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Wednesday, February 28

Garage construction moves ahead

Curtain call

Steep task ahead

Friends and neighbors

People

Jerry pleads for 'his kids' Mom of 'Malcolm' gets nice Movie auction benefits UNICEF 'Fat Albert' coming to big screen

'West Wing' tackles hot topics

Pardon theme unintentionally timely on NBC series

Actor Rob Lowe likes to think that the writers on NBC's "West Wing" got lucky when they crafted a story that involves espionage and presidential pardons.

Springsteen to release live CD

The long-anticipated live CD set from Bruce Springsteen's Madison Square Garden concerts will be released April 3, four days before many of the same performances can be seen in an HBO special.

Rapper denies aiding suspects

Police source says Lil' Kim's limo may have been used for getaway car

Investigators suspect some of the gunmen involved in a wild shootout outside a hip-hop radio station fled the scene in a limousine carrying rapper Lil' Kim, a police source close to the investigation said Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 27

Couples put to final test on 'Temptation Island'

By the time the first episode of "Temptation Island" premiered, it already had received plenty of publicity most of it bad.

People

Remembering a friend Comedians salute Reiner Lennon for sale Rumor control

Museum turns to Mickey Mouse for financial salvation

In what seems a last-ditch effort to save the financially troubled International Museum of Cartoon Art at Mizner Park, the museum's founders have decided to auction off its most prized possession, the 36-panel storyboard of the 1928 Walt Disney short "Plane Crazy," to pay off a number of debts.

Anchor gets ready to pull up

CNN pioneer Bernard Shaw will sign off on Wednesday

For those watching last November, the surprise came as much from how he said it as from what he said.

Monday, February 26

'Hannibal' again buries competition at the box office

Elvis-impersonating thugs and a cartoon monkey were no match for Hannibal Lecter. "Hannibal," the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," held the top box-office spot for the third straight weekend, taking in $15.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The serial-killer flick has grossed $128.5 million in just 17 days.

People

Janis left a piece of her heart

Archive of singer's letters up for auction this week

The image of Janis Joplin, dead now for 30 years, remains fixed: a blues-belting, bourbon-drinking rock icon who lived fast and died young.

Sunday, February 25

Arts notes

Denver museum to show Ikats Durer woodcuts shown at seminary Ballroom dancing group to start in Topeka

People

Celine awarded celinedion.com Horror-meister back online Making her folks proud Movie stars go up in smoke

Coming soon to a theater near you: $10 movie tickets

Want to get your fill of "Chocolat"? See who gets eaten in "Hannibal"? That'll be $10, please. That's right. In a city where Broadway shows can cost $100 and a meal at the Alain Ducasse restaurant goes for $250 per person, the age of the $10 movie will be ushered into Manhattan on March 2.

Marilyn Monroe nudes likely to bring $1 million

Of all the photos ever taken of Marilyn Monroe, early nudes that graced the pages of Playboy magazine and helped launch her to stardom are among the most famous.

'O Brother,' what a soundtrack

Coen Brothers movie sparks revival in early country music

Old-style country music is making a sudden and surprising move onto country music charts, helped by Hollywood's marketing muscle.

Friends and neighbors

The 1955 graduating class of Baldwin High School met for a class reunion Oct. 20 at The Lodge in Baldwin.

Spring brings a certain zing

Pilot chronicles WWII experiences in honor of 'real heroes'

By Kevin Bates Dick Hewitt doesn't like to discuss how many German fighters he shot down over Europe during World War II. The war wasn't about him, he said. It was about the men who didn't come back and what they fought for.

Arts notes

Festival focuses on children's literature Spring antique show and sale at fairgrounds Tribute to Sherbon in Dance magazine Local author to talk about WWII experiences Orth's works combine art and technology Symphony to perform diverse concert

Audience carried away by 'Peter Pan'

By Jan Biles What does Peter Pan do when the flying harness malfunctions? Wing it, of course. Friday night, actress Shorey Walker was faced with that dilemma during the performance of "Peter Pan" at the nearly sold-out Lied Center.

Play explores basic lessons of life

By Jan Biles When Don Schawang was reading and thinking about directing the musical adaptation of Robert Fulghum's book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," he was afraid he might find the script too syrupy.

Slips of the tongue spark smiles

By Roger Martin I've been writing too many heavy commentaries lately. This winter's been so ugly that people might just start jumping out of windows if I keep going in this vein.

Armchair essays trek to offbeat places

Mike Tidwell doesn't seek the usual, well-trod paths of the typical tourist. Instead, he finds the out-of-the-way places that most people have never heard of, let alone been to.

Reflections of a Southern boy

Jimmy Carter remembers days of segregation

Each work day, "an hour before daylight," a middle-aged black man who "invariably wore clean overalls, knee-high rubber boots, and a straw hat" would ring a big, iron farm bell.

The state of jazz

Cutting-edge musicians headline KU festival

By Jan Biles Dan Gailey, director of jazz studies at Kansas University, sees a split coming. On one side are the Wynton Marsalises of the jazz world, or the neo-traditionalists who want to define jazz in a way that excludes some contemporary and innovative artists.

Saturday, February 24

Vegas' segregated Strip remembered

Black played to white audiences but barred from white clubs

In the darkness of the abandoned showroom, the old man's eyes wince at what time has stolen. Booths that once held adoring crowds, a stage that was host to famous black entertainers. Dust covers them now, a thick layer creating a haunted, musty smell in the dingy building.

Bad guys, worse guys duke it out in '3,000 Miles to Graceland'

The final week in February last year, a movie opened ("Reindeer Games") that featured Ben Affleck and Gary Sinise, disguised as Santas, knocking over a casino.

Judy Davis shines as Judy Garland

If you watch only one TV movie this year, make it "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" (8 p.m., Sunday ABC, concludes Monday).

Slick Highway

People

After big screen success, Jersey Films comes to TV

There's something about Jersey Films and projects named after heroic women. The powerhouse production company is in the throes of Oscar fever with "Erin Brockovich," which is up for best picture and could earn Julia Roberts an Academy Award for her portrayal of the feisty single mother.

Theater veterans capture Olivier Awards

Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Miller were big winners Friday at the Olivier Awards, dominating the honors with shows that have been around for decades.

Friday, February 23

Family's historical scrapbook rescued from the trash

Signed letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon were among dozens of political keepsakes found inside a scrapbook salvaged from a car wash trash bin.

'Jackass' fits comfortably on MTV

Program shows that poor taste and potty humor equal marketing genius

Yes: Moments of MTV's "Jackass" are funny.

Friends and Neighbors

People

Williams bruised, but OK Downey's drug case delayed Stork visits Crawford Elizondo hopeful about new role

'Millennials' lead their generation into 21st century

Time for a test on today's kids. Are the following statements true or false?

Thursday, February 22

People

God, Bono and his music Liotta dines with 'Hannibal' 'Seinfeld' alum resurfacing Lopez tossed body guard

Friends and neighbors

Slippery when iced

What big teeth you have

One on one

Renaissance women

New film production company lays off employees

Destination Films, a two-year-old production company that had a string of flops including "Bats" and "Drowning Mona," has laid off all its employees and may file for bankruptcy.

Steely Dan tops Grammys

Veteran rockers, U2 trump controversial rapper in major categories

Veteran rockers U2 and Steely Dan and country singer Faith Hill stole some of the Grammy spotlight Wednesday from Eminem, whose angry lyrics entangled the ceremonies in controversy.

Sleet snaps spring tease

A student heads up a sleet-covered sidewalk on Campanile Hill on the Kansas University campus. A trace of precipitation fell Wednesday after temperatures dropped in the afternoon.

Inspector Morse gets proper sendoff

Murder may return to the British university town of Oxford, but none will ever be investigated again by Inspector Morse, the most durable British detective on the "Mystery!" series.

Van Gogh exhibition opens in St. Louis

Vincent van Gogh called them the artists of the "petit boulevard." They were defiantly removed from the more mainstream "grand boulevard" of Impressionism walked by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and others.

What Are You Reading?

Spinning the Web: Ruling to have little effect on MP3 traders

By Michael Newman When speaking about Usenet news groups in 1993, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Gilmore commented to Time Magazine that "the Internet treats censorship as a defect and routes around it."

Arts Notes

ÂAuditions for 'Cat' set on Sunday, Monday ÂClown theater coming to arts center ÂMarble makers construct appearance ÂRomanian gymnasts to perform at JCCC

Movie listings

Film Review - 'One Day in September'

Documentary recalls chilling events of 1972 Munich crisis

By Dan Lybarger For a documentary about an incident that occurred nearly 30 years ago, "One Day in September" feels remarkably tense and urgent.

TOP MOVIES

RADIO LISTS

Music for people

VAST frontman goes from teen spotlight to modern limelight

By Geoff Harkness Jon Crosby is one of the few musicians who readily admits that he'd rather be in the recording booth than onstage.

TOP MUSIC

Best Bets

The fabricated four

'1964'... The Tribute adopts mop-tops for a living

By Jon Niccum "In no way is Akron, Ohio, like Liverpool, England," says singer/guitarist Mark Benson. "It's not a seaport town. Nobody here has an English accent. I'm trying like crazy to think of ways that it's similar, and it just isn't."

Exclusive Online Profile: Nancy Christy-Moore

Local painter's work to be featured as part of Kentucky Derby festivities

By Michael Newman Nancy Christy-Moore's "Horse Series" is the latest expression of her exploration of drawing her art from within. Trained as a commercial artist and illustrator, she first studied in Columbia, Missouri, then Chicago and later California. Christy-Moore never really pursued a career in commercial art, and it wasn't until much later that she began to find her inspiration as a water-media artist.

Film Review - 'Monkeybone'

'Monkeybone' never revives from comedy coma

By Loey Lockerby There's nothing worse than a comedy that isn't funny. At least if a drama is bad, it's possible to derive some enjoyment by making fun of it. But a bad comedy is just grating, like someone screaming in your ear for two hours.

The cowboy way

Lassoes, pistols and 'dillos prove sporty in Texas

By Seth Jones Like Kid Rock says, "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

Improving improv

Local theater encourages adults to interact

By Mitchell J. Near Annette Cook believes that everyone is an actor at heart, and she's out to prove it.

Recipes tout Midwest flavor

Cook uncovers culinary secrets

By Mitchell J. Near Jayni Carey's place is in the kitchen.

Flying under the radar

Songwriter Karla Bonoff remains singable but not signable

By Geoff Harkness Karla Bonoff is as unlikely a Goo Goo Dolls fan as you'll ever find. The folky singer/songwriter, best known for her dramatic and emotional late-'70s recordings, isn't someone you typically think of when you envision a modern rock lover, but Bonoff's all ears.

Parting Shot

Wednesday, February 21

The butler did it

Sparks fly as Steen Kjorlie sculpts a butler from scrap metal at Celestial Iron Works, 619 N. Second. Kjorlie welded pants for the figure on Tuesday. One-of-a-kind pieces are a specialty for the self-taught artist.

People

Grammys to be televised tonight 'Jazz' lacking from festival Ordering out in style Cash's condition improves

Warner Bros. chooses Coca-Cola for 'Harry Potter'

You wanna be cool, muggles? Drink Coke. Warner Bros. has picked the Coca-Cola Co. as its sole promotional partner for the upcoming movie "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the soft drink giant and studio announced Tuesday.

Grammys add 'Native American music' category

For those who create Native American music, the creation of a Grammy category celebrating the genre is seen as the first major step toward broader acceptance.

Director of 'message' movies dies

Stanley Kramer known for 'Judgment at Nuremberg,' 'Inherit the Wind'

His films explored everything from racism to war crimes, nuclear holocaust to social ostracism. Yet Stanley Kramer always shunned the title "message movie."

Drummers pound joyous rhythms

By Jan Biles "Kodo" in Japanese comes from two words that combine to mean "heartbeat." Kodo's drummers not only put their heart into their debut performance Tuesday night at the Lied Center, but they also transferred their meditative souls and athleticism into every rhythmic composition traditional and contemporary played during the nearly two-hour concert.

'Seven Days' a lot like 'Left Behind'

Tonight's "Seven Days" (7 p.m., UPN) takes a page or two from the bestselling "Left Behind" book-video-movie franchise and its popular take on the Book of Revelations. "Star Trek: Voyager" star Robert Picardo appears in an episode that should be titled "Apocalypse Now, Or Later?"

Pony up

Tuesday, February 20

Glam band's appeal more than cosmetic

When he looks into the crowds of teens and early 20-somethings who come to hear his band, Ryan Shuck sees more and more guys wearing cosmetics eyeliner, lipstick, foundation, nail polish which tickles him.

'Intimacy' wins Berlin Film Fest

"Intimacy," French director Patrice Chereau's English-language drama of love and obsession, won the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear award and landed the event's best actress award for Kerry Fox. Chereau is best known for 1994's "Queen Margot," a story of Catholic persecution of Protestants in France during the 16th century.

Teller tells all about family

Silent half of magic act pays homage to artist parents

Joe and Irene Teller seem like an ordinary couple sharing old age together.

People

Pop goes the wedding London calling Legal delay Grammy lineup expands

Monday, February 19

Musician has global orientation

From Hunan to Hollywood, composer's work transcends genres, cultures

He was born in Chairman Mao Tse-tung's home province in 1957 and spent two years planting rice in a commune during the Cultural Revolution. He never heard the names let alone the music of Bach, Beethoven or Mozart until he was 19.

People

'Hannibal' continues to eat up competition at the box office

Movie-goers remained hungry for "Hannibal," which grossed $30 million to top the box office for a second straight weekend. The sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" became the first movie released this year to hit $100 million, taking in $103.9 million in just 10 days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Complete anthology of Langston Hughes' works planned

Langston Hughes burst out of southern Missouri with a jazzy style and a searing voice, injecting American literature with a cadence unlike anything that had come before. For nearly 50 years words flowed from his pen in about every way possible poems, most notably, but also novels, newspaper stories, histories, plays, translations, songs and short fiction.

Opposites come from same streets

There is irony, perhaps, in the fact that two leading lights in the positive rap movement Jurassic 5 and the Black Eyed Peas hail from the same Los Angeles neighborhoods that famously served as ground zero for West Coast gangsta rap.

Portrait of a melancholy marriage

Was Honest Abe a manic depressive? Did his wife and widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, have a similar illness? Their marriage, his martyrdom and her possible madness are the focus of the thoughtful three-part, six-hour documentary "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided" on "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS).

Sunday, February 18

Arts notes

Arts Commission taking grant applications Silent Film Festival set at Washburn Fund-raiser results in new theater seats

Pole position

Friends and neighbors

'Vagina Monologues' explores women's lives with wit, poignancy

By Jan Biles The title of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" puts off a lot of people. And in a roundabout way, that's the point. Why should speaking the word "vagina" cause any more embarrassment or mystery than saying "arm" or "leg"? Why should it be more shameful than saying the word "penis"?

Arts notes

Artist paints the Flint Hills UT, EAT place at theater festival Children's author to appear at Raven Singer-songwriters to give folk concert

People

'Hannibal' devours its first $100 million

"Hannibal" is poised to become the first film of the year 2001 to break the magic $100 million mark at the box office. And it's chewing through moviegoers' dollars at a blistering pace.

Photographer's lab equipment on display

"Seeing the Unseen: Dr. Harold E. Edgerton and the Wonders of Strobe Alley," a new interactive exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., will let you see images imperceptible to the human eye and explain how the images were captured.

Men's fashion takes traditional turn; turtlenecks resurface

Where did he go? You know who I'm talking about that casual, techno-cool dot-com guy who's been hanging around Fashion Week the past few seasons.

Grammys gamble on Eminem

Controversial lyrics will be in the spotlight on Wednesday's show

It's a complicated dance the Grammys will be doing Wednesday with controversial, trash-talking rapper Eminem. Call it the "I-mean-this-but-maybe-I-don't" two-step and like all good dance partners, Eminem will be doing the same steps backward.

Arts notes

Professor's composition to play at Carnegie Hall Two artists to speak at KU KU professor juries Hays exhibition

'Peter Pan' flies into Lied

The story of a boy who doesn't want to grow up will be flyin' into the Lied Center Friday night. "Peter Pan" will start at 7 p.m.

Arts notes

KU profs to play at JCCC concert Brown Bag concerts slated in Kansas Union Community theater offers new programs

Making a psychic connection

Local psychic helps prepare student actors for 'Blithe Spirit'

By Jan Biles Sometimes actors have to do some unusual things to be able to portray their characters realistically. Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank dressed as a male for a while in preparation for her role in "Boys Don't Cry."

Famed singer first in series of new fine arts faculty hires

International opera star Joyce Castle has accepted a position as professor of voice in the department of music and dance, becoming the first of 11 new faculty members to be hired by Kansas University's School of Fine Arts this spring.

Blackbear Bosin exhibit: a tale of two friends

Artifacts, paintings of American Indian artist on loan for show

By Jan Biles Wichita resident Britt Brown met artist Blackbear Bosin in the late 1940s. Brown was working for The Wichita Eagle and trying to sell advertising to the theaters. Bosin was painting movie posters at the Fox Theater.

Book briefs

A Painted House The Babel Effect

'Ella' blooms among some weeds

A sibling's untimely death forces Ella, a 40-ish single mom, to be honest about her life, in Shelby Hearon's 15th novel "Ella in Bloom" (Knopf, 259 pages, $23).

Legal thriller strong on plot, characters

If courtroom drama laced with brilliant dialogue appeals to you, so will Richard North Patterson's latest novel, "Protect and Defend" (Knopf, 549 pages, $26.95).

Small book, big impression

'Body Artist' paints a powerful portrait of a grieving mind

By Mark Luce There exists a DeLillo-esque disjunction between Don DeLillo's last two works of fiction. In "Underworld," his 827-page, 1997 symphony, DeLillo composes a breathtaking account of post-Cold War America nuclear threats, avant-garde movies, waste and loneliness all wrapped around a single baseball laden with historical, national and personal importance.

Events to explore Winslow Homer's influence

Several events are planned in conjunction with the "Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s" exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Forging an identity

Winslow Homer's art defined 19th-century America

By Jan Biles In the 1960s, John F. Kennedy was looked to as the hope for the nation. His "New Frontier" campaign boosted national pride and helped to define what being an American meant. He encouraged Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Pantera's metal mayhem endures

Pantera with Soulfly, Morbid Angel and Nothingface at Hale Arena, Kansas City, MO - 02/16/2001

By Michael Newman When one speaks of seeing an '80s metal bands perform, visions arise of well-past-it MTV has-beens playing the club circuit. But when the source of interest is Pantera, which headlined a four-band metal anschluss Friday night at Kansas City's Hale Arena, those stereotypes just don't apply.

Saturday, February 17

Harris paints turbulent life of 'Pollock'

Oscar nominee spends years on story of troubled American artist

Jackson Pollock discovered his talent by gazing at a blank canvas and capturing beauty in a spattering of color. While trying to tell the artist's story on film, a despairing Ed Harris found inspiration when he sat on a New York City curb.

King and queen of the lions

Following the tracks

People

Grand Ole Opry inducts Paisley

Country singer Brad Paisley will become the newest member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry radio show on Saturday, and the first to receive a new award for Opry entertainers.

McCartney to spread his Wings

TV chronicles the band that followed the Beatles

Paul McCartney has announced the completion of a tell-all TV special about his post-Beatles band, Wings. The two-hour special which has not yet been acquired by a network but will likely run during the May sweeps finds the normally cheery and evasive McCartney in an uncharacteristically revealing mood.

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 16

A little dab'll do ya

Jon Stewart to play host at Grammys

Comedian Jon Stewart has stepped in last minute to play host to next week's Grammy Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

People

Marriages: Coming ... Out of the crowd, on the runway A royal reception Pavarotti seeks Madonna duet

Driver testifies against 'Puff Daddy'

Minutes before he entered a Manhattan hip-hop club, Sean "Puffy" Combs allegedly stuffed a black handgun into the waistband of his pants, his driver testified Thursday.

Young competitors face the music

Competition takes center stage tonight, from L.A. to Big D. The final five contestants get the nod tonight on a one-hour "Popstars" (7:30 p.m., WB). Of the thousands who entered, only 10 girls are left as tonight's episode begins.

New York gets strong whiff of 'Onion'

No reason for tears as Midwestern humor magazine moves to Big Apple

Twelve years after taking root in the funky college town of Madison, Wis., The Onion wants more room to grow. So this burgeoning humor publication is transplanting itself to New York. Or, as one of The Onion's own deadpan headlines might put it, "Odorous Bulb Descends Upon City; Eyes Water, Breath Mints Stockpiled."

Friends and neighbors

Selfless service

Shadow casting

Thursday, February 15

Seven Questions with Aaron Tippin

By Geoff Harkness There was a time when you couldn't turn on a country music station for an hour without hearing an Aaron Tippin song. The Florida-born singer/songwriter exploded onto the music scene as a founding member of country's early-'90s "neo-traditionalist" movement.

The Bob Marley of metal

Soufly finds that heavy music can have a healing effect

By Geoff Harkness Though the title is an unlikely one, "the Bob Marley of metal" certainly fits Soulfly's Max Cavalera nicely. The 31-year-old Brazilian-born singer/guitarist, whose former band Sepultura helped smash the barriers that kept South American rock out of the U.S. mainstream, has evolved into a musician for all nations, spreading his tribal rhythms to the far reaches of the planet.

CD REVIEWS - Arthur Dodge, Billy Ebeling

By Jon Niccum

TOP MUSIC

Best Bets

Facing the music

After numerous makeovers, Face To Face returns to its roots

By Geoff Harkness Face To Face may be the biggest band you've never heard of. Though the group has sold in excess of a million records in the United States, it remains far left of the mainstream center. The members wouldn't have it any other way which is probably why, when asked about his band's inclusion on MTV's "Real World New Orleans" soundtrack, Face To Face bassist Scott Shiflett shrugs with near-complete indifference.

V is for Violence

'Vagina Monologues' draw attention to sexual abuse

By Mitchell J. Near V-day arrived Wednesday on Kansas University campus. Using Valentine's Day as a launching pad, a women's group has claimed the month of February to raise awareness of the abuses women are forced to endure simply because they are born female

The gift of experience

'To Be Young, Gifted and Black' reveals playwright's own story

By Mitchell J. Near Lorraine Hansberry was a talented playwright who died of cancer when she was only 34 years old. The young scribe gained fame early in life for searing, award-winning works such as "A Raisin in the Sun," along with her own more intimate journals reflecting a keen eye for taking in societies cultural details.

Film review - 'Sweet November'

Stars flounder in freakish romance

By Loey Lockerby As a woman, I'm supposed to be the target audience for "Sweet November." It is, after all, about the strength of the human spirit and the life-changing power of love. It even has an Enya song on the soundtrack.

Life in the fast lane

Service employees strike back in bowling war

By Seth Jones Ali versus Frazier. Kansas versus Missouri. The Bottleneck versus The Granada. No, I'm not playing a game of "which one of these is not like the other?" I'm talking about heated rivalries. And serious ones too, not some Road Runner versus Wile E. Coyote rivalry.

Arts Notes

Lane to perform Duke Ellington's music Kottke concert features guitar playing, wit KU singers to perform three concerts

Film review - 'Disney's Recess'

Adaptation of TV cartoon is strictly kids stuff

By Dan Lybarger Watching this big-screen adaptation of the television cartoon, "Disney's Recess" is about like having recess on a rainy day. It sure beats hitting the books, but it's not quite as fun as it could be. Fans of the ABC show will probably be satisfied, but there isn't anything here that likely couldn't be found on the tube.

The daring young nun on the flying trapeze

Amanda Detmer delves into juvenile comedy for 'Saving Silverman'

By Dan Lybarger Twenty-nine-year-old Amanda Detmer has a long list of stage credits. She's played Desdemona in Shakespeare's "Othello" and has performed in plays as diverse as "Our Town" and "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Parting Shot

Movie listings

Exclusive Online Profile: Bluestem

Lawrence blugrass favorites head back into the studio

By Michael Newman The next Bluestem CD doesn't have a title yet, but that doesn't worry Marvin Pine or his amiable band mates much. Things with this band have a way of working themselves out as long as the longtime local favorites stay the course and concentrate on the music.

'Survivor' makes the stars come out

NBC fights "Survivor"-mania with two solid hours of sweeps-worthy stunt-casting. Ellen DeGeneres has a guest spot on "Will and Grace" (8 p.m., NBC) as a crafty nun involved in a hasty used-car deal with Grace.

Rodney Crowell's new album looks back at East Texas beginnings

The album being promoting is, inevitably, the artist's best ever, the most complete statement yet of his or her artistry. Everybody says it, but Rodney Crowell really believes it of "The Houston Kid."

The rose parade

Filling Valentine's Day orders of seemingly endless requests for vases of long-stemmed roses is designer Katie Dunn at Owens Flower Shop, 846 Ind.

Fog, Southwestern-style

Heroes wanted

Producer rides TV's reality wave

Creator of 'Big Brother' made his mark with emotional European shows

A fancy platter of tangerine wedges, pineapple chunks and other juicy tidbits sits all day on the desk in front of TV producer John de Mol, the father of "Big Brother."

Bookies like 'Gladiator,' Roberts for Oscars

Oddsmakers like "Gladiator," Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts as favorites to win Academy Awards this year. Las Vegas bookmakers starting posting odds by noon Tuesday, soon after Oscar nominations were announced.

People

U2 frontman is Harvard bound 'Friend' is foe of fat Auction, Bond auction Puffy, J. Lo in splitsville

Rapper agrees to plead guilty to concealed weapon charge

Rap superstar Eminem, who is nominated for four awards at next week's Grammys, has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 14

Belgium beckons KU theater troupe

By Jan Biles Six Kansas University students and KU theater professor Jack Wright later this month will be heading to Belgium to perform "An American Medley," a series of one-act plays, at an international theater festival.

People

Mayor not a Manson fan King horrified at lack of coverage Lauren owes it all to Mom Hollywood screenwriter dies

Nickelodeon grows along with its young teen audience

Nickelodeon, the cable TV network for children, is growing up a bit with its audience.

And, for worst movie honors, try 'Battlefield Earth'

John Travolta's "Battlefield Earth," which got gleefully vicious reviews when it came out last May, now has even more marks of dis-stink-tion.

'Gladiator' conquers Oscar field

Roman flick gets 12 nominations; 'Crouching Tiger' close behind

"Gladiator," Hollywood's high-tech return to the glories of Rome, led Academy Awards contenders Tuesday with 12 nominations, including best picture, actor and director.

Tuesday, February 13

Confrontational works in clay

An in-your-face traveling exhibition takes a critical look at society

An obese man seething with rage holds a switch he's ready to crack. A scarred breast cancer survivor carves numbers into her fleshy back. Sweet little girls in nice dresses and Mary Janes are armed with handguns and assault rifles.

Prince launches Web site

Prince is offering fans access to his creative world for a pricev

People

Texas-sized spoof Cash back in hospital Change of tune Cast off, again

Ricky Martin's choice of real estate may come back to haunt him

South Florida's ghosts seem to haunt only the wealthy and the well-known.

University pays tribute to mime

Marcel Marceau, the French-born mime who became one of the world's most popular entertainers, will be awarded the University Musical Society's Distinguished Artist Award as part of the sixth annual Ford Honors Program.

'Hannibal' pushes bounds of tastev

Movie's blockbuster opening reflects public appetite for gore

Devouring the box-office competition this weekend, "Hannibal's" success as a bloody thriller reflects not just the acceptance of gore in mainstream movies but a healthy appetite for it.

Monday, February 12

Demolition project leaves artist with only the clothes on his back

Inside a defunct department store in the heart of London's shopping district, dozens of yellow bins move slowly along conveyor belts toward the mouth a gigantic blue machine. Workers in jumpsuits systematically catalogue and weigh the contents of each one.

Friends and Neighbors

'Concerts for Young' attempting comeback

By Jan Biles A group of Lawrence music lovers are spearheading an effort to rejuvenate Concerts for Young People Inc., a nonprofit organization that has provided musical enrichment programs in Lawrence schools for three decades.

KU alumnus Mike Robe directs TV movie

By Jan Biles Kansas University alumnus and movie director Mike Robe thinks reality shows like "Survivor," "Temptation Island" and "The Mole" are akin to tabloid newspapers that "get old and stale very quickly."

Playing in the snow

People

'Hannibal' has killer debut, sets box office record

Hannibal Lecter made mincemeat of the competition and the record book. The grisly "Hannibal," sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," debuted with a colossal $58 million in its first three days. It grossed more than the next 15 movies combined, according to industry estimates Sunday, and easily beat the $34.7 million record for a February opening set by "Scream 3" last year.

'Inside Edition' hits big 4-0-0-0

With 4,000 episodes, newsmagazine grows beyond tabloid reputation

On Valentine's Day, "Inside Edition" marks its 4,000th broadcast. That's a long time. When "Inside Edition" started in January 1989, the first Bush presidency was also premiering.

Sunday, February 11

Being a flirt has paid off for Spiegel

By Jan Biles Jill Spiegel is a big flirt and she wants everyone to know it. After all, that's how she makes a living. Spiegel's flirting ability is what has landed her on the "Today Show," "Oprah" and "Politically Incorrect," laid the groundwork for her motivational firm and inspired her three books, "Flirting for Success," "Flirting with Spirituality" and "The Pocket Pep Talk."

Seating for none

People

High note in real estate Credit comes due Mistaken identity Tall tales

Eminem to perform with Sir Elton at Grammy Awards

Eminem, the hugely popular rapper often denounced as homophobic, will perform a duet at the Grammy Awards this month with Elton John, a champion of many gay causes.

Academy studies its choices

Oscar field takes shape with nominations due Tuesday

From ancient warriors to modern crusaders, historical hedonists to latter-day sensualists, Hollywood is about to pare down the list of invitees to its biggest bash.

Russian ballet dancers feel lucky to be on tour

The Radchenko family is quite modest despite their talent and success. Sergei, the father, is the founder and artistic director of the Moscow Festival Ballet, which recently performed "Giselle" before a sold-out crowd at the Lied Center.

Getting the facts right

Picoult investigates ghosts, open-heart surgery

Jodi Picoult was swathed in black from head to foot. She looked like a ninja as she headed for an abandoned mental institution in Rhode Island. There, on a dark winter night, the author watched investigators test for paranormal activity with an infrared camera.

KU officials to help dedicate Murphy Hall project

From Frasier to Budig to Bailey to Anschutz halls, Kansas University is known for its historic red-roofed buildings. The latest entry into this architectural collection the Murphy Hall addition and renovation will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

A different drummer

Japanese musicians driven by spirit, not fame

By Jan Biles In Western culture, the success of performance art is often measured by box-office totals or the number of celebrities listed in the cast. In Eastern culture, a performance's worth is calculated in simpler and more spiritual terms. Such is the case with the Kodo Drummers, a 17-member percussion group from Sado Island in the Sea of Japan that will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lied Center.

Saturday, February 10

Two top reasons why Letterman's in hot water

David Letterman is doing what all good talk show hosts do from time to time ruffling a few feathers. The New York Post reported on Friday that a Letterman Top 10 list that poked fun at his network was scrapped this week. The list referred to a lawsuit filed by a former "Survivor" participant who claimed the reality show was rigged.

Friends and neighbors

Snowed in

Fan-tastic Commitment

People

U2's concert safety plan said to be hazardous

U2 is readying its return to U.S. arenas for one of the marquee concert tours of 2001, but much of the buzz preceding the March 24 opening night in Miami has been about seating and safety, not music.

Ex-representative battles for books

Schroeder takes on librarians, Internet to protect publishers' rights

At a reception for publishers of scientific and academic journals, Patricia Schroeder waved her hand toward several dozen egghead types who were partying at the Corcoran Gallery of Art dining on shrimp kebabs, wining on not-too-shabby Chablis.

Friday, February 9

People

Cusack meets Hitler Playboy paradise King ends up in 'Asylum' Halle marries in secret

Smithsonian bugs out across U.S.

A new Smithsonian Institution exhibit of creepy crawly creatures takes to the road soon in an effort to demystify the often-misunderstood insects for the country's grade-school students.

Lt. Fancy bids 'Blue' adieu

James McDaniel leaving popular cop series after eight years on the beat

We already know there's no crying in baseball. But "NYPD Blue" star James McDaniel decided there'd be no weeping at the cop shop during his last day of filming scenes as Lt. Arthur Fancy on the popular, long-running police drama.

Jack Black is back on track

Transition challenging from supporting actor to rising star

Jack Black can barely keep his eyes open.

Thursday, February 8

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Husker Fan Honors OSU

Annual Best of Lawrence balloting gets under way

By Jon Niccum What makes Lawrence so special? The arts and entertainment, the restaurants, campus, downtown or the parks? Maybe it's that great late-night spot for a cup of coffee or that cool art-house that shows foreign films.

Swingin' toward spring

This week's respite from winter's chilly grip is the perfect tonic for a case of cabin fever. Tavniah Betts, and her young charge, Isadora Dean, 3, both of Lawrence, enjoy a little swinging Tuesday afternoon in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park.

'Grand' celebration

Friends and neighbors

'American Gothic' comes to life in Iowa city

The stern-faced farmer and his dour daughter have appeared on corn flake boxes, a postage stamp, and in countless parodies. Even Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have paid tribute to the pair portrayed by Grant Wood in the painting "American Gothic."

Toronto film festival takes teens to the screen

Eric Lively gets lots of fan mail, most of it from teen-age admirers asking how they can break into the movie industry like him. Knowing the minuscule chances, the 19-year-old actor who scored a role in the hit film "American Pie" could offer little more than a pithy "follow your dream" response until now.

Cowgirl queen Dale Evans dies

Roy Rogers' wife teamed with Western star for movies, TV, songs

Dale Evans, the singer-actress who joined with husband Roy Rogers in popular Westerns and co-wrote their theme song, "Happy Trails to You," died Wednesday at 88.

People

'Nash' accused of harassment Keillor's course in comedy Charles, Camilla together again Anna struts her stuff

'Giselle': a beautiful ballet about death, eternal love

How do you identify classical melodrama, romance and ideal love? How do you perceive the perfect harmonization of music and movement? Many people believe that ballet is the essence of these characteristics. "Giselle" is considered the most important ballet of the Romantic era and is often called the "Hamlet of ballet."

Rock without rage works for band Cowboy Mouth

While many of today's superstar rock bands have success with angry music, Cowboy Mouth has built a career singing about joy. The band's newest album, "Easy," captures the playful spirit and upbeat lyrics that have categorized the group and its shows for 10 years.

A guide for the 'Survivor'-phobic

Tired of "Survivor" hype? Here's something to keep in mind. After you wade through all of the corporate huffing and puffing about the show's success last week, you come down to the fact that an average of 29 million Americans checked in on "Survivor" at one time or another.

O-Town knows success, but wants respect

O-Town, the latest boy band to make teen-age girls swoon, has a message for its critics: Don't hate us just because we're beautiful. "We're going to be the best band out there, and we're not even going to let the fact that we're five good-looking guys in the teen market affect us musically and let it lower the bar," said group member Jacob Underwood.

Exclusive Online Profile: Jeremy Goldstein

Lawrence electronic music artist charts his own course

By Michael Newman Jeremy Goldstein and his three roommates are all musicians. According to Goldstein anything else would be unworkable. Like-minded roommates and very tolerant neighbors have made his collegial home thrive as a hub of musical activity.

Exclusive Online Profile: Kristin Dempsey

Pets sitting pretty for Lawrence artist

By Jim Baker The hardest part of Kristin Dempsey's job is getting her models to sit still and prick up their ears. Dempsey's a pet portraiture artist -- a tough job when you consider that her subjects don't always have the best attention spans.

Parting Shot

Arts Notes

Jazz artist to perform at Ottawa University St. Olaf Orchestra coming to Washburn Drama focuses on lives of Tokyo Rose, Axis Sally

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Spinning The Web: Web art, Part II

Medium inconsistent when providing canvas

By Mike Newman In the previous column, I discussed Web art's primitive origins on the non-graphical Internet as ASCII art. With the advent of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, things got more interesting quickly.

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Carnage and fire fuel the monster truck show

By Seth Jones I know the monster truck show went on all weekend at Kemper Arena, but I couldn't imagine going on any day other than Sunday. While Sunday may be a day usually reserved for rest and worship, "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" can mean only one thing: monster trucks and carnage.

Movie listings

More than a screwball

By Dan Lybarger Marion Davies, who was a major star in the 1920s and '30s, is still remembered, but often for the wrong reasons. Today, she's best known for being the long-time mistress of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst and inadvertently helping to inspire what may be the best film of all time, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane."

Capturing life on canvas and with lense

Julian Schnabel glides from artist to filmmaker with stunning results

By Dan Lybarger "I didn't set out to be a political film director," states filmmaker/painter Julian Schnabel. "I just wanted to make a movie about somebody whose words touched me."

Film review - 'Before Night Falls'

'Before Night Falls' illustrates the tormented life of Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas

By Dan Lybarger Because writer-director Julian Schnabel first made his mark on the world as a painter, it's not surprising that he can imbue seemingly mundane images with a captivating exoticism. In "Before Night Falls" simple sights like rainfall or streetlights take on an overwhelming beauty that's not apparent to the naked eye.

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Film review - 'Hannibal'

Anitcipated sequel 'Hannibal' is a satisfying though somewhat repulsive production

By Loey Lockerby "Hello, Clarice." If those words send a chill up your spine, then you've probably been looking forward to this sequel to multiple Oscar-winner "The Silence of the Lambs." Jonathan Demme's 1991 hit was a model of nerve-shattering suspense, the kind of movie that left viewers shaken and horrified .... and begging for more.

Dance to benefit AIDS Project

J-W Staff Reports Lawrence R&B singer, songwriter and piano player Kelley Hunt is once again headlining the Douglas County AIDS Project's Valentine's Dance Benefit 7 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.

Linkin Park avenue

California rap-metal act finds that timing is money

By Geoff Harkness There are two sides to Linkin Park's Brad Delson. One is the metal fan and guitarist whose band has blown up in recent months on the strength of its debut, "Hybrid Theory," and who couldn't be happier right now.

Who wants to be a star?

Staffers shake up tired karaoke routine with gimmicks and charm

By Mitchell J. Near Karaoke has a really, really bad reputation.

Seven Questions with Jeff Beck

By Jon Niccum Jeff Beck may be the world's greatest rock guitarist. His ré³µmé ©s convincing enough. The British guitar icon first came to prominence with The Yardbirds in the late '60s, a band whose membership included Eric Clapton and Beck's childhood friend Jimmy Page.

A tree grows in Lawrence

Local band makes fans abroad while keeping low profile at home

By Geoff Harkness In the world of rock, there are nearly as many types of music fans as there are genres of music: casual listeners, snobbish elitists, studious devotees and pretentious critics. But no listener typology would be complete without mentioning The speculator those for whom the "what ifs" are as intriguing as the "what weres." Shaking Tree's Dain Estes is a speculator.

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Wednesday, February 7

Chocolate tart sure to win Valentine's heart

By Gwyn Mellinger Hey, Valentines and Valentine wannabes. You've got one week to figure out how to make an impression, and I'm here to help. I'm somewhat obligated to endorse the adage that the way to that certain someone's heart is through his or her stomach, and my own personal experience shows that chocolate is a pretty fool-safe means to that end

MTV will cast its net in city

'The Real World' expects 1,000 people at auditions Saturday

By Terry Rombeck Want to live with six complete strangers for four months in front of a TV audience of millions? Producers at MTV expect about 1,000 people from the Lawrence area want to do just that. They're bringing auditions for "The Real World" to town Saturday, looking to fill spots on the reality-based show

People

Jagger child support settled Roseanne has learned her lesson 'Survivor' castoff sues Arnold mulls political run

TV shows becoming more risque

Sexual content on television has risen sharply since 1997, showing up in two of every three programs last season, according to a study released Tuesday.

Here comes the judge

Greg Mathis courts success on TV and on the stage

Judge Greg Mathis isn't kidding around when he says: been there, done that.

Tuesday, February 6

'Good Morning America' shows mini-baby boom

It was a mini-baby boom on ABC's "Good Morning America."

People

Singer's son recovers The writer's writer A higher office Of babies and burgers

Commission won't close problematic county park

Discussion of possible improvements brings proposal to shut down Wells Overlook

By Joy Ludwig Douglas County commissioners don't want to throw in the towel on a landmark park despite one commissioner's lament that the park creates "nothing but problems." At Monday's county commission meeting commissioner Jere McElhaney proposed closing Wells Overlook Park. The idea came up as commissioners discussed improvements to the often-neglected park, located east of U.S. Highway 59 on County Road 458.

Regis names Kathie Lee's replacement: Kelly Ripa

Regis Philbin finally has a new partner.

Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman announce separation

Actor Tom Cruise and his actress wife, Nicole Kidman, one of Hollywood's best-known star couples, said on Monday they have separated after more than a decade of marriage, citing the strains of their movie careers.v

Britain gets rude awakening

Visit by rapper Eminem draws less than royal receptionv

Eminem is nothing if not rude, and Britain, of course, is the motherland of good manners, so it was probably never going to be an easy relationship.

Monday, February 5

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People

'Wedding Planner' takes the cake

Traditional Valentine's romance won out over the slasher variety at the box office. Jennifer Lopez's "The Wedding Planner" remained the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend, taking in $11 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Lopez also is riding high on music charts with her album "J.Lo," which debuted at No. 1 last week.

Clinton rejects sax-less invitation

It wasn't quite an invitation for Bill Clinton to take his sax on the road for a reported $250,000 fee but he was asked to put in an appearance at Italy's glitziest music festival.

Exhibit puts Warhol in focus

Collection of artist's photographs on display in New York

For Andy Warhol, there were photos and silkscreen paintings, photos and films, photos and prints. But most of all, there were photos. There were grisly pictures of car crashes, mundane shots of tuna cans and celebrity images of face after beautiful, vapid face.

Sunday, February 4

Friends and neighbors

Saying goodbye

A sheepish performance

People

Wilberforce on my mind Rapper sued by mansion tenant Rimes apologizes for record In a hot tub with Denise

Hines taps into the heart of Mr. Bojangles

Great dancer portrays great dancer. Sounds easy. But it took more than just natural ability and agility for tap star Gregory Hines to play tap legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. He had to move in a whole new direction.

New 'Hannibal' cuts his teeth

'Silence of the Lambs' sequel presents kinder, gentler cannibal

Dr. Hannibal Lecter, aka Hannibal the Cannibal. First you feared him. Then you jeered him. And now? And now in "Hannibal," the heavily hyped but carefully shrouded follow-up to the Oscar-winning "The Silence of the Lambs," you may actually cheer the cultured cutup.

'Chicago' an unforgettable trip

By Jan Biles "Chicago" didn't come into the Lied Center on little cat feet Friday night. Instead, it blew into town with legs kicking high and hips thrusting.

Russians' 'Giselle' a premier act

By Jan Biles Some of those who brought tickets to see Mikhail Baryshnikov in October left the show feeling a little cheated. They had expected to see Russian ballet, not modern dance.

Windows of opportunity

Artist scouts auctions, garage sales for materials

By Jan Biles As a child, artist Jennifer Rinehart-Unekis loved to explore the surroundings at her farm home near Meriden. She would ride horses, build dams and play in the barn.

'Abundance' gives men's perspective

Vanity, parenting, soul mates and even cars are endearingly touched upon in "A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance" (Scribner, 448 pages, $22), the latest in Sarah Ban Breathnach's "Simple Abundance" self-help series.

Youngsters can interact with 'Dinos'

By Jill Hummels Seven is a lucky number. One need only open "Dinos To Go" to learn that. "Dinos To Go," the latest teeny tiny epic from author and animal artist Sandra Boynton, is a rhyming romp that bridges the gap between human emotions and dinosaur cool.

Quartet to play Mozart, Bartok

The Takacs Quartet, one of the world's leading string quartets, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Lied Center.

So prolific, it's scary

Koontz churns out a suspenseful book once a year

Suspense author Dean Koontz is an old hand at turning out best sellers. Like clockwork, he turns one out each year and he turns them in on time. Which is why he gave even himself a scare on his current thriller: For the first time in more than 30 years of writing novels full time, he missed his deadline to his publisher.

'Dinosaurus' combines virtual reality, live acting

By Jan Biles "Dinosaurus" may be written for elementary students, but the story line of the 40-minute play is one that can be appreciated by adults as well as youngsters. "It has a moral: We have to be aware of how we impact the environment around us," director Patrick Carriere, a Kansas University graduate student in theater, said.

MakeMusic draws youngsters and adults

MakeMusic was started in August by Kansas University graduate students Pamela Haynes and Kristin Larsen, with the assistance of Chris Hepp, KU associate professor of piano. Larsen manages the business, and instructs more than 150 students ranging in age from preschool to adult

Keying into the future

KU professor puts faith in digital keyboards

By Jan Biles Chris Hepp has taught piano for 27 years. But today he feels like a pioneer, and the uncharted territory he's exploring is the world of the digital keyboard. "We're educating a new generation to understand and take advantage of the digital keyboard, the computer and the Internet," the Kansas University associate professor of piano says. " As a teacher, I've never been so invigorated."

Saturday, February 3

Friends and neighbors

Grip and bear it

People

'Friends' doesn't survive first skirmish of ratings war

Round one of the Great Television War goes to "Survivor II." CBS' hit reality series scored a narrow victory over the NBC sitcom Thursday night in their heavily hyped matchup, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Christian comedy aimed at youth audiences

Mob money and family ties form a strange mix in the first comedy from the Rev. Billy Graham's movie production unit, a story aimed at delivering a moral message to people who might not be tuning into Graham otherwise.

Influx of dollars revives Christian films

New wave of evangelical films features better production, less preaching

When the makers of the new movie "Left Behind" wanted to generate some advance word-of-mouth, they sent a video copy to the youth group at Tulsa's First Presbyterian Church. About 30 teen-agers gathered around a television set to watch the story of a reporter who uncovers a conspiracy that gives rise to the Antichrist.

Friday, February 2

People

Striking out on her own Chewing the fat with Hannibal Jo Dee drinks in celebrityv Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave.

Friends and neighbors

Strings attached

Teen slasher films tend to make a box office killing

Disney adds 'California Adventure'

New theme park to focus on state's natural wonders, history

When The Walt Disney Co. opened theme parks in years past, executives and investors held their breath and hoped for a hit.

No hint of a groundhog

Patty Larkin explores folk roots with albumv

For two decades, singer-songwriter Patty Larkin has used deft lyrics and guitar play to express her delicate tales of perseverance. Along the way she's had some hits, such as having Holly Cole and Cher record her songs, and misses an ill-conceived attempt at pop.

Does anyone watch TV on Fridays?

TV-wise, if Friday night got any weaker, it would have to be put on life support. Now that the superb new drama "CSI" has been moved to Thursday nights to compete with "Will & Grace," the CBS line-up limps along from "Diagnosis Murder" to the new but hardly noticed "The Fugitive" to the now venerable "Nash Bridges."

Thursday, February 1

Friends and neighbors

Baby Jay play

Fund puts art at heart of KU

Matching money meant to expand museum's role

By Amber Stuever Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art representatives hope to broaden the use of the museum's collection with an $850,000 endowed fund from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Kansas University Endowment Association.

People

Jennifer jumps on top Dating horror stories of the stars Malcolm in middle of Mardi Gras Pacino, D'Angelo have twins

ABC plans to air birth live on TV

Someone is likely to get a very early national television debut on ABC's "Good Morning America" next week. The show plans to air a live birth on its program Feb. 6 to cap a weeklong series of stories about maternity trends.

Parting Shot

Escaping from the isolation tank

Blues artist fuses acoustic communion with electric sin

By Jon Niccum Although blues music occasionally functions as a platform for social commentary, it is rarely thought of as a political vehicle. But for Kansas City native and current Austin, Tex.-based musician Guy Forsyth, the message is as important as the melody.

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River City Revue

Lawrence event raises fund for theater troupe

By Mitchell J. Near Lawrence's long-time children's theater company, The Seem-To-Be-Players, have operated local and national companies for 28 years, and they show no signs of slowing down. "The Seem-To-Be's are getting really, really strong," artistic director Ric Averill said.

Ray of death

Texas act works out kinks in its songwriting

By Geoff Harkness One surefire way to get the goods on our new president is to ask a native Texan. "That guy's not from Texas," Deathray Davies guitarist and lifelong resident of the Lone Star state, Zack Blair, declares emphatically.

Seven Questions with Frank Black

By Geoff Harkness The word "legend" gets tossed around a lot, but Frank Black is one musician who truly deserves the title. Black was the mastermind behind The Pixies, easily considered one of alternative rock's most-influential bands, paving the way for groups like Nirvana and Radiohead, who appropriated whole chunks of The Pixies' sound and spun it into platinum.

The age of 'innocence'

Why are female sex symbols getting younger?

By Mitchell J. Near No one is paying attention. While Hollywood executives are hauled before Congress to debate violent images served up to teen-agers, and movie theater managers promise to keep youths from exposure to death and dismemberment, no one seems to notice that sexual imagery aimed squarely at teens is saturating the market.

ARTS NOTES

Film reviews - 'Head Over Heels'

Pretty folks have little to say in disjointed flick

By Loey Lockerby Everyone in "Head Over Heels" looks good. They're all attractive people, wearing stylish clothes and appearing like they just left the salon. If only they'd had brains enough to stay away from this godawful script.

Silent, sound and the unseen

Area film scene offers up some hidden gems

By Dan Lybarger If you think interest in silent movies has waned, think again. In the last four years, the annual Kansas Silent Film Festival in Topeka has drawn bigger and bigger crowds. In fact, this year's festival will be the first to feature two days of classic flicks. As always, the event is free and open to the public. It is held at Washburn University's White Concert Hall, 17th and Jewell streets.

Movie lists

Film reviews - 'Malena'

Giuseppe Tornatore's newest film is a smoker that has little fire, despite lurid subject matter

By Dan Lybarger Sicilian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore's latest movie has sex, political undertones, nostalgia and gushy romanticism. Nonetheless, unlike his earlier and far superior "Cinema Paradiso," "Malena" often feels more repulsive than touching. In his attempt to satirize small-town gossip and hypocrisy, Tornatore creates what may be the cinema's first sentimental stag party.

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Engineering suspense

KU professor Benjamin crafts multitude of diverse writings

By Mitchell J. Near Bezaleel Benjamin has an all-inclusive part-time writing career. He writes and edits and binds and markets his own manuscripts, going the extra mile to publish his own literary vision.

What Are You Reading?

Witness: Puffy didn't carry gun

Former bodyguard said he never saw rapper with firearm

A former corrections officer who moonlighted as a bodyguard for Sean "Puffy" Combs testified Wednesday that he had never once seen the rap impresario carrying a weapon.

Squabbling with the Osmonds

New ABC tell-all movie recalls some off-key moments

It wasn't all sunshine and lollipops being a singing, dancing member of the Osmonds in the 1970s. Really.

Cellist, pianist make Lawrence debuts

By Jan Biles Many times African-American composers get pigeonholed. We mainly view them as creating jazz and blues works, rarely classical or chamber music. But thanks to world-class cellist Anthony Elliott and accomplished pianist Toni-Marie Montgomery that misconception is slowly being eroded.

Exclusive Online Profile: Philip Kimball

Slow and steady wins the race for Lawrence novelist

By Michael Newman Novelist Philip Kimball never fancied himself a literary descendent of Louis Lamour or Zane Grey, and as such he was surprised, though not really displeased when the reviews for his 1999 novel "Liar's Moon" pegged him as a western writer.

'Friends,' 'Survivor' in ratings battle

April may be the cruelest month, but February brings TV sweeps and the savage competition for ratings. As we have heard, repeatedly, the resurgent CBS network has scheduled last summer's hit, "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS) against longtime ratings champ "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC).

Soaps keep plot twists coming

New marketing, outrageous story lines are daily occurrences

After 300 years of silence, Tabitha the witch is spilling the beans on the twisted town of Harmony. Her memoirs, "Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox," went on sale last week across the nation, forcing Tabitha to flee the anticipated wrath from her townsfolk in the seemingly sleepy New England burg.

Exclusive Online Profile: Jeff Barnett

Lawrence artist first to exhibit photographs at local gallery

By Michael Newman If you are a frequent visitor to Fields Gallery at 712 Massachusetts, right now you can see something brand new on the gallery's walls, photographs. In exhibiting the recent photographs of photographer Jeff Barnett, Fields opens their space to photographs for the first time in.