Stories for April 2003


Wednesday, April 30

Kelpie drowns local audiences in beauty

In Celtic mythology, the Kelpie is depicted as a treacherous river spirit who assumes the form of a black stallion to lure unsuspecting travelers to their doom. If the traveler should be so foolish to mount the wild stallion, the Kelpie promptly drowns the unlucky victim and dines on their flesh.


¢ Jack Osbourne in rehab ¢ Heavy metal redux ¢ Splitsville, 90210 ¢ None of your business

Celebrities get Short shrift on 'Primetime Glick'

America's favorite 300-pound celebrity interviewer returns for a third season of "Primetime Glick" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central). Martin Short's peculiar creation shares mangled insights and inappropriate observations with screen idol Brendan Fraser and rapper Ice Cube.

Museum exalts modern goddesses

Is Jennifer Lopez the modern version of the Greek goddess? She sure looked the part at the 2001 Academy Awards when she wore that sheer, draped, one-shoulder Chanel gown.

Tuesday, April 29

Memphis adds new jewel to its musical crown

Music plays again at Soulsville USA, but it's not coming from Isaac Hayes or Sam & Dave.

Halo 2: Preview

Will Bungie Studios' highly anticipated sequel deliver on the monstrous expectations?

Will Bungie Studios' highly anticipated sequel deliver on the monstrous expectations? Our full preview.

It's time for 'Idol' speculation

We're down to five contestants on "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox). That means the show will get more exciting and more annoying at the same time.


¢ Millions for her thoughts ¢ Norah Jones to play free concert ¢ Vandross suffers setback ¢ Steinbeck widow dies

Monday, April 28


¢ 'Identity' leads box office ¢ Jackie Robinson up to receive posthumous Congressional honor ¢ Princess Di correspondence among fashion editor's estate ¢ Oscar winner Peter Stone dies

All-reality TV channel planned for 2004

The audience appetite for reality television could be tested by a planned cable channel that will offer a diet of all reality, all the time.

Smash-hit status continues eluding ABC

Marion Ross ("Happy Days"), Jim Belushi ("According to Jim"), Judd Hirsch ("Taxi") and Joyce DeWitt ("Three's Company") appear on "ABC's 50th Anniversary Blooper Celebration" (7 p.m., ABC).

Sunday, April 27

News shows announce Sunday guest lineups

Guest lineup for the today's TV news shows:

Arts notes

¢ Lynne Cheney creates history book award ¢ NEA takes Shakespeare on nationwide road tour

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¢ Country crooner sponsors Busch race ¢ Pittsburgh Symphony to perform at new venue

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¢ JGladman staff wins photography awards ¢ Vinland library opens for season ¢ Plymouth Church presents music festival ¢ Children with, without special needs on display

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¢ McDougal of Whitewater fame to appear in K.C. ¢ Book awards make call for submissions

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¢ James Nedresky to give Fields Gallery talk ¢ KU student snags first in piano competition

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¢ Stonecarving workshop open to amateurs, pros ¢ Lawrence Photo Alliance announces contest ¢ Young local pianists vie for musical honor ¢ Free State graduate in L.A. fashion show


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Arts notes

¢ Journal-World seeks history of closing schools ¢ CornerBank to unveil permanent sculpture ¢ Wanted: miracle moms

Regina Carter becomes first black -- and nonclassical artist -- to play Paganini's violin

When Regina Carter's pianist suggested the jazz musician play Paganini's world-famous violin -- so valuable that it's kept under lock and key in Italy -- she figured it would be a difficult feat to accomplish.

New museum 'dissolves into the sky'

$22 million art showplace latest step in blue-collar Tacoma's renaissance

Architect Antoine Predock had a complaint about the weather during a recent visit to this Pacific Northwest city's new art museum: It wasn't raining -- again.

Prisoners see art as an escape

Philip Sugden remembers shuffling through the cellblock after teaching a prison art class when someone grabbed his arm. It was one of his students.

Colorado nature author to teach writing workshop

Colorado author, biologist and naturalist Mary Young will teach a nature writing workshop, "Prairie Reflections," from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 at Kansas University's Natural History Museum.

Performance to benefit women's agency

V-Day, the nonprofit organization that sprung from the success of "The Vagina Monologues," is raising millions of dollars to prevent violence against women and girls.

Bert Nash poster takes look back

20th-year design includes past artists

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will celebrate 20 years of art and mental health at a reception and poster sale Friday.

Calvino emerges as 'hermit' in writings

Italo Calvino, who died in 1985, is best known to American readers for "Italian Folktales," an anthology of his country's most significant stories passed by word of mouth from generation to generation. A major figure in 20th-century letters, he wrote novels, short fiction and literary criticism.

Book tells of life, wild times of Oscar-winning producer

They all laughed at Sam Spiegel, a Hollywood producer from Poland, when he made a series of movies in the 1940s with the credit line "Produced by S.P. Eagle."

'Magic Flute' a virtual success

University Theatre on Saturday opened its final show of the season at Kansas University, a virtual reality staging of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute."

Nearly 100 artists slated for Art in the Park May 4

A lot of people approach Bob Zerwekh's booth at Art in the Park expecting to take a closer look at the artist's photography.

Artful activities signal unofficial start of spring

Ringle-Jingle Tri-Scooter Hooter-Tooter will be right at home in Saturday's wacky Art Tougeau Parade

Anyplace else and Alex and Evondi Weston's Ringle-Jingle Tri-Scooter Hooter-Tooter would seem outlandish.

Loud & proud

'Happy Days' star sheds inhibitions to exalt vaginas

Joanie still loves Chachi, but America's favorite little sister has moved into a more outspoken role than the one she once played on "Happy Days."


¢ Hendrix estate lawsuit fails ¢ It's tax time at Neverland ¢ Beatle is U.K.'s richest musician ¢ '40s actress Andrea King dies

Author Eggers collaborates with band

A sort of chemistry-set experiment between music and literature resulted in a rare fusion of the band They Might Be Giants with the work of smart-set scribe Dave Eggers.

Actor Jamie Foxx arrested

Comedy stars charged in separate incidents

Comedian Jamie Foxx and his sister were arrested early Saturday after allegedly refusing to leave a casino and then fighting with police officers called to escort them out, authorities said.

Heston makes final appearance as National Rifle Assn. president

Charlton Heston made his last appearance as president of the National Rifle Assn. on Saturday, shuffling onto the stage before a crowd of 4,000 NRA members but too feeble to give a farewell speech.

Arts notes

¢ KU recital features Christopher Moore ¢ Choir concerts combine KU vocal groups ¢ Author to discuss citizen powers ¢ K.C. poet slated for 'New Letters on the Air' ¢ Unicorn Theatre to stage 'BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE'

Saturday, April 26

Halo 2, Mario Kart, GT 4 to be shown at E3

The biggest electronics show will debut some highly anticipated games May 14

The biggest electronics show will debut some highly anticipated games May 14.

TV journalists criticize cable war coverage

The chief of the British Broadcasting Corp. and NBC News reporter Ashleigh Banfield criticized U.S. cable news networks for overly patriotic coverage of the war in Iraq.

MSNBC anchor shows mettle during war

Now that the war is largely over, Lester Holt can get together again with his buddies to jam on loud rock songs in a grungy Manhattan rehearsal space.

LHS show among weekend offerings

Whether your flavor is outdoors or in, artsy or athletic, this weekend has an activity for you. At Lawrence High School, student singers, dancers and actors hit the stage tonight for one last performance of "Showtime," the school's annual variety show. Here's what else is going on.


¢ Nothing compares to 'normal' life ¢ ABC cooks up Roseanne shows ¢ Ziggy rocks out on his own ¢ Gordon gets a Looney tune-up

'Angel' spreads its wings for final two shows

I never go into greeting card shops any more. The presence of scented candles and buckets of potpourri make my lungs seize up in an allergic reaction.

Friday, April 25

Review :: Of Montreal / Ghosty / The Hardaways

Sparkling vocal harmonies, swinging melodies and whimsical plays of verse were alive and well at the Bottleneck last night when Athens, GA rock and roll vaudevillians Of Montreal headlined for London-based singer/songwriter James William Hindle and local acts Ghosty and The Hardaways.

Grier makes an off-color comeback

With its baffling title and audacious set, "The Book of David: The Cult Figure's Manifesto Starring David Alan Grier" (9 p.m., Comedy Central) starts out as one of the most ambitious and high-concept comedy performances in years.

O.J. says no to reality show

Contrary to widely circulated reports, O.J. Simpson said Thursday he wouldn't be the star of a reality television show, but might consider becoming a news commentator for actor Robert Blake's murder trial.


¢ Costas show to talk 'Bull' ¢ Puck gets in the Thicke of things ¢ Carrey ups child support

Soldier song touches a chord

When Rachel Loy sat down to write a song about her friend serving in Iraq, she thought it could become an anthem for people whose loved ones were fighting in the war.

KU grad brings 'The Shape of Things' to Lawrence

Filmmaker Neil LaBute screens latest as part of 'Alums Come Home'

Neil LaBute's film "The Shape of Things" is about a college romance that leads to manipulation and cruelty. It's only fitting that LaBute should return to the campus that he and star Paul Rudd claim helped to inspire the story.

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Thursday, April 24

Farmer's Ball heats up

It's Wednesday night at the opening round of the KJHK Farmers Ball and local shock rockers Vibralux are backstage at The Bottleneck putting the final touches on their makeup. The band has spent weeks preparing for a run at the coveted title, and they're pulling out all the stops for tonight's show: a smoke and light show, a bubble machine and a sponsorship deal with Priscilla's for their garter belts and "skimpy underthingies."

Plot twist makes for 'Identity' crisis

"The Sixth Sense" and "The Usual Suspects" definitely upped the ante for modern plot twists. But these movies were also compelling from start to finish, their jaw-dropping revelations merely icing on the cake. In the aftermath of those pictures comes a project like "Identity," which sacrifices a fine cast and an atmospheric setting to spring a surprise that derails the momentum. Worse, the frustrating twist isn't unleashed at the conclusion; it happens near the middle.

May sweeps: Time to party like it's 1984

The May sweeps period kicks off tonight with two notable stunts featuring Madonna and Michael Jackson. What year is this, 1984? Is it any wonder network TV continues to lose viewers?

Shakespeare tour to cross U.S.

Shakespeare's 439th birthday was celebrated Wednesday with the news that American theater companies will take four of his best-known plays on a tour of all 50 states.


¢ Dixie Chicks speak out ¢ 'Idol' winner tops charts ¢ MTV Movie Awards hosts named ¢ Ferrell finishes marathon

Wednesday, April 23

Hip or just hype?

National magazines leave Lawrence off their top rock towns lists

If the opinions of two of the largest national music magazines mean anything at all, Lawrence's scene is somewhat less hip than it has been hyped. The May issue of Blender magazine, which hits newsstands this week, names its "20 Most Rock & Roll Towns in America," including such sonic centers as Austin, NYC's Williamsburg, and the more recently arisen scene in Omaha.

Pop, country songwriter Felice Bryant, 77, dies

Felice Bryant, who with her husband wrote "Bye Bye Love" and other Everly Brothers hits and the hand-clapping bluegrass standard "Rocky Top," died Tuesday. She was 77.


¢ DiCaprio's Russian roots ¢ 'Wuthering Heights' revived ¢ Dangerfield out of danger ¢ Lewinsky's show rates highly

ABC offers unkindest cut of all

Remember the 1950s daytime show "Queen for a Day"? Every afternoon, four housewives appeared before host Jack Bailey and recounted their sad stories.

Tuesday, April 22

Musical guests make TV rounds

Elvis Costello has come a long way since he and his band The Attractions defied the NBC censors to play "Radio Radio" on "Saturday Night Live" back in 1977.


¢ Zeta-Jones gives birth to girl ¢ Ban the bomblets ¢ 'Hope' for war's children ¢ Coast to coast

Jazz great, rights activist Nina Simone dies in France

Nina Simone, whose deep, raspy, forceful voice made her a unique figure in jazz and later helped chronicle the civil rights movement, died Monday at her home in France, according to her personal manager. She was 70.

Monday, April 21

'Anger Management' retains box-office punch

"Anger Management" kept its grip on the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second weekend.

The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker : Review - Gamecube

Was it worth all the hype? Does the new style suck? Our full review.

Take the perfection that is Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64, quadruple it, add a few dashes of visual dazzle, a sprig of ingenuity, and BING! Wind Waker. Our full review.


¢ Kidman voted fashion icon ¢ Timing is everything ¢ Sticking up for firefighters

IMAX producers dream big

James Cameron is the director. The subject of the movie is a legendary luxury ship that struck an iceberg during its maiden voyage and sunk to the depths of the North Atlantic. The title is ... not what you're thinking.

PBS tracks 'Seabiscuit' legend

Back during the Great Depression, Americans wanted a hero who was also a "common man." So they fell in love with a homely horse. This, in a nutshell, is the moral of the documentary "Seabiscuit" on "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

Sunday, April 20

Longtime peace activist honored as state poet

Grace Paley made a special trip to Montpelier, the state capital, earlier this year for a face-to-face meeting with the governor.

'Shane' western celebrates 50 years

Of the millions of tourists who visit this mountain resort each year for the granite peaks of Grand Teton National Park and bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, a few hundred come for something else.

Rhythm and blues legend Earl King dies

Celebrated 'King of New Orleans' behind many Mardi Gras favorites

Earl King, the prolific songwriter and guitarist responsible for some of the most enduring and idiosyncratic compositions in the history of R&B, died Thursday from diabetes-related complications, The Times-Picayune reported in Saturday's editions. He was 69.


¢ Surreal sale brings in $50 million ¢ Etta James has her star at last ¢ Parton parts with thousands ¢ Pianist brings talents to Missouri

Word power

Women's writing workshop creates soulsearching space

A half dozen women -- young mothers, grandmothers, recovering addicts, nearly all residents of public housing -- trickle in and take seats around a table.

'Winning Eleven' graphics perfect for soccer fans

Soccer is a big hit with youngsters in the United States, although it's never really caught on at the pay-for-play level.

Workshop sessions to begin in May

Lawrence writer Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg coordinates "A Circle of Women, a Circle of Words," a women's writing workshop sponsored by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority's resident services program.

Children's choir announces auditions

The Lawrence Children's Choir will hold auditions in May for its 2003-2004 season.

God, man clash in 'Mass for the Modern Age'

Lawrence Civic Choir to premiere work by accompanist at spring concert

A confrontation between God and man will boil up in the midst of Saturday's Lawrence Civic Choir concert.

Mozart's classic 'Magic Flute' gets tech-savvy

University Theatre enhances opera with virtual reality

Today's audiences certainly wouldn't consider "special effects" like painted flats and suspended actors, novelties in 18th-century theaters, innovative by modern technology standards.

Troupe to stage e-'motion'-al concert

Movement can suggest emotion. Languorous foot-dragging signals exhaustion. Frenetic leaps sometimes represent glee, other times fear or chaos.

Children to paint 'A Prairie View' on north wall of Arts Center

Mural will include grass, sky and lots of bugs

The new Lawrence Arts Center may be a vibrant, energetic environment for creativity, but you wouldn't know that by looking at its northern exterior wall.

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Studying the stars

'Seeing in the Dark' probes world of amateur skygazers

When was the last time you looked -- really looked -- at the stars? It's easy to be content with knowing the stars are in the sky. A quick glance on a clear winter night is usually enough confirmation the constellations and planets are still up there.

Korean influence on Japanese art explored in new exhibit

The figure, cast in gilt bronze, sits on a pedestal, his right leg crossed over his left knee and his hand raised in a "Hello, there!" wave.

Arts notes

¢ National Poetry Month: Missouri poet to visit KU for reading, signing ¢ KU alumni visits area to promote first novel ¢ KC author, screenwriter to appear at Unity Temple

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¢ UMKC Conservatory finishes Signature Series ¢ Poets' antiwar book published by Nation Books

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¢ Faculty recital marks professor's KU farewell ¢ Preservation Alliance among grant recipients

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¢ Noted art scholar, curator to speak at KU ¢ Art exhibition features KU scholarship nominees

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¢ 'Yellow Dress' focuses on domestic violence ¢ Kaw Valley Chorus presents spring concert

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¢ Art Tougeau parade just around corner ¢ Singer-songwriter brings folk fusion to Lawrence ¢ KU quartet places at singing competition

Venerable art school approaches 200th year with big plans

Plans include modern studios, cafe more gallery space and museum shop

It may be nearly 200 years old, but the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is painting itself in a brand new light.

Saturday, April 19

'Embedded' experiment earns accolades

The sand, the food, the physical exhaustion -- NBC's Chip Reid is glad to put those behind him. But as a journalist, being embedded with a military unit during the war in Iraq exceeded his expectations.

Cheesy WB epic can be entertaining

What if they turned the Iliad into a comic book and adapted it for the WB network? It might look something like "Helen of Troy" (7 p.m. Sunday, USA). And as such, it looks pretty good.

Plays give unique insight into native experience

Renowned American Indian playwright Bruce King is currently doing a residency at Haskell Indian Nations University, where the Thunderbird Theatre performed a pair of his one-act plays Friday night as part of a three-night run that ends this evening.

Weekend fun includes dinosaur visit

The world's most famous purple dinosaur is coming this weekend to Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium to stage "Barney's Colorful World." Plenty of other activities for children and adults abound. Here's a look at some of them:


¢ Couric, Leno trade gigs ¢ Reid decries black image ¢ Ferrell puts on running shoes ¢ Author Ambrose branched out

Friday, April 18

TV devotes little time to holy season

Viewers looking to television to reflect the solemnity of Passover and Good Friday will find the pickings rather slim. The holy week series "In the Footsteps of Jesus" (8 p.m., History) concludes with "Mysteries of Golgotha," a look at the legends and archaeological sites associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. PAX repeats the 2000 drama "Thomas" (7 p.m., Pax), an Italian-made biography of the apostle (Ricky Tognazzi), known as Doubting Thomas, who required tangible evidence of the resurrection of Jesus (Danny Quinn).


¢ Vandross recovering from stroke ¢ Forbes fills Rogers' shoes ¢ Olajuwon presents face of Islam ¢ Run-DMC among rap pioneers

Madonna retools violent music video

Madonna's "American Life" video has been reincarnated as a tamer, nonviolent version of its former self.

Rocker cleared in drowning

A jury Thursday rejected a wrongful-death claim against rock drummer Tommy Lee for the drowning of a little boy during a children's birthday party at his home.

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Thursday, April 17

Giving voice to the people

Thomas Mapfumo headlines KU cultural diversity concert

If ever a musician has earned the right to sing about freedom, it's Thomas Mapfumo. Known as the "Lion of Zimbabwe" and the "Voice of the Zimbabwean People," the African expatriate has spent the better part of his career fighting the power. He is credited with creating the musical style of "chimurenga" (derived from the Shona word meaning "struggle"), which has served as a political mouthpiece for the oppressed masses of Zimbabwe.

Culture-clash comedy 'Beckham' offers few kicks

"Bend It Like Beckham" might as well be called "Write It Just Like My Big Fat Greek Wedding." The movie is the latest in a snowballing line of routine culture-clash comedies that are so light they practically float off the screen.

Jello shots :: Political punk Jello Biafra takes verbal aim

Like his name, Jello Biafra is at once comical and very, very disturbing. Biafra (born Eric Boucher, renaming himself after a Nigerian civil war that claimed more than a million lives, mostly women and children) is a master of mixing humor with a portentous political commentary seldom found in mainstream media.

Rock school: Ultimate Fakebook offers 'major' advice to Anything But Joey

Ultimate Fakebook opening for Anything But Joey is a little bit like Pearl Jam opening for Creed -- the mentor playing second fiddle to the student. And though the bands are officially billed as co-headliners, there's definitely something sweet for ABJ about having enough leverage to ask UFB to open this Saturday's show at the Granada.

Sitcoms call it a night before sweeps

The networks used to wait until the end of May sweeps to wrap up their seasons with romantic cliffhangers, impromptu proposals, sudden weddings and UFO abductions. Tonight, two NBC comedies will air their season, and possibly series, finales a full week before sweeps begin. All of this unfolds less than a week after "Ed" called it quits for the year, or perhaps forever, and scant days before the "Boomtown" finale scheduled for Sunday. At this rate, NBC's May sweeps period will consist of nothing but endless "Law & Order" spin-offs, super-sized "Friends" episodes and the twice-postponed, but less-than-hotly anticipated, "Three's Company" TV movie.

'Menagerie's' tricks miss mark

"The Glass Menagerie" is a play that has always flaunted its own, well, playness.


¢ Etheridge hears wedding bells ¢ Ryan to sit in Cannes jury ¢ Hope's star unveiled ¢ Robbins speaks his mind

Zahn moves to 'American Evening'

Paula Zahn will switch from morning to prime-time on CNN, part of a series of moves that illustrates the network's increased emphasis on news over opinion.

Wednesday, April 16

TNN changes name to Spike, focuses on men's programming

Spike is no longer just the name of a famous film director or a volleyball move. Now it's the name of a cable network, too.


¢ Tony Blair gets animated ¢ More criticism from Moore ¢ Robert Conrad faces charges ¢ Best of heroes, villains

Rare radio, TV recordings found

Rare recordings of a radio broadcast on the Lindbergh trial and a landmark TV drama have been discovered, the Museum of Television & Radio said Tuesday.

'Forensic Files' uncovers dirt on old crime

I never throw anything out, and it drives my wife crazy. But sometimes it pays to be a packrat. On tonight's "Forensics Files" (8 p.m., Court TV), police find vital evidence in a vacuum cleaner bag kept in storage for 24 years.

World Series Baseball 2K3: Review- PS2, Xbox

WSB 2K3 is the king of hardball this year. Period.

WSB 2K3 is the king of hardball this year.

Tuesday, April 15

NBC puts spotlight on funny ladies of TV

If you love women and comedy -- and who doesn't -- then NBC has a special for you. Megan Mullally sheds her "Will & Grace" character's decadent demeanor and squeaky voice to host "Great Women of Television Comedy" (7 p.m., NBC).

Cable networks look to postwar era

Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC have eagerly fed a public hungry for war news, 24 hours a day. What happens when that hunger subsides?


¢ MTV announces movie nominees ¢ Car found, guns gone ¢ Jolie has wild idea ¢ Self-guided honeymoon

Monday, April 14

Film about sex class to play tonight

After coming under fire in recent weeks, Dennis DaileyÂ's human sexuality class will be the topic of a documentary about sexual miseducation tonight. The film, Sex Miseducation: Problems with Sexuality Education in Our Society, will be shown on Out of Focus, a local film and video showcase at Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St.


¢ 'Anger Management' is No. 1 film ¢ Safety concerns won't stop 50 Cent concert at university ¢ Hootie & The Blowfish donate to South Carolina learning center ¢ Designer's fans seek show secrets

'Platinum' makes sweet music for UPN

The stylish new drama "Platinum" (8 p.m., UPN) does the near impossible: It almost makes me care about the world of hip-hop music. For all of its flash, "Platinum" tells an old-fashioned story about brothers and business partners Jackson (Jason George) and Grady (Sticky Fingaz) Rhames, who co-found Sweetback records.

'Sesame Street' keeps surprises coming

Show's 34th season continues exploring important lessons for children

The new season of "Sesame Street" will show how a 3-year-old monster/Muppet learns about the different kinds of love after he gets a crush on Gina, the very human veterinarian.

Splinter Cell released for PS2 and Gamecube

Both versions have more than the Xbox game.

Both versions have more than the Xbox game.

Sunday, April 13

Sports Illustrated writer to talk, sign books

William Nack, longtime Sports Illustrated journalist, will read from and sign copies of his book, "My Turf: Horses, Boxers, Blood Money and the Sporting Life," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Hollywood musical star, Broadway dancer dies at 86

Vera Zorina, the dancer and actress whose career embraced classical ballet with such legendary troupes as the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo as well as Broadway and Hollywood musicals, has died at the age of 86.


¢ Fisticuffs with the Osbournes ¢ Broadway family affair ¢ A chimp's life of leisure

A great escape

Madalyn Simpson is 80. She has a tremor that comes and goes. Her vision is deteriorating. And most of the time she is plagued by a constant ache from her hands up to her shoulders -- a droning reminder of her chronic arthritis.

Lawrence Chamber Orchestra to premiere local composer's work in season finale

Today's Lawrence Chamber Orchestra concert is peppered with interesting connections. Lawrence composer Jesse Krebs wrote the trombone concerto that the orchestra commissioned for the program, and the Stephen Paul Wunsch Foundation for Young Musicians funded the commission.

Arts notes

¢ Spencer exhibit explores reach of Japanese art ¢ Holocaust documentary to air on public television

Mystery writer captures little-seen side of Japan

When Sujata Massey travels to Japan to research her mystery novels, she often finds herself haunting Tokyo's crowded trains, armed with a notepad and pen.

Coal -- that ugly, dirty mess -- gets its due

A pile of coal might look like so many ugly black lumps. But that dusty mess was the stuff that turned England into a sea power and launched the Industrial Revolution which made the world as we know it today.


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Troupe to stage unique version of 'Glass Menagerie'

Tennessee Williams' 1944 play "The Glass Menagerie" is an American theater classic. It's one of the most often-produced, frequently viewed shows, and three movie versions of it exist.

Vintage jewelry focus of museum program

Peter Zacharias knows a thing or two about vintage jewelry. Zacharias owns Goldmakers, a downtown jewelry store, where he's been hand-crafting adornments for more than 20 years.

KU student play competes at Kennedy Center in D.C.

"Attack of the Asians," a 10-minute play by Tim Macy, a fall 2002 Kansas University graduate from Noel, Mo., is the only entry from Region 5 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival still competing for a top award at the national festival Monday through April 20 in Washington, D.C.

Spencer exhibit explores reach of Japanese art

In styles, techniques and subject, Western works of art have long been influenced by Japanese art.

Family comedy a laugh-out-loud hit

"Over the River and through the Woods" is a story about family, and the cast of Lawrence Community Theatre's production of the Joe DiPietro comedy knows how to make the audience part of theirs.

'Butterfly' soars, sputters

The Lied Center was only half full for Saturday's performance of "Brown Butterfly," and while I'd like to think it was the gorgeous weather that kept the crowds away, more likely the reason is that people were put off by one of the center's most adventurous productions of the year.

Arts notes

¢ New York film crew to show in local gallery ¢ Lawrence photographer chosen for exhibitions ¢ 'Right Between the Ears' serves April foolishness ¢ KU faculty concert blends voice, horn, piano ¢ Variety is spice of life at Symphonic Band show ¢ University Band concert wraps up season

Arts notes

¢ Grammy panel targets indie artists ¢ Jello Biafra to present anti-punditry, satire

Saturday, April 12


¢ Zeta-Jones, Douglas top tabloid ¢ Snoop Dogg target of drive-by ¢ Hollywood's answer: Regis is in ¢ Ceremony to honor eternal Hope

Singer tops again at gospel awards

For the second straight year, contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith earned the top award of best artist at the Dove Awards.

'Hunter' back as a kinder, gentler cop show

Twelve years after its cancellation, the "Dirty Harry"-inspired cop drama "Hunter" returns to NBC's schedule. Last fall, a "Hunter" reunion film scored pretty decent ratings. Can an "A-Team" revival be far behind?

CBS 'Hitler' producer steps down

A production company executive working on a CBS miniseries about Hitler has resigned in the wake of attention stirred by his comments about the project.

Friday, April 11

Flimsy "Anger Management"

Q&A with The Billions

The People :: Kansas City band about to break out

There's an air of suspense hovering around The People. The Kansas City band has plenty to be excited about: an impending record deal, tours with Nada Surf and Idlewild and a rising local profile that benefited from a well-attended gig with Interpol at The Madrid Theater last January.

Get animated with Roker, Powerpuffs

You have to hand it to Al Roker. The morning-show weatherman will do just about anything to get on evening television. A few months back he submitted to the indignity of gastric bypass surgery for a "Dateline" camera crew. Tonight, he becomes an animated character on the teen-centric cartoon "The Proud Family" (5 p.m., Disney).

Nickelodeon awards show now more than child's play

When Brad Pitt and Michelle Pfeiffer appear Saturday at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, the actors will be demonstrating more than a love of children.

Sweet Honey is still flowing

Sweet Honey In The Rock sings from a relatively isolated boulder in the modern music industry. It's a spot where love and respect -- not dollars and glitz -- are the real measures of musical success, and artists feel an obligation to draw attention to injustices in the world. Sweet Honey's music, created by five black women and one sign language interpreter, has talked with the people, for the people, but never down to the people for three decades.

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¢ Opera house site of 'Odd' reunion ¢ Diggs snags 'West Wing' stint ¢ 'Pacey' gives rehab a shot

'Girls Gone Wild' creator faces charges

The man who makes "Girls Gone Wild" videos is facing sex- and drug-related charges after parents complained to police that he told minors to lie about their age on camera.

Thursday, April 10

Drummer who helped introduce African music to U.S. dies at 75

Groundbreaking Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, who helped introduce the power and intricacy of African music in the United States, has died. He was 75.


¢ Jackson nixes trip, cites security ¢ Miller selected for city's top prize ¢ Material girl to discuss war video ¢ Poe missive pulls in $20,000

'Frontline' explores possible war with N. Korea

Will we soon find ourselves at war with North Korea? "Frontline" (8 p.m., check local listings) examines the paranoid, oppressive regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and his determination to produce nuclear weapons.

Wednesday, April 9

Musician on trial in boy's death

Rock musician Tommy Lee testified Tuesday at the start of a civil trial over the drowning of a 4-year-old boy in his pool, saying all the children at his son's birthday party came with adults who should have been watching them.


¢ A Bono-fied charity event ¢ Cruz takes issue with magazine ¢ Queen of the divas ¢ Beautiful day for Beau

PBS profiles the purveyors of Christianity

Just in time for Easter season, the documentary "Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) examines the two men most responsible for spreading the gospels of Jesus and for turning an obscure Jewish sect into the dominant faith of the Roman Empire.

Dangerfield undergoes brain surgery

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield underwent arterial brain surgery Tuesday to improve his body's blood flow in preparation for an upcoming heart valve replacement, his publicist said.

Tuesday, April 8

FX adds 'Lucky' new comedy to schedule

The FX network has a royal flush with its new comedy "Lucky" (9 p.m., FX). Set against the neon backdrop of Las Vegas, "Lucky" stars John Corbett ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") as Michael "Lucky" Linkletter, a former poker champion who quickly squanders his million-dollar prize and finds himself in hock to his hostile in-laws for the cost of his deceased wife's funeral.


¢ Russell Crowe marries old flame ¢ Fast, furious and on his own ¢ Judge praises Winona's progress ¢ Beastie Boys to play benefit for late rapper

Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post each won three Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, and The Boston Globe won the prestigious Public Service gold medal for its coverage of sex-abuse scandals plaguing the Roman Catholic Church.

Monday, April 7

Cantus stretches bounds of musical frontiers

Perhaps a lingering audience member at Sunday's Lied Center performance by Cantus said it best: "What a repertoire!"


¢ 'Phone Booth' rings up No. 1 spot ¢ Mexican food ends wait for governor's baby ¢ Gere gets presidential earful ¢ Mayberry town seeks own statue

Asian-American struggles to know mother

Nominated for a 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary, "Daughter from Danang" on "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS) chronicles the painful reunion between a Vietnamese mother and her Asian-American daughter, Heidi, who were separated since 1975.

'Homeless to Harvard' tells of transformed life

When Liz Murray didn't have a bed, she and a friend would sometimes go to a diner in the Bronx, pool their change to buy french fries with gravy and cheese, and take naps with their heads resting on the table.

Lied Center announces lineup for 10th anniversary season

When the Lied Center opened in 1993, its first performance was "The Secret Garden." The choice was a prophetic one, executive director Tim Van Leer said Sunday during the announcement of the venue's 10th anniversary season.

Sunday, April 6

Arts Notes

¢ Scottish musician to play at Arts Center ¢ Lawrence artist's work chosen for Kentucky Derby ¢ Astronomy, art merge in Russell Crotty show ¢ UCLA professor to give Murphy Lectures in Art ¢ Ron Hinton to give gallery talk ¢ Auditions set for 'Kiss Me Kate'

Arts Notes

¢ KPR comedy show wins national award ¢ KU professor's artwork part of 'Heaven and Hell' ¢ Artist Tom Friedman to discuss work with KU ¢ April Brown Bag Classics a smorgasbord of sounds

Kewpie dolls were cute sensation

In 1947 I received three porcelain cupid dolls. They are in excellent condition. Are these of any value?

New film perfect for nature

At the recent Photo Marketing Assn. International (PMAI) show in Las Vegas, new digital cameras took center stage. But the major players in the 35-mm film arena also showed products that illustrate film and film cameras are still in demand.

Collectors favor iron coffee grinders

Some people like to use instant coffee, while others buy ground coffee beans and brew a cup for breakfast.

Syracuse orchestra plays Carnegie Hall

Group rebounds from financial woes

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra played Carnegie Hall this weekend for the first time in 15 years, marking its journey back from financial problems that nearly shut it down a decade ago.

Across Latin America and the Caribbean, many young people turning backs on salsa

Bobbing to hip-hop and reggae beats, Latinos in baggy jeans and oversized shirts pack a San Juan outdoor disco, hungry for the newest grooves.

Clothing company goes to work for its community

Many conservation groups criticize consumers as the problem, but Wildlife Works sees shoppers as part of the solution in making the Earth a more environmentally friendly place.

Multimedia performance salutes Muhammad Ali

A project that celebrates the essence and spirit of Muhammad Ali through contemporary music and dance in the context of groundbreaking multimedia technology is coming to the Lied Center.

Baldwin photographer strives for subtlety

Summer vacations groomed Baldwin artist Michael Johnston's interest in photography.

Troupe to premiere new children's play

The Seem-To-Be Players, Lawrence's professional children's theater, will stage the premiere of Ric Averill's "Tales from the Mesquite and Sage" next weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Collegium Musicum concert explores Virgin Mary theme

The Kansas University Collegium Musicum will present a concert titled "Music for the Blessed Virgin Mary" at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky.

Cantus audience in for double treat at today's show

Lied Center to unveil its 10th anniversary season after concert

Ticketholders for today's Cantus performance at the Lied Center are in for a double treat.

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Book Notes

¢ Nuclear engineer, KU alum to read, sign suspense novel ¢ Hall Center awards book subvention award

Review: Novel explores complexities of an American world

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans have been subjected to a barrage of books purporting to reveal the spirit of their country, whether transformed or simply reaffirmed.

Lawrence woman's first book heralds power of guardian angels

Christine Riley never met her grandmother. She died before Riley was even a glimmer in her mother's eye.

'Over the River'

Watching Lawrence Community Theatre's upcoming production of "Over the River and Through the Woods" will be "just like going back to grandma's house," says director Jeanne Chinn.

Let the bidding wars begin

Lawrence Art Auction set for Saturday; record number of artists donate work

If you've meandered through the galleries at the Lawrence Arts Center during the past year and soaked up works by artists like Colette Bangert, Robert Sudlow and Nick Vaccaro, then you've benefited from the Lawrence Art Auction.

Family-centered comedy aims to brighten somber times

Watching Lawrence Community Theatre's upcoming production of "Over the River and Through the Woods" will be "just like going back to grandma's house," says director Jeanne Chinn.

An artistic evolution

Exhibit explores changing definition of craft, craftsmanship

Three gently sloping curves converge and extend upward into a wishbone shape from which four rib-like wooden bars float. This is where the sheet music would sit if one were to use this one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wooden music stand with its function in mind.


¢ Designer seeks drug treatment ¢ AFI honors Eastwood, new locale ¢ Model Dahl makes like grandpa ¢ Paxton takes to ocean bottom

Elizabeth Smart movie still possible, family says

Woolf manuscripts to shed light on Bloomsbury group

The British Library has bought an unpublished series of mock newspaper articles handwritten by author Virginia Woolf and discovered in an old tin trunk.

Famous favor 'tried and true' books

Librarian likes to list 'Who Reads What'

Works by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway are among the most popular books with celebrities queried by a retired Maine librarian for her annual "Who Reads What?" list. But there are also a few surprise entries.

Arts Notes

¢ Losses of war focus of Washburn talk ¢ Congolese-American sculptor to discuss work ¢ Topeka Symphony presents season finale ¢ KC radio program features Poet Laureate

Arts Notes

¢ CornerBank sponsors coloring contest ¢ Acting spots open at Perry summer theater ¢ Music teachers present student recital ¢ Folkster Beth Amsel to play at Hawk's Nest ¢ KU Men's Glee Club performs spring concert

Saturday, April 5

Late-night shows balance war, humor

As U.S. forces engage in "shock and awe" tactics in Iraq, the war is getting the mock-and-guffaw treatment from political humorists.


¢ Media hawk Crowe nuptials ¢ Meat Loaf makes final tour ¢ McCartney revives Beatles tunes

New 'Legend of Zelda' is a masterpiece

Fans of the "Legend of Zelda" series are in for a huge treat. "The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker" for Nintendo's GameCube is an absolute masterpiece and one of the most delightful games I've had the pleasure of playing in many years.

'The Guys' provides tremendous emotion

Little was certain in the immediate aftermath of 9-11; the flood of emotion and incomprehension seemed to block most rational thought.

Mandofest among weekend offerings

Nationally acclaimed musician Evan Marshall will be featured in this year's Mandofest, billed as the largest mandolin event in the Midwest. The second concert in the weekend of activities is at 8 tonight at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.

Fantasy sequel is strictly squaresville

I used to think that being a critic would allow me to use phrases like "existential drama" every now and then.

Friday, April 4

Review :: 'What a Girl Wants'

Review :: 'A Man Apart'

Mandolins invade downtown Lawrence

Mandofest 2003 -- described as the biggest mandolin event in the Midwest -- will be held today and Saturday in downtown Lawrence.

Search for a superstar continues

OK, I admit it: I watch "American Idol." After not seeing a single episode of the first season, this second installment has me hooked. And it took me a while to realize why.

Lawrence's Love Squad reunites

A decade ago, the United States battled in Somalia. The University of North Carolina basketball team trounced Kansas at the Final Four. Nirvana and Pearl Jam ruled the airwaves. And The Love Squad played its final show.

All signs point to the last hurrah for 'Ed'

Prime time's longest case of unrequited love may resolve itself as "Ed" (8 p.m., NBC) wraps up its third season. Ed's (Tom Cavanagh) growing affection for fellow barrister Frankie (Sabrina Lloyd) forces Carol to snap out of it and finally make a move to win back her dithering man. But can she move fast enough to save "Ed" from cancellation?

Film helps give a voice to 'The Guys' of 9-11

In "The Guys," the Sept. 11 terrorist attack is evoked by the image of office papers from the World Trade Center rubble blowing in the wind past a firehouse.

Best bets

Guitarist shows musical muscle

Clad in khaki cargo pants, barefoot and bathed in pastel light, Keller Williams took to the stage Wednesday night before a packed house at Liberty Hall, unleashing a pair of hourlong sets. Nearly any idiot can pick up a guitar, bang out a few power chords and turn it into a song (Good Charlotte comes to mind), but Williams' brand of acoustic jam rock showed true musicianship.


¢ Cannes is the one for new 'Matrix' ¢ Tyler keeps rock in the family ¢ Schiffer harassment case dropped ¢ Cash overcomes pneumonia

Thursday, April 3

10 years after

Lawrence's Love Squad reunites a decade later for new album

A decade ago, the United States battled in Somalia. The University of North Carolina basketball team trounced Kansas at the Final Four. Nirvana and Pearl Jam ruled the airwaves. And The Love Squad played its final show.

9-11 shows win Peabody honors

Several television networks won Peabody Awards Wednesday for their coverage of the war on terrorism and the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

TV Guide turns 50

Magazine embraces technology, change

At age 50, TV Guide is showing signs of maturity. Circulation is down amid competition from newspapers that offer their own listings and TV shows that provide a steady stream of celebrity news.


¢ Sharon Osbourne cancer-free ¢ Anti-Dixie Chicks show planned ¢ Linkin Park album tops charts ¢ It's a boy for Toni Braxton

Gushing George Lucas profile is dissent-free

When the Force is with you, critics don't matter. "The Directors" (6 p.m., Encore) takes an unabashedly glowing look at the life and films of George Lucas. Actors and fellow filmmakers, including Harrison Ford, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Liam Neeson, Richard Dreyfuss, Natalie Portman and others, discuss their experiences with the director and force behind innovations in theater sound, special effects and digital filmmaking. Lucas looks back at his Modesto, Calif., youth, his interest in anthropology and mythology, and the enduring legacy of the "The Star War" films.

Wednesday, April 2

Pentagon says Rivera out of Iraq

Although Geraldo Rivera claimed reports of his demise were premature, the Pentagon said Tuesday that Fox News Channel had agreed to remove him from his posting with U.S troops in Iraq.

Documentary features Joni Mitchell

The artist who defined the Woodstock generation is now a grandmother nearing 60. The "American Masters" documentary "Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) is the first full-length film made with the reclusive singer/songwriter's participation.

NEA chairman envisions change

Agency's new chief seeks bipartisan support for arts

The new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia, has big plans for the agency: a national tour of Shakespeare's plays; a national poetry recitation contest; programs for rural and military communities.

War viewing on TV declines

Viewing of network news and the all-news cable channels has cooled a bit after the start of war in Iraq, although tune-in for TV news in general remains elevated, based on Nielsen Media Research estimates released Tuesday.


¢ No infernal racket ¢ Director goes ape ¢ Museum hits the happy trail ¢ Madonna's peace offering

Tuesday, April 1


¢ Actor Michael Jeter dies ¢ 'American Idol' contestant booted ¢ Ready for a different role ¢ Cher to Jacko: Beat it

Gamecube price drops at Wal-Mart

Gamecube for $125 with free Zelda's!!!

Gamecube is $125.44 with new Zelda games.

NBC fires reporter for Iraq interview

Peter Arnett sacked; Geraldo downplays own bad news

NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, angered that he had given an unauthorized interview with state-run Iraqi TV saying the American-led war effort initially failed because of Iraq's resistance.

Don't send a search party for 'Lost' sitcom

The first thing you notice on the new sitcom "Lost At Home" (8:30 p.m., ABC) is the kitchen. It's perfect.