Saturday, November 30
Young boys in baggy jeans and untied sneakers crowd around a grand piano, where a few are hammering out a raucous, six-hand version of "When the Saints Go Marchin' In."
Forget pink ballgowns and feather boas. This Barbie's got attitude.
¢ Mariah weathers stormy times ¢ Osbournes plan New Year's bash ¢ The little Clooney that could ¢ Pantoliano joins Broadway mob
The family of astronaut Gus Grissom is battling NASA over ownership of the spacesuit he wore when he became the second American in space.
Can't think of the perfect stocking stuffer for those well-heeled friends on your Christmas list this year?
A different kind of hero is moving to Wednesday nights on The WB.
Looking for a Christmas movie with plenty of explosions? Dean Cain stars in "Christmas Rush" (7 p.m. Sunday, TBS) as Morgan, a recently dismissed Chicago policeman whose efforts to thwart a Christmas Eve shopping mall heist result in the kidnapping of his wife (Erika Eleniak). "Rush" wastes no time getting to the ultraviolence. There is a bloody shootout and a bombing at a biker's club within the first 15 minutes. Joy to the world!
Even though the painting has not been seen since 1934, it is becoming more popular by the day.
Friday, November 29
While most rock musicians are scrambling to fit rap and digital samples into their repertoire, Joe Satriani has stuck with what he knows best: guitar. And there's no argument that the man truly knows it.
Stop us if you've heard this one before, but ... CBS Tuesday claimed a crucial November sweeps just minutes after NBC claimed victory.
The spirit of Frank Capra has clearly inspired two very silly holiday offerings, "It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (7 p.m., NBC) and "The Brady Bunch in the White House" (7 p.m., Fox).
¢ A prince, a pub and a poet ¢ Elton John trashes 007 theme ¢ Kline enjoys 'juggling act' ¢ Britney backs out of restaurant
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor remained hospitalized Thursday, a day after a car she was riding in struck a light pole on Sunset Boulevard, family members said.
Regular folks cast aside modesty in name of fund-raising
Forget the rummage sales and pancake breakfasts. For serious fund-raising, posing in the buff for calendars seems to be the ticket.
They're hard to miss. Hefty luxury buses regularly line the streets of downtown Lawrence. These road-weathered machines act as a portable household for musicians and crew, who share tour quarters for months at a time.
Thursday, November 28
When, early in a movie, a character says something like, "I could tell you what's happening, but I don't know if that'd tell you what's happening," you can assume it's meant as advice to the viewer.
¢ Harding puts up her dukes ¢ Former Miss America engaged ¢ Limp Bizkit singer settles lawsuit ¢ Marley music on auction block
The Backstreet Boys have sued their record label for $75 million, saying the label has been courting their youngest star, snubbing the rest of them and delaying their chance to further cash in on their fame.
It didn't take long for Shania Twain to climb up the album chart -- her new disc, "Up!" debuted at No. 1.
Good grief, Charlie Brown, you're leading the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
For publicist-to-the-stars Lizzie Grubman, there was the scandal, the media skewering, the mea culpa and the click of handcuffs. Now, in a drill Grubman knows well, there's the comeback.
ABC hopes that the last shall be first. Or at least be competitive. Their lavish new series "Dinotopia" (7 p.m., ABC) is the final new series to premiere this fall. The adventure fantasy picks up where the acclaimed April 2002 miniseries left off, only much of the cast has been replaced. Teenage brothers Karl (Erik von Detten) and David Scott (Shiloh Stong) have been cast away on a mysterious island where humans and at least some dinosaurs live in harmony. Michael Brandon plays their brash father, Frank, who quickly becomes impatient with the genteel ways of the Dinotopians.
Wednesday, November 27
Ready? Know the rules? Then let's play "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"! Meredith Vieira is ...
Busy images rush at us like in a video game throughout Disney's new version of an old tale, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island."
The "cute" Beatle gets back to where he once belonged. The two-hour concert film "Paul McCartney's 'Back in the U.S.'" (8 p.m., ABC) captures the singer on his 2002 U.S. tour, traveling from city to city, wowing fans with golden oldies from his days with Wings and that boy band from Liverpool.
¢ Nicolas Cage files for divorce ¢ Crowe's cold feat ¢ Supermodel splits from husband ¢ Knoxville expresses sympathy
Actor Robert Blake switched lawyers Tuesday after he told a judge he and longtime defense attorney Harland Braun have irreconcilable differences.
Tuesday, November 26
Max Baer Jr. plans to market product tie-ins to 'Beverly Hillbillies'
Jethro Bodine intends to prove he's no fool. Max Baer Jr., who once played the burly, doltish character on "The Beverly Hillbillies," recently signed a deal with International Game Technology of Reno to produce hundreds of penny slot machines featuring the show that once drew millions of loyal viewers.
¢ Pro-wrestler pleads no contest ¢ Churchill voted greatest Briton ¢ Bobby Brown's trial date set ¢ Jolie pledges funds to hospital
Ann Landers' desk, antique furniture and letters from presidents went on the auction block Sunday, along with her combat boots.
Monday, November 25
Family, friends and even a Cold War rival recall the enigmatic personality of our 40th President on "Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered" (8 p.m., History), with former CNN anchor Frank Sesno as host.
Super-spy James Bond has outcharmed boy wizard Harry Potter. "Die Another Day," the 20th Bond flick, took in $47 million over opening weekend, the best debut ever for the franchise, according to studio estimates Sunday.
President's daughters turn 21 today
President Bush's twin daughters, who have had brushes with the law for underage drinking, turn 21 today, marking their birthday in Texas and looking to stay clear of the spotlight.
Graceland restores impersonators to good graces
Elvis impersonators can continue swiveling their hips and quivering their lips, after Graceland reversed its earlier decision to sever its support of festivals featuring clones of the King.
¢ Broadway cast change ¢ Recipe for unhappiness ¢ Prague's favorite daughter ¢ Songwriters finally cash in
It was the beginning of a beautiful - often competitive, always entertaining - friendship. Twenty-four years ago, on Nov. 24, 1978, David Letterman made his first appearance with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show."
Sunday, November 24
The St. Petersburg String Quartet will bring a distinctly Russian sound - one that stirs echoes of Stalin's Communist reign - to the Lied Center today.
Men don't fare well in 'I Don't Know How She Does It'
Like most working mothers, Kate Reddy wouldn't read this book. It's not that she doesn't want to read about herself or couldn't use the laughs. She isn't afraid of harsh words - her inner critic never punches out - or of name calling ("Mother Inferior" and "double agent," to name just two).
Neither political dissidents nor government mouthpieces, Cuba's two most widely acclaimed writers hold a critical mirror up to their country's society, reflecting the differences between the frustrations and failings of real life on the island and the illusory world of government propaganda.
¢ Copt painting installed in Topeka boardroom ¢ 'Right Between the Ears' to serve Yuletide yucks
Guest lineup for today's TV news shows:
Courthouses opened their doors Saturday to let children celebrate ceremonies that made their adoptions - and their new families - a legal reality.
The Algonquin Hotel threw itself a 100th birthday party Friday, recalling the glory days when literary legends gathered in its oak-paneled lobby to trade witticisms and tip back drinks.
Prequel pays tribute to black heroes
Marvel Comics is shaking up one of its iconic superheroes - and some fans - with a series that imagines the original "Captain America" as a black Army recruit.
"Harlem Song" has been saved. More than $300,000 from a variety of public and private sources has come through for the musical revue, allowing the production to complete its engagement this year at the historic Apollo Theater and return next fall for a three-month season.
Baz Luhrmann is upfront about the challenge: "Bringing Italian opera to Broadway is not the easiest way to have a hit," he says with a laugh.
Though it's a bit early in the holiday season for a Christmas play, the messages in "The Christmas Schooner" transcend its yuletide setting.
Paris emerged from bloody turmoil in the early 1870s to become the cultural center of Europe, and an exhibition offers a sampling of the art that accompanied the transformation.
They might as well have been singing "It's a Small World after All." Young vocalists from the Lawrence Children's Choir and the Moscow Boys Choir discovered Saturday afternoon that despite differences in geography, children in Russia do a lot of the same things as children in America.
The deadline for the Topeka Symphony's 50th Annual Youth Talent Auditions is Dec. 11.
The Bizarre Bazaar started with a collection of artists who weren't really "holiday arts center folks." "We were a little more off-beat or a little bit weird," said Nancy Hubbel, one of the original artists who still shows in the bazaar every year.
¢ Teen artists to sell work at Adornment ¢ Community Theatre issues audition call ¢ KU, KSU faculty players collaborate for concert ¢ Discussion groups focus on Paule Marshall books ¢ KU student curates show of KC artist's work ¢ Topeka Symphony performs at Washburn
Saturday, November 23
German officials say dangling baby from hotel balcony was not a crime
They can't lay a glove on him. That was the decision German authorities announced Thursday night after weighing charges against Michael Jackson, who touched off a furor this week when he dangled his wriggling baby boy from a hotel balcony window.
Music will fill the air this weekend in the Lawrence area. Performances by the Moscow Boys Choir, Rossetti String Quartet and the Lawrence Youth Symphony are on tap. Here are some other activities to check out:
¢ Garr joins battle against MS ¢ Jay-Z plays principal for a day ¢ AIDS day brings Bono to Midwest ¢ Letterman gets wish, sort of
One of the three primary films of the assassination of President Kennedy is being restored, its owners said Friday, the 39th anniversary of his death.
Friday, November 22
Best and worst of 007 examined after 40 years
The world first saw Bond, James Bond, in a smoky French casino at 3 in the morning. We followed him back to his hotel room to check his "burglar alarms": a hair wedged in a desk drawer, a smear of talcum powder on the handle of a cabinet. Next, a cold shower, a cigarette (his 70th of the day) and bed, with a .38 pistol tucked under the pillow.
Brad Paisley couldn't get by with singing, "You're wanted by the police/And my wife thinks you're dead." People would laugh.
Bryant Gumbel narrates "The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence" (7 p.m., Sci Fi), a two-hour examination of alleged efforts by the U.S. government to cover up the 1947 crash of an alien space craft in the remote New Mexico desert.
¢ Former president reels one in ¢ Dogg's gotta have his own show ¢ Brosnan is the Bond for Berry ¢ Dion makes time for fast food
Michael Jackson was honored Thursday as "pop artist of the millennium" at a gala in Berlin, capping a German visit that was overshadowed by a furor after the star held his baby son over a fourth-floor railing at his hotel.
How much is someone willing to pay to find out what happens to boy wizard Harry Potter in the next installment of his adventures?
After final show wins ratings battle, prime-time pair goes public
Don't start shopping for their wedding gift just yet.
The best moments in Bond films have come when the British agent uses his wits to escape a situation rather than resorting to gadgets. Over the years, that ratio has tilted perilously to the gadgetry side. Fortunately, "Die Another Day" finds Bond (Pierce Brosnan) at his most resourceful. He's also a little wiser, tougher and, in some ways, more jaded.
"I can tell you what it's not," says frontman Todd Lewis while attempting to define his new band, Burden Brothers. "It's not a Toadies show; it's not a Reverend Horton Heat show. We pretty much decided that when we go into a club, it doesn't matter how many people are there, we're gonna make it 1977 arena-style. Not with the hair, hopefully, but we'll make it when rock was fun and big and cool."
Thursday, November 21
Media scolded Michael Jackson on Wednesday for endangering his young son by dangling him over a fourth-floor balcony railing at a Berlin hotel, with outraged British tabloids demanding an investigation of the star.
¢ Queen Latifah arrested for DUI ¢ Maher returning to television ¢ Maria Shriver reports stalker ¢ Brits impressed with Spike Lee
A French judge has ordered three photographers to stand trial for pictures they snapped of the 1997 car crash that killed Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, judicial officials said Wednesday.
Jennifer Lopez already thought so, and now People magazine agrees: Ben Affleck is this year's "Sexiest Man Alive," the magazine announced Wednesday.
"Will & Grace" (7:30 p.m., NBC) celebrates its 100th show with an hourlong episode. This being sweeps, it's a Very Special hour, revolving around Grace and Leo's impulsive decision to get married. Last week Leo (Harry Connick Jr.) used the "L" word, so why wait?
Wednesday, November 20
Chris Columbus' children are the ones who got him into the "Harry Potter" movies - and now they're getting him out.
R&B newcomer Ashanti, whose singles "Foolish" and "Happy" transformed the 22-year-old singer into a soul sensation this year, received a leading five American Music Award nominations Tuesday.
Child dangled from hotel balcony
Michael Jackson rewarded fans outside his Berlin hotel with a brief appearance and a glimpse of his youngest child - dangling the toddler over a fourth-floor balcony.
¢ $1 million bid for Eminem's house ¢ Singer resists arrest ¢ A surreal wedding ¢ Just call me Tom
Tuesday, November 19
Despite the difficulties that have faced the Latin Grammys, plans are being discussed about the feasibility of establishing a Latin Emmy Awards, with talks under way between the television academies in New York and Los Angeles.
¢ Ling's view will change ¢ Hanson brother becomes dad ¢ Gardener nettled by nonpayment ¢ McCartney: Wife-bashing to pass
Donning a pair of red gloves, Muhammad Ali sparred Monday with two young Afghan boxers in a makeshift ring, throwing punches and handing out gifts on the second day of a goodwill visit to a nation emerging from 23 years of war.
Caroline Kennedy, speaking flawless French, paid tribute to her mother and the city of Paris on Monday, saying Jacqueline Kennedy's elan and trendsetting flair were born of the French capital.
James Coburn, the tough actor in films that included "Our Man Flint" and "The Magnificent Seven," but who won an Academy Award years later for his portrayal of a dissolute father in "Affliction," died Monday. He was 74.
What if America's finest diplomat was also its leading scientist? And what if that man also published one of our best-selling magazines, wrote humorous verses and self-help books, cultivated a reputation as a scandalous ladies' man and helped craft a new and revolutionary form of government?
Monday, November 18
The "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened, and Harry Potter has found a fortune inside.
Animal rights protesters tried to steal the spotlight at the taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, storming the stage as scantily clad supermodel Gisele Bundchen strutted down the runway.
Art imitates life on "CSI: Miami" (9 p.m., CBS). Tonight's episode strangely parallels last month's sniper serial killings. But this story was not "ripped from the headlines." It was produced long before the Washington-area sniper story unfolded.
¢ General takes in Nebraska-KSU ¢ 'Seinfeld' actor head of the class ¢ Advice maven's goods auctioned ¢ Songwriter releasing 2nd album
Racked with pain, President John F. Kennedy turned to a cornucopia of drugs - including painkillers, stimulants and anti-anxiety pills, his secret medical records reveal.
Gorgeous textiles, ornate tiles and elaborate books are all traced back to a gang of invading warriors.
Sunday, November 17
Attendees prepare for Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
Finally, a class where clowning around is encouraged. Hundreds of wannabe funnymen and funnywomen assembled Saturday for a one-hour primer on the do's and don'ts of clowning.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will sponsor "Swing Time & Coffee" at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Those who arrive early to Thursday's University Dance Company concert are in for a rare treat.
One highlight of the Moscow Boys Choir's stop in Lawrence - aside from what's bound to be an ethereal Saturday evening performance - is the cultural exchange that will occur earlier in the day.
The perils looming over the characters in Lawrence Community Theatre's production of "The Christmas Schooner" are dangerously real.
The Baker University Orchestra's annual fall concert will be Tuesday at Rice Auditorium.
Improvisational theater has been around as long as people. Before we wrote scripts, we told stories by acting them out.
¢ Spencer docents win art education award ¢ Lawrence actors play leading roles in KC show ¢ Toy soldiers subject of antique program
The mere mention of "opera" conjures images in many people's minds of the proverbial "fat lady" belting out Italian arias in a robust soprano.
Though the ideas in Kansas University theater and film professor John Staniunas' new book are his own, he still finds himself consulting the text all the time.
'You Never Can Tell' pokes fun at stodgy conventions of Victorian England
It's like Masterpiece Theatre on drugs. So says Kansas University theater and film professor John Staniunas of George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell." Not that Shaw's 1897 play set in an English resort town includes any pill-popping or hallucinogenic episodes.
"It is startling what the dead have to say" - and crime novelist Patricia Cornwell proves it in her new nonfiction book.
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, perhaps the most feared and respected of Confederate generals, was by most accounts an odd person to have over for dinner.
¢ AIDS quilt panels on display at Spencer ¢ Exhibit features work of architecture students ¢ Vocal concert to feature local, alumni talent
The Improbables have a mantra: Never deny. Always reply. Never ask why. "Other than that, don't die or barf or defecate on stage and you'll be OK," said Eric Rath, artistic director for the Lawrence improv group.
Lawrence glassblower's 'Growth' sculpture takes root in KC
This guy has achieved legendary status in some sets. Yet here he is :quot; blue jeans, tennis shoes, no shirt, a brown leather belt with the name "Vern" stamped into it :quot; working in a back-alley garage in Lawrence.
¢ Fans prevalent at Jackson trial ¢ Country star is proud new dad ¢ '40s star 'Mr. Wally' dies at 87 ¢ Vonnegut revisits past
The guest lineup for today's TV news shows has been announced:
A judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to try a 52-year-old homeless man on murder charges in the death of Jay R. Smith, a former child actor from the "Our Gang" film series, better known to television audiences as "The Little Rascals."
Harry Potter is working box-office magic again, though the boy wizard couldn't quite conjure up a revenue record.
Albert Einstein's wife, the story goes, was asked by a reporter if she understood her husband's general theory of relativity.
Saturday, November 16
Chastity message has pageant officials all hot and bothered
There's nothing like a controversy over sex to get them worked up at the headquarters of the Miss America Pageant. The latest furor, though, has to do with NOT having sex.
¢ Hackman award announced ¢ Not resting on her laurels ¢ Supermodel pitches memorial
Actor Paul Reubens, best known as Pee-wee Herman, and actor Jeffrey Jones of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" were charged Friday in a year-old child pornography investigation.
Christmas is upon us -- at least on television. A full 12 days before Thanksgiving, the Hallmark Channel unspools "Christmas with Tony Bennett: Behind the Scenes" (7 p.m. today), the first holiday special of the year. As the title implies, the show is really a documentary about the making of a new CD, Bennett's first Christmas album since 1968.
It's no coincidence that Aimee Mann's latest album is called "Lost in Space," because when the vocalist/guitarist performs she has the vacant stare of a space cadet. However, her atmospheric songwriting proved refreshingly down-to-earth during Thursday's concert at Liberty Hall.
Friday, November 15
Lawrence drummer tours with Beck and Flaming Lips
For hundreds of Flaming Lips shows that he's worked as a roadie, Kliph Scurlock hasn't had to set up a drum kit. He set up the mic-mounted micro-camera. He ran the video screen. He prepped all manner of other instruments on stage, but usually Scurlock's only duty drum-wise involved a backing tape of recorded percussion.
There are plenty of reasons to hold a concert in Lawrence, but Monday's Campitronicon is the rare event to have cosmic significance. The outdoor gathering centers around the Leonid meteor shower, which takes place each November. And this time, there's a musical bent to the proceedings.
These Hogwarts kids are growing up quick. The first thing a viewer notices is how Harry Potter's voice has changed. In addition to the deeper tone, actor Daniel Radcliffe has a wiser and more confident demeanor ?" no doubt stemming from the personal experience of going from complete anonymity to international fame during the past year.
It's official: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" has surpassed "The Blair Witch Project" as the highest grossing independent film of all time. It just knocked off Hollywood blockbuster "Men in Black II" as the top five money earner of 2002, and the picture has remained in the national top 10 for dozens of weeks.
Dominick Dunne has made a career writing about celebrity murders. Now he has his own true-crime movie franchise on the USA network, which debuts tonight with "Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich" (7 p.m.), starring Christopher Meloni.
HBO failed in its bid to win the Emmy Awards away from the major broadcast networks but helped drive up the price those networks will pay to keep the ceremony.
'Chamber of Secrets' opens on record number of screens
Harry Potter has his work cut out for him to match his box-office grades from freshman year.
Authorities on Thursday raided the record label and homes of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, a figure in an East Coast-West Coast rap feud that some believe led to the killings of two major stars.
¢ Crowe gets in another row ¢ Rocket Man to have laser surgery ¢ Lewis: Telethon a weightier issue ¢ Here he is: Mr. Miss America
Thursday, November 14
Nobody sent me the memo, but apparently today is World Children's Day. I am still not sure what that entails - have I fallen down on my responsibility to buy a greeting card, as I frequently forget to do on Grandparents Day, Secretary's Day and Bring Your Daughter to Work Day?
¢ A kinder, gentler hip-hop ¢ Honoring the offbeat ¢ Jinx brings good luck ¢ Dick Clark to scale 'Pyramid'
Margaret "Peg" Phillips, who in her late 60s realized her dream of becoming an actress and then gained national recognition as general-store owner Ruth-Anne Miller on the CBS television series "Northern Exposure" from 1990 to 1995, has died. She was 84.
Gov. Jesse Ventura, a former talk-radio host who has had his own radio program while in office, is negotiating with MSNBC for a TV show after his term ends Jan. 6.
Advertisers, broadcasters try to get the hang of slang
Use a little slang and you've got their attention. That seems to be the growing thought in corporate America and the media, eager to hook the younger crowd.
Time is on "Sopranos" fans' side. Show creator David Chase said there won't be another 16-month hiatus before the next season of the popular HBO mob drama.
Wednesday, November 13
Some 200 Texan patriots, surrounded by a huge enemy army outside their fortress, elected to fight to the death rather than surrender.
¢ Heartthrobs stay drug-free ¢ Dixie Chick-let arrives ¢ 'ER' doc becomes pop ¢ Theater world cheers Channing
A young woman was in custody Monday in connection with the slaying of actor Merlin Santana, who was gunned down two days earlier as he sat in a parked car in South Los Angeles.
The creative force behind Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Daredevil filed a $10 million lawsuit Tuesday, charging his old comic book company is cheating him out of millions of dollars in movie profits.
Readers say books aren't as enjoyable after seeing films
Fifth-grader Guido Girgenti couldn't wait to see the first 'Harry Potter' movie and will probably see the second, which opens this week.
Bob Newhart's friends and colleagues honor the man with the "Buttoned-Down Mind" as Newhart receives the 2002 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on the special "On Stage at the Kennedy Center" (8 p.m., PBS).
Tuesday, November 12
Ernest Hemingway's rejected epilogue of "For Whom the Bell Tolls," a 1941 letter from Ingrid Bergman and more than 20 letters from the 19-year-old Italian contessa he was in love with are among thousands of the author's documents Cuba is making available to outside scholars.
¢ 'Dawson's Creek' star arrested ¢ The incredible shrinking Al ¢ Glover lauded as humanitarian ¢ Bikers ride for cause
HBO, which has wrested an increasing share of Emmy Awards away from broadcast networks, is negotiating for the ceremony itself, industry sources said Monday.
The vivid blue house on a quiet street in the cobblestone neighborhood of Coyoacan has never been busier. Nearly 2,000 people a day are filing in on weekends - double the usual number - and, like Debra DeGraw, many are pilgrims from the United States.
Monday, November 11
The Eminem show has conquered movie theaters. "8 Mile," the rapper's semi-autobiographical movie debut, took in $54.5 million in its first weekend - the sort of success that eludes most pop stars when they try to cross over to film.
¢ LaLanne still going strong ¢ Lopez and Affleck: It's official ¢ Actor killed in drive-by ¢ Oprah strengthens foundations
The opening concert of the 2002-2003 Swarthout Chamber Music series pulled a fascinating maneuver with conventional chamber music: It grabbed it firmly by its foundations and shook vigorously.
Back in the 1970s, Americans were not afraid to try new things. We embraced reggae, funk and punk music; disco dances like the Hustle; fads, including Pet Rocks.
Lawyers for author, publisher threaten to sue over Russian look-alike
From the jagged, jumbled lettering of the title to the picture of a youngster flying through the air framed by pillars, the book looks fantastically familiar.
Sunday, November 10
¢ Lawrence painter showing in national exhibitions ¢ Artist commissioned to paint King portrait ¢ LHS graduate honored in photo competition ¢ Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre returns to Kansas City
¢ No chads in 'Futurama' ¢ Hayek answers her critics ¢ Singer courts fans ¢ '8 Mile' script lured actor
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen's rousing rock classic, has been voted the greatest hit of the last 50 years, according to a poll released Saturday.
'Laramie Project' draws parallels to cross-dresser's death
A play about a murdered gay college student has taken on new significance in a town shaken by the death of a 17-year-old boy who dressed as a girl.
No differentiating between fallen stars, convicted politicians or common criminals in prisons
Even at a fancy federal prison like the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution, the night life is lousy. It's lights out at 9:30 p.m.
Sara deMelo stands on her high school stage, bathed by a spotlight's cold glow. She is delivering the monologue of a cyclist who found battered gay college student Matthew Shepard tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyo.
Violinist Ben Sayevich has performed challenging programs in front of hundreds of audiences with only the slightest bouts of concert jitters.
¢ Visiting artists to perform simultaneous recitals¢ Jazz museum offers poetry series for teens ¢ 'Dragon Tales' play hits Kansas City stage
Performance to include world premiere of Ã¢â Å"MaraÃ¢â /¢s
Think of Ying Quartet and Turtle Island String Quartet as yin and yang. The Ying siblings are known for their exquisite renditions of traditional classical music. Turtle Island's members, though classically trained, innovatively fuse jazz, be-bop, classical Indian forms, salsa and other genres into original compositions that stretch the bounds of string quartet repertoire.
¢ Free State thespians to stage 'Our Town'¢ SWJH to perform Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' ¢ Famed comedy theater coming to Kansas Union ¢ KU Wind Ensemble revisits roaring '20s
A British term for rest room may seem to have nothing to do with the Lawrence Children's Choir's upcoming first concert of the season. But in a roundabout and rather exciting way, it does.
The ritual helps them work out their anger. Every Columbus Day, the young American Indian men in Thomas Yeahpau's film "Hate Equals Hate a.k.a. Columbus Day" find an innocent white man and convince themselves he's the real Christopher Columbus. Then, they kidnap, beat and murder him.
Is there room on the crowded shelf for yet another book about World War II? There should be for one as scholarly and absorbing as Michael Beschloss' latest offering.
Girls naively desperate to please, raped in the name of the revolution. A woman trapped in a loveless marriage by a politically powerful husband.
Saturday, November 9
If, as skeptics charge, Queen Elizabeth II intervened in the trial of former royal butler Paul Burrell to save her family from embarrassment, her decision looks more like a miscalculation every day.
¢ Motown house band reaps honors ¢ Eminem riding high and silent ¢ Pinter wins royal recognition ¢ Rocker's absence leads to melee
Winona Ryder was observed three times by security at stores in New York and Beverly Hills and videotaped twice in suspected shoplifting incidents before her arrest at Saks Fifth Avenue, according to secret court transcripts released Friday.
Friday, November 8
R&B singer arrested for speeding in Atlanta
Singer Bobby Brown was arrested early Thursday in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead district on drug and traffic charges.
The content of local television news changed little after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks even as the story touched the lives of most viewers, a study released Thursday found.
What's the worst business decision ever made? Was it Coke's 1985 move to replace Coke with "New Coke"? How about Decca records? They passed on a group named the Beatles in 1962. In 1920, the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the rival Yankees so the team's owners could invest in a Broadway play named "No, No Nanette." Some fans think the Sox have been cursed ever since. And just what was ABC thinking when it signed a contract to broadcast "The Drew Carey Show" through the year 2004?
"Apocalypse Now," Francis Ford Coppola's anti-Vietnam War classic, is the greatest film of the past 25 years, according to a survey of British film critics and writers.
After just a few years in the spotlight, Eminem has accomplished something Elvis, Madonna, Michael and Mariah have not: He's made a great movie. The multiplatinum rapper's debut "8 Mile," a semi-autobiographical account of his struggles to be heard while growing up on the streets of Detroit, is the rare pop star vehicle that utterly succeeds. It captures the aura of a specific time and place, populates it with believable characters and delivers compelling emotional drama.
There's enough indie zines and online music mags out there to put a band out of business ï¿½" that is, from promo album handouts, said Dan Billen of the Lawrence-based band The Billions.
Music fans in Lawrence usually don't need much of an excuse to get load-ed. Only tonight, the phrase has a much different connotation as the fourth edition of "Loaded in Lawrence" will be celebrated. This concept was embarked upon during three evenings last April, when 18 regional bands took the stage at Lawrence's Bottleneck. The idea was to capture a diverse array of original talent in concert and issue a CD of the experience ?" and to maybe rekindle some of the enthusiasm in the local music scene that was in full bloom when the event first occurred in the mid-'90s.
Local musicians head to Big Apple for a shot at the big time
New York is no stranger to Lawrence music, whether by way of touring bands, emigrant artists or visiting devotees to the auditory arts. But last weekend was particularly thick with the town's sounds.
¢ Kissing couple en route to altar? ¢ A wild-and-crazy Oscars host ¢ Moby takes turkey line to task ¢ Two lay claim to 'Posh' nickname
Three British exports from rock's "new wave" of the late 1970s ï¿½" The Police, The Clash and Elvis Costello and the Attractions ï¿½" will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
Undone in his 1980 re-election bid, Jimmy Carter left the White House tarred as a failure. Yet, curiously, his offenses were hard to distinguish from the qualities that, four years before, had carried him from "Jimmy Who?" to the nation's highest office.
Thursday, November 7
A jury on Wednesday found Winona Ryder guilty of stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise during a shoplifting spree at a Saks Fifth Avenue last year, but the actress will likely avoid jail.
John: Singers must face music Blake faces lawsuit Boss' sax man has surgery Teamsters take on the Stones
Gimmicks abound as NBC struggles to keep its perch atop the Thursday night ratings heap. Tonight, three of its prime-time comedies will unfold in 40-minute "super-sized" editions. Thankfully, that leaves no room for the pathetic "Good Morning, Miami." That show is tentatively scheduled to return next week.
Alan Jackson couldn't go wrong Wednesday, taking home his second entertainer of the year award and four other honors at the annual Country Music Assn. Awards.
Wednesday, November 6
Vince Gill is host of the 36th Annual CMA Awards (7 p.m., CBS) for the 11th consecutive year.
'Untouchables' star has cancer Forget William, Harry's hot Arias evoke days gone by Kimmel to have company
Richard Harris, who died Oct. 25, had a dizzying career that began on a note of high promise in the '60s, went into tailspin in the '70s and was renewed in the last decade.
Steven Spielberg discussed U.S.-Cuba cultural exchanges, history, politics, the environment and many other subjects during an eight-hour meeting in Havana with President Fidel Castro that ended early Tuesday.
The jury in Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial deliberated for five hours Tuesday and retired without reaching a verdict.
Thousands of fans pay tribute to legendary DJ Jam Master Jay
Pallbearers wearing white unlaced Adidas carried the body of slain Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay from a funeral service Tuesday at which he was remembered as "the embodiment of hip-hop."
Chad Lowe grew up surfing and acting along side his brother, Rob, who co-stars on TV's "West Wing."
With "Femme Fatale," Brian De Palma has oddly delivered his personal best in years while still making one of the worst movies of 2002.
Tuesday, November 5
Actress Winona Ryder's case went to the jury Monday after the prosecution and defense presented opposing portraits of her as a shoplifter out for thrills and as a victim of Saks Fifth Avenue and lying security guards.
If she had to do it over again, Sharon Osbourne says she wouldn't have invited MTV's cameras into her home. At least, that's what the cancer-stricken matriarch of television's favorite dysfunctional family told ABC's Barbara Walters when she talked to her earlier this fall.
Rosie sings Martha's praises A run for her money Just keep an open mind 'Lost in Space' villain dies
Bars and restaurants that try to entice customers by showing Paulie Walnuts, Ralphie Cifaretto and the rest of "The Sopranos" gang on Sunday nights are hearing from another type of enforcer.
Monday, November 4
Referring to "Jackass the Movie" as a high-grossing film in the country is now taking on a different meaning. The R-rated hit, starring Johnny Knoxville, is reportedly causing audiences to be sick in their stomachs.
Flying reindeer beat flying fists as "The Santa Clause 2" debuted as the weekend's top move, trouncing "I Spy."
Dressed in wizards' hats and witches' robes, hundreds of screaming fans greeted the stars of the new Harry Potter movie at its glitzy world premiere Sunday in London.
The growing popularity of CD burning and illegal song-swapping over the Internet has cut into online music sales, sending them tumbling 25 percent this year, according to a survey released today.
Say goodbye to Britney Spears. Just four years into her superstar career, the blond pop singer is dropping out of public favor faster than you can say "Debbie Gibson." Or at least that's the buzz from the likes of the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly who claim the public is now seeking a harder and less-prefabricated edge.
It looks like younger viewers can't get enough of dramas about ministers. Let's call it "preacher chic." On tonight's "7th Heaven" (7 p.m., WB) former "Party of Five" star Jeremy London joins the cast as Eric's new assistant pastor. And on tonight's "Everwood" (8 p.m., WB), Dr. Brown (Treat Williams) counsels a troubled minister who appears to be allergic to his wife.
Ray Charles' advocacy honored Stern plans to make movies Monroe memorabilia auctioned 'Spider-Man' spins video record
Sunday, November 3
It takes place in Room 102 in a shabby three-story building on the corner of Yucca and Wilcox, a block north of Hollywood Boulevard, where once, according to its most famous resident, "there were about a hundred thousand movie houses."
Roberts filming new flick Mandela honors Princess Di Robbins gives to charity 'Urban Cowboy' revived
In the past few years, New York theater has found inspiration in the unlikeliest of sources: the comic films of Mel Brooks and John Waters, the animated films of Walt Disney, the music of ABBA and Billy Joel.
There was a point near the end of "La Noche de Los Mayas" when one wondered if the program could get any more intense.
The production that Kansas University's Theatre for Young People will stage this week is European in origin but every bit as relevant in 21st century America as it was in 1973 France.
For the third year in a row, Baldwin City Theatre regulars will break from their child-oriented summer programming to stage a flashier show.
Bluegrass, honkey tonk part of old-time concert Brass quintet to perform diverse concert
The Prairie Wind Dancers will present "InsideOutsideUpsideDown: Dances for Kids of All Ages" on Nov. 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
The art of a book is in its prose, right? Sure, a few works that top best-seller lists might have cleverly designed covers, but they're two-dimensional, flat, computer-generated.
Rock opera chronicles artists' stuggles with AIDS, rejection, love
"Rent" is coming to town. And by all accounts, it will feel more like a rock concert than your typical song-and-dance musical when the Tony award-winning production hits the Lied Center stage Monday and Tuesday.
Dominique Lapierre, author of "City of Joy," revisits India to tell the story of the chemical gas leak 18 years ago at Bhopal that still affects its residents.
Before readers get to Page 1 of "Tricky Business," Dave Barry has some words of warning about his second novel: "This book contains some bad words."
Publishers embrace star-studded publicity
Jerry Seinfeld, John Lithgow, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Andrews, Marlee Matlin and Spike Lee are bringing boldface names to a world long dominated by unknowns: the children's book industry.
Lawrence actors featured in Topeka's 'Vanities' Music academy opens in new downtown location Festival to showcase Nordic heritage
Writers strive for precision without sparsity. Perry poet Jason Wesco is no exception. What he has come to realize, though, is that collections of words, however well-targeted, cannot completely capture a moment in time.
Bovines on parade, in pasture inspire photos
Moo. The cattle call isn't what got Lawrence photographer Shakura Jackson's attention. It was the motley herd she encountered last summer during a trip to the Kansas City Zoo with her husband.
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
One of Canada's most celebrated writers canceled a book tour after complaining of racial profiling at U.S. airports.
Police arrested five people Saturday for allegedly plotting to kidnap Spice Girl Victoria Beckham by ambushing her outside her house with a chemical knockout spray, Scotland Yard and a British newspaper said.
Creators depend on procrastination to keep Comedy Central show fresh
Animators Trey Parker and Matt Stone play it so close to the wire on "South Park" that even they begin to sweat. "We treat this series like it's live," said Stone of the hit cartoon.
In this shooting gallery within an art gallery, a pellet gun and a bull's-eye over a human target evoke images of the recent sniper shootings.
Gorgeous textiles, ornate tiles and elaborate books are all traced back to a gang of invading warriors.
Five fiction authors, three poets and two playwrights are winners of the 18th annual Whiting Writers' Awards, given to "emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise."
A snakelike train carrying iron ore through the Sahara, the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, a mother grieving by the open casket of her AIDS-stricken child, a family having breakfast in their Western-style kitchen in Johannesburg.
Showing students a Michelangelo statue is as easy as a stroll down the hall at Edward Lee McClain High School in southwest Ohio.
Conference to honor famed organist Veteran's Day celebration to include brass concert Teddy bear sculptures to deck KC streets Lyric Opera to stage 'Salome' tragedy Nobel peace laureate to visit Kansas City
Saturday, November 2
A disgruntled former employee of Saks Fifth Avenue testified Friday in Winona Ryder's defense, accusing the security chief of Saks' Beverly Hills store of saying he would invent evidence to prove the actress shoplifted.
Theft trial ends after disclosure from Elizabeth II
Prosecutors unexpectedly dropped theft charges against Princess Diana's butler Friday after Queen Elizabeth II revealed she knew he'd taken some of Diana's possessions for safekeeping prompting speculation the monarch had acted to shield her family.
Parker, Broderick name new son after grandpa Kelly wins right to leave state Blondie faces hairy legal battle Spielberg bound for Cuba
NBC's "Frasier" will have a heart-stopping story for the November sweeps. The New York Daily News has learned that Frasier's persnickety brother Niles, played by David Hyde Pierce, will undergo bypass surgery in a multi-episode arc that begins Nov. 12.
In my humble opinion, the television year really doesn't get under way until the season premiere of "The Simpsons" (7 p.m. Sunday, Fox). America's favorite yellow family kicks off its 14th season with its Halloween "Treehouse of Horror XIII" trilogy.
The Ninth Annual Blues Revue features musical acts such as Blues 88 and Music Row. Tonight's event benefits Toys for Tots. Here are some other area activities this weekend:
Friday, November 1
Are Friday-night dramas television's most endangered species?
Was actor Bob Crane a likable, All-American guy? Or was he a depraved sex pervert? The answer is he was a bit of both.
Zevon says he outdid Morrison Harris wins award posthumously White waits for donor kidney There's a supermodel in us all
Yves Saint Laurent, a towering figure of 20th-century fashion, closed the doors Thursday to the legendary fashion house he started 40 years ago.
Despite cold temperatures, trick-or-treaters still enjoyed the day.
Toys for Tots Blues Revue delivers help to needy
Blues music is rarely aimed at the pre-teen demographic. With frank lyrics that tell of heartbreak, affliction and regret, the style doesn't generally appeal to the Teletubbies crowd.
Lawrence resident is gathering ghost stories for book on the ghosts of Kansas.
Until recently, it seemed only kids and music critics could love Eminem.
If you were looking for a knee-jerk defender of artists' rights, you'd find me first in line. So when I started hearing about CleanFlicks, ClearPlay and the other Utah companies that have developed technology to edit out profanity, sex and violence from home videos, I was appalled by the idea of people chopping up movies simply to fit their moral sensitivities.
The Steve Oedekerk-John A. Davis "Santa vs. the Snowman 3-D" is as bright and shiny as a Christmas tree ornament, and among other treats, it creates the illusion of snowflakes falling right into the viewer's lap.
There's a pivotal scene in Adam Sandler's 1998 comedy "The Wedding Singer" that offers a glimpse at his potential. In it, Sandler's pining musician character is having a drink with the fiance of a girl he is in love with, and realizes the guy might be cheating on her. He manipulates the man into admitting it, and pretends to play along as the lout begins to boast about his conquests. The camera focuses on Sandler's half-smiling face as he tries to hold back his contempt.