Stories for May 2001

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Thursday, May 31

Parting shot

'Pearl Harbor' debut falls short of $100 million goal

Did film critics score a hit on "Pearl Harbor"? Was the film a victim of unrealistic expectations? Did its long running time hurt it at the box office? Those were the topics in Hollywood earlier this week, after the holiday-weekend gross for the summer's most eagerly awaited movie though the second-largest in history fell short of expectations.

A night for Barbra and the Bee

You don't have to be a Barbra Streisand fan to enjoy the "AFI Salute to Barbra Streisand" (7 p.m., Fox). I'll be the first to admit that I go out of my way to avoid Streisand movies. Like Elizabeth Taylor, she's more of an icon than an actress. When I see her on the screen, I see Streisand, not her character.

Skating on thin air

Back to the daily grind

Spellers in home stretch

People

Pam blocks sex tape distribution Stork report No. 1 Stork report No. 2 Pavarotti bash aids refugees

Ownership disputed of Tiffany's 'Dream Garden' mosaic

The tug-of-war over who owns a celebrated glass mosaic designed by Maxfield Parrish and Louis Tiffany could turn on a secret legal agreement revealed in a surprise court action by four schools.

As he turns 98, every day is Bob Hope Day

Bob Hope once joked, "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." But even the high cost of illumination didn't stop him from celebrating his 98th birthday Tuesday. Age has slowed the master of the one-liner but it hasn't dulled his wit. His daughter, Linda Hope, informed him that the Los Angeles County supervisors had officially declared Tuesday "Bob Hope Day" to honor his birth.

Booksellers' dot.com fever cools

Publishers now see e-books as complementary, not supplanting print

Michael Powell, one of the country's most prominent booksellers, laughed when reminded that at last year's BookExpo America, he predicted electronic publishing was coming "at lightning speed." "Did I say that? I must have had a couple of martinis," said Powell, owner of Powell's Books in Portland, Ore.

Spinning the Web: Online access = all access

Rock and roll roadies find many resources on World Wide Web

By Michael Newman There are all kinds of rock and roll dreams. Some people want to be the band, some want to do the band, and believe it or not, some actually want to schlep the band's gear from town to town.

Out of Bounds: Final flight

Columnist and loyal Kansans lose their Wings

By Seth Jones If the longest-running indoor soccer team fell off the face of the earth, would it make a sound?

Allyson concert to be taped

Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will perform at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Room, 18th and Vine. The event is being taped for "BET on Jazz" for the BET network.

Cloning 'Dolly'

Award-winning musical takes to the LCT stage

By Mitchell J. Near When the staff of the Lawrence Community Theatre went searching for a summer musical to stage, they didn't have to look very far. In fact, they went straight to the record books and selected "Hello, Dolly!" one of the most popular, enduring shows in American theater history.

Movie Listings

'Animal' Magnetism

Ex-'Survivor' cast member makes the leap to feature film stardom in 'The Animal'

By Jon Niccum Colleen Haskell, the waifish brunette beauty from the original season of "Survivor," made it 39 days (that's sixth place) on the island before being voted off by the Richard Hatch alliance. During that time, viewers were privy to watching her hook up with fellow cast mate Greg Buis for the show's lone romantic subplot, and got to see her legs permanently scarred by infected bug bites. Yet her cheery demeanor and candid approach left her unscathed in the court of public opinion.

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'What's the Worst That Would Happen?'

New Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence flick doesn't live up to its comic premise

By Loey Lockerby First, the good news: "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" doesn't quite live down to its title. Now, the bad news: That's probably the best thing you can say about it.

Film Review - 'Moulin Rouge'

Elaborate musical fantasy fuses modern pop culture to past with uneven results

By Jon Niccum Remember the Van Halen video for "Finish What Ya Started?" A mainstay on MTV when it came out, this black-and-white endeavor was the first to exceed the amount of edits-per-minute that was considered too much for a viewer's brain to comprehend. When I first saw the video's jarring technique, I was floored, then I was numbed, then I couldn't wait for it to end.

KAN FILM FEST SCHEDULE

KAN do attitude

A diverse array of moviemakers seek top honors at the KAN Film Festival

By Dan Lybarger If you hear people talking about the KAN Film Festival, don't be disappointed if you discover that Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are nowhere to be found, the beach faces no ocean and the accents are distinctly Midwestern. KAN may lack the glamour of the eminent French festival at Cannes, but it gives local viewers a welcome break from stale blockbusters.

PH balanced

Lawrence's Jose PH builds audience at local house parties

By Geoff Harkness The members of Jose PH aren't wussies when it comes to getting gigs.

Best Bets

TOP MUSIC

Loch Ness rocksters

Scotland's Mogwai finds progressive success on American shores

By Geoff Harkness In the 1984 flick "Gremlins," Gizmo a furry little Mogwai would remain cute, cuddly and faithful provided three simple rules were followed: 1) Keep him away from bright lights. 2) Keep him away from water. 3) Don't feed him after midnight.

Exclusive Online Profile: Sturgeon Mill

Lawrence band stands apart from the alterna-crowd.

By Michael Newman Sturgeon Mill isn't running with the rest of the local, alternative pack. With a sound fueled by an appreciation of such "classic" rockers as Led Zeppelin, U2, Pink Floyd, the Doors and R.E.M., the band manages to sound utterly fresh, and not like some rehash of vintage arena rock.

Wednesday, May 30

CBS chases teen viewers

There's nothing like the sound of thousands of squealing teens to generate excitement. And that's what you'll hear on "Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life" (7 p.m., CBS), the first musical special from the popular boy band.

Spring's in full bloom

Crazy like a pair of foxes

'Real' Ike Turner returns to the blues

The most startling thing about Ike Turner, up close, is that he's 69 years old. Trim, lively and what they used to call dapper, he could pass for half his age on style alone. You could safely call him "bad," except that in Turner's case, that's a word he's probably heard enough for one lifetime.

People

Cameron likes her alter ego Boss surprises birthday bash Duchovny longs for lingerie Clapton comes in from the road

Radio payola back in a different form, critics charge

Some independent music promoters have deals with radio stations that one critic says are nothing more than payola in modern dress, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The promoters have arranged so-called "banks" for radio stations that play record labels' products, allowing stations to make "withdrawals" in cash and promotional material, such as airplane tickets, for airing certain tunes, the newspaper reported.

Record-breaking D.J. lasts 100 hours on air

Coffee wasn't what helped disc jockey Glen Jones break the world record for the longest continuous radio broadcast. "A lot of it was just sheer will and determination," Jones said Tuesday, 100 hours and 40 seconds a little over four days after he began his shift on the Jersey City freeform station WFMU-FM.

Drama turns cameras on media

ABC's 'The Beast' examines popular culture through TV news

A reporter beseeches a Death Row prisoner to allow his execution to be shown on her upstart cable news network. "I don't know if you can make your peace with God, Mr. Carmichael. But you can make it with the camera," Alice Allenby of World News Service breathily advises the doomed man in ABC's new drama "The Beast."

Tuesday, May 29

People

Overcoming doubts Home of the misguided Family values Not afraid of Nero Wolfe

'Pearl Harbor' lifts Hollywood to record holiday weekend

"Pearl Harbor" won an easy victory at the box office, debuting as the No. 1 film with $75.1 million over the four-day weekend.

TV advertising buyers rate fall network lineups

While advertising buyers say they generally like what they see in the fleet of new TV shows for the fall, they expect competition between networks to be fierce.

Ignorance borders on hilarious

Canadians love TV show that pokes fun at their obscurity

Ever wonder whether Canada will outlaw the polar bear slaughter in Toronto or make beaver meatballs the national dish? If so, Rick Mercer wants to talk to you.

Monday, May 28

People

'Frasier' finally graduates Fifth Beatle hospitalized Won't you be my alumni? Brokaw no 'Survivor' fan

'Bold and the Beautiful' starts Spanish broadcast

CBS is taking a bold step that many see as a beautiful way to increase ratings. The network is about to become the first American television network to simulcast one of its daily daytime dramas in English and Spanish.

'Pearl Harbor' rakes in big box office

"Pearl Harbor" opened big, but it will not break box-office records. The World War II epic took in $39.7 million in its first two days, according to figures provided Sunday by Disney, whose Touchstone Pictures released the movie. "They're phenomenal numbers for me. It's the biggest opening I've ever had," said producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose other credits include "Armageddon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Theater is Broadway bound

On the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and West 47th Street, a large sign looming above a blue and orange construction fence proclaims "Broadway's Biggest Hits Are Just Around the Corner."

Sunday, May 27

A prairie story

Lawrence dancers perform in the Flint Hills

By Jan Biles When poet Carl Sandburg wrote "Prairie" in 1918, he had no idea that it would inspire an outdoor music and dance performance in south-central Kansas that would feature elaborate costumes based on John Steuart Curry sketches, music by composer Eugene Friesen and choreography by Lawrence's Candi Baker.

Bookstore

Spring in their step

People

Thousands in Montreal strip for artist's 'human sculpture'

Lying in the streets naked could get you in trouble in most places, but Saturday in Montreal some 2,000 people stripped with the blessing of authorities to pose for a New York photographer famed for juxtaposing flesh and concrete.

Museum exhibit explores revolution in gene research

What is a pair of golden shoes doing in an exhibit about genes? What do three towering stacks of phone books have to do with the human DNA?

'Pearl Harbor' spurs '40s look

Dainty dresses, long hemlines expected to get boost from film

Enjoy those skimpy T-shirts, low-slung jeans and pointy-toed stilettos. Come fall, they may be thrown overboard for frilly blouses, cinched-waist dresses and thick-heeled, ankle-strap shoes.

Hollywood varies its views on WW II

Movies pay tribute to veterans, show gory details of warfare

Ever since the day that will live in infamy, filmmakers' views of World War II have shifted drastically from propaganda and action-adventure stories, to courtroom and human dramas, to satire and now nostalgic reverence.

'The Legend of Rah and the Muggles' a poor effort

Nancy Stouffer, author of "The Legend of Rah and the Muggles" (Thurman House, 267 pages, $19.95), has been talking for months about what she considers suspicious similarities between her books and the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.

Saturday, May 26

Appeals court lifts injunction on 'Wind' parody

A federal appeals court lifted an injunction Friday against publication of "The Wind Done Gone," a "Gone With the Wind" parody at the center of a closely watched dispute over copyright law, the First Amendment and who owns some of literature's most memorable characters.

Signs of the times

Spanish protest killing

People

Daughter of blues great Johnny Copeland wins two Handy awards

Shemekia Copeland, daughter of blues great Johnny Copeland, was a double winner Thursday night at the 22nd annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. Copeland won awards for best contemporary female artist and blues album for "Wicked."

Robert Blake's slain wife buried

Media outnumber mourners at simple graveside service

Actor Robert Blake, haggard and somber, spoke fondly of his slain wife during a brief funeral that drew more reporters than mourners and none of Bonny Lee Bakley's family.

Friday, May 25

MTV's 'Real World' comes home for 10th season

Using the glow from 29 TV monitors as their light source, producers of MTV's "The Real World" are huddled in a Greenwich Village apartment, waiting for something to happen.

Protecting 'Gone With The Wind'

Lawyers 'keeping a promise' to author's brother

They seem unlikely villains, two white-haired octogenarians former law partners of Margaret Mitchell's brother who are keepers of the keys to a literary kingdom, "Gone With The Wind."

City has big change of art

Lawrence's downtown boasts new set of outdoor sculptures

By Matt Merkel-Hess You could call it the annual changing of the guard in the City of the Arts. Workers and artists Thursday mounted a new exhibition of outdoor sculptures that will be in place until next spring on various downtown Lawrence street corners.

People

Downey denies drug charge Dylan donates 'Shelter' song 'West Wing' star politically naive Playmate's millions voided

CBS edges ABC as season's ratings champ

Live by Regis Philbin, die by Regis Philbin.

Thursday, May 24

Bring the noise

Lawrence's Bombsquad gets ready to blow up the Midwest hip-hop scene

By Geoff Harkness Some groups employ a casual approach toward making music, but Bombsquad is a band that takes its art seriously. Very seriously.

People

'Baywatch' star reminisces Now, 'Voyager' says adios Country singers found innocent 'Frasier' gets sidewalk star

Leno's monologue adviser moves on after 9 years

In his nine years at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Jim Brogan helped craft a few thousand monologues and probably helped oversee as many as 45,000 jokes work that earned him the job title of "vice president in charge of monologues."

'Sopranos' hits high note on Italian TV

Stuck in a midweek, midnight time slot, it looked like curtains for "The Sopranos" in Italy.

WWII film blurs 'enemy' lines

Asian-Americans fear 'Pearl Harbor' may reawaken old hatreds

Coming to a theater near you: the three-hour, $135 million, torpedo-dropping, ship-exploding blockbuster, "Pearl Harbor."

Arts Notes

 Texas alliance seeks poetry entries  Westminster bell choir to perform Tuesday  Peanuts characters to visit toy museum  White alligators on display at zoo

What Are You Reading?

Out of Bounds: Riding the life cycle

Swedish racing phenomenon Nathalie Visser rediscovers her calling in Lawrence

By Seth Jones It's amazing where life takes us. I wonder if Nathalie Visser ever imagined life would lead her to the Hy-Vee parking lot in Lawrence.

Color schemes

Hendricks-Backus dabbles with paint and light

By Mitchell J. Near Lauretta Hendricks-Backus is a fixture in the Lawrence art community, though she would never admit it herself. When she considers her own work, she always thinks of what she's not getting done. To onlookers, however, she's accomplishing plenty with the swipe of her brush.

Movie Listings

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'The Luzhin Defence'

Nabakov's story of reclusive chess master goes overboard

By Dan Lybarger Vladimir Nabokov's writing was so fluent that he could switch languages and maintain his eloquence. His internal narratives, however, don't always translate well to the screen. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "Lolita" is darkly hilarious, but it feels little like the more romantic book, even though Nabokov himself wrote the script.

Film Review - 'The Widow of St. Pierre'

'The Widow of St. Pierre' puts historic edge on capital punishment

By Dan Lybarger French director Patrice Leconte has made a habit of twisting the world out of recognizable shape. In "The Girl on the Bridge" he made the outlandish seem not only plausible, but also commonplace, and in "Ridicule" he delightfully blurred the definitions of folly and wisdom.

Film Review - 'Pearl Harbor'

'Pearl Harbor' offers a thrilling action centerpiece but little else of substance

By Loey Lockerby It's difficult not to feel a little sorry for Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. They try so hard to make "Pearl Harbor" into a stirring, emotional epic that you can practically see them sweating just out of camera range during every scene. But these guys make big, dumb action movies like "Armageddon" and "The Rock," and they just don't have it in them to pull off a "Titanic" or "Saving Private Ryan."

TOP MUSIC

Exclusive Online Profile: Cathy Tisdale

Ceramic artist finds inspiration in the forms of the sea

By Michael Newman Cathy Tisdale lives about 4 miles of gravel road off of the paved highway northbound out of Lawrence. Her home and her studio overlook lush, rolling valleys that make you wonder if you're still in Kansas. Visitors are greeted by a friendly old dog no more welcoming than Tisdale herself. Her studio is small, just half of a garage building she and her husband built, the other half houses his tools and workshop.

Conscious party

Kansas City's Seven Fold Symphony avoids negative rap stereotypes

By Geoff Harkness With the possible exception of The Roots, rap is not a musical style typically associated with live bands. Early pioneers of the genre couldn't afford traditional instruments and created new forms of music by turning record players into whole bands, spinning vinyl into orchestras. Seven Fold Symphony is here to put the music back into rap, a strategy that begins in the rehearsal room.

Best Bets

Seven Questions with Leon Redbone

By Jon Niccum Contrary to most performers, Leon Redbone is more myth than man.

Parting shot

Wednesday, May 23

TV reporter walks away from fluff

Award-winning journalist criticizes broadcast's loyalty to profits, ratings

Television reporter Tom Grant was the first to report that an epidemic of child sexual abuse in Wenatchee, Wash., may not have happened. Grant's reporting helped put a serial rapist behind bars in Vermont.

Memorial Day preparations

'Some Like it Hot' hits DVD after 42 years

For Tony Curtis being in director Billy Wilder's comedy classic "Some Like It Hot" really was a drag. Part of the script called for Curtis and Jack Lemmon to dress in women's clothes.

'Voyager' sails into history

After seven seasons and 172 episodes, "Star Trek: Voyager" (7 p.m., UPN) signs off with a two-hour episode. Action begins 10 years after Voyager's return to Earth.

Cat-astrophe avoided

People

Fonda, Turner marriage ends with a whimper

A judge granted Jane Fonda a divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner on Tuesday, ending nearly a decade of marriage without fanfare. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan granted Fonda's divorce petition, which she filed last month, said her attorney, John Mayoue.

Pearl Harbor comes alive through recollections

"I have to learn to forgive and forget," said one U.S. sailor who survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "I've never forgiven 'em. You just don't lose that many shipmates and forget that it happened," says another veteran.

Tuesday, May 22

Fox loses its Mulder, adds a few new shows

The mystery is no longer out there: Fox Mulder is saying farewell.

People

Bono's brood burgeoning 'Producers' swamps awards Stars come out for AIDS benefit Nicole opens up to Oprah

Black Crowes' Robinson says love has band flying high

Call it cute. Call it corny. You could even call it a Hallmark sentiment. But Black Crowes' singer Chris Robinson truly believes that love has changed his life and, quite possibly, helped his band make its best record in nearly a decade.

Brokaw completes WWII books

Third volume to be last of group about 'Greatest Generation'

World War II is finally over. At least for Tom Brokaw.

Monday, May 21

Cartoon museum's Mickey Mouse auction flops

The purported first drawings of Mickey Mouse estimated to be worth more than $3 million failed to sell at auction on Saturday, leaving the museum that owns them scrambling for other ways to pay its debts.

People

Keaton takes shot at Woody Redford sells his Malibu digs The mansion and the masterpiece Fonda eyes Southern artists

'Shrek' charms his way to the top of the charts

DreamWorks won ugly at the weekend box office with "Shrek," a tale of an ogre with a heart that recorded the second-highest opening ever for an animated film, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Son's Room' wins Cannes prize

Italian film of family tragedy wins festivals top honor

Italian director Nanni Moretti's "The Son's Room" won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, while the French-language film "The Piano Teacher" took second place and both acting honors.

Sunday, May 20

Hitting the 60s

Dylan celebrates a big birthday quietly

Picture this: Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder gather around a table while a birthday cake bright with candles is placed in front of Bob Dylan. A chorus of "Happy Birthday" begins slightly off-key after a few drinks then the gang serenades Bob with a few verses of "Forever Young."

People

'Gadfly' magazine switches from print to Internet publication

These days, you need a scorecard to track the magazine industry's permutations in a windless advertising climate.

Philbin wins his Daytime Emmys

Maybe staying away from the Daytime Emmys was the secret for Regis Philbin. Philbin was a double winner as best talk and game show hosts at the Daytime Emmys. Philbin, who had come up empty after 11 previous nominations, shared the talk show award with Rosie O'Donnell.

Hollywood plays war with help

Pentagon wields behind-the-scenes influence on movies

If Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle comes across as particularly heroic in the new war epic "Pearl Harbor," the credit goes as much to the behind-the-scenes influence of the Pentagon as to the vision of Hollywood filmmakers.

Arts notes

Company seeks new artists, songs Buckley to perform at Starlight Benefit set for Unicorn Theatre KU students place in music competition Allyson to perform at jazz festival

Dolls catch collectors' eyes

Childlike 'cuteness' puts Googlies in demand

Googly eye, or goo-goo-eye, dolls nicknamed Googlies were popular in the early years of the 20th century. Rose O'Neill, the creator of Kewpie dolls, and Grace Drayton, the artist who created the Campbell's Kids and Dolly Drake, were the best-known designers of Googlies. There were many other illustrators and doll makers who imitated their style.

Lawrence Community Theatre to stage 'little bit of everything'

By Jan Biles Lawrence Community Theatre will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a new season of popular musicals, comedies and one special historical script. "We put a lot of thought into it," Mary Doveton, managing/artistic director, said of the 2001-2002 lineup.

Go-Go's ride retro wave

New album proves they still got the beat

"God Bless the Go-Go's," the all-female rock band's first album of new material in 17 years, doesn't sound quite right. I figured out one reason why: I wasn't listening to it in the car. So I duped the CD onto a cassette, popped it into the tape deck and lit out, naturally, for a reckless drive to the mall.

Arts notes

Atchison festival features art, airplanes Artists collaborate on 'Frontier' program

Minnesota record label honors Dylan with tribute album

Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, says it's only natural for the Minnesota label to want to honor native son Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday. Various Red House folk singers and songwriters interpret Dylan on a new CD tribute. "He invented the genre, he opened up doors for them, for how to express themselves," Feldman said.

Bookstore

Paperbacks

Whale tale Call him Ahab Rule Britannia

'Grownups' proves Anne Tyler still has it

Author's 15th novel tells the story of Rebecca Davitch

Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. With the lilt of a fairy tale and the deadpan sharpness of a keen observer, Anne Tyler opens her 15th novel, "Back When We Were Grownups" (Alfred A. Knopf, 279 pages, $25), with the promise to explore a life in the way only Tyler can.

Kansas poet connects generations

92-year-old Wichita woman wins her own 'Oscar'

Irma Wassall won her "Oscar" at age 92 a Governor's Arts Award. The Wichita woman admits she didn't sleep much the April night after receiving the honor for her contributions to Kansas literature, more than 70 years of poetry and a spirit that has connected generations of artists. She brags that her acceptance speech was the shortest of all the recipients.

New director hopes to set scene for success

Deborah Anderson to lead Kansas Film Commission's efforts to woo Hollywood

By Jan Biles Deborah Anderson is still getting a foothold on her duties as the new director of the Kansas Film Commission. She knows what lies ahead is unpredictable: Hollywood writers may strike, reducing the likelihood of movies being made for television or the big screen. Competition is stiff for film projects, particularly because many filmmakers are taking their business to Canada.

Saturday, May 19

Mourners remember entertainer Perry Como

Ostentatious display was never his style, not even in death. Perry Como's funeral Friday was as humble, genuine and warm as the man who worked as a small-town barber before captivating millions with his silken voice and soothing delivery.

Gossip columns cooing over Crowe

Facts, fiction bandied about loosely when it comes to Oscar winner

Poor Russell Crowe. Since winning the Best Actor Oscar earlier this year for his work on "Gladiator," he's been firmly entrenched in the nation's gossip columns. Earlier this week, for instance, the World Entertainment News Network which provides syndicated entertainment news to the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) claimed that Crowe saved a small dog from being eaten by coyotes.

Mural artists

People

TV news next for duchess McLean returns to alma mater Carter toasts Mondale

Television specials delineate the faces and victims of evil

Television dramatizes history mostly in isolation. No context, driftwood in a vast ocean. So viewers have an unusual opportunity this weekend, if a painful one. Saturday brings HBO's "Conspiracy," an uncomfortably real, brilliantly understated reprise of the Jan. 20, 1942, gathering at which arch criminals Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann and 13 other important Nazis coldly addressed the problem of "the Jew."

Friday, May 18

Kathie Lee returns to daytime

Kathie Lee Gifford has been busy this spring. She did sweeps guest spots on "Just Shoot Me" and "The Drew Carey Show." Tonight, she hosts the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (8 p.m., NBC) honoring the year's best talk shows, soap operas and daytime game shows. In short, all of the TV I don't cover in this primetime column.

Country music museum opens

Everything from Elvis' Cadillac to Junior Samples' overalls on display

Country music stars and hundreds of fans rose to their feet to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" Thursday at the grand opening of a $37 million museum celebrating Nashville's most famous export. Ricky Skaggs, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Eddy Arnold and Martina McBride were among the dozens of stars on hand for the outdoor ceremony in front of the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

People

Bon Jovi advises graduates 'Shrek' gives lessons for life Celine returns in a big way Supermodel photo scam exposed

Sheen curses God in 'West Wing' finale

In Wednesday's powerful season finale of "The West Wing," beleaguered President Josiah Bartlet lashed out at God in two languages. First in English and then Latin, Bartlet lamented life's cruel twists, including the death of his longtime secretary in a drunken-driving accident, and reproached God.

O.J.'s advice to Robert Blake: Don't watch TV

O.J. Simpson has some advice for actor Robert Blake, whose wife was shot to death this month: Don't watch TV. "I know that watching TV is only going to frustrate him," Simpson told the syndicated TV show "Extra" for a segment scheduled to air Thursday.

Turnpike traffic tie-up

Meeting of the minds

Disney fights to win 'Pearl Harbor' battle

At a final cost of roughly $140 million, Disney's big movie of the summer, "Pearl Harbor," looked like a bargain after the original price tag of $180 million first presented to Disney executive Michael Eisner.

Sheen picketed at award ceremony

Actor Martin Sheen was the target of a demonstration Wednesday as he stopped in Philadelphia to pick up an award for his work on behalf of the civil rights of immigrants.

Thursday, May 17

Best bets

Clear and present Danger

Lawrence pop jesters Danger Bob assemble for a musical reunion

By Jon Niccum "You know how it is in a band, you kind of get tired of each other," Danger Bob guitarist Andy Morton says. "It's not that you get tired of the people, you get tired of arguing your points."

Side Notes: Band names from hell

By Geoff Harkness Is it me or are all the good band names taken these days? In the old days, rock monikers came a dime a dozen and cool denominations like The Sex Pistols, Public Enemy, Soundgarden and 1910 Fruitgum Co. were up for grabs. Lately it's getting harder and harder to find groups without ridiculous handles or  even worse  uncreative ones. Staind, Crazy Town and The String Cheese Incident all have recording contracts at the moment, indicating the problem might be more serious than previously known.

Parting shot

Paradise by the Dashboard light

Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba finds a home on the road

By Geoff Harkness For many musicians, touring is but one aspect of a larger job. For Chris Carrabba, the road is a way of life. The singer/songwriter/guitarist and mastermind behind indie band Dashboard Confessional just wrapped up a gig in Chicago and currently is en route to Seattle, where his band will begin a two-week tour with The Weakerthans. Following those dates, Carrabba will spend the rest of the summer playing on various tours with shows lined up well into September.

Soul survivor

Nulisch brings diverse influences to blues circuit

By Dave Ranney If turntables could talk, they'd be thanking Darrell Nulisch. He's got a lot of the 40-and-over crowd looking for their Al Green albums, which, more than likely, are still in the basement in that lone surviving box of vinyl memories that are just too good to part with.

No happy endings

Daniel Woodrell writes about Midwestern life

By Mitchell J. Near Daniel Woodrell does not write stories with happy endings. His novels always descend into a haunted no-man's land of rogues, outlaws and cutthroats who would rather fight first and not talk at all.

Martin Sexton at the Bottleneck

Singer/songwriter is nothing if not a showman.

By Michael Newman Martin Sexton is going places. Currently, he's going there in a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling a trailer. The destination? His management hopes it will be Madison Square Garden, though if he makes it there, its unlikely he'll still be touring with an entourage of three in a sport-ute. This past Monday night it was the more modest Bottleneck here in Lawrence that was the beneficiary of Sexton's able talents.

Top Music

Spinning the Web: Stay in, rock out!

Web concerts take the hassle out of live music

By Michael Newman I may just be getting old. I'm turning 41 this week, and going to concerts gets harder and harder every year. But it's possible that I have this concert business licked. I've been enjoying live music lately without some bozo spilling my beer, without ending up smelling like an ashtray, with nobody screaming "ROCK AND ROLL!" or "YOU GUYS SUCK!" in my ear. There are no long lines at the bathroom, my ears don't ring when it's over and no stage divers kick me in the head.

Film Review - 'Shrek'

DreamWorks' animated blockbuster 'Shrek' revises rules of classic fairy tales

By Loey Lockerby At the beginning of "Shrek," the title character rips the pages out of a fairy tale book and uses them as toilet paper. That pretty much sums up the whole movie.

TOP MOVIES

Film Review - 'Angel Eyes'

By Dan Lybarger Dallying with romance, crime, dysfunctional families and possibly the supernatural, "Angel Eyes" crams a lot of choice topics into just shy of a couple of hours. That running time seems longer because writer Gerald Dipego and director Luis Mandoki (the team behind "Message in a Bottle") never commit to one theme long enough to really pull a viewer in. When it's all over, "Angel Eyes" feels like an exhausting flirtation instead of a full-out seduction. That's a bit of a downer considering that it features the normally smoldering Jennifer Lopez and James Caviezel ("Frequency").

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Ron Jeremy

By Jon Niccum Most people in America know who Ron Jeremy is, but not everyone cares to admit it.

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Switchblade sister

Mystery writer chooses historic Kansas City as setting

By Mitchell J. Near There's a new crime fighter prowling the streets of 1939 Kansas City. Dorie Lennox is young, pretty, tough and smart. She can roll with the punches and is fast with a quip and she carries a wicked switchblade knife.

What Are You Reading?

Out of Bounds: Barber shop talk

Sports conversation and cutting remarks mean more than a routine haircut

By Seth Jones Direct deposit. Do-it-yourself check-out lines at Dillons. Gas stations without attendants. Some people call it progress; I call it another way to avoid talking to people.

Form and function

Terry Miller makes art that serves a purpose

By Mitchell J. Near Terry Miller was going through a mid-life crisis a few years ago, wondering what he was going to do with his career that was not only meaningful but also creatively fulfilling. He enrolled in a few classes at Johnson County Community College where inspiration struck him. The great thing for Miller was that he did not have to alter his lifestyle as his new occupation took off, because he could adapt his regular trade to pursue his artistic dreams.

Arts Notes

 Musicians line up for bluegrass fest  Book signings planned at Raven, library  Kemper Museum acquires new artworks  Trolley running again in Atchison

'Will & Grace' ends on weak note

Proof that sweeps month razzle-dazzle can undermine the quality of even the best-written shows can be seen on tonight's hourlong "Will & Grace" (8 p.m., NBC). At their best, season finales tie up loose ends and keep you guessing until next season.

CBS plans radical schedule shift

Eight new series introduced; only one night to remain same next fall

Richard Dreyfuss plays a college professor and Ellen DeGeneres an Internet executive in two of the eight new series that CBS will introduce next fall. The network is moving "Touched By an Angel" back to Saturday nights, eliminating one of its weekly movies and changing the schedule on all but one night of the week.

ABC shakes up schedule with five new shows

Viewers will see some major changes on ABC next fall schedule, as the network will cut back on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and bring at least five new shows, including Jason Alexander's latest comedy.

Letterman apologizes for joke about Miss Colombia

A David Letterman joke about beauty pageant contestant Miss Colombia has sparked an ugly international incident prompting a rare apology from the TV funnyman. The controversy started Friday on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" during a bit about the Miss Universe Pageant.

People

Musicals sink in red ink Go-Go's singer takes it off off 'Love Story' redux Being John Malkovich Stipe

Wild turkey on the rocks

Ideal weather for alfalfa

Beating the heat

Friends and neighbors

Wednesday, May 16

President Bartlet faces the nation

I'll admit it. I don't know what's going to happen on tonight's "The West Wing" season finale (8 p.m., NBC). But I know I'll be watching. Last year's cliffhanger evoked memories of Dallas and the Reagan assassination attempt. This year, the writers of "The West Wing" have ensnared the Bartlet administration in a thicket of legal and political troubles that recall the Iranian hostage crisis, the Monica mess, Watergate and Iran-Contra.

People

Hey Jack Kerouac, your manuscript is worth millions

It's a roll of yellowing, nearly transparent paper, 119 feet 8 inches long by 9 inches wide, covered with tightly packed typing and penciled notes and worth up to $1.5 million.

Real women don't exist on TV, study says

Mrs. Landingham is dead. Della Reese, watch your character's back on "Touched by an Angel." You too, Doris Roberts, on "Everybody Loves Raymond." Dolores Landingham was the president's secretary on "The West Wing." As played by Kathryn Joosten, Landingham was crisply competent and endearing in a no-nonsense way.

NBC unveils fall season

Comedies, crime, 'Weakest Link' populate the schedule

NBC is counting on "Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson to abuse contestants twice a week, and chef Emeril Lagasse will star in a comedy about his life. NBC unveiled a new fall schedule Monday that includes three new comedies, three new crime-fighting dramas, no more movies on Sundays and no XFL.

Beating the heat

Tuesday, May 15

Police mum on gun used to kill Blake's wife

Police would not comment Monday on a report that investigators found the gun used to kill actor Robert Blake's wife.

Curtains yet to fall on orchestra

Louisiana symphony's 'co-op' approach reviving sounds of ten years ago

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which bills itself as the nation's only musician-owned and -operated symphony, is closing its 10th season on a fitting note later this week: with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.

People

Too much Destiny? ... and speaking of overexposure Hometown honors Brinkley 'Hometown' boots out 'Ed'

Academy Award winners live longer, study indicates

Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than their colleagues, according to a study that credits the "You like me! You really like me!" effect of an Academy Award on an actor's self-esteem.

Monday, May 14

TV cop at center of real murder

Robert Blake's wife's slaying puts actor into unwanted limelight

On TV's "Baretta," Robert Blake was the tough and cocky cop who always knew right from wrong.

Coppola releases recut 'Apocalypse Now'

The Cannes Film Festival helped save Francis Ford Coppola from financial disaster on "Apocalypse Now."

People

J-Lo sues to stop sex tape Hollywood cruel to kids Ono stops Lennon fund-raiser Country singers' trial today

Sunday, May 13

Bookstore

Apple Valley theater to present melodrama in tribute to founder

By Jan Biles A theater near Perry Lake is paying tribute to its founder this summer by fulfilling one of his last requests: a production of the melodrama "The Drunkard." The Dale Easton Theatre at Apple Valley Farm will stage the play at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays until Sept. 29. "He asked me last year if I'd do 'The Drunkard' and I said, 'No, not without you,'" said Karen Hastings, founder of the Karen Hastings Players and director of the Dale Easton Theatre.

Guarneri gets first new member in 37 years

Peter Wiley was 11 and had been playing the cello for four years when his mother got a phone call from a friend recommending a new teacher. The then-fledgling Guarneri Quartet was establishing a residency at Harpur College in Binghamton. Although it was a four-hour roundtrip from the Wileys' Utica home, they seized the opportunity for Peter to study with Guarneri cellist David Soyer.

ABT soars above injuries and finances

Trunks filled with costumes and props are stacked in the hallways. Dust collects on exposed pipes in the studio. Sweat hangs over the room. Suddenly, a young man leaps high into the air, suspended for the briefest of seconds like Superman. This rising star, the Ukrainian-born Maxim Belotserkovsky, performs for the American Ballet Theatre, one of the world's premier companies.

Cannes takes peek at 'Rings'

Tolkien trilogy to start theater run in December

Just how did filmmaker Peter Jackson manage to put 3 1/2-foot-high hobbits alongside full-scale humans and a towering wizard for the upcoming movie trilogy "The Lord of the Rings"?

Million-seller crooner Perry Como dies

Perry Como, the crooning baritone barber famous for his relaxed vocals, cardigan sweaters and television Christmas specials, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. Como died in his sleep at his home, his daughter Terry Thibadeau said. Some sources listed Como's age as 88; others said he was 87.

Death of 'Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy' author unexpected

Douglas Adams, whose cult science fiction comedy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" drew millions of fans and spawned a mini-industry, has died at age 49.

People

This won't hurt a bit

Setting it in stone

Watch the birdie

The eyes have it

Basic fashion rules apply to sunglasses

You're staring at a case full of sunglasses, and all those sunglasses are staring right back at you. Which one will you try on? What style is best suited for your face? There are multiple factors to consider when shopping for sunglasses, says Carol Norbeck, vice president of special projects for Silhouette, including the shape and proportions of your face and your personal style.

'Tsil Cafe' concocts familiar coming-of-age story

Tom Averill mixes exotic recipes some quite unappetizing into his new novel

By Mara Reichman Special to the Journal-World Adventurous eaters beware Thomas Fox Averill's "Secrets of the Tsil Café" (BlueHen Books, 302 pages, $23.95) will tame even the wildest of appetites. With a unique mixture of prose and recipes, this coming-of-age novel will either leave mouths watering or stomachs churning. In the middle of Kansas City's trendy 39th Street, an American Southwestern "New World" restaurant and an Italian "Old World" catering business share not only the same building but also the same family.

Poet, philosopher and 'monster'

Tomas Salamun says his poetry is 'very diabolical'

"Tomaz Salamun is a monster." So writes the Eastern European poet about himself. Salamun writes his poems in Slovenian, the language of a tiny, newly independent country between Italy and Austria. But his work has reached the world in 33 books translated into dozens of languages.

Landscape photo clicks with Bert Nash

Jim Nedresky's work stretches from Kansas prairie to Gulf of Mexico

By Jan Biles A Lawrence photographer's work has been selected for this year's Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center's Mental Health Month print. Jim Nedresky's "Winter Prairie, Douglas County," a landscape shot north of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, will be reproduced on posters and note cards and used to raise money for the mental health center.

Saturday, May 12

Cad has it bad for a good girl

Who knew virginity could be so funny? Or sexy? Set in 1959, the British comedy "Take a Girl Like You" on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., Sunday, PBS, check local listings, concludes next Sunday) recalls the days before the sexual revolution when good girls defended their chastity and cads considered conquest as part of a "great game."

Big footsteps to follow

Intoxicatingly funny

People

Redford rebuffs condor release Supermodel wins libel case Kid Rock sues rap rocker New 'Marilyn' is a Monroe fan Citadel critic returns

Congresswoman puts out contract on 'Sopranos'

"The Sopranos" may be the most popular show on cable television, but try telling that to Rep. Marge Roukema, R-N.J., who plans to introduce a resolution this month officially condemning the HBO series as an affront to Italian Americans.

Harvey celebrates 25 years in broadcasting

On the 25th anniversary of his popular radio series, broadcaster Paul Harvey wasn't behind the microphone to tell "The Rest of the Story." He was in bed. The man with one of the nation's most familiar voices is recovering from laryngitis, but he hopes to hit the airwaves again Monday.

Disney markets violent video game

Computer weapon 'not glorified,' studio executive says

The Walt Disney Co. has had enormous success marketing video games based on its popular storybook characters and hit television show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Now, the company hopes to extend its success by adding a very un-Disney-like element violence. Not blood and guts, limbs flying, people screaming in agony.

'Calle 54' takes a look at Latin jazz

It's inevitable that the new Latin jazz documentary "Calle 54" will be compared to the Academy Award-nominated "Buena Vista Social Club," the 1999 film that profiled the rich legacy of Cuba's forgotten musicians.

Friday, May 11

Tube notes

'West Wing' viewers earn highest TV audience income Teens to write book reports for stunt that went wrong

Film captures early Web days

'Startup.com' rings true for two ex-Internet CEOs

Early in the documentary "Startup.com," the newly hired chief executive of govWorks.com tells employees he hates the name. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman says he wants to call the company, "RenderuntoCaesar.com."

People

Woody produces producer lawsui Love or money Gandolfini leaving the family? Cocaine found in Downey drug test

Ang Lee paves way for Asian films

Expectations high for Far Eastern movies at Cannes festival

When Japanese actor Yusuke Iseya opened his mouth to reveal his pierced tongue for photographers, he was making a personal statement but it could also have been a statement about Asian films.

Thursday, May 10

'Survivor' admits using stand-ins for contestants

The producer of "Survivor: The Australian Outback" has admitted to staging scenes with stand-ins for the show's contestants. Executive producer Mark Burnett readily admitted to employing the cinematic technique of the "pickup shot" to capture wide-angle views after the fact, when the scene is uncluttered by close-up camera crews shooting the actual contests.

Take that!

People

Blake's slain wife threatened actor

Uncovered letters show fear, retaliation and life of crime

Slain grifter Bonny Bakley accused actor Robert Blake of cheating on her, threatened there would be no sex after they were married and feared that she was being set up, according to letters obtained by the New York Daily News.

Country music's best honored

Women rule the night at annual awards show

Southern darlings ruled the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday with Lee Ann Womack and the Dixie Chicks claiming three honors each.

'The Trumpet of the Swan' a real honker

"The Trumpet of the Swan," an animated movie based on the E.B. White classic, isn't much to trumpet about. There's very little to like here. The animation is unimaginative and uninspiring. Songs are just dropped into the movie like ads for a soundtrack CD, and only one of them performed by Little Richard is catchy.

Love strikes on 'Gilmore Girls'

As the season finale of "The Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB) approaches its last scene, we see Lorelai in the lobby of her bed-and-breakfast surrounded by yellow daisies. Scenes like this pretty much sum up my feelings about this good-natured show.

Parting shot

Arts Notes

 KU professor to lead museum lecture tour  Women's Chorale slates concert  Bruner to perform acoustic set  Fashion show raises money for Lung Assn.

Driven to paint

Topeka artist displays 'Spring Flowers'

By Mitchell J. Near Johanna Hanks was not born with a paintbrush in her hand. She didn't feel the creative muse to recapture sights she'd seen on canvas until later in life. But once she did start painting, there has been no stopping her.

Wake Up Call Poll

Wake Up Call: McCapturing tykes

Fast-food giant king of marketing techniques

By Greg Douros In today's competitive global marketplace, shrewd business strategies equal market share. And what better way to learn these effective sales methods than by following the master of marketing: the McDonald's Corporation. The cornerstones of their savvy planning are children. Not only are children good consumers, but brand loyalties formed at a young age last into adulthood. As Kids 'R' Us president Mike Searles puts it "If you own this child at an early age ... you can own this child for years to come."

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Film Review - 'Amores Perros'

By Dan Lybarger Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch)" is certainly edgy and provocative. The violence in this Mexican film, which was that country's Best Foreign Film nominee at the Oscars this year, pushes the limits of audience endurance. At some moments, one begins to wonder if Iñárritu might be more at home in a padded cell than behind a camera. The scenes of simulated gore are especially hard to watch because they involve the abuse of dogs. Somehow viewing the mistreatment of pooches seems even more vile than watching a human being killed.

A filmmaker's tale

Brian Helgeland makes up his own rules for 'A Knight's Tale'

By Dan Lybarger Most filmmakers make sacrifices for their work. Brian Helgeland, the writer-director of "A Knight's Tale" took a personal loss during the sound recording sessions that took place after the film was shot.

Film Review - 'A Knight's Tale'

Jousting tale links history and modern day with surprisingly entertaining results

By Dan Lybarger Much of the commercial success of "Gladiator" is due to a series of commercials that cleverly compared Russell Crowe's battles in the arena to contemporary pro wrestling and football. Now imagine an entire movie that blurs the distinction between modern sports and ancient spectator battles, and you get a rough idea what "A Knight's Tale" is like.

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Film Review - 'Memento'

'Memento' adds new spin to the detective thriller

By Jon Niccum "John G raped and murdered my wife."

Out of Bounds: Jayhawks today, Jazz tomorrow

Ex-KU players stuck with few post-season options in the NBA

By Seth Jones Is it just me, or do the Kansas basketball players who don't fade away to work regular jobs in Lawrence go play for the Utah Jazz?

Lawrence may be guilty of one-sided support of the arts

By Mitchell J. Near Sometimes I wonder if Lawrence's reputation as an art community is really on the up and up. Don't get me wrong, within Lawrence resides hundreds of artists of all types. But while there are scores here, creating paintings, music, plays and books, is the Lawrence community really supportive in the role of financially creating a marketplace for artists?

A real showstopper

Budget problems behind KU staff's decision

By Mitchell J. Near For the first time in more than two decades, the University Theatre program will not be offering any productions during its regular summer season. That's because there will be no summer season. It's been eliminated this year due to budgetary problems.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Chuck Mead of BR5-49

By Geoff Harkness In an era of slick, commercial country music, BR5-49 remains an enigma. The Nashville-based quintet (vocalist/guitarists Chuck Mead and Gary Bennett, bassist Jay McDowell, drummer Shaw Wilson and multi-instrumentalist Don Herron) barnstormed Music City six years ago with a sound that seemed novel at the time: authentic, roots country played with all the raw power, energy and passion of a garage band. With a rock-solid reputation built one show at a time in Nashville's Lower Broadway scene, the '49-ers released three albums and an EP for Arista Records. Though critics slathered the band with praise and high-profile gigs were numerous, the mainstream never really caught on to the group's tightly wound grooves.

Exclusive Online Profile: artist Missy Hamilton

Prodigal daughter returns to make Lawrence her base of creative operation.

Missy Hamilton has come full circle. After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art, followed by years of laboring in various fields associated with commercial photography, commercial art, and pre-press production and sales, she is once more a professional, visual artist. And after many years pursuing her creative endeavors far and wide, she's back home in Lawrence.

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Don't call it a comeback

Lawrence favorite Kill Creek returns with 'Colors of Home'

By Geoff Harkness The clock on the wall at Kill Creek's downtown rehearsal space runs backwards. Nearly every inch of the room is crammed with tools of musical trade: Brightly hued effects pedals and chunky black amps lay scattered about, scraps of paper with scribbled lyrics litter the floor. Cables, cords, drumsticks and mike stands jut out from odd angles, and no less than two drum kits compete for the last gasps of available space. A handful of guitars line the walls Danelectro, Silvertone, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul each possessing a bit of rock history in their own right. It is in this room that the history of Kill Creek continues to be written.

Wednesday, May 9

Kenny Rogers to be honored

LeAnn Rimes hosts the 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (7 p.m., CBS). The five artists vying for Entertainer of the Year Award include Brooks & Dunn, the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and George Strait.

Flash flood

People

Woody gets away with it That's Dr. McGraw to you Wings taking off again? Actor fesses up to vandalism

Harry Potter books are tools for life, psychiatrists say

A roomful of psychiatrists analyzed Harry Potter and concluded the boy wizard is wonderful. The orphaned hero of four best-selling children's novels makes mistakes but comes through in the end. He not only survived an abusive childhood in the home of hateful relatives, but came out with hope and the ability to love intact.

Networks plan McVeigh execution coverage

Katie Couric and her former morning television partner, Bryant Gumbel, will both be on location next week covering the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. But they have no chance of running into each other. Couric, the "Today" show host, will be stationed in Oklahoma City, where McVeigh's bomb killed 168 people six years ago.

Cannes' glamour offset by gloom

Film festival promises darker tales spun by brightest stars

The limo-and-luxe extravaganza that is the Cannes Film Festival will feel the chill winds of reality this year. Death, war, disfigurement, bereavement and infidelity are just some of the themes being served up at this most glitzy of European film festivals, which opens Wednesday.

Bluegrass music

Tuesday, May 8

Actor's murdered wife had criminal past

Actor Robert Blake's wife of seven months shot to death in her car over the weekend was obsessed with celebrities, had a criminal record and signed a prenuptial agreement promising to stay out of trouble.

People

De Niro given lifetime award Britney chatroom revamped R&B singer sidelined Trebek stiffs upper lip

Concert in Egypt spurs anti-Western sentiment

Camp David is out, for sure. Oslo, Norway, and Madrid, Spain? Unlikely. But mediated peace talks somewhere might be the only way to calm the most recent Middle East conflict one that has heightened anti-Western rhetoric here and embittered thousands of Egyptians.

'Producers' rules Tony nominations

Mel Brooks' record-breaking Broadway musical up for 15 awards

"The Producers," Broadway's biggest hit in years, received a record-breaking 15 nominations Monday, including a nod for best musical, as the 2001 Tony nominations honoring the best of the Broadway season were announced.

Monday, May 7

Actor hospitalized as cops search for wife's killer

Actor Robert Blake returned home Sunday from a brief hospital stay while police searched for the gunman who killed his wife as she sat in their car. Blake, 67, who had left his wife in the car while he went back to a restaurant to pick up his own handgun, entered the hospital Saturday to be treated for high blood pressure, attorney Harland Braun said.

People

'Mummy' unwraps sequel atop box office charts

The money returns. Movie-goers shelled out $70.1 million for "The Mummy Returns," a record for a non-holiday opening weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the movie was just $2 million behind the biggest all-time debut, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," which opened on the Memorial Day weekend in 1997.

Chess films no pawn in Hollywood

Audiences cheer checkmates as knights, rooks take to big screen

The boys of summer are finally slugging, catching and pitching again. The hoopsters and hockey players are gunning for their championships. But as the jocks take center stage on the small screen, it's a very different kind of sport chess that's about to get a jolt from Hollywood.

Sunday, May 6

Bookstore

Time to swap

Early government pieces have prestige

Until 1960s, White House remodelings put furniture on the market

For many years, retiring public officials took some government office furniture with them when they left. Collectors like the pieces because the historic ownership adds to the prestige, value and "aura."

Nelson-Atkins reopens African galleries

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has overhauled its African art galleries for the first time since the gallery opened in the 1970s. The revamped space showcases more than 65 masterpiece-quality works from the museum's permanent collection.

Multimedia 'Waltz Project' a stunner

By Jan Biles Kansas University theater professor Marianne Kubik's academic research into a singular dance form could be dry as a bone, but instead has resulted in an entertaining, probing multimedia work called "The Waltz Project."

Waistbands are falling; hemlines are rising

The zipper on an average pair of Levi's jeans is 5 1/2 inches long. The zipper on the midriff-revealing Levi's Superlows measures about 3 inches. Maggie Winkel, the women's merchandise manager at Levi's, sees the resurgence of fashion from the 1960s and '70s as a major impetus for the popularity of low-rise pants.

Folk singer to perform at West Side concert

Singer-songwriter Jamie Anderson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Anderson has appeared at the National Women's Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival and has been a finalist at the Napa Valley Music Festival, South Florida Folk Festival and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

Youngsters get creative to honor mom and dad on their special days

Nothing says Mother's Day like a noodle necklace. And for dads, there's probably a tie made out of construction paper waiting to be made for Father's Day. Parents love to get any little thing from their kids, says Joyce Marlow, author of "Making Memories: Celebrating Mothers and Daughters Through Traditions, Crafts and Lore" (Simon & Schuster, $14). Kids' gifts are usually simple and endearingly sweet and always appreciated.

Photo exhibit ushers in National Tourism Week

By Jan Biles What entices visitors to come to Lawrence? Do people come to shop downtown, to attend arts events or antique shows, to root for the Jayhawks all of the above? And once they are here, just what do they see and what images remain with them? Those questions often are on the minds of Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau employees.

Arts notes

Grimes to sign books Festival goes country Vibrations Studio to show works today

New fund-raising exhibit also to benefit artists

By Jan Biles Organizers of a new juried art exhibit not only hope to benefit a community agency but also hope to promote sales of local artworks. "Lawrence Own-Your-Own" will be displayed from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7 at Fields Gallery, 712 Mass.

Beadwork helps stitch together life of the Plains Indians

By Jan Biles A request from a French museum to borrow and display some beadwork items from Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology has inspired the KU museum to put the items on display at home. "Plains Indian Beadwork," about 150 objects representing the beadwork of the Great Plains Indians, will be shown through Aug. 5 at the Museum of Anthropology in Spooner Hall.

Artworks look at 'sacred sexuality'

'Sexually Charged' exhibit explores sensuality, attitudes

By Jan Biles Anna Glynn's Barbie and Ken photographs are not for little girls. The black-and-white images, part of the upcoming "Sexually Charged" exhibit at Carmesi, 1012 Mass., show the plastic dolls posed in various stages of sexual acts. "They are the Barbie dolls I had as a kid," Glynn said, explaining how she came to make the photos five years ago.

CottonWood Winds to play at winery

By Jan Biles A composition by an English teacher and musician living in Sicily will be the centerpiece of the CottonWood Winds' "Pops at the Winery" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heimhof Winery near Tonganoxie. Wine tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.

People

Actor Robert Blake's wife shot to death near restaurant Death penalty opponent speaks as McVeigh nears execution Berry to settle case out of court Conductor says Wagner concert in Israel should be performed

Noth stars in two-night 'Judge' television movie

Chris Noth may have been bummed, for the moment, about his knee, but he couldn't be happier about his new TV movie. Noth both stars in and has a producer credit in "Steve Martini's The Judge," a two-night, four-hour NBC legal mystery airing at 8 p.m. today and Monday.

Arts become more accessible for disabled

Dennis Sparacino's fingers glide over the cold bronze toes, curve up and around the muscular torso and dip into the crater at the top of the sculpture. A "touch tour" allows him to experience, in the only way he can, a cast of the "Headless Naked Figure Study for Balzac" that Auguste Rodin crafted in 1896.

Theater offers all-Christie season

British playhouse performs 23 plays of famed mystery writer

In a bare rehearsal room, among pieces of threadbare furniture and sagging drapes, a group of actors feverishly works on scenes from Agatha Christie's rarely performed play, "Fiddlers Three."

Jack the Ripper figures into Pitt's latest case

Inspector Thomas Pitt is on the witness stand as Anne Perry opens her latest Victorian mystery novel, "The Whitechapel Conspiracy" (Ballantine, 368 pages, $25). A distinguished soldier is on trial for murdering his friend, and the absence of a motive has everyone on edge. Pitt's testimony sends the soldier (and his secrets) to the gallows.

New books for the ol' coffee table

Mothers, baseball and fast cars subjects of latest volumes

For "Hollywood Moms" (Abrams, 112 pages, $29.95), Joyce Ostin photographed 50 of filmland's female actresses, producers, directors and performers with their mom or daughter. Or with both, as in the case of Carrie Fisher, who wrote the book's introduction. Many of the black-and-white photos are accompanied by quotations.

Trends

Former resident exhibits work at Lindsborg gallery Time to submit information for KU Edition Restaurant, club raise funds for epilepsy research Spencer Museum acquires works of female artists

Losing track of time

Days aren't long enough for some busy families

By Theresa Freed Every day on his way home to Lawrence from work in Topeka, Jeremy Anderson calls his wife on the cell phone. In those few moments they discuss their day, tasks that need to be done and their children. Jeremy and Cherise Anderson who have two children, Caden, 1 1/2, and newborn Makenna say their talks snatched during the commutes are all the time they have for quality conversation.

Saturday, May 5

People

Mood uncertain as spring's big art auctions begin

Don't count on New York art dealer Edward De Luca to be aggressively bidding during the major spring auctions, which start next week. He may be using his paddle more wisely. "I am going to be a little bit more cautious. I will sit and wait to see what happens," said De Luca, director of New York-based DC Moore art gallery, which specializes in 20th and 21st century contemporary art.

Hollywood writers reach tentative agreement

Negotiators for Hollywood writers announced a "groundbreaking" contract with producers Friday, averting a strike some feared would cripple the TV and movie industry and cost the area economy billions of dollars.

Musical leads race for Tony Awards

'The Producers' expected to win, '42nd Street' to place

Can there be any doubt? "The Producers," the biggest musical hit in years, is expected to lead the pack when the 2001 Tony Award nominations are announced Monday. Yet look for the lavish revival of "42nd Street" also to score with multiple nominations for the best of the Broadway season.

From the kiln, with care

Show looks at Welles' lost years

While "Citizen Kane" is often said to be the finest movie ever made, its creator Orson Welles spent the last quarter-century of his life outside of the Hollywood community, reduced to doing commercials and bit acting parts to produce his own films.

In the loop

Friday, May 4

People

Supermodel undergoes surgery To all the girls he's loved Hefner home in the clear Country singer stopped for DWI

Tina outlasts all on 'Survivor'

Tennessee nurse takes home $1 million prize

Tina Wesson, the sweet-talking nurse from Tennessee, joined Richard Hatch in the "Survivor" millionaires club on Thursday.

Ex-Beatle undergoes cancer surgery

Former Beatle George Harrison has undergone lung cancer surgery in the United States, the singer's lawyers said.

Fanatic fans feast on finale

By Amber Stuever The tribe has spoken, and America has survived another reality show.

Cruise lawsuit denies gay allegations

Tom Cruise filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against a pornography actor who allegedly claimed he had a gay affair that broke up Cruise's marriage.

Thursday, May 3

Movie listings

Film Review - 'House of Mirth'

Gillian Anderson brings spark to stiff adaptation of Wharton

By Dan Lybarger Because Gillian Anderson is so closely identified with her character Agent Scully from "The X-Files," it's continually surprising to see her in much different roles, even though her range is formidable. She was completely convincing and rather unrecognizable as trailer trash in "The Mighty" or as Jon Stewart's nervous girlfriend in "Playing by Heart." She was even quite good as the voice of a wolf goddess in "Princess Mononoke."

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Film Review - 'The Mummy Returns'

'The Mummy Returns' proves to be exactly what summer blockbusters are all about

By Loey Lockerby "The Mummy Returns" has non-stop action, one-dimensional characters, fantastic special effects and lame dialogue. In other words, it's a perfect summer movie.

Parting shot

Out of Bounds: Up for the cup

Arrowhead turns into a World Cup qualifying combat zone

By Seth Jones God Bless the U.S.A. I'm proud to be an American. Buy American made goods. Why am I so proud of my country? I just finished watching the U.S.A. soccer team defeat Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier match at Arrowhead Stadium. Myself and 37,000 people went crazy when Josh Wolff touched in a ball to give our boys in red, white and blue a 1-0 victory and another 3 points to put our team in the driver's seat to qualify for the World Cup.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Robert Cray

By Geoff Harkness In the world of modern blues, where scrawny Stevie Ray impostors serve up equally scrawny guitar licks, Robert Cray remains an enigma. Though Cray formed his first band in 1974, it was his 1980 debut "Who's Been Talkin'," that caused a quiet storm, eventually revitalizing blues for a whole new generation of fans. The 1986 effort "Strong Persuader," with its massive hit "Smoking Gun," made Cray a genuine superstar for a time ? complete with swooning MTV coverage, movie offers and glossy magazine covers.

Spring forward

The Offspring combats Internet, labels and old-school fans on road to success

By Geoff Harkness The Offspring has always been a band intent on forcing an opinion from its audience. Loved and loathed in equal numbers, the Southern California quartet has perpetually gotten people talking, be it with praise or condemnation. Currently in its 16th year of recording and touring, The Offspring can easily command the various trappings of rock stardom packed venues, platinum discs and groupies galore. But as a group that grew up among the California punk elite, typical notions of success don't easily satisfy, and The Offspring has continually searched for ways to make its fans matter most.

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SEVEN QUESTIONS with King Buzzo of Melvins

By Geoff Harkness When you were Nirvana's single biggest influence and you've recorded "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Leif Garrett, what's left? Nothing, according to Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne of Melvins, whose approach to his career is as low-key as his music.

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Lawrence group Phat Albert gets 'Devious' with new project

By Geoff Harkness "Kindergarten underwear." It's one of the more unusual descriptions of a group's sound, but that's exactly how Phat Albert drummer Freak-A-Delic describes his band's sonic boom.

Back in Black

Frank Black and the Catholics - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS 05/02/2001

by Michael Newman As a rock and roll kid, or even during the heyday of the Pixies, Frank Black couldn't have imagined this time coming. This is the time of life for a rock musician where there are but a few choices; cling to the past, get the hell out, or soldier on as an artist, creating new work without regret for what was.

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'Love Story' star has cancer Do as I say, not as I do People names 'Beautiful People' 'West Wing' creator in court

MTV's fall lineup includes new reality shows

MTV revealed its fall development slate for music and original programming Tuesday, which includes plans for four new series and five pilots. The new shows include "Becoming," a series picked up for 10 episodes where fans get to mimic their favorite stars by wearing their clothes, dancing their moves and shooting a copy of one of their videos.

Country music fights stigma with new ads

The country music industry will try to overcome a persistent inferiority complex with a self-deprecating advertising campaign aimed at encouraging fans to be proud and vocal. The slogan is "Country. Admit it. You love it."

Psychedelic Furs on the rebound

10 years after breakup, band back together for tour, album

Richard Butler, his deep, growling voice the signature of the Psychedelic Furs, sounds nothing like Mick Jagger. And the Furs sound little like the Rolling Stones. Yet Butler finds a comparison between the bands.

Liv Tyler adds vixen, elf to resume

Actress stars in trilogy of films, including 'Lord of the Rings'

With everything she already has in the can, Liv Tyler could sit back and coast yet still have a high profile in movie theaters over the next three years. First up, Tyler essentially plays three different roles as a femme fatale in the black comedy "One Night at McCool's."

British actress doesn't hang future on movies

'Survivor' ends; recycling begins

As you might have heard, "Survivor" wraps up its second season today (7 p.m., CBS). And not a week too soon. It looks like the franchise is running out of steam. Last week's episode, featuring the series' second-to-last elimination, lost millions of viewers from the week before. Just as the show is supposed to be picking up momentum, viewers are fleeing.

Exclusive Online Profile: Chef Tom King

Prairie Fire chef features locally grown delicacies

By Michael Newman With over 20 years in professional kitchens behind him, Prairie Fire executive chef Tom King may be the elder statesman among the influx of skilled and talented chefs that have been recently attracted to Lawrence. With a minor explosion of eclectic new eateries in town, it says a lot that a chef that's opened nine new restaurants to date felt that Lawrence was a place to bring his talents.

Arts Notes

 Country Stampede lineup announced  KU orchestra, choirs join for concert  Installation students slate exhibit at KU  InPlay presents thought-provoking play

Spinning the Web: I want my MP3

Post-Napster solutions promise to keep collectors in the cold

By Michael Newman OK, so Napster is a smoking crater, but its management is still making noises as though they have a future. Maybe they do. AOL Time Warner Inc., Bertelsmann AG, the EMI Group and RealNetworks think they know what it is: their newly formed "MusicNet." And though they freely admit that they don't really know WHAT MusicNet is precisely going to be, they say Napster can play if they play by MusicNet's rules.

What Are You Reading?

Book Review - 'The Bonesetter's Daughter'

Amy Tan explores themes of memory

By Meghan Fryett In Amy Tan's long-awaited fourth novel, "The Bonesetter's Daughter," she again twists stereotypes. Ideas clash when West meets East, but when these ideas are inside the same family, bonds far stronger than words meld them together.

Exotica in her own back yard

A well-traveled photographer comes home to Kansas

By Mitchell J. Near Laura Dalrymple has literally traveled to Timbuktu for her artwork. A native of Kansas, Dalrymple went back to school later in life, majoring in the fine arts, and when an opportunity arrived to journey to Africa, she took it and went on the adventure of a lifetime.

Film festival assists search for abducted child

By Kevin Bates The characters in Tim DePaepe's film aren't any different from anyone else in real life.

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Up a creek

Year-end close-out

'Tonight Show' bellies up to bar

Backstage at talk show includes liquor for guests

Forget the watermelon triangles and the spring rolls and the Evian what "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" is offering to its guests backstage these days is liquor. Not endless belts of booze, just something to take the edge off.

'Thriller' tops VH1's 100 greatest videos

Michael Jackson's "Thriller," a mini-movie that was more of a pop culture event than a mere music video, topped VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Videos," which the cable music channel released Tuesday.

Hollywood writers continue talks up to strike deadline

Talks between producers and representatives of Hollywood's television and movie writers union continued well into the night Tuesday, with no settlement or stalemate to announce.

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Whoopi honored with humor prize Supermodel injured in car crash Prince Charles charms Canada Wishing his wife well

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Tuesday, May 1

Writers strike appears imminent

Entertainment industry continues talks, but braces for the worst

With less than two days left in the Hollywood writers contract, negotiators resumed talks Monday, hoping to avert a walkout that would halt TV and movie production.

White House carpet rolled out for 'West Wing'

A bunch of liberals had the run of the White House on Sunday when the cast of "The West Wing" got a tour of the real thing. But President Bush wasn't around to greet them. And actor Martin Sheen, who plays a Democratic president on the hit NBC-TV show and called Bush a "moron" during an interview in February, also was a no-show.

First Latino family TV drama picked up by PBS

One year after filmmaker Gregory Nava submitted a pilot to CBS with hopes that it would become the first Latino family drama in the history of network television, the show's odyssey has ended at the smaller, lower-budget PBS network.

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