirit of book intact

By Dan Lybarger British author Helen Fielding's novel "Bridget Jones's Diary" has become such a part of popular culture that even those who have not read the book are likely to be familiar with the central character and her futile but amusingly optimistic quest for self-improvement.

What Are You Reading?

Book Review - 'Still Life'

Local writer moves from screenplays to novels with 'Still Life'

By Mitchell J. Near Bruce Jones is fascinated by dark and evil characters. As a Hollywood screenwriter, Jones worked on network movies and was the creator of HBO's early 1980s anthology series, "The Hitchhiker." His wife, April Campbell-Jones, collaborated with him on projects and pursued her own TV endeavors.

Wednesday, April 11

The play's the thing

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Sweet babies for James Ashley can dress herself Boss beats British bootleggers Youthful soprano inks memoirs

CBS lawsuit says 'Boot Camp' too much a 'Survivor' clone

When reviews of "Boot Camp" came out, it was called "'Survivor in fatigues," and now CBS is filing a lawsuit claiming that Fox's show is a rip-off of the No. 1-rated reality show "Survivor."

Networks roll out new concepts for fall shows

After being roundly criticized for relying too often on tried-and-true TV themes, the big six networks appear willing to try more new program concepts for their fall lineups.

Eminem avoids jail time

Rapper given probation for carrying concealed weapon

Rap star Eminem, vilified for his violent lyrics about gays and women, was sentenced to two years' probation Tuesday for carrying a concealed weapon. "The judge treated me fair, like any other human being," Eminem said afterward.

'SU2' does not excite

Kate Benson (Alexondra Lee) is a pretty, shapely Chicago police officer with the unfortunate habit of witnessing paranormal phenomena. After reporting that a young girl has been kidnapped by a flying gargoyle, it looks like Kate is going to be drummed out of the force.

Tuesday, April 10

Art auction sets record

By Mike Belt Saturday night's auction at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St., brought in a record amount, according to Rick Mitchell, gallery director.

People

Depp escapes to France Football team gets mob backing Brooks on Broadway Cuban missile crisis goes to Cuba

Fox television succeeding with fresh programs

It was a sign of desperation at Fox last May when executives, on faith alone, gave a schedule slot to a series promised by "ER" creator Michael Crichton. They couldn't announce a title, a cast or a plot. There was no show, either, as it turned out.

TV was wrong prescription for 'Dr. Laura'

While it's always gratifying to look prescient, no special foresight was required to predict "Dr. Laura," the TV show featuring radio host Laura Schlessinger, would likely fail.

She asks the tough questions

Radio journalist shows moxie in her left-wing radical approach to issues

The leader of the free world scolded Amy Goodman, calling her "hostile," "combative" and "disrespectful" on her national radio show.

Monday, April 9

Bluegrass group's new CD 'cuts to the bone'

Listening to the Dry Branch Fire Squad is like eating good potato chips. You don't want to stop. But even with 15 songs, "Hand Hewn" is only going to last about 45 minutes. And there'll be another 15 months or more to wait for the next album.

'Raymond' rules in family feuds

In family squabbles, even the most petty subjects can take on monumental emotional overtones. No TV comedy can better exploit the absence of domestic tranquility than "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS). After all, this is the show that turned an argument over a can opener into a battle royal.

Friends and Neigbhors

People

'Spy Kids' deals 'Spider' a blow in box-office competition

"Spy Kids" remains under close surveillance: The family flick about pint-sized secret agents was the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend despite a flurry of new films.

Who wants to be a theme-park contestant?

Disney-MGM Studios is asking its visitors: Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, maybe not a millionaire. How about the owner of a baseball cap with the game show's logo?

Rappers try new spin

Run DMC links up with youthful stars in hopes of reclaiming rap crown

Run DMC has never been shy about emphasizing the group's importance in the rap world. The hip-hop pioneers are quick to boast about the millions of records they've sold, how they took rap mainstream with hits like "It's Tricky," and how they basically started the whole rap-rock fusion genre, most notably with their smash collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way."

Sunday, April 8

Display reveals hidden U.S. history

White House ghosts, memorabilia among treasures uncovered

Harry Truman heard the rustlings of White House ghosts. Mary Lincoln went on a shopping spree. John Wayne tried to give American spies the benefit of his combat experience on the big screen.

Glass' 'Interpreter' is not at a loss for words

Suzanne Glass begins to tell a thriller love story, but the words get in the way. "The Interpreter" (Steerforth Press, 302 pages, $22) tackles a broad plot as the title character, Dominique, stumbles onto news about an AIDS medication being kept secret by the researcher who discovered it.

Thriller

James Patterson's novels go under Hollywood's knife

James Patterson writes his thrillers as if he were building roller coasters. He grounds the stories with a bare-bones plot, then builds them over the top and tries to throw readers for a loop a few times along the way.

U.N. postage honors volunteers

"One Heart, One World" is the theme of six new commemorative stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration. The set is dedicated to the "International Year of Volunteers" of 2001.

Children eventually learn that birthday suit just isn't enough

Children are refreshingly uninhibited. They pick their noses if they need to and don't worry about who sees them. They sing loudly whether or not they can carry a tune. And they announce their need to use the bathroom without regard to manners.

Pieces get a second life

With antiques, everything old can be new again

Antiques and collectibles are sometimes used today in ways that are unrelated to their original use. In the 1950s, when "Early American" style first became fashionable, many decorators made lamps from butter churns, magazine racks from cranberry scoops, and coffee tables from cobblers' benches. No one thought it odd that the living room was filled with tools.

Country critters delight and aggravate

From rabbits to raccoons, creatures add character to rural life

Marsha Henry Goff Nothing gets your attention like a dead deer in a ditch (we've had two on the road in front of our home recently) unless it is a whole herd of deer showing up in your headlights on the highway. It's happened to us. And a few weeks ago, when we drove up our driveway, five deer were dining in our yard.

KU alumnus Gary Foster still getting top-notch gigs

Foster played for Oscar show, online to do movie score

By Jan Biles Woodwinds player Gary Foster says the music industry isn't immune from an economic downturn. It's suffering from cutbacks as much as large corporations such as Boeing Co. and Procter & Gamble Co.

Malina's scenic designs mark return to authenticity

By Jan Biles An exhibition that will open this week at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art reflects the development of Czech scenic and costume design during the 20th century. Styles of theatrical expression, often influenced by or a reaction to the political goings-on in the country, are reflected in "Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999," which runs Thursday through June 3.

Dances, costumes wed in 'Bartered Bride'

By Jan Biles Bedrich Smetana's comedic opera "The Bartered Bride" tells a familiar love tale: A young woman is betrothed in an arranged marriage to the son of a wealthy landowner to whom her parents are indebted. The young woman rebels against her parents' decision and announces she wants to marry a poor vagabond whom she loves. A marriage broker tries to break up the couple, but his action instead cements their love.

Date with a diva

Joyce Castle comes home to perform Bernstein

By Jan Biles Kansas University alumna and opera singer Joyce Castle will be jetting back and forth across the country this week to keep up with her performance schedule. This afternoon, she will take the stage as Augusta in New York City Opera's "The Ballad of Baby Doe." She will board a plane after the matinee to fly to Lawrence, where she will meet with baritone Kurt Ollmann and pianists Scott Dunn and Jack Winerock to rehearse for "The Music of Leonard Bernstein," a concert Tuesday night at the Lied Center.

Jacques breaks away from his Redwall series

British children's author sails the high seas in 'Castaways of the Flying Dutchmen'

By Jan Biles Brian Jacques, author of the best-selling Redwall series, is not a man of the computer age. He writes his fantasy novels in longhand with a pen or hammers out the words on an old manual typewriter.

People

Fastball sales slowing after initial success

A funny thing happened on Fastball's way to conquering the pop music world: That world forgot it needed conquering. Just two years ago, the Austin, Tex.-based modern-rock trio was riding high on the success of its surprise hit single, "The Way," which pushed sales of its second album, "All the Pain Money Can Buy," over the 1 million mark.

Webber's 'Superstar' resurrected for television

Andrew Lloyd Webber is on a mission to find the definitive stage version of each one of his musicals and produce it for television and home video.

Saturday, April 7

Something's fishy in Topeka

'Millionaire' drought finally ends

The drought of winners on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" will end with a flourish next week and the network hasn't been shy about telling people.

Japan's samurais fight for TV viewership

The setting is somewhere in feudal Japan, sometime in the 18th century, and bad guys are lording it over the good townspeople.

Free-press struggle reignites

Russia watches as independent NTV battles its takeover

Outside Moscow, the battle over Russia's only nationwide independent television station looks to many like a power struggle between factions of the nation's far-off elite not a fight for press freedom.

'Just Visiting' promises laughs, special effects

"Just Visiting," the story of a 12th-century French count and his servant who suddenly land in modern-day Chicago, is a delightful treat. At times, it's even exhilarating.

Tower to reopen

'Horatio Hornblower' soars

He's brave, handsome, wise and neat as a pin. Why, then, is everybody so mean to Horatio Hornblower? "Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny" (7 p.m. Sunday, A&E, concludes April 15) returns to the small screen with a larger-than-life tale of tall ships, cannons, big ships and even bigger egos.

Music ... sweet music

People

Get involved, Dukakis urges Updike: Education has its limits Queen of Soul lives peasant life Theron hits the beach

Friday, April 6

Indigo Girl solo, but not alone, on new CD

Amy Ray's new "Stag" album is rightfully considered a solo project because it doesn't include Indigo Girl partner Emily Saliers. But that doesn't mean the singer worked alone.

What's the deal with Seinfeld?

Comedian keeps same old style in stand-up performances

Jerry Seinfeld took questions from the audience. He had just finished doing an hour of stand-up comedy an hour sharp, because Seinfeld is by his own admission a fastidious guy. In his act, he had complained about reality TV ("Don't they know we're in reality ...?") and decoded the message a bride and groom send by driving away from the wedding ("Goodbye, we're going to Barbados to have sex. Enjoy the dry cake and our relatives. ...").

People

Nimoy shoots for the stars Osmond reveals sexual abuse Stranded with Jennifer Spiderman suits missing

New A&E series profiles collectors of the bizarre

The producers of A&E's new weekly series "The Incurable Collector" had no problem finding people who collect interesting, unique and bizarre items. There's the woman who collects swizzle sticks. "She has a thousand swizzle sticks," said the series' executive producer, Pam Burke. "It is one of the more inexpensive (hobbies) to get involved in."

Thursday, April 5

Nailed to the Cross

Morgan Freeman revisits a role for the first time in his career

By Jon Niccum "Is Morgan Freeman the greatest American actor? Back in 1980, in a late-night-over-drinks conversation, a friend and I wound up agreeing that maybe he was." Pauline Kael, New Yorker, April 20, 1987.

Parting shot

Film Review - 'Along Came a Spider'

Sequel to 'Kiss the Girls' strives for action instead of atmosphere

By Jon Niccum Morgan Freeman has the whole cop thing down.

Playtime

People

Springsteen surprises fans Hanks has school spirit It's not easy being Jennifer Regis chosen as parade marshal

Lewinsky breaks down during questioning at forum

Monica Lewinsky broke into tears Tuesday night during an appearance in front of college students when she was asked about Ken Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated the sex scandal involving Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton.

Miami to serve as host for Latin Grammys

Miami was named Wednesday as the host of the Latin Grammys, a year after the city spurned the inaugural award show in a political furor over Cuba.

PBS hatches new art show, 'EGG'

Program's inquisitive, playful flavor brings zest to art reporting

They need no egging on. Any question about "EGG" sends Jeff Folmsbee and Mark Mannucci into a zesty exchange describing their cool new weekly program. For instance: What are some things that "EGG the arts show" isn't meant to be?

'Will & Grace' glance back

A very funny hour-long repeat episode of "Will & Grace" (8 p.m., NBC) flashes back to Thanksgiving of 1985 when college-age Will and Grace are "dating." In addition to a witty sendup of the era's fashion fiascoes and music mishaps, we learn how Will broke the news of his gay status both to Grace and to himself.

What Are You Reading?

Arts Notes

 Rockwell paintings on display in Topeka  Mandofest to return to Liberty Hall  Shriners plan KC car swap  Camerata to perform in Swarthout Hall

Movie Listings

Out of Bounds: School of hard knocks

KU women's rugby team travels to U.K. to rough up the natives

By Seth Jones You may have noticed about two weeks ago that it was suddenly easier to get from point A to point B in Lawrence. The usual line during the lunch hour at the fast-food burger place was non-existent. The movie theater was empty and the good seats still were available five minutes before the start. The reason for this sudden calm in the usual storm of action in Lawrence was due to spring break at Kansas University. Some 25,000 students took the week off from classes and went either home or to the beach or sometimes both.

TOP MOVIES

Leary about drugs

Comedian Denis Leary takes over as producer on trafficking epic 'Blow'

By Loey Lockerby Denis Leary doesn't rant. He doesn't swear. He doesn't even talk that much. The guy on the phone from New York City is definitely not "the most pissed-off man in the universe," famous for his take-no-prisoners tirades against, well, everything.

Film Review - 'Blow'

Depp wallows in the highs and lows of the drug trade

By Loey Lockerby Drug-themed movies are all the rage right now, yet it's amazing how different they are. The Oscar-winning "Traffic" is a cerebral, almost documentary-like film, while "Requiem for a Dream" is a subjective plunge into addiction hell. The latest entry, "Blow," is a biography of cocaine smuggler George Jung, and it blends the two approaches, showing the personal costs alongside the big, historic picture.

Enigmatic artistry

Kansas City collective takes drawing to comic extremes

By Mitchell J. Near The driving force behind a new, locally produced comic strip is a group of artists on an all-out media blitz to promote comic books as a cutting-edge art form.

Radio Lists

Networks offer Kansans a reality check

By Mitchell J. Near It can't be a coincidence.

Seven Questions with Vonda Shepard

By Mitchell J. Near Vonda Shepard considers flying from Los Angeles to Kansas City to do a show merely a local gig. Maybe that's how she keeps her sanity intact. The singer and songwriter has played and toured professionally for more than 20 years with the likes of Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau and Indigo Girls. She hit a career jackpot a few years back when secret fan and uber-TV producer David E. Kelley approached her about providing the music for his new FOX program, "Ally McBeal." But Kelley wanted much more than a cover tune, he wanted someone who would provide the musical commentary on the travails of Ally's life.

Theory of evolution

The Juliana Theory makes smart pop that is worth researching

By Jon Niccum "Please leave a message after the tone, and remember, Jesus loves you," the voice on Brett Detar's answering machine says.

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TOP MUSIC

Reynolds raps

Dave Matthews Band guitarist takes astral approach to music

By Geoff Harkness Picture an acoustic guitarist plucking away, and the name Nine Inch Nails doesn't leap immediately to mind. Then again, Tim Reynolds who insists on including "as many weird sounds as I can put in a song" isn't your everyday six-string strummer.

Wednesday, April 4

Friends and neighbors

By the book

People

Nicole strikes back at the press Foster pregnant with 2nd child Streisand lambastes Democrats Jagger comes in from the road

Psychedelic Furs resurface for tour, new album

Although the Psychedelic Furs' current tour is being billed as a reunion, lead singer and songwriter Richard Butler maintains that the 1980s New Wave band never truly broke up at least not in the finger-pointing, lawyer-calling Beatles sense of the term.

Ravers try to clean up their acts, images

After two of David Curiel's rave-scene friends died of drug overdoses, he realized something needed to change. So two years ago, the 30-year-old industrial designer formed The Future Tribe Project.

Baritone updates 'Don Giovanni'

Russian star plays both main roles in TV adaptation of Mozart classic

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has a different take on what it means to be a Don Juan: a philanderer deserving of respect. "He's completely honest. If he sees a woman, he's proud to be 100 percent honest, and dedicate himself to her," says the Russian singing star.

'American High' gets new life

Last August, when "American High" premiered on Fox, the documentary series received rave reviews from TV critics including me. It aired twice before being yanked by the network.

Tuesday, April 3

KC art museum officials break new ground

Nelson-Atkins' first expansion since 1933 opening to add 150,000 square feet

By Jan Biles Marc Wilson, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, made history Tuesday along with the museum's board of trustees by breaking ground for the first expansion of the museum since its opening in 1933. Nearly 4,000 people contributed more than $200 million for the 150,000-square-foot expansion and renovation.

People

Bad-boy Hugh Message in a bottle Sir Paul goes Hollywood Broken engagement

Brill's Web aquisition helps build powerful media empire

Steven Brill, the media entrepreneur who founded Court TV and Brill's Content magazine, is buying Powerful Media, parent company of the media news Web site Inside.com.

Comedy Central inaugurates 'That's My Bush!' this week

In the new sitcom "That's My Bush!" from the creators of "South Park," President Bush plays host to beer-swilling frat brothers, is mocked by a White House maid and henpecked by the first lady.

Boss gets back to business

Bruce Springsteen comfortable in his 'American Skin'

It was last June when Bruce Springsteen walked into a rehearsal with his reunited E Street Band. Guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt was sitting with the newspapers. Springsteen was front-page news.

Monday, April 2

Faustian incarnation devilish in the detail

By Jan Biles "Temptation" isn't an easy play to follow, even though it's based on the familiar Faust/Faustus story developed so well by Johann Goethe and Christopher Marlowe.

Go ahead and jump

People

'Survivor' wannabes hope to outlast other hopefuls

Lori McGuire and Alicia Ashley arrived in Hollywood from Orange County, Calif., on Saturday ready to survive an audition: Camera-ready lipstick. Sprayed-in place coifs. Shorts. Low-fat candy. Bottled water. Beach chairs. Magazines.

'Spy Kids' are box office champs

The family that spies together took charge at movie theaters during the weekend and buried the competition.

Magician rekindles his act

David Copperfield heats up TV special with tornado of fire

Some people chase their dreams. David Copperfield prefers chasing his nightmares. "I have a recurring nightmare of dying in a fire," the master illusionist explains after a Manhattan news conference promoting his Tuesday night television special. "And the best way to face my fears is to engulf myself in them."

Sunday, April 1

'Courage Tree' bears tasty fruit

In "The Courage Tree" (Mira, 376 pages, $22.95), Diane Chamberlain offers a deliciously complex mystery filled with multilayered characters that are easy to love, hate and love again.

In first novel, timing is everything

Betsy Berne, a true New Yorker, removes the rose-colored glasses and depicts an accurate view of life in the city in her first novel, "Bad Timing" (Villard, 242 pages, $23.95).

Oldies fans can't resist store's vinyl 'museum'

After collecting an estimated 350,000 vinyl records, Ken Hudson considers his tiny Baltimore-area record store more a museum than a business.

Regular folk join the poetry elite

People's Poetry Gathering showcases known and unknown talent

A logger, a farmer and a fisherman will get equal time with the U.S. poet laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and rock star Patti Smith.

Choreographer Mark Morris finds his time and space

Five stories above an unremarkable Brooklyn street corner, Mark Morris has what all choreographers covet, and most never get: a gaping stretch of emptiness. Four walls and a soaring ceiling surrounding nothing but 60 feet by 60 feet of sprung-wood flooring, nearly a tenth of an acre unbroken by columns or pillars.

Morris troupe to appear at Lied Center

The Mark Morris Dance Group will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. The two-hour program is expected to include "Sang-Froid," a work for nine dancers set to music by Frederic Chopin; "Silhouettes," a duet with jazz-tinted music by Richard Cumming; "Mosaic and United," a work for five dancers set to string quartet music by Henry Cowell; and "Peccadillos," a solo set to children's piano pieces by Erik Satie.

Hitchin' a ride

Arts notes

Author to speak at KU museum, union KU dance professor writes magazine article Art Tougeau taking entries Gary Foster returns to KU for concert Spencer Museum receives grant Lawrence horn player in Bethel concert

Early April Fools' jokes brought laughs at bar

Tradition says that April Fools' Day started in France in the 16th century. In those days, New Year's Day was April 1. In 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar, and the new year started on Jan. 1.

Play follows family's journey with AIDS

By Jan Biles English Alternative Theatre founder Paul Lim first became aware of "When Scott Comes Home," a one-act play about a young Christian man with AIDS, when he read about it in the November 2000 issue American Theatre magazine.

Book about NASA takes flight

Creator of Mission Control tells the inside story

Chris Kraft was in on the ground floor of the space program: He created Mission Control, directed the Mercury and Gemini flights and helped mastermind the Apollo moon shots.

Eastman Brass Quintet to play Thursday

The Eastman Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in room 130 in Murphy Hall at Kansas University.

KU bicyclists to pedal in AIDSRide

By Jan Biles Five Kansas University students will try to raise money for HIV/AIDS organizations this summer by riding their bicycles 500 miles in six days, from Twin Cities, Minn., to Chicago.

Chinese porcelain on view during First Friday Gallery Walk

Southwest and More, 727 Mass., will feature a show and sale of Jun porcelain from Hunan Province in China at the upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk. The walk is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m Friday, with 14 galleries participating in the event.

Sold!

Artworks go on the auction block

By Jan Biles Over the years, the Lawrence Art Auction steadily has become one of the biggest parties in the Lawrence arts community. Food and wine, live bidding and, in this year's case, nearly 200 works of art will fuel that reputation.

Arts notes

KU band slates concert Thursday Trumpet and piano duo to perform at recital KU musicians perform at honor recitals

Collage Concert to show off talents of KU fine arts

By Jan Biles In December, Toni-Marie Montgomery was sitting in the audience during the annual Vespers concert at the Lied Center and overheard the people behind her talking about Kansas University's School of Fine Arts.

Puppy teaches youngsters about alphabet

By Jill Hummels It's hard to put a new spin on an old topic, but "Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure" does just that, and it does it wonderfully.

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