Stories for October 2001

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Wednesday, October 31

1941 vs. 2001: Coverage doesn't compare

The Associated Press news flash ran on the wire at 2:22 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 7, 1941, reporting that the White House had announced that Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Most radio stations didn't interrupt their programming.

It takes two

it just takes practice

Survivors become clear

Every season, at least one television show manages to survive despite steady critical pounding. Remember how "Caroline in the City" seemed to endure when nobody on Earth admitted to watching it? And how did "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" last for three seasons?

People

There she is in Philadelphia Actor muscles up on stage J. Lo in the dough Oops she's postponed again

Online music jockeying continues with Napster on sidelines

Concerned that its rivals may get a bigger audience, the head of Napster hopes to press play for the embattled song-swapping service sometime next year.

Author seeks to make 'Corrections' with Oprah

Author Jonathan Franzen is eating his words, saying he was "ungracious" to question the inclusion of his novel, "The Corrections," in Oprah Winfrey's book club. Franzen, a native of the Chicago suburb of Western Springs, said Monday he had sent an e-mail to the television talk show host asking her forgiveness but had not received a reply.

Tuesday, October 30

'Millionaire' a piece of Americana loved by Arabs

In a region rife with infighting, of wide gulfs between wealthy and peasant, between regimes that are secular and Islamic, the Arab World has found a small pocket of Pan Arabism: Everyone, it seems, loves "Man Sayarbah el-Million?" the Middle East Broadcast Corp.'s culturally sensitive version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."

6News Video: KU is offering several courses that may help students understand terrorism

Courses about international relations and the Middle East are filling rapidly during KU's enrollment period.

People

Actor defends decision to erase twin towers from film Love in a bathroom performance Stars read for children Hate crimes on her mind

'Harry Potter' magic translates from book to movie screen, fan says

If you're one of the masses of Muggles counting the days until Nov. 16, when the "Harry Potter" movie comes to a theater near you, then read on if you dare.

Monday, October 29

Supernatural rules box office as Halloween approaches

Aliens and ghosts dominated the box office over the weekend as the mental-ward drama "K-Pax," starring Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey as a possible visitor from space, took in $17.5 million to debut as the No. 1 film.

People

Candid camera Travolta, Jackson together again Safe on Earth Bluegrass blues

Music's history noted

'American Roots Music' traces country's musical evolution

As a folk music-loving youngster in suburban New York in the 1960s, Jim Brown caught the ear of a town newcomer while playing a picnic gig with a jug band.

Sunday, October 28

'Ed' replaces its theme song for show's second season

Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, the creators of "Ed," would like the show's devotees to know that they remain big fans of the Foo Fighters, whose song "Next Year" served as the show's theme song during its first season.

Spencer Museum photo show focuses on faith

"Signs of Faith: Images from the Collection" at the Spencer Museum od Art through December 30th.

By Michael Newman When Spencer Museum of Art curatorial intern Elissa Anderson undertook her first assignment to assemble an art exhibition, it was to produce this fall's annual photography exhibit. A doctoral candidate in art history, Anderson's specialty is 17th century Dutch and Flemish art. As such, she's spent a lot of time studying religious imagery in art, since devotional iconography is central to European art of this period.

People

New baby for Frasier Get cooking with Jeff Bridges

'Crossing Over' scraps WTC episode

"Crossing Over" has crossed back from a plan to air segments in which its host, psychic John Edward, claims to contact some of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Bending to strong objections from station executives and advertisers, Studios USA Domestic Television scrapped the idea of the terrorism-related TV seances.

Sibling directors mark new trend

From the Coens to Farrellys, upcoming movies represent a team effort

In cutthroat Hollywood, where everyone's suspicious of everyone else, a lucky few have someone utterly trustworthy to fall back on. Someone with whom they share the workload, with whom they share success and with whom they share genes.

Stitching an African-American legacy

Lawrence quilter uses bits of fabric to piece together her family's story

By Jan Biles Marla Jackson remembers a quilt in her great-grandmother's house. The quilt was made of pieces of old clothing and scraps of fabric that belonged to family members. The quilted bedspread, her great-grandmother Lucille Crum said, reminded her of significant events in the family's history and the relationships between relatives.

Trio to get involved with community while in Lawrence

Pianist Navah Perlman, violinist Kurt Nikkanen and cellist Zuill Bailey have formed a trio and will perform a concert of chamber music at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Lied Center. As part of their performance they will present the world premiere of a work composed by Lowell Liebermann and co-commissioned by the Lied Center.

Children's play addresses tough issues

By Jan Biles Many people think of theater as pure entertainment, but what transpires on the stage in the course of a play can also spark a discussion about important issues. That is what Jeanne Klein hopes will happen after seeing Theatre for Young People's production of "Afternoon of the Elves," an adaptation of Janet Taylor Lisle's award-winning children's book.

Hubbard Street brings sensual moves to Lied

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will perform a concert of contemporary dance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center. The program begins with "Petite Mort (Small Death)." Six men and six women will dance this sensual ballet to Mozart's piano concertos.

Symphony Orchestra concert features percussionists, wind instruments and strings

The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra performs four works remarkable for their distinct themes during the orchestra's concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lied Center. More than 30 percussion instruments appear in "Ionisation," by futurist composer Edgard Varèse.

KU exhibit celebrates Day of the Dead

An exhibit at Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology documents a Hispanic celebration called Los Dias de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The celebration occurs around Halloween, but instead of portraying death as morbid, the Day of the Dead is about the happy reunion of the living with the spirits of their deceased loved ones.

Husband, wife mold clay into functional, abstract works

By Jan Biles Yoshiro and Ester Ikeda may share a love of working with clay, but the Manhattan husband-and-wife artists take different paths when it comes to artistic style. Their works will be on display during the First Friday Gallery Walk, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, at Silver Works and More, 715 Mass.

Saturday, October 27

Panorama: Lied Center

Dress ties together stories

Viewers in search of the predictable, the romantic and the sentimental could do worse than "The Wedding Dress" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS). Viewers in search of the predictable, the romantic and the sentimental could do worse than "The Wedding Dress" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS).

People

Pamela denies pregnancy rumors Hanks lands lifetime AFI award Branagh signs on for Potter role Fox puts face behind fund-raiser

'Producers' tickets available on short notice for a bundle

The producers of "The Producers" are trying to outscalp the scalpers. In an effort to undercut illegal ticket sales, the producers of the hit musical plan to set aside 50 tickets to each show and charge a staggering $480 a pop.

Miss America not thankful for Macy's snub

The organizers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade have invited Miss Universe to participate instead of Miss America, who traditionally has had the honor. Miss America Katie Harman of Oregon had planned to ride in the Nov. 22 parade, but organizers told her this week that they'd already invited Miss Universe Denise Quinones.

Performers ax European tours

First it was Janet Jackson. Then Destiny's Child. Now the Dave Matthews Band has joined a chorus of American pop acts who have canceled or postponed overseas tours since last month's terrorist attacks.

6News video report: Local HAZMAT crews readying themselves

Josh Garber reports on the refresher courses the local HAZMAT crew is undertaking.

6News video report: Around the world

Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.

Friday, October 26

Art show looks good enough to eat

The latest art exhibit at Harvard's Busch-Reisinger Museum is not just a feast for the eyes, it is also a feast for the stomach.

Iggy Pop: the once and future king of punk

Iggy Pop at the Uptown Theatre, Kansas City 10/25/2001

By Michael Newman Iggy Pop is both a force and a freak of nature. A force, who with his band The Stooges' eponymous 1969 release, single-handedly invented punk rock, as it's commonly known. He's a freak based simply on his physical presence and what it's meant to the pursuit of his art. Coming out of Detroit in 1969, Iggy out Morrison'd Morrison and out Jagger'd Jagger. Thursday night at Kansas City's Uptown Theatre he demonstrated that he still can.

6News Video: Reports from around the world

U.S. military attacks are meant to help Afghanistan's Northern Alliance to take strategic locations. Also, the EPA has begun cleaning the first site of the anthrax attacks in Boca Raton, Fl. Finally, winds at the Great Lakes wreak havoc.

6News Video: District Court Clerk's myterious white powder not anthrax

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announce that a white powder discovered in the Douglas County District Court Clerk's office is not anthrax.

Fame beckons KU theater grad

Role in critically acclaimed independent film opening doors for former Jayhawk

By Jan Biles Kansas University alumna Laura Kirk is living on the edge of fame. When the young actress walks down the sidewalks in New York City, people recognize her face and try to get her attention. When she goes on auditions, the other actors know they're competing against the co-writer and star of "Lisa Picard Is Famous," an independent movie that drew raves from critics at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly.

People

Rehnquist a 'weather weenie' Helena Bonham Homewrecker? Bush touts gentle virtues It's the story that counts

ABC suspends Carole Simpson for anthrax remarks

ABC News has suspended news correspondent Carole Simpson for two weeks with pay after she spread false information about an anthrax investigation while speaking at a luncheon.

As labor talks hit snag, opera makes do with less

With talks with its striking orchestra members at a standstill, the Dallas Opera announced it would begin its season next month with only a piano accompanying its singers.

Thursday, October 25

Seasonal work

6News video report: Around the world

Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.

The show must go on

People

Channeling receptions Dylan to chronicle life Politician plays one in movie Degree of honor

Islamic art on display at Connecticut museum

Americans who want a better understanding of Islamic culture will have a chance to see everything from armor to scientific instruments from the longest-surviving dynastic state in Islamic history.

Station finds identification

To many in the San Francisco Bay area who speak Chinese, network coverage of President Bush's trip to China had nowhere near the breadth of their local station's report.

TNN bets on bull riders, country singers

There's not much Nashville left on the old Nashville Network. TNN has renamed itself The National Network and dedicated its programming to something called "Pop." The network's country twang has been replaced by "hipper" fare like "Fame for 15," an examination of media stardom.

THE MAG: Arts Notes

 DJs band together for Red Cross benefit  Clive Barker tops guest list on 'Queer Radio'  'Jekyll and Hyde' top film fest program  KU museums plan spooky night

THE MAG: Immigrant song

Powerful 'Morning Star' gets a second chance

By Mitchell J. Near In 1911, the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire. The building was overcrowded with immigrant women who toiled long-hours at low wages for their large families. Many found themselves unable to escape and either burned or leapt to their death to avoid the flames. One hundred and forty-six mothers and wives lost their lives.

THE MAG: Keyboard terrorist

A couple's privacy is invaded in theater thriller

By Mitchell J. Near Everyone is vulnerable. Private e-mail correspondence can be read, bank accounts broken into, identities assumed, all at the swipe of a mouse. It can be done out of greed, spite or simply because a person has the know-how and is in a serious mindset to ruin another's life. The obsessive lover tale has all but been beaten into the ground, but leave it to one of the grand old men of American theater to pump new blood into a dying storyline.

THE MAG: Wake Up Call - Poll

Should industrial hemp be legalized?

THE MAG: Wake Up Call - Hemp for victory

By Greg Douros The Declaration of Independence was printed on it. George Bush Sr. jumped out of a plane during World War II with a parachute made from it. It's the fabric of the coffee filter that I've been brewing with for the past year. Heck, you can even run a car on this stuff. What is this magic substance? Baking Soda? Viagra? Try hemp.

THE MAG: Film Review - 'On the Line'

By Jon Niccum Like the members of 'N Sync, the film "On the Line" started off cute. But the vanity project from chart-topping buddies Lance Bass and Joey Fatone gets ugly and tiresome in no time.

THE MAG: Movie Listings

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Thirteen Ghosts'

By Dan Lybarger With the onset of Halloween, October would seem a prime time for horror movie fans. Unfortunately, studios often use the month as a dumping ground, filling screens with fright-free flicks that wouldn't see the dark of a theater in a normal season. Past October releases include garbage like "John Carpenter's Vampires," which in its entire 108-minute length offered one quarter of the thrills as a single minute of an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

THE MAG: Cover Story - 'From Hell' to eternity

The fascination with Jack the Ripper continues

By Dan Lybarger Filmmakers have frequently turned to English folklore for inspiration, constantly re-examining the heroics of Robin Hood, the poetry of Shakespeare or the deductive wisdom of Sherlock Holmes. Often our understanding and appreciation of each can be enriched with every new interpretation. There is, however, a much less noble British character who continually makes his way into films. He has no name, his face is unknown, and more than a century after his most famous real-life misdeeds, he continues to get away with murder.

THE MAG: TOP MOVIES

THE MAG: Out of Bounds - Tapped out

Columnist wrestles with newly patriotic WWF

By Seth Jones By Sept.13, 2001, there was still nothing on TV to allow an escape from reality. Even ESPN was showing coverage of the World Trade Center. The NFL canceled its games. College football followed suit. What do you think was the first live "sporting event" to be broadcast on TV after the tragedy? WWF Smackdown was aired live from Dallas on the 13th. I sat there and watched the whole show just to avoid the image of the World Trade Centers blowing up. I already was haunted by enough nightmares, and that thunderstorm the previous night had me climbing up and down the walls already.

THE MAG: Out of left field

Jazz Mandolin Project leader Jamie Masefield is music's most normal oddball

By Geoff Harkness Out of the hundreds of big cities and small towns Jamie Masefield plays every year, fronting The Jazz Mandolin Project, Lawrence is at the top of the list.

THE MAG: SEVEN QUESTIONS with Posdnuos from De La Soul

By Geoff Harkness At 32-years-old, Kelvin Mercer seems far too young to be considered a legend. On the other hand, given that Mercer ? better known for his stage alias Posdnuos ? founded one of hip-hop's most important bands during his senior year of high-school, the title starts to make sense. After all, it was Pos, alongside fellow MCs Dave "Trugoy" Jolicoeur and Vincent "Mase" Mason, who founded De La Soul, a band that helped take hip-hop from its street-spartan origins to the stages of the world.

THE MAG: TOP MUSIC

THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: Letters

THE MAG: Warning label

Lawrence underdog mi6 issues second CD on Kung Fu Records

By Geoff Harkness mi6 is the Rodney Dangerfield of the local music scene. Though the quartet has racked up numerous accolades in its four years together, it remains one of the least respected outfits in the area dogged by critics, ignored by the concert-going public and scorned by peers. Last year's appearances on the cover of The New York Times (see "Home for the 'Alcoholiday,'" Dec. 21, 2000) and the soundtrack to "That Darn Punk" didn't help either, merely providing more ammunition for Lawrence's underground elite. Then there are the labels the comparisons and cries of imitation that still come frequently, according to singer-guitarist Ken Peterson.

THE MAG: Parting shot

Wednesday, October 24

Transylvania counting on Dracula

Stakes are high for new theme park in Romania

Mist shrouds the Casa Vlad Dracul, where tourists sink their teeth into bloody chops drizzled with Dracula sauce red and spicy and wash it down with bottles of Vampire cabernet.

Send in the cows

Touch-up work

Laying the groundwork

6News video report: Around the world

Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.

People

Mariah meets 'Ally' Team performers Lending a helping hand

Game shows find fear factor in mail

As letters laced with anthrax landed in network news offices and on Capitol Hill last week, producers of reality series and game shows began rethinking their decisions to ask contestants to apply by mail.

Pennsylvania judge dispenses poetic justice

J. Michael Eakin brings new meaning to the concept of poetic justice. Eakin, a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court and a candidate for election to the state's highest court, has sometimes turned to rhyming verse instead of the stale legalese common in courtrooms.

Tuesday, October 23

Tool basks in the feeling created by its music

By Levi Chronister In today's world of Limp Bizkit clones, Tool provided a breath of fresh air Sunday night at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. One of the first '90s rock bands to prove you could be angry and cerebral, the quartet took the stage following an opening set from Tricky.

Raking in extra work

Dude, wait for me

6News video report: Anthrax-conscious letter carriers

Kim Hall reports on local letter carriers who are taking precautions due to the growing number of anthrax cases.

6News video report: Around the world

Kim Hall reports on news from around the world.

People

Officers, firefighters commended Her reign begins Security chief pleads guilty It can't last forever

Robert Mirabal top winner at Indian music awards

Robert Mirabal was the big winner at the Native American Music Awards, taking artist of the year, songwriter of the year and record of the year honors for "Music from a Painted Cave."

PBS probes secrets of the mind

Fans of thought-provoking television should not miss "Secrets of the Mind" on "Nova" (7 p.m., PBS). Just how does the mind "map" the human body? What is the difference between mere sensation and consciousness? Is there a part of the brain that responds to mystical experiences?

Monday, October 22

Jane's Addiction seeks to move fans at spiritual Jubilee 2001 tour

When Perry Farrell began working five years ago on a music festival grounded in spirituality, few were interested in his theological views. But that was before planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

People

Indian honors Jazz history Quick-change artist A new frontier

Kansan hoping for greater success with Christmas song

After a Christmas song he wrote 10 years ago sold many times over what he expected when marketed for the first time last year, Tim Schumacher has high hopes as he gears up for a second season.

'Riding in Cars' stops short of 'Hell' at box office

It was an odd mix of kiss kiss, slash slash at the weekend box office as movie-goers split their attention between a 1960s chick flick and a tale of Victorian-era mass murder.

Country stands united

Nashville concert wraps up weekend of musical benefits

Themes of patriotism, generosity and defiance of terrorism sounded as top country stars staged the Country Freedom Concert, the third benefit concert of the weekend.

'Raymond' is a must-see

Once again, "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS) raises the bar for television comedy. In an uproariously funny episode, Marie surprises Ray and Debra with an abstract creation from her sculpture class. They don't have the heart to tell Marie that it bears a striking resemblance to a part of the female anatomy.

Sunday, October 21

People

New Mexico well driller won't hog Leno's Harley all to himself 'Tonight Show' to skip on-location Olympics shows 'Providence' production staying away from Rhode Island No-shows leave festival without its headliners

Putting a face on charity

Bookstore

Arts notes

Public television station receives federal grant Auction raises money for student travel fund Mary Ellen Mark photos on display in Springfield Bert Nash benefits from sale of artworks

Arts notes

Brejcha and his students showing works at KU Lerner to give talk about 'dance of connection' KU alumna returns for screening of her movie 'Orfeo' cancels; Canadian band added to lineup American Royal lineup includes country acts

The Phoenix rises

Annual awards recognize contributions to arts community

Each year, the Lawrence Arts Commission presents the Phoenix Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the arts in the Lawrence community. Seven people were selected for the 2001 honor. They will be recognized at 2 p.m. today during a ceremony at the Lawrence Visitor Information Center in the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence.

Artwalk venues

Here are the studios and artists participating in this year's ArtWalk.

Arts notes

Touring show to be presented to students KU singers to perform at First Presbyterian

Downtown Tuesday Painters putting last brushstrokes on ArtWalk plans

By Jan Biles Artist Erika Binns smoothes the surface of a clay bust while nearby Ann Martin works on a watercolor landscape and Charlotte Neese puts the finishing touches on an oil portrait of her two grandsons.

Percussion group comes to Lied

The Ju Percussion Group from Taiwan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. The ensemble will perform "Drumming No. 5 for Six Percussionists" by Yiu-kwong Chung; "The Romping Golden Pheasants," gong-drum music from the Tu Jia tribe, arranged by Tian Longxin/Li Zhenqui; "Persona" by Toshimitu Tanaka; "Head Talk" by Mark Ford; "Square Dance" by Tokayoshi Yoshioka; a medley of Taiwanese favorites, arranged by Kuen-yean Hwang; and "Laughing Buddha Plays with Lions" by Chien-hui Hung.

'Concert for New York' raises morale, millions for victims

David Bowie kicked off a mammoth benefit concert Saturday with a poignant rendition of Paul Simon's "America," then rocked a crowd that included thousands of firefighters, police officers and rescue workers with the appropriately titled "Heroes."

D.C. concert takes center stage

Promoter hopes to raise $3 million for variety of attack-related relief funds

Michael Jackson needs his own bathroom. Aerosmith refuses to go on after Bette Midler. P. Diddy won't perform unless he can bring his 42-member choir. It would be best to keep a safe distance between archrival boy bands 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys.

Online Exclusive: Departing KU art professor offers unique retrospective

Vernon Brejcha includes former students in his farewall show

Bye Michael Newman Retiring University of Kansas associate art professor Vernon Brejcha has turned his retrospective show into as much a celebration of his career as an educator as that of his work as an artist. Brejcha, who ran the glass program for the art department from 1976 until the program was closed in 1991 is justifiably proud of his students.

Saturday, October 20

'Frankenstein' radio play aims to scare and entertain

By Jan Biles The Karen Hastings Players is hoping to scare the socks off its audience this month. The theater company is staging a radio adaptation of Mary Shelley's 19th-century novel "Frankenstein" on Saturday nights at the Dale Easton Apple Valley Theatre at Lake Perry.

People

Daughter defends dad Elaine becomes Eleanor Kennedy waxes poetic

New McCartney song debuts tonight in honor of terror victims

Paul McCartney intends to perform a song he wrote in honor of American heroism at tonight's benefit concert for the victims of the terrorist attacks. The former Beatle is one of dozens of musicians, actors and athletes scheduled to appear at the five-hour "Concert for New York City," being broadcast live on VH1 from Madison Square Garden.

Freedy Johnston draws small town friends with big city tune craft

Freedy Johnston at the Bottleneck, Lawrence Kansas 10/19/2001

By Michael Newman If being a just folks is at all relevant to being a folksinger, the Freedy Johnston's earning his cred. Driving himself alone from town to town, hauling and setting up his own equipment, then hanging out among the Bottleneck's scattered, early arrivers while fretting the late arrival of the hired soundman, Johnston is no pampered rock star.

6News video report: Around the world

Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.

Maple Leaf Festival, 'Black Jack' on tap this weekend

The leaves are bursting with color, and the weekend's activities also are reflecting the fall season. Outdoor festivals and foliage tours, barn dances and folk singers are among the events from which you can choose.

Friday, October 19

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road tour bridges East, West traditions

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is talking about Central Asia while, thousands of miles away, the United States is bombing it. For years, Ma has been planning a project that's now come to fruition: an East-meets-West musical overview of the cultures and countries linked by the network of trading routes known as the Silk Road.

Bureau decides to retire 'City of the Arts' slogan

Decision raises eyebrows within creative community

By Joel Mathis Lawrence won't be called the "City of the Arts" anymore. At least not by the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 2-year-old slogan emblazoned on banners downtown and elsewhere seemed to have caught on. But the head of the bureau said Lawrence's official promoters won't use the moniker anymore. And that's left some arts supporters befuddled.

Grant to help spread word of Hughes Symposium

By Terry Rombeck Lawrence is rolling out the welcome mat for the rest of the nation at its 100th birthday party for poet Langston Hughes. Organizers of the Lawrence symposium on Hughes, who spent much of his childhood in Lawrence, have received a $40,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help them organize poetry circles across the country.

Awards to honor artistic achievements

By Jan Biles Textile artist Chris Wolf Edmonds has been busy the past couple of months creating seven original quilt blocks that will be presented to this year's Phoenix Awards winners.

6News video report: Around the world

Kim Hall reports on news from around the world.

6News video report: Anthrax hoaxes won't be tolerated

Kim Hall reports on the Kansas State laws and sentencing regarding anthrax hoaxes.

Band's name suddenly scarier than intended

Selecting a tasteless name is one of the main joys of being a hard rock band, it seems. But when your band's name is Anthrax, and when exposure to the deadly anthrax bacteria has been confirmed in an atmosphere of post-attack fear, there is unusual cause for concern.

Cable bumps up fright quotient

Halloween may be 12 nights away, but cable networks are already handing out tricks and treats. The Fox Family Network kicks off its "Thirteen Days of Halloween" series tonight with a repeat of the 1998 comedy sequel "Addams Family Reunion" (6 p.m., Family), starring Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah.

Cheney visits Ground Zero

People

Emily Couric dies at 54 Britney bounces back from flu Drug-sniffing dogs land Snoop Dogg in hot water 'Baywatch' reunion a bust?

Thursday, October 18

THE MAG: Parting shot

THE MAG: Cover Story -- Spirit of the radio

P.O.D. mixes rock, rap & religion into a Top 10 hit

By Geoff Harkness Ten years ago, the wee subgenre of religious-themed metal consisted of a handful of cheesy Bible-belters like Stryper and Petra, whose only commandment seemed to be: "Thou shall not make decent music."

THE MAG: Movie Listings

THE MAG: Film Review - 'The Last Castle'

By Dan Lybarger Like the high stone walls of the title structure, director Rod Lurie's "The Last Castle" can be stately but sometimes seem a little too stiff for its own good. As with his last effort "The Contender," Lurie imposes so much gravity on his film (with somber music and other touches) that it is almost denied a chance to stand on its own.

THE MAG: Top Movies

THE MAG: Film Review - 'From Hell'

By Loey Lockerby Jack the Ripper may not have been the first serial killer in history, but he was certainly the first serial killer of the media age. His 1888 exploits in London's Whitechapel slums were fodder for tabloid newspapers, making him a legend even while he was still committing his crimes.

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Mulholland Drive'

By Loey Lockerby After a recent screening of David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," a young man was describing the film to a friend on his cell phone. "I have no idea what happened," he said. "It was really good." Lynch's fans should have T-shirts with that motto.

THE MAG: Indigenous chronicle

Filmmaker Stacey Fox selects Haskell as the subject of a new documentary

By Dan Lybarger New York-based musician and filmmaker Stacey Fox takes pride in work that is sometimes tricky to categorize. While she holds music degrees from the State University of New York Potsdam and Arizona State University, her short film "cultivating stillness" is silent and features a sound score that's adapted from the Taoist text of the same name.

THE MAG: Spinning the Web - Grist for the rumor mill

Sept. 11 stimulates a flood of urban myths and hoaxes for Web sites to dispel

By Michael Newman In an article headlined "As Thick as the Ash, Myths are Swirling" in the Sept. 25 edition of The New York Times, writer Dexter Filkins stated, "Born out of chaos and sent speeding along by gossip and e-mail, the new urban legends are throwing up false hopes to the needy, diversions to the melancholy and roadblocks to the rescuers.

THE MAG: One Moor time

InPlay's version of tragic 'Othello' captures one man's violent demise

By Mitchell J. Near In the latest Hollywood version of a William Shakespeare play, "Othello" was restaged as "O" and centered itself as a high school rivalry taking place on a basketball court.

THE MAG: Hail Mary

KU alum spins intimate tales of Catholic women

By Mitchell J. Near When Mary O'Connell set out to examine the effects of religion on women, she never intended to produce a dry treatise, or a literal history, or some ominously heavy tome doomed to purgatory in freshman literary classes at junior colleges everywhere.

THE MAG: Art Notes

Regurgitator swallows, upchucks objects Kansas Woodwinds set for Monday concert Smithsonian educator to talk at Spencer Halloween activities center on T. rex Halloween event geared for young children Trolley tours show off colorful leaves Fine Arts hosts Psychotronic festival

THE MAG: Windshield time

Tulsa blues guitarist stays on the road over 200 nights per year

By Geoff Harkness While heavy touring is part of many a blues guitarist's life, Scott Ellison likes to take it to the extreme. After all, spending the better part of the year on the road is the only way to improve, says the minor six-string hero, phoning from his home in Tulsa, Okla.

THE MAG: CD Review - 'Long Beach Dub Allstars'

By Geoff Harkness. When your band's enigmatic, prodigious, only-one-that-really-mattered frontman dies unexpectedly, there's really just two paths left to take. First, there's the Dave Grohl route, which involves dusting yourself off and starting a new group that aspires to the glories of the former.

THE MAG: CD Review - 'Sunny Ledfurd'

By Geoff Harkness Sunny Ledfurd began as a run-of-the-mill Gastonia, N.C., metal band, fronted by an Axl Rose wannabe named Dugi. With the demise of the big-hair scene, Dugi and company adopted a more salable sound, adding what else? fist-pumping rap to their blue-plate rock.

THE MAG: SEVEN QUESTIONS with Freedy Johnston

By Jon Niccum While Lawrence is constantly acknowledged for its reliable music scene, it's surprising how few artists from the city have been able to maintain an enduring relationship with the recording industry, and local acts get signed and dropped in nearly equal quantities.

THE MAG: Top Music

THE MAG: Out of Bounds - Better late than never

KU's quaint basketball tradition Late Night with Roy improving

By Seth Jones One small step in the right direction for Late Night with Roy Williams, and a giant leap for Squatch, the dunking Seattle SuperSonics mascot. Last year, Late Night was mesmerizingly awful. Fans packed Allen Fieldhouse and witnessed forward/center Jeff Carey getting a haircut.

People

Crosby heirs sue for past royalties Alfre Woodard shares screen test secret Turner takes turn in front of cameras Director says Hollywood gave terrorists ideas

Emmy hopes third time's a charm

Rescheduled awards show faces potential conflict with baseball

The Emmy Awards show, delayed twice by last month's terrorist attacks, have been rescheduled again in a move that could put the telecast in competition with the seventh game of the World Series.

THE MAG: Best Bets

Film review - 'Collateral Damage'

By George Will Washington Post Writers Group Like a rock almost submerged in a river, the gubernatorial candidate stands at 7:30 a.m. amid a torrent of rail commuters. Some shake hands, some wish him well, some vent as he nods to suggest interest, even empathy.

Pick of the patch

Just passing through

Wednesday, October 17

6News video report: Local supply of CIPRO is good

Josh Garber reports on the local availability of the antibiotic CIPRO, which is used to treat Anthrax.

6News video report: Quail Run Elementary students show they care

Tina Terry reports on a group of Lawrence school children that are reaching out to other children directly affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Rooftop study hall

People

Well, it's 1, 2, 3 ... Fear of furniture Lookin' for love

6News video report: Around the world

Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.

Tuesday, October 16

For Fekkai, key to beauty is 'being comfortable'

Frederic Fekkai fancies himself a sculptor of sorts.

Superman myth flies on WB

What if Superboy's rocket ship had crash-landed in "Dawson's Creek"? That idea must have seemed irresistible to the WB Network big shots who acquired the new teen drama "Smallville" (8 p.m., WB) that adapts and updates the Superman mythology.

Remy Zero, Travis make good pairing

By Levi Chronister Good friends made for a great concert as buddies Travis and Remy Zero played to a packed Liberty Hall crowd Sunday night.

Fleck and Meyer bring eclectic mix to Liberty Hall

Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer - Liberty Hall, Lawrence Kansas 10/15/2001

By Michael Newman Monday night, Lawrence's Liberty Hall was host to an audience in everything from neckties to tie-dyes as the eclectic duo of Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer came to play a swirling array of virtuoso music that incorporated everything from Americana, jazz, celtic and eastern modalities, to piano concertos transcribed for banjo and upright bass.

6News Video: Reports around the world

Fears of anthrax attacks have spread across the nation. More bombing strikes Kandahar Afghanistan among other cities.

6News Video: Water treatment plants on alert

Tina Terry reports on local efforts to protect our water supply in the case of terrorist attacks.

Pink blooms this month in breast cancer goods

October, known for rich browns and rusts, is also the pinkest month of the year. Pink is the signature color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and several clothing and cosmetics companies are thinking pink.

Monday, October 15

Winnie the Pooh hits 75

Events celebrate bear who still enjoys 'expotitions' and 'hunny'

On a miserably wet and windy summer day, fans spilled from Pooh Corner a small shop filled with bear beakers, brooches, boxes and books cramming the narrow streets with their cars.

French offer insurance vs. bullies

Leave it to the French to come up with bully insurance for their schoolchildren.

People

Actress cruises on with post-divorce life Breast cancer concerns prompt California hike Academy welcomes 200 new inductees

Sunday, October 14

People

Piano-playing Hornsby suffers broken wrist Greenwood wants U.S.A. to move past anger Give peace a chance, McCartney tells Yoko

Playing on pumpkins

Poet's essay inspires Kansans to examine their surroundings

By Jan Biles An essay by an American poet is the inspiration for a conference that explores the relationship between dreams/0imagination and places/spaces. The Kansas Conference on Imagination and Place, a collaboration of the Kansas Land Trust, Lawrence Arts Center and Cottonwood Review, is the brainchild of Paul Hotvedt, a Lawrence artist and owner of Blue Heron Typesetters.

Dreams and places

Artists look at home place, memories

By Jan Biles An exhibition of artwork reflecting the theme of the Kansas Conference on Imagination and Place is on display through Oct. 30 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St. "Imagination and Place Three Perspectives," sponsored by the Kansas Land Trust, Lawrence Arts Center and Cottonwood Review, features the works of Jane Voorhees, Ron Michael and Gesine Janzen.

Musical voices today's issues

By Jan Biles "Ragtime," the four-time Tony Award winner, razzle-dazzled the audience Saturday night at the Lied Center, receiving the first full-blown standing ovation since the season's start.

'Ballad of Black Jack' is back in Baldwin

By Jan Biles A Baldwin theater tradition is being revived. After a 15-year hiatus, "Ballad of Black Jack" is returning to the stage at the annual Maple Leaf Festival. Shows are slated Friday through Oct. 21 in Rice Auditorium at Baker University. The musical a mix of love, murder, comedy, battle, dancing and singing re-creates the turbulent times of the pre-Civil War era.

Bookstore

Suspenseful first novel just what the doctor ordered

Norman Green's first novel, "Shooting Dr. Jack" (HarperCollins, 288 pages, $25), is a gritty, down-to-earth story about three characters involved in a shady junkyard business on Troutman Street, deep in the underbelly of New York's borough of Brooklyn.

'Kushiel's Dart' hits its mark

Jacqueline Carey makes her fiction debut with "Kushiel's Dart" (Tor, 704 pages, $25.95), a beautifully written story and a gem of a fantasy novel. The D'Angeline people always have been known for their beauty and grace. In almost every respect, Phedre Delaunay is as striking as any other Angeline.

Saturday, October 13

Panorama: Wells Overlook

Wells Overlook

Haskell homecoming

Big vehicles segregated in garage

By Mindie Paget If you drive a large truck, van or sport utility vehicle and want to snag a spot in the new downtown parking garage, you can't use just any entrance there. The new 500-space parking garage in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street has three entrances, but vehicles 80 inches or taller can only use the southernmost entrance, said Dale Glenn, president of GLPM Architects, which designed the garage.

Adkins mixes country sentiments with Shania sound on new album

One thing can't be denied about Trace Adkins' new hit single, "I'm Tryin'." It's different. The song, which is moving up Billboard's country singles chart, has drum loops, sound effects and a melody that veers toward '60s psychedelic rock during the chorus.

People

Asner to be honored for lifetime achievement Hall house thief jailed Stiller not the norm

Friday, October 12

Collage comes together

By Jan Biles The Collage Concert, the brainchild of Kansas University's School of Fine Arts Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery, came to fruition Thursday night at the Lied Center.

6News Video: Bioterrorism threat discussed with local emergency personnel

A bioterrorism expert from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment spoke with Douglas County emergency personnel about dealing with a terrorist attack.

6News Video: T-shirts honoring fallen firefighters and police selling quickly

Nearly 5,000 of the t-shirts have been sold, with proceeds being used to help the New York City Fire Department's Union and New York police.

6News Video: Local mental health workers talk about depression

National Depression Screening day has more significance this year, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

People

Drugs used first to save Limbaugh's hearing Kidman dating again Bert appears on posters of terrorist suspect

$1.5 million gift to help in art museum expansion

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University officials on Thursday announced the first large donation toward the expansion of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. KU alumni Lester "Dusty" Loo and Katherine Haughey Loo, Colorado Springs, Colo., will contribute $1.5 million toward the project, which will nearly double the museum's size, KU announced.

City's new parking garage opens to vehicles today

By Mark Fagan The wait for downtown parking spaces is about to get a lot shorter. A new city parking garage with more than 500 spaces available for public use will open by the end of today in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street, City Manager Mike Wildgen said.

Thursday, October 11

People

Singular relief Poundstone sentenced Brooks album due Keitel gets married

Downtown may lose exclusive status in guide

By Joel Mathis Matthew Jones lives in Eudora but does most of his shopping in Lawrence. Few of his dollars, however, make their way downtown. "I hardly ever go down there," he said Wednesday while shopping at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa. "Most of the places down there are more expensive.

THE MAG: Arts Notes

Two country studios open doors to visitors Musicians from Chile to perform at JCCC Polish singer to give recital in Overland Park Berry farm offers maize, hayrack rides

THE MAG: One-woman Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho reflects on autobiography, career, influences

By Mitchell J. Near By now Margaret Cho should be a cliché, just another sad footnote in entertainment history.

THE MAG: Song and dance man

Entertainer Gregory Hines continues to expand his multidimensional career

By Mitchell J. Near Gregory Hines is being chauffeured through Los Angeles as he makes last-minute preparations for the rescheduled Emmy Awards (since postponed). The biggest difference between Hines and other celebrities is probably the fact that his teen-age son is doing the driving in the family automobile. His daughter, too, is involved.

THE MAG: Wake Up Call Poll

THE MAG: Wake Up Call - The promised land

By Greg Douros Some 17,000 males fill Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., screaming, praying, cheering and singing. Despite first guesses, this isn't the regional rally for the Log Cabin Republicans. This raging crowd of testosterone is here for the Promise Keepers conference. Yes, it's PK that men-only, Christian organization whose stated goal (according to Fred Ramirez, director of U.S. Ministries for PK and organizer of today's event) is "to have men lead better family lives, to be better fathers, better husbands, men of the church, men who live their lives according to God's law."

THE MAG: Movie Listings

THE MAG: TOP MOVIES

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Corky Romano'

By Loey Lockerby Chris Kattan is one of those actors who is very funny in moderate doses. When he's doing a "Saturday Night Live" sketch or taking on a small film role, his hyperactive schtick can be just what's needed to perk things up a bit. As his starring role in "Corky Romano" proves, however, watching more than 10 minutes of this guy is like being pummeled by a teddy bear. It's painless and won't do any harm, but you still want it to stop.

THE MAG: Film Review - 'Bandits'

'Bandits' allows cast members to discover the quirky hearts of their characters

By Loey Lockerby The word "quirky" gets used a lot by filmmakers trying to explain their characters. It's supposed to be a compliment, describing charming eccentrics whose behavior defies expectations. Too often, though, it's just code for "annoying weirdoes some hack thought would be funny."

THE MAG: Looking back at a legend

Mickey Rooney refuses to slow down after 80 years in show business

By Mitchell J. Near Mickey Rooney is a bona fide show-biz legend. And from the look of things, he is not going to retire. Ever.

THE MAG: Out of Bounds - The sound of one arm crunching

Television show 'You Gotta See This' doesn't hold back on gruesome content

By Seth Jones I'm sitting at the bar top of Molly McGee's, enjoying the "Boardwalk Burger." You know, the one with pineapple and bacon. Man, I love pineapple. Tastes good on everything.

THE MAG - Cover Story: Seattle super sonic

Death Cab For Cutie lives inside the indie photobooth

By Geoff Harkness Though Ben Gibbard spends most of his time fronting the most buzzworthy band in indie rock, today he's helming the cash register at a vintage clothing store in his Seattle hometown.

THE MAG: TOP MUSIC

THE MAG: SEVEN QUESTIONS with Suzanne Vega

By Geoff Harkness "Solitude Standing" established Suzanne Vega as one of the more ethereal singer-songwriters of the modern era. While her 1987 sophomore album leaned toward soft-spoken ethnographies like "Luka," Vega also beatniked her way through postmodern witticisms like "Tom's Diner" (later remixed into a hit by DNA). "Luka," which breached the Top 40, had the distinction of being one of the first popular songs about child abuse, influencing peers (see 10,000 Maniacs' "What's the Matter Here?") to reach beyond the typical paradigms of pop music blandness.

THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: CD Reviews - 'Tenacious D'

Tenacious D injects rock with edgy comedy

By Jon Niccum Straddling the conceptual fence between novelty album and timeless parody lies the debut effort by Tenacious D. Originally conceived as the basis for an HBO comedy series in 1999, the "band" is the brainchild of actors/musicians Jack Black and Kyle Gass two of the most unlikely rock stars to ever strap on six-strings.

THE MAG: Crime and punishment

Alien Ant Farm pays the price for going platinum with 'Criminal'

By Geoff Harkness No one ever said singing the novelty song of the year was easy. Just ask Dryden Mitchell, who manned the microphone for Alien Ant Farm's postmodern cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," only to find that he can't leave the house anymore.

THE MAG: Parting shot

Wednesday, October 10

People

Stone out of hospital Leno plans auction of autographed Harley All-star concerts grow Maternal instincts Dylan on tour

6News video report: News from around the world

Kim Hall reports on news from around the world.

Tuesday, October 9

Ray Davies charms without Kinks

By Michael Newman Ray Davies, a singer-songwriter who along with brother Dave founded the seminal '60s rock group The Kinks, has been performing his music and spoken word cabaret act, "The Storyteller," for several years now. Sunday night Davies and accompanying guitarist Pete Mathison performed at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Mo.

6News Video: Reports from around the world

The B-2 stealth bombers from Whiteman AFB figure prominently in the Afghanistan bombings. Also, the CDC are still investigating the anthrax outbreaks in Florida. The Russian submarine lost at sea last year has been raised. Finally, Hurricane Iris has reached Category 4 and will make landfall in Belize.

Collage Concert to build camaraderie

KU fine arts dean wants to see departments create sense of community

By Jan Biles Some of the goals Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of Kansas University's School of Fine Arts, focuses on are to build community among the university's departments of music, dance and art and design and to raise money for student travel grants. She's banking on the annual Collage Concert to do both. The fund-raising concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lied Center showcases the music, dance and visual arts created by KU students and faculty.

'Zoolander' is master of catwalk

The hardest part about poking fun at fashion in the movie "Zoolander" is that real-life fashion is funnier than anything you can make up.

Mr. Washington goes to town in movieland

Actor breaks out of his typical good-guy role in 'Training Day'

No more Mr. Nice Guy for Denzel Washington.

Romance resumes on 'Gilmore'

When the first season of the goofy, good-natured comedy "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB) ended, Max (Scott Cohen) surprised Lorelai (Lauren Graham) with 1,000 yellow daisies. He had them delivered after she complained about his casual way of popping the question.

Monday, October 8

Horse-chestnut tree near arts center doing just fine, thank you very much

By Dave Ranney Every year about this time, the majestic horse-chestnut tree in front of the Lawrence Arts Center looks awful, its gnarled branches nearly naked.

The show won't go on

Military strikes pre-empt Emmy Awards

The Emmy Awards telecast, delayed three weeks by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was canceled Sunday after United States and Britain launched a military attack in Afghanistan.

Autumn dancers

On the final Sunday of the Lawrence "Harvest of Arts" Festival members of the Lawrence Youth Ballet Ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director Deborah Bettinger performed in Constant Park. The event, "Dance on the Sandbar" was relocated to the park due to high water on the Kansas River.

Ray Davies charms without 'Kinks'

Ray Davies "The Storyteller" - Memorial Hall, Kansas City KS - 10/07/2001

By Michael Newman Ray Davies, singer, songwriter and who along with brother Dave founded the seminal '60s rock group The Kinks has been performing his music and spoken word cabaret act, "The Storyteller" for several years now. Sunday night Davies and accompanying guitaris Pete Mathison performed at Kansas City's Memorial Hall, which Davies accurately described as a "barn" relative to the intimacy and quietude of the performance.

Sunday, October 7

Bookstore

'Six Degrees' a tragi-comic exploration of America

By Jan Biles "Six Degrees of Separation" is one of playwright John Guare's best. With just the right mix of tragedy and comedy, the play becomes a tool to talk about the ills of America disconnectedness, racism, homophobia, division between economic classes.

Keeping an eye on V.I.

Paretsky's new book taps into family history

By Jan Biles Detective-private eye V.I. Warshawski has changed as the world around her has changed. She no longer has to prove she's as competent as the boys. Concern over her gender has been replaced with respect for her investigative skills.

Making progress

Arts center's roof almost finished, heating on soon

By Jan Biles The roof is almost finished. The interior stud walls are ready for Sheetrock. The electrical wiring and the plumbing are in place. The windows are expected to be installed in a few days.

Plays' characters deal with death

By Jan Biles Nathan Gonzales began his theatrical career at an early age. "When I was little, my neighbors and I would do little shows. My mom would write the scripts," Gonzales, a Kansas University junior studying film, said. "We would sell tickets for 25 cents, but would give a coupon for 5 cents off."

Saturday, October 6

All God's creatures

6News video report: News from around the world

Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.

Pet post

Drawn to scale

The young and the restless

People

Model back on bike a year after accident Material Girl loans artwork for exhibit

Friday, October 5

6News video report: Around the world

Kim Hall reports on news from around the world.

People

Wedding plans off Doherty likely to do roadside cleanup '90210' actress charged in vehicular death

Thursday, October 4

THE MAG: Getting an earful

Acclaimed radio comedy show finds a new name but keeps the same attitude

By Mitchell J. Near If there is one thing any performer does not want, it's to be saddled with a label that implies being average. How can you stand out in the crowd and grab the attention of fickle audiences if your name seems boring? That was the situation the rambunctious actors and writers of the award-winning radio program "The Imagination Workshop" found themselves in. They had great work, and people who heard them loved them. It was convincing listeners to get with the program that was a bit harder.

THE MAG: Arts Notes

Collegium Musicum focuses on early music Abilene festival focuses on carousel Artists to gather for Shaw Art Fair Antiques, home, garden show in Overland Park

Fire at KSU

Having a blast

Sun fails to heed signal

Famous actor discusses KU days

By Jan Biles Singer-actor Mandy Patinkin didn't pull any punches when he told Kansas University students about the circumstances behind his departure from the university 31 years ago. He was doing a lot of plays "Man of La Mancha," "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "Indians" but he was only enrolled in three hours of classes. (Includes video).

People

Tony Blair's son mugged Raitt makes plea deal Another Foster child

THE MAG: What Are You Reading?

THE MAG: Beer and pretzels theater

Lawrence theater enthusiast helps make a name for the town

By Mitchell J. Near In a city bustling with artists, musicians and actors, Jeremy Auman has provided a steady, quietly busy presence in the community. He acts, directs and writes, and at this point in his life, he has no plans to do anything else. Not that he doesn't dream big from time to time.

THE MAG: Spinning the Web -- Giving aid and comfort to the enemy

By Michael Newman When my friend Ray first moved to Wichita to shoot television news in the early '80s, the station would dispatch a crew on every drive-by shooting. They were new and shocking. By the time he left for a network job in New York, he didn't even look up when word of one came over the scanner. They were no longer newsworthy, and where there was once shock and wonderment, there now was just a callous indifference. So it has become with computer viruses.

THE MAG: Toning it down

Annual Emmys ceremony will revamp festivities to reflect the national mood

By Mitchell J. Near Walter Cronkite is opening the Emmy Awards this Sunday night.

THE MAG: Out of Bounds -- Deciphering the Formula

Columnist's first auto race leaves him confused

By Seth Jones They say that people fear what they don't understand. So I must have been horrified as I sat at the Brickyard 500 in Indianapolis and watched my first Formula One race. But more than horrified, I was mystified. Almost 200,000 people were in attendance witnessing these cars shoot by them, yet I couldn't make heads or tails of the blurs.

THE MAG: Movie Listings

THE MAG: Film review - 'Serendipity'

'Serendipity' meets all the expectations of a typical adult romantic comedy

By Dan Lybarger "Serendipity" is a romantic comedy with meager thematic ambition and no trace of originality. British director Peter Chelsom and writer Marc Klein almost seem to take pride in having made a cookie-cutter movie, and to be fair, they've made a rather tasty confection. "Serendipity" boldly asserts its escapist convictions, so the laughs come consistently even if the storyline never adds up to anything substantial.

THE MAG: Film review - 'Joy Ride'

Brothers find that it's not wise to anger truckers in the suspenseful 'Joy Ride'

By Jon Niccum Cinematic thrillers customarily use one of two tactics to enhance the suspense: 1) A killer knows something about you, and you don't realize that he knows it.

THE MAG: Healthy competition

Eighth annual FilmFest Kansas City celebrates cultural diversity as theme

By Loey Lockerby The number of major film events in the Kansas City area seem to get larger every year. From Halfway to Hollywood to the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the KAN Festival to the Indy Film Showcase, the list goes on and on. One of the biggest and most diverse is FilmFest Kansas City, whose eighth annual installment runs from Oct. 5-11. As usual, it will provide a staggering array of choices for area movie fans.

THE MAG: Top Movies

THE MAG: Film review- 'Training Day'

Star power of Washington and Hawke elevate police drama above grim setting

By Loey Lockerby How do you rid a city of crime while retaining your sense of right and wrong? Can that even be done, or do you have to get as dirty as the people you're dealing with in order to bring them down? These are questions law enforcement personnel must grapple with on a daily basis, and they're central to "Training Day," a gritty new drama that never lives up to its ambitions, but gives it a hell of a try anyway.

THE MAG: Emotions in motion

Boulder, Co., jambient band MFA creates electronica with a Phishy aftertaste

By Geoff Harkness Chris Newton is old-school. Real old-school. "If you go back 250, 300 years to classical music, the majority of it besides opera was instrumental," Newton says, phoning from the Boulder, Colo., dry cleaners where he spends most days. "That was popular music back then. And jazz in the middle of the century, there was vocal jazz, but not all of it."

THE MAG: Welcome to the dollhouse

Goth gals of Harlow get a big boost from VH1

By Jon Niccum Silver-screen star Jean Harlow was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1911. At the age of 16, the actress ran away to Los Angeles to find her fortune in the entertainment industry. The same strategy has been employed by another platinum blonde whose career is linked to the name Harlow. Singer-guitarist Amanda Rootes, a comely London native, enjoyed some success with her former British all-girl band Fluffy in the mid-'90s. After the group was dropped by Capitol Records and split up, she relocated to Los Angeles and formed Harlow. Now her L.A.-based act is gearing up to release its debut album after finding some unlikely exposure on American television.

THE MAG: Rebel without a cause

L.A.'s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club strips its gears after months on the road

By Geoff Harkness Robert Turner has been on tour a little too long. "We're kind of doing the insane route right now," he murmurs sleepily from a static-ridden cell phone. "Everyone keeps saying we're crazy ... and it's really funny at first but then there's a side that is actual madness to it. And it's not left with a chuckle and all that; you're actually in it. So we feel like we're just going further than any other band in this weird way, and you've gotta really use that high to keep going. That's the only reason to do it right now. Everything else is gone"

THE MAG: Best Bets

THE MAG: Top Music

THE MAG: The enigma machine

KC-based alt-rock quartet Shiner returns to form with 'The Egg'

By Geoff Harkness Allen Epley is here to shatter myths. The Shiner singer-guitarist  one of the area's most prominent frontmen during the early '90s  is quick to blast holes in the theory that there ever was a "golden age" of local music in the first place.

THE MAG: Parting shot

Wednesday, October 3

People

Loud and clear Checker's move Royal ambassador Anti-war cry

6News report: Burn victim released

Kim Hall reports on the release of the first burn victim from the terrorist attacks.

American Indian flutist spreads his music, message

By Jan Biles When R. Carlos Nakai wraps his fingers around his cedar flute, he's doing much more than playing music. He's keeping an important part of his American Indian heritage alive. "I found that the most important thing is to keep the flute going," he said, explaining that the art form was disappearing among indigenous peoples.

6News report: Greece to aid in war on terrorism

Kim Hall reports on the meeting between Secretary of State Colin Powell and his meeting with Greece's Foreign Minister.

6News report: Canada to help with border safety

Kim Hall reports on the meeting between Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Canadian Solicitor.

Tuesday, October 2

6News report: Reports from around the world

In NYC's Central Park, many remember victims of the terrorist attacks. NATO troops disarm Albanian rebels in Macedonia. Finally, opium exports from Afghanistan have slowed.

City secures U.S. grant to replace downtown trees

By Joel Mathis The city has received nearly $15,000 in federal funds to replace more than 30 trees in downtown Lawrence. Officials say the grant will speed the normal process of replacing downtown trees. Because they're constricted by concrete planters, the trees don't get very big and can't live very long.

People

Stone suffers aneurysm Janet cancels tour Former first daughter at Oxford University Affleck clocked at 114 mph

Dead's 'Nightfall of Diamonds' shines

The glut of live Grateful Dead-related releases has become tough for even hungry Deadheads to keep up with. The "Dick's Picks" series remains the mothership of this endeavor and continues to release multidisc sets at least four times a year. "Nightfall of Diamonds" is part of the more sporadic "From the Vault" series but is an important release for a variety of reasons.

NBC likely to scrub 'Scrubs'

6Newsreport: T-shirts are being sold to help raise funds

Firefighters and Sherrif's Department deputies sell t-shirts to help raise funds for the victims of the September 11 attacks.

6News report: KU Blood drive going well

KU's Points for Pints blood drive will continue for several days.

6Newsreport: Congressman Moore visits site of the WTC attacks

Politicians including Congressman Dennis Moore went to examine the site of the terrorist attacks in New York City.

Monday, October 1

"Lawrence Own Your Own" exhibit awards made

Juried show funds Bert Nash Center while providing art work to patrons

By Michael Newman On Friday, September 28th, at the Fields Gallery at 712 Massachusetts in downtown Lawrence, jurors for the "Lawrence Own Your Own" art exhibit sponsored by the Lawrence Committee for the Advancement of the Visual Arts, made their final deliberations.

People

J. Lo ties the knot Facing the facts Home sweet home