Stories for August 2002


Saturday, August 31

Judge allows singer R. Kelly to make public appearances

R&B singer R. Kelly, who has been free on bond since he was indicted on child pornography charges, can leave the state to make two public appearances in Florida this weekend, a judge ruled Friday.


Paltrow seeks broader horizons Metallica crooner eases up 'Waltons' creator says goodnight Rocker crosses line at fair

Video store chain wants to clean up movies

A video store chain that edits profanity, violence and sex from films asked a judge Thursday to rule the practice is legal, despite protests by such directors as Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg.

Backstreet Boys get animated

Who knew the preschool set was so sophisticated about music and marketing? Animated versions of The Backstreet Boys appear on the cartoon special "Arthur: It's Only Rock 'n Roll" (7 p.m. Sunday, PBS).

Painter's life hits silver screen

Venice festival features film on Frida Kahlo

Sunglass-sporting divas, moguls and hangers-on hopped off their motorboats for the opening of the Venice Film Festival on Thursday, with all shades flipped up to gander at the star of the day: actress Salma Hayek, who was presenting her long-toiled-over biopic "Frida."

'McLaughlin Group' marks 20 years of impolite politics

It was 20 years ago that radio talk-show host and former Nixon speechwriter John McLaughlin took four partisan Washington journalists and let them have at it in front of TV cameras.

Friday, August 30

AMC surveys rock musicals

What did children watch before MTV? David Bowie narrates "Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s" (7 p.m., AMC), a clip-rich survey of rock movies from the decade that spawned glam rock, progressive rock, God rock, punk rock, funk, reggae, heavy metal, disco and dozens of other genres.


Greatest gives respect where due Actress scores victory for birds He wouldn't miss it for the world

Eminem cleans up at MTV awards

Eminem won four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, but it didn't put the rapper in a good mood he found time to feud with his nemesis Moby, then ended up getting booed by the crowd.

World's love affair with Diana may be cooling off

The dazzling image of Princess Diana, once the British royal family's brightest star, has begun to dim just five years after her death. Diana was one of the most famous women in the world before the Aug. 31, 1997, car crash in Paris that took her life at age 36.

Will Dixie Chicks flock to a different style?

Dixie Chicks fiddler Martie Maguire is definitely proud of the Chicks' new acoustic record, "Home." But she's quick to stress that the CD's sound is not a sign of what's to come.

Couples struggle with romantic roles in 'Possession'

While some will assume filmmaker Neil LaBute is shying away from the cynical reputation perfected in his acutely disturbing "Your Friends & Neighbors" and "In the Company of Men," his most recent effort still embraces comparable themes.

Rock the Light keeps the faith

There's an industry adage that there are two kinds of rock music: the sinful kind and the kind that sucks. But a burgeoning movement of bands seeks to erase that sentiment by shedding some light on the subject.

Neil LaBute adjusts focus

KU grad braves new controversy with 'Possession' adaptation

Neil LaBute is a magnet for outrage. But these days it's a different kind of outrage. LaBute's adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel "Possession" finds the writer-director caught in a balancing act.

'Feardotcom' not likely to be a hit

I have a problem, but it could be worse. At least when I log on, it's my credit card that gets killed, not me.

Thursday, August 29

Best bets


More diaper duty for Jerry Warhol exhibit draws crowd Star No. 2,203 is born May the force be with them

'Mindset List' helps college faculty bridge generation gap

Students entering college this fall have always had weather reports available 24 hours a day on television. To them, George Foreman is famous only for selling barbecue grills.

NASA capitalizes on star power

Pop singer Lance Bass gives space agency a new, cool image

NASA is being 'N-fused with much-needed teen appeal this week as its first celebrity space tourist, pop star Lance Bass, trains to become the youngest and coolest person ever to hit orbit.

Unfriendly look at post-sitcom life

Now that "Friends" is entering its final season, many have speculated about the future careers of its six stars. While none of them will be wanting for money, they are all actors in the prime of their careers. Thus far, few films starring the "Friends" cast have been critical hits or box office successes. Matthew Perry's latest vehicle "Serving Sara" did nothing to break this stretch of mediocre movies.

Wednesday, August 28

Illusionist survives 24 hours underwater

His skin crinkled and his eyes bloodshot, illusionist Criss Angel emerged Tuesday morning after spending 24 hours in a Times Square water chamber.

Victor Wooten/Blues Traveler bring the noise

Victor Wooten and Blues Traveler - Abe and Jakes Landing, Lawrence, Kan. - 08/27/2002

By Michael Newman Maybe it was the freshly back-to-college crowd, or maybe there's just something different about a show at Abe & Jake's Landing, but Tuesday night's Victor Wooten/Blues Traveler concert at the downtown venue was more kegger than concert.

Critic selects best of rock 'n' roll movies

Teens, tiaras and tears on display

'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick and pop star Willa Ford co-host "Miss Teen USA 2002" (8 p.m., CBS). And I thought the boy band thing was over.

Critic selects best of rock 'n' roll movies

Teens, tiaras and tears on display

'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick and pop star Willa Ford co-host "Miss Teen USA 2002" (8 p.m., CBS).

NASA gives thumbs-up to singer's space plans

Judge delays Blake hearing

A judge granted more time Tuesday to Robert Blake and his co-defendant to prepare their defense against charges in the killing of the actor's wife. However, Judge Lloyd Nash set a preliminary hearing date of Nov. 13 and declared it unchangeable.


People, people who need money Margot Kidder on the mend Watch out for fake Hermits Dance claims kicked out

Tuesday, August 27

Looks likely to win on 'Idol'

I thought I could go the entire summer without writing a column about "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (8 p.m., Fox). It's not that I don't like the show.

Daly's 'Last Call' becomes a daily

If Carson Daly seems to be everywhere all at once, that's because he is. He appears on the daily MTV show "Total Request Live" and on NBC's late-night talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" Mondays through Thursdays and, starting Sept. 6, Fridays as well.


Actress pleads to DUI charge Be part of the movie magic Chicks give radio feedback Johnny Cash hospitalized

Singer trains at NASA even though spaceflight up in the air

'N Sync singer Lance Bass started a week of NASA training on Monday for a possible flight to the international space station, even though the trip is still uncertain because of contract issues with the Russians.

ABC keeps Jennings anchored

Here's one story you won't be hearing from Peter Jennings: whether he's agreed to a new contract to stay as top anchor at ABC News.

'SNL' star Jimmy Fallon ready for prime time

Jimmy Fallon is a kid in a candy store. He's chosen to meet for this interview in a Rockefeller Center chocolate shop downstairs from the "Saturday Night Live" studio, where he's made his name as the irreverent yin to Tina Fey's prim yang on the "Weekend Update" anchor desk.

Monday, August 26


Publicist praises boyfriend Regis-Kelly tiff rumored Book recounts 2000 election Broker's home on the market

'Baretta' has new life in DVD format

Universal Studios Home Video plans to release episodes of "Baretta," the 1970s detective series starring Robert Blake, on DVD this fall, even though Blake is jailed on murder charges.

A&E takes glance at working poor

What is it like supporting a family on a minimum-wage salary? "Investigative Reports: Wage Slaves: Not Getting By in America" (8 p.m., A&E) takes a provocative look at a surprisingly large segment of American society.

'Signs' reclaims box office crown as summer lineup fades

The signs are everywhere that summer blockbuster season has ended. The alien-invasion tale "Signs" climbed back to the No. 1 spot at the box office with a $14.4 million haul in its fourth weekend, while the espionage thriller "XXX," the top film for the last two weekends, came in a close second with $13.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Poet's papers rescued from trash

A Pennsylvania antique dealer was disposing of some boxes for a client last year when one fell apart and out spilled a treasure trove of documents from the late author and poet Carl Sandburg.

Influential executive for movie studio dies

Ted Ashley had blockbuster touch for Warner Bros.

Sunday, August 25

Arts notes

Country singer to appear in Topeka New parking garage open KC Museum Lawrence Art Guild debuts its Web site 'Tosca' rescheduled at Lied Center City Scene deadline is Saturday

Arts notes

Baker graduate writes book for freshmen KU alumnus wins award, scholarship Andy Griggs, Ricochet to perform at festival White Cloud gears up for flea market St. Joseph orchestra filling vacancies

'One Hour Photo' star sees movie career shine

Despite sharing the screen with heartthrob stars such as Russell Crowe and Keanu Reeves, Connie Nielsen rarely ends up with the guy in the final reel.

Switching to drama can be risky

Comics look for respect when changing genres

Why do moviegoers accept tragedy from the star of "Turner & Hooch" but not from the leading man of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective?" Like comedy, it's partly a matter of timing.

Arts notes

Civic Choir to begin rehearsing Monday Topeka orchestras looking for members

Songwriter Taylor trying to remain true to himself

Singer blends subtle musical touches in 'October Road'

Mulling the pitfalls of being an entertainer, singer-songwriter James Taylor tells the story of a little-known comedian.

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Greene helps memories stay alive

Author immortalizes bygone American life

Long before Sept. 11 and the outpouring of love and support ordinary people gave to the heroic firefighters, police officers and rescuers at the World Trade Center, there were the residents of North Platte, Neb., who collectively transformed their crossroads town into a second home for soldiers during World War II.

True to her cause

Writer connects human life, natural values

It was a shocking thing to say, even by the no-holds-barred rhetorical standards of the 1960s. "I am terribly saddened by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all," college senior Stephanie Mills lamented in a commencement address that warned the human race was breeding itself to extinction and wrecking the environment.

Arts notes

Community theater offers adult, children's classes Mini-grant helps pay for Civil War events Starlight books Christian musicians

Musician draws from 9-11 emotions in latest CD

Music may not be able to make sense of the senseless, but it can help heal the pain. Jazz sax player and composer Bobby Watson was reminded of that truism a year ago after airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Championship has no strings attached

Competitors battle in Finland for title of Air Guitar World Champion

As the red sun set behind the dark fir trees, Zac Monro's guitar solo hit a fever pitch. He rolled on his back on the outdoor stage and thrashed madly with his hands.


Damon pangs for Ang McCartney's 'Driving' will take him to Mexico What will the professor say? Crue singer to return Ryder judge to hear motions

Capitol insiders lined up for shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

'Houston Medical' doctor loses cancer battle

Dr. Marnie Rose, who allowed viewers of the reality television series "Houston Medical" to witness her battle with brain cancer, has died. She was 28.

'Dirty Harry' screenwriter Dean Riesner dies at 83

Dean Riesner, the screenwriter behind several of Clint Eastwood's early films, including "Dirty Harry" and "The Enforcer," has died. He was 83.

Parents group says 'Doc' family-friendly

A parents group applauded broadcasters Wednesday for embracing more family-friendly programming in prime-time, yet scolded television's two most popular shows for being among the raciest.

McGowan lives 'charmed life'

The day after filming wrapped on her first season of "Charmed" last spring, Rose McGowan dyed her hair a flaming red. The producers were not pleased.

'Bare Blass' opens window on elusive fashion designer

Bill Blass was best known as a creator of women's fashion not to mention the favorite escort of New York's socialites for almost 40 years. But it turns out Blass was more of a man's man than anyone thought.

Arts notes

Paintings to be shown at J. Gladman Gallery Art Affair Gallery to open show

KU hires new leaders in music

Students studying music or participating in vocal or instrumental activities at Kansas University this year will see some new faces. KU's department of music and dance has filled three key vacancies on its faculty.

Saturday, August 24

Anger Management Tour shares weekend with fiddlers

Fiddling for something to do this weekend? You might want to check out the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships Sunday afternoon at South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets.


Money glitch grounds singe Vegas-bound Dion selling mansion Prince paying visit to FDR digs Athlete kicks around book idea

Stolen masterpiece found

Titian painting had been missing more than 7 years

A painting by Renaissance master Titian, stolen from an English mansion in 1995, has been found in London in a plastic shopping bag, the manager of the estate said.

Publicist pleads guilty to injuring 16

Lizzie Grubman, a New York publicist with a star-studded roster of clients, pleaded guilty Friday in a hit-and-run crash that injured 16 people outside a Hamptons nightclub.

Teddy bear to hit century mark

U.S. celebrates toy named after Roosevelt

The Teddy bear, inspired by the helpless bear a president refused to shoot, turns 100 this fall, still fuzzy-eared, huggable and loved by millions of children around the world.

'Little Secrets' shares life lessons

A wholesome little drama aimed at the pre- and early teen crowd, "Little Secrets" is set in a frighteningly tidy suburbia of cul-de-sacs and clipped lawns, courteous neighbors, and kids, kids and more kids.

'RFK' another Kennedy farce

RFK returns to the '60s again Just when you think you've seen the last made-for-TV movie about the Kennedy saga, along comes "RFK" (7 p.m., Sunday, FX).

Friday, August 23

Family's roots planted in Lawrence history

For Mabel Holland and her brothers Bernard Rogers and Charles Rogers, Quantrill's Raid is more than history. It's a family tragedy.

Susan Burt Griswold Sawyer


Susan was born on March 27th 1832 in Chemung County. The Chemung River Valley is a lush and beautiful place teeming with wild animals and birds. The river meanders slowly and crookedly through the valley. Across the river a little to the West is Sullivan's Monument where the battle between Clinton and Sullivan took place in 1779, only 53 years earlier.

Hill's 'Undisputed' packs some punch

Walter Hill is an accomplished director whose career has seen its fair share of ups ("48 Hrs.," "The Long Riders," writing duties on the first three "Alien" films), downs ("Another 48 Hrs.," "Johnny Handsome") and points in between ("Southern Comfort," "The Warriors"). While "Undisputed" isn't exactly a high, it is a gripping, tidy little movie that takes Hill higher than he's been in awhile.

'Skywalkers' work above it all

On television, hardly anybody works. Police, lawyers and doctors go about their noble professions, but everybody else appears to be lollygagging. Situation comedies portray reality as one long vacation. Roseanne was the last sitcom character who ever seemed to worry about making ends meet. Nobody on "Friends" even knows what Chandler does for a living.

Jazz Museum hosts festival

Livin' on the Vine, an outdoor jazz festival, will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine. Performers include the James Ward Ensemble, Grupo Candela and the Lonnie Smith and Mark Whitfield Quartet.

Earning a gold star

Juliana Hatfield returns after a decade of chaos

"Not everyone's goal getting into this business is instant fame and acceptance and money," said Juliana Hatfield. "Sure, everyone probably dreams of being a rock star, but that doesn't mean that everyone REALLY wants the dream to literally come true." Case in point: Juliana Hatfield.

Web site celebrates Lawrence hip-hop

Don't tell Miles Bonny that the Lawrence music scene is ruled by college rock. The Kansas University junior knows that's the case. So he's launched a project to help out a different style of music that often has trouble finding a widespread audience in the Midwest: hip-hop.


Singer comforts redwood dwellers Mills settles with newspaper Brits pick favorite fellow citizens Spears happy parents splitting

Radio station dumps shock jocks who broadcast sex stunt

Opie and Anthony are over and out.

Filmmaker for Nazis under renewed fire at 100

Leni Riefenstahl, who made masterful films for the Nazis, turned 100 Thursday with a birthday party at a lakeside hotel and a fresh criminal investigation into whether she broke German law prohibiting Holocaust denial.

Cyber actress comes out as real

The movie's credits don't include her name. But Rachel Roberts, who plays the title character in "Simone," at last can tell the world she's a flesh-and-blood star, not a pixellated performer stitched together by some cyber-Frankenstein.

Thursday, August 22


Lauper's show goes on India to get first glimpse of Elton Taco Bell's instant millionaire Clinton in talk show talks

6News video: Quantrill's raid remembered

Walking tours and candlelight vigils help residents recall the tragedy of Quantrill's raid.

The Vines creeping toward stardom

The Vines are into only the second month of the release of their first album, "Highly Evolved," and already the widely heralded Australian band is ready to implode.

'Happy' humor, hold the cruelty

Fans of whimsical hidden-camera comedy might enjoy "Trigger Happy TV" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central), a new import from the United Kingdom. While its humor is irreverent and occasionally scatological, "Trigger" never descends to the cruelty and crudity of "The Tom Green Show." In one segment, shocked pedestrians watch as a "baby" is lifted out of her carriage by a bunch of Happy Birthday balloons. In another sketch, a sneaky snowman (actually a comic in a costume) beans unsuspecting passersby with snowballs. My favorite bits involve a rude man in a crowded restaurant screaming into a fake over-sized cell phone, oblivious to the fact that he is disturbing everyone within earshot. The best thing about these sketches are their extreme brevity. Think of "Trigger" as "Monty Python" for viewers with very short attention spans.

Best bets

Scrabble contenders wonder: How many points in 'cutthroat'?

Nigel Richards used obscure words such as genros, awee, and butut to beat his opponent in a tense game of Scrabble. Just don't ask him for the definitions.

Wednesday, August 21

Viewers alone to bestow 'Idol' title

Barring a catastrophic failure of Fox's phone-in voting system, American TV viewers not show producers will still decide the winner of "American Idol," the network said Tuesday.


Payment countdown on Bad vibes from party pictures Computers can't trump humans 'Woebegon' goes global

'Pluto Nash' offers plenty to dislike

Curious, in a sick sort of way, about the year's worst comedy? Hold your nose and slog through the backwash of "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," starring Eddie Murphy and Rosario Dawson.

Quality shows share same slot

Tonight, two solid repeats remind us why "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC) and "The Bernie Mac Show" (8 p.m., Fox) are among the smartest and most rewarding shows on network television.

Cable channels to go silent on morning of Sept. 11

Rather than air cooking and fix-'em-up shows the morning of Sept. 11, cable's Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Fine Living and DIY will stop programming for two hours on the first anniversary of the terror attacks on America.

'Jerry Springer: The Opera' driving audiences wild

One of the hottest tickets at this year's Edinburgh Fringe festival features expletive-spitting louts, a man clad only in a diaper, a talk show host and Satan. Naturally, it's an opera.

Tuesday, August 20

Sound bites


Taste of things to come Fame and misfortune Big names for billboard benefit Venice film jury finalized

N.Y.'s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival struggles to stay afloat

For the last decade, Charlie Parker's birthday has been acknowledged in New York City by a weekend jazz festival during which some of the finest jazz musicians have performed outdoors for free.

NBC hires child psychiatrist to advise on Sept. 11 coverage

Most children 4 and under don't realize that it's a taped replay from Sept. 11 when television screens show the World Trade Center collapsing in a cloud of dust. They think it's happening all over again.

Lenexa fest offers water-related activities

Waterfest 2002 will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa.

Tarantino's classics get new treatment on DVD

It's hard to dispute that Quentin Tarantino was the most influential filmmaker of the 1990s. The former video clerk-turned-indie director not only reinvented the syntax of modern cinema but he also did so in a way that was immensely successful at the box office.

Something to Crow about

Singer talks about relationships, new album

Sheryl Crow thought that by the time she reached 40 she'd be married and have children. She isn't and she doesn't.

Monday, August 19


Friends in high places Marsalis moving on Gotta pay to play 'Willy' star free

David Caruso loves 'CSI: Miami' heat

It was blistering hot recently in South Florida, where David Caruso and his "CSI: Miami" co-stars were shooting scenes in the Everglades for the new CBS drama, a Monday-night spin-off of the Thursday-night hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Teenagers choose their favorites

Who knew Jennifer Love Hewitt could sing? The former "Party of Five" star makes her television musical debut on "The Teen Choice Awards" (7 p.m., Fox).

Diesel-fueled 'XXX' cruises to second No. 1 ranking

Spies and space invaders were bigger draws at theaters this weekend than surfer women. Vin Diesel's espionage thriller "XXX" remained the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend, taking in $23 million to push its 10-day total to $84.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Anti-war film creates fallout in India

An anti-war film that depicts the euphoria after India's first successful nuclear tests and the horror of Sept. 11 has been deemed too provocative for Indian eyes.

Famed bluesman's son marches to own beat

Bernard Allison blends many influences into music

A woman grabs a pen and a piece of paper and runs, squealing, to guitarist Bernard Allison as he leans against a downtown building for a photo shoot.

Sunday, August 18

Fiddle dee dee

Canadian musician pumps life into Celtic tunes

Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster was in Toronto on Aug. 8 but only for a few hours. After a brief stopover, she and her musical entourage were heading back to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the Grammy Award-nominee lives.


Anna Nicole 'urns' criticism 'Danke Schoen' to Ohio town 'Stars, Stripes and Skates' Connery a witness to disaster

Women surfers make waves in Hollywood

A new breed of gritty women surfers in the film "Blue Crush" could make the clean-cut sun bunnies of 1960s surf movies hide under their beach blankets.

Child movie stars hurry sequels because they know puberty looms

The makers of the "Spy Kids" and "Harry Potter" movies have found themselves in a race against puberty to put sequels into theaters while their young stars are still baby-faced.

'Sex and the City' producers respond to New York's changed mood

It had already been a lousy day for "Sex and the City" columnist Carrie Bradshaw when she tried to get on the subway. The entrance was roped off another terrorist alert in an already skittish city had shut it down.

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' parties all summer at box office

In a summer of huge movies that last just a few weeks in theaters and are lucky to break even, one little film won't quit.

Lost ancient play makes modern debut in Greece

As plays go, it took a long time for "Hypsipyle" to make the modern stage some 2,000 years.

The legacy of the Mohawk builders

Exhibit at New York museum celebrates high-rise feats of tribal people

Christian vocalists to perform at benefit

Acappella, a Christian vocal group, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in White Concert Hall at Washburn University, 17th and Jewell streets.

Manuscripts sought for play workshop

Rockhurst University's Plays-in-Progress is seeking manuscripts that have never been performed or given a public reading for its Oct. 17 workshop.

State fair lists entry dates for art show

The dates for entry into the Professional Art Exhibit at the Kansas State Fair have been announced.

Dance instructors teach in Singapore, Malaysia

Kansas University dance instructors Muriel Cohan and Patrick Suzeau spent part of their summer in Singapore and Malaysia, where they taught students and learned about Asian dance techniques.

KU professor: Performance art has few restraints

Performance art goes beyond the paintbrush and easel to an art form that has no concrete definition. "It's wide open and that's the nature of performance art," said Roger Shimomura, Kansas University distinguished professor of art.

Magazine that targets 'Homes of Color' makes debut

Eleven months after Corriece Perkins Gwynn first considered starting a shelter magazine for affluent African-Americans, "Homes of Color" is set to launch.

Arts notes

Civil War garments to be shown at Watkins Deadline for City Scene entries is nearing State fair offers mix of music, tractors, races New executive director named at TPAC

Shaping a musical tradition

Singers to appear at state fiddling championships

A culmination of sounds produced by stringed instruments and voices will exude from downtown Lawrence during the 22nd Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships.

Landscape of Kansas inspires many writers

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with spires, rosette stained glass and gargoyles, is one of the most colorful sites in the world. In addition to its Gothic beauty, every part of the building evokes a story.

Lineups set for news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

'Peanuts' lovers cluster at Schulz museum

It's missing the shag carpet and classical columns, but to "Peanuts" fans, the new Charles M. Schulz museum has all the lure of Elvis' Graceland.

This Child is loving life at 90

Age hasn't withered 'America's French Chef' Julia Child

The secret to a robust life? "Eat well and drink well," says Julia Child, "everything in moderation and never snack."

Lovesey's latest mystery is a gem

Peter Lovesey's new mystery, "Diamond Dust," is a keeper. It has tension, emotion and a smorgasbord of red herrings. It is Lovesey's seventh novel about Inspector Peter Diamond, head of the Bath, England, murder squad.

Arts notes

Caribbean cruise books Lawrence musician Peter Max to appear at gallery receptions

Greenlaw chronicles lobsters

Author reflects on islanders defending their turf

Linda Greenlaw was one of the North Atlantic's best swordfish boat captains when she quit in 1996, moving to a small Maine island to hunt lobsters. It was an abrupt lifestyle change for the woman who became famous as the skipper of the Hannah Boden in the high-seas thriller, "The Perfect Storm."

Lawrence resident puts imagination in motion

'Farkleberry Farm' features talking animals and other quirky characters that teach a lesson

Steve Stone is thrilled to have found a job that allows him to be a kid again. He spends his workdays putting farkleberries and farm animals into motion. Stone, Lawrence, works as an animator for Good Friends Entertainment, a Kansas City, Kan., company that recently produced a computer-animated children's series titled "Farkleberry Farm."

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Saturday, August 17

NBC snags exclusive Walters interview

Instead of getting an exclusive interview, ABC's Barbara Walters has given one to rival NBC's "Dateline." Walters recently sat down with "Dateline" co-anchor Jane Pauley for a segment that will air in October, the New York Daily News has learned.

Paltrow choosier as she hits 30

Actress makes film with KU alumnus, director Neil LaBute

With the approach of her 30th birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow knows at least two things are different from her younger days: She's more discriminating about what movies to make, and she now can play an emotionally cautious person based on personal experience.

Presley's ex-wife, child participate in Elvis events

Priscilla Presley greeted thousands of cheering Elvis fans at a concert Friday night marking the 25th anniversary of the King's death, telling them "you're helping Elvis make history again." "I want to thank you for your loyalty and support for Elvis. You have given so much back to him," Elvis' ex-wife told the crowd of 14,000 jammed into The Pyramid arena.

Osbournes take in teenager whose mom died of cancer

Ozzy Osbourne and his family are taking in a teenager whose mother died of the same type of cancer afflicting his wife, Sharon. Robert Marcato, an 18-year-old friend of the Osbournes' daughters, will continue his education with the family's support and will be part of their MTV reality show's new season.


Carter guilty of impaired driving Scottish village honors late Beatle Poll: Charles should rule, marry

This TV movie is for the dogs

The dog days of television are really upon us. Not even two attractive leads and a kennel full of shaggy pooches can save the romantic comedy "Just A Walk in the Park" (8 p.m. Sunday, ABC Family) from its flea-bitten premise.

Friday, August 16

Otep adjusts to being sole female artist on Ozzfest

There is some irony to the fact the ever-popular Ozzfest tour is the brainchild of "The Osbournes" matriarch Sharon, yet it's an event almost exclusively geared toward and performed by men. Well, almost ...

Down from Mountain a joyous journey

By Dave Ranney About two-thirds of the way through the "Down from the Mountain" concert Tuesday at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre, emcee Rodney Crowell asked the almost-full house, "Doesn't it do your heart good to know this music is alive and well?"

Good ol' boys honor honky tonk

A hot August night is as good an excuse as any for some loud music, a few longneck bottles of beer and a chance for dancin' and romancin' at a local roadhouse. Singer Trace Adkins is host of "Honky Tonk Sound" (7 p.m., CMT), a two-hour celebration of the rowdy songs that electrified country music.

Musicians on tap at Trails West fest

The annual Trails West festival will be Friday-Aug. 18 in Civic Center Park.


Ben Stein loses to poor ratings Californian oldest in America Jesse Ventura for president? Queen Mum's casa es su casa

Phish's 2-year break coming to an end

Phish, the jam-happy foursome that attracted legions of touring neo-hippie fans to their concerts, is returning to the stage after a two-year hiatus.

Bluegrass lights shine on Krauss

Alison Krauss, who picked up two Grammys earlier this year, was honored with seven nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Assn. on Thursday.

Bosworth keeps 'Blue Crush' afloat

For those who expected to see gorgeous surfers braving Godzilla-sized waves, "Blue Crush" is just as cool as they hoped. And for those who expected to hear brainless characters spout water-logged clichés, it's far less stupid than they feared. On its own limited terms, "Blue Crush" is a complete success a genuine Billabong-hit of adrenaline. The reason can be linked directly to Kate Bosworth, an angelic blonde on the surface with a hardy athleticism at her core. Her central performance insures that she'll be spending the next few years signing autographs for idolizing teen-age girls (and probably many guys as well).

Thursday, August 15

Denali packs punch with mysterious edge

Although Denali takes its name from a mountainous region of Alaska, the band's sound is more befitting a subterranean club in a European metropolis.


Drowning Pool singer found dead Stone Cold surrenders Singing a different tune Environmentalists honor singer

Rockettes will join new line for auditions

Negotiations between the union representing a group of Rockettes and the owners of Radio City Music Hall have broken down, with the owners kicking out the dancers' claim to job guarantees.

Anna Nicole's ex-boyfriend pleads innocent to stalking

An ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges that he called her repeatedly after she broke up with him and assaulted her neighbor.

Elvis confidante shares memories

She was the sister Elvis Presley never had, a companion, confidante and keeper of secrets in the exciting days of his early career.

Best bets

Swim with sharks and survive

Would you jump into shark-invested waters to save your best friend's life? Would you brave the bloody waves to rescue a complete stranger? "Shark Attack Rescuers" (8 p.m., Discovery) documents the incredible and selfless heroism of beach-goers, surfers and professional rescue personnel who have risked certain danger to save shark-bite victims.

Wednesday, August 14

Falling for The Calling

The Calling - The BottleNeck, Lawrence, Kan. - 08/09/2002

By Michael Newman Friday night's appearance by heartthrob rockers The Calling was meant to be the last of Pipeline Productions' shows at Lawrence's Granada Theatre, but it was moved to The Bottleneck, leaving the Granada without a swan song.

Band a 'Calling' for female fans

Friday night's appearance by heartthrob rockers The Calling was meant to be the last of Pipeline Productions' shows at Lawrence's Granada Theatre, but it was moved to The Bottleneck, leaving the Granada without a swan song.

Thirty minutes of '30 Seconds'

Our star-search summer continues. Fox has ordered eight more episodes of "30 Seconds to Fame" (7 p.m., Fox). The network has given the hook to the sitcom spoof "Meet the Marks" and will air the additional "30 Seconds" episodes in its place at 7:30 p.m on Wednesdays.

Judge sets date in court for Ryder

A judge has set an Aug. 26 date for pretrial motions in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case. The 30-year-old actress who's charged with allegedly taking clothing and other items from a Saks Fifth Avenue store did not attend Tuesday's hearing, in which Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox said a trial date would be determined within 30 days of the upcoming pretrial motions.

TV distributor prepares for life after 'Living'

TV program distributor King World may be planning for life without Martha Stewart. The company has decided to go ahead with production of a new morning talk show with co-hosts Alexandra Wentworth, the wife of George Stephanopoulos, and former ABC News correspondent Jack Ford, for launch in the fall of 2003.

Hollywood, Russians not in sync on space trip

Lance Bass' space voyage was at risk Tuesday while Hollywood dealmakers and Russian bureaucrats squabbled over payment for the pop idol's $20 million trip. "We have a contract, but we don't have any money," Russian Aerospace Agency spokesman Konstantin Kreidenko said.

Nature photographers killed in airplane crash

Friends and admirers lined up at the gallery of nature photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell to express grief over their deaths in a plane crash. The Rowells, whose works were published in National Geographic and several books, were passengers in a charter plane that crashed Sunday in the eastern Sierra Nevada while they were returning home from a photo workshop.


Adam Ant pleads guilty Elle expecting again Field to make Broadway debut Elvis king of dead celebrities

Tuesday, August 13

Remix disc proves better than original

Releasing an entire album of remixes seems like cheating. Putting out a remixed single, OK. Maybe even an EP. But selling 'reinterpretations' of songs that fans have already bought verges on insulting. Plenty of artists are doing it.

Animal Planet sitcom stars dog

Are sitcoms going to the dogs? The Animal Planet is launching its first situation comedy, "Beware of Dog" (7 p.m.); with a title like that, you can understand why a tape was not made available for review.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver released from hospital; ailment unknown Cher's farewell tour hits Vegas Anti-smoking filmmakers unite Tennis star turns to fatherhood, athletic future uncertain

'Beverly Hills 90210' actor transferred to Indy hospital

Actor Jason Priestley was taken Monday by helicopter to Indianapolis, a day after he was seriously injured in an auto racing accident at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. Priestley, 32, a rookie open-wheel driver in the Infiniti Pro Series, crashed going nearly 180 mph during final practice for Sunday's Kentucky 100.

'Makeover' refashions reality TV

Viewers have long witnessed people getting haircuts for so-called TV makeovers, but in a new twist, an ABC special called "Extreme Makeover" will have participants undergo plastic surgery.

Lisa Marie, Nicolas say 'I do'

Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage married Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, during a romantic Hawaiian Island ceremony witnessed by family and close friends, publicists said Monday.

Monday, August 12

Graceland sends Elvis artifacts on tour

Graceland is hitting the road. Officials from Elvis Presley's home planned to announce today the Mobile Graceland tour, bringing to 30 cities Presley's Army jacket, some of his stage clothing and a letter from President Nixon, among other things.

Goo Goos blossom on 'Gutterflower'

As the average price of a concert ticket approaches the gross domestic product of Belize, the Goo Goo Dolls had a radical idea charge less. On the road with a new album, "Gutterflower," the Buffalo, N.Y.-born trio didn't want tickets to cost so much that fans couldn't afford to come see the show.

Bruce Willis plays battling brother

Bruce Willis returns to the stage in Sam Shepard's acclaimed comedy "True West" (7 p.m., Showtime), taped before a live audience in 2001. Willis brings a dark wit and a palpable sense of danger to his performance as Lee, the petty thief brother of Austin (Chad Smith), an Ivy League-educated screenwriter.

Goo Goos blossom on 'Gutterflower'

As the average price of a concert ticket approaches the gross domestic product of Belize, the Goo Goo Dolls had a radical idea charge less. On the road with a new album, "Gutterflower," the Buffalo, N.Y.-born trio didn't want tickets to cost so much that fans couldn't afford to come see the show.

Bruce Willis plays battling brother

Bruce Willis returns to the stage in Sam Shepard's acclaimed comedy "True West" (7 p.m., Showtime), taped before a live audience in 2001. Willis brings a dark wit and a palpable sense of danger to his performance as Lee, the petty thief brother of Austin (Chad Smith), an Ivy League-educated screenwriter.

Vin Diesel's 'XXX' leads spy wave at box office

In a big weekend for espionage, a tattooed secret agent, two underage spies and a shagadelic sleuth from the past took three of the top five spots at the box office. "XXX," an extreme reworking of the Bond genre, starring Vin Diesel, finished on top with $46 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Artist vows to paint all Sept. 11 victims

The features of New York City firefighter Joseph Agnello are beginning to emerge, sketched roughly in charcoal by an artist who has never met Agnello but is determined to bring him back to life on canvas.


Widespread Panic singer dies Baseball fans to wig out Country music to enshrine two Arnold's proposition

Sunday, August 11

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Arts notes

Wine festival to raise money for TPAC Lawrence playwrights' works staged at festival Hobbs Park monument open for Civil War event Library plans special Civil War talks Topeka theater slates auditions

Arts notes

Painter is exhibiting works at coffeeshop 'Patsy Cline' auditions set for this week at LCT Lawrence artist picked for show in Italy

Arts notes

Fiber artists to show works at Art Walk Web site touts Kansas to filmmakers Lawrence artist picked for KC show Play festival to benefit E.M.U. alumna


He'll be back again Bouncer background hard on star Miramax deal 'zomething different' 'SNL' Casanova loved them all

'Rocky Horror' regains its edge

Lawrence actors flesh out cast for KC musical

By Jan Biles When Christopher King signed on to direct Minds Eye Theatre's production of "The Rocky Horror Show," he wanted to update the feel of the rock 'n' roll musical.

Celtic legend inspires singer's choral drama

By Kristin Callaway Maria Anthony's fascination with a Celtic legend and her love for music inspired her to create a choral drama. While traveling in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Anthony, she learned about Kentigern, Scotland's patron saint. She was intrigued by the tale.

A love for the written word

Lawrence native's play gets the nod from publisher

By Jan Biles Lawrence High School alumnus John Ott's words are making a difference. His 10-minute play, "Waiting," is being published by Brooklyn Publishers in Odessa, Tex., a company that specializes in plays for high school students.

Radio City wants open auditions for Rockettes

A dancers union says the current roster of Rockettes shouldn't be kicked out of Radio City Music Hall. The corporate owner of the landmark concert venue wants to replace the standing roster of Rockettes with a system of open auditions.

Programs announce Sunday guest lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Fans flock to Elvis sites, birthplace

The wallpaper is a cheap flower print, and a single, bare light bulb hangs from the ceiling in each of the two small rooms. "I knew he had humble beginnings," said Mark Moody, a tourist from Dundee, Scotland, on a visit to Elvis Presley's birthplace.

Raising the Dead

Former Grateful Dead members gather the tribe in Wisconsin

By Michael Newman What happens when a community braces for a siege and all it gets is a festival?

Saturday, August 10

'Buffy' takes field trip to film in England

Last year, Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof traveled the world. "Last summer, we took, like, 17 flights or something," says Denisof. "We went to Papua New Guinea and Fiji, London and New York, you name it. This year, we kept it kind of simple."

'First Shot' really third for series

Just when did Mariel Hemingway become Chuck Norris? The actress, who as a teen was nominated for an Oscar for 1979's "Manhattan" has grown up to become an action star.

Child-themed events abound this weekend

The Lawrence area is providing several activities for youngsters this weekend. Children might want to attend Kid's Safety Day, a showing of "The Black Stallion" or stretch their imaginations at "Let's Build a Mud Fort."


Long-distance engagement Hoping for a breakthrough Hit with a warrant Tribute to Elvis

Writer wants Hollywood to cut cigarettes from films

"Basic Instinct" screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has throat cancer after a lifetime of smoking, and is urging Hollywood to stop glamorizing cigarette use the way he says he did. Eszterhas writes in an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times that he was diagnosed with the disease 18 months ago.

New York makes pitch for Oscars

Could Oscar be coming to New York? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a group of New York leaders have been talking about moving part of next year's Academy Awards show to New York City to help the recovery from the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Actor reveals brain disorder

Charlton Heston revealed Friday that doctors have told him he has symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease. "I'm neither giving up nor giving in," the 78-year-old actor said in a taped statement played at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Heston recorded the message Wednesday.

Jazz standouts find home in Seek

Lawrence is not exactly known for its jazz scene. Despite a fine jazz department at Kansas University, and a few venues that cater to the wide-ranging style, there's not always a surplus of muted trumpets and major seventh chords to be heard within the city.

House of Blues lays foundation for music scene

Liberty Hall is quiet, considering how much activity is happening on the stage. Four stagehands and a production assistant from Lawrence's House of Blues help load in gear as their supervisor makes the rounds, coordinating a half dozen other matters via cell phone.

Friday, August 9

'Houston Medical' participants lobby for TV show

The doctors and nurses at Memorial Hermann Hospital want viewers to throw a lifeline to "Houston Medical," the reality medical show that documented their daily grind.

Zappa fans flock to Germany

Living in communist East Germany, Wolfhard Kutz used all kinds of schemes to smuggle in his beloved Frank Zappa records: secretive rendezvous with West Germans at highway rest stops. Hidden compartments in his car doors. Accomplices who sneaked albums across borders.

'XXX' brings back fun of action movies

Except that he never once uses the words "dude" or "stoked," Vin Diesel is quite believable as an xtreme sports enthusiast in "XXX."

ABC honors family programs

Tasteful family fare is celebrated on ABC

Lawrence's Granada ready to alter course

By Jon Niccum By Saturday, Lawrence's Granada Theatre will be no more at least in terms of its current format. After Los Angeles pop act The Calling finishes its set tonight, the doors of the converted movie theater-turned-music venue close for three weeks before the new look and concept (and possibly name) of the club is to be revealed.

Eastwood experiences change of heart in investigative thriller 'Blood Work'

By Jon Niccum "You look tired." "You should take a nap."

'Amazing' stories

'Lovely & Amazing' filmmaker puts new spin on 'chick flick'

By Jon Niccum "When I read a bad review it generally feels like that person is really stupid and didn't understand my movie," said Nicole Holofcener, writer/director of "Lovely & Amazing." "And I don't know if that's narcissistic on my part or what. These characters are supposed to be self-obsessed. They're supposed to be tedious. If that is all you see, then maybe you will be bored and maybe you will hate them. It's not like I made the movie thinking these are the most fascinating, healthy girls."


Reporter feels wrath of Seagal U.S. actors steal stage in London Taxes pose challenge for Knievel

Court: Prof calling student 'Monica' not sexual harassment

A professor who repeatedly called a student "Monica Lewinsky" during the height of President Clinton's sex scandal was offensive but did not commit sexual harassment, a judge ruled.

Thursday, August 8


Cage to cash in comics Evel Knievel honored From spider to rider It's payback time

Oasis members hurt in crash

Three members of the British rock band Oasis are recovering after being hurt in a car crash.

Springsteen kicks off tour in home state

Bruce Springsteen opened a concert tour Wednesday at an arena within sight of New York City's changed skyline, offering songs inspired by the terrorist attacks to a hometown audience.

Heat turned up on Martha Stewart

Congressional investigators asked for additional records from Martha Stewart on Tuesday as they widened the probe into her sale of ImClone shares a day before they plummeted.

Best bets

Dreams are lost in 'Spy Kids 2'

You're only allowed one chance to come from nowhere, to be the underdog, a cinematic "sleeper hit." And "Spy Kids" has spent that chance.

This 'Baggage' is truly excessive

Two years after her smash debut in "Clueless," Alicia Silverstone reprised her role as a spoiled Hollywood daughter in the 1997 comedy "Excess Baggage" (7 p.m., ABC). Only this time, she wasn't a sweet matchmaker in a story based on Jane Austen's "Emma." Silverstone played Emily Hope, a drinking, swearing and ill-mannered princess who arranges her own kidnapping to get the attention of her neglectful father (Jack Thompson, "Star Wars: Episode II").

Wednesday, August 7

Cokie Roberts undergoes treatment for breast cancer

Cokie Roberts says she is being treated for breast cancer that was detected in the early stages and that she does not expect any major disruption in her work schedule at ABC News.

Teens choose favorite stars

Mandy Moore and Shane West displayed the coolest chemistry in "A Walk to Remember," but Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst had the best "lip lock" for their rainy, upside-down smooch in "Spider-Man."

Timmy from 'Passions,' Joshua Ryan Evans, dies

Joshua Ryan Evans, the 3-foot-2 actor who played Timmy the living doll on the NBC soap "Passions," died during a medical procedure, the network said Tuesday. He was 20.


A place in L.A. 'Sopranos' fans, take note Anna Nicole delivers ratings 'Dear Abby' has Alzheimer's

Mexican radio shuns song critical of president

The latest accordion-driven hit by Los Tigres del Norte pounds from cantina jukeboxes and is belted out by street musicians, but you won't hear it on the radio. The group which drew fire in the past for songs about drug traffickers is now mocking President Vicente Fox.

Show captures life, death at ICU

ABC continues its summer of documentary programming with "ICU: Arkansas Children's Hospital," a four-part series that will air on Wednesdays (9 p.m., ABC). I am beginning to feel a little manipulated by medical "reality" programming.

Tuesday, August 6


Aid for the rescuers Humanitarian mission Coastal comparisons Mini-Me a big draw

Fall tour of remaining Grateful Dead members in the works

Because things went so well during the weekend reunion of the Grateful Dead's surviving members, the band has decided to go ahead with a fall tour. "All I can say is that the fall tour was set and approved contingent on a good weekend and since it was a far better than good weekend I am certainly confident the shows will go," said Dennis McNally, the band's publicist and biographer.

Tough guy beats out funnyman

Wrestling biography more entertaining than Seinfeld read

Books about television emerge with the regularity of commercial breaks and knockoffs of "The Osbournes." Just as most of what TV offers is instantly forgettable, so are many of the volumes it inspires. It's 1998 and "Dawson's Creek" is hot? Rush out "Dawson's Creek: The Official Scrapbook."

Scratch masters art of vocal percussion

Scratch, a member of the illustrious Roots, is bringing the art of vocal percussion or human beat-boxing as it's more commonly known to the fore with his solo release "The Embodiment of Instrumentation." Instead of playing bass or drums, he replicates the sounds with his mouth.

'Widows' fight back in TV drama

That wailing and gnashing of teeth you hear must be coming from the networks who are still collectively reeling from the 93 Emmy Award nominations doled out to HBO. Ninety-three!

Monday, August 5

The Other Ones have identity issues

They are The Other Ones, the world's greatest Grateful Dead cover band, and not an easy feat is that. Even drummer Mickey Hart stammers not to call it the Grateful Dead, but then, the Grateful Dead it is not. In some ways they are better, as they proved over the weekend in a pair of shows at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Jimmy Herring's guitar cuts cleaner lines through the ensemble than did Jerry Garcia's.


Bush writes book introduction Animation for a new generation Remembering Marilyn Hospital made him sick

'Master of Disguise' isn't that special

"The Master of Disguise" sounds like it should be a natural for Dana Carvey, who has created a gallery of hilarious characters and impersonations on "Saturday Night Live" and elsewhere. But even his protean talent can't dent this ponderously unfunny and uninspired comedy. It's hard to imagine anyone over 10 being diverted by its broad buffoonery, and kids deserve better than this in the first place.

Football on Mondays in August?

The NFL's newest team takes on one of it most venerable franchises when the expansion Houston Texans play the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game live from Canton, Ohio, on a preseason edition of "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ABC). ABC's 32-year-old football institution also sports a revamped cast. The arcane comedic observations of Dennis Miller make way for the pulverizingly loud commentary of veteran broadcaster John Madden.

'Signs' has banner weekend with No. 1 debut

"Signs" ran crop circles around the competition to top an unusually strong weekend box office for August.The film, starring Mel Gibson as a farmer who finds mysterious patterns marking his fields, raked in $60.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Readers intersect at BookCrossing

Sonja Milbourn will never forget the day she walked in to her neighborhood pizza joint, only to see a waitress charging back at her. "She chased me down because she wanted to thank me for the book I left there," the college professor said with a chuckle. A week earlier, Milbourn and her 9 year-old daughter had slyly dropped a tattered copy of "Dead Man Walking" on a table there, hoping another bookworm would pick it up and join in the game.

Sunday, August 4

Arts notes

KU alumni singing in opera productions Lawrence author elected to post Babcock Place plans writing, art events Psychic-healer to talk at Unity Temple

N.Y. museum receives world-class works

Donation believed to be largest-ever gift of postwar American art

The Whitney Museum of American Art received a $200 million donation of world-class works by Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and 20 other acclaimed artists, believed to be the largest gift of postwar American art to any museum.

Urns commemorate 9-11 victims

Glass artist offers tribute to nation's grief with unique exhibition

Glass artist William Morris didn't set out to make a statement when he began creating a series of cremation urns. He didn't even think he would mount an exhibition. The project was intensely personal.


Elian's surrogate mom moves on Hootie singer honored Health hinders Ross tour Magnate a bobble-heads star

Springsteen shows his pensive side

"Familiar faces around me, laughter fills the air," Bruce Springsteen sings at one point on "The Rising," his first full-length studio album with the E Street Band since "Born in the USA."

Lincoln Center president aims to raise $1 billion

After much upheaval, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a new president who promises to help raise $1 billion as the world's biggest arts complex is renovated over the next 10 years.

Exhibits share futuristic views

"Garden of Isis Starclock," an installation by Lawrence artist Mri Pilar, will be displayed Friday through Sept. 20 at the Deeble House, 126 S. Fairview, Lucas.

Down on the family farm

Artist documents fading lifestyle in her works

By Michael Newman Everybody has a story to tell, and Lawrence artist Lora Jost is listening. "The Experience of Farmers," on display through Aug. 31 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, is her most recent effort to collect stories of a common theme and to convey emotions and points of view through her art.

Writing personally

Memoir should show many sides of subject

By Roger Martin On my first date with a woman back in 1990, she handed me a terrific books of essays titled "Against Joie de Vivre," written by Phillip Lopate. Eventually, she and I married, but later divorced.

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'Everything is Illuminated' dishes drama

The premise of a young Jewish man traveling to the Ukraine in search of the woman rumored to have saved his grandfather from the Nazis is one that could easily slip into the maudlin or the melodramatic.

First-time novelist hits it big

'The Dive From Clausen's Pier' reaches best-seller list

Ann Packer is a soft-spoken, unassuming mother of two whose first novel is an engrossing tale of a 23-year-old Wisconsin woman whose fiance becomes paralyzed after diving into shallow water. Should she stay or should she go?

KU professor edits book on Kansas poet

A Kansas University professor has edited a new collection of poems by Frank Marshall Davis, a native Kansan recognized by journalism historians for his work in Chicago, Atlanta and Honolulu.

Starclocks and visions

Artist's found-object works are 'metaphors for life'

By Jan Biles Imagine this: A room with a Mylar ceiling, space-age reflective insulation covering its walls and artwork using computer motherboards, clock wheels, gears and other discarded items mounted on chicken-wire columns or frames throughout the room.

Activities range from mud forts to historical lectures

Here is a rundown of the Civil War on the Western Frontier activities, with presenters' names and contact numbers.

Rekindling history

Historians, re-enactors commemorate city's ties to Civil War

By Jan Biles Lawrence High School history and political science teacher Paul Stuewe said Civil War on the Western Frontier is not a celebration of Lawrence's ties to the war between the North and the South.


Saturday, August 3

PBS personality to fight DUI charge

Bill Moyers stopped in Vermont after leaving friend's birthday party

Journalist Bill Moyers was charged with drunken driving after he left a friend's birthday party, but has denied the accusation and vows to fight it.

Blake lawyer points finger at Brando

Taped telephone call includes warning, but police reject defense theory

A recorded phone call shows that months before Robert Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was killed, the son of actor Marlon Brando angrily warned her: "You're lucky somebody ain't out there to put a bullet in your head."

Rush concert thrills die-hard fans

By Michael Newman Thursday evening at Bonner Springs' Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Canadian prog-rock power trio Rush demonstrated that it can still draw and satisfy its throng of devoted fans.


Oscar winners play the feud A little help from her friends In the director's chair Pageant breaks another barrier

Chauffer's parents want son's name cleared in Diana's death

The parents of the driver blamed for the car crash that killed Princess Diana said Friday they are taking legal action to clear his name, asking for the blood sample used to prove he was drinking.

Friday, August 2

Rush fans thrilled

Rush - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kan., - 08/01/2002

By Michael Newman Thursday evening at Bonner Springs' Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Canadian prog-rock power trio Rush demonstrated that it can still draw and still satisfy its throng of devoted fans.

The times they have a'changed: Dylan returns to Newport

It was a watershed event in popular music: Bob Dylan, folk music's young minstrel, taking the stage with an electric guitar slung over his shoulder.

Fans flock to Wisconsin for raising of the Dead

The Grateful Dead may not be the same without Jerry, but that isn't stopping fans from trekking to a tiny Wisconsin town for a landmark reunion tour this weekend.

Actors join fight against ageism

When it came time to hire a crew for his film "4 Faces," veteran character actor Peter Mark Richman favored experience over youth.

'Full Frontal' reveals experimental roots for Soderbergh

My feeling about "Full Frontal" is that I would rather have been told about it than seen it, so let's see what I can do for you:

'Real World' marathon looks back

MTV looks back at five years and 55 episodes of "reality" with a "Real World" marathon (8 a.m., MTV). The retrospective begins with repeat of "The Real World 10th Anniversary" special and concludes Sunday with a preview glance at Tuesday's made-for-TV movie parody "The Real World: The Lost Season."

Fabrication or fact? Expert tackles mystery

By Jon Niccum Some say space aliens are responsible. Many claim it's due to a natural weather or geometric phenomena that has yet to be explained. Others believe a coil of rope, a compass and a case of Guinness Stout are the real culprits. Whatever the explanation, crop circles are back in vogue as the result of the new feature film "Signs." The Mel Gibson thriller which favors the extraterrestrial theory has rekindled a worldwide interest in the crop circle sensation that was all but discarded as a hoax several years ago.

'Signs' gives new visibility to crop circle phenomena

Mel Gibson encounters vicious circles in creepy 'Signs'

By Jon Niccum M. Night Shyamalan has proven himself a master of misdirection. His previous mainstream films, "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," provided effective shock endings by expertly diverting the audience's attention. The creepy "Sense" convinced viewers that the solution to its central mystery resided within a troubled boy, when the real answer lay in the psychologist who treated him. Similarly, "Unbreakable" seemed to be about unlocking the origin of a physically invulnerable man, when the key to his abilities involved the comic store owner who discovered him.

The Wright way

Wellsville native graduates to stardom

By Kristin Callaway Country singer Chely Wright has traveled a long way since growing up in Wellsville. She left in 1989 for Nashville, a high school graduate searching for the fulfillment of her dream. Wright will return home Saturday for a concert at the Douglas County Free Fair with a No. 1 country single and a No. 4 album under her belt. She's been busy touring the country, performing for audiences of all ages.

A&E offers new species of thriller

Looking for a stimulating departure from formulaic thrillers? Acclaimed novelist William Boyd has adapted his best-selling novel "Armadillo" (7 p.m., Saturday, A&E) for the small screen. The result is a wonderfully original, and intelligent twist on the usual psychological suspense genre, brightened with sparkling dialogue, unlikely romance and memorable and eccentric characters.


J. Lo, Affleck an item Laughter, the best medicine Divorce wanted by wife 'Ed' actor arrested for crack

Thursday, August 1

You'll look forward to this 'Rerun'

As its name implies, "The Rerun Show" (8:30 p.m., NBC), presents line-for-line re-creations of classic sitcom episodes. But they are given a decidedly raunchy spin by an ensemble company that performs many of the characters in drag. In tonight's adaptation of a "Diff'rent Strokes" episode, and in a "Facts of Life" episode also made available for review, Paul Vogt plays Mrs. Garrett as a breathless, obese and sexually desperate character.


BR5-49 singer weds Handicapping the Emmys Lights, camera, action figures A Lifetime of 'Justice'

Memorial to Princess Diana draws controversy

The Princess Diana memorial fountain will not exactly be a fountain after all, but a "necklace" of water designed by an American whose concept immediately attracted controversy.

From Anna Nicole's home to yours

E! network's new reality show premieres Sunday

When last seen by America, Anna Nicole Smith was locked in a seven-year legal battle over her late husband's Texas oil fortune.

Best bets

Return to standards strikes musical gold for Cassandra Wilson

Although the pure, gorgeous sound of her voice is one of the great natural wonders of the jazz world, Cassandra Wilson probably will never devote that superb instrument to an album completely dedicated to standards.