Friday, May 31
The 19th Kansas City Spirit Festival will bring together national musical acts, a carnival and a fly-by demonstration by the Stealth bombers from Whitman Air Force Base. The festival is today through Sunday in Penn Valley Park at the Liberty Memorial, 31st and Wyandotte.
Filmmaker Phil Alden Robinson recruits the CIA to help craft 'The Sum of All Fears'
By Jon Niccum Although he hadn't directed a feature film for more than a decade, Phil Alden Robinson found himself Paramount's choice for "The Sum of All Fears." With a reported $80 million budget and a script calling for numerous stunts and special effects, the blockbuster seemed an unusual project for a writer-turned-director best known for more introspective work such as "Field of Dreams."
Eminem's new album made its debut at No. 1 on the album charts, according to figures released Wednesday.
Chelsea gives fodder to tabs Former Supreme in rehab Rodman settles lawsuit Chip off the old Rock
Ten years after the end of the "Cosby Show" and less than two weeks after appearing on the two-hour series retrospective, Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns to network television in the coming-of-age drama "What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway" (7 p.m., UPN).
By Jan Biles Playwright David Mamet has a way of making an audience squirm.
Culmination of World Trade Center cleanup efforts won't mark end of TV tributes
Television networks paused with victims' families and salvage workers Thursday to solemnly mark the cleanup's end at the near-empty lot where the World Trade Center towers stood until Sept. 11.
Colorado Springs student tops field in National Spelling Bee
Two or three years can seem like forever when you're 13, which is why Pratyush Buddiga described his victory Thursday at the 75th annual Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee as "a fulfillment of a dream I've had for a long time, since I got my first Paideia" a Bee-sanctioned, 3,700-word study booklet "back in, oh, I don't know, 2000?"
Oklahoma to host American Indian fests Dressler to perform last open mike Annual Hawkfest set for Saturday in Topeka Radio station to air 'Blue Diary' reading
By Jon Niccum If movies like "Collateral Damage" and "Big Trouble" were a victim of post 9-11 timing, then "The Sum of All Fears" is a beneficiary of it. It's not that the film offers escapist entertainment from the affairs of terrorists, large scale disasters or Middle East politics, but precisely because author Tom Clancy's tale is so eerily prescient in depicting current events. This is an action thriller that takes little effort to make a viewer suspend disbelief.
Thursday, May 30
The best documentaries show us things we've never seen, or challenge common assumptions about a world we think we know. "Devil's Playground" (7:30 p.m., Cinemax) does both.
J-W Staff Reports House of Blues works with many downtown venues.
Woods becomes 'Rudy' Snoop pleads no contest Mrs. Osbourne to head VH1's royal tribute Pavarotti hoarse but here
Bob Hope turned 99 on Wednesday with an outpouring of birthday wishes and a new honor from the nation.
Mildred Wirt Benson, the author who created Nancy Drew, girl sleuth, and inspired generations of young women with the teen-age heroine's spunk, independence and resourcefulness, has died at 96.
At first glance, the John Rambo trilogy appear to be just another series of explosion-packed action movies.
Wednesday, May 29
The glass slipper finally fits Brian Williams, who on Tuesday was named to succeed Tom Brokaw as the anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" after the November 2004 elections.
By Joel Mathis Jon Francis looks out from his Massachusetts Street storefront and breathes in history. "You've got buildings that go back before Quantrill's Raid," said Francis, owner of Francis Sporting Goods and president of Downtown Lawrence Inc. "The age of the buildings is tremendous. Downtown is incredibly special."
A Rose for the Stallones Armani a U.N. ambassador From director to doctor Museum grounded in history
As a child, Sonny Skyhawk slipped out of bed one night to eavesdrop on his parents and other grown-ups. He wondered: Did they secretly talk in the odd, staccato way Tonto did on "The Lone Ranger"? Turned out the television series wasn't realistic.
Tuesday, May 28
Because Oliver Parker so successfully directed and adapted Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" to the screen in 1999, there was every reason to hope that he would do the same with "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Like millions of television viewers, Kelly Shaefer never misses an episode of MTV's hit reality show, "The Osbournes." It won't be long before Shaefer will meet Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in person. His band, Neurotica, has been picked to play the second stage of Ozzfest this summer.
'Posse' is all about friendship Advice for the graduates Oscar winner's class act Maui Film Festival makes his day
The Memorial Day holiday was the highest grossing weekend $194 million of its kind for movies.
It's starting to feel like summer all year long for Hollywood, whose movie revenues have been running at blockbuster pace even in typically quiet months.
'20/20's' John Stossel earns praise, scorn for his coverage of divergent issues
John Stossel leads an odd double life. He's used to being glared at in public because of his politics, but is also approached by strangers grateful that he's helped get their babies to sleep through the night.
They're baaack! Now that the sweeps period is over, networks are trotting out the shows they had previously yanked from the schedule. Not all of these shows were bad, or even canceled. They just couldn't hold their own in the ratings when it counted.
Monday, May 27
The New England city where a zoo superintendent's son named Theodor Geisel grew into children's book author Dr. Seuss is preparing to unveil a national memorial to the man behind the Grinch, the Lorax and the Cat in the Hat.
"The Pianist," Roman Polanski's highly personal film about the Holocaust, won the Palme d'Or on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival.
Because of the level Internet piracy and illegal bootlegging surrounding "The Eminem Show," the latest album from rap star Eminem, the label has had to push the album's release date up a week earlier than previously announced, to May 28.
The aptly titled documentary "Founding Brothers" (8 p.m., History, concludes Tuesday) portrays our nation's first leaders as a bickering band of brilliant siblings who quarreled over principles and clamored for the support and attention of America's father figure, George Washington.
Reviving a genre Clinton's Asian swing Soggy celebration General plays bad guy
Sunday, May 26
Photography contest winners announced Folk festival slated in Cottonwood Falls Free State yearbook receives recognition
He has remained famous far longer than the 15 minutes he promised everyone else, so much so that it's hard to travel far these days in Los Angeles without being confronted by a gigantic portrait of Andy Warhol.
Museum cracks artist's 'time capsules'
If you think Andy Warhol's art celebrated the seemingly banal, you should just get a look at the stuff he decided to keep for posterity. The man was an inveterate pack rat.
Here are some other activities going on at Lawrence Community Theatre.
By Jan Biles Lawrence Community Theatre's 2002-2003 season is book-ended by a couple of crowd pleasers. The season opens with "Always Patsy Cline," a biographical revue featuring the singer's hits, and "Kiss Me Kate," a show of Cole Porter music.
'Episode III' begins shooting in 2003, will be released in 2005
We have a bad feeling about "Episode III." The original "Star Wars" ended with a happy tableau, our heroes smiling and triumphant. "Return of the Jedi" ended even more cheerily, with Jedi specters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda beaming at their victorious progeny from the great beyond.
By Jan Biles On its surface, David Mamet's "Oleanna" is a two-act play about the relationship between a college professor and a female student. But Andy Stowers and Lauren Stanford, who play the professor and student in E.M.U. Theatre's upcoming production of the play, believe there is more to Mamet's script.
By Jan Biles Lawrence filmmaker Ollie Hall doesn't want to make a Hollywood movie. Violence, car chases, cursing and explosions don't do much for his moviemaking muse. Instead, Hall wants to make educational films that have a shelf-life.
This is one odd tale. If you are expecting a definitive autobiography of the comedian who has become a comfortable presence in American households as she neared the end of her successful six-year run on TV, think again.
Former JFK Jr. staffer hawking 'American Son'
As literary squabbles go, the wretched brouhaha over Richard Blow's book on John Kennedy Jr. is a bit like the Iran-Iraq war: It's nasty, brutal and long, and neither side is warm or cuddly enough to generate much rooting interest.
Author to talk about spiritual healing New work features international actors Topeka museum names new director Rose show blooming at Topeka library Blues festival kicks off in Arkansas town
Seventy-five films by Kansas and Missouri movie makers will be shown Saturday at this year's KAN Film Festival at the Lied Center.
Dinosaurs to romp at Powell Gardens Time to submit your events to the KU Edition calendar Artists to show, sell their works at Topeka fair 'Sticks of Thunder' returns with patriotic show
Supermodel marries in Europe Meg Ryan in the ring Bids taken on Como items Pavarotti has all-star concert
Will Robert Blake take a place among the cast of well-known characters Sara Jane Olson, Mike Tyson and, of course, O.J. Simpson who have starred as themselves in real-life courtroom dramas?
With his boyish grin, tousled black hair and "Donkey Kong" T-shirt, Shigeru Miyamoto looks like any other video-gaming enthusiast at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The new guide, "Great Books for Girls" (Ballantine Books Trade Paperback), is sort of a family tree of literature's best heroines.
Vice president's wife waves the flag in her book
Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, set out to write a book about the history of the United States that would resonate with children from coast to coast. It was to be a gift to her three grandchildren and all the children she meets almost daily as she travels around the country.
Texas upbringing influences what singer records, which includes Hank Williams tunes
When Norah Jones was 11, her mother took her to a big-band jazz concert at the University of North Texas campus near their home. The college boys were cute, but Jones was transfixed by the one woman on stage.
The silence of the title character in "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" may surprise moviegoers used to animated movies in which even the most realistic-looking beasts exchange witty banter.
Saturday, May 25
Here is a listing, provided by the school, of local scholarships awarded to graduating Free State High School seniors.
Dancing kings win kudos MTV turning Japanese Walters donates cool million
A man was sentenced to life in prison Friday in the slaying of his ex-wife after they and another woman were featured in a "Jerry Springer Show." Ralf Panitz, 42, was convicted in March of second-degree murder in the July 2000 death of Nancy Campbell-Panitz.
As a young boy in Poland, Roman Polanski lived through the horrors of the Holocaust. Now, the acclaimed director has returned to the land of his boyhood to make a stirring, highly personal film about the period one he says he always knew he'd make, but needed to wait until he was a more mature filmmaker.
Ambrose explores self-transformation
In what he fears may be his dying days, cancer-stricken historian Stephen Ambrose spends much of his time at his word processor, trying to set the record straight about some of the views he espoused as a young professor.
At age 34, Kenny Chesney is finally starting to feel like an adult. Heartbreak and other life lessons have made the singer more reflective, and he grapples with such weighty issues on his new album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."
It's natural for Americans to show their patriotic spirit on three holidays during spring and summer Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Although she's been doing it for more than 30 years, Bonnie Raitt hasn't gotten tired of climbing on the tour bus. "I never stop getting excited and it doesn't wear on me," an enthusiastic Raitt said in a telephone interview.
Trailblazing girl cartoonist says feisty character has lost some of her 'oomph'
Sixty-two summers ago, Brenda Starr bounced into the newsroom of The Flash, redheaded, brainy and bold. Girl reporters world famous or otherwise were a rare commodity back then.
How dumb does "Enough" think we are? This dumb: One scene begins with a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the movie feels the need to superimpose the subtitle, "San Francisco." Oh, OK, I thought it was some other hilly American city with a huge, bay-spanning suspension bridge.
My first reaction to the documentary "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01" (8 p.m., Sunday, HBO) was dread. Not again, I thought. I didn't want to watch new, unseen video of airliners hitting the twin towers.
Friday, May 24
Lately your attention is drawn to the finger-pointing in Washington over who knew what before the Sept. 11 attacks. Your anxiety flares at word that the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge could be next.
"Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" could not be more unlike its DreamWorks animated predecessor. After the jokey, chatty and pop-culture savvy "Shrek," the company has produced a movie with virtually no dialogue, few jokes and very little edge.
It seems natural that the paranoid and paranormal drama "The X-Files" (8 p.m.) should return to its old Friday night haunt for its final round of network reruns. After all, "The X-Files" made its debut on Friday nights in 1993, and it thrived there until moving to Sundays in 1996.
The fifth annual Topeka Jazz Festival is ready to swing into high gear this weekend.
By Jon Niccum It's a rarity to find club owners/promoters around this region who also have established careers as working musicians. The prevailing sensibility is that being one will immediately turn you off to becoming the other. But Rick McNeely has managed to carve a niche in both professions, as owner of The Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Mass., and as saxophonist for the Majestics Rhythm Review.
By Jon Niccum "Insomnia" may be the first gritty crime drama to take place completely during daylight. Of course, that's because it's set in Alaska during the prolonged season when night never comes. This condition proves somewhat of a nuisance for Will Dormer (Al Pacino). An honored LAPD detective, Dormer and his partner Hap (Martin Donovan) are sent to the tiny Alaskan town of Nightmute to help investigate the slaying of a local girl. The two welcome the chance to get far away from home because Internal Affairs is hounding them about possible evidence tampering that could jeopardize past cases and their careers.
Ever wonder what happened to those young actors you used to see in plays at Kansas University and Lawrence's high schools? Well, here's what a few of them are up to.
Elrod appearing on small, big screen
By Jan Biles If you think you've been seeing a familiar face on television and the movie screen, you're right. Carson Elrod, who graduated with honors from Kansas University in 1997 with a degree in U.S. history, has appeared in the movie "Kissing Jessica Stein," in commercials for Wendy's and IBM and on the TNN television show "Lifegame."
Legal claim kicked out Bobbitt to stay behind bars No. 17 becomes No. 1 Moore is the most in Gotham
If you want to be among the first to own "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," you need to get to the store at an appropriate hour: midnight.
As a youth, Paul McCartney would skip school with fellow Beatle John Lennon and the two would visit a local art gallery. McCartney has returned to the same gallery for the first comprehensive exhibition of his art.
Thursday, May 23
Fly-in, art festival slated in Atchison LHS alumna exhibits artwork in Kansas City Author to read Vietnamese poetry
Fox, Ali fight for funding Ryder's hearing again delayed McCarthy a new mom Grateful Dead resurrected
Rosie O'Donnell made a brassy, sentimental farewell to daytime television on Wednesday, capped by a winking message from her not-so-secret crush, Tom Cruise.
Brooks & Dunn surpasses Merle Haggard's record with 16th trophy
Patriotic themes dominated an Academy of Country Music Awards led by Brooks & Dunn, who took home three trophies, including one for entertainer of the year.
This is how far VH1 is going to keep its "Divas" concert series interesting this year's "divas" include Ellen DeGeneres and Wayne Newton. VH1 says it's "reinventing" the show, which has lost viewers the last two years.
Imagine life without television. Until 1999 the residents of the isolated mountain kingdom of Bhutan were the last people on earth without access to the all-powerful medium. Two young reporters followed Rinzy Dorji, Bhutan's local "cable guy," as he spread video access throughout the Buddhist country. Their account, "Channel Surfing in the Himalayas," is one of three journalistic short stories to debut on "Frontline World" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings), a new series that focuses on stories, countries and cultures rarely covered by U.S. media.
Wednesday, May 22
By Chad Lawhorn The manager of downtown Lawrence's newest women's clothing store said she believes the business has found an unfilled niche in town. It's a niche that's located somewhere between a women's belly button and her hips, she said.
At 56, the legendary Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison is in a contemplative mood. Reflecting on where he's been and where he's going, Morrison is wistfully pragmatic rather than downbeat, and he musters much more emotional conviction on his latest release, "Down the Road," than he did on his last collection of new material, 1999's "Back on Top."
The networks wrap up May sweeps with high drama, country music, tasteless spectacle, death-defying stunts and improbable travels through time and space.
Stevie Wonder jams at the Apollo Photographer sues Rod Stewart Chelsea named after ... Chelsea Elton John to entertain royals
Courage and folly appear throughout Walter Lord's historical books, from the battle of the Alamo to Pearl Harbor to the integration of the University of Mississippi. Those themes were never more evident than in "A Night to Remember," Lord's 1955 book that examined the sinking of the Titanic in the icy North Atlantic.
"The West Wing" was almost ready to wrap for the season. A welcome break lay ahead before filming for next fall would begin. But first: one long night spent shooting location exteriors 3,000 miles from the show's Los Angeles home. Just 10 days remained before the third-season finale, airing at 8 p.m. today on NBC.
It's the Rocker and the Republican, on Africa Cliche-Breaking Tour 2002. Singer Bono and Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill embarked Tuesday on a four-nation odyssey: the activist pop star, Bono, bent on convincing the skeptical politico, O'Neill, that Africa puts Western development aid to good use.
Tuesday, May 21
Scientist spoke against Kansas State Board of Education's vote to de-emphasize evolution curriculum
Stephen Jay Gould, a world-renowned scientist who brought evolutionary theory and paleontology to a broad public audience in dozens of wide-ranging books and essays, died Monday of cancer.
Thirty-two years after the release of "Wanted Dead or Alive," his first album, Warren Zevon doesn't stray far from familiar territory on his latest release. There are a number of catchy tunes filled with side-splitting lyrics.
Sweeps can be a pain. Even a professional television maniac like yours truly feels overwhelmed with so many finales. Look for America's VCRs and TiVos to work overtime tonight as the following series wrap up their seasons.
Proving herself on Broadway A bridge for memory lane Survivors take up challenge Actress fought eating disorder
They would have loved to get the whole film, but Cannes Film Festival organizers were grateful enough to get 20 vivid minutes of "Gangs of New York," Martin Scorsese's long-awaited, still unfinished epic with a high-voltage cast and a budget to match.
Monday, May 20
Children get kick out of Jolie Wetland crusader Robert Blake's killer instincts
Ace Ha and Sammy Brazil of the emerging hip-hop group MaddWest don't mind listeners passing around their music for free over the Internet. All they want is a little control. The Altnet file-sharing system launches today to give MaddWest and other artists a greater role in the otherwise free-for-all world of peer-to-peer networking.
The latest "Star Wars" movie took in $116.3 million in its first four days and became the second-fastest film behind only "Spider-Man" to top $100 million.
The newest course at William Paterson University is a joke. But the 15 students enrolled in it are deadly serious about wanting to become stand-up comedians. They're graded on how well they rant about their sex lives and how weird their parents can be.
By Michael Newman Generally speaking, I'm of the opinion that privacy is pretty good and that anonymity is pretty lousy when it comes to the Internet. That is to say that who I am, where I am, what I read and where I surf is nobody's business but mine. But what I can do under a cloak of secrecy, that affects other people, is and should be, limited.
Sunday, May 19
Texas trio releases reunion work
The Flatlanders came out of west Texas in the early '70s with the raw talent and strong musical viewpoint to have possibly been a revolutionary force in country music.
I come to bury "Ally McBeal" (8 p.m., Fox), not to praise her. I never liked this show. I understood its popularity and appeal, but I always found Ally's smug combination of self-righteousness and self-indulgence hard to take.
Dolls to be shown at Kansas Expocentre Award-winning organist to perform at cathedral
A street choked with immigrants and vegetable carts. A dead body sprawled on the sidewalk in front of a movie theater showing "Joy of Living." These and other New York City street images are the focus of "New York: Capital of Photography," a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum.
Author's book picked for Missouri program Mystery writers to sign copies of books
Twenty years ago, PBS' "Nature" enticed viewers with a film tracking a day in the life of a fig tree yes, a fig tree and the animals and insects dependent on it. That was when broadcast television largely ignored the natural sciences and before channels like Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic roamed the cable world.
Lawrence artist shows multimedia works at K-State Time to send in listings for KU Edition arts section Theater program to send designs to Czech Republic
Sculptures starting to crop up in downtown area
By Jan Biles The artist who created the giant outdoor sculpture sitting in front of the new Lawrence Arts Center says he is more intrigued by what it takes to create his art than he is in standing back and admiring it once it's finished.
There is a formula to the crime novel, especially one that takes on a "noir"-like feel. A murder is committed or a body discovered, and the renegade detective begins to investigate, using methods that don't always endear him to his superiors.
Images, stories chronicle Sept. 11 events in New York
The images are powerful. Workers hanging from the windows of the World Trade Center as the massive towers burn. People gathered in the streets of New York, staring up at the sky.
Stalking case heads to trial Crowd not crazy about Green Catching his passes Georgia town proud of its 'Pappy'
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
Exhibits in Philadelphia region display variety of unique chess boards
In one match, the communists fight the capitalists, whose laborers are bound in chains. At the next table, Napoleon and Josephine take on Henri IV and Marie de Medici for their place in French history.
Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra, subbing for Pavarotti in 'Tosca,' wows opera world
This is how a star is born: The cell phone rang at 6:30 p.m. May 9 in the Licitra family's Milan apartment. J.F. Mastroianni, the New York-based manager for Salvatore Licitra, was on the line.
Saturday, May 18
900 block of New Hampshire to be repaired, repaved in wake of construction project
By Joel Mathis The 900 block of New Hampshire Street took a beating from heavy construction equipment during the year it was closed to build the city's new parking garage and Lawrence Arts Center.
Eminem to play at MTV awards Jackson: Yoda master of saber Brits must wait for Ozzy show
The district attorney is trying to deny Robert Blake a fair murder trial by jailing him without bail and interfering with his employment of an investigator, the defense says a claim the District Attorney's Office called "preposterous."
Rosie O'Donnell, ending the program that bears her name next week, leaves with a six-year Daytime Emmy winning streak as best talk show host. The farewell edition of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" is next Wednesday, as the host leaves to raise a family and do other things.
Look, the novel "About a Boy" is so satisfying, you should read it now. Afterward, you'll have a really good movie waiting for you.
Was LBJ the stuff of Shakespeare? With his latest television movie "Path to War," (7 p.m., today, HBO), director John Frankenheimer explores Lyndon Johnson's (Michael Gambon) doomed character.
Friday, May 17
Poet and author Maya Angelou has ended a decadelong stalemate over a slavery monument by adding a single line to her quotation describing the brutal conditions aboard slave ships.
'Star Wars' fans rave about digital character
Maybe Yoda should get his own "Star Wars" spinoff franchise.
Do not adjust your television set. You have not entered a time warp. But it may seem that way because at least two networks appear to have set tonight's clock back to 1972. And you wonder why the networks are losing young viewers to "The Osbournes."
Scott Saunders spent Wednesday night counting down the hours for the debut of the new "Star Wars" movie.
By Jon Niccum If "Phantom Menace" resulted in mindless boredom, then "Attack of the Clones" at least offers mindless entertainment. Despite the teen-age girl-aimed trailers that marketed this installment like a galactic "Dawson's Creek," "Episode II" features more edge-of-your-landspeeder moments of adrenaline than all the previous efforts. Unlike "Phantom Menace," these SFX-driven action scenes don't clutter the drama perhaps because there's not enough drama to be cluttered.
Perhaps you've heard that there's a new "Star Wars" movie? The summer blockbuster season swung into action May 3 with the record-breaking run of "Spider-Man," and if Spidey can earn $114 million in three days, grosses for "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" should really go skywalker-high. If you're planning to be among the 25 million or so people who will see "Attack of the Clones" this weekend, our guide to all things "Star Wars" will help you avoid an attack of cluelessness.
Paltrow debut gets mixed reviews Newmans put on own 'Our Town' Seinfeld star takes teaching gig Boss opts of political career
Thursday, May 16
Child of Ozzy? In jail, out of ring Springsteen campaign Aid efforts not enough
Tonight is not the final night of the May Sweeps, but it is certainly the most anticipated. "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) ends a strong season with an hour-long episode. The birth of Rachel and Ross's child sets the stage for the popular comedy's ninth and final season.
By Jon Niccum Lithe singer Shirley Manson became an eyeball magnet while strutting across the Uptown Theatre stage, exuding a surprisingly upbeat demeanor for a rock diva so associated with moody, edgier themes.
The diminutive figure of Woody Allen cast an imposing shadow over Cannes on Wednesday as the world's top film festival gratefully welcomed the reclusive director to kick off its annual confab of glitz, art, dealmaking and partying.
A long time ago, the most avid "Star Wars" fans began lining up for the new chapter of George Lucas' space saga, with some groups camping out in shifts for weeks.
CBS has expanded its drama roster for the 2002-03 fall season, adding five new series to its lineup. Two comedies will also join the network's slate.
Wednesday, May 15
By Chad Lawhorn Downtown Lawrence Inc.'s new leaders said they want to attract more Lawrence residents to the area. Maria Martin and Melodie Christal recently took over as co-directors of the association after Jeremy Douglas resigned from the director's position to pursue other job opportunities.
Medeski, Martin and Wood - Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS - 05/14/2002
By Michael Newman Tuesday night at Lawrence's Liberty Hall, in front of a near sell-out crowd, the space/jazz/funk trio Medeski, Martin and Wood spent nearly three hours searching in vain for one or two musical ideas that could stand up for more than a minute or two at a time.
Imagine building a school playground on top of an ancient burial ground. While this may sound like the plot of a thousand monster movies, it's all too true.
Liza lawsuit dropped Staging a publicity tour The poetry of New York Environmental hero
ABC is canceling Bill Maher's late-night topical talk show, "Politically Incorrect," and replacing it with an entertainment show led by Comedy Central's Jimmy Kimmel. Maher's show, which starts after "Nightline," has aired on ABC since 1997 and started on Comedy Central in 1993.
Struggling ABC will try to reinvent itself by adding seven new series this fall, instituting a weekday "happy hour" of comedies and removing "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" from its schedule.
Original idea for sex crime series gives way to timely topics
Last week, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" filmed a tale of murder, a Catholic priest and sexual abuse. The episode, "Silence," had been set for next fall. But with a real-life scandal in the priesthood heating up, the show made a last-minute change.
By Gwyn Mellinger Friday afternoon I wandered out to the garden and peered over the fence. The ground had begun drying out, just enough so the peaks in the tilled soil had turned the color of cardboard.
Tuesday, May 14
It's now official. After a week of speculation and subterfuge, NBC announced its fall schedule Monday, adding three new comedies and two new dramas.
Alanis Morissette - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo. - 05/13/2002
By Michael Newman The only thing ironic about Alanis Morissette and the show she presented Monday night at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre is that she didn't perform "Ironic."
It's been four years since the release of her 6-million selling Grammy blockbuster, which redefined the confluence of soul and hip-hop like no album before it.
I don't own a water cooler, so I'm officially out of touch with the conversations they inspire. But I'm less than convinced that Americans will gather tomorrow, cup in hand, to discuss the newly revealed identity of The Mole on "24" (8 p.m., Fox).
Jubilee concert expands Happy for J. Lo Martians attack, again Stepping into a 'Feud'
The premise of the latest Star Wars film doesn't surprise Andy Mecca, president of the California Mentor Foundation. He has his own theory about why young Anakin Skywalker eventually becomes the evil Darth Vader: His mentor disappears.
New book by Malcolm X's daughter relates joys, tragedies
As their father, Malcolm X, died in a hail of assassins' bullets, their mother, Betty Shabazz, pushed them to the floor and covered them with her body. Thirty-two years later, she would die in a fire set by her grandson, Malcolm's namesake.
Monday, May 13
Young tenor makes triumphant debut as last-minute sub for Pavarotti
For Luciano Pavarotti, it's over. For Salvatore Licitra, it's just beginning. On a night of high drama at the opera house, Pavarotti disappointed thousands of his fans by deciding at the last minute he was too ill with the flu to sing the closing performance of the Metropolitan Opera season.
First and foremost, "Roswell" has always been a love story. Setting aside aliens in human form, evil FBI agents, evil Air Force personnel, befuddled parents (only Buffy's mom was denser than these folks), vicious foes in borrowed skins and even all that blither-blather about everybody feeling alienated in high school, the beating heart of "Roswell" is the beating hearts of its teen lovers, especially the doe-eyed duo of alien Max (Jason Behr) and perky Liz (Shiri Appleby).
When in doubt, make a list. The scribes at TV Guide have concocted "50 Best Shows of All Time" (9 p.m., ABC), a countdown of television's finest, from "Bewitched" (No. 50) to "Seinfeld" (No. 1).
A posh fund-raiser Say a little prayer for Dionne Guitarist's house too hot to handle Producer schools graduates
Now you know why they call him the Amazing Spider-Man. With $72 million in its second weekend a number that would be a tremendous debut weekend for almost any film "Spider-Man" knocked off "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" to become the fastest movie ever to hit $200 million.
One character is unmarried and pregnant, the father her on-again, off-again lover. Another character not the dad awkwardly professes his love to the pregnant woman and is rebuffed.
By Joel Mathis The message has been steady as a drumbeat from City Hall in recent months: It's time to tighten belts. Even so, Lawrence city commissioners are preparing to help another outside agency with its bills in the same fiscal year that already has seen a hiring "chill" in city departments.
Sunday, May 12
Artifacts from 17th to 20th centuries showcased at Stanford
When a group of New England explorers set sail more than 200 years ago, they brought back souvenirs from the indigenous people they encountered, hoping to inspire later generations.
KU music students place in KC competition Lawrence artist showing watercolors Festival mixes music, kites and barbecue Storytellers to give programs at schools Agency taking entries for final postcard series
Chris O'Donnell can't get Arthur Miller out of his head. The 31-year-old actor has been lying awake at night, stressing over his role as the title character in Miller's "The Man Who Had All the Luck," being revived on Broadway.
As David Morrell's new novel, "Long Lost," opens, a stranger stops Brad Denning on the street and gushes how good it is to see him after all these years. As Brad wonders who he is, the man gleefully identifies himself: "Your brother!"
Another suspect surfaces as Anne Frank's betrayer
The enduring mystery of the Anne Frank story is, who betrayed her to the Nazis? Anne and her family hid for 25 months in a canal-side warehouse in central Amsterdam, where the teen-ager wrote her thoughts, yearnings and descriptions of life in the cramped annex into notebooks.
Weekend getaway calls for light packing Keeping cool when it heats up Red and white makes for a snappy look
By Jan Biles People diagnosed with panic disorders, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress syndrome or obsessive-compulsive disorders often have a difficult time finding the right words to describe what they are thinking and feeling.
Drawing, drama help youngsters cope with feelings
By Jan Biles Fourteen-year-old Joshua Graves has found an escape in the Therapeutic Classroom at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. It's called drama therapy, and it gives the teen-ager an opportunity to turn off his worries and problems for a while.
Liberty at stake, Liddy warns Brit's cause is osteoporosis Ushering in cardio training Papa wants a brand new verdict
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
Folk singer Suzanne Vega lived near the World Trade Center for 10 years and has long been part of a loose group of local artists the Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange who meet weekly to share music.
Arnold Roth's works featured for more than 50 years in popular American publications
You've seen the illustrations of New York cartoonist Arnold Roth even if you don't think you have. Known for his droll observations through the art of exaggeration, Roth is everywhere in popular American magazines and newspapers.
Saturday, May 11
Newt: 19-year marriage null Gere fan to have stalking trial Letterman leaves Connecticut Hendrix family seeks song rights
"Devdas," an Indian movie about doomed love told through 10 song-and-dance numbers, will premiere at this month's Cannes Film Festival. It's the first mainstream Bollywood movie invited to the elite French film festival, which runs May 15-26.
Before heading to class, University of Washington history student Jacob Kenagy sets his VCR to record commercials yes, commercials in hopes of finding a new ad for "Star Wars."
'Attack of the Clones' tickets go on sale; first showing not until 12:01 a.m. Thursday
By Joel Mathis A short while ago at a movie theater not far, far away... They won't gain admission until 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but more than 40 "Star Wars" fans were lined up outside Southwind 12 Theatres at 9 a.m. Friday to buy tickets to "Attack of the Clones," the latest episode in the movie series.
By Michael Newman Rufus Wainwright, in an appearance Thursday night at Lawrence's Liberty Hall, demonstrated the talent and personality that guarantee his continued cult status and may give rise to an even wider audience.
My own mother doesn't like Mother's Day. She considers it a gimmick by the greeting card people to make money. And you wonder why I became a critic. Ann McDonough aside, America loves Mother's Day, and cable TV networks treat it like the Mother of All Programming Opportunities.
They delight in watching the kinks in the jet stream. They follow wind-chill readings the way baseball fans keep track of batting averages. They know what "dewpoint" means. The Weather Channel has made weather junkies out of some TV viewers.
An artist upset by a confusing Los Angeles freeway sign took matters into his own hands by scaling the sign and adding directions so good that state officials couldn't tell. Richard Ankrom, 46, said he thought of the project three years ago but didn't actually do it until last August.
Friday, May 10
There are smart movies and funny movies on the subject of white kids taking on a black "gangsta" pose as an identity in high school. "The New Guy" is neither. This comedy from one of the writers of "There's Something About Mary" is just a random sampling of riffs on the idea. Every time it is about to reach a comic or intellectual epiphany, it sputters, wasting another perfectly good moment.
What kind of man still reads Playboy? Seriously, I haven't got a clue. I am old enough to remember when Hugh Hefner's monthly was the paragon of sophisticated smut, the one magazine to read if you were thinking of buying a sexy European automobile or outfitting your bachelor pad with the latest hi-fi gadgets. But that was about 10,000 years ago.
By Jon Niccum Since appearing on the cover of Time magazine at the age of 14 under the heading "Hollywood Whiz Kids," Diane Lane has enjoyed a steady film career. Steady but not outstanding. She's found leading parts in major films that didn't live up to commercial expectations ("The Cotton Club," "The Outsiders") and starred in blockbusters where her thankless roles were merely window dressing ("A Perfect Storm"). Now in her late 30s, the New York-bred actress has spent the last few years playing moms and schoolteachers in lackluster pictures ("Hardball," "The Glass House") that didn't capitalize on her many talents.
Author to give motivational talk Photographers show works in Ottawa Jazz singer to take stage at Gem Theater
Butch Vig, Garbage recover from a variety of ills
By Jon Niccum "We're not a band that likes the sun," said Garbage's Butch Vig. "If you're a Blink-182 from California, you can go on stage and jump around in your boxer shorts. But we're from Wisconsin and Scotland. We like mood lighting. We need all the mood lighting we can get." Vig, the drummer/producer of the multiplatinum Garbage, is looking even more pale of late. A confrontation with a raw oyster got him hospitalized, leading to some scrambling while the band was in the midst of an international tour for its third album, "Beautifulgarbage."
Rufus Wainwright - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS - 05/09/2002
By Michael Newman During Rufus Wainwright's Thursday night appearance at Lawrence's Liberty Hall he demonstrated all the elements of both his talent and his personality that guarantee that even if he never rises above cult status, that status is likely to last and last.
Ozzy and kin pen memoirs Deal puts Mariah back in action Autopsy: Staley died of overdose
Robert Blake's 35-year-old daughter won temporary guardianship Thursday of her baby half sister Rose, the child born of the actor and the woman he is accused of murdering.
R&B superstar R. Kelly, who has been accused of having sex with an underage girl on videotapes that have circulated across the country, denied the allegations in a television interview on Wednesday.
Now more than ever, films can help foster understanding and respect among people around the world, Nelson Mandela said Wednesday at the start of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Fans eagerly awaiting what happens next to Harry Potter probably will have to wait until next year.
Thursday, May 9
A bronze statue capturing Mary Tyler Moore flinging her tam was went on display Wednesday at the downtown intersection where she originally twirled in the opening montage from her 1970s television hit, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Chelsea a sex symbol INS delivers good news Xena's little prince Stallone keeps the faith
With the May 16 premiere of George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" comes the expectation that droves of worker bees will be calling in sick so they can be the first to buzz about the highly-anticipated summer smash.
Long, strange TV journey of 'The X-Files' ends this month
C'mon over here and let us plant a big farewell kiss on dark, droll, gory, sexy, devious, paranoid, sly, subversive, baffling, marvelous you "The X-Files."
Wednesday, May 8
The Rolling Stones announced yet another world tour in grandiose fashion Tuesday, circling New York's sprawling Van Cortlandt Park in a yellow blimp emblazoned with their red "sticky fingers" trademark.
Will Ferrell quits SNL Thin Mints go to war Close encounters with a hospital Guitar a piece of Jewel
Game-show icon Bob Barker will be the host of the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on May 17. The 78-year-old Barker, a multiple Emmy-winner himself, will preside over the two-hour live CBS broadcast at the Theater at Madsion Square Garden.
Spurning advances from CBS, Meredith Vieira has agreed to stay on ABC's "The View" and become host of the syndicated version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Vieira made the announcement Tuesday on "The View."
It didn't take Mark Harmon long to accept the season-ending, four-episode guest role he has on "The West Wing." "I got a scene faxed to me by my agent late on a Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday morning I was working," Harmon says.
A mass murderer who had the calm demeanor of a bean-counting bureaucrat, Adolf Eichmann remains one of the most chilling enigmas of the 20th century. As the Nazi SS officer in charge of "Jewish Affairs," he helped devise and orchestrate the mechanics of mass extermination.
Tuesday, May 7
'Thoroughly Modern Millie' leads the pack with 11 nominations
"Thoroughly Modern Millie," the frothy, movie-inspired musical about a flapper in New York in the Roaring Twenties, claimed 11 nominations Monday in a race for the Tony Awards next month that will feature something conspicuously absent from last year's show: genuine competition.
Stop the madness! Not content to peddle mere nostalgia, "Laverne & Shirley Together Again" (7 p.m., ABC) mines memories with a 2002 special about a show from the 1970s set in the late 1950s and early 1960s which was itself a spin-off of "Happy Days," another 1970s sitcom set in the 1950s.
Business boomed at this year's BookExpo, with weekend traffic in the aisles rivaling Manhattan's festival- and parade-jammed streets outside.
JFK Jr. movie planned Lopez to take turn as 'Carmen' Former first lady calls Mother's Day a 'big rip-off' HIllary Clinton discusses Chelsea's new, straight hairdo
Monday, May 6
"We work for God," says one of the chichi guests at the boating party that serves as background for most of the action of "The Cat's Meow," an engaging drama of historical speculation from director Peter Bogdanovich. He isn't talking about religion.
During last November's ratings period, known as sweeps, a "Carol Burnett Show" retrospective earned surprisingly strong ratings. So it makes perfect sense that during the May sweeps period all the networks have picked up on the nostalgia trend.
Murray steps up for team Relating on relationships Stones to roll again Can't eat his words
Bob Mould's Carnival of Light and Sound - Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS - 05/05/2002
By Michael Newman You might think that Bob Mould, founder and front man for legendary, 1980s, band Husker Dü, a band that Spin Magazine recently included in its list of the 50 greatest bands from the '60s forward, could draw more than a few dozen of the faithful out to Lawrence's Granada Theatre, even on a Sunday night.
By Michael Newman Singer Barry White, in a recent Arby's commercial, asks: "So why are you eating that clown food?" And a frustrating exercise in futility reveals that e-mailing Mr. White in order to answer his rhetorical question would be likely prove far easier than firing off an electronic missive to explain your preference directly to Ronald McDonald or anyone associated with him. You see, McDonald's doesn't do e-mail.
ABC is in discussions with comedian Jimmy Kimmel, co-host of Comedy Central's "The Man Show," to serve as host of a program that would replace its troubled late-night show "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher," according to several sources.
President Bush gave Washington reporters a look at "what life is really like inside the Bush White House" on Saturday, showing off his collection of "actual, never-seen-before photos."
Comic book adaptation hits record books with $114-million weekend
"Spider-Man" has leaped from comic book to record book, becoming the first movie to hit $100 million in its first weekend. The live-action adaptation starring Tobey Maguire as the Marvel Comics web-slinger shattered box-office records with a $114 million debut, surpassing the previous best of $90.3 million taken in by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" during its first three days last fall.
Sunday, May 5
Stephen King, master of the really thick book, has some news that might surprise you: He likes short stories a lot. Think about it. The film "Stand by Me" was made from a novella, as was "The Shawshank Redemption." And "The Green Mile," while a full-length novel, was unveiled bit by bit in what essentially was a sequence of short stories.
A dying author finishes her last novel
The woman who answers the phone at Carol Shields' house has so light and clear a voice you think it belongs to one of the author's four daughters. But Shields herself is speaking. And however young she sounds, she does not pretend to have the luck of time.
Students' creations displayed at arts center KU Edition arts calendar taking submissions It's time to sign up for the annual ArtWalk KU carillonneur to give organ recital at Bales Works from Wyeth's Helga series in Omaha
'Cathy,' 'Marmaduke' and 'Doonesbury' head readers' least-favorite list
The results are in. "For Better or For Worse," "Zits" and "Pickles" nabbed the top three spots in the Journal-World comics poll.
Queen promotes 'true' Islam Smith stuck with $88 million Paying homage to Hepburn
Live from New York, it's a belated celebration of NBC's 75th anniversary. Note that the big bird network also is including radio, the medium where NBC made its first mark with a Nov. 15, 1926, broadcast.
Ernest Hemingway is among the most well-studied American authors, but hundreds of thousands of his own words have never been examined or published. Now, scholars are embarking on a literary treasure hunt to collect, edit and annotate thousands of his letters, including many that he never sent.
Author to discuss spiritual activism LHS student receives award for drawing Artists to show works Friday night Entries being sought for Grand Nude Show KU senior's film recognized at showcase
Several art appreciation classes will be offered this summer for students in elementary and junior high schools at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.
The 30th annual Garnett AAUW Square Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Garnett.
"Music a language of the heart" is the theme for National Music Week.
By Jan Biles The University Dance Company, Kansas University Symphony Orchestra and the KU choirs combined Saturday night at the Lied Center to deliver a fitting finale to KU's music and dance performance season and to bid a final farewell to retiring KU symphony conductor Brian Priestman.
Here's how you ranked the comics in the Journal-World.
The Prairie Wind Dancers will present a First Step House concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The concert is in celebration of the women and children of First Step House.
KU professor documents changes in art world
By Terry Rombeck When Marilyn Stokstad started teaching art history in 1958 at Kansas University, she wasn't expecting to become a part of history herself. She was just flattered to get a job offer.
Saturday, May 4
MTV's hit series "The Osbournes" will return for a second season, Sharon Osbourne announced Thursday. The network said it was still in discussions with the family. During an appearance on NBC's "Tonight," host Jay Leno asked Osbourne if there would be another season of the reality series based on the family life of her husband, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
Cosby honor to be underfoot But he really wants to direct Getting ready for Woody A more revealing pregnancy
No, Ozzy Osbourne won't be dining with President Bush not at the White House anyway. Instead, the rocker-turned-sitcom star and the leader of the free world will be among the 2,650 guests at tonight's annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Assn.
Daffy diva of comedy says goodbye to standup after 47 years
Phyllis Diller is hanging up her wigs and ending her road career as a purveyor of raucous one-liners that skewered fads, fancies, imaginary husband Fang and her own cosmetic surgery.
Watching a latter-day Woody Allen movie is like taking an experimental swig of old milk. Some of the time, you get a pleasant surprise ("Small Time Crooks"), but most of the time, you don't.
Woody Allen, one of the funniest and most influential directors of the last century, discusses his movies, sense of humor and work ethic in the documentary "Woody Allen: A Life in Film" (7 p.m., today, Turner Classic Movies).
Friday, May 3
By Jon Niccum I wonder how many people at this newspaper are really superheroes. After all, Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent turns into Superman once he removes his black-frame glasses. And when free-lance photographer Peter Parker isn't snapping pics for the Daily Bugle, he does a little web-slinging on the side as Spider-Man. Perhaps there aren't that many costumed crimefighters with press jobs anymore because they've found so much employment lately in Hollywood.
Bill Clinton considers talk show Woody: Not a hypochondriac Hart teams up with drum group Pamela: alive and well
In the weeks following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, organizers of BookExpo America received a wave of phone calls and e-mail: Would publishing's annual national convention, scheduled for New York the following spring, be moved to another city?
When 8-year-old P.J. Allen learned the Duchess of York was coming to Oklahoma City, he could hardly wait.
Thousands turn out for funeral of Grammy-winning singer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of the Grammy-winning trio TLC was remembered for her funky raps, her vivacious personality and her sometimes turbulent attitude at her funeral on Thursday.
By Jan Biles The final production in Kansas University's William Inge Memorial Theatre Series attempts to explore the power that myths and passed-down stories have over the patriarchal power structure of a family.
Dick Clark plays host to a two-hour salute to his role as rock and roll's ageless chaperone on "American Band Stand's 50th A Celebration" (7 p.m., ABC). "Bandstand" began as an afternoon teen-age dance show in Philadelphia in 1952. At the time, there were many such dance showcases airing in dozens of local television markets. Director John Waters lovingly re-created this scene in his 1988 musical comedy "Hairspray." Dick Clark became host of "Bandstand" in 1956. The young ABC network aired "Bandstand" nationally in 1957, first as a daily afternoon and then as a primetime Monday-night series.
By Jon Niccum "Spider-Man, Spider-Man Does whatever a spider can."
Downtown art parade set for Saturday Jazz pianist to play at Folly Theatre Independence to host Heritage Homes Tour Sunday concert set to celebrate Bach
Russian immigrants The Red Elvises carve careers as U.S. rock stars
By Jon Niccum Lawrence, Kansas City, Moscow. The Pollstar tour itinerary for The Red Elvises actually lists this unconventional route. And in a way, actively bridging the giant gap between the regions perfectly sums up this Siberian-bred, surf rock act.
Thursday, May 2
Some primetime series crossovers work better than others. I loved when the "Homicide" squad teamed up with "Law & Order," particularly when Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Munch (Richard Belzer) engaged in edgy small talk about their wives and divorces. But the characters, the plots and the writing on "The Agency" (9 p.m., CBS) and "The District" lack the small, fine touches that define great, or even good dramas. That's probably why at least one of these series won't return next year.
Chesney album tops chart Baldwin takes on the classroom Lennon recordings fetch top price Clothing model denies knowledge of unfair labor practice claims
Go ahead, tell Bobbi Pyle her prom dress is ugly.
Actor Robert Blake, accused of murdering his wife, was denied bail Wednesday after making a personal plea to the judge to release him, saying, "This is my right to fight for my life."
ABC special will feature regulars from famous Dick Clark show
In the late 1950s and early '60s, everyone knew Bob and Justine, Kenny and Arlene, and Ed and Bunny. They were some of the most famous kids in America, dancing every day on "American Bandstand."
By Michael Newman While Glen Tilbrook is not exactly a household name, you couldn't tell that from the sing-along, request-shouting fans who filled Kansas City's Grand Emporium on Tuesday night for his solo act.
Wednesday, May 1
By Jan Biles The Lyon Opera Ballet made a return trip Tuesday night to the Lied Center. It marked the second visit in two years, but the two performances differed considerably, demonstrating the artistic range of the dance company.
Glen Tilbrook at Grand Emporium - Kansas City Mo. 04/30/2002
By Michael Newman While Glen Tilbrook is not exactly a household name, you couldn't tell that from the sing-along, request-shouting fans that filled Kansas City's Grand Emporium Tuesday night for his solo acoustic show.
No replacement for Lopes The show goes on Kilborn extends contract Dylan to play Aspen fest
Kelsey Grammer and his production company, Grammnet Inc., must pay more than $2 million in unpaid commissions to a former talent agency, a federal appeals court ruled.
No injuries were reported in a car accident that Creed frontman Scott Stapp cited as the reason for the rock band's cancellation of part of its tour, according to a police report released Tuesday.
Holding true to the adage that a rolling stone gathers no moss, Jann Wenner is retooling Rolling Stone magazine to emphasize shorter, newsier stories on music and entertainment.
Center announces acts for '02-'03 series
By Jan Biles The Lied Center is bringing a bit of Russia to its stage next season. The lineup includes performances by the Moscow Boys Choir, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Russian State Opera and pianist Olga Kern. In addition, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will present a concert of works by Russian composers.
Asbury Park, N.J., group pushing 'music heritage trail'
The Boss played here. Jon Bon Jovi, too. Count Basie was born nearby. And Southside Johnny hails from nearby Ocean Grove. Year after year, their old haunts dilapidated houses, gritty nightclubs and boarded-up amusement rides draw fans from all over the world who are looking for the real-life people and places immortalized in song.
As most television fans know, May sweeps is the period when networks try to maximize ratings, so they can charge hefty rates for their advertisers. Sweeps is also the time when almost every series goes on a stunt-casting binge.