Stories for April 2002


Tuesday, April 30

Smithsonian takes break from reality with dinosaur fantasy

Taking a break from the serious world of science, the Smithsonian's natural history museum is opening a fun new exhibit on "Dinotopia," a fantasy world where humans and dinosaurs live together peacefully.

'M*A*S*H' reunion will air on Fox, not CBS

From the wild side of Missouri

Daughter of Cape Girardeau couple backs Kid Rock on drums

Stefanie Eulinberg bought her first guitar at Shivelbine's music store in Cape Girardeau. She was 7 or 8 at the time, here from Ohio to visit her grandparents, Geraldine and the late Fred C. Lee.

Embattled Grammy president resigns

C. Michael Greene, who transformed the Grammy Awards from an industry ritual into a global television event, has resigned as president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the organization said Sunday.


Slain wife's heirs sue Blake Beatle halts lyrics copy auction Johnny Carson keeps busy Everybody wants Dave

'Jag' reflects 9/11 tragedy

Viewers have a clear choice tonight between nostalgic escapism and grim reality: a series of comic retrospectives compete with a fictional drama and a documentary dealing with the events of Sept. 11.

Monday, April 29

New host takes over 'Blue's Clues'

Steve's 'younger brother' will be introduced in special tonight

It wasn't long ago that Donovan Patton was a struggling young actor who paid the bills by skateboarding around Manhattan's Upper East Side, delivering videos to famous people. Now he's becoming one of those people.

Sesame Street's Elmo catches lawmakers' ear at Congressional hearing

Tickle me, Congress. In a small congressional hearing room crowded with health and education activists in search of government money, the supplicant with the star power last week was an oh-so-precious, 3-foot-tall, red fuzzy Muppet with a voice somewhere between syrup and helium.

'The Scorpion King' box office winner in second round

"The Scorpion King" ruled the box office for a second straight weekend with $17.6 million, but its reign is about to end with the arrival of another hero that's part man, part bug. One of the most hotly awaited comic-book adaptations ever, "Spider-Man" opens Friday and is expected to put an early spin on the summer blockbuster season.


TLC memories Dole vs. Clinton redux Oprah goes Hawaiian Not booking a publisher yet

Sunday, April 28

Lessons in living, courtesy of 'The Osbournes'

Everything I need to know in life, I learned from watching "The Osbournes."

Arts notes

Panel honors celebrity moms This baby book is a bit different

Ballet's new move: luring younger fans

Companies across America aim to build audiences with new marketing

Think of ballet, and the first things that likely pop to mind are tutus, toe shoes and maybe a sugarplum fairy or two. But the Pennsylvania Ballet is taking steps to get across the message that under those sparkly tights are the souls and sinew of athletes who are strong, tough ... and, yes, sexy.

Arts notes

Percussion ensemble to perform Monday KU professors' works displayed in gallery Deadline approaching for annual arts festival Dance company set to give Topeka program Millfest celebration set for next weekend

Tour stops include Dallas, St. Louis

A list of current cities scheduled for performances of "The Lion King" and tentative dates.

Lerner brings 'Dance of Connection' to Lawrence

By Mindie Paget Effective communication can be an elusive art. Even those who have mastered it sometimes find themselves fumbling to recover their skills in especially intense situations.

Lyon Opera Ballet comes to Lied Center

The Lyon Opera Ballet, a French group known for its contemporary and cutting-edge choreography, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. The appearance is part of the troupe's 14-city North American tour.

Taking another look at 'Courage'

Caroline Kennedy carries on family name with update of father's book

Caroline Kennedy emerges from behind her publicist and steps lightly into the conference room. A gray blazer accentuates her broad, slender shoulders. Her fine, light-brown hair is brushed back, baring her high cheekbones and lively, wide-set eyes.

Women's play festival at Kansas University closes with 'Lear's Daughters'

The Kansas University William Inge Memorial Theatre Series closes its 2001-02 Women's Play Festival with a production of "Lear's Daughters" by Elaine Feinstein and the Women's Theatre Group.

Rural retreat

Artist creates haven at Texas chicken farm

Roger Allen had wearied of losing his art studio space to the whims of landlords. He was forced out of his ceramics studio three times, and on another occasion, his effort to restore a building was halted when a decision was made to tear it down to build a post office.

Radner remembered in weeper

Poor Jami Gertz. The former "Square Pegs" star has the thankless task of portraying the late Gilda Radner in the maudlin television weeper "It's Always Something" (8 p.m., ABC).

Disney takes 'The Lion King' on the road

Even for the wizards at Disney, moving a mountain from city to city is a tall order. The problem is to avoid the trap door, that is. No theater is the same, as "The Lion King" tours America. Pride Rock can pop up at different spots on the stage in each city, so actors have to be alert.


Sights set on Burbank No tournament, no nudes Pregnancy means less 'Sex' Opera, the Prairie Home way

Sunday news show guest lineups listed

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Lisa Lopes' death stuns singer's fans

'How could we lose someone like that?' mourner in Atlanta wonders

Fans of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes on Saturday mourned the loss of an artist they said had profoundly influenced their lives. Shirley Martin said she had heard Friday about the death of the rapper from the Grammy-winning trio TLC but was still in disbelief the next day.

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Shreve's Depression 'Glass' casts a gentle light

It's the end of the 1920s and New Englanders Honora and Sexton, newlyweds of modest means and a reluctant sort of love, buy their first home on the eve of Black Tuesday. This is the pretense of the plot of "Sea Glass," but the story proceeds to lightly sketch an array of characters, all overshadowed by the impeding stock market crash, which looms like a tidal wave in early chapters and engulfs all later action.

Auel series melds fact, fiction

Author strives for accuracy of human-Neanderthal era

Twenty-five years ago, Jean Auel sat down to write the first threads of an epic, prehistoric tale and realized she didn't know anything about her subject.

Device offers personal instant replays

'The Insider,' available at Atlanta's Turner Field, looks to revolutionize trips to live sporting events

Not sure the runner touched the bag rounding second, or wondering whether that last pitch was off the plate? A new wireless video device available to fans at Atlanta Braves home games offers personal instant replays from multiple camera angles.

Performance evokes exhibit's symbolism

By Jan Biles When six Canadian artists withdrew from the "Common Ground" exhibition, Lawrence artist Diana Dunkley "felt like a bride left at the altar." "I liked all of them, and so it was an emotional experience," she said. Dunkley began thinking about ways to unify the artists remaining in the show.

Art Tougeau entrants get ready to roll in downtown parade

By Tim Carpenter With a little help from his friends, Gary Coover will parade his Yellow Submarine through Lawrence streets amid dozens of other strange craft. Coover plans to bring this propeller-decorated, periscope-adorned vehicle to Lawrence from Fayetteville, Ark., for the seventh-annual Art Tougeau 2002 parade at noon Saturday along Massachusetts Street.

Family legacy continues at Art in the Park

Thousands expected for annual festival

By Mindie Paget Lawrence painter Paul Penny's mother was one of the artistic few who in the 1960s helped jump-start an art show that's since become a Lawrence tradition. Years later, Penny now gathers his own paintings of familiar Lawrence landmarks and landscapes and totes them to South Park each spring for Art in the Park.

Arts notes

KU presents Spring Concert Youth Ballet Company ready to dance to Beatles tunes Poetry links ocean, Plains Lawrence photos sought for National Tourism Week

Meet the Lawrence artists

Here is a brief look at the Lawrence artists participating in the "Common Ground" exhibit in Ottawa, Canada.

Common ground

Lawrence artists collaborate with Canadian counterparts

By Jan Biles Ten Lawrence artists are making history in Canada. They are collaborating with a group of Canadian artists to create "Common Ground," the first collaborative international art exhibition ever shown in that nation's capital.

Lawrence poet uses words to still and bridge water

On a warm and breezy April afternoon, poet Serina Allison Hearn pauses on her central Lawrence porch to talk about poetry but the swirl of activity that is her world doesn't miss a beat. There are home-schooled daughters competing for her attention. There are friends and neighbors, spouses and former spouses coming and going. There are strangers under her roof.

Saturday, April 27

Blake posts $1 million bail for bodyguard

Robert Blake posted $1 million bail for bodyguard Earle Caldwell, who was jailed on a charge of conspiring to kill the "Baretta" star's wife, the actor's lawyer said Friday. "He's an employee and a friend, and Robert felt responsible for him," attorney Harland Braun said.

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes dies

30-year-old rapper killed in car wreck

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of the Grammy-winning trio TLC had spent the past month in Honduras working on a multitude of projects a clothing line, a new solo project and a book about her colorful, sometimes troubled life.

HBO's 'Storm' is picture-perfect

Cricket, not baseball, is probably the more appropriate analogy, but let's go with the sport we know: Watching "The Gathering Storm" is as gripping as watching the Mets scrap their way back to victory after giving up a dozen first-inning runs.


Winkler brought in to work magic Ex-president gets new best friend KC symphony director departing Gilda's sweetness touches Griffin

Danson shines in role of psychic

Ted Danson is such a popular television personality that you almost overlook the fact that he's also a very good actor. Forget the womanizing Sam Malone on "Cheers" or the cranky Bronx doctor on "Becker."

Friday, April 26

Blake won't face death penalty

Prosecutors won't seek the death penalty against actor Robert Blake if he is convicted of murdering his wife, the district attorney's office said Thursday.

Band outlasts fans

By Michael Newman Before his death, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia described Steve Kimock as his "favorite unknown guitar player." Wednesday evening's Liberty Hall performance by the Steve Kimock Band struck a blow against that unknown status.

'Diagnosis Murder' returns

I have a confession to make one that could endanger my reputation as a critic. I secretly enjoy "Diagnosis Murder" mysteries. I know I'm supposed to scoff at their obvious plots, predictable pacing and sub-par acting. OK, let's just call it bad acting. But, those are the very elements that make these old-fashioned television mysteries so irrationally irresistible. For me, watching TV movies based on the old "Diagnosis Murder" series is the video equivalent of slipping into an old pair of shoes. They're not stylish, but they feel good. Before I know it, I am a paralyzed couch potato whose reptile brain has completely eclipsed my critical faculties. Yes, Dr. Sloane. Whatever you say ...

Arts notes

Tickets go on sale for state fair concerts Two-man show makes debut tonight Lawrence choir to join dancers for performance Waterville to present annual Victorian Days

Film Review - 'Kissing Jessica Stein'

By Jon Niccum The plight of the single girl has almost worn out its welcome. From the bouncy "Bridget Jones's Diary" to television's "Ally McBeal" (R.I.P.), the dating travails of a late 20s/early 30s career woman searching for Mr. Right has been about as topical as superheroes and terrorism.


Psychiatric test out for Love Beach Boy lawsuit goes flat Once in a thousand years Dr. Dre faces privacy lawsuit

Poet laureate Billy Collins to serve again

Billy Collins will serve a second one-year term as U.S. poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced Thursday.

'Bachelor' spurns Miami Heat dancer, selects events planner from Chanute

Series ends without marriage proposal; couple first will live together

"The Bachelor" is still a bachelor.

Radio series draws anti-Semitic response

The Yiddish Radio Project, a 10-part series now airing on National Public Radio, was meant to be a sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking glimpse of an immigrant community at its peak.

Uphill battle

Day on the Hill finds ways to endure since its peak of a decade ago

By Jon Niccum Ten years ago this week, Kansas University's Campanile hill was jam-packed. More than 10,000 people were camped behind Memorial Stadium, and not because of a sporting event or graduation ceremonies, but for a live music rarity. The biggest buzz-band in the world Seattle's Pearl Jam was performing ... and admission was free. A decade later, KU's Day on the Hill is still thriving and still being measured against that landmark episode.

Thursday, April 25

Best bets

Steve Kimock Band rocks hard and long

Steve Kimock Band - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, Kan. 04/24/2002

Shortly before his death, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia described Steve Kimock as his "favorite unknown guitar player." Wednesday evening's Liberty Hall performance by the Steve Kimock Band struck a modest blow toward freeing Kimock from that unknown status.


Jewel thrown from horse Sculpture to grace Black Hills Stars shine for charity Jerry Lee Lewis to divorce

Stuntmen expected to testify against Blake

Former 'Baretta' co-workers say actor tried to hire them to kill wife

Two stuntmen who worked on the "Baretta" television series with Robert Blake are expected to testify that he tried to hire them to kill his wife, Blake's lawyer said Wednesday.

'Lord of the Rings' leads nominees for MTV awards

Hobbits and elves rule this year's MTV Movie Awards, with "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" receiving a leading six nominations.

Networks sweep into retro mode

Anniversary specials dominate television for sweeps month

With the start of May sweeps today, the networks as usual have supercharged their lineups with their most competitive, irresistible fare.

Fox whips up fervor for 'Clones' with 'Star Wars'

Network to use May sweeps period to promote film's May 16 release in theaters

Fox will use three Thursday nights of the all-important May sweeps month to promote Fox pictures' May 16 release of "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones." During the next three weeks, Fox will broadcast the second, third and fourth "Star Wars" movies, beginning tonight with the 1980 hit "The Empire Strikes Back" (7 p.m.). Each film will be introduced by the robot tag team of C-3PO and R2-D2 and include never-before-seen footage. Rest assured, Fox will air plenty of clips from the forthcoming "Clones."

Wednesday, April 24

'West Wing' gets clipped

Oh, those smarty pants on "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC). Even their annual clip show is a cut above the rest. Nowadays, almost every show resorts to an episode that consists of scenes from previous shows spliced together as characters reminisce and reflect while the actors who play them draw a hefty salary that week for little work.

Elvis Costello's latest album a magnificent work of wordplay

So the Mercurial One had enough of ballads and Burt Bacharach, and decided to get back to his rockin' er, roots with the help of longtime collaborators Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas, on his latest release, "When I Was Cruel."


Tribe has spoken for Rosie 'Sopranos' actor pleads guilty Mel Gibson a class act Time to move on

National security adviser shows classical side

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, more accustomed to briefing President Bush on world crises, gave him instead a flawless performance of Brahms at Monday's presentation of the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

'Star Wars' toys land in stores

Merchandisers use less promotional force for Episode II

New merchandise for "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" arrived in stores Tuesday as fans lined up for midnight sales of the latest bric-a-brac from a galaxy far, far away.

Leaders seek historic district

Property owners would qualify for tax credits

By Chad Lawhorn Downtown leaders hope a meeting tonight will help restart a project aimed at making it easier for downtown property owners to restore and maintain their historic buildings. Downtown Lawrence Inc. will have an informational meeting about establishing the downtown area as a historic district that would be recognized by state and federal tax officials.

Tuesday, April 23

Mira Sorvino does a little gender-bending in 'Triumph of Love'

If you're making a list of masculine actresses, chances are that Mira Sorvino doesn't jump to the top. A brassy lass ("Mighty Aphrodite," "The Replacement Killers"), maybe. But a guy? No way, dude.


'Cosby' family reunion incomplete Senator courted by Hollywood Otherworldly influence? Former porn star dies

Yodeler settles with Yahoo!

Wylie Gustafson can really shout "Yahoo!" now. The cowboy yodeler from Dusty, Wash., has settled his copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. for using his distinctive yodel in its national advertising.

Blake charges could bring death penalty

Tough-guy actor Robert Blake was charged Monday with "personally and intentionally" shooting his wife to death after a dinner outing last year in a case that could bring the death penalty.

Manhattan says, 'Hello, Dali'

New York exhibit largest, most comprehensive ever of surrealist's art

A white, round moon with a pensive face floats in deep blue water, surrounded by lush green mountains and a soothing blue and teal sky.

'Dateline' celebrates first decade

"Dateline" (9 p.m.) celebrates its 10th anniversary tonight with a glance back at the biggest stories of the past decade, as well as its many consumer segments, celebrity profiles and exposes.

Monday, April 22

Murder victim has no defense against attacks

Robert Blake's trial likely to exhume dead wife's past

A Robert Blake murder trial, if it occurs, could turn into a ghostly trial of Blake's murdered wife, whose bizarre past will become an issue for both prosecution and defense.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Yahoo! stumbles

Online giant struggles to balance user and investor interests

In the relatively brief commercial history of the World Wide Web, few institutions can better be described as venerable nor are more influential than the multitentacled beast known as Yahoo!. As such, its successes and misfortunes are regarded with great interest not only by its millions of users but by anyone else struggling with the still largely unsolved mystery of how to turn a buck online.

Emmy Award-winning playwright, producer Reginald Rose, 81, dies

Reginald Rose, the Emmy Award-winning playwright who wrote and co-produced the movie "Twelve Angry Men," has died. He was 81. Rose died Friday at Norwalk Hospital.

'Scorpion King' has Rock-solid debut

The Rock knocked down box-office records for April and established himself as a viable action hero with "The Scorpion King," which took in $36.2 million for a No. 1 weekend debut.


Heroin kit found near singer Harding cited for DUI Dogged pursuit of homework Yodeler sues Yahoo!

Sunday, April 21

Arts notes

KU art students in illustration show KU art department chair showing paintings Coal City Review plans reading at cafe Mexican artists' works on display

Plein art painting on the prairie

Artists find inspiration in scenery near Cottonwood Falls

By Louis Copt Special to the Journal-World The transition from a studio painter to plein air painting (French for painting outside) has been educational to say the least. I have always enjoyed the comfort of painting inside with the coffee pot handy, music in the background and the telephone not far away.

Playwright's 'Curse' carries a timeless societal message

By Jan Biles Playwright Sam Shepard likes to write about dysfunctional families from the Midwest. In the case of "Curse of the Starving Class," the family is headed by an alcoholic father. The mother is having an affair; the preteen daughter is angry and precocious; and the teen-age son wants something better for himself but doesn't know how to get it.

Teen-age artists see mural as a way to give back to the community

By Jan Biles Several Lawrence teen-agers are using their artistic abilities to give back to the community. Seventeen apprentice-artists in the Van Go JAMS program are painting a large mural on the hallway leading to the child and family services wing at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine.

Holly production shows music lives on

By Jan Biles The cast of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" has made a liar out of singer-songwriter Don McLean. Contrary to McLean's 1970s' hit "American Pie," the music didn't die Feb. 2, 1959, when the chart-topping Holly perished in a fiery plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.


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Duo writes 'her-story' lesson about female inventors

While doing research for their best-selling book "Mothers of Invention," Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek were amazed at what they call a "strange historical amnesia" regarding female inventors and their accomplishments throughout the ages.

Blinded by the right

David Brock disavows his earlier actions, writing

Just after the Monica Lewinsky story broke in 1998, David Brock says he called a White House aide and spilled his guts on everything he knew about the anti-Clinton movement.

Award nomination deadline nears

The Kansas Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2002 Governor's Arts Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations and support materials is May 1.

Haskell's 'Romeo and Juliet' carries message against violence

By Jan Biles Most everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers who end up killing themselves rather than facing the world without each other. But there's another part of William Shakespeare's play that Thunderbird Theatre will be emphasizing in its upcoming production of the classic at Haskell Indian Nations University: violence and its aftermath.

Readers, choose your comics

Here's a list of the comics that appear in the Journal-World. Pick your three favorites, and rank them in order, with No. 1 being your most favorite. Then let us know which ones you could live without.


No Love for Nirvana survivors Author to lecture no more Old Gray Lady's publisher sports a new black eye Alma mater honors keyboardist

TV news shows announce guests

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Alice in Chains lead singer found dead

Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the grunge band Alice in Chains, was found dead in his apartment, authorities said Saturday. He was 34. Tests were required to establish the identity because the body, discovered Friday, had started to decompose.

Arts notes

Artist creates mural for Topeka banking office Baldwin coffee shop to mark first anniversary with music Film traces the journey of explorers Lewis and Clark Storytellers to gather for Downs event

The Rock rolls among WWF, movies, family

To understand The Rock, you have to break him into three pieces. First there's his World Wrestling Federation persona, also nicknamed "The People's Champ," a body-slamming muscleman known for raising his eyebrow suggestively and snarling wisecracks that whip crowds of thousands into a frenzy.

An artful auction

Handmade rocking chair heads the sale's list

By Jan Biles On the narrative for a handcrafted rocking chair in the Lawrence Art Auction, artist Will Orvedal says the piece was inspired by the rocking of his boat while he fished in the Wakarusa River.

'South Pacific' boasts talented cast

By Jan Biles There are several reasons to get your tickets for University Theatre's production of "South Pacific." But at the top of the list is the fabulous singing. The praise one could heap on baritone Justin Petersen, who plays Emile De Becque, could fill the space allotted for this review.

'SNL' past and present

Anyone who thinks writing and performing comedy is all fun and games should watch "Biography Close-Up: Saturday Night Live" (8 p.m., A&E). Host Harry Smith and his crew were given complete access to SNL's writers and talent for an entire week as they prepared for a show, hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, that aired last November.

Arts notes

Music to accompany classic silent films West African author to lead workshop Psychologist to talk about angels, healing Lawrence resident's quilt in exhibit Washburn to present Cabaret 2000

Summertime for Hollywood

Clones, spider guy, scorpion dude coming to a theater near you

So many summer movies, so many question marks. Is The Rock actor enough to carry "The Scorpion King" without the digitally grafted insect body he wore in "The Mummy Returns"?

Saturday, April 20

Label this VH1 movie 'mediocre'

If the sight of Jason Priestley playing air guitar to Judas Priest's "Eat Me Alive" is your idea of a good time, then, by all means, don't miss the over-the-top made-for-TV movie "Warning: Parental Advisory" (8 p.m., Sunday, VH1).


Dietrich regains Berlin citizenship Ventura touts medical marijuana Gertz feels connection to Gilda Duvall nursing tender ribs

Brando faces $100 million palimony suit

A woman filed a $100 million palimony lawsuit against Marlon Brando, claiming the actor fathered her three children during a 14-year romantic relationship. Maria Cristina Ruiz, 43, filed the Superior Court breach of contract suit Thursday, demanding damages and unspecified living expenses.

Simpson unable to pay his attorneys

O.J. Simpson said Thursday that the law firm suing him for $204,000 in unpaid bills from the custody battle for his children "will have to wait" because he doesn't have the money to pay them.

Producer has doubts that Hurley's child is his

Hollywood producer Steve Bing is taking legal action to determine whether he is the father of Elizabeth Hurley's newborn son, his spokeswoman said Friday.

Police search Blake's home

L.A. authorities seek evidence in shooting death of actor's wife

Investigators searched the homes of Robert Blake and his bodyguard Friday, hauling away guns and other potential evidence in last year's slaying of the actor's wife. Detectives took boxes, a shotgun and two gun cases out of the second-floor apartment of bodyguard Earle Caldwell.

Specialty store opens in downtown

Glass on Mass to offer lessons on making stained-glass works

By Chad Lawhorn When Tish Adams got burned out at her Kansas City corporate job at Sprint, she saw her future as clear as glass stained glass that is. Adams two weeks ago opened Glass on Mass, a specialty store at 1103 Mass. that provides lessons and sells tools and supplies to people interested in making their own stained-glass creations.

Contradictory 'Crush' a modest success

The first thing Andie MacDowell does in "Crush" is deliver a lecture on the evils of smoking. The second thing she does is light up a ciggy-butt. For its entire length, "Crush" continues in that self-contradictory vein.

Friday, April 19

Spring Loaded

Local music compilation gets new life

By Jon Niccum Coordinating the schedules, legalities and egos of 18 working bands is never an easy task. Add in the logistics of a live recording and the chore becomes even more daunting. But the forces behind renewing a popular Lawrence music showcase are tackling that mission.

Blake arrested in wife's slaying

Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested Thursday in the shooting death of the actor's wife nearly a year ago, police said.


Blake arrested in wife's death Case closed on Wynette's death Beauty industry's cancer fight gets high marks from Rosie Utah school Urich beneficiary

Grammer to headline NBC's 75th anniversary celebration

Kelsey Grammer will play a big part in NBC's celebration of its 75th anniversary, hosting or co-hosting two specials and visiting his former "Cheers" cohorts on an episode of "Frasier."

World Trade Center stands tall in pre-Sept. 11 movies

The World Trade Center lives on in a handful of new films whose makers left intact their pre-Sept. 11 footage of the twin towers out of respect for the dead and defiance of the terrorists who destroyed the buildings.

Norway mourns 'Kon-Tiki' author

Heyerdahl's voyages brought fame, controversy

Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian adventurer who crossed the Pacific on a balsa log raft and detailed his harrowing 101-day voyage in the book "Kon-Tiki," died Thursday night. He was 87.

'Scorpion King' a silly flick for guys

There's two choices on "The Scorpion King": You can laugh at The Rock or laugh with him as he poses, flexes, glowers and pile-drives his way through a string of violent dust-ups in ancient Egypt.

'Angel' may end on high note

Jessica Alba's many fans won't mind if they seem to be seeing double on tonight's "Dark Angel" (8 p.m., Fox) when Max is stalked by her own clone. While this stylish series has made Alba a star, Fox has to be disappointed with its less than stellar ratings. Factor that in with the action drama's expensive production costs, and the prospects for the show's third season seem slim.

Film review - 'Murder by Numbers'

By Jon Niccum On the coast of San Benito, Calif., Cassie Mayweather retreats to her houseboat. The homicide detective has just spent another day arguing with her superiors, who perceive her as a stubborn careerist that has "issues" with men. Like most nights, she has one drink too many before unwinding in front of the television. Sometimes it's enough to drown out the painful memories that she doesn't ever talk about of her life before joining the force.

Thursday, April 18

TCM brims with classic musicals

Debbie Reynolds joins Robert Osborne to introduce a 50th anniversary broadcast of the 1952 musical "Singin' In the Rain" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) starring Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly, who performs one of the great dance routines in movie history.


Van Halen singers team Grammer rats on new show Lennon photograph auctioned Osbournes seeking deal

Girls no longer fret about taking up guitar

Back in high school, the only people Jean Kahler knew who played guitar were guys. They weren't very good, she says, but they were their own little club.

'Ally McBeal' canceled

"Ally McBeal," the Emmy-winning TV series that set feminists spinning with its depiction of a flighty, man-hungry attorney, is ending its five-year run on Fox, the network said.

Dream a little dream of Elvis

Furniture maker rolls out 'Graceland,' 'Elvis Presley's Hollywood' bedroom lines

The King has been gone for nearly 25 years, but Elvis Presley's phenomenal marketing power has everyone all shook up at the world's largest furniture trade show.

For actress Posey, fame doesn't mean fortune

In the new romantic comedy "The Sweetest Thing," Parker Posey plays a doubt-filled bride on her wedding day. Though it is a small part, her scene is the catalyst for Cameron Diaz's star-crossed search for love.

Best bets

Wednesday, April 17

'Panic' rooms a rare security feature for wealthy homeowners

Welcome to the new world of real estate ads: four-story brownstone, six fireplaces and high-tech, armor-reinforced safe room. That describes the house in Jodie Foster's hit movie "Panic Room." In real life, safe rooms are still exceedingly rare, but offer cautious (and very wealthy) homeowners a safe haven from home invaders.

Italian saint an early portrait of celebrity

They didn't take celebrity photos 600 years ago, but the National Gallery of Art has acquired recently a rare ancestor of the species: the oldest known portrait made for wide distribution.

Actor Robert Urich dies

Emmy-winner battled crime on TV, cancer in real life

Television tough guy Robert Urich, an Emmy-winning actor best known for his starring roles in sleuth series such as "Vega$" and "Spenser: For Hire," died Tuesday of cancer. He was 55.

Fuzzy Three Stooges DVD hard on the eyes

Those who plunged into the world of DVD did so because of the superior picture and sound. However, newcomers to DVD should be aware that not every disc is of high quality. There is plenty of junk out there, too.

TV favorites reach milestones

Tonight, "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB) celebrates its 100th episode. This over-written teen soap opera has essentially set the tone for the WB network since it debuted in 1998.


Bratt completely over Julia Jesse Jackson unhurt in crash Sad tale of beloved dog No Whoopi to block

Tuesday, April 16

Russia won't part with painting

A famous painting of a plain black square by avant-garde artist Kasimir Malevich was expected to fetch millions of dollars at auction but it was snatched off the block by Russia's Culture Ministry, which deemed it too precious to sell.

'Producers' actor gets hook after only four weeks

Nathan Lane's replacement 'was creepy,' fan says

Bye Bye Bialystock. Henry Goodman, who took over last month from Nathan Lane as the rapscallion Max Bialystock in "The Producers," has been let go from the Broadway musical hit after playing the role for only four weeks.

MTV casts Aerosmith as icon

Sure, there are Grammys and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are MTV's Video Music Awards and platinum albums, too. But Aerosmith's Steven Tyler said the ultimate accolade comes when well-known artists cover the songs that made his band a household name.

'Arsenic and Old Lace' delivers timeless humor

By Jan Biles Lawrence Community Theatre's production of the classic "Arsenic and Old Lace" is well, a comedy to die for. An old faithful in theater circles, the wacky murder story was written in 1941 by Joseph Kesselring, and has been staged in high schools, community theaters and professional venues ever since.

Dennis Hopper joins '24'

As "24" (8 p.m., Fox) winds down to its final five hours, veteran actor, director, and my all-time favorite screen sicko Dennis Hopper joins the cast as a shadowy Balkan war criminal whose desire to exact revenge against Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) has set the whole conspiracy in motion.


It's curtains for Diller Grammer gives back Eastwood loses title Poetry and rainbows

Monday, April 15

'Changing Lanes' opens in driver's seat at box office

Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson's "Changing Lanes" drew heavy traffic as the drama about two men bent on revenge after a fender-bender debuted in the No. 1 spot with $17.6 million.

Student soldiers study civility

West Point offers courses on the arts, minority cultures

Cadet Corrie Hanson opens an anthology of American Indian literature and rests her thick fingers upon "Indian Boarding School: the Runaways," a poem by Louise Erdrich. Hanson, one of eight West Point students enrolled in "ethnic literature," reads the opening passage:

Virtual reality tour offers new look at city's past

By Jan Biles A new exhibit at Watkins Community Museum of History mixes history and modern-day technology to give visitors a feel for what Lawrence was like at the time of Quantrill's Raid.

'Ally' returns with new 'Friend'

The season has not been kind to "Ally McBeal" (7 p.m., Fox). As its ratings have tumbled, the overly cute legal fantasy has all but fallen off the pop culture radar screen.


Ed Burns expresses his love of the common man Rosy role for Bernadette Yeltsin in fine form

Sunday, April 14

News shows' lineups are set

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Readers, choose your comics

It's election day. Actually, it's election week. It's time again to ask you, our readers, what you think of the comics published in the Journal-World. We know you care.

Arts notes

Lawrence artist showing works in Wichita show Photographs of Bosnia on display at coffeehouse Former KU football player creates winning poster TV actor takes part in 'Father of the Bride' 'Cabaret' star helps raise money for theater

Arts notes

Tsubaki to be honored at Kennedy Center Kaw Valley chorus to perform 'Requiem' KU Concert Band plans performance at Lied Lawrence writer releases new books McLouth Patriots' Day includes quilt show

Readers, choose your comics

Here's a list of the comics that appear in the Journal-World. Pick your three favorites, and rank them in order, with No. 1 being your most favorite.

A writer full of wonder

Frank McCourt composes a new memoir in Rome

Rome was a fearful place in the imagination of young Frankie McCourt a place where Catholic sins were defined, a place of hellfire to lap around the damp ankles of a shivering Limerick lad.

'Atonement' is full of dark secrets, shocking twists

On the hottest day of 1935, Briony Tallis witnesses a crime. And what the 13-year-old sets in motion with a lie wreaks havoc, changing lives forever. Ian McEwan's characters are constantly in motion, underscoring the restlessness of prewar England, of young men and women at the verge of their sexuality and of a woman trying to find her voice as a writer, regardless of the consequences.


What are you reading?

Longtime KU band director to step off the field, will remain teaching

By Jan Biles Robert Foster may be stepping down as director of bands at Kansas University, but he is not putting his baton to rest. He will continue to conduct and teach.

Alumni to pay musical tribute to Foster

By Jan Biles A number of Kansas University band alumni are returning to Lawrence to pay tribute to Robert Foster, who is stepping down as KU's director of bands at the end of this semester.

Arts notes

Dance students present own choreography Concert features tuba, euphonium KU band to perform range of compositions

Group brings 'Little' show to new, larger theater

By Jan Biles The Seem-To-Be Players is bringing its show about a little mouse to the biggest theater it has ever called home. "Stuart Little" will be staged Saturday and April 21 in the 300-seat theater at the new Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Lied Center musical recalls 'Buddy Holly Story'

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," a tribute to the singer who recorded such hits as "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "That'll Be the Day" and "Words of Love," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.

Arts notes

Free dessert concert slated for Saturday Ottawa production to hold auditions KU horn professor to give recital

'South Pacific' themes still timely

By Jan Biles The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" stands as upright today as when it walked onto a Broadway stage a half-century ago, according to Kansas University theater professor John Staniunas.

Arts notes

Author to sign books Friday at The Raven Antiques session focuses on lace

Artists cultivate barn show

By Jan Biles Amy Carlson's rural Lawrence barn will become an art gallery on Saturday. A group of 10 artists will display and sell their works in an event known as Art Sale in the Barn from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upper level of the farm structure southwest of Lawrence.

Quilts made by Amish show intense concentration and craftsmanship

The bold, rich colors and striking shapes of historic Amish quilts are highlighted in a new exhibition at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. "Amish Quilts 1880 to 1940 from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown" was organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Sexism battle founders in Mexico

Social norms difficult to overcome, anti-discrimination advocates find

It was supposed to be his finest hour. There was Gilberto Rincon Gallardo, head of Mexico's first anti-discrimination commission, on the floor of Congress presenting a groundbreaking, 40-page bill to ban all forms of discrimination in the public sector.

IRS nailed even F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tax man threatened famed author with 6.4-cent-a-day penalty in 1930s

F. Scott Fitzgerald probably didn't care for the Internal Revenue Service any more than the rest of us. In 1934, for instance, he got a "Second Notice" demanding payment and warning of a 6.4-cent-a-day penalty if he didn't cough up the cash.


Actor: Do as I say, not as I do Fonda still an activist voice Gaye garners Aaliyah's role Time for tots to read, by Dolly

The Hutchins Consort offers diverse range of musical talent

By Jan Biles Classical music fans received a treat Sunday afternoon at the Hutchins Consort concert at the Lied Center. Not only did they get to hear Mozart and Ravel played on eight specially designed violins, but they also had the opportunity to hear a bit of big-band swing and an encore akin to an Ozark hoedown.

Saturday, April 13

Film's greatest 'Frailty' is amateur screenplay

"Frailty" is a creepy little misfire of a movie about a serial killer who says he's getting instructions from God. Its clunky, screenwriterly script gets by on two inventions. One is a "Twilight Zone" ending. The other is a murderous father who commits these crimes in front of his two small boys, as a way of getting them right with God.

A&E sleuths make stylish return

The mystery series "Nero Wolfe" (7 p.m., Sunday, A&E) returns for a second season with a two-hour episode. Maury Chaykin stars as Wolf, the rich, eccentric private eye with an expansive taste for books, fine wines, good food and the cultivation of sensual orchids. His dapper sidekick Archie Goodwin (Timothy Hutton) does most of the legwork while Wolf stays home supervising the chef.

Dancers break in new stage

Jazz and classical music fills the Lied Center

Diversity rules this weekend. The Prairie Wind Dancers will take the stage at the new Lawrence Arts Center, and the Festival of Bands will get the season started at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.

What's Online - Baker students take look at Monday nights in downtown Lawrence

Dave Toplikar, World Online Editor, shows what Baker University students found there is to do Monday night in downtown Lawrence. The stories are available in the Lifestyle section at


Olympic gold medalist Hughes meets Bush at White House 'Survivor' cleared for Thailand Son revives Old Blue Eyes legacy Newtons resort to surrogate

Marketing police rule movie advertising with iron hand

If you want to get a racy movie trailer into theaters, first you have to talk to the Hand Bethlyn Hand. While most people know that the Motion Picture Association of America rates movies for violent or sexual content, few know about Hand, who with her small staff reviews every piece of marketing material, including trailers and newspaper ads, for suitability.

Britain abuzz about funeral poem

Held in Britain's grandest medieval church, the funeral for the Queen Mother Elizabeth was a deeply traditional, carefully orchestrated affair. But a simple anonymous poem that has been bouncing around the world on the Internet lent a touch of new-age sentimentality to the royal farewell, leaving Britons speculating about its origins, and even sparking a bit of literary sleuthing.

Hick-hop heads to Appalachia

Blended style caters to urban prisoners in rural environment

Some call the unusual blend of rural and urban music hillbilly hip-hop. Others call it hick-hop. The collaboration of banjos, fiddles and drums set to a beat that would leave a rapper out of breath was created to reach inmates from big cities who are in rural Appalachian prisons.

Friday, April 12

Film Review - 'Changing Lanes'

By Jon Niccum From the trailer and TV ads, one would assume "Changing Lanes" is another mindless tale of escalating aggression. Tightly edited scenes imply a rich smug guy (Ben Affleck) leaves a righteous black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stranded after a traffic accident, then the two battle it out for 90 minutes. Fortunately, that slick commercial isn't fully representative of the men, their actions or this thought-provoking story. "Changing Lanes" deals with some real, complex moral issues. It sticks with its characters and doesn't exploit them in order to orchestrate some grandiose revenge scenario befitting a C-grade thriller. In that respect, this ambitious movie has more in common with "Crimes and Misdemeanors" than "High Crimes."


Irwin, Crowe in top 5 down under Damon makes English debut Davis gives birth to daughter

Sign in film creates web of allegations

The owners of several Times Square buildings have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie for digitally altering a sign appearing in the motion picture.

'Star Wars' fans turn out month early to get seats

A handful of die-hard "Star Wars" fans already have started lining up to see the next movie in the sci-fi saga more than a month before it opens.

Network news not a has-been yet

Declining viewership not a death knell

It's tempting to write off broadcast network evening news programs as relics of another time.

'Other Side of Heaven' may be hell for some

Your enjoyment of "The Other Side of Heaven," about a young, fresh-faced Mormon missionary who travels to the remote Tongan islands in the South Pacific during the 1950s, depends greatly on your appetite for wholesome family entertainment and your immediate reaction to proselytizing.

Show features bipartisan fun

How rare are primetime television variety shows? You practically need a presidential proclamation to get one on the air. Kelsey Grammer hosts "An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre" (8 p.m., ABC), featuring a cast of singers, actors and one magician performing before President Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. Key members of Congress, including Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., are also in attendance.

Arts notes

Comedy troupe spoofs U.S. politics, TV anchors Filmmakers seeking actors for short film Guest conductor to lead

The people's Mayer

John Mayer bypasses the music industry to form a direct relationship with his audience

By Jon Niccum "Whenever I hear the term singer-songwriter, I always think of taking a nap," said musician John Mayer. "There are still a lot of them that put me dead to sleep. "I don't think that I'm a singer-songwriter in the conventional sense. To some people I appear to be. But it's almost like I'm a band. There are bands with lead singers who are as headstrong as I am that aren't a solo act, they're just in a band. I think that's almost the way that I approach the music."

Thursday, April 11

Ozzy scores a 'Dubya'

If there's an odder union, we don't know what it would be, but ... Fox News on Tuesday confirmed that prime-time host Greta Van Susteren will take heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne as a date to the May 4 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner. Ozzy's wife, Sharon, co-star of the MTV hit "The Osbournes," also is going.


Cry another day Heeeere's a lawsuit Extraordinary vision Oprah skips own party

Buddhas call exiled Afghan sculptor home

Watching his country's turmoil from exile for two decades, Afghan sculptor Amanulah Haiderzad always worried about two soaring statues of Buddha hewn into this barren valley's towering sandstone cliffs.

Author goes beyond control

Unauthorized book looks at how Martha Stewart built her empire

No matter how much people say about Martha Stewart, and they say a lot, there's no escaping a fundamental irony about her: She has risen to the senior ranks of the male-dominated business world by very astutely selling the skills of being a traditional housewife.

Neil Labute, KU alumnus, must produce quicker 'Wicker Man'

Oh, what a tangled web. It seems that Universal Picture's plans to remake the British horror film "The Wicker Man" have become interwoven with the similar designs of other cinematic craftsmen.

'Frontline' probes murder case

How many men on death row are innocent? The "Frontline" story "Requiem for Frank Lee Smith" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) demonstrates how difficult is can be for authorities to review a capital case even after new evidence emerges. And in the case of Frank Lee Smith, law enforcement officials vowed to keep him in prison even after he was proven innocent.

Best bets

Wednesday, April 10

TV fans fight for favorites

We're just a few weeks away from the time when networks announce their new programs and fall schedules. This also marks the sad time when a few fading favorites get the ax. Will "Dharma & Greg," "Touched by an Angel," "Ally McBeal" or "Spin City" reappear next fall?


Eminem settles suit Life imitating television Carl Perkins remembered Graham checkup continues

CNBC hires fired analyst from PBS

Financial journalist Louis Rukeyser, ousted by PBS after 32 years, will return to the air on CNBC next week in a manner seemingly designed to make things difficult for his old show. The new program, "Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street," debuts April 19. It will compete with the revamped "Wall $treet Week" that fired him last month.

Documentary explores offbeat parade

These big macho men want respect on the streets of South Philadelphia. So once a year they dance through the city in glitter, sequined dresses and blond wigs. A new documentary called "STRUT!", directed by local film producer Max L. Raab, attempts to capture the history behind Philadelphia's one-of-a-kind New Year's Day Mummers Parade.

Pulitzers honor arts accomplishments

Historian David McCullough's second biography of a U.S. president was just as much a hit with the Pulitzer Prize Board as his first, while "Topdog/Underdog" helped Suzan-Lori Parks become the first black woman to win the Pulitzer's drama award.

Aquila's 'The Tempest' a captivating performance

By Susie Warden Special to the Journal-World "We are the stuff that dream are made of." Though not the meaning of the quote, these words spoken by Prospero convey a sense of the performance of "The Tempest" given by the Aquila Theater Company on Saturday at the Lied Center.

Tuesday, April 9

'Deep Natural' reveals artist's passionate resolve to making new music

Michelle Shocked's life story of Army brat turned homeless squatter to deeply political activist to unlikely rock star was at times more interesting than her music.


Extortion trial postponed Zombie joins Ozzfest Where there's smoke, no fire Judge fights back from stroke

Celebrities recommend favorite reading lists

California Gov. Gray Davis' favorite book is "A Man for All Seasons," actor-comedian Lily Tomlin likes "The Shipping News," and film star Mira Sorvino was fascinated by "A Brief History of Time."

N.Y. Times sets Pulitzer record

Coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, their aftermath and the war on terrorism won eight of the 14 Pulitzer Prizes on Monday to become the most dominant single news story in the awards' history.

Classic TV stars resurface

Tonight's schedule offers a few familiar faces from departed sitcoms. Hal Linden ("Barney Miller") guest stars on "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m.). The family-friendly comedy takes an unexpected turn when Emily (Kelly Bishop) invites her feisty daughter for a posh spa weekend getaway, and to her surprise, Lorelai accepts.

Monday, April 8

'Weakest Link' draws strong criticism

Game show, hostess too harsh for Thai sensibilities

The verbal blood sport of "The Weakest Link" may seem like harmless fun in most of the 70-odd countries it has taken by storm, but in Thailand it is causing uproar.


Breakup brings breakdown Hard-working mom Manson denies lawsuit charge Civility for the military

'Mulvaneys' worth a look

The Lifetime Network takes a welcome departure from its "women in peril" movie franchise to present a truly superior television film.

'Panic Room' packs theaters

Jodie Foster beat Ashley Judd in a battle of female thrillers. Foster's "Panic Room" took in $18.5 million to remain the No. 1 film at the box office for the second-straight weekend, while Judd's "High Crimes" debuted in second place with $15 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Rio blames 'Simpsons' for damage to tourism

Brazilian city sees no humor in last week's episode

City tourism officials plan to sue the producers of the animated sitcom "The Simpsons" about its depiction of Rio de Janeiro in a recent episode, according to a report in O Globo, a daily newspaper.

Modern adaptation gives epic new vibrancy

By Jan Biles Kansas University professor Stanley Lombardo's translation of Homer's epic war poem, "The Iliad," was given new life by the Aquila Theatre Sunday afternoon at the Lied Center.

Sunday, April 7

Arts notes

Lawrence author releases new edition KU students compete in Naftzger contest Auditions for 'Reunion' coming up at LCT


Poitier: Oscar speech easy NAACP honors Belafonte Graham undergoes surgery Ashcroft to appear on Letterman

Voters can select best NY film

If you had to pick one movie that best captured the spirit of New York City, what would it be "Manhattan"? "Do the Right Thing"? "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? Those are among 250 movies in The Best of New York online competition, part of the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival.

Networks line up guests for Sunday news programs

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Exhibit features Welty photos

The black-and-white images contrast the lives of a bygone Mississippi. Boys with short, cropped hair in dirty overalls. Men sitting away the afternoon in Sunday best, Jitney Jungle stenciled on a grocery store sign across the square. A woman, dressed in a spiritual white, encircled by seven children in a pool of sunlight.

KU summer theater slates auditions

Auditions are set for the Kansas Summer Theatre's production of "Prairie Fire, Parts I and II," a pair of new plays by Kansas University theater and film professor John Gronbeck-Tedesco.

Leno calls Letterman feud 'nasty'

Jay Leno says he doesn't understand why things are so "nasty" between him and David Letterman. The host of "The Tonight Show" complained in an interview that while he's had nice things to say about Letterman's "Late Show," he never hears anything similar in return.

Dancers to break in new arts center stage

The Prairie Wind Dancers, the resident dance company at the Lawrence Arts Center, will inaugurate its new home with a dance concert at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the arts center, 940 N.H.

Artist crafts otherworldly works

Eric Abraham was 3 years old when his mother handed him his first slab of dime-store clay. A lot has changed in the intervening 62 years. "She nurtured my creative side," says Abraham, at work in his old trailer-house-turned-art-studio, which sits close by the 19th-century wooden schoolhouse that is now his home in northeast Kansas.

Arts notes

Guitarist to give free workshop Atchison art fair seeking entries Writer to read his short stories Guitarist, artist unite for performance Theater company to perform 'Art'

Blanchard tackles emotional role

Tammy Blanchard is excited. She thinks she's spotted a famous singer on the patio of an elegant hotel. It's a case of mistaken identity, but it provided a bit of fun on a sunny afternoon.

Brandy's back and better

Teen star returns to music with adult sound, life

When Brandy plops down on a chair in her hotel suite, preparing for a morning of picture-taking and interviews, a sour look suddenly comes over her face. It's not the day ahead that's upsetting her; it's the baby inside.

KU Symphonic Band to celebrate 'Decades'

The Kansas University Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center. Guest artists are the Kansas Brass Quintet and the 312th Army Brass Band.

Instruments inspire Hutchins Consort

The Hutchins Consort is coming to Lawrence to perform at the Lied Center and participate in residency activities that will take the group to central Kansas.

LHS to receive Duke Ellington charts

By Jan Biles Lawrence High School is one of nine U.S. schools and universities that will premiere the music of jazz legend Duke Ellington before it is put in mainstream educational distribution.

Actresses prepare for murderous roles

By Jan Biles Jane Malin and Thelma Taylor don't look like murderers. But put on a little theatrical makeup, prepare a pitcher of elderberry wine and give them copies of Joseph Kesselring's play "Arsenic and Old Lace," and they will convince you.

Bloch was sole American Blue Rider

Albert Bloch, born in 1882 in St. Louis, dropped out of school at age 16 so he could begin taking classes at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. Even then, he knew he wanted to devote his life to art.


What are you reading?

Clancy takes readers inside U.S. Special Forces

Imagine being a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, in command of an eight-man team in a hidden position deep inside Iraq during the Gulf War. The ground war is about to start, and your mission is to observe a nearby highway for troop movements that might threaten the 18th Airborne Corps, soon to be the left flank unit in a wide envelopment of Iraqi ground forces as part of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's "Hail Mary" plan.

Singer's still woman enough

Loretta Lynn opens up more of her life in new book

Loretta Lynn is walking through her living room unbuttoning her shirt. Suddenly, she flashes her bra. Laughing at the discombobulation of a reporter, photographer, hairdresser and personal assistant, she quickly opens and closes her shirt several more times.

Arts notes

Red is an integral part of KU artist's creations Erin Brockovich to talk about learning disability KC exhibit explores relationships to home Art Tougeau's on track; entry deadline nears

Composer, pianist headline KU Jazz Festival

Grammy Award nominees Maria Schneider and Fred Hersch are the featured artists for the 25th annual Kansas University Jazz Festival, a three-day conference highlighted by evening concerts.

Bloch on Bloch

Grandson making documentary about artist-grandfather

By Jan Biles When he was growing up in California, Scott Bloch didn't hear or know much about his grandfather. It wasn't until he moved to Lawrence in 1976 that he discovered the art and writings of Albert Bloch and their significance.

Saturday, April 6

'Desdemona' gives 'Othello' a fresh spin

By Jan Biles "Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief" is based on Shakespeare's "Othello," but playwright Paula Vogel has veered far from the path of the Bard. She takes the road less traveled the road of dark comedy, cinematic scenes and funny sound effects, where imagination is stretched and wit is massaged.

Pregnancy puts 'Sex and City' on hold

HBO is suspending production of "Sex and the City" following the news that the show's star, Sarah Jessica Parker, is pregnant. The cable network said Friday that it's halting production starting Wednesday to evaluate how to proceed.

Guitarist's radio show honors garage rock

As a child growing up on the Jersey shore, Little Steven Van Zandt was transported to a different place with a brilliant soundtrack by New York disc jockeys like "Cousin Brucie" Morrow and Dan Ingram.

Oprah paring down number

Oprah Winfrey, publishing's No. 1 hit maker, is cutting back on her book club recommendations. The TV personality who helped make best sellers out of such little-known authors as Rohinton Mistry and Jacquelyn Mitchard said she has been struggling to find suitable works.

Cheesy 'Road Trip' is palatable

In the mood for unadulterated video junk food? Shows don't come much cheesier than "TV Road Trip" (8 p.m., Sunday, Travel Channel) hosted by "Three's Company" star John Ritter. Welcome to very basic cable.


Ozzy offspring cuts musical teeth Bosnia proud of first Oscar Hall-of-Famer swears off violence Jury acquits R.E.M. guitarist

'Afghan Alphabet' explores education, culture conflicts

On her first day of school, Samira learned the two-letter Farsi word for "water." To do so, she had to defy her country's religious leader and her own strict upbringing. She's maybe 10 years old.

Friday, April 5

Dobbs defends commentaries about Arthur Andersen

CNN financial journalist Lou Dobbs on Thursday denounced as "frivolous" charges that he might have a conflict of interest in making commentaries on auditors Arthur Andersen.

Gumbel bidding adieu to 'Early Show,' CBS

Bryant Gumbel said Thursday he was quitting as host of CBS' morning news program, "The Early Show," and will be leaving CBS.

A new look at oldest profession

Book examines madam's life

"Madam Millie," the true tale of the Silver City madam with a heart of gold and matching bank account, is sharing some of that bounty with the University of New Mexico and the Silver City Museum.

Who owns downtown?

Survey shows most properties owned by local interests

By Joel Mathis Bob Schumm is the happy proprietor of two businesses on Massachusetts Street, but there was a time he felt some trepidation about owning downtown real estate. "It's good now," he said. "I can't say it always felt good to own property downtown."

Arts center to open doors

New facility to allow expansion of programs

By Mindie Paget A few months ago, Ann Evans giggled as she got her first peek at a bamboo floor being laid in what's now the main gallery at the new Lawrence Arts Center. "Isn't this room going to be the most wonderful place?" she asked rhetorically.

'Van Wilder' lacks 'Lampoon' inspiration

There was a time when having the "National Lampoon" brand name on top of a movie title meant something. Of course, that was a long, long time ago, when the label was tacked onto such classics as "Animal House" and roughly half of the "Vacation" flicks. Since then, it's been used to push such forgotten fiascoes as "Senior Trip," "Last Resort" and "Loaded Weapon 1."

'Dateline' looks at Vegas homicide

"Dateline" (8 p.m., NBC) departs from its usual magazine format to present "Death in the Desert," a behind-the-scenes report on a Las Vegas homicide squad's investigation. The police gave "Dateline" complete access to their offices and allowed hand-held camera crews to follow detectives Jeff Rosgen and Mark McNett as they interviewed witnesses and suspects, often in their own homes.

Arts notes

Steinbeck film festival kicks off at library Animal activism film slated at Liberty Hall Prize-winning pianist to give recital Audience helps solve interactive murder

Film Review - 'High Crimes'

By Jon Niccum "Military justice is to justice what military music is to music," a character explains early on in "High Crimes." Similarly, the film itself is a little like military music: competent, safe and easy to follow. In other words, it's got a good beat and it's easy to march to. But those looking for anything beyond a routine potboiler likely will be disappointed.

A reasonable Doubt

Platinum seller No Doubt doesn't let success screw things up

By Jon Niccum At No Doubt's show last Saturday in Las Vegas, the celebrated quartet decided the situation was ripe to place a few bets. "I don't like gambling that much; I'm just over it," said No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. "But I did do it this time because the Hard Rock Hotel at the casino made No Doubt chips. It was kind of a cool honor, so I had to gamble. I sat at a table with my mom and dad, and we played using chips with our pictures on it."


Hurley gives birth to healthy son Allen film to debut at Cannes Songwriters laud Wonder, Brooks

Thursday, April 4


Minnelli's stepmother accuses actress of elder abuse, files suit Mother of car-crash victim sues Manson for wrongful death Something to laugh about

Grammys return to NYC

After a four-year hiatus on the West Coast and a spat with the former mayor, the Grammy Awards are returning to New York City for the 45th annual ceremony next year.

Harlem Renaissance comedy takes the stage after recent rediscovery

A play by Zora Neale Hurston about the lives and loves of blacks in a Florida lumber mill village, its typescript rediscovered after a half-century at the Library of Congress, is running at one of the capital's leading theaters.

Rare instruments available to orchestra for half-price

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra can buy rare Stradivarius and Guarneri del Gesu violins and other instruments valued at $50 million for half-price as long as it raises the money by June 30.

Donahue making television comeback

Veteran talk-show host Phil Donahue is returning to television with a nightly topical program on MSNBC, which hopes his hiring adds a spark of interest to a struggling network.

Best bets

Borders seen mostly as a bookstore

A Night on the Town

Many people think of Borders, 700 N.H., as just a place to buy books, but there is a lot more that goes on at this Lawrence neighborhood hangout.

Music fans drive to be Thursday at The Bottleneck

A Night on the Town

Monday night, fans lined up outside The Bottleneck, 707 Vt., to see the bands Sparta and Thursday perform.

Library offers more than book check-outs

A Night on the Town

On Tuesday, the Lawrence Public Library celebrated Langston Hughes' life with an all-day poetry reading. It was just part of the busy activity schedule maintained by Sandra Wiechert, community relations coordinator for the library.

Rick's Place still draws Hawk fans for final tourney game

A Night on the Town

Despite the loss by the Kansas University Jayhawks men's basketball team on Saturday night, people showed up at Rick's Place, 623 Vt., to watch the championship game Monday night

Liberty Hall Video carries tapes outside the mainstream

A Night on the Town

Those walking in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street may not notice it among the restaurants and coffeehouses, but Liberty Hall Video, 642 Mass., can give a person a different kind of night out on the town.

Liberty Hall getting boost from Oscar winners

A Night on the Town

The marquee that looms over the tree-lined sidewalk along Massachusetts Street advertises the latest in independent and foreign film, but Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. is a throwback to the movie houses of old.

The Sandbar whips up a hurricane

A Night on the Town

Blustering wind and light moisture blow in your face, and the spark of lightning and crack of thunder make you jump off of your seat, almost spilling your cool gin and tonic. Is this just another average night of turbulent weather in Kansas?

Sandbar goes to Disney World to check out 'hurricane'

A Night on the Town

A trip to Disney World sparked the idea for The Hurricane Show, an event that takes place nightly at The Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St.

Buffalo Wild Wings orders are flying high

A Night on the Town

Although Kansas University was ousted from the national basketball championship running, customers still packed into Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass. St., Monday night for, in manager Michael Kricsfeld's words, "sports, beer and wings."

Downtown bars attract sports fans

A Night on the Town

Ordering party trays and calling your friends to come over and watch the big game may be a fading tradition as bars add more and more television sets, big screens, games and drink deals to attract athletic enthusiasts.

Library gears up for book sale

A Night on the Town

With more than 100,000 titles to choose from, the Spring Book Sale at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., is an event that book enthusiasts won't want to miss.

Borders a good place to study, relax

A Night on the Town

Tired of smoky, congested and noisy coffee houses? Some Lawrence residents and KU students have found an escape at Borders, 700 N.H.

Bottleneck features smaller, local bands

A Night on the Town

A small light illuminated the doorway as a couple hundred concert-goers wait to enter The Bottleneck. This night (Monday), The Bottleneck is presenting Sparta, Thursday and the Detachment Kit.

A Night on the Town: Baker students find there are always stories to be told in downtown Lawrence

What's happening on a Monday night in downtown Lawrence? Typically, it's the slowest time of the week. Add in that it's the Monday after the Jayhawks are defeated in the Final Four tournament and you can expect it to be Deadsville.

Vatican named in abuse suit

Two men sued the Vatican and three Roman Catholic dioceses Wednesday, accusing them of covering up sexual abuse at a Catholic boarding school in Florida and an Oregon monastery.

Wednesday, April 3

Northern Afghans have TV for first time since Taliban

Blurry picture, broken sound and all, local television is back on the air in northern Afghanistan's largest city for the first time since the fall of the Taliban nearly five months ago.

New restaurant 'wings' into downtown

By Jim Baker College students love spicy Buffalo wings. That's the basic strategy behind a new restaurant in Lawrence Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 1012 Mass.

'Wolf Lake' gets recycled

Scary television dramas never die, they just end up in repeats. Or, in the case of "Wolf Lake" (8 p.m., UPN), they get reincarnated on a new network. CBS canceled this spooky drama last October after a limited run.


Colorado honors a favorite son Barker jumps generation gap Repeat performances 'Baywatch' reunion resuscitated

Dick Clark wants to be a 'Millionaire' ... April Fool!

This year's April Fool's Day victim in Hollywood appears to be Dick Clark, the energetic septuagenarian producer/personality who has been the host of myriad popular television shows, including the long-running "American Bandstand," "The $10,000 Pyramid," NBC's "The Other Half" and "Rockin' New Year's Eve" specials.

Former Beatle gets back

McCartney opens U.S. tour with concert steeped in Fab Four tunes

Paul McCartney has nothing left to prove. He's a Beatle. He's a knight. He's an honorary American. He's been everywhere, done everything.

Tuesday, April 2


'Soprano' hearing postponed Rugby coach cries foul Boy-band maker cleared Spotlight turned inward

Burly Bear embraced by colleges

Television network popular in dorms expanding to cable

David Mandel and Steve Lookner are building an audience one college dorm room at a time. They're co-hosts of "Dave and Steve's Video Game Explosion," the most popular program on Burly Bear, a television network most people over age 25 have never heard of.

Milton Berle remembered by friends, family

Family and friends said farewell to Milton Berle in a memorial service Monday that at times took on the tone of an impromptu celebrity roast. Berle, who died Wednesday at 93, was known for abrasive comedy, but friends and family said he always treated them with warmth and grace.

Death to DeVito film would be a good thing

"Death to Smoochy"? Yes, please. The cinematic equivalent of being poked in the ribs with a fork for two hours, this relentlessly irritating comedy directed by Danny DeVito redefines the term "over the top" and we don't mean that as a compliment.

Dracula park has sufficient money staked

A Dracula theme park in the heart of Transylvania has attracted enough investment for the project to go ahead, the Romanian government said Monday. Tourism Minister Dan Matei Agathon said that by Monday investors had bought $2.9 million worth of stock, more than 60 percent needed for the project to proceed.

Filmmakers capture revolution

Woody Harrelson narrates "Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film" (9 p.m., AMC), a perceptive look at a generation of young directors who challenged Hollywood's escapist fare with gritty, realistic movies that reflected a turbulent decade.

Monday, April 1

Crowds follow Foster into 'Panic Room'

Movie-goers were on full alert for "Panic Room." Starring Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker, the thriller about a mother and daughter hiding from burglars in their home's fortress-like sanctuary took in $30.2 million to debut as the top weekend film, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Beautiful news Selena anniversary marked Philanthropist turns 100 Harlem's V-Day

PBS series goes for baroque

Greed, political scandal and duplicitous investment schemes didn't start with Enron. Or Whitewater. When English novelist Anthony Trollope returned home from a world tour in 1872 he was shocked at the vulgar, money-grubbing ways of his country's aristocracy and rising moneyed class.

Two lives later, Kittie has a new bassist

Nobody would ever confuse metal's Kittie with the pop group Destiny's Child. But you have to admit they've had about the same number of personnel changes, leaving two sisters at the core of the band.

Martha Stewart happy to fool around

Guru of gracious living not afraid to poke fun at herself

Who knew? Martha Stewart has quite the poker face. On today's edition of her syndicated television show, "Martha Stewart Living," the star stands in front of a giant to-do list.

'Once and Again' out of chances

ABC's "Once and Again" has one of the most devoted audiences on television. Unfortunately for them, however, their numbers aren't large enough to keep the show alive. The network announced last week that "Once and Again" would end its three-year run with a series finale April 15.