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Tuesday, September 30

California recall nation's obsession

Debates grabbing television ratings

The California recall -- a combination of star vehicle, peep show and political game of chicken -- has gotten unprecedented national TV coverage for a statewide election, receiving more airtime on the Big Three networks than the White House race.

Eclectic Hubbard Street to premiere 'Diphthong'

Lied Center officials decided years ago that if they wanted to keep performers on their stage, they'd have to invest in the creation of new art. They're anticipating an exciting return on one of their investments when Hubbard Street Dance Chicago comes to town Saturday as part of the venue's New Directions Series.

'Nova' show on Archimedes adds up

There's a television show out there that doesn't rot your brain. "Nova" (7 p.m., PBS), the guilty pleasure series for viewers who actually like to learn new things, returns with "Infinite Secrets," a history whodunit that unfolds like a screen thriller. Greek mathematician Archimedes was the Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein of his era. In addition to his far-reaching mathematical theories and discoveries (including displacement and the value of pi), Archimedes developed elaborate weapons systems to protect his home city of Syracuse, Sicily. While his scholarship fell out of use during the Dark Ages, Archimedes' teachings were an essential part of the scientific revolutions of the 16th and 17th centuries.

People

¢ FX cancels talk show ¢ CNN's Tucker Carlson mad about no-call flap ¢ For the troops ¢ Cited, not indicted

Suicide at concert outlawed

Band plans to stage death during show

The leader of the rock band Hell on Earth said Monday that an onstage suicide would be conducted during a private St. Petersburg concert this weekend in defiance of a new city law designed to stop the act.

Review: Billy Hatcher - Gamecube

Sonic Team returns with an innovative creation that pleases quick but may run dry for some

Sonic Team returns with an innovative creation that pleases quick but may run dry for some

Review: DDRMAX2 - PS2

Dance Dance Revolution returns with licensed music and full-motion video

Dance Dance Revolution returns with licensed music and full-motion video

Monday, September 29

Review :: Santo Gold, "The Hold On EP"

Santo Gold can definitely rock a house party, but can they translate the experience to a recording?

Adrenalan: Halo, Counter-Strike fans' dream

Local gaming center makes LAN gaming cheap, easy

Local gaming center makes LAN gaming cheap, easy

Director-writer Elia Kazan dies at 94

Director Elia Kazan, whose triumphs included the original Broadway productions of "Death of a Salesman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," and the Academy Award-winning film "On the Waterfront," died Sunday. He was 94.

Review: Final Fantasy Tactics - Game Boy Advance

Final Fantasy returns to Nintendo with a stellar addition to any strategy/RPG fan's library

Final Fantasy returns to Nintendo with a stellar addition to any strategy/RPG fan's library

Families battle for fantastic homes

"House Wars" (9 p.m., USA) combines addictive elements from the "reality TV" and shelter makeover genres. Four families set out to remake and remodel their own dream home, starting with a mere shell of a house. Each family team will be assigned their own designer/coach. They will renovate one room per week for an eight-week season, facing elimination along the way. The last family standing will get to keep the house they have just completed.

People

¢ The Rock runs down competitors ¢ Rapper chooses boxer's digs ¢ Costner feels call of westerns ¢ Hang with celebs -- for a price

Tennis trailblazer dies at 76

Althea Gibson, a sports pioneer who broke the color barrier in tennis in the 1950s as the first black player to win Wimbledon and the U.S. national title, died Sunday. She was 76.

Sunday, September 28

Celebrating 15 years, museum reflects on all manner of moving images

The past? That starts on the third floor with illusions created by simple light and movement. Looking for the present and future? Check out the digital media gallery on the first level.

American Indians display ancient art in New York show

The earth, the seasons, tribal culture and the soul of the weaver define the rich tradition of American Indian basket-making, an applied art for thousands of years that is now undergoing a renaissance.

Dance whiz Donald O'Connor dies

Entertainer Donald O'Connor, who combined comedy and acrobatics in the show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" number in the classic movie "Singin' in the Rain," died Saturday, his daughter said. He was 78.

People

¢ Pennsylvania to be first stop on Simon-Garfunkel reunion tour ¢ Apartment board hasn't got time for the pain of Carly Simon ¢ Ferrell a curious choice for film ¢ Lowe explains Emmy absence

Photo book celebrates Flint Hills' fires

Former Lawrence resident chronicles beauty of Kansas phenomenon

Larry Schwarm is blessed. He can find and capture beauty in landscapes most Kansans take for granted. He's especially fond of the Flint Hills in early spring, a time when ranchers, like the American Indians before them, set fire to the previous year's grasses to hasten new growth.

Awareness campaign gives breast cancer patients chance to say 'I'm a survivor'

The scars keep her recollections vivid. Lynn Alexander can't look at her bare breasts in the mirror without remembering why they're not "real." A surgeon removed both of Alexander's cancer-riddled breasts last November and replaced them with implants.

More than a hobby

Lawrence Potter's Guild gears up for annual sale in new location

Don't call it a hobby. For three Lawrence area residents and members of the Lawrence Potter's Guild, pottery is much more than that. "I am almost offended when people call it a hobby," vents guild member Betty Lessenden.

Review: The song's the star in 'My Way'

Frank Sinatra knew how to hook an audience. His most provocative lure: a smooth-as-silk voice that could fly just about anyone to the moon. Of course Sinatra always said he just sang good songs. "My Way ... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" capit

Tuning up for a new direction

KU Symphony Orchestra begins fall season under fresh baton

The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra will usher in its fall season with the sounds of Richard Wagner, Franz Joseph Haydn and Antonin Dvorák 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Lied Center.

Saucy siren of the Right sounds off in her latest book

Ann Coulter rules as the saucy, blond siren of the Right. Lashing out at all things liberal and Democrat (labels she uses interchangeably), she treats conservative Republicans to a spicy brand of reassurance that has leveraged her into multimedia stardom with talk-TV appearances, a syndicated column and big-selling books with shrill titles.

Rock 'n' roll history could have been more fun

The 1950s were a time of uncertainty in America. The baby boomers had reached adolescence, and their search for identity coincided with the emergence of rock 'n' roll and the push for racial integration.

Bookstore

London theater gives N.Y. producers transfer rights

Britain's National Theatre, one of the most important playhouses in the English-speaking theater, has brokered a deal with two New York producers to transfer their London hits to New York.

Saturday, September 27

People

¢ Brit's balloons batter illusionist ¢ Jay-Z done with going solo ¢ Lewis party won't be family affair

A new Lowe set to enter 'Lyon's Den'

When did Rob Lowe become such a goody-goody? The improbably pretty actor began his career as the bad boy of the Brat Pack. On "The West Wing," his character Sam Seaborn started on the wrong foot, sleeping with a pot-smoking hooker in the very first episode. But by the end of his tenure, Sam was seen singing with his old college choir, before leaving to run as a white knight in a hopeless House race, which he, of course, won.

'Paper Lion' Plimpton dies at 76

George Plimpton, the gentleman editor, literary patron and "participatory journalist" whose fumbling exploits included boxing, trapeze-flying and, most famously, quarterbacking for the Detroit Lions, has died at 76.

6News video: Art a la Carte

The cast of Lawrence Community Theatre's season-opening play will resurrect 'Ol Blue Eyes tonight. "My Way," a musical tribute to crooner Frank Sinatra, features a two-man, two-woman cast singing Sinatra's best-loved hits. The play runs for three weekends.

Heart attack kills British rock singer Palmer

Robert Palmer, the well-tailored British rock singer who created one of the first iconic music videos with the look-alike models of "Addicted to Love," died Friday of a heart attack. He was 54.

Friday, September 26

Winning trio trumps lone loser tonight

When did Friday night television become so fascinating? Three of the new season's most promising network series debut tonight. And so does one of its bona fide stinkers.

Ads push 'Potter' for grown-ups

Publisher hopes to build on wizard's older following

Having already conquered the children's market, Scholastic Inc., the U.S. publisher of J.K. Rowling's multimillion-selling "Harry Potter" series, is targeting adults, ages 18 to 35. Potter ads featuring bikers, skateboarders and couch potatoes will appear in Rolling Stone and other magazines throughout October.

Best bets

People

¢ Bass still dreams of space ¢ U.N. inspector to share Iraq story ¢ Public Cash memorial planned ¢ Madonna tops children's book list

Lawrence gets crash course in 'Dorm Daze'

It is about a sausage. It is about a bag of money. It is about a case of mistaken identity.

82-year-old among newest Carnegie heroes

An 82-year-old woman who dove into a pond to rescue a fellow retirement home resident became the oldest woman honored in the 99-year history of the Carnegie Hero Fund, established to recognize human courage.

Afropunk :: "The Rock and Roll Nigger Experience"

Documentary gives alternate perspective of underground music

Two and a half years ago, James Spooner found his purpose. As an African-American punk who spent half his life feeling alienated in a white-dominated scene, Spooner decided to make a movie chronicling the experiences of black punks. With no formal (or informal) training, Spooner began a journey that would take him on a cross-country tour and introduce him to more than 80 influential black punks.

Average Joe receives Hollywood treatment in 'Splendor'

Before the Internet helped facilitate the idea of granting everyday people a widely available soapbox to vent their frustrations, Harvey Pekar was quite a novelty. The scraggly haired, hoarse-voiced, divorced loner worked a mundane job as a file clerk at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Cleveland. With an intense gaze that actually proved more observational than hostile, Pekar achieved a certain Zen mastery of cynical wallowing.

Thursday, September 25

PBS gets to the roots of blues

What would lure a high-flying filmmaker like Clint Eastwood into making a documentary for PBS? The blues, nothing but the blues.

People

¢ Crystal reclaims Oscar host role ¢ Letterman bears up ¢ Rockers can't get rowdy ¢ McKellen in line for award

Let's hope this 'Coupling' doesn't last long

The much-hyped new Brit-com "Coupling" (8:30 p.m., NBC) may not be very funny, but it's an interesting, if ultimately sad, phenomenon.

Wednesday, September 24

Swimming in sushi

Who would have thought Lawrence, Kan., would become a haven for sushi lovers? But it has -- in a big way for a Midwestern town of only about 80,000 people.

Study: Use of profanity on television increasing

Television is cussing up an increasingly blue streak, according to a study of the major broadcast networks.

Review: NASCAR Thunder 2004 - PS2, Xbox

'Twas the week before NHL and Tiger and all through the store, EA's appetizers arrived, Rugby, NASCAR and no more!

'Twas the week before NHL and Tiger and all through the store, EA's appetizers arrived, Rugby, NASCAR and no more!

'Brotherhood' quirks not endearing

Part "Fargo" and part "Peyton Place," "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire" (9 p.m., CBS), the new drama from prolific producer David E. Kelley, has one of the new season's most promising casts. But not even Mare Winningham, Randy Quaid, Chris Penn and Elizabeth McGovern can save "Poland" from its maudlin excesses.

Pageant's ratings continue to fall despite gimmicks

Like a lacquered perm on a sweltering summer day, Miss America's ratings continue to droop.

People

¢ MTV pulls plug on Green ¢ Relax, it's only a gun ¢ Sticking up for a friend ¢ 'Peanuts' gang moves in

Tuesday, September 23

People

¢ Still happy together ¢ Etheridge exchanges vows ¢ Cultural identity crisis ¢ No home in the country

Latest British TV fare may not satisfy U.S. tastes

Can a British accent make or break a punch line? When the U.S. version of the BBC sitcom "Coupling" debuts on NBC, the American cast will be working off essentially the same scripts that made the original a hit.

Nintendo Gamecube drops to $99

Amazon.com, Toys R Us lead the way

Amazon.com, Toys R Us lead the way

Review: Rugby 2004 - PS2

Even hardcore rugby fans will have a tough time getting into this game

Even hardcore rugby fans will have a tough time getting into this game

Coroner rules homicide in death at producer's house

The February shooting death of an actress at the home of record producer Phil Spector was ruled a homicide Monday by the coroner's office.

Gordon Jump, of 'WKRP,' Maytag fame, dies

Gordon Jump, who played a befuddled radio station manager on the sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" and made his mark in commercials as the lonely Maytag repairman, died Monday. He was 71.

New sitcom has 'Notting' familiarity

The red carpet meets the faculty lounge in the new sitcom "I'm with Her" (7:30 p.m., ABC). David Sutcliffe stars as Patrick Owen, a dedicated high school English teacher who happens to be dating Alex Young (Teri Polo), a world-famous actress and sex symbol. Any resemblance between this show and "Notting Hill" is strictly intentional.

Monday, September 22

Charlie Sheen shines in new comedy

Few things are certain, but you can bet that any show airing right after "Everybody Loves Raymond" will thrive. Terrible, annoying shows like "Yes Dear" and "Still Standing" have been lifted by the "Raymond" factor. So look for a fairly funny show like "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS) to become a bona fide hit.

People

¢ 'Underworld' leads pack ¢ Cosby throws support behind Philadelphia mayor ¢ Lifestyles of the rich and famous ¢ Hillary Clinton to speak at public leadership conference

Town gets dose of 'shotgun journalism'

Mike Caddell, publisher of the Fightin' Cock Flyer, is a self-described hell-raiser - a practitioner, he says, of "shotgun journalism." Put another way: He makes people angry.

Halo PC on its way to retailers

PC gamers come out of the closet and admit this is their dream game

PC gamers come out of the closet and admit this console port is their dream game

Emmy loves 'Raymond,' 'Sopranos'

NBC's "The West Wing," despite shrinking viewership, took the Emmy for best drama Sunday, and CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" for best comedy.

Sunday, September 21

Doing it his way

Lawrence theater to stage Sinatra tribute

Ol' Blue Eyes is back. At least his music is, and it's coming to a community theater near you.

Finding middle ground

Kansas girl seeks moral center in KU alumna's novel

There's a famous 1939 map that shows the United States from a New Yorker's perspective. New York state looms disproportionately large, and everything else kind of runs together. Evelyn Bucknow, the protagonist in Kansas University alumna Laura Moriarty's debut novel, takes the same egocentric view of her life in fictional Kerrville, Kan.

Exhibit supports artists, encourages collecting

Art auctions are great. They raise money for nonprofit organizations. They put art on people's walls, sometimes at bargain prices. And they bring the community together.

University Theatre to stage two plays in repertory

The Kansas University theater and film department and the University Theatre will open the 2003-04 William Inge Theatre Series next weekend with two workshop dramas presented in repertory in the Inge Theatre.

Corporate banners obscure culture, preservationists say

But New Orleans officials argue historic building in French Quarter doesn't pay for itself

One of the French Quarter artists who paints in Jackson Square couldn't help but be amused by what the wind had done.

'Clear and Convincing' clearly a top-drawer whodunit

"Clear and Convincing Proof" is the smoothest mystery novel to come along in quite a while.

Bookstore

Berlin's Museum Island regains its former glory

Germany's troubled 20th century can be viewed at a glance at its famed Museum Island.

Red Balloon To Do

Lawrence Art Collective hopes opening inflates city's art scene

If you've ever been to a First Friday event in Kansas City, you know the Crossroads Arts District overflows with art enthusiasts. People spill out the doors of art galleries large and small -- none able to accommodate the influx of bodies clamoring to see new art (and consume wine, beer and cheese, of course).

Between a rock and a sacred place

Stan Herd erects monument to prairie, its native inhabitants

Bill Kurtis used to take visitors to a particularly scenic spot on his Red Buffalo Ranch near Sedan and ask them to remain silent for 60 seconds. "If you listen carefully," he'd say, "you won't hear any man-made sound. You will hear the land speaking to you."

Arts briefs

¢ Calendar celebrates city's 150th birthday ¢ Baldwin combat poet begins Vietnam series ¢ Recital to benefit women's organization ¢ Area artists play host to 'Art in the Grove' ¢ Audio-Reader to have 'For Your Ears Only' sale ¢ Armstrong scholar to speak on jazz icon ¢ Canadian singer/songwriter Clayton Bellamy to play Union ¢ Hallmark Symposium draws top art, design professionals ¢ KU Faculty Recital Series presents Pamela Hinchman ¢ KU music faculty win awards ¢ Trumpet great to perform at Washburn University ¢ Mary Atkins Lecture Series begins with Frida Kahlo talk

People

¢ Recall hopefuls to visit Leno ¢ Clinton to speak at conference ¢ Cash earns posthumous honor ¢ Show takes rich back to basics

Franz still on duty in 'Blue's' 11th year

A decade after he first hit the streets, Detective Andy Sipowicz remains tough, tormented and, for millions of "NYPD Blue" fans, irresistible.

Festival jazzes up state park

First day of annual event draws 1,000 to Clinton Lake

The smooth sound of jazz mixed with nature Saturday afternoon as the two-day Midwest Jazz Festival got under way at Clinton Lake State Park.

Inspired by change

Lisa Grossman to paint landscapes for 2003 Phoenix Award winners

Since moving to the Midwest in 1988, Lawrence artist Lisa Grossman has been captivated by the seasonal changes in Kansas.

Saturday, September 20

Slot machines honor timeless 'SNL' sketches

Dan Aykroyd used to joke with bandleader Paul Shaffer that one day they'd end up in Las Vegas.

Beauty pageant gets casual

Clay Aiken will perform his new song "This is the Night" on the 83rd annual Miss America pageant (8 p.m. today, ABC) live from Atlantic City, N.J. Tom Bergeron, host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," will preside over the beauty contest. This year's pageant will introduce a new "casual wear" competition. Why? This is a beauty pageant, not an ad for The Gap.

'K Street' is political oddity

Next fall, could Democratic strategist James Carville win a best actor Emmy for playing himself on "K Street"? And if so, in what program category: Drama? Comedy? Public Affairs?

People

¢ Housekeeper suing Smiths ¢ Beatle scuffles with photographer ¢ Jagger says house infested ¢ Duvall joins Walk of Fame

Friday, September 19

People

¢ 'Passion' gets Vatican approval ¢ Skater welcomes first child ¢ Director criticizes superficiality ¢ Film festival opening in Spain

Jazz: Festival hopes to turn Lawrence into hotbed of contemporary jazz

There is little argument that Kansas City, Mo., is known worldwide as a hub of jazz. But what about Kansas? More specifically, what about Lawrence?

WB trots out another dysfunctional sitcom

The new sitcom "Like Family" (7:30 p.m., WB) wastes no time descending to toilet humor. The show opens in the bathroom, where single mom Maddie (Diane Farr, "The Job") begs her cranky 16-year-old son, Keith (J. Mack Slaughter), to get the heck out of the bathtub. Let's stop right there. What mother hangs out in the bathroom with her naked teenage son? At first I thought they were lovers. Maybe I've been reading too much about Demi and Ashton.

Online bets off on 'Survivor'

An offshore bookie who takes wagers on the outcome of CBS' "Survivor" decided not to take bets Thursday, suspicious that someone who knows the winner is spreading inside information.

6News video: Screen Scene

Way too many movies are opening in area theaters this weekend, so here's a rundown of the highlights. Finally we get the answer to the question who would win a battle between vampires and werewolves. "Underworld" takes that simple premise and turns it into a film so narratively serious and so visually dreary that it all but sucks the fun out of this "Matrix"-inspired flick. Also trying to be scary is "Cold Creek Manor," a thriller about a couple of homeowners played by Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone who discover dark secrets in their new dwelling. Curse that real estate agent. Cuba Gooding Jr. actually makes a movie that doesn't suck with "The Fighting Temptations," a sentimental crowd pleaser about a New York ad exec who must lead a Southern gospel choir to victory. And finally there's "Anything Else," Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy. This time "American Pie" actor Jason Biggs does his best impression of the Woodman, portraying a New York writer in love with a goofy actress played by Christina Ricci.

Emmy picking begins

Tony Shalhoub, clear shelf space for your Emmy.

Best bets

Reverend Billy baptizes Lawrence in political theater

Reverend Billy is coming to town. He is going to save us from our sins and exorcise our demons.

'Underworld' needs to lighten up

The premise is simple enough: Vampires battle werewolves in a modern-day setting. Yet the result is a disarmingly complicated story that grows weirder as it progresses. "Underworld" is neither scary nor particularly exciting -- somewhat of a drawback for a monster movie -- but there's something absorbing about a tale so steeped in its own universe that the rest of the world barely seems to exist.

Thursday, September 18

Theater to present story of Lewis and Clark's guide

The Seem-To-Be Players will stage "Bird Woman: The Story of Sacagawea" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Designer's apparel honors Blass

Loyal customers of Bill Blass, who died of cancer at 79 last year, say the man affectionately dubbed "the dean of American fashion" will never be replaced.

'Threat Matrix' high on gadgetry

The Department of Homeland Security gets a TV series to call its own. The new espionage series "Threat Matrix" (7 p.m., ABC) follows an elite task force that investigates terror threats at the behest of the president.

Video game made from cult film 'Tron'

Lots of movies have inspired video games, and lots of video games have sequels.

People

¢ It's a boy for Colin Farrell ¢ Innocent prisoner is topic of potential Dreamworks film ¢ TV tunes composer releases first solo CD at 81 ¢ Miami Dolphins to honor Cruz

Review: Simpsons: Hit & Run - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

If the Simpsons got sucked into their TV while playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, this is the game that would result.

If the Simpsons got sucked into their TV while playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, this is the game that would result.

Wednesday, September 17

Mix of musicians nominated for American Music Awards

Veteran performers, including Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion and Cher, mixed with youngsters Beyonce and Avril Lavigne on the list of nominees for the 31st annual American Music Awards.

'West Wing' kicks off must-see season

Almost everyone agrees that "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC) lost its focus last season. And along the way, creator and writer Aaron Sorkin lost his job. But Sorkin deserves much credit (and his Emmy nomination) for penning a humdinger of a season finale. For those who missed it, the Bartlet administration goes into crisis mode after the president's daughter Zoey is kidnapped by foreign terrorists. Will Bartlet act -- or, more to the point, react -- as a father or as commander in chief? Or will he take a third, surprising option? Look for John Goodman in a powerful guest stint.

People

¢ Bono says he has 'good ole row' with Bush over AIDS spending ¢ Princess Stephanie weds ¢ Alumni want new 'Survivor' shot ¢ Those troublesome cigars

"I can't ... I'm going to Winfield"

Walnut Valley Festival hits 32 years with old faces, new pickers

ABC won't cancel '8 Rules'

Star John Ritter died Thursday

ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" will continue despite star John Ritter's death and will show the TV family coping with his character's loss, the network said Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 16

UPN mixes divorce, comedy with 'All of Us'

Is America ready for a divorce and child custody comedy? Produced and created by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, "All of Us" (7:30 p.m., UPN) takes a warts-and-all look at blended families. Robert (Duane Martin), a smooth-talking L.A. television personality, seems eager to sign his divorce papers so he can marry his new love, Tia (Elise Neal). But faced with the finality of the situation, and the difficulty of explaining his new living arrangement to his 5-year-old son, Bobby Jr., Robert develops cold feet.

People

¢ Stephen King to receive honorary National Book Award ¢ Baby on the way ¢ 'Cut Piece' for peace ¢ Visit to Neverland

Hall of Meteorites reopens

Visitors have history at their fingertips

Have you ever wanted to touch a piece of the universe? Well, you can.

Mourners pay respects to Cash

Family, friends and musicians gathered Monday at Johnny Cash's funeral to pay tribute to a giant in American music.

Monday, September 15

People

¢ Depp scores another No. 1 hit ¢ Madonna wants more motherhood ¢ Auctioned guitar played during last Beatles performance ¢ Report: Ben, Jen split

Not much tempting about this 'Eve'

Men, women, sex, shoes -- these are the ingredients in "Eve" (7:30 p.m., UPN), a derivative new sitcom set in Miami's dating scene. "Eve" is named after a rapper named Eve, but her character is called Shelly. Go figure. She runs a design firm with label-obsessed airhead Rita (Ali Landry) and the more down-to-earth and very married Janie (Natalie Desselle-Reid).

Networks geared up for fall

Rob Lowe has left the White House for a law firm. Whoopi Goldberg is a hotel operator with a razor tongue. Mark Harmon investigates crimes in the military. Kelly Ripa is a washed-up soap star.

Sunday, September 14

'FAME--The Musical' brings artistic struggles to stage

Class is back in session at the New York High School for the Performing Arts. Only this time it's at the Lied Center.

Uncommon collage

Collaborative concert fuses best of KU's School of Fine Arts

"School of Fine Arts" is an institutional name. It denotes campus buildings, administrators and academic departments. It sounds lofty ... and lifeless. But that's just the facade.

Arts notes

¢ Irish dancers to leap into Carlsen Center ¢ KU dance company receives grant ¢ Baldwin Poetry Series features husband, wife ¢ Antique collector to discuss Watt Pottery ¢ KU oboe professor to reveal 'Hidden Gems' ¢ Art Guild turns meeting into supply swap meet ¢ Works sought for Washburn Arts Review ¢ Lawrence photo chosen for international exhibit ¢ Children's theater to have auditions

Lawrence orchestra aims to tune in larger audience

Mick Braa is willing to bet 75 percent of people who live in Lawrence don't know the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra exists. That's a tad troubling given the orchestra's 30-plus-year history in town.

When you care enough to send a card in jest

MikWright's irreverent greetings spur following

Tim Mikkelson and Phyllis Wright-Herman like to say they started their business "on a goof." The longtime friends and airline employees were flipping through one of Mikkelson's mother's immaculate family photo albums, entertaining themselves by making fun of the people in the dated snapshots.

'First Light' photos capture national park's natural beauty

From dawn to dusk, the landscape of Maine's Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island offers a variety of breathtaking views that conjure the feeling of a safe haven -- indeed, of home.

Festival celebrates book, importance of being small

It's been 56 years since its flashing light guided ships past the Hudson's rocky shoreline. But the Little Red Lighthouse's message -- that small things in a big world really matter -- beams ever bright.

Collaborative movements

Kansas-born cellist to team up with Prairie Wind Dancers

Hillsboro-born cellist Eugene Friesen's music is rather hard to classify. Music stores typically file it in the new-age section, but Friesen prefers to say his music transcends boundaries.

Saturday, September 13

People

¢ John says it's time for a redo ¢ Ripa changes tune for dad ¢ Tables turn on telemarketers ¢ Rock hall nominees announced

Letterman prepares for late-night dad duty

David Letterman had better start thinking up a top 10 list of baby names -- he's about to become a father.

HBO unveils banality under the big top

The new series "Carnivale" (8:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is a major departure for the premium cable channel. And that's not a good thing. While HBO's successful shows -- "Six Feet Under," "The Sopranos," and even the overpraised and annoying "Sex and the City" -- feature strong, identifiable characters and memorable dialogue, "Carnivale" offers a nonstop onslaught of mythical hogwash, hackneyed lines, and contrived and derivative characters.

6News video: Art a la Carte

Hundreds of artists and art enthusiasts will be in Lawrence tonight for the opening of the 15th annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show. A benefit reception kicks off the juried exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center, and the show, which features more than 130 works by American Indian artists across the country, remains on view through Oct. 11.

Sitcom star Ritter's death shocks co-stars, friends

John Ritter, a master of sitcom silliness who ruled TV comedy with "Three's Company" and then found success again 25 years later with "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter," has died of an undetected heart problem. He was 54.

Friday, September 12

Well-acted 'Matchstick Men' succumbs to con game

"One, two, three ..."

Game Boy Advance Can Work As Videophone

New device brings video calling to GBA for $110

New device brings video calling to GBA for $110

People

¢ Jewel cancels tour after death ¢ Cosby to get Bob Hope award ¢ Actor tapped for next 'Batman' ¢ Diaz photographer faces bail

Chong gets nine-month sentence for bongs

Tommy Chong, who played one half of the dope-smoking duo in the Cheech and Chong movies, asked for leniency from a judge Thursday but was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia.

Nest likely to be empty of viewers

If I had a nickel for every sitcom I've had to review about an adult child returning to his grumpy parents' empty nest, I'd be able to buy one of those big plasma television sets. Add "All About the Andersons" (8:30 p.m., WB) to the list.

Strong women star at film fest

Meg Ryan leaves behind cute and perky for grim and brooding. Nicole Kidman's an iron-willed janitor with dirty fingernails. Isabella Rossellini is a double-amputee beer baroness in a twisted search for the world's most sorrowful music.

Rooney mines the past

Mop-top haircuts.

Best bets

Eerie documentary paints a portrait of ethical ambiguity

It began as a typical Thanksgiving dinner for the Friedmans in 1987. Father Arnold, wife Elaine and sons David, Seth and Jesse were spending a quiet holiday at home like most other families living in the affluent Great Neck suburb of New York.

The family secret

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki reveals a household ripped apart in 'Capturing the Friedmans'

"It was one of the strangest journeys, because I started out making a film about professional children's birthday party clowns," says filmmaker Andrew Jarecki. "As sometimes happens with a documentary, it just completely changed in the middle, because I discovered that one of my characters -- David Friedman -- had a secret story." The skeleton in the cupboard was that in 1987, David's father, Arnold, was arrested in a federal sting for possessing child pornography. Within weeks the incident snowballed into Arnold and his youngest son, Jesse, being indicted on nearly 200 counts for molesting young boys who had come to the Friedmans' house for computer classes.

Thursday, September 11

People

¢ Osbournes split for short time ¢ Spain honors J.K. Rowling ¢ Coldplay hot on global trade ¢ Cash home from hospital

Affleck, Lopez postpone wedding to avoid media frenzy

Even Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are sick of hearing about their wedding.

New WB series an inspired amateur hour

Steve Harvey returns to the WB to host "Steve Harvey's Big Time" (7 p.m., WB), a talent showcase featuring unknown performers with unusual talents. Or at least unusual acts.

Carnegie Hall opens third stage, returning to founder's vision

When 19th century steel magnate Andrew Carnegie envisioned the music hall that would bear his name, he had planned for three performance spaces.

Review: P.N.03 - Gamecube

P.N. 03 has all the makings of a killer action title, but fails to deliver anything worthwhile.

P.N. 03 has all the makings of a killer action title, but fails to deliver anything worthwhile.

Wednesday, September 10

People

¢ Opus returning to comic pages ¢ Rosie's property disputes ¢ Jacko loses tax break ¢ No doubt, they'll sell

Hitler's filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl dies at 101

Leni Riefenstahl, whose hypnotic depiction of Adolf Hitler's Nuremberg rally, "Triumph of the Will," was renowned and despised as the best propaganda film ever made, has died. She was 101.

It's Supergeek to the rescue in UPN show

Fans of comic books and the summer movies they inspire should enjoy the new series "Jake 2.0" (8 p.m., UPN). Jake Foley (Christopher Gorham) becomes a cyber-superhero after a laboratory explosion at the National Security Administration, where he toils amid secretive and glamorous spies as a lowly tech-support guy. In the explosion, he's "infected" with a hybrid organic computer chip that gives him remarkable strength, enhanced senses and an ability to meld with technology. But the bad guys who blew up the lab are now on to Jake, and want to steal the germs and gizmos that transformed him. This inspires Jake's starchy NSA bosses to promote him to a superagent, and sets up the premise for the show.

Simon and Garfunkel reunite for first tour in 20 years

Dusting the cobwebs off their friendship, the folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced Tuesday they were reuniting for a concert tour of North America this fall.

New Conversations

The Appleseed Cast scores new record label, some peyote

Sometime about two years ago, while high on peyote and stranded in the desert, Christopher Crisci's fox spirit appeared to him and delivered a golden tablet inscribed with the words to The Appleseed Cast's sixth album. "God said, 'You are going to write an album called "Two Conversations," says Crisci, the guitarist and lead vocalist for the Lawrence-based band

Tuesday, September 9

Newest reality show really twists truth

You know reality TV has come of age when it produces a truly inspired satire. "The Joe Schmo Show" (8 p.m., Spike) sends up every cliche and character associated with the genre. And, like every reality show, "Schmo" has a killer twist: It isn't a reality show at all. But one contestant doesn't know that.

People

¢ New role to play ¢ Jurors rule for Marilyn Manson ¢ Aaliyah's parents settle suit ¢ Knowledge for college

Macabre maestro Warren Zevon dies

Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, who battled death with the same twisted sense of humor found in his songs "Life'll Kill Ya," "Werewolves of London" and "Excitable Boy," has lost his yearlong fight against lung cancer at age 56.

Monday, September 8

Final 'New York' documentary a must-see

Ric Burns' epic "New York: A Documentary Film" concludes with its eighth installment, "The Center of the World," on "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings). "Center" offers a tribute and an elegy to the World Trade Center towers.

Librarians protest action figure

A new action figure of a frumpy-looking librarian who moves her index finger to her lips with "amazing push-button shushing action!" is prompting librarians around the world to raise their voices in protest.

'No place is sacred' to hype shows

When TBS Superstation executive Steven Koonin received a draft news release about upcoming TBS college football broadcasts, one word stopped him.

People

¢ 'Dickie Roberts' tops box office ¢ Elfman to join "Nine" cast ¢ Not the governor's mansion, but ... ¢ Watch the language

Sunday, September 7

'Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz' revives Dorothy -- and her little dog, too

You don't have to click the heels of your ruby red slippers to be transported to the Land of Oz.

One fine writer does justice to another

In "The Art of Burning Bridges: A Life of John O'Hara," Geoffrey Wolff has accomplished an extraordinary feat: He has written a touching biography of a pugnacious and difficult man.

Arts notes

¢ Van Go to show student work at CornerBank ¢ Poetry, fiction wanted for writing award ¢ African drumming group to play KU concert hall ¢ Lawrence muralist's film accepted to festival ¢ Photographers chosen for St. Louis exhibit ¢ KSU artists to show sculpture at KU gallery ¢ Faculty recital mixes trombone, piano ¢ Music professors to play to benefit students ¢ Chamber Orchestra boosted by grant

So long, Lake Wobegon

Garrison Keillor abandons fictional hometown in funny, racy new book

Yes, Garrison Keillor once wrote for The New Yorker, as did the narrator in his new book, "Love Me."

Orchestrating change

New symphony director hits U.S. soil running

A few hours of silence would be music to Nicholas Uljanov's ears about now. The new director of orchestral activities at Kansas University arrived in Lawrence from his home in Salzburg, Austria, on Aug. 21 -- the first day of classes at KU -- and has had barely a moment to himself since.

Stitching together generations

Mother-daughter quilters have been sewing side by side more than 25 years

Eighty-three-year-old Shirley Wedd stitched her first quilt for her toddler daughter, Shirlene, some 50 years ago. Though worn, the red-and-white-checkered child's quilt -- made from feed sacks -- remains a treasured part of the Wedd's quilt collection. But the collection has grown considerably, and, these days, mother and daughter quilt together.

Museum exhibit complements Lawrence Indian Arts Show

An exhibit that opened Saturday at Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art will complement the 15th annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Native visions

Indian Arts Show interprets tribal heritage through contemporary eyes

George Blackwood's Cherokee "granny" used to tell him beads had a life of their own. "They're like little people," she'd say. "What we're doing is putting them together like a community." Blackwood watched as his grandmother joined beads the size of a pencil tip into colorful geometric patterns that conformed to the shape of the feather fans, hand tools or other objects she adorned. Her technique of choice was peyote stitch.

People

¢ Russian film wins top prize ¢ Simon & Garfunkel tour in works ¢ A star for a Spade ¢ Kiss to appear 'larger than life'

Off bench, onto stage for justices

Anthony Kennedy likes to listen to the opera while working, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dreamed of a career as a diva, and Stephen Breyer has twice performed on stage -- albeit a half-century ago.

Bookstore

Saturday, September 6

People

¢ Depp comments 'out of context' ¢ Manson case goes to jury ¢ Ford values U.S.-French tension ¢ Alternative music acclaimed

Showtime's Bush isn't burning

To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a TV movie extolling the virtues of a sitting president. There was a made-for-TV quickie about the first George Bush's World War II service. And Hollywood produced "PT 109" while President Kennedy was in office. Both emphasized youthful heroism, but avoided praising the president for actions taken while in office. This is not the case with the made-for-cable drama "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis" (7 p.m. Sunday, Showtime). "Crisis" recalls the decisions made by Bush and his team on Sept. 11, 2001.

6News video: Screen Scene

At the multiplexes this week comes "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," a rather merciless satire about the fleeting nature of fame. Comedian David Spade plays Dickie, a cute kid actor from a 1970s TV series still struggling to make the career shift to adulthood. This leads him to hire a surrogate family to help him relive the childhood he never had. The comical casting of dozens of former child stars helps offset the movie's more contrived aspects.

Actor finds serious side for 9-11 film

This time he did it without the false ears.

Friday, September 5

Rosie bets it all on 'Taboo'

When it comes to "Taboo," Rosie O'Donnell has put her money where her mouth is.

Review: ESPN NFL Football - PS2, Xbox

Brief: Does it finally kill Madden?

Sega ESPN Football is to Madden 2004 as Ringo is to Paul.

People

¢ Chef serves up new matrimony ¢ Downplaying kiss conundrum ¢ Next best thing to matrimony ¢ Billy Bob removes Angelina tattoo

WB's 'Grounded for Life' is same old grind

The summer repeat season is coming to an end. Fox already kicked off its fall season with episodes of the new soap "The O.C.," and tonight the former Fox comedy "Grounded for Life" (8 p.m., WB) begins its second season on The WB with an hourlong episode.

'Grand Ole Opry Live' changing networks

The live telecast of the Grand Ole Opry is moving from Country Music Television to its smaller competitor, Great American Country.

Best bets

'Former Child Stars' discuss overzealous parents, bad attitudes

The glory of being a famous cute kid can fade faster than the pages of an old Tiger Beat magazine.

Bessy unprepared for Bottleneck gig

Maybe it was the lack of appropriate rehearsal time or the jitters of being in front of an unfamiliar crowd, but Dressy Bessy seemed a bit musically undressed at its Bottleneck show on Wednesday night. The Mile High City band stopped and started several numbers over, then apologized that life on the road had taken its toll on practice time.

'Dickie Roberts' skewers stardom

Nobody oozes insincerity quite like David Spade. The comedian-turned-film star has made a career of delivering sarcastic barbs with a painted-on smile. What better person to portray the fictional Dickie Roberts?

Kid rock

Kansas City's Doo-Dads put a grown-up spin on children's music

Matt Kesler is singing about potty. No, the 40-year-old musician does not have a potty mouth. Rather, he is expounding on it quite literally ... and even helpfully.

Review: NFL Fever - Xbox

Brief: Will you get a fever over Sega's and EA's offering?

NFL Fever does have the best and most accurate commentary hands down, but it's not enough to warrant a purchase over Madden or ESPN.

Review: NFL Gameday 2004 - PS2

It still sucks, but not as much.

Despite the great job on commentary, the game just isn't fun. There is no reason for you to waste your time or money.

Thursday, September 4

Juanes wins four Latin Grammys

Colombian proud to represent country

Juanes, whose album "Un Dia Normal (A Normal Day)" has enjoyed a marathon stay on the charts, was showered with five Latin Grammy awards on Wednesday, including trophies for record and album of the year.

People

¢ Depp calls U.S. 'dumb puppy' ¢ J. Lo wedding date set ¢ Hepburn property for sale ¢ Welcome back, little friend

Redskins, Jets kick off NFL's regular season

It looks like Thursday has become the new Monday. At least this week. "Monday Night Football" hosts John Madden and Al Michaels convene for the kickoff of the new NFL season as the Washington Redskins welcome the New York Jets (8 p.m., ABC). During the off-season, the Redskins acquired the Jets' best receiver, Laveranues Coles, for a sum that many considered obscene. The Washington team also features former Jets Chad Morton and John Hall, so look for the Jets to settle some scores.

Jennings celebrates 20 years as ABC anchor

Peter Jennings said he liked being in London, thousands of miles from his bosses, and never really wanted the job of sole anchor at ABC's "World News Tonight."

Wednesday, September 3

Blacklist tale isn't simply black and white

"American Masters" (8 p.m., PBS) enters its 18th season with "Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin." The documentary takes an in-depth look at the friendship and collaboration between the influential director and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright that was destroyed when Kazan, a former member of the Communist Party, decided to provide a Congressional committee with the names of fellow party members. The controversy about Kazan's testimony was recently revisited when the director of "A Streetcar Name Desire," "On the Waterfront" and "A Face in the Crowd" received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 Academy Award ceremonies.

Musicians to honor Celia Cruz

Tribute to salsa queen will open Latin Grammys

Wednesday night's Latin Grammy award show will open with a tribute to Celia Cruz, the late queen of salsa who recorded more than 70 albums and had more than a dozen Grammy nominations.

People

¢ Giving the press an earful ¢ Actress defends comeback film ¢ New Guido in the house ¢ Cue to 'Rocky' theme

Local bass player to tour in Russia

Once again, the road is calling Stan Sheldon, one of the area's more accomplished rock musicians.

Playstation 3 to be backwards compatible

The PS3 will have emulation software to run both PS2 and PS1 games

The PS3 will have emulation software to run both PS2 and PS1 games

Andrew W.K. bonds with Bottleneck crowd

For some musicians, performing live is all about the adoration from the crowd. For Andrew W.K., though, a concert is all about his adoration for the crowd.

Lynch signs book deal

Jessica Lynch has struck a $1 million deal for a book that will tell the story of her capture and rescue in Iraq. But questions remain over how much she remembers.

Tuesday, September 2

This new reality show really twists the truth

You know reality TV has come of age when it produces a truly inspired satire. "The Joe Schmo Show" (8 p.m., Spike) sends up every cliche and character associated with the genre. And, like every reality show, "Schmo" has a killer twist: It isn't a reality show at all. But one contestant doesn't know that.

Director concerned film may be cut in U.S.

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci is worried that his sexually explicit new film "The Dreamers" might be cut in the United States out of concern it is too graphic for American audiences.

Tough guy found his niche

European films proved Bronson's worth as a star

Charles Bronson, the grim-faced tough guy who built a European following before making his mark in the United States with action films including the "Death Wish" series, wondered if he was too manly to achieve instant stardom in his home country.

People

¢ Kiss photo prompts apology ¢ Paintball appeals to Shatner ¢ Stars honor Harley birthday ¢ Peepers focus on 'Creepers 2'

Monday, September 1

People

¢ Action star Charles Bronson dies ¢ McCartney wedding unconfirmed ¢ Sausage king to receive diploma

History Channel snubs holiday for frats, cleavage

It's Labor Day, but not on television. Almost every major holiday, religious and secular, from Christmas to Veterans Day to Halloween, receives some television observation. Except Labor Day. You'd think maybe the History Channel would air some documentary about famous strikes, the murderous exploitation of coalminers, or the rise, corruption and decline of the union movement in America. Nope. Instead we get "Frat Boys" (8 p.m., History), a 90-minute history of college fraternities, and "Cleavage" (9:30 p.m., History), an hour and a half devoted to the enduring fascination with women's bosoms -- on the History Channel.

Shark beats sequels at summer box office

No factor, even J. Lo, guaranteed film success

Hollywood banked big on sequels this summer, scoring hugely on a couple but falling short of the industry's pie-in-the-sky expectations on many.