Sunday, September 30
The recipients of the 2001 Governor's Arts Awards have been announced.
KC quilt show lasts nine days Ellis Paul, Susan Werner pair for folk concert University Theatre plans activities Male chamber ensemble booked at Baker
Gregory Hines to make stop at Johnson County college Dance company to perform 'Stories of Addiction' Comedy troupe turns off political humor for show Mushroom photographer to show works at library
Anti-Vietnam War radical tells story of turbulent times
He had a story to tell about the days when he preached revolution, when his face was on a "Wanted" poster, when he believed the way to stop a war was with violence and bombs. Bill Ayers had set out to talk about those times, detailed in his new memoir, "Fugitive Days." But then the unspeakable happened: Terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
By Jan Biles Lawrence resident Doug Weaver had no way of knowing when he signed up to direct University Theatre's production of "Six Degrees of Separation" that its theme would take on new meaning because of a terrorist attack on the United States.
By Jan Biles With all of the stressful business going on in this world right now, "The Taffetas" provides welcome relief with its happy songs and wholesome comedy. Playing at Lawrence Community Theatre, the show is a two-hour revue that will dust off the cobwebs in your musical memory and surprise you with lyrics from the '50s and '60s that you thought you had long forgotten.
"Boating Club," a painting by Lawrence artist Kristin Dempsey, has been selected for the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society's "Exhibit 2001," the group's 11th annual exhibit and competition.
By Jan Biles A play commissioned by Haskell Indian Nations University and performed by Thunderbird Theatre this week at the Lied Center will connect to issues familiar to Lawrence residents: highways, land and power.
Flutists Paul Horn and R. Carlos Nakai will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center. Horn is known as the "godfather" of new-age flute music and master of the European flute.
Saturday, September 29
Kim Hall reports on news from around the world in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Attendance declines since terrorist attacks threatened Great White Way
Some of the biggest names in the entertainment world gathered Friday in Times Square to help launch an advertising campaign aimed at bringing audiences back to Broadway.
Friday, September 28
A royal row Concert for New York Refugee assistance
Josh Garber reports on news from around the world.
Gov't Mule, Beaumont Club - Kansas City MO 09/27/2001
By Michael Newman It's reported that Keith Richards once said something to the effect that "the best band in the world is playing in a club somewhere tonight and the chances are, most of us won't be there." Thursday night the club was Kansas City's Beaumont Club and the band was Gov't Mule.
Thursday, September 27
Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks draws on diverse skills for 'Hearts in Atlantis'
By Dan Lybarger Struggling for years from job to job has left Australian director Scott Hicks with a résumé that seems too diverse for one person. To American filmgoers, he's best known for helming "Shine," an engrossing biopic about pianist David Helfgott and his lifelong struggles with mental illness. Geoffrey Rush scored an Oscar for playing the musician, and Hicks earned two Academy Award nominations for his directing and for writing the script (with Jan Sardi).
Anthony Hopkins helps to anchor the frivolous fantasy 'Hearts in Atlantis'
By Loey Lockerby Any movie starring Anthony Hopkins should be at least somewhat interesting by default. Hopkins is such a magnetic presence, he automatically elevates everything around him. "Hearts in Atlantis" needs all the help it can get.
'Don't Say a Word' abandons all things logical in exchange for familiar thrills
By Dan Lybarger Even great movies can require that viewers ignore simple logic. For example, the opening images and sounds of "Citizen Kane" are so captivating that one doesn't give much consideration to the fact that no one is actually there to hear Charles Foster Kane's pivotal final word.
Actor Bruce Campbell traces the evolution of a B movie career
By Mitchell J. Near If Bruce Campbell had found a career in Hollywood during the 1940s, he would be what they call a B movie actor. He's generically handsome, with a square-jawed mug that is his trademark feature. He's got a great sense of humor, charm and solid acting chops. These attributes probably would have been a boost to his career if he'd have lived 50 years ago, when he could have swashbuckled alongside Errol Flynn, dated dames with Robert Mitchum, and rode backup to John Wayne. At least then he could've had numerous opportunities in a variety of films.
Tara Jane O'Neil removes her sonic blindfold
By Geoff Harkness Tara Jane O'Neil is not selling out; she's buying in.
By Geoff Harkness In a world filled with musicians who toe the PR party line, Tricky stands alone. Outspoken, opinionated and virtually unable to restrain his verbal musings, the U.K.-reared rapper holds nothing back when it comes to chatting with the press ? a phenomenon that's earned him as many detractors as it has fans. Ask Tricky anything and you're bound to get an earful of candid monologue, between king-sized tokes on his ever-present blunt. Remember "Juxtapose" ? the critically roasted collaboration he a did a few years back with DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) and Grease (DMX)? Tricky does too.
Metal legend takes no-holds-barred approach to life
By Geoff Harkness It may be hard to believe, but Dave Mustaine a man who's spent most of his life singing songs about death and carnage is an avowed computer nerd.
Comedian Bill Hicks is given a proper tribute with 'Philosophy'
By Jon Niccum "I was over in Australia during Easter. It's interesting to note they celebrate Easter the same way we do, commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus by telling our children a giant bunny rabbit left chocolate eggs in the night ... Why those two things? Why not goldfish left Lincoln Logs in your sock drawer.
Mike Watt and the Tom and Jerry Show, The Bottleneck - Lawrence KS - 09/25/2001
By Michael Newman Mike Watt is as committed a rock and roll lifer as one can hope to see. The 40-something, punk mainstay parked his Econoline van in front of Lawrence's Bottleneck Tuesday night for 90 minutes of inspired mayhem and humble appreciation for his fans that stayed with him till the wee hours.
By Mike Belt Pizza crusts thrown out of a car led Lawrence Police to believe they had the right suspects early Wednesday as they investigated a fight at a downtown bar. Four men were arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail for allegedly arguing and fighting with a man outside Fatso's bar, 1016 Mass.
Bullock gives $1 million to American Red Cross Leno to give show for free in Las Vegas Ono gives messages through peace lyrics Pat Boone moved to rerelease album
Columnist explores the positives and negatives of packing heat
By Greg Douros "Weapons are the tools of violence. All decent men detest them." Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 7th century B.C. "I want to say those words again for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: From my cold dead hands!" NRA president Charlton Heston.
Tortured worms, evil stickfish and bad karma can't spoil writer's day on quiet Kansas lake
By Seth Jones There's something about hunting that just isn't very sporting. A man takes a squirt bottle of deer urine and sprays it on himself. Then he waits in a tree for an unsuspecting deer to trot by, intending on blasting the placid "beast" with a shotgun.
Gerald Potterton recalls his collaboration with Buster Keaton on 'The Railrodder'
By Dan Lybarger In a career that has spanned decades, British-born Gerald Potterton has made a name for himself in animation.
Wednesday, September 26
Even as networks delay or drop potentially sensitive episodes and clip violent scenes in terrorism's immediate wake, network executives expressed uncertainty Tuesday about how deep or lasting the effects of Sept. 11 will be.
Josh Garber reports on the meetings between world leaders to discuss the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Josh Garber reports on the possibility of more terrorist attacks.
Kim Hall reports on the KU greek community trying to raise money for the rescue effort in New York City.
Josh Garber reports on the increasing problems in Afghanistan.
Time to laugh again Chick changes name Real-life survivor Trip called off
Tuesday, September 25
In today's stories: hope finding more bodies at the World Trade Center dwindles, the international coalition against terrorism gains new support and troops at Fort Bragg prepare for action.
Several speakers debate the legal ramifications of the United States' war on terrorism.
Protestors in Lawrence call for the United States to spend military dollars on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
J. Lo finds her roots in Puerto Rico '7th Heaven' actress sets role model Ambrose ponies up for parks King promotes goodwill at WTC site
Sunday, September 23
For years, author Dava Sobel had been infatuated with the wrong man. Galileo Galilei, she thought, embodied the highest scientific ideals objectivity and levelheadedness in his single-minded quest to untangle the mysteries of the heavens and Earth.
By Jan Biles Harvest of Arts, the annual grass-roots celebration of the community's arts and artists, will kick off Friday and run through Oct. 7. This year, the festival will feature about two dozen events, including dance, music, painting, sculpture, theater, film and other art forms.
Troupe presents folk dances from Canada Symphony Orchestra offers pops concert
Exhibition and sale courts local artists, slates lectures
By Jan Biles Gina Westergard doesn't show her jewelry and metal pieces very often in Lawrence, but an innovative art show and sale that opens Saturday at Fields Gallery has drawn her in. Westergard is among the more than 50 artists who have been selected for the Lawrence Own-Your-Own Art Exhibition and Sale (LOYO), an event developed by the Lawrence Committee for the Advancement of the Visual Arts.
Clarinetist promotes Australia's music Harvard professor to speak at KC museum
Nostalgic cheesecake pinups spark controversy
By Jan Biles The Varga Girl. Has there ever been a fictional American woman more seductive and controversial? While she bolstered the spirits of the G.I.s fighting in World War II, the perfect beauty also drew criticism from those who saw her half-naked body and sensuous sometimes erotic poses degrading and demoralizing to women.
Saturday, September 22
Josh Garber reports on the ongoing efforts at the site of the World Trade Center.
Josh Garber reports on the pledge of support by China for the U.S. led campaign against terrorism.
An impressive array of talent from the worlds of music, films and television mounted a low-keyed but inspirational celebration of the American spirit Friday in a history-making two-hour telethon to raise money for victims and their families in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and the crash of a hijacked plane in Pennsylvania.
Friday, September 21
Kim Hall reports on Thursday nights address by President Bush to Congress and the nation.
Kim Hall reports on a protest for peace that took place on Thursday evening.
Josh Garber reports on a speech that took place Thursday at the Dole Center.
Karen Bledsoe reports on the feelings of the cadets in the KU Army ROTC program.
Kim Hall reports on news from around the world in the wake of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
Thursday, September 20
Josh Garber reports on the efforts of the freshman class at Southwest Junior High to help out in New York City.
Josh Garber reports on President Jacques Chirac's visit to New York City.
Kim Hall reports on a Lawrence man wanting to get every Lawrence resident to sign a card to send to the city of New York.
Josh Garber reports on some of the refugee's fleeing Afghanistan.
Coffee giant brews up plans for former Gap
By Mark Fagan North America's biggest corporate coffee chain is moving into downtown Lawrence. Starbucks Corp. will use about half of the retail space inside a former Gap store at 647 Mass. for a coffee shop.
Â PBS series takes on evolution issue Â Halloween comes early to Worlds of Fun
Attack on America brings new sense of importance to Internet
By Michael Newman There's no denying that we're a television culture. The importance of the medium was once again demonstrated by the tragic events of Sept. 11 and in the days since. The immediacy of TV and its cultural pervasiveness make it the center of our attention during times of unprecedented tragedy.
Lawrence artist uses building as her palette
By Mitchell J. Near Diners at the recently opened Stone Canyon Restaurant can feast their eyes upon a structure that follows an integrated theme of design and artwork, courtesy of Debra Clemente. For years, Clemente and her husband, David, have chaffed at restaurants that provided first-class meals, but leave atmosphere to chance. They reasoned that edibles and ambiance should be of equal value for on-the-town couples.
Kansas City writer undergoes nightmarish adventure in Big Apple
By Mitchell J. Near In one day all of Whitney Terrell's priorities changed.
The film industry rushes to revise upcoming releases in the wake of terrorist incidents
By Loey Lockerby A man watches in horror as his family is killed in a terrorist attack.
Filmmaker Eva Gárdos reveals her family's tale of migrating from Eastern Europe to U.S.
By Dan Lybarger Like a lot of people, cinema editor Éva Gárdos, who has worked on movies as diverse as "Barfly" and "Mask," is proud to be an American. Her semi-autobiographical writing and directorial debut "An American Rhapsody" indicates she's had more reason for her pride than most. Regardless of how closely the film represents what actually happened to her family, it's safe to conclude that their journey to the United States was harrowing.
The Lazer's change in format continues to shape the area's musical landscape
By Jon Niccum People cried out in rage and disbelief. Protests erupted on the streets of Lawrence, and citizens wondered if the town would ever be the same again. No, it wasn't a result of the war raging in Vietnam or a landmark ruling on Roe vs. Wade, it was simply because a beloved radio station had changed its format.
The sports week that never happened offers readers at home a chance to play
By Seth Jones Although the games last weekend were canceled, that doesn't mean we're about to let terrorists spoil our fun. But the dilemma is that there were really no games to report on or talk about.
Punk acts assemble to offer much-needed Plea for Peace
By Geoff Harkness Where were you when it happened? "We were in Florida and we had a day off," says Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue. "We woke up to the news and watching that and just being ... dumbstruck. It was very unreal."
Alternative country's most clever lyricist remains a working-class musician
By Geoff Harkness Roots music revival? Not gonna happen according to Robbie Fulks, who has spent the better part of the past decade playing his peculiar brand of "insurgent country" with minimal results.
Labels scramble to replace offensive CD covers after attacks
By Geoff Harkness In his classic 1994 old-school ode, "Juicy," New York rapper Notorious B.I.G. offered the following simile: "Now I'm in the limelight 'cause I rhyme tight/Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade." Biggie wasn't a prophet of course, he was merely referring to the infamous 1993 car-bombing incident.
Wednesday, September 19
Tina Terry reports on two local women who were in New York during the terrorist attacks.
Josh Garber reports on local law enforcement officials efforts to help.
Kim Hall reports on the continuing efforts of rescuers at the site of the World Trade Center.
Kim Hall reports on the closing of borders between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Josh Garber reports on the postponement of a student exchange program with a sister city of Eutin, Germany.
Kim Hall reports on the FBI's questioning of two men in an East Texas jail that may be connected to the terrorist attacks.
Kim Hall reports on KU's student government efforts to aid victims of the terrorist attacks.
Tuesday, September 18
After last week's attacks, the MLB gets back into the game, and other professional leagues will follow suit.
Douglas county leaders are trying to balance access to the Law Enforcement Center and Courthouse with the need of increased security.
Local music dealers are having trouble keeping patriotic music on the shelves.
Reports from news sources around the world in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
Big 12 schools announce game schedules after last weekend's cancellations and postponements.
Local quilting bees make flags to help display support for the U.S..
Monday, September 17
(Updated Monday at 11:46 a.m.) A truck belonging to Lonnie's Recycling at 501 Maple in Lawrence went over the high side rounding a curve traveling westbound on Highway 24. The driver, Clarence Cheek suffered only minor injuries Monday and was transported from the scene by private vehicle. Emergency workers at the scene estimated possible delays of several hours while waiting for equipment to clear the roadway.
Sunday, September 16
Outdoor drama tells story of Kansa Indians LCT to offer series of improv classes Auditions slated for 'Sound of Music' Festival celebrates Scottish traditions Storyteller releases CD for youngsters Cider Days to raise money for charity
Company keeps spirit of homeland's dance and music alive
The classical and folk dance and music of Cambodia are coming to the Lied Center stage. "Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia," which features 40 dancers and musicians from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The psychological underpinning of child abuse are at the core of "Butterfly Kiss," a drama by Phyllis Nagy that is opening Thursday night in Murphy Hall's Inge Theatre. Megan Shea, a Kansas University graduate student, is directing the provocative play, which she describes as a "detailed look at the life of a woman who was subjected to sexual and mental abuse that eventually led to a murder."
Some major publications scheduled for the fall.
Arts center selling works hanging in show
By Jan Biles The walls of the Lawrence Arts Center's gallery are covered with traditional and contemporary images of American Indian culture. Women in tribal dress gather in one print. Buffaloes roam on another. Portraits of contemporary Indian figures, in blue jeans and rolled-sleeve shirts, hang across the room from an Andy Warhol-ish image of an Indian in cowboy garb.
Merle Haggard and the Strangers, Ameristar Casino, Kansas City MO 09/15/2001
By Michael Newman Saturday night at Kansas City's Ameristar Casino, Haggard and his band The Strangers performed before an adoring crowd. If you accept the notion that every genre of music capable of producing not only legends, but great artists, then it's impossible not to recognize that Merle Haggard exists as one of the form's most gifted examples.
Hemings, Jefferson ancestors to speak Chamber Orchestra lists 2001-2002 board Spencer Consort to open season Artists to show at Rock Bottom Farm KU dance professor to portray Annie Diggs Comedy troupe to make fun of politicians Painter-printmaker to give KU lecture Portrait miniatures topic of session
'American Tall Tales' to open next weekend and then tour across the United States
By Jan Biles The Seem-To-Be Players is realizing that it can't take community support for its shows for granted. "If you've been in theater for awhile, you have the expectation that the community will come to you, but theater must reach out to the community," Ric Averill, director of the professional children's theater company, said.
Tiger, Twain, Theodore and Tolkien head the book list
Bob Wietrak, a sales executive at Barnes & Noble, sees the fall book season as the story of the "Four T's": Tiger, Twain, Theodore and Tolkien. Tiger is Tiger Woods, who in "How I Play Golf" shares his insights with the swinging masses. (Some might then consider Craig Brass' "How to Quit Golf: A 12-Step Program").
Here's your chance to show and tell Former KU professor showing handcrafted jewelry Experimental theater group to begin meeting at LCT National magazine features house built by Rockhill KU alum to show work at 'Grand Nude Show' in KC Photos needed for Web page
By Jan Biles Karole Armitage has danced around the globe since she left Lawrence at the age of 14. She has danced for George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham and created movements for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Jackson and Madonna. She wears her moniker, "the punk ballerina," with pride.
Saturday, September 15
Josh Garber reports on the arival of the Naval hospital ship USNS Comfort in New York.
Josh Garber reports on the ongoing rescue efforts at the site of the World Trade Center.
A CNN reporter explains why sporting events don't take top priority.
An American couple from Kansas City, Kan., right, and another from Ottawa, Ontario, observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States. They were visiting the Wall of Peace Friday in Paris.
Pastor Lee Johnson and church member Louise Woods hug following a noon prayer service at First United Methodist Church for family and victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. At right is Louise's husband, Clyde Woods.
Josh Garber reports on President Bush's visit to the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
Kim Hall reports on the crowd that gathered at the Lied Center on the KU Campus to remember Tuesday's events.
Tina Terry reports on a group of local kids doing their part for the Red Cross.
Kim Hall reports on a group of Kennedy Elementary students who gave their thanks to local law enforcement and firefighters.
Josh Garber reports on three local girls showing their patriotism.
Kim Hall reports on another local prayer and rememberance service held in Lawrence.
Friday, September 14
Josh Garber reports on the heightened security at the Canada - U.S. border.
Kevin Romary reports on Thursday's decision by the Big 12 to cancel all athletic events through Sunday.
Kim Hall reports on a candlelight vigil that took place Thursday evening on Campeneille Hill.
Josh Garber reports on the discovery of the black box from the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
Kim Hall reports on Thursdays convocation at Budig Hall.
Josh Garber reports on new FAA safety regulations and how they will affect the Lawrence airport.
Josh Garber reports on the limited number of flights allowed by FAA.
Tina Terry reports on the scapegoating towards Muslims and Middle East Americans.
Kim Hall reports on the high sales of flags and other patriotic symbols across America.
Josh Garber reports on ways to answer children's questions about Tuesdays attacks.
Josh Garber reports on the approved $40 billion for rescue and clean up efforts in New York.
Josh Garber reports on the continuing rescue efforts at the World Trade Center.
Josh Garber reports on the still closed U.S. Stock Markets, and plans by congressional leaders to visit the nations nuclear weapons plants
Thursday, September 13
Josh Garber reports on tips on dealing with crisis.
Music scene lures the three members of Ghosty to Lawrence
By Geoff Harkness "Hello Oread neighborhood," intones Ghosty singer/guitarist Andrew Connor to a small crowd gathered at the band's rehearsal space, a converted garage in Old West Lawrence, sardonically dubbed "The Haunted House."
By Geoff Harkness "Somebody, anybody, God help, help me please. I want to be accepted. I have to be accepted. I'll wear any kind of clothes you want! I'm so tired of crying and dreaming, I'm soo soo alone. Isn't there anyone out there? Please help me. HELP ME!" Excerpt from Kurt Cobain's 1993 journal.
Austin's The Derailers keep country traditional
By Geoff Harkness When Derailers singer-guitarist Brian Hofeldt decided to make Austin, Tex., his permanent home, he probably never imagined he'd be there less than two months out of every year.
TV's grandest night gets update with Kansan's help
By Mitchell J. Near If the annual creative industry schmooze-fest awards were one big, dysfunctional family, then the prime-time television Emmy Awards has long been seen as the schizophrenic cousin no one in the family wants to talk about yet can't help but make jokes concerning his condition.
Blackmail and passion help keep seedy thriller 'The Deep End' above water
By Dan Lybarger The writing and directing team of Scott McGehee and David Siegel first came to prominence with its 1993 film "Suture," a black-and-white movie that featured an African American and a Caucasian playing half brothers and making the audience the only ones in on the joke. They give viewers similar privileges in "The Deep End." Like "Blood Simple" before it, the new film generates a good deal of suspense as characters wander into danger because they don't know information that has been made plain to the audience early on.
Keanu Reeves helps team of ballplayers overcome adversity of surroundings
By Jon Niccum During a roaring rainstorm, a drunken man wanders the nighttime streets with a bottle in hand. He enters an empty church and takes a seat. Somber music punctuates the soundtrack as the shot reveals the fellow to be deep in prayer.
By Greg Douros I'm waiting in line at the Crimson Café at Kansas University with an empty stomach and a plate full of scrambled eggs and hash browns. Just before arriving, I'd been cleaning off a plastic dummy's mouth with chlorine solution and performing emergency breathing exercises for my first aid class. It was the beginning lesson in preparation for how to act in a crisis, although nothing could prepare me for the news I'm about to learn.
By Seth Jones And after 10 years, Al Bohl said let there be beer at the tailgating parties, and it shall benefit the KU band. And it was good.
Â Organ prodigy takes stage at KC concerts Â Lawrence Art Guild to meet at library Â Workshop to hone writers' skills Â Artist blends text with classical works
Lawrence playwright takes on dating and romance from a male perspective
By Mitchell J. Near Playwright Danny Schluck understands the power of printed, particularly words that are bound to draw attention. He deliberately selected the word "Cock" for his first full-length play, knowing that it implied all sorts of images. But he insists that, ultimately, the word is what people want it to be.
Movies, television shows with terror plots face uncertain future
Real-life terrorism has led Hollywood executives to postpone at least one movie and consider changing the scheduling of other films and TV shows that involve terrorist plots against Americans.
Jud Hale, editor-in-chief of The Old Farmer's Almanac, is worried. Some of last year's weather forecasts were just too accurate way above the traditional 80 percent. That makes it a tough act to follow for the 210th edition, which hit newsstands this week.
Mmmm ... "The Simpsons" on DVD. Fox Home Entertainment has announced it's releasing a three-disc boxed set of the first season of "The Simpsons" Sept. 25, with a list of extras that should please even the most rabid fan of TV's favorite nuclear(-plant) family.
Poundstone reaches plea agreement Kenny Chesney counts his blessings Here's to you, 'Mrs. Robinson'
Kim Hall reports on the collapse of another World Trade Center building.
Kim Hall reports on the State Departments reissue of its World Wide Caution, warning Americans about travelling abroad.
Kim Hall reports on Secretary of State Collin Powell's request for a World Wide Coalition against terrorism.
Josh Garber reports on the request for aid from the Red Cross.
Josh Garber reports on the backup of mail due to the FAA grounding of flights.
Josh Garber reports on KURA's white ribbon's that have been handed out on campus.
Kim Hall reports on threats made towards KU's Muslim students.
Kim Hall reports on local firefighter efforts to raise money for their New York counterparts.
Kim Hall reports on a candlelight prayer vigil that took place at Danforth Chapel on Wednesday evening.
Rollins band, Granada Theater - Lawrence KS 09/12/2001
By Michael Newman For the second time this year, hardcore Renaissance man Henry Rollins appeared in Lawrence. And if his earlier, spoken-word performance at Liberty Hall was a visit from his ego, then Wednesday night's performance with the Rollins Band at the Granada was pure id.
Wednesday, September 12
Lawrence area vigils and prayer events in honor of the victims of tragedy
(Updated Thursday at 4:59 p.m.) By Michael Newman At the time of this writing, Lawrence area churches and secular organizations were still making plans for how they will remember the victims and offer comfort to the community following Tuesday morning's tragic events in New York City and Washington, D.C.
A CNN correspondent gives an overview of Tuesday's horrific events.
Kim Hall reports on a Bert Nash Center employee's adivce on how to deal with Tuesday's tragedy.
Kim Hall reports on Lawrence residents donating blood to be shipped to the New York City area.
Josh Garber reports on Tuesday evening's City Commission meeting.
Kim Hall reports on an accident south of Lawrence in which the driver was injured.
Alison Mann reports on local residents' rush to fill gas tanks.
Mark Johnson, a retired Green Beret, comments on who's to blame for Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
Josh Garber reports on the local and statewide effects of the FAA's grounding of all flights.
Kim Hall reports on the reaction from KU students who gathered around televisions in the student unions on campus.
Josh Garber reports on the crisis center available to staff and students at Lawrence High School.
Kim Hall reports on the heightened security at the Lawrence Law Enforcement Center and City Hall.
Kim Hall reports on Police Chief Ron Olin's comments on Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
Tina Terry reports on the gathering of Lawrence residents to pray for the families of those lost and injured on Tuesday.
Kim Hall reports on the SELF Fellowship members' postponement of their trip to Washington, D.C.
Josh Garber reports on the Afghanistan leader's statement that Osama bin Lauden is not behind Tuesday's events.
Josh Garber reports on the grounding of all U.S. flights.
Josh Garber reports on Osama bin Lauden's possible involvement in Tuesday's events.
Josh Garber reports on the world's reaction to Tuesday's events.
Loren an enduring beauty Liz Taylor's true love Hefner to be roasted Blast from Joplin's past
The Emmys and Latin Grammys canceled their awards ceremonies, amusement parks closed and Hollywood studios locked their gates as Tuesday's terrorist attacks darkened a stunned entertainment industry.
TV, newspapers, Internet provide continuous coverage on several fronts
Television became a national gathering place on a terror-filled Tuesday, replaying unimaginable scenes of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center and its skyscrapers collapsing. Newspapers rushed out special editions. Many headlines said simply: "TERROR."
Tuesday, September 11
The scene: a smoky back room full of gamblers playing a tense game of poker. There's a love triangle about to erupt, the possibility of a royal flush and the dealer may be crooked. The players look familiar, and the song in the background sounds like ... Bob Dylan.
McConaughey to the rescue Impressing Michael Jackson Refining daytime talk shows Just like a country song
City officials from the mayor on down are hoping Chicagoans in coffee shops, on park benches and on buses and trains are engrossed in the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Many in Hong Kong look to TV show to get out of debt
Postman Sin Kan-tong didn't miss a beat when asked what he would do with the money.
Monday, September 10
Generation gap Celebrated poet Suitable for children? Warming up to ice sports
Tony Bennett and k.d. lang at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO - 09/09/2001
By Michael Newman Tony Bennett is not merely beloved and a legend; he's also the best crooner of his generation. Among the singers that came up in the post-war, post-Sinatra era that included Dean Martin and Perry Como, Bennett not only survives, he thrives. Before an adoring throng at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre, Bennett, along with pal k.d. lang, did service to what he frequently referred to as "the great American songbook."
Fight made right for "The Musketeer," which parlayed its mix of traditional swashbuckling and Hong Kong action choreography into the top spot among the nation's movies.
Reality television, the most-watched programming genre of the past couple of TV seasons, finally got some Primetime Emmy Award recognition over the weekend.
Even in a climate where trends change faster than they're forecast, a few fashion companies have managed to successfully merge their pasts and their futures, including. . .
Frank Gehry, in dark blue sports jacket, charcoal gray slacks and protective hard hat, trots through the concrete shell of what soon will be the city's grand new concert hall. With a clutch of photographers at his heels, he stops to answer a question: Where will the "center" as in the heart and soul of this building be?
Sunday, September 9
Cameron Dougan's first novel, "Because She Is Beautiful" (AtRandom, 319 pages, $19), is an eloquent and finely wrought love story that is both tragic and redemptive. The novel begins when Kim Reilly is 7 and continues into her 40s. Kim, whose father was a strict career Marine, learns early to protect herself by fostering a fierce independent streak, but this is compromised by her desire to be loved.
A Kansas City novelist fulfills his literary ambitions
By Mitchell J. Near Book critics are not having any trouble deciding whether or not they enjoy Whitney Terrell's new novel, The Huntsman" (Viking, 384 pages, $25.95). In fact, reviewers from every publication, including the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Esquire, The New York Times and The New Yorker are practically screaming their praises from the rooftops.
Indian Arts Show posters hanging at Lawrence library Country singer Joe Diffie to perform show in Ottawa Phoenix Award nominations deadline set for Oct. 1 Brashear, inspiration behind 'Men of Honor,' to speak Harvest of Arts Festival taking booth reservations 'Imagination' changes name, to appear on PBS channel
By Mindie Paget There are places in the world where a person can be alone for a long time. The desert is one of those places, and Lawrence photographer Rick Mitchell capitalized on the solitude of the landscapes of the Southwest to create a collection of photos that will be exhibited Friday at Southwest and More, 727 Mass., during the next First Friday Gallery Walk.
Film festival draws a pair And the Oscar goes to An inspiring tale no lie Trekking to Sin City
Mira Nair's vision of an elaborate wedding in India won top honors Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, with "Monsoon Wedding" winning the Golden Lion award for best film.
NBC newsman's piece tonight on 'Dateline' takes look at refugees from Sudan's civil war
NBC's Tom Brokaw knows there's life after "Nightly News." But he insists he doesn't know when he might begin it or what that new life will be.
New Orleans arts colony upset with transformation of city's Jackson Square
In the heart of the French Quarter, Jackson Square was once an inspirational studio for hundreds of classically trained artists, known for their paintings of the city's colorful streetscapes and bougainvillea-draped courtyards.
City's main drag a magnet for restless youth
By Matt Merkel-Hess Weekend nights, bored teen-agers come to downtown Lawrence like bees to a flower. They hang out, have fun and aim to cause just enough trouble to get noticed by friends but not police. "This is the excitement for the weekends," said Thomas Vervynck, 19.
Here are the galleries participating in the First Friday Gallery Walk, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
Shimomura participates in New York CIty exhibit Presidential portraits on display in Abilene Guitarist to give fingerstyle tips
Metalsmith to open Hallmark Symposium Rossetti to present French compositions Photography class being offered at Pelathe Holiday Art Fair deadline is nearing Small towns examined in Ottawa exhibit Book club for youths to start at library Lied Center, KU center awarded NEA grant
By Marsha Henry Goff They're BAAAACK! I've known for some time that raccoons have been making nocturnal visits to our bird feeders (it's impossible to ignore the nightly gifts they leave for me to surreptitiously sweep off the deck), but I didn't want to tell husband Ray who has been threatening to shoot them when they returned.
Saturday, September 8
Concert with who's who guest lineup honors 'Gloved One'
A who's who of the entertainment industry showed up Friday night to honor Michael Jackson and celebrate the 30th anniversary of his solo career.
A guillotine, a "knee splitter" and a spiked chair from the Spanish Inquisition are among more than 100 instruments of torture displayed in the first U.S. exhibit of gruesome tools used by authorities since the 1500s to subjugate their people.
Shake down the thunder Time to eat out Imagine all the drawings Surviving a parachute jump
Officials on Friday launched a design competition for a $4.2 million fountain in memory of Princess Diana.
Friday, September 7
Kate Moss injured in wreck Spielberg puts family first It's a girl for Cindy Crawford Anne Heche expecting
Fatboy Slim wins five MTV awards; Aaliyah remembered during tribute
Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" video was the big winner at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, winning six of the nine awards for which it was nominated, but it was the sexy video "Lady Marmalade" that took home the year's top trophy.
Julie Andrews, who captivated America in "The Sound of Music," and tenor Luciano Pavarotti are among the winners of the 2001 honors from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, September 6
Tribute to Aaliyah Extortion case targeted Rimes McCartney has frog in his throat Fourth trip down the aisle Mariah postpones interview
Reels of American pop culture old Abbott & Costello and James Bond movies, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," even the original copy of the 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" are stranded in a Pennsylvania laboratory that was suddenly shuttered last month when a Canadian bank foreclosed on the property.
Patty Hearst will appear in the touring production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" when it plays Sept. 18-23 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven.
Self-help guru Deepak Chopra opens shop in Georgia
In self-help books rooted in Eastern spirituality, Deepak Chopra writes that people can reverse aging by changing their thoughts. His Web site says astrology can forecast disease. He once wrote an essay for Playboy titled "Does God Have Orgasms?"
Local performer brings one-man show into audience members' living rooms
By Mitchell J. Near Matt Hislope is not a lunatic, but he's crazy about theater. And sometimes his methods prove it.
Â Oread bookstore slates two book signings Â Carlyle Smith to show jewelry at KU gallery Â Film entries needed for Lawrence festival Â Gov. Graves to appear in 'The Odd Couple'
Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link attempts to outlast the dot.com industry fallout
By Michael Newman I faded away from being an active member of the WELL's (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link) online conferencing system shortly after the World Wide Web became widely used in the mid-1990s. I've returned in what is only coincidentally the wake of the dot.com bust. Much has remained the same, but several things either are different now or appear that way because the broader social context has changed so much.
Posters review the best of American Indian art
By Mitchell J. Near The American Indian art scene is not only alive and well, but it's also literally bursting at the seams with new and established artists, creating a plethora of work in almost every medium imaginable. And Lawrence known as an enclave for burgeoning artists and home to Haskell Indian Nations University will soon find itself inundated with fairs and exhibits throughout the next month.
Familiar battle of the sexes is fought in the comedy 'Two Can Play That Game'
By Dan Lybarger In writer-director Mark Brown's "Two Can Play That Game," love and war are indistinguishable. As with his previous flick "How to Be a Player," Brown's protagonist is a seasoned vet of the emotional battlefield and explains directly to the audience about how the skirmishes should be executed. His themes are about as tired as they were in the previous film, but with a more likable and believable star ("Player" had an annoyingly smug Bill Bellamy), they seem a lot more relevant.
Mark Wahlberg enjoys rise and fall of overnight 'Rock Star' in truth-based tale
By Loey Lockerby Every kid who ever picked up an electric guitar or a microphone probably dreamed of being like Tim "The Ripper" Owens. The Ohio cover band singer and Judas Priest fanatic was tapped to be the new frontman for his idols when Rob Halford left in the mid-'90s, living out a rags-to-riches fantasy that sounds like it could only happen in the movies.
Big Jeter unleashes bad cinema on unsuspecting moviegoers
By Dan Lybarger Leaving a tape recorder unattended during the middle of an interview can lead to dangerous consequences. When the recording of a recent conversation with Kansas City tunesmith Big Jeter is played back, a whispering voice offers a subtle but strong hint, "Give Big Jeter the cover. You are going to do whatever it takes to give us the cover. Do whatever it takes to put us on the cover of this week's issue and EVERY issue of The Mag."
Critic Richard Roeper takes aim at popular urban legends of film, TV and music
By Mitchell J. Near As one half of the television team responsible for "Ebert and Roeper and the Movies," film writer Richard Roeper is often overlooked due to his pairing with power critic Roger Ebert. But fans of movies and other media-related tidbits may appreciate the fact that Roeper, and not his tubby companion, is the one authoring "Hollywood Urban Legends."
'The Fast and the Furious' inspires columnist to challenge Lawrence motorists
By Seth Jones I know they're out there. I just need to find them. But these street-racing gangs, man, they're sneaky.
Western guitar legend Hank Thompson still delights audiences after six decades
By Geoff Harkness Hank Thompson is a man of many firsts. The guitarist dubbed the "King of Western Swing" decades ago was the first musician to record in hi-fi stereo, starred in the first color broadcast of a variety show on television ("The Hank Thompson Show") and released the first live country album ("Live at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas"). Thompson was even the first musician to ever receive corporate tour sponsorship, perhaps the most enduring aspect of his storied legacy. And perhaps the lone blemish on an otherwise spotless track record.
Kansas City power pop quartet returns to the local music scene
By Geoff Harkness Music fans attending their first Thulium show might be surprised to find that the raucous Kansas City, Mo., power pop quartet doesn't cater to the mosh pit crowd.
New Prairie Fire chef brings much experince to Lawrence
By Michael Newman When Prairie Fire's new chef Robbi Jenkins attended Washington DC's Howard University, she had it in mind to become a professor of American History. But the break she took after graduation, before beginning her Masters degree never ended.
Wednesday, September 5
Vacation photo mix-up Hitchcock's inspirations Winslett's marriage sinks Charles says ooh-la-la
Oscar season just got a little longer. The American Film Institute, known for its "100 Years ... 100 Movies" specials over recent years and for its annual lifetime achievement honors, announced Tuesday that it's going into the awards-show business.
DisneySea opened its doors Tuesday to more than 15,000 people who braved rainy weather forecasts and camped out for tickets to The Walt Disney Co.'s newest amusement park in Japan.
Artnet.com points browsers to sales, information sites
A pair of gunslinging Elvises greets visitors to the lower Broadway offices of artnet.com. The Andy Warhol silkscreen is an apt symbol for the company's chief executive, Hans Neuendorf, who has survived a blood bath in the online art world and is fighting his way to profitability.
Tuesday, September 4
Movie-goers turned their peepers on "Jeepers Creepers," a horror flick that topped the box office with a record debut for a film opening over Labor Day weekend.
MTV's 'The Real World' beset by protests in Windy City
Welcome to the real world, MTV. That's the message in a Chicago neighborhood, where cast members from the network's latest installment of "The Real World" have had to contend with shouting protesters, graffiti calling them "DORKS" and even an unrelated shooting that ended with a dead man outside their building.
Actress Anne Heche, 32, married cameraman Coleman Laffoon, 27, on Saturday during a ceremony held at a villa near downtown Los Angeles, according to the AP.
Movie critic Pauline Kael, a brash, witty champion of artistic quality who thrashed both facile commercialism and self-indulgent pretense from her lofty perch at The New Yorker, has died. She was 82.
Show has strong link to youth Denzel's villainous debut No horror stories for freshmen Bob Hope to remain in hospital
Monday, September 3
The palate has been cleansed. So have the brain cells. The gold mine teen demographic has been served, and the sequels have reaped the rewards of redundancy. And now, hopefully, it's time for quality to have its say and its season.
Name it after Dave Heart surgery has perks Too posh? Queen mum takes medical tests
Actor Troy Donahue, a blond, blue-eyed heartthrob of the 1950s and '60s who starred in teen romances like "A Summer Place" and "Parrish," died Sunday. He was 65. Donahue died at St. John's Hospital and Medical Center in Santa Monica after suffering a heart attack on Thursday, family friend Bob Palmer said.
Pretty much everyone in Hollywood foresaw a summer of record revenue. A relentless stream of blockbusters such as "Pearl Harbor," "Planet of the Apes," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "Jurassic Park III" were expected to shatter the summer 1999 record of just under $3 billion.
Sunday, September 2
The Kansas State Fair Professional Art Exhibit will accept entries from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the professional arts pavilion on the fairgrounds.
Better late than never Two karate kids for Norris In memory of Aaliyah Contract out of service area
Bob Hope was continuing to make a rapid recovery from pneumonia and is expected to return home Monday, his publicist said. "Things are doing well," Ward Grant said by telephone Saturday.
John Chambers won honorary Oscar for his research and development in field
Oscar-winning makeup pioneer John Chambers, who did everything from put the pointy ears on "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock to turn actors into simians for the original "Planet of the Apes," has died of diabetes complications. He was 78.
'Emeril' to fill Tuesday night opening time slot on NBC
Emeril the Underdog. That's how chef and TV personality Emeril Lagasse sees his role in the drama known as the fall television season. Believe it or not, the confident man behind the "Bam!" says it's a part he's used to playing.
'Overseas' to kick off Rockhurst Film Series Circus to feature new performers River Fest set for weekend
Hate to wait? These tips will help you spend less time languishing in long lines at the store or thumbing through ancient magazines at the doctor's office. With a bit of planning, you can win the waiting game.
It took several years of working with my colleague, Matt Fox, on color, pattern and texture before he felt comfortable giving up those terrible plaid pants and striped shirts. Actually, because Matt's background wasn't interior design, it did take awhile before he was comfortable selecting fabrics and wall textures to be used in the same room.
Photographer to share skills at workshops Author Ayres to give presentation at museum
Patterns rule Bazaar fall fashion Summer hair today can be gone tomorrow Barbie and friends on the auction block
Computerized scenes add flexibility to Kansas University theater productions
By Matt Merkel-Hess The sets Mark Reaney builds for plays aren't tangible, and sometimes you can see right through them. Reaney's work in virtual reality has put the Kansas University theater professor at the forefront of the nascent art form.
Here are the winners in the 2001 Lawrence Indian Arts Show.
By Jan Biles Several events are planned in conjunction with the Lawrence Indian Arts Show. Here is a rundown of those activities.
"Wanted: Eggs from Ivy-league coeds. Will pay $45,000." An advertisement to this effect catches the attention of two Harvard graduate students, the protagonists of Robin Cook's new medical thriller, "Shock" (Putnam, $24.95, 370 pages).
By Jim Baker This is a good time to be a quilt lover in Lawrence. That's because the members of the Kaw Valley Quilters' Guild are getting ready to hold their 24th Annual Quilt Show. Plenty of quilts and quilted wall hangings made by guild members during the last year will be displayed Saturday and Sept. 9 during the show at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., and vendors will be on hand to sell quilt supplies and other items.
Artists use culture to create winning works
By Jan Biles Clarence Lee's intricate silver and gold jewelry boxes reflect his life in Gallup, N.M. On one box's lid, a windmill stands as a sentinel while men ride horses and turquoise-colored water glimmers in a trough. Members of the community parade along the sides and bottom of the box. On the underside of the lid, dragonflies and other insects flutter from flower to flower.
Saturday, September 1
Bob Hope continued his recovery from pneumonia Friday and was expected to return home within three days, his doctor said. However, the 98-year-old entertainer remained weakened and may need several weeks to regain his full health, Dr. Lee Kagan said.
A horse-drawn glass carriage Friday brought the casket carrying pop star Aaliyah to a church for a funeral service where she was mourned by her family and cheered by her fans.
Mister Rogers hangs up his cardigan one last time
After Lady Elaine awarded everybody first place in an arts contest in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and the Trolley rang its bell and rolled around the corner, Fred Rogers looked at the camera and said in that voice of unconditional love that could sound more sincere than one's own parents: "I like being your television neighbor. It's such a good feeling to know you're alive."
Josh Garber report on the downtown business that comes on football gamedays.
Bowie, 'P. Diddy' collaborate Cast member not so 'Charmed' INXS in love with Transylvania Fired accountant sues Cher