Stories for November 2003

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Sunday, November 30

Building community

Baldwin residents transforming old lumberyard into arts center

Sandy Cardens stands on an aging catwalk, glancing from the weathered wooden trusses to the boarded-up storage bins at the Ives-Hartley Lumber Co. and sees potential.

People

¢ Van Dyke turns to virtual funnies ¢ Crawford joins young survivors ¢ Navarro, Electra tie knot ¢ Zellweger downplays weight gains

Gary Larson revisits 'The Far Side'

Crafty cows, restless chickens, talking insects and dorky scientists are invading bookstores across the nation. This can mean only one thing: Gary Larson is back.

University Theatre to stage 'Lulu'

The University Theatre will stage "Lulu," an 1895 sex tragedy, Tuesday through Dec. 7 at the Inge Theatre.

Vespers concerts to start holiday season on all the right notes

Jazz Vespers returns as Holiday Vespers adds third performance

Age-old traditions will blend with new-age renditions and be-bop conventions during Kansas University's Vespers extended weekend.

World AIDS Day events scheduled

The Douglas County AIDS Project and the Spencer Museum of Art are cooperating to sponsor a week of World AIDS Day events at the museum.

Festival of Trees to benefit children

Celestial Iron Works is featured artist

Folks searching for a unique alternative to the traditional tannenbaum can find one at the annual Festival of Trees.

Craftsmen hone timber's potential

The postcard announcing "Out of the Woods," an exhibition opening Wednesday at the Lawrence Arts Center, begins to convey part of Rick Stein's purpose for organizing the show.

Joelle Ford brings whimsy to wood

Joelle Ford's art sometimes finds her when she's stopped looking for it.

At age 91, Studs Terkel writes new book on hope

Volume includes look at author's own life, too

It seemed like the perfect last chapter for Studs Terkel. Just this side of 90 and grieving the passing of his beloved wife, Terkel had taken on death two years ago with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Except he wasn't finished.

Book briefs

¢ J-W photographer to sign 'America 24/7' at Borders ¢ Raven Bookstore to have regional authors event ¢ Missouri native to read in Midwest Poets Series ¢ New Letters Web site features literary calendar

People

¢ 'Cat' No. 1 by whisker ¢ 'Chasing Amy' co-star arrested on suspicion of DUI ¢ Justin Timberlake, film star ¢ Sense of style

Arts notes

¢ Free State to stage 'Fiddler on the Roof' ¢ Muralist to show 'Stencils' at the Pig ¢ Ceramics, prints, metals on holiday sale bill ¢ Arts center to dedicate John Talleur presses ¢ Seminole jeweler to teach artform ¢ Theater schedules 'Nurse Jane' auditions ¢ KU graduate to show artwork at Olive Gallery ¢ KU metals students in San Francisco exhibit ¢ Concert violinist to perform at church ¢ Joyce Castle to present 'Mostly for Fun!!!' at KU ¢ Graduate Brass Quintet to perform at KU ¢ KU Electronic Music Ensemble adds innovative sounds to lunch ¢ Four folk singers to play arts center ¢ 'Hansel and Gretel' coming to Washburn University ¢ KU art professor curates 'Teaching the Object' ¢ Musical to benefit Doorstep Inc. ¢ Ottawa University presents Madrigal Dinner ¢ Lecompton schedules Christmas Vespers ¢ Four folk singers to play arts center ¢ Multimedia performance explores painter's work ¢ Abstract works, quilts coming to CornerBank

Poet's showcase

'Rings' fever grips nation

'Return of King' to premiere in New Zealand

Giant trolls and serpents swarm over buildings, fearsome warrior orcs prowl the streets, and the childlike face of Frodo Baggins beams down from billboards.

'Big in 2003' offers irreverent tributes

Big moments of 2003? War in Iraq. Turmoil in the Middle East. The space shuttle Columbia.

Saturday, November 29

Photographers of Diana crash acquitted

Journalists didn't invade privacy, French court rules

Three photographers who took pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed at the scene of their deadly crash were acquitted Friday of invading the couple's privacy.

6News video: Screen Scene

Rarely has a holiday movie with the word Santa in the title ever been so unsuitable for kids. Such is the case with "Bad Santa," a hilarious, profane, really dark, dark comedy that stars Billy Bob Thornton as part of a Santa and elf team who rob the department stores where they are hired to work. "Ghost World" director Terry Zwigoff takes this potential one-joke premise and turns it into a modern comedic classic.

Review: Secret Weapons Over Normandy - PS2, Xbox

Only WWII buffs need to apply in this decent dogfighter

Only WWII buffs need to apply in this decent dogfighter

Review: Need for Speed: Underground - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Although it doesn't have the realistic prowess of Project Gotham 2, those that like to trick out cars may find Need for Speed: Underground to be a fitting element to their holiday collection.

Although it doesn't have the realistic prowess of Project Gotham 2, those that like to trick out cars may find Need for Speed: Underground to be a fitting element to their holiday collection.

Review: Links 2004 - Xbox

Links may be an alternative to Tiger Woods 2004 for some

Links may be an alternative to Tiger Woods 2004 for some

Review: NHL Rivals - Xbox

There is promise here, but not for this year

There is promise here, but not for this year

Review: NBA Inside Drive 2004 - Xbox

There is nothing here particularly effective in pulling you away from the other basketball offerings this year.

There is nothing here particularly effective in pulling you away from the other basketball offerings this year.

Review: Metal Arms: Glitch in the System - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

After the holiday rush is over and I get to play the games I actually want to play instead of just review, I will be revisiting Metal Arms several times.

After the holiday rush is over and I get to play the games I actually want to play instead of just review, I will be revisiting Metal Arms several times.

People

¢ Meat Loaf to resume tour ¢ Equine Pesci wins race ¢ Shriver finding first-lady role ¢ Now she loves politics

One Christmas treat, one lump of coal

Don't be too quick to dismiss the original cable drama "Stealing Christmas" (7 p.m. Sunday, USA). Sure, it has Tony Danza in a Santa suit, Lea Thompson as a spunky if exasperated mom, and a story about a small town rediscovering the lost meaning of Christmas. Yup, those are usually all of the ingredients you need for forgettable mush, but somehow the movie manages to hang together.

Friday, November 28

Best bets

Sonic temple

Masonic Temple awaits conversion into music venue

It is a huge building that has stood at one of Lawrence's most prominent intersections since 1912. Yet up until last weekend I had never stepped foot inside, nor spoken to anyone who had been in the facility. I'm referring to the Masonic Temple at 1001 Mass., a grandiose, stone edifice structure that has towered over the clothing stores, restaurants and taverns of downtown Lawrence since before your grandparents were born. Now the building is in the process of being given a conceptual overhaul.

'The Missing' depicts West in transition

Contemporary filmmakers are always challenged when trying to put a new spin on the old West. Already this year, Kevin Costner's "Open Range" took the venerable squatters vs. ranchers plot and added an introspective, violent flair to it. And next week "The Last Samurai" takes Tom Cruise's Civil War-era gunfighter and transplants him into traditional Japan.

Father Murphy

Once 'Raw' star tames himself for family films

Eddie Murphy used to make fun of squeaky-clean guys who made family entertainment. But now he's one of them. Remember the "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" sketch from "Saturday Night Live," a spoof of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" in the violent inner-city? Or his impression of the lovable claymation character Gumby as a hateful show-business hack?

People

¢ Tenor's concert canceled ¢ Movie script, Elton's sunglasses, Nicks tambourine up for auction ¢ Paltrow touting latest film ¢ St. Lawrence University hears ringing of registers with carol

Justin Timberlake leads musical tour of Memphis

Memphis has its share of musical memories: the Beale Street blues scene; Sam Phillips' Sun Studios; the Stax record sound; and the enduring cult appeal of Alex Chilton and Big Star.

Blacks support Jackson despite look

Publisher says African-Americans back each other in troubled times

His once broad nose has been surgically whittled to the size of a pencil. His formerly brown skin is now off-white. His woolly afro has been replaced by a sleek, straightened 'do.

Thursday, November 27

Scottish actor portrays Boy George on Broadway

Boy George sashays through a darkened London nightclub filled with drag queens, druggies and devotees of debauchery. His Kabuki makeup piled inches thick, he belts out pitch-perfect renditions of "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon."

'Janna and the Kings' author wins award

A story about a girl and her granddaddy is the winner of the New Voices Award given by Lee & Low Books, a publisher of multicultural books.

Exhibit makes case for manly men in skirts

This is an era of gender equality. In some households, it's the women who wear the pants. Why, then, aren't more men showing off their gams in skirts?

People

¢ King hospitalized with pneumonia ¢ Photographer barred from selling Diaz photos ¢ Spears tops with 'Zone' ¢ No cheerleaders, Mr. Mayor

Catch plenty of gobbledygook on air tonight

Thanksgiving is tough on the networks. How do you program for viewers slipping into a coma from too much food, family and togetherness? Some turn to marathons in the hopes that repeat impressions will make up for deficient attention spans. Other stations simply program old movies, and still others turn to holiday musical specials, hoping we'll tune to something soothing as we sink into turkey-induced lethargy.

Rape reported at 'Real World' house

Police are investigating a 22-year-old woman's report she was raped in the bathroom of a house being used to film MTV's "The Real World," officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 26

Review: Counter-Strike - Xbox

What happened to the hyped-up improvements we were supposed to get?

What happened to the hyped-up improvements we were supposed to get?

People

¢ Singer Glen Campbell charged with extreme DUI ¢ Reeve talks without ventilator ¢ Wynonna Judd weds ¢ Trump gets reality show

PBS documentary seeks haven for jaguar

Glenn Close narrates "In Search of the Jaguar" (7 p.m., PBS), which follows conservationist and author Dr. Alan Rabinowitz as he attempts to secure safe havens for the endangered jungle cat.

King of pop thought king of weird

Stardom difficult for some

Howard Hughes had his long fingernails; Shirley MacLaine has her past lives; Roseanne Barr her 16 personalities. But when it comes to celebrity weirdness, Michael Jackson may be the king.

Review: Legacy of Kain: Defiance - PS2, Xbox

The Kain series finds redemption in this refreshing edition

The Kain series finds redemption in this refreshing edition

Review: Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

Commando is a great addition to the failing platform genre

Commando is a great addition to the failing platform genre

Tuesday, November 25

The (new) king of the sandbox

KJHK hires new general manager, prepares for transition to KU Memorial Unions

When KU graduate Andy Dierks moved back to Lawrence after four years living in Chicago, he thought he might find a corporate job that built upon his experience as recruiter for a leading consulting firm. Instead, he ended up as the new general manager for a college radio station undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 28-year history.

People

¢ Former 'survivor' chosen as 'The View' co-host ¢ 'Witchblade' actress sent to rehab program ¢ George Clooney's father plans run for Congress

Review: Backyard Wrestling: Don't try this at home- PS2, Xbox

The title is not just a clever name

The title is not just a clever name

Review: Whiplash - PS2, Xbox

The bunny is funny

The bunny is funny

'American Idols' usher in holiday television season

According to my unscientific and completely fabricated survey, 47.9 percent of Americans have not yet thawed their Thanksgiving turkey. A surprising 32.9 percent of the population is still coping with an uneaten and, for most of them, unwelcome surplus of Halloween candy corn. And a full 87 percent of the population resents the early arrival of Christmas programming.

Jackson starts Web site on own case

Michael Jackson launched a Web site Monday designed to tell his side of the story in his child-molestation case, asserting that the allegations are "predicated on a big lie."

'Simple Life' has Paris baggage

Scandals precede reality show's premiere

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie aren't just carrying Louis Vuitton bags to Fox's "The Simple Life."

Monday, November 24

Best bets

People

Poker is TV's hot new reality angle

Card playing -- an activity that filled the evening hours before television was invented -- has improbably become one of TV's hottest programming trends.

Review: American Idol - PS2

It is a nice diversion from the DDR games, especially if you are a fan of American Idol and the songs that are generally chosen for performance in the show. Bad singing can, and will, get old. But w

It is a nice diversion from the DDR games, especially if you are a fan of American Idol and the songs that are generally chosen for performance in the show. Bad singing can, and will, get old. But while it lasts, it's pretty enjoyable.

Review: Manhunt - PS2

The shock is so morbid and gruesome that you must make a moral decision about the game, especially once the killing gets boring.

Luckily, you won't be killing innocent Sissy Soccer Moms; the game stays within its scum-infested trashy human context. Still, the shock is so morbid and gruesome that you must make a moral decision about the game, especially once the killing gets boring.

'A Christmas Story' out on DVD

Latest faux 'Joe Millionaire' riding into sunset

Sunday, November 23

Ellen Burstyn's Broadway return bittersweet and short

Ellen Burstyn's return to the Longacre Theatre has been less messy than her debut years ago but also bittersweet -- and short.

Slow-moving 'Train' is strong in characters and atmosphere

One of the main characters in Pete Dexter's new novel "Train" earns the nickname the "Mile-Away Man."

Poet's showcase

Whitney Museum opens Gorky retrospective

Arshile Gorky spent three weekends in 1942 at the rural Connecticut farm of fellow artist Saul Schary, staring closer and closer at the landscape until the apple orchard before him transformed into patterns and lines.

In Van Go's east Lawrence studio, at-risk teens learn that with art, as life, the sky's the limit

The kids at Van Go JAMS! call Ronnie Garrett "Grandpa." That's because, at 21, he's already something of a veteran of the arts-based employment program.

'Everyone fits in' at Lawrence's annual Bizarre Bazaar

Artist Shanna Wagner to hawk her 'funky, interesting' stained glass and mosaic wares at the still-growing holiday art sale

OK, so Shanna Wagner's glass creations aren't all that bizarre. In her basement studio, she joins shards of clear, textured and colored glass with molten lead to form whimsical mirrors in sunburst shapes and three-dimensional star ornaments. Glass bits also masquerade as precious stones in her mosaic square jewelry.

N.Y. exhibit takes viewers inside German artist's world

Theirs are the faces of joy and sorrow, resignation and rebellion.

Review: KU dancers stage stirring 'Missa Brevis'

Choreographer Jose Limón called "Missa Brevis" his prayer for world peace. And though the 1958 work was the dancer's very specific response to the devastation of World War II, its illustration of hope and faith amid the most defeating circumstances rings universal and timeless.

Arts notes

¢ Egg decorating contest entries due Dec. 19 ¢ Lied Center programs nationally recognized ¢ KPR to perform annual holiday show ¢ KU music series brings renowned violinists ¢ Eric Carle stories come to life at Lied Center ¢ Museum to have turkey time for tots ¢ Holiday open house set at museum gift shop ¢ Auction to benefit Accessible Arts ¢ Olive Gallery to offer handmade holiday gifts

Seger heads list of rock Hall of Fame inductees

Longtime Detroit rocker Bob Seger was among seven acts announced Thursday as a new inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Liberals winning left versus right battle in Lawrence bookstores

The lefties may be losing at the polls, but they are winning on the best seller lists. "I think there is an increasing groundswell of anger among non-Bush fans," said Ruth Lichtwardt, assistant book buyer at Oread Books, which is on level two of the Kansas Union.

Community theater out to prove 'It's a Wonderful Life' after all

Bells will be ringing, children will be singing and an angel will get its wings. It's the time of year for people to revisit the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life."

Saturday, November 22

This TBS turkey hard to swallow

Holiday movies are a crapshoot. For every "Christmas Story" there are dozens of failures consigned to the coal bin of history. And it's time to make room on the pop-cultural trash pile for "National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Reunion" (7 p.m. Sunday, TBS). Only a masochist would watch this more than once.

Review :: Andrew Morgan, "Misadventures in Radiology"

A review of Andrew Morgan's "Misadventures in Radiology" could be as simple as this: $10,000, two states, five years, 20 musicians, two months hanging in L.A. with Elliott Smith, one tornado and a giant bell tower.

People

¢ 'Idol' star a low-key graduate ¢ 'Jeopardy!' no charm for Bradley ¢ Dates set for 'Sex,' 'Sopranos' ¢ Tupac's mom won't censor music

Friday, November 21

Viewers can't escape from dopey 'Gothika'

"We all create our own realities, to some extent," Halle Berry says in "Gothika."

Turning out the nightlight

La Tasca closing doors after seven years of Latin-inspired merriment

Seven years ago Aqui opened Coco Loco in the rental storefront on 943 Massachusetts, billing it as "Kansas's first and only Spanish tapas bar," offering a dozen or so of the appetizer-sized dishes. Now Aqui is selling the business ...

People

¢ Yep, Depp's the sexiest man alive ¢ Harrison tops hall of fame class ¢ Hilton rethinks Letterman show

'Tis the season (for a saccharine overdose)

The holidays are upon us! Brace yourself for the bad holiday movies. First out of the box is "Full Court Miracle" (7 p.m., Disney).

Producer Spector charged with murder

Record producer Phil Spector, the 1960s recording-studio wizard who created pop music's Wall of Sound, was charged Thursday with murder in the February shooting death of a woman at his home.

Jackson surrenders, booked on child molestation charge

Trailed by a phalanx of TV cameras, a handcuffed Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation Thursday after arriving by private jet to face charges that could finish off his already declining career and send him to prison for years.

Best bets

Songwriter Catie Curtis finds strength in grass-roots approach

In today's media-fueled music industry, not all successful musicians are going to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. They are not going to release a song that will be a fixture on Top-40 radio and audiences won't see them on TRL. Though this is one way for performers to become visible, some are happy NOT to be part of the machine.

'Cat in the Hat' is not all that

Movie brings visual world of Seuss to life but lacks heart

At their core, Dr. Seuss' books contain a legitimate message. From the racism fable "The Sneetches" to the ecologically cautionary "The Lorax," author Theodor Geisel found a means to make his colorful, wildly inventive tales resonate beyond the images.

Thursday, November 20

Jennings re-examines JFK assassination

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the observation of the 30th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination was haunted by the controversial release of Oliver Stone's conspiracy-laden epic "JFK." The cult TV show of the era was "The X-Files," a drama dedicated to the proposition that the government was consumed with hiding everything from the people. "The truth is out there," said agent Mulder, if only we could peel away the layers of cover-ups.

Jackson faces molestation charges

Arrest warrant issued for singer

Authorities issued a warrant for Michael Jackson's arrest on charges of molesting a child and asked the pop superstar Wednesday to turn himself in and surrender his passport. Jackson's spokesman called the allegations "scurrilous and totally unfounded."

Halo's price drops

New retail price announced to boost holiday sales

New retail price announced to boost holiday sales

Pujols gets MVP award...from Electronic Arts

St. Louis Cardinals All-Star to Grace Cover of MVP Baseball 2004

St. Louis Cardinals All-Star to Grace Cover of MVP Baseball 2004

Review: Medal of Honor: Rising Sun - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

There is no angle left underdeveloped in this maddening disappointment to the Honor franchise

There is no angle left underdeveloped in this maddening disappointment to the Honor franchise

People

¢ Photographer offered Diaz pics for $5 million, witness testifies ¢ Oprah's good deeds draw award ¢ 'Potter' sales top quarter billion ¢ City asked to buy Carson home

Wednesday, November 19

Influential country songwriter dies

Don Gibson, an elementary school dropout who wrote and recorded country standards like "I Can't Stop Loving You," has died, his lawyer said. He was 75.

Fallout from 'The Day After'

Cast and crew of the TV movie remember how Lawrence coped with nuclear devastation

On Nov. 20, 1983, Lawrence endured fallout from the blasts of nuclear missiles that struck neighboring Kansas City. The area was scorched by firestorms, citizens were vaporized, and those lucky enough to survive suffered the slower effects of radiation poisoning. At least that is what was portrayed in an ABC television movie that became one of the most watched and most controversial events of the decade.

Review: Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy- PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Shortcomings aside, Sphinx provides a lengthy experience with heart, challenge and moments of brilliance uncommon in this year's holiday rush.

Shortcomings aside, Sphinx provides a lengthy experience with heart, challenge and moments of brilliance uncommon in this year's holiday rush.

People

¢ Anna Nicole's ex convicted ¢ Liza Minnelli hits back ¢ U2's 'One' truly the one ¢ Meat Loaf falls ill

'Law & Order' makes point on revenge

Tonight's "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC) doesn't just tear its story from the headlines -- it tears into a disgraced headline maker. After a nightclub shooting, Briscoe and Green discover that the intended murder victim was a journalist recently expelled from Iraq for disclosing information that put troops in danger. And ballistic reports quickly link the shooting to soldiers formerly "embedded" with the chatty newshound.

Jackson's Neverland raided

Officers conducting a criminal investigation on Tuesday searched Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The purpose of the raid was not disclosed.

Tuesday, November 18

Review: ESPN College Hoops - PS2, Xbox

ESPN College Hoops is the game you will keep going back to. It will call your name with the wonderfully produced college atmosphere

ESPN College Hoops is the game you will keep going back to. It will call your name with the wonderfully produced college atmosphere

People

¢ Britney sees self as role model ¢ Wedding No. 2 at risk ¢ Pink Panther returns ¢ Reagan movie rescheuled

No-nonsense nun dazzles on Cinemax

If your image of Catholic nuns stopped somewhere between "The Singing Nun" and "The Sound of Music," then you're in for a surprise. The award-winning documentary "Sister Helen" (7 p.m., Cinemax) profiles the no-nonsense, occasionally foul-mouthed, Sinatra-obsessed Benedictine Sister Helen Travis, who founded a center in New York's South Bronx for serious addicts.

Limbaugh urges treatment for everyone

An upbeat Rush Limbaugh returned to the air Monday fizzing about how excited and happy he was to be back after a five-week program of intensive drug-rehabilitation therapy.

McDonald's heiress leaves money for study of war and peace

Books on current events mysteriously started appearing in Joyce Neu's mailbox not long after she became friends with McDonald's heiress Joan B. Kroc.

American idol Mickey Mouse turns 75

Mickey Mouse arrived on the world's cultural stage 75 years ago today as a scrawny but buoyant black-and-white product of the Jazz Age.

Monday, November 17

Review: Touring 'Music Man' brings joy

There were fewer than 76 trombones played by the cast of "The Music Man" Saturday night at the Lied Center, but joining the approximately 25 trombones were piccolo, triangle, snare drums, saxophones, bass drum, glockenspiel and one anvil -- yes, an anvil -- that wrapped up the musical in fine style.

Review: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - PS2, Xbox

In the mad holiday rush when tons of games may pass you by, rest assured that you can safely ignore this paltry effort.

In the mad holiday rush when tons of games may pass you by, rest assured that you can safely ignore this paltry effort.

Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Combining addictive gameplay, attention to detail and sky-high producton values, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a strong front-runner for a Game of the Year title.

Combining addictive gameplay, attention to detail and sky-high producton values, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a strong front-runner for a Game of the Year title.

Stroke victim wins twice at American Music Awards

Soul singer Luther Vandross, who is recovering from a debilitating stroke that threatened to end both his career and his life, won a leading two American Music Awards on Sunday.

With treatment over, Rush returning to air

Amid controversy, a criminal investigation and a wellspring of support, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is scheduled to return to the air today, 38 days after entering treatment for a self-described addiction to prescription painkillers.

Where the wild things are...

Exotic pet owners take walk on the wild side

Things haven't been the same at Dick and Barbara Stephens' Jefferson County farm since a cougar named "Stinky" took up residence there eight years ago.

People

¢ Oscar-winner Berry getting over broken arm, broken heart ¢ Tabloid story shoots and misses, soccer player, Spice Girl wife say ¢ 'Citizen of the world' Glover accepts humanitarian award ¢ 'Elf' is giant among movie-goers

Filmmaker pursues Valley girls, Bollywood

When in doubt, make a movie about yourself. That seems to be the lesson of "The AMC Project" (9 p.m., AMC).

Sunday, November 16

Broadway's 'Annie' star dies at 70

Broadway star Dorothy Loudon, winner of the 1977 Tony Award for her portrayal of the mean-spirited orphanage manager in "Annie," died Saturday. She was 70.

Art notes

¢ Thunderbird Theatre to go cuckoo on stage ¢ Lawrence storyteller reissues first recording ¢ KU percussion group to perform at Murphy ¢ Art guild meeting to feature illustrator ¢ Blu Dot co-founder to speak about work ¢ Octarium to sing inaugural concert ¢ Tuba and Euphonium Consort to play concert ¢ KU Wind Ensemble draws noted composer ¢ Architecture students showcase work in KU gallery ¢ Israeli Organ Festival to include KU student ¢ Blue Room begins Jazz Poetry Jams series ¢ Black conductor to celebrate humanity ¢ 'LOST' puts modern twist on ancient tragedy ¢ Lawrence organists featured in recital ¢ Washburn students to stage plays

Review: University Theatre gives Stage Too! shining inauguration with 'Cabaret'

The University Theatre's Stage Too! performance space was inaugurated Friday evening with the opening of the Kander and Ebb musical "Cabaret." Directed by John Staniunas, "Cabaret" makes the most of the creative possibilities generated by the new theater.

Picturing history

Photographer known for capturing momentous occasions recognizes one in move to digital media

Dirck Halstead is one of those lucky guys who picked up a camera in high school, learned how it worked, then made it work for him for nearly 50 years as one of the country's premier photojournalists.

American Indian artist Barry Coffin marks homecoming with sculpture show

Artist and Lawrence native Barry Coffin carries with him a portfolio that doubles as a scrapbook. Inside are photographs of the ceramic sculptor's whimsical American Indian figures, which have evolved over time from bold-featured, cloaked warriors to sometimes featureless, limbless suggestions of the human form.

Artwork to honor spirits of people living with AIDS

Tanya Hartman came of age at the same time as the AIDS epidemic. "In 1983, I think, the virus was labeled as the AIDS virus," she says. "I was in college at the time, which is when you're trying to construct your own sexual identity and experiment, and it seemed so tragic to me that people were dying from sexuality, from such a human expression of self. I'd see people in New York on the subways who had Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, and it was so terrifying to me to see how people in the subway moved away from them, as if they were pariahs."

Poet's showcase

Bookstore

KU faculty author to appear at Oread Books

Kij Johnson, a lecturer in the English department at Kansas University, will talk and sign copies of her novel "The Fox Woman" from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oread Books at the Kansas Union.

Gun-control thriller hits the bull's-eye

In Richard North Patterson's previous novel, "Protect and Defend," anti-abortion and abortion rights arguments were made and dissected.

17-year-old author doesn't want to be the voice of her generation

Do not call Zoe Trope the poster child for the Baby Boomlet generation.

Review: The Smiling Boot transcends cultural boundaries

It was a foot-tapping, knee-whacking, back-in-the-dance-hall, twirling, kind of evening at the Lied Center Friday, when an enthusiastic audience responded to La Bottine Souriante's invitation to dance like chickens: "Just flap your arms -- like this -- and wag your behind -- like this -- like a chicken, 'cause it's a chicken, no, not a kitchen, a chicken song!"

E.M.U. Theatre to bring Poe's works to the stage -- finally

It has been more than a year in the making, but at last E.M.U. Theatre is ready to bring "And Much of Madness" to stage.

DCAP art auction aims to raise money, decrease AIDS stigma

The number of HIV-positive clients being served by the Douglas County AIDS Project this year is about the same as the number served last year: around 60. Nothing too startling there, says DCAP director Geri Summers.

People

¢ Kidman wins achievement award ¢ City to honor Godfather of Soul ¢ Manilow's musical takes nosedive ¢ Donahue to receive Reeve award

TV explores JFK's legacy

This week marks 40 years since president's assassination

In the week leading up to Nov. 22, more than a dozen JFK specials invite viewers to encounter him from every vantage point on the 40th anniversary of his death.

In the footprints of a dance legend

Visiting artist remounts Limón's 'Missa Brevis' with University Dance Company at KU

Exquisite works of art often rise out of the devastation of war. Twelve years after the end of World War II, Jose Limón took his dance company on a European tour that culminated in an extended visit to Poland.

Saturday, November 15

Jerry Lewis enters hospital to stop steroid medication

Jerry Lewis has been hospitalized for several weeks trying to wean himself from a steroid medication he took for a life-threatening respiratory condition, his manager said Friday.

People

¢ Ventura portrait unveiled ¢ Redford christens eco-building ¢ J.Lo. launches lingerie ¢ Navratilova still going strong

Pax tale is true fish out of water

Sisterhood is powerful -- even under the sea. That's the muddled message of the decidedly odd TV movie "Mermaids" (8 p.m. today, Pax). A botched combination of "Splash" and "Charlie's Angels," this fish tale begins as some ornery anglers use dynamite to bring home their chicken of the sea. These callous bad guys wind up killing a male mermaid (or merman, for you landlubbers), the father of one tough mermaid, Diana (Erika Heynatz). He's no relation to Ethel Merman, by the way.

Jared lost pounds, anonymity

Subway pitchman getting used to public persona

Like many famous people, Jared Fogle rarely gets through a meal in a restaurant without being interrupted by well-meaning people introducing themselves.

Friday, November 14

Review :: Polyphonic Spree show takes audience to its happy place, 11.13.03

Review :: Deep Thinkers, "Necks Move"

Were it not for the first-class beatmaking of Leonard Dstroy, Brother of Moses' politically charged diatribes might be hard to stomach. As it is, the two create a potent mix that rivals any local or national hip-hop release ...

Architects of amusement

Local promoters inject new blood into music scene while confronting industry challenges

For a town with a fourth of the population and considerably less hype than much publicized Omaha music scene, Lawrence is still the big daddy of the Great Plains when it comes to live music. Some nights, the most difficult part of going out is narrowing down your options.

Lawrence rapper Approach elicits 'Reaction'

Lawrence's most visible MC/producer/promoter tries to take it to the clubs with a 12" vinyl of two standout cuts from 2002's "Ultraproteus" EP. Both tracks -- "Funk Reaction" and "Ultraproteus" -- come with a remix and an instrumental version (of the remix).

People

Hip-hop hoe-down no 'Idol' endeavor

Fans of the kind of rap contests showcased in Eminem's autobiographical movie "8 Mile" might enjoy "The Next Episode" (9 p.m., Showtime). An "American Idol" for the hip-hop set, this six-part documentary series travels to six cities, where the best MCs face off in a lyrical contest before live audiences. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles for a final showdown.

Priest's papers reveal grief of widowed Jackie Kennedy

To a grieving nation, Jacqueline Kennedy was stoic after her husband's assassination. But over games of tennis with a priest who counseled her, she apparently revealed her feelings, including thoughts of suicide.

Polyphonic Spree shines at Liberty Hall

Tim DeLaughter's last band, Trippy Daisy, always seemed to be hinting at a level of pop majesty to which it could never quite ascend.

Best bets

Deb Girnius becomes Wizard of Oslo

She isn't in Kansas anymore. She is now somewhere across the Atlantic.

Thursday, November 13

'Master and Commander' is shipshape

Review :: Polyphonic Spree at Liberty Hall, 11.12.03

Trippy Daisy, TimDeLaughter's last band, always seemed to be hinting at a level of pop majesty to which it could never quite ascend.

People

¢ Comedian considers Senate run ¢ Timberlake joins restaurant ¢ Love pleads not guilty to drugs ¢ A thrill just to participate

Rush Limbaugh to resume radio program Monday

Rush Limbaugh will return to his radio talk show Monday after completing a five-week treatment program for his addiction to painkillers, his brother said Wednesday.

Conspiracies debunked on A&E

Was Jack Ruby part of a vast conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy, or merely a lost soul who grabbed his chance to make big headlines? Tonight's "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) makes an hour-long case for Ruby's lone-loser status, debunking the many theories that see him as a mob-linked killer hired to silence Kennedy's apparent assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, just two days after the president's murder.

Actor makes return trek to WWII internment camp

A cypress root harvested from an Arkansas swamp 60 years ago is one of the few mementos Star Trek actor George Takei has from his childhood at a World War II internment camp.

Wednesday, November 12

Hark! Rock's angelic side sings

The stage at Liberty Hall Wednesday and Thursday nights could very well be mistaken for a scene of St. Peter beckoning salvaged souls to the heavenly gates. The Polyphonic Spree, very much a part of this realm, will be in town to offer its revival-esque rock and, um, robes.

People

¢ Slater gets stitches, wife gets jail time for fight ¢ Tennis greats gather for WTA Tour anniversary ¢ Spike TV announces Video Game Awards ¢ Thanks a million

Jimmy Carter's fiction published

In the first novel ever written by a U.S. president, Jimmy Carter tells the story of the Revolutionary War in the South through the eyes of the farmers, British spies and American Indians.

'Ed' tries long-distance relationship plot

Ed undergoes therapy on "Ed" (7 p.m., NBC). The normally effervescent bowling alley lawyer has hit a rough patch. It took three seasons for Ed to get Carol (Julie Bowen) to become his girlfriend. Now, in a welcome plot twist, Carol has decided to pursue her dream job, writing for a New York magazine. And on this Capra-esque comedy, nobody turns down a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

'Honeymooner' Art Carney dies

Art Carney, who played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win the 1974 Oscar for best actor in "Harry and Tonto," has died at 85.

Review: Mario Kart: Double Dash - Gamecube

In the end, Mario Kart: Double Dash is a very fun update to the series but you won't escape the feeling of sorrow when you come away from multiplayer modes slightly disappointed.

In the end, Mario Kart: Double Dash is a very fun update to the series but you won't escape the feeling of sorrow when you come away from multiplayer modes slightly disappointed.

Tuesday, November 11

'Star Wars' star back on Broadway

Hamill plays dance instructor in comedy

Try as you might, you'll have a hard time finding Mark Hamill's most famous acting job in his Playbill biography.

Review: FIFA Soccer 2004 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

FIFA 2004 is EA's best effort yet, if still not the best soccer game out there.

FIFA 2004 is EA's best effort yet, if still not the best soccer game out there.

Review: Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

There is a degree of fun to be had, especially for the younger demographic since the basic gameplay elements are pretty simple and intuitive.

There is a degree of fun to be had, especially for the younger demographic since the basic gameplay elements are pretty simple and intuitive.

TV reunions are Opie-ate of the masses

Original series stars Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors reunite for "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry" (7 p.m., CBS). Griffith will narrate and introduce clips from the popular series set in small-town America that ran on Monday nights from 1960 to 1968.

Musicians pay Cash tribute

A diverse lineup of country and rock performers paid tribute Monday to the late Johnny Cash, performing many of his songs and recalling him as an original, independent voice in popular music.

People

¢ Minogue beats Madonna ¢ A private affair ¢ Western destination ¢ Potential first ladies, apply here

Review: Ensemble's sum greater than its parts

When eighth blackbird, the current ensemble-in-residence at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, performed Sunday at the Lied Center, each member had a chance to shine individually -- and did. But it was as a group that eighth blackbird really dazzled.

Musical 'Wicked' gives twist on Land of Oz

Never mind Dorothy. According to "Wicked," the new musical that opened on Broadway recently, the women who matter in Oz are Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her alter ego, Glinda, the Good Witch.

Monday, November 10

People

¢ Socialite C.Z. Guest dies ¢ Cash memorial lines up all-star performers ¢ 'American Idol' runner-up sued

Reader review :: Deep Thinkers, "Necks Move"

Review: Crimson Skies - Xbox

This is one of the must have Xbox Live titles and a must have for anyone looking for solid dogfighting with a true sense of accomplishment.

This is one of the must have Xbox Live titles and a must have for anyone looking for solid dogfighting with a true sense of accomplishment.

Fox's 'Skin' done in; new millionaire 'Joe' needs to go

When asked how he felt about his party denying him its nomination for a fourth term as New York City's mayor, Ed Koch replied, "The people have spoken." He then mischievously added, "And now the people must be punished."

New 'Matrix' loses spin

Film tops box office, but debut down 45 percent

The sci-fi Matrix saga lost some of its spin at the U.S. box office, with "The Matrix Revolutions" pulling in $50.16 million in its opening weekend -- off 45 percent from the previous chapter's weekend debut.

Interview reunites 'Dallas' cast

SOAPnet rehashes Bobby's death, Pam's bad dream

Larry Hagman was tempted to give away one of Hollywood's best-kept secrets. But, fortunately for "Dallas," he wasn't as greedy as his notorious character, John Ross "J.R." Ewing Jr.

Sunday, November 9

People

¢ Ditsy singer deemed comedic ¢ Carrey not so almighty in Cairo ¢ Feel-good concert goes sour ¢ Frears in line for lifetime award

Famous opera falls back into favor

1835's 'Jewess' lost popularity in WWII era

Banished from its stage for 68 seasons as an outmoded relic of a bygone era, Fromental Halevy's "La Juive" has returned to the Metropolitan Opera, as timely as fanaticism and religious hatred.

Rapper 'Slick Rick' out of jail

Rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters said he still couldn't believe he was freed from jail Friday, more than 17 months after U.S. officials moved to deport the British-born music star and locked him up.

'The Music Man' marches into River City

Seventy-six trombones, 110 cornets and plenty of fast-talking flim-flam will hit the Lied Center stage Saturday when Meredith Willson's high-energy musical "The Music Man" comes to town.

Review: Aquila Theatre Company's lukewarm 'Othello' dominated by Iago

Aquila Theatre Company's performance of "Othello" Friday night at the Lied Center contained all the elements of a great tragedy: a scheming villain, betrayal, murder, suicide. Ah, the classics.

Arts notes

¢ Moscow Ballet to perform 'Great Russian Nutcracker' ¢ 'Art and War' panel highlights dance concert ¢ Children's choir to sing fall concert in Topeka ¢ Sister Cities board to fund scholarships ¢ Photo/performance artist to discuss work at Spencer ¢ Piano fund drive to benefit children's choir ¢ Faculty composer to share works ¢ Kansas arts enthusiasts to gather in Topeka ¢ Renowned sculptor to lecture about work ¢ Discussion, forum to explore Mormon faith ¢ Celebrated pianist coming to KU ¢ Program to teach storycloth tradition ¢ Master's candidate to conduct KU choir ¢ Baker orchestra to give free fall concert ¢ Washburn music faculty to stage concert ¢ Residency kicks off Alvin Ailey anniversary ¢ KC Lyric Opera staging 'Elixir of Love' ¢ KU faculty artist receives prestigious art award ¢ American Indian artist to show sculptures ¢ Big band concert will benefit Habitat

Willkommen!

Your table's (almost) waiting on new Stage Too! for University Theatre's production of 'Cabaret'

If you think you're familiar with the Crafton-Preyer Theatre, you might be mistaken. When the University Theatre production of "Cabaret" opens Friday, attendees will be in for a surprise. The large proscenium-style stage has been transformed into Stage Too! for the upcoming show.

Bishop Seabury to stage 'Antigone' in new theater space

It's a Monday night, and the gymnasium at Bishop Seabury Academy bustles with activity. Set builders construct capitals to anchor the top and bottom of Greek columns flanking the rear of the stage.

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Through his sights

Lawrence vet transforms smuggled WWII photos into book

After my mother died, in the house where we grew up, my sisters and I found boxes and suitcases jammed with memorabilia from World War II. There were letters, postcards and photos sent from our father to Mom, and, after Dad was discharged because of injuries, notes and cards from his brothers to keep him in the know.

Peter Straub mixes hope and dread in latest thriller

If you could leave your dreary life behind, knowing there could be no turning back, would you do it? This is the choice ultimately awaiting 15-year-old Mark Underhill in Peter Straub's new chiller-thriller, "Lost Boy Lost Girl."

Book notes

¢ Raven schedules two author events ¢ Area authors featured in poetry reading

Air of paranoia spurs KU Opera to perform popular 'Crucible'

Fifty years ago, playwright Arthur Miller detected in the madness of McCarthy era anti-Communism a link to the crazed witch hunts of 17th-century Salem. He crafted a drama about the accusations, trials and mania in 1952 and called it "The Crucible." The tale of the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence brought about by paranoia was intended as an allegory about the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communist hearings.

Impressionable legacy

Exhibit traces career of John Talleur

The Spencer Museum of Art didn't waste much time creating an exhibition to honor John Talleur.

La Bottine Souriante to play music across cultural boundaries

The French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante will play a Lied Center concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the venue's World Series.

Noble accents and lucid, inescapable rhythms

Eighth blackbird to perform contemporary composers' works in their midst

When the chamber music sextet eighth blackbird plays China-born composer Chen Yi's "Qi" today at the Lied Center, she'll be there to hear it. Probably the most internationally renowned Asian female composer of contemporary music today, Chen lives in Kansas City, Mo., where she's a distinguished professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music.

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Saturday, November 8

6News video: Screen Scene

The "Matrix" trilogy concludes with "Revolutions," and from the looks of this confusing, joyless exercise in post-MTV filmmaking, it's time to put the plummeting franchise out of its misery.

Schwarzenegger imitators see big business in the big guy

That big, square jaw is finally paying off for Lyndall Grant. The 49-year-old landscaping designer from San Mateo found sporadic work in recent years impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger, but business is booming now that the "Terminator" star has been elected governor of California.

People

¢ Court sides with couple ¢ C'mon, get happy -- again ¢ Danson serves 'em up for charity

Review: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

From the loud swells of the orchestra and the tons of in-game speech triggered by events, this is one of the best movie-to-game translations I have ever played.

From the loud swells of the orchestra and the tons of in-game speech triggered by events, this is one of the best movie-to-game translations I have ever played.

TV spotlight shines on trio of females

Elizabeth Smart, Jessica Lynch and Britney Spears are the Powerpuff Girls of our fevered media moment. Just like the cartoon characters Buttercup, Bubbles and Blossom, they form a trio of female archetypes. There's the tough one, the pretty one and the smart one. And this week they're everywhere.

Friday, November 7

Best bets

Review: True Crime - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

True Crime is a game wide in scope considering the free-roaming L.A. backdrop, but fails do deliver in key areas of control.

True Crime is a game wide in scope considering the free-roaming L.A. backdrop, but fails do deliver in key areas of control.

People

¢ Royal engagement rivets Spain ¢ Rosie takes witness stand ¢ Morgan, Kershaw in disharmony

Animated 'Star Wars' revives the franchise

Subcultures collide tonight as the world of animation enthusiasts and George Lucas aficionados rejoice at the premiere of the self-described Epic Micro Series "Star Wars: Clone Wars" (7 p.m., Cartoon Network).

'Saving Jessica Lynch' reveals Arab hero

A pretty U.S. soldier captured while serving her country in the Iraq war. A daring rescue. One happy ending in a conflict that is far from resolved.

Baldwin artist Parks tells graphic crime tale

What's the worst thing that can happen to your dirty little secret?

Thursday, November 6

Cash a top winner at CMA Awards

Johnny Cash won the Country Music Assn.'s album of the year, single of the year and video of the year awards Wednesday -- capturing his first CMA awards since 1969 and tying Alan Jackson for most wins during the night.

Million-selling trio Nickel Creek gives bluegrass a facelift

The scorching bluegrass licks and smoldering songwriting of San Diego trio Nickel Creek didn't quite prepare the members for exposure to some genuine heat.

People

¢ 'Producers' ticket gets hotter ¢ Sizzling holiday special ¢ Medical marijuana fine

What TV needs is a nostalgia channel

Nostalgia is not the same as history. The folks at the History Channel should know that. If you're looking for a pleasant and diverting glance back at the Western movie genre, then the two-hour documentary "When Cowboys Were King" (7 p.m., History) is for you. But let's not call it history.

Wednesday, November 5

Impressions: Mario Kart: Double Dash

We've got our hands on it early...how does it fare so far?

We've got our hands on it early...how does it fare so far?

Review: Tony Hawk's Underground- PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Not the revolution you hoped for, but it's a ton of customizable fun

Not the revolution you hoped for, but it's a ton of customizable fun

CBS dumps Reagan miniseries

Network denies political motives; show to air next year on Showtime

Capping an extraordinary conservative furor over a movie virtually no one has seen, CBS said Tuesday it will not air "The Reagans" and shunt it off to the Showtime cable network instead.

People

¢ It's a boy for Letterman ¢ Sharpton to host 'SNL' ¢ Recuperating at home ¢ Classic car on the block

Praise for Johnny Cash flows on CMA Awards

Vince Gill hosts the 37th annual Country Music Assn. Awards (7 p.m., CBS). While the winners are yet to be announced, the emotional highlight of the evening is hardly in doubt: A stage full of singers will perform a special song in honor of Johnny Cash. The Man in Black, who died at age 71 on Sept. 12, is nominated for four CMA awards. Singers Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. lead the tribute to Cash.

Tuesday, November 4

6News video: Cemetery draws unwanted visitors

Five Johnson County teenagers were cited by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at Stull Cemetery for criminal trespassing.

November brings that sweeping feeling

A night of very special episodes, guest stars and controversy: it can only mean that we're knee-deep in sweeps month stuntsmanship.

Serials have suspense element built in

Franchise movie installments keep audiences coming back for more

A year has passed since Frodo and Sam continued their ominous trek to Mordor. It's been six months since Neo lay comatose alongside his nemesis. And three more months will pass before the vengeful Bride gets a chance to kill Bill.

People

¢ Plunging into publishing ¢ Chocolate chip therapy ¢ Setting the secret straight ¢ Diana tapes create controversy

Four classic Zelda games free with GameCube

Special bonus disc to include Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

Special bonus disc to include Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

Review: Amped 2 - Xbox

Staking its claim outside the arcade feel of SSX, Amped 2 still doesn't get the fun factor down.

Staking its claim outside the arcade feel of SSX, Amped 2 still doesn't get the fun factor down.

Halloween reports include Stull visitors

A rifle assault, a handful of cemetery thrill-seekers and a suspicious man with candy were among the unusual reports made to police during the Halloween weekend.

GameCube market share doubles

GameCube sales quadruple while sales of Xbox and Playstation 2 continue to decline

GameCube sales quadruple while sales of Xbox and Playstation 2 continue to decline

Monday, November 3

The REAL world

Lawrence's local currency flirts with extinction

Three years ago, Dennis "Boog" Highberger and his band of merry activists embarked on one of the greatest experiments in Lawrence's brief history. The idea was to print and distribute a local currency, organize a non-profit agency to oversee the project, convince local businesses to accept the new bills and motivate the public to trade in their Benjamin bills for Burroughs bucks.

'Average' Joes help revamp reality TV

The new "reality" show "Average Joe" (9 p.m., NBC) just might be painful enough to save the genre. Let's face it, "reality TV" is in a serious, possibly fatal slump. The new "Joe Millionaire" is unwatchable, "The Bachelor" has devolved into the cult of Bob, and "Survivor" without Rupert will become the island of lost souls. And we have to wait until 2004 to snicker at Jessica Simpson's stupidity again. It's enough to drive viewers back to scripted entertainment.

Review: Drummers display athletic rhythm

Years ago, Japanese taiko drums defined village boundaries. If someone lived too far away to hear the village drum, he or she was not part of that village.

'70s music labeled newest 'oldies'

Radio fans search in vain for '50s faves

One of the surest ways to feel older is to listen to the radio and hear songs from your childhood -- or, even worse, your adulthood -- described as "oldies."

People

Sunday, November 2

Country music awards return spotlight to men, tradition

The nominees for this week's country music awards are a bit more old school than some predecessors -- and a lot more brawny. For the first time in some 20 years, male singers took all five slots in both the entertainer of the year and newcomer categories.

Metal of magic, power, wealth

'The Art of Gold' to gleam at Spencer Museum

Kings craved and killed for it. Commoners slaved for it. High priests praised it. Alchemists strived to replicate it. Prospectors mined and panned and pined for it.

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¢ Local poets to read from latest collections ¢ Oread Books event features KU author

Portrait of valor

Book includes tale of selfless Kansas City soldier

There was no time to think. Amid the smoke and chaos of an ambush in South Vietnam's Quang Tri Province in 1968, U.S. Navy medic Don "Doc" Ballard was tending to a group of wounded marines when one of them yelled, "Grenade!" Ballard saw the device land nearby and, knowing it would kill his patients if it exploded, threw himself on the grenade, holding it tight to his body.

By the time they get to Phoenix ...

... these Lawrence artists, advocates and volunteers have devoted their lives to promoting creativity

Remarkable. That's the adjective that must be associated with one's name and accomplishments before one receives a Phoenix Award. For the eighth year, Lawrence Arts Commissioners have narrowed a field of glowing nominations to seven they feel have contributed truly exceptional service to the Lawrence arts community.

Arts notes

¢ Shimomura to show new work in KC ¢ Prairie Wind Dancers to have children's show ¢ Symphony orchestra to perform concert ¢ East Asian center presents art lectures ¢ KU gallery exhibition explores intertextuality of fish, cultural history ¢ KU choir, barbershop quartet to perform at high school ¢ Dance company aha! to perform at arts center ¢ Percussion ensemble to perform at church ¢ Sculptor to discuss art at Spencer Museum ¢ Tenor to sing concert at community college ¢ India comes alive in travelogue ¢ Nobel Peace prize winner to discuss families, trauma ¢ Mary Atkins lectures continue at Nelson-Atkins

Aquila Theatre Company returns with 'Othello'

Aquila Theatre Company will return Friday to the Lied Center to perform its interpretation of William Shakespeare's "Othello."

Tate Modern gallery unveils weather artwork

If the stereotype that Britons are obsessed with the weather can be taken as fact, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has given them plenty to talk about with a new work at the Tate Modern gallery.

ABC special on Jesus sure to foster controversy

ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas concedes her network is stepping into a theological minefield with its one-hour exploration of whether Jesus Christ had a wife.

People

¢ 'Will & Grace' star pregnant ¢ Actress to try sweatshop life ¢ Spain's crown prince engaged ¢ Vandross' recovery 'slow, steady'

Lawrence Own-Your-Own show raises more than $25K

The third annual Lawrence Own-Your-Own juried art exhibition and sale wrapped up Oct. 6 with purchases of artwork totaling $25,640.

Saturday, November 1

6News video: Saving kids' teeth in candy season

There are ways to prevent cavities in children, even after Halloween when children may eat significant amounts of candy.

People

¢ Actor charged with DUI ¢ Aerosmith daughter ties knot ¢ Former child star signs NBC deal ¢ Cain to play 'Perfect Husband'

6News video: 6News crew checks out Lawrence's Halloween spirit

6News visited some local celebrities to collect candy Friday night,and checked up on the children trick-or-treating in downtown Lawrence Friday evening.

Charge dismissed against Blake's handyman

The judge in Robert Blake's murder case dismissed the lone conspiracy charge against his handyman on Friday, saying there was nothing more than speculative evidence that he was involved in the slaying of the actor's wife.

CBS looks back on 75 years

The Tiffany Network is assembling its gems to dazzle America. From "I Love Lucy" to "Everybody Loves Raymond," from "Gunsmoke" to "CSI," CBS has displayed more jewels than any other company.

How long can Fox keep best comedy?

Clearly inspired by the novelistic film comedy "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Arrested Development" (8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox) follows a severely dysfunctional family as they cope with personal and business disasters.