Stories for February 2002

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Thursday, February 28

O, Brother, what a show

Movie soundtrack, Alicia Keys, U2 big winners at Grammys

Alicia Keys, whose classically influenced soul debut was one of last year's biggest albums, and the bluegrass soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" each won five Grammys Wednesday.

Bracelets link Lawrence to Los Angeles

By Mindie Paget Bracelets crafted by a Kansas City, Mo., jewelry designer and her two daughters who attend Kansas University were among the $15,000 worth of items given to celebrity performers and presenters at Wednesday's Grammy Awards.

Entertain us: Kurt Cobain's journals to be published in fall

Work journals created by Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain have been sold to a New York publishing house for a book this fall that promises a glimpse into the mind of the famously private avatar of grunge music.

People

Party on, Liz The accidental director Back to the island Celebrity cabinet expands

New show needs 'Leap of Faith' by viewers

NBC plays it safe with its newest sitcom "Leap of Faith" (7:30 p.m., NBC), its latest attempt to plug the programming Bermuda Triangle between "Friends" and "Will & Grace."

Wednesday, February 27

NBC's Conan O'Brien signs for four more years

NBC has extended "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien's contract for four more years in a deal that reportedly doubles his salary to nearly $8 million a year. It was more sweet vindication for O'Brien, who was almost fired after his disastrous start replacing David Letterman in 1993 but has since come to dominate his late-night time slot.

People

Stone Pony saved from wrecker Dave Matthews, preservationist Blue collar man 'Iron Lady' assesses threats

Shakespeare builds bridge to Cambodia

Traditional Khmer dancers present interpretation of 'Othello'

Sophiline Cheam Shapiro remembers the night 20 years ago when she was part of a troupe's performance of traditional Khmer dance in a remote northeastern village, enjoying a new freedom after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime that had banned all art and culture.

Grammys: amnesia awards

Can it really be time for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards (7 p.m., CBS)? It sure doesn't seem like a whole year since the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. Remember last year's stink about Eminem's nomination? Remember Eminem? Of course you don't.

PlayStation 2 offers Britney video game

No chance of a date with Britney Spears? There's always "the next best thing. Adding to her millions, the 20-year-old will soon star in "Britney's Dance Beat," a video game that features a virtual 3-D likeness of the pop princess.

Tuesday, February 26

Elaine finds life beyond 'Seinfeld'

Another "Seinfeld" veteran strikes out on her own. After the embarrassing failures of "The Michael Richards Show" and Jason Alexander's pathetic "Bob Patterson," viewers can be forgiven if they avert their eyes.

Latest Alanis Morissette album more wearisome than thought-provoking

Confession is good for the soul, and it's often good for singer-songwriters. In her 1995 "Jagged Little Pill," Alanis Morissette established herself at age 21 as one of the most absorbing pop arrivals in years by digging deep inside to share memories that were, by turns, raw, painful and cleansing.

Ani DiFranco thrills devoted, sellout crowd

Ani DiFranco at Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Kan. 02/25/2001

By Michael Newman

Poems from Young Poets Society

Gardening Kit Unity Burning Fire Pass Me By Silence

Pre-Grammy concerts aim to benefit artists' rights group

The Eagles, Billy Joel, No Doubt, the Dixie Chicks, Eddie Vedder and others are playing a series of benefit concerts the night before Wednesday's Grammy Awards for a unique cause: each other.

Politicians expanding TV presence

Once it was rare for Washington bigwigs to risk their dignity for laughs on TV talk shows. Now the Hollywood route is routine, safe even for talk about somber issues like terrorism.

People

Yesterdays with George Boldly going where he's been A Valentine for Angell Another Phoenix rising

'West Wing' creator criticizes President Bush, Tom Brokaw

The creator of NBC's political drama "The West Wing" criticizes his own network's anchorman, Tom Brokaw, and President Bush in published comments. Aaron Sorkin called Brokaw's special, "The Bush White House: Inside the Real West Wing," a "valentine" to George W. Bush.

British crown top movies of 2001

Epic fantasy reigned supreme at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, where "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won five Baftas, including best film and best director for New Zealander Peter Jackson.

MSNBC left in ratings dust

Despite powerful backing, news network can't keep pace with CNN, Fox

It's a unique form of torture for a television executive. His network often had triple its usual audience the last two weeks, but MSNBC President Erik Sorenson couldn't enjoy it. That's because viewers were there to watch the Winter Olympics, not news. With the Olympics over this week, those extra viewers will disappear. Sorenson's problems won't.

Notes and quotes: Britney on Britney

Here are some thoughts by pop sensation Britney Spears:

Pop diva does drama

Spears savors her first movie-star role

When Britney Spears walks on an arena stage to face 20,000 sets of adoring eyes and the dual sensory shock of having thousands of young female voices screaming her name at a decibel level that could wake the dead, accompanied by enough flashbulb-induced energy to light a Midwestern state, she says that only one thought comes to mind:

Monday, February 25

Poor 'Jim' unlucky chap

"I wanted to change the world. Now I don't bother to change my socks," wails the unhappy Jim Dixon (Stephen Tompkinson), the hapless hero of "Lucky Jim" on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., PBS), novelist Kingsley Amis' satire of provincial academic life.

People

Mint-condition Elvis 'Roadshow' questions licensing The singing attorney general

Audiences sink teeth into 'Queen of the Damned'

Audiences went vampire hunting as "Queen of the Damned," featuring the late pop singer Aaliyah as an ancient bloodsucker, debuted as the top weekend movie with $15.2 million.

Sounding off on the Grammys

Who wins? India.Arie, Alicia Keys, U2? None of the above?

Heading into this year's Grammy Awards, most of the focus has been on the new generation of female singer-songwriters the streetwise yet elegant R&B of Alicia Keys, the alternative soul of India.Arie and the eclectic pop of Nelly Furtado.

Joey Ramone's solo effort a great legacy

It isn't just his death last Easter at age 49 that engenders so much instant affection for the first solo album from Joey Ramone, issued posthumously this week.

Sunday, February 24

And oh what heights he hit

Animator Chuck Jones' work passed the test of time with audiences

A film historian once observed that more people had laughed more heartily at the films of Chuck Jones than those of any other filmmaker. It's a daunting claim, but a persuasive one. Jones died Friday of congestive heart failure at his home in Corona del Mar, Calif. He was 89.

Lawrence's abolitionist heritage not without racism

By Mindie Paget February is Black History Month, and Lawrence has spent much of it honoring black poet and novelist Langston Hughes, a man whose life and literature touched all races. But there is more to Lawrence black history than Hughes, said Rev. William Dulin, pastor at Calvary Church of God in Christ.

'Othello' actor overcomes misperceptions about play

By Jan Biles Actor Walter Coppage for years refused to read William Shakespeare's "Othello." Until the 1970s and 1980s, the role of Othello the Moor was often played by white men wearing black makeup. To Coppage, it was a reminder of minstrel shows, which featured singers like Al Jolson in blackface.

People

Chip off the old block No Doubt: It's not for the fans Memorial to honor 'Outlaw' Doctor gives surgery thumbs up

News shows list guest lineups

Here's the guest lineup for today's TV news shows:

Symphony to salute Steinbeck on birthday

No one really knows what author John Steinbeck would think of a musical tribute to his life and his writing. He saw himself as a craftsman, not a highfalutin artist. He generally shunned publicity, and once suggested that his hometown of Salinas name a bowling alley or brothel after him.

Saturday, February 23

Boy bands impresario under fire

Government investigating child labor compliance

Lou Pearlman, the boy-band hitmaker responsible for the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, has cultivated an avuncular image. Called "Big Poppa" by some of his singers, Pearlman has often been seen taking group members to concerts or to his downtown pizzeria.

Seat patrol

People

Lee on defense in child's death Knievel, ex to keep their distance Waters project pokes fun

San Francisco music fest to be bigger, better than ever

The recipe seemed simple enough: Take four of your favorite indie-rock bands. Pack them, along with a heaping helping of friends and underground music devotees, into the Kennel Club in San Francisco.

Critics call modern 'Masked Ball' perverse

As the English National Opera held its breath for an outraged reaction to its radical new staging of Verdi's "A Masked Ball," London critics delivered a potentially more damning verdict Friday.

Friday, February 22

Coming in Sunday's Arts & Living section

"Othello" is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It has all of the ingredients to make it a classic: the diabolical Iago; the noble Moor, Othello; his unfaithful wife Desdemona; and her lover, lieutenant Michael Cassio.

Studio makes feature films available for downloading

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has launched an online movie delivery pilot, the first time a major Hollywood studio has offered the public feature film downloads over the Internet.

Entrepreneur says Nazi dolls not meant to offend

G.I. Joe, meet der Fuhrer and the Angel of Death. A small-time entrepreneur has sparked a furor by launching a line of dolls featuring leaders of Nazi Germany, including Adolf Hitler and Josef Mengele, the evil concentration camp doctor.

Aaliyah returns for final role

Posthumous appearances becoming a Hollywood tradition

When R&B singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash last summer, she had been working on roles in three movies. Only one role survived her that of a 4,000-year-old vampire in "Queen of the Damned."

People

Ebert slated for surgery today John targets Spears, boy bands Mulder signs on for final 'X-Files' Arnold goes to bat for schools

Combative Grammy chief Greene makes no apologies

C. Michael Greene makes no apologies. The head of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences knows he has plenty of detractors; they call him a bully and accuse him of transforming the nonprofit music organization into a dictatorship.

Calling the shots

Singer Alex Band uses family horror to The Calling's advantage

By Jon Niccum After The Calling performed on "The Tonight Show" last week, vocalist Alex Band was in for a surprise. Host Jay Leno summoned Band over to the guest couch and pulled up a clip of the rock star's first appearance on the program when he was 11 years old.

Film Review - 'Queen of the Damned'

By Jon Niccum Rock musicians and vampires seem like proper bedfellows. With traits such as reclusiveness, narcissism, fits of aggressive behavior and the habit of staying up all night then sleeping during the day, the lifestyles are interchangeable at times. In "Queen of the Damned," based on the best-selling novels by Anne Rice, the connection is more directly linked, thanks to a vampire who possesses a thirst for music as much as blood.

Thursday, February 21

A high opinion

Give gardening a hand

Days of yore

People

All in the name of science Happy just to be nominated Royalty row continues Sheriff's auction averted

'NSync launches spacey idea

Giving new meaning to the term world tour, a television production company wants to launch pop star Lance Bass, the spiky blond from 'NSync, into space this November for $20 million.

Museum exhibit focuses on creation, not destruction, of World Trade Center

In an exhibit full of beautiful black-and-white photographs, historical blueprints and an 18-minute video, one piece dominates: an architectural model of the World Trade Center in which the twin towers are 7 feet tall.

Everybody into the pool

Internet game plays on the unpredictability of Bob Dylan

He may not know it, but when Bob Dylan signals his band to start a song onstage Friday night in Austin, Tex., more than 1,000 people far from the arena are keenly interested in his choice.

People

Can't finish what he started Boy-band forecast cloudy Dreaming of 'Diaper Service' Grammy grab bags revealed

Wednesday, February 20

Years don't cloud astronaut's memory

John Glenn vividly remembers everything about the day, 40 years ago today, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. It's no wonder.

Table talk

Jury finds singer James Brown innocent of sexual harassment

The jury in a $1 million lawsuit against James Brown ruled Tuesday that the singer did not sexually harass a former employee but that his company wrongfully fired her. The Superior Court jury was expected to begin deliberating this afternoon on how much to award Lisa Ross Agbalaya in damages.

The villain wears a white coat

The new public enemy in movies and on television: Big Medicine

There's a new villain in Hollywood: the health industry. In the movie "John Q," a bureaucrat refuses to place the title character's son on the list for a donor heart because his family can't afford the $250,000 transplant operation.

Tuesday, February 19

Broadcast news pioneer dies

Howard K. Smith, who helped shape political coverage, dead at 87

Howard K. Smith, the newscaster who gained prominence during World War II as one of "Murrow's Boys" on CBS radio and ended his career as an ABC co-anchor and analyst four decades later, is dead at age 87.

From pedaling to paddling

The cookies have arrived

People

Rooting for Denzel Fighting for respect Court cool to Ice-T's friend Marsalis starts own label

Conan O'Brien's former sidekick lands sitcom on Fox

Former NBC "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" sidekick Andy Richter didn't want to star in anything warm and fuzzy. "I wanted something smart aleck-y, not the equivalent of 'Everybody Loves Andy,"' said Richter, who has a new sitcom, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe."

Artistic explosion

Workshop connects Lawrence students with their dreams

By Jan Biles Walter Morris' dream was not deferred thanks to New York City artist Tim Rollins and his K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) project. Walter, a 10-year-old student at Centennial School, and 23 other Lawrence students recently had their watercolors displayed at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

Holocaust suvivors call for boycott of Jewish Museum during controversial exhibit

Some Holocaust survivors have threatened to boycott an upcoming exhibit of Holocaust-related art that features a depiction of a concentration camp built from Lego blocks.

Monday, February 18

St. Martin ensemble richly deserves reputation for greatness

By Jan Biles The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble creates music that resembles a Brandy Alexander: smooth, satisfying and totally intoxicating.

The crazy world of Junior Brown

Junior Brown - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan. - 02/16/2002

By Michael Newman Saturday night at the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence, undervalued country virtuoso Junior Brown entertained an absolutely packed house for more than two hours with his self-styled blend of honky-tonk, rock and good time humor.

People

Joan Collins says 'I do' George Michael robbed Adventures with Ozzy A gay old cartoon

Two share Bear for best film at Berlin festival

British director Paul Greengrass' dramatization of the most infamous incident in Northern Ireland's troubles, "Bloody Sunday," shared the Berlin film festival's top Golden Bear award Sunday with "Spirited Away," an animated adventure from Japan's Hayao Miyazaki.

'John Q' goes public with No. 1 premiere

Denzel Washington, fresh off his latest Oscar nomination, found a captive audience at theaters as "John Q" debuted as the top weekend film.

Drama spills out of cinema

Female director pushes boundaries in Egypt, becomes assassination target

Some see Inas el-Degheidi as a feminist fighting through her films for the rights of Egyptian women. Others argue that Egypt's most famous female director gets attention the easy way by filming cheap sex scenes. Islamic militants simply think el-Degheidi should be dead, police say.

Presidents Day ignored

Some national holidays lend themselves to television. Others don't. Christmas programming begins shortly after Halloween, a holiday that has seen its share of holiday specials increase exponentially in recent years.

Sunday, February 17

Black performers score golden year

Three black actors nominated for Oscars after 29 years of mostly whites

It had never happened before, three black performers nominated in the lead-acting categories for the Academy Awards. Surely, it was a sign that Hollywood's top honors finally were catching up with the nation's cultural diversity.

People

TV no longer golden to this girl 'Accident' brought actress fame 'Good girl' hairstyles abound Conductor slated for Netherlands

Celebrated actress can't refuse Rosa Parks role

When the producers of CBS' "The Rosa Parks Story" started assembling their cast, they wanted only one actress to play the role of the African-American woman who refused to yield her bus seat to a white woman in 1955 Alabama, a watershed event in the civil rights movement, reports People magazine.

Actor breathes life into Hughes' times

By Mindie Paget It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Author Langston Hughes on Saturday night borrowed these lines from Charles Dickens to describe his boyhood in Lawrence during the early 1900s.

Saturday, February 16

Pet Post

Hughes celebration continues, but the weekend also brings other events

The Langston Hughes centennial celebration continues this weekend with concerts, a portrayal of the poet, art exhibitions and a second-day stamp cancellation.

A hard lesson

More than he can chew?

People

Sly sues over bad investment Rappers asked to clean up act Stalker's appeal falls on deaf ears Backstreet Boy buys big boat Stone scouts Cuba for film ideas

TV 'clutter' on the rise

If you think television networks are giving you longer breaks to fix a sandwich or visit the bathroom, it's not just your imagination.

Willis accepts Hasty award

Bruce Willis was wearing a wig and gold glitter bra Thursday night when he was crowned Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

Royal funeral has common touch

Britain pays final respects to Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret, a royal who often went her own way, was laid to rest Friday at a ceremony befitting a commoner a private family funeral, followed by a cremation.

West Junior High poetry entries

South Junior High poetry entries

Central Junior High poetry entries

Friday, February 15

Cruelty special belabors obvious

Stop the presses! John Stossel has a scoop. In his one-hour special, "The In Crowd and Social Cruelty," (9 p.m., ABC), the intrepid news correspondent diligently informs us that bullies are mean, kids can be cruel, and grown-ups even grown-up network correspondents like Stossel can still remember the pain of being a geek in the seventh grade.

Women's museum features O'Keeffe, Kahlo and Carr

If ever a show was ideal for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, "Places of Their Own: Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo" is it. The first exhibition to combine these three important 20th century artists, it has already broken attendance records in Toronto and Santa Fe.

Book, film show Bush behind the scenes

George W. Bush mugs for the camera. He pats a reporter's bald head and, mimicking a preacher, intones, "Heal." He sticks his fingers in the ears of another. "The coolest thing of all was to light up a butt," he confides, fondly recalling the days before he quit smoking.

Warhol's work foreign to relations

Fifteen years after his death, artist still baffles many in land of his parents

Two waist-high Campbell Soup cans greet visitors to the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in the town near where his parents were born. For the locals, who make their soup from scratch, the canned kind is an alien concept. So is Warhol and so are his works, which just don't compute in a corner of Slovakia frozen in its bleak communist past.

People

Singer punished for song theft ABC's mainstay 'Blue' to return McCarthy carrying bundle of love Jewish porn star shares insights

Top music

Arts notes

KU bands combine for classical concert Abilene theater sets auditions

Fine Arts Theatre offers unique promotion

By Jon Niccum The Fine Arts Theatre in Mission, 5909 Johnson Drive, is undertaking an unusual promotion for the film "Audition," which is scheduled to open today. This disturbing Japanese horror movie has been linked to several reports of unsuspecting viewers who have been unable to finish watching as the result of nausea and fainting.

Film review - 'John Q.'

By Jon Niccum The concept of a hostage thriller based around disdain for the health care system is already dubious. And at times, "John Q." plays like "Dog Day Afternoon" crossed with a human resources seminar.

Man of steel

Junior Brown's unconventional approach finally leads to widespread success

By Jon Niccum "When I was first getting going, people would make fun of me," said Junior Brown while on tour in Jacksonville, Fla. "They used to laugh at me because I was singing in the style of an Ernest Tubb song, and it was so out of style. I'd just lean down and turn my amps up all the way and blast them. (laughs) Then they'd think, 'Wow, this guy's really good. He just hurt my eardrums.'"

Thursday, February 14

Country legend Waylon Jennings dies

Outlaw who outlived his hard ways later battled diabetes complications

Waylon Jennings, whose rebellious songs and brash attitude defined the outlaw movement in country music, died Wednesday after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems. He was 64.

6News video report: grieving parents bring suit against KU

Tina Terry presents an update on the pending lawsuit involving Kansas Univeristy and a fraternity.

Berry good Valentines

Test your knowledge about Langston Hughes

The following is a quiz to help you test your knowledge about Langston Hughes. This quiz will be updated daily through Feb. 14.

Media convergence

Arts notes

Screenwriters to read new script at Oldfathers Story of Sacagawea comes to stage Barn dance slated for Saturday night Estonian musicians, singers coming to JCCC Company to present Shakespeare, Twain Woodworking show offers latest in tools

People

Death certificated revised McKellen feeling lucky Terminator twist Circus stunt brings damages

Dream home is stuff of nightmares: the old Munsters' place

For the past two months, there's been something rather spooky happening on Farm Road 813 south of Dallas on the outskirts of Waxahachie. Sounds of things getting chopped up and sawed off. Bonfires on an almost nightly basis. A sign dotted in blood-red writing.

Wednesday, February 13

Country singer Waylon Jennings dead at 64

Waylon Jennings, who defined the outlaw movement in country music, died Wednesday after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems. He was 64. Jennings spokeswoman Schatzie Hageman said Jennings died peacefully at his home in Arizona.

Fat Tuesday celebration

Combination party

People

Bowie in charge of Meltdown Mailow scores an honor Spacey needs some space Mrs. Bush bites back

NBC's 'Friends' will be there for one more season

Television's most popular show, the NBC comedy "Friends," is coming back for a ninth and final season. The six actors who star in the show, NBC, Warner Brothers Television and Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions signed a deal Monday to wrap up the series with a final, 24-episode season starting in the fall.

'Rings' goes for Oscar gold

Fantasy film leads Academy Award nominations with 13

The fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" led the Academy Award field Tuesday with 13 nominations best picture, director and supporting actor among them.

Tuesday, February 12

Re-created Lindbergh flight to air on History Channel

Give the History Channel credit for one of the more unusual ideas in recent TV annals: The network will restage the most famous plane flight in history with the grandson of the most famous aviator at the controls.

Drama in the rink continues

NBC goes for the ratings gold tonight with continuing Olympic coverage (7 p.m.). Two of the world's top skaters are expected to square off in the Men's Short program. Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko reigns as the 2001 World and European champion.

Sarah Silverman tries Fox sitcom about television

If she weren't acting or telling jokes, comic Sarah Silverman would be playing with monkeys. "I wouldn't want to be like Dian Fossey (author of 'Gorillas in the Mist') and live in the jungle with them, because I need plumbing, but if I weren't in show business, I'd work with monkeys," Silverman says. "I feel like I am part simian."

Malcolm's in the middle of a big movie

Muniz loves rubbing elbows with Britney, going to Emmys

It's hard to feel sorry for Frankie Muniz. The 16-year-old actor has his own Fox television series ("Malcolm in the Middle"), is the star of a new movie comedy ("Big Fat Liar") and just bought himself a $100,000 souped-up Volkswagen Jetta featured in the hit film "The Fast and the Furious."

'Holiday in Dirt' pokes fun at stars

Stan Ridgway is probably the closest thing we have to Frank Zappa in the 21st century. Like the late Zappa, Ridgway spins fascinating tales about kooks, misfits and people with skewed ideas about life. And, also like Zappa, his lyrics are strongly laced with offbeat, very dark humor.

Jewel's trying to keep her music 'authentic'

It's almost a cliche when a star complains about being a celebrity. But you get a sense that Jewel is genuine when she talks about her disdain for the fame game, even if her attitude is a bit contradictory.

Robert Redford's daughter makes a name for herself

"Following my father's footsteps wasn't easy," Amy Redford said as she sipped a cup of decaf cappuccino in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse. "It's really asking for a very particular kind of scrutiny."

Razzies point finger at Tom Green

'Freddy Got Fingered' gets big thumbs-down in movie dishonors

Tom Green got fingered by the Razzies, a movie-award spoof that singled out his "Freddy Got Fingered" with a leading eight nominations, including worst picture of last year. Joining Green's tacky comedy in the worst-picture category were Sylvester Stallone's racing flick "Driven," Mariah Carey's pop-star bomb "Glitter," the war epic "Pearl Harbor" and Kevin Costner's Elvis-impersonator heist thriller "3000 Miles to Graceland."

TV show produces Britain's new pop idol

Britain's latest pop idol has never made a video and has yet to release a record. But 23-year-old Will Young is the latest object of Britain's love affair with manufactured pop.

Dylan influence Dave Van Ronk dies at age 65

Dave Van Ronk, a New York-born guitarist and singer who was at the forefront of the Greenwich Village folk boom, has died following treatment for colon cancer. He was 65. Van Ronk died Sunday of cardio-pulmonary failure at New York University Medical Center, said Mitch Greenhill, his longtime manager. He was diagnosed with cancer last fall.

People

Barbara Bush goes Rio Lifetime not over Beyond the music Tights don't make hero

'Lord of the Rings' leads Academy Award nominations with 13

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" led the Academy Award field Tuesday with 13 nominations _ best picture, director and supporting actor among them.

Monday, February 11

Schwarzenegger muscles his way to No. 1 at box office

Arnold Schwarzenegger as an avenging firefighter hunting terrorists proved a solid attraction, though not quite a must-see movie.

Oscar poised for breakthroughs

Nominations could elevate musicals, fantasies, black actors

This year's Oscar show will feature one definite first, some possible firsts, and maybe a first or two in a long time.

'Cold Climate' a mad delight

Passion, privilege and good old-fashioned British eccentricity combine to make "Love in a Cold Climate" (8 p.m., PBS) one of the funnier "Masterpiece Theatre" offerings in recent memory. Based on Nancy Mitford's two novels, "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate," the film follows three young women from the British upper class as they hunt for husbands during the 1930s, while The Great Depression and looming war threaten their very way of life.

People

Dietrich's war effort Playing for charity Details, details Quality-of-lif issues

'Big Fat Liar' is good, mean fun

"Big Fat Liar" is "The Count of Monte Cristo" for middle-schoolers.

Sunday, February 10

New exhibit at Yale museum highlights Restoration beauties

They were the pinup girls of centuries past: curly haired courtesans, dripping with pearls and swathed in silk, gazing at the world with bedroom eyes.

Exhibit examines the diversity, history of pearls

If you think only of pearls as small, white and perfectly round baubles mostly worn by grandmothers and brides, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History will open your eyes.

The body beautiful or not

Play explores society's definitions of female attractiveness

By Jan Biles In Lisa Loomer's provocative play "The Waiting Room," three women meet in a doctor's office. While they are of different time periods and from different regions of the world, each of them has taken extraordinary measures to attain beauty and they are all paying the price.

'Stomp' drums up a hit for its sold-out crowds

By Jan Biles The power of "Stomp" cannot be denied. The troupe of eight dancer-percussionists has made its third visit to Lawrence in five years. And so far, the Lawrence community has not tired of its clanging and banging. Already the troupe has performed three sold-out shows this weekend at the Lied Center, and today's matinee promises to be packed to the rafters, too.

Chamber ensemble to present concert of classical works

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Borodin, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Lied Center. A preconcert lecture by Dan Politoske, Kansas University professor emeritus in music history, will be at 2 p.m. in the Oldfather Warm-up/Rehearsal Studio.

'Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding' booked at Camelot

"Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding," a joint production of Camelot Ballroom and Lawrence Community Theatre, will be presented Saturday at the Camelot Ballroom, 6635 W. 151st St.

KU design professor wins district award

Patrick Dooley, Kansas University associate professor of design, has won a Gold Award for excellence in communications at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI publication competition.

Hughes celebration continues with music, lectures, exhibits

Here is a rundown of events related to the Langston Hughes centennial celebration.

Multimedia concert gives life to Hughes' 12-part poem

The poetry of Langston Hughes will come together with jazz and visual images when Ronald McCurdy and John Wright present "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lied Center.

Do-it-yourself holiday crafts: Make gifts from the heart at home

For Valentine's Day gifts from the heart, Rosie magazine home and crafts editor Kieran Juska suggests these projects that are intended for adults or children old enough to handle scissors and a glue gun but can easily be adapted for smaller hands.

This Valentine's Day, ask your children to 'Be Mine'

Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers; it's for those you love. Children are usually high on that list. "Valentine's Day has romantic roots but it has become a day for everyone," observes Miriam Arond, editor in chief of Child magazine.

Valentine's Day books: What's your Cupid IQ?

Which gifts say "I'm interested, how about you?" to the object of one's affection? Is an office romance a good idea? How can whipped cream be used to say "I love you"? Even those who think they know everything about love might learn a thing or two from "The Everything Romance Book" (Adams, $12.95 paperback) by longtime marrieds Donald and Pamela Baack.

These days, a good knight can be hard to find

By Marsha Henry Goff You don't see many knights in shining armor anymore. Perhaps that's because damsels in distress are in such short supply. However, on a recent occasion when three damsels of my acquaintance were being publicly and unfairly attacked verbally, nary a brave knight rode to their rescue.

Bookstore

Echoing between two cultures

Colleagues describe Diaz as having 'moral intelligence'

Junot Diaz has just apologized again. The first time, the author worried he was being too self-absorbed. Next, he was sorry for stumbling over his words, something noticeable only to him. Now, he wants to say that he is usually much more fun than he was during an interview.

Arts notes

In this case, it is a river called the Nile Blues fans to 'crawl' through KC night spots '60s troubadour and family to give concert at JCCC Disney animation artist to give talk at Spencer

True love stories

Valentine's contest winners share fond family tales

Readers were asked to submit their real-life stories in two categories: "Funniest Valentine" and "Most Unique Presentation of Valentine Day's Gift." Winners receive two movie tickets from Southwind Twelve Theaters and a gift certificate for dinner at the BleuJacket.

People

Guest lineup for today's shows Actress' childhood shapes role Bardot objects to sheep slaying Paris subject of director's film

Artist James Wyeth presents portraits of Nureyev

A friendship that lasted 19 years until the death of ballet star Rudolf Nureyev has produced a series of more than 35 portraits of him by James Wyeth. They were being presented to the public Thursday at the Kennedy Center.

Britain's Princess Margaret dead at 71

Thwarted in love, she found happiness in her children, philanthropies

Caught between the old social order and the sudden freedoms of a more democratic age, Princess Margaret led a life shadowed by the great disappointment of her thwarted romance with a divorced commoner.

Arts notes

Students' metalworks picked for Denver show Comedy show spoofs politics, news events Professor's painting included in art show Art faculty to show works in KU exhibit Lawrence artist showing folded paper designs

The Capitol's New Digs

Bass-baritone turns anger into art

German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff's third Grammy nomination in as many years is for an album that includes the Franz Schubert song cycle "Winterreise," about a heartbroken man who seeks solace in death and goes mad.

Arts notes

Book designs displayed at University Press Worlds of Fun slates auditions in Lawrence Woodwind players list spring lineup Arts commission taking applications for grants Barn dance planned today at ECM

Arts notes

Jazz singers, musicians join for KU concert Recital features piano, saxophone professors Composer to perform at Topeka bookstore

Saturday, February 9

Famed theater plans expansion

Guthrie seeks $125 million accommodations on Mississippi

The Guthrie Theater has unveiled plans for a $125 million, three-stage complex along the Mississippi River and a campaign to raise $75 million in private funds for its development.

Hughes centennial observed

People from as far away as Japan in attendance at KU symposium

By Mindie Paget and Terry Rombeck Eight-year-old Amanda Walker finds encouragement in the words of Langston Hughes' poem "Youth." It begins with the line, "We have tomorrow bright before us like a flame." "It means that every day is a new and special day and that we should be very thankful," Walker said of the poem.

People

Renfro faces drug rehab program Jackson fan charged in burglary Culkin mom ordered to stand trial Tiffany to prove her 'maturity'

Beatrix Potter classic finds new home at Smithsonian

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their mother in a sandbank, underneath the root of a very big fir tree.

Aaliyah, India.Arie, Keys top Soul Train nominations

Alicia Keys had a leading four nominations for the 16th annual Soul Train Music Awards, while fellow soul songstresses India.Arie and Aaliyah had three each. Veteran R&B singers the Isley Brothers, making a comeback more than 42 years after their first hit single "Shout," also gathered three nominations Thursday.

Tribute to Hughes

Journal-World Editorial Has Lawrence erased all of the prejudices Langston Hughes experienced here as a boy? In the reminiscences of Langston Hughes, Lawrence doesn't fare all that well. From his boyhood, Hughes recalled a Lawrence in which he and his black friends were turned away from a carnival that had been billed as an event for all Lawrence children.

Friday, February 8

Olympics to rule television

The opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics (7 p.m., NBC) promise to combine pageantry and patriotism. Athletes from more than 80 nations will carry their flags in a parade attended by President Bush.

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Film Review - 'Collateral Damage'

By Jon Niccum Following the assaults of Sept. 11, several movies bearing thematic connections to the event were shelved. With "Collateral Damage," a terrorist revenge fantasy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the question remains whether Americans are ready for a film whose plot hits so close to home. The answer: Americans are always ready for mindless, predictable crap. Based on a screenplay (by David and Peter Griffiths) that feels like it was written 20 years ago, "Collateral Damage" is a tiresome mess that seems all the more inessential given the current political climate. The picture is a throwback to Arnold's early days of pure action roles, but without the self-referential material that made flicks like "Commando" and "The Running Man" such guilty pleasures.

Splendor in the bluegrass

Traditional acoustic musicians gather for Free State Festival

By Jon Niccum Maybe the music-going public has finally experienced enough of the techno beats, choreographed dance moves and buzzsaw guitars that characterize modern entertainment. Because one of the hippest sounds out right now stems from a humble style that is decades old. "Thirty years after college-age audiences first caught on to folk and bluegrass music in the late '60s/early '70s, they're sort of discovering it again," said Leo Eilts, a co-producer of the Free State Music Festival, a two-day event this weekend at the Lawrence Holidome. "Lawrence is typical of that. That's why I think this is so opportune, because there really has never been an indoor bluegrass/acoustic-type festival held here before."

People

No longer married to the mob Cosby honors Cincinnati boycott Film role puts actor on the fence

Network apologizes for racial slur

MSNBC has apologized for a typographical error that turned the name of an interview subject into a racial slur.

Ex-mayor mum on Schwarzenegger flick

Giuliani attends 'Collateral Damage' screening, withholds review

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani attended a screening of Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie and said criticism of the film by firefighters, police officers and Colombian activists is premature.

Movie database tells all

Film fans, professionals flock to site

It's getting harder to lie on your résumé in Hollywood.

Actor tells students he admired Hughes' poetry since childhood

Danny Glover talks at Central Junior High before Lied Center reading

By Tim Carpenter Actor Danny Glover felt a special connection Thursday to a new postage stamp honoring the late writer Langston Hughes. Glover, a fan of Hughes' poetry since childhood, was raised by parents who worked more than 35 years for the U.S. Postal Service.

6News video: Danny Glover speaks at Langston Hughes Symposium (part 4)

Hollywood actor Danny Glover spoke about Langston Hughes' poetry and read some poems as part of an international symposium on Hughes that began Thursday night in Lawrence. In this clip, he reads Langston Hughes' poems, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Mother 2 Son," "Aunt Sue's Stories," and "Summer Night."

6News video: Danny Glover speaks at Langston Hughes Symposium (part 3)

Hollywood actor Danny Glover spoke about Langston Hughes' poetry and read some poems as part of an international symposium on Hughes that began Thursday night in Lawrence. In this clip, Glover talks about storytelling.

6News video: Danny Glover at Langston Hughes Symposium (part 2)

Hollywood actor Danny Glover spoke about Langston Hughes' poetry and read some poems as part of an international symposium on Hughes that began Thursday night in Lawrence.In this clip, Glover talks about Hughes' poetry.

6News video: Danny Glover speaks at Langston Hughes Symposium (part 1)

Hollywood actor Danny Glover spoke about Langston Hughes' poetry and read some poems as part of an international symposium on Hughes that began Thursday night in Lawrence. In this clip, Glover speaks of his father growing up the the Kansas City area.

6News video report: Hughes' work had impact on actor

Tina Terry reports on Danny Glover's visit to Lawrence for the Langston Hughes symposium.

Play probes friendship

By Jan Biles At first glance, "The Tomato Plant Girl" seems like a simple story about the difference between bullying and friendships: Bossy Best Friend gives orders to Little Girl, who follows them so she will fit in and not have to play alone. Little Girl eventually realizes that friendships need respect and acceptance to grow, just like tomato plants need water and sunshine.

Thursday, February 7

Embezzlement drama playing at Harvard

Two members of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals were accused of embezzling about $91,000 from the 207-year-old student group for drugs, a party and entertainment equipment.

Airborne

A show of hands, please

Photographer praises Hughes for early-career encouragement

By Mindie Paget No poses. No inhibitions. Just Langston Hughes. Between 20 and 40 never-before-seen photographs of the late writer, who spent most of his boyhood in Lawrence, will be shown this evening at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art during a talk by New York photographer Roy DeCarava.

People

Whoopi, Oscar reunited Winona Ryder pleads innocent Survivor prevails in court Licensed to marry

'Time warp' contraption gets poor reception from TV industry

It's called a Time Machine, and the television industry only wishes it was as benign as the device that sent Michael J. Fox back to the future. Instead, the new box that can warp TV time is making many people grumble, while others see only dollar signs.

Surrealism unbound at N.Y.'s Met

When a group of middle-class artists and writers let loose and dive headlong into their subconscious in search of the very roots of desire, love and sexuality, weird things happen. A lobster finds itself attached to a telephone.

Wednesday, February 6

Snow shower

Giving the court appeal

People

Ryan wins restraining order In the pink at 60 Directors Guild nominates Crystal 'Producers' cast to change

Donor pulls $38 million gift to Smithsonian Institution

A $38 million pledge to the Smithsonian Institution has been withdrawn after critics complained the exhibit it was to have financed would damage the institution's integrity. The withdrawal announcement Monday came less than three weeks after 170 activists and scholars complained that Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence Small, the institution's chief executive, has commercialized the museums.

Queen rules Britannia for 50 years

Monarchy, country have changed since Elizabeth II ascended throne

She became queen when Winston Churchill was prime minister, food was rationed and the British Empire was crumbling along with its influence. Harry S. Truman was president of the United States.

Tuesday, February 5

World Online exclusive: Area artists celebrate Langston Hughes

"Dream Variations" to run through March 10 at Lawrence Arts Center

People

McCartney to hit road Tribute to George Harrison Speaking up for Tibet Voice change mystery

'Amelie' receives record 13 nominations for French awards

The quick, quirky romantic comedy "Amelie" collected a record 13 nominations on Monday for the Cesars, France's version of the Academy Awards. Already the top-grossing French film ever in the United States, "Amelie" also is expected to be a leading candidate for best foreign language film when Academy Award nominations are announced Feb. 12.

Letterman in contract talks with CBS

Dave's talking. In an effort to lock in David Letterman to a new multiyear contract, CBS has begun negotiations with the only successful late night guy in its history.

PBS passes secrets of past

Documentary features Cold War codebreakers, atomic spies

Theodore Hall was a brilliant young man. He was admitted to Harvard University at age 16, and two years later became the youngest physicist to work on America's ultrasecret project to develop a nuclear bomb.

To Hell and back with a punk-rock icon

Richard Hell swears he doesn't have trust "issues" with people. "To me, it's not an 'issue,"' says the punk-rock icon with a laugh that borders on maniacal. "Because I don't trust 'em. I don't trust anybody enough to tell them secrets about myself."

Bill Moyers examines NAFTA

What do you get when you combine the secret corporate conspiracies of "The X-Files" with the populist outrage of "Erin Brockovich"? Something resembling "Bill Moyers Reports: Trading Democracy" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

Monday, February 4

People

Mixing with Republicans Patron of the arts Queen Mum recovering Taliban captives undaunted

Popular demand keeps WTC exhibit from closing

A World Trade Center photography exhibit created after the Sept. 11 attacks has been trying to shut its doors since Thanksgiving, but cannot stop the hordes of viewers who demand it remain open.

'Black Hawk Down' stays on top at theaters

A slow Super Bowl weekend at theaters helped lift "Black Hawk Down" to another box-office victory as the combat thriller took in $11.5 million to remain the No. 1 film for the third straight weekend.

'Sesame Street' under reconstruction

Venerable children's show getting biggest makeover in 33 years

Elmo and the "Sesame Street" gang are getting a makeover.

All-women country band Mustang Sally has roots in blues, rock

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Faith Hill and Shania Twain must be feeling pretty flattered these days. After all, the country market is flooded with Faith and Shania clones who seem determined to copy as much as they can from Twain and Hill in the hopes of achieving similar success.

'Bertie' lacks historical content

"Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 50th anniversary on the throne with "Bertie & Elizabeth," a historical romance about her parents, Albert, Duke of York (James Wilby, "Gosford Park") and Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (Juliet Aubrey, "Middlemarch"). Albert, called Bertie by all, became England's reluctant King George VI after his brother David (Charles Edwards), later King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry the scheming American Wallis Simpson (Amber Rose Sealey). A warning: "Bertie and Elizabeth" contains almost as many names, nicknames and titles as a Russian novel.

Sunday, February 3

Plaque honoring Hughes finds home at arts center

The former Carnegie Library officially will be known as a place Langston Hughes frequented as a child.

Milking the drama

Quilt show helps ICAN

People

Arnold: 'I'll be back' to film T-3 Proposed memorial heavens-high Broadway to use Joel's tunes Moog inventor, Apple honored

Games coverage to feature day-by-day highlights

Here's a look at some of the top attractions for the upcoming two weeks-plus of Winter Games telecasts:

NBC letting clock run on Olympics

Network to play host to 375.5 hours of coverage of Salt Lake City events

NBC is converting the marathon traditionally an outdoor Summer Olympic event into a living room winter sport. Starting Friday, the network, with an assist from cable siblings CNBC and MSNBC, offers up 375.5 hours of coverage over 17 days from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Professor takes on Hughes' persona

Langston Hughes will be brought to life at a special presentation tied to the Read Across Lawrence program. Charles Everett Pace, an assistant professor of anthropology and American studies at Centre College in Danville, Ky., will present "A Writer's Life: On the Road with Langston Hughes," at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Ninth Street Baptist Church, 847 Ohio.

Library prepares for Read Across Lawrence, group discussions of Hughes' work

By Jan Biles Copies of Langston Hughes' "Not Without Laughter" are hard to keep on the shelves at the Lawrence Public Library. The library has 50 copies of the book available for a limited loan of five days.

'Not Without Laughter'

Hughes' novel contrasts best, worst of his life in Lawrence

By Maria Butler Special to the Journal-World Langston Hughes' novel "Not Without Laughter" is the story of Sandy Rodgers, a young African-American boy growing up in the small town of Stanton, Kan. Sandy lives with his grandmother, whom everyone calls Aunt Hager; his mother, Annjee; and his Aunt Harriett in Hager's small house.

'Color Purple' actor to give dramatic reading

Actor Danny Glover will present dramatic readings of Langston Hughes works at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center. Among Glover's film credits are "The Color Purple," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Beloved," "Mandela," "Places in the Heart" and the "Lethal Weapon" and "Lonesome Dove" series.

Hughes has brief brush with film

By Michael Newman Langston Hughes was, above all else, a writer, a man of words. He wrote poetry, short stories, novels, plays and essays, all in an effort to express his vision. Aware of the power that could be found in various written forms, Hughes explored as many as he could.

Lawrence celebrates its hometown author

Here is a rundown of events related to the Langston Hughes centennial celebration.

Arts notes

Unique percussive ensemble returns to Lied Center Juror nominations sought for Own Your Own exhibition West Side concert features popular singer-songwriter KU gallery taking proposals for exhibits for next year

Images and words

Artists create works inspired by Hughes' poetry, stories

By Jan Biles Langston Hughes' poems and short stories have inspired a group of Douglas County artists to create an exhibition of paintings, collages, prints and sculptures. "Dream Variations: Art Inspired by the Work of Langston Hughes" opened Friday and will continue through March 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St.

Saturday, February 2

People

Simpson lawyer sells film rights Actor jailed on probation violation Broadcast journalist saves a life

Maya Angelou launches Hallmark line of cards, gifts

Hallmark: Birthday cards and wedding cards, friendship, graduation and get well messages, too. Maya Angelou: friend of Billie Holiday and Martin Luther King, celebrated poet who read at President Clinton's first inauguration, author of the classic memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Ryder charged with four felonies

Winona Ryder was charged Friday with four felony counts stemming from her shoplifting arrest at a Saks Fifth Avenue in December.

Royals go Dutch at today's nuptials

Netherlands royalty has hard time keeping up 'ordinary' front with extraordinary bride

Once again, Europe is being treated to the storybook spectacle of a royal wedding: queens and princesses in regal finery, gilded carriages clattering over cobbled streets, adoring crowds paying tribute to their sovereign.

Friday, February 1

6News video report: Author speaks about Langston Hughes

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker was in Lawrence Thursday to speak at the Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration. 6News reporter Tina Terry tells the story

Seasonal snack

Special delivery

Football dominates TV grid

With the big game a mere two days off, Super Bowl themed programming becomes inescapable. While I have never associated Sting with groaning linebackers or quarterback sacks, the former Police frontman performs on "The Friday Night Super Bowl Bash" (9 p.m., CBS).

American musician beaten by police after being taken for con man

Spanish police on Thursday said they exchanged blows with a prominent American trumpet player who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Police said they thought Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's lead trumpet player and a cousin of celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, fit the description of a suspect they were looking for because of his height and his race. Mack is black.

As appeals dwindle, inmate makes case in book

In the solitude of his cell on death row, Robert O. Marshall pecked away at his aging Smith Corona typewriter. He wrote about being arrested in connection with his wife's murder, his journey through the New Jersey court system, and his efforts so far unsuccessful to win a new trial in a Garden State Parkway slaying case that became the focus of a best-seller, a documentary and a TV movie.

Native themes mark Olympic art

New Mexico artist brings peace, loyalty to Games

With the haunting images of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still fresh in his mind, New Mexico artist John Nieto was starting on a new job: creating a painting for the Olympics.

Pulitzer Prize winner pays homage to Hughes

By Jan Biles Author Alice Walker credits two of her brothers for helping her develop her creative writing process not because they were encouraging, but because they would not allow her to keep the pieces she had written.

Wierd News

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Top Music

Santos to present 'Hot Tropics'

By Jan Biles From the beginning, Eluza Santos was out of step with ballet. She didn't like the strict code that came with the dance form, preferring more freedom and spontaneity with her movements. Plus, Santos had the wrong body type for tutus and toe-shoes she stands under 5 feet and doesn't have the lean, long limbs of most ballerinas.

At the movies

Top Movies

Area critics pick year's top films

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle met on Monday to issue its 36th annual awards. The group was comprised of 16 area critics in print, radio, television and online, including Jon Niccum from the Journal-World.

Film Review - 'Slackers'

By Jon Niccum "Slackers" at least starts off with momentum. As a grandiose string version of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" plays in the background, three college students pull off an equally well-orchestrated cheating scam.

Musicians line up to play in 'Ally'

It began with a bar and a bluesy vocalist playing to "Ally McBeal" and her lawyer friends.

Second Anniversary

Lawrence band radically reinvents its sound on national release

By Jon Niccum "We've gotten e-mails from kids that are like, 'Your new record sucks,'" said Josh Berwanger, singer/guitarist of The Anniversary. "Who takes the time to do that? When I was in high school and I didn't like a record, I just put it in my closet.