Stories for January 2001


Wednesday, January 31

SnoCore Icicle Ball gets Kansas City's groove on

Galactic, with Col. Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade and Lake Trout

By Michael Newman Words are imperfect tools for conveying the experience of a live musical performance. If the music was bad, failure to adequately annoy the artist's fans isn't exactly a tragedy. But when the music was as superb as it was Monday night for the SnoCore Icicle Ball at Kansas City's Uptown Theatre, the inability to translate the experience into reportage can be, if not tragic, unfortunate.

Friends and neighbors

Inner tensions


Screen Actors Guild nominates year's top performers

Five movies each grabbed three nominations Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, leaving this year's wide-open movie awards season as cloudy as ever. The Roman epic "Gladiator," the rock 'n' roll memoir "Almost Famous," the political drama "The Contender," the French fairy tale "Chocolat" and the British dance flick "Billy Elliot" each took three nods.

Soap operas give fans show insights

What are daytime dramas doing to attract attention? How about an easier question, like, how many bubbles are on a bar of soap?

You can't spell hunk without H-U-N

Oh, that Attila the Hun. Was he a fifth-century Hitler, or a hunk on a horse with a heart as big as Asia Minor? It's a movie on USA. You do the math. The two-part "Attila" (8 p.m., USA) concludes just like it started. With much hacking, throat-slitting and pillaging.

Tuesday, January 30

National Book Critics Circle announces nominees

Zadie Smith, a best-selling author at 24, and Jacques Barzun, a best-selling author at 92, were among the nominees announced Monday for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Nicholson returns to the screen, lives quieter life

Jack's back,and the shades are off.


Young beyond his years Songs of the wild Court case delayed

Teen severely burned while imitating MTV 'Jackass' stunt

A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns after mimicking an MTV personality who set himself on fire during a stunt show.

Lawrence book reviewer on selection committee

Mark Luce of Lawrence is one of the 24 board members who chose the nominees this year for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

'Puffy' gets his day in court

Sean 'Puffy' Combs' goes on trial on gun and bribery charges

The weapons and bribery trial of Sean "Puffy" Combs began Monday, with prosecutors for the first time saying the rap star fired a gun inside a Times Square nightclub as one of his proteges allegedly shot and wounded three people.

Monday, January 29

Green day still thrills

Green Day with The Get Up Kids - Hale Arena - Kansas City MO. 01/26/2001

By Michael Newman It's easy to get the impression that Green Day wouldn't do a single thing differently, were they to play the Bottleneck or Arrowhead Stadium. And so it was Friday night at Kansas City's Hale Arena, part of the American Royal complex adjacent to Kemper Arena, where a darned good time was the brass ring, and Green Day and their fans together made up the carnival ride.

Scholars ponder sunken city

Billy Zane ("Titanic") just can't stay out of the water. He's on hand to narrate "Ancient Earthquakes, Sunken Cities" (8 p.m., Discovery), a provocative archaeological detective story.


'The Wedding Planner' takes the cake at box office

Moviegoers liked Jennifer Lopez as "The Wedding Planner," making the romantic comedy No. 1 at the box office, as studios challenged Sunday's Super Bowl, drawing more filmgoers this year than last.

Documentaries stand out at Sundance Film Festival

There were 16 documentaries in competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival, plus a handful of others out of competition. Here are a few of the highlights:

Actor sinks teeth into role

Willem Dafoe goes for jugular in re-creation of 'Nosferatu'

Willem Dafoe likes characters on the margins of society. "Because that's where the most personal and specific stories are often told," he says.

Sunday, January 28

Heroes wanted

Adoption papers


'Survivor' cleans her record Camryn keeping mum Leo's hair tops in Kabul Priceline, the next generation

'Survivor' roars back to life

Contestants scheme their way to the top Down Under

It's here again. Gather round the TV for the game everybody is waiting for. "Survivor" is back, kicking off right after that football thing tonight. As everybody knows, "Super Bowl XXXV" is just a warmup act, a bloated prelude to "Survivor II," where two teams, er, tribes, of Type-A contenders will meet on the parched earth of northeastern Australia.

KU trombone professor to give lecture, recital

Trombonists do not usually study Baroque music practices, but Kansas University music professor James Michael Hall has expanded his trombone repertoire by researching violin sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and rearranging them for alto trombone.

'Giselle' reflects 19th-century European ideals

J-W Staff Reports The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform the classic "Giselle" at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lied Center. "Giselle," with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli, is considered one of the best classical ballets.

Spencer Museum showing Ming paintings, works by women

J-W Staff Reports The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art is showing three small exhibitions this semester. "Ming Painting through the Eyes of Connoisseurs," which features 13 Ming Dynasty painted scrolls, will run through March 4 in the museum's White Gallery.

KU professor kicks off Hallmark series

Kansas University professor Bhakti Ziek is first in a series of seven Hallmark Symposium lectures on topics that range from textiles to electronic graphic design.

Tony-Award winning 'Chicago' features Fosse-style footwork

J-W Staff Reports Take a storyline that involves murder, greed and adultery and couple it with inticing music and jazzy choreography, and you've got the Tony Award-winning "Chicago." The Broadway revival is on tour and will make a stop at 8 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.

Participation in First Friday increases

J-W Staff Reports The First Friday Gallery Walk will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Artists take different approaches when creating works

By Jan Biles Three men and a studio. One paints abstracts; another creates representational and figurative works. The third is a photographer who shoots the things he loves. Together, they form the Downtown Upstairs Art Group, 824 1/2 Mass., and feed off each other's artistic styles and encouragement.

McMillan on the move

'Waiting to Exhale' author reflects on her latest novel, impact on publishing

Terry McMillan moves like she talks quick darts here and there, anxious pauses, never lingering in one spot too long. "Gimme a minute," she shouts, dashing from her living room to another part of the house. "I've got to put on some lipstick."

Poetry reflects Vandenberg's life experiences

Katrina Vandenberg writes about the work on women in this poem

Reimringer's characters unlikeable

In "Miriam," by John Reimringer, Tom meets Miriam, the girlfriend of his divorced brother, Donald. Tom and Miriam immediately clash, yet are drawn to each other.

A concerted effort

KU fine arts dean pairs with cellist for concert

By Jan Biles Toni-Marie Montgomery didn't pack away her sheet music when she became dean of Kansas University's School of Fine Arts last spring. Montgomery, an internationally recognized pianist, continues to perform recitals and concerts, knowing that the collaborative skills she uses while working with orchestra leaders and soloists will be applied to her work on campus.

Word for word

Engaged poet, fiction writer win Langston Hughes Creative Writing Contest

By Jan Biles When the judges of this year's Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards selected the winners in the poetry and fiction divisions, they had no way of knowing the writers lived in the same house and serve as each other's most reliable critics.

Saturday, January 27

'Forgive Me Father' can't be saved

While making a movie about a killer priest may have sounded like a good idea on paper, it's quite likely that those behind "Forgive Me Father" will find themselves asking for forgiveness when the audience tries to get its money back.

Super Bowl kicks off the hype

It's here, the most hyperventilated TV weekend of the year. Just in case you've been cast away with Tom Hanks or isolated with the boy in the bubble, here's a reminder that CBS will air a little game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants called Super Bowl XXXV (5 p.m., Sunday, CBS).


NBC vows not to repeat controversial 'Law & Order'

Wednesday's controversial episode of "Law & Order" has ignited a feud between NBC and the show's executive producer, Dick Wolf. The episode "Sunday in the Park with Jorge" recreated June's parade rampage of men who went on a wilding spree, dousing, stripping and groping women in Central Park. Activists who were sensitive about the subject complained about the episode, asking NBC not to air it.

Third Day singer tops gospel music nominees

Reigning best artist Steven Curtis Chapman was nominated again Friday for the top Dove award from the Gospel Music Assn. He also received nominations for best male vocalist and best song for "Dive."

Food Network whips up success

Emeril, 'Iron Chef,' Wolfgang, Mario become channel's celebrity cash cows

When the Food Network started out in 1993, cooking shows weren't considered hot TV fare, and chefs weren't celebrities. Studious cooks watched Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet truss chickens, but cooking as entertainment had not yet arrived.

Friday, January 26

NFL show does damage control

Any doubts that the National Football League has a serious image problem were laid to rest with this week's sentencing of Rae Carruth for conspiring to murder his pregnant girl friend. A classy touch just days before the Super Bowl.

Friends and neighbors

Thinking spring


Farrow battles global polio Actors 'Pledge' their support Dion gives birth to baby boy Downey wife seeks divorce

It's Howdy Doody time at Detroit museum, judge orders

Hey, kids! Howdy Doody is headed for Detroit! The original freckle-faced marionette belongs to the Detroit Institute of Arts, a federal judge said in a ruling that clears the way for Howdy to join the likes of Punch and Judy, Kermit the Frog and other puppets in the museum's collection.

Web fever blunted at Sundance Film Festival

Internet companies swarmed the Sundance Film Festival last year, snapping up short movies and pitching the Web as the next big thing in film distribution.

Looking back at 'Girl in the Picture'

Exhibit traces life of Vietnamese girl caught in napalm 28 years ago

One photograph shows napalm bombs tumbling from a Skyraider military plane as it dips low over a village in Vietnam. The next captures the fierce splash of explosives, the twin towers of a temple still visible above the inferno.

Conversations flow in 'Spring Forward'

"Spring Forward" is simply a gem, so rich and rewarding it's hard to believe that the character-driven drama is writer-director Tom Gilroy's first feature.

Thursday, January 25

Lopez's sheer will makes 'J.Lo' a hit

Jennifer Lopez is a fighter. Though her daring fashions and bodacious body spawn the bulk of attention about the actress-singer-dancer, her iron will is her most striking feature. And that is exactly what is on display on "J.Lo" (Epic).

South Pole drama retold

With a story so dramatic it might have inspired a string of Lifetime miniseries, Dr. Jerri Nielsen speaks with Diane Sawyer on "Primetime" (9 p.m., ABC) about her ordeal of diagnosing her own breast cancer while ice-bound at the bottom of the world.

Parting Shot

Exclusive Online Profile: Super-Kid

By Michael Newman At nine years of age, Gypsy may be the youngest rocker to ever take the stage at the Bottleneck when she makes her debut fronting Super-Kid this Saturday night as the lead act in that evening's multi-band Police tribute concert.

Book review - 'Lucy of the Trail of Tears'

James Yoder uses historical people, events to craft fiction

By Mitchell J. Near James Yoder writes tales set in the Old West. And like many writers who know that the shoot-em-ups that made Zane Grey famous are out of date, the Hesston, Kan., storyteller prefers to call his work historical fiction.

What Are You Reading?

It's intuition

Lawrence artist Mike Snook creates precise portraits

By Mitchell J. Near Mike Snook isn't into abstract art, a style of painting where viewers are left to figure out what the artists are trying to create. For Snook, art is all about exact details that precisely capture the personality of his subject.

Movie Listings

What's in a phrase?

Filmmaker draws from personal inspiration when planning to invade 'Coney Island'

By Dan Lybarger Writer-director Richard Schenkman's most popular effort so far started off as a simple phrase. Recalling the origins of his VH1 movie "A Diva's Christmas Carol," he explains, "It was something that came together very quickly and was an enormous challenge.

Film review - 'Shadow of the Vampire'

'Shadow of the Vampire' mixes fact and fiction in tale of undead actor

By Loey Lockerby Little is known about Max Schreck, who played the terrifying Count Orlok in the 1922 German horror classic "Nosferatu." Was he just another actor who gave a single great performance, then sank into virtual obscurity? Or was he something more sinister? Like, say, a real vampire?


Seven Questions with Les Claypool

By Geoff Harkness Primus sucks! With a self-penned motto like that, Primus was never a band that tried hard to make people like it. Led by singer-bassist Les Claypool, Primus was one of the strangest acts ever to hit semi big ? an utterly bizarre mixture of eclectic rhythms, oddball lyrics (anyone remember "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver?") and quirky time signatures that confused even the keenest rock fans.

Film review - 'Wedding Planner'

'Wedding Planner' uses star power to liven up its routine ceremony

By Jon Niccum Was planning weddings even a profession 50 years ago? If it were back then, "The Wedding Planner" would have made a suitable topic, because this frothy comedy calls to mind the Doris Day/Cary Grant throwaways of the 1950s. And that is by no means an insult.

Exclusive Online Profile: Diana Dunkley

By Michael Newman Standing in Diana Dunkley's studio one is struck by the variety of the work that seems to occupy every corner of her workspace. There are finished pieces and unfinished work all about. There are paintings, hangings, assemblages and watercolors. At the moment she's working on a series of acrylic transfers from color photocopies of photographs.

The cats in the cradle

The members of Kittie may be 'kids,' but they play like adults

By Geoff Harkness Few rock stars admit to getting along with their parents. Even fewer are legally required to take their parents on tour as chaperones. But when your drummer just turned 16 and the old fogy of the band hasn't hit 20 yet, these things happen.

Side Notes: Tolerating the intolerant

By Geoff Harkness I received an interesting e-mail about a week ago, a virtual petition "in support of the act to NOT support the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Grammy Awards by NOT viewing their annual awards show on February 21st."

Best Bets

Spinning The Web: Exploring on-line art, Part I

The medium is the message; the gallery is the palette

By Michael Newman The Web is my research library, my stack of catalogs, my newspaper, my sports ticker and my bank teller. It's also, increasingly, my art gallery. There's ample opportunity to look at paintings and photographs online, and heaven knows there's plenty of digital artwork, too. What I'm most intrigued by is art that was not only created ON computers but also FOR computers. That is to say, art which can only exist on the Web.

Pioneering for learning


'Survivor' comments on Round 2 Beatles producer revives island Return to his roots Deneuve protests death penalty

At Vegas and Sundance, everyone hopes to get lucky

To understand the Sundance Film Festival, to get a sense of why audiences and the film community insist on returning year after year, comparisons with Las Vegas are a good place to start.

Dinosaur find puts paleontologists in Dire Straits

Paleontologists have discovered a previously unknown dinosaur with strange, hooked teeth and named the vicious creature after rock star Mark Knopfler.

TV celebrates black history

Channels mark February with variety of documentaries, reruns and movies

Television barely dips a toe into the breadth and depth of black experience, so some amends are made in February in honor of Black History Month. Broadcast networks tend to leave the job to local stations, but many cable channels make an effort to explore black life, issues and history.

Friends & Neighbors

Wednesday, January 24

Ring around the collar



Mel fights his alter ego Shannon of 'SNL' leaving ... ... but Downey staying with 'Ally' ... and Edwards leaving 'ER'

Jagger gets satisfaction from filmmaking

Independent movie, 'Enigma,' is rock star's new release

Mick Jagger, independent filmmaker, sounds like any other producer at the Sundance Film Festival when he talks about the obstacles to capturing his story on celluloid.

Hollywood writers' strike looms

Hurry to stockpile episodes results in flawed work, experts say

You might not think network television could get worse. But the Writers Guild of America and the giant multinational corporations that run Hollywood are engaged in two weeks of contract talks that almost everyone here thinks will end in a strike that will change network television forever and for the worse.

'Sugar & Spice' comes off real sour

You can almost see them, can't you? Studio executives, sitting around a table, desperately trying to figure out how to cash in on the teen movie craze.

'Frequency' rocks 'Twilight Zone'

"Strange Frequency" (8 p.m., VH1) is not quite great, but it is perfect in many ways. For one thing it revives the old spooky story anthology genre. Think "Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery." And the culture of rock music is perfect for a series of supernatural campfire stories.

Tuesday, January 23

A fork in the country road

Dolly Parton chooses bluegrass route over country pop

When Dolly Parton found her commercial appeal waning amid a sea of younger, fresher faces, she looked back to the bluegrass music of her childhood in East Tennessee and found critical success.

Monolith's odyssey ends as Seattle welcomes it home

It arose seemingly out of nowhere as 2001 dawned, a 9-foot-tall mass of steel and iron towering on Kite Hill overlooking Lake Washington.

Del Toro: Script is foundation of good film

Benicio Del Toro sits in a Manhattan hotel, dressed in a dark suit, sipping an espresso and puffing on a cigarette. His manner is relaxed; his voice is slow and easygoing.


Baby blues The anti-Grinch Best of both worlds New Twain story due

Former president on 10-city tour to promote book

They started lining up for Jimmy Carter just after 7 a.m. and kept coming until after 2 p.m., more than 2,000 people in all.

Bluegrass society to hand out awards

The International Bluegrass Music Assn. awards get most of the media attention. But the Missouri-based Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America awards are more than a decade older.

Monday, January 22


'Last Dance' hangs on to first place at box office

The hip-hop film "Save the Last Dance" keeps grooving along at the box office, finishing in the top spot for the second week in a row and easily fending off two new movies featuring a pair of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Stars shine at Golden Globes

Lawrence connections include 'Nurse Betty,' 'Erin Brockovich'

The Roman arena epic "Gladiator" was named best dramatic motion picture at Sunday's Golden Globes, while "Almost Famous," Cameron Crowe's fictionalized story about his experiences as a teen-age rock journalist in the '70s, won best comedy film.

Sunday, January 21

Award recipients to be recognized in April

Judith McCrea and the other winners of the Kansas Governor's Arts Awards will be honored during a ceremony at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita.

Inspired by the world's landscape

KU art professor among Governor's Arts Awards winners

By Terry Rombeck Judith McCrea used to get inspiration for her artwork by spending months at a time in the jungles of Central America and South America. Now, all she needs to do is look out her window. McCrea, who chairs the Kansas University art department, purchased 36 scenic acres west of Lecompton five years ago.

Hayward pens rags-to-riches story

John T. Hayward's name isn't a famous one, but the story of his success is an interesting one. It's described in his book, "Bluejacket Admiral: The Career of Chick Hayward" (Naval Institute Press, $32.95).

'Off Keck Road' is a bit off the mark

Contemporary society seems obsessed with things larger than life. But Mona Simpson's novel, "Off Keck Road" (Knopf, 167 pages, $19), tells a story that is smaller than life.

'Gob's Grief' unconvincing

Adrian's tale shows promise, but doesn't deliver

By Mark Luce When Walt Whitman wrote "In this head the all baffling brain/in it and below it the making of heroes," near the middle of "I Sing the Body Electric," he probably didn't imagine that more than a century later Chris Adrian would use a fictionalized portrayal of Big Daddy Walt as a human battery to bring back the dead of the Civil War.

Gilchrist's stories ring true

Ellen Gilchrist has compiled a broad sampling of her short fiction in "Collected Stories" (Little, Brown, $27.95). In doing so, she bears a striking resemblance to her character Anna Hand. Struggling with her own writing, Anna wonders "how to move the characters around so they bruise against each other and ring true."

Big brothers, big sisters

Friends and neighbors

Riding the rails


Stuntwoman punches, kicks, hits and claws her way to the top

Ever feel as if you're having to scratch and claw your way through a day at work? Michele Waitman can relate. Not a day goes by that she isn't punching, kicking or stabbing someone on the job.

Tales from TV

Los Angeles: Actor Al Waxman dies after surgery LOS ANGELES: Singer Lil' Kim to play 'DAG' LOS ANGELES: Disney shows spotlight Black History Month

VH1 hears 'Strange Frequency'

Music channel airs original films of music, humor, macabre

In the tradition of "Tales From the Crypt" and Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" comes an updated version of twisted tales. The difference, though, is the music.

Hollywood explores drug culture

Movies like 'Traffic' and 'Requiem' show lives ruined by addiction

If Hollywood had a message in the last year, it could be found in the 1970s-era rock 'n' roll movie "Almost Famous." "Don't take drugs!" pleads Frances McDormand as a nervous mother who drops off her 15-year-old son at a Black Sabbath concert.

Saturday, January 20

D.C., Hollywood lovefest comes to end

Entertainment individuals fall out of favor with new White House

When President-elect George W. Bush is sworn into office this week, no business sector will lose so much influence in the Oval Office yet somehow be poised to collect so many favors from the White House as the entertainment industry.


Mysterious Poe Toaster on Ravens: 'Nevermore'

An enigmatic, black-clad stranger strode into the Westminster Presbyterian Church cemetery on Friday and, as tradition dictates, celebrated Edgar Allan Poe's birthday by laying three red roses and a half-filled bottle of French cognac on the writer's grave.

Goodbye, Mister Rogers

It's a sad day in the neighborhood as final show to air in August

Three decades after Fred Rogers took to the airwaves, it's still a beautiful day in his neighborhood. Children's television has moved on, though.

Friday, January 19

Lange leads list of Olivier award nominations

Jessica Lange, the two-time Oscar-winning film star, received her first Olivier nomination Thursday, while two little-known Irishmen, bound for Broadway in the same play, are both up for best actor.

Judith McCrea profile


Another Zeta-Jones production? Living life without Regis Brad's excellent adventure Alec's temper tiffs Kim

Twyla Tharp finds home for dance company in Brooklyn

Choreographer Twyla Tharp is creating a home for her dance company in a once-dingy neighborhood that is rapidly transforming into a haven for the arts.

Indies reach past artsy films

Sundance festival entries may appeal to variety of movie audiences

Some entries in the Sundance Film Festival may sound familiar.

Thursday, January 18

Movie listings

Homer says dough!

Pillars of society

Know your maps

CNN shakes up news division, cuts 400 jobs

In the biggest shakeup in its 21-year history, CNN is revamping its newsgathering structure, cutting some 400 jobs and appointing three senior news executives.

Rosie doesn't overwhelm 'Seussical'

The hand-lettered sign bobbing in the balcony said it all: "Rosie, You R My Barbra." Rosie O'Donnell may not be Barbra Streisand O'Donnell's own idol but the talk-show queen conquered the crowd Tuesday night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre where she joined the cast of "Seussical," Broadway's musical celebration of Dr. Seuss, for a four-week run.

Discovered in cyberspace

Music talent goes online to meet with producers, cut deals

Aspiring rockers daydream about a record-company talent scout walking into a nightclub and discovering them. For Transmatic, that moment of discovery came not in a smoky, deafening bar, but in cyberspace.


The adventures of Butch ... ... and Sundance Downstairs at Cindy's The underbelly of rock 'n' roll

Look who's talking

'The Pledge' succeeds because of Nicholson

No actor descends into madness quite like Jack Nicholson. Sean Penn's latest directing effort, "The Pledge," succeeds thanks to a compelling performance from Nicholson, with big assists from a spate of big-name cameos.

'Touching Evil' returns on PBS

Smart, stylish and thoroughly creepy, the "Mystery!" series "Touching Evil" (8 p.m., PBS) returns for a third four-episode installment. The edgy inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green) finds himself a little too close to his work of tracking down serial killers.

Exclusive Online Profile: Matt Jones

From industrial design to art

By Michael Newman When Matt Jones graduated from K.U., he had to decide what to do. Artistically inclined from a very early age, he took an opportunity to return to painting during his light, last semester. Though an industrial design major, Jones went through some changes when he took the brush in hand once more. After fulfilling the incomplete that delayed his graduation, he set about looking for a workspace.

Arts notes

ÂCompany seeks actors ÂCarrington to lead choral workshop ÂKU theater department offers children's classes

What are you reading?

Reaching the goal

By Dan Lybarger What do athletes Brian Bosworth, Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan and Howie Long have in common? All have attempted to take their popularity to the big screen and failed in movies such as "Stone Cold," "Double Team," "Kazaam," "Space Jam" and "Firestorm."

Best Bets


CD Reviews

Film review - 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

Director Ang Lee creates a kung fu masterpiece

By Dan Lybarger The idea of people risking life and limb to obtain a 400-year-old sword might seem a tad hokey, but in the hands of Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee ("Ride With the Devil), that concept is as compelling as a Biblical prophecy come true. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Lee's latest, is an astonishingly skillful blend of martial arts, acrobatics, opulent sets, convincing special effects and an intriguing story.

Take a walk on the Pharcyde

Hip-hoppers prove that good things come in plain rappings

By Geoff Harkness Sometimes radio play and airtime on MTV makes all the difference. Take The Pharcyde, which was once pegged to be the next De La Soul until lack of exposure nearly led the band to an early grave.

Exclusive Online Profile: Javaman

Illinois band finds welcoming musical home in Lawrence

By Michael Newman The downside of the sort of eclecticism represented in Javaman's music is that with all the different musical tastes at work, that consensus is nigh impossible when choosing CDs for the player when the band hits the road. Coltrane, Korn, Bob Marleyit's all up for grabs.

Little Big Man

Blues man Li'l Ed returns from hiatus with newfound skills

By Geoff Harkness When you think of a legendary blues guitar player, you don't generally picture someone sitting at a computer console piecing together digital tunes. If you're Lil' Ed Williams though, it's all part of keeping up with new technology.

Pioneer of conservation

Kansas University professor pens Powell biography

By Mitchell J. Near Donald Worster is pretty low-key about his latest project, but he's about the only one who is. Worster, a distinguished professor of history at Kansas University, is the author of several well-received non-fiction tomes and an expert in the field of environmental history.

Nights at the opera

By Jan Biles At first glance it seems like an odd pairing for a KU Opera production: "Gianni Schicchi," a classic Italian opera by Giacomo Puccini, and "The Emperor's New Clothes," an opera based on the popular Hans Christian Andersen children's tale with words and music by Lawrence playwright-actor-musician Ric Averill.

Community cornerstone

Lawrence business creates real art on the spot

By Mitchell J. Near Calling the staffers of Art Cornerstone involved in their work is a bit of an understatement. Try engrossed. Or absorbed. Definitely committed. The store, located at 925 Iowa, aims to be the premier art supply outlet in a community known for its artistic endeavors. And since the Cornerstone's opening last January, it's certainly drawn the interest of local artists, visiting artists, school staffs and gallery owners.

Tale of the 'Tiger'

Chinese language film transforms martial arts into motion picture art

By Jon Niccum "Serious martial arts romance..." This is a group of words that has seldom been put together previously and quite possibly never in Hollywood.

Parting Shot

by Earl Richardson

Film review - 'Eisenhower vs. Nixon'

KU grads craft documentary for cable

By Loey Lockerby Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon are among the most intensely-studied political figures of the 20th century, but their personal relationship, which spanned two decades, has been largely ignored. Thanks to a Kansas City-based production company, that's about to change.

Nominations for Independent Spirit Awards are announced

Miguel Arteta's dark, homosexual-themed comedy "Chuck and Buck," Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream," Kenneth Lonergan's family drama "You Can Count on Me" and Julian Schnabel's story of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, "Before Night Falls," dominated this year's nominations for Independent Spirit Awards with five apiece.

Film review - 'The Gift'

Predictable thriller made thoroughly spooky by skilled director Raimi

By Loey Lockerby If you see enough movies, you get incredibly jaded about the endless parade of clichés that flicker across the screen every week.


Film review - 'Snatch'

Hot shot director's quirky caper further explores the violent London crime world

By Jon Niccum Just like his new bride Madonna, filmmaker Guy Ritchie is a master of style over substance. With his second film, "Snatch," Ritchie continues his tour of London's East End underworld with even more technical panache and humor than in his breakthrough debut, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."


By Geoff Harkness Who's that lady? If you haven't heard of Pru yet, you will soon

Wednesday, January 17

International Press likes 'Sex' and 'West Wing'

"Sex and the City" and "The West Wing" picked up top honors Sunday night at the International Press Academy's fifth annual Golden Satellite Awards.

'Jazz' enters the Swing era

Swing takes center stage as "Jazz" continues (8 p.m., PBS, part five of 10). Focusing on the years between 1937 and 1939 when the Depression deepened and war loomed, "Jazz" shows how swing bands led by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Chick Webb and others provided the dance music and soundtrack for a troubled nation.

Welcome back

It's all about team

Stage fog causing vocal woes

Opera singers, orchestra members say special effect makes them cough

Those clouds of manmade fog that dazzle audiences nightly at operas, concerts and Broadway shows around the country may be doing more than creating atmosphere. Opera chorus singer Pamela Dale said the fog is making her cough.


Eight is enough Waiting for the end of the world Axl Rose blooms again 'Creek' sweet 'Creek'

New York Philharmonic names controversial director

Lorin Maazel will replace Kurt Masur as the musical head of the New York Philharmonic when Masur's contract expires at the end of the 2001-02 season, sources close to the negotiations said Monday.

'Double Take' star got start in KC comedy club

Eddie Griffin reminds you of that guy who hangs on the corner when the weather's hot the clown who hoots at the honeys, tells the freshest jokes, and does a mean James Brown or Michael Jackson. He practically was that guy.

Tuesday, January 16

Cash checks in from Jamaica

Singer's health, career flourishing at winter retreat

Jamaica's telephone service is capricious, so his voice fades in and out. But Johnny Cash keeps fighting to be heard.


Trump bans golf clubber Song puts bloom back on singer Hot book contract

Rock festival organizers look for record in Rio

More than 200,000 frenzied fans rocked into the early hours of Monday as heavy metal favorite Guns N' Roses fired up the third night of a mega-music festival gripping Rio de Janeiro

TV executives work on strike-contingency plans

Television executives are hard at work on two schedules for their networks later this year one they hope to use and another they fear they'll have to.

Monday, January 15

VH1 counts down best albums

The nostalgia gnomes have done it again, concocting a five-hour compilation series, "100 Greatest Albums of All Time" (9 p.m., VH1), ticking off 20 albums a night through Friday. Jeff Bridges hosts this countdown, and he's perfectly cast to play the middle-aged white guy whose tastes are reflected here. And besides, he was so good as "The Dude" in "The Big Lebowski"!

'Twiztid' beyond recognition

Twiztid with Shuvel, Mastamind and Mr. Reality - The Granada Theater 01/13/2001

Are you down with the clown? Are you a Juggalo? If you are, you probably were at the Granada Theater in downtown Lawrence Saturday night and had a wonderful time. If you're not, and you were there, you may well be asking yourself if rap "music" can get any stupider than that of the duo that calls itself Twiztid.

The gospel according to CeCe

CeCe Winans reflects on 16 years of inspirational music

Given the kind of music on the contemporary gospel scene today infused with rap, dance beats and rock it's hard to imagine that the soothing sounds of CeCe Winans would have ever caused a fuss.

Television will soon channel video on demand

A virtual video store is coming to Florida this summer, allowing cable-television subscribers to pick flicks with a remote control and view them whenever they want.

'Save the Last Dance' shows off No. 1 moves

A desert island gave way to a crowded dance floor as the hip-hop flick "Save the Last Dance" bumped "Cast Away" from the top spot at the movie box office.


Sunday, January 14

Island's irony

Artworks show frustrations of living in Cuba

By Jan Biles History, politics and the hardships of everyday life often find themselves among painted images or in the carvings of sculptures. For Cuban artists, that can mean the revolution that put Castro in power, the boat people who have died trying to reach the United States or the scarcity of supplies since the Soviet Union's collapse.

Friends and neighbors

Net Work


Crooner's crashed car for sale Hemingway papers bought Hair today, gone tomorrow The Beatle and the blond

N.Y.C. Jewish neighborhood takes on Hollywood

It's a premise that many neighborhoods would quickly greenlight: a big Hollywood-style studio moving in next door, with the promise of movie stars Nicholson! Streep! Hanks! mingling with the locals. Not in Williamsburg, though.

'Millionaire' aims at younger audience

After mostly striking out with new fall series, ABC is preparing to launch a second wave of programs in March, at the same time exploring more stunts and special episodes hoping to shave years off the median viewing age of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

JFK comes alive in 'Thirteen Days'

Actor Bruce Greenwood brings realism to presidential role

When visiting Dallas recently, Bruce Greenwood took in the usual sights, riding by the triple underpass, the Sixth Floor Museum and the Kennedy Memorial. If his chill was even more prominent than that of most sightseers, it's understandable.

'Hannibal' heads savory Hollywood lineup

Pitt, Hudson, Jolie and Gibson also appearing on screens this spring

Hide the fava beans. He's back for seconds. The early months of the year, normally a quiet time for Hollywood, take on more bite in 2001 with the February release of "Hannibal," sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs."

Strolling in the rain

Artist uses layers of symbols in his work

Atlanta-based artist Kojo Griffin depicts various cartoon-like figures on flat, colorful backgrounds layered with symbols.

Artist steps into cultural questions

Kansas University art professor's work reflects her worldwide search for the feeling of 'home'

Carol Ann Carter's work reflects her search for "home" a journey that has meant crossing cultural and professional borders and breaking bonds of social conventions.

Dancers give traditional Irish steps a new twist

Lightning-fast footwork, Celtic music and colorful costumes that's what you can expect to see from the Trinity Irish Dance Company when the troupe performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center.

Much ado at 'Ballyhoo'

Play takes a look at Jewish prejudice

By Jan Biles Most people are familiar with "Driving Miss Daisy" either in its original theatrical form or its movie version starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. But what many folks might not know is that the work's creator, Alfred Uhry, didn't write for 10 years after "Driving Miss Daisy" became a success.

KU students' research culminates in concert

By Jan Biles Marianne Payette Carter wants everyone to bring their dancing shoes when they come to "An Evening of Breton Music and Dance," a two-hour concert by Carter and a group of her musician friends.

Um Hmm

Ysaye M. Barnwell

Sounds True has launched a new audiobook series aimed at both children and adults callled "Secrets of the World." The first four kits in the 10-part series have just been released.

Lopez's stories teem with adventure

A man regrets that as a teen-ager, he wasn't able to reconcile his differences with his stepfather. In an effort to recall childhood memories, he walks through orchards like those his stepfather had tended.

Unlikely brothers

Cambodian refugee finds place in writer's family

When he first met his new older brother in January 1985, Adam Fifield was 12 and leading a Norman Rockwell-flavored life as a doctor's son in Middlebury, Vt. His brother, Soeuth Saut, was probably about 15 at the time of their first meeting, but he didn't know for sure. He had lost his birth date and his true family name on Cambodia's Killing Fields.

Saturday, January 13

Fur flies over future of first family's feline friend

Being a lame duck is a precarious position for a cat. Especially if the president is allergic to you and you hiss at the first dog. When the Clintons move out of the White House later this month, Buddy, their chocolate Labrador retriever, will move to their home in Chappaqua, N.Y., or their place in northwest Washington.

Paula Devicq makes leap from 'Party' to '100 Centre Street'

No one's going to mistake "100 Centre Street" for Harry Anderson's '80s sitcom, even though they both spend lots of time in night court.

A&E fails with another 'Gatsby'

OK, class, repeat after me, "'The Great Gatsby' (7 p.m., Sunday, A&E) should never be made into a movie again." Never. Never. Never. Published 75 years ago last April, the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has inspired a string of disappointing productions dating back to 1926.

Casting for a good grade

Coming out of a fog

A farm shed and pasture are revealed through a thick morning fog as the sun rises above a windrow of trees Friday near Vinland. Rain is in the forecast for most of today.


Texas band ZZ Top to headline inauguration party

Call it the party that never was. Or the party that finally will be. But whatever you do, don't call for tickets.

Networks plan hundreds of layoffs

Economic climate cited in NBC cutbacks; merger affects CNN

Saying "we must go beyond belt-tightening," NBC's president informed employees Friday the company will reduce its work force by up to 600 jobs. In a memo issued to NBC employees and provided to The Associated Press, network President Bob Wright said the cuts would begin in a few weeks and involve about 5 percent to 10 percent of the 6,000-member work force.

Friday, January 12

Talented comics flop in lowbrow 'Double Take'

Some movies are so bad you can't bear to look. But some, like "Double Take," are so bad you can't look away. Director George Gallo's script seems to write itself as it goes along, twisting into blind alleys and inventing one implausible wrinkle after another, never even considering a stop to catch its breath.

Wide open spaces

A little horseplay

Dancing the night away


Calista adopts baby boy Singer Sedaka leaves hospital Out of the closet, on to the farm Livin' la vida W.

Error-prone art scam leads to fraud charges

The ads in the art magazines touted "A Highly Important Art Auction." But brochures from the Pompano Beach, Fla., auction house immediately raised high-brow eyebrows: a Picasso painting for a minuscule $40,000; the artist Winslow Homer's first name misspelled.

Turner unloads World Championship Wrestling

Turner Broadcasting Systems sold its World Championship Wrestling operation for an undisclosed amount Thursday to the founders of the Classic Sports Network, now ESPN Classic.

New series echoes old Hollywood

Love of '30s flicks inspires creation of irreverent 'The Lot'

The average TV series is haunted by the most average of ghosts: humdrum characters, stories and even dialogue that cycle through show after show. "The Lot," on the other hand, is infused with far livelier spirits.

WB takes a shot at star-making

Those who fail to learn from bad television are doomed to repeat it. Last year we were treated to "Making the Band," a cheesy and shamelessly contrived fake-umentary about concocting a boy band named after a town in Florida known for its theme park.

Thursday, January 11

Arts Notes

Play on a plague

Manmade precipitation

Pampered panda partners


Getting back to her former Self Looking for less Kate Woody Allen's father dies Royal sister enters hospital Jackson 5 reunion planned

JonBenet's parents want police to investigate another lead

John and Patsy Ramsey want police handling their daughter's 1996 slaying to investigate a suspect accused of using a stun gun in a rape attempt. The Ramseys made the request in a chapter added to the paperback edition of their book, "The Death of Innocence," in which they claim an intruder used a stun gun when he killed their daughter, JonBenet, 6.

Oops, Britney makes worst-dressed list

Mr. Blackwell, a former fashion designer, named Britney Spears the top fashion flop of 2000 in his annual worst-dressed women list Tuesday. He called her two-piece outfits "Madonna rejects."

Movie master returns to TV roots

Sidney Lumet returns with weekly courtroom drama on cable's A&E

When Sidney Lumet began his directing career at CBS a half-century ago, television was even younger than he was. He stayed in television for a decade, his last productions airing when Ronald Reagan still was host to "G.E. Theater."

'Biography' looks at glitzy Ivana

Just why should we care about Ivana Trump? The Czech-born former wife of a member of Austria's Olympic ski team gets the full celebrity treatment on a new "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E).

Best Bets

Pope takes on crime

Suspense author Park puts a religious spin on detective fiction

By Mitchell J. Near In the world of mystery-suspense literature, the pages are cluttered with murder and double-crossing crooks who get their comeuppance at the hands of an ultra cool-headed super-sleuth.

Kansas City Film Critics Circle issues top honors

By Jon Niccum The 35th annual meeting of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle kicked off Monday with an unlikely team of contributors: Charlie's Angels.

The Masta plan

Hip-hopper helps bring spotlight to Midwest

By Geoff Harkness There's not too many rappers out there who will boldly declare that "we're not looking for fans. We're gonna let 'em come to us." But Gary Reed, a.k.a. Mastamind, is not just any rapper.

What are you reading?


'State and Main' - film review

Mamet goes for blood in parody of film crew taking over small East Coast town

By Dan Lybarger While a substantial portion of playwright and filmmaker David Mamet's income comes from Hollywood, his play "Speed the Plow" and his latest movie "State and Main" prove he's not afraid of biting the hand that feeds him. He's even willing to draw blood.

'Thirteen days' - film review

An insider look at Kennedy handling of world crisis

By Jon Niccum The tagline for "Thirteen Days" reads: "You'll never believe how close we came." But one point this absorbing movie succeeds in making is how near to provoking Armageddon the U.S. and Soviet superpowers were during one historic October.

'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' - film review

The Coen brothers combine Greek and American legends into uneven, Depression-era comedy

By Dan Lybarger One of the more pleasant surprises of recent filmgoing has been watching George Clooney evolve from a TV-heartthrob into one of the few major stars who seems to read his scripts cover-to-cover. While several celebrities shun risky material for a safe paycheck, Clooney leaps at the chance to take a gamble.

Poetry in flight

CD showcases talents of Lawrence residents

By Mitchell J. Near An eclectic band of poets, actors and spoken word performers have joined together to produce a CD anthology showcasing the best works of Lawrence poetry.


The ugly American

By Geoff Harkness Is it me or is it becoming more embarrassing to be American?

The swooping Killcrane

By Geoff Harkness Jumbo's Killcrane is a band that's earning its success the old-fashioned way: one gig at a time.

Parting Shot

Exclusive Online Profile: Celia Shacklett

By Michael Newman Though Celia Shacklett's days in Lawrence may be numbered, this community and the music scene here figure to remain near and dear to her heart long after she's moved on.

Parting Shot

Frosted vision by Mike Yoder

Going it alone? Not a Jammin' idea

Web site offers bands tricks of the trade

By Devin Walker You might have gone the do-it-yourself route: mixing the sound from the stage, shopping your CD, booking your latest tour, putting together your promo packs or even asking the club owner for your "guarantee." All of these certainly fall into the DIY category but, believe me, it's not always a good idea to tackle these yourself.

Movie Listings

Wednesday, January 10

Not washed up yet

Step by step


A cozy island hideaway Keanu talks about getting stoned 'Walker' walks away A bad girl and loving it

Reagan's daughter hospitalized for cancer treatment

Former President Reagan's daughter Maureen is hospitalized and undergoing treatment for cancer that has spread since she was diagnosed with melanoma four years ago. Surgeons discovered a golf ball-sized malignant tumor in her pelvis and removed all the lymph nodes between her right knee and groin in November, doctors said Tuesday.

MTV marathon to air names of hate crimes victims

Is there anything on television that hasn't been done? Yes, in fact, and for proof, viewers need only watch MTV beginning tonight. And watch. And watch.

Matthew Shepard death an MTV film

Commercial- free movie kicks off channel's 'Fight for Your Rights' campaign

In the opening moments of MTV's movie "Anatomy of a Hate Crime," Matthew Shepard walks toward the buck-and-rail fence where he was tied and savagely beaten and expresses confusion over his own death.

Latest dance flick a dull dramatization

For stultifying, formulaic Hollywood pap, you just can't beat the dance flick. "Save the Last Dance" is the latest in a chorus line of movies in which dull youths try to accentuate dull lives with, you guessed it, dull dancing.

Tuesday, January 9

'Puffy' proclaims his innocence as trial date nears

Of all the questions that followed Sean "Puffy" Combs' 1999 arrest for gun possession, the toughest ones were posed by a pair of pint-sized inquisitors: his two oldest sons.


Britney on hold Moving to movies Big shoes to fill 'Traffic' ticket

Music fans pledge their Faith

Faith Hill the night's big winner at American Music Awards

The country husband-and-wife team of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw dominated the American Music Awards Monday, as Hill earned bragging rights at home with three of their four trophies.

'Star Trek: Voyager' nearing end of its mission

Brace for impact.

Monday, January 8

'Patriot' Mel Gibson wins people's hearts

Heartthrob actor Mel Gibson was honored twice Sunday night at the People's Choice Awards. Gibson won for Motion Picture Star in a Drama and the more general Motion Picture Actor category. The 45-year-old Gibson beat out Tom Hanks, 44, and Denzel Washington, 46, who also were nominated in both categories.

Drew for two

Thrill of victory

Friends and Neighbors

In Jefferson's shadow


Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson able to stop 'Traffic' at box office

"The Grinch" is being packed away with the Christmas ornaments after a great holiday run. During the weekend, Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson were the big draws at movie theaters.

Fox casts away criticism of 'Temptation Island'

Fox television says its racy new reality series, "Temptation Island," is not about sex but the show's participants were tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

Long live the King

Elvis sightings happen every day in Las Vegas

The white jumpsuit with its gaudy jewels is unzipped to reveal just the right amount of bare chest. The hairstyle is slick, black and out of date. The sideburns unmistakable. Perfect. It's showtime for Ron DeCar.

Sunday, January 7

Fish Schooled

Friends and Neighbors

Spray and wash

Visionary Achievements


Series puts Clinton under microscope

Candid documentary on administration to run on ABC, PBS

Journalists like to look upon their work as the first draft of history. The upcoming ABC and PBS collaboration, "The Clinton Years," is best considered a reliable second draft.

'X-Files' spins off 'Lone Gunmen' for computer geeks

There are still some people in this world who, when they speak, are guaranteed an audience. Fans of "Star Trek" come to mind.

From Spago to ABC, Puck loves to talk and cook

Wolfgang Puck's celebrity is fed by his famous restaurants, including the original Spago in Hollywood, his pizzas, pastas and soups on sale in supermarkets, and his regular appearances on ABC's "Good Morning America."


Breast cancer group seeks nominations for Wellspring Award

By Jan Biles Sometimes the best work in a community is done without a lot of fanfare. That's why Breast Cancer Action Inc. last year established its Wellspring Award. The honor recognizes a professional and a volunteer in the field of women's health who have been sources of inspiration and compassion for Douglas County women.

Storyline, colorful illustrations buoy 'My Duck'

By Jim Hummels If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck. Right? Well, what if it IS a duck, but doesn't walk or talk like one? "My Duck," written and illustrated by Tanya Linch, captures the essence of that question with delicious style.

Arts Notes

Swing dance slated in Benedictine College Club seeking entries for writing contest Deadline for film festival nears Applications for Met auditions due Jan. 15

Furniture designers getting their due

Furniture from the 1950s and 1960s is selling for good prices at the Modernism auctions. Famous makers like Charles Eames and George Nelson are known to many collectors, but makers who did a limited number of pieces of custom furniture have been ignored until recently.

Glamour tests writer's fashion ideas

Glamour magazine put Greg Polkosnik's "Cosmically Chic" fashion predictions to the test. According to Polkosnik, Aquariuses are supposed to look good in electric blue and gravitate toward sexy skirts and high-heeled boots. That jibes with the taste of Suzanne Yalof Schwartz, the magazine's executive fashion director.

Cosmically chic

It's hip to wear your zodiac sign on your sleeve

Want fashion advice? Look to the stars. Not the Hollywood stars who do the red-carpet runway show, but the stars above as in the zodiac. "People use astrology to examine their soul, but there is a very physical aspect to it," says Greg Polkosnik, author of the new book "Cosmically Chic" (Andrews McMeel Publishing).


A stylish new year The name game Attention, shoppers Just like the movies Fresh ideas on fruit Hail to your chief

A time of coming together and learning

Annual celebration revives MLK's message

By Jim Baker Maybe this will be the year. The Rev. William Dulin certainly hopes so. Dulin would love to see 2001 the first year of the 21st century be the year that turnout for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Lawrence meets his expectations.

Images from life

Jackson's works are both intimate and distant

By Jan Biles Hobart Jackson says viewers will have to consider whether the life drawings and photographs in his exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center can be called art. To him they are "a body of work accumulated over years" that represent his "Practice." "That's 'Practice' with a capital P," Jackson says, explaining that his process of creating art has a meditative component and his works are the result of emotion, gesture, technique and discipline.

Camp offers African adventure

Visitors can take in a breath-taking view of the Nile, wildlife

When Samuel Baker came upon the explosion of water where the Nile bursts through a 130-foot ravine on its long journey to the Mediterranean, he named it Murchison Falls in honor of the president of Britain's Royal Geographical Society.

Bluegrass review

When you think of bluegrass music, you just naturally think of ... Idaho? Well, not really. But The Grasshoppers prove that bluegrass is alive and well in the mountains of the West.

Center seeking art proposals for its new building

By Jan Biles The Lawrence Arts Center staff members wants their new building in the 900 block of New Hampshire to reflect the artists living in Lawrence and the surrounding around. But they realized allowing a metalsmith to make a sculpture for the lobby or a painter to create a mural in the entryway just wasn't enough.

Stitch in time

Nation's only college quilting program studies hobby-turned-art

Hints of her academic passion are scattered among the usual clutter of papers and files in Carolyn Ducey's tiny office an array of fabric swatches, antique quilting needles, a small Japanese quilt hanging on the far wall.

Saturday, January 6

Friends and neighbors

Flights of fancy

Cold pipes calling


Teen actor given probation Mel sheds hero label Seinfeld wins court appeal Mutual admiration society

National Geographic takes cable channel full-time

If that teetering stack of National Geographic magazines in your attic could talk, it might need its own television channel. Guess what? No longer content just to hand out research grants, publish a 9 million-circulation journal and produce the occasional Jane Goodall special, the National Geographic Society is rolling out its own full-time cable TV channel.

Janet Jackson's ex threatens to write tell-all book

Rene Elizondo, the soon-to-be ex-husband of pop superstar Janet Jackson, is threatening to write a book that would include times, dates and places about her alleged affairs with women, reports.

'Oz' creator tattoos series with ideas

Tom Fontana plans new religious theme for this year's shows

Tom Fontana lives with souvenirs from TV series he has brought to life. In a corner of his office stands the marble statue (really fiberglass and hollow) of St. Eligius, rescued from the California sound stage where it graced the set of his 1980s hospital drama "St. Elsewhere."

Grabbing a seat on the awards bandwagon

The National Board of Review. The Broadcast Film Critics Association. The Golden Globes. The SPCA. NASA. OK, so those last two groups don't give out film awards (which means "102 Dalmatians" and "Mission to Mars" might go home empty-handed this year).

Two chances to catch Newhart

Fans of Bob Newhart's deadpan delivery are in for a double treat. The rumpled comedian co-stars with Kelsey Grammer in the first of two light-hearted sports fantasies featured in the cable movie, "The Sports Pages" (7 p.m., Sunday, Showtime).

Friday, January 5

Primetime TV gets silly with 'Scorpion'

Primetime TV just got sillier with "Black Scorpion" (7 p.m., Sci Fi). Equal parts "Batman," "Knight Rider," "Smackdown" and a little "Son of the Beach" on the side, this comic-book action series is the latest creation of legendary schlock-meister, Roger Corman.

Night rescue flight


Take these broken wings ... One tough muffin Full-size makeover

CBS announces names of 16 'Survivor' contestants

Who would you bet on a Harvard Law School student, an Army intelligence officer or a couple of bartenders? They are among the 16 contestants in the Australian edition of CBS' "Survivor" game. The network, banging the drumbeat of publicity for the show's Jan. 28 debut, unveiled the new cast on Thursday.

George magazine, legacy of JFK Jr., to fold

George, the politics and lifestyle magazine founded by the late John F. Kennedy Jr., is closing down one year after a remake failed to lift its sagging fortunes. The last issue will appear in March as a special tribute to Kennedy.

The top 100 albums

Rock still revolves around Beatles

"Revolver," which bridged the Beatles' moptop era with their experimental years in the studio, was judged the best album in rock 'n' roll history by experts in a VH1 poll released Thursday.

Etta James lives up to title on 'Matriarch of the Blues'

At 62, Etta James has lived long enough to influence generations of singers most recently Christina Aguilera invokes James' name in concert by singing her classic 1961 "At Last" before puzzled pint-size fans.

Thursday, January 4


Hope floats Smart or sexy? You make the call Spielberg stable plans nixed Damon wants a home of his own

Private school upset about use of its name in 'Traffic'

An exclusive private school is demanding an explanation why its name appears in Steven Soderbergh's new film "Traffic," which features a fictional American drug czar and his drug-addicted daughter.

Satellite radio vows to be cable TV of the airwaves

Tired of endlessly fiddling with the car radio buttons to avoid commercials, improve reception or find a good song? The remedy could be radio's response to cable television: a subscription satellite service that beams 100 channels of music, news and other programming to cars and eventually homes with coast-to-coast coverage.

Rapper Eminem snags Grammy nods

Controversial musician to fight Paul Simon, Steely Dan, others for album of year

The record industry showed Wednesday that it could in fact stomach and even stand Eminem. The rapper's wickedly offensive but critically acclaimed "The Marshal Mathers LP" received four Grammy nominations, including album of the year. He and his mentor, Dr. Dre, who produced the album, received a combined nine Grammy nominations for it and "Dr. Dre 2001."

Don't blink or you'll miss the year's best brief appearances

The annual holiday award derby has begun. And as Golden Globe nominations and film critics' awards are announced in the next few weeks, you can certainly expect to hear names like Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Frances McDormand, Joaquin Phoenix and Laura Linney repeated.

'48 Hours' and 'Lunden' look at fear

An all-new "48 Hours" (9 p.m., CBS) returns to one of its stranger and more compelling stories of recent years. David is a smart and talented 27-year-old riddled with anxieties and so haunted by the particular fear that he will contaminate others with his germs that he has spent the last two years in his parents' bathroom.


'Traffic' - film review

Ambitious saga explores drug trade from different angles

By Loey Lockerby

End of the year film awards

By Jon Niccum, Dan Lybarger and Loey Lockerby

The Best & Worst of Film - take three...

By Dan Lybarger

The Best & Worst of Film - take two...

By Loey Lockerby


Ruska avoids rinky-dink

By Geoff Harkness Though area music lovers can catch any number of local alternative bands pounding out garage rock in Lawrence nightclubs, it's rare that one comes across an eight-piece outfit blasting ska like there's no tomorrow. Ruskabank is that band, grooving audiences with a sound akin to Bob Marley on a triple espresso.

The Domino effect

Springfield act finds old approach to new music

By Geoff Harkness The Domino Kings are country, but they're hardly cool. Especially in Nashville. "Nashville's not too interested in the type of music we play," singer-guitarist Steve Newman declares. "The people are but the money-men aren't. So you might as well be playing Crapstick, Arizona. And the bands there suck, they're terrible. They couldn't get hired anywhere else. But since Nashville doesn't pay anybody, they can get hired there. Everybody plays for tips in Nashville."

Kansas commission continues to woo filmmakers

By Mitchell J. Near Sally Piller and Marty Olson are two artists with different techniques but similar goals. Piller favors more traditional approaches to her artwork and travels freely through several stylistic approaches, while Olson is just as likely to compose his art with a computer graphics program and stay solidly fixed in a couple of mediums.

Unreal collaboration

Lawrence artists share mutual interests

By Mitchell J. Near Sally Piller and Marty Olson are two artists with different techniques but similar goals. Piller favors more traditional approaches to her artwork and travels freely through several stylistic approaches, while Olson is just as likely to compose his art with a computer graphics program and stay solidly fixed in a couple of mediums.

The man behind the panels

Lawrence comic creator Jai Nitz puts hard work into his fantasy life

By Mitchell J. Near Jai Nitz is living his fantasy life by creating fantasy worlds for readers. And not just fantasies, but also comedy, drama and crime fiction. His career as a plot writer and storyteller for comic books means he gets to write whatever his imagination dictates to him.

What are you reading?

Best bets

Movie listings

Parting Shot

Rexall colors By Earl Richardson

Wednesday, January 3

ABC announces players for its new reality show 'Mole'

ABC has released information about the 10 contestants on its upcoming reality-based game show "The Mole." The premise of the show is that the players travel to cities worldwide to complete missions. A "mole," or a saboteur, is among the contestants to stall their efforts in winning the million-dollar prize.

Henry James novel featured on PBS

Matthew Modine stars in "The American," the second installment of "Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection" (8 p.m., PBS). Published in 1877, "The American" cemented Henry James' reputation as a popular and serious novelist.


Dullea to receive 2001 award Queen comforts fire victims Real men don't do what? Special honor to go to Jackson Orchestra member dies after solo

Violent assault won't derail music producer's dreams

Celebrities take to the air to pitch medications

Former athletes, stars paid by pharmaceutical companies to tout drugs on broadcast interviews

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly turning to a tactic that gets them news coverage of new drugs paying celebrities to tell reporters about their struggles with illness.

Walston, 'My Favorite Martian,' dies

Actor who also starred in 'Picket Fences,' 'Damn Yankees,' was 86

Ray Walston, who played the lovable extraterrestrial Uncle Martin on the 1960s sitcom "My Favorite Martian" and the devil in the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees," has died. He was 86.

Tuesday, January 2


Celebrity wedding Hot rod auction Production values Talking too much

Country Music Hall of Fame closes to make way for bigger museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which for 33 years has told the cultural story behind country music, closed its doors for good Sunday.

University group aims to clean up the language in 2001

Chad, be gone.

Set switch has Bostwick spinning

'Spin City' mayor now rules New York from Los Angeles

Randall Winston is still mayor of New York City, but his office has moved out of town.

Monday, January 1

2000 a blockbuster year; box office rakes in $7.7 billion

Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson headlined a big final weekend that helped propel Hollywood to another year of record revenues as Americans spent about $7.7 billion going to the movies.

Band vows to rage on

Rage Against the Machine moves forward after singer departs

The Associated Press New York (ap) Tom Morello isn't ready to write the obituary for Rage Against the Machine just yet.

'Mysterious Ways' one way to avoid football

Kevin McDonough Tune In "Mysterious Ways" (7 p.m., NBC) returns to the NBC line-up. Launched last summer, it later became a regular part of the fall schedule for NBC's sister network, PAX. Now it comes back to replace the canceled "Titans." Think of a baseball team calling up a talented player from the minors in mid-summer.

Year in music: 2000's Top 10

By Michael Hamersly - Knight Ridder Newspapers Ten of the best albums of the year

Elton John still rocks in 'One Night Only'

By Lori Sears The Baltimore Sun When it comes to streaks, there's been more than one iron man out there. Forget baseball. In the music world, Elton John's been chalking up a Top 40 hit each year for the past 30 years, a feat unmatched by any other musician.