Stories for March 2002


Sunday, March 31

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Exhibit shows how artists inspire each other

Engraver seems to have been influenced by bronze statuettes

The new exhibition at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art shows how one artist can influence another.

Arts Notes

Musicians to gather for Acoustic Showcase Critics, poets to appear at Debicki symposium Play brings Hughes, Hurston to life Army band tubist to perform recital at KU

KU professor's translation fuels Aquila performance

The Aquila Theatre Company will perform a pair of classical plays next weekend at the Lied Center. "The Tempest" will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and "The Wrath of Achilles" at 2 p.m. April 7.

Out of the Bible and onto DVD

Movies about the life of Jesus and establishment of Christianity are abundant

Whether they're believers or not, Hollywood filmmakers always have known the Bible is packed with stories that make for entertaining (and often moving) films.

Arts Notes

Lawrence students show art in Kansas City Home-schoolers plan concert in Salina Chicago jazz dance troupe to perform Decorative arts expert to give talk Octagon art fair accepting entries

Arts Notes

KU Honors Recitals scheduled at Swarthout 'Annie Get Your Gun' auditions slated

Placido and Marta Domingo make musical powerhouse

Once, back in the 1960s, Placido Domingo and his wife, Marta, locked themselves in a Vienna hotel room for three days so he could learn his role in Verdi's "A Masked Ball." Skipping sleep, the promising tenor was urged on by Marta, his muse.

'Singin' in the Rain': just the facts

Here are some facts and figures about "Singin' in the Rain," which came out 50 years ago/

Musical milestone: what a glorious feeling

'Singin' in the Rain' marks 50th year with screenings, DVD, TV special

Stanley Donen says the idea was born when he encountered Arthur Freed on a street at the MGM studio in 1950. Freed produced the studio's "class" musicals. He also was a lyricist who had been at MGM since 1929's "The Broadway Melody," the first talkie to win an Academy Award as best picture.

Arts notes

KU symphony, choirs to combine for concert Journalists to read poetry at bookstore

Vogel's play tells Othello story from women's points of view

Playwright Paula Vogel has taken a classic Shakespearian tragedy and twisted it around so it's told from a female point of view. "Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief" is based on "Othello" but looks at the story through the eyes of three women.


Old-fashioned crafts, like quilting and knitting, make a comeback

By Joy Ludwig People young and old are finding enjoyment in old-fashioned hobbies such as cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, quilting and weaving. "I think there's been a resurgence in the hand crafts," said Leslie Ahlert, owner of Stitch On Needlework Shop, 926 Mass. "The crafts aren't new, but people are reviving them."

'Cyclist' could use training wheels

In his first novel, "The Cyclist" (Simon & Schuster, 187 pages, $22), Viken Berberian examines the culture of revenge in the Middle East, not individual vengeance an eye for an eye but the sort involving militias, governments and explosions in public places.

Batters up!

Baseball books take the field

It wouldn't be surprising to find stories by such literary luminaries as Thomas Wolfe, John Updike, Annie Dillard and Richard Ford in an anthology. But you might not expect that anthology to be about baseball.

Arts notes

Photography contest seeking entries Author to read works about Vietnam Lawrence youngster wins music competition< KC jazz group to pay tribute to Cole Porter

Symposium explores Spanish musical genre

"The Valencian Villancico from the 16th and 18th Centuries: A Cultural Exploration," an event for those interested in Iberian culture, will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in room 328 in Murphy Hall at Kansas University.

Artists' creations give building a personal touch

By Jan Biles David Vance works as a job captain for Glenn Livingood Penzler Miller Architects, the design firm for the new Lawrence Arts Center. But he also is an artist. So when arts center officials made it known they wanted to incorporate the works of area artists into the new building's design, Vance created a proposal for a sign that would stand sentinel at the new building.

Babies may be able to perceive more than we think

By Roger Martin Until Seth, I'd never trucked with infants. I thought I might break one. And their moods swoop so hugely, you know? But then Seth's parents started dropping hints that I was supposed to respond to their bundle of joy with emotions other than fear and trembling.

Arts notes

Stiernberg trio featured at Mandofest 2002 Residents to read Hughes' works over library speakers 'Okie from Muskogee' singer to appear in Topeka Stone-carving workshop slated in early May

At the Center of it all

Architects, center's staff look forward to opening day

By Jan Biles Architects Dale Glenn and Jody Brown can look out the windows of their office and see the construction crews busy at work on their newest project. The $7.25 million Lawrence Arts Center is a half-block north of Glenn Livingood Penzler Miller Architects, 1001 N.H., the firm hired to design the new building.


Laureate nominees narrowed Lee skeptical about Oscar wins Eminem accused of stealing tune

New classrooms, studios await children, teachers at Arts Center

By Jan Biles Preschoolers at the Lawrence Arts Center are circling their wagons. April 8 and 9, the youngsters will load their paintbrushes and pencils into little red wagons and pull them to the new $7.25 million arts center building in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street, where pristine classroom floors are waiting for their first spattering of paint from little brushes.

Egypt finally gets to see famous director's film about sex

Renowned Egyptian director Salah Abou Seif tried for nearly three decades to get his country's censors to OK a script about sexual compatibility, frigidity, female genital mutilation, masturbation and prostitution.

Britain mourns queen mother

Citizens lament end of an era as 'favorite royal' dies at 101

The Queen Mother Elizabeth, a symbol of courage and dignity during a tumultuous century of war, social upheaval and royal scandal, died Saturday in her sleep. She was 101 years old.

Today's lineup for talk shows

Guest lineup for today's TV news shows:

Saturday, March 30

New Orleans courts Grammys

City hopes to polish its image on musical heritage with museum

The Absinthe Bar was once considered the best place on Bourbon Street and one of the best places in the world to catch live blues. Patrons drank at a mahogany bar said to be 200 years old, and listened to regular gigs by guitarist Bryan Lee, or the debut of a 13-year-old Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

PBS explores downfall of dictator

Martin Sheen narrates the remarkable and inspiring documentary "Bringing Down a Dictator" (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, check local listings), which shows how a dedicated group of student activists used well-organized, nonviolent resistance to topple the blood-stained regime of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Kid Rock show a celebration of mediocrity

Kid Rock - Municipal Auditorium - Kansas City MO, 03/28/2002


Lucas sued for libel The thrill is gone Estefans win restraining order Clint Black a doting dad

WWII-era female jazz band picked up beat when men left

KU professor's book, "Swing Shift," details the trailblazing efforts of Prairie View Co-Eds

When World War II whisked away the men from Prairie View A&M University, it was left to the women to keep the jazz flowing in place of the Texas school's all-male dance band.

Friday, March 29

'Rookie' needs work

If there's a near fatal flaw to Disney's "The Rookie," it's that the film takes a timing cue from its real-life subject, an average guy finally realizing his major-league dream when he's well on in years.

Series takes stab at real military

Many are called. Few are chosen. That biblical adage applies to the jet fighter pilot candidates at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. Thousands of applicants apply, but only a few good men get to learn to fly the F-15 Eagle. Their story unfolds on the new military reality series "AFP: American Fighter Pilot" (7 p.m., CBS). Directors Tony Scott ("Top Gun") and Ridley Scott ("Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down") serve as executive producers.

Arts notes

Concert features faculty, students KC Chorale slates Easter concert


New Bowie release on horizon Dangerfield finally gets his due SNL star kept pregnancy hidden Artist's cat plea misunderstood

Mr. Big Shot

Lawrence actor Keith Loneker lands a villainous role

By Jon Niccum "I don't have this real soft edge to me," Keith Loneker said. "The bald head, the goatee, the earrings, the tattoos it all leads toward bad guy." Thankfully, for the former KU football standout and current Lawrence resident, Hollywood has welcomed his intimidating demeanor. His third national film project finds its way to the screen this weekend the small screen that is. The made-for-TV movie "Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie" premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday on the FX channel.

Film Review - 'Panic Room'

By Jon Niccum They're called the best places to be in the worst-case scenarios. From medieval castle keeps to Cold War bomb shelters, there's always been an excuse for rich, paranoid people to construct a way to isolate themselves from the rest of the world in the event of an attack that may never come. For the modern-day persecuted, there's no better place than a panic room. This popular design features a sliding steel door, concrete walls, ventilation system, buried phone line and surveillance monitors that keep watch on the rest of the house. And it's disguised as a closet behind a full-length mirror so that nobody even knows it's there well, almost nobody.

Lovett's leg needs long rehabilitation after attack by bull

Country singer Lyle Lovett faces months of rehabilitation following surgery to repair his right leg, broken when he was trampled by a bull while trying to help an uncle who had just been flipped by the animal.

Great-grandfather sees himself in Fox cartoon, files suit

A retired Chicago janitor is taking on Hollywood powerhouses such as Eddie Murphy and Ron Howard, alleging in a federal lawsuit his likeness was used without his permission for a popular character on the former Fox network show, "The PJs."

Hollywood mourns famed director

Billy Wilder's films include 'Some Like it Hot,' 'Sunset Boulevard'

Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder, the Austrian-born cynic whose gifts for writing and directing led to such classics as "Sunset Boulevard," "Some Like It Hot" and "Double Indemnity," has died. He was 95.

Thursday, March 28

Milton Berle, 93, was early star of TV

Milton Berle, the acerbic, cigar-smoking vaudevillian who eagerly embraced a new medium and became "Mr. Television" when the technology was in its infancy, died Wednesday. He was 93.

O'Reilly look at corruption of children not a factor

Combative cable news star Bill O'Reilly makes his second network foray with "The Corruption of the American Child: An O'Reilly Factor Special" (8 p.m., Fox). The ever-pugnacious O'Reilly paints a dark picture of a popular culture that willfully exposes children to pornography, violence, foul language and other acts of degrading and anti-social behavior.


Lovett trampled by bull Court sides with supermodel Blame it on security Insider's view on tragedy

Dudley Moore, 66, had endearing British charm

Dudley Moore, the cuddly little Englishman who pined for Bo Derek in "10" and portrayed a lovably forlorn drunk in "Arthur," died Wednesday of complications from a rare and incurable brain disorder. He was 66.

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Wednesday, March 27

'Monster's Ball' to get Oscar bounce

Halle Berry's best actress award should translate into box-office gold

Halle Berry's triumphant run toward an Academy Award already has brought big commercial success to "Monster's Ball," a low-budget, gritty film that's anything but a feel-good crowd-pleaser.

'Greg' is 14-carrot sitcom gold

What's so different about the puppet comedy "Greg the Bunny" (8:30 p.m., Fox)? On "Greg" the puppets are real. All too real. But don't even think about calling them puppets. They consider themselves "fabricated Americans."

Arts Center begins big move

By Joel Mathis If great art starts with a great mess, then the new Lawrence Arts Center has a promising future. Movers on Tuesday transported 17 truckloads of paintings, easels, theater costumes, office furniture and other assorted items from the center's old building on Vermont Street to its new building in the 900 block of New Hampshire. Extra online: 6News video report

6News video report: Arts Center ready to move into new facility

Janet Reid reports on the steps being taken to get everything moved into and set up in the new Arts Center.


Happy birthday, Madame Chiang Living tribute to Harrison Can't talk his way out of trouble Thinking in pink Holding a grudge

Candidate Janet Reno makes swing through NBC studios

Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno returned to the realm of late-night television on Tuesday, telling NBC's "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno how her mother built her rustic Miami home from the ground up.

ABC's new reality series tries to out-fox rival

He may not be a multimillionaire, or a standup comedian, but the star of ABC's new series, "The Bachelor," has an awful lot in common with Rick Rockwell. Like Rockwell, star of Fox's ill-fated "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire," Alex Michel has every man's fantasy: his pick of beautiful women desperate for attention.

Dion's latest release sometimes bland, but always personal

16-song album released Tuesday

Returning to pop life with her first new collection since 1997's smash "Let's Talk About Love," the Canadian chanteuse tries fresh ideas while delivering the sweeping romantic ballads fans expect.

Tuesday, March 26

Cronkite criticizes war coverage limitations

The U.S. military's restrictions on journalists have prevented accurate reporting on the Afghan war, retired CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite said Monday.

'Blade II' a sequel with lots of bite

Wesley Snipes owns the Marvel Comics "Blade" character the way Clint Eastwood owns Dirty Harry. In "Blade II," a second entertaining foray into the underworld of power-vampires, he's the man with the plan, the feet, the weapons and the attitude.

Sally Field on trial in 'Court'

It seems like yesterday that President Bill Clinton was announcing that "the era of big government is over." On television, government jobs are a growth industry. The success of "The West Wing" has inspired two new dramas set on the Supreme Court.


Bono testifies for R.E.M. guitarist Lance Bass: He's a rocket man Son cries when Celine sings Directing, acting tastes differ

Glitz continues at post-Oscar parties

Elton John soirée, other festivities draw Academy Awards crowd and celebrities

When singer Rufus Wainwright saw where he was sitting for dinner at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party, he thought he'd been banished to a bad table. "We sat down and nobody was there," he said. "Then Bob Dylan sat down."

Monday, March 25


Turner keeps pace with arthritis Cincinnati boycott grows A little bit of mambo Home-court advantage

'Blade 2,' 'Ice Age' maintain mammoth March momentum

"Blade 2" and vampire slayer Wesley Snipes sucked $33.1 million out of moviegoers to debut as the top weekend film and help continue a March box office boom. "Ice Age," the animated comedy about prehistoric creatures caught by a big freeze, was close behind with $31.1 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Academy Award winners

List of winners at the 74th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night.

Oscar has golden 'Mind' set

'Beautiful Mind,' 'Lord of the Rings' tie with 4 trophies

Halle Berry and Denzel Washington became just the second and third blacks to win Academy Awards on Sunday for lead roles, while "A Beautiful Mind" took top honors as best picture.

A beautiful time

Stars roll out the glamour for Oscars

The 74th Annual Academy Awards brought joy and old-style glamour back to Hollywood Sunday night. Black vintage sequenced dresses were the predominant trend of the night, as evidenced by Reese Witherspoon, Emily Watson, Sharon Stone and Glenn Close.

Sunday, March 24

Arts Notes

Latin American film festival starts Saturday Speaker to describe culture, lore of Africa


Culture melding: 'Margaritaville' meets 'Tiny Bubbles' in Hawaii Fire damages Pacino guest house Estefan trespassing order widens Rosie's ads too late for action

Whoopi Goldberg to emcee tonight's awards ceremony

Whoopi Goldberg will be host for the 74th Academy Awards today, her fourth such stint in 10 years. The annual gala begins at 7:30 p.m. from the new 3,650-seat Kodak Theater, bringing the awards back to Hollywood for the first time in 40 years.

News shows list lineup of guests

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.

Directors face off in Oscar race

The filmmakers range in age and genres, but all strive for creativity

The best-directing field at the Academy Awards is a true multigenerational affair. One is pushing 80, a maverick American filmmaker responsible for some of the most caustic character studies of the last three decades.

N.D. seeks snow angel world record

Nearly 1,800 people Saturday waved their arms and legs in a fresh snow on the state Capitol mall in hopes of creating a world record for creating the most simultaneous snow angels.

Arts Notes

Artist uses pockets as psychological metaphors Michael Moore to give talk at KC university Exhibit shows 'rehearsals' for larger paintings

'E.T.' gets a facelift at age 20

Re-release of Spielberg classic comes under criticism from film purists

The wrinkly, crinkly munchkin from outer space is coming back to Earth, his fairy-tale journey a bit longer and more benign than when he first landed in theaters 20 years ago.


What are you reading?

'Stone Flower Garden' a rock-solid romantic mystery

Darl Union and Eli Wade are childhood soul mates, yet their lives can't be more diametrically opposed. She is the heiress to the Hardigree Marble Co. that rules the town and he is the son of one of the company's stonecutters.

Retreats deserving of respect

New book examines garage's role in American society

To most Americans, the garage is simply a place to park a car or stash a lawn mower. Maybe sit in a chair, have a beer and watch life pass by the driveway. Now comes "Garage," a coffee-table book that celebrates the history of the humble garage and its role in art and industry, from Apple computers to Walt Disney to Buddy Holly.

Saturday, March 23

Thatcher retires after series of small strokes

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has suffered a series of small strokes and is retiring from the public lecture circuit, her office said Friday. Thatcher, 76, canceled a speaking engagement at her doctor's instructions Tuesday night after falling ill that morning.

Make 'Sorority Boys' your guilty pleasure

Men in drag amid the chauvinistic excesses of a fraternity-mad culture what's not to like? Director Wally Wolodarsky's "Sorority Boys" is packed full of clichés and stereotypes, treading on material so timeworn that it wasn't original in the 1950s.

Oscar parody better than original

Oscar parodies are almost as old as the Academy Awards themselves. Bugs Bunny began spoofing the big night back in the days of Clark Gable. The Cartoon Network continues this proud tradition with their "1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Award Show Program Special ... Live! ... In Stereo" (6 p.m., Saturday).


Diana's letters sell for a bundle Model Moss to be a mom Halle Berry says depression made her contemplate suicide

'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Rings' top public picks for Oscars

The public's favorites to win the Oscar for best picture of the year are "A Beautiful Mind" and "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," say polls released just before the Oscars are presented Sunday.

Chelsea turning heads in Britain

Former first daughter joins London's 'A list'

A few months ago, Chelsea Clinton said she found English people anti-American and complained of feeling homesick at Oxford University. Now all, apparently, is forgiven. Sporting a sleek new hairstyle and stylish clothes, the former first daughter has joined London's celebrity circuit, with sightings reported at the city's hottest hangouts.

Friday, March 22

Chalk cartoon up as a delight

Rich in fantasy, action and loud, frantic music, Nickelodeon's new cartoon "Chalkzone" (7:30 p.m.) is certain to delight children and drive parents from the TV room. OK parents who like the loud, frantic music might stick around.


Dion signs for 3-year Vegas gig Wonder wins copyright appeal Keys, Isley Brothers clean up at annual Soul Train Awards DiFranco does righteous deed

Actress says she got hepatitis C from sharing tattoo needle

Pamela Anderson says she contracted the potentially fatal hepatitis C by sharing a tattoo needle with ex-husband Tommy Lee, but the former Motley Crüe drummer insists he's never had the disease.

Greek official yanks reality shows, citing indecency

The head of Greece's television regulatory agency suspended broadcasts Thursday of two popular reality television shows, including "Big Brother," for violating laws on public decency and dignity.

Oscar winner makes home in Omaha

Editor's work takes him all over, but it's the Midwest that's beautiful in his mind

A copy of Premiere magazine sits on his coffee table and a few framed movie posters hang on the walls, but you wouldn't know by Mike Hill's modest Midwestern home that he is a leading Hollywood film editor.

Deft film transcends lesbian stereotypes

In "Kissing Jessica Stein," the title character is a 30-ish Jewish everyday neurotic, a New York magazine copy editor who, pressured by family, society and herself, concludes it's time to get serious with a relationship.

Gift baskets tailor-made for presenters

When the stars converge Sunday night on the Kodak Theatre, many of them will be most concerned about whether or not they take home that little gold statuette. But for those who are not even nominated, where's the fun in it all?

Is TV an Oscars training ground?

The link is stronger than most people think

Tell a friend that television does more for the Oscars than just beam them to the world.

Arts notes

American Heartland to have auditions Lectures to discuss cultures' effects Ice-skating show features Disney

Concrete Blonde reconciles with its past

By Jon Niccum Johnette Napolitano was tormented by waking nightmares. "A friend of mine summed it up perfectly: 'What happened to you is like before an earthquake when the cockroaches and animals and turkeys all get weird.' That's the best way that it could possibly be put," Napolitano remembered. "I was just flipping out. I couldn't sleep. I knew I was gonna die."

Insight to Oscar night

By Jon Niccum Forget the Emmys, the Grammys or gack the Golden Globes. The Oscars represent the lone awards show that actually means something. It means box-office. It means clout. It means credibility when noted movie stars die, the first words before their name are inescapably "Oscar-winning actor ..."

Thursday, March 21


Downey on the upswing Something to walk about You're gonna make it ... Battle to preserve history

R.E.M. guitarist says he has no recollection of flight chaos

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck told a jury Wednesday he had no recollection of his alleged drunken behavior during a trans-Atlantic flight. Prosecutors said he overturned a breakfast cart and scuffled with crew members.

JonBenet's parents settle libel suit for allegation of murder

An ex-detective who wrote a book accusing John and Patsy Ramsey of killing their daughter will pay the couple an undisclosed sum to settle their $80 million libel lawsuit.

Children's network does double duty

Cable's Noggin will split programming for preschoolers, 'tweens'

When Tom Ascheim talks about Noggin, the cable network that he heads for youngsters, he sounds like a father (which he is, of children ages 9, 5 and 2) crossed with a child psychologist (which, it seems, he is steadily becoming).

Fox News hype of 'Celebrity Boxing' a low blow

America's sleaziest network gives viewers another chance to watch "Celebrity Boxing" (7 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). Last week, this pugilistic special bested a repeat of "The West Wing" in the ratings. As you may recall, "Boxing" pit notorious has-beens, including Tonya Harding, Paula Jones, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams, against each other for three rounds.

Wednesday, March 20

Rock hall introduces Class of '02

When did New Wave become Golden Oldies? This is the year that Baby Boomers with record collections really begin to feel old. First, Led Zeppelin appears in Cadillac commercials.

Brandy's star shines with 'Full Moon'

Credit producer Rodney Jerkins as one of the great career resuscitators. His work on Michael Jackson's latest made it interesting if not, as the title boasted, "Invincible." Jerkins' new project is Brandy, the teen star of choice five years ago, when Britney Spears was still trying to score a record contract. The product is "Full Moon" (Atlantic Records).

6News video report: Local artist wants work to aid relations between the U.S. and Cuba

Trish Ayers reports the latest on Stan Herd's Cuban project, "The White Rose."


Queen honors film stars Space station phones home Bringing Lucy home Jerry Lee's obscenity watch

Famed Egyptian portrait photographer Van Leo dies

Van Leo, a master photographer whose glamorous portraits gave Egypt's beggars, strippers and elite the look of Hollywood film stars, has died of a heart attack. He was 80.

Branagh returns to stage after 10 years

Kenneth Branagh was preparing Tuesday to return to the stage for the first time in 10 years. Performances were sold out, and the production was extended four days.

And the Oscar goes to ... security

Unprecedented measures taken as ceremony returns to Hollywood

All you amateur stargazers out there, be forewarned: You're not invited to Sunday's Oscars program in Hollywood.

Tuesday, March 19

Arab film fest seeks American audience

Organizers of the city's biennial Arab film festival say it is more important than ever for Americans to see a side of Arab life beyond what's on television. About 280 people turned out for the festival's opening night Friday about 100 more people than attended two years ago.

Band's name touches post-Sept. 11 nerve

One thing New York-based dance-pop duo I Am the World Trade Center has considered recently: a name change. For the past two years, vocalist Amy Dykes and multi-instrumentalist Dan Geller have been touring and recording under that name, attracting fans to Austin, Tex.'s spring music festival, South by Southwest, in 2000 and 2001 solely on the uniqueness of it.

'Andy' comes into his own

In the words of the old Frank Sinatra song, "Imagination is funny." Conan O'Brien's former sidekick puts his fantasies into overdrive in the deliriously silly new sitcom "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (7:30 p.m., Fox).


Joel-John tour postponed Four children for starters Singer psychoanalyzes conduct

Revlon pays for story line on soap opera

The cosmetics maker Revlon is paying ABC millions of dollars to be featured as a foil for Susan Lucci's character in the soap opera "All My Children" during the next few months. Lucci's character, Erica Kane, runs her own cosmetics company, Enchantment, in the daytime drama.

Punk's first generation honored

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Talking Heads, Ramones, Tom Petty

Leather jackets and mohawk hair cuts mixed with tuxedos as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors Monday night to honor punk rock's first generation, along with Tom Petty, former teen idol Brenda Lee and "Shaft" maestro Isaac Hayes.

Monday, March 18

'Producers' cast changes

Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick bid farewell to hit Broadway musical

Goodbye to Broadway's original Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom.

Promotions considered as Letterman trails Leno

David Letterman's new contract with CBS requires the network to throw extra promotional weight behind his late-night program, bowing to Letterman's hope that will help narrow the gap between his show and ratings leader "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."


Beauty with an attitude 'E.T.' given makeover Exercise in discipline All hope not lost

Ugly rumors swirling around 'Beautiful Mind'

The makers of "A Beautiful Mind" have objected to what they say is a whisper campaign to hurt the Oscar chances of their movie, which is up for eight Academy Awards including best picture.

'Ice Age' makes hot debut

"Ice Age" froze out the competition at movie theaters as the animated film about prehistoric pals debuted with a whopping $47.9 million, a record for a movie opening in March.

'Bob' embraces classic TV format

Television comedy takes an amusing step back in time with the new sitcom "Baby Bob" (7:30 p.m., CBS). "Bob" recalls such silly classics as "Mr. Ed," "Bewitched," "I Dream of Jeannie" and other shows based on an amazing, supernatural or even unnatural secret in the sitcom household.

Sunday, March 17


Thinking inside the box

Sculptures in international ceramics show designed to fit inside small containers

By Jan Biles Artist Wilfredo Torres looks over the more than 650 small ceramic pieces entered in this year's Orton International Cone Box Show at Baker University. He knows his job as one of the show's three jurors will not be easy.

Arts notes

Original Batman to appear at comic book show 'Swan Lake' being staged by Topeka ballet company Soprano to sing concert before heading to Italy Entries being sought for Smoky Hill exhibit

Connelly: from B-movies to Oscar front-runner

As Jennifer Connelly sips her tea and talks about the wonderful time she's having in the wake of "A Beautiful Mind," she credits "Waking the Dead" with shaking her career to life.

Staging a Hollywood fashion show takes many players

It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: How many people does it take to put together an Oscar outfit? About a half-dozen, or more. But that's not a punch line it's a Hollywood reality.

Talking Twain

Reiner introduces legendary humorist to new generation

God, according to that noted expert on the deity, Carl Reiner, hates talking to anyone wearing a tongue ring. Actually, it's Reiner who hates talking to anyone wearing a tongue ring. But that's the point. Since we are created in God's image, he must be a lot like us, Reiner reasons.

'Roscoe' a worthy addition to Kennedy's Albany annals

"That year an ill wind blew over the city and threatened to destroy flowerpots, family fortunes, reputations, true love, and several types of virtue." So begins "Roscoe" (Viking, 291 pages, $24.95), the seventh in the cycle of novels by William Kennedy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Albany, N.Y.

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Arts notes

Lawrence artist wins award at dog show Poetry contest seeks entries from students Woodcarving show offers exhibits, demos Coterie Theatre expands, adds lobby Magazine seeking poetry entries

Arts notes

Architect's legacy topic of program Wildlife paintings displayed at Ag Center

New therapy: spinning yarns of gold

NYU graduate students assist patients in creative writing program

Elaine Telson taps out her poetry, one letter at a time. She has suffered two strokes, severely limiting her physical motion. Telson sits in her wheelchair, a bright yellow laminated sheet with the letters of the alphabet in front of her.

OKC gets its 'deserved' new arts museum

A 55-foot glass tower, crafted in brilliant hues of blue, yellow and green by artist Dale Chihuly, welcomes visitors to the new Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Lights illuminate the 2,400 hand-blown, colored glass components of the statue, which stands on a reflecting pool just inside the doors of the three-story building.

TV news shows list guest lineups

Guest lineup for today's TV news shows:


Red flag out for marriage M.P. not keen on Keys Supreme a 'Sophisticated Lady' Decoration day for Stevens

Saturday, March 16

Minnelli to marry for 4th time with all-star wedding party

And a one, and a two, and a three ... and a four. Strike up the band a 60-piece orchestra, actually for bride-to-be Liza Minnelli, who takes her fourth walk down the aisle today in a wedding to producer David Gest that promises more excess than her first three combined.

Harlem disappointed with BET network's move uptown

Two years after arriving in Harlem with great fanfare, Black Entertainment Television announced it was swapping its uptown digs for a midtown address much to the chagrin of black business and political leaders.

Film theme recalls Pearl ordeal

Fictional account of journalist's disappearance has 'unbelievable' timing

Sometimes movies that explore current events coincide with real-life headlines more closely than the filmmakers expected. In the new drama "Harrison's Flowers," which was filmed two years ago but opened Friday, a journalist disappears while covering a volatile region, and his wife tries to save him.

'Shepard': gruesome crime, uninspired movie

Stockard Channing ("West Wing") and Sam Waterston ("Law & Order"), stars from two of NBC's most popular dramas, appear in "The Matthew Shepard Story" (8 p.m., today, NBC). As many viewers remember, Matthew Shepard (Shane Meier), a 21-year-old gay college student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten by two men, tied to a fence and abandoned.


Lawyer: Store's videotape unlikely to affect Ryder case Ono saves Lennon home for trust Justice, late publisher honored

Friday, March 15

Sony Pictures settles phony review case

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has agreed to pay the state $326,000 for using fake reviews attributed to a Connecticut newspaper in promoting its films. Sony also has agreed to stop fabricating movie reviews, and to stop using ads in which Sony employees pose as moviegoers praising films they have just seen, Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal said this week.

Defiant Giants

After 20 years of quirky behavior, They Might Be Giants is being embraced by the mainstream

By Jon Niccum One wears glasses, the other wears an accordion. Both share singing chores and songwriting duties with equal fervor. But for John Linnell and John Flansburgh, the founding duo behind the oddball rock act They Might Be Giants, there is one surefire way to tell them apart.

Movie Review: 'Showtime' takes aim at reality TV craze

By Jon Niccum Since when did Robert De Niro become known as a comedian? The quintessential New York actor earned his reputation one gritty role at a time through playing an organized crime kingpin in "The Godfather: Part II" to a self-destructive boxer in "Raging Bull."


Stars shower Minelli Backstreet Boy to wed The circus is over We should have seen it coming ...

Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn lead country music nominations

Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn led nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday with six apiece, including for album and entertainer of the year. Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Travis Tritt each had four nominations. All will compete in the top male vocalist category against Keith and Kenny Chesney.

First lady celebrates Harlem Renaissance

The White House's stately East Room seemed more like an intimate salon Wednesday as first lady Laura Bush played host to a lively discussion of the literary and cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance.

Where are they now? On the mat

Celebrities square off in boxing ring

Vanilla Ice was iced by Todd Bridges. Bonaduce banished Barry. Then Tonya pounded Paula. Airing Wednesday night, the Fox TV special "Celebrity Boxing" (more aptly described as "When Has-Beens Go Bad") provided an answer to the question, What should you do with the formerly famous?

Movie Review: Jovovich takes on 'Resident Evil'

26-year-old actress hopes to impress young brother

In the "Resident Evil" movie opening today, Milla Jovovich kicks the devil out of savage zombie dogs and flesh-devouring hordes of "undead" people. In between, in telling close-ups that take full advantage of her striking looks and soft-eyed expressiveness, she portrays a character who's also meant to be complex and sensitive.

Thursday, March 14

WB show offers 'Guide' to bad TV

The power players at the WB network have embarked on a dubious strategy to attract young viewers they have decided to make shows as vulgar and stupid as they can get away with.


Troops to get Oscar fix 'Soprano' hits low note 'Wings' actor in director's seat Ford takes gritty role

Rosie hopes to go out on top with Emmys

With Daytime Emmy nominations for best talk show and best host, Rosie O'Donnell has a chance to keep two winning streaks alive in the final year of her syndicated chatfest.

Jolie's adoption not legal yet

The U.S. Embassy hasn't approved Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton's adoption of a Cambodian baby, which means the Hollywood couple can't take the infant to the United States immediately.

Afghan home is king's castle

Workers toil around the clock to fix up residence for returning leader

The two-story home on a quiet Kabul street is no palace, but it does feature a sauna, fireplace and pool and repairmen are working day and night to try to get them ready.

NFL Films releases Super Bowl on DVD

The official video of the New England Patriots' stirring 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI is now available in two formats. NFL Films, releasing through USA Home Entertainment, has issued the Super Bowl highlights on VHS ($14.95) and, for the first time, on DVD ($19.95).

Wednesday, March 13

Squonk is a mixed bag

By Jan Biles The shows put on by Squonk Opera are not easily defined. Fantasy-based performance art? Multimedia mish-mosh? A New Agey twist on traditional theater? Surrealistic comedy? Squonk Opera takes a risk each time it takes the stage.


And baby makes three Joel delays show following illness Show taps North Carolina talent Report: Tape clears Ryder

Sally Jessy, Oprah set to bow out

Oprah Winfrey and Sally Jessy Raphael, two icons of daytime talk TV, have decided to stop talking Winfrey in four years and Raphael this May 20, it was confirmed Monday. "She's agreed to do two more seasons," said Arthur Sando, a spokesman for King World Productions, which distributes "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Late German writer wins book critics fiction prize

Finalist Jonathan Franzen smiled and applauded when he heard the winner announced for the National Book Critics Circle fiction prize. His reaction is notable since the award didn't go to Franzen, but to W.G. Sebald, a German-born novelist killed last year in a road crash.

Anti-smoking groups take on movie ratings

Citing a new study that examines the ties between Hollywood and cigarette makers, health advocates are calling for the film industry to incorporate tobacco as a factor in determining movie ratings.

ABC does damage control with Koppel

'Nightline' host wants assurances his show still relevant

Now that David Letterman is staying at CBS, ABC's corporate bosses took steps to mend fences with "Nightline" host Ted Koppel on Tuesday.

Drama details legal turmoil

Three cable stations have launched new ventures this week. Last Sunday, ESPN aired its first movie, "A Season on the Brink." Last night, FX premiered its first weekly drama, "The Shield," and tonight, Court TV unveils its first film feature, "Guilt By Association" (8 p.m.), starring Mercedes Ruehl.

Tuesday, March 12


'Malcolm' mom out with migraines Bush niece defies evils of life 'Enterprise' role no quantum leap Oscar nominee fights racism

Tony Award-winning actress Irene Worth dies at 85

Irene Worth, the elegant, three-time Tony-winning actress in such plays as "Tiny Alice," "Sweet Bird of Youth" and "Lost in Yonkers" and whose many classical roles ranged from the Greeks to Shakespeare to Chekhov and Shaw, has died. She was 85.

ABC spurned: Letterman will stay with CBS

David Letterman decided to stick with CBS on Monday, spurning a multimillion-dollar offer to jump to ABC. The talk show host made the announcement directly to his fans at the taping of his first show back from a week's vacation in St. Bart's.

'The Believer' finds suitor at last

Showtime to air controversial film about a Jewish neo-Nazi skinhead

Henry Bean's directing debut finally is graduating from the film school of hard knocks.

Ice Cube, Mike Epps at ease in 'Benjamins'

Applying the scruffy, slacker mood of "Friday" to a caper plot that seems downloaded from Elmore Leonard's "out" basket seems presumptuous at best. Yet "All About the Benjamins" shows this blend to go down a lot more smoothly than one would have imagined.

'Shield' brings new grit to drama

Some new shows come and go without notice. That won't happen with "The Shield" (9 p.m., FX). This excellent, gritty, challenging, compelling and consistently surprising cop drama explodes on the screen and jumps into the ranks of one of television's best dramas.

Monday, March 11

'Embassy' adds to Fox frivolity

Given its classy title and posh locale, you would think that "The American Embassy" (8 p.m., Fox) might depart from the Fox formula of smarmy sex and self-absorption. But you would be wrong. How bad is "Embassy"? At times it makes the execrable "Boston Public" seem downright subtle.


50 years of Hope Marsalis knocks rap Title has sweet ring Seeing it in black and white

Politicians take themselves less seriously at Gridiron Club

President Bush and Sen. Tom Daschle, potential rivals in 2004, smothered each other in satire at the 117th Gridiron dinner as the capital's political elite lapped up a laugh-packed respite from war.

Audiences flock to 'The Time Machine'

It was back to the future at the box office this weekend as a new adaptation of the science fiction classic "The Time Machine" opened in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Actors honored by their peers

Russell Crowe was named best actor Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role as delusional math genius John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind," a win that could boost his chances to win back-to-back Academy Awards.

'Rigoletto' emotional, enlightening show

By Jan Biles Leave it to Giuseppe Verdi to take Victor Hugo's tale of a cursed hunchback and turn it into a 2 1/2-hour opera with beautiful arias, an orchestrated storm and hapless murder. Leave it to Teatro Lirico D'Europa to fill the roles with singers that elevate Verdi's music and cause the audience to leap to its feet.

Sunday, March 10

Squonk utilizes puppetry, music, special lighting effects in shows

Squonk Opera will present "Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. The 11-member group uses light and shadows, hypnotic music, inventive puppetry, humor, dance and stirring visual effects to weave its surreal experience.

It's true: No good deed goes unpunished

By Marsha Henry Goff Anyone who has ever received a parking ticket when the meter ran out while they were doing charitable work knows that no good deed goes unpunished. When I expressed that view to the meter maid who was writing my ticket, she continued writing and self-righteously replied that "a good deed should be its own reward."


Oscar winner seeks break New medium for McCartney Time to reintroduce comedy Election restaged; results stand

News shows list guest lineup

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Exhibit draws on newspaper relics

Fifty newspaper illustrations from the days when bow ties and shirt garters were popular with pressmen and typesetters are on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The drawings, on show through the end of this month, are from the private collection of the late newspaperwoman Judith Vance Weld Brown, whom many consider the grande dame of Connecticut newspapers.

Why the fuss? nominee wonders

'Iris' star Jim Broadbent in spotlight as awards season hits full stride

Jim Broadbent, an Oscar nominee for his role in "Iris," has been called a reluctant movie star. He gently demurs. "Oh, no. I feel quite eager," Broadbent says with a smile, and not a trace of the stammer he brought to playing John Bayley, husband of the late novelist Iris Murdoch.

'Moulin Rouge' choreographs encore for movie musicals

More so than they've been in decades, the Hollywood Hills are alive with the sound of musicals. "Moulin Rouge" with eight Academy Award nominations and decent box-office and video receipts has reminded the movie industry that song-and-dance flicks can win over audiences and compete for Hollywood's top honors.

Unexpected images

Camera fished from pond now takes surrealistic photos

By Bill Snead Farrell Eaves calls it his magic camera. It takes the darnedest pictures. Sometimes it creates pastel auras or adds symmetrical streaks the color of rainbows. Sometimes drips or blobs of color will magically appear that change a well-composed snapshot into art.


What are you reading?

Students' deaths provide the mystery in 'Dead Languages'

In Carol Goodman's debut novel "The Lake of Dead Languages" (Ballantine, 390 pages, $23.95), Jane Hudson returns to her alma mater, the Heart Lake School for Girls, to teach Latin 20 years after she graduated.

Arts notes

Dancers create works inspired by word 'blue' Lawrence artist starring in 'Spinning Into Butter' KU Women's Chorale to present winter concert Lawrence artist fashions multipanel paintings KU alumnus wins creative writing award

Using their words to heal

A poet compiles literary responses to Sept. 11

Instead of a jetliner taking deadly aim at the World Trade Center towers, Pennsylvania's state poet pictured a hawk "with winglights ... like eyesight." "His arcs are perfect as geometry./His eyes hunger for something about to panic," Samuel Hazo wrote in a new anthology, "September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond" (Etruscan Press of Easton, Md., 496 pages, $19 paperback and $29 hardback).

Astronomer's contributions noteworthy

The exploration of space has been one of the most intriguing pursuits of modern man. One man has forever changed humanity's understanding of the universe Edwin Powell Hubble (l889-1953), eminent American astronomer.

Book celebrates fabulous 50s

Women prove some things do get better with age

Beverly Johnson, the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue, has the advantage of approaching age with hindsight. While many other women approaching 50 fear they are getting old and will no longer be seen as sexy and attractive, Johnson went through those anxieties when she was 26.

Arts notes

Special ed teacher receives arts award Organist to give recital, master classes KU art faculty, alumni receive recognitions

Showcase celebrates a decade of dance

By Jan Biles The Choreographer's Showcase marked its decade-long anniversary Friday and Saturday nights with concerts that embraced performance art, ballroom, ballet, belly dancing, jazz and modern dance.

Arts notes

Pavarotti tickets still available Children's Literature Festival set in Ottawa St. Pat's parade, trolley tours slated in Atchison String players join organist for concert Expert on Egypt to speak at museum

Saturday, March 9


Carson foots bill for skate park Rosie credits couple for candor Lucy-Desi Museum to expand

Mystery sickness strikes guests at pre-Oscar event

A mystery illness has overcome at least 100 guests who attended a pre-Oscar ceremony honoring scientific and technical achievement last weekend. About 500 people attended the dinner and awards presentation Saturday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills

Harper, Gilbert square off again for SAG presidency

Melissa Gilbert and Valerie Harper faced off for a second time Friday over the Screen Actors Guild presidency, an election rerun forced by questions over voting procedures. The deadline for receipt of ballots was Friday morning, said SAG spokeswoman Ilyanne Morden Kichaven.

Plagiarism casts pall on career

First, Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote books, employing her extraordinary level of access to presidents and their papers. Then she proved to be a remarkably entertaining guest on TV. The rest, as they say, is history.

Friday, March 8

Smith awarded $88 million

A federal judge awarded former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith more than $88 million in damages Thursday in the latest ruling in a bitter legal fight over the estate of her late husband, Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.

Arts notes

Art students join for show at new gallery Ancient music ensemble slated at JCCC Guest conductor to lead classical music concert Montana Rep to stage 'Death of a Salesman'

Film Review - 'The Time Machine'

By Jon Niccum Of all human aspirations, mastering time may rank as the most desired. This theoretical ability could help provide instant knowledge of any event that took place or was about to take place. It could stave off aging and even help cheat death. Or so Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) believes. A scientist in 1899, Hartdegen endures a tragedy that makes him obsessive about the prospect of altering time. (One character later describes him as "a man haunted by those two most terrible words: What if?") So he uses his quantum-mechanical skills to build a device capable of transporting him back to that fateful moment. Unfortunately, his dabblings there present a conundrum: If he can return to the past, why can't he change it? Only the future holds the answer.

Spreading the jam

John Scofield hits all the right notes on CD 'überjam'

By Jon Niccum With keyboards, turntables and samplers seeming to dominate the instrumentation of popular entertainment, there's little doubt that interest in the guitar has waned during the past few years. So is the six-string as cool as it was a few decades ago? "You'll have to ask somebody else," replied musician John Scofield. "It's sittin' across from me right now and keeps calling to me. Times have changed. When I was starting out, it was definitely the coolest thing and a way out of my boring, middle-class life into another existence. I'm not sure if it's that anymore. But it's still cool to me. I love the guitar."


Seinfeld solves parking problem Judge Judy's rep wins case

Condit's wife won't get apology

Rep. Gary Condit's wife has been turned down in her demand for an apology for a "Law & Order" episode about a politician and a missing aide.

Thursday, March 7

Cokie Roberts makes plans beyond 'This Week'

Cokie Roberts is leaving her Sunday ABC talk show in the fall, making the announcement as the news division is roiled by reports that the network is hoping to replace Ted Koppel and "Nightline" with David Letterman.

Documentary surveys Oliver Stone's storied career

The hour-long documentary "The Directors: Oliver Stone" (6 p.m., Encore) surveys most of Stone's movies and features extensive interviews with Stone as well as actors Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, James Woods, Jim Belushi and others.

Best bets


P. Diddy does daddy thing No harmony in family Top name in comedy Third time wasn't charm

CBS makes counteroffer to Letterman

CBS, in a tug-of-war with ABC for the services of talk show host David Letterman, has offered the "Late Show" host an annual salary of $31.5 million plus performance bonuses, a network source told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

California election spares no drama

Screen Actors Guild spat plays like 'When '70s TV stars attack'

Editor's note Melissa Rayworth, an actress, screenwriter and former Associated Press employee, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. The union chooses officers in a national election Friday.

Wednesday, March 6

Crowe squawking again

What does a star have to do to get a poem on the air? Actor Russell Crowe who was reportedly enraged and then apologetic after a poem was cut from the British broadcast of his acceptance speech at the British Academy Film Awards was annoyed all over again when the verse was cut from the broadcast in his native Australia, news reports said Tuesday.


Flight of fancy Julia Child recovering Stray Cat abandoned Reeve endorses research

Koppel defends 'Nightline'

With the future of "Nightline" threatened, host Ted Koppel fought back Tuesday by saying it was malicious for an unidentified ABC executive to refer to the show as irrelevant. Another veteran ABC News star, Barbara Walters, came to Koppel's defense.

TV offers double dose of harsh reality

NBC, HBO movies revisit Matthew Shepard murder, aftermath

Two new television movies about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard are a reminder of how mean-spirited the world can be but enough about NBC scheduling its "The Matthew Shepard Story" against HBO's "The Laramie Project."

Tuesday, March 5

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin pulls out of Pulitzer Prize judging

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who recently admitted copying passages from other works in one of her best-selling books, has withdrawn from judging the 2001 Pulitzer Prizes.

Nothing certain about 'Friends' finale

A few things about "Friends" are certain: Rachel will have her baby at the end of this season, during May sweeps. And the top-rated show will return for one final season, its ninth, in the fall.

Just another American family

Reality TV comes full circle as MTV debuts "The Osbournes" (9:30 p.m.) immediately following "The Real World" (9 p.m.). Unlike the "Real World's" depiction of strategically chosen young things going through their media-drenched routine, "The Osbournes" observes the daily life of an actual family, albeit one whose patriarch is Ozzy Osbourne, the founder of Black Sabbath, and legendary godfather of heavy metal music.


Medalist enjoys spotlight Yoko Ono spreads peace message It's a boy Once-in-a-lifetime role

Paula Jones to perform in 'Celebrity Boxing'

Amy Fisher is out and Paula Jones is in as Tonya Harding's "Celebrity Boxing" opponent, Fox announced Saturday.

Songwriter Harlan Howard dies

Harlan Howard, country songwriter who wrote "I Fall to Pieces," "Busted" and more than 100 other hits, has died. He was 74.

Star power fading at ABC

'Nightline' faithful astonished about network talks with Letterman

ABC's courtship of David Letterman created some surprise at ABC News about how the 22-year-old "Nightline" was treated.

Monday, March 4

Eudora filmmaker prepares sci-fi entry for festival

By Mindie Paget Every summer, Timothy English pays a visit to the KAN Film Festival to see what independent filmmakers are creating. Every summer, the same thought nags him: "I can do better than this."


Simpson promotes unity Sad times for comic Just plane stubborn Vague homework answer

Gypsy's music plays better on the road

She's a big personality from a country where Gypsies are persona non grata.

'Soldiers' musters biggest audience

Mel Gibson rallied the movie-going troops for "We Were Soldiers," his Vietnam War saga that debuted as the top weekend film with $20.2 million.

A bittersweet anniversary

Reagans to celebrate 50 years of marriage today

Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, still inseparable after years together in Hollywood, the White House and, finally, in the shadows of Alzheimer's disease.

Actress superb in 'Wit' performance

By Jan Biles It's rare that a community this size has an actor who can carry an uninterrupted, two-hour show. But Lawrence Community Theatre and director Penny Weiner have discovered such a talent in Sandra Gray.

ABC revamps schedule

The ABC network's strategy of underdevelopment and overexposure has put it in a programming pickle. For the past two seasons, it has saturated its schedule with too much "Millionaire" and too many chances to watch Drew Carey. As a result, viewership has all but evaporated for Philbin's game show, "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

Sunday, March 3

Legendary ball fields enshrined

The cry of "Play Ball!" soon will echo throughout the land. From Little Leaguers to major leaguers, the Great American Pastime again will come alive.


Metropolitan Opera singers make sure 'FOP' benefit is no flop McCartney subs for Tyson-Lewis Grammy boosts Colombia

News shows list lineups

Guest lineup for today's TV news shows.

Cartoon exposes geeks for what they are

'Welcome to Eltingville' jumps from comics to Cartoon Network tonight

Geeks. They're everywhere these days, popping up as popular TV characters (the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Troika), on the radio (Weezer) and even getting their own game shows, like "Beat the Geeks."

Think you know opera? Take this test

Opera buffs polish skills at school

Maryland teacher shows students 'what they're missing,' creates opera quiz powerhouse

Many teens might prefer to tune into the latest boy band or rap song than sit through an aria. Not those in music teacher Ron Frezzo's class. Two of Frezzo's high school students have taken top honors in a 3-year-old national opera quiz for teens, and several have reached the final rounds.

Kander, Ebb to be honored at Inge Fest

The Broadway musical team of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb are the recipients of the 2002 Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award.

Choreographers show off works

The 10th Annual Choreographer's Showcase will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St. Ten choreographers and more than 40 dancers will perform in styles that include modern dance, jazz, ballet, ballroom, Eastern dance and performance art.

Arts notes

KU student's work explores relationship to homes Lawrence high school musician win awards Figure skating champs to perform in KC State arts commission to give tips on grants LHS Battle of Bands on Friday afternoon

What are you reading?


Old is new again

Fifteenth-century history book discovered in farmhouse

Barrie Pribyl knew she had something special when she took the old book out of the farmhouse and loaded it into her car with the hundreds of others.

Saturday, March 2

ABC courting Letterman

Future of 'Nightline' on the line as negotiations with 'Dave' take place

ABC's efforts to persuade David Letterman to switch networks could set up a classic struggle over whether entertainment or journalism is more important at a financially struggling company.

Two liberal voices to join 'Crossfire'

By Donna Petrozzello New York Daily News Democratic political strategists James Carville and Paul Begala, who helped manage Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, are gearing up to battle on CNN's nightly debate series "Crossfire."

Actresses excel in difficult drama

Two superb actresses turn in terrific performances in the difficult drama "Crossed Over" (8 p.m., Sunday, CBS). After the hit-and-run death of her troubled teen-age son, Peter, writer Beverly Lowry (Diane Keaton) faces an emotional collapse.


Back to the grind for Keys New logo Paramount in films John sneaking off to malls Onstage, but not to sing

Law students grill Lewinsky for HBO's 'America Undercover'

Monica Lewinsky, the world's most infamous intern, approached HBO last year with what she thought would be an enticing offer: a tell-all special that would begin the process of clearing her name once the restrictions on her immunity deal with former independent counsel Kenneth Starr expired Jan. 22.

Museum exhibit takes viewers out of this world

New show at American Museum of Natural History explores whether there is life outside the galaxy

Is there life beyond Earth? A new computer-generated show at the American Museum of Natural History probes the question by taking viewers from the blackest depths of the ocean to the cosmos outside the Milky Way galaxy.

Friday, March 1

New Oscar to trumpet animated works

With a Scottish-burred ogre, a bunch of button-down corporate monsters and a kid with a gumdrop hairdo among invitees, this year's Academy Awards will be a bit more animated.


Lawsuit defense group's destiny A steal at $6.5 million Dylan to trade stage for screen

Ice queen, 'Long Island Lolita' ready to rumble

Fox boxing match pits Tonya Harding, Amy Fisher

Two of America's baddest bad girls are getting ready to rumble. The network is billing the bout between Tonya Harding and Amy Fisher as "the battle of the bad girls." The pugilistic divas will face off on "Celebrity Boxing," a Fox special scheduled to air March 13.

Musicians take up cause for their own: demanding changes for up-and-comers

Music stars want California law to limit recording contracts to seven years

Novelist at center of 'Monster'

Opera seizes on how Mary Shelley came to write 'Frankenstein'

Frankenstein's creature figures in the new opera "Monster" but the central character is "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley. She was only 18 when a nightmare gave her the idea for the classic horror tale, and that's when the opera opens.

Courage under fire

Sept. 11 leaves audiences eager for heroic tales

Long before Sept. 11, movie studios had rediscovered their love of the soldier. A rush of military dramas shot before the terrorist attacks are now riding a wave of public patriotism at its highest level since World War II.

Film Review - 'We Were Soldiers'

By Jon Niccum It's refreshing to see a pre-acid rock movie about Vietnam. In 1965 when "We Were Soldiers" takes place, there were no student/hippy protests, no photos of napalm burning little girls and no reports of Lyndon Johnson requisitioning thousands of body bags.

Arts notes

Show teaches children about U.S. history Tattoo artist giving lecture at museum