Monday, December 31
Bronchitis a show-stopper Author enamored of film Queen Mum misses church Poet, biographer dies
Britain honors leaders of arts, science, industry as well as ordinary workers
Actor Ben Kingsley and the American scientist James Watson, winner of the Nobel Prize, received knighthoods today in a New Year's list honoring people from the Bee Gees to the head of the lost-property office for London's buses and subways.
'Lord of the Rings' lifts Hollywood to big finish for year
Audiences are making a habit of hobbits.
Never fear. There will always be a richly competitive worst-films-of-the-year list. Here they are, in approximate order of disgrace.
Three decades is a long, long time, even for the seemingly ageless Dick Clark, the Dorian Gray of rock 'n' roll. Tonight marks the 30th annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" (9 p.m., ABC). Steve Doocy and Madison Michele join Clark to report on the crowds gathered in New York City's Times Square as well as other festivities throughout New York City.
Sunday, December 30
Examples from the wide-ranging collections of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library center on a winter theme
By Michael Newman Kenneth Spencer Research Library Curator in Graphics James Helliar describes the exhibition entitled "Winter Interludes" as the tips of icebergs. The show consists primarily of eight plates selected from the library's various collections, which depict winter, holiday, or children's themes. According to Helliar, each of these plates was selected as a representative example of a major collection in the library's possession.
'Potter' author J.K. Rowling weds Widow, son fight for family jewels Willie stops traffic
Chet Atkins' guitar was heard on hundreds of hit records by Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and others. And millions of Beatles fans were familiar with his style in the 1960s without even knowing it.
Exhibition at KU library contains wintery images NEA grant to support Lied Center projects Nelson-Atkins establishes Indian art curatorship Singer-songwriters line up for acoustic showcase
Collectors find diverse works, buying options in Lawrence
By Rebecca Bycott One year when his wife celebrated a birthday, Phil Bohlander decided to give her something really special. Instead of going to the store and buying the usual present, he commissioned Lawrence artist Ardys Ramberg to create a gift.
Saturday, December 29
Hobbit role no cakewalk Dietrich tribute long time coming 'Slowly but surely' works for her
"Oh brother, where art thou, if you're not in Owensboro come spring 2002?" a Kentucky Department of Travel brochure asks.
Despite the prospect of millions of dollars in budget cuts, the Smithsonian has great news for photography fans. It has launched a new initiative which, if it succeeds, will create a National Center for Photography at the museum complex.
Mardi Gras to sport more security, patriotism
With the nation more aware than ever of its vulnerability to terrorism, this famously carefree city is going to great lengths to beef up security before the crowds arrive for Mardi Gras.
(excerpted from "Musical hotbed" from the Lawrence Music Scene: Hip or Hype series)
Friday, December 28
Tina Terry reports on the local sales during the Christmas season.
Steps stepping down Hurley's ex sues tabloid Taking a blow for his art Glover goes for Kofi Annan look
From "A Beautiful Mind" to an ugly green mug.
The rock band U2 had the second biggest tour ever during a year in which concert industry business was off but ticket prices continued to rise, an industry trade publication said Thursday.
Police museum to open just blocks from World Trade Center site
A police museum set to open next month pays tribute to officers who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a display of their photos and badges.
We finally get to hear from the man behind the Buffy phenomenon. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon picks apart the two-hour pilot of "Buffy" as part of a DVD release of the series' first season, due out Jan. 15 from Fox Home Entertainment.
Civic, church vocal music director to return to his native Minnesota
By Jan Biles He's leaving. Rob Reid, director of the Lawrence Civic Choir and music and choir director at the First United Methodist Church the past 8 1/2 years, finished packing Thursday morning at his church office.
Thursday, December 27
Hat toss put on hold Playwright fears for civil rights Eastwood's daughter escapes fire AIDS activist recovering
The first installment of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy ruled theaters in its first week as "Ali" became the box-office champ of films opening on Christmas Day. The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" took in $47.2 million in its first three-day weekend.
Sir Nigel Hawthorne, the actor known round the world as Machiavellian civil servant Sir Humphrey in the British television series "Yes, Minister," died Wednesday. He was 72. Americans knew him better as the title monarch in "The Madness of King George."
Fox News Channel said Wednesday that war correspondent Geraldo Rivera had made an "honest mistake" in his reporting of a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. The network said it had accepted Rivera's explanation and planned no further action.
Old folk singers help one another out in times of need
On a Friday night in December, Chris Smither leaned into the microphone at Caffe Lena and drawled, "It's about that time of the evening to do something by creepy old Bob Dylan."
Cash given to winner of poetry contest Sesame Street musical coming to Kansas City
The World Wide Web becomes a poet's paradise and a reader's nightmare
By Michael Newman Sturgeon's Law stipulates that 90 percent of everything is crud. The science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon said specifically, "Sure, 90 percent of science fiction is crud. That's because 90 percent of everything is crud." One might be tempted to extrapolate from this statement that 90% of poetry is therefore crud. Would that this were so.
Even though the holidays are over, there is still time to buy presents for Seth
By Seth Jones I'm spoiled. Two weeks before Christmas my folks gave me a big-screen TV. And here I am bitching about what I didn't get for Christmas.
'Majestic' actor Landau remembers lessons of Hollywood's Commie witch-hunt
By Dan Lybarger In his new movie "The Majestic," veteran character actor Martin Landau delivers a stirring soliloquy about the joys of seeing vintage films and their deified stars in an opulent theater worthy of the content. It's a powerful experience he can recall from his own life.
'Ali' offers little insight into motivations of one of history's greatest personalities
By Loey Lockerby This sprawling biopic of Muhammad Ali begins with his 1964 heavyweight championship fight against Sonny Liston and ends with the legendary 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" bout with George Foreman in Zaire.
Russell Crowe effectively portrays tormented genius in 'A Beautiful Mind'
By Jon Niccum Everyone questions reality at some point in their life, but with John Nash Jr. it's an everyday occurrence. The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician has struggled for years as a paranoid-schizophrenic, battling to keep his career, relationships and sanity from self-destructing.
Tragedy, comedy intermingled as never before
By Mitchell J. Near Like most people, I know exactly what I was doing the day the Twin Towers were attacked. I was sleeping in I am a professional writer, after all. My friend Becky called and said a plane had struck one of the towers, and then she hung up. I turned the tube on, thinking that I'd see a report on some out-of-control small turbo-prop slamming into the building, just in time to see the second airliner hit the other tower.
By Geoff Harkness and Jon Niccum You just never know who's gonna be on the other end of the phone. While we spend a great deal of our time talking with folks of all shapes and sizes, some stand out more than others. In 2001, a cast of characters ranging from former teen idol Donny Osmond to sitar shaman Ravi Shankar to porn legend Ron Jeremy took time out of their busy (and not-so-busy) lives to talk exclusively with The Mag.
Truth Cell's socially aware metal catches the national eye
By Geoff Harkness Some people learn about politics in the classroom; Truth Cell guitarist Shane Murray discovered them in the mosh pit.
Wednesday, December 26
Dancing with restaurateurs New language for Tyler Not another Shakespearean role Bono is 'European of the Year'
The Coast Guard captain whose search-and-rescue efforts were depicted in the book and movie "The Perfect Storm" has retired. Capt. Larry Brudnicki, 51, had been in the Coast Guard for more than 30 years, and was chief of operations for the 11th Coast Guard District in Alameda since 1997.
NYU artists don't let firefighter's dream die in ruins of World Trade Center
Shortly after he graduated from the Fire Academy in July, Christian Regenhard hatched a plan to paint a mural on the doors of his firehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The design the 28-year-old artist and writer created was dominated by a blazing Maltese cross as a point of pride for Ladder Co. 131 and Engine Co. 279 on Lorraine Street.
Artists, patrons flock to Franconia Sculpture Park
A short drive north of the Twin Cities' renowned sculpture gardens and art museums, sculptors from around the world have transformed a 16-acre cornfield into an outdoor gallery for the humongous.
Tuesday, December 25
"Subdued" is the word for the holidays this year. Splurging on flashy gifts is out.
Monday, December 24
Cleaning out the closet At home abroad Regis' rosy prediction A voice for reason
Hobbits were the lords of the box office as the opening chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy took in $45.3 million Friday to Sunday for an easy No. 1 debut.
Dickens' relevance deepens after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
Everything about "A Christmas Carol" is familiar, it seems. The miserly Scrooge. The procession of ghosts. The holly and mistletoe, the Crachit family's pudding.
"Ally McBeal" (8 p.m., Fox) may not be the hottest comedy anymore, but the quirky legal soap opera can still sell music. Fox repeats an episode featuring the young singer Josh Groban as the teen-age son of a disillusioned minister (Tom Berenger) who lost his faith after the death of his wife.
Sunday, December 23
Sacrifice in the name of love Seagal's court loss still a win Comic lookin' for love Movie hits close to home for 'Joe Somebody' star
And now for something completely different: Man bites dog. A Margate, Fla., man, intoxicated and hiding out in a junked car after a hit-and-run accident, allegedly grabbed Vader, a Broward Sheriff's Office canine, and bit him on the back of the neck and around the right eye late Wednesday.
Familiar faces of war coverage coming home for the holidays; replacements in place
This year, the Christmas holiday coincides with a work-shift change for the cable and broadcast news staffers covering the war in Afghanistan. Some of the familiar faces of the war coverage Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera, CNN's Christiane Amanpour and MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield are headed home at a time when the hunt for Osama Bin Laden has intensified.
Comedian working on congressional comedy series pilot
Here's the plot: Four middle-aged men in Congress share a passion for policy and a house away from their families. They laugh. They eat takeout. They discuss water rights and dairy price supports.
By Mindie Paget Experimentation is always risky. But stakes multiply when the test materials are minuscule spheres of 22-karat gold and platinum and the catalyst is a torch.
Numerous artists displayed their holiday spirit for the Journal-World's first Holiday Art Contest. Winners receive four movie passes donated by Southwind Twelve Theatres. Honorable mentions will receive certificates of merit. The winners and several of the honorable mention works are shown here.
Saturday, December 22
By Terry Rombeck Thom Alexander says a new era is about to begin in the Lawrence music scene. Next month, his nonprofit Americana Music Academy will offer its first courses in everything from harmonica and fiddle playing to the music of the Eagles and Led Zeppelin.
Brave Combo at the Grand Emporium - Kansas City MO - 12/20/2001
By Michael Newman Anyone fortunate to have attended Thursday night's Brave Combo show at Kansas City's Grand Emporium got all the Christmas party anyone could ever hope for. Over the course of two hour-long sets, the Grammy Award winning, Denton, Texas quintet took their fans on a frenetic musical and cultural tour of party music.
Gin Blossoms ready for reunion Holly Hunter headed for divorce Country crooner cited for DUI
Comedian Foster Brooks, a one-time television newscaster who became an "overnight success" at the age of 59 after creating a comic drunk act that made him a favorite in Las Vegas showrooms and on television variety shows, has died. He was 89.
Animal rights groups monitored trial
A star Ringling Bros. circus trainer was acquitted Friday of a charge he abused an elephant outside a performance last summer, ending a trial watched closely by animal rights groups.
(excerpted from "Musical hotbed" from the Lawrence Music Scene: Hip or Hype series)
Doctors who performed cochlear implant surgery on conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that the operation was successful.
Friday, December 21
Motion picture nominees for the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s Golden Globe Awards.
It's definitely a year for the terrifying, troubled, twisted and tragic at the movies. Solemn films about delusion, blackmail, vengeance and doomed love dominated Golden Globe contenders, including "A Beautiful Mind" and "Moulin Rouge," which led with six nominations each.
Bush, Giuliani deemed intriguing Singer pleads guilty to battery Charles, Camilla take a stroll
"Mommy lost her job after Sept. 11, 2001," 6-year-old Paris wrote to Santa Claus. "Daddy works two jobs now. Please help." In another note, another tall order: "My daddy just died and I am so sad," wrote a girl named Lorie.
Thursday, December 20
By Seth Jones Dear Mr. Ali, What's up, champ?
Kansas City-based writer John Scott Shepherd fights back with 'Joe Somebody'
By Dan Lybarger John Scott Shepherd is one busy writer. His first produced screenplay "Joe Somebody" hits the big screen this week, and the film he co-wrote with Dana Stevens, "Life or Something Like It," starring Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns and Tony Shalhoub, is scheduled to open next year. His first novel "Henry's List of Wrongs" is slated to hit stores in April, and a film version should begin shooting around May. The University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate is even making plans to direct an adaptation of his second novel "Eulogy for Joseph Way" and is working on a pilot for a TV show.
The French hit 'Amélie' presents one woman's wildly eccentric view of the modern world
By Dan Lybarger "Amélie" is less a movie and more a two-hour orgy of whimsy. French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet creates a world that is immersed with his brazenly aggressive artifice. With a seemingly endless supply of nifty visual tricks and story developments (Guillaume Laurant and Jeunet collaborated on the script), he winds up lulling an audience into delight and never loses his ability to enchant.
By Dan Lybarger Many first-rate Hollywood filmmakers were affected by the anti-Communist blacklist during the 1950s. Talented writers like Dalton Trumbo ("Spartacus") and Abraham Polonsky ("Force of Evil") were denied work and screen credit for years because of their refusal to name Reds to the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. And the great director Elia Kazan ("On the Waterfront"), who did give up names, faced protesters (wearing rat costumes) outside the Academy Awards when he accepted a lifetime achievement award.
By Loey Lockerby It's rare to find a movie that appeals to children and adults for exactly the same reasons. There are lots of films where half the material caters exclusively to children and the other half goes over their heads, but there aren't many that actually level the comedic playing field for all ages. "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius," the latest big-screen effort from the folks at Nickelodeon, now can join that exclusive club.
By Jon Niccum Sword and sorcery has never been given a fair shake by Hollywood. From "Willow" to "Legend" to "Krull" to last year's dreadful "Dungeons & Dragons," the topics of magic, monsters and mazes have either proved too juvenile or pretentious to be of much cinematic use.
Lawrence artist has crucial hand in look of 'The Lord of the Rings'
By Loey Lockerby In 1937, a quiet Oxford University professor named J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a book called "The Hobbit," based on stories he had made up for his children about a little fellow who leaves his comfortable home and embarks on a great journey. The book was successful, and his publishers requested a sequel. Nearly two decades later, he obliged with "The Lord of the Rings," a meticulously detailed, three-volume fantasy adventure, this time written for grown-ups.
By Geoff Harkness I love Christmas, but boy do I hate the soundtrack. And every year it gets a little worse, as artists looking to make a quick buck take a crack at the world's most overrated musical catalog. So why do they do it? Well, most Christmas music belongs in the public domain, which means there are no songwriting royalties to pay for re-recording an already beaten-to-a-pulp tune like "Silent Night." Gee, could that have anything to do with the fact that every year the CD stores are brimming with the latest in bland holiday fare? You bet it does.
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons dishes dirt but doesn't tell all in new autobiography
By Geoff Harkness Gene Simmons never wanted to be in a garage band unless the garage was manufactured by Walt Disney. "I had always seen the band as a means to an end in my mind, making music was only part of the plan," the former Chaim Witz writes in "Kiss and Make-Up," his just-published autobiography. "The master plan was to create a cultural institution that was as iconic as Disney ... We were not concerned with credibility."
Garth Brooks' quest to emulate idols falls short
By Mitchell J. Near This was supposed to be a humorous column. Garth Brooks just released his latest CD, "Scarecrow," and the 800-pound Gorilla of Nashville's Music Row he of too-tight jeans and too little hair under that 10-gallon Stetson usually makes good target practice. With his aw-shucks posturing belying an almost maniacal behind-the-scenes control of his career, it's like the gazillionaire good-old boy is just asking for a ribbing by still trying to pass himself off as a regular joe from Yukon, Okla.
By Michael Newman Brave Combo is not your father's polka band. Brave Combo isn't even bassist Bubba Hernandez's father or grandfather's polka band. The Denton, Tex.-based, Grammy Award-winning quintet is one of the most eclectic and hardest hitting non-rock acts touring America.
For love, not money Richard Simmons to the rescue Joyride to jail Hope on the home front
Katie Couric has agreed to stay as host of the "Today" show for several more years with a new contract that ends an anxiety-producing courtship for NBC.
Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene Wednesday, accusing him of barring artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.
Cooking show star expands U.S. presence with sushi restaurant
With his diamond earring, ponytail and Ralph Lauren white double-breasted coat, Masaharu Morimoto is no ordinary chef. But anyone who watches cooking shows knew that already. He's an "Iron Chef."
Cash given to winner of poetry contest Public invited to witness drama students' works Quartet to perform at KU's Lied Center
The region's 2001 theater season offered only so much to clap about
By Mitchell J. Near The theater is exciting in that, unlike movies which mostly hover near mediocrity there is too much good material out there waiting to be performed onstage. Between show-stopping musicals, classic plays and independent new works, there is usually something happening in the area to get pumped about. And because most theater venues play to smaller crowds, they can get away with concentrating on a specific genre, or providing an interesting mix of shows, and still put enough bodies in the seats to break even. That means they can usually take more creative risks.
Lawrence writer Grout pens self-improvement book 'Living Big'
By Mitchell J. Near Pam Grout is big on making the most out of life. A writer with six books to her credit, her specialty is motivational, or self-help, tomes that show readers that some of the most extraordinary accomplishments have been carried out by the most ordinary people. Her message: If they can do it, then so can anyone else. It's all a matter of priorities.
Mag columnist visits death row in El Dorado during the holidays
By Greg Douros It's December! Sleigh bells ringin' and angels singin'. But nowhere is that warm Yuletide glow hotter than in El Dorado. Now before you call together an expedition of pack mules and Don Quixotes, you should know that this El Dorado isn't just Spanish for "City of Gold." It's also a local term meaning "City of Maximum Security."
Wednesday, December 19
The marijuana comedy is back.
"Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story" (8 p.m., VH1) stars Romany Malco as the rap phenomenon whose fame and flame-out could best be summed up in the lyrics to the old Jerry Reed song, "when you're hot, you're hot, and when you're not, you're not." Hammer sold more than 25 million records as he zoomed from obscurity in 1987 to world domination in early 1991.
Some Tolkien fans worry about changes in 'LOTR' adaptation
Larry Vosmik has been counting the days to the release of the movie "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" today. He bought his three tickets in advance two showings for himself, one for his wife and he's been boning up on his knowledge of Middle-earth, the world where J.R.R. Tolkien's epic takes place.
Judged fit for parenting Fifth trip up the aisle Back from the brink A timely honor
The combat thriller "Black Hawk Down" and the somber family drama "In the Bedroom" led nominees for the American Film Institute awards, with five nominations each, including for best picture.
Tuesday, December 18
AP employee shot WWII, terrorist attacks and stars in his 66 years on the job
When people talk about a new smash hit on Broadway or a record winning streak at Yankee Stadium, Marty Lederhandler just smiles. Nobody's had a longer run in New York than he has.
By Terry Rombeck So many people want to come to next year's symposium on poet Langston Hughes that organizers may have to cut off registrations. About 300 people have registered so far. And with almost two months remaining before the Feb. 7-10 event, the symposium may reach 500 participants the limit they've set because of concerns about the availability of hotel rooms.
If critical raves guaranteed ratings, "24" (8 p.m., Fox) would be the most popular show of the new season. But viewers follow their instincts, not reviews.
David Lynch's twisting, turning "Mulholland Drive" is the best movie of 2001, according to the New York Film Critics Circle. The group last week also bestowed top acting honors on Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek for their starring roles in "In the Bedroom." Todd Field's story of a grieving Maine couple also was named best first film.
Tom Cruise bested a band of crooks as "Vanilla Sky" opened atop the box office, sending "Ocean's Eleven" to No. 2.
A Broken Arrow student earned $300 dollars for the 911 fund.
Green, Barrymore to divorce Garth Brooks also going solo Di's brother gets hitched From 'Blue' to bells
Time was, you wanted to read the breaking news, all you had to do was go someplace like Times Square and look up. There, on a building front, headlines were rippling across a band of lights.
Monday, December 17
Almost anything goes in this year's Academy Awards field
What glorious chaos this year's Oscar race offers.
Last-minute buyers can heed this advice during the Christmas countdown
Dear Mr. Greenspan, I was going to write a letter to Santa, but this year I decided to write to you instead. What a peculiar holiday shopping season it is! Spray snow and fake holly have made way for sale signs and United We Stand flags.
Giuliani takes a bow Something to Crow about Chips stacked against him
After the relative commercial failure of last year's "Return of Saturn," which generally failed to live up to the breakthrough of 1995's 15-million-selling "Tragic Kingdom," No Doubt seemed very much in doubt, after all.
Kathleen Turner feasts on her role as a very wicked stepmother in a smashing new adaptation of "Cinderella" (7 p.m., Bravo). She plays Claudette, a femme fatale with expensive tastes and two equally spoiled daughters, Goneril and Regan (Katrin Cartlidge and Lucy Punch). These evil sisters flatter their stepfather, Martin (David Warner), and alienate him from his beloved daughter Zezollo (Marcella Plunkett). She's given the nickname Cinderella after being consigned to stoking the mansion's coal-fired boilers.
Sunday, December 16
Most music lovers still groove on Lawrence's scene
By Jim Baker Sean Devlin isn't too keen on the state of live music in Lawrence these days. "It sucks right now. It used to be kick-ass five years ago," said Devlin, 24, a junior at Kansas University. He was among the crowd at a double bill of the rock bands Appleseed Cast and Kill Creek Nov. 30 at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H.
Downtown Lawrence is a haven for live music
By Michael Newman If you want proof that downtown Lawrence hosts a rich and diverse music scene, consider that between Sixth and 11th streets along either Massachusetts or New Hampshire streets there are no less than ten venues presenting live music.
Lawrence draws industry's interest
By Mark Fagan It may not look like much, but the former restaurant-turned-beauty salon at 14th and Massachusetts streets is a cornerstone of Lawrence's standing as a music town. With more than 500 guitars filling its two-story building, Mass Street Music has worked on instruments for the likes of Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks.
By Jan Biles The artifacts a culture leaves behind tell those who follow about their lives, relationships and beliefs. A new exhibit at Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology takes a look at the American Indians from the Northwest Coast through their tools, modes of transportation, baskets, ceremonial masks and other items.
Old-guard rockers record post-Sept. 11 call-to-arms anthem
The song begins with an overdrawn one-note drone from Neil Young's European church organ and several chirps of a telephone. Then comes the squawking-walking sound of a guitar and Young's wood-rasp whisper.
William Faulkner learned to tell the truth and care for the weak from Caroline Barr, the black woman who raised Faulkner and his brothers in the Southern town of Oxford, Miss.
Singer, collaborator knew 'What's Going On' with work Singer in synch with mama No kiss-and-tell for Cruz Rapper gets caught in pinch
By Geoff Harkness In the early '90s, downtown Lawrence enjoyed a booming nightlife. Concertgoers hopped from club to club, taking in a variety of sounds and styles offered by area musicians. Hard-hitting, well-known local acts such as Paw and Stick drew huge crowds, as did an array of regionally popular bands, including Kill Creek, The L.A. Ramblers and Baghdad Jones, whose diverse output (alternative-rock, 1970s-flavored jams and hyperkinetic funk, respectively) helped create a scene that made room for everything from slow-burn blues to whiplashing punk.
Saturday, December 15
Tina Terry profiles local band The Appleseed Cast for part two of the 'Hip or Hype' series on Lawrence's downtown music scene.
Franklin gives queen her propers Piano man has them feeling all right at Recording Academy Life's been good to him so far, but a degree would be even better
'It's ridiculous that a black college would typecast its students'
A public relations firm hired to promote historically black Morgan State University is under fire for telling students not to show up for a TV commercial with dreadlocks, head wraps, corn rows or braids.
When Lexus adapted a TV ad campaign for users of TiVo, the digital video recorder, the automotive company and its advertising agency knew they were entering new territory. After all, TiVo is designed to let viewers skip commercials. Here was an attempt to turn expectations on their head.
Couple who met, married at LCT want to urge student participation
By Joy Ludwig Marti and Mike Butell met through the Lawrence Community Theatre a couple years ago and were married on its stage last summer. Marti Butell's parents also met through a small theater in the 1930s on the East Coast, married and were active in a New Jersey drama club for many years.
Friday, December 14
Actress Winona Ryder was arrested for illegal drug possession and shoplifting clothing from a Saks Fifth Avenue boutique, police said Thursday.
Winslet marriage sinks McCartney holds Harrison's hand at last meeting with ex-Beatle Judd ties knot in Scotland
The Ramones and the Talking Heads, two bands that helped define the punk sound, are among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2002.
Thursday, December 13
Liberty and justice for Babs Helmsley sued for back pay Tolkien a man of his letters Singer to receive transplant
From his perch near Tora Bora, Afghanistan, Fox News Channel correspondent Geraldo Rivera seemed more agitated by a question about carrying a gun than by the mortar rounds that just exploded nearby.
Forget that big museum show about her clothes. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' real legacy was words. So said Onassis' daughter, Caroline Kennedy, during a reading Wednesday from her new book, "The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis."
Last of seven Rockwell works stolen 23 years ago to be returned
The last of seven Norman Rockwell paintings stolen from a Minneapolis art gallery 23 years ago have been recovered from Brazil and will be returned to their owner, the FBI said Wednesday.
Lawrence musicians gather for concert Holiday vespers set at Washburn University CottonWood Winds to give holiday concert Rockhurst Review seeking entries
A Topeka painter uses every tool at her disposal to display images
By Mitchell J. Near Sherry Slaymaker started painting when she was 4 years old. By the second grade she was selling her work to fellow students, often earning enough money to buy her favorite candy bars. She grew up, studied and taught art, and has had her work displayed in galleries from Chicago to New York.
Kansas Regional Ballet selects a slightly different audience favorite this year
By Mitchell J. Near Like the fruitcake that becomes overwhelming popular at only a select time of the year, the "Nutcracker" ballet seems to make an appearance every December at most every area venue capable of holding an audience. For that reason, Dennis Landsman went looking for another piece for his Kansas Regional Ballet to perform. He didn't get very rowdy in his decision, selecting another popular ballet, Johann Straus' full-length "Cinderella" as an alternative.
Wireless offers benefits and risks for Internet users
By Michael Newman This week your intrepid correspondent is coming to you from a secret location, deep underground, surrounded by unusual people, exotic aromas and strange music. The iced tea's not bad though.
By Jon Niccum Many Hollywood writers find inspiration for their screenplays in dangerous or sordid locales: a border town, a dark alley, a riverfront bar, an isolated highway. David Atkins found his in one of the safest, most sanitary places on earth.
By Loey Lockerby The most important rule for a good parody is to stay close to the source material. The more accurately you portray your targets, the more likely you are to hit on all the things that made them worthy of ridicule in the first place. Teen movies are especially easy to make fun of, full of people and situations that would never exist in the real world, but still presented as if they crystallize true adolescence.
By Dan Lybarger Tom Cruise is clearly a fan of Spanish-Chilean director Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 thriller "Abre los ojos." Not only has he produced Amenábar's follow-up hit "The Others," but he's even produced and starred in a stateside remake of the movie that initially caught his attention. While writer-director Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous") loads the new version with his typically sharp banter, one wonders if Cruise's devotion might have been better served if he had merely left the original alone.
Cardtable takes jabs at current events and downtown hierarchy
By Mitchell J. Near By now, most Lawrence theatergoers recognize the folks at Cardtable Theatre for their creative stagings of original writings and cutting-edge established works. Throw in signature pieces like the company's "Victor Continental Show," and there are plenty of avenues they have devised to lampoon anything in sight: short sketches, wicked parodies, profane puppet shows and not-for-your-mother musical numbers.
Test driving a 'space-age' vehicle is one of many perks in the sporting world
By Seth Jones Sometimes, I wonder how I find myself in such situations. I was flying back from Fort Myers, Fla., after a two-day midweek business trip. I was exhausted and just about to fall asleep when the pilot announced that in 15 minutes, the Endeavor was going to launch, and we'd be able to see it. By "see it" I thought it would be a million miles away and we'd barely be able to tell what it was. Then launch time came, and I'll be darned, it must have only been 100 miles away, and I had the rare opportunity to witness the shuttle take off from 30,000 feet in the air.
Mean Dean Edington departs Lawrence for Relapse Records
Few saw it coming, but everyone knew it was inevitable. Dean Edington, aka Mean Dean the Metal Machine, is moving on, having scored a highly prestigious gig at Relapse Records in Philadelphia.
Amsterdam's got plenty of clubs and discos but the real music's made outdoors
By Geoff Harkness Amsterdam. It's the kind of place that conjures up images of ribald debauchery and unchecked hedonism. But while it's true that Holland's capitol allows for the legal satiation of nearly every vice and fetish, the city also offers a plethora of aboveboard cultural opportunities for travelers like myself, ranging from the spectacular Vincent van Gogh museum to the haunting attic apartment where Anne Frank penned the world's most-read diary.
By Geoff Harkness Color me what? Yes, folks, it's true. Color Me Badd, the band that sexed you up in the early '90s is back, stopping in town for a show at Abe & Jake's. Unlike most reunions, the original foursome ? Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Sam Watters and Kevin Thornton ? will be on hand, crooning their six Top 20 confections and basking in the warm glow of instant nostalgia.
Wednesday, December 12
Prosecutors refused to say whether the alleged disclosure of secret information by a federal grand juror in a drug case jeopardized searches for evidence at 10 locations, including O.J. Simpson's home.
Perceived indifferece to Minnesota Twins' plight may get governor ejected
For three years, Jesse Ventura seemed like the Teflon governor things that might have ruined a more traditional politician simply wouldn't stick to him. Now, with a year left in office, the Independence Party maverick is showing signs of vulnerability.
Knights of Columbus Museum plays host to unique exhibit
A new show at the Knights of Columbus Museum features variations on the familiar nativity scene a baby Jesus surrounded by farm animals and angels in a straw-filled manger captured over centuries.
Busey busted for abuse Lawsuit not a good thing Legal review is Soul-affirming Tupac documentary planned
Tuesday, December 11
Author J.D. Salinger's only daughter, who last year published a caustic memoir about her fiercely private parent, is now selling 32 letters and postcards he wrote to her over a 35-year period.
Two opposing batteries of lawyers lined up before U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana and offered up 500 boxes of documents explaining their legal haggle over $475 million.
TV viewers will be seeing a lot of Bob Costas in the coming months. He'll anchor much of NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in February in Salt Lake City. His show "On the Record," featuring interviews and commentary on the world of sports, returns in March to HBO.
First of film trilogy draws praise; project is one of the largest in movie history
The much-hyped film version of "The Lord of the Rings" was launched Monday at a glitzy world premiere attended by stars Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood the actor charged with bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's endearing hobbit Frodo Baggins to life.
Teri Hatcher ("Lois & Clark") stars in the cable thriller "Jane Doe" (8 p.m., USA). Jane Doe happens to be her real name. And that's what's clever about this cliche-ridden, shoot-em-up.
Members of the 2nd Battalion say they have received notice they may be mobilizing soon.
Frampton remembers Beatle Guests arrive for Judd wedding 'Jannie' Reno performs a wedding Carter wants Middle East peace
Monday, December 10
Photos, virtual tours give public only glimpse at executive mansion this year
First lady Laura Bush cannot invite the public into her home because of security concerns, so she is bringing a bit of the White House to them.
Nonprofit center in Rhode Island provides venue, resources for artists
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: Feast your eyes on an urban big top that's bound to delight anyone with an appetite for art.
It's the same story every year: Sometime after Thanksgiving, much of America begins erecting Christmas trees, and a season of bleeding begins.
What's behind those tunes that stick in the mind?
Warning: This article could be hazardous to your sanity. It contains discussions of songs so diabolically annoying that merely reading their titles "It's a Small World," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "My Sharona" can cause them to get stuck in your head. Proceed at your own risk.
The "reality" rose has wilted but could bloom anew after crab grass is weeded out and Sept. 11 fades further into history.
A television drama in the inspiring tradition of "Erin Brockovich" and "Norma Rae," "Taking Back Our Town" (8 p.m., Lifetime) tells the true-life story of a mother and housewife who rallied the citizens of a poor, blighted town to stop a giant corporation from building a chemical plant in their back yard.
'Potter' places mapped Petty up for distinguished award Brockovich accepts TV challenge Judges see the light
Slick Las Vegas crooks swiped Harry Potter's crown this week as a wave of big box office swept "Ocean's Eleven" into the top spot.
Sunday, December 9
Cheaper, mass-produced goods and smaller, more prosperous families made it possible for American parents to live up to the image of a fat, generous Santa Claus and his big bag of toys.
'Proud Family,' 'Rugrats' bring diversity to television's holiday offerings
Sometimes the baby steps taken by television can represent leaps and bounds. Consider the case of "Rugrats," "The Proud Family" and Kwanzaa. While diversity comes hard to much of television, the two children's animated shows are gracefully showcasing the African-American holiday.
By Jan Biles Jean Denney's black dance shoes show the wear and tear of her profession. Their fiberglass reinforced heels and tips have been eroded by drums, cross keys, rallies, rocks, butterflies and boxes the basic foot movements in Irish step dancing.
Country duo add to posse Wedding plans moved up Wanted: Spielberg stuntman Oscar winner receives honor
Saturday, December 8
Nobel winner comes to rescue in Sesame Street dispute 'My Sweet Lord' to be rereleased Stars pay tribute to U.S. troops
For a lifetime of contributions to religious life, evangelist Billy Graham was made an honorary knight of the British Empire on Thursday one of the highest tributes bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II.
A week after she was born, the newest member of Japan's royal family on Friday was bathed and named Princess Aiko in elaborate and ancient court rituals. Many Japanese have been in high spirits since Crown Princess Masako gave birth Saturday to her first child. She and Crown Prince Naruhito wed more than eight years ago.
The title is tantalizingly topical "Homebody/Kabul." Yet Tony Kushner's new play, set in 1998 and beyond, was written well before the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It is the culmination of a more than 20-year interest by the playwright in the tragic, tortured history of Afghanistan.
Friday, December 7
Girl group testing independence Actress takes message to school Young poet pens publishing deal
While some entertainment industry members remain uneasy about their role in the war on terrorism, a White House adviser said President Bush is encouraged by Hollywood's contributions so far.
Board of Review list viewed as indicator of movie's chances of winning at the Academy Awards
The hyperkinetic musical "Moulin Rouge" topped the National Board of Review's list of the year's best movies Wednesday, boosting its chances for a potential Oscar nomination. The anachronistic tale of an 1899 French burlesque show set to modern pop tunes was directed by Baz Luhrmann and starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.
Two television networks criticized by the NAACP only four months ago for lacking diversity in coverage led the civil rights group's prestigious Image Awards on Wednesday with 13 nominations each.
Thursday, December 6
Pianist to play popular 'Peanuts' songs Baldwin arts council plans Christmas tea Museum to mark winter holidays National Ag Center to celebrate holidays
An all-percussion ensemble has ears ringing
By Mitchell J. Near "Sticks of Thunder" isn't the type of event people associate with the staid, renovated Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. For better or worse, the emphasis at the station has been on making any visit there enlightening and educational which some people associate with boring.
The French and Italian departments run into trouble on the mean streets of KU
Teaching students how to "parler Français" should be an innocuous act. Unfortunately, on the cold, harsh streets of the Kansas University campus, not everyone plays by the rules.
The late George Harrison generated surprising contributions to world of cinema
By Dan Lybarger When George Harrison died of cancer last week at the age of 58, many recounted his guitar playing for The Beatles, his concert for the poor of Bangladesh, his stint as a Traveling Wilbury and his accomplishments as a solo artist.
Richard Linklater's 'Tape' makes the most out of its stage-like claustrophobic setting
By Dan Lybarger "Tape" may take place entirely in a small motel room, but it packs an emotional wallop the size of an entire city. Working from Stephen Belber's one-act play, Richard Linklater proves the adage that "less is more" by getting uncomfortably close to the three people who occupy the film.
Remake of 'Ocean's Eleven' finds right balance between hipness and suspense
By Jon Niccum The appeal of the original "Ocean's Eleven" was that it looked like everyone involved in making the movie was having a thoroughly good time. This air of relaxed hedonism was contagious enough so that it disguised sluggish pacing, shoddy staging, a plot full of inconsistencies and enough martini-fueled acts of misogyny to make even Frank Sinatra devotees cringe.
Cover subjects of Sports Illustrated often plague columnist on a personal level
By Seth Jones Sports Illustrated has again struck out against the sporting world. You've heard of the curse of the Sports Illustrated cover, right? No matter how huge a favorite a team is, as soon as the magazine puts that team or athlete on its cover, they're bound to lose the next week or suffer some kind of perverse decline.
Area musicians and devoted scenesters sound off about favorite discs of 2001
In a year when the word "stroke" inspired more ink than the days when Billy Squier ruled the radio, finding good music wasn't too difficult. As boy bands bit the dust and mook rock ruled supreme on MTV, a host of once-underground sounds found their way to the mainstream.
A slew of interesting records made for a memorable year
By Geoff Harkness Though the current pop charts are topped by the sort of bland tripe that always tends to sell by the truckload, the millennium dawned with one of the best years for local music in recent memory.
By Jon Niccum "Rejected Unknown" is an album title that can be applied to the early portion of Daniel Johnston's career more than the latter ? perhaps "Embraced Well-Known" is more appropriate these days.
Knock-out deal The honeymoon continues USO in Kosovo Thurmond still feisty at 99
A judge praised Paula Poundstone's recovery progress Wednesday and released the comedian from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center where she was sentenced after pleading no contest to child endangerment.
Minneapolis may draw curtains on Guthrie Theater's original home
It has been four decades since Sir Tyrone Guthrie, determined to escape the high costs and commercial pressures of Broadway, set his sights on the nation's heartland.
'Honky Tonk Angels' aims to please fans of traditional country
By Mitchell J. Near Topeka may be a sprawling city nowadays, but in reality it's really just an overgrown Kansas town whose roots are firmly entrenched in the country lifestyle. Lawrence has that whole arts community vibe going, and Kansas City is as metropolitan as any Midwest city can be, but Topeka is steeped in a twangier tradition.
Wednesday, December 5
R&B singer collects six Billboard Music Awards
R&B singer R. Kelly was the big winner Tuesday night at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home six awards while Destiny's Child and country crooner Tim McGraw picked up five apiece.
Extortion charges dropped Diary mystery solved Pitt an easy prank victim Help with homework
ABC has dropped the Spanish-language version of "World News Tonight," calling it an experiment that failed to attract viewers. The translation for audiences in 33 major cities was available through the Secondary Audio Program channel, or SAP, a feature available on most stereo television sets.
Federal agents searched O.J. Simpson's home for more than six hours Tuesday as part of an investigation into an Ecstasy drug ring also suspected of laundering money and stealing satellite TV equipment.
Tuesday, December 4
What if you could go back in time to avert disaster? Actress-producer Shannen Doherty might want to erase a few months and beg for her job back on "Charmed." Instead, the former "90210" bad girl stars in the TV drama "Another Day" (8 p.m., USA) as Kate Walker, who time-travels to the days before her husband's death in a factory fire.
The postal system expects to be delayed a few days in light of increased security.
'Pearl Harbor' has new chance Too angry to speak It's a boy for Braxton Watching out for orphans
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the wildly popular J.K. Rowling novel that inspired America's current No. 1 movie, will soon become required reading for a group of third-grade students in one Ventura, Calif., elementary school.
George Harrison's intimate relationship with Indian music and Hinduism sent his wife and son on a pilgrimage to the holy Ganges River, where authorities said that the late Beatles' ashes would be scattered today.
Dave Matthews Band tops irreverent 'My VH1 Awards' ceremony
The Dave Matthews Band led with four wins Sunday at the second annual My VH1 Awards, an irreverent fan-based ceremony honoring everything from the year's best song to the best display of a musician's bellybutton.
For the three weeks in February that much of America will be tuning into NBC for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the network will have a captive audience for self-promotion.
Monday, December 3
A little more than a year ago, ABC was the network that "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" built, with the network sitting pretty at No. 1 with four shows in the top 10. Unfortunately, all four of those shows were the Regis Philbin-hosted "Millionaire."
Rockabilly tribute Tolkien family feud Proud of her boy Goin' to the chapel
When he was a boy, Matthias Peschke's mother often told him stories about his grandfather, Ferdinand Schmutzer, a well-known and much sought-after artist in the early 20th century and a member of Viennese high society.
After an A-plus debut, Harry Potter's box-office grades have slipped to nonmagical levels.
President, Mrs. Bush host reception for Kennedy Center honorees
The glorious thing about the Kennedy Center Honors gala, Sunday night and every year for the previous 23, is its loony, mishmash quality. All at once it's a fund-raiser, a highbrow tribute to The Arts, a TV-special-in-the-making, a celebrity hoedown and the World's Classiest Vaudeville Show.
If the media pundits are correct, Americans have developed a sudden need for amusing distractions. Two weeks ago, CBS crushed the competition with a Carol Burnett retrospective that the comedian dismissed as "mindless silliness."
Sunday, December 2
It's a touching tale of hope and goodwill, of believing in something overwhelmingly good. It takes place 54 years ago in New York, but it's as meaningful today as it was then.
"My Fair Lady," a Broadway musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center.
Planetarium show tracks Jesus' birth Kemper Museum slates Snowflake Festival Wornall museum takes trip back in time
By Jan Biles The comedy is subtle in Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard." The Russian playwright's comedy comes from creating characters who are fallible and sympathetic a formerly rich landowner cannot curb her spending, a peasant-turned-merchant loses the woman he loves because he can't tell her how he feels.
Two Asian women who explore basic form in their art have been paired in "Form, Line, and Light: The Work of Shinoda Toko and Park Kwang Jean," an exhibition at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.
Terry Evans shows photos at KC gallery Arts center looking for input about windows KU artists to sell works at A&D Building
Kansas poets appear in cowboy-theme book Herbie Mann Quartet to appear at JCCC 'Nutcracker' takes on a Christian theme KU dance professor's work listed on program KC Ballet to give classic 'Nutcracker'
Model for children's wing on display through Monday Get out the art supplies and enter the J-W contest Novelist Sara Paretsky to speak at Kansas Union Christmas powwow planned at Haskell
Fab Four's hometown grieves on news of George Harrison's death
The flowers are wet and wilting on the sidewalk outside Liverpool's Cavern Club. But inside the nearby Cavern Walks shopping center on Saturday, solemn residents stopped to leave fresh bouquets by a statue of George Harrison and the three other Beatles.
Rimes back in rhythm with record company Puddy trades Elaine for bodysuit Offscreen ideas onscreen Actress' character required stepping out of 'Bedroom'
Saturday, December 1
Paul McCartney called him "my baby brother." A fan thought him "quiet and nice and powerful." Musicians and music lovers on Friday mourned the death of George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle" who fit in famously, if not always happily, alongside his more colorful bandmates.
Though he was part of pop music's most storied group, George Harrison formed significant and memorable partnerships with other musicians, including Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
There was only one place for a New York Beatles fan to be on Friday Strawberry Fields in Central Park. The outdoor memorial created by John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono after his violent death in 1980 became a scene of peaceful remembrance as news spread that fellow band member George Harrison had died the day before.
Bleeth admits cocaine possession Clinton accepts award for wife Banderas to receive Quinn honor