Tuesday, July 31
Comedian Paula Poundstone's drinking problem will definitely be a factor in her defense against the child abuse case she is facing, her attorney said Monday.
La Salle discharges self from 'ER' Jolie returns to Cambodia Charlie's Angel home on the block Graham visits stomping grounds
Daytime TV resorts to unusual plotlines and diverse characters as it loses advertising dollars
Babies are born, disappear and come back a couple of years later as troubled teen-agers. A Latino fashion designer is introduced into an all-white cast. A doll becomes human.
Eudora Welty, who died last week at age 92, published no new fiction after 1973. But she spent years typing away, raising the tantalizing possibility that there is unpublished work sitting in her attic.
Monday, July 30
As it pulls together a September special about its half century of late-night TV, NBC is struggling with a Dark Age of television.
Lynyrd Skynard bassist dies This old house Still winning awards Par for the course
Jason Smith/Journal-World Photo Dominique Hulum, 11, performs his "Tai Guek 8" form for judges during the Tae Kwon Do competition. He was participating in the Sunflower State Games on Sunday at the KU Ballroom.
On Nov. 23, 1944, a drama called "The Man Who Had All the Luck" opened on Broadway to downbeat if not entirely discouraging reviews.
Primates inherited the box office from dinosaurs with what looks to be a record debut.
Sunday, July 29
Here is a list of "Planet of the Apes" movie and television productions.
Fox's new $100 million 'Planet of the Apes' continues franchise
Sure, going ape sounds sane now. Greenlighting an updated version of "Planet of the Apes" is an easy call for a studio chief today, based on the success of its ancestor. In 1967, though, a movie mogul could fear it would make a monkey out of him. Richard D. Zanuck, the then youthful head of production at 20th Century Fox, received a request from publicist Arthur P. Jacobs for an appointment.
Nelson-Atkins receives arts council grant Conference on murals kicks off Friday
By Abby Swift Special to the Journal-World Colson Whitehead's latest release, "John Henry Days" (Doubleday, 389 pages, $24.95), is an ambitious novel spanning American history from the Reconstruction to the eve of the 20th century. Myriad aspects of American society fall prey to Whitehead's cutting wit as he traces the development of pop culture and examines themes of subtle and overt racism over the decades. The broad scope of the work is alternately riveting and dizzying as the scenes and stories blend and often clash.
Book captures Ronald Reagan's life, relationship with wife
We don't see current photographs of Ronald Reagan anymore. The image of the former film actor who ascended in politics to capture the ultimate post the U.S. presidency has disappeared. Reagan, one of only three presidents to reach 90, has withdrawn from public life, contending with old age and Alzheimer's disease.
New director is already setting his sights on the future
By Jan Biles Tim Van Leer, the new executive director of the Lied Center, will finish his first month on the job Thursday. He's jumped feet first into his work, and is learning about the culture of Lawrence and Kansas University and how it differs from that of El Camino College Center for the Arts in California, where he was last employed as executive director.
Old photographs on display at Carnegie Sweet summer: Those were the best days of my life Ottawa contest features sculptures made in a day Barbershop quartet to appear at acoustic show 'Star Wars' exhibit stopping at Cosmosphere
Rodman isn't paying "West Wing" cast gets raise Duvall cast as Robert E. Lee No teens for Janeane
"Masterpiece Theatre" leaving Sundays? Unthinkable. What'll they move next, church? The truth is, however, that PBS' second most-famous series (after "Sesame Street") will be up against "Monday Night Football" when it starts its 31st season Oct. 8 with a new production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."
Although three decades have passed since Louis Armstrong's death, his importance to this city only seems to be growing. So officials are making a big effort to mark the jazz legend's 100th birthday next month.
Saturday, July 28
Madonna will star in her husband Guy Ritchie's next film, a spokesman for the British director said Friday. Ritchie will direct his wife of eight months in a remake of the 1975 Italian love story "Swept Away" in a marked departure from his last two films "Snatch," which came out this year, and 1998's "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels" both gritty, black comedies set in the criminal underworld.
Lawrence Kansas Connection's Brad Hoenig, with ball, fends off Bruin defenders Jeremy Montgomery, left, and Kelly Gracy as Kansas Connection's Ryan Ross, left, looks on. The Lawrence team beat the Bruins, 60-57, in a Sunflower State Games 19-and-over basketball game on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kennedy son bears protest name Oxnard police offer post to Shaq Prince's bodyguard not so handy Freezing up for five questions
'Heeb' in development stage in New York
In the recent tradition of gay people calling themselves "queer" and rappers making free use of the "n-word," a group of twenty-something Jews says it plans to put out a new magazine called Heeb. "I want there to be something that speaks to me," said Jennifer Bleyer, 25, a free-lance writer who is the magazine's editor and publisher.
Former Beatles drummer continues to have fun touring
Virtually all performers over 30, when asked how they like touring, say they love the stage and hate the road. As Bob Seger once remarked, it's one thing to help open a hotel and another thing to stay around long enough to close it. Ringo Starr, 61 and a grandfather, echoes that sentiment.
Friday, July 27
Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle who lost his first wife to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled.
Hepburn leaves hospital L.A. confidential Love shack Another wedding for Andie
Mariah Carey has checked herself into a hospital for "extreme exhaustion," her spokeswoman said Thursday.
Pop acts, wary of giving up the spotlight, put out more records faster
Time was, pop stars who hit it big would ride out the success of an album and then lie low for awhile, presumably restoring their creative energies and also whetting the public's appetite for the next record.
Thursday, July 26
Five years between albums is an eternity almost an absurdity for a young R&B chanteuse such as Aaliyah. But there it is; for five long years the singer has managed to pick her spots and keep her name in the public's consciousness.
You know you're deep in the heart of summer when ESPN begins airing its "Great Outdoor Games" (7 p.m., ESPN). Tonight through Aug. 4, ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast outdoorsy events involving fishing rods, rifles, running dogs, rolling logs, tree climbing and chain-sawing as fast as humanly possible.
For those keeping score at home, The Jacksons reunion is now in. The Jackson 5 reunion is out.
Sarah Jessica Parker and her impeccably dressed friends on HBO's "Sex and the City" were suiting up for another evening of action in the opening scene of the HBO comedy's third season.
The Detroit experience The graduate Virtual spice Other side of Oscar
Frances R. Horwich, whose "Ding Dong School" helped change children's television and led the way for shows like "Sesame Street" and "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," has died. She was 94.
The reality show "Big Brother 2" suffered another body blow Tuesday with the revelation that a second contestant, one who is still in the sealed house, has a criminal record.
Ultra-hip channel didn't grow old with its audience
In the end, MTV decided to celebrate its 20th birthday by doing what it does best: throw a party. Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood and Mark Goodman will appear and many current MTV viewers will wonder: Who?
By Greg Douros Editor's Note: Mag columnist Greg Douros is spending the summer in Nicaragua doing research to complete his master's degree in sociology.
Â Filmmakers Jubilee presents Indy Showcase Â Cigar products, photos on display in Logan Â Korn Maze open through Halloween Â Salina Art Center seeking artworks for exhibit
Venerable 'Oklahoma!' takes the place of 'Tommy' in Topeka
By Mitchell J. Near No one will ever accuse Topeka theatergoers of being a cutting-edge crowd. Sure, Washburn University was able to pull off a theatrical staging of the cult movie classic "The Rocky Horror Show," but Topeka Civic Theatre was not so fortunate with plans to stage the rock musical "Tommy." So the company stopped production plans for it in advance, choosing instead to perform the venerable Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein classic, "Oklahoma!"
Lawrence park gives daredevil skateboarders a cement place to call their own
By Seth Jones I must be getting old.
Art is a party for Lawrence Downtown Upstairs collective
By Mitchell J. Near Patrick Aistrup and his friends know they have a good thing going with their downtown gallery collective.
'Songcatcher' uncovers the sights and musical sounds of Appalachian culture
By Dan Lybarger Like some of the tunes on its soundtrack, writer-director Maggie Greenwald's "Songcatcher" has elements that walk a fine line between timeless artifacts and worn clichés. At times the film's familiar themes seem a bit tired and hokey, but Greenwald's eye for atmosphere and some fine musical performances make the more awkward moments seem less dissonant.
Director Tim Burton puts his distinctive dark spin on 'Planet of the Apes' update
By Loey Lockerby This remake of the 1968 sci-fi classic has been kicking around Hollywood for years, with people like James Cameron and Oliver Stone attached to it at one point or another. For a while, it seemed unlikely that the film would ever get produced, which caused many fans of the original to breathe a sigh of relief. Who needed a remake, anyway?
Unlikely prime-time stars of Flickerstick inject rock 'n' roll into reality TV craze
By Jon Niccum Since winning VH1's "Bands on the Run" show a few weeks ago, Flickerstick is the most famous unsigned band in the nation. Or at least they were.
By Geoff Harkness Vanilla Ice has to be one of the more scorned figures in the short history of hip-hop. Propelled by the smash single "Ice Ice Baby," the pale faced rapper's debut album, "To the Extreme," sold 7 million copies between November 1990 and January 1991 in the United States alone. (It remains the best-selling rap album in history.)
By Geoff Harkness Last summer, with an armful of freshly penned tunes up his sleeve, Dave Matthews entered a Virginia studio with his four-piece band and longtime producer Steve Lillywhite, ostensibly to record another album.
Accordionist Chubby Carrier preserves his zydeco heritage
By Geoff Harkness Chubby Carrier never had to talk his parents into letting him pursue a career in music. While stories of burgeoning musicians butting heads with parental figures are fairly commonplace, Carrier was born into a family where playing and singing was practically a requirement. Thus, it comes as little surprise that the young Carrier (whose father and grandfather were both zydeco zealots) turned pro at the tender age of 12, banging the drums for his father's band and joining seminal creole outfit Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys at 17.
Wednesday, July 25
Hockney retrospective arrives in British artist's adoptive city
David Hockney paused the other day as he walked through The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, its walls newly covered with more than 200 of the photographic works he has created over the past four decades.
Finding her inner ape Character definition Build and bilk
First lady Laura Bush has made a positive impression on the public during her six months in the White House. Sixty-four percent have a favorable view, a poll says, and she isn't running into the resentment faced by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 1990s.
Television's move to widescreen telecasts is getting, well, wider. NBC has announced plans to televise all of "The West Wing" in the widescreen format this coming season, as well as doing "ER" in widescreen for the second season in a row.
Tuesday, July 24
Greetings from the Hallmark Channel.
Harrison denies report Government lawsuit Dropping the ball Easy roles
Eudora Welty, the wise, meticulous writer whose loving depictions of small-town Mississippi brought her international acclaim, died Monday. She was 92.
506th regiment survivors take sneak peak of Spielberg-Hanks miniseries
Nineteen surviving members of an elite Army unit that trained in this small town for some of World War II's most harrowing missions returned Sunday for a peek at a television miniseries portraying their exploits.
Monday, July 23
European masterpieces offered in nontraditional style
The latest exhibition at the Denver Art Museum is a tour of six centuries.
Nick Berger of the Lawrence Bears takes a cut during the Sunflower State Games softball competition on Sunday at Clinton Lake Sports Complex.
Trisha Clark of the Newton Launchers runs down a ball as Alex Latimer of the Wichita Tangerines follows.
A small crowd watches cyclitsts at the East Hills Business Park. The first weekend of the Sunflower State Games wrapped up Sunday.
A noble act For sale Advice maven A shot in the arm
Movie-goers are still hungry for dinosaurs. "Jurassic Park III" took the biggest bite of a strong weekend box office, earning $50.3 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.
Ex-Beatle George Harrison has admitted that he expects to die soon from cancer, the group's former producer was quoted on Sunday as saying.
Sunday, July 22
FRiends Of the THeatre, the support organization for University Theatre at Kansas University, will have its annual meeting at 5 p.m. July 29 on the Crafton-Preyer Theatre stage in Murphy Hall.
What do you do when everything that mattered most to you is suddenly gone? In Kathleen DeMarco's first novel, "Cranberry Queen" (Talk Miramax, 257 pages, $21.95), Diana Moore loses her entire family mom, dad and brother in a car crash caused by a drunk driver.
89-year-old Tillie Olsen still writing and gaining readers
Tillie Olsen cannot forget that newspaper story. "I was nursing a baby," the author recalls, "and I was reading this little feature about how in Nagasaki everything that could give light, the public things, had been destroyed (by the atom bomb). And the light at night came from radiating bodies burning."
Sweet summer: Those were the best days of my life Lindsborg loves its horses Author seeking scary ghost tales for book Architect for Nelson-Atkins expansion honored
Project unites Lawrence students with Los Angeles artists
By Stephanie Paterik Kansas and California. These states small and large, land-locked and coastal seem to have little in common, but the Eighth Street Jazz Dance Company is determined to prove otherwise. Molly Gordon, founder of the Lawrence Arts Center dance group, is pairing her high schoolers with Los Angeles professionals, including an actor, a costume designer, a cinematographer and a rock band.
By Mindie Miller A group of Lawrence musicians recently delivered a missing piece of musical history to Europe and furthered sister-city relations with Eutin, Germany. A quintet from Camerata Lawrence, an informal organization of local musicians, spent three weeks in May and June touring Germany and Hungary, playing the music of Ernest Manheim, a sociologist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Court change for Ewing Elton John puts on show, sale Fictional mobster's maid beaten Jermaine disses Jackson reunion
Eminem's Grammy-winning but often profane lyrics came under congressional criticism Friday as lawmakers considered how to deal with violence in entertainment without violating the First Amendment.
Painter overcomes visual disability to find success
Lisa Fittipaldi dabs at a stretched canvas, her shirt splotched with yellow, purple and blue paint. She fills in a conductor's sleeve, then his bow tie. You can see the white-haired conductor leading three cellists, their fingers and even the swirls on their instruments painted just so.
Michael Patrick Moore, a Kansas University alumnus, has just been awarded a $13,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, based in New York City. Moore graduated with a bachelor degree in fine arts in December 2000, after intensive study with Jon Keith Swindell, associate professor of design, and Richard Gillespie, associate professor of art.
Saturday, July 21
Fox's view on TV's "reality show" craze? Been there, done that. While network executives salute CBS' success with "Survivor" or NBC's with "Fear Factor," they also recognize the pitfalls in trying to "mask" programming weaknesses with quick-hit reality programs. Sandy Grushow, Fox Television president, warns of networks doing that: "They're going to fail. We know. Because it happened to Fox."
Hollywood has expended a lot of energy and talent translating Tibetan culture on screen. Though the resulting "Kundun" and "Seven Years in Tibet" were noble efforts, it's the Nepalese production "Himalaya" that truly takes you where few Westerners have gone before.
Anyone who has ever watched "Raging Bull" or "On The Waterfront" knows that boxing has been plagued by corruption for most of the past century. "Boxing: In and Out of the Ring" (8 p.m. Sunday, A&E) presents a survey of the sport's dark history, as well as recent undercover investigations into criminal activity at the highest levels.
Destiny was to learn lessons Album, investigation launched No Cliff, Norm, Woody or Sam
Two actors who appeared on "America's Most Wanted" were arrested on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old girl living at a shelter for abused children. The alleged acts occurred in January after a film crew finished shooting in an alley next to the Children of the Night shelter. Cristian Saliadarre, 28, surrendered to police Wednesday, and Anthony Alvarez, 27, was arrested two weeks ago.
Popular 1985 Spielberg film achieves cult status, draws curious to Oregon town
They trek up the hill on a gravel road, wide grins on their young faces. Cameras swing from their hands. They may have driven hundreds of miles or even flown in from other countries, but it was worth it.
Friday, July 20
Four-time Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn underwent tests at a hospital Thursday and was expected to go home in a few days.
Legal circles Juvenile delinquent Roof the problem Guilty as charged
A racial epithet that a comedian used on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" should have been removed from the broadcast, NBC said after an Asian-American watchdog group complained.
Joan Baez's sister Mimi Farina, an accomplished folk singer in her own right and founder of an organization that brought free live music to the sick and imprisoned, has died. She was 56.
Texas Tech museum to exhibit 31 medieval frescoes
The arrival of 31 medieval frescoes from the Vatican may still be a year away, but residents and officials are already working overtime to ensure a piece of Italy glistens in West Texas.
Thursday, July 19
French comedy 'The Closet' comes out with different twist on sexual identity
By Dan Lybarger Watching French writer-director Francis Veber's latest comedy "The Closet" is about like observing the work of a highly skilled aerial acrobat. At any moment, the movie looks as if it could fall into sermonizing or trip into prejudice. Veber's ability to dodge these pitfalls is often as engaging as the gags he creates.
Some people light up a room. Others make it hum. Ananda Lewis, one of MTV's biggest stars, does a little of both.
Tonight, three musical events offer viewers an alternative to prime time repeats.
Home at last Pryor commitment Chick squawk Calling in sick
A new "Star Trek" series, "Enterprise," is about to be launched. Paramount's studio's fifth "Trek" mission, will premiere with a two-hour show Sept. 26 on UPN.
Some big-name Hollywood figures have been enlisted to save a theater that houses what's believed to be the nation's largest Cinerama screen.
TV's most grown-up babies really grow up in anniversary show
Ten years ago, a bald-headed, bug-eyed baby wearing an ill-fitting diaper squirted milk onto a TV screen and a new American hero was born. It was our first introduction to Tommy Pickles, fearless 1-year-old leader of the Emmy-winning animated TV show "Rugrats."
The short film "Dwindling" will be shot in the Kansas City/Lawrence area in early August. Based on an award-winning short story by David B. Silva, the story is set in rural Kansas, circa 1960. It spins an eerie tale of how a mother's subconscious desire to be free of the life she has chosen for herself creates an unexplainable force that changes her family forever.
Electronic Arts' 'Majestic' represents a new definition of interactive gaming
By Michael Newman Something's coming. Something big. It's going to be very popular, and it's going to be very controversial. Of course, it's arising from the Internet, but remarkably it has nothing to do with pornography, bomb-building or malicious hackers bringing down our national institutions. What's approaching is a computer game called "Majestic," and it's the harbinger of a new form of entertainment.
The Wizards may be the last hope for a KC team to ever repeat a championship
By Seth Jones Quick quiz: What was the last professional Kansas City sports franchise to win its respective championship? Extra credit, what is the name of that championship event?
Local artwork pays homage to life in the water
By Mitchell J. Near Lawrence's continued devotion to art can be seen at the new indoor aquatic center, located just north of Free State High School. The center offers a variety of water toys for children, along with championship lanes for serious swimmers. But visitors also can't help but notice the large, stylized pieces by local artists that are on permanent display.
French star's talent translates to any language
By Dan Lybarger In her native France, 41-year-old actress Michèle Laroque is no stranger to the spotlight. She's appeared in dozens of films and television shows and has twice been nominated for the César (the French Oscar). While her work in "Ma vie en rose," "Pedal Deuce" and other flicks has earned her acclaim, she became famous merely by being born.
There's no escaping the jaws of familiarity in 'Jurassic Park III'
By Jon Niccum "Jurassic Park III" fits in nicely with "Ghostbusters II," "Lethal Weapon 4" and "Rocky V" as an utterly unnecessary sequel made from a big-name franchise. The movie reeks of consumer pandering with its lazy plot and recycled scenarios. But unlike these other forgettable installments, "JP III" musters just enough slick action sequences to entertain.
'America's Sweethearts' lacks conviction as a romantic comedy or a Hollywood satire
By Loey Lockerby There are few things more frustrating than watching a movie that could have been great. If it was a bad idea to begin with, it's easy to dismiss, but if there are hints of potential in an otherwise mediocre film, it's impossible not to wonder what might have been.
America's original blues brothers spread the word on their latest CD
By Geoff Harkness Sherman Holmes considers himself a gypsy, or at least a musical one. Coming from a younger, less experienced musician, this might sound like mere hubris, but from one of the founding members of the legendary Holmes Brothers, it sounds like a personal philosophy gleaned from a lifetime of experience.
Queen of Chicago blues Koko Taylor continues to build upon her legacy
By Geoff Harkness "Most of the music made today is not like it's been during my years," says Koko Taylor, whose 40-year career has catapulted her from tiny Chicago clubs to the stages of the world. "Today, you hear a lot of hip-hop and be-bop and all that stuff, you know. But this is for the younger generation. They make that music 'cause that's what's selling today. Like GM's gonna make this model for this car next year and on and on. Why? Because this is what's selling for them. I've known a time they could make one model, and a car model wouldn't change for at least three or four years. But it ain't like that now."
By Mitchell J. Near Charlie Robison is achieving country music fame by keeping his work all in the family ? and by not venturing too far from home. Fearing he'll be overly influenced by the corporate flavor of Nashville's Music Row, Robison chooses to keep his roots in Bandera, Tex., where his family has lived for the past eight generations. That strategy steeps his music in such traditions as old Southwest country tunes, Tex-Mex and honky-tonk. But being a child brought up on pop radio tunes, he's not afraid to throw some uptempo rock into the mix.
Appleseed Cast's Aaron Pillar does a bit of musical moonlighting
By Geoff Harkness When Aaron Pillar, guitarist for popular Lawrence-based emo rockers The Appleseed Cast, began composing songs for a potential side project, he had few notions as to where his musical musings would take him.
Wednesday, July 18
The fugitive For love or money Rock around the clock Salary negotiations
Stone Temple Pilots do something rather odd to kick off "Shangri-La Dee Da," the fifth album in the group's nearly 10-year existence. They rock. Then they rock again. And again two more times. For the first four songs, Scott Weiland and crew pile the crunge (that would be crunchy grunge) high to the sky.
Fans of "Behind the Music" may be fooled into watching "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story" (8 p.m., VH1). They won't get fooled again. In "Behind the Music" documentaries you get to see real members of the band, or at least survivors and hangers-on.
Colombian newcomer Juanes and Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz led the list of nominees Tuesday for the second annual Latin Grammy awards. Juanes was nominated for six and Sanz for five. They're up against bilingual teen pop diva Christina Aguilera, Aterciopelados and Gilberto Gil for record of the year. For album of the year, they'll vie with Vicente Amigo and Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.
Tuesday, July 17
Fans of Home Box Office's "The Sopranos" will have to wait at least until next summer for the program's fourth season a delay that will eliminate the overall leader in this year's Emmy Award nominations from contention in the 2002 Emmy race.
Actor to go to Malibu rehab, not jail, under Proposition 36
Actor Robert Downey Jr. became the first high-profile beneficiary of Proposition 36 on Monday, avoiding prison by pleading no contest to drug charges stemming from his November arrest at a Palm Springs resort.
Setting priorities Shift change Idol chatter Political push
The contestant thrown off CBS' "Big Brother" last week for holding a knife to a woman's throat had a record of three assault charges in his hometown.
Katharine Graham, who helped build The Washington Post into one of the country's top newspapers, was unconscious and in critical condition Monday with a head injury after tumbling on a concrete walkway.
Monday, July 16
Motorcyclists to benifit Muscular Dystrophy Association for 21st year
By Michael Newman For the twenty-first year, Topeka Harley-Davidson will sponsor an annual Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraising ride. This year's ride, the Mike Sweet Memorial Ride, is named for longtime MDA ride supporter, and will mark several firsts in the ride's history.
'48 Hours' offers a summer series of true-crime episodes
Yes, it's summertime time to curl up in a lounge chair on the beach and surrender to a best seller, preferably a true story about someone who commits an unspeakable crime and then, finally, is brought to justice.
Ray Bradbury theater High note for Satchmo Pass the poi Never giving up
Movie-goers prefer blondes.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. will plead no contest on Monday to drug charges in a plea bargain that will allow him to continue live-in drug treatment, rather than face jail time, his lawyer has confirmed.
Sunday, July 15
The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival will be Friday through July 22 at Liberty Memorial in Penn Valley Park, 26th and Main streets.
Lawrence woman offers post-divorce advice
By Tim Carpenter Lynate Pettengill understands the raw emotion felt by parents and children in the midst of divorce. Five years ago, Pettengill and her husband ended their marriage. Their 2-year-old son, Ethan, was caught in the crossfire. "It was the worst experience," Pettengill said.
If there is one fashion accessory women never leave home without, it's their purse. But instead of being just a receptacle for the effluvia of daily life, today's trendy bags are major fashion statements. Novelty bags that are turning up on the arms of funky women, sophisticated women and everyone in-between are elaborate, bejeweled and often completely impractical.
Earning a gold album is an achievement most singers brag about. But when you're Luther Vandross, owner of numerous platinum albums, gold seems a little tarnished.
With a long, meandering mustache that seemed to have a mind of its own, eyes wild and glaring, and a penchant for flamboyant dress, Salvador Dali was as bizarre as any of the erotic and shattering art he created.
A new study by digital copyright enforcement company MediaForce, shows that recent films like "Pearl Harbor," "Shrek" and "Tomb Raider" were among the top 10 most pirated movies on the Internet in June.
Like father, like son Sisterly concern A big girl now Patriotic sale
Saturday, July 14
Maureen Reagan, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman, is hospitalized and undergoing whole brain radiation for melanoma that has now spread to her brain, her husband said.
Based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's best-selling 1983 novel, "The Mists of Avalon" (7 p.m. Sunday, concludes Monday, TNT) presents a feminist take on the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table.
J.Lo says criticism 'hurtful' Former Playboy to star on Strip Terminator, Mandela team up to promote Special Olympics
With a handful of protesters outside, the author of "The Wind Done Gone" appeared at the Margaret Mitchell museum this week to sign copies of the controversial satire based on Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind."
Combs working to overcome public trials
"Dangerous! Dan-ger-ous!" The man they call Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy and now P. Diddy is behind the wheel of a speeding golf cart and shouting out fair warning to the startled crew members in his path.
The screenplay for the new heist movie "The Score" invests a familiar storyline with coherence and even intelligence. The film is hauntingly photographed, and onetime Muppet-meister Frank Oz makes a strong leap from comedic to dramatic direction.
Friday, July 13
Summer reading list A special commitment Presley in the building Island romance?
A contestant on "Big Brother" was evicted from the house this week because he held a knife to a fellow player's throat.
Nominees in major Emmy categories, announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
'Sopranos' up for 22 awards; 'West Wing' second with 18
"The Sopranos" received a leading 22 Emmy nominations Thursday, the most ever in the three seasons of the cable hit about the angst-filled life of a suburban mob family.
Thursday, July 12
Writer Thomas Averill concocts a secret recipe for stories
By Mitchell J. Near When Thomas Averill went to work on a first novel, his whole family benefited from his research. "Secrets of the Tsil Cafe" tells the tale of a family obsessed with food of infinite varieties. So to get the ambiance just right, Averill spent as much time in the kitchen cooking and testing recipes as he did writing on his PC.
Big-name cast can't resuscitate routine heist thriller 'The Score'
By Dan Lybarger With the talent involved, "The Score" promises to be a worthy caper flick. Instead, it tediously swipes ideas from better films and robs viewers of two hours and the cost of a ticket.
Reese Witherspoon gives roots to frivolous college comedy
By Jon Niccum The mousy, cherubic looks of Reese Witherspoon forever condemn her to being labeled "cute." In Hollywood, that phrase carries with it as much baggage as possibility.
Video game adaptation 'Final Fantasy' is a visual masterpiece despite weak script
By Loey Lockerby Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Asteroids, when slow-moving, black-and-white blips were considered the height of digital entertainment. Nowadays, they have complicated plots and graphics that make Atari games look as crude as cave paintings, and nearly as old.
'Final Fantasy' marks a bold step in computer animation
By Loey Lockerby She was on the cover of Maxim magazine and included in Entertainment Weekly's It List. Hollywood talent agencies are clamoring to represent her. She's beautiful, popular and stored on a hard drive.
KU saxophone major Jeff Timmons wins prestigious Down Beat student award
By Geoff Harkness Think of classical music and the saxophone probably isn't the first instrument that springs to mind. Jeff Timmons, a Kansas University saxophone major who recently was named best college-level classical soloist in Down Beat magazine's annual student awards competition, hopes to help change this perception.
Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh & Friends - Sandstone Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, Kansas 07/11/2001
By Michael Newman Wednesday night an interesting pair of co-headliners shared the stage at Sandstone Amphitheatre. The pairing of Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh (ex-Grateful Dead) and Friends may seem, at first blush, rather unlikely. Certainly there are large portions of each artist's audience that don't overlap, and there is little similarity between Nelson's tightly crafted country and western songs and the loud, exploratory, psychedelic music Lesh delivers. But scratch the surface just slightly, and you'll find musical brethren.
"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" wallows in New Age mysticism, offering an infantile interpretation of the Gaia myth that the planet is a living thing with a soul of its own. Set in 2065, "Final Fantasy" traces the remnants of humanity as they battle an infestation of life-sucking phantoms that landed on Earth aboard a meteor 34 years earlier.
The new fright anthology series "Night Visions" (7 p.m., Fox) further illustrates the decline of the suspense thriller. Faithfully patterned after Rod Serling's classic "Twilight Zone," "Visions" demonstrates just how advanced technical effects, and the graphic depiction of violence and gore have changed the spooky story genre in the last 40 years (and not much for the better).
Farmer Mel The Moscow connection Aloha, Hawaii Viva Las Vegas
With Fox's debut of "Night Visions," its new supernatural anthology series, today, former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is about to step into new terrain one that occupies primetime airwaves, rather than smoky late night clubs.
Harrison Ford starred in a search-and-rescue sequel for a missing Boy Scout in a forest just south of Yellowstone National Park.
Top television show for toddlers features Latina heroine
Until a Nickelodeon executive attended a diversity seminar one day, the star of an upcoming animated adventure series for preschoolers was a bunny named Benjamin. After that day of consciousness raising a new heroine was born: Dora, a 7-year-old Latina.
Â Missouri Rep lists new season Â Book by KU alum receives honor Â RKO films to be shown at KC library Â Historian to give lecture on Council Grove
By Seth Jones The heat index is climbing to 110 degrees. Our host for the afternoon, Scott, has thrice told us a story about an eyeball bursting as a result of what we're about to do. Even though I know it'll dehydrate me, I have my fifth beer because it's cold and it's wet. Obviously, my common sense isn't very common.
Artist Rachel Freeman adds subliminal ideas to her enigmatic works of art
By Mitchell J. Near Rachel Freeman thinks a lot about the processes that go into her collages. She can dissect the time and energy needed to create a piece and the sources from which her images originate. But despite all this contemplation, the thing that most fascinates her and the point she wants viewers to get is that art is also a mystery. It uses subconscious ideas and skills, and because of that, it's almost impossible to be completely analytical about it.
Folk singer regains strength through music while battling multiple sclerosis
By Mitchell J. Near Victoria Williams has a voice that comes at the listener unexpectedly. The voice is strong and distinctly Southern, and also a little off-kilter; it's as though it's too eccentric and powerful to be emanating from such a petite woman. But the down-home nuances give off a warm vibe, and it's easy to imagine sitting on a porch with her on a moonlit night, talking about music and listening to the evening's rural sounds.
L.A. electronica duo Deepsky brings ambiance to dance music
By Geoff Harkness Deepsky is one band that never thought it would get played on MTV. Thus, no one was more shocked than Scott Giaquinta, who was channel surfing late one evening when "Tempest," a song he co-authored with musical partner Jason Blum, came blasting out of the television set.
Wednesday, July 11
If you watch only one poultry documentary this year, make it "The Natural History of the Chicken" (8 p.m., PBS). Seriously, this just might be the best television event of the summer. Beautifully shot and edited with intelligence and whimsy, "Chicken" unfolds like a pastoral dream.
Reports of William H. Macy's disenchantment with "Jurassic Park III" have been greatly exaggerated, according to the venerable character actor.
Barrymore, Green wed A new villain role Big as Texas Mama's little girl
Sera Kirk was strolling through the countryside, enjoying the sunshine, when a furry little dog a Pomeranian barged out of a hedge and began yipping at her feet.
A leading animal rights group wants to see unedited television footage of the slaying of a wild pig on the hit reality show "Survivor" to decide whether the killing constituted a crime. The Australian branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said Tuesday it is seeking access to footage of the killing, which angered people when an edited version aired around the world earlier this year.
MTV brings youth movement to rock hall of fame
Even what some parents may consider noise has roots. A new MTV series called "Live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" aims to show that today's music is rooted generations earlier.
Tuesday, July 10
A free concert of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven is being played 24 hours a day on a blighted street corner, not to enlighten the masses but to reduce crime.
'West Wing' helps push more positive portrayals of government
Notice anything different lately about how television portrays the government and the people who work for it? For instance, those time-honored TV staples, the bureaucratic doofus or the malevolent conspirator?
Young 'Sopranos' star makes first court appearance Spacek accepts award for acting accomplishments Ventura seeks strong ties with trade-partner Canada
George Harrison, the 58-year-old former Beatle who has been battling cancer, said Monday he's "feeling fine" after radiation treatment and that his fans shouldn't worry over reports that he has a brain tumor.
Monday, July 9
The fur flew at movie theaters over the weekend.
German orchestra plays Wagner piece for Israeli audience
World-renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim delighted much of his Israeli audience with a piece by Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler's favorite composer but he also provoked a sharp debate that carried on Sunday after the music stopped.
Elton's Mideast piece Mansion expansion Spoleto salute Collective paydirt
A cemetery that already contains several historic headstones and a presidential monument is enhancing its image as an "outdoor museum" with a yearlong exhibition featuring 28 art works.
Sunday, July 8
By Jan Biles Cottonwood Inc. is using a "swirl, sniff and sip" strategy to raise money. Next weekend, the third annual "Salute! A Festival of Wine and Food" offers area residents an opportunity to sample some of 250 wines from the world's leading vineyards, meet vintner Sean Sullivan, taste food from 10 Lawrence restaurants and participate in silent and live auctions.
Marriage: a royal uncertainty Warhol digs on the market Tootsie loses on appeal More than a Trace of alcohol
Television writer Arnold Peyser, part of the husband-wife team that scripted such shows as "The Brady Bunch" and "My Three Sons," has died. He was 80. Peyser died of cancer July 1 in his Brentwood home.
Imagine this: Bill Clinton is frightened out of Chappaqua by the Headless Horsewoman, then returns years later to find his wife is president and has married Elvis Presley. No? Would you believe Bill becomes a preacher? Crashes a party at Westchester County's only trailer park?
New ownership brings Hollywood Memorial Park back to life
Three years ago, one of the world's most famous cemeteries was resting in pieces. Tombstones were toppled or broken. Mausoleums were flooded, their roofs falling in. The grounds were unkempt, and sections were so crowded that some grave sites were nearly inaccessible.
The summer is about all things golden. Golden sun, golden tan, golden hair. Natural blondes go lighter, and everyone else strives for their dyed locks to look "naturally sun-kissed." "Blonde has to be the most popular hair color in the summer," says Clancey Callaway, head of hair technology for Vidal Sassoon North America.
Fishing rods, reels and other equipment have unique allure
Search your garage and attic for old fishing gear, because prices are sailing out of sight. Reels, rods, lures, tackle and even tackle boxes are in demand. Fishing reels are separated into groups by age and type. The American reels made from about 1800 to 1875 were handmade by reelsmiths. The Golden Age of reels is from 1875 to 1900, when early machine-made reels were produced.
Slide show depicts African safari Ag Hall of Fame show celebrates farm heritage Jazz series begins at Kemper Museum Discovery validates precious metals Mother-daughter duo to sing at library
A garden of richly colored glass ushers viewers into the Victoria and Albert Museum for a show on pioneering American glassblower Dale Chihuly that spans a quarter-century of his work. It is the first show in Britain for the Washington native. Chihuly and his team of 14 assistants needed more than two weeks to set the exhibition on the ground floor of the museum.
This is an outstanding performance of the third installment in Pullman's dark, creepy fantasy series about a mystical battle between good and evil. The only drawback is that the plot is impenetrable without reading the first two installments in the series. Pullman's silver, disturbing voice narrates his tale (Listening Library, $45, 15 hours, unabridged) about brave-but-frightened youths lost in a world where celestial beings battle over the fate of existence.
Jacquelyn Mitchard's new novel, "A Theory of Relativity" (HarperCollins, 351 pages, $26), introduces a fatal car crash, an orphaned child and the makings of a brutal custody battle, all within the first few pages. And the book doesn't end until every heartstring has been tugged, bad things happen to good people, and everybody learns something in the process.
Writer, reporter discovers Appalachia for himself
Take a childhood spent on the edges of Appalachia, mix it with a reporter's unending search for stories to tell, and you might conclude it was inevitable that Noah Adams would produce his recent book, "Far Appalachia." A National Public Radio correspondent since 1975, Adams has turned his hand to longer narratives, and in this volume he recounts his travels down the 350-mile course of the New River, from its origins on Snake Mountain in North Carolina to its end at Gauley Bridge in West Virginia.
By Roger Martin It's 1851. You're in London, strolling along a grand hallway in a building made largely of glass almost a million square feet of it. The glass is held in place by 4,000 tons of iron and 202 miles of wooden bars. At one point, this house of glass vaults upward more than 100 feet, enough to accommodate some full-grown elm trees.
Haskell alumnus paints historical Indian figures
By Jan Biles Nearly every image Rusty Diamond paints keeps a bit of his tribal heritage alive. He painstakingly researches his subjects, making sure every detail adheres to the traditions and history of the Pawnee. Take "Fancy Eagle," a portrait of a Pawnee doctor who had the power to cure people by spraying water from his mouth onto their bodies.
Troupe Raghsidad meets the 'Retro Cocktail Hour'
By Jan Biles Jo Anne Hargis says the upcoming concert by Troupe Raghsidad is hip and hip-centric: The show mixes Middle Eastern dance with the "shaken but not stirred" music of KANU-FM 91.5's "Retro Cocktail Hour." "I had been listening to 'The Retro Cocktail Hour' for a while, and they did an exotica show," Hargis, artistic director of Troupe Raghsidad, said.
Saturday, July 7
By Joy Ludwig A Lawrence group is seeking the city commission's support for a statue of Langston Hughes to be erected in downtown Lawrence. The public art piece would add to the commemoration of the author and Lawrence resident's 100th birthday celebration next year. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the city commission will receive a letter from the Roundtable for the Arts and Culture asking for support.
French filmmaker wows Venice Landing at Satchmo International Behind the Bacon brothers A.I. only in the movies
Tom Brokaw is taking the summer off. In leaving the "NBC Nightly News" perch to Brian Williams until after Labor Day, the anchorman has given rise to speculation that he may be getting ready to abdicate the role he's had since September 1983.
If Rudy Giuliani thinks his only public squabble is with estranged wife Donna Hanover, then he hasn't been listening to the radio. As music fans are reminded each time they hear the new summer hit from R&B singer Faith Evans, the controversial mayor of New York City is also on the outs with more than a few members of the hip-hop community.
Struggle for literacy among blacks is focus of museum offering
There are no pictures of Samuel Kelso, but his legacy remains. The son of slaves, Kelso proposed a novel concept at Virginia's 1867 Constitutional Convention: public schools for everyone blacks and whites.
Friday, July 6
For 125 years, authors have refused to match wits in literary contest
Mark Twain made a deal with the editor of The Atlantic Monthly more than a century ago: He would write a story, then ask other well-known authors to compose their own versions from the same outline.
'Soprano' teen denies crime Establishing links Aging gracefully Bad vibrations
A group that includes 21 state lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block performances of a college play featuring a gay Christ-like character. The lawsuit contends that the play, "Corpus Christi," attacks religion and taxpayer money should not subsidize its production at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Television's top-rated show threatened by rumors of impropriety
Ever since Tina Wesson won the second million-dollar jackpot in May, "Survivor" seems to have lost the immunity idol. A nagging sense that all is not how it seems on the hit reality show has followed the news that "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett staged some scenes and may have tried to influence the first game's outcome.
Thursday, July 5
Two months after Jonatha Brooke released her best album to date, the 1998 "10 Cent Wings," her record company, MCA, unceremoniously dropped her.
Last summer, I blasted "Big Brother" (7 p.m., CBS) as one of the dumbest, dullest and depressing TV shows ever. Of course, that was before "Fear Factor" and "Chains of Love" premiered.
Grammy winner suing Estefans Former underwear model ready to try on Cary Grant's shoes Mr. Rogers goes high-tech Comedian predicts fame to stick
A few of Seattle's fiberglass pigs have been damaged so badly, their appendages and decorations ripped off, that they have had to be rushed to a "pig hospital" to be pieced back together by the artists that made them.
Actor who plays troubled teen pleads innocent to robbery, drug charges
This time, Robert Iler is in real trouble. Iler, who plays the pot-smoking, trouble-prone teen son of television mob boss Tony Soprano, was arrested early Wednesday on robbery and drug possession charges.
Quartet mixes sex appeal with contemporary music
With their plunging necklines, bare midriffs and tight pants, the women who make up the group bond look more like a girlish pop group than a classically trained string quartet.
Â Entries being taken for literary prizes Â Open mike set at Brown Bear Â KU prof directing music for 'Joseph' Â Exhibit explores Lewis, Clark expedition
Will MP3 format be the ultimate casualty of the Napster lawsuit?
By Michael Newman There's a difference between saying something "exists" in a purely cosmological sense and saying it exists in a practical one. Sure, people that have current and older CDs and copies of software like Music Match Jukebox for "ripping" MP3 files from those disks can continue to create and trade MP3 files. But in a practical sense, the castration of Napster by the music industry may turn out to be the meteor strike that makes dinosaur burger of the MP3 format.
Coffee vendors brew up ways for consumers to enjoy more humane products
By Greg Douros Editor's note: Mag columnist Greg Douros is spending the summer in Nicaragua doing research to complete his master's degree in sociology.
Lawrence Public Library film series takes a look at chameleonic British actor
By Mitchell J. Near Sir Alec Guinness was the consummate actors' actor whose only goal was to disappear into a character so that he was all but unrecognizable to the public. And during most of his 50-plus years as a performer he managed to accomplish that feat, winning every major award including a 1957 Academy Award for Best Actor along the way.
Jet Li confidently establishes himself as action superstar in 'Kiss of the Dragon'
By Jon Niccum When using "dragon" in the title of a martial arts movie, expectations are unavoidable. The word immediately conjures images of the genre's greatest icon, Bruce Lee, whose stature is almost untouchable. But there are some tangible similarities between rising star Jet Li and Bruce Lee, beyond just the pronunciation of their last names.
By Dan Lybarger Like "Toy Story" before it, "Cats & Dogs" explores a strange netherworld that exists beyond human perception. In this film, people fail to realize that they are mere pawns in a battle between species. In fact, if it weren't for the ingenuity and bravery of dogs, humans would be forever subjugated to felines.
Dian Hauser creates artwork that contains mysteries
By Mitchell J. Near Dian Hauser loves to tell stories, but she doesn't do it with a pen and paper. Instead, she uses components that include sheet metal, acid and a garden hose to create metallic imagery that will convey a tale with its own imagery.
The annual Roy Williams Basketball Camp adds a little purpose to a lazy summer
By Seth Jones Three days into camp, and Steyr Stubenrauch is showing some signs of wear. Yeah, Roy Williams' Basketball Camp is about having fun, but it's also for learning the ropes of hardcore hardwood, Kansas Jayhawk style. The 8-year-old sees his father, Darrell, and sits on his lap to take a quick breather. On his right shoulder, a cherry the size of a silver dollar. On his left bicep, a two-inch scratch.
Motown's most influential underground rapper sounds off on his mainstream Detroit peers
By Geoff Harkness A new-school punk rock festival like The Warped Tour is one of the last places on earth where one would expect to find old-school racism, but such is the insidious nature of intolerance hitting when and where you least expect it. For underground rap legend Esham, who's touring with Warped this summer, the bigotry isn't blatant but it's certainly there.
Colorado's String Cheese Incident wriggles to the front of the jam-band scene
By Geoff Harkness The String Cheese Incident has to be one of the more exasperatingly named bands out there right now. Though numerous theories as to the moniker's origin abound online and in various fan circles, you won't get a straight answer from the band members, who are keeping mum on the issue.
German act Rammstein launches a tour to reclaim America
By Jon Niccum There are few bands from the former East Germany that have achieved success in the United States. Even fewer of them begin a live performance while on fire literally.
Wednesday, July 4
Children who live near Paula Poundstone demonstrated outside the courthouse where the comedian pleaded innocent Tuesday to child molestation in a case her lawyer said is "ripping her guts out."
Movie portrayals set stereotypes of pets long ago
Don't let Mr. Tinkles fool you. Sure, he's soft, white and fluffy. He even purrs and meows. But Mr. Tinkles, the villain in the new movie "Cats & Dogs," is pure evil, perhaps one of the most diabolical characters ever to dominate the silver screen. Wanna know why? Because he's a cat.
Payback's a well, a female dog, in "Cats & Dogs." Dogs utilize high-tech surveillance equipment to strike back when cats launch a plan to steal a scientific formula to combat dog allergies, a formula that would ensure dogs' popularity forever
He was a Beach Boy who never surfed and a melancholy soul who wrote songs about "Fun, Fun, Fun." Tonight he receives accolades on "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson" (7 p.m., TNT).
Relationship is a wrap Wedding missing bride, groom Tooting his own horn Twice the Jacko
Hundreds of fans, many burning incense and murmuring prayers, filed through a Paris cemetery Tuesday to pay tribute to Jim Morrison, the mythic Doors singer who died in the French capital 30 years ago.
Tuesday, July 3
Don't tell Bob White the sky isn't falling.
Theater fans go to great lengths to see 'The Producers'
As she stood all alone on a darkened Manhattan street at 5 a.m., Carol Watson felt a rush of fear. A menacing-looking man with a mustache was striding rapidly toward her, and the retired Cleveland schoolteacher thought briefly of fleeing. But she stubbornly held her ground.
Keeping 'score' 'X-Files' exit I beg your pardon Tour bust
MTV is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an all-out birthday bash, the cable network announced Monday. On Aug. 1, MTV will throw a party, hosted by "Total Request Live's" Carson Daly, which will broadcast live on both MTV and MTV2 from the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.
Monday, July 2
For a change, intelligence prevailed at the box office.
New edition of classic tale continues quest for 'definitive' version
This summer, a new book continues the adventures of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Mr. Mom On the move Nothing hokey about it Childhood confessional
With their old contract having expired, Hollywood actors and producers were back at the bargaining table amid signs of intensifying talks to avert an industry-crippling strike.
Sunday, July 1
Spencer Museum seeks artworks by women
By Jan Biles Susan Earle hopes there will come a day when female artists aren't talked about as if they were out of the norm. She dreams of the day when exhibits of strictly women's works aren't needed to bring focus to their artistic visions. "Women who consider themselves advocates of women artists and feminists hope there's a time when they won't have to do this," said Earle, curator of European and American art at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.
Lawrence academy gets in the swing of things plus the samba, tango and mamba
By Jan Biles Skye-Laurel Riggs didn't start out on the right foot when it came to dancing. She began taking tap lessons when she was 3 but was soon kicked out when she started acting as if she were in charge of the class. Now 15 years later Riggs is taking lessons at The Dance Academy, 1117 Mass., where she swings and tangos with owner/instructor Wade Qandil and other students and performs with the academy's dance troupe.
Ellroy is here Will sing for food Citizen Nadia No longer a paper doll
Chet Atkins, the Tennessee-born guitar virtuoso who was one of the pillars of American popular music in the last half of the 20th century, as performer, songwriter, spotter of talent and shaper of trends, died Saturday in Nashville. He was 77.
Web sites become an interactive, vital part of movie marketing campaigns
Michael Van Gorkom remembers the first call he got from the robot. "It was a real person's voice," the 26-year-old Santa Monica resident said. "Very freaky." Phone calls from robots, e-mails from someone called "mother" and cryptic instant messages are just some of the intrusive elements of a Web-based game being used to market the Steven Spielberg movie "A.I. Artificial Intelligence."
The sewing machine is an 18th-century idea that ranks as one of the major inventions in history. There were many men whose companies made sewing machines in the 1850s, including Elias Howe, Isaac Singer and Allen Wilson. Collectors want any unusual sewing machines made in past years. Shaw & Clark, a company working in the 1860s in Biddeford, Maine, made seven machine styles.
"Against Design," an exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, examines interpretations of contemporary design and the boundaries between art and design. The exhibit features works by Kevin Appel, Angela Bulloch, Clay Ketter, Roy McMakin, Jorge Pardo, Tobias Rehberger, Joe Scanlan, Atelier van Lieshout, Pae White and Andrea Zittel.
Show features antiques, collectibles Sci-fi, fantasy authors to signs books
The First Friday Gallery Walk, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, will showcase works at 10 galleries and exhibition spaces. Participants are listed.
By Jill Hummels "One Riddle, One Answer" is a singular success. Written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Linda S. Wingerter, this tale follows the path of a young Persian princess who strikes a smart deal with her doting father, the sultan. As the sultan tries to find a suitable husband for his lovely and wise daughter, he finds that the suitors are interested in only what the match can do for them.
By Gretchen Linhos In the middle of the night, a 70-year-old man falls and smashes his head on a marble floor. His wife panics and calls his doctor, who comes immediately. The naive wife convinces the doctor to put the man in bed, because "he is almost already asleep." The ignorant doctor, who returns in the morning, is surprised to find the wife "laying faithfully beside" the dead man.
Nine start solo circumnavigation, but only one finishes
When nine men set out in 1968 to circumnavigate the globe in an unprecedented, nonstop sailboat race, each was utterly alone. None carried satellite guidance equipment or the kind of electronic devices that knit the world together today. One racer communicated by arcing wadded messages and rolls of film, by slingshot, to the decks of passing ships.