Stories for September 2002


Monday, September 30


Post-'Producers' production Clooney gone, not forgotten Rocker on the rebound Is nothing sacred?

'SNL' opens 28th season

As new year begins, book looks back on show's past glories

A new season, the 28th, dawns on "Saturday Night Live" this week and, as always, the question is how the pendulum will swing.

'Sweet Home Alabama' clips competition at box office

The South has risen again at the box office as Reese Witherspoon's Dixieland comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" collected $37.5 million to debut as the weekend's No. 1 movie.

'Standing' knee deep in mediocrity

Proof that Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden character still serves as the archetype for television comedy can be found on tonight's new sitcom offering, "Still Standing" (8:30 p.m., CBS).

Nirvana song released

A long-anticipated Nirvana song, the subject of much speculation and litigation, finally surfaced on airwaves last week, more than eight years after singer Kurt Cobain killed himself.

Sunday, September 29

Cuban-American novelist to read works at KU

Award-winning Cuban-American novelist Cristina Garcia will visit Kansas University and present a public reading of her works at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union.

Collector donates art to Rutgers

Rutgers University will receive more than 3,300 pieces of art from a California collector. The donation, worth nearly $5.5 million, is the largest ever to the university's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Peace Corps is haven for dot-com refugees

Volunteer organization sees increase in applicants from Bay Area

With an economic rebound nowhere in sight, some veterans of the dot-com bubble are abandoning the Bay Area for places as far away as Haiti, Honduras and Ghana. Their road to the Next Big Thing is the same one taken by a previous generation of idealistic young Americans: the Peace Corps.

Samurai epic makes for fantastic game

Like moviemakers, videogame producers know a good thing when they see it. That's why there are so many movie and videogame sequels. Some are good, some are awful (see "Revenge of the Nerds 2".)

Prairie Wind Dancers to perform

Concert to celebrate First Step House

The Prairie Wind Dancers, the resident dance company at the Lawrence Arts Center, will present a First Step House Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the arts center, 940 N.H.

'Idiot's Guide to the Bible' not quite idiotic

Notable for their orange-and-blue covers and good sales, "The Complete Idiot's Guide" paperbacks are certainly eclectic. Among the 550-some topics in the series: acupuncture, beer, breast-feeding, Elvis, in-laws and "Being Sexy."

Orchestra struggling with finances

The Philadelphia Orchestra's endowment has dropped by $10 million over the past two years, making an ongoing fund-raising campaign vital to the group, officials said.

Arts notes

Home tour set for Saturday in Leavenworth Design concepts to be highlighted Quilt Show to feature patriotic themes Sculptors group to meet at Burcham

Arts notes

Teens with tattoos linked to risky behavior Studey: Epidural doesn't increase long-term pain Survey says mothers don't leave work early Survey says mothers don't leave work early Recipes offered for quick breakfasts Days set aside for kids to taste new things Teenagers buy time with a filler word 'Sweet Dreams' campaign to begin

Relatives gradually realize matriarch needs special care

Slaine Hayes woke in the middle of a February night to the sound of the closet door shutting. Sleep had been hard to come by since Slaine's 87-year-old mother, afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, moved in the week before. Cora Rafferty's nighttime activities were already starting to become routine, and her daughter was feeling the strain of sleeping with one ear cocked open.

Artist hopes to capture spirit of czars with egg

Inspired in part by historical art works, the famous jeweler and goldsmith Carl Faberge created scores of exquisite Easter eggs for the czars and czarinas of Russia.

Lawrence author returns to discuss 'Dance of Connection'

Any author will tell you: Promotional book tours are anything but glamorous. These tedious undertakings require tons of cross-country travel and endless interviews with the media. Being on the road for a book tour can make you entirely mentally ill," said Harriet Lerner, internationally known author of nine books, including The New York Times best seller "The Dance of Anger."

KU Theatre opens season with comedy by Shakespeare

'Two Gentlemen of Verona' will begin Friday at Murphy Hall

Take William Shakespeare's words and characters, plunk them down in the "Happy Days" diner, and you'll have an idea what University Theatre's production of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" is all about.

Radio program to launch new season

'Between the Ears' to open Saturday

It's a brand-new season for "Right Between the Ears." Kansas Public Radio's resident rib-ticklers are back with the season opener of their award-winning comedy show at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.

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Book chronicles 'king' of sailing events

Zimmerman covers nonstop, around-the-world competition in 'The Race'

The "king" of sailing competitions is called simply "The Race," which is the subject of Tim Zimmermann's exhilarating book of the same name.

King's Buick needs tuneup

Give this much to Stephen King: He doesn't sit on his laurels and rely on formulas. Yes, "From a Buick 8" is about an evil car, in a manner of speaking. And yes, King trod that ground years ago with "Christine," which was engaging if mediocre. But this latest novel is different in many ways in topic, style and in the way King chooses to tell his story.

Film actor Hawke can write, too

'Ash Wednesday' is author's second book

He can act, and it turns out that film star Ethan Hawke can write, too. "Ash Wednesday," Hawke's second book, is a moody, jacked-up melding of a road saga and coming-of-age novel.

Arts notes

Deadline looms for Phoenix Awards Divine Winefest to celebrate anniversary Baker theater students to offer first tour

News shows list lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Emmy-winning news producer dies

Arthur Lord, 60, headed NBC's Saigon bureau during Vietnam War

Arthur Lord, an Emmy Award winning television news producer who as NBC's Saigon bureau chief risked his life to evacuate more than 100 Vietnamese in the last days of the war, has died. He was 60.

College takes alumna's cause to heart

Campus where 'Silent Spring' author matriculated to eliminate toxic chemicals

Forty years after author Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring" and brought the dangers of man-made pesticides to the nation's attention, her alma mater marked the occasion with a promise the activist would have applauded: The school pledged to eliminate toxic chemicals on campus.

Saturday, September 28

Weekend full of sweet sounds

Music will fill the autumn air this weekend across the area. From Cheap Trick to the Lawrence High School Band Marathon Concert to the Plea for Peace Tour, there is something for everyone.


Singer to undergo brain surgery Zeffirelli film celebrates diva Cheney toasts American women Soul singer Barry White needs a kidney transplant

Yoko Ono, former aide to John Lennon reach settlement

Yoko Ono and a former assistant to John Lennon reached a settlement Friday regarding his use of nearly 400 private family photos, ending a bitter dispute that stretched across two decades.

Sleuth seeks real Gatsby

Mystery surrounds inspiration for famous character

C Howard Comen spent a long, hot summer in New York on the trail of an elusive man a man who has been dead for almost 45 years. Comen, a private investigator, is trying to unravel the mystery of 1920s socialite Max von Gerlach, or maybe his name was Max Stark Gerlach.


Princely lawsuit targets Web site LaLanne's star shines Sculpture honors Heston Jett's a hit with troops

Cullberg Ballet to present 'Swan Lake' at Lied

The Cullberg Ballet will present a modern version of "Swan Lake" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center. The production will feature Tchaikovsky's classic musical score, but Mats Ek's "Swan Lake" is modern, but in a radically different way. Ek has retained the music and framework of the sJ-W Staff Reports

Friday, September 27

Make the money or do the stunts? Jackie Chan finds a way

Jackie Chan may have a hole in his head from a miscalculated leap "Touch it!," he says, placing my hand on his scalp and he may play the affable stooge on screen, but he's nobody's fool when it comes to his appeal. He knows his public wants to see him, not some stunt double, falling from high places, jumping between speeding buses, narrowly avoiding Ninja death blows. "When I do a stunt there's so many problems now," says Jackie (no one calls him Mr. Chan), in San Francisco to promote "The Tuxedo," a secret-agent spoof that opens today. "Security guy on the set. Safety captain. Two insurance men. Sometimes I do a stunt; sometimes they use a double and just cover his face."

Arts notes

Lerner appears at Lawrence Borders Wertses to perform at Trail Day fest Auditions to be held for holiday musical Burton speaks at Emporia

'Tuxedo' tailor-made for Chan

The camera opens on a pastoral vista, with rolling hills and a babbling stream. A majestic elk wades into the water ... then urinates in it. This contaminant is tracked as it flows straight into a bottled water processing plant. The opening scene of "The Tuxedo" announces to the viewer that this is not your typical Jackie Chan flick.

Good lessons

Thom Alexander's Americana Music Academy brings a sense of harmony to Lawrence

Lawrence residents have become accustomed to the sounds of music emanating from the 700 block of New Hampshire Street. Usually they hail from the nightly bands at The Bottleneck, and until recently, from the booming sound system of Tremors. But lately another type of music can be found throughout the day at the Americana Music Academy, 745 N.H.


Clarkson enjoys shining 'Moment' Bartender tops on 'Big Brother' Father newest role for Fraser Fergie thankful for U.S. kindness

Companies bet on Vegas for market research

Sin City visitors provide input for product development, TV programming

Linda Pulido never expected to spend her Las Vegas trip helping decide who'd be the next anchor on a morning television news show.

Restorers piece together art

Historical Giotto fresco reconstructed on basilica's ceiling

St. Jerome's white beard is largely gone, his rich cloak looks like it was devoured by moths, and the roll of writing paper on his desk has disappeared.

'Barbershop' scene stays, despite critics

Despite the threat of a boycott by the Rev. Al Sharpton, MGM says it will not remove a scene from the hit comedy "Barbershop" that mocks civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

New cop show has film noir feel

Tom Sizemore brings a palpable intensity to the dark, stylish and violent new police drama "Robbery Homicide Division" (9 p.m., CBS). He plays detective Sam Cole, the head of an elite unit of the LAPD assigned to the gritty city's most notorious crimes. "Robbery" makes the most of the City of Angels' many murky demimondes and mysterious ethnic enclaves. The pilot begins in a smoky disco in Koreatown, where the thump of club music is shattered by the staccato pop of a drive-by shooter. Cole immediately surmises the pattern of the bullet's spray and soon ascertains that a bloodied "witness" was probably the intended target.

Thursday, September 26

Banned Books Week officials report less censorship

As the American Library Assn. marks its 21st annual Banned Books Week, the organization is running low on actual bans to report.

Collection needs city audience

Finances force trustees to defy founder's wishes, desert suburbs

The cash-strapped Barnes Foundation wants to move its world-renowned collection of Cezannes, Picassos, Renoirs and van Goghs from the suburbs to the city so that it can attract more patrons and shore up its shaky finances.


Oh, yes they did Ex-wife sues Christopher Lloyd Emmy attire up for charity Highway named for Tina Turner

Sales for Sept. 11-themed books drop considerably

Sales for Sept. 11 books have dropped substantially since the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks, although a handful of titles remain best sellers.

Wednesday, September 25

Miss New Jersey objects to judge's 'Sopranos' question

A Miss America pageant judge was wrong to ask Miss New Jersey about her views on "The Sopranos," the contestant and some Italian-American groups said.

'Barbershop' crosses into mainstream

Black film shows unusual success with a generous mix of audiences

While several black films have debuted at or near the top of the box-office charts over the past several years, the conventional wisdom in Hollywood has been that those numbers drop off before the movie reaches a mainstream audience.


Ben, J. Lo not taking it slow Clarke criticizes space progress Cosby named parade marshal Prince Charles welcome to go

Producers offer apology for 'Barbershop' barbs

Jesse Jackson says he's pleased the producers of "Barbershop" have apologized for the film's barbs about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others, but he still wants the jokes cut from future DVD and video editions of the hit movie.

Tuesday, September 24

ABC needs to land a hit show this fall

Comic Jimmy Kimmel, ABC's anointed late-night answer to David Letterman and Jay Leno, stood before a packed house of advertisers in New York, trying to help the network win their dollars.


Pro wrestler's trial set in assault Rockers headline Farm Aid Prince Andrew jokes with patriots Pavarotti to become a papa

Actor Nolte enters rehab after arrest

Actor Nick Nolte, arrested earlier this month for suspicion of driving under the influence, has checked into a Connecticut substance abuse center. Nick Nolte voluntarily entered Silver Hill Hospital to receive advice and counsel that he feels he needs at this time,- his publicist, Paul Bloch, said Monday.

Rivers flubs through Emmy pre-show

Love her or hate her, at this point award shows wouldn't be the same without Joan Rivers showing off her latest cosmetic surgery, assessing the final product developed by the stars' stylists and showing her vast ignorance about the industry she is covering.

Monday, September 23

Emmy Awards 'friendly' for NBC

The White House drama "The West Wing" won its third consecutive Emmy as best drama series Sunday, and "Friends" was honored as best comedy for the first time in its eight years on the air.


'Star Trek' actor pens book Griffin sells hotel site of scandal Liz Taylor sells ring RCA remixes the King's work

'Barbershop' continues to trim competition at box office

American audiences couldn't resist a visit to the "Barbershop," as last week's top film earned an estimated $13.3 million to clip four newcomers and stay No. 1 at the box office.

Sunday, September 22

Same-day fire more deadly than legendary one in Chicago

On Oct. 8, 1871, a fire began that has become enshrined in American history. It swept across much of Chicago, killing as many as 300 people and doing millions of dollars' damage to the rapidly growing city.

Arts notes

California exhibit features work of Kansans Polka bands highlight of Oktoberfest 'Animal Planet' host to appear in Topeka Events explore work of Lewis and Clark Scottish games slated in McPherson Collectors to show toys in Oskaloosa Quilt show to help hospital in Paola Lawrence student wins Best of Show award Illustrator to give talk at Spencer Museum

Disney adapts Japanese anime film for American audiences

Minnesota museum showcases Soviet painting

A new museum is out to debunk the idea that art from the Soviet Union was all propaganda with no enduring artistic merit by exposing Americans to artists who flourished within the Communist system.

Hip-hop star is good-natured bad boy of rap

Despite his sexual party-boy image, the heart of hip-hop star Nelly seems to be as golden as his teeth. While hypnotizing the nation with carnal lyrics like "It's getting hot in here ... So take off all your clothes," the unmarried father of a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son is more interested in having fun than rapping about violence and guns.

Austin music seeds sewn at hall loved by cowboys, hippies and performers

Long after the last guitar note was strummed and the Armadillo World Headquarters closed down, the funky Austin music hall lives on in Texas lore. "The Armadillo was like a Texas brag. It was just too big to be real. We took it so seriously that the local folks kind of poked a lot of fun at us," said founder Eddie Wilson.

LHS band plans marathon benefit

Members of the Lawrence High School Band will present a marathon concert from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 at the school, 1901 La.

A man, a camera and a lot of good taste

Photographer Mick Rock endures drug-crazed career, egos of rock stars

Mick Rock inevitably relied on two constants during his 30-year immersion in the rock 'n' roll life: his camera and his impeccable taste in music.

KU Symphony Orchestra opens fall season

Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Hankewich, debuts its fall season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lied Center. Hankewich is associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and interim director of orchestral studies at KU.

Seem-To-Bes set sail with 'Sinbad'

The Seem-To-Be Players, the resident professional children's theater company at the Lawrence Arts Center, will open its 30th season with "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor."

American Indian musician-dancer to begin residency

Kevin Locke, who is known for his flute playing and interpretation of American Indian hoop dance, will participate in a residency Oct. 1-4 as part of the Lied Center's Civic Dialogue Project. He will participate in discussions, school performances and classroom activities.

Appreciating your neighbors' work

Here are the events scheduled as part of the Lawrence Own Your Own exhibition. All events are at the old Carnegie library building, 200 W. Ninth.

N.C. Wyeth exhibition pairs with tempera painting show

Visitors to the "Milks and Eggs" show at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art will be offered a fuller range of N.C. Wyeth's styles and subjects in the coinciding exhibition, "N.C. Wyeth: Works from the Collection of the Brandywine River Museum." The exhibition runs through Nov. 17.


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Writer reinvents mythic past

'Summerland' is tale of environmental peril

At age 39, author Michael Chabon appears well placed in the great, grown-up world. He is married, has three children and lives on a leafy side street in a scenic, high-priced city.

New York teens run amok in author's novel

Much of the interest already generated by "Twelve" comes from the age of the novel's precocious author. At 18, Nick McDonell has written a book set in the privileged private-school world of New York's Upper East Side, where rich-kid wannabe hipsters experiment with drugs, sex and violence during Christmas break from school.

Arts briefs

Playwright puts his mark on 'Frankenstein' Country singer slated at Ottawa auditorium Buster Keaton takes center stage at festival

Show puts spotlight on Lawrence's talent

When art collectors Lee and Darcy Gerhard moved to Lawrence a few years ago, they brought with them an idea that would take root in their new hometown.

Activities boost exhibition

Here are the activities scheduled in conjunction with the "Milk & Eggs: The American Revival of Tempera Painting, 1930-1950" exhibit at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

Time for tempera

'Milk & Eggs' looks at revival of medieval painting technique

The mid-20th-century American revival of the medieval technique of tempera painting is the subject of the next exhibition at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.


'Bama Belle is Mrs. America Star-powered endorsement Childhood, interrupted Chance meeting changes attitude

Lineups set for Sunday news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Newcomers expected to rule at Emmys

'Alias,' 'Bernie Mac,' 'The Shield' among first-time nominees

After last September's unsettled Emmy Awards, organizers are welcoming a return to show business as usual. It's anything but, however, when it comes to the boldest pack of Emmy contenders yet.

Saturday, September 21

Arts awards honor Lawrence recipients

KANU, arts center director feted

Two of Lawrence's own were honored Friday for their commitment to the arts in Kansas. Public radio station KANU-FM and Ann Evans, executive director of the Lawrence Arts Center, received Governor's Arts Awards during a dinner and ceremony in Kansas City, Kan.

Entertainment plentiful this weekend

From music to football to theater, there is plenty of offerings in the region this weekend. Here are some events you might want to check out:


Garbo greets travelers to Sweden Malkovich tries being a director Bowie back where Ziggy died Music director wins top honors

Creators of Berenstain Bears books release autobiography

Since moving into their treehouse deep in Bear Country 40 years ago, the Berenstain Bears have helped children cope with first trips to the dentist, new siblings, summer camp and messy rooms.

N. Carolina controversy may boost pageant ratings

The furor over topless photos and who would wear Miss North Carolina's crown may give the Miss America Pageant's ratings a much-needed boost. Producers are hoping all that turmoil plus a little more skin and some reality TV-style gimmicks will pump up interest in tonight's live, three-hour telecast.

Ear implant opens world of sounds for Miss America '95

Heather Whitestone McCallum, deaf since childhood, could deal with not hearing her name announced as the next Miss America in 1995. But when one of her sons fell and scraped his head in the back yard and she couldn't hear his cry, she drew the line.

Friday, September 20

Business Ledger

Being a hero is just part of the job for 'Four Feathers' star Heath Ledger

"I'm based in L.A., but I haven't been in my own bed for like a year and a half," said actor Heath Ledger. "I've been everywhere but." It's been a frenzied ride for the 23-year-old native of Perth, Australia. Since coming to the attention of American audiences in "10 Things I Hate About You" three years ago, Ledger has made six films. The locations have ranged from overseas points such as Italy and the Czech Republic to American spots such as Louisiana and South Carolina.

Collectors take a fancy to auction's feline art

Every dog has its day, as the saying goes. But cats now have theirs as well, as they brush aside "man's best friend" to take center stage at an art auction.

Howard sheds light on 'Alamo' project

While Ron Howard may no longer be directing his pet project, "The Alamo," for Disney, the director hasn't abandoned the project completely.

'John Doe' theme intriguing

Australian actor Dominic Purcell plays the enigmatic title character in "John Doe," (8 p.m., Fox), in which he wakes up one morning on an emerald island near Seattle and doesn't have a clue about his past, his name or how he got there. What he does know is that he knows everything. Yes, he's Alex Trebek's worst nightmare. He knows how many blue Buicks are registered in Washington state, the industrial building code for 1964 and the weight of the sun. And he also can instantly adapt to any situation. Put him into a helicopter and he can fly it. Talk to him in a Cambodian dialect and he can respond in kind. Just don't ask him his name, how he got the strange tattoo on his chest, or why he seems to see the world in grainy black and white.

Mountain film festival held in Lawrence

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a collection of the best films involving mountain sports, will screen Friday and Saturday at Liberty Hall.

Lawrence's Windsor Medium finds something to Crow about

If hitting it big in the music business has much to do with being in the right place at the right time, then Windsor Medium is having its share of success. The Lawrence band's next gig is playing for an audience of about 20,000 opening for pop-rock diva Sheryl Crow. The concert is Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, with Crow headlining the event and newcomer Michelle Branch performing in between.

'Feathers' gets lost in desert

The filmmaking team behind "The Four Feathers" thought it was crafting another "Lawrence of Arabia" but the result is closer to "Ishtar." This old-fashioned desert epic isn't a total sand trap, yet considering the talent behind and in front of the camera it stands as a major disappointment. And if the decision-making processes behind most of the main characters are any way based on historical precedent, it's a wonder the British Empire didn't crumble a century earlier.

First lady stops to read at 'Sesame Street'

Laura Bush looked right at home as she visited a monster and a towering fowl.


Tom and Nicole try image control Maniac joins plant opposition Heston stumps for Alabama GOP Kravitz bids adieu to antiques

'Sex' sells well in Asia

HBO show's aura a match for marketers

It's in the running for several Emmys on Sunday. But "Sex and the City" has long been on a winning streak with viewers and not only in the United States.

Thursday, September 19

'Do Over' goes back to the future

What if you were offered the chance to live your teen years all over again? Would it be a dream come true or a cosmic nightmare? "Do Over" (7:30 p.m., WB), concerns Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old salesman with a less-than-wonderful life who finds himself transported back in time to 1981, when he (Penn Badgley) was only 14 years old.


Trial date set for Ryder No doubt, they're married Fashionable fund-raiser Location is everything

Rosie O'Donnell pulls plug on magazine

Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell abruptly quit her namesake magazine Wednesday, citing a deteriorating relationship with the magazine's publisher, Gruner + Jahr.

Harry Potter plagiarism case takes odd twist

A federal judge has rejected a writer's claims that she was plagiarized by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and in turn fined her $50,000, saying she "perpetuated a fraud."

Latin Grammys hit stride

Except for absence of Cubans, show goes smoothly

Alejandro Sanz, who dominated last year's Latin Grammys, swept its major categories on Wednesday night, taking home trophies for album, song, and record of the year.

'American Idol' winner's rush job misses the mark

It's not "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson's fault that her first recording as a bona fide pop star, the two-song nugget featuring "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love" that landed in stores Tuesday, is a bit underwhelming.

Wednesday, September 18

Hot rod drama a winner

Don't let a ludicrous plot, over-the-top casting and frequently incomprehensible slang stop you from watching "Fastlane" (8 p.m., Fox), a seriously addictive new action series.

Sculptor's artistic vision shows lack of foresight

The city wants to put up a marble sculpture of the Roman God Janus, but the plan appears to have a bit of a blind spot. The 36-ton sculpture of Janus the god of beginnings usually depicted with two bearded heads facing in opposite directions has noses sticking out more than 2 feet, starting nearly 5 feet above a plaza.

New 'Celticgrass' album sounds great

Woodstock moves up in reel world

Film festival well-positioned to attract movie stars and folk singers

Woodstock is ready for its close-up, again. The third annual Woodstock Film Festival kicks off today. Like the town hosting it, the five-day festival figures to be artsy and left-of-center with a distinct New York City accent.

Tuesday, September 17

'Push' different but not unique

Viewers with memories of 1990 may be suffering a major case of deja vu. George Bush is in the White House. There is talk of war in Iraq, and a show that looks suspiciously like "Twin Peaks" has just debuted.


No time for traffic ticket Whole lotta Love Redding honored with statue Gates family growing


It could be something Looking for love Everyone's in the picture Singer battles brain tumor

New sitcom unveils Garth's goofy talent

It's a strange but true Hollywood story. Jennie Garth has discovered her inner clown. The former teen trauma queen of "Beverly Hills, 90210" is just a chucklehead at heart.

CBS bounces Jane Clayson as host of 'The Early Show'

Now CBS is searching for two new co-hosts for its troubled morning program, "The Early Show." The network confirmed Monday it had reassigned Jane Clayson, who has juggled a series of guest co-hosts at the third-rated news show ever since Bryant Gumbel departed on May 17.

Reeve stars in ABC documentary

"What we're trying to show is that conventional wisdom is now falling by the wayside," said Christopher Reeve, describing a new documentary that chronicles remarkable progress in his fight to regain movement and even walk again.

Pyramid won't yield secrets

Robot peeks beyond door, finds only stone surface

A toy train-sized robot opened one door of Egypt's Great Pyramid this morning, only to find another, leaving scientists and TV viewers alike scratching their heads. The robot dubbed the Pyramid Rover took two hours to crawl through a narrow shaft, drilling through a door at the end and inserting a camera connected to a thin cable to see what was behind it.

Monday, September 16


The power of music 'Friends' cast to present Emmys Immigration cause championed A decade of 'Power'

For 18th birthday, Prince Harry vows to continue his mother's charity

Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, marked his 18th birthday on Sunday promising to take up the charity work his late mother, Princess Diana, was unable to finish. Newspapers praised the young prince as they carried specially commissioned photographs and excerpts from his first official interview to mark his coming of age.

'Barbershop' clips competition to top box office

Movie-goers might want to phone ahead for an appointment to get into "Barbershop." The warmhearted comedy starring Ice Cube as reluctant proprietor of his late father's business debuted in first place at the box office with $21 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Frasier' breaks Mary's Emmy record

MTV's 'The Osbournes' named best reality series

"Frasier" is in an Emmy class by itself. The NBC comedy, breaking a record held by "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," became Emmy's most-honored show when it received three creative arts awards Saturday in a precursor to the Sept. 22 main event.

Sunday, September 15

Arts notes

Artists to pair for show at KU Bluegrass musicians gather for annual event Australian guitarist to appear at Baker RV, boat show coming to Kansas City Quilters to hang works in Crown Center KU design professor wins Fulbright grant 'Parade' features hundreds of KC-area houses Textile art on display at Watkins Museum Woodwind players plan concert, school programs

Cutting-edge art

Gallery courts contemporary creations

A trio of young artists see a gap in the visual arts scene in Lawrence and they're taking steps to change that landscape. Paragraph, a gallery dedicated to showing contemporary art by emerging or established artists, opened earlier this month at 701 Mass.

Lawrence actress takes on Patsy Cline role

Annette Cook has been grooming herself for the lead role of "Always Patsy Cline" for decades. In the 1980s while living in New York City as a struggling actress, she and her friends put together a country-western band called Rock Therapy and played the nightclub circuit.

Short story author has success in debut collection

Read the stories in "You Are Not a Stranger Here" and you might expect author Adam Haslett to be a dark, brooding man with a few nervous twitches and a taste for prescription drugs.

'Unlocking the Sky' reveals race over development of airplane

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Orville Wright's solo flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C., we can expect to be overloaded with accounts of the noble brothers. They're part of American lore, of course, enterprising bicycle repairmen from Dayton, Ohio, who finally broke our earthly bonds with powered flight.

Eggers embracing publishing industry

Many who read Dave Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" held the memoir close to their hearts, while the contrarian writer worked hard to put the publishing industry at a distance.


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Carrying on a dancer's legacy

Stackhouse teaches Simon work to KU students

For the past week, choreographer Sarah Stackhouse has been setting excerpts of Jose Limon's "A Choreographic Offering" with Kansas University dance students. Stackhouse danced with the Jose Limon Company from 1958 to 1969 as a principal dancer and partner to its founder.

Collage Concert blends the fine arts

The Third Annual Collage Concert, sponsored by the Kansas University School of Fine Arts, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center. The Collage Concert showcases works by KU visual and performing art students and faculty in a fast-paced, non-stop, 90-minute format.

Ailey Male Trio to dance at arts center

The Ailey Male Trio, three male dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. A Meet the Artist reception will be after the performance.

Conductor eager to direct Mozart, Copland works

Timothy Hankewich signed on to conduct the season opener for the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra because of two compositions on the program: Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Jupiter" symphony.

Arts notes

Spencer Museum slates black-tie gala John Brown relative to give program Professor to talk about dinosaurs Events features East Indian music Lawrence quilter in show in Sedan

Willie and Joe's creator in new battle

WWII veterans making pilgrimage to bedside of ailing cartoonist

When the strangers come to visit the old sergeant, they offer keepsakes from more than half a century ago: Faded black-and-white photos of themselves in uniform, yellowed newspaper clippings and dog-eared cartoons of GIs Willie and Joe.

Networks list guest lineups for Sunday news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:


Seeking green for 'Red Velvets' Crooner immortalized in bronze San Sebastian honors trio Great forehand, greater being

Saturday, September 14

Oddsmaker lists Ralphie Cifaretto as most likely to be whacked in 'The Sopranos'

Ralphie, don't worry too much about your retirement plan. An offshore gambling company on Thursday listed "The Sopranos" character Ralph Cifaretto as most likely to be whacked during the upcoming season. The season premiere is Sunday on HBO.

'Sopranos' back in business

HBO mob drama begins 4th season

A lot too much has happened since "The Sopranos" completed its third season. That was in May 2001 as HBO's great drama wrung out a finale of unrelieved foreboding.

Franco says he's not like his tortured roles

James Franco is emerging from the iconic shadow of James Dean to be the brooding actor of a new generation.


Jagger's promotion rattles fellow Rolling Stone Richards A frosty reception Clintons exact comments in best, worst dressed list Cronkite has career yearnings

Giuliani parts with old hairdo to rave reviews

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has given up his comb-over hairstyle in favor of a straight-back 'do that is winning rave reviews.

Friday, September 13

Magazine puts new Spin on Lawrence music community

In the validation-from-outsiders sweepstakes, the Lawrence music scene has found another winner. The October issue of Spin, featuring power duo The White Stripes holding a monkey on the cover (maybe they could recruit IT to play bass), includes a nifty article called "College Life 101." Ten towns are the focus of the piece, from Boston, Mass., to Missoula, Mont. And Lawrence made the list as well.


President's brother Neil files for divorce from wife of 22 years Judge says a document missing in Winona Ryder shoplifting case Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon has untreatable lung cancer Musicians make peace offering

Princess Grace's memory alive and well 20 years later

Below the gilded dome of the Cathedral of Monaco lies the body of Princess Grace. Flowers are arranged over the marble slab of her tomb, and a wooden plaque instructs visitors: "Silence and Respect."

Pageant picks Miss N. Carolina

Runner-up tapped for runway after judge backs away

And the winner is ... Misty Clymer, who was chosen Thursday to represent North Carolina at the Miss America Pageant over a woman who gave up the state crown over topless photos taken by a boyfriend.

Police accuse Nick Nolte of driving under influence

A drooling and disheveled Nick Nolte was swerving into oncoming lanes in his black Mercedes-Benz before his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said Thursday.

Tom Green's talent doesn't ripen with age

Put a thousand chimps in a room with typewriters, the old saying goes, and one of them will manage to peck out a script to "Hamlet."

Cable TV celebrates James Caan

It's James Caan week on cable television. Saturday, A&E aired the futuristic fantasy "Lathe of Heaven" starring Caan as a slyly manipulative therapist. Tonight, Caan stars again, this time in "Blood Crime" (7 p.m., USA).

Aniston shows range in 'Good Girl'

Hate your job? Hate your home life?

Jimmy jams

'SNL' star Jimmy Fallon exploits musical gifts on 'Bathroom Wall'

"I've done so many bad live gigs because I got advice when I was young to play everywhere," said Jimmy Fallon. Although the "Saturday Night Live" star still seems to be appearing everywhere on magazine covers, as host of the MTV Video Awards, in feature films such as "Almost Famous" he has temporarily conquered the problem of awful live performances. Fallon just released "The Bathroom Wall," a collection of tunes that put the comedian's knack for witty songwriting and musical impressions into a format that works every time.

Thursday, September 12

A relatively lame 'Family Affair'

If you have any respect or affection for the classic sitcom "Family Affair" (7 p.m., WB), you will avert your eyes from the dreadful retread debuting tonight. This "Family" desecrates a well-loved icon with bad casting, trite writing and a painful disregard for the emotional life of its characters.

Networks go for nostalgia with fall lineup

New television shows to offer familiar themes as broadcasters react to terrorism

Come to momma, poppa and the television set, and everything will be all better.


Glover: War is not the answer Wanted: Scientific film script Stephanopoulos a new dad Astronaut claims self-defense

PBS takes top honors in news, documentary Emmys

With 14 honors, PBS led the annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in a ceremony dominated by work related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Oscar winner Kim Hunter dies

Actress won Academy Award for 'Streetcar Named Desire'

Kim Hunter, who won a supporting Oscar in 1951 as the long-suffering Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and appeared in three "Planet of the Apes" movies, died Wednesday. She was 79.

Incubus misses tangible connection

Like the weather on Tuesday night, Incubus was crisp but a little chilly.

Best bets

Wednesday, September 11

Christopher Reeve makes super progress

Christopher Reeve has regained some movement and sensation in his hands and feet, seven years after a horse-riding accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, one of his doctors said Tuesday.

Glassjaw still forerunner of hardcore music

The ultimate legacy of New York City hardcore may not be the music that sprang from it while the scene was thriving but the tributaries that emerged once it imploded.

9-11 coverage saturates networks

Television will be forever linked to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Millions of Americans and billions around the globe first learned of the hateful attacks via television.


New buzz about moon landings Whitney wastes water Hope award goes to Oprah Reiner's political options open

'West Wing' to lighten up

Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing," is excited about the upcoming fourth season, mainly because "it's no longer last season." The third-season "West Wing" was thrown for a loop by Sept. 11 and never quite recovered.

Tuesday, September 10

'Shoulder' offers peek at White House life

Imagine being the chief butler at the White House for 21 years. Imagine the notes on the presidents and their goings-on that you could jot down in a little spiral notebook while no one was looking.


New George Harrison album due Full of good intentions Hometown a special place Model wants to expand her zone

Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot recovering after stomach surgery

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, whose hits include "Sundown" and "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," was recovering Monday from emergency stomach surgery. The 63-year-old Canadian performer underwent surgery Sunday for an unspecified stomach ailment, according to acquaintances and hospital officials.

Jerry Lewis collapses at London show

Comedian Jerry Lewis, suffering recently from severe back pain and other health problems, collapsed backstage at a charity show and was unable to perform, the show's master of ceremonies said Monday.

'Yanks' offers new view of 9-11

If I had to choose only one of the dozens of documentaries dedicated to the events of 9-11, I would watch "Stranded Yanks: A Diary Between Friends" (8 p.m., PBS). This is not to slight some of the other excellent programming.

Monday, September 9

Creepy teen thriller 'Swimfan' leads at the box office

"Swimfan," a creepy thriller about a teenage seductress who stalks a high school swim star, took the weekend box office by surprise, earning $12.4 million to finish in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Gordon Lightfoot hospitalized Filming the real Titanic Childhood memento for sale Reliving the bad old days

Venice Film Festival makes edgy choice for best picture

'The Magdalene Sisters' casts unflattering light on convent

Director Peter Mullan's scathing depiction of an abusive Catholic convent "The Magdalene Sisters" won the Golden Lion for best picture Sunday at the Venice Film Festival, with American actress Julianne Moore taking best actress for "Far From Heaven."

Sunday, September 8

Arts notes

Lawrence artist showing works in Chicago Baker University lists performances, lectures River Fest slated in Leavenworth Small chairs to raise money for museum Caribbean-themed party to boost museum Turkish textiles displayed in Topeka


Horse dukes out actress 'Dirty, Pretty' wins raves Reward offered in bridge arson 'First Love' singer finds love

Networks list news show guests

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

There she is and there she is, too

Both Miss North Carolinas show at Miss America Pageant event in Philadelphia

No shrinking violet, Rebekah Revels smiled patiently for photographers as she adorned her plum pants suit with a $19,200 pearl-and-diamond necklace at Tiffany's on Saturday.

Jazz great buried with pomp

Procession through Harlem precedes Hampton's burial

The remains of jazz great Lionel Hampton were carried Saturday in a white horse-drawn hearse through the streets of Harlem, with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis blowing a dirge to lead the funeral procession.

KU professor showing paintings in Florida

Roger Shimomura, Kansas University art professor, has a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, Fla.

Arts notes

'Dead Man Walking' author visits K-State KU recital features trombone, piano Spencer Museum offers adult education classes Holiday Art Fair seeking entries

Photos reflect artist's work with children

A new exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art features more than 150 photographs from Wendy Ewald's work with children around the world. "Secret Games: Wendy Ewald Collaborative Works with Children, 1969-1999" runs Sept. 15-Dec. 8 at the museum, 4420 Warwick Blvd.

Arts notes

Chamber orchestra lists officers, board members Lawrence musician to appear at state fair

Watkins, Spencer museums take part in national observance of terrorist attacks

In addition to the Watkins Community Museum of History in Lawrence, several other museums are taking part in Celebrate America's Freedoms in a Day of Remembrance, a national observance spearheaded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Association of Museums.

Arts notes

Spencer Consort to take listeners on journey Blues and Barbecue kicks off Friday

Leader of American Indian music renaissance to appear at Lied Center

Robert Mirabal and his performance ensemble RareTribalMob will bring their "Music From a Painted Cave" tour to the Lied Center. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Haskell art market, photo exhibit and quilts add to show

Here is the lineup of activities planned in conjunction with the 14th Annual Indian Arts Show.

Winners hail from Lawrence, across U.S.

Here are the award winners in the 14th Annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show.

Photos examine stereotypes, culture

As part of the 14th Annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show, the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art will display "Four Photographers: Zig Jackson, Victor Masayesva Jr., Shelley Niro, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie," an exhibition of works by four American Indian photographers. The exhibit runs through Oct. 20.

What are you reading?


'Malaise' just right to read at summer's end

In its scrutiny of the weather in Southern California a climate prone to endless stretches where one day is indistinguishable from the one before it "Malaise" makes for an unexpectedly apt and generous end-of-the-summer read.

Ellis' novel provides look at 19th century

In Virginia Ellis' novel "The Wedding Dress," Julia and Victoria Atwater, young widows of Confederate soldiers, are left to mourn for their families and depleted Southern community, tend their fading Virginia plantation, support themselves financially and resist Reconstruction.

Changing world

Author creates stir with 'Lovely Bones'

Nighttime in Manhattan. Guests slip past the red velvet ropes of a hot midtown cocktail lounge and go inside to munch complicated hors d'oeuvres and toast a new novelist. Award-winning author Jonathan Franzen, AOL/Time Warner Book Group CEO Larry Kirshbaum and a host of others are celebrating Alice Sebold and her best-selling "The Lovely Bones."

Arts notes

Governor's Arts Awards winners to be honored Branson fest celebrates American crafts, music Artist's work illustrates major events in her life Broadway star pairs with KC Symphony

Indian Arts Show judges give this year's entries a thumbs-up

Nelda Schrupp reached deep inside a large clay pot sitting on a table among other artworks entered in the 14th Annual Indian Arts Show at Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology.

Saturday, September 7

Deadsy introduces 'undercore'

Deadsy - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan. - 09/06/2002

By Michael Newman Though the sell-out crowd that turned the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence into a steam bath Friday night mainly came to hear headliner Taproot, flavor-of-the-month rap-rockers, it was supporting act Deadsy that offered something interesting and who might still be doing so six months from now.

Willie Nelson cancels Sandstone appearance

Willie Nelson has canceled four concerts after being treated for a broken blood vessel in his nose. Nelson was treated Thursday in Lincoln, Neb. He is expected to rejoin the tour within the next week, his record company said Friday.

Festival fun fills weekend calendar

Several festivals are offered this weekend, including the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, the Kansas City Blues and Heritage Festival, the Jam Grass Festival, the Greek Festival and the Renaissance Festival.


It's music to Carey's ears North touts book on the road Budget cuts prompt resignation Brown talks America to Brits

Cinema series focuses on work of Africans

"Contemporary African Cinema," an independent film and video series, will be offered at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. The events, at 7 p.m., are free.

New BR549 members change band's dynamics

It's been a time of uncertainty and quite a bit of excitement for BR549, the Nashville, Tenn., stalwarts known for incendiary live shows that feature country standards and the band's own riotous hillbilly offerings.

Hitler's art on display

The images of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich forever will be linked with evil. The menace of the swastika, the perfect but intimidating columns of marching Nazi soldiers.

9-11 reflections take stage in N.Y.

Actors explore tragedy's legacy

With Broadway mostly dark this Sept. 11 in remembrance of the more than 3,000 people who were killed in last year's terrorist attacks, other New York stages will fill the void with performances exploring the emotional resonance of that day.

Friday, September 6

Miss N. Carolina fight goes federal

Pageant winner battles for recognition after ex-beau exposes topless photos

An ugly battle over which woman will walk on stage as Miss North Carolina later this month in the Miss America Pageant moved to federal court Thursday.

Bush's niece models in Arab-themed fashion show

President Bush's niece Lauren Bush made her first appearance on a Spanish catwalk Thursday when she modeled a simple black dress for the presentation of the label Toypes' summer 2003 collection.

Incubus keeps incubating

Modern rock act constantly finds ways to reinvent itself

"I'm a little jet-lagged," vented Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger. The statement is hardly a shock, considering his fellow road warriors are currently in the midst of a months-long European/U.S. tour that concludes on Halloween in the band's home state of California.

'Harvard Man' has its smart side

James Toback's "Harvard Man" is a brave movie, but not in the way you'd expect. Sure, it features mind-blowing scenes of LSD trips and eye-opening sex interludes. But what's brave is its desire to merge storytelling and philosophizing. The attempt is courageous, even if the result is wildly uneven.

True-life story powers drama 'City by the Sea'

"What are you: a cop or my father?" "I'm both." This exchange between Robert De Niro and James Franco sums up the dynamic at work in "City by the Sea." Because it places such an emphasis on the moral friction between key characters, the real life-inspired film is a cut above most Hollywood cop dramas.

'Neutron' cartoon gimmicky

The success of two "Toy Story" movies, "Shrek" and "Ice Age" has proven that computer-generated animation is here to stay. Now the Oscar-nominated cartoon movie "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" has spawned its own TV cartoon series "Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius" (7:30 p.m., Nickelodeon).

Heart of the 'City'

De Niro, McDormand explain different approaches to film

The poster for "City by the Sea" makes the film's marketing priorities clear: The first words trumpeted are "Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand."


Actor takes one step at a time Miss America lands F-15 pilot McCartney nixed prenuptial deal Dr. Quinn, designer woman

Controversial Sept. 11 movie applauded at Venice film fest

A controversial movie about the Sept. 11 attacks was received enthusiastically Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, with the audience reportedly giving the longest applause to a segment considered among the most hostile to the United States.

Thursday, September 5

Chicago croons on 'By Request'

Here's a trivia question: Which number is higher, the number of Super Bowls or the number of albums by Chicago? I don't know the answer, and I don't want to know, since I remember both the first Super Bowl in 1967 and the first Chicago Transit Authority album in 1968, and both facts make me feel pretty darn old. Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?


Heston takes disease in stride More baby talk on 'Live' New travel offer for Bass Clinton decides against talk show

Playwright Arthur Miller finally gets to accept prize

Calling the arts "a highway into the soul of the people," playwright Arthur Miller accepted an international prize, an honor deferred once by Sept. 11 and a second time by the illness of his late wife.

Kelly crowned 'American Idol'

TV viewers vote Texan tops of the pop-star wannabes

Kelly Clarkson, a cocktail waitress from Texas whose signature song was Aretha Franklin's "Respect," was judged America's next pop star Wednesday by the viewers of "American Idol."

But seriously folks, stand-ups are back

Because many stand-up comedians are the town criers of society, there was never any doubt that the events of Sept. 11 would affect what they did and said on the stage.

Best bets

Wednesday, September 4

Singer jettisoned from space program

Russians apparently tire of waiting for Lance Bass' money

Russia told 'N Sync singer and aspiring cosmonaut Lance Bass "Bye Bye Bye" Tuesday after he again failed to pay the $20 million fee for his planned ride into space.

Ingredients for success

Jason Horowitz brings big-city talent back home

In Jason Horowitz's mind, one quality above others is required to be a successful chef. Is it endurance? Vision? A talent for artistic presentation? Well, those things certainly help. But there's one skill that good chefs absolutely must have in their repertoire of talents: Consistency.

Pachamama's recipe featured in Bon Apetit magazine

For several years I have followed the monthly R.S.V.P. feature in Bon Apetit magazine, in which readers ask the magazine's editors to publish the recipe for some tasty dish that appears on a restaurant menu somewhere. It's free advertising for the restaurant, because the reader wouldn't be asking for the recipe if the meal hadn't made an impression. Surprisingly, many of the dishes that left customers hankering for the recipe are fairly basic and easy to prepare at home. I suspect, however, that this fact doesn't keep patrons from returning to the restaurant to have the chef do the cooking for them.


Paltrow kisses and makes up Practicing parental guidance Tie one on for charity Combs not immune from violence

'Scooby-Doo' stars wed in secret ceremony

First came "Scooby-Doo," now comes "I do" for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Rider sets another coaster record

Windburned and weary after 104 days of gut-churning rides, American Richard Rodriguez proclaimed a record Tuesday for continuous roller-coaster riding his latest in a 25-year passion.

Tuesday, September 3

Deejays help Brit onto music scene

When David Bedingfield scored a No. 1 hit in England last year, he didn't have a manager. Or a major-label deal. Or even a full-album contract with an indie label. He had just the one song, "Gotta Get Through This," which he cut in his bedroom and managed to hustle onto a dance mix called "Pure Garage 4."

'Frontline' ponders God after 9-11

As a television critic, I take no small pleasure in finding fault with TV programming, particularly when it seems petty, banal and superficial. But I take greater joy when television rises to greatness.


Sweaty scenes Film debuts Eminem, hometown No. 2 critiques Rob Lowe

Labor Day weekend moviegoers still seeing 'Signs'

Moviegoers spent another weekend staring at crop circles as Mel Gibson's "Signs" topped the box office again, taking in $16.5 million during the long Labor Day weekend. The season's top sleeper hit, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" had its best weekend yet in five months of release, climbing to second place with $14.6 million from Friday to Monday.

Future bright for 'American Idol' stars

On Wednesday, Justin Guarini or Kelly Clarkson will be anointed an "American Idol" by television viewers. The winner's first single will be out in less than two weeks, the first album two months after that.

Monday, September 2

Wizard on Web opens 'Chamber of Secrets'

"The Chamber of Secrets has been opened." In J.K. Rowling's bewitching book "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione discover this cryptic message written in foot-high letters on the walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Leppard's latest pleases everyone

Def Leppard made its bones on screeching guitar licks, pounding bass and drums and angst-laden top-of-the-lungs vocals.

Cowboys clean up at 'Hope Ranch'

Nobody watches the Animal Planet for social realism. The network home of the Crocodile Hunter and dozens of other critter keepers has become a welcome sanctuary for parents and kids looking to escape the (human) sex and violence found elsewhere on the dial.


Bouncing baby Romeo Rising slowly from a flop Senator previews TV show The award that wasn't

'Green Acres' remake heads in opposite direction

The Fox network is looking for a rich family willing to move to the boondocks for a reality-TV version of the 1960s sitcom "Green Acres."

CBS plans real-life version of 'Beverly Hillbillies'

CBS is bringing back "The Beverly Hillbillies." This time, however, the family members we laugh at won't be played by Hollywood actors; they'll be real live rubes from the South.

Summer box office sizzles

Hollywood hits record revenue, but ticket sales fall short

Hollywood delivered a nice blend of big, dumb popcorn flicks and smarter-than-average summer fare, adding up to an all-time revenue high but falling short of a ticket-sales record.

Sunday, September 1

Guests announced for today's news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.

Work in progress

Local artist to showcase pieces at 'From the Garden Series'

Colette Bangert's house is filled to the brim with large, color-splashed art pieces. A portion of her life's work hangs on her walls. "I don't call it a career," Bangert said. "I call it a practice. It's more of a day-to-day way of living."


Carey wins song-writing suit Unknowns cast in JFK Jr. movie Film fest to honor Scorsese Presidential contender plans book

Miss America slot machine created; former winners call it 'demeaning'

Brace yourself, Miss America fans: "Your ideal" is now a one-armed bandit. A Miss America slot machine replete with bells, jackpots and Bert Parks singing "There She Is, Miss America" is about to hit the market, and former winners are furious, saying the association with gambling will soil the pageant's image.

Celtic band Tartan to perform at Renaissance

Elaborate costumes and acres of land drenched in the mystique of a bygone era seem to cast an enchanting spell on those who enter the gates at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

Jazz great Lionel Hampton dies at 94

There was more than musical magic on stage that day in 1936 when Lionel Hampton joined Benny Goodman in a Manhattan ballroom it was a breakthrough in American race relations.

CBS plans reality series

Up from CBS comes a-bubblin' crude, with the network developing a reality series based on the old "The Beverly Hillbillies" sitcom.

Arts notes

Wichita gallery to show Lecompton artist's work Flatweave collectors to give presentation Film society announces upcoming screenings KU alum's play set for Heartland theater U.S.O. Canteen Dance to benefit museum Lawrence Art Guild to have reception Annual Greek festival features food, dancing Kansas City festival to feature the Blues Rockhurst University to show foreign films Stackhouse coming to KU for two-week residency Auditions scheduled for Baldwin theater Author to present, discuss story of Bessie Coleman Lawrence author to give presentation at KSU Jayne Gallery to have reception for Bennett

Latin music star shows optimism in new album

When Juanes received seven nominations for last year's Latin Grammy Awards, a lot of people asked, who's he?

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Greeley tries hand at 'ghost' writing

Bishop Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan of Chicago is in Washington to investigate a mystery in the White House but not a murder mystery.

'Tsar' book remembers naval episode

Although the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) was the first major conflict of the 20th century, it has been largely forgotten, having been overshadowed by subsequent clashes including two World Wars.

Author honors Flight 93 heroes

Respectful tone strengthens new book

On Sept. 11, 2001, as relatives and friends said goodbye to some 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, the rest of the world was just starting to get to know them.

Arts notes

'Tosca' performance changed to Jan. 30 American Indian quilts to be displayed at library Lawrence residents seek 'ghostly' stories for book Kaw Valley quilters garner first place