Stories for August 2001

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Friday, August 31

Left standing out in the rain

Princess Diana still making news

It has been four years since Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash, yet she is never very far from the news, and her image still graces the nation's newspapers at every opportunity.

Hartnett tackles Shakespeare in 'O'

A long, black limousine pulls up in front of the swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, and a crowd of people waiting for their cars begin eyeing each other to figure out who will be the lucky occupant.

People

Rappers charged with indecency Cosby thanks teachers Hamill not striking back Go to the head of the class

Hollywood sets bad examples on safety

They smoke too much, they drink too much. Now, research shows that movie characters are guilty of another bad habit: They don't buckle up.

Seems to be music

Thursday, August 30

People

Janet sidelined again Leguizamo back on Broadway Actress charged in crash Dixie Chicks sue Sony

Bob Hope hospitalized for pneumonia, put on oxygen

Bob Hope was hospitalized with a mild case of bacterial pneumonia Wednesday and was breathing with the aid of an oxygen machine, his doctor said. The 98-year-old comedian was improving and could be released from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in several days, Dr. Lee Kagan said.

Radio active

KU duo offers area something outside the mainstream

queer; adj 1) differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal, eccentric, unconventional 2) droll, amusing, comical, giddy. "People don't like the word 'queer,'" says Don "Buck" Rowland, co-host and co-producer of Lawrence's popular "Queer Radio." "But what I like about it is it's encompassing. There's an idea that our society is heterosexual, married families and we're all aspiring to something in the suburbs. And the truth is that we're not, but anything outside of that seems queer. I like when you look up the definition of the word 'queer' in the dictionary, it's 'unusual' or 'different, not of the norm.' I think that's what people want. They want something that's not normal � that's not 'Oprah,' that's not 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.'"

Italian-American group sues 'Sopranos,' saying stereotypes a violation of dignity

Tony Soprano was hauled into court on Wednesday, figuratively speaking, which is only fitting for television's popular fictional mob boss.

Turmoil racks Hollywood trade papers

When Hollywood publicist David Brokaw started in the business 30 years ago, his first boss gave him three pieces of advice. "He said, 'Always spell people's names correctly, call people back promptly, and read the trades every day,"' Brokaw said.

Movie Listings

Arts Notes

Learned to star in 'Social Security' Film entries needed for Lawrence festival Spinach festival features arts, crafts

Best Bets

Golfer's digest

Businessman's game isn't always easy for the so-called experts

By Seth Jones I'm on the 11th tee at The Tournament Player's Club at Deere Run, in Moline, Ill. It's one of the finer golf courses in the Midwest, but I've been dreading this moment for almost two months now. I think to myself, "One day, you'll be decent at golf. It'll be a fluke, but maybe that day is today."

'Ghost' writer

Daniel Clowes brings his underground comic 'Ghost World' to the big screen

By Dan Lybarger While history and prestigious novels like "Corelli's Mandolin" have inspired a lot of movies this year, it's interesting to note that a comic book adaptation is quickly becoming one of the best received films on the market. "Ghost World" Director Terry Zwigoff's ("Crumb") adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic strip, has charmed critics and moviegoers with its tale of two girls, Enid Coleslaw (Thora Birch) and her buddy Rebecca (Scarlett Johannson), whose friendship falls apart after they leave high school. It finally opens in Kansas City this week.

Top Movies

Laura Kirk is almost 'Famous'

Kansas University grad is winning raves for her celebrity-spoofing mockumentary

By Mitchell J. Near After years of taking acting classes, doing commercials and the occasional small movie role, not to mention scores of temporary jobs just to keep eating, Laura Kirk could be on the verge of fame. The trick to Kirk's garnering fame that rare commodity where people know you, or think they know you is that she's doing it by starring in her very own movie-within-a-movie about two wannabe actors obsessed with landing any acting role they can.

Film review - 'Bully'

Twisted relationships lead to murder in Larry Clark's true tale of teen atrocity

By Jon Niccum Bobby Kent is a bully. But he's not the kind that swipes other kids' lunch money; he's something much more formidable.

Film review - 'Ghost World'

Top of the 'World'; Adaptation of 'Ghost World' comic book reveals stunning satire of modern life

By Dan Lybarger In his brief 80-page comic series "Ghost World," cartoonist Daniel Clowes manages to make the ennui of two sarcastic teen-age girls scathingly funny and often oddly moving. With a few sketches and some surgically sharp dialogue, Clowes has passages that make loneliness and gloom enchanting.

Film review - 'Jeepers Creepers'

'Jeepers Creepers' provides useful tips on creating offensive, stupid horror films

By Loey Lockerby For anyone unfamiliar with the rules of bad horror movies, writer-director Victor Salva ("Powder") has put together a helpful little primer called "Jeepers Creepers." A brother and sister (Justin Long and Gina Philips) witness a horrific crime while driving through rural Florida, and soon find a demonic killer after them. Their ensuing adventure is a virtual how-to for those intent on using sheer stupidity to live out their worst nightmares.

Into the eye of the storm

Local photographer seeks lethal situations for the perfect shot

By Mitchell J. Near Contrary to his lifestyle, Gary Smith does not have a death wish. Though he's served as a war correspondent, traveled to third-rate hellholes, dodged bullets, lightning, earthquakes, floods and erupting volcanoes, Smith would rather be out of harms way most of the time.

Poll question:

Should credit card companies be prohibited from soliciting on campus?

Increasing your debt history

By Greg Douros To start the new school year out, perhaps you are looking for yet another John Belushi T-shirt with the words "college" printed across his chest, or maybe you desperately require a Frisbee, or a Slinky, or even a bottle of pop. Don't sweat it, campus credit card pushers are here to the rescue. You know the routine. Just fill out these forms and the vital goods are yours. Now let's just have a look-see at your credit card application.

Brothers gonna work it out

Clint K Band invigorates Lawrence with strong 'Three Man Show'

One of rock's unspoken rules is that bands led by brothers (Oasis, The Black Crowes, Van Halen) tend to squabble once in a while.

Top Music

Parting Shot

Overture, hit the lights

Slip-sliding away

Life imitates art

Dam repairs

Wednesday, August 29

CMA tips hat to best artists

Sara Evans, 'O Brother' sountrack lead country music award nominees

Sara Evans, who became a country sensation this year with the success of her third album, "Born to Fly," was showered with seven nominations for the Country Music Assn. awards on Tuesday.

Signs of the times

People

'Friends' to go separate ways 'Seagull' flight ends No hidden meanings Marriage made in Hollywood A little help from his friends

China makes spectacle of crushing CD piracy

They really brought out the big guns for this one: Giant balloons reached toward the clouds. Hundreds of customs agents stood in rows, listening to marching music that included a chunk of "It's a Small World After All." FM 95.1 went live.

Screenwriter loses claim on '007'

A legal battle that outlasted James Bond's clashes with the forces of SPECTRE came to a close Monday with the martini-swilling secret agent finally learning the identity of his real father.

Haskell convocation

Tuesday, August 28

Investigators examine Aaliyah's plane

U.S. aviation officials searched for clues Monday in the plane crash that killed singer Aaliyah and eight others, saying they would investigate whether weight from production equipment may have hindered the takeoff.

People

From Gotham to Broadway Home-town proud Bard not out-of-date Baseball dreams

New Hampshirites want to see real thing on 'West Wing'

The old schoolhouse is festooned with red, white and blue bunting, a line of green mountains visible from its door. Risers and folding chairs await the visiting president as the local high school band prepares to play in his honor. Signs read, "New Hampshire is Bartlet Country."

Music mogul serves up Cuban beat

Jimmy Maslon was raised a Minnesota country boy who didn't speak a speck of Spanish and barely heard a serious lick of Latin music until a few years ago. Today, this onetime R&B guitarist and horror-film fan owns the hottest contemporary Cuban music label in the United States.

Monday, August 27

Singer accomplished beyond years

From the moment the 15-year-old Aaliyah burst onto the scene in 1994 an R&B singer whose sultry voice, striking good looks and sexy attitude belied her young age it seemed as if everything she touched became a success.

University's grant to fund Hughes reading groups

By Terry Rombeck Book-lovers across Kansas will be talking about Langston Hughes this fall and winter.

People

Brosnan returning as Bond Eyewitness to food Material Girl goes home Wanted: Dogged determination

Little-known directors had hot summer

Before the summer began, entertainment media were awash in stories forecasting the season's big films by A-list directors such as Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton. But who could have predicted that the summer box-office heat would be fueled by films made by a string of unsung directors like Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, Rob Cohen, Lawrence Guterman, Joe Johnston and Robert Luketic?

Audiences continue to fork out for 'American Pie'

"American Pie 2" continues to out-gross all challengers. Amid a weak field of new films, the gross-out comedy remained the top movie for a third straight weekend.

Sunday, August 26

Raquel Welch enjoys a renaissance

1960s sex symbol turns 60, but she's back in the limelight

Baby boomers, hold onto your 401(k)s; Raquel Welch is 60. And she's as bodacious as ever.

Bookstore

'American Fuji' is too quirky not to like

By Jaime Whitt Often, when East meets West it can be a recipe for disaster. However, in "American Fuji" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $24.95, 384 pages), Sara Backer's first novel, it is more common to see comedy in the fallout of the culture clash than frustration.

Wolcott turns soft for his first novel

James Wolcott, whose acerbic wit has spared few subjects in his reviews, articles and editorials, becomes a real pussycat as author of his first novel, "The Catsitters" (HarperCollins, 314 pages, $25).

Beausoleil brings Cajun flair to Lied

By Michael Newman Kansas University's Lied Center kicked off its 2001-2002 season Friday night with a performance by famed Cajun sextet Beausoleil.

'Play Ball' takes a swing

Book records years of Little League Baseball

Since its humble beginnings as a three-team league in this north-central Pennsylvania town, Little League has grown into an international phenomenon, boasting 360,000 participants in 100 countries.

Journeys inspire Lawrence native's writing

Performance shares story of adventures, detours during trip to Timbuktu

By Jan Biles Lawrence native Tanya Shaffer is no homebody. She travels the world oftentimes by herself and then transcribes the notes she's jotted down into stories or plays.

People

A.J. returns to Backstreet Boys Tucker rushing to Nigeria Gov. Jesse calls in sick Bibliophile Gingrich in 'Top 500'

Comedian to experience late-night talk show circuit

Disenchanted by the current menu of late-night talk shows, comedian Sandra Bernhard is hoping to provide an alternative for conversation seekers.

Kindergarten students take reality TV to school

TV's latest reality series features 23 strangers from every walk of life who spend a year together learning about the world and discovering new challenges. No, not "The Real World." It's "Kindergarten."

Saturday, August 25

NAACP chief won't be among more blacks on television

NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume has asked producers of a proposed syndicated TV talk show featuring Mfume as the host not to market the pilot of the show.

Beausoleil brings Cajun panache to Lied center

Threat of rain drives annual outdoor event inside.

By Michael Newman Friday night the University of Kansas' Lied Center kicked off it's 2001-2002 season with a performance by famed, Cajun sextet Beausoleil.

Revelers lay claim to Mass. Street

Peaceful protest mixes merriment, politics

By Mindie Paget They came with costumes, face paint and old couches. They came to "reclaim the streets."

Championship bring musicians to downtown Lawrence

21st annual state fiddling, picking contest provides acoustical enjoyment for expected crowds

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of down-home music fans and performers are expected in downtown Lawrence today and Sunday for the 21st Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. "Expect a wonderful chance to enjoy all sorts of acoustic music in a community atmosphere," said Brad Levy, one of the organizers. "It's music of the people."

People

Penn lauds protesters Bjork merits French award Temple of doom for Ford, wife A son for Hercules

Labels developing copy-proof CDs

'Stealth CDs' are music industry's latest digital weapon against piracy

Hoping to crack down on music piracy, five major record labels have quietly begun selling CDs containing technology that foils attempts by customers to copy the songs onto blank discs or computer hard drives.

Friday, August 24

People

Mariah to give interview Engagement news 'Bubble Boy' speaks out Matthews' family doubles

St. Andrews abuzz over royal student

Prince William, Scottish town both preparing for university term

He's a dashingly handsome prince rich, famous, sophisticated and second in line to the British throne. All in all, Prince William is quite a catch for the ancient University of St. Andrews.

Books not relegated to history heap

Need-it-now generation still willing to settle in for a good story

She reads it during her down time at swim meets, or while she's waiting for her grandfather to finish work at his office.

Getting their groove back

Song about pot gets high level of attention

With its lazy bassline, subversive doo-wop harmonies and sing-along hook, Afroman's "Because I Got High" is the likely winner in the song of the summer sweepstakes.

Thursday, August 23

Roots, rock, reggae

American Indian reggae band Native Roots shares positive vibes

By Mitchell J. Near When Emmett Garcia, founding member of the American Indian reggae group Native Roots, was growing up on his New Mexico homestead, his fellow tribe members were battling the residual, traumatic effects left over from when their grandparents had been forced into reservations. Where he called home was a place teeming with depression, both the economical and emotional kind that came with trying to be a part of two cultures and feeling that neither one was a comfortable fit.

Galactic plays with fire

Galactic, with the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey , the Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS 08/22/2001

By Michael Newman Galactic is a band that just keeps getting better and better. One day after releasing its new live album "We Love 'Em Tonight, (Live at Tipitina's)," the New Orleans sextet fairly burned down Lawrence's Granada Theatre with two and a half hours of fiery funk.

Candy land

People

Trouble in Shangri-La Shania Twain welcomes son There he is, Tony Danza Gumbels agree on divorce U2 singer's father dies

'Survivor' winner charged in assault

Former "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch pleaded innocent to a domestic assault charge after allegedly pushing a former partner who tried to force his way into Hatch's home. Hatch went to the Newport County Courthouse on Tuesday to seek a restraining order against Glenn Boyanowski.

HBO offers front row seat for Madonna

Nancy Geller isn't shy about giving a shout out to Madonna as a perfect musical match for HBO. "She's ideal for HBO, she's the biggest, she's an icon," said Geller, senior vice president of original programming, the executive in charge of getting the live mojo workin' for the No. 1 premium cable network.

Summer concert business down

This may be remembered as the summer concertgoers went into sticker shock. Gross concert ticket revenue is off 12.3 percent for the top 50 tours in North America versus the same period a year ago, says Gary Bongiovanni of Pollstar, a trade magazine that covers the concert business.

Arts Notes

 Film-theater students offer drama classes  Indy Showcase highlights docs  Van Cliburn winner to play in KC  Walnut Valley Festival tickets on sale

'Continental' drift

Card Table Theatre hams it up with 'The Best of the Victor Continental Show'

By Mitchell J. Near Since their inception three years ago, the revolving players in the independent acting troupe Card Table Theatre Productions have put out an impressive array of material, displaying solid acting chops, an ear for snappy dialogue, professional staging and fiercely irreverent wit.

Spinning the Web: 'Til the 'WELL' runs dry

Columnist returns to his Deadhead roots via the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link

By Michael Newman I bought my first modem in 1984 a 300-baud appendage that protruded from the back of my Commodore 64. In those days, long before there was a World Wide Web, recreational users were mostly limited to online services like Compuserve, Genie and Quantumlink. There really wasn't any such thing as Internet access and the free wealth of news, information and social gathering places that comes with it.

Movie Listings

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'Ghosts of Mars'

John Carpenter continues to fumble the style he helped popularize with 'Ghosts of Mars'

By Dan Lybarger John Carpenter is one of the few directors who, like Frank Capra or Alfred Hitchcock, gets to put his name above the titles of his films. But after churning out such thrill-free flicks as "Escape from L.A.," "Vampires" and his latest "Ghosts of Mars," he should discontinue the practice for fear of sullying what's left of his good name.

Film Review - 'The Curse of the Jade Scorpion'

'The Curse of the Jade Scorpion' offers an amusing throwback to the golden era of Hollywood

By Loey Lockerby It's about time Woody Allen made a real screwball comedy. He's always shown a fondness for the "golden age" of Hollywood, and his funniest movies strike a balance between cynicism and sentimentality that would make Preston Sturges proud. With "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," Allen comes very close to capturing the spirit of a classic madcap romance, while putting his own unmistakable stamp on the proceedings.

Uncle Walt's secret weapon

A Kansas City animator who helped create an entertainment dynasty is finally recognized

By Dan Lybarger If Walt Disney hadn't succumbed to lung cancer in 1966, he would have turned 100 this year. Coincidentally, a Kansas City native who made invaluable contributions toward Uncle Walt's success also would have reached the century mark this year.

Film Review - 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back'

'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' inspires fitting sendoff for geeky franchise characters

By Loey Lockerby Kevin Smith is one of those directors people either adore or despise. His fans happily recite entire passages from his movies on cue (albeit not in polite company), while his detractors think he's a juvenile hack whose work undermines the moral fabric of society.

Out of Bounds: Sentimental journey

Lawrence friends complete bike trek across America to honor slain colleague

By Seth Jone Four months ago, I wrote about Casey Beaver. On Aug. 4, 2000, Beaver was struck head-on by a drunken driver and killed. The driver had eight previous driving-while-intoxicated tickets.

TOP MUSIC

The art of not fitting in

By Geoff Harkness After three albums, a few hundred gigs and a number of years in Lawrence, The Appleseed Cast still views itself as a group of outsiders.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Joe Strummer

By Geoff Harkness At the peak of its popularity, The Clash was dubbed "the only band that matters," mixing its steely punk with heavy doses of reggae, Earl Grey-soul and heavily politicized lyrics. Though the quartet was only around for a few years, it left a legacy that can still be heard on the radio and seen on MTV today.

Best Bets

Side Notes: The meaning of mook

By Geoff Harkness Boy bands are dead and mook rock rules supreme. That's the consensus you have to make after taking a listen to this summer's most popular fare, including massive hits from faceless acts like Staind and Linkin Park (both still perched in the Top 10) and chartbusting surprises from former nothings Alien Ant Farm. Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" (5 million sold and counting) remains in the Top 50 nearly a year after its release, and Ozzfest was among the top-grossing concert tours of the season. Heck, even thinking-man's mookers Tool debuted at No. 1.

Parting shot

Wednesday, August 22

Baseball Kerouac's ticket to U.S. culture

It sounds as surreal as an old Bob Dylan song: Pancho Villa playing center field for a 1930s team called the Boston Fords, taking on such rivals as the Pittsburgh Plymouths and the St. Louis Cadillacs.

Exclusive Online Profile: artist Ernst Ulmer

Northeast Kansas artist painted depiction of the historic Lawrence raid which occured on this date

By Michael Newman Ernst Ulmer answers his door accompanied by a large, exuberant golden retriever and an excitable dachshund. Dressed in shorts and a Kansas University T-shirt, the small and sturdy artist with the shock of white hair offers a warm greeting and apologizes for his lack of footwear, which he swiftly attends to. Ushered into his studio, visitors see walls covered with his work. In the center of the largest wall, one canvas dominates. The 6-foot-wide depiction of Quantrill's raiders burning downtown Lawrence on August 21, 1863, titled "Blood Stained Dawn" is familiar to many people in this area.

Hitting the books

People

Jolie to become U.N. ambassador Street renaming scrapped Paul Harvey back on the air Paltrow ponders weighty matters

'Bus Stop' actress Kim Stanley dies

Actress Kim Stanley, whose roles ranged from a nightclub singer in the Broadway play "Bus Stop" to the mother of Frances Farmer in the movie "Frances," has died. She was 76. In plays like "Picnic, "Traveling Lady" and especially William Inge's 1955 "Bus Stop," Stanley captivated Broadway audiences and dazzled the critics.

OutKast, Nelly named best of hip-hop

Hip-hop duo OutKast and newcomer Nelly bested some of the top rap artists in the industry at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards on Monday night. OutKast snagged best artist of the year by a group and best live performer of the year, while Nelly took home best new artist of the year and best album for his CD "Country Grammar."

Tuesday, August 21

Organizers yank Latin Grammys from Miami

The Latin Grammy Awards will be moved from Miami to Los Angeles because of fears Cuban exile protesters will threaten the safety of performers and the audience, the event's organizers said Monday.

Civil War memories retold

Resident relives Quantrill's raid through family storytelling

By Bill Snead As a youngster, Henry Flory used to hear tales about Quantrill's raid from his grandmother, Suzanah Flory, and about the time she and her family watched in fear as noisy men on horseback set fire to their house and barn 8 miles south of Lawrence. Suzanah was 9 at the time. Now 92 years old, Flory, a lifelong Douglas County resident and retired farmer, recalled some of those stories that sprouted 138 years ago.

Tiny cemetery looms large in Lawrence history

By Cody Howard Like the medals displayed by a war-hardened soldier, Lawrence proudly wears the signs of its resiliency from Quantrill's bloody raid carried out 138 years ago today.

People

Dave Barry's pipe dreams Happy birthday, pie face Whoa, Nelly Rapper Tupac memorialized

Falling stars crash and burn

Mariah Carey freaks out. Rosie O'Donnell announces she is fighting depression. Ben Affleck and Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean are battling the bottle and darker demons.

Monday, August 20

'American Pie 2' stays fresh as box-office favorite

Audiences took a second helping of "American Pie 2," which grossed $21.4 million to remain the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend.

Colin Farrell enjoys second chances

When Edward Norton pulled out of the upcoming World War II flick "Hart's War," it was Colin Farrell who stepped in. It was Farrell who also took over Jim Carrey's part for "Phone Booth" and he's set to star opposite Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" a role originally offered to Matt Damon.

Church recognized for historic link to Langston Hughes

The only surviving building in Kansas with a link to Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes has been recognized by the state as a historic landmark.

Civil rights relic dedicated

By Joel Mathis The struggle against racism symbolized by the new Hobbs Park Memorial continues today, speakers said Sunday at the monument's dedication. "It's not ancient history" said Mark Kaplan, co-director of the project. "The legacy of slavery is with us today. We must maintain a vigorous assault against the enemies of liberty."

People

Latin Grammys compromise Senator on soundtrack Gates up to new tricks Patsy Cline memorabilia for sale

Noted composer Jack Elliott dies

Television theme songs included 'Love Boat,' 'Charlie's Angels'

Jack Elliott, a composer and conductor who worked on numerous hit television shows and movies, has died. He was 74.

Sunday, August 19

Bookstore

Lawrence's history steeped in pro-, anti-slavery battles

Here are some highlights of Lawrence's earliest days.

Eyewitness account describes raid

By Gurdon Grovenor (Reprinted from the Aug. 21, 1901, Lawrence Journal.) The guerrillas reached Lawrence just before sunrise, after an all-night's ride from the border of Missouri. Myself and family were yet in bed and asleep. They passed directly by our house, and we were awakened by their yelling and shouting.

People

Holiday Cruz for actress Saying goodbye to the Worm Producer undergoes radiation 'Godfather of Soul' off to court

Reality show to feature cops, ex-cons

CBS' "Big Brother 2" has been criticized for not discovering the criminal records of some of its contestants. A reality show currently being developed, however, wants people with criminal records felons, to be exact.

Mostly Mozart director leaving post

Still youthful, Maestro Gerard Schwarz celebrates his 54th birthday today at a bittersweet moment. In a few days, he gives his final performances as music director of Lincoln Center's venerable Mostly Mozart summer festival, a position he has held in his home turf for 17 years.

CNN expanding its horizons

Network going bicoastal, seeking wider range of personalities

With construction of a streetside studio in New York and plans for a high-profile newscast anchored by Willow Bay in Los Angeles, Atlanta-based CNN is becoming increasingly bicoastal.

Play examines aftermath of Matthew Shepard murder

By Jan Biles Sometimes an event happens that shakes the foundation of the American psyche. The shooting of students in 1970 at Kent State University. The Challenger explosion in 1986. The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Arts notes

Art auction benefits KC foundation JCCC ensembles seeking musicians Antique appraisal to help arts council

Musician connects with early instruments

By Jan Biles For years, Gerald Trimble has been building bridges. But he doesn't use steel girders or concrete. He uses medieval vielles, viola da gambas and lutes to connect East to West, the ancient to modern day and the secular to the sacred.

Arts notes

'Antiques' session looks at Civil War weaponry 'Black Jack' auditions to begin Saturday<

Band brings reggae blend to town

Native Roots, a reggae band based in Albuquerque, N.M., will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. The band combines reggae, blues and American Indian music.

Paperbacks

Murder Carries a Torch - Anne George Hot Springs - Stephen Hunter Demolition Angel - Robert Crais

Readers' interest in ice hockey, cereal lag

The 10 bottom-ranked titles on Amazon.com, from the bottom up (the poorest ranking "Mastering Management" being 2,196,969).

Cream of Wheat art? The bottom 10 of Amazon.com

If you've shopped for books lately on Amazon.com, you surely know about "John Adams," "The Prayer of Jabez" and other titles in the "hot" 100. But it's just as likely you haven't noticed a compilation of Cream of Wheat advertising art, last year's NCAA hockey rule book or a National Park Service guide to Fort Pulaski.

From behind a prison's walls

'Last Mouthpiece' offers an insider's view of the Philly mob

A chill went through mob lawyer Bobby Simone as he walked up a narrow, deserted South Philadelphia alleyway. On each side of him were associates of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo.

For sale: The other house that Wilt built

Late, great basketball star's 'kinky' L.A. bachelor pad on market for $4.3 million

High on a Bel-Air peak, with city-to-sea views so commanding the hilltop once held Nike surface-to-air missiles, the center of gravity of the late Wilt Chamberlain's storied bachelor pad is indisputably the bedroom.

A taste of Cajun

Beausoleil brings Bayou sound to outdoor concert

By Jan Biles When Beausoleil started up 25 years ago you couldn't find a good bottle of hot sauce outside of Louisiana and blackened fish wasn't on Red Lobster menus. And few people outside of the bayous were interested in hearing a band playing Cajun music.

Same as it ever was

David Byrne at Memorial hall, Kansas City, KS 08/18/2001

By Michael Newman While other singer songwriters of David Byrne's generation were tagged Angry Young Men, Byrne has born the label of "quirky" since he first came to public attention in the late '70s. And though anger may be a passing thing, quirkiness appears to last a lifetime. Saturday night at Kansas City's Memorial Hall, the former Talking Heads front man showed new fans and old that he's still the same gentle soul that's always written songs from a perspective of wry wonderment.

A little practice time

For more Lawrence history

This is the second installment of a Journal-World, 6News and World Online series on Lawrence history. Here's a look at other installments scheduled for this week:

Quantrill's Raid more than a history lesson

By Mike Shields The morning of Aug. 21, 1863, a Missouri border ruffian named Skaggs put a pistol to the head of Lawrence resident Samuel Agnew Riggs and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired. Riggs escaped and so survived Quantrill's Raid. Almost 140 years later, Ellen Chaffee and her many cousins are still celebrating the pistol's failure.

Saturday, August 18

CBS postpones controversial 'Family Law' summer rerun

CBS postponed a "Family Law" rerun that one of its largest advertisers, Procter & Gamble Co., said was too controversial for its commercials. The network characterized its decision as routine and noted that Procter & Gamble did not advertise its products when that particular "Family Law" episode aired last spring.

6News report: Local writers to have anthology published

Marta Costello reports on the upcoming Lawrence anthology to be published. It will cover the history of Lawrence from the Ice Age to the current discussions regarding the South Lawrence Trafficway.

It's her serve

Schoolhouse rock

For more Lawrence history

This is the first in a Journal-World and 6News series on Lawrence history. Here's a look at installments scheduled for the next week:

Events mark raid anniversary

Here's a list of events commemorating the anniversary of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence.

People

Nothing compares to marriage Nothing neurotic about this wish Mo' real life than fiction Door-to-door with Venus

Group wants Disney to halt release of 'Bubble Boy'

A foundation for people with immune deficiencies is asking Walt Disney Co. to cancel the release of a movie about a boy who lives in a plastic bubble and planning a boycott of the film, saying it's insensitive.

'The tribe has spoken'

'Survivor' winner loses ruling against R.I. city's police

The Middletown, R.I., police were justified in arresting "Survivor" star Richard H. Hatch Jr. on a child-abuse complaint last year even though Hatch was later cleared, a federal judge has ruled.

Legacy of conflict lingers in Lawrence

There's something about Lawrence that attracts people who disagree, whether it's John Brown taking on slaveholders or environmentalists battling the South Lawrence Trafficway. Conflict is a big part of who we are, according to editors of a massive, soon-to-be published book that traces Lawrence history from founding to present.

6News report: Murphy-Bromelsick house to be dedicated at Hobbs Park

Josh Garber reports on the dedication ceremony to take place this Sunday of the Murphy- Bromelsick House at Hobbs Park.

Friday, August 17

Wahlberg won't 'boogie' again

Mark Wahlberg, the bad-boy hip-hopper-turned-actor, who is playing a heavy metal rocker in his upcoming film "Rock Star," says his newfound religious beliefs and his family would keep him from doing sexually explicit films again.

Royals deny wedding rumors

Princes Charles' office says he hasn't changed his plans, and Buckingham Palace won't talk at all. But a published report claims that Queen Elizabeth II has agreed that her son, Prince Charles, may marry his longtime lover Camilla Parker Bowles, perhaps in 2003.

Musician sues over theme to 'Survivor'

Musician Paul Winter has sued the makers of "Survivor," alleging they improperly used a song he recorded in 1987 for the haunting theme of television's most popular series.

Search library, museum in quest for Quantrill

Artifacts, books, video, newspapers put raid in perspective

By Dave Toplikar, World Online editor If you want treasures of information on William Clarke Quantrill, there are two main places to raid in Lawrence.

People

Washing away the past Renaissance Part I Renaissance Part II Hudson wants payback

Nobel winner revives dictatorship's horror

Generals vie for power as a megalomanic dictator spends lavishly and tosses enemies into a pit.

Thursday, August 16

A woman's touch

Revamped play 'The Odd Couple' takes a gender-bending twist in Kansas City

By Mitchell J. Near During the recent heat wave, construction workers, police officers, lawn crews and sanitation men have battled to beat the blistering sun. But there is another, often overlooked, labor force that's had to get really creative to avoid the temperatures.

Parting shot

Born country

Tracy Lawrence shines through Nashville's music industry glitz

By Mitchell J. Near Tracy Lawrence is a 100 percent, all-American country music singer, and he has the background to prove it. During the past decade, while Nashville musicians like Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Shania Twain seem to be on a quest to blur the line between country and pop as much as possible, Lawrence has steadfastly held the line by writing, producing and performing a series of CDs with a straightforward, traditional mindset.

CD REVIEWS

Best Bets

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Margo Timmins from Cowboy Junkies

By Geoff Harkness After 11 albums, thousands of gigs and a handful of record labels, Cowboy Junkies have earned a reputation as one of rock's true survivors. With the nucleus of siblings Margo, Michael and Peter Timmins (on vocals, guitar and drums respectively) and bassist Alan Anton still intact, the band has struggled with everything from stage fright to indifferent record companies and come out on top.

Creative bliss

Rock's most eclectic frontman David Byrne continues to do exactly what he wants

By Geoff Harkness Four minutes and 51 seconds into the conversation, David Byrne attacks. "Ask me something else," he snaps. "Rephrase it or something. The answer to that one is already there."

Top Music

Doctor rhythm

KU percussion professor turns his love of beats into a full-time occupation

By Jon Niccum Many people dream of being a drummer. They fantasize about counting off "One, two, three, four" in front of a packed stadium before launching into a pile-driving beat. But when the reality of this aspiration begins to take its toll, few really have the determination to be a professional drummer  not a rock star, but someone whose entire living is based around his percussive skills.

The 'Last' will be first

By Dan Lybarger With the advent of Ken Burns' ambitious documentary "Jazz" and the museum at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, Mo., it's hard to believe that for a while much memory of K.C.'s jazz scene had almost faded for good.

Film Review - 'American Outlaws'

'American Outlaws' makes mockery of the cowboy genre

By Dan Lybarger Probably the best way to describe the manner in which "American Outlaws" approaches the story of Clay County, Mo.-native Jesse James is by recalling the chilling pronouncement that comes at the end of John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence." Carleton Young flatly declares, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." This remark begs the question: What if the filmmakers can't even get the legend right?

Having a ball

Veteran director Jerry Zucker returns to the comedy 'Rat Race' with latest flick

By Loey Lockerby Jerry Zucker is NOT interested in remaking "Cannonball Run" or "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World." Even though his new movie, "Rat Race," was conceived as a throwback to those star-studded chase comedies, the veteran director-producer had something else in mind entirely when the project came his way.

Film Review - 'Rat Race'

Road comedy 'Rat Race' offers more stars than laughs

By Loey Lockerby No movie should need a credit for an Animatronic Cow Operator. There is simply no legitimate bovine-related activity that should require the use of electronic facsimiles. Especially if that activity involves a hot air balloon and guys squirting each other in the face with, shall we say, extremely fresh milk.

Movie Listings

Out of Bounds: Football fantasies

Game plan allows fans to enter Bizarro World

By Seth Jones Every once in a while I wake up and it seems like I'm in Bizarro World. You know Bizarro World Superman's enemy's home planet. On Bizarro World, you say goodbye when you'd normally say hello. You use incorrect pronouns whenever possible. Everything is bizarre and backward.

Center of attention

Guerrilla theater offers street performance

By Mitchell J. Near The actors in The Evaporated Milk Society will be hard to miss around the Country Club Plaza area in Kansas City, Mo. After all, there are few troupes in operation with members patrolling the streets on 10-foot stilts.

Filmmaker returns to scene of the crime

Allison Anders' 'Things Behind the Sun' a therapeutic release for rape victim

Clutching a bottle, actress Kim Dickens kicks over a garbage can and rages at unseen demons. The opening scene of the Showtime movie, "Things Behind the Sun," depicts her character returning to the home where, years before as a 13-year-old girl, she was gang-raped.

Jail officials change channel on TV offerings

When inmates at the York County Detention Center began to enjoy violent television shows a little too much, officers decided they had a problem. "When they watch the cops and robbers show, and the cop gets shot, they cheer," said Sheriff Bruce Bryant. "We would prefer to put the Discovery Channel and other educational channels in there."

MTV may pull plug on 'Jackass' stunt show

MTV's "Jackass" host, Johnny Knoxville, is at the center of a bigger mystery than whether he'll emerge from his latest stunt with broken bones or seared skin. Knoxville, whose real name is P.J. Clapp, told his hometown newspaper, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, that he's quitting the show that has drawn some of MTV's highest ratings and loudest criticism over the past year.

Patriotic Iraqi love story to become big-budget play

A novel believed written by Saddam Hussein is set to be transformed into a big-budget stage play, with its story of a popular king who falls in love with a commoner and its allegory for the West's persecution of Iraq.

People

Royals denounce new book Actor has role in real-life drama 'Seagull' might not fold wings Cage leaves his mark

Catch me if you can

Framed

Gone to the dogs

Riding with the King

BB King and John Hiatt at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO, 8/15/2001

By Michael Newman Living legends are getting harder to find and by the time most musicians reach that stature, they seldom undertake extensive tours that bring them through our area. Fortunately, BB King hasn't yet given up the road. At the age of 75, King is slowing down, but the joy he finds performing for his fans is obvious, as is the appreciation his audience has for him.

River City Weekly: Quantrill's Raid

Steve Jansen, director of the Watkins Community Museum, leads a historical tour of the events surrounding Quantrill's Raid of Lawrence on Aug. 21, 1863.

Wednesday, August 15

Minority actors achieve record employment in Hollywood

A record number of minority actors found work in Hollywood last year as employment for performers overall rose by 7 percent, the Screen Actors Guild said Monday. Union officials credit diversity awareness programs and civil rights groups for pressuring studios and producers to hire more black, Hispanic and Asian actors.

People

Reunion a fact of life The doctor is still in On permanent vacation Mandy Moore acts her age

Cruise, Cruz move ahead

Penelope Cruz showed up at the premiere of her new movie, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," with a certain someone: Tom Cruise. The pair walked arm-in-arm down the red carpet at Monday's premiere as they posed for a multitude of cameras.

Flat bed pickup

Show to carry on without Carey

Production on ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" will continue while the series star recovers from last week's heart surgery. "We've just altered our production," series executive Bruce Helford said Monday. On Friday, Carey underwent an angioplasty to clear a blocked artery, after suffering intense chest pains while working on the show.

Not throwing in the towel

Presidential memoirs not often profitable

An editor once observed that "People have tended to overpay for presidential memoirs." That editor is Ashbel Green, of Alfred A. Knopf, publisher of former President and current memoirist Bill Clinton. "I am kind of embarrassed by that remark, only because of the present context," Green said with a laugh.

Tuesday, August 14

'N Sync, 'Buffy' big winners at Teen Choice Awards

'N Sync, Destiny's Child and Britney Spears were big winners at the Teen Choice Awards, which even netted an appearance by actor Ben Affleck. Boy band 'N Sync picked up awards for best single for "Pop" and for best album, while Spears was named favorite female artist.

People

Jackson 5 reunited Allen waits for his 'Citizen Kane' Fabio behind the camera Cher sells luxury home

Movies in 'NYPD' film festival date to 1914

Movies in the Film Forum's NYPD series, which began Friday, by year of release:

Film festival celebrates the NYPD

Hollywood has a long history of fascination with New York-based cop movies

Mischievous flatfoots and heroic gumshoes. Hard-boiled detectives and corrupt cops. A film festival devoted to Hollywood's century-long obsession with the New York Police Department has rounded up all the usual suspects.

Monday, August 13

People

Not seeing is believing UFOs? Why not? Character development Evangelista in vogue again

Blockbuster debuts fall hard and fast

Week after week this summer, Hollywood's blockbuster movies have opened to the kind of eye-popping numbers that get breathlessly splashed across TV and newspaper reports.

'American Pie 2' tastes sweet success at box office

"American Pie 2" grabbed the biggest slice of the box office, debuting as the top weekend film with $45.1 million, the best opening ever for an R-rated comedy.

Film nudity challenges actresses

Baring her body in "American Pie" exposed Shannon Elizabeth to the expectation that she'd strip for the camera again.

Sunday, August 12

Auburn collection claims 36 works from 'Advancing American Art'

The 36 paintings and sketches owned by Auburn University originally part of the 1946-1947 "Advancing American Art" exhibition.

People

Comedian Drew Carey undergoes procedure for blocked artery Delay takes some 'Glitter' off of Mariah's soundtrack 'P. Diddy' avoids arrest for illegal lawn-mowing Ante paid for Vegas stunt

Trekkies gravitate to convention in suburban Miami

Terrans uh, humans to most of us were in the majority at Saturday's "Star Trek" convention. But it didn't make Klingon K'Las uneasy. The tall man, born Keith Charlton, simply swaggered about the room drinking his Klingon Bloodwyne from a red crystal canteen.

'Un-American art' resurfaces

Post-WWII masters' works re-emerge, with government's approval

Backed by the U.S. State Department, the traveling exhibit of 120 works titled "Advancing American Art" was intended to show the postwar world that the United States was also a cultural power.

Men skirt new fashion

Designer gives traditional Scottish kilts a makeover

Nothing girly about a man in a skirt at least according to Howie Nicholsby. Then again, he designs kilts for a living. According to Nicholsby, 22, it takes a real man to suit up and hit the town in traditional Scottish garb.

Arts notes

Color your world with hued sunglasses New tights take care of in-flight legwork

Mottoes relay 19th-century messages

Collectors prize framed needlework sayings, especially the unusual

Sentimental and instructive home decorations were found in almost every Victorian home. Popular items included figurines of young lovers, important characters from the Bible and literature who represented moral values, pictures of lovable dogs or cats, and scenes of home and happy family.

The long and short of dachshund racing

Wiener Nationals draws arena full of contestants and loyal fans

By Ryan Ritter Sure, their legs are short no one is questioning that. But what these little dogs lack in stature, they more than make up with raw, feisty courage. No one who knows dachshunds would describe them as possessing a quiet grace their strength lies elsewhere.

Arts notes

'Three Minutes or Less' seeks short acts Authors to talk about books in Topeka Train show slated at Reardon Civic Center Lindsborg museum to hang quilt show

Sum of the parts

Artists combine separate works to form a viable, thought-provoking whole

By Jan Biles An artwork doesn't have to be a single painting or drawing. Sometimes, a work is made of a series of pieces that together form a larger image, explain a story or investigate a concept.

Arts notes

Auditions taking place for 'Black Jack' Exhibit explores art, career of John Gould Those were the best days of my life

Japanese animation

Anime exhibit looks at technology, gender roles

The clever little car comes with a Geiger counter. The toylike vending machine dispenses emergency food rations. The pair of giant inflatable bunnies dominate an entire room.

There's a word for it: mechanophobia

By Marsha Henry Goff With apologies to Yogi Berra, it was deja vu all over again. I stopped at a self-service station to fuel my car and encountered yet another type of interactive computerized gasoline pump. Doesn't anyone set standards for these things?

Bookstore

Novel's couple takes second honeymoon separately

What better way to rekindle a waning marriage than a second honeymoon in Paris? So thought Lara Lewis, 45, a homemaker and the hopeful heroine of Elizabeth Adler's romantic novel "The Last Time I Saw Paris" (St. Martin's, 296 pages, $23.95). When Lara's husband Bill, a world-famous surgeon, slinks off to Beijing on a business trip with his young and pretty associate, alarm bells sound in Lara's mind.

TV news shows' guests announced

Here's the guest lineup for today's TV news shows:

Saturday, August 11

KU students energize arts center's programs

By Theresa Freed Kansas University senior Kathy Graham said her work at the Lawrence Arts Center has allowed her to develop a whole new appreciation for art. "I love to walk through the gallery and see what the children have created," Graham said. "It's just amazing what they can do. They still have that ability to imagine that some adult students lose."

Boing

Ready, set, go

People

Mom backs Backstreet Boy Jeweler: No ring of truth to claim Como children not in harmony Plea helps singer avoid DUI

Langston Hughes festival attracts actors, writers

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, actor Danny Glover and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky are among the artists and scholars planning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of writer Langston Hughes' birth Jan. 31 and from Feb. 7 to 10 at Kansas University.

Emmy-winning director dies

Emmy-winning director Alan Rafkin, whose credits include four decades of television's most popular comedies, including "The Andy Griffith Show" and "M-A-S-H," has died of heart disease. He was 73.

Marines 'promote' Gomer Pyle

Surprise, surprise, surprise! After 37 years, fictional Pfc. Gomer Pyle on Thursday achieved the promotion to lance corporal that eluded him during five years in the Marine Corps on the popular television sitcom in the 1960s.

Proposed museum is 'up the river'

Ossining, N.Y., home to Sing Sing Prison, backs novel tourist draw

Criminals sent "up the river" marched in striped suits behind these turreted walls. And murderers, spies and celluloid tough guys walked the "last mile" to the electric chair. Sing Sing still operates on the shores of the Hudson River minus the striped suits and death house. And it still retains its dark mystique.

Downtown: the music mecca

Every kind of music can be found from Sixth to 11th streets

By Geoff Harkness New in town? Looking for some live tunes? Well, in case you haven't already heard, Lawrence boasts one of the best music scenes in the country, mixing great local acts with the country's best-known musicians.

Friday, August 10

People

Heat zaps Bobby Brown Potter fans have to wait Actress expresses regret Affleck's beer ad pulled

'O, Brother' artist leads bluegrass nominations

A member of Alison Krauss' band who did the singing for George Clooney in the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" got a leading 10 nominations Thursday for awards from the International Bluegrass Music Assn.

Folk singer in tune with education

Teachers and administrators in the Winston-Salem-Forsyth County school system experienced an afternoon of peace, love and character education with folk singer Peter Yarrow.

British musicians protest band ban

Live music not allowed in pubs under entertainment licensing law

Before they were famous, the Rolling Stones entertained small crowds twice a week in the back of a hotel bar. The band Madness broke into the scene with a gig at London's Hope & Anchor pub. And the Beatles built their fan base with live shows in Liverpool.

Thursday, August 9

Film Review - 'Osmosis Jones'

Mixture of live action and animation makes kiddie comedy hard to digest

By Dan Lybarger "Osmosis Jones" solves a persistent question: Can Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the brothers who directed such entertaining exercises in tastelessness as "Kingpin" and "There's Something about Mary," make an enjoyable flick that doesn't cause a viewer to feel the need to take a shower afterwards.

Sibling rivalry

In step

People

Martha Stewart envy Gomer Pyle promoted Ganging up in prayer Nicotine dreams

Mariah Carey out of hospital

Singer Mariah Carey checked herself out of a Connecticut clinic where she was being treated after suffering an emotional breakdown last month, her spokeswoman said. "MC is feeling better," Carey's spokeswoman, Cyndi Berger, told the Daily News in Wednesday's editions.

Former detective tackles crime in new way

Maureen Reagan dies of cancer

Daughter of former president and actress Jane Wyman was 60

Maureen Reagan, the outspoken presidential daughter who became a crusader for Alzheimer's disease awareness after her father fell ill, died Wednesday. She was 60 and had suffered from skin cancer.

Spinning The Web: When worlds collide

Commerce, politics and the Web confront Kansas artist

By Michael Newman Some people have way too much time on their hands. Vanity-surfing, they spend time looking up their name on search engines and other Web sites, enduring on the pitiful fame the World Wide Web affords even the lowliest souls souls like the allegedly darkened one possessed by Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif.

Parting shot

Poetic patience

Gary Lechliter finally gets 'Fool Moon' into print

By Mitchell J. Near Gary Lechliter has been through it all in his attempts to be a published poet. He's studied his craft, written journals, appeared in various anthologies and won awards along his path of getting a manuscript published. And he was well aware that most people have trouble getting into poetry as recreational reading. So he thought he had it all licked when he hooked up with a book publisher for his work. Then his mini-nightmare began.

Out of Bounds: Doing the heatstroke

Lawrence residents have yet to figure out that it's too hot to exercise outdoors

By Seth Jones Driving around Lawrence the other day, I saw a sign that made me want to pull my truck off the road and run over it time and again.

Movie Listings

Through a lens brightly

Cinematographer Niki Newland eyes a movie career beyond Kansas University

By Jon Niccum When the familiar phrase "lights, camera, action" is uttered on a film set in Lawrence, it's a good bet that Niki Newland has some hand in the lights and camera part of the equation.

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'American Pie 2'

Comedy sequel 'American Pie 2' improves on gross-out recipe

By Dan Lybarger Screenwriter Adam Herz works with bodily discharges and fetishes the way a jazz musician handles melodies and instruments: The tune may be the same night after night, but with a slight tweak it seems new and exhilarating. In the case of "American Pie 2," Herz, who wrote the first flick, and director J.B. Rogers, who was an AD on the first movie, follow the same template and manage to elicit a surprising amount of guilty chuckles for a retread.

Film Review - 'The Others'

'The Others' helps usher in a hair-raising return to the artistry of subtle horror

By Loey Lockerby Devotees of Gothic horror have had it rough the past 30 years. Ancient, decaying mansions shrouded in mystery just don't have much appeal to audiences jaded by postmodern humor and gory special effects. Fans of the genre have simply had to be patient, hoping some director would come along and make the screen safe for old, dark houses again.

Simply Plaid

Pioneering U.K. electronica duo prepares to invade U.S. shores

By Geoff Harkness For many musicians, lyrics are a fundamental aspect of their art, fleshing out the tracks with attitude and emotion. For others, vocals are an afterthought, something tacked on once the music is perfected. But for a mostly instrumental band like Plaid, words get in the way.

TOP MUSIC

Cognitive dissonance

Nu metal's most intelligent band Deftones try not to hurt each other on road

By Geoff Harkness Ask any member of Deftones about his band and you'll probably hear some kind of comparison to a family a dysfunctional one.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with The Ripper from Judas Priest

By Geoff Harkness It makes perfect sense that Hollywood is making a movie (the Mark Wahlberg vehicle "Rock Star") based on the real-life Cinderella story of Tim Owens.

Best Bets

Side Notes: Anchors aweigh

McBride enlists Kansas news faces for video

By Mitchell J. Near Every once in a while a music video comes along that redefines the genre, that has profound social significance or is packed with lyrical poetry and soaring musical hooks. Alas, "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues," by country crooner and Kansas native Martina McBride, has no such pedigree to elevate it among its peers.

Life by the 'drop

Joydrop gears up for a quest to regain momentum and respect

By Jon Niccum "At the beginning, we had this idea where we were going to be a band and be perceived as a band," Joydrop vocalist Tara Slone remembers. "We were going to split up all the interviews, and everybody would be equal. It doesn't work.

Wednesday, August 8

Little League steps up to big screen

Standing atop the man-made earthen bowl that cradles the Howard J. Lamade Stadium, author John Grisham surveys the pristine diamond where the world's best preteen baseball teams gather every August to vie for the Little League World Series title. "This is the mecca," he said. "There is no finer place for baseball."

People

Ruling cuts court award Singer mangles anthem Keillor has heart Senate run ruled out

Dictionary addresses college students' language 'crisis'

The first major dictionary of the 21st century is appropriately directed at the deteriorating writing skills of college students. The Microsoft Encarta College Dictionary, published last month by St. Martin's Press ($24.95), addresses today's students' problems with English grammar, usage, spelling and vocabulary.

Lorenzo Music, heard but rarely seen, dies

He swore he didn't know Garfield the Cat from Charlie the Tuna. Nevertheless, the former folk singer and comedy writer with the voice once described as "kind of cutely stupid" became television's animated Garfield.

Rap mogul leaves prison for Death Row

Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records, was released from a federal prison in Oregon after serving nearly five years behind bars. The 36-year-old was released Monday morning and boarded a plane for Los Angeles. He served more than half of a nine-year term for violating probation on assault charges from a fight at a Las Vegas hotel in September 1996.

Tuesday, August 7

Retailer has designs on TV fashion

Bergdorf Goodman a consultant for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Television has become one of the most influential sources of fashion trends. Walk down Main Street in Anytown, U.S.A., and you'll see a Carrie ("Sex and the City") wannabe or a Rachel ("Friends") look-alike.

People

Cruz ignores the rumors Janet cancels again Kicking it up a notch Tommy's house of fashion

Clinton signs deal to publish memoirs

Ending months of speculation, former President Clinton said Monday that he will write his much sought-after memoirs for publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Terms were not disclosed, but he is expected to receive one of the biggest advances ever for a nonfiction book.

Poetry Slam title brings loss for words

Mayda DelValle had just walked off stage at the Paramount Theatre with the national title for the spoken word. But she had no words left.

Monday, August 6

Ansel Adams centenary celebrated

The first comprehensive exhibition of Ansel Adams' work since his death in 1984 reinforces his status as America's foremost nature photographer and secures a place for his work on museum walls.

People

Clinton belongings soaked Teen idols: a retrospective Hail and farewell Hopkins takes up residence

New Web music services face antitrust probe

The Justice Department has launched an antitrust investigation into two online music services, both scheduled to launch this fall, that are backed by the world's largest record companies.

Theaters jammed for 'Rush Hour 2'

"Rush Hour 2" caused serious traffic jams at movie theaters.

Sunday, August 5

Lipman's latest is likable, but it's not her best writing

The accidental carbon-monoxide poisoning deaths of an older woman and her lover are the catalyst in Elinor Lipman's new novel, "The Dearly Departed" (Random House, 269 pages, $23.95). This, another in Lipman's string of mostly comedic romances with a bit of tragedy thrown in, chronicles the relationship that develops between each victim's adult child and their belated realization that they are linked by more than just mourning.

Small-town stories

Richard Russo brings his own upbringing into his novels

Richard Russo remembers college times, not the classrooms or dorms, but the summers working on a road construction crew with his father in upstate New York. He tells of long, hot days that ended in the cool of a roadside bar, the satisfaction of having some money in his pocket, of a young man's pride in feeling strong and working hard.

Arts notes

Chicago punk band's music influences painter's work Those were the best days of my life Crown Center exhibit includes area collectors Fall Arts and Crafts Festival seeks entries

Foto Loco

Amateurs turn their lens on Massachusetts Street

By Matt Merkel-Hess Twenty-one photographers have found that it isn't so crazy to take a closer look at downtown Lawrence. As participants in the Foto Loco Photo Workshop at the Pelathe Community Resource Center, the novice photographers were equipped with film and point-and-shoot cameras. Their task: Find interesting sights and people to go along with the theme "Hanging Out in Lawrence 2001."

Artist utilizes lists to come up with images for his canvas

By Jan Biles Lawrence artist Brian Pyle has filled several books with sketches and lists of words, emotions and experiences that later spill over into his artworks. "I start out with broad subjects and start a list of what fascinates me," Pyle said. "My source of information is real-life experiences and the things I pay attention to. Most are mundane things, and out of the mundane thoughts come my artwork."

Truckin' along

People

TV viewers to find out 'weakest' Brady member Material girl has laryngiti Modeling agency suing high-dollar Evangelista Governors fishing to draw attention to lake

Comedian's stalker found dead in jail cell

A convicted stalker accused of repeatedly threatening comedian Jerry Lewis was found dead Saturday in his jail cell. Police said it appeared Gary Randolph Benson, 57, died in his sleep at the Clark County Detention Center. He was found at 1:48 a.m.

'Mr. Belvedere' dies at 80

Christopher Hewett, the British-born stage actor perhaps best remembered as television's endearing English butler, "Mr. Belvedere," died Friday. He was 80. Hewett, whose career began at age 7 on a stage in Ireland, had been in declining health, said his nephew, Paul Hewett.

Bond star weds former 'ET' correspondent

James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith exchanged wedding vows Saturday at an 11th-century abbey nestled in the emerald hills of western Ireland. The bride and groom arrived separately at Ballintubber Abbey before the service, and left together in a white Rolls-Royce. The newlyweds cracked the rear window and waved as the car drove off.

Former gymnast helps actors 'find inner ape' for '68 remake

Teacher prepared for job by studying chimpanzees

Teaching the elegant actress Helena Bonham Carter to "find her inner ape" was no easy task. But after hanging around a zoo for months, Terry Notary says he was just the man for the job.

Horsing around

Arts notes

Teen-ager to show paintings at Java Dive New dean announced at music conservatory KC Symphony names director of development

Father gives advice to daughter about career in visual arts

By Jan Biles Maryam Zangeneh will be remembering her father's advice when she packs her bags in a couple of weeks to head off to school in New York City: "Don't let anything get in the way of your art." Zangeneh, 18, who graduated from Lawrence High School last spring, is enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she will study illustration.

Bookstore

Book bite

Audio books

Saturday, August 4

The best, most overrated flicks

'Citizen Kane' atop writers' lists of movie scripts and another list, too

Screenwriters have a real love-hate thing going with "Citizen Kane" and "Casablanca." An informal survey of Hollywood scribes ranked those two as the best movie scripts ever but also among the most overrated. Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," which he co-wrote with Herman J. Mankiewicz, was rated the top screenplay in the survey by nonprofit publishing house Library of America.

When galaxies collide

Thunderstorms on the horizon

The eyes have it

A work of art

Look Ma, no hands

People

Tucker takes his time 'West Wing' creator used drugs Gay rights group criticizes Smith Downey in Elton John video

5th Dimension singer Ron Townson dies at 68

'Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,' 'Up, Up and Away' among '60s group's signature songs

Ron Townson, the portly centerpiece singer for the Grammy-winning pop group The 5th Dimension, has died. He was 68. Townson died Thursday of renal failure at his home in Las Vegas after a four-year battle with kidney disease, said Bobette Townson, his wife of 44 years. "Ron always felt that he would get well enough that he would perform again," his wife said.

Model dead after helicopter crash

The body of a young woman found floating off a beach was identified Friday as top model Fernanda Vogel, missing since a helicopter crashed in the sea last weekend. Her boyfriend, heir to one of Brazil's top retail empires, survived the crash, as did the co-pilot. The body of pilot Ronaldo Ribeiro was found Tuesday.

Parting gift

Friday, August 3

Quality control

People

Home-town proud Been there, done that Jagger keeps rolling Stage: The final frontier

Music workshop strives to orchestrate peace

The orchestra played behind guarded doors. Photographs of the entire group, some of its members there without their government's permission, were strictly prohibited. So were bags and even umbrellas.

Acclaimed science fiction writer dies

Master science fiction writer Poul Anderson, author of futuristic tales of human courage, died of complications related to prostate cancer. He was 74.

Headline News ready to turn page

Newscasts to pick up the pace with barrage of information

Headline News, which started nearly two decades ago as CNN's stepchild, has always branded itself as a place for quick, one-stop information shopping: news, weather, business, sports all in one place, all in a half-hour package.

Thursday, August 2

Queen Mother hospitalized three days before 101st birthday

The Queen Mother Elizabeth had a blood transfusion Wednesday at a London hospital where she was being treated for anemia three days before her 101st birthday. She went to King Edward VII Hospital in the morning with inimitable style on her own two feet and decked out in one of her fancy hats.

'Big Brother 2' moves to later time slot

Is "Big Brother 2" getting too raunchy for the so-called family hour? CBS announced Wednesday that it is moving the reality series an hour later to 8 p.m. CDT each of the three nights it airs starting Tuesday.

'Family hour' growing dysfunctional

Study: Prime time programs becoming raunchier, more violent

Childhood innocence and television are an increasingly uneasy mix, according to a study released Wednesday. Youngsters watching television during the so-called family hour 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT last season were exposed to bawdier humor and more coarse language and violence than in 1999, according to the Parents Television Council.

Arts Notes

 Family event sparks children's imaginations  Willmott to speak at Micheaux festival

Parting shot

What Are You Reading?

Let's get lost

Author and musician Chet Nichols gets his kicks on 'Route 66'

By Mitchell J. Near Chet Nichols is a storyteller. The desire to communicate has been in his veins since he first attended college in Oklahoma City and majored in theater. The city's Bible-belt philosophy didn't jive with him, though, so the Chicago native migrated to Kansas University and ended up earning his thespian credentials in Lawrence.

Melodramatic realism

A pair of artists convey unusual themes through paints and photos at Henry's

By Mitchell J. Near Aaron Marable and Brant Watson have a pretty good gig going for themselves. By day they tend the bar and coffeehouse at Henry's, 11 E. Eighth St., and after hours they pursue their love of art. Marable does it with a brush, canvas and oil-based paints, while Watson focuses his attention through a camera lens. And they can view their art all day, as Henry's is displaying the efforts of both young artists in its existing gallery space.

Out of Bounds: Get rich with sports junk

Could the Internet auction site eBay offer a way to make your first million?

By Seth Jones I'm going to strike it rich, folks. My latest get-rich-quick plot? This one's practically guaranteed. It's much better than my previous idea, the "Robert Downey Jr. is my co-pilot" bumper sticker.

Wake Up Call: Working in a Kohl's mine

Mag columnist sends an open letter from the sweat shops of Nicaragua

By Greg Douros Editor's Note: Mag columnist Greg Douros is spending the summer in Nicaragua doing research to complete his master's degree in sociology.

Movie Listings

Film Review - 'Made'

Favreau and Vaughn join forces again for the uncomfortable comedy 'Made'

By Jon Niccum At some point, everyone has come across that one guy who doesn't know when to stop talking. The most minor situation turns into an ordeal because he asks questions when none are needed, volunteers inappropriate information or has to push an argument to the breaking point. This poses a huge problem if that guy is your best friend and your career involves organized crime.

Film Review - 'Sexy Beast'

By Dan Lybarger "Sexy Beast" starts off as a conventional British heist film but progresses in delightfully strange and unpredictable ways. From the beginning, music video director Jonathan Glazer (who has previously teamed with Radiohead) comes up with oddly gripping images that enhance the harsh story they accompany.

His finest 'Hour'

Legendary composer Lalo Schifrin continues as nation's leading scorer

By Dan Lybarger Argentinean-born Lalo Schifrin's enduring music is often easy to recognize. Trying to label it is another matter. The tense theme he wrote for the TV-show "Mission: Impossible" has been followed by memorable scores for films like "Cool Hand Luke," Carlos Saura's "Tango" and the Bruce Lee classic "Enter the Dragon." From the more than 100 film scores he has penned, six have earned him Oscar nominations. At the same time, he composed and arranged (and played piano on) jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's 1960 album "Gillespiana" and has even written arrangements for the Three Tenors concerts featuring Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras.

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'The Princess Diaries'

'The Princess Diaries' launches Anne Hathaway as teen star

By Loey Lockerby Director Garry Marshall has a gift for discovering charming young ingenues. In 1990, he made Julia Roberts a superstar by casting her in "Pretty Woman." In 2001, he just might work the same magic for Anne Hathaway, a teen-age beauty whose only other notable credit is the short-lived TV series "Get Real." After this summer, she very well may have her own fairy tale career.

Manifesto destiny

Corporate Avenger pushes its political ideology through music

By Geoff Harkness On Dec. 8, 1830, U.S. president Andrew Jackson addressed the Indian Removal Act in his First Annual Message to Congress. The proposed legislation, Jackson said, would rid several states of "Indian occupancy, and enable those States to advance rapidly in population, wealth, and power. It will separate the Indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites...and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the government and through the influence of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian community."

Dodging bullets

Saves the Day avoids fame as new CD debuts on the charts

By Geoff Harkness Most indie musicians would be thrilled if their new record breached Billboard's Top 100 on its first week of release. For Saves the Day vocalist Chris Conley whose third effort, "Stay What You Are" did just that, entering the charts July 20 at No. 100 it's an achievement met with ambivalence.

Best Bets

CD Reviews

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Lonnie Brooks

By Geoff Harkness Blues guitar hero Lonnie Brooks didn't pick up a six-string until he was in his twenties. Born Lee Baker Jr. in 1933, he learned the craft from his banjo-playing grandfather, lending him a country twang that eventually helped bridge southern styles with northern. Brooks, a Louisiana native, proved a quick study.

TOP MUSIC

Exclusive Online Profile: Motorcycle builder Rick Combs

Local custom builder makes biker's fantasies a reality

In the summer of 1998, the Solomon R. Guugenheim Museum in New York presented a show called The Art of the Motorcycle. While the endorsement of one to the world's leading art museums is a fine thing, motorcycle owners, especially owners of big American v-twin powered bikes found nothing surprising about Motorcycles receiving broader recognition as objects of aesthetic appreciation. Most owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles tend to view their own bikes as both vehicle and also canvas for their personal expression.

Hitting the high notes

Almost in full bloom

People

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Wednesday, August 1

Smash Mouth singer's infant son dies

The rock group Smash Mouth has canceled immediate tour dates after the death of its lead singer's infant son. Presley Scott Harwell, son of Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, died Saturday of complications from acute lymphocytic leukemia, tour manager Scotty Haulter said.

Touch-up work

People

Heat zaps Queen Mum Guitarist pleads innocent Tommy Lee pays debt to society Musician died of natural causes

Judge signs Cruise-Kidman divorce papers

Actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman took another step toward divorce after a Los Angeles judge signed papers allowing their highly publicized split to be finalized Aug. 8., a court clerk said on Tuesday.

Clinton, Babyface fight AIDS

Former President Bill Clinton and Grammy award-winning singer and producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds announced on Tuesday they would lead a new initiative to fight AIDS in Africa and globally by raising awareness and money for the battle against the epidemic.

Weather Channel basking in glory

Andy Dial admits it. He's a Weather Channel junkie. He turns it on at first just to check on the local forecast, and then he can't turn it off. Storm Watch. Travel Forecast. Tropical Update. They serve as the background music to his life.