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Monday, June 30

Actress Katharine Hepburn dies

Film legend won four Academy Awards in a career that spanned seven decades

Katharine Hepburn, an icon of feminist strength and spirit who brought a chiseled beauty and patrician bearing to such films as "The Philadelphia Story" and "The African Queen," died Sunday. She was 96.

Angels throttle Hulk at box office

The angels have lost a little of their kick but they can still pulverize the opposition, even if he's big and green.

Food Network offers tricks behind treats

When I was young, my friends and I were obsessed with a candy called Zotz. While it looked like any hard candy lozenge, Zotz contained a tiny quantity of baking powder that exploded in your mouth when you least expected it. Zotz gave way to Pop Rocks, the infamous '70s treat, and a new generation of wacky candies explored on tonight's episode of "Unwrapped" (8 p.m., Food Network). Former game-show host Mark Sommers visits candy factories and interviews children and adults eating glow-in-the-dark ice pops, jelly beans that taste like dirt, candy confected to look like dog food (wrapped in its own little bowl), and other gross and explosive treats that put my old Zotz to shame.

Political waters tempt celebs

Schwarzenegger, Springer consider testing fame at polls

The Terminator or Meathead could be the next governor of California. Trash-talk king Jerry Springer might become a U.S. senator from Ohio.

People

¢ Disneyland ride inspires film ¢ Snoop's team scores for charity ¢ First black Miss Florida named ¢ Just what the doctor ordered

Review :: Vertigo, "Vertigo"

Review: Enter the Matrix - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Run here, kick, punch, shoot, load...

Was it worth the hype? Is anything ever worth the hype?

Sunday, June 29

Even posthumously, competition ensues

Books, scholars keep Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards in public eye

One was a preacher, the other everything but. One believed we were sinners suspended over a cauldron of fire, the other championed "the virtuous heretic." One spent his latter years as a missionary among Indians, the other flirted with the ladies of Paris.

Arts notes

¢ Heartland Theatre to stage 'Radio Gals' ¢ Theatre Atchison to have auditions

Musician Wayne Shorter dominates Jazz Journalists' Association awards

Saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter dominated the seventh annual Jazz Journalists Assn. awards this week, winning four prizes, including Musician of the Year and Album of the Year.

Monica surmounts personal tragedies with new album

Delays and false starts surrounding the release of Monica's third album, "After the Storm," are just a minor bump in the road compared with the personal upheaval she's gone through.

Architect's magical mystery museum plans expansion

Sir John Soane loved the "poetry of architecture" and turned his house into his epitaph. More than a century and a half after his death, almost 100,000 people a year visit Soane's eccentric, art-filled, lovingly preserved home on a leafy London square.

Broadway names theater after beloved caricaturist

Broadway remembered Al Hirschfeld on Monday as the man who made the stage and its performers come alive in graceful pen-and-ink drawings -- and then it named a theater after him.

Spanish architects complete design for Dutch Rijksmuseum renovation

When Spanish architect Antonio Cruz was looking for artistic inspiration for his latest project, he went to a logical place -- the museum.

Author reflects upon life as son of the Rosenbergs

When Robert Rosenberg was 7, changing his last name to Meeropol seemed unfair. He didn't want to lose his alliteration, and he certainly didn't want his older brother Michael to gain it.

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Tensie Awards recognize student filmmakers at Kansas University

Twenty-one Kansas University student filmmakers received prizes in the first annual Tensie Awards. The Tensies, KU's version of the Oscars, are named after Lawrence philanthropist Tensie Oldfather. They honor outstanding student filmmaking during the past academic year.

We got the beat

Youngsters catch rhythms of West African drum, dance

When seated, 5-year-old Allison Swisher's feet don't even touch the floor. But she's competently rapping out her part of a complex West African rhythm on a djembe that's nearly three-quarters her height.

Arts notes

¢ Dance troupe announces free summer concerts ¢ Spencer Museum shows Asian nature paintings ¢ Langston Hughes Review features Lawrence writer

People

¢ Buttafuoco becoming godfather ¢ Gilda gets gold star ¢ Political ties trump family ¢ Gibson hopes film inspires

Iraqi symphony makes return

Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra staged its first concert since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, performing a patriotic song that predates the former dictator and brought tears to the eyes of the audience.

No place like home for Garland museum

Judy Garland is more to Robert Baneky than simply a favorite actress. Baneky has copies of nearly all her albums, movies and TV shows, and scours stores to pick up the few he doesn't have.

Saturday, June 28

People

¢ Arnold still testing political water ¢ Letterman ending Friday breaks ¢ Martha launches new magazine ¢ 'Chicken Run' in dispute

Controversy a no-show on Ellen's HBO special

Here's something shocking: an HBO stand-up comedy special with only a PG rating. "Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now" (9 p.m. today, HBO) features the former sitcom star's thoughts on life's accelerated pace, the futility of time-saving devices and the sublime pleasures of procrastination. Along with cracked insights into cell phones, TV commercials, mint breath strips and yoga, DeGeneres offers a refreshing break from the obscenity and anger embraced by many stand-up comedians.

6News video: Screen Scene

Although rabble-rouser Michael Moore won this year's documentary Oscar for "Bowling for Columbine," one of his rival nominees may be the superior film. "Spellbound," which opens in Lawrence today, observes the National Spelling Bee by focusing on a handful of stressed-out, eighth-grade contestants. More than just a competitive spectacle, the film stands as a microcosm of America - and in many respects, an essay on the American Dream.

'Goodfella' writes N.Y. tour book

Henry Hill saunters across Rockefeller Center, eyes hidden by dark sunglasses. He peers at the site of the famous skating rink, conjuring up an image of New York City past.

Sweet science of baking

Pastry chef Alison Olewnik has mastered the sweet science of baking

You can tell right away how good a pastry chef and baker Alison Olewnik is - just peer into the little sample baskets that line the countertops outside her kitchen. They're empty.

Youth theater production of 'Funny Girl' charms

"Funny Girl," the Lawrence Arts Center's Summer Youth Theatre's first production with actors in grades 8-12, is a perfect vehicle for aspiring thespians, giving them a chance to shine in a light-hearted -- and charmingly innocent -- musical.

Friday, June 27

Hoping for the last word

'Spellbound' star Angela Arenivar reflects on being queen of the bee

"As an eighth-grader, I never realized I was living the American dream," says Angela Arenivar, one of the stars of the documentary "Spellbound." "The movie really put that into perspective for me. My parents did come over here from Mexico to provide a better way of life for their children. We've all taken advantages of the educational opportunities that they wanted us to have."

'Spark' provided by Ultimate Fakebook

Can you think of any EPs that you really like? I can't. Most of the time, EPs are just a poor man's album; something to fill the empty void between LPs.

Documentary captures spelling bee spectacle

"Hellebore." "Cephalalgia."

Narrator vocalizes Potter world

The malevolent warlock He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named lives inside of Jim Dale.

Channel 6's 'Fusion' takes detour onto 'Turnpike'

Call it a facelift, an artistic revision or an outright radical overhaul. Whatever the description, Lawrence's "Fusion" transforms into "The Turnpike" this week.

Best Bets

Pink House makes landlord see red

When Scott Horn and Peter Berard decided to host concerts in their living rooms, many Lawrence music fans thought it was a great idea. The owners of the property didn't see it that way.

Nintendo and Microsoft to partner on next console?

Pieces of the puzzle are beginning to come together

Two major moves by both companies give fire to the rumors

People

¢ Costner headed for wedlock ¢ Buddy Ebsen admitted to hospital ¢ Osbourne mom feels guilt ¢ Big screen heralds 'Yankees'

No fate worse than 'Dead'

Life stinks and then you die. And then things get even worse. That roughly sums up the tone of the new supernatural drama "Dead Like Me" (9 p.m., Showtime).

'Golden Girls' reruns a hit with younger TV viewers

Pass the cheesecake -- "The "Golden Girls" are hot again.

Thursday, June 26

Chris Rock's comedy tour a warm-up for MTV gig

Chris Rock will be back as host of the MTV Video Music Awards, the cable channel announced Wednesday.

'Sesame Street' figures help children tackle fears

The Muppets have more to offer than lessons on numbers, letters and shapes now they're teaching children about fear, violence and war.

New TNN kicks off with vermin

Kelsey Grammer shows off his versatility this week. On Monday, the "Frasier" star hosted the president and first lady at Ford's Theatre. Tonight he becomes a rat. Grammer provides the voice and serves as executive producer for the new primetime cartoon "Gary the Rat" (9:30 p.m., TNN), part of a new two-hour, adult-themed animation block aimed at younger men.

People

¢ Fashion guru to join 'ET' ¢ Lou Reed gives RockWalk a hand ¢ Comedian's trial delayed ¢ Hong Kong gets Chan action

Wednesday, June 25

People

¢ Stones rally for Toronto ¢ Streisand claims privacy invaded ¢ Just in it for the money ¢ Age doesn't matter

Nintendo signs Evanescence for "Fusion" tour

Other hard rock bands sign on for Nintendo's tour

Other hard rock bands sign on for Nintendo's tour

ABC reality show is one 'Experiment' that really should fail

Which is greater -- the desire to love and be loved, or the need to make a fool of yourself on television? It's an age-old question, sure to explored in depth on the new romantic reality series "The Dating Experiment" (9 p.m., ABC). This latest gimmick puts complete strangers together on a series of dates. Each participant agrees to submit to the rules written down in a series of red diaries. Why? Because they said so!

Vatican Museums put collection online

The Sistine Chapel is now online. The Vatican put its vast art collection on the Web on Tuesday, launching a new site for the Vatican Museums that it hopes will attract more tourists while also disseminating the church's message around the globe.

'Exodus' author Leon Uris dies

Leon Uris, whose best-selling novel "Exodus" offered the world a heroic tale of the founding of Israel and an image of Jews as muscular, sunburned avengers, has died at 78.

Tuesday, June 24

People

¢ 'Wedding Singer' gets married ¢ 'Punk'd' to pick on more celebs ¢ Lil' Kim's bling-bling goes bye-bye

Indie rocker Phair goes pop

The first time Liz Phair pooled her allowance money to buy a record, years before she became an indie rock queen, she bought "Saturday Night" by the bubble-gum band Bay City Rollers.

These close encounters are of the serious kind

Not everybody who believes in UFOs is a kook. That's the message of the film "Out of the Blue" (8 p.m., Sci Fi), narrated by Peter Coyote. While avoiding the usual Roswell clips and cliches, "Blue" presents interviews and sound bites from scientists, astronauts, military officers and even two ex-Presidents who think there may be something out there.

As talk show host, Ventura seems stuck in MSNBC wings

Months after announcing that he would soon get his own nightly cable show on MSNBC, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has yet to hit the airwaves on a regular basis.

Monday, June 23

Danger Bob returns with two wonderful shows

Leave it to Danger Bob to unite The White Stripes, Avril Lavigne, a See 'n Say and the band's own trademark humor into a wonderful harmony last weekend.

'Hulk' overpowers 'Nemo'

"The Hulk" was a monster at the box office in its debut weekend, with the comic-book adaptation taking in a June opening record of $62.6 million.

'Comedy terrorist' crashes Prince William's birthday bash

In a breach of royal security, a publicity seeking comedian burst onto the stage at Prince William's 21st birthday party and snatched a microphone from the prince as he addressed 300 guests, including his father and Queen Elizabeth II, news reports said Sunday.

People

¢ 'Sex' stars really do get along ¢ Elton John cleans house ¢ Ricky ready to be a dad

Review: Wario World - Gamecube

Although short, it does many things better than Super Mario Sunshine

As a matter of fact, I had more fun with Wario World than I did with Super Mario Sunshine.

'Grand Night' a classy affair

KU's University Theatre opened its first of two summer shows this weekend with the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue "A Grand Night for Singing."

Film institute honors De Niro, the anti-hero

Everything changes with time. Yesterday's bad-boy anti-heroes become honored elder statesmen.

Sunday, June 22

Lucinda Williams tries to enjoy fruits of her labor

It's morning for Lucinda Williams. Actually, it's 4:30 in the afternoon. But that's early when you were drinking with Ryan Adams and other pals until 6 a.m.

Writer's real life mirrors fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard leans against two pillows on her unmade king-size bed, its cream colored sheets visible under a light green and peach comforter.

Book pays homage to 'wacky' B.R.U.N.C.H. bunch

If little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, then the women profiled in Simon Doonan's "Wacky Chicks" must certainly have been made of sass and vinegar.

Bookstore

Apple Valley Farm continues 30-year tradition with fresh faces -- and fresh paint

About 40 minutes beyond Lawrence, just outside Perry, sits Apple Valley Farm which, since the early 1970s, has been a staple of summer theater in the area.

Building a house of paper

There aren't many apartments in town like that of artist Juniper Tangpuz.

People

¢ Nelly and sister looking for bone marrow donors ¢ Vinton pulls up stakes for Florida ¢ Richie truly happy about star ¢ Arnold won't terminate career

'Seven Year Itch' author Axelrod dies

Playwright George Axelrod, who anticipated the sexual revolution with "The Seven Year Itch" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" and later wrote screenplays for such films as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Manchurian Candidate," died Saturday. He was 81.

Kauffman Foundation pledge to benefit K.C. arts center

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has pledged $26 million to support a proposed Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center.

Arts notes

¢ Pioneer life subject of museum program ¢ Lawrence couple's son wins strings contest ¢ Workshop emphasizes writing's healing power ¢ Arts center to offer African drum sessions ¢ HAPA event to feature Bowery Dancers ¢ Naturist group sponsors playwriting contest ¢ Artist to explain Satchel Paige tribute

An age of magnificence

New exhibition of 19th-century French paintings illustrates collecting tastes of middle class in 1800s

Edouard Manet's "The Cafe-Concert" shows a handful of people in a crowded Parisian cafe on the Boulevard Rochechouart.

Lincoln Center reaffirms Orchestra agreement

In the latest twist in the saga of the New York Philharmonic's controversial plan to move from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall after the 2005-06 season, the Lincoln said Tuesday it plans to make sure the orchestra "adheres in all respects" to the terms of its existing tenancy agreement, which extends to 2011.

Youth theater an intense but rewarding experience

It's the day before opening night, and the purple curtains are drawn tight in the Lawrence Arts Center theater.

Group strives to unify performing arts in Midwest

This year marks the first summer season for the Baldwin-based Heart of America Performing Arts group.

Saturday, June 21

Unhappiness is another season of 'Sex'

Why does "Sex and the City" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO) make me feel like Charlie Brown? As countless "Peanuts" fans know, every fall the bald-headed Everyboy tries to place kick a football and counts on Lucy to hold it safely for him. And she disappoints him time after time. Well, every season I resolve to give "Sex and the City" another chance. I want to see just what so many critics and viewers find funny, witty and urbane about the saucy series. And every year, I am appalled.

People

¢ A first for Grandma Goldie ¢ Prince of Darkness ready for Wills ¢ Walk of Fame picks new stars

6News video: Art a la Carte

Tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center, Charlotte the spider spins her web and Wilbur the pig avoids being turned into pork chops when Summer Youth Theatre stages "Charlotte's Web." The show continues tomorrow and is followed next week by the musical "Funny Girl."

Friday, June 20

Hardaways follow in Beatles' footsteps

It was the last album The Beatles ever recorded, and they never performed its songs before an audience. Now a Lawrence act will pay tribute to the world's greatest band by covering "Abbey Road" in its entirety.

Comic book giant is standing on others' shoulders

The Incredible Hulk first hit comic book stands in 1962, but the character's source material is even older. Here are a few of his influences.

!!! lives up to its name

Not a lot of bands use an exclamation point in their name, and for good reason. Having punctuation's most expressive symbol creates an expectation of intensity that most acts can't live up to. Wednesday night at The Bottleneck, however, New York's !!! lived up to all three.

Andrew W.K. gets Warped

Flamboyant rock singer joins skate-punk tour

When the Vans' Warped Tour rolls into Kansas City on Tuesday, the annual punk and skate fest will bring with it an unlikely addition: the heavy partyin' Andrew W.K. W.K. (short for Wilkes-Krier), is more of a hard rock performer than many of the pop-punk bands traditionally on the tour. Although the singer spent last summer with more kindred spirits on the OzzFest, he played five Warped dates toward the end of summer. Those five dates were the impetus for coming back for this year's teen-friendly tour.

People

¢ Bill and Rudy share a 'shake ¢ Scott weathers alcoholism ¢ Another wedding on the rocks?

'Monk' shines in new summer season

The comedy detective series "Monk" (9 p.m., USA) enters its second season, and immediately provides an oasis of TV intelligence in this summer's desert of vast inanity.

Potter author sues over early release

'Order of the Phoenix' copies slip into reader hands before Saturday

The author of the Harry Potter book series slapped the Daily News with a $100 million lawsuit after the newspaper published tidbits about the fifth novel four days before its official release.

Best bets

Thursday, June 19

'Hulk' smashes comic book traditions

First let's clear up the rumors. When Universal unveiled a trailer of "The Hulk" months ago, the Internet began buzzing about how cheesy the creature looked and subsequently how disastrous the movie was likely to be. Allegedly, the studio released the images before the special effects department had completed them. Problem solved.

Golden boy :: Lawrence teen musician light years ahead in class

"I was thinking we might relocate the interview," says Patrick Clendenin. "To the Burroughs estate."

Oprah embraces 'East of Eden'

Steinbeck to kick off revived book club

Oprah Winfrey was sitting under an oak tree in California last summer, reading John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" and loving it, when she realized that just telling a few friends about it wouldn't do.

Review: Wario Ware, Inc. - Game Boy Advance

...this game is the first non-medical replacement for Ritalin.

...this game is the first non-medical replacement for Ritalin.

New contest to crown the Ultimate Game Boy Player

Win a Gamecube, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy player and other prizes if you prove yourself.

Win a Gamecube, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy player and other prizes if you prove yourself.

People

¢ Potter author saddened after killing main character ¢ Sixth 'Sopranos' season planned ¢ 'Are You Hot?' judge soon single ¢ More irreconcilable differences

Seniors run to the border for prescriptions

If the sight of Americans crossing a border in search of cheap drugs seems like a movie cliche, think again. Tonight's "Frontline" report, "The Other Drug War" (8 p.m., PBS), begins with an account of Maine senior citizens on a bus trip to Canada to buy inexpensive prescription medication. These money-saving excursions have also served to radicalize many uninsured Maine residents who have become outraged by the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. "I think it's disgusting," senior Carleen Simpson said. "Every country practically in the world gets drugs cheaper than we do."

DJ offers '60s tunes on Web

On the Web, Richard Kaufman morphs into Ricky the K and brings the '60s alive again.

Wednesday, June 18

Wannabees to has-beens

Danger Bob comes back with its sense of humor for 'second leg of farewell tour'

More than two years removed from their last concert and four years from their last release, the members of Danger Bob have lost little of their trademark wit. The band's sense of humor even extends to its erratic show schedule. "Let's get this straight," said guitarist Andy Morton. "It's not a reunion -- it's the second leg of the farewell tour."

People

¢ Thurmond first-time grandfather ¢ 9-11 author wins Peace Prize ¢ 'CSI' star weds ¢ Ventura to be honored for integrity

Thousands of new Harry Potter books stolen in England

Thousands of copies of the new Harry Potter book were stolen from outside a warehouse just days before the latest installment in the popular series was to go on sale around the world, police said Tuesday.

'Dora' show charms with bilingual touch

In a little more than two years, Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer" has vaulted past "Blues Clues" to become the most popular show on cable or commercial broadcast television among preschoolers. And with a national tour under way, it could get bigger still.

The WB features tame surfer reality show

Alone among the desperate networks, the WB has kept its "reality" quotient to a minimum this season. That's interesting and surprising, considering the genre's reported appeal to the WB's youthful demographic. With the garish (and often deliciously cheesy) exception of "The Surreal Life," the WB has earned its audience the old-fashioned way, with earnest and angst-ridden dramas, including the thoughtful newcomer "Everwood."

Tuesday, June 17

CBS defends wooing ex-POW

Network offer mixes news, entertainment proposals to Lynch

CBS News did nothing improper in dangling possible book and TV deals while pursuing an interview with rescued soldier Jessica Lynch, a spokeswoman said Monday.

'Cocoon' actor dies

Hume Cronyn famous in film, theater roles

Hume Cronyn, the versatile stage and screen actor who charmed audiences with his portrayals of irascible old men and frequently paired up with his wife, Jessica Tandy, has died of cancer. He was 91.

Bo Jackson, Sammy Hagar share 'Food Finds'

"Celebrity Food Finds" (9 p.m., Food Network) visits the kitchens and favorite eateries of the well known. It begins with a trip to Patti Page's New Hampshire farm, where the singer of "Doggie in the Window" serves up a batch of organic pancakes. While Sammy Hagar likes to cook with tequila, tea is more Moby's speed. The techno-musician's New York City teahouse boasts more than 90 varieties of tea and vegan fare. Other famous "foodies" include Bo Jackson, Willie Nelson and Alice Cooper.

People

¢ 7-Up actor's talk show debuts ¢ Cheech Marin loans Chicano art ¢ Gibson defends film called anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic ¢ Radiohead plans N. American tour

Welcome back, Potter

Fifth 'Harry' adventure available Saturday in store

The fifth book in J.K. Rowling's successful "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," will be released Saturday in stores (in some cases, at 12:01 a.m.). The book is hefty -- 896 pages (a hardcover copy is 3 pounds) and costs approximately $18, although that depends where you purchase it.

The key Harry Potter characters

Important characters in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Monday, June 16

'Finding Nemo' floats back to No. 1

Cartoon fish still have audiences hooked as the undersea adventure "Finding Nemo" regained the top spot at the weekend box office with $29.2 million.

PBS probes neighborhood's strife

Show examines conflict between gays, blacks

In any other context, it's a mundane act. Yet when a real estate agent walks through a vacant house to end the PBS documentary "Flag Wars," it seems sinister.

Lawrence bands start rockin' the Paradise

In his office upstairs from Paradise Cafe tucked behind divided rooms and a kitchenette Schuyler Lister sits at his desk and talks on the phone. Behind him is a giant dry-erase board full of concert dates and contacts. He hangs up the receiver and shrugs. Something about invoices. Tuesday afternoon, and it's business as usual at Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass. Lister dismisses the phone call before launching into his favorite part about the restaurant: live music. Well, that and the food. But as Lister is quick to point out, he and his staff are working hard to make the establishment synonymous with both.

People

¢ No Nelsons spared in terror probe ¢ Prince William accused of driving too fast ¢ Ali part of flag tribute ¢ Former 'Golden Girl' lends voice for animal rights cause

New programs offer overdose of reality TV

When will people get sick of "reality TV"? Will we ever reach a point when the shows become so dumb, derivative and insulting that nobody watches them? Hey, it could be tonight. Fox trots out two witless features that just could be nails in the genre's coffin.

Sunday, June 15

Musical revue hopes to hook summer audiences

University Theatre at Kansas University was looking for the kind of show that would pull audiences away from movie theaters and baseball fields this summer.

Big story, small town a perfect fit

A mysterious man blows into town on Christmas Eve, falls in love with the first woman he sees, marries her sister, then dies tragically -- leaving his young son to make sense of it all on his own.

'Magical moments' par for course on choir trip

It was a tour of serendipity. The magical moments in St. Paul's when the children's voices echoed with a clarity and purity that may only exist when singing in a 17th-century cathedral. Performing to enthusiastic applause at St. Martin in the Fields, built in 1722, and the cathedral in St. Alban's, dedicated in 1155. Sunny (and hot) weather all week long rather than the cold and rain we'd prepared for. An amazingly blue sky. Friendly people.

Working wonders in a world of silence

Photography exhibit features work of deaf New England sisters

Working in a silent world, two deaf sisters in turn-of-the-century New England captured the pastoral images of their tiny community, enveloping themselves in the new world of artistic photography.

Gee's Bend quilts head home to Alabama after N.Y. run

For generations, women in the tiny, isolated farming community of Gee's Bend spent years saving patches of denim, flannel, cotton, polyester, corduroy and wool to stitch into quilted folk art treasures.

Danny Glover and Lonny Price team up again to revisit Fugard's 'Master Harold'

Much has changed in the 21 years since Athol Fugard's play, "'Master Harold'... and the boys," first landed on Broadway.

Children's choir awestruck by historic London venues

Lawrence group sang at St. Martin in the Fields, Windsor Parish Chapel, St. Albans Cathedral during tour

It was one of those moments you don't ever forget. The Lawrence Children's Choir had just finished listening to the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir at Evensong in London when they were ushered to the lobby of the centuries-old building to sing a song of their own.

Secret behind 'Da Vinci Code' is good storyteller

When Dan Brown was about 10, he found a poem under the Christmas tree that led him to a certain location in the house. Then he found an index card with a big letter "E" and another poem, which led elsewhere.

Pushkin biography wins nonfiction award

Academic T.J. Binyon has won Britain's richest nonfiction prize for his biography of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

Manet/Velazquez exhibit extended

A Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, "Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting," has been extended three weeks, until June 29.

Book by police chief in sniper case listed for sale

Ethics panel had ruled project must be stopped

A book by the police chief who helped lead the Washington-area sniper investigation has been posted for preorder sales on the Internet, despite a ruling from a county ethics commission that he stop the project.

Media storm brewing for prince's 21st

He prefers cider to beer, is teaching himself Swahili, and enjoys loafing in front of the television with friends.

Saturday, June 14

Film institute honors De Niro

You . . . you've got a gift, Robert De Niro.

6News video: Screen Scene

A pair of KU guys can be found on the big screen this week. Writer-director Neil LaBute and actor Paul Rudd returned to Lawrence in April to debut their collaboration "The Shape of Things." Now this venomous tale of a mild-mannered college kid who undergoes a cosmetic and emotional transformation at the urging of a new girlfriend finally gets a proper release.

007's Moore gains royal title for charity work

Celluloid spy hero Roger Moore became real-life Sir Roger on Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honors list, saluted for his charity work along with scores of artists, scientists and less-celebrated Britons.

Newest Lane series won't last

Don't get too attached to "Charlie Lawrence" (7:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS). The new comedy arrives precanceled, abandoned by its network before it was even launched. Nathan Lane, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star of "The Producers" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," plays the title character, an openly gay former TV star of the fictional series "Do Unto Others" an obvious parody of "Touched by An Angel" who is elected to Congress.

Friday, June 13

People

¢ Berry finds fault with new home ¢ Ford's age doesn't faze Flockhart ¢ Letterman enjoys summer break ¢ Hillary: I feel sorry for Monica

Movie legend Gregory Peck dies

Gregory Peck, who embodied saintly fatherhood in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and played a range of real-life figures from Abraham Lincoln to Josef Mengele, died Thursday at 87.

TV newsman Brinkley dies

David Brinkley, a pioneering TV journalist who became a household name delivering a sign-off he didn't even like, has died at 82.

Daytime next stop for Pauley

Jane Pauley's life away from television didn't last long.

'Lizzie' knows it's not easy being 'tween

The end is near for the "Lizzie McGuire" (6:30 p.m., Disney) franchise. The wildly popular show's doom was all but sealed after iconic 'tween star Hilary Duff and her manager/mother engaged in a public tiff with the Mickey Mouse empire. So tonight's half-hour story is one of "Lizzie's" last.

People

¢ School's out for Prince Harry ¢ Ant arrested for stoning ¢ Metallica spoils Jewel's debut ¢ Judge spikes network name

Note Worthy :: Area musicians on the move

There are plenty of tales about Kansas musicians relocating to Los Angeles to find fame, fortune and food service industry jobs. But very few people think of L.A. as a training ground for a musical career in Lawrence. However, that's the plan for singer/songwriter Cory Phillips.

'Homicide' is too Hollywood

Midway through "Hollywood Homicide," young detective K.C. Calden (Josh Hartnett) is describing to veteran partner Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford) his spiritual awakening through yoga. Calden explains that he originally got into the practice to meet girls, but now it provides him with a deep appreciation of the universe.

Review :: Garage delivers funk-jazz circus

Just from the name alone it would be easy to lump Garage A Trois in with the rest of the "new garage" bands of the day, such as The Hives and The Vines. Yet A Trois is anything but a garage band. It's a funk-jazz quartet of sorts, and Wednesday night it brought an electrifying stage show to Abe & Jake's Landing.

Best bets

Halo 2 demo now available online

All sites hosting the demo are reporting clogged servers.

All sites hosting the demo are reporting clogged servers.

'Eden' depicts original life

The timeless nature of the relationship between the sexes is the subject of "Twain's Eden," a play that opened last night at Baker University's Rice Hall.

Thursday, June 12

Split personalities

The rowdiest bluegrass band in Kansas reunites after a year apart

Split Lip Rayfield's Kirk Rundstrom is probably one of the meanest looking guys in bluegrass. With his shaved head, occasional muttonchops and full-arm tattoos, Rundstrom gives the impression that the only way you'd get him in a bluegrass band is to sentence him to community service.

People

¢ Springer site tests political waters ¢ J. Lo downsizing staff ¢ Renee Zellweger upsizing self ¢ Next on eBay: murder site for sale

Smoking Gun hot on reality trail

Finding embarrassing secrets in the past of reality television stars is about as tough as finding Botox in Hollywood.

Ugly Americans running rampant overseas

Tonight's television offers us two different perspectives on Americans abroad.

Tuesday, June 10

King Johnson set to funk up Lawrence with a sound between Motown and New Orleans

Rock and Roll Rule number #274: Never judge a band by its press photo. Angry bands never look as pissed as they really are. Groove loving hippie ensembles never look as happy as their music assumes. The photo of King Johnson looks like a septet of nondescript college students who would be happy to fix your computer for a couple of beers. Not a great representation of a group that is funky enough to make your sweat socks jealous.

Review :: Ultimate Fakebook, "Before We Spark"

Can you think of any EP's that you really like? I can't. Most of the time, EPs are just a poor man's album; something to fill the empty void between albums. Ultimate Fakebook's "Before We Spark" continues in the mighty tradition, but delivers a nice punch for a 23-minute album.

NBC keeps dating game rocked by military scandal

NBC was standing by its man Monday, despite a report that the bachelor star of its new dating game had been expelled from a military program for drunkenly groping the breasts of a female Navy officer.

NBC's latest reality show yuks it up

Jay Mohr is host of the new talent/reality showcase "Last Comic Standing" (8 p.m., NBC). Ten standup quipsters will share a house (a la MTV's "Real World") and face elimination every week (as on Fox's "American Idol").

Fans become part of 'History' during Clinton book signing

More than 1,000 people clamored for Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book, an autograph and a chance to meet the senator on Monday as she launched a rock star-like tour to promote her long-awaited memoirs.

Review: Brute Force - Xbox

...if you constantly compare it to Halo the whole way through, you will not like it. If you relax and have fun with its good points, you will have an enjoyable experience.

...if you constantly compare it to Halo the whole way through, you will not like it. If you relax and have fun with its good points, you will have an enjoyable experience.

Will of a warrior

Martial arts have helped Steve Carrier master art of life

Most people around town know Steve Carrier as the nice, mild-mannered guy in the wheelchair who works at Borders Books. And, at first glance, that's who he appears to be: a guy in a wheelchair. But look closer.

People

¢ Actress, director wed ¢ Rocky may go hip-hop ¢ New blood for 'Antiques' ¢ 'Sopranos' a no-show this year

Monday, June 9

Seether's singer looking to be 'Fine Again'

Cold guitarist finds fun in frightening image

Rockfest Review: Heavy Metal Hullabaloo

Rock, sweat, booze and ... a heavy petting zoo.

People

¢ 'Idol' chairs to be sold for charity ¢ Vandross said to be improving ¢ Costner buffalo statue on display ¢ Billy Bob burns Angelina's blood

Nazi-hunter tracks missing diamonds

The compelling new documentary "Blood from a Stone" (8 p.m., History) follows one man's obsession with buried diamonds, which consumes more than a decade of his life and leads him on an investigative treasure-hunt through centuries of history.

'Hairspray' nets eight Tony Awards

"Hairspray," the Broadway season's biggest musical hit, took firm hold of Sunday night's Tony Awards, collecting eight prizes, including best musical.

Sunday, June 8

Street fashions borrow 'slinky' from the bedroom

Yes, you do see satin, lace and spaghetti straps on that woman in front of you on line at the grocery store. No, that woman did not forget to get dressed this morning.

Bored by tradition, author creates heroine whose passion is kung fu

The steamy paragraphs of Harlequin romance novels -- you know, rippling muscles, heaving bosoms, stunningly gorgeous guy gets perfect girl -- don't really appeal to Karen Brichoux.

Novelist faces reality in memoir of father's Alzheimer's

It took best-selling author Sue Miller a decade to write her latest book, the true story of her father's wrenching struggle and death from Alzheimer's disease.

Good and evil at the Chicago World's Fair

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 was a place of wonder and discovery. Shredded wheat and Cracker Jack made their debuts there. Villages from distant cultures in Africa and Europe were reconstructed. The fair, nicknamed "The White City," occupied 1 square mile and drew more than 27.5 million visitors during its six-month run.

Michael Jackson's hometown awaits visit

Michael Jackson, whose family left behind Gary's gritty steel mills in the late 1960s for fame and fortune, will visit his Indiana hometown next week for the first time in two decades.

The Nelson reaches out to the community

Museum membership recruiter turns on young crowd to KC fine arts scene

A decade ago single people craving culture wrote a $30 check to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and became instant members of its young friends group. But sending in money was about all these swinging singles did, until a perky, 22-year-old named Brenda Barton stood up at a meeting and asked, "Can we have wine at the museum on Friday nights?"

Melanie Dill schedules summer of kid's music

Melanie Dill, the artist behind two recent children's music CDs, will perform throughout the summer at Oread Books. Dill's sing-along format includes classical, jazz, blues and folk. The songs are lighthearted and whimsical, aimed at children and their parents.

American writer wins Orange Prize for Fiction

American writer Valerie Martin has won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel, "Property." "We are delighted to have as the winner a novel which deals with a huge subject with originality," said Ahdaf Souef, head of the judges' panel, in announcing the award on Tuesday.

Book Notes

Here's a look at some upcoming book events in the area.

'Kiss Me Kate' fitting finale for LCT

Community theater is an iffy proposition. At its worst it can come off as a second-rate high school effort; at its best it can showcase hidden talents. The Lawrence Community Theatre's final production of the season, "Kiss Me Kate," is on the better end of the spectrum.

N.Y. Philharmonic plans move to Carnegie

The New York Philharmonic, which made its home at Lincoln Center for more than four decades, announced Monday it will return to Carnegie Hall. The 106-member orchestra cited Carnegie's celebrated acoustics as a key reason for its decision.

ESU to offer Tallgrass Writing Workshop

The 18th annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop will be June 14-15 at Emporia State University. The workshop, sanctioned by the Western Writers of America, is aimed at writers of all backgrounds, experience and interest, including hobbyists, professional writers and writing teachers.

A sign of good taste

Designer pairs ice cream flavors, handbags

Ice cream at the beach is one of the greatest pleasures of the summer. Few people, though, indulge in such a high-calorie treat everyday.

Teen singer has new approach

Stacie Orrico doesn't want to be the next Britney Spears or a Maxim cover girl. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter, whose first single, "Stuck," is rising on the charts, says she's hoping to present a new kind of role model for girls who look to pop stars for inspiration.

Former governor scales Mount Everest

Former Gov. Gary Johnson says he thought he was going to die when part of an icefall collapsed during his descent from the summit of Mount Everest.

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People

¢ Ventura defends protest stand ¢ Sizemore denies domestic abuse ¢ Bullock gets stalking injunction ¢ Spike Lee music on stage

Arts notes

¢ Young Kansas writers wanted to create book ¢ Institute to train jazz music teachers ¢ UMKC alumni to stage benefit concert ¢ Youth theater to open musical 'Cinderella' ¢ Auditions planned for musician showcase

Arts notes

¢ Artists encouraged to enter LOYO show ¢ Library appoints new public spokeswoman ¢ KAC touring program accepting applicants ¢ Heart of America to stage 'Twain's Eden'

Arts notes

¢ Art donation honors retired library employee ¢ Smoky Hill River Fest set for this weekend ¢ KU appoints new director of orchestral activities

Friday, June 6

Rockfest :: Spinning in Limbo

For (hed) Planet Earth, the past decade has been far from pleasant. Sure, the Huntington Beach, Calif., band has received both critics' praise and fans' dedication, but success in terms of record sales has been allusive.

Rockfest :: Presence Profile

In the testosterone-driven metal genre, guitars take the focal point more often than not. When it comes to rock, the bass is more known for conjuring a phantom rhythm.

Rockfest :: Preview

Clatter comes home for 'drum and bass' showcase

Drum 'n' Bass is a term for a trendy style of club music. However, the band Clatter proves there is a new definition of drum and bass.

Jam session to put twang in BBQ

This year's McLouth BBQ Blowout will be spiced with a new ingredient: a bluegrass jam.

Tour to tout outdoor sculptures

For years, they have been a fixture in Lawrence -- close to a dozen sculptures in steel, iron, bronze or stone scattered through downtown.

Skunk Run tradition to reveal new stripe

This weekend marks the return of Ottawa's annual Skunk Run arts and crafts festival, a tradition of more than 25 years. This year's festival also coincides with another event: the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Community Arts Council.

People

¢ Arnold extends political arm ¢ Actress pleads no contest ¢ Neeson studying sex pioneer ¢ Maguire trims down, bulks up

Animator draws on diversity

Animator Bruce Smith is literally not missing a blink as he focuses on Papi's eyeballs.

Expect hurricane of hype for Harry Potter

Think you've seen a lot of hype about "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"? Just wait until the book comes out.

Stork drops a bomb

It's cute; it's hideous; it's back! It's "Baby Bob" (7 p.m., CBS), the sitcom you thought you'd forgotten. For the uninitiated, "Bob" appeared last year to scalding reviews and far better ratings than anyone expected. So, as if to torture us during the summer months, CBS will air a second season of this mind-numbing comedy about a 6-month-old who can not only talk, but tends to make jokes with the voice and attitude of a 45-year-old cab driver. It's amusing, until he starts cracking wise about breast-feeding. That's where it starts getting hideous.

Best bets

Thursday, June 5

Speed freaks return in '2 Fast 2 Furious'

From the first image of the Universal Pictures logo morphing into metallic hubcaps and zooming away, it's clear this sequel is making a game attempt at having a little fun.

Label makers

New Lawrence record labels strive for prominence

Hillary Clinton found solace in work

When the going got tough in the White House -- and when didn't it during the Clinton years? -- Hillary Rodham Clinton got busy. The former first lady threw herself into her duties partly to escape all the cascading troubles, she says in her new memoirs.

People

¢ Bad break for Barry Manilow ¢ Linkin Park singer hospitalized ¢ Flip side of journalism ¢ Spector denies killing actress

The force is with MTV Movie Awards

The dumb summer movie season is upon us. It's a time for fast and furious chase scenes, loud explosions, depressing sequels and other thought-free fare. Frankly, they're the kinds of movies that make me glad I review television. It's also time for the MTV Movie Awards (8 p.m., MTV), a celebration and send-up of last year's teen fare as well as many plugs for this season's newest popcorn attractions.

Wednesday, June 4

Langston Hughes work part of suggested summer reading list

Poet Langston Hughes, novelist Stephen Crane and humorist and social commentator Mark Twain grace the recommended reading proposed Tuesday to help American youngsters learn more about their history and culture.

People

¢ Hero at any altitude ¢ Singer pleads innocent on drugs ¢ Honky-tonk road show ¢ Love is eternal

'Fame' a ticket to dullsville

Last week's two-hour premiere of "Fame" (7 p.m., NBC) achieved the near impossible: it actually made me miss the slick production values of "American Idol."

Best film heroes, villains named

Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" beat out an army of swashbuckling idols for the top spot on the American Film Institute's list of top screen heroes. Hannibal Lecter from "The Silence of the Lambs" chewed up the competition to lead the list of film villains.

Tuesday, June 3

'Keen Eddie' is ready for his close-up

What if Rupert Murdoch bought the BBC and turbo-charged those British "Mystery" shows with a whole new Fox attitude? The result might look something like "Keen Eddie" (8 p.m., Fox), a brash new fish-(and chips)-out-of-water detective series.

People

¢ Kidnap charges dropped ¢ Albright, Moore do breakfast ¢ Chicks singer silenced ¢ Never was a ladies' man

Queen marks 50th anniversary of coronation with a little fun

Fifty years after her glittering coronation brought a dose of badly needed glamour to a nation still recovering from war, Queen Elizabeth II marked the event's anniversary Monday with a somber service followed by a dash of contemporary informality.

Monday, June 2

Reality show's for love -- or gold-digging

Success breeds imitation. In that spirit, NBC offers "For Love or Money" (8 p.m., NBC), a new variation on Fox's "Joe Millionaire" and ABC's "The Bachelor."

People

¢ Mount Clay set for renaming ¢ 'Top Model' contender finds other contestants too vapid ¢ Pulitzer Prize author tries hand at stage debut ¢ Not ready for Oval Office

'Rebirth of a Nation' visits film's racism

In 1915, "The Birth of a Nation" changed the art of filmmaking. It also celebrated the Ku Klux Klan as heroes of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now the movie itself is under reconstruction.

'Finding Nemo' sinks box office competition

The deep-sea adventure "Finding Nemo" hooked the top spot at the box office Sunday with an estimated $70.6 million opening weekend.

Sunday, June 1

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence City Band begins summer concerts ¢ Retrospective: Kemper Museum opens Wayne Thiebaud exhibit

Chamber Orchestra to have annual meeting

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra's annual meeting and social reception will be 2 p.m. today at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Lawrence fiber artist part of K.C. exhibition

An exhibition of work by Lawrence fiber artist Chris Wolf Edmonds opens Thursday at The Source Fine Arts Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.

Art talks on summer lineup at Spencer

The Spencer Museum of Art docents will lead informal talks this summer that introduce the public more intimately to the permanent collection.

Spencer Consort opens summer season June 8

The Spencer Consort will play its first summer concert at 2:30 p.m. June 8 in the Central Court at the Spencer Museum of Art.

'Kiss Me Kate' pulls old switcheroo

Musical challenges cast to constantly swap Shakespeare for 1940s Broadway

Lawrence Community Theatre's latest production goes from pinstripes to tights, operatic arias to big band jazz at the drop of a Shakespearean floppy hat -- or a vintage 1940s fedora.

What are you reading?

Mystery writer to appear at Trinity Episcopal

Award-winning mystery author Julia Spencer-Fleming will speak and do a book signing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.

Trillin's quest for bagels, boudin and barbecue

In a nation with a 24-hour-a-day TV channel devoted to nothing but food, hundreds, if not thousands, of Web sites for foodies, and a fusion restaurant in every little town, Calvin Trillin is a breath of fresh air -- someone who knows that food is all-important and yet can't be taken too seriously.

MTV awards a virtual honor

You don't have to exist to get an MTV Movie Award. The irreverent ceremony honored the little green Jedi, Yoda, for best fight scene from "Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones."

Hope's jokes strike current chord

Looking for a little levity in troubled times? War, terrorism and stock market slumps have been unlikely fodder for decades' worth of reassuringly goofy jokes. The Library of Congress has a half-million of them, courtesy of Bob Hope.

Arts notes

¢ Auditions end today for 'Blind Faith' ¢ Strling Dance Theater Biblical parable ballet ¢ Reinstallation a preview of coming attractions

Arts notes

¢ KU Theater director to teach tap lessons ¢ Baker gallery features Kansas City artist ¢ Topeka Art Fair features local artists

Arts notes

¢ KU Summer Band starts new season ¢ Fields Gallery to feature Colette Bangert talk ¢ Wonderscope to bring 'Sticky Business' to LAC

A young, old-fashioned writer

ZZ Packer relies on metaphor, imagery in short stories

It takes ZZ Packer several minutes to open her front door. She's yelling unheeded commands and kicking at Punky, her miniature pinscher.

People

¢ Carson home not hot property ¢ Jordan royal races for peace ¢ Hayes' songs get second chance ¢ Corea comes in for honors

On Being Blue

Sculptor uses lighting to reflect on the darkness of war

Growing up in the 1950s, Vinland sculptor Jon Keith Swindell didn't hear the popular, watered-down, romanticized versions of the World War that had occurred in the decade before his birth.

Going it alone

Lawrence native Tanya Shaffer's book chronicles solo trip to Africa and deeper journey into the heart of a culture

When Lawrence native Tanya Shaffer cozies up with a book, she wants to meet compelling characters, feel like she's IN the place where the story occurs and get swept up in the drama of the tale.