Tuesday, December 31
Top 10 box-office films of 2002, according to Exhibitor Relations figures.
Television wouldn't have been the same without Milton Berle, "Mr. Television" himself; "Today" and "Tonight" creator Sylvester "Pat" Weaver; and TV Guide founder Walter Annenberg. Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney showed everyone how the interpretation of popular songs could be an art form.
Matt McGinley and Kristen O'Connor, both of Lawrence, wax McGinley's car at Meadowbrook Apartments. Monday's 56-degree high made working outside less of a chore for the pair.
Call me a crab, but I can't imagine a less pleasant place to ring in the new year than Times Square. Cram throngs of amateur drinkers into a city that doesn't believe in public rest rooms. Add freezing temperatures. You do the math.
Crime pays, families are back and reality doesn't bite. That's what Nielsen Media Research's ratings are telling network executives about the 2002-03 TV season.
¢ Diana Ross arrested on drunken driving citation ¢ Sir Ridley, meet Sir Alan ¢ Rowling rolling in money ¢ He's a believer
Franchise movies bring another year of record revenue
It was sequel this, sequel that in 2002 Hollywood, which rode a strong wave of followup films and some new franchises to its own repeat performance: yet another year of record revenues.
Monday, December 30
¢ Eminem lowers his profile ¢ Trump son caught in dispute ¢ 'Urban Cowboy' heads for big city ¢ Frustration goes with job
"Catch Me If You Can" couldn't catch "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." The "Lord of the Rings" sequel took in $48.9 million during its second weekend for a 12-day gross of $200.1 million, becoming one of the speediest films ever to cross the $200 million mark, according to studio estimates Sunday.
It was a year of huge Hollywood box office, from the slow-build sensation of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to the steamroller success of "Spider-Man." It was year in which TV viewers rediscovered old "Friends" and gobbled up new reality fare, such as "The Osbournes" and "American Idol."
Sunday, December 29
The obsession can begin at any time. In high school, for example. "I first read Virginia Woolf when I was 15," says author Michael Cunningham, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Hours," features both Woolf's work and the author herself.
Specialty school teaches freaky tricks of sideshow trade
Adam Rinn was stumped by his homework. Sitting before class with his teacher, Rinn explained his frustration. "The smaller nails go all the way in my nose," said Rinn, hefting a large, pointy spike in one hand as his instructor nodded patiently. "But the larger ones -- no."
Scholar pieces together fragments of evolving puppet-turns-boy tale
Consider Pinocchio's strange journey. Carved from a piece of wood in 1881, he has been hoodwinked, knocked around, swallowed by a giant fish, given a cuddly makeover by Disney and re-created as everything from a college professor to a space traveler. Even now, comedian Roberto Benigni is adding his own twist to the classic character in a new movie.
Book fails to mention worthy submarines
This magnificently illustrated coffee-table book is a bit disappointing -- not because of what it contains but because of what it leaves out.
Jon Papernick arrived in Israel on Nov. 4, 1995, the day its dovish Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Jewish extremist.
Author has heart, eye for human nature
In "Drastic," her collection of 12 short stories, Maud Casey pulls readers in from the get-go, inviting them to intriguing and sometimes frightening places: the Dollywood theme park in Tennessee, a whole-body donation clinic in San Francisco, a domestic violence shelter in the Southwest.
¢ Exhibit to showcase 'Savage Ancient World' ¢ Heartland Theatre stages 'The Dinner Party' ¢ Blues Society sponsors two January concerts ¢ Lyrikids take on 'Mystery on the Docks'
Even among the salsa musicians and Santeria practitioners roaming around Havana's colonial Plaza de la Catedral, Manuel Mendive stands out.
Along with the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and Avril Lavigne coming from the Tacoma Dome, there's another: ka-ching.
"The Producers" sold more than $4.7 million in tickets during a monthlong run at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis that ended Dec. 8.
Adrien Brody had done so much in preparing for his starring role in the award-winning movie "The Pianist" that director Roman Polanski had to start filming in the middle of the story.
For years, The Second City has helped funny people find stardom, including Joan Rivers, George Wendt, John Belushi and Mike Myers. Most have been white; the improvisational comedy troupe has been short on actors of color.
¢ Stunt nose not necessary ¢ 'Bad boy' graceful under pressure ¢ Treat grandma with respect ¢ Comedian's heart at ground zero
Current, former first ladies, J. Lo top Gallup list of 'most admired women'
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush and J. Lo have something in common: Americans like them. A Gallup poll found the nation divided in the contest for "most admired" woman. Among men, President Bush remained the clear favorite for the second year in a row.
Kansas senator scheduled to appear on 'Fox News Sunday'
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.
Malaika, the National Zoo's latest debutante, acted like the coy young female she is: She batted her thick eyelashes, she swayed her long, sinuous neck, and she preened about in her plush, cinnamon-colored coat with its white striped accents.
Daniel Durkes, 4, makes a loop the easy way for his mother seated in the stands at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Horsemen and women, including Durkes' father and sister, from Eskridge, roped steers on Saturday at the fairgrounds. Roping continues throughout the winter in the indoor arena.
Saturday, December 28
In the category of New Year's resolutions, Pete Townshend of the Who has pledged to work on a new studio album under the classic rock band's banner, which would be its first since "It's Hard" in 1982.
Thursday's snowfall was more than the predicted dusting; a 1-inch blanket of snow covered everything northeast of Lawrence. Temperatures are expected to climb this weekend, melting any remaining snow.
Barbie's oldest friend, Midge, is pregnant, and Wal-Mart has pulled her from store shelves, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.
George Roy Hill, the Oscar-winning director who helped turn Paul Newman and Robert Redford into one of Hollywood's most celebrated buddy combinations with "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," died Friday at 81.
Washington, Clooney give directing a try
Nicolas Cage, George Clooney and Denzel Washington are among a rush of big-name actors making directing debuts in movies.
¢ 'Eminem Show' tops in '02 ¢ Aretha offers her respect ¢ Brosnan shaken, stirred about relinquishing Bond role someday ¢ Book to analyze Democratic woes
Friday, December 27
With President Bush, first lady Laura Bush and hundreds of Cabinet members and legislators in attendance, Walter Cronkite will play host to "The 25th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration Of Performing Arts" (8 p.m., CBS). This year's honorees -- James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Chita Rivera, James Levine and Paul Simon -- hail from the worlds of theater, dance, movies, opera and pop music. The festivities were taped Dec. 8.
¢ J.Lo doesn't mind Liz label ¢ Size does matter to Koppel ¢ Black Crowes may be done ¢ Zsa Zsa's recovery continues
Photographer Herb Ritts, whose access to celebrities, even at their most fragile moments, gave him an edge in the competitive field, died Thursday of complications of pneumonia, his publicist said. He was 50.
Flashy fashion considered capital offense
Neither fashion mecca nor fashion wasteland, Washington has its own idea of how to dress.
Ah, old Hollywood. The stars, the glamor, the memories. The has-been performers left behind by a changing medium, the venal opportunists who stayed afloat on a sea of self-loathing. Ain't it grand?
The Kansas City Blues Society will sponsor two blues concerts in January.
New York -- Frank Abagnale -- a con man who once was one of the most wanted fugitives in the world -- was nabbed in the 1970s, while eating hot dogs near the Waldorf Astoria, by two New York detectives. "My poster was all over the place," recalls Abagnale, 54. "I walk by and they look at me and go, 'Hey, Frank.' And I, the idiot, turn around. Then they came over and arrested me."
Since we're a society that likes to glorify criminals as much as heroes, the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. was destined for a Hollywood adaptation. The charming, ingenious con man led such a dazzling life that he's the perfect subject for big-screen treatment -- so much so that it's easy to overlook the amount of financial damage and broken relationships he left in his wake. Abagnale knew how to manipulate people, and "Catch Me If You Can" (based on his 1980 autobiography) masterfully grasps that concept. The cinematic result is a terrific cat-and-mouse game that never loses momentum, even given the film's rather inflated 140-minute running time.
Sure, the Midwest chill can make Lawrence music fans want to retreat to the comfort of their Sanyos and Boses during the winter. But New Year's Eve is special. It's ripe with opportunities to celebrate alongside live musicians in a buzzing environment. Staying home is for losers ... and imprisoned inmates of the state. So exercise your right of freedom (and exercise your calves) by making merry at one or all of these fine musical events.
Robert Smigel seems to get paid to do two things: Write funny cartoons for "Saturday Night Live." And irritate people with them.
Thursday, December 26
Moscow prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Harry Potter series of children's books incite religious hatred, an official said Wednesday.
A sampling of what Americans elevated to No. 1 in 2002.
History used to be silent. We don't know what Julius Caesar sounded like, or how the actors performed when Shakespeare's plays debuted at the Globe theatre. In 1877, inventor Thomas Edison captured the words "Mary had a little lamb" on a tinfoil cylinder phonograph, and the era of recorded sound was born. "Save Our Sounds," an installment of "Save Our History" (7 p.m., History), recounts the efforts of archivists and historians to preserve treasures of recorded sound for future generations.
¢ Philanthropist plants offer ¢ Seacrest hopes to steer viewers away from TV idol ¢ Blair gets style from mom ¢ Actress hopes to smarten up youngsters about environment
Actor joins long line of celebrities wading into politics
From the moment Sean Penn arrived in Baghdad, eager to advance the cause of peace, he was doomed -- a dead man talking.
Wednesday, December 25
¢ Damon dating, not engaged ¢ Britney sues shoemaker ¢ Right up his alley ¢ Musicals strike a chord
OK, now, no jokes about fossil fuels: The Rolling Stones are returning to Los Angeles with a special free concert at Staples Center to raise awareness about global warming.
After four entertaining years, Minnesota governor brings down curtain
For Jesse Ventura, public service was never enough. He craved the spotlight. In four stormy years as Minnesota's governor, the flamboyant former pro wrestler mixed serious-minded attempts at reform with often outrageous star turns as author, sports analyst, cameo actor and talk show guest.
Tuesday, December 24
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is the joint U.S.-Canadian agency responsible for protecting the continent's skies from foreign threats.
Chris Hartman, Lawrence, has spent the last 23 years making his friends and their children a little happier by dressing up as Santa Claus and cruising Lawrence.
¢ Russert remembers his dad ¢ Queen injures knee ¢ Marsalis jazzes up senior center ¢ Reiner directs bank protest
Four Canada geese cross a snowy street to forage for food during a heavy snowfall in Wichita. Monday's storm spread a fresh blanket of snow over southern Kansas -- accumulations between 5 and 7 inches were the norm -- and left a dusting in Lawrence.
Traffic is snarled during a snowstorm in Tulsa, Okla. The National Weather Service on Monday posted storm warnings and advisories for the Texas Panhandle and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. Ten or more inches of snow were expected before the storm moved out of the region today. At least five fatalities Monday were blamed on the storm, three in Oklahoma and two in Kansas. The Kansas accidents occurred in Wichita and in Barber County. No information on the victims was available late Monday night.
Founding member of The Clash suffers heart attack at age 50
Joe Strummer, a diplomat's son who became a snarling punk icon as an electrifying singer-songwriter for The Clash, has died at age 50.
Monday, December 23
The "Lord of the Rings" sequel dominated in its debut weekend, taking in $61.5 million -- 30 percent better than its predecessor did last year, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Shepherds and sheep, from left, Goldie Schmiedeler, 3, of Lawrence, Kate McLoud, 9, of Lawrence, Allison McFall, 9, of Lawrence and Joshua Robertson, 9, of Austin, Tex., perform in a Nativity play at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt. The play was part of the annual Jesus' Birthday party at the church. Children played games, acted out the Nativity and decorated Christmas cookies as their parents attended church services Sunday morning.
¢ McCartney gets coat of arms ¢ Christmas party brings mayhem ¢ Castro favoring his left leg ¢ Lady Bird celebrates 90th
Competition frenzied for human-interest interviews
The danger of the morning news show competition for interviews was evident last week in the tears streaming down a 9-year-old boy's face.
Sunday, December 22
Journalism professor's expertise respected throughout industry
Mention Samir Husni's name to just about any editor or publisher in the magazine industry and you'll likely hear something like, "oh, Mr. Magazine."
Victor Moreno, 5 days old, Lawrence, stopped by Weaver's Department Store, 901 Mass., to visit Santa Claus, played by Larry Freeman. Santa will be at Weaver's again today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hunting dogs Penny, left, and Chief drink water poured for them by their owner, Shane Howard, after an early-morning hunt near Arlington. The trio hunted pheasant Saturday.
Shoppers kept Lawrence merchants busy during the last weekend before Christmas. From left, Ann Weygint, 20, Krystal Gisel, 18, and Heather Olds, 18, all of Lawrence, wrapped presents for customers Saturday afternoon in the basement of Weaver's Department Store, 901 Mass.
Dressed as patriots, Joe Douglas, Lawrence, and members of the New World Order Peace Choir belt out an anti-war remix of various Christmas carols. The choir sang Saturday near Ninth and Massachusetts streets, protesting war with Iraq, the Homeland Security Bill and U.S. "addiction" to gasoline.
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.
Actress Jane Fonda on Saturday visited a refugee camp and a hospital in the West Bank, capping a three-day visit aimed at promoting peace.
¢ Oprah to aid in AIDS battle ¢ Singer celebrates new career ¢ Nobel Prize on display ¢ Caution flag raised in divorce
Looking for a traditional English Christmas? Forget Scrooge and Tiny Tim. The real deal is a mix of "Fractured Fairy Tales" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," tossed with a generous dose of slapstick and melodrama popularly known as panto.
Morrie Schwartz never had a problem with grown people crying. So he probably wouldn't have minded that seven years after his death, his lessons -- in their various forms -- are still bringing people to tears.
Arnoldo Ponce fiddles with his tie, daubs the perspiration beading on his forehead and watches anxiously for the crowd to react to his paintings. Like many artists on opening night, he is nervous.
Music Theatre for Young People of Kansas City will stage George and Ira Gershwin's "My One and Only" Jan. 3-5.
A recently found score of Gustav Mahler's First Symphony, said to contain the composer's own handwritten revisions, actually may have been annotated by someone else, a scholar said Tuesday.
Financial woes are closing Richmond's only professional nonprofit theater. The 47-year-old TheatreVirginia said its deficit of about $500,000 shows no sign of going away, especially as support for the organization has eroded in recent years.
The white-haired man squinted from the lectern at the star-struck youngsters and old friends eager to hear his stories. Suddenly, the words that usually came so easily weren't there.
On a recent autumn day at London's Abbey Road studios, director Peter Jackson was conferring with his composer on "The Lord of the Rings," Howard Shore.
Conductor poised to make music in Pacific Northwest
Conductor Carlos Kalmar seems equally at home with Mozart and Aaron Copland. When he takes the podium, the Old World meshes with the New World in a fashion that has pleased critics, who have noted Kalmar's energy, grace and ability to get the best out of musicians.
¢ Guest conductors direct symphony's final shows ¢ Beach Museum to exhibit Pulitzer-winning photos ¢ KC Symphony announces Young Artist Competition ¢ National opera council to hold auditions in KC
"Humans prefer to live in the rooms that seasons make," says Verlyn Klinkenborg, whose exquisite chronicles of the natural world are collected in "The Rural Life."
Seminar offers tips on how to write, get published in genre
The surgeon poised to remove your gall bladder or the internist you've consulted for a routine physical may be harboring dreams of writing a best-selling novel.
¢ KU's 'Iphigenia at Aulis' to be staged at regionals ¢ Grant helps with cost of 'A Kansas Nutcracker' ¢ Choristers to begin spring rehearsals
Saturday, December 21
Central Junior High school instructor David Lund launches a rocket for his Explorations of Technology class. The seventh-graders watched the skyworks Wednesday at the school.
Holiday entertainment this weekend offers area residents the chance to make their own ornaments in a turn-of-the-century Christmas, explore a living Nativity performance and rollick at 98.9 The Rock's Twisted X-Mas.
Larry Kline, Lawrence, dresses up like Santa Claus once a year and visits area retirement homes. Brandon Woods resident Betty Jo Hale got a kick out of the jolly old man Friday morning.
Pop diva Gloria Trevi was extradited Friday to Mexico, where she faces charges of kidnapping and corruption of minors.
Arsenio Hall has been signed to be host of CBS's "Star Search" remake. It will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Jan. 8.
Viewers as well as contestants can cash in on 'Everyone Wins'
Who wants to be a millionaire? Pretty much everyone in China, and communist leaders are urging them on. Now, the latest Chinese game show is offering treasure-seeking citizens a novel path to the riches their government is encouraging -- the chance to win cash simply by watching television.
¢ Spielberg rescues Oscar ¢ Shakira gets into shoe business ¢ Musical tribute to Mandela ¢ Wright at home in Indiana
Friday, December 20
¢ It's destiny: Pepsi spikes Spears ¢ Sorkin's drug charges dropped ¢ Hamilton takes spin down aisle ¢ J.Lo can keep her Glow -- for now
The brassy old-fashioned musical "Chicago" and the literary drama "The Hours" earned the most Golden Globe nominations Thursday, marking them as early favorites for Oscar contention, with the long-delayed, extravagant Martin Scorsese 19th-century epic "Gangs of New York" close behind.
The curves of Playboy centerfold models have gradually flattened over the last 50 years, giving way to a more androgynous look, European researchers suggest.
As a late-night talk show host, Arsenio Hall was criticized for gushing over his guests.
What's ahead for "Providence" (7 p.m., NBC)? Last fall, NBC announced that tonight's two-hour episode would be the last. Fans of the family-friendly drama-fantasy were miffed and some media watchers were puzzled. "Providence" had a loyal following. While its audience was not as young as advertisers like, it frequently came in at No. 1 in its time slot. Last month NBC entertainment president Jeff Zucker stated that he was having second thoughts about pulling the plug. "I'm not afraid to admit I may have made a mistake, and we'll see," he said. The network will make a final decision on the series next year.
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
Now is the time of year that most journalists dread. Bands aren't touring; albums aren't being released; and the live music scene goes into hibernation. This aural dead zone -- which annually spans from the third week of December to the second week of January -- is just the type of occasion to give us ample opportunities for sitting in front of the computer and playing the latest video game purchase until carpal tunnel sets in.
"Gangs of New York" starts out an epic and ends up an epic mess. Director Martin Scorsese's intricate portrait of a buried, bygone era is often riveting. The set design, costumes, weaponry and general aura of the project represent Hollywood skill at its finest.
R. Kelly and Christina Aguilera without clothes, Michael Jackson's dwindling nose and Axl Rose's no-shows. Surely we didn't wait a lifetime for the moments we endured in 2002. Here's a sampling of the people and events in music that had us buzzing, for all the wrong reasons.
Thursday, December 19
6News reports on the early morning showing of the second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
With just a week to go before Christmas, sales of this year's holiday music CDs have been more ho-hum than ho ho ho.
Does anybody watch "Survivor: Thailand" (7 p.m., CBS) anymore? Does anybody really care? The answer to the first question is obvious: "Survivor" has been a ratings hit for CBS all season. It gives "Friends" a run for its money and consistently tops "Scrubs" for the number-one ratings spot at 7:30 p.m.
¢ Reubens pleads innocent ¢ Divorce in friendly fashion ¢ Buddhists don't like Bond ¢ Reeve to ring in 2003
Crank up the volume to 11 forever: "This is Spinal Tap" will be preserved by the National Film Registry. The mordant 1984 "mockumentary" of rock star pretensions joins the children's classic "The Black Stallion," sci-fi groundbreaker "Alien," and 22 other films selected this year for preservation by the Library of Congress.
2002 a breakout year for black actors, crossover films
Halle Berry's tearful acceptance speech and Denzel Washington's nod to Sidney Poitier were just the beginning.
Many said they went simply for bragging rights. They wanted to be able to tell their friends they were among the first to see whether Hollywood could do it again with J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterpiece "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."
Wednesday, December 18
(Updated Wednesday at 12:36 p.m.) Hundreds of people stayed up late Tuesday night -- to say they got the first look at the newest "Lord of the Rings" movie in Lawrence.
Hurley turns down child support
Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, have filed a $23 million lawsuit against cable television network VH1 and others for dropping plans to air a reality show that centered on their lives.
In this second portion of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Two Towers" is more of an orphan than a middle child. The sword and sorcery epic has no beginning or end, and this condition functions as both its strength and weakness.
Sports fans tired of watching worn videos of "Rocky," "Rudy" and "The Replacements" might enjoy "Second String" (7 p.m., TNT). While this 2002 sports fantasy leaves few cliches unturned, it does feature some fine performances from Jon Voight and Gil Bellows.
McCartney wants more credit for his songwriting efforts
Paul McCartney believes the last shall be first. Yoko Ono believes he wants to rewrite history.
A teenager died while practicing what police say was a stunt he and a friend had seen in the movie "Jackass."
Tuesday, December 17
Accents, different versions of football and kangaroos were some of the most obvious challenges Kansas University alumnus Mike Robe overcame in filming "The Junction Boys."
Joseph Cline, 4, rides the merry-go-round as his mother Savannah Cline watches outside the Antique Mall of Lawrence, 830 Mass. Downtown shoppers were treated to a third day of warm temperatures Monday.
C.T. Taul, Baldwin, uses Monday's unseasonably warm weather to clean his purple martin houses. Temperatures will remain warm today with a high of 56 degrees, but winds will pick up a bit.
¢ Fox earns Hollywood star ¢ Bidders default on Eminem house ¢ They don't want Brad ¢ Monroe stockings in auction
"Far From Heaven," the glossy, painstakingly retro 1950s- style melodrama about sex and racism in New England, was the big winner in Monday's vote for the 2002 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
Departing Rep. Gary Condit on Monday filed an $11 million defamation lawsuit against Vanity Fair columnist and raconteur Dominick Dunne.
Cars struggle through a flooded street in Long Beach, Calif., during a storm. Torrential rain and winds reaching 100 mph buffeted the northern California and Oregon coast for a third straight day Monday, snarling traffic and knocking out power.
Monday, December 16
Monica Lewinsky has again found herself caught in a political storm, this time after Italy's state TV decided that a Sunday afternoon chat with her would be too spicy for families watching a popular variety show.
Kansas University senior Nick Collison, left, a member of the men's basketball team, and Tegan Thornberry, Overland Park junior and team manager, go through the check-out line at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa, after filling a shopping cart with gifts. Basketball team members went shopping Sunday night for holiday presents for 13 families adopted through the Salvation Army.
¢ Bon Jovi doing fine ¢ Lighfoot on the mend ¢ Begley goes out on a limb ¢ Thoreau restoration offer made
Members of the Meadowlark 4-H Club sing Christmas carols to firefighters at Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Station No. 1 at 746 Ky. Pictured listening to the carolers on Sunday were firefighters Bryan Winfrey, left, and Danny Clouse.
The Los Angeles Times' annual Freshman Class is a salute to 2002's new arrivals who best reflect the individuality, passion and craft that make them seem promising for the long run.
Why is it so easy to gorge on junk food? The witty and informative four-part documentary "Human Instinct" (TLC) shows how tens of thousands of years of human evolution have programmed us to eat fatty, starchy foods and store the fat for lean times.
Jennifer Lopez's romantic "Maid in Manhattan" cleaned up at the weekend box office, edging out "Star Trek: Nemesis."
Former VP gets last laughs before ending political career
A monthlong promotion blitz for two new books and a "Saturday Night Live" host gig couldn't keep Al and Tipper Gore apart for long.
Sunday, December 15
Gordon Ahlstedt, right, unveils a large outdoor chess set in Lindsborg with Mikhail Korenman, left, and grand master Anatoly Karpov. The chess set, constructed by Ahlstedt and his brothers, Earl and Robert, all of Lindsborg, was made to honor 11 internationally recognized chess experts, including Karpov.
'Nutcracker' production features Bay area's top sports professionals
Dana Stubblefield had a problem, surely one that never troubled Mikhail Baryshnikov. The San Francisco 49ers' 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle was trying to squeeze into an extra-large red T-shirt for his ballet role as a soldier in "All-Star Night at the Nutcracker."
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
Actor Brad Dexter, who rode with Yul Brynner as one of the "Magnificent Seven" and became a confidant of both Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, has died at 85.
Photographer documents uphill lives of Asian immigrants
When Pok Chi Lau was 19 and living in Hong Kong, his parents borrowed enough money to pay for two cameras, a plane ticket and college tuition for their son. He ended up in Toronto, living with his cousin in an Italian neighborhood and longing for the familiarity of home.
Lawrence musician releases second CD of parent-friendly children's music
At her weekly gigs at the Eldridge Hotel, Melanie Dill sings a lot of jazz standards about people in love with people. What's so refreshing about her other passion - making children's music - is that kids just tend to be in love, period.
¢ Topeka author to sign copies of children's book ¢ Holidays: Tell us all about your New Year's resolutions
Janet Evanovich is a Jersey girl and proud of it. Born and raised in the Garden State, she set her nine best-selling crime novels in Trenton and patterned the star of her books after a New Jersey stereotype: Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is a tough-talking, Spandex-wearing mall rat with big hair.
In the spring of 1987, a partner in the prestigious Kansas City firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon asked one of its young lawyers to take on a pro bono case - one that big firms do for free. "It may not amount to much," Bill Colby recalls being told, "probably no more than a half-day trial in probate court - but the issues look interesting."
"Blue Moon," a mystery set in 1963, starts right in with liberal name-dropping. The fictional Philip Damon goes to a Broadway theater with first lady Jackie Kennedy, writers Truman Capote and George Plimpton, and columnist Joseph Kraft, then back to Mrs. Kennedy's suite at the Carlyle Hotel for supper.
Lawrence teens sing holiday tunes at open house in nation's capital
Having friends in high places has its perks. Relatives with connections can be even better. Thanks to his sister's job as an events planner at the most-recognized home in America, Southwest Junior High School vocalist Scott Penny and fellow choir member Lorenzo Ricketts recently landed a gig at the White House.
¢ KU graduate premieres first independent film ¢ Lied Center receives national grant dollars ¢ Civic choir to perform annual holiday concert ¢ Christmas 'Mystery' set to Tchaikovsky ¢ Unicorn stages humbug Christmas production ¢ KCPT to air documentary on Thomas Hart Benton ¢ Kemper Museum displays artist's fabric 'homes'
Couple sells treasure trove of poet's documents signed Yours Truly, Lang
For 30 years, Edward Miller, a 57-year-old retired court reporter, had tucked away his late father's files on a family friend, papers that included handwritten notes signed "Lang."
What, I ask you, is any musical about vampires without a splashy production-number tribute to the glories of garlic? Yes, indeed, the herb that keeps the undead at bay is celebrated through frantic song and even more frantic choreography in "Dance of the Vampires," a frazzled new $12 million show at the Minskoff Theatre that has a repellent power all its own.
State lawmakers took a first step Thursday toward abolishing the position of New Jersey poet laureate.
¢ Seventeen films eligible to compete for award ¢ Movie studios target pirated DVDs ¢ Stones fans snap up tickets for concert ¢ Slain comic gets posthumous encore ¢ Sheryl Crow to perform at NHL All-Star game ¢ Springsteen will perform at Atlanta arena
Ando's themes remain the same
Tadao Ando was born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan, a cultural backwater that is to Tokyo what Buffalo is to New York City. As he told Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth curator Michael Auping, living on the fringe, relying on rumor rather than firsthand knowledge, only intensified his desire to make a mark.
Island's newer creations receiving international attention
Adigio Benitez steps out of the morning drizzle and through the doorway of his ground-level flat in a building with peeling paint, moving from the mundane to his own world of enchantment.
Martin Kaleja-Januv is 18, but he still returns to primary school several times a week to paint, an escape from joblessness and hopelessness in Slovakia's largest Gypsy settlement.
¢ 'Gladiator' to wed ¢ Dolly spreads literacy effort ¢ Popping the question to Pink ¢ Skater finds fame in song
After spending two hours greeting children as Santa, Free State High School football coach Bob Lisher, left, undresses as Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd dons a beard. Lisher played Santa for the first two hours Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center and was replaced by Wedd at noon. While they were exchanging costumes in a nearby office, Lisher gave Wedd some advice: "Ask them what they want, take a picture and give them a candy cane."
Quintin Hamm, 3, Lawrence, winds up to take a swing at an E.T. piÃ±ata during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration. Saturday's festivities followed a Spanish Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1229 Vt.
Kansas University senior Abbey Mitchell, Shawnee, focuses her attention on reading her culture and psychology textbooks at Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St. Friday was Stop Day for KU students, which is sandwiched between the end of fall semester classes and the beginning of final examinations.
Saturday, December 14
¢ Roth takes ex-buddies to court ¢ Smith I.D. thief gets 37 months ¢ Few takers for Eminem's old home ¢ Assignment awaits wall artist
From holiday art sales to holiday-themed theater and musical productions, this weekend is packed with events for people who can't get enough of the holiday spirit.
Techno artist Moby was attacked by two men while signing autographs outside a nightclub following a radio station-sponsored holiday concert, police said.
"Far From Heaven" and "Frida" are among the nominees for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 14th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will be presented in April.
Paris tourism officials want to give new meaning to the term "Gay Paree." The French capital has always wooed visitors with its reputation for fine dining and high fashion and Paris continually cashes in on its mystique as the city of romance.
Sgt. Josh Yarnall, Garden City, lifts his daughter Brooklyn, 2, during a welcome ceremony at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Encampment Building in Hutchinson. Members of the 346th Army Reserve Military Police returned Friday from a deployment guarding detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Hidden in a study booth at Watson Library, a Kansas University student gets some quality nap time. Stop Day, which marks the end of classes for the semester and the beginning of finals, was an all-day study session for many students on Friday.
Friday, December 13
A fresh-faced Kansas girl moves to Hollywood to make it big. It's a cliche that's been around longer than talking pictures, but for Paige Peterson the pipe dream has become grounded in reality.
In broadest terms, there are two things Lawrence is known for: KU basketball and live music. And while the music scene hasn't ever taken home the equivalent of a national championship, it certainly is a strong contender every year.
This may be the year of rock's revival in the national music media, but in Lawrence The Belles have jumped off that bandwagon. Despite the hype around the so-called "The" bands -- see The Hives, The Strokes, The White Stripes and The Vines, whom many music mags credit for reviving rock -- The Belles' new album "Omerta" is in a decidedly mellower mood.
Omaha gets a taste of Tinseltown Ex-husband takes on Tiegs 'Vice' star unloads vehicles
When Guns N' Roses announced it was going on tour this fall after a nine-year hiatus, fans of the heavy metal band snapped up tickets. Axl Rose was back and there was talk of a new album.
Actor Nick Nolte pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of driving under the influence of drugs. He was sentenced to three years' probation, including counseling and drug testing.
Creatures great and small take stage in 'Christmas Spectacular'
Backstage at Radio City Music Hall, past the Rockettes' dressing rooms, three camels, six sheep, two donkeys and a horse keep a woman awake each night.
An American collector has paid more than $45,000 for a card full of clues to the plot of the long-awaited fifth Harry Potter book.
I never thought I'd write these words, but I sure do miss old-fashioned Christmas specials like Kathy Lee Gifford's annual self-promotion spectacular and Martha Stewart's icy exercise in holiday perfectionism. This year's Christmas-themed programs are a decidedly uneven lot. And three of them make their debut tonight.
Do you believe in the curse of the "Star Trek" movies? The common perception is that all even-numbered Trek films are good and all odd-numbered are stinky. Luckily, "Star Trek: Nemesis" is flick number 10. And though it falls comfortably into this pattern of relative quality, it doesn't exactly knock one out of the solar system on an artistic level.
Thursday, December 12
The 2003 Sundance Film Festival will begin with a little levity -- Ed Solomon's "Levity," that is.
From ABC to LAPD Britney seeks restraining order Bono, senator on Santa mission Doc punished for prescriptions
With fund raising lagging for former President Bill Clinton's presidential library, cash-strapped Clintonistas have taken to selling Christmas ornaments to finance the glass-and-steel structure.
Comedian Paula Poundstone regained full legal custody Wednesday of three adopted children she lost last year after pleading no contest to child endangerment, her lawyer said.
It has been decades since anyone has lived on the small farmstead that made this small North Dakota farming community famous.
Pretty much the only thing missing from "Maid in Manhattan" is the glass slipper.
Proof that TV writers are never afraid to take an original idea and run it into the ground can be found on tonight's "ER" (9 p.m., NBC). Events on this evening's installment of the medical soap opera will unfold in reverse order. The show begins just as the bingeing Balkan, Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic), survives a late-night car crash. The rest of the hour retraces the events that lead to his crackup.
Wednesday, December 11
Construction work is under way on Lawrence's new Home Depot store, with all four walls of the building recently raised. Jacob Baker, inside the Bobcat loader, and Ysido Romero of Larkin Excavating of Lansing work Tuesday on parking islands for the store located at the northeast corner of Iowa and 31st streets. Shelley Schumaker, a spokeswoman for Home Depot, said the store was scheduled to open in May. It will have 95,000 square foot of indoor shopping space, plus a 24,000 square foot garden center. Schumaker said the store will employ approximately 125 people. She said people can begin applying for the jobs at any of the company's existing stores.
Kansas University students cross the intersection at 13th Street and Oread Avenue in a thick morning fog that hides all but a visible outline of the Campanile in the distance. The students were heading to campus Tuesday.
Take any traditional Irish dance performance you've ever seen, inject it with attitude, fairy dust, electrified Celtic music and a light show fit for a Pink Floyd concert, and you get "Lord of the Dance."
Chances are you've never heard of Captain Zap. But 20 years ago, long before most people had heard of cyber crime or even owned a personal computer, Zap committed one of the greatest coups in hacker history.
¢ 'Mad Max' to return ¢ An unforgettable honor ¢ Imagination knows no bounds ¢ Wright lamp sets auction record
The season finale of "The Sopranos" was the second most-watched episode of HBO's mob drama, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in as Carmela and Tony Soprano split.
Poet and painter Stan Rice, husband of novelist Anne Rice, has died at age 60. He died Monday of brain cancer. Born in Dallas, Rice met his future wife in a high school journalism class.
'Andy Richter Controls the Universe' a must-see sitcom
Who is Andy Richter? This seems like a simple question, especially for longtime fans of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," where Richter made his name as an easygoing yet waggish sidekick.
Tuesday, December 10
Stephanie Woodside was so self-conscious about the bump on her nose that she'd get chills when she sensed someone staring at her.
What can I say about this season of "24" (8 p.m., Fox)? If you like thrillers and you're not watching "24," you might as well throw your television set out with the trash. It's not going to get any better than this.
¢ Stewart ready for prime time ¢ Furniture gets best of Hogan ¢ Zsa Zsa continues to recover ¢ Celebrities send letter to Bush
Sandra Bullock in a slinky black evening gown, edging past paparazzi. A throng of onlookers waiting in vain for the arrival of Leonardo DiCaprio (he sneaked in through a side entrance). Candice Bergen holding court with friends and fans in the lobby.
R&B newcomer Ashanti made an impressive debut at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight awards Monday night while rap star Nelly won honors in six categories. The album of the year went to Eminem for "The Eminem Show."
Monday, December 9
'Barbershop' is second with 5
The romantic movie "Brown Sugar" received a leading eight nominations Thursday for the NAACP Image Awards.
A peculiar theme emerges on two new animated holiday originals. Both feature spoiled characters who drive Santa out of the Christmas business.
¢ Singer renews wedding vows ¢ Former 'first cat' leads parade ¢ Director taps into vineyard ¢ Nicholson's affairs of the heart
"Die Another Day" has won another weekend at the box office. The James Bond flick, which debuted as the No. 1 movie two weeks earlier, returned to the top spot with $13 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Painter and sculptor Keith Tyson, whose playful artwork is inspired by scientific theories and often ponders the role of computers in the modern world, won Britain's prestigious Turner Prize on Sunday.
A mix of politicians, Hollywood celebrities and performing arts legends joined President Bush and the first lady in honoring Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, Grammy-honored singer Paul Simon and actor James Earl Jones Sunday.
Sunday, December 8
'Next Cheryl Tiegs' was killed by Montreal broadcaster, authorities conclude
Twenty years after a rising French-Canadian fashion model was stabbed to death in her apartment, police have named her alleged killer: A top broadcaster known as the king of Montreal's high-flying early '80s disco scene.
¢ Hepburn honors home town ¢ Today's GIs have 'own Bob Hope' ¢ Mandela lines up more talent ¢ Kidman ready to move on
Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Fans at a sold-out rock show became unruly after the group Guns N' Roses failed to appear, and police were called to the concert arena, officials said.
With a gleaming smile and a graceful bow, Miss Turkey won the Miss World contest Saturday, bringing to a close an international pageant that incited deadly rioting in Nigeria.
A collection of more than 50 Andy Warhol celebrity paintings and works on paper will debut at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in February.
Its name means "Hall of Plentiful Shelter," and for almost two centuries, the Yin Yu Tang house provided just that to the Huang family in the remote Huizhou region of China.
A settlement worth a reported $8.4 million has been reached between a group of aging musicians and an arm of their union that allegedly failed to provide them benefits after their careers had ended.
There are at least six different versions of "La Boheme" on Broadway. Baz Luhrmann's new production of Puccini's opera features three different sets of lead actors and two sets of actors in supporting roles who perform on a rotating basis.
Saxophonist Steve Douglas, Motown drummer Benny Benjamin and Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer are the 2003 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sidemen category.
Vaguely warm expressions of elegant, French upper-class men and women contrast with the Middle Eastern scenes of people in flowing robes, splashes of color defining their contours.
¢ TPAC stages diverse holiday spectacular ¢ WU Holiday vespers to be at White Hall
Paul Newman received better reviews than the revival of "Our Town," which has brought him back to Broadway for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Success drives KU to make swingin' version of Holiday Vespers an annual tradition
Let's hope this tradition catches on. Following the lead of Kansas University's 78-year-old Holiday Vespers (the ever-adored and always sold-out choirs and orchestra collaboration), jazz studies director Dan Gailey this year dreamed up Jazz Vespers.
Polaroid founder perfected product in exchange for one-of-a-kind photos
Instantaneously visible photographs are nothing extraordinary to today's maven and amateur shutterbugs who document the world with digital cameras. But not so long ago, Polaroid was the only way to both take pictures and evaluate them within a matter of minutes.
¢ Kansas Public Radio show receives three awards ¢ "Vagina Monologues" issues call for auditions ¢ KU University Band to perform Monday ¢ KC physician and artist gives Washburn lecture
¢ KU Collegium Musicum presents holiday concert ¢ Community Theatre adds extra Christmas show
Decades-old Lawrence City Band continues festive tradition at Liberty Hall
Even without his fuzzy red suit and hat, Bill Stype looks the part of Santa Claus. The 72-year-old retired minister has a long white beard, a circle of white hair around a balding head, St. Nick-like spectacles and a rotund belly. And he loves playing the Jolly Old Elf.
Lawrence has been craving the Celtic dance extravaganza for years
Lawrence has been waiting for the Lord to appear for years. "Lord of the Dance" that is. The energetic, toe-tapping, Celtic offspring of Michael Flatley is finally here. "Lord of the Dance" will show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lied Center.
On Dec. 9, 1977, during an NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, Kermit Washington hit Rudy Tomjanovich with a punch that shattered Tomjanovich's face. It also shattered Washington's reputation, as the grainy video of the black, muscular Washington turning and cold-cocking the white, unsuspecting Tomjanovich became a ubiquitous sight on television during the following weeks.
Poet finally enjoying success despite 'difficult' label
Poet John Ashbery is doomed with the "D" word: Most people think his poems are "difficult." "I think 'difficult' is often used interchangeably with 'complex' or 'complicated,'" he says, "and I think poetry has to be complicated if it's going to reflect the world and what the poet wants to say, and not just reiterate what people already know."
¢ Topekan to don robes of Czar Paul I in Lawrence ¢ Performance art centers around steady bass line ¢ CottonWood Winds play music of the season
Lawrence artist brings international work to her home town
A woman trailed by a black veil slinks in on cat's feet, wide-eyed, seemingly searching. She pulls the veil down over her face and begins to build a structure. Slowly.
Local artists conjure uniquely Kansan variation of holiday favorite 'The Nutcracker'
It's classical ballet meets barn dance set to a mandolin-adorned orchestra. Along the way, Delaware Indians, John Brown and Missouri ruffians make appearances. Only in Kansas. "It was just waiting to happen," says Deborah Bettinger, main choreographer of "A Kansas Nutcracker," which premieres Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center. "We decided we wouldn't do it until the first of the year in the new building and it would be our premier holiday ballet."
Saturday, December 7
¢ Dad offers famous daughter deal ¢ Garfield steals Dave's glory ¢ Pickford Center to house archives ¢ Singer rewards the generous
University Theatre's production of "You Never Can Tell" is a light, airy comedy suitable for just about everyone.
Two movies by Emmy-winning actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Mary Tyler Moore should be a reason for celebration. But subpar scripts and pat, predictably sentimental stories sink both efforts.
The weekend is full of events with holiday spirit. Among the Lawrence activities are a downtown Christmas parade, "The Christmas Schooner" and a Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art celebration. Here are some other events to consider:
Oval monument likened to big necklace, 'puddle'
A large oval fountain commemorating Princess Diana will reflect the highs and lows of her troubled life and show her "inclusiveness and accessibility," its designer said Friday as officials released detailed plans.
'If you steal again you will go to jail,' judge warns actress
Winona Ryder was sentenced Friday to work with the sick, the blind and babies with AIDS as part of a probationary term for stealing more than $5,500 worth of high-fashion merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store.
Friday, December 6
Although Estela Bravo's documentary "Fidel" (Unrated, 91 minutes) is cloyingly hagiographic in its portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, it's still a guilty pleasure to watch. There's one, unequivocal reason for this. Love him or hate him (and, it seems, there are few in between), Castro is one of the most dynamic political leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Proof that Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler will do anything, and I mean anything, to keep his gaunt mug in the public gaze can be found tonight on the depressingly slick "Lizzie McGuire" (6:30 p.m., Disney) holiday special. Titled "Xtreme Xmas," this episode stars Tyler as the scrawniest Santa Claus in the long, sad history of bad Christmas specials. One wonders why Tyler was cast as the jolly round guy. With his reptilian features and rubbery lips, he wouldn't need makeup to play the Grinch.
Bono takes message on road De Niro gives troops preview 'Bachelor' faces newfound fame TLC keeps it in the family
Strom Thurmond, the oldest and longest-serving senator in history, reached his 100th birthday Thursday surrounded by family, friends, Supreme Court justices and leaders of the Senate he helped to reshape.
First lady details 'creatures' theme
First lady Laura Bush asked Americans to "remember other people during this Christmas" as she unveiled a White House dressed up in an elegant red-and-gold decor made whimsical by papier-mÃ¢che re-creations of the pets of presidents past.
"It's inevitable that the lead singer and songwriter of the band is gonna get a lot of focus," says 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto. "On top of that, my situation is definitely unique. But to tell you the truth, out here on the road it's not really a big deal. The only people who seem really curious about it are you guys." The "you guys" Leto refers to are members of the press, and the "it" he mentions is the fact that the talented 30-year-old already has established himself as a movie star ("Panic Room," "Requiem for a Dream") long before the public knew he could effectively wield a guitar.
A long time ago, before Watergate even, a lot of us came into this business looking for the Hollywood version of a newsroom. The kind where the city editor yells across the newsroom telling a reporter to drop everything . . . head for a five-alarm fire . . . stop downstairs at Kelly's Bar and grab a photographer on the way. Editors hollered. They hollered things like "stop the presses" and "hold page one," or "get in my office." Many kept bottles of whiskey in their desk drawers for just such occasions. It soothed the throat between demands and commands.
Unsigned local bands NEVER make it into the exclusive playlists of commercial radio. It just doesn't happen.
Thursday, December 5
Shelby's favorite son Crichton wins Internet name Redford criticizes energy policy Singer faces dental surgery
Winona Ryder should do community service, get drug counseling and pay $26,000 in fines and restitution for stealing from a Saks Fifth Avenue, a prosecutor recommended in a legal memo filed in advance of the actress' sentencing.
"The Hours," starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, is the year's best movie, according to the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
Murderous passion in ancient Greece with the ultimate high-strung wife and mother. Singing vampires in exotic Lower Belabartokovich. A fierce feud between two literary lionesses. Don Quixote tilting again at windmills.
Who knew a trip to the dead-letter office could be so heartwarming? Jim Belushi is host of "Dear Santa" (8 p.m., ABC), a glance at the thousands of letters children send to St. Nick every year. "Santa" focuses on just six of these missives, and sets about trying to fulfill each child's wish. And these kids aren't just asking for a new Playstation.
Wednesday, December 4
¢ Parties over for Whitney ¢ Jane Kaczmarek has baby girl ¢ Reality check ¢ 'Producers' producer favors film
Pop/jazz singer Macy Gray takes one step closer to being like her artistic inspiration, actress/singer Diana Ross, when she guest-stars Wednesday in an episode of the ABC medical drama "MDs," airing at 9 p.m. CST.
Fans of the popular, but canceled, cable series "State of Grace" (5:30 p.m., Family) can catch one last never-before-seen episode. As special holiday episodes go, it's a good one, maybe even a classic. But I have always been partial to this sweet little show.
Air France is headed for a haute couture makeover. Designer Christian Lacroix was chosen to create the airline's new uniform, which will be both "emblematic of French elegance and a desire to embrace other cultures," Air France said in a statement Tuesday.
For more than 20 years, William Styron's "Sophie's Choice" has been praised as a novelist's worthy dramatization of human cruelty and criticized as a gentile's limited view of the Holocaust.
A little-known Christmas story from the Pippi Longstocking series was rediscovered in a library nearly a year after the death of its author, Astrid Lindgren.
Any artist can paint cows. Nathan Banks paints on cows. Banks, a 22-year-old student at Purchase College, painted single words (from "a" to "existential") on the flanks of about 60 cows near his upstate New York home, then let them wander around to see if they could compose poetry.
Tuesday, December 3
¢ Oasis fight spills over ¢ Sold! to the highest bidder ¢ Gere to adopt Tibetan twins ¢ White House celebrates pets
With mentions in 10 categories, St. Louis-based rap artist Nelly leads the list of finalists for the 2002 Billboard Music Awards. Close behind is Ashanti, who on her own is a finalist in seven categories and is twice a finalist in another as a featured artist on tracks by Ja Rule and Fat Joe.
Another holiday tradition resumes this week as television gears up for its annual marathon celebration of the Christmas season.
How does a happy-go-lucky comedy show come to embrace the 1960s antiwar movement, give its network fits with satire goring every sacred cow in sight, then pass into legend by getting thrown off the air - all in roughly two years?
Monday, December 2
¢ San Francisco treat ¢ Jen and Ben at the arcade ¢ Going for No. 3 ¢ Bo Derek in doghouse
Twenty years ago, Michael Jackson was probably the coolest person in America and on his way to making history with an album called "Thriller."
It was a photo finish between Harry Potter on his broomstick and James Bond in his Aston Martin at the box office during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
These days, Michael Jackson gets mostly unflattering publicity
Michael Jackson seems to be moonwalking from one embarrassment to another this year. He publicly feuded with his record label, accusing its chief of racism after his album sales were low.
Success with 'The Bachelor' leads network to test new show
Outperforming even the network's expectations, ABC's "The Bachelor" is planning to run for a third time next March. Until then, an experimental "Bachelorette" will fill in for six episodes (shorter than the eight granted for the "Bachelor"), starting Wednesday, Jan. 6.
As networks dither, cable networks rush to fill the vacuum. The Sci-Fi Channel hopes that millions of viewers will devote 20 hours over the next 10 consecutive weeknights watching "Taken" (8 p.m., Sci-Fi), a sweeping 50- year saga concerning four families and several generations deeply affected by alien encounters.
Sunday, December 1
¢ Rosie's girlfriend gives birth ¢ Actor avoids the poverty line ¢ De Niro, troops to 'Analyze That' ¢ Shedding name no big deal
Consultant says WBZB's chances of survival slim
The compact discs come to Steve Bass on a kind of musical underground railroad, slipped under the door of his radio station or passed from a friend to a friend to a friend.
Jane Austen is coming to Spoleto 2003, and so are dueling flamenco dancers and a most unlikely puppet show about the World War II Battle of Stalingrad.
My husband and I were both forced to take pay cuts recently, and so we're spending less this holiday season. How do we break the news to our children that this will be a lean holiday, after having spoiled them with so many toys in the past?
Anyone familiar with Elmo - and who's not? - knows that Elmo loves everyone. He loves his friends of different races and religions and this year he is eager to celebrate the winter holiday with them all.
"The Mousetrap" has turned 50, which prompts the question not whodunnit but whydidit? How did this particular Agatha Christie thriller carve out so unusual a slice of show biz history?
Director Shang Chengjun worried censors would ban his stage version of "Animal Farm," George Orwell's anticommunist satire of a barnyard revolution gone wrong. His anxiety was misplaced.
These aren't mere hats. They're crowns. Whether a simple black beret or an elaborate headdress dripping with baubles and netting, they are emblems of sisterhood, shared history and, most of all, faith.
¢ 'You Never Can Tell' continues this weekend ¢ KANU celebration includes folk music ¢ Spencer Museum serves Winter Holiday Party ¢ Baker performs Candlelight Vespers ¢ Baldwin Theatre issues audition call ¢ Topeka Ballet to stage 'The Nutcracker' ¢ Folly Theater presents lauded Cuban jazz trio ¢ Youth theater stages 'Cricket on the Hearth'
The selection at this year's Holiday Art Fair should be even more diverse :quot; and refined :quot; than in years past.
Take Kansas University's annual Holiday Vespers, tweak it with a little skid-a-ree-doo-bop, and you get a new variation of the yuletide tradition that appeals to holiday hep cats.
Orchestra, 250 voices combine under direction of new music faculty
Kansas University's annual Holiday Vespers is a tradition 78 years in the making. This year, it keeps many of its traditional features, like audience singalongs of popular carols. But the concert will take on a slightly different flavor under the direction of the new director of choral activities, John Paul Johnson.
¢ Native dancers to perform Christmas powwow ¢ Raven Bookstore to hold holiday booksigning ¢ Ceramics and prints to be sold at KU
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
There's no sleigh in the driveway, but a rusting blue Ford pickup with a license tag reads "Santa C."
Former officer is trying to beat murder conviction
A former police officer trying to prove her innocence in a murder case had her right foot amputated Friday after a fall from a hotel window, her attorney said.
America's mayor is getting a new first lady. Rudy Giuliani and gal pal Judith Nathan are officially altar-bound, spokeswoman Sunny Mindel confirmed Friday.