Stories for June 2002


Sunday, June 30

Mastering the details

Retired Hallmark artist paints 'rustic realism'

By Jim Baker The first thing you notice about Jim Smith's watercolors is the astonishing amount of detail they contain. It's possible to trace the outline of individual feathers in the wings of mallard ducks taking flight over a pond, to read the label of a green Quaker State Motor Oi l can plunked on the ground beside a rusting, old pickup truck or to discern a quizzical expression in the eyes of a deer looking right at you from a winter landscape.

Smith is back for 2nd 'Men in Black'

It is the steamiest June weekend in Manhattan in years, with temperatures in Central Park skulking into the mid-90s. Will Smith, of course, breaks no sweat.

Singer Clooney dies, 74

Rosemary Clooney, the mellow-voiced singer who costarred with Bing Crosby in "White Christmas" and staged a dramatic comeback after her career was nearly destroyed by drugs and alcohol, has died. She was 74.

Toy maker of Hula Hoop fame dies

Arthur "Spud" Melin, co-founder of the toy company that introduced the world to the Frisbee, Hula Hoop and other faddish gems of American pop culture, has died. He was 77 and had Alzheimer's disease.


Actor wants to show pride in pink Menopause key time for LaBelle King reveals 'Diary's' authorship Tony Award winner dies

Arts notes

Author to appear at KC bookstores Travel agency CEO to talk about Sept. 11

Arts notes

Lenexa to celebrate holiday with parade Powell Gardens plans Booms and Blooms fest

Patience is key to travel photography

When it comes to travel photography, the expression "patience pays" applies. If you don't have patience, you'll miss some good travel photo opportunities. Here are a few examples of what I mean.

Regional rules of dressing are all over the map

"Black tie," a seemingly self-explanatory dress code, might have a different definition depending on where you live. In Los Angeles, the cues come from the red carpet, where originality counts; in Dallas, the bigger the ballgown the better, especially when worn with jewels and stones.

Sound bites

A sense of celluloid style

Movies inspire men's clothing designers

Growing up, fashion designer John Bartlett wanted to be the sexy guy in "American Gigolo." Bartlett was hooked when Richard Gere's character in the 1980 film lays out all his Giorgio Armani clothes on a bed.

Patriotic concert features young singers

By Kristin Callaway Youngsters here are showing their patriotism as they prepare to perform the first-ever Baldwin City Theatre all-children's show, "Our Country Tis of Thee." The show runs Thursday -Saturday. Citizens for Baldwin City will provide free family games and activities after the show.

Arts notes

KU alumna in cast of 'Charlie Brown' Chamber concerts set in KC churches

Galleries to stay open late for First Friday

First Friday Gallery Walk is a celebration of the arts in Lawrence. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, participating galleries, the Lawrence Public Library and the Lawrence Arts Center will stay open to the public, featuring special exhibitions, demonstrations and other activities.

KU professor trying to capture the essence of her subject

By Roger Martin I want you to slip into the black skin of Margaret Walker. You're now an African-American woman born in the South in 1915. Your mother's a classically trained musician, your father a formally educated Methodist minister.

What are you reading?


Rosen's e-mail story looks at struggle to let go of old

Imagine being a teen-ager who has to move from the big city to a rural town in the middle of nowhere. What would you do? Chase Riley went online.

REVIEW Moody's 'Black Veil' whiny

At a certain point in Rick Moody's memoir or "memoir with digressions," as he calls it it all becomes just a little much. Moody has filled the pages of "The Black Veil" with his travails, writing at length about the emotional and psychological troubles he experienced during his teens through mid-20s.

Young writer concocts best seller

Trip to Ukraine inspires 'Everything Is Illuminated'

The walls of Jonathan Safran Foer's apartment are covered with everything from a framed piece of blank paper from Susan Sontag to random sketches made by his friends. There is even an enormous canvas of a huge hand that the author himself painted.

Arts notes

J-W's looking for Lawrence's most eligible bachelor Movie puts viewers in the circus ring 'Lullaby of Broadway' coming to Lied Center Butterfly painter to show works in Topeka library

Saturday, June 29


Springer gets South African show Glover's art, humanity honored Fox, husband go separate ways McCartney beseeches McDonald's Cleese unveils Freud plaque

Vans Warped Tour impresses all ages

By Levi Chronister The collection of punk and ska and games that is the Vans Warped Tour came to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs on Thursday, energizing the all-ages crowd even in the oppressive heat.

Insect feats on Animal Planet

It's a jungle out there. Wild and woolly creatures of the animal and insect variety get the celebrity treatment on "The Most Extreme" (7 p.m., Sunday) a new 13-part series on Animal Planet.

Two-day water garden tour begins

Country and rock acts line up outdoor concerts

As the temperature rises, so does the summer activity. Here are some of the offerings this weekend.

Martha Stewart award riles art students

An art school's decision to give Martha Stewart a "Visionary Woman Award" has upset some students at the school but not because of the ImClone insider trading scandal. Students at the all-female Moore College of Art & Design said they were unimpressed by Stewart's image as a picture-perfect homemaker.

Bassist's death won't stop Who tour

Despite the sudden death of bassist John Entwistle, the two surviving members of The Who decided Friday to resume their scheduled three-month U.S. tour. "The band decided to recommence the tour beginning at the Hollywood Bowl (a Monday night show)," according to a message posted on guitarist Pete Townshend's Web site.

Art museum relocates in industrial district

New York's MoMA sets up temporarily in Queens

The masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art are now in Queens. "The space here has a certain 'rawness' that makes the art come off the walls in a potent way," museum director Malcolm Lowry said Wednesday, as he inaugurated MoMA's temporary move to a former Swingline staple factory.

Friday, June 28

A thousand miles from home

Vanessa Carlton brings a new maturity to world of pop songwriting

By Jon Niccum Is pop music ready for a facelift? Signs are pointing that way. Nü metal acts are slowly being ditched in favor of garage rock throwbacks. Boy bands are finally fading from the charts. And the teeny-bopper dance machines like Britney Spears and Mandy Moore are surrendering to more "musical" female stars.


Country fans give ABC the boot No, really, it's Tom Live from Asbury Park Joel out of treatment center

Blake denied bail hearing until evidence is presented

A Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday that a bail hearing for actor Robert Blake should wait until evidence is presented later this year on whether the actor was lying in wait to kill his wife.

Cell phones the new hot concert accessories

When Colombian singer Shakira takes the amphitheater stage in this teen-pop concert, girls in the crowd wave their hands in the air and squeal. Then they whip out their cell phones and call a friend.

Who bassist dies at 57

John Entwistle likely suffered heart attack in Vegas hotel

John Entwistle, the quiet, efficient bass player who co-founded The Who and helped it become one of the most dynamic and successful rock bands in history, was found dead of an apparent heart attack Thursday in his Las Vegas hotel room. He was 57.

Royalty masquerade offers charming twists

"The Emperor's New Clothes" can boast of many relatives, some of whom you've already met.

'Politically Incorrect' really was

Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" (11:05 p.m., ABC) airs its last episode tonight. It will not be missed.

Comedian Sandler returns to old tricks with 'Mr. Deeds'

By Jon Niccum Adam Sandler's movies can usually be judged based on one criteria: How likable does the star come across? In "Little Nicky" and "The Waterboy," Sandler resorted to speech impediments and zany haircuts to animate his exaggerated simpletons. Although the films were sporadically amusing, the lead characters were rather irritating.

Grammy showcase reveals area talent

By Jon Niccum Panels. I've served on plenty of panels.

Thursday, June 27

R. Kelly pleads innocent to child porn charges

R&B star R. Kelly, accused of videotaping sex acts with a 13-year-old girl, pleaded innocent to 21 counts of child pornography on Wednesday. Kelly, whose first name is Robert, made no statement at his arraignment. "I can't talk right now," he told The Associated Press while on his way out of the courtroom.

Best bets

Skateboarding explained on WB

Believe it or not, I haven't been on a skateboard since Lyndon Johnson was president. So I don't know anything about the intense and competitive subculture of skateboarding. That's why I am sure to tune into "The Skateboard Show," (7:30 p.m., WB).


Rosie not so nice anymore Napoleon project came up short A hunk, a hunk of memorabilia Pavarotti plans his finale

Men just want to have fun

Designers hit the beach for menswear collections

Who said men don't know how to play the fashion game? In their second line collections, Emporio for Giorgio Armani and D&G for Dolce and Gabbana, designers showed that menswear can be a whole lot of fun.

Wednesday, June 26

Disney movie introduces Elvis to new generation

Most of them were born a decade or two after Elvis Presley died. But the kids watching Disney's new "Lilo & Stitch" at a screening in Memphis got a chuckle when the small blue space alien Stitch did an Elvis impersonation in a white jumpsuit.

Allman Brothers' road goes on forever

Allman Brothers Band - Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kan. - 06-25-2002

By Michael Newman While young jam bands such as String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic are packing large amphitheaters, such as upcoming dates at Kansas City's Starlight Theater, it seems a crime that the Allman Brothers Band couldn't manage to fill the 3,300 seat Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday night.

'Juwanna Man' talent bows to hokey script

Sports have rules, but that doesn't mean all games are the same. At their best, they're a near-explosive configuration of players whose fates may change in the final seconds.

'Lift' shows life of light-fingered

A tale of love, loss, mother-daughter tensions and designer labels, "Lift" (7:30 p.m., Showtime) sounds just like a Judith Krantz melodrama. But this often unpredictable cable movie takes place in a black subculture of professional shoplifters and gangster wannabes.


Travolta a jetsetter for airlines Actress to plead guilty for DUI No jury for topless Jen Clinton memoirs: Hillary on time

'Beetle Bailey' recruits new character

Chip Gizmo joins the ranks at Camp Swampy

Comic creator Mort Walker knew he was on to something when he brought a computer technician into Beetle Bailey's world and asked fans for their input. He got 84,324 replies mostly e-mails, of course.

Tuesday, June 25

'Sex and the City' covers up star's pregnancy

Expect Sarah Jessica Parker to be a "Sex and the City" no show pregnancy-wise, that is. When she and husband Matthew Broderick got the news that their first child was on the way, Parker had already started filming the fifth season of her Emmy-winning comedy series, which HBO debuted Sunday.


A beautiful verdict for suspects Bassett bashes 'Monster's Ball' O'Donnell hit in adoption crusade No free ride for Elton John

Chung enters chatter wars

TV veteran hopes to carve out distinctive news hour among pundit shows

Even a veteran of network television booking battles like Connie Chung has found the last few weeks seeking guests for her new prime-time CNN news hour to be eye-opening. "It's reached an insane level," Chung said. "Everyone is going after stories. Even if we call at 6 a.m., that person has already been called by half a dozen people."

Monday, June 24

'Minority Report,' 'Lilo & Stitch' hit box-office photo finish

Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg wound up in a dead heat with a cartoon kid and her goofy alien pal.

Sonic Youth release taps NYC emotions

The members of Sonic Youth have always worked like poets, senses flared to the emotional current of their New York City, and faith in this process has now led them to one of their most human albums and possibly their best. "Murray Street," their 16th full-length album in 21 years, is a mature statement that satisfies as completely as their last three messy experiments 'Washing Machine," "Experimental Jet Set" and "NYC Ghosts and Flowers" did not.

AFI offers its thanks to Hanks

Tom Hanks turns 46 next month. He's clearly not a kid anymore, but is he ready for "A Tribute to Tom Hanks: The 30th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award" (8 p.m., USA)? Taped two weeks ago at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, this salute includes tributes and ribbing from Hank's friends, directors, co-stars and colleagues, including Tim Allen ("Toy Story"), Ron Howard ("Splash" and "Apollo 13"), Helen Hunt ("Cast Away"), Steve Martin, Meg Ryan ("Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail"); Gary Sinise ("Forest Gump" and "Apollo 13"), Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump" and "Cast Away") and Steven Spielberg ("Saving Private Ryan"). Spielberg, who was honored by the AFI in 1995, will present Hanks with his award.


Kiss passes girlfriend test Political insider On the road and at home 'Dream' date with Britney

Industry killed the radio star

In era of corporate consolidation, music formats more science than art

When 13-year-old Dana Marino flips on her boom box, she wants to hear her favorite songs. And she often does over and over and over again.

Sunday, June 23

Arts notes

Singer-songwriter to give concert at Stu's Quilt artists showing works in Wichita Teddy bear sculptures being installed in KC Baker professor receives Kopke award Arts center camp pairs youngsters and artists


Spears cruises past movie star to top Forbes Celebrity 100 list First lady likes 'Little Women' Hollywood walk to add stars Talk of sequel not too Shaggy

Guest lineups in place for news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.

Politics scores one on bravado

Minnesotans: Ventura's decision not to seek re-election a wise one

On Gov. Jesse Ventura's inauguration day, the resplendent Capitol rotunda here became a theater of populism not seen at such a level since the election of Louisiana Gov. Huey Long in 1928.

Family fun recipes

Examples of "FamilyFun Boredom Busters" recipes from "Boredom Busters" (Disney Enterprises).

Music industry builds on success of 'O Brother' soundtrack with tour and new albums

Nearly two years after its release, the soundtrack of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" film continues to cause ripple effects in the music industry. The Grammy-winning album of blues, mountain and other Americana music has sold more than 6 million copies and is still hovering on Billboard's chart of the Top 20 albums in the country.

Book offers quick fun for long, hot summer

Many kids spend 10 months of the year waiting for their summer break from school. They know that once summer comes there are ice cream cones to be eaten, sprinklers to run through and bicycles to be ridden.

Exhibit reflects artist's enduring fascination with ballet dancer

Jamie Wyeth was so fascinated with Rudolf Nureyev that he asked the ballet dancer if he could paint his portrait. At their first meeting at a party in 1974, Nureyev said no. A year later, he reconsidered.

Urban Fashion gets an award show

It's a multibillion-dollar segment of the fashion industry, and now urban fashion has its own award show. The first Urban Fashion Awards, with a slew of 27 categories honoring designers, models, and stylists among others, were recently held at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

Arts notes

KU Alumni magazine, writer earn awards Street Fair to feature talent show, crafts Deadline for ArtWalk just around the corner 'Tsil Cafe' author to appear on radio show Toy museum to break ground for addition Workshop targets Alzheimer's families Exhibit contains circus artifacts

Ben Folds goes solo

By Michael Newman Ben Folds, formerly of Ben Folds Five, performed Friday night at City Market in Kansas City, Mo. The near sell-out crowd put up with 90-degree temperatures to sing along with every word Folds sang.

Photographer's images bring to life St. Louis of early 20th century

You might not think of St. Louis as a glamorous theater town. Wilson Todd's vintage black-and-white photographs may change your mind. The silky, gelatin silver prints feature dramatic lighting, elaborate shadows, carefully posed figures, theatrical sets and all the trappings that we have come to recognize as Hollywood glam.

Winona Ryder tries laughter to defuse theft scandal

Winona Ryder has poked fun at her shoplifting arrest on "Saturday Night Live," the MTV Movie Awards and the cover of W magazine, which featured her wearing a "Free Winona" T-shirt.

Spielberg, Cruise: co-workers at last

Director, actor look beyond 'Minority Report' to more projects together

Cruise and Spielberg, together on the same bill. Took long enough. Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg friends since the actor shot to stardom with 1983's "Risky Business" and joined the director as one of the demigods of modern Hollywood spent years kicking around ideas for a joint project.

What are you reading?

Chilly Alaska popular site for new mysteries

Things are heating up in Alaska, with detectives hot on the trail of murderers in two new hardcover whodunits set in the 49th state. "A Fine and Bitter Snow" (St. Martin's) is Anchorage resident Dana Stabenow's 12th in the series featuring Aleutian detective Kate Shugak, who investigates when a plan to drill for oil on a wildlife preserve leads to the murder of an environmentalist.

Thomas recalls lighter moments

White House correspondent reflects on presidents' humor

Journalist Helen Thomas has covered nine presidents, from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, earning the unofficial title of dean of the White House press corps during her days with United Press International.


A Dickens of a musical

Young actors getting ready to open 'Oliver'

By Kristin Callaway Forty teen-agers have spent the month of June honing their singing, dancing and acting skills for "Oliver," a musical based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" that premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Community theater celebrates 25 years with homecoming gala

By Kristin Callaway Lawrence Community Theatre will commemorate its 25th year June 30 with a gala featuring performers from past musicals. "I think it's going to be a dynamite night of theater and musicals," said Laurie VanderPol, the show's director.

Arts notes

Guest conductor to lead city band at next concert Small paintings resemble icons, serve as symbols Jam session welcomes acoustic musicians Shakespeare festival features rotating plays Comedy show to broadcast finale at KC theate

KU student's abstract works are rooted in Japan

By Kristin Callaway Childhood memories of events and people in Nagano, Japan, inspire 26-year-old Mieko Ono's colorful, abstract acrylic paintings. Ono, who has studied art at Kansas University since 1999, came to the United States from Japan in 1994 so she could attend college.

Powwow, art show to feature students' works

The Upward Bound Summer Academy is having its first powwow and art show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Haskell Indian Nations University, 23rd Street and Barker Avenue.

Cultural exchange

Upward Bound academy teaches classroom, cultural skills

By Jan Biles Sixteen-year-old Chris Knoxsah carefully listened as cedar flute instructor Janalea Hoffman played a sequence of notes. He placed his fingers flat over the holes in the flute's body and blew into its mouth, echoing the teacher's song.

Small paintings resemble icons, serve as symbols

"Lyrical Expressionist Paintings" by Bernie Re Jr. is being exhibited through July 5 at La Prima Tazza Cafe, 638 Mass.

Saturday, June 22

Ben Folds One

Ben Folds at City Market, Kansas City Mo. 06/21/2002

By Michael Newman Ben Folds, formerly of Ben Folds Five and now accompanied only by his Baldwin grand piano, performed before a sea of adoring fans Friday night at City Market in Kansas City, Mo. The near sell-out crowd put up with 90-degree temperatures, portable lavatories and inadequate parking in order to press to the stage and sing along with every word Folds sang.

Mates of State return to their roots

By Jon Niccum It was like a homecoming dance for sweethearts Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel except they also served as the entertainment. On Thursday, the duo known as Mates of State revisited The Bottleneck, where they had played their first gig five years ago.

Networks clone cable offerings

And the award for laziest programming goes to ... ABC. The alphabet network's entire Saturday night prime-time schedule consists of the three-hour 1977 James Bond thriller "The Spy Who Loved Me," (7 p.m., ABC) starring Roger Moore.

Shows bring cats, figure skaters and antiques to the Lawrence-Kansas City area

You might want to celebrate the official arrival of summer by attending Hot Dog and Ice Cream Days in Bonner Springs or "Champions on Ice" at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.


JFK Jr. rates second TV movie An anniversary fit for a King A wedding fit for a Carpenter Lost in space for a week

Movie comic Stern tries hand at writing plays

Named for a superstar diva and written by a movie comic, "Barbra's Wedding" is a true study in celebrity. It is the playwrighting debut of Daniel Stern, who has appeared in such movies as "Home Alone" and "City Slickers."

Music inspires painter's work

Kansas City show captures jazz spirit

Frederick J. Brown is a jazz and blues artist whose instrument is a paintbrush. The rhythm and emotions of the music have run through his life since he was a child on Chicago's South Side, when musicians such as Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed befriended his family.

Friday, June 21

Spielberg makes bold predictions in 'Minority Report'

By Jon Niccum There's an axiom in science-fiction that the reader/viewer will accept only one element that is a complete stretch of the imagination, and everything else must seem grounded in reality. If that's how one judges Steven Spielberg's latest futuristic tale, then the film is an unqualified success. The central idea of "Minority Report" that a psychic task force is able to stop murders the instant before they happen is difficult to swallow for a variety of ethical and conceptual reasons. But the rest of the movie is thoroughly persuasive in what life in 2054 might be like.


Diana charity loses a mint Webber pays tribute to Bollywood Mandela seeks Olympic truce

Jolie, Powell join forces on behalf of refugees

A celebration of World Refugee Day Thursday brought together a unique diplomatic pair: Secretary of State Colin Powell and actress Angelina Jolie.

Actors prepare for fantasy soap

In the rehearsal room at "Guiding Light," several actors are practicing a musical number.


'Lilo & Stitch' recalls wonders of flatness

From "Toy Story" to "Shrek" to "Monsters, Inc." to "Jimmy Neutron," 3-D realism has been the hot trend in animation another entertainment-expanding innovation brought to us by the wonders of technology. But Disney's latest release, "Lilo & Stitch," is here to remind audiences of the pure pleasures of flatness.

Sci-fi drama is out of this world

Where do you go after the end of the world? That's both the problem and the exciting possibility of the new science-fiction series "Odyssey 5" (9 p.m., Showtime).

Arts notes

Duo to perform concert of Scottish music Grammy panel to review demos

Ben Folds offers big picture on solo career

By Jon Niccum Ben Folds and a Piano. The words are already synonymous. But for the musician's latest tour of the same name, he is making it clear to all the fans of his previous group, Ben Folds Five, that this is a solo deal. The wittily acerbic lyrics, contagious melodies and keyboard supremacy undoubtedly will remain but without the hammering bass and drums that made BFF the hippest pop trio of the '90s.

Thursday, June 20


A Steve Bing production Piano Man hits rehab One down, three to go Beating her 'Delivery' date

Court finds 'Millionaire' selection process discriminates

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit claiming ABC discriminates against disabled people who want to become contestants on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Even adults appreciate kid rock

Rock-'n'-roller finds niche with music that young children, and parents, like

The lighting is dim and the bar carries the faint, stale smell of beer. But Ralph Covert is looking fresh and ready to rock and roll.

ABC movie depicts crazy Go-Go days

Having recounted the lives of Donny and Marie Osmond in a made-for-TV movie last year, ABC will next chronicle the quick rise and fall of the Go-Go's.

Summer music special is off-key

Former "Party of Five" star Jennifer Love Hewitt and two 'N Sync members, J.C. Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick, are hosts for "Teen Choice Presents: Summer Music Mania," (7 p.m., Fox). This two-hour concert features performances by Britney Spears, No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Michelle Branch, Ashanti, Tweet, Ludacris, Nelly, Vanessa Carlton, The Calling, Craig David, B2K and Ja Rule.

Best bets

Wednesday, June 19

Terry Farrell faces 'Becker'-free future

If you're a co-star of a sitcom, kissing the title character can prove fatal to your series health. That's the lesson learned by Terry Farrell, fired from her "Becker" role just after the Monday-night CBS comedy's season finale aired last month.


A pen for her thoughts A shot of goodwill The stork is out there Gone Hawaiian

Stephanopoulos takes helm of ABC's 'This Week'

ABC on Tuesday appointed George Stephanopoulos to anchor "This Week," and the former Clinton aide urged those who question his objectivity to watch him with an open mind on Sunday mornings.

Ventura throws in the towel

Minnesota governor says he will not seek re-election

Gov. Jesse Ventura, the scowling former pro wrestler who turned the political establishment on its head with his victory in 1998, announced with a characteristic blast at the media Tuesday that he will not seek a second term this fall.

This 'v' not for victory

The summer of the never-ending documentary continues. Cynthia McFadden narrates ABC's newest real-life drama, "State v.," (9 p.m.), a five-part look at the criminal-justice system. Each installment examines a different case, from pre-trial hearings to the jury's verdict.

Tuesday, June 18

'Thirteen Conversations' more than just talk

"Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" is another spin on the proverbial beating of butterfly wings that causes a hurricane on the other side of the world.

Catty 'Women' give good show

Nobody satirized the vicious chatter of the idle rich quite as cleverly as playwright Clare Booth Luce. "Stage On Screen," (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents her wonderful 1936 comedy "The Women" featuring an all-female, all-star cast of movie and television stars.

Fun in the sun

Dillon Vardys, 7, on ground at left and Emily Hoy, 8, top, do their best to hang on to counselor Matt Dunkin during playtime in South Park.

Art moves in new direction like it or not

Salina Art Center pushes the boundary with unconventional exhibits of New Media

A man in a yellow biochemical hazard suit sits in a glass cage and eats bugs and frogs. A group of performance artists cavorts in front of a series of surveillance cameras. An artist films herself building a scale model of Atlantis at the bottom of a swimming pool.


Sheen marries Bond girl Musician testifies in teen's death Designer admires knock-offs Wimbledon champ wants to adopt

HBO's 'Ecstasy' documentary leads to father's arrest

A man was arrested after an HBO documentary showed him encouraging his teenage children to take drugs. Scott Meyers, 43, who was featured on the April 28 program "Small Town Ecstasy," using drugs with his children and going to raves, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on child-endangerment charges, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Monday, June 17

Pop music for the young at heart

Chances are you have never heard of "The Langley Schools Music Project," (7:30 p.m., VH1). But if you watch this half-hour documentary, you will never forget it. Back in 1976, Hans Fenger, a music teacher at a remote school in British Columbia, decided to try a little something different with his 60-voice sixth-grade choir.

'Scooby-Doo' scares up monster debut of $56.4 million

"Scooby-Doo," where are you? On top of the weekend box office. The big-screen update of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, starring Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini and a computer-animated Great Dane, took in $56.4 million to debut as the No. 1 film, according to industry estimates Sunday.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Online privacy serious business; Part Two

By Michael Newman Well folks, in my last column I promised to report on my successes implementing some of the privacy and security tools I had mentioned in that opus and true to my word here's that report. It's not all roses.

Concert prices strike sour note

Rising ticket costs amplify fans' cries of 'sellout'

Rock 'n' roll flourished in the Aquarian age of free love and low-priced concerts. But the cheap thrills are long gone. Concert ticket prices are skyrocketing especially for bands born in the anti-materialist '60s.

'Lives of Altar Boys' delves into teen life

"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" is not about pedophile priests, as the title might suggest. It's a coming-of-age movie that's sweet without being saccharine, which is a hard balance to strike, especially for first-time filmmakers.


Dutch remix could revive Elvis Skater graduates from junior high Graham to preach in Cincinatti UCLA honors Kirk Douglas

Sunday, June 16

Kornheiser shows versatility in new collection

Tony Kornheiser is known to many sports fans through his frequent appearances on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" and as co-host of the cable TV network's "Pardon the Interruption."

Arts notes

K-State museum receives large gift of Curry works Lawrence Arts Commission awards $3,500 in grants Unicorn picks play by KU alum for new season

Arts notes

Art Guild to meet Monday at library KC Artists Coalition wins Warhol grant Kickboxers to sign copies of their book

Author draws from law career

'The Emperor of Ocean Park' marks Carter's fiction debut

As Stephen L. Carter's law career grew from U.S. Supreme Court clerk to Yale professor, a troublesome fictional character haunted his mind. His name was Oliver Garland. He was a disgraced, conservative federal judge.

'Ordinary Life' stories poignant

Elizabeth Berg's collection of short stories reminds the reader of a photo album of wacky relatives and acquaintances.


What are you reading?

Families share the stage

'Annie Get Your Gun' opens Friday in Baldwin

By Kristin Callaway For 11 years, Kathy Davis has headed a community effort to produce Broadway-style, outdoor productions using local talent and an open field. Nothing has changed this time around.

Olsen twins expand a $1 billion brand

Already one of the most powerful brands for "tweens," Mary-Kate and Ashley are all about growing older and bigger. The twin girls turned 16 on Thursday, in a year that is expected to see their merchandising and entertainment empire gross $1 billion in sales.

Fashion briefs

Capris, hooded jackets make the Bahama scene Clinique offers body spray for blemishes Clothing complements new auto craze Belts can act as accents, body-shapers Hair gel gives you the beach look Soy makes eyes, skin look younger

Youngster's jewelry wins art show award

David Nieto, a sixth-grader at Prairie Park School, recently won second place in the jewelry category for ages 9-12 at the Red Earth Art Competition in Oklahoma City, Okla. His entry was a sterling silver and lapis stone bracelet.

Collector of Jayhawk memorabilia to give talk

Jeff Dolezal will talk about Jayhawk memorabilia at the "Know Your Antiques" session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Arts notes

Music, games highlights of St. John Fiesta Sister trio to sing at Gospel Night Ag center celebrates with hot dogs, ice cream Color therapist to talk about living simply Gathering celebrates the arts in KC Art classes offered for young children

Popeye still strong with collectors

Everyone has heard that eating spinach makes you strong. Popeye tore the can open and ate spinach cold from the can whenever he was facing a fight. As children, we all learned that his strength came from the spinach.

Arts notes

Wichita art exhibit seeking entrants Trip to Greece inspires paintings State fair adds bands to lineup Railroad auction, appraisal set in Topeka

'Ya-Ya' character hits close to home

Irish actress says she has dealt with the 'wreckage' of her own life

Fionnula Flanagan plays someone who has dealt with the "wreckage" of her past and is helping a friend do the same in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." Having sobered up two decades ago, Flanagan is glad to be part of a film that shows people doing that.

Do you have what it takes to be a Ya-Ya?

So you're no Sandra Bullock or Ashley Judd. But that doesn't mean you can't be a Ya-Ya. In "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," Judd and Bullock join Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, Fionnula Flanagan and Shirley Knight for the big-screen version of Rebecca Wells' best-selling book.

Arts notes

Tours to show off Topeka water gardens BBQ teams face off in state championship

April birthday; June celebration

British mark queen's 76th with 'Trooping of the Color' parade

In the latest display of pageantry and splendor in Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee year, hundreds of guardsmen in impeccable red coats and black bearskin hats saluted the monarch Saturday to mark her birthday.

Playwright's chance encounter leads to 'New Look at the Odd Couple'

One day, as Neil Simon was driving to his home in West Los Angeles, he turned on the radio and heard something familiar. An acting troupe was performing his classic 1965 play, "The Odd Couple." After listening for several minutes, the playwright mused to himself, "I can do better."

News shows announce guest lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.


Hollywood gunslinger gets festival's Silversword Award It's lights out for singer's concert Candid cameras raise funds for media advocacy group Actor tries diff'rent stroke with 'Young and the Restless' role

Saturday, June 15

'Monster's Ball' DVD explores raw themes

We're all adults here, right? We're all anxious to see "Monster's Ball" on DVD in the comfort of our own homes so we can reflect on director Marc Forster's themes of racism, generational violence and the like.

Psychic series 'Dead' on arrival

You know they're running out of ideas for weekly television series when they start basing them on old Steven King movies. Anthony Michael Hall stars in a new version of "The Dead Zone" (9 p.m., Sunday, USA), the King novel adapted for the big screen in 1983.

Please allow me to introduce myself: Sir Mick

Superstar Jagger knighted along with directors Trevor Nunn, Jonathan Miller and painter Peter Blake

Mick Jagger, the rock 'n' roll bad boy who once outraged the British establishment with his wild lifestyle, was knighted today for his service to music. Jagger, 58, will now be known officially as Sir Michael Philip Jagger. Also knighted were directors Trevor Nunn and Jonathan Miller, and painter Peter Blake.

Ryder enters innocent plea

Actress' lawyer tries to disqualify D.A.

Winona Ryder pleaded innocent Friday to shoplifting and drug charges, and her lawyer said he'd try to disqualify the District Attorney's Office from trying the case. The motion for disqualification by Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, was placed under seal, but he had said previously he believed prosecutors were not treating his client fairly.


Burnett shares pain of death Hanson brother forms new duo Newman defends Eminem Dad displeases Spielberg children

Friday, June 14

Code of honor

Talkers finally get recognition

By Jon Niccum Ha-kaz dineh-ih be-hay-jah Ado ta aokhek-ash-shen Do ni-din-da-hi ol-yeh

'Windtalkers' takes improper approach to Navajo story

By Jon Niccum John Woo is the consummate filmmaker when it comes to crafting violent eye-candy. His gloriously mechanical technique provides a perfect fit for the hyper-stylized fury of his Chinese films like "Hard-Boiled" and later Hollywood undertakings "M:I-2" and "Face/Off."


Balloonist delays solo flight Zeta-Jones to replace Curtis Festival touts top Canadians Gabriel ties the knot

Chesney tapped for best country video

The music video for "Young" by Kenny Chesney was named best clip on Wednesday during the first awards show devoted to country music videos.

'Bourne' refreshes cliché action genre

"The Bourne Identity's" list of attributes includes a terrific chase through the back streets of Paris. Of course, even the most harrowing chases are nothing new in the annals of espionage movies. But here the hero does something possibly never before seen on screen: He consults a map.

PBS turns bosses into worker bees

Did you ever wonder if the boss really knew how hard you worked? The six-part series "Back to the Floor," (9 p.m., PBS) looks at business and institutional executives who decide to leave the corner office and do the work of their ordinary employees. The results are enlightening, and occasionally amusing.

Thursday, June 13

Documents detail Blake's alleged solicitation of hit men

An informant tipped police within two weeks of Bonny Lee Bakley's slaying that actor Robert Blake had offered $100,000 for someone to "bump her off," according to court papers.

David Bowie looks ahead to 'Heathen'

David Bowie is reminiscing fondly about the instruments he has known and abused over the years on his albums: the disruptive saxophone solos, the wobbly keyboard fragments, the fractured guitar riffs.

Watered-down Scooby-Doo

Adaptation drops mystery cartoon's adult subtext

In the new film "Scooby-Doo," a psychedelically painted van marked "The Mystery Machine" sits beside a beach while smoke wafts through the sunhatch and voices from inside groan, "Primo!" and "Talk about toasted!"

Best bets

Fashion designer Bill Blass dies

Bill Blass, the fashion designer whose signature designs broke fashion molds and set standards for casual American style, died Wednesday. He was 79.


Not quite a 'Hollywood Ending' Fergie to host U.S. talk show Intrepid performer Bring home the bacon

Soviet recordings premiere in U.S.

For years, they gathered cobwebs in a building on the outskirts of Moscow thousands of hours of classical music recordings and video footage of artists such as cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Wednesday, June 12

McCartney wedding kept under wraps

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married Tuesday in a remote Irish castle, while fans and journalists thronged the gates for a glimpse of the ex-Beatle and his bride. The couple were determined to have a private wedding despite the growing crowd outside and the noisy helicopters hovering overhead.

'Keep It Coming' an indie delight

20 Miles is the side project of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion guitarist Judah Bauer. While the Blues Explosion has always maintained the blues in attitude more than sound, 20 Miles stays closer to the music's roots.

Awards show looks for spark

When you're the newest awards show on television, you have to come up with a memorable name. "The Flameworthy Video Music Awards," (8 p.m., CMT) honors country music videos chosen by fans on CMT's Web site.


Plug pulled on Dead reunion F. Lee flees Florida Arkansas resting place Stretch of history

Oprah's prime-time show may breathe new life into Oxygen

Oprah Winfrey will star in a prime-time coda to her talk show on the Oxygen cable channel as part of a deal that also strengthens her control over her legacy. The program, "Oprah After the Show," will air weeknights at 6:30 p.m. CDT, and be rerun at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. the next day. It will debut Sept. 16.

Prosecutors claim evidence of prior thefts by Ryder

Prosecutors say they may introduce evidence of prior shoplifting incidents in the Winona Ryder shoplifting case, a district attorney representative said.

World Online video - Proximity to downtown a plus for Old West Lawrence

Being close to downtown Lawrence is one of the advantages of living in Old West Lawrence, says Dale Slusser, president of the Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Assn.

Tuesday, June 11

List misses some amorous flicks

Was "Love Story" a great love story? Why does "Pretty Woman" still get great ratings every time they repeat it on TBS? Do they still make romantic tearjerkers like they used to? The American Film Institute presents a three-hour countdown of the 100 most romantic movies ever made on "100 Years ... 100 Passions," (7 p.m., CBS).


Reno recruits "West Wing" star Jubilee recording to be sold Damon boosts small-town theater Eastwood sworn into office

Survey says moviegoers will pay more for luxury theaters

The average ticket price across the United States is $5.35, but in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles the price is at or nearing $10. According to a nationwide poll of 1,000 adults conducted by Wilson Research Strategies, movie theaters could charge more and people would pay it.

Former Beatle to re-marry today

Paul McCartney asks fans, press to respect a private ceremony

Looking somewhat shy and self-conscious, Paul McCartney introduced his fiancee to hundreds of fans outside a remote 17th century Irish castle on Monday, asking to be allowed a peaceful and private wedding ceremony there.

Foster plans to stay behind the camera

Two-time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster says she expects to spend more of her time behind the scenes in the near future rather than appearing on the big screen. Foster recently produced the upcoming movie "Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" in which she also has a supporting role as a nun.

Monday, June 10

'Sum of All fears' pulls in highest numbers again

The nuclear terrorism thriller "The Sum of All Fears" continued to add up with moviegoers, taking in $18.7 million to remain the No. 1 film for a second weekend. "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" opened in second place with $16.35 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sunday, June 9

Godzilla crosses from kitsch to high art at upscale Japanese museum

Don't be fooled by the zippered-up lizard suit, plastic-model skylines and stock footage of crowds fleeing in terror when Godzilla smashes into town. Japan's favorite nuclear-powered monster has finally crossed the threshold from campy kitsch to high art at least according to a Japanese museum drawing thousands with its Godzilla-as-art exhibit.

Hollywood banks on espionage lineup

There's nothing covert about Hollywood's intrigue with secret agents this year. The industry has spies piled sky high in every imaginable genre, from straight espionage adventures to action comedies to outright spoofs.

Style briefs

Four Queens cooks up whimsical accessories Long panties get rid of unsightly lines

Arts notes

Musicologist releases Spanish translation Works by Rodin on display at K-State Penn Valley offers jazz camp for teens Exhibit shows different bindings of same book KC garden tour features eight sites

'Reunion' offers varied picture of post-Civil War life

By Jan Biles Lawrence Community Theatre is closing out its season with a production that is different from its usual fare of Broadway musicals, dramas and farces. "Reunion" is a 2 1/2-hour multimedia musical revue that uses period songs and costumes, storytelling and projections of historic photos to tell the epic saga of the Civil War.

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Walking tour showcases downtown sculpture exhibit

By Mindie Paget Elizabeth "Moe" Goetz giggled Saturday evening as she approached a recent addition to the landscape east of the Lawrence Public Library a cast iron sink atop a steel tower.

Bowie uses nostalgia deftly on 'Heathen'

For some of us, David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on a long-ago holiday TV special was a defining generation-gap moment. So it's hard to accept that the former Ziggy Stardust is promoting his new album with an appearance on "Live by Request," a show launched by crooner Tony Bennett on cable's A&E.

Sins of the Father's Day movie

They just don't make teen-age pregnancy dramas like they used to. Case in point: the Lifetime network acknowledges Father's Day with the bland message melodrama "Too Young to Be a Dad," (8 p.m.).


Not a little girl anymore Her majesty's command Wedding plans confirmed Low mileage, famous owner

Even cowgirls get their dues

National Cowgirl Museum opens in new building in Fort Worth

They broke in broncos on their ranches and dangled from galloping horses in Wild West shows and Hollywood movies. Often overlooked in history books, women who helped tame the West -- and others sharing their pioneering spirit -- are riding high in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Arts notes

Antique Festival coming to Crown Center 'Stuart Little' to play at arts center

Sept. 11 attacks fuel artist's abstract paintings

By Jan Biles Topeka artist Edward Navone doesn't use his paint and canvasses to tell stories. That's just not his style. Instead, the longtime Washburn University art professor uses his drawings and paintings as metaphors for what's happening in the world.


Sheen boosts Reno campaign Town marks 'Dean Martin Day' Ventura heading down Ole Miss Palmer's course EPA-friendly

Networks announce guest lineups for Sunday news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Judge sides with Allen on film contract lawsuit

A judge decided Friday that Woody Allen's film producers wrongly interpreted contracts with the comic director, prompting settlement talks in his $12 million lawsuit over the films' profits.

Century-old artifacts return to Wintu

Tribe hopes museum exhibit will help bid for federal recognition

A nearly forgotten American Indian tribe from northern California hopes a new museum exhibit will help raise awareness of its history and boost its bid for federal recognition.


Aviation thriller 'Turbulence' indulges in wild speculation

John Nance takes air rage to new heights in "Turbulence." The latest aviation thriller from the pilot and safety analyst offers a post-Sept. 11 scenario of something else that could go wrong at 30,000 feet.

Halberstam only scratches surface in 'Firehouse'

Not long after the Sept. 11 attacks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam set out to write a book about a New York City firehouse. He spent two and a half months with the men of Engine 40, Ladder 35 on Manhattan's Upper West Side, which lost 12 men at the World Trade Center.

Historian takes on architecture

Author influenced by Cahokia Mounds in Illinois

While she was teaching, architectural historian Sally A. Kitt Chappell specialized in modern buildings and city planning, but in retirement she has turned her eyes to some of Illinois' oldest architecture the Cahokia Mounds.

Arts notes

Raven Bookstore plans three readings, signings Poet, novelist to read from works Country Stampede lines up entertainers Arts and Crafts show at Topeka mall Exhibit explores how the Hubble works

Musicians coming from across the U.S.

"An Afternoon of Chamber Music with the Shumway Family" will be at 3:30 p.m. June 16 in the auditorium of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Bats drive writer batty

By Marsha Henry Goff On a recent lazy Sunday afternoon, I was idly leafing through one of husband Ray's stack of garden supply catalogs when I noticed a bat house for sale. Why, I ask you, would anyone want to ATTRACT bats by providing them shelter?

Arts notes

Paintings reflect America's jazz music, various cultures KU Summer Band to begin meeting Tuesday night Patriotic show to feature talents of area youths

Harmonious family

Lawrence clan to perform concert for new arts center

By Jim Baker Seven members of one of Lawrence's most musical families will come together to perform a program of chamber music June 16 as a benefit for the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. But when three generations of Shumways, plus two daughters-in-law, take the stage to play Josquin, Mozart and Schumann, they'll also be paying tribute to a family member who can no longer perform with them.

Saturday, June 8

Songwriters say Spears stole their tune

Songwriters Michael Cottrill and Larry Wnukowski say they had high hopes for a pop tune they wrote and copyrighted in 1999. Its title was "What You See Is What You Get."

Kelly booked on porn charges

R&B singer out on bail pending trial

Chicago Police booked R. Kelly Friday on child pornography charges stemming from a videotape that authorities say shows him having sex with an underage girl. "I'm just looking forward to my day in court," a smiling Kelly told reporters after arriving back in Chicago from Florida Friday morning on a private plane.


Lopez splits with husband No. 2 Falwell satire site allowed to stay Bergman stocks foundation

'Crime & Punishment' unusual summer TV

There's a reason TV particularly during the summer doesn't provide much challenging fare, says "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf. "Television is a vast wasteland because most programmers underestimate the audience," Wolf says, borrowing a phrase from former FCC chairman Newton Minow.

This 'Atomic' flick kind of a bomb

Maybe it's a guy thing, but I just can't resist movies with the word "Atomic" in the title. They're guaranteed to have huge explosions, mutant creatures or both. "Atomic Twister," (7 p.m., Sunday, TBS) ups the radioactive ante by throwing a tornado into the mix.

Friday, June 7

Dee Dee Ramone dies at 50

Dee Dee Ramone, a founding member of the pioneer punk band the Ramones, was found dead of a possible drug overdose in his Hollywood home, the coroner's office said Thursday. He was 50.


Grads have outgrown Mr. Rogers Ebert comes to bat for Woody Death blamed on promoters

R&B singer released after judge sets bail

Grammy-award winning R&B star R. Kelly was released from jail Thursday after a judge set bail at $750,000 and warned him to stay away from children other than his own.

Ryder ordered to trial

Winona Ryder was ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges alleging she shoplifted some $6,000 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue and possessed a drug without a prescription.

'Ya-Ya' loses a little in screen translation

According to "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," all problems feel better with a fresh coat of pink lipstick and a bucket of gin.

Disney tries hand at girl power

Like most material aimed at the teen and 'tween audience, the new cartoon feature "Kim Possible" (5:30 p.m., Disney) is both brash and brazenly formulaic. A blatant attempt to morph the "Powerpuff Girls" with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Kim" comes off like a cute, curvy clone.

A 'Stone by any other name

By Jon Niccum There's no reason to expect your Sprint PCS or VoiceStream cell phone will stop working properly when attending an outdoor concert in Kansas City this week. But while your phone's reception should be fine, there is another cause for increased static. On Tuesday the public learned that Sandstone Amphitheatre had a new name. Rechristened Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (catchy huh?), the KC market's largest concert venue now shares a title with the largest U.S. cellular service company.

Heroic mission

By Jon Niccum Where have all the good men gone And where are all the gods?

Thursday, June 6

'ET' remains firmly anchored

Mary Hart marks 20 years of dishing on 'Entertainment Tonight'

While pundits mull Tom Brokaw's replacement, Peter Jennings' salary and Dan Rather's longevity, let's have a moment in the spotlight, please, for the perkiest anchor of them all.


He blew out his flip flop Lifetime award at 45 New chapter of history Warwick agrees to plea bargain

'Weakest Link' missing some marbles of its own

Too much in life falls under the category of "it was a great idea at the time."

Arts notes

Women to combine voices for concert Arts and Crafts show returns to Topeka mall Exhibit explores how the Hubble works

MTV rolls out parody of parodies

Jack Black and Sarah Michelle Gellar host the "2002 MTV Movie Awards" (8 p.m.). Now in its 11th year, this show is closer to a parody than a real awards show. For starters, it isn't even broadcast live. The ceremonies were taped Saturday, and many of the awards were mentioned in Sunday's paper.

Best bets

R&B singer arrested on child pornography charges

R&B star R. Kelly was arrested Wednesday in Florida after Chicago authorities filed child pornography charges alleging that he appears on a videotape having sex with an underage girl.

Wednesday, June 5

D-Day drama on Discovery

What matters more in history, the great events that happened, or the crucial things that never occurred? "D-Day Beneath the Waves" (8 p.m., Discovery) examines a secret weapon that did not work as planned, and a momentary fiasco that may have cost thousands of lives.


The Spanish love Woody, too Aniston lawsuit proceeds In the line of duty Acting on students' behalf

Egyptian exhibit larger than 1970s King Tut tour

A replica of the 50-foot burial chamber that once housed the mummy of Pharaoh Thutmose III will be the main piece of an exhibit bigger than the blockbuster King Tut touring show of the 1970s.

Jubilee leaves golden glow

A million cheering fans congratulate queen as celebration ends

Huge flag-waving crowds cheered Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday in a display of loyalty and affection as Britain celebrated the 50th anniversary of her reign with regal processions and an exuberant international carnival.

Ndegeocello reclaims revolutionary soul on latest release

"Just cuz civil rights is law doesn't mean that we all abide/Tell me are you free?" Ndegeocello asks in the opening track of her fourth album, "Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape" (in stores Tuesday) a striking return to her early role of revolutionary soul singer after focusing chiefly on the ups and downs of romantic relationships in her last album, 1999's "Bitter."

Tuesday, June 4

Los Lobos' latest release full of sorrow, affection

There's a darkness around the edges of Los Lobos' eighth major-label album "Good Morning Aztlan," a sometimes elusive but always unmistakable presence, in an overtone of David Hidalgo's soulful vocals, or in a discord among the guitars.

KAN Film Festival draws record-breaking crowd

A record crowd of 550 movie-goers attended the KAN Film Festival Saturday at the Lied Center. Seventy-five student and professional films were judged during the competition.

Old-time movie mogul dies

Lew Wasserman, one of the last old-time movie moguls who helped build an entertainment empire while keeping company with presidents and the most glittering of Hollywood stars, died Monday. He was 89.

Cops are robbers on 'Shield'

The solid cable drama "The Shield," (9 p.m., FX) ends its first season with the precinct house reeling from a race riot and Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) still straddling the thin line between corruption and outright evil.


Hearing begins late, ends early Putting her best foot down Grandpa David Perpetual refuge for the birds

'The Boss' beams about new album with E Street Band

After releasing just three studio albums in the past decade, Bruce Springsteen finished his latest record in eight weeks. He was as surprised as anybody. "I woke up one morning, and I had a record," Springsteen joked about his new album, "The Rising," due in stores July 30.

Queen's jubilee rocks London

Buckingham Palace rocked Monday night with screaming guitars, cheering fans and pop stars led by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton in a concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne.

Monday, June 3

'Biography' profiles TV shows

It's official. "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) has finally run out of people to profile. So now they will dedicate Monday nights to "TVography" specials offering behind-the-scenes glances at favorites including "Home Improvement," "Malcolm in the Middle" and "The Wonder Years."


Showcase of tempers A watershed event Fighting a scourge Stop and smell the lavender

Sum of all ticket sales puts Clancy thriller at No. 1

"Star Wars" gave way to a renewal of the Cold War as Ben Affleck's nuclear showdown "The Sum of All Fears" debuted as the top weekend film with $31.2 million.

'Goat,' 'Millie' toast of Tonys

"Thoroughly Modern Millie," the Jazz Age tale of an ambitious flapper, tapped its way to six Tony Awards including best musical Sunday, while "The Goat," Edward Albee's comic drama about the unpredictable nature of love, was named best play.

Outdoor sculpture vandalized

By Michelle Burhenn Just two days after the sculpture "Trefoils in Motion" first adorned the corner of 11th and Massachusetts streets, sculptor Stephen Janesko discovered Sunday that his piece had been vandalized.

World Online Exclusive: Spinning the Web - Online privacy serious business

By Michael Newman If you're online, your privacy is under attack and your activities are under the microscope. It's both worse than you know and every bit as bad as you fear. Yet, you're not helpless, defenseless or without allies. In this column I'm going to outline a few basic threats to your online privacy and point you toward some strategies for defending yourself.

Lawrence ponders artists' economic potential

By Joel Mathis Here's a short list of items in Lawrence's economic development toolbox: Industrial parks, tax abatements, street musicians. Think that last item sounds far-fetched? Maybe not. A new book by Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Florida says a city's "creative class" may be one of the most important factors in its economic vitality.

Etta James releases explosive recording

No doubt some law of physics about the nature of too-long-compressed energy can explain the nuclear power of Etta James' "Burnin' Down the House," the explosive blues matriarch's first live recording in more than 20 years.

Sunday, June 2

Bedouin woman breaks free

Miral al-Tahawy presents Egyptian life beyond stereotypes

Fiction was the gateway to freedom for Miral al-Tahawy, whose novels describe the clash of her Bedouin traditions with modern life and with her own aspirations. "I wanted to be something other than this daughter or woman who is only allowed to do what others allow you to," al-Tahawy says.

Arts notes

Averill to portray abolitionist, actress Topeka festival focuses on chamber music

Arts notes

Reuter Organ to offer open house, concerts KU student wins classical piano award Archaeologist to talk about excavations Ottawa venue lists performance season Edgerton celebrates frontier heritage

Family fun can be found in large cities

Family vacations should be fun for everyone. And that's the No. 1 selling point for a trip to the city, says William Travis, an editor at Fodors Travel Publications.

Up close and personal

Modern photographer thrives in small town

At first, there appears to be little about this southern Illinois town that makes it different from any other. The feed store looks like a relic from Walton's Mountain. The tavern keeps more George Jones on its jukebox than J.Lo, and trailers nearly outnumber houses as the cheap residence of choice.

Arts notes

Country singer makes stop in Missouri town Scholar to portray Amelia Earhart

Tony award nominations

Here are the 2002 Tony Award nominations.

Cast of 'Morning's at Seven' finds intrigue at the Tonys

When this year's Tony nominations were announced, there was the usual joy tempered with sorrow. Over at "Morning's at Seven," the feelings were even more intense. The good news was that the revival snagged nine nominations, including three in the featured actress category.

Top Tony picks: 'Millie,' 'Urinetown'

Competition could add some excitement to this year's telecast

After last year's slam-dunk by "The Producers," there will be something different tonight at the 2002 Tony Awards: suspense good, old-fashioned nail-biting, white-knuckle time in several important categories including best play and best musical.

LOYO seeking entries for next show, sale

Entries are being accepted in the Lawrence Own Your Own art exhibition and sale, a benefit for the visual artists of the Lawrence community and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.

Arts and music festival draws thousands to central Kansas town

Blame it on the Smoky Hill River Festival. Hotels in Salina, Lindsborg and Abilene are already booked for next weekend. The festival, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at Oakdale Park, typically draws 85,000 visitors, according to festival coordinator Sharon Benson.

Civil War-era quilt comes out of storage for play

A quilt made in the mid-1800s and hidden from Confederate soldiers will be displayed at each performance of "Reunion" at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.

'Reunion' revives Civil War stories

By Jan Biles Lawrence Community Theatre is making history by presenting a new Civil War-inspired play. LCT is the first nonprofit theater to stage "Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature." The new musical opened at the Goodspeed Opera House in New Haven, Conn., and then played Off-Broadway at the Amas Theatre in New York City and the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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Gould honors readers, grandfather in last essay collection

In his last essay for Natural History magazine, Stephen Jay Gould paid homage to his maternal grandfather, who emigrated from Hungary to New York. Upon arrival, 13-year-old Joseph Rosenberg bought an English grammar book and inscribed the words: "I have landed. Sept. 11, 1901."

Novelist Greenberg arrives with 'Leaving Kayta'

Many of his relatives back in America thought Daniel's fascination with Russian culture was simply a fleeting interest. They called it "The Russia Phase" as he boarded planes and traveled throughout the Soviet Union.

Film explores couple's search for happiness

By Kristin Callaway After overcoming several obstacles, aspiring director Dave Gunn is shooting his first feature-length film. "Tonight We Murder" is being shot this month in Lawrence, using local talent and operating within a low budget.

Hotel owner eyes downtown

By Chad Lawhorn The Flint Hills isn't the only area that has caught Steve Craig's eye for a hotel. Craig said his company was still interested in building an upscale hotel in downtown Lawrence.


Monument to stay, even though Elvis, famed building have left Actress pulls no punches in describing her boxing talents Seeking a new world order King of all boxing promoters next title for shock jock Stern

Guest lineups set on network news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

KU band members spend their summer on the march.

By Michael Newman Two months, 44 shows in 14 states, countless hours on busses and a different high school gymnasium to call home every night. That's what four Kansas University band musicians have bargained for this summer as rookie members of the Lexington, Ky.-based Southwind Drum Corps.

Arts notes

KU band members spend summer on the march Deadline nears for listing in KU Edition arts calendar Billy Spears Band kicks off Brown Bag concert series

Rapper, singer claim MTV Movie Awards

Anti-authoritarian event filled with parodies about Hollywood's hits

Pop stars rocked the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday, with rapper Will Smith winning the best actor award for "Ali" and singer Mandy Moore claiming breakthrough actress honors for "A Walk to Remember."

Video games focus on familiar themes

Appeal of sequels, movies seen as a key to success for makers' offerings

Call it "The Return of the Killer Game Part III." With billions of dollars on the line, the video gaming industry is relying on brand-name recognition to weather the raging competition between personal computer systems, Microsoft's Xbox, Nintendo's GameCube and Sony's PlayStation2.

Frozen in time

Associated Press photography exhibit documents 75 years of history

By Steve Rottinghaus Some of the most memorable photographs in American history will be showcased the next two months at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Mo. From June 9 to July 28, "FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World" will be on exhibit at the library, U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware.

On view

"FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World" will be displayed June 9-July 28 at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Mo.

Indie filmmakers set up cameras at I-70 rest stop

By Kristin Callaway Boston University graduate student Jeff Stern chose a rest area approximately 10 miles west of Topeka off Interstate 70 to shoot a film about chance meetings in public places.

Saturday, June 1

'King' gives 'Lear' a Western flare

If you think dramas are violent today, you should brush up on your Shakespeare. The Elizabethan-era poet playwright filled his tragedy and history plays with enough cruelty, sadism, murder, incest and bloodshed to fill a dozen Quentin Tarantino movies. If you like the good old ultra-violence, there's nobody like the Bard.

Director, actor leave film's humor undercover

"Undercover Brother" promises to give America's intramural culture clash, the friction between the races, quite a workout. In this corner, we have Michael Bolton/Celine Dion/'N Sync-listening, Riverdancing, Banana Republic-shopping, "Frasier"-watching, basketball-impaired, WASP America.

City band concerts begin Wednesday night

The Lawrence City Band will perform eight concerts this summer in the William L. Kelly Band Stand in South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets. The concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free.

British pop falls flat in U.S.

Music industry may appoint 'ambassador' to promote tunes

The British music industry is singing the blues U.S. fans have lost that lovin' feelin'. Last month, for the first time since 1963, there were no British artists in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and now some in the industry here are calling for a music "embassy" to promote their artists in the United States.

Music, arts festivals usher in June

School's out, and it's time to take in some of the activities the Lawrence area has to offer. Here are some of them.

'N Sync member OK'd for Russian space flight

The world's next would-be space tourist, Lance Bass of boy band 'N Sync, said Friday that Russian space doctors have cleared him for a flight to the International Space Station aboard a Russian rocket, a journey he hopes to make this fall.


Liberace museum gets facelift Rivers, husband splitting Queen of soul royally insulted Mandrell log home a hot property