Stories for March 2001


Saturday, March 31

Ashley Judd should not have picked 'Someone Like You'

With its hard line on male animal mating habits, "Someone Like You" isn't exactly a great date movie unless you like to argue afterward. Anytime a movie opens with a treatise on the sexual proclivities of bulls at breeding time, you know you're in trouble.

Jonathan Richman; a merry minstrel, he

Jonathan Richman, the Bottleneck 03/30/2001

By Michael Newman Jonathan Richman is unique in all the world of rock and roll music. A prodigy in the early '70s, the first incarnation of his band The Modern Lovers defined for a generation of early punk and artsy new-wavers what rock in the wake of the Velvet Underground might be. He quickly abandoned that brittle edge for a softer, astonishingly sincere and celebratory voice that he's been cultivating ever since. The affable, endearing and fearless personality Richman projects in his music has never been duplicated.

From dream date to heartbreak

KU freshman's role in 'Spring Fling Survivors' prefaces couple's breakup

By Karrey Britt Kansas University freshman Khadija Abuyousif's spring break trip to Cancun, Mexico, took an unexpected turn to Temptation Island. During her one-week vacation with her mom, Abuyousif was selected to appear on MTV's "Spring Fling Survivors" show, which made its premiere March 23 and then aired several times last weekend.

'Picard' turns his talents to stage

Nearly 40 years ago, Sir Tyrone Guthrie consoled a dejected Patrick Stewart by saying he hoped the young actor eventually would work for him at his new theater in America. Now, that day has arrived as Stewart tackles "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Guthrie Theater.

Rosie's new magazine makes unexpected entrance

The food and drink have been ordered, Marc Anthony will entertain and Chelsea Piers will be party central next Monday night. But, unexpectedly, the center of attention has already made an entrance.


'Oblongs': Flush with excess

You can't say that the new animated comedy "The Oblongs" (6:30 p.m. Sunday, WB) doesn't get right to the point.

Friday, March 30

'Spy Kids' long way from 'Mariachi'

Robert Rodriguez has progressed from $7,000 film budgets

Just because you make an edgy shoot-em-up at age 23 doesn't mean you're an edgy shoot-em-up filmmaker. Robert Rodriguez wants the world to know that.

'Three's Company' star battles cancer, ridicule

Thighmaster queen and former "Three's Company" star Suzanne Somers has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer for a year.

Peabody Awards pay homage to broadcast excellence

Fox's comedy series "Malcolm in the Middle" and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000" were among the winners Thursday of the Peabody Awards for broadcast or cable excellence.


A rapper by any other name Crowe extends digital welcome 2 more for Sweet Baby James Liverpool honors Yoko

Lawrence artist, musicians to make call on sister city

Robert Sudlow, Camerata Lawrence members to visit Eutin for exhibition, concert

A Lawrence artist and five Lawrence musicians will be heading to sister city Eutin, Germany, as part of an ongoing cultural exchange between the two cities.

Thursday, March 29


Lennon items fail at auction Eagles ascend to lofty perch Tennis role transforms Holly Stone stalker confined


Cartoon barks up right tree

You don't have to be a canine lover to find the cartoon "documentary" "Still Life with Animated Dogs" (9:30 p.m., PBS, check local listings) both whimsical and profound.

Film Review - 'Spy Kids'

Filmmaker Robert Rodriquez injects kids' adventure with plenty of energy

By Dan Lybarger Like the speedy vehicles that can be seen throughout the film, "Spy Kids" moves at an agreeably quick pace, never letting up for such petty things as catching your breath.

What Are You Reading?

Married to the music

Over the Rhine wrestles IRS but gets help from junkies

By Geoff Harkness The dynamics within rock bands often are compared to that of matrimony. For Over The Rhine guitarist Linford Detweiler this notion is particularly true he's married to the lead singer of his band.

Book Review - 'Candidate to Kill'

By Mitchell J. Near Tom Ellis is a political junkie. He's the type of guy who considers CSPAN coverage "Must See TV." He's also the type who follows local election night returns and reads columns by George Will. In other words, he knows his political stuff. And his trained perception has revealed that all the good dramatic activity during peak elections, from dirty politics and past scandals, always seem to surface at the most inopportune times.

Cause for celebration

Lineup will burn bright at the 2001 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

By Dan Lybarger Since 1997, the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee has served the local film community in two important ways. For one, it provides local filmmakers an outlet for their work. But the Jubilee also has given Kansas City moviegoers a wider variety of flicks to watch and has even brought the people who made those films to town.

Hit in the head by life

New exhibit laughs at monotony of daily rituals

By Mitchell J. Near There is a certain amount of futility in life's daily rituals, like making a bed just so it can be unmade to sleep in. Traci Tullius thinks there is some stupidity in the way we all spend our time, and she's turned her observations into an amazing interactive art display.

Holidays in the Son

Son Venezuela bolsters the expanding Latin scene

By Geoff Harkness When Kelfel Aqui moved to Lawrence from Venezuela, he probably never imagined he'd be on-stage rocking crowds one day. The Sociology/Latin American Studies major was here to attend Kansas University but like many he enjoyed Larryville life and stayed upon graduation. Now 36, Aqui fronts Son Venezuela, Lawrence's premier Latin dance band.

Believe the hype

Lawrence underground DJ spins hip-hop tales on KJHK

By Geoff Harkness Every Saturday night, Clinton "CJ" Wilford begins the transformation. A serious-yet-laid-back Kansas University student by day, CJ slowly morphs into CGz, the "geezulating" emcee of "Hip Hop Hyp" as the weekend starts to peak.


Best Bets

Exclusive Online Profile: Six Year Sophomore

Just don't call it frat rock

By Michael Newman Six Year Sophomore's four members all belong to the Theta Chi fraternity at Kansas University, and that's where they formed their band. While two of the musicians live in the fraternity house, and they practice in a small room in a building behind the house, that's the extent of band's linkage to Greek life.

Parting shot

Arts Notes

ÂTrio to perform at West Side show ÂTrumpet and piano duo to perform at recital ÂArt Tougeau taking entries Â'Three Minutes or Less' seeking performers

Wake Up Call: Locking up an investment

Private prisons offer chance to make capital from punishment

By Greg Douros Being a graduate student and a stock market mogul isn't as easy as it looks. But after hearing from all my friends in the private sector who already have small fortunes tucked away, I decide to give it a shot. With tech stocks' recent volatile performance on Wall Street, stability is now more important than ever.

Literary tempest brews in Old South

Lawsuit challenges black version of 'Gone with the Wind'

Author Margaret Mitchell's estate has filed suit here to block publication of a novel that tells the late writer's "Gone with the Wind" story from the perspective of a former slave who is an illegitimate half-sister of Mitchell's heroine, Scarlett O'Hara.

Out Of Bounds: Soccer moms we're not

Road tripping for your team can be painful, but 'Net can help

By Seth Jones Sometimes, I think it'd be easier to be a soccer mom. After all, if I drove 1,600 miles to see little Seth Jr. run around on the soccer field and he sucked well, he'd still be little Seth Jr. and I'd still love him, even if he missed three penalty kick attempts and lost the game for his team.

Movie listings

Film Review - 'The Caveman's Valentine'

Samuel L. Jackson takes audience into mind of delusional detective

By Loey Lockerby It's easy to see why Samuel L. Jackson wanted to be in this movie. He gets to play a homeless, delusional musician who also is highly sensitive and intelligent. The role allows him to immerse himself in a difficult character and even chew a little scenery (but not too much). Actors love this stuff.


Rapper arrested in Miami club fracas

Rapper Juvenile was arrested on battery and other charges for allegedly smashing a champagne bottle over a man's head and grabbing a police officer during a disturbance outside a comedy club.

Odyssey to change name to Hallmark Channel

The little-known Odyssey cable network will change its name to the Hallmark Channel and shuffle the programming to slightly reduce its religious fare, executives said Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 28

Beware the 'Fog'

J. Mascis and the Fog, the Bottleneck - 03/27/2001

By Michael Newman There's nothing more basic in rock and roll than a power trio breaking a sweat on a small stage in a dark, smoky club. Tuesday night at the Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas, J. Mascis and the Fog treated rock fans to an hour and a half of the real thing. Scene makers and any others just out to be seen and mingle were out of luck. The sheer intensity and volume of sound pouring off the stage demanded undivided attention.

KU grads ready for prime time

Alums slated for television appearances tonight on Fox, PBS

By Jan Biles Two Kansas University graduates are on prime-time television tonight one in the Fox network's new reality series, "Boot Camp"; the other singing the lead role in "La Boheme" on PBS.


Julia's smile costs dentist Billy Crystal: Oscar fan 'Soprano' star's second childhood Bob Marley redux

'Big Brother 2' is looking for new contestants

CBS' search is on for the next round of "Big Brother" shut-ins. The network posted an application and instructions for wanna-be "Big Brother" players yesterday at its Web site,

Traveling exhibit explores Star Wars' myths

Darth Vader: heavy breathing, black helmet, evil. Yoda: small, wise, kind. Characters and images from "Star Wars" have become universally recognized symbols of good and evil.

No TV good for kids, say parents

Creativity, intelligence often nurtured without the tube

The numbers are staggering. In the average U.S. home, the television is on almost eight hours a day. A 1-year-old child watches about six hours a week, and more than half of children 8-to-16 years old have a TV in their bedrooms.

007 actor stars in le Carre's spy, action thriller

John le Carre's spy stories stand as smart, sobering counterpoints to the theme-park thrills of James Bond.

Wayans' show echoes 'Cosby'

Lessons, hugs, cute kids, a bumbling dad who mixes wisdom and silliness. What year is this? "My Wife and Kids" (7 p.m., ABC) shamelessly lifts all of the ingredients that made "Cosby" a mainstay of the 1980s.

Tuesday, March 27

On the run for the money

Bands make a dash for cash on new VH-1 game show

Call it "Survivor" with music.


Cuba mission Balancing act Power play Performance gets thumbs-down

Chicago superstation pulls plug on 40 years of Bozo

"Bozo's Circus" is off the air. The Chicago television institution, and one of the longest-running locally produced children's shows in the country, was canceled by national superstation WGN-TV on Friday.

Oscar winners bring attention to threat of Hollywood strikes

Sure, Hollywood celebrated at Sunday's Academy Awards show. But many of those entertainers might not be working several months from now.

Monday, March 26

Oscar throws surprise party

Besides Julia Roberts' win, there were few sure bets this year

"Gladiator" won five Academy Awards on Sunday, including best picture and actor Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts won the best actress trophy for her portrayal of the law assistant who takes on a polluting power company in "Erin Brockovich."

Acadamy Award Winners

Moyers takes on plastic makers

Three decades after "The Graduate," the word "plastics"is still a punch line. For some it was even a pejorative. President Richard M. Nixon never forgave critics for calling the first lady, "Plastic Pat."


'Heartbreakers' has little to cry about with first-place debut

The romantic comedies "Heartbreakers" and "The Brothers" topped the box office on Academy Award weekend.

Sunday, March 25


Artist draws out criminal witnesses

'Her gift is a blend of compassion and psychology and art'

Alone in the basement, Jeanne Boylan sketched into the night. She didn't even stop to eat, afraid if she did, she might never continue. For more than 20 years two faces had haunted her. In nightmares, she could still hear them taunting her, two strangers who, on a lonely country road, stole long and unforgettable hours of her life.

Uniforms can work for employees and employers

New day, same dress such is life for workers who wear uniforms. But that doesn't mean fashion is relegated to the back of the closet.The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is putting stylish uniforms front and center in a new exhibition organized by the school's graduate students.

Wedgwood bough pots do double duty

For centuries, flowers have been used to decorate homes. Bulbs were grown in special pots to bloom inside the house. In the 18th century, Josiah Wedgwood, the famous potter, designed several types of specialized flower containers. Often, the same vase or container was used with different tops to hold bulbs, flowers or branches.

Seem-To-Be Players show brings back old favorites

By Jan Biles At the next Seem-To-Be Players show, audience members will hear some familiar songs. "The Seem-To-Be Songbook" will feature 20 original and traditional songs sung by the Players during its 27-year existence.

Emerging Japanese artists make debut

Contemporary works win space in New York galleries

Playful stuffed monsters mounted on tricycles, small tins with piles of fingernails, colorful embroidered maps and utopian cityscapes are among the works by young Japanese artists making their U.S. debut.

Egyptian treasures start U.S. tour

'Masterworks of Ancient Art' schedule includes Kansas City showing

One of the most impressive displays of Egyptian art ever to enter the United States contains works ranging from hand-sized glass and ivory statues to immense stone figures of lions and kings that weigh several tons.

'Temptation' puts a twist on Faust tale

By Jan Biles In "Temptation," playwright Vaclav Havel puts a spin on Johann Goethe's and Christopher Marlowe's Faustus tales. He sets his dark comedy in the Czech Republic, where he serves as president.

Strait's tour to kick off in Florida

Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney say hooking up with the country crooner is 'priceless'

George Strait's latest tour of stadiums is the hottest ticket of the year for country music fans. Performers, too. Singers who hit the road with Strait tend to sell records. Eight of the 10 best-selling country music acts of 2000 have been featured on one of his festival tours, and every singer in Nashville wants a piece of that action.

KU grad reaches for the 'Stars'

Strening uses years in Lawrence, Italy as inspiration

By Jan Biles Two years ago, Kansas University alumnus Michael Strening Jr. didn't know if he'd ever be able to play his piano again. Nerve damage to one of his wrists had made striking the keys too painful.

Tan's driven by the past

Author tells

A glistening grand piano anchors a corner of Amy Tan's SoHo loft. The wooden furniture, tossed with a rainbow of jewel-colored cushions and pillows, is arranged before a velvety burgundy curtain concealing a giant-screen TV.

Farm life at heart

By Jan Biles About eight years ago, the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art organized an exhibition called "Rural America," a group of 20th-century American prints from the collection of Kansas University alumnus Steven Schmidt. The artworks depicted rural existence in both realistic and heroic viewpoints.

Composer's conference features recitals, concerts

A composer's conference on Friday and Saturday will bring 45 composers to Kansas University for performances of their music in recitals and concerts by KU faculty, students, the KU Concert Choir, the KU Symphony Orchestra and various guests.

Massage for pets: That's the rub

You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours. Well, one out of two. On the face of it, pet massage doesn't seem like a very reciprocal arrangement. After all, you the human are doing all the work, in return for a lazily arched back or a harrumphy grunt.

Harvestable perennials may be in the future

What does Craig Freeman see outside his office window? "Electrical transformers," he laughs. What a waste. Freeman could name just about any flower, grass, tree or other plant he saw out there.

Not-so-ordinary folks pick their Oscar favorites

Picking a winner is a difficult thing. Just ask Raye Hollitt, who once had her pectoral muscle torn from her rib cage while performing under the name Zap on the TV show "American Gladiators." Gladiatorial combat acquainted Hollitt with sizing up the competition.

KU alum chronicles correspondent's WWII experiences

By Jan Biles Kansas University alumnus Mark Scott is banking on the nation's renewed interest in World War II to spark interest in his new book. "Bravo, Amerikanski! and Other Stories from World War II" is the first-person biography of United Press war correspondent Ann Stringer, as she told it to Scott before her death in 1990.

Down on the farm

Local farmers, scholars add to exhibit's catalog

By Jan Biles About eight years ago, the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art organized an exhibition called "Rural America," a group of 20th-century American prints from the collection of Kansas University alumnus Steven Schmidt. The artworks depicted rural existence in both realistic and heroic viewpoints.

The unbuttoned mind of Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins at Liberty Hall, Lawrence Kansas - 03/24/2001

By Michael Newman If you've never seen Henry Rollins in one of his "spoken word" performances, you might come to the event carrying preconceptions about what that phrase might mean. You'll certainly understand that you're not going to see the Rollins Band, the extremely hard rocking unit that Rollins fronts. But you might have the idea that he'll be reciting poetry, or reading from his journal, or performing forensic monologues. What you probably won't be expecting if you've never seen him do this before, is stand up comedy.

Return of the Red Baron

Spring training

'Battlefield Earth' walks off with basket of 'Razzies'

Hollywood got its annual Oscar Eve poke in the eye with John Travolta's "Battlefield Earth" taking the bulk of the 21st annual Golden Raspberry Foundation dis-honors.

Repeat winners are rare on Oscar night

If Tom Hanks were to win the best-actor award tonight for his performance in "Cast Away," he would be the first male performer ever to win three lead-actor Oscars. How rare are multiple winners?


Huey and the legal news Travis home items up for auction Beauty and the Brandy Yoga bug bites Jackman

Oscar may have a British accent

Several strong nominees hail from United Kingdom

The supersonic Concorde is still grounded for safety modifications, so Britain's film elite will have to travel on regular planes in first class, of course for the long flight from England to the United States for Oscar night.

Award-winning actors to present drama

"Poetry in Motion Behind the Broken Words," featuring actors Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rice Auditorium at Baker University.

Saturday, March 24


Bluegrass growth spurt follows 'O Brother' soundtrack

When Dan Hays, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Assn., looks at the country music charts these days, he sees something different. Bluegrass artists. Lots of them.

$pears and mom cash in on 2 books

Oops, they did it again.Mega-pop sprite Britney Spears and her mega-mama Lynne are following up on the success of last year's autobiography, "Britney Spears' Heart to Heart," with, like, a novel.

Weaver ready for career's next risk

Two of her new movies, both comedies, hit the big screen

As Warrant Officer Lt. Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" films, Sigourney Weaver has stared down slime monsters, corporate backstabbers and a planetful of lechers. But as a mere mortal wife, mother, upper East Sider, career woman she is subject to the same terrors as everyone else. Cannibals. Elevators. Eclairs.

Landmark topples

Hanging onto the side of the old 115-foot Douglas County Rural Water District 2 tower, above, Allen Markley begins the task of wrapping a log chain around the tank's 12-foot middle. Markley and a crew on Friday toppled the 86,000-gallon capacity structure that he watched being built as a 13-year-old in 1967

Friday, March 23


Monroe photos fail to sell Even actresses are star watchers Whitney to do Bond film

Males strut their stuff as Oscar fashion plates

Samuel L. Jackson in purple velvet. Robin Williams dressed like an old-time preacher. Will Smith in an open-neck chartreuse shirt and black suit. Jim Carrey in a burgundy satin shirt and matching necktie.

Animator William Hanna dies

Animation pioneer and legend William Hanna, who revolutionized television animation along with his partner Joseph Barbera, creating hundreds of enduring characters such as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, The Jetsons and numerous others, died Thursday at his North Hollywood home. He was 90.

Stage classic remade for TV

'South Pacific' brings enchanted evening to small screen

In "South Pacific," the island of Bali Ha'i exerts an irresistible pull on U.S. soldiers stationed just across the water.

Thursday, March 22

Box-office gleams for Oscar hopefuls

"Traffic" grew more congested. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sprang upward. And "Chocolat" gave a boost to Junior Mint sales at theater concession stands everywhere.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad ad world

After years of spoofs, humor magazine now taking real ads

For the editors, it was a simple matter of covering costs. But for those who spent their youths praying at the shrine of Alfred E. Neuman, it was unforgivable.

'Too Much Sleep' is craftily structured

If you're used to Hollywood-style movies, you'll need a little mental adjustment and patience to enjoy the offbeat comedy "Too Much Sleep." But it'll be worth it.

Clothes make the movie

Half of the buzz about the Oscars revolves around fashion. Which actress will look the most radiant? Retro? Ridiculous? Long after the winners and ceremonies are forgotten, millions will still remember the fashion hits and faux pas.

Arts Notes

ÂWashburn professor to give concert ÂJewish Film Festival unveils diverse lineup ÂCelebrities gatherfor comics convention ÂKU art students showing works in KC

Book Review - 'The Revival'

By Mitchell J. Near Every publisher who read Max Yoho's new novel "The Revival" loved the book's humor and whimsical remembrances of a young boy growing up in rural Kansas. They just thought it was too for lack of a better word wholesome.

Muscling up for Lent

Fear of God leads writer to sweat, tears, healthier lifestyle

By Seth Jones It's like a New Year's resolution with much, much more at stake. It's called Lent, and while I don't totally understand it, I'm sure I'm not the only person struggling with it.

What Are You Reading?

Two-wheeled glamour

The 2001 biker calendar kicks off with the Capitol City Bike Show

By Michael Newman As the Earth begins to right itself after long months of leaning away from the sun in slumber, as it begins to gather itself upright for a moment of equinoxal equilibrium before beginning to posture itself toward the sun and longer, better days, a tribe prepares a celebration.

Wake Up Call: Mounting a protest

Students don't seem to notice Graves burying higher education

By Greg Douros Something has to be done. You might have read that some gangstas in Topeka currently are carrying out a massive assault on university budgets. In the wake of Gov. Bill Graves' bloodlust for severing the state higher education system, Kansas University has reacted by cutting its budget by $1.15 million this school year and is preparing to cut $3 million for next year. The other five state universities are planning to follow suit. Apparently, Kansas is coming too close to reaching the 21st century, and Graves and Co. want to put the brakes on.

Movie Listings

A conversation with J.Mascis

Ex-Dinosaur Jr. leader takes time out of his busy schedule for a chat

A conversation with J. Mascis Dinosaur Jr. was one of handful of punk and alternative bands to emerge in the '70s and '80s that built their music around exploratory guitar playing. Along with earlier bands like Television, and such contemporaries as the Meat Puppets, Mascis' band demonstrated that there were more than two chords and attitude to be had in the alternative movement.

Up the Academy

The Oscars might be a conventional show, but the winners will prove unpredictable

By Jon Niccum The films eligible for last year's Academy Awards were generally considered the finest crop of pictures to emerge since the fabled cinematic year of 1939. With so much quality smacking audiences in the face, it was ironic that the Oscar ceremony itself was a complete dud. The suspense was absent because the four major awards (three of which went to "American Beauty") were a forgone conclusion by the time they were eventually presented.


Film Review - 'Heartbreakers'

'Heartbreakers' takes audience's money and runs

By Loey Lockerby Sigourney Weaver looks fantastic.

Spinning The Web: Dot.gone but not dot.forgotten

Cool Web sites are retaining a frighteningly short shelf life

By Michael Newman Several recent happenings have me thinking about the transient nature of the Internet. We're all used to clicking a link on some Web page or in the results of a search and getting an all too familiar "Not Found: The requested URL blahblahblah was not found on this server," when something that once was found, now is lost. What we don't anticipate is the sudden, jarring disappearance of an entire, high profile, commercial Web portal. This has happened to me twice in the last few weeks.



A Rollins in the wry

Punk rock's opinionated iconoclast keeps spinning the spoken word

By Geoff Harkness Musician, spoken word artist, author, poet, actor. It's hard to talk about Henry Rollins without calling him a renaissance man, though the title certainly fits. Since replacing original Black Flag singer Dez Cadena in 1981, Rollins hasn't rested for a minute, always creating more and pushing himself to find new ways to present his unique worldview.

Best bets

Parting shot

Side Notes: Never a dull 'Moment'

By Geoff Harkness When Nick Gordon was trying to gather local bands for a compilation of Lawrence music, he didn't have to look too far. That's because the drummer, who pounds the skins for two area bands  Ugly Boyfriend and Chebella!  has made a few friends in his eight years in town.

Ring the Bell

Spring swingers


Coppola loses $20 million Songwriters inducted into Hall Cruise rumor nixed Oops, he's done it again

Wednesday, March 21

Jackson top contender for country awards

Two Kansans, Martina McBride and Chely Wright, also in running

Alan Jackson had eight nominations to lead the list of contenders for the TNN Country Weekly Music Awards. Martina McBride and Chely Wright, both from Kansas, also were nominated for awards.

Me and my shadow

A fine day for a picnic


Bogdanovich in divorce court 'Almost Famous' actress always knew she'd be famous Jazz trumpeter Marsalis named U.N. messenger of peace Richards sports chain-lock hairdo Bacharach sues after fall

Delaney's a bit blue on leaving 'NYPD'

Kim Delaney will finish filming her final episode today as Detective Diane Russell on ABC's gritty cop drama "NYPD Blue." Two days later, she'll begin work on the pilot of "Philly," a new Steven Bochco drama that will air on ABC next season.

ABC newscast goes Spanish

Each day's events translated to attract growing audience

The frantic final hours of newsgathering and writing at "World News Tonight" complete, Peter Jennings looks into the camera to tell the night's top story about an advance in genome research.

Tuesday, March 20

'Songbird' takes flight 5 years after singer's death

During her lifetime, Eva Cassidy was little known outside a circle of Washington, D.C., area musicians and fans.


A whole new ballgame Joanie loves Simon Tag, Lil' Kim's it After-hours is prime time

Rock Hall of Fame inducts new members

Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Queen, Steely Dan among class of 2001

The hobbled Michael Jackson and a sweetly nostalgic Paul Simon made their second entrances into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, joined by fellow inductees Aerosmith, Queen and Steely Dan.

Monday, March 19

'Exit Wounds' makes first-place entrance at box office

Action star Steven Seagal scored a solid comeback with "Exit Wounds," a crime thriller that debuted as the weekend's top film with $19 million.

Brush with Big Bird teaches art appreciation

You don't have to be a kid to love Chuck Close's paintings. It's grown-ups who hang his mural-size portraits in museums and galleries around the world.

California dreamer silenced

John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas dies

Songwriter John Phillips, who as a member of the Mamas and the Papas penned "California Dreamin"' and other hits by the 1960s pop group, died Sunday morning. He was 65.


Stockholm or bust Tiger handler Deal goes sour Nebraska honor

'First Years': sex and lawyers

Tune In: Kevin McDonough

Am I the only one tired of shows about lawyers, doctors and cops? Obviously not. The networks' monotonous obsession with these professions has driven millions to turn to the numbing banality of so-called reality TV. I'd rather watch Kimmi get voted off the island than endure the 14th new show about lawyers, wouldn't you?

'Exit Wounds' heals Seagal's image

The less Steven Seagal has on his mind, the better. As suggested by "Exit Wounds' "meaningless, awful title (ideas for sequels: "Head Injuries," "Mangled Limbs"), this is straight-ahead, streamlined mayhem.

Sunday, March 18

Full weekend planned in Great Bend

By Jan Biles Here is a list of events related to the Oscar Micheaux Golden Anniversary Memorial Celebration Saturday and March 25 in Great Bend. All events are free and at the Crest Theatre in downtown Great Bend, unless indicated otherwise.

'Imagination Workshop' will take antics

By Jan Biles Radio on TV? Has to be a stunt, right? Well, sort of. "The Imagination Workshop," the sketch-comedy radio series produced by KANU-FM 91.5, will be taping four half-hour television shows that will be broadcast in September by KCPT, a public television station in Kansas City, Mo., that can be seen in Lawrence on cable channel 7.

Balancing act

Friends and neighbors

Hands up for health

Music to their ears

'Scarlet Feather' should

There are emotional tugs of war among the interesting assortment of Irish characters who populate Maeve Binchy's novel "Scarlet Feather" (Dutton, 538 pages, $25.95).

'Hegemon' lives in shadow of 'Ender'

Orson Scott Card's "Shadow of the Hegemon" (Tor, $25.95, 365 pages) is the sixth in his "Ender" series, which includes the Hugo and Nebula award-winning "Ender's Game" and its parallel novel, "Ender's Shadow."

'Glass Palace' disappoints

Novel's flawed by strained dialogue, jumpy timelines

By Mark Luce In Amitov Ghosh's "The Glass Palace" ($25.95, Random House, 477 pages), two unfortunate individuals meet their demise in a most horrific manner: They are squashed by elephants during the harvesting of teak.

Perfume bottles tops with collectors

Czech stopper designs floral, female, geometric add to attraction

Perfume-bottle collectors like to specialize in favorite types. Some want figural bottles, some brand names. Perhaps the most popular are the Czechoslovakian "large stopper" bottles. These fancy bottles were made of cut or pressed glass, sometimes clear, sometimes colored. Tops were often as tall as the bottle.

Fashion crowd hears camouflage call to arms

Camouflage may help combat troops blend into their surroundings, but fashion's foot soldiers are sporting the military-inspired look to help them stand out in a crowd. This isn't the typical olive drab, though. Camouflage patterns are adorning everything from evening wear to underwear. Unexpected additions and fabrics, including sequins, cashmere, georgette and silk, give a more feminine, luxurious feel to the no-nonsense design.

Forces fuse for message of love

Eclectic art events blend musical styles, fashion, poetry and drama

Deep rhythms pulse through the gallery as The Fathers of Id drum African beats for arriving guests. Young and old, black and white, ghetto, yuppie and artsy about 150 people settle in at the Johanson Art Gallery, standing along walls when no seats remain.

Festival honors unknown Oscar

African-American filmmaker had Kansas ties

By Jan Biles Great Bend seems like an unlikely place for a black film festival. But next weekend, film buffs and scholars from across the United States will converge on the nearly all-white central Kansas community to mark the 50th anniversary of Oscar Micheaux's death.

Peter Max donates 'Abstract Flowers'

By Jan Biles A poster autographed by artist Peter Max is being offered in a silent auction that will benefit local grass-roots agencies that help the homeless and disadvantaged. The single-edition poster shows Max's 1998 painting "Abstract Flowers," his signature and a profile drawing in black marker.


Hollywood's cruel casting secrets Costner's princess picture Sigourney looks after Love Rimes loses contract lawsuit

Painter makes visions a reality

Spontaneity, culture inspire Haskell student

By Jan Biles Allen Knows Gun is on his way to establishing himself in the art world. The 23-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student secured an agent in December, and has a clear vision of where his art comes from and where it is going.

'Head to Toe' shows costumes through the ages

Walking into this dimly lighted room on the first floor of the Museum of Fine Arts is a little like walking into your great-grandmother's attic, minus the dusty boxes and mothballs.

Siamese twins' tale turned into musical

Chang and Eng outgrew lives as sideshow attractions

When Ekachai Uekrongtham first considered retelling the story of the world's most famous Siamese twins, he was thinking Elephant Man.

Laying down the Law

Actor Jude Law poised to hit the big time in a big way

Jude Law sits back, taps the pack of Marlboros that goes unsmoked by his side, and flashes the infectious smile that has an entire industry at his feet. True, he lost last year's supporting actor Oscar to Michael Caine, but even that was a victory of sorts.

Robin Hood movie spurs investigation

By Joel L. Gold Every now and then my wife will gaze thoughtfully at me and say, "You have entirely too much free time on your hands." She does not utter this pronouncement at the expected moments say when I'm reading a John Grisham novel or watching a KU basketball game. Let me give an example.

Navigating the Rivers

Fast-forward to the morning after the Academy Awards. What are we talking about? Not the winners for best score or art direction, and probably not the best director or even best picture. We're talking about who looked great, who looked sexy, who had a fashion emergency.

All eyes on Julia

Few fashion 'wows' expected at this year's Academy Awards ceremony

For fashion designers, this year's Oscar "It Girl" is Julia Roberts. "Everyone wants her," says Tom Julian, fashion commentator for, the awards' official Web site. "She has the stature, the longevity, the box-office draw, and she's not one-designer friendly. She wears everything from Vivienne Tam to Calvin Klein, to Armani at this year's (Golden) Globes."


Saturday, March 17


Puffy acquitted of gun charges

Rap impresario Sean "Puffy" Combs was acquitted Friday of toting an illegal handgun into a crowded Manhattan hip-hop club by a jury that believed the Grammy-winning multimillionaire's repeated claim of innocence. He was also cleared of a bribery charge.

Banjo-lover Fleck creates eclectic jazz

Grammy winner shatters stereotypes on way to top of pop music scene

Bela Fleck likely shattered notions about the banjo last month, when he took home Grammys for his work in jazz and country.

Producer-hostage completes story

Special includes footage of interviewer threatened during visit to prison

Maria Zone could have walked away. Her bosses at Court TV gave her permission, and no one would have been surprised if she let someone else finish her documentary on a murderous mother-and-son grifter team.

'Terminator' star resurfaces in movie

Linda Hamilton has gone a long way down the fame list from the early '90s, when she saved her son and the world, again, in "Terminator 2" and the MTV audience voted her "most attractive female" in the movies.

Kathie Lee plays bad badly

After 15 years as America's perkiest morning co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford has spread her wings to portray a drug-addled sitcom star in "Spinning Out of Control" (8 p.m., Sunday, E!). The results are not pretty.

Five guys named 'moe.'

moe. - Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Kansas 03/16/2001

By Michael Newman moe., which played Lawrence's Liberty Hall on Friday night is way too good a band to remain marginal for much longer. Already every bit as good as Phish ever was, moe. Appears poised to assume the mantle of preeminent hippie darlings during Phish's hiatus.

Friday, March 16

Manuscript may be a missing Mozart masterpiece

More Mozart?


Close encounters Letterman lineup Management dispute Driven to the track

Jury mulls rap impresario Puffy Combs' fate

Jurors spent a second day deliberating weapons charges Thursday against Sean "Puffy" Combs, and an alternate juror said she would have found the rap mogul innocent.

C-SPAN highlights American writers

Cable channel travels the U.S. to show authors in historical context

Call me Ishmael. Call "Moby Dick" a masterpiece.

Thursday, March 15

War of the Muggles

Author reissuing books that challenge 'Harry Potter'

Harry Potter fans look out: Some new Muggles are coming to town. Or are they old ones? "The Legend of Rah and the Muggles," whose author is suing J.K. Rowling for stealing her ideas, will be reissued by Thurman House in May, the publisher announced Wednesday.


'Trash TV' pioneer Downey dies Getting down with Prince Charles Another Royal in a rush Gwyneth gains a few pounds

Parting shot

OK computer

Paul Oakenfold keeps pushing the sonic envelope

By Geoff Harkness If the name Paul Oakenfold doesn't ring a bell, some of the artists he's worked with should. U2, The Cure, INXS and even Snoop Doggy Dogg are among the many acts for whom Oakenfold has twisted the knobs, remixing their songs into swirling masterpieces of aural art.

Best Bets

CD REVIEWS - Dave Mattews Band


moe. better blues

New York band triumphs over label difficulties, typecasting

By Geoff Harkness For most of its career, moe. has stood accused. Accused of hippie noodling. Accused of going Phishing. Accused of being a jam band. Though the members of moe. have long eschewed the stereotype, it's stuck with them over the years.

Arts Notes

ÂRadio revue celebrates St. Pat's Day ÂMcGovern, Pizzarelli pair for concert ÂTouch of Class to appear in Ottawa ÂIrish poet to give reading at Rockhurst


SEVEN QUESTIONS with Stephen Malkmus

By Geoff Harkness Things weren't going so well. Rumor had it that Pavement was falling apart during its farewell tour in 1999. The band members, who had cultivated a rabid indie following during their 10 years together, were barely speaking to each other as they trudged through remaining dates of their last waltz.

The liar's edge

Kansas University graduate uses starring role in 'The Mole' to launch new career

By Mitchell J. Near Kathryn Price is a liar. But don't get any misconceptions she's not a bad person. Instead, she was actually paid to be conniving, deceitful and duplicitous.

Film Review - 'Enemy at the Gates'

Jude Law takes aim at war epic in 'Enemy at the Gates'

By Jon Niccum There is a definite link between snipers and film directors.

Film Review - 'Sound & Fury'

Film examines dilemma facing deaf community

By Dan Lybarger The idea of watching an 80-minute documentary about cochlear implants may sound dry and esoteric. Nonetheless, the "Fury" in director Josh Aronson's Academy Award-nominated documentary "Sound and Fury" is potent.

Exclusive Online Profile: Debra Clemente

Commercial illustrator finds freedom on the canvas

By Michael Newman Debra Clemente's home is filled with art, and the vast majority of it is her own work. It's hard for her to part with her favorite pieces, and she resists emptying her own walls each time she has a show. It's helpful that she's prolific and tends to work quickly.

The sound of acclaim

Director Josh Aronson gives a sounding board to an escalating controversy

By Dan Lybarger It's not surprising that documentary filmmaker Josh Aronson's latest project is "Feelin No Pain," a look at doo-wop music. Much of his previous work has been with music videos. Still, it's a major contrast to the film that has just garnered him and producer Roger Weisberg a Best Documentary Feature nomination from both the Academy Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards. "Sound and Fury" is a look at cochlear impacts and their impact on the deaf community.


Ex-Wildcat exchanges pads for pen

By Mitchell J. Near For nearly a decade the Kansas State Wildcats have posted one of the top five winning percentages in the country, and regularly battle it out for the national championship with pedigree teams like Nebraska and Florida State. They've been on top for so long that one of their players actually grew up wanting to be a part of the Wildcat program.

What Are You Reading?

Movie listings

Out Of Bounds: Earning his stripes

A Lawrence City League referee deals with the drunk, belligerent and untalented

By Seth Jones They say bad men wear black.

Cold-hearted intimacy

Actress Cheryl Weaver gets personal in 'Closer'

By Mitchell J. Near The battle of the sexes becomes an all-out war in The Unicorn Theatre's staging of the controversial play, "Closer."

Loretta Lynn: Working class heroine

Born in a shack in Butcher Hollow, Ky., Loretta Lynn grew up to become the first lady of country music during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. She takes center stage on "Live By Request" (8 p.m., A&E).


A spicy time on the road Fourth little singer arrives for Amy Grant Lemmon, Russell to be honored Boone booties for sale

Puffy gun trial in hands of jury

Jurors started deliberations Wednesday in the weapons possession and bribery trial of hip-hop honcho Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Regis keeps fingers crossed at Daytime Emmys

With Susan Lucci's trophy case no longer empty, Regis Philbin is the new hard-luck nominee at the Daytime Emmys. It's clearly not a role he relishes. Philbin, an eight-time loser as best talk show host, was nominated for a ninth time in that category on Wednesday.

Blast off

Getting a jump on class

Wednesday, March 14

Sunny side of the street ...

Camerata Sweden charms Lied Center

By Jan Biles Not to wish them ill, but I'm glad the Berlin Chamber Orchestra stayed home this year. Their absence allowed Camerata Sweden to find its a way Tuesday night to the Lied Center stage. Camerata Sweden, the leading chamber orchestra of its namesake nation, is the epitome of musical balance and beauty.

Leary plays troubled cop

eady to dislike "The Job" (8:30 p.m., ABC), the new cop comedy starring Denis Leary. For one thing, I've grown tired of Leary's patented "attitude." His chain-smoking, staccato insult assault seemed tired about five years ago. And how many cop shows set in New York City do we need? Don't other cities have crime?

Arabs promise money to Palestinian Authority

Jarred by reports that the Palestinian Authority risks financial collapse, Arab diplomats have agreed their governments will provide $40 million a month to ensure that Yasser Arafat's administration can pay workers and reduce Israel's economic pressure in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Arab League announced Tuesday.

Irish, Celtic tunes arrive just in time for St. Patrick's Day

If you are looking for the perfect St. Patrick's Day CD, you can't go wrong with some of Gourd's Celtic and Irish-tinged albums.

Oscar nominees meet the competition

It's an annual ritual for Gil Cates. The producer of the Academy Awards ceremony begs nominees to please, please keep their acceptance speeches short.

Brockovich story on 'Justice'

Truth, myth behind the Julia Roberts movie examined

Erin Brockovich still finds it hard to believe how much her life has changed since Julia Roberts starred in the movie bearing her name. "Sometimes I'm tempted to pinch myself to see if it's all true," Brockovich said.

Tuesday, March 13

Denise Rich stays composed

There's something about Denise Rich her lavish parties, her abundant philanthropy and political contributions and, most prominently, the controversial pardon granted her ex-husband that makes people think her songwriting is some sort of hobby.

Author Robert Ludlum dies; books to keep coming

Suspense novelist Robert Ludlum, author of the Jason Bourne series of spy thrillers and "The Matarese Circle," died Monday. He was 73.

Weezer rocks with its heart on its sleeve.

Weezer, with The Get Up Kids and Ozma - Memorial Hall, Kansas City Kansas - 03/12/2001

By Michael Newman Monday night at Kansas City's memorial Hall, Weezer, headlining's Outloud tour, shared their vision for a kinder and gentler rock and roll. That's not to say the music was soft or lacked intensity, on the contrary the band rocked. This just wasn't Beavis or Butthead's rock.

On the outside looking in

Friends and neighbors

A boy's death, a family's struggle

Documentarian's 'Legacy' is well worth a nod from Oscar

He was a straight-A student with a scholarship, his family's best hope to escape the poverty that held them prisoner in public housing. He had an inspiring story to tell and someone ready to record it.


Grant, Gill welcome baby Hail, Danny Kathie Lee goes bad Comeback kid

Rowling writes 'Harry Potter' tie-in books for charity

Any property as popular as "Harry Potter" is bound to have tie-ins. There have been calendars, puzzles, games and those strange little collectible stones.

Monday, March 12

Ang Lee voted best by peers

Ang Lee has claimed the top award from the Directors Guild of America for the epic Chinese martial-arts romance "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The peer-presented honor historically predicts the year's Oscar-winning filmmaker, having missed only four times in the DGA awards' 53-year history.

Friends and neighbors

Samantha and Scott Meisenheimer make snow angels during a visit to their grandmother's house in Warsaw, Mo., during Christmas break. Scott and Samantha are the children of Mike and Wendi Meisenheimer, Baldwin. The photo was submitted by their grandmother, Jane Marconette, Warsaw, Mo.


'The Mexican' retains top spot at box office

It will take more than "15 Minutes" to knock "The Mexican" out of first place at the box office. The mob comedy, starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini of TV's "The Sopranos," remained in first place with $12.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Actors honor their own

Screen Actors Guild awards often an indicator of Oscar success

Julia Roberts won the best-actress honor at the Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday for her sharp-tongued, flashily dressed fling in "Erin Brockovich." Benicio Del Toro took the best-actor prize for his worldly wise take on a Mexican drug cop in "Traffic."

Sunday, March 11

Mortician makes easy shift into other career as poet, essayist

Thomas Lynch stands in the coffin room, calmly explaining the tools of his trade. Mahogany with sleek and curved lids. Plain, rectangular, wooden. "There's simple maple, there's simple pine, there's a simple cardboard box," he says, pointing to the caskets that fill the chilly, bright room.


Oh no, it's Ono 'Late Late Show' fetes Montana Sajaks open cancer center Anderson intruder pleads

Vermeer's works assembled for grand exhibit

Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch painter famous for his quiet domestic scenes, careful composition and exquisite sense of light and shadow, produced only 34 paintings in his lifetime. Each sold for the equivalent of a year's pay for the middle-class patrons then of his work.

Dennis the Menace turns 50

Original cartoonist still oversees comic's production

A little freckle-faced boy leans out from the back seat of a vintage car and taunts a policeman as his parents wait apprehensively for the traffic ticket. The caption reads: "You didn't catch us! We ran outa gas!"

Musical delights in whimsical subjects

By Mitchell J. Near Robert Fulghum is a writer who has made millions of dollars by writing about life's simple pleasures. And with countless readers responding to his musings on the profundities of everyday life, it seemed only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to cash in, I mean, repackage the stories so more money could be made and a wider audience reached.

Comedy offers 'Spirit'ed romp

By Jan Biles The subconscious is a funny thing particularly when it's paired with the cleverness of Noel Coward. "Blithe Spirit," a three-hour play about the mysteries of love and death, opened Friday night in Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

Arts notes

Original play selected for national festival Singing groups pair for free concert Digital media educator to talk at museum KU art students to exhibit works Clancy to perform concert of Irish tunes

Roman epics

'Gladiator' revives interest in epic warrior stories

Decline and fall? In Hollywood, the Roman Empire is on the march again. The success of "Gladiator" nominated for 12 Oscars is bringing other old "sword-and-sandal epics" back to life.

KU festival celebrating Czech culture kicks off this month

Although the Iron Curtain fell more than 11 years ago, many people know little about the lands, people and culture it cloaked. A festival of events this spring at Kansas University will present evidence in visual arts, drama and film of the Czech nation's place at the heart of European culture.

Arts notes

Workshop offered for novice writers Pet portraits picked for dog show Shimomura exhibit on display in Idaho Bridge players to compete in KC

KU alum tries to make it in opera world

By Jan Biles Lillian Sengpiehl wants nothing more than to sing for her supper, to make a living performing arias in the major opera houses around the world. And she's on her way.

Choreographers display impressive maturity

By Jan Biles One of the joys of living in one place for a while is being able to see artists test new waters and grow. The Prairie Wind Dancers' "New Works Concert 2001" Friday night at the Lawrence Arts Center was a fine example of a group of choreographers who are continuing to investigate their creativity.

Photo show calls for entries

The Lawrence Photo Alliance is issuing a call for entries for its Kansas/KC Camera 2001 show.

Adventures in dining

Bait on plate kills appetite

By Marsha Henry Goff "What is THAT?" I asked the waitress at a Cajun restaurant as she sat a plate in front of me that contained blackened salmon, a baked potato and a humongous red insect.

Gritty mystery better than its gritty coffee

One strange thing hard-boiled mysteries often have in common: The coffee tastes bad. In Jenny Siler's Iced" (Henry Holt, 246 pages, $24), the heroine, Meg Gardner, drinks coffee that is "strong and bitter, the dregs of a pot that undoubtedly had been cooking away since that morning.

Lynch writes of life and death

Excerpts from essays in author Thomas Lynch's latest publication, "Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality".

The Tribe

Singer-drummers get to the heart of their culture

By Jan Biles The members of The Tribe gather around a drum in a small apartment off 23rd Street. The beat is strong, the rhythm consistent, and singing harmonious. The song, written in the Ojibway language by member Wayne Silas Jr., speaks about seeing his late grandfather dancing in the sky.

Saturday, March 10

Upon further review

Strings attached


Robin Hood persona comes in many shapes and sizes

Thomas Hahn, an English professor at the University of Rochester in New York, teaches a research course on "Outlaw Heroes" that includes much material on the legendary Robin Hood. Here are some key aspects of the Robin Hood legend:

Legend of Robin Hood gets a makeover

When Keira Knightley was 3 years old, she told her parents that she wanted an agent. "My parents always had agents and were talking with them all the time, and I thought, I want one, too. I went to musicals as a child and wanted to act. My parents were against it at first, but I was adamant."

U2 seating plan questioned

'Festival seating' at concert venues has a fatal history

Dave Stagl is the proud and lucky owner of tickets to two of U2's four Elevation Tour concerts scheduled at Chicago's United Center in May. He's charged up about the hotly anticipated shows, but the Irish rock band's festival seating or open-floor admission policy is making him uneasy.

Jammin' with the pros

Friends and neighbors

Colton Ray Sommer celebrates his first birthday with some cake. Colton is the son of Andy and Lisa Sommer, Eudora. The photo was submitted by Susan Nash, Lawrence.

Friday, March 9

Right under his own roof

The roof of the rest-room building to be a part of the new $250,000 city wading pool in South Park will shine with galvanized, stamped shingles produced by the W.F. Norman Corp. of Nevada, Mo.

Building for high-tech firms

The first building at Wakarusa Corporate Centre, 18th Street and Wakarusa Drive, is on track for completion in September, said Phil DiVilbiss, principal for The Bristol Groupe in Mission Hills.

Documentary looks at 'mad' Philip Dick

Philip K. Dick was "wacko," "compulsive" and "weird" and that's according to the people who liked him. During the 1950s and 1960s, the late science fiction writer penned dozens of novels and short stories that appeared on dime-store shelves and in pulp magazines.

Walters examines gay baby boom

Are the children of gay couples more likely to become homosexuals? Are gay couples selfish for "inflicting" their lifestyles on children? Do children suffer in the absence of a "real" mother or father? Inquiring minds want to know.

Russia denies entry for ashes of famed ballerina

Like so many great Russian artists, Anna Pavlova the 20th century's most celebrated ballerina died in exile.

Transformed T-shirts become star garb

It's individual yet it's the one thing everyone has to have. It's casual yet it's perfect for a night out. It's simple yet it's richly embellished. What is this schizzy fashion of the hour? It's a T-shirt or tank decked out with rhinestones, glitter, crystals or jeweled studs and an identifier such as "Rodeo Girls" or "Sassy" or "Princess."


Arnold for governor? 'Practice' star has baby boy Whitney beats marijuana charge Dancer sues Sly Stallone Music stars fete Brian Wilson

'X-Files' writer laughing it up

'Lone Gunmen' finds humor in exposing corporate bogeymen

On this rare escape from writing and producing "The X-Files," Chris Carter might have preferred hitting the beach with his surfboard his other passion. Instead, here he was in a cold, rainy city on the opposite coast, seated in a dark, deserted hotel bar named Journeys.

Friends and neighbors

Flying the friendly skies


Like mother, like daughter

Thursday, March 8

Film Review - 'Pollock

Ed Harris paints a striking picture of a legend

By Dan Lybarger Nearly 50 years after his death, the work of Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock still makes for heated discussions. He is best known for his famous drip paintings, which he created by standing over a canvas and letting the paint fall from the brush. His detractors dubbed him "Jack the Dripper," but if anyone could paint as he did, why are his pictures easy to spot in galleries full of modern art?

Friends and neighbors

Row, row, row your boat

Spare me for Rock Chalk


Delany leaving 'NYPD Blue' Curtis chooses motherhood Crowe kidnapping threatened Anna Nicole nixed from estate

20th century's top songs named

Judy Garland singing "Over the Rainbow" and Bing Crosby dreaming of a "White Christmas" top the 365 "Songs of the Century" announced Wednesday by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Janet Jackson surprised to be called music 'icon'

No question Janet Jackson is an instantly recognizable pop-music icon. But the Jackson family's only daughter said she was "honestly floored" when told she would be Music Television's first-ever mtvICON honoree.

Tears mark Jackson's talk

Pop star dissolves in front of Oxford University audience

Pop star Michael Jackson took off his glove Tuesday and told an audience at Oxford University in England that he forgives his father for not loving him.

Arts Notes

ÂEntries sought for Arkansas film fest ÂFiddle champion coming to Ottawa ÂSpalding Gray to appear at Folly ÂSeasoned singers to perform pops concert

The other Final Four

EAT program gives ear to aspiring playwrights

By Mitchell J. Near Sometimes the traditional approach to writing works the best. Although cutting-edge media may favor streamlined dialogue and plots heavy on action, if aspiring writers want to make it in Paul Lim's Kansas University playwriting class, they have to learn proper form and storytelling technique, essentially unlearning what they may experience through movies, TV and video.

Hot-wiring the heart

Mixed media artist offers a heartfelt message

By Mitchell J. Near Kendra Herring has a thing for hearts. The shape and size and texture of the blood-pumping vessel intrigues her, but mostly, she's fascinated by all the emotions the heart represents.

Parting shot

Movie listings

Out Of Bounds: Lonely Knights

By Seth Jones If I told you I had 10th row mid-court tickets for a basketball game and was looking forward to seeing Ryan Robertson play, what would you think I was talking about?

Spinning The Web: The dial is a lot bigger for Web radio

By Michael Newman I'm pretty sure it was about 1972 when I invented channel surfing.

Marcia's crossing

Actress Marcia Gay Harden nabs an Oscar nomination for her performance in 'Pollock'

By Dan Lybarger Despite her distinctive features (which include full lips and flaring nostrils), actress Marcia Gay Harden has demonstrated a chameleonic range. She's played a movie-obsessed single mom in "Used People," legendary screen star Ava Gardner in "Sinatra," a surly femme fatale in Alison Maclean's "Crush," a friendly scientist in Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys" and the world's worst psychiatrist in "The First Wives Club."


Film Review - '15 Minutes'

By Loey Lockerby At a time when every third-rate pundit is ranting about media violence, it's hard to find anyone with something new to say on the subject. John Herzfeld, the writer and director of "15 Minutes," certainly isn't going to fill that void.

Six degrees of Secondhand separation

Musicians form nucleus of nearly a dozen bands

By Geoff Harkness When you talk to The Secondhands, you're really talking to about 10 different acts. No, the members of the Lawrence-based ska/reggae band aren't schizophrenic, just busy. Collectively, they form a tiny musical nation, members of a network that includes The Band That Saved the World, Space Pocket, The Yards, Ry, Public Relation, Busy Signal, Easy Pieces and The Cats. The Secondhands also serve as a backing band for local reggae artist Brent Berry, whose shows are typically proceeded by an extended Secondhands set.

Anniversary celebration

Lawrence-based band designs another nervous breakdown

By Geoff Harkness The Anniversary had one hell of a Mardis Gras. The Lawrence-based quintet just returned from a pair of Texas shows, where the band was caught in the epicenter of the celebratory madness that overtook Austin for the Fat Tuesday festivities.



Best Bets

Making the stage your living room

Songwriter Patty Larkin finds the perfect way to 'regroove'

By Jon Niccum The market is flooded with Pattys and Pattis Patti Smith, Patty Griffin, Patty Loveless. Just casually trying to come up with the sheer amount that have enjoyed popularity yields a dozen or so examples Patti Page, Patty Smyth, Patti Scialfa. (If you think it's easy with just any name, try doing it with Fiona, Ani or Polly Jean.)

Wednesday, March 7

CNN scrutinized in 'Me and Ted'

Co-creator of TV news network looks back in anger from a distance

In exile from the network he put on the air, Reese Schonfeld observes CNN from a distance, and disapproves.


How to wake up Julia 'Frasier' renewed ... ... but 'Bette' bows out Dennehy adds sitcom to resume

'Boston Public' episode mirrors deadly headlines

Are school shootings becoming that commonplace?

'Malcolm' in the middle of run of good luck

Turns out, "Malcolm In the Middle" was never originally created to be a TV show. "It was written as a writing sample," series creator Linwood Boomer told the audience at the annual William S. Paley Television Festival at L.A.'s Directors Guild of America on Friday.

Tuesday, March 6

Lewinsky to do HBO documentary

Just as the details of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky begin to fade into history, the former White House intern has agreed to make an HBO documentary about the investigation into the scandal and its impact on the nation.


Equal opportunity laughs Watch those low-cut dresses 'Goode' enough for rock 'n' roll Favorite son

'Bette' casts her old hubby away

Bette Midler this week gets a new TV husband.

Singer goes her own way

Country music's Terri Clark 'Fearless' about pursuing her legacy

She's in her early 30s, and she has a few gold records on her walls, but these days Terri Clark is looking ahead, trying to assess her eventual legacy.

Monday, March 5

Roberts, Pitt send 'Hannibal' packing with 'Mexican'

The box office went south of the border as "The Mexican" knocked "Hannibal" from the No. 1 spot after three weeks. The mob comedy, starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini of TV's "The Sopranos," debuted with $20.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Song sharing continues on Napster

Users try to beat weekend deadline for court-ordered changes

Copyright music flowed freely on the Napster tune-swapping service Sunday night as users waited to see if the company would fulfill a promise to block pirated songs sometime over the weekend using a new screening system.

Sunday, March 4

Wichita native opens up after 'Mole' role

Everybody's good at something. It turns out Kathryn Price is good at fibbing. Price. a 1994 Kansas University graduate, said her Wichita upbringing might have helped her succeed as the title character of ABC's series "The Mole

Paris company to perform 'Verdi'

"Aida," Giuseppe Verdi's tragic love story, will be performed by Teatro Lirico D'Europa at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Lied Center. The opera takes place in four acts over three hours and 20 minutes and will be sung in Italian with projected English subtitles.

KU festival serves up powerhouse jazz

By Geoff Harkness There are almost as many styles of jazz as there are jazz musicians. Friday night at the KU Jazz Festival in the Lied Center was not for the sweaty, hard bop of steamy nightclubs but for the modern chamber music of concert halls.

Landscape inspires painter

Jane Fortun sees changes in her brushwork, palette

By Jan Biles On a recent afternoon as temperatures teased the 60-degree mark on the thermometer, Jane Fortun was where she likes to be most: in her back yard with an easel set up and a paintbrush in her hand. She loosely brushed colors on her canvas to represent a pair of cedar trees in their Kansas habitat.

A trio of books sure to snare youngsters' imagination

By Jill Hummels Lawrence free-lance writer The mystery of disappearing items has been revealed: fairies. While you sleep, these delicate, yet difficult creatures are hard at work chattel rustling.

'Sopranos' returns for encore

Lawrence fans of HBO mob show planning to gather for season debut

By Jim Baker When the third season of HBO's mob family drama "The Sopranos" debuts at 8 p.m. today, no one in Lawrence will be happier than Joe Mike Bonadonna and Frank Cherrito. The two Italian-Americans love the show so much, they'll be throwing a big party tonight to celebrate its return from an extended hiatus the same thing they did last year when HBO kicked off the program's second season.

Friends and Neighbors

The Lawrence Legends, the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. 10-U All-Star team, placed fourth in the 2000 National Baseball Congress World Series in August.


'Saint Paul Sunday' achieves loyal 20-year following

About halfway through a taping of the classical music radio show "Saint Paul Sunday," host Bill McGlaughlin became particularly intrigued by what the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet was performing.

'Amy and Isabelle' and Elisabeth

Shue's on-screen performance belies her role as a mom

Her hair is dark brown and wrapped in a tight bun. Her clothes are dowdy. Her face, makeup-free, is etched in sadness; even her forced smiles betray pain. "Isabelle is clearly uncomfortable in her own skin. She's very uptight," said Elisabeth Shue of Isabelle Goodrow, the lonely, hard-working, single mother she portrays in "Amy and Isabelle." The latest "Oprah Winfrey Presents" movie is based on Elizabeth Strout's best-selling novel.

Saturday, March 3

Julia thrives in no-stress zone

Roberts, nominated for Oscar in 'Brockovich,' delighted by attention

Julia Roberts is playing it cool. Roberts, 33, who's nominated for an Oscar for "Erin Brockovich," bopped into our suite to discuss her new movie, "The Mexican," appearing rather ill at ease. Her responses were as flat as those of a woman waiting on someone to bring her a latte with steamed soy milk, which she was.

Actors blow hot air in 'Spring Forward'

An ill wind blows no good, but shooting the breeze never hurt anyone. In fact, it can heal the soul. Actor-turned-writer-director Tom Gilroy's film "Spring Forward" is an understated, life-affirming roundelay, a story about two white guys sitting around talking in circles but getting somewhere, eventually.

Friends and Neighbors

Spike, the cat, and Shelley, the dog, are best friends and even like to share a porch chair on a summer afternoon. Spike and Shelley belong to the Ken Mark family of Tonganoxie. The photo was submitted by Kara Mark.

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Cable TV limits rejected

FCC restrictions arbitrary, court rules

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out government-imposed restrictions on the number of subscribers that a cable operator can serve. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia also voted to invalidate limits on how many channels cable operators can fill with programming in which they have a financial interest.


'Spin City' dog faces eviction at ritzy apartments

Rags, the petite, depressed-looking canine star of the hit sitcom "Spin City," faces eviction from his posh lower Fifth Avenue apartment because tenants charge he's relieving himself in the hallway.

N.Y. art 'decency' panel proceeds despite courts

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is pushing ahead with plans for a "decency" panel to screen art at city-funded museums, shrugging off a Supreme Court ruling that legal experts said could stand in his way.

Friday, March 2

Napster fights for life in copyright infringement suit

(Web Posted Friday at 3:23 p.m.) Fighting for its life in court, Napster told a judge Friday that it will unveil a screening system this weekend that will block users from trading pirated music through its Web site.

Where older is better

Friends and neighbors

Capitol grime

'See Spot Run' sports good-natured laughs

If you "See Spot Run," you'll also see chunks of "Big Daddy," "Home Alone 2," "102 Dalmatians" and "Rugrats"-style bathroom humor all floating in one giant comic smoothie.

William Shatner beams up beauties

When they invented the Trekkie catch phrase "live long and prosper," they must have been talking about William Shatner's career. What other TV over-actor could remain at the center of the national spotlight for five decades?

Thursday, March 1

Parting shot

Hero wanted

Mugging for the camera


Whitney in 'mommy' crisis Darva gets rid of diamond Grisham paints a story Jacko on disabled list

With meticulous editing, Livia Soprano lives again

Sure, mob matriarch Livia Soprano is pure manipulative evil. But is she manipulative and powerful enough to come back from the dead?

Comic down to earth about his past

Comedian, film star Chris Rock came straight outta Brooklyn

On a sultry day last May, Chris Rock surveyed the seaside hotels and mountain villas at the Cannes Film Festival. "I grew up just a few blocks from here," he said, then burst into laughter. The 35-year-old comedian, who stars in the reincarnation comedy "Down to Earth," grew up far from the opulence of the French Riviera, in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section.

Prosecutor claims Puffy violated judge's gag order

A prosecutor complained Wednesday that Sean "Puffy" Combs violated a gag order by issuing a statement saying he would testify in his own defense on weapons charges and that ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez would not testify.

Chain music store to close

'Independent' act not enough to succeed in town, manager says

By Mark Fagan Bad corporate vibes are about to silence a downtown music store. Vibes Music, 911 Mass., is scheduled to close for good at 9 p.m. Saturday, ending its run in one of the busiest stretches of the central business district.

'Hit and Runway' may be a runaway hit

Anyone who's ever toiled in obscurity with others in a creative endeavor, with million-to-one odds that success will follow, should appreciate the breezy buddy flick "Hit and Runway."

Cops vs. cops on CBS' 'Big Apple'

Created by producers David Milch ("NYPD Blue") and Anthony Yerkovich ("Miami Vice"), "Big Apple" (9 p.m., CBS) recycles many familiar clichés of the cop genre. CBS shows a lot of gumption taking on "ER" with this drama. The gritty Gotham beat has hardly been its strong suit.

Smoky eyes, natural lips highlights of NY show

The verdict is in on the hot new beauty trends: The "eyes" have it. Nidia Alire from Stila said "smoky eyes" can be created using mossy green, plum and russet shadows.

Exclusive Online Profile: Steve Riley

Lawrence drummer keeps a multitude of beats

By Michael Newman Steve Riley is what you might call polyrhythmic. That is to say, he's a drummer that can definitely keep a multitude of beats.

Exclusive Online Profile: Jim Nedresky

Adoptive Kansas seeks and finds the soul of the tall grass prairie

By Michael Newman When Jim Nedresky came to Lawrence from Chicago in 1994, he felt the power of the Kansas landscape. It was pervasive. Yet try as he might, conveying a sense through his photography of what he felt for the space around him, proved elusive.

Finding the perfect shot

Leslie Carson wrestles with light and shadows

By Mitchell J. Near When Leslie Carson trains her camera lens on a subject, she's trying to capture a fleeting moment where the light, shadows and landscape all merge into an artistic composition. She's been fascinated with how fractured light can alter a skyline or a sunset since she was a little girl, and she's chased her creative musings since then, developing her skills as an award-winning photographer.

Out Of Bounds: Smackdown! a letdown

Ringside seat at the WWF confirms there is little magic left in the 'sport'

By Seth Jones Sometime, somewhere, professional wrestling went horribly wrong. And the people who witnessed the World Wrestling Federation's Smackdown! at Kemper Arena last week know exactly what I'm talking about. Attending the professional wrestling event was like sitting in the studio audience of a bad sitcom. A four-hour taping of a bad sitcom. "The Geena Davis Show" comes to mind.

Tennessee titan

'Glass Menagerie' is updated in Coterie production

By Mitchell J. Near A classic play is getting a fresh look in its latest incarnation at The Coterie Theatre. The troupe, which sometimes stages cutting-edge productions of traditional fare, is opening Tennessee Williams' award-winning "The Glass Menagerie" next week. The play is still widely produced after debuting more than 50 years ago, and its popularity and continued relevance stems from its universal message of familial love and disappointment.

Graphic chapter

Author James Ellroy lends a hand to director Mitch Brian's 11-minute short 'Stay Clean.'

By Dan Lybarger Kansas City-based author James Ellroy is probably best known for his book "L.A. Confidential" and the movie it inspired. That film won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (awarded to Brian Helgeland and director Curtis Hanson) and Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger) and put Australian actors Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce on the American map.

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The Best of Lawrence

Ah, Lawrence. Larryville. Law-City. L-Town. We loved it, at times we loathed it, but we all called it home. It was another year of evolution Darwinian and otherwise for our fair city. As the debate over natural selection raged across Kansas, Lawrence remained one of the best little towns in the state, home to a diverse and eclectic blend of people and ideas.

A bit of history

Kansan succeeds with rewriting Western genre

By Mitchell J. Near Don Coldsmith never started out to write Western novels. After a long and storied career as a doctor first as a medic in the Pacific during World War II, and then for several decades in Emporia where he delivered 3,000 babies Coldsmith decided to write a small story about his grandfather.

Marz attacks!

Ex-Ministry member forms new hip-hop-fueled band

By Geoff Harkness Zlatko Hukic is one happy dude. That's probably because the Marz frontman is comfortably perched upon his favorite spot in the world. "I love it, bro," Hukic enthuses. "I'm sitting right now in the front of the bus, looking at mountains just chilling. I love touring. I love the energy of playing live. I love meeting new people. So I think I got another 10 years before I get bored of it."

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Film review - 'See Spot Run'

'See Spot Run' combines unrelated movie genres into one ugly mutt

By Dan Lybarger "See Spot Run" may have taken its title from children's books, but its gross-out humor and mob-related subplot make it lousy fare for children.

Arts notes

Berrymans to perform Westside Folk concert 'Glass Menagerie' features black cast Weston to hold antique show, sale T.S. Monk to play and give talk

A 'guitaristic' point of view

John Abercrombie dispels the myths about the typical 'jazz lifestyle'

By Geoff Harkness It's rare that the words Harvard University and guitarist are mentioned in the same sentence. It's even more unusual to have a guitarist who regularly gives lectures at Harvard. But John Abercrombie is hardly your typical fretboard master. Phoning from a hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich., Abercrombie talks at length about his no-nonsense approach to touring, his legacy and his "guitaristic" point of view.

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