Stories for February 2003


Friday, February 28

Danny Pound resurfaces with self-made band

Unless you're a fan of early '70s country-rock, the names Gene Clark, John Stewart and Ronnie Lane may sound unfamiliar. But how about the Byrds, the Kingston Trio and the Faces?

All aboard

Fans take Blues Cruise alongside artists

There was little doubt this was a blues cruise even before the ship left port. After escaping the bleak and brittle Kansas winter for a cruise in the Caribbean, hanging out onboard in Fort Lauderdale while we waited for performers -- who were delayed by snow en route from Chicago -- was a pleasure.


¢ Fans will pick 'Idol' poster ¢ Michael: Band Aid 2 lacks depth ¢ 'Long Island Lolita' no more ¢ Oprah goes back to basics

Springsteen show is latest TV concert snoozer

Do rock concerts make good television? Those of us old enough to remember television and movies before MTV recall the good and bad old days of concert performances on shows like "Midnight Special" and musical films such as Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains the Same" and George Harrison's "Concert for Bangladesh." Not even decades of misty nostalgia can convince me that they were anything but dull. When it comes to rock concerts, you have to be there.

Children's TV icon 'Mister Rogers' dies

Show creator recalled for low-key, low-tech teaching methods

Day after day for more than three decades, Fred Rogers put on a zip-up cardigan and sneakers and gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor.

Best bets

Celia headlines benefit

Music showcase to aid home for teenage girls

And I know your face like I know my own Thank God for escape, thank God for home

Thursday, February 27

New reality setting in

February sweeps are over, and I hope never to see Michael Jackson's face(s) again for the rest of my life. I'm thinking of creating my own reality show: "I'm a TV Critic -- Get Me Out of Here!"

Blake case presented on TV and in preliminary hearing

A retired homicide detective testified Wednesday that actor Robert Blake told him in 1999 that he had impregnated a woman during a one-night stand and he wanted her abducted to undergo an abortion, and if that failed, to have her killed.

Actor tells story to Barbara Walters

In his first jailhouse interview, accused murderer Robert Blake insists he is an innocent man.


¢ 'Buffy' headed for graveyard ¢ Letterman takes a sick day ¢ Warwick learns a lesson ¢ No 'Millionaire' marriage

Wednesday, February 26


¢ Former Tom Petty bassist dies ¢ Donahue show canceled ¢ Ripa gives 'Live' baby report ¢ Album covers Peter Tosh's work

Tuesday, February 25

Art leads to renaissance of small, dying town

What happens when your home town dies? Filmmaker Nancy Kelly remembers wincing while reading a New York Times article that advised yuppie tourists to put their cars in reverse to avoid the "post-industrial blight" of her native North Adams, Mass.

Accepted eclectic

Lawrence's Approach takes the enlightened path to hip-hop credibility

By Geoff Harkness Though Sean Hunt -- better known by his stage moniker Approach -- is one of the most respected MCs in local hip-hop, there's one thing you'll never hear him do. "You might catch a 'damn' or a 'hell' here and there, if you listen real close," he says during a recent interview just around the corner from his KC crib.

MTV prepares to go to war

The network of Eminem and "The Osbournes" is getting ready for war, too.


¢ Bygones are bygones ¢ Reubens must go to trial ¢ Just let her be ¢ No parking zone

Dan Rather interviews Saddam

Saddam Hussein indicated on Monday that he does not intend to follow U.N. orders to destroy his Al-Samoud 2 missiles, and he challenged President Bush to an internationally televised debate via satellite linkup.

Monday, February 24

CBS hoping for big, fat 'Greek' ratings

Will the viewers who made "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" the highest-grossing independent movie of all time show up week after week to watch the new sitcom "My Big Fat Greek Life" (8:30 p.m., CBS)?

Norah Jones comes away with most Grammy Awards

The music of pop-jazz chanteuse Norah Jones garnered eight Grammy awards Sunday night, including album and record of the year, capping a year where the sultry singer catapulted to international acclaim.


¢ Clinton sings Bono's praises ¢ You say it's your birthday? ¢ Americans make French toast

'Daredevil' fends off 'Old School' challenger

Serious film proved no match for a daredevil and a big old frat party. Ben Affleck's superhero adventure "Daredevil" remained the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend with $18.9 million, pushing its 10-day total to $70.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sunday, February 23

What are you reading?

Vending machines dispense tiny art

Pull a knob on one of these vintage cigarette machine and you may pick up a new habit -- buying art.

'Royal Family' shines light on theater life

KU to stage comedy beginning Friday

In the roaring 20s, before Hollywood celebrities became cultural icons, the spotlight shined on the flamboyant on- and off-stage antics of families in American theater.

KU ensemble to premiere professor's composition

The KU Wind Ensemble will perform a concert that includes the premiere of a new composition by a Kansas University professor at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center.

Russian folk is signature of Trio Voronezh

Threesome to play Friday at Lied Center

Trio Voronezh has come a long way since playing Bach in a subway station in Frankfurt, Germany.

Arts notes

¢ Art in the Park seeking musicians ¢ KU trombone professor, colleagues to perform ¢ Art department students to exhibit works ¢ Recital to honor Polish composer ¢ National evangelist to address Baker ¢ Ozark Mountain Jubilee heads to Ottawa stage ¢ Art department students to exhibit works ¢ KC Symphony to play baroque music concert

Arts notes

¢ Honor Recital calls for young musicians ¢ Community Theatre to hold auditions

Arts notes

¢ Soloists to perform with Free State orchestra ¢ New art space seeking olive-inspired work ¢ Topeka Civic Theatre to stage 'Chicago' ¢ Submissions requested for Lied's anniversary ¢ Ceramic artist to speak about craft at KU

Lawrence Art Guild hangs annual All Members Show

Ann Durham draws inspiration from Southwest

Ann Durham's watercolors are infused with the intense hues of the Southwest. One trip to the region back in the 1970s and she was hooked.

KU professor mines composer's life for series

Radio programs capitalize on lifelong fascination with Robert Schumann

Even in his youth, Tibbetts heard something magnetic in the music of 19th-century German composer and pianist Robert Schumann. On his 16th birthday, Tibbetts' parents gave him a biography of Schumann for which he'd been lobbying for months.


'At the Hands of Persons Unknown' details racism

In 1918 in Valdosta, Ga., a white planter, Hampton Smith, was killed by a rifle shot into his home. His wife, wounded in the shooting, accused a black man, Sidney Johnson, of doing it. But he could not be found. So a frustrated lynch mob hanged other black men instead, including Haynes Turner.

'Waiting With Gabriel' tells story of preparing for death, birth of son

He had 10 tiny fingers, 10 tiny toes and a hint of downy dark hair. He was a perfect newborn -- except for his heart.

Arts notes

¢ "Blast II" to send shockwaves through Lied ¢ Music service celebrates churches' founding father ¢ Lawrence folk artist to perform at Cafe Luna

Painter explores life through color

Creative process helps Filipina-American artist discover identity

Artist Henri Doner-Hedrick has a "thing about color." It floods her paintings and pervades her thoughts. It's inescapably etched on her face, brown with Filipino heritage handed down from her father, who died when she was 4 years old.

A question of faith

Play's story of autistic child challenges validity of miracles

Eve flaps the third and fourth fingers of her left hand rapidly against her palm. She shifts from her left foot to her right and back. She avoids locking eyes with anyone else in the room as she spins a stuffed killer whale named Shamu through somersaults above her head.


¢ Carey gets his star ¢ Armstrongs on the rocks ¢ Jones chips in for PayCheck ¢ 'Doonesbury' goes to school

News shows announce guest lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Film festival to return to N.Y. for second year

The film festival that gave downtown an economic and psychological boost last year after the World Trade Center attack will return in May, organizers announced Thursday.

Art lovers start small with machines

Pull a knob on the vintage cigarette machine and you may pick up a new habit -- buying art.

Danish choreographer says ballet about life of Princess Diana a tribute

Turning the life of Princess Diana into a ballet was not an easy project for Peter Schaufuss.

Artist's work colored by railroad career

Each stroke of Charles L. Amos' slender brush is colored by a lifetime spent dreaming, learning and teaching people about trains.

Friday, February 21


¢ Carter tours portraits ¢ Morrison delves into opera ¢ Anthony becoming father again ¢ Tutu recalls U.S. inspiration

R&B Foundation honors pioneers of musical genre

When George Clinton started his band decades ago, he hadn't yet come up with the wild costumes or tripped-out funk grooves that define it today.

Best bets

Mike Finnigan looks forward to homecoming

It's hard to imagine someone who was young, hip and living in Lawrence in, say, 1968 who doesn't have a dozen or so fond memories of Mike Finnigan and his band The Serfs.

Ferrell gets fully enrolled in 'Old School'

The very sight of Will Ferrell is funny. With his frazzled hair and vacuous stare, the towering comedian always looks like he just finished speaking in tongues ... and he's about ready to tackle you.

What if the South had won?

Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott premieres faux documentary 'C.S.A.'

"Slavery is the deep, dark family secret in America," says writer-director Kevin Willmott. "We all participated in it; we all evolved from it in some way or another, so we don't like to speak about it. The movie hopes to break that open to where we can say, 'Hey, we can actually talk about this. Slavery WAS a reality.'" Willmott's "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America" envisions that reality through rewriting the outcome of the Civil War, from the South's "victory" at Gettysburg all the way to slavery-permitted modern times.

River City Weekly video: "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America" Part 3

Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott speaks about his new feature "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America," a mock documentary in which the South won the Civil War.

River City Weekly video: "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America" Part 2

Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott speaks about his new feature "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America," a mock documentary in which the South won the Civil War.

River City Weekly video: "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America" Part 1

Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott speaks about his new feature "C.S.A. -- The Confederate States of America," a mock documentary in which the South won the Civil

This 'Ali' is anything but the greatest

The imported British comedy "Da Ali G Show" (11:30 p.m., HBO) does the near-impossible: It actually makes me feel sorry for Ronald Reagan's attorney general, Ed Meese. Ali G is the comic persona of performer Sacha Baron Cohen. Dressed in a gaudy yellow outfit, Ali acts like a brain-addled "hip-hop journalist" who "interviews" former public officials in the hopes of tricking them into saying silly or stupid things

Thursday, February 20


¢ Branagh's theatrical return ¢ Hudson a last-minute hostess ¢ Grisham approves of movie ¢ New face in White House

'Biography' subject worthy of profile

At last, someone worthy of a "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E). Like many viewers, I am tired of seeing this once-proud franchise fritter away its prestige with "Batman" retrospectives and life stories of professional wrestlers. Tonight, Danny Glover narrates an hourlong profile of writer James Baldwin, an important force in 20th century literature and race relations. Thank you "Biography" for acknowledging the fact that some of us actually read!

Poetry woos 'Bachelorette'

Roses are red, violets are blue, "The Bachelorette" is history, and Charlie is, too.

Johnny PayCheck dies at 64

Country singer Johnny PayCheck, the hard-drinking hell-raiser best known for his 1977 working man's anthem "Take This Job and Shove It," has died at 64.

'Cabaret' provides night of fine entertainment

More than 1,500 audience members were on their feet Wednesday night, delivering applause and appreciation. They weren't cheering on the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse (though they may have been there in spirit). They were giving a standing ovation to the cast of "Cabaret," which transported a delighted Lied Center audience from small-town Lawrence to bustling Berlin, Germany, circa 1933.

Wednesday, February 19

Tease photo

Inside the Outhouse

Long before the Bottleneck and the Replay, the Outhouse ruled Lawrence's burgeoning rock scene

Remember the Outhouse. Though their cry is quieted with each passing year, the soldiers who once turned a nondescript cinder-block shack on the edge of Lawrence into a punk rock icon still roam the earth. Always proud but never haughty, they'll gladly share their war stories with a little persuasion. Just don't believe any of them.

Q&A with Jumbo's Killcrane

Jumbo's Killcrane has been eating audiences alive for more than three years now. With the release of "Carnaval de Carne", its third full-length and first on the experimental metal label Crucial Blast Industries, the band is hoping to find a following to share in the feast.

Video Game Buyer's Guide

They're bigger than Hollywood and they're selling faster than ever before. The video game industry shattered its 2001 record of $9.1 billion in total sales. NPD data suggests that the 2002 holiday season pushed video game sales over $11 billion, far surpassing the Hollywood box office.

'Twilight Zone' updates classics

Those of us old enough to recall grade school air-raid drills and backyard bomb shelters can't help but cringe in recognition of the current climate of anxiety.


¢ McCartney back on the road ¢ 'Bachelor' gets cooking ¢ Laughter therapy ¢ Blake gives '20-20' interview

'Joe Millionaire' dethrones King of Pop

Unknown to the world just a few weeks ago, Evan Marriott has overthrown the King of Pop -- at least, on network television.

Competition gives minorities a classical opportunity

Aaron Dworkin loves classical music. He began playing violin at age 5 and hasn't stopped. But while majoring in violin performance at the University of Michigan, he had a revelation.

Tuesday, February 18

Presidents Day celebration

Chris Klauber, front, a second-grader at Langston Hughes School, requests some assistance from his teacher as his paper hat falls over his eyes. Dressed like George Washington, Klauber and his classmates performed a readers theater on the first president's life to a group of first-graders Monday at the school, 1101 George Williams Way. Jordan Trajkovski is sitting behind Klauber.


¢ Cash cover rocks, rocks, rocks ¢ Thornton honored for screenplay ¢ 'Baywatch' ladies moving on ¢ Jackson alleges forgery in suit

This 'Guardian' is a Tuesday-night dark horse

With all of the talk about "reality" television, the quiet sophomore success of a solid drama like "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS) can go unnoticed. The legal drama has made its Australian-born star Simon Baker a bit of an American idol. "The Guardian" consistently shows well against strong competition, including "Frasier" and "24."

'Joe Millionaire' walks away with Zora, check

$1 million gift sweetens close of show's finale

Zora got the nod, and a diamond ring, from Evan Marriott when the "Joe Millionaire" finale aired Monday night. Then the happy couple got a million dollars to split from the show -- the "shocking twist" viewers had been promised.

Monday, February 17

Friends and neighbors

Anti-war protestors continue to demonstrate

Cars honk as they pass anti-war protestors in front of the Army Reserve Armory, 2100 Iowa St. Nine protestors including Lawrence residents, Kansas University students and a former U.S. Marine held banners and signs for an hour Sunday afternoon to protest starting a war in Iraq.

Fire engulfs already-damaged home

A firefighter glances back at the crumbled remains of a mobile home that burned Sunday afternoon near the 1100 block of East 23rd Street. The fire was the second in recent months for the mobile home, which was damaged during a Dec. 30, 2002, blaze.


¢ Not getting what they pay for ¢ Taylor has her day ¢ Aerosmith mansion downsized ¢ Out of hatred, understanding

Michael Jackson tell-alls just won't beat it

Television's peculiar obsession with Michael Jackson continues. Two weeks ago ABC paid a tidy sum for a British documentary that included a disturbing interview in which Jackson admitted to sleeping with young boys.

'Daredevil' leaps to top of box office

Movie-goers took Ben Affleck up on his latest dare. Affleck's "Daredevil," a big-budget gamble on a comic-book character more obscure than "Spider-Man" or "X-Men," paid off nicely with a $43.5 million weekend debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Berlin film festival strikes balance between glitz, politics

This year's Berlin Film Festival had a pointed political message, with disturbing themes such as genocide and refugees that reflected the influence of global tensions since Sept. 11 and the threat of a new war on Iraq.

Sunday, February 16

Pet post

Kansans support military

From left, Janet Smith, Arlita Buller and Charlotte Gehrer, all of Newton, sing "God Bless America," during a rally supporting military action in Iraq, opposite the peace rally at the Harvey County Courthouse in Newton. All three women have sons in the military.

Sawing away at an acousitc jam session

Tom Bogardus elicits a haunting noise from a saw blade during an Americana Music Academy acoustic jam session. Bogardus, who has played the instrument for 14 years, joined about 20 others playing guitars, fiddles, harmonicas and mandolins Saturday afternoon at Aimee's Coffee House, 1025 A Mass. The group gathers weekly and plays a wide variety of music, from classic rock tunes to bluegrass and theme songs.

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'Lyrical Genius' provides insight into Marley

In the relatively short period of his recording life, a mere 20 years, Bob Marley compiled an amazingly large and diverse body of music. In the years since his death in 1981, he has become a figure of legend, and his reggae music a rich and timeless legacy to the world.

'Forever' author Hamill explores layered city through new eyes

A fortresslike metal door guards the entrance to writer Pete Hamill's Tribeca home. The door opens to a drab, industrial foyer where an equally unpromising elevator chugs up to the author's floor.

Chicago Sinfonietta preaches "gospel of symphonic diversity"

Paul Freeman calls it "preaching the gospel of symphonic diversity." The musical director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Freeman sees the midsize orchestra he helped start in 1987 as more than a chance to pursue musical excellence.

A chilly Broadway gets ready for spring with 'Gypsy' and 'Urban Cowboy' shows

Broadway is ready for spring, even if it doesn't arrive for another month, but the warmer weather will bring several tantalizing productions that could shake off the chill of a dismal winter season.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence artist opens exhibition at KC gallery ¢ Party to celebrate jazz legend's birthday ¢ African dance troupe portrays cultural rituals ¢ JCCC play tackles issue of terrorism ¢ 'Fearless Loving' author to speak at Unity Temple ¢ Acclaimed trumpeter coming to Gem Theater ¢ Club Crawl to benefit KC blues society ¢ ArtBreak offers alternative Spring Break ¢ Regional exhibition calls for artists' work

Charlton Heston reprises 'Ben-Hur' role for children's cartoon

Charlton Heston is back as "Ben-Hur" -- this time in cartoon form. The 79-year-old, who won a lead actor Oscar for his role in the live-action 1959 epic, supplies narration and the voice of the title character in the new animated version, set for release on DVD and video Feb. 25.

Children's play a 'Run-A-Way' hit

Most children threaten to run away at one time or another. Come to think of it, the thought of leaving it all behind to move on to bigger and better things is appealing to everyone, not just children.

'Cabaret' on its way

One of the steamiest and most critically acclaimed Broadway revivals is on its way to Lawrence. "Cabaret" will hit the Lied Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

KU faculty, Lawrence Art Guild hang group show at Arts Center

Artwork by Kansas University art department faculty and members of the Lawrence Art Guild will fill the galleries through March 15 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Consort to play 'February Afternoon' concert

The Spencer Consort will play "A Concert for a February Afternoon" at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Spencer Museum of Art's Central Court.

Arts notes

¢ 'Nightingale' teaches wisdom, compassion ¢ KU alumna returns for organ concert ¢ Choir alumni invited to return for tribute

Lawrence native takes break from Broadway to play in KC show

It's funny how notoriety comes about. Lawrence native Jane Bodle has been belting out show tunes and playing leading ladies on Broadway for 20 years.

Visiting author's book lauds heroes of Underground Rail

Author and journalist Ann Hagedorn spent the first 20 years of her career writing about "crime, grime and slime" for daily newspapers.

Expressions of spirit

Artists embrace heritage, create work unique to selves

Muscular black men boldly chiseled in ink tones occupy the spaces of Hobart Jackson's drawing paper. Proud black women dance, labor, bond and rejoice in scenes Marla Jackson stitches into her quilts. The Lawrence artists share a name, though they're not related, and they're both black. But that's about where the similarities end.


¢ Bear's 'less-than-perfect' digs updated thanks to TV star ¢ Singer, prosecutors meet about arson fire ¢ Springsteen concert tickets to help suburb raise funds ¢ Winfrey boosts fund drive

Sunday news shows announce guest lineups

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Project aims to preserve Internet history

Library of Congress begins technological task

Here's the flip side of the digital age's magic act: It's also making information disappear.

Jailhouse interview granted; Blake to tell story to Walters

Attorneys object to TV appearance, but won't interfere

Actor Robert Blake will get his wish: a chance to defend himself on national television.

Saturday, February 15

Friends and neighbors

Sweet surprise

A trio of first-grade girls, at center, sway to the music as Alison Nye, right, their first-grade teacher at Quail Run School, is serenaded by the Valentine's Day Singers from Health Care Access.

Theater, music top weekend events

A trio of musical instruments takes an adventurous trip to the big city this weekend in the Seem-To-Be Players' production of "The Run-A-Way Orchestra." The children's play is just one of dozens of events on the weekend entertainment bill.

CNN, ABC News merger scuttled

AOL Time Warner on Thursday declared merger talks between CNN and ABC News dead, saying that despite the idea's merits there were too many problems to pursue at this time.

Modest 'Music Man' only manages 56 trombones

Let's face it: Matthew Broderick is no Mario Lanza. The genial actor, who appeared in Broadway's hit adaptation of "The Producers," stars in Sunday night's affectionate revival of Meredith Willson's 1957 Broadway musical "The Music Man" (6 p.m. Sunday, ABC).

R. Kelly's career still flying high

Despite child porn charges, singer flourishes on the charts

When R. Kelly was arrested on child pornography charges last year, some wondered whether it would be a devastating blow to his career. The answer, so far, is a resounding no.


¢ Networks can't get enough Jacko ¢ Castro passes on film festival ¢ Washington helps out at home ¢ Hope birthday festivities begin

6News video: Art a la Carte

This weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center, the Seem-To-Be Players will stage "The Run-A-Way Orchestra." The play follows the adventures of Chloe the Clarinet, Tallyrande the Tuba and Victor the Violin, who head to the big city when they find out the director of their orchestra has been transferred.

Friday, February 14

Public radio comedy show to broadcast from Liberty Hall

(Web Posted Friday at 10:58 a.m.) "Right Between the Ears," Kansas Public Radio's award-winning comedy show, will broadcast live next weekend from Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence.

The Matrix -- Sequels, extra products may live up to hype

Nothing New in 'Jungle Book 2'


¢ Dog show draws highest ratings ¢ 'American Idol' contestant booted ¢ Kelly Osbourne cites terror fears

Fox has 'Joe Millionaire' viewers feeling duped, too

Viewers were fuming about Fox promotions for "Joe Millionaire" that seemed to promise more than the show delivered.

TV nuptials often divorced from reality

Hey guys, it's Valentine's Day. Tonight's dial abounds with romantic programming, so sit back and enjoy. Or at least pretend to, if you know what's good for you.

Best bets

'Daredevil' attempts a tough balancing act

This is the best film year to be a geek. Multiple superhero projects, a new "Lord of the Rings," TWO "Matrix" sequels -- 2003 is guaranteed to live on in the annals of geekdom.

The girls next door

The Donnas go from junior high friends to being America's hottest girl band

Four junior high friends from the Bay Area assembled an all-girl rock group in order to perform at their school's "battle of the bands" contest. Almost 10 years later they're still together, conquering radio, MTV and network television. No this isn't the plot of a Disney Channel movie. This is the story of The Donnas.

'The Hours'' can't pass by too quickly

Welcome to the cinematic equivalent of the worst women's studies course you never took. Director Stephen Daldry's "The Hours" is an enigmatically dull, overpraised exercise so bloated by its own self-importance that it fails to achieve some of the most fundamental aspects of moviemaking.

'Dying Gaul' presents realistic point of view

Maybe it's human nature to believe that no matter how bad things get, the force of hope, time's passage or some higher power will clear the fog.

Thursday, February 13

Shaolin Wheel of Life thrills audience with choreography

The sold-out performance of Shaolin Wheel of Life at the Lied Center Wednesday night combined kung fu, ancient Chinese history and amazing feats of strength.


¢ Sean Penn sued for extortion ¢ Here's to you, Mr. Simon ¢ Oscar skews white this year ¢ Seagal testifies against mob

ABC's 'Are You Hot' a real no-brainer

According to an ABC press release, "talent, personality and strategy were not required" to vie for the title on "Are You Hot: The Search for America's Sexiest People" (7 p.m., ABC). That's right -- no talent, brains or personality required! It's the perfect "reality" series.

'Simpsons' going strong at 300

The characters may be yellow, but "The Simpsons" hasn't mellowed as it marks its 300th episode Sunday.

Wednesday, February 12

KU professor laid groundwork for HBO film

In a roundabout way, a Kansas University professor's research is at the heart of "Unchained Memories," a 73-minute documentary now airing on HBO.

Tinseltown abuzz about 'Chicago' nominations

Musical up for a leading 13 Academy Awards

"Chicago" is striking all the right notes in its quest to become the first musical in 34 years to win the best-picture Academy Award: solid box office, a strong showing in earlier film honors and a leading 13 Oscar nominations.

VH1 repeats Michael Jackson interview

If you missed Michael Jackson's 90-minute career killer Thursday on ABC, you're in luck, reports TV Guide Online.

PBS documentary presents WWII in living color

Martin Sheen narrates "The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).


¢ Clinton to perform with orchestra ¢ 'Survivors' showing more skin ¢ Oprah awarded for mentoring ¢ 'The Dead' shed 'The Other Ones'

Want to be my valentine?

With Valentine's Day approaching, preschooler Jacey Copp gladly creates some hearts to share with her classmates. The Woodlawn School class made valentines Tuesday. Many schools plan Valentine's Day activities later in the week; most Lawrence schools sixth-grade classes will attend a ski trip Friday in Weston, Mo., and the district junior high schools have dances planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day, too.

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Tuesday, February 11

Valentine's Day television almost eliminates need for hot date

You can tiptoe through the tulips ... to the altar. Again. Tiny Tim's famous, real-life wedding to Miss Vicki on "The Tonight Show" will be shown, along with clips of the fictional wedding that launched "The Brady Bunch," on "TV's Most Memorable Weddings."

'Jungalbook' ripe with lessons

It is the law of the jungle: Kill or be killed. Those who attended Sunday's matinee performance of "Jungalbook," staged by Kansas University Theatre for Young People, learned this and other jungle laws.


¢ Unflattering photos ruin wedding ¢ Madonna on the warpath ¢ Aretha's son falls under suspicion ¢ Dell dude arrested on drug charge

Never heard these songs before? Be grateful

Chances are, you've never seen anything like the strange, funny, sad and completely spellbinding documentary "Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) on the series "Independent Lens."

Britney, Madonna vie for worst in show

Voters for the Razzies, an annual spoof of the Academy Awards, have a message for Britney Spears and Madonna: Don't quit your day jobs as pop divas.

New 'Survivor' shows the love, too

Separate the men from the women in a jungle and you end up with more attraction, more flirtation, more interest -- not less.

Monday, February 10


¢ Clooney rips into film critic ¢ San Francisco the next Hollywood ¢ Detroit sole site of rapper's tour ¢ 'Xena' fans ever loyal

Women's magazines undergo makeovers

Younger readers target of new look

It's makeover time for two grande dames in the world of women's magazines, but don't expect many bare midriffs or tell-all bedroom exposes.

Suspect IQs don't hurt 'Joe Millionaire'

Boy, was I wrong about "Joe Millionaire" (8 p.m., Fox). I never expected viewers to warm up to the cynical premise of this silly series. But the ridiculous, over-the-top fairy tale has taken the nation by storm.

Friends and neighbors

A swell swoop

Kansas University senior Patricia Stringham, Homewood, Ill., takes a few practice dives during her warmup on the 3-meter board. The Jayhawk diving team had its final home meet Saturday against Iowa State at Robinson Health & Physical Education Center.

Hudson-McConaughey comedy a lesson in how to rule the box office

Critics called it a bad date movie, but "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" courted movie-goers to the tune of $24.1 million in its first weekend for a No. 1 debut.

Sunday, February 9

Orchestra to woo audience with desserts, baroque music, candles

For the past four years, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra has played elegant baroque music by the light of candles on an evening near Valentine's Day.

Collective energy drives new art space

Grimshaw Gallery opens doors to young artists in downtown Lawrence

Five young artists only recently finished sorting and clearing out some of the odds and ends left behind by the previous tenant of this cavernous downtown space.

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Hunter S. Thompson still king of gonzo journalism

By dark of night in the early 1980s at my old journalism college, some students moved the letters around on the faculty felt board to name Hunter S. Thompson as the new dean.

Giving something back

Wally Lamb's latest book lends voice to female inmates

For Wally Lamb, success as a best-selling author has meant a new home in rural eastern Connecticut and global fame. But it also has bred a keen sense of responsibility -- a desire to give something back to society.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence vocalists to sing in honors choir ¢ Music: Folk singer to present witty show at Union ¢ Alumni invited to play LHS anniversary concert

World-renowned choreographer returns to KU

Bill Evans imparts decades of dance know-how to University Dance Co.

When Bill Evans visited Kansas University in 1985, the man who was then arts editor of the Journal-World referred to him as the Pete Rose of dance because "At 45 he dances with the vitality of a man half his age."


¢ 'Pinocchio' re-released with original Italian track ¢ Thumbs up on recovery ¢ Britney 'out of control,' says Limp Bizkit's lead singer ¢ Liberace mansion goes back on the selling block

Guest lineups for news shows announced

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows.

Connecticut's elite enjoy 'secret file' lawsuits

Newspaper uncovers separate, closed court hearings for rich, famous

Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist in the E Street Band, was surprised when a sheriff appeared in his dressing room at the Hartford Civic Center to serve him with paternity papers moments before a show.

Man vs. Machine series ends 3-3

Chess legend accepts Deep Junior's offer for draw in final match

That's one small step for a man, one giant saving of face for mankind. Chess legend Garry Kasparov, still smarting after his 1997 loss to a computer, agreed to a draw in the last game of his Man vs. Machine series with Israeli chess program Deep Junior. The six-game series, sanctioned by the sport's governing body, finished 3-3.

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Trying to hold on

Brady Vandegrift, left, tries to hang onto the sled underneath him as Craig Tingen hangs onto Vandergrift on Friday at Indian Rock Park in Salina.

Taking time out to jam

At the Free State Music Festival, Dustin White, left, from Smithville, Mo., Steve Mason, center, Lawrence, and Josh Bailey, Smithville, Mo., enjoy a jam session in a practice room. Area musicians and music lovers converged to hear bluegrass and other acoustic musicians play on Saturday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

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Arts notes

¢ 'Frog and Toad' set for Broadway opening ¢ 'Ark' pays tribute to Russian Museum

Detroit Historical Museum opens techno exhibition

Record cases, turntables, headphones and vinyl. The stuff of a disc jockey's trade is on display at the Detroit Historical Museum, in the city where techno music got its start.

Renowned architect to design Serpentine Gallery pavilion

Oscar Niemeyer, widely considered one of the world's greatest living architects, will design this year's pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park.

Sculptor inspired by Texas woods and Colorado skies

James Surls drew inspiration for his wooden sculptures from the dense forests that stood sentry outside his rural cabin. But while the piney woods sheltered and infused his world, they also confined expectations of what his art could be.

Acting in shadows

Actors take charge of New York stage despite blindness

Gary Bergman bounds onto the stage, hopping backward down a short flight of stairs -- a dangerous move, even for the most agile. George Ashiotis enters more cautiously, feeling his way across a complex set that is new to him.

'Mamma Mia!' hits Las Vegas

The beach is out back by the wave pool. Sports betting and a nightclub are nearby. And in a small theater past the slot machines and gaming tables, a Broadway production of "Mamma Mia!" is trying to lure tourists away from gambling to settle in for more than two hours of ABBA tunes.

Sweden, Czech Republic turn mine into art gallery

An underground mine in northern Sweden will be turned into an art gallery with works by 14 artists from Sweden and the Czech Republic.

'Run-A-Way Orchestra' to feature instruments' antics

When writing a play that will capture the imaginations of children, who better to tap for ideas than a child?

KU theater students honored

Six Kansas University theater students received awards during the recent regional festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

University Theatre to stage 'Dying Gaul'

At the center of University Theatre's production of "The Dying Gaul" is Robert, a gay man forced to compromise his beliefs to succeed.

Shaolin Monks to unleash kung fu prowess on Lied Center

They break iron bars over their heads and big, thick sticks over their legs, backs and stomachs. They lie on their bellies, bend their knees and pull their feet up next to their ears.

Arts notes

¢ Kansas City Brass Works kicks of concert series ¢ K.C. Symphony offers romantic lineup ¢ Literary group wants KC voices to be heard ¢ Famed folk musician to play K.C. concert ¢ Valentine's Day show to feature jazz trio

Dancers, musicians boast endurance

The Ahn Trio might not have gotten quite as vigorous a workout Friday night as the Parsons Dance Company. But they came darn close.

DCAP fund-raiser goes Mardi Gras, adds reggae band to concert bill

You don't have to jet to the Big Easy to enjoy a little Mardi Gras revelry. A Mardi Gras Festival in Lawrence will boast the sparkling beads, festive masks and live music of the real deal in New Orleans. But proceeds from this February party will help in the local fight against AIDS.

Saturday, February 8

6News video: Screen Scene

Finally, the year's most likely Oscar frontrunner prances into Lawrence. I'm talking about "Chicago," the staggeringly energetic adaptation of the popular musical. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere headline this visually dazzling tale of murder, betrayal and media manipulation.

Contest winner to pen sequel to 'Godfather'

Congratulations, Mark Winegardner. You are the author of the next "Godfather" novel. But don't count on everyone liking it.

Pleased to meet you

Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones in Los Angeles. The Stones put on a free concert Thursday to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council. Former President Bill Clinton introduced the band to the audience.

Singer's emotional mix charms crowd

For a singer/songwriter whose biggest hit is about an obscure, cult-classic dark comedy, Ben Kweller brought a diverse crowd Thursday to The Bottleneck.

Weekend offers cultural outlets

Fine art exhibitions, hands-on arts activities and theater events abound this weekend. In Mission, "In the Footsteps of Freedom with Harriet Tubman" continues its run at Theatre for Young America. Here's a look some other events to occupy your weekend:


¢ Photos give actress insights on past, family life, slavery ¢ Travolta flick may be pride of city ¢ Smith show coming to you live

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Feel the anticipation

Young math enthusiasts watch their group's match-box car race down a plastic track during one of eight math topics sessions at Olathe East High School. Olathe East math club students on Thursday sponsored their first "You Count" math fun day. More than 350 children participated in the festivities.

A unified presentation

Highland Park Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Malik El-Amin, center, unfolds a "unity flag" before presenting it to New York City Engine 323 Hook and Ladder firefighters. The presentation was Friday at Highland Park High School in Topeka. The flag is made up of the 50 state flags and was sewn by advanced clothing students at the school.

Move 'em out

Don Nieder of Spring, Texas, endures Friday's chilly temperatures while getting shelving ready for the Lawrence Home Depot, 31st and Iowa streets. Home Depot officials hope to open the store by May.

'Ab Fab' duo back together again

The cast of "Absolutely Fabulous" (7 p.m. today, Comedy Central) reunite for a new one-hour special.

Friday, February 7

Publisher sets record price for new 'Potter' novel

The new "Harry Potter" book, still five months from publication, has apparently already set a record: It will be the highest-priced new children's novel in history.

Deliver Us From Eva

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Shanghai Knights


¢ The body, the talk show host ¢ P. Diddy pairs up with Universal ¢ Gabor celebrates recovery

'Hack' pushes anti-death penalty agenda

Drama fans who don't mind stunt casting, lessons and even a few hugs might enjoy tonight's solid, if predictable, episode of "Hack" (8 p.m., CBS).

Book recalls firm's 9-11 fate

Howard Lutnick survived the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center because he was taking his son to kindergarten. But he lost his brother, his best friend and 658 employees.

Best bets

WGA honors nominees

The surprise blockbuster "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the splashy musical "Chicago" and the documentary "Bowling for Columbine" were among screenplay nominees Thursday by the Writers Guild of America.

Energetic 'Chicago' is a musical triumph

Didn't see the stage version. Never cared for the tune "And All That Jazz." Not a huge fan of Broadway musicals. Loved this big-screen adaptation of "Chicago."

J.D. Crowe explores 'grass roots

The TV show "Hee Haw." The movie "Deliverance."

The many shades of jazz

Lawrence resident's coloring book helps introduce music style to youths

"Jazz has been off the radar screen of today's young kids," Tom Alexios says. "Hip-hop and rap are everywhere. But here's this genre of music that kids weren't being introduced to until it was too late." That's why the jazz aficionado has created "An Introduction to Jazz Workbook," a visual teaching tool designed to get children as fired up about Ellington as Eminem.

Thursday, February 6

Year of blues kicks off

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland thinks its time the genre got an image makeover.

Coldplay show falls into place

Coldplay took the stage of Memorial Hall on Tuesday and wasted no time with introductions, rolling right into the pulse-pounding "Politik." Outside of the atmospheric music, lead singer/pianist Chris Martin said nothing until after the fourth song. Jokingly addressing the listeners in his rich English accent, he stated, "It just occurred to me that I haven't said hello yet," thanking the patrons for "letting us come to Kansas."

ABC features exclusive on Michael Jackson

Does anyone care about Michael Jackson anymore? ABC sure hopes so. The network paid big bucks to secure the rights to the British documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" (7 p.m., ABC). (Note: This feature originally was scheduled for Friday, but it will air in place of the film "NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323" which was pulled from tonight's schedule after the crash of the space shuttle Columbia.)


¢ 'Bachelor' gets cold feet ¢ He can dance if he wants to ¢ Joy-ride over for thief who dumped Cage's Porsche ¢ Ice-T is reluctant dad

Wednesday, February 5

Montalban biography reveals 'Fantasy' actor

Before 1975, nobody in America had ever heard of "rich Corinthian leather." But that year Chrysler hired screen veteran Ricardo Montalban to be the spokesman for their new luxury sedan, the Cordoba.

Slaying victim at Spector's home named

Actress Lana Clarkson starred in B-movies

The actress found slain in music producer Phil Spector's mansion was a cult figure in B-movies who sold her pinups on the Internet and worked as a ticket collector at a blues club as her career faded, associates said Tuesday.

Hispanic group censures 'Kingpin'

"Kingpin," a new TV drama about a drug cartel run by a Mexican family, was criticized by a civil rights group as a slap against Hispanics that will reinforce prejudices.

Downtown launching pad

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical and Lifestar personnel secure a woman into the Lifestar helicopter near the scene of an accident at Eighth and Kentucky streets. Kimberly Forsman, 44, Topeka, suffered multiple lacerations and a broken ankle in the accident Tuesday evening, police said. Forsman was taken by helicopter air ambulance to KU Med, where she was listed in serious condition Tuesday night. The car she was driving the wrong way on Kentucky Street struck a car stopped at a stoplight on Kentucky at Eighth Street, police said. The driver of the stopped car, Karen Batts, 46, Lawrence, was taken by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical ambulance to LMH for treatment of a head injury.

Homestyle cooking

Odessa's Cafe serves up hearty fare amid familiar faces

Odessa Shorter has gone from giving orders to taking them. Shorter, 39, spent 20 years working as a traffic cop in San Diego before returning to her hometown of Lawrence to open a little neighborhood restaurant, Odessa's Cafe, in June 2002.

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Explaining the accident

Tom Zerr, a teacher at Pittsburg Middle School, demonstrates to students just how much heat a space shuttle orbiter tile can take.


¢ Airline has Love arrested ¢ Helmsley loses lawsuit ¢ Welles' daughter seeks rights or royalties to 'Citizen Kane' ¢ Comedian welcomes first child ¢ Former Doors bandmates sued

Tuesday, February 4


¢ 'Disturbing' subject ¢ Potter gets Vatican's blessing ¢ Awards by request ¢ Whitney Houston's father dies

Record producer arrested in homicide

Phil Spector, the legendary record producer whose "wall of sound" helped change the sound of pop music in the 1960s, was arrested Monday for allegedly shooting a woman to death at his suburban mansion.

New lawyer sitcom deserves life sentence

How can legions of talented and well-paid professionals churn out sitcoms as horrible as "A.U.S.A" (8:30 p.m., NBC)?

Peace-accord unrest continues

Ivorian women wearing face paint shout anti-French slogans outside the gates of French Embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Some 8,000 Ivorian women surrounded the embassy on Monday in a sign of sustained opposition to Ivory Coast's French-brokered peace accord for the world's largest cocoa-producing country.

Back to reality

Old Man Winter let people in the Lawrence area know he isn't gone yet. Kansas University graduate teaching assistant Catrin Schultz braved Monday's blustery conditions -- which came on the heels of a balmy weekend -- as she walked to a bus stop. Colder temperatures are forecast to continue today, but winds should be less brisk.

Monday, February 3

'Recruit' arrives ahead of 'Final Destination' at box office

The CIA packed a bit more punch than death in film debuts at the box office. The Al Pacino-Colin Farrell spy thriller "The Recruit" debuted as the No. 1 movie with $16.5 million in its first weekend.

Auction pays off for students

Linda Crabb, Lawrence, examines pottery for sale as part of a silent benefit auction to help raise money for Lawrence school district student activity fees. The auction was Sunday night at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. More than 300 people attended, and a top item was a leather basketball adorned with a Jayhawk, which sold for $350.


¢ Fonda withdraws donation ¢ Poundstone probation relaxed ¢ Schwarzenegger shoulders pain ¢ Snipes sued for nonpayment

Home improvement new reality craze

A poll conducted last year for HGTV revealed that television viewers considered "Trading Spaces" one of their favorite shows on the cable channel.

PBS series gives 'Dance in America' a spin

Four male dancers discuss the path that took them from Spain, Wisconsin, Cuba and Ukraine to New York's American Ballet Theater in "Dance in America" on "Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

Sunday, February 2

News shows announce guest lineups

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

KU student troupe to stage 'Jungalbook'

Kansas University's Theatre for Young People will stage Edward Mast's "Jungalbook" this week and next.

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GINGER, LEFT, A CHIHUAHUA MIX and Foster, a Wheaten Terrier, were adopted from the Lawrence Humane Society. They belong to Sondra McCoy.

Friends and neighbors

A beautiful day for a game

Cooper Farr, left, ponders a chess move against her friend Alison King. The 14-year-olds competed outside on Saturday in the 65-degree weather near Eighth and Vermont streets. Similar temperatures are expected today.

What are you reading?

Altruism backfires in novel

Big picture lacking in Price's 'Samaritan'

Richard Price writes with the storytelling skills of a novelist and the eye and ear of a reporter.

Centenarian sisters' story appears as children's book

Sadie and Bessie Delany were just girls when segregation forced them to sit in the back of a bus and drink water from "colored" ladles.


Arts notes

¢ Worlds of Fun tryout to be in Lawrence ¢ KC Symphony to play all-Brahms concert ¢ Musician's CD premier to benefit charity ¢ Artistic advertising focus of exhibition ¢ State writing contest issues call for entries ¢ St. Louis native, author to read at Rockhurst ¢ Musical Arts Society gets new leadership

Help USA gets a hand and lots of shoes

Filling a closet with 1 million pairs of shoes is an ambitious goal for any fashionista -- and it becomes a worthy goal when the closet belongs to Help USA, a provider of housing and services for the homeless.

Arts notes

¢ Arts Center receives $5,000 theatre grant ¢ SUA to hold forum on death penalty ¢ Argentinean pianist traces tango's evolution ¢ Civic choir invited to sing at state level ¢ KU student vocalists to entertain at luncheon ¢ Professor to perform recital on flute

Dance company, Ahn Trio combine for concert

A modern dance company and a trio of musicians whose signature is playing modern classical music will harmonize Friday at the Lied Center for a unique exploration of the ties between music and dance.

'Tosca' driven by vocal, musical excellence

The 2003 half of the Lied Center's Concert Series kicked off Thursday with The Russian State Opera's performance of "Tosca." More then 1,500 Lawrence theatergoers came out for Puccini's famous three-act tragedy.

Arts notes

¢ KU playwrights win at regional festival ¢ Free State thespians to stage comedy

February lunch concerts boast musical variety

Three distinctive musical performances will be featured during February's Brown Bag Classics, the Wednesday lunchtime concert series.

Dance showcase comes to Arts Center

Choreographers from across the Midwest will convene Friday and Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center to showcase their talents.

Arts grants available

Applications are due March 10 for grants the Lawrence Arts Commission will award in visual, literary and performing arts.

Exhibition shines light on whimsical personality of late printmaker

Looking at the upcoming exhibition of John Talleur's artwork will be a bit like browsing the late printmaker's soul.

Chocolate on the auction block

Proceeds will sweeten opportunities in the arts

Don't make the mistake of deeming the elaborate confectioneries at Baldwin's annual Chocolate Auction too pretty to eat.

Arts notes

¢ Spencer acquires work by Langston Hughes ¢ Theatre: 'Nunsense' returns to Baldwin theatre

Photographer captures essence of Baker Wetlands

Sierra Club to benefit from work sold at Fields Gallery

You might think of Wally Emerson as a Thoreau of the Baker Wetlands. It's not that he lives a life of seclusion and contemplation in a swamp shanty. But, much like Henry David Thoreau used prose to capture the essence of Walden Pond, Emerson uses photography to chronicle the diverse beauty of the wetlands.


Find out what it means to these Lawrence students

A group of students at Kennedy School could probably teach Aretha Franklin a thing or two about respect.

Saturday, February 1

Friends and neighbors

Weekender: Diverse entertainment offerings available

This weekend's entertainment opportunities run the gamut from sainthood to swordplay. In Lawrence, a band of musicians will perform a musical drama based on the life of Kentigern, Saint Mungo of Scotland, while "Zorro" takes the stage in Kansas City, Mo.


¢ Who's guitars on auction block ¢ Lee: BET does 'the wrong thing' ¢ Hot Wheels coming to big screen ¢ DeGeneres searches for slang

'Kingpin' assumes the 'Godfather'-wannabe crown

Let's get right to the point. "Kingpin" (9 p.m. Sunday, NBC) is not "The Sopranos." It's not even close. But if you like the violent, epic intrigue of a good old-fashioned miniseries, this "Godfather"-influenced drama might be just your cup of tequila.

A Russian resemblance

Movie fans: 'Potter' house elf looks like Putin

What does the stern-faced commander in chief of a million-strong army have in common with a self-effacing elf from a popular children's film? Nothing -- except perhaps a longish nose, piercing eyes and a certain indefinable similarity.

6News video: Art a la Carte

Beginning Monday, a troupe of KU student actors decked in furry animal costumes will stage "Jungalbook," the story of a boy raised in the jungle by animals, for Douglas County area school children. The general public can see the show next Sunday.