Stories for April 2004

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Friday, April 30

People

¢ Trump proposes to girlfriend ¢ Sizemore takes on Charlie Hustle ¢ DeGeneres hangs up microphone ¢ Iran approves 'Passion' film

Books' potty humor draws kids

Glenn Murray blushes a hearty shade of red when a cashier at a Chicago deli recognizes him: "Heyyyyyy!" the young man shouts gleefully -- and loudly. "You're the fart-man!"

Reality of adoption too close to 'reality' TV

When Barbara Walters recently announced her semi-retirement, she declared her intention to focus her efforts on a few specials about people and ideas that she really cares about. And, as fans of "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC) know, the subject of adoption is near to Walters' heart. The mother of an adopted daughter, Walters has used her programs to inform viewers about the plight of Romanian and Cambodian orphans and to celebrate the special bonds between adoptive parents and their children.

Best bets

'Nightline' to read toll of war dead

Critics say broadcast is anti-war propaganda

"Nightline" is calling tonight's program a simple tribute. Others call it anti-war propaganda. And one TV-station group is pre-empting it.

Damien Rice unveils emotional yet oddball concert

The subtle and delicate locked lips with the blaring and cacophonous during Damien Rice's show Wednesday night at Liberty Hall.

'Mean Girls' director explores cruelty of high school cliques

The high school experience is often characterized by the clique to which one belongs. In the edgy new comedy "Mean Girls," students occupy an intricate and cruel hierarchy, divided into roles with names such as the Queen Bee, the Target, the Banker, the Torn Bystander and the Floater. It's a constantly shifting world of predators and prey.

Dance: The new 'political' revolution

Bodies clad in red and black uniforms gyrate to the thumping beats of electro, '80s and post-punk music against a background of dance propaganda videos. The revolution has begun. Dance! Dance! Revolution -- part protest, part celebration -- will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Jackpot Saloon, 943 Mass.

Rules of enragement

Agitated humorist Lewis Black earns rep as 'America's foremost commentator on everything'

Indignant, frustrated, sarcastic, bitter. Lewis Black has established a persona within pop culture as a foaming, cantankerous ranter whose onstage behavior must only narrowly be keeping an aneurysm at bay. But is he really this intense?

Thursday, April 29

The Big Games of E3

Publishers will put their best foot forward in two weeks. These are but a few of the big ticket titles.

Publishers will put their best foot forward in two weeks. These are but a few of the big ticket titles.

People

¢ Elton John calls 'American Idol' voting racist ¢ Haven of checkmates ¢ Yo-Yo Ma show to air tonight ¢ MTV asks Beastie Boys to perform at movie awards

Young artists reign at Dove Awards

Gospel music's best honored

A new wave of Christian artists dominated the 34th annual Gospel Music Association Awards, with MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp among the big winners Wednesday night. MercyMe won a Dove Award, gospel music's version of the Grammy, in the coveted artist of the year category, and also took home honors for top group and top pop/contemporary recorded song for "Word of God Speak."

The Not-So-Sweet Smell of 'Envy'

Q&A with Electric Six, the 'Total Entertainment Solution'

Dick Valentine hates the name of his band. That's to be expected, though, because a lot of things are making Dick mad these days. Like the full-body rash that has turned him into a vicious man-wolf. Or his inability to find a steady horn section. Or Ronald Reagan. The lead singer and guru of Electric Six has been traversing the country in support of his Detroit band's latest album "Fire," which came out last year on London's XL Recordings (also home to The White Stripes, Badly Drawn Boy and a bunch of other cool bands)

One 'Mean' teen satire

Last week I blasted the crowd-pleasing hit movie "13 Going on 30" for being little more than a remake of "Big." As luck would have it, this week we have another derivative teen-lesson movie. The difference between the two, however, is alarming. While "13 Going on 30" offers no insight or new ideas, "Mean Girls" actually carves its own identity from the source material.

Wednesday, April 28

'Requiem for a Dream' author dies

Hubert Selby Jr., the acclaimed and anguished author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn" and "Requiem for a Dream," died Monday of a lung disease, his wife said. He was 75.

Last doc standing

Noah Wyle outlasts cast in 10 years of 'ER'

"ER" star Noah Wyle has watched every other member of the original cast make an exit from the 10-year-old medical drama.

People

¢ While you were out ¢ Sleeping beauty ¢ Party like it's 1985 ¢ It's a boy ... and a girl

Trash-talking babies don't qualify as comedy

I'm against censorship, but there are at least two exceptions to my rule: I'm all for a constitutional amendment banning any comedies featuring dressed-up chimps or talking babies.

Tuesday, April 27

London police chief retraces Diana's last steps in Paris

London's police commissioner on Monday retraced Princess Diana's final moments in the streets of Paris in an effort to determine if she was the victim of a criminal conspiracy or a simple traffic accident.

Forget finesse. Lacrosse players take a beating on the field of hard knocks

As soon as the practice begins, so does the hitting. "Damn, C.J.!" says one frustrated player after getting knocked to the ground by a teammate at a recent afternoon practice of the Kansas University Men's Lacrosse Club at Broken Arrow Park.

Slip Not :: Cleveland's Mushroomhead grinds its way to Lawrence

It takes a discerning ear to unfurl the petals of the rose that is modern metal -- while Slipknot may excel in simple batshit mayhem, the strength of Mushroomhead may lie in their Faith No More-inspired operatic layering. But who's to say. If you get right down to it, isn't there room for two eight to nine-member bands wearing terrifying masks and uniforms? As long as they're not Insane Clown Posse, is there really any harm being done?

Review: "Cubic Zirconia," by Ad Astra Per Aspera

One of Lawrence's most intriguing new bands is back at it with a four-song, 21 minute EP titled "Cubic Zirconia." The fascinating fivesome crafts dark and melodic art punk in the vein of Sonic Youth or Blonde Redhead, singing and screaming by turns and dwelling in feedback-driven explosions of noise.

Carnahan's "Don't Let the Fire Go Out!" only lukewarm

After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that maybe Jean Carnahan is not a woman who belongs in public office. Far from humble or altruistic, Carnahan's writing suggests she is self-absorbed and materialistic.

She believes the children are our future

Pre-school teacher Stephanie Duncan's iron-fisted reign of terror

Stephanie Duncan doesn't wake up in the morning with the intention of undermining the American way of life, but as lead teacher of Lawrence Community Nursery School, she wields considerable power. And as the adage goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Belly up! Local and national dancers convene for 'Cirque de Beledi'

Masani Azura doesn't want to hear about how hard it is to get a good belly dancing gig in this town. She's been trying for years. "A lot people think it's stripping," said Azura, a teacher and performer of the dance form. "If one person is offended by it, that's all it takes."

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Mayday Movers :: Activists and artists team up for a night of socially conscious revelry

When America wakes up May 1, most people won't be going to work. This year, Mayday -- a day historically tied to working-class resistance towards unfair labor practices -- falls on a Saturday, meaning that all of us working-class minions can celebrate our liberation from our bourgeois oppressors by getting loaded in the parking lot of Kauffman Stadium and gorging ourselves on dollar dogs. Or if that doesn't quite grease your skillet, a group of local movers and shakers has another idea: a fashion show, followed by an art show, followed by a dance party. Though all of the aforementioned activities occur frequently along the flanks of Mass. Street, these particular happenings are united by a common thread: politics.

Masonic Temple back on block

Potential buyers likely would need to gut inside of landmark building

The real estate agent for downtown's Masonic Temple is optimistic a new buyer can be found for the property since a deal to convert it into an entertainment venue fell apart.

'Idol' viewing more maddening than usual

Last week's "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox) displayed the popular show's most maddening contradictions.

Jackson wants 'full attention' of attorneys

Michael Jackson dropped the two high-profile lawyers leading his defense in a child molestation case, declaring on Monday that his life is at stake and that he deserved their full attention.

People

¢ Chan to help U.N. Children's Fund ¢ Gay-rights group honors Stone ¢ Blanchett gives birth to son ¢ 'Yellow Submarine' as a book

Monday, April 26

Box office tally ends in dead heat

'Man on Fire' likely No. 1

Denzel Washington, who sets out to rescue a little girl in "Man on Fire," pushed aside another little girl in the comedy "13 Going on 30" to claim the top spot at the weekend box office.

People

¢ Jackson replacing attorneys ¢ Gorgeous is as gorgeous does ¢ Playwright Miller honored ¢ Former GE chief remarries

Review: Lawrence choir, orchestra combine for solid concert

Individually, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and Lawrence Civic Choir are jewels in the crown of this city of the arts.

Hip and hip-hop merge

Designer Posen plans venture with P. Diddy

It could be the marriage of two of the fashion world's finest impresarios. Zac Posen, the 23-year-old designer who dresses Claire Danes, Natalie Portman and other fresh-faced young stars, announced Tuesday that he had entered into a joint venture with hip-hop clothier, music mogul and party promoter Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, known for living it up in St. Tropez, riding on the back of a Jet Ski in his bathrobe. The deal will allow Posen to expand his collection, develop an accessories business and explore licensing opportunities.

HBO offers horse of a different color

Don't watch "Jockey" (7 p.m., HBO) if you're expecting another "Seabiscuit." That feature film had "quality" written all over it, and that's why it bored me silly. Every shot was gorgeous, and every character was flawed but noble. "Jockey" is not so glorious to look at, but it did teach me a lot about the horse racing world. For starters, thoroughbred racing is a $17 billion business, making it the second-most lucrative American sport after professional football.

Sunday, April 25

Forget finesse. Lacrosse players take a beating on the field of hard knocks

As soon as the practice begins, so does the hitting. "Damn, C.J.!" says one frustrated player after getting knocked to the ground by a teammate at a recent afternoon practice of the Kansas University Men's Lacrosse Club at Broken Arrow Park.

KU theater closes season with farce

A new adaptation of Moliere's dark comedy, "George Dandin," will close out the University Theatre's 2003-04 William Inge Memorial Theatre Series.

What's the matter with Kansas?

Corporate conservatism has consumed state's proud populist past, writer argues

Lawrence newsstands have sold out of the April issue of Harper's Magazine. "It flew out of here so fast, I didn't even get to see it," said John Fackler, manager at Borders, 700 N.H.

Review: University Dance Company's new works educate, entertain

Seldom does an evening of new dance expand not only an audience's aesthetic palate but its scholarly one as well. The University Dance Company's spring concert Thursday evening was an exception.

Overland Park author (barely) lives to tell hitchhiking tales

There was a soothing irony, Bryce Yarborough thought, about his last moments of life. The recent University of Missouri graduate had looked down the barrel of a gun in Oregon, narrowly escaped being raped by a man in Los Angeles and somehow avoided plummeting off a cliff while catching a ride from a drunk stranger in Montana.

People

¢ TBS into funny business ¢ Could have been a 'Contender' ¢ Actress: Playboy getting cheesy ¢ Queens taps poet over rapper

Media, Jackson want gag order lifted

The secrecy shrouding last week's grand jury indictment of Michael Jackson was one reason a coalition of news organizations, joined by Jackson's attorney, are petitioning the California Supreme Court to rescind a gag order.

Arts notes

¢ Modern music headed for the Lied Center ¢ Downtown landscape to get eight new faces. ¢ KU student playwright wins national award ¢ KU singer advances to vocal 'Final Four' ¢ Prints give flavor of Mexico ¢ Spacescapes, avatars infiltrate Ad Astra ¢ Artists to perform at Olive Gallery ¢ Art in the Park only a week away ¢ KU professor displays art in Strong Hall ¢ Spend a day with J.S. Bach ¢ Sax player to join performance art event ¢ Sculpture workshop scheduled in Lawrence ¢ New exhibit features office technology ¢ Lawrence portrait artist named photographer of year ¢ Early-start music method focus of public meeting ¢ Entries sought for literary awards

Poets hope interest doesn't peter out when series ends

Poetic awareness in Lawrence has bloomed with the tulips and daffodils the past two years. That's because during April -- National Poetry Month -- area wordsmiths have offered language bouquets in the form of spoken verse each Friday throughout the Lawrence Poetry Series.

Girls over 50 just wanna have fun

Red Hat Society tallies eight Lawrence chapters

Biting back a mischievous grin, Connie Sue Patterson leans forward and puts on her best conspiratorial face. "I tell you, I have THE secret to combat aging," the 53-year-old Prairie Patches employee says, pausing for dramatic effect.

Agony of defeat as important as jubilation of win

One constant at athletic events is one team wins and the other loses. While covering these events, photographers are always looking for pictures that tell the story of the game. Sometimes it's the jubilation of the win, other times it's the agony of defeat.

Exhibit challenges notion of art as purely decorative

What's over your sofa? That's an easy question to answer. Why is it there? That's a tougher question and the one being asked by a new exhibit, "A Painting for Over the Sofa (That's Not Necessarily a Painting)," at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Book notes

¢ Area readings ¢ 'Star Trek' authors to appear at Oread Books ¢ Noted travel journalist to appear at Oread Books

Saturday, April 24

'Stealing Sinatra' full of swanky '60s style

Some actors strive for greatness. Others settle for oddness. David Arquette ("Eight-Legged Freaks") continues to cut a quirky career path with the affably offbeat cable original "Stealing Sinatra" (7 p.m. Sunday, Showtime). Based on real events, "Stealing" chronicles the 1963 kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. (Thomas Ian Nicholas) by a trio of bumblers.

People

¢ 'Passion' coming to Israel theater ¢ Big ship site of big-name benefit ¢ Taiwan may spurn Chan movie ¢ Queen takes a birthday ride

Students protest explicit rap videos

Nelly cancels campus visit after women point to 'harsh' images

Maybe it was the credit card that rap superstar Nelly swiped through a woman's backside in a recent video.

Friday, April 23

13 Going On 30, the Keystone Light of "Vice Versa" movies

Back in 1988, Tom Hanks was mainly known for silly lowbrow comedies like "Bachelor Party" and "Dragnet." His first starring role was in 1984's "Splash," director Ron Howard's mermaid-out-of-water tale. It was a successful crossover into mainstream comedy. But that movie's success hadn't really been attributed to him.

Sonic Temple venue in limbo

In November 2003, Jerry Johnson announced he and partners Brad Ziegler and Jim Womack were in negotiations to buy the vacant Masonic Temple at 1001 Mass. The idea was to convert the venerable building into a 700-capacity music venue known as the Sonic Temple.

Robert Altman lowers the barre with 'The Company'

The very qualities that make Robert Altman great are also what make him such a frustrating filmmaker. In "The Company," a backstage look at the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Altman once again proves that he is one of the few directors with an instantly recognizable style.

Remedy Records invests in local scene

New Lawrence-based label aims to be artist-friendly

Recording studio owner Jerry Johnson was speaking one day with a Southern friend about an oil investment venture. The man was explaining how they hire a geologist to identify a small piece of property owned by a mom and pop outfit where there is likely some oil. Since the land is too small for a company like Shell or Standard to bother with, a joint venture of his buddies each kick in enough money to drill. If they hit, they get royalties that they split with the landowner. If they don't hit, the money is lost.

Revenge of the 'film nerds'

Aspiring Lawrence filmmakers form alliance

In January while driving a shuttle between Lawrence and Kansas City International Airport, student Timothy Vickers overheard his only two passengers discussing a film festival and decided to join the conversation. "It was 'C.S.A.' director Kevin Willmott and he was on his way to Sundance," recalls Vickers. "So I got to talk to him and (cinematographer) Matt Jacobson about their movie for an hour. Kevin was just really excited about the movie and everything. That whole drive was very interesting ... and inspirational."

People

¢ Newman knocks Princeton day ¢ Cirque settles with gymnast ¢ Diana photos raise a ruckus

Not even the Fonz can make 'Third Watch' watchable

What do you get when the Fonz teams up with an Angel? A new episode of "Third Watch" (9 p.m., NBC) that has all of the indicators of sweeps stunt casting. Henry Winkler guest-stars as a slick lawyer representing Bosco's (Jason Wiles) brother, while Kate Jackson portrays Winkler's wrapped-too-tight wife, who can't make a move without consulting her hubby.

Queen Mary 2 arrives in U.S.

World's largest luxury liner makes first ocean crossing

As fireboats spouted red, white and blue water, the world's largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2, completed its inaugural Atlantic crossing Thursday, arriving in New York under tight post-Sept. 11, 2001, security.

'Idol' vote rings false for some

Theories flew fast and furious Thursday after the "American Idol" viewer vote went against favorite Jennifer Hudson, ranging from racism to fateful weather to teenage puppy love.

Best bets

Nickel Creek juggles modern and traditional

Nickel Creek thrives on contrasts and contradictions.

Thursday, April 22

People

¢ Leave them alone! ¢ Earth Day present ¢ 'Pirates' top MTV movie nominee

Something's missing on 'Friends'

"Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) nears its end, with only three original episodes left to air beginning tonight. If you've seen the commercials, you know that Rachel will mull over a job in Paris. This bombshell, combined with Phoebe's wedding and Chandler and Monica's exit to the suburbs, has Joey in a dither. In fact, he's so distraught that Phoebe doesn't have the nerve to tell him that his elderly agent has expired.

Keith the fan favorite at Flame Worthy Awards

Toby Keith took home three awards Wednesday in Country Music Television's Flameworthy Video Music Awards show, including video of the year for his patriotic song "American Soldier."

Michael Jackson reportedly indicted

Pop star Michael Jackson was indicted by a Santa Barbara County grand jury investigating child molestation allegations, television news organizations reported Wednesday.

Review: NBA Ballers - PS2, Xbox

It's one of those games you will make time for and won't be heading to the used game store anytime soon.

It's one of those games you will make time for and won't be heading to the used game store anytime soon.

Wednesday, April 21

PBS offers harsh reality

The best documentaries take us to places we would never go, and show us things we might not want to see. "Love & Diane" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) is that kind of film. A presentation of "P.O.V.," the documentary follows a mother and daughter from a troubled urban family as they try to escape the demons that consumed their relatives. The mother of six children, Diane spent much of the 1980s in search of her next hit of crack cocaine. Her children were scattered throughout the foster-care system or housed in group homes. Once clean and sober she reassembled her family, including her daughter Love, who suffers from depression and HIV and who just gave birth to a baby boy.

TV cool toward 'Passion'

Despite being the year's biggest box-office blockbuster so far, "The Passion of the Christ" seems unlikely to find a home on the four biggest broadcast networks.

People

¢ Crow reaches new heights ¢ Free the music ¢ Rodman fined for DUI ¢ Sneak peek at Darth Vader

Low-carb craze challenges bakeries

Local restaurants weigh in on diet's effects

For thousands of years, Western culture has regarded bread as the "staff of life." These days, however, more Americans seem to view bread as the kiss of death.

1921 labor march finds new life in artists' works

Few people outside southeast Kansas know the story of the "Amazon Army," a group of 6,000 women who marched to protest the treatment of mine workers in December 1921.

Preview: Brothers in Arms - Xbox, PC

Just another WW2 shooter? No way.

Just another WW2 shooter? No way.

'We Built This City' judged worst song ever

Starship may have built this city on rock and roll, but Blender magazine is tearing it down, naming the band's "We Built This City" as the worst song ever.

Tuesday, April 20

Baseball expert Bill James, online chat transcript

This chat occurred at 3 p.m., Thursday April 15.

No Status Quo :: Artist Eric Drooker brings his righteous noise to Lawrence

Artist Eric Drooker's passionate renderings have been seen everywhere from the covers of The New Yorker and The Village Voice to the brick walls and lampposts of South America; from the New York Times Op Ed page to finer comic book stores. He's collaborated with Allen Ginsberg and Rage Against the Machine. And whether it's with a harmonica, a booming bass drum, or graphic depictions of class struggle, he's getting a message to the people: discontentment, tempered with optimism. lawrence.com spoke with Eric about creativity, responsibility, and his upcoming week in Lawrence.

Suzan-Lori Parks digs up a winner in "Getting Mother's Body"

Home base :: Nationally renown baseball expert Bill James is right at home in Lawrence

The baseball world looks to guru Bill James for answers. That means looking to Lawrence, Kansas. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

Farmer's Ball :: KJHK's annual battle of the bands promises healthy harvest

Few Battle of the Bands field as diverse and talented a crop of talent as the annual Farmer's Ball, the three-day show put on by KJHK 90.7FM.

'Doonesbury' character to lose leg in Iraqi war

A main character in the "Doonesbury" comic strip, football coach-turned-soldier B.D., will lose a leg in fighting in Iraq this week.

Population puts planet off-balance

Is the world facing a population explosion? Or a birth dearth? Or both at the same time? The two-hour documentary "World in the Balance" on "NOVA" (7 p.m., PBS) shows how the birth rates and population levels of developing-world and industrialized societies are moving in radically different directions. In places like Japan, old people are plentiful and babies rare. At the same time, India, where families of eight children or more are considered normal, is projected to have a population exceeding one and a half billion people.

Penn, Teller celebrate 30 years

It's been 30 years, but Penn & Teller have no intention of pulling a disappearing act.

People

¢ Brokaw sets departure date ¢ Instruments fetch big bucks ¢ Ebert toasts overlooked films ¢ Artists rally 'round Bono

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Monday, April 19

People

¢ A different path ¢ Cochran recuperating ¢ A good deed

Review: Cellist's performance smooth as silk

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Yo-Yo Ma, and I will be your cellist this evening."

Tonight's reality shows: 'Sleep with the fishes' -- or quiches

The funeral-home documentary series "Family Plots" (8 p.m., A&E) breaks little new ground. In fact, this subject has been done to death. It's difficult for it not to be buried under unfavorable comparisons to stiff competition, including the superlative "Six Feet Under." And "Family" follows in the wake of more than a generation of memorable funeral-related viewings, including the 1963 comedy "The Loved One" and the amazing 1978 documentary "Gates of Heaven."

Tarantino muse continues making hits

'Kill Bill' sequel tops box office

Uma Thurman is one bride who wears red -- from other people's blood.

Sunday, April 18

Poet's showcase

Book notes

¢ Lawrence poets to read works at Oread Books ¢ Club launches 2004 literary contest

Auction counts on benevolent artists, bidders

If there's one fund-raiser that many Lawrence artists seem more than happy to participate in each year, it's the Lawrence Art Auction, an event that helps fund the gallery exhibition program at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Arts notes

¢ Exhibit questions art's role as decoration ¢ Lawrence Art Guild offers career grant ¢ Area high school wins honors at band festival

Lawrence's I-70 Review runs out of fuel

Founder and fellow writers look to Internet, poetry readings as alternatives

The fledgling I-70 Review may be taking its last road trip.

NY Times art critic stays true to herself

Roberta Smith's Lawrence visit marks homecoming

Roberta Smith's critical impulse started in Lawrence. Growing up here -- where her father, Thomas Smith, was a geography professor, and her mother, Eleanor Smith, was president of the Friends of the Art Museum at the Spencer -- her mother consulted her when making decisions about how to decorate the house.

Finding Billy

KU alumna's book chronicles Internet search for uncle whose plane vanished during WWII

By the time Kansas University alumna Diana Dale found her Uncle Billy, he'd been dead longer than he lived. Lt. William O. Wisner, a handsome 20-year-old P-38 fighter pilot from Dallas, disappeared from the skies over the Italian Alps in 1944. The U.S. government told Billy's mother that his plane had last been seen diving toward earth about five miles from Bolzano, Italy. No one saw a parachute.

Lawrence orchestra, choir prepare all-Mozart concert

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and the Lawrence Civic Choir are teaming up to present a night of Mozart. The orchestra will open the concert with a performance of "A Little Night Music," guest conducted by Steven Elisha.

Lied Center celebrates 10th anniversary

Even with the 10th anniversary of the Lied Center under their belts, those who've carried out the original vision for the center aren't prepared to relax.

Review: 'A Little Night Music' could use a little work

The University Theatre at Kansas University this week tackles a giant in the area of musicals. The theater's latest offering, "A Little Night Music," by musical theater wizard Stephen Sondheim, has all the makings of a class-act show but falls short in a number of areas.

Review: Diavolo snares audience with 'DreamCatcher'

A sign on the refrigerator at Diavolo Dance Theatre's Los Angeles studio issues a challenge: "Do one thing every day that scares you."

They've got the 'Beat'

University Dance Company spring concerts feature work inspired by the Beat Generation

A whimsical dance choreographed by William Whitener, artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, during a February residency at Kansas University will be the featured work at the University Dance Company's upcoming spring concerts.

Festival 'explores' playwright

The characters of Tennessee Williams are among the most famous in the American theater. Flesh-and-blood beings brimming with love, lust, longing, mendacity, steely determination and, most of all, a poetry that only a genius could create.

Porn actors say they're willing to work despite HIV scare

Adult movie actors said they would keep working in the multibillion-dollar industry despite an HIV scare, as more producers joined a voluntary moratorium that has shut down many sets.

People

¢ Lange visits Mexican shelter ¢ Nelson chooses Fort Worth ¢ Estefans receive spirit award

Center's 2004-2005 season announced

In addition to the Lied Center's 10th anniversary and the Kansas University Concert Series' 100th anniversary celebrations Saturday, officials at the Lied Center released the schedule for the 2004-2005 season:

Saturday, April 17

Past-their-prime suspects fill weekend

What do brash young comics do when they're no longer young -- when they reach the age when brash seems brittle? "Saturday Night Live" has been around for so long that we've been able to see at least two generations of performers mature before our eyes. Not all of them got older or better.

Exhibit weds traditions with history

Everyone knows a wedding is typically a lot more than a few words in front of a minister. But where did those bridal showers, flower girls, wedding cakes, lavish receptions, stretch limos and all the rest come from?

People

¢ Music still No. 1 with Moore ¢ Little town lands big stars ¢ MTV awards show heads south ¢ School snags Murdoch library

Friday, April 16

Review :: The Punisher

"Don't let your memories kill you." "They won't kill me." But this ridiculously inconsistent revenge flick may. Although it is masquerading as a trashy '80s Schwarzenegger action flick, "The Punisher" is actually the newest Marvel comic book character brought to Hollywood's big screen.

'Kill Bill' finale sacrifices action for suspense

The night after screening "Kill Bill Vol. 2," I happened upon a 1970s film called "Switchblade Sisters" on cable. It was a low-budget gang tale about female juveniles that featured a malicious blonde who sported an eye patch decorated with a butterfly.

Comedy act inspired by spoof-worthy news events

The comedic radio crew known as "Right Between the Ears" rarely finds itself at a loss for tongue-in-cheek material to perform.

'CSA' to headline 8th Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

Ten years after Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" revolutionized the independent film world, the repercussions are still being felt ... especially this week in Kansas City, Mo.

Best bets

Entrepreneur is Trump's new 'Apprentice'

Kwame was fired. Bill is hired.

People

¢ Love to stand trial in drug case ¢ Athletes honor shark victim ¢ JFK Jr. memorabilia looted ¢ Campaign takes youthful turn

Thursday, April 15

People

¢ 'Simpsons' creator has cameo ¢ Lil' Kim charged with perjury ¢ Dick Clark has diabetes ¢ Scam has Reba's name on it

Self-serving networks risk alienating viewers

When you only talk to yourself, or about yourself, people stop listening. And, no, I'm not talking about Omarosa. As the networks' ratings plunge, I'm increasingly convinced that they are making programming decisions based solely on odd deals and corporate dynamics. As a result, they offer shows and gimmicks that only make sense to the executives running the networks. Nobody asked me, but that's a recipe for extinction.

Dole to write WW II memoir

Former Sen. Bob Dole is writing a memoir about his military service during World War II. "A Veteran Remembers" will be published by HarperCollins in 2005, the 60th anniversary of the war's end.

It's time to hear 'You're hired'

After months of buildup and weeks of unrelenting hype, "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC) comes down to two contestants and two hours. If you wondered about the motivation of Bill's low-energy team, the shot of Nick yawning dispelled all doubts. Why should he, Amy and Katrina help Bill win?

Celebrity reading list compiled

Laura Bush joins actors, writers and a former British prime minister in pitching her favorite books for the annual "Who Reads What?" list, out in time for National Library Week.

Review: Far Cry - PC

It just might make you cry. Wait...is that a good or bad thing?

It is truly one of those shooters that has that inexplicable magic that you have no choice but to play.

Wednesday, April 14

Pint-sized players lost in Little League story

"Small Ball: A Little League Story" (7 p.m., PBS) follows a team of 11- and 12-year-old boys from Aptos, Calif., as their team advances into the 2002 Little League World Championships. The filmmakers emphasize the role of Little League in unifying this beautiful beach community, allowing parents to watch their kids grow up together.

Bill or Kwame to take reins as 'The Apprentice'

If you asked Donald Trump the time, you could expect him to exaggerate it by several hours, then boast how his wrist watch is one of the greatest watches anywhere in the world.

People

¢ New child abuse claim leveled against Michael Jackson ¢ Around the world in 80 or so days ¢ Sweet deal ¢ 'Hamlet' worth a million

Review: All-Star Baseball 2005 - PS2, Xbox

Can Acclaim's entry play hardball with the big boys?

Can Acclaim's entry play hardball with the big boys?

Tuesday, April 13

Newest makeover show 'Overhaulin'' needs fuel

Has the "makeover" genre reached the saturation point? Or is it merely mutating into something new? We've seen "Extreme Makeover" morph into "The Swan." Tonight, the car restoration theme of "Monster Garage" takes on elements of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," "Pimp My Ride" and "Punk'd" on the new series "Overhaulin'" (8 p.m., TLC).

Review :: Vibralux, "Trans Mission"

Vibralux...the mere mention of the band's name usually elicits some sort of reaction from concert-goers who've been in this town for a couple years. The four cross-dressing glam rockers demand a reaction on stage, with their risque props and bitchy, confrontational stage antics.

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The Minus touch

Lawrence's Minus Story finds gold behind 'wall of crap'

A few years ago Jordan Geiger had a friend who made a short film about an author wrestling with writer's block. The plot hinged on the man questioning why there has to be a "story" within a piece of writing.

Q+A with Dark Star Orchestra

Unlimited Devotion

Love 'em or hate 'em, for 150 years the Grateful Dead were arguably the most influential touring act in the world. They gave the concert experience a complete overhaul, and they generated a crossover appeal that has yet to be matched. And they proved that, with enough history, you can get away with anything. The Dark Star Orchestra doesn't so much carry on the Dead tradition as relive it, traveling the golden road of Dead shows past with a pathological devotion and attention to detail. lawrence.com spoke with drummer Rob Koritz during some time off from channeling Mickey Hart.

The art of noise

Record label owner Brad Logan likes it loud, uncommercial

The music business is a sham. We all know that. Okay, the people that listen to Kenny Chesney and Aerosmith don't know it, but the rest of us do. With the exception of the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and catholicism, it may be the most corrupt business in the world. Brad Logan wants to save you from further atrocity.

People

¢ No more full house ¢ On to Parliament ¢ Never the bridesmaids

Missouri contestant named Miss USA

Shandi Finnessey of Missouri was crowned Miss USA 2004 on Monday.

Monday, April 12

People

¢ 'Passion' No. 1 at box office again ¢ 'Weird Al's' parents found dead ¢ Twist on ¢ Kudos for Bill Cosby

Tonight's offerings qualify as ladies' night

"Television promotes feminism." "Television prefers plastic, chipper women, preferably wearing lip gloss and swimsuits."

Sunday, April 11

Museum of Modern Art plans November return to Manhattan

The newly renovated and hugely expanded Museum of Modern Art will reopen its Manhattan doors to the public on Nov. 20, marking the end of an $858 million reconstruction project and commemorating its 75th anniversary.

Poet's showcase

Renewed passion

Gibson film credited with filling churches this Easter

For Easter services today, the Rev. Rick Burwick is predicting his church will be full. And some credit for that goes to Mel Gibson. "In my opinion, 'The Passion of the Christ' movie prepared a lot of people's hearts to know Christ as their savior," said Burwick, pastor of Clinton Parkway Assembly of God, 3200 Clinton Parkway. "You can't watch the movie without knowing Christ loved you."

Boy bands battle back for fans, respect

There are those who say the golden era of boy bands is over, swept away by a flood of lawsuits, solo ambitions and changing teen tastes.

People

¢ Schwarzenegger saves swimmer ¢ Hometown honors its King ¢ Security stop miffs Spanish prince ¢ Victoria's Secret drops TV show

Lied anniversary gala features Yo-Yo Ma, dinner and party

Don't bother trying to get tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Saturday night at the Lied Center. Tickets have been sold out since January. The 8 p.m. performance is part of a special gala event in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Lied Center and the 100th anniversary of the Kansas University Concert Series.

Husband-wife poets pen verse to cope with horrors, profound dignity of death

Baldwin nurse Shannon Musgrave has held patients' hands as they exhaled their final breath. Peaceful endings at home. Her husband, Vietnam veteran John Musgrave, has seen comrades mowed down by enemy fire and killed North Vietnamese soldiers before they could kill him.

Dance revolves around massive dream catcher

Lied Center co-commissioned piece Diavolo Dance Theatre will perform Friday evening

American Indians make fun of people who hang dream catchers from their rearview mirrors. After all, legend tells us the hole in the center of a dream catcher web allows good dreams to pass through to sleepers, while the web itself traps bad dreams until they disappear at sunrise.

Arts notes

¢ Marion Palfi photographs document discrimination ¢ KU alum, arts advocate to speak at university ¢ Lawrence ArtWalk calls for artists ¢ KU faculty, students perform in Guatemala ¢ KU vocal student heads to regional competition ¢ April foolishness abounds in 'Right Between the Ears' ¢ Baldwin student's story wins first place ¢ Creative clicking

A Decade in the Lied

Jackie Davis remembers well the first performance at the Lied Center. It was Sept. 28, 1993, and "The Secret Garden" was touring the country after a bang-up opening on Broadway three years earlier.

Behind the lens

Thinking outside bar box leads to more original shot

When the Jayhawks enter the final legs of the NCAA tournament, we try to localize some of the stories.

Commentary: Feeding snakes not for faint of heart

Mothers of boys learn early that the rhyme about frogs, snails and puppy-dog tails is not hyperbole. My sons made pets of all those critters and also threw snakes, mice, rats and turtles into the mix.

What are you reading?

KU track star to appear at bookstore with author

In 1954, a track athlete from small-town Kansas was competing with runners in England and Australia to be the first to break the four-minute mile.

Bookstore

Motherhood author Rachel Cusk proves to be a modern great

When I was in elementary school I had a friend named Danny Plaugens. Danny was a nice enough kid, but eventually I had to cut the friendship short because of his overbearing mother.

Mystery 'Good Blood' is in the right vein

The prologue of Aaron Elkins' mystery, "Good Blood" (Berkley Prime Crime, $23.95), may remind readers of a plot suitable for the first scene of a Verdi opera. Then the book turns modern. All through, it sustains interest. It's quite complicated, but has surprises all along.

Saturday, April 10

'Pirates' pleases on many levels

When you think of opera, do you think long Italian arias, little dialogue and few laughs? While that often may be the case, Thursday night's performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Lied Center was a pleasant exception.

People

¢ Buffett claims burger paradise ¢ Prince Harry out of Africa ¢ Charge it with Trump card

Saturday night's all right for ... not much

It's Saturday night. Do you know where your networks are? ABC, CBS and NBC continue to tiptoe away from the night that once showcased hit shows like "All in the Family," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Love Boat," "Fantasy Island" and even "Who's the Boss?"

'SNL' stays live with Jackson

Viewers are used to watching "Saturday Night Live" aired live. Live, as in as it happens, not five or seven seconds later, once the censors say it's safe for broadcast.

Music sales continue turnaround

Improvements follow big dropoffs since 2000

Online file-sharing and other digital piracy persist, but a gradual turnaround in U.S. music sales that began last fall picked up in the first quarter of this year, resulting in the industry's best domestic sales in years.

Friday, April 9

Review: Resident Evil Outbreak - PS2

Is the online element enough to keep half-archaic gameplay fun?

Is the online element enough to keep half-archaic gameplay fun?

'Miss Julie' has strong themes, but lacks cohesion, empathy

Encumbered by the seemingly endless complexities of its plot, English Alternative Theatre's production of "Miss Julie" never quite leaves the ground.

People

¢ 'Grace' gives birth to son ¢ 'Queer Eye' sets sights on women ¢ Duchovny sees 'X-Files' revival ¢ Johansson talks up 'SpongeBob'

Two ABC series make an early exit

Two network series air the last episode of the their respective seasons.

Crews race to complete new World War II memorial

Construction crews are working day and night to put the finishing touches on the World War II Memorial so the site soon can be opened to the public -- especially the veterans of that era, who are dying by the hundreds each day.

Clear Channel drops Stern

Federal regulators Thursday proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against Clear Channel Communications for broadcasts by Howard Stern, prompting the nation's largest radio chain to drop the country's best-known shock jock.

Best bets

'Alamo' can't defend itself from being hokey

The sets are grand, the costumes are perfect, the history of the situation is clearly explained.

KU grad student to launch Cheapfilms

If Buster Keaton or The Three Stooges had access to the Internet, they might have dreamt up something like Cheapfilms. This time next week the Lawrence-based movie and distribution company will launch its site, www.cheapfilms.net. The online enterprise will feature original comedic shorts that can be purchased and downloaded on one's home computer.

Review: Fight Night 2004 - PS2, Xbox

Can the new control system make EA's new offering the king of the ring again?

Can the new control system make EA's new offering the king of the ring again?

Country singer returns to roots

Ashley Ray is finally learning to embrace her twang. "I've heard that I have this twang in my voice," says the Lawrence native. "My roommates give me a lot of crap because I can't really sing without it. It's just my style."

Thursday, April 8

Cable TV tries, tries again

Trials and tribulations abound. Viewers have their choice of two legal standoffs -- one involving the King of Kings, the other concerning the Bronx Bombers.

KU grad student to launch Cheapfilms

If Buster Keaton or The Three Stooges had access to the Internet, they might have dreamt up something like Cheapfilms. This time next week the Lawrence-based movie and distribution company will launch its site, cheapfilms.net. The online enterprise will feature original comedic shorts that can be purchased and downloaded on one's home computer.

People

¢ Pulitzer power ¢ Wilco musician enters rehab ¢ A Nick Drake fan ¢ A new original recipe

'Iron Chef America' offers new show flavor

"Allez cuisine!"

Wednesday, April 7

PBS attempts to lift shroud of mystery

Liev Schreiber narrates "Science of the Shroud" on "Secrets of the Dead" (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings), an examination of the controversial origins of the Shroud of Turin. For centuries, the faithful have believed that this relic contains the bloodstains and very image of Jesus Christ. Less than 10 years ago, scientists, using carbon dating and other methods, categorically proved that the shroud was a product of medieval times and not from the first century of the Christian era. "Science" offers new theories that rebuke the earlier findings and that may date the shroud to a time closer to the time of Christ. Yet another skeptic emerges to theorize that the shroud may reflect the efforts of a medieval alchemist and may also be an early example of photography. Fascinating stuff.

Review: Pokemon Colosseum - Gamecube

Sure it's great for the Pokemon faithful, but is it fun for other gamers?

Sure it's great for the Pokemon faithful, but is it fun for other gamers?

Audiences fired up by 'Apprentice'

While other American CEOs make headlines with layoffs and legal woes, Donald Trump is reveling in the spectacular success of "The Apprentice."

People

¢ Times a-changin' for Dylan ¢ Miss USA to become Mrs. ¢ Love loses argument ¢ People's greatest hits

Tuesday, April 6

On '24,' it's always darkest before the dawn

The current batch of "24" (8 p.m., Fox) episodes all take place during the sorrowful break of day. Like the rest of the world, I've been thoroughly broken of my "24" habit by Fox's curious tradition of yanking it from the schedule for months at a time.

Stories of oppression win arts categories

Stories of oppression both home and abroad were rewarded with Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.

Fund-raisers to aid 12-year-old needing heart transplant

Rockers rally around ailing pal

Walter Morris still remembers when Rose Naughtin had her first heart transplant eight years ago. Both were 4 years old at the time, and Walter knew only that his friend from across the alley was pretty sick and needed a long recovery before she could come out to play again.

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In the Pit: Local B-boys battle for fun, pride

Josh Romero and the rest of his crew -- a 10-strong posse of break dancers known as the "Buggin' Out" Crew -- aren't usually the main act at local hip-hop shows, but they often become the main attraction. Crowds a hundred-strong circle up to get a glimpse of the crew's gravity-defying dance moves and handstand acrobatics, leaving the stage performers to wonder if they might just be playing second fiddle.

Review: MTX Mototrax - PS2, Xbox

Does Mototrax dethrone Unleashed for the best motocross game this year?

Does Mototrax dethrone Unleashed for the best motocross game this year?

Review: Dance company balances message

Les Ballets Africains, the extraordinary national dance company of the Republic of Guinea, took Liberty Hall by rhythmic storm Sunday evening.

People

¢ Morissette skewers censors ¢ Basinger sheds some bling ¢ Mysteries take new twist ¢ Beckham affair rumored

Monday, April 5

Review :: The Ladykillers

O Brother, what do we have here? "The Ladykillers" is the latest broad comedy from quirky filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. Following "The Big Lebowski," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", and "Intolerable Cruelty," it's also the fourth comedy in a row from the Coens ("The Man Who Knew Too Much" being NOT a comedy) that should have been funnier than it is.

Review :: Hellboy

Ron Perlman is an odd-looking fellow. He's the guy the with the long face and forceful jaw you might have seen in movies like "City of Lost Children" or "Blade II." He was the Beast on TV's "Beauty and the Beast." Perlman is the kind of character actor who doesn't ever get the chance to flex his acting muscles and carry an entire film. Heroes don't traditionally look the way he looks. Until now.

People

¢ 'Hellboy' walks tall with $23.5 million debut ¢ Reality Dallas-style ¢ 'The Duke' gets his own stamp ¢ Ozzy Osbourne blames doctor for drug problem

TCM features Cecil B. DeMille's wild style

I've always been a sucker for big, biblical blockbusters. No other film genre better combined spectacular widescreen effects, overwrought Wagnerian scores, wacky casting, swordplay, gruesome battles, torture, cruelty and scantily clad women. And nobody made these movies with as much fanfare, pomposity and ballyhoo as old C.B., the subject of the two-part documentary "Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies, concludes Wednesday).

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain not forgotten

Today marks 10th anniversary of rocker's suicide

Beneath the bridge above the muddy banks of the Wishkah River, a troubled young Kurt Cobain would come to escape his unhappy home and the persistent gray drizzle of the Washington coast.

Sunday, April 4

Arts notes

¢ 'Pirates of Penzance' to dock at Lied Center ¢ LOYO exhibit names juror, calls for entries ¢ Artwork in Kemper show reads like storybook ¢ KU alumna returns to perform with son ¢ CornerBank show features landscapes, watercolors ¢ Illustrator to share insights at Hallmark Symposium ¢ Lied Center names development director ¢ Sultry, passionate RUBY to play at Kansas Union ¢ Bag Lady event to benefit cancer patients ¢ Olathe teen vocalist receives $10,000 award ¢ Prairie Fire Fest heats up Flint Hills

'Sesame Street' celebrates 35 years

We tend to think of "Sesame Street" as older than we are, no matter our age, because we can't recall a time when it didn't exist.

Review: 'Scottish Rant' moves, inspires

The unmistakable sound of the bagpipes announced the arrival of The City of Washington Pipe Band to begin Scottish Rant Friday night at the Lied Center. Their entrance through the house in full Scottish regalia delighted the audience. Members of the pipe band were joined by the Bonnie Rideout Trio: Bryan Aspey, guitar; Matthew Bell, percussion; and Bonnie Rideout, three-time U.S. Scottish fiddle champion.

'All Roads Lead to Sculpture'

Women apply teacher's mantra for group exhibit

Rachel Schmidt, Kristy Summers, Marie Bower and Katie Reese have a lot in common.

Theater to cast controversial 'Miss Julie' in positive light

It has taken director Paul Stephen Lim two years to bring "Miss Julie" to the stage with English Alternative Theatre.

Kansas City poetry fixture to give one of his last readings in the area

Friday will be one of the last times area poetry fans will be able to hear Philip Miller read his work -- at least in Kansas. The man lauded among writers as a champion of the Kansas City poetry scene is pulling up roots and moving to Pennsylvania with his wife this summer.

Prairie Fire Fest to heat up Flint Hills

The fourth annual Prairie Fire Festival is scheduled for Saturday in Cottonwood Falls.

Review: Prairie Wind Dancers leap poetically into new works

The Prairie Wind Dancers quite literally set poetry in motion Friday evening at their annual new works concert.

Love triangle feeds filly from Philly a dose of reality

Local cast brings 'Philadelphia Story' to stage

When "The Philadelphia Story" opened on Broadway in 1939, Americans were still "jumping out of windows and selling pencils on street corners and begging for nickels," says Lawrence director Ron Willis.

Poet's Showcase

KU religion professor to discuss new book

Robert Minor, Kansas University professor of religious studies, will talk about and sign his recent book, "Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society: The Minor Details," from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.

Bookstore

Illuminating the City of Light

LHS grad's book tells how to enjoy 'Paris with Kids'

Talk about serendipity. Midway through her search for an agent, first-time author Valerie Gwinner stumbled upon a publisher for her book at a most unlikely locale: a Cub Scout campout.

People

¢ Osbourne daughter in rehab ¢ Actor seeks to help Iraqi schools ¢ 'Idol' reject releasing album

Grimshaw meets the reaper

Artists' collective/gallery disbanding after 14-month "experiment"

Poet unlocks healing power of verse

Laughter may be the best medicine. But poetry notches a close second for Lawrence writer Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Turning out heaps of verse helped her survive turbulent teenage years, fractured by her parents' messy divorce. It was also a crucial lifeline during her battle with breast cancer, which began with a diagnosis in March 2002.

Knit happens

Lumpy leg-warmers, chunky sweaters and scarves inspired to great, mummy-friendly lengths. For some of us, the mere mention of "knitting" will forever conjure up images of Christmas mornings past, filled with ill-fitting monstrosities and smiles of faux excitement.

Saturday, April 3

People

¢ Belushi gets posthumous star ¢ Bon Jovi has new baby ¢ Ferrigno settles mold lawsuit ¢ 'Scooby-Do' a physical enterprise

Awards show for kids chooses tasteless hosts

Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz are hosts of the 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (7 p.m. today, Nickelodeon), and I've got a problem with that. I have no illusions about these festivities. Like every other kid's show, they are intended to sell new movies, music, video games, toys, candy, makeup and other stuff to an impressionable audience. And I'm not talking about the commercials.

Student finds meaning in 'Simpsons'

It doesn't sound all that exciting: another college student writing about Homer's odyssey -- until you realize this trip ends not with Penelope in Ithaca, but with Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart.

6News video: Art a la carte

Acclaimed Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout drew a crowd this afternoon when she gave a free preview performance in downtown Lawrence.

Friday, April 2

You'll want to break out of this 'Big House'

What genius decided to remake "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" -- in reverse? In that popular '90s sitcom, Will Smith played a street-smart Philadelphian whose antics outraged his snobby California kin. In the new comedy "The Big House" (7:30 p.m., ABC), stand-up comedian Kevin Hart plays a college freshman named Kevin who is forced to flee Beverly Hills and lodge with his Philadelphia cousins after his father is sent to prison for embezzling.

Tabloid censured for photos of prince

A tabloid on Thursday published paparazzi pictures of Prince William on the ski slopes with a young woman described as his girlfriend, earning the displeasure of royal aides who barred the newspaper from future official photo opportunities.

No spinoff hopes for 'CSI' star

"CSI" already has one spinoff in Miami, and there's another one planned for New York. But we won't be seeing "CSI: The Morgue" anytime soon.

Reality TV revamps traditional makeover

And you thought the judges on "American Idol" were harsh.

Adaptation of 'Hellboy' burned by banal plot

Comic books and graphic novels are being tailored for the big screen in record numbers. But for every "Road to Perdition" there is a "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." In other words, for every skillful interpretation there is one that merely exploits the premise as a means to unleash another disposable blockbuster.

'Hellboy' meets world

Comic creator Mignola acclimates to Hollywood

Most people have nightmares about monsters. For comic creator Mike Mignola, monsters are the stuff of pleasant dreams. "I don't remember ever being particularly scared of monsters," says Mignola of his childhood. "I remember being fascinated that my cousin was in the next room watching 'Dark Shadows' and we weren't allowed to go in there when it was on. So, of course, we sat outside the door conjuring up something much better than what he was actually watching."

Best bets

Review :: Walking Tall

"Walking Tall" is a remake of a low budget 1973 'hicksploitation' movie, based on the true story of Sheriff Buford Pusser, who cleaned up rampant corruption after returning to his old hometown. Apparently, the name Buford didn't suit the Rock, so his character was de-rednecked a little bit and re-christened Chris Vaughn.

Lied Center marks 10th year with a special 'Arrangement'

It's almost as if Stephen Johnson gathered up all the color, motion and rhythm from 10 years of performances at the Lied Center and sent them through an extruder that spits out art that perfectly captures the essence of a place. At least that seemed to be the consensus Thursday evening when the shroud dropped and several hundred people caught their first glimpse of the sculpture the nationally recognized artist created in honor of the venue's 10th anniversary.

People

¢ 'Punk'd' coming back after all ¢ 'Ladykillers' star makes recovery ¢ Parker's fashion sense pays off ¢ Nothing compares to 'Rings'

Thursday, April 1

People

¢ Racing queen ¢ Next season's a sure thing ¢ Wedding bells awaiting ¢ Don't mess with Texas

Final novel released in series 'Left Behind'

'Glorious Appearing' concludes story from Book of Revelations

The Rev. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, co-authors of the multimillion-selling "Left Behind" novels, have begun a brief tour of the South, home to many of their biggest supporters.

Gloved One visits Capitol Hill

From all the fuss that was made over Michael Jackson in Washington this week, you would think he still ruled as The King of Pop.

Global disgrace in Rwanda recapped on PBS

Ten years ago this month, the African nation of Rwanda descended into genocide, leaving more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi tribe slain at the hands of extremists from the Hutu tribe. Despite the magnitude of the slaughter, the United States and the United Nations stood by. "Ghosts of Rwanda" on "Frontline" (8 p.m., PBS) features a chronology of the horrific events as well as interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, members of the U.N. peacekeeping forces and survivors of the killing fields.