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Tuesday, August 31

People

¢ It's a boy ¢ Beckham baby on board ¢ Dave Matthews Band trying to clean up act ¢ A fat directorial offer

Alan Jackson leads CMA nods

Top country contenders announced

Alan Jackson pulled in seven nominations, the most of the year, from the Country Music Assn. Monday, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist.

Kick balls, taking names

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Q&A with King Buzzo of The Melvins

The new Melvins record is a collaboration with a guy named Lustmord called "Pigs of the Roman Empire." The cover is on the back. And that's just the beginning of the sass. King Buzzo (above, center) has been defying convention with his band Melvins for 20 years. They've weathered major label contracts, tours with White Zombie, and "Dookie," and have emerged as smooth and freakish as a two-headed snake. How, you may ask. Dunno. lawrence.com spoke with the miraculously locked monarch about literally thousands of topics, all of which can be found at lawrence.com, but some right here.

Ray Charles album released posthumously

It was a quiet moment in a recording studio between two old friends -- the genius of soul and the king of blues.

NBC debuts latest mane attraction

Will cartoons be the salvation of the sitcom? NBC sure hopes so -- since the mid-'90s, the network has careened from "Single Guy" to "Stark Raving Mad" to "Coupling." Created by the DreamWorks studio, the artists behind the "Shrek" franchise, the new animated comedy "Father of the Pride" (8 p.m., NBC) features a cast of star voices, including Carl Reiner ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") and John Goodman ("Roseanne").

Monday, August 30

MTV awardees well-behaved

Video show decadent but more decorous

Holding its festivities for the first time in the city of skin, Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards was sizzling, energetic and colorful -- yet tame, by MTV standards.

People

¢ Singer Laura Branigan dies ¢ 'Hero' rises to challenge ¢ Honors for 'Scotty' ¢ Farewell to Gypsy Boots

Equal time (or lack thereof) for GOP

In true bipartisan spirit, the three major networks will ignore the first night of the Republican National Convention, just as they did the first night of the Democrats' convention. Viewers who want to take in the quadrennial spectacle with a minimum of hyperthyroid cable news blather would be well served to watch the whole shebang on PBS.

Sunday, August 29

Best sellers

Miss America to address Republican convention

When Erika Harold took her Miss America 2003 platform speech to East St. Louis High School last year, students were wowed by her ambitious goal: "I want to be the first black female president of the United States."

Violently anti-gay lyrics create rift in reggae music

A generation ago, reggae anthems by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh preached concepts of "one love," legal marijuana and social justice.

People

¢ Prison proves popular film venue ¢ Apparel line combines Texas, sex ¢ Nelson crazy about new singer ¢ Grammer expecting new baby

Poet's showcase

Book notes

¢ Lawrence dime novelist releases fourth book ¢ Renowned herbalist to appear at Raven

Kansas by letters

Children's book uses rhyme, alphabet to teach about state's history, culture

"The Wizard of Oz" and the world's largest ball of twine were the first to go. As a proud native Kansan, Corey Scillian wanted to excise from her new children's book any references that ran the danger of turning her former home on the range into a laughingstock.

First Fridays create Crossroads carnival

Kansas City gallery walk draws throngs to mass art opening -- even without booze

Kelly Kuhn called them "art opening groupies."

Yonder and back

J-W photographer Bill Snead traveled the world to snap the 50 years worth of photos in his retrospective exhibit

Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee was talking about his autobiography, "A Good Life," which heralds his adventures as a reporter and editor way before and beyond Watergate.

Arts notes

¢ Red Balloon To Do issues call for artists ¢ KU, ESU professors exhibit at Mulvane ¢ Arts Commission seeks poet laureate ¢ Developing creativity focus of workshop ¢ KU trombone professor to perform at gallery ¢ Nominations requested for Governor's Arts Awards ¢ Founder of KU jewelry department shows work ¢ Artist conducts residency, gets into national shows

Van Go exhibit to reveal artists behind teachers

Class time at Van Go is about the students. Teen apprentice artists toil all day at school then hustle to the warehouse-style Van Go building in East Lawrence, where they spend another 20 hours a week learning to make art while earning minimum wage.

Saturday, August 28

Review :: "Hero"

VIPs such as Oprah seldom selected to serve on juries

Jury duty no longer is reserved for the huddled masses.

People

¢ Willis runs afoul of wetlands law ¢ Hilfiger joins reality craze ¢ Queer Eye for the Kiss guy ¢ Guccione's goods going on block

Charges dropped against Wallace

Officers who arrested '60 Minutes' reporter assigned to desk duty

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said it would not pursue a disorderly conduct charge against 86-year-old CBS newsman Mike Wallace, who was arrested earlier this month during a confrontation with inspectors outside a Manhattan restaurant.

Friday, August 27

Kilborn calls it quits before atrophy sets in

After five years of "The Late, Late Show" (11:37 p.m., CBS), Craig Kilborn has decided to move on to other ventures. Good for him. A half-decade stint on a talk show is a good, long run.

'Scream' joins legion of art loot

Al Franken wants you to get up out of your chairs, open your windows, stick your heads out and yell ... fuggedaboutdit?

Reservoir Frogs: Kermit and Tarantino join forces

Disney is developing for ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney" a remake of "The Wizard of Oz" that will feature Kermit the Frog as the Scarecrow, Miss Piggy as the Wicked Witch of the West, other adorable Muppets playing various residents of the Land of Oz, and singers Ashanti and Queen Latifah playing Dorothy and Auntie Em, respectively.

MTV show known for its wildness may be a bit tamer in wake of Jackson brouhaha

In the 21-year history of MTV's Video Music Awards, viewers have been treated to some eye-popping moments -- Prince's bare buttocks, Lil' Kim's sequined pasty, Britney and Madonna's steamy kiss last year.

Appleseed Cast singer worships folk roots in Old Canes

As far as songwriters go, Christopher Crisci is extraordinarily candid.

Best bets

'Anacondas' star on quest to bring 'a real man' back to Hollywood

Snakes don't scare Johnny Messner.

Deep Purple delivers colorful performance

Deep Purple reminded audiences that you don't have to be an angst-ridden, pierced 20-year-old to know how to rock.

Oversized snakes devour cast of amusing sequel

Some people view a B movie with a certain air of contempt.

Series to decide best in Little League world

America's two best teams vie for playground bragging rights on the "Little League World Series" (6:30 p.m. today, ABC). Brent Musberger and major league veteran Harold Reynolds will call the game with help from 16-year-old game reporter Grant Paulsen.

People

¢ Wayans brothers try 'Munsters' ¢ Horn makes appearance at show ¢ Britney's video all in the family ¢ Theron signs with Christian Dior

Thursday, August 26

Review: Hamtaro: Ham Ham Games - Game Boy Advance

I know what you're thinking. But think again. This game isn't half bad.

I know what you're thinking. But think again. This game isn't half bad.

Your guide to new Fall TV shows (part 2)

Broadcasters may need a laugh but they're not searching for comfort in comedy this fall. A paltry seven new sitcoms will debut, making an already drama-heavy schedule even more so. All told, the six networks will field up to 49 dramas by the first quarter of 2005, compared with some 37 comedies.

Documentary deglamorizes gang life

"Back in the Hood: Gang War 2" (9 p.m., HBO) returns to Little Rock, Ark., the scene of the acclaimed 1994 documentary "Gang War," a film that cast light on the problem of gang violence in America's heartland.

Review :: "Suspect Zero"

Somewhere deep down in the dark heart of director E. Elias Merighe's newest offering, "Suspect Zero," there is a film that teases its audience with misdirection and an unusual glimpse into the human mind. If only those ideas could have been presented without the constraints of the too-familiar serial killer movie plot outline.

Review: Viewtiful Joe - PS2

Our 2003 Game of the Year finally hits the PS2 console...and man, does it still rock.

It snagged many "Game of the Year" titles, including ours, and it surely deserved it. Now that the dust has settled, Capcom is going to get the most money out of the project and bring it to the PS2. Does the port play just as well?

People

¢ Dave Matthews Band raises stink ¢ 'Apprentice' runner-up on way up ¢ Heche to join 'Everwood' ¢ Rawls to receive honorary award

Wednesday, August 25

People

¢ Jay-Z, R. Kelly plan tour ¢ Country star pleads innocent ¢ Prince Charles subject of discrimination complaint ¢ 'Real World' invades Philadelphia

Bad science causes bogus convictions

Apparently, the old computer programmer's adage "garbage in, garbage out" even applies in the high-tech world of forensics evidence and DNA science. Al Roker is host of "Faulty Forensics" (9 p.m., Court TV), a look at the Houston crime lab, where sloppy conditions and mishandled evidence has led to many faulty convictions.

Your guide to new Fall TV shows (part 1)

Broadcast networks are in big trouble this season if federal regulators add being derivative to the list of TV trespasses.

Tuesday, August 24

People

¢ Usher: No rivalry with Justin ¢ Scrubbing in again ¢ Stairway to fame ¢ Sarajevo film fest opens

Victor Comes Again: Hammy variety show returns with new skits, more sex

When the Victor Continental show announced two years ago that its Christmas performance would be its last, the end was in sight for popular segments like Shitty Deal Puppet Theater, The Justice League of Lawrence and general lampoonery at the expense of Lawrence.

Judge tentatively rules on Jackson evidence

The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case issued tentative rulings Monday admitting 39 pieces of evidence seized in a search of Jackson's Neverland estate and suggested he would toss out a number of other items.

'Apprentice,' 'Benny Hill' new on DVD

NBC has been using the Olympics to promote its new fall shows, but according to my very unscientific survey, it has been hyping the return of Donald Trump and "The Apprentice" more than any other show. Fans of the first season can rejoice: a DVD of "The Apprentice" is available in stores today. In addition to the original 15 episodes, the five-disc set offers a behind-the-scenes look at the contestants, the boss and the creation of the series. Viewers can also see audition tapes. Omarosa's tryout alone may be worth the price.

PG-13, at 20, changes filmgoing

This is the story of how a gooey green guy in a microwave, a pagan witch doctor with a beating heart in his hand and that unlucky numeral 13 changed the way Hollywood made its movies.

Monday, August 23

Dreams materialize on Biography Channel

What would you do if you had a friend or loved one obsessed with Bob Barker and "The Price is Right"? I might tell that person to get a life. But that wouldn't make for very good television. Kim Bondi's family arranged for her to appear in the series "Thrill of a Lifetime" (9 p.m., Biography Channel), a show that allows ordinary folks to meet their small-screen idols.

Hot fiddles, cool temperatures draw crowds to state contest

Tim Backun and Monica Huff had heard good things about the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships held annually in South Park.

People

¢ 'Exorcist' horns in with $18.2M ¢ Piscopo for governor ¢ Pretty baby for 'Wonderful Town' ¢ Voting jam

Old Canes, New Script: Appleseed Cast frontman rewrites the book with new solo project

As far as songwriters go, Christopher Crisci is extraordinarily candid. The lead singer and songwriter of The Appleseed Cast has made a living off of opening his heart and spilling its contents all over his band's records, leaving the listener with intimate portraits of his most personal conflicts. Perhaps that's why Crisci decided to write fictitiously when composing the debut album for Old Canes, his folk-oriented side project.

Thieves snatch 'The Scream'

Paintings taken from lightly guarded museum

Armed, masked thieves burst into a lightly guarded Oslo museum Sunday and snatched the Edvard Munch masterpiece "The Scream" and a second Munch painting from the walls as stunned visitors watched in shock.

Sunday, August 22

Culture crush

Writer: Schools destroy natural genius in children who don't speak English

In his talks to students, Victor Villasenor likes to ask, "Who here is a genius?"

Investigator: Worries about daughter motivated Blake before wife's slaying

Robert Blake was afraid his wife-to-be would expose their child to a life of drugs and crime -- so he plotted a year before her murder to gain custody, a private investigator testified.

Secret evidence big battleground in Jackson case

In a high-stakes drama of legal gamesmanship, prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Michael Jackson child molestation case are battling over still-secret evidence that might make or break the case against the pop star.

Poet's showcase

Bookstore

The art of moonlighting

Artists may work 'day' jobs to pay the bills, but creativity rules their nights, weekends

Stop me if you've heard this one: Curious bystander: And what do you do for a living? Artist: I'm an artist. Curious bystander (chuckling): Sure. But what's your REAL job?

Sheriff recounts long hunt for Green River killer

The Green River killings haunted the Seattle area for two decades, affecting nearly everyone in some way. But probably no one other than victims' families were as affected as the investigators who followed a long trail of bodies until they finally led to Gary Ridgway.

Burton Morris' pop art explodes from Hollywood to Athens

The "For Sale" sign on Burton Morris' front lawn is a testament to his success.

People

¢ Bluegrass great Waller dies at 69 ¢ Stamos marriage on the rocks ¢ Actress gets out Latino vote ¢ Alma mater honors MacDowell

Finalists in sculpture contest have left mark on area before

The finalists competing to create Lawrence's next Percent for Art project are no strangers to public art. Most of them aren't even strangers to Lawrence.

Arts notes

¢ Animals on display ¢ Youth symphony rehearsals begin ¢ KU textiles professor exhibits fiber art ¢ 'Ballad of Black Jack' auditions set ¢ KU to offer children's drama classes ¢ Artist's new show is "action"-packed ¢ K.C. museum devotes more space to art ¢ Outdoor sculptures on view at Washburn ¢ Sudlow paintings travel to Emporia ¢ St. Joseph Symphony to have auditions

Ambitious KU vocalist tries taking the idle out of 'Idol'

Celebrity judges dash student's Hollywood hopes after he questions show's ability to find the most talented performer in America

His honesty might have been his downfall, but Kansas University student Dylan Hilpman doesn't regret speaking his mind during his second unsuccessful "American Idol" audition in as many years.

Saturday, August 21

People

¢ Gore going a little too fast ¢ Regis logs record TV time ¢ LeBron jumps to comic pages ¢ Anti-Bush music tour grows

Network honors grande dame of cooking

"Julia Child: A Tribute" (8 p.m. Sunday, Food Network) honors the author, public-television star and food lover, who died last week at age 91. "Tribute" includes vintage clips from her own show, as well as appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and an inspired Child spoof from "Saturday Night Live."

Review :: "Open Water"

Manager says Jackson search was excessive

The property manager of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch testified Friday that sheriff's deputies who came to search the ranch for evidence last year wanted to look in areas that were not specified in a search warrant.

Cemetery flicks become a hit

Amid the mausoleums and headstones at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, about 1,700 living guests have unfurled picnic blankets and set up beach chairs, erected makeshift coffee tables with flowers and candles, and unpacked dinners of sushi, fried chicken or pasta salad.

Friday, August 20

'Baadasssss!' chronicles making of 'blaxploitation' classic

Projects such as "Ed Wood" and "American Movie" have proven it's possible to create a great film about the making of a terrible one.

Celebrity encounters inspire prof's art

When John Tibbetts interviews entertainers, his subjects not only have to worry about how they'll come across on the air but also on canvas.

Briefly

¢ Ramones plan anniversary party ¢ Things becoming clear for Benji ¢ Rivers goes under fictional knife

Film composer Bernstein dies

Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who created a brawny, big-sky theme for "The Magnificent Seven," nerve-jangling jazz for "The Man With The Golden Arm" and heart-rending grace notes for "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died.

NBC sits atop a Mount Olympus of ratings

If you build it, they will come. Or at least watch it on television. The Athens Games have not turned out to be a "Field of Dreams" for the Greek Olympics Committee. They've had trouble just finding spectators for some events. But NBC may not want to wake up from their Olympics ratings dream. Last week's opening ceremony attracted more than 50 million viewers, making it the second-most-watched event of 2004, after the Super Bowl. It even outscored the much-hyped "Friends" finale.

Stepfather of Jackson accuser asked for payment

The stepfather of the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation testified Thursday that he asked for payment for the family's participation in a video interview intended to restore Jackson's reputation.

'Without a Paddle' offers no deliverance from boredom

t turns out that this ill-fated trip isn't a madcap laugh riot at all, but more of a voyage of tepid self-discovery -- a self-discovery that we could see coming from the first introduction of Lillard, Green, and Shepard's characters. "Without a Paddle" is just plain boring.

Best bets

Fiddling and Picking draws on youth

Although Lawrence's clubs are busy catering to the indie-rock crowd late at night, the city's front porches, street corners and parks are traditionally filled with the sounds of a different style of music during the day.

'Taking Lives' profiles yet another killer

A slightly above average riff on the "serial killer mystery," "Taking Lives" boasts an A-list cast, a talented young director and an unconventional setting. But when the house lights go up in the theater, a viewer will be hard pressed to distinguish this flick from its similar brethren.

Thursday, August 19

People

¢ Paris Hilton's dog found ¢ Diaz-Timberlake wedding rumored ¢ Phish fans to get refund

'Simpsons' actor rolling in D'oh!

Ask Dan Castellaneta to describe how he sounds off-screen and this is what he offers: sort of deadpan, shy of nasal, with a standard Midwestern tilt.

Review: Madden NFL 2005 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Madden is as solid as ever and football fans have another great title to pick from.

Madden is as solid as ever and football fans have another great title to pick from.

Word warriors and trailer trash liven up cable

Viewers in search of Olympics alternatives can find two oddball offerings on cable.

Wednesday, August 18

Fox takes second chance on 'Family' life

How often do cancelled shows get a second chance at network exposure? "Family Guy" (Fox) was launched with much fanfare in the late 1990s, but never found a big enough audience to stick around. Like "Futurama," it ended up in Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. By late-night cable standards, "Guy" became a hit, and helped win Adult Swim a steady audience of young viewers. "Family Guy" DVD sales have also been strong.

People

¢ 'War of the Worlds' updated ¢ They're going to 'Hell' ¢ Shhh! Marriage is a secret ¢ 'Survivor' launch announced

VH1 presents Iraq's 'Soundtrack to War'

The images captured in "VH1 News Presents: Soundtrack to War," combines the use of music by America's soldiers and the unsettling pictures of war.

Tuesday, August 17

Rowling teases fans about Harry Potter's fate

Harry Potter will survive to the seventh book of J.K. Rowling's series about the young wizard, but the author won't say whether Harry will reach adulthood.

Breaking the Huge Silence

From hip-hop to rock, Nezbeat collaborates with the prairie's pride on debut solo album

"The premise, the principle that will guide this exploration, is not nostalgic remembrance, but neither is it objective reporting. These are fragments. Moments remembered ... Wherever my feet have taken me, I have found both goodness and pain, and that's all I have to give." So begins "From the Huge Silence," the solo debut by producer Jeremy Nesbitt, a.k.a. Nezbeat. The monologue, originally delivered by Kansas-born photojournalist and filmmaker Gordon Parks, serves as a mission statement for Nezbeat's three-year pet project, which features an all-star cast of local MCs, vocalists and musicians pouring their souls onto Nezbeat's dense hip-hop tracks.

Ban factors into Bubba's closing

Bar owner says smoking ordinance contributed to decline in sales

With sales off about 30 percent since a citywide smoking ban took effect, a Lawrence bar has called it quits.

People

¢ Unhappily ever after ¢ What really bugs her ¢ Legal witch hunt?

Networks claim summer viewing officially over

Pay no attention to your calendars. According to the networks, summer is over! CBS announced that the beginning of the Olympics means the end of the summer viewing season and that it has scored the best ratings of the period. NBC officially agrees and hopes to score big in the next ratings "season," whenever that may be. Remember, as the summer began, Fox declared the end of the traditional TV season and promised to release new shows throughout the year. Whatever you call it, without "American Idol," Fox has had a summer worth forgetting.

Q&A with Sebadoh

Lou Barlow and Jason Lowenstein resurrect a minimal Sebadoh

A lot about Sebadoh seems accidental. The band's very existence began as a side project for Lou Barlow, who was trying to cope with playing bass in the less-than-democratic environment of the band Dinosaur Jr.

DJ utilizes Israeli music at Tap Room

As the host of student-run radio station KJHK's premier world music show, Sam Hopkins prides himself on knowing the music he plays.

Monday, August 16

Critics say Miller promotion goes flat on black rockers

Miller Brewing is celebrating the "50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll" with eight commemorative beer cans that feature Rolling Stone cover shots of Elvis Presley, Blondie and others.

Warm blast of kiddie surrealism

OK, it's not a primetime show, but "LazyTown" (9:30 a.m., Nickelodeon), the strange new action-packed kid's show from Iceland, demands attention.

People

¢ Nicky Hilton marries in Vegas ¢ Glover, poet jump ship from Haiti commemoration ¢ Fame accepted unwillingly by Evanescence singer ¢ 'Alien vs. Predator' gobbles up weekend box office competition

Jackson, nemesis to square off in court

District attorney to take stand today in evidence-suppression hearing

Michael Jackson's family will be standing by him today for a courtroom confrontation with the man who wants to put him in prison -- a district attorney who investigated a child-molestation case against Jackson that was abandoned a decade ago when the accuser took an undisclosed settlement.

Sunday, August 15

Sheriff seeks release of probe into treatment of Jackson

The sheriff has asked a judge's permission to release the results of a state probe into allegations that Michael Jackson was "manhandled" by authorities after his arrest for investigation of child molestation.

Bookstore

Poet's showcase

One-time fisherman makes book out of lobster love

A male lobster lurks, raising its claws in its best alpha flex while the object of its desires strikes a coquettish and cowering pose on craggy rocks at the bottom of the Atlantic.

City band concert at Lied Center repeats haunting page in history

Free performance is venue's gift to the community, director says

The Lawrence City Band's performance at Friday's free outdoor concert at the Lied Center will be a case of history repeating.

One of these things is not like the other

Exhibition pinpoints what's same to emphasize what's different in artworks

David Cateforis and James Schaefer considered calling the upcoming Signs of Life gallery exhibition "Apples to Apples."

Arts notes

¢ Nominations open for Phoenix Awards ¢ Artist uses hope, redemption in work ¢ Collection bolsters library's research tools ¢ KPR comedy series wins national award ¢ Applique artist to lead Lawrence workshop ¢ Monarch migration inspires painting workshop ¢ Art show set for Old Jefferson Town

New releases create a charming trio for children

This trio of picture books might well be called a triple treat.

Community theater hands out volunteer, achievement awards

Lawrence Community Theatre patrons and volunteers recently gathered to celebrate the completion of the theater's 27th season and present the sixth annual Charley Awards, including a lifetime achievement award and a scholarship.

'Fahrenheit' stirs Arab world

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" is provoking strong Arab reaction. Kuwait banned it, Jordan tried to cut it, Syria has not decided, and Saudi commentators are denouncing it.

People

¢ Stones drummer has cancer ¢ David Crosby takes on Enron ¢ Thug or not, De Niro's Italian ¢ 'Apprentice' also a pitchman

Saturday, August 14

Couch potatoes fry on NBC's Olympics television overdose

If you worry that you've been watching too much Olympics coverage, think again.

Cooking icon Julia Child dies at 91

Julia Child, whose chirping words of encouragement and unpretentious style brought French cuisine to American homes through her television series and books, died Friday. She was 91.

People

¢ Kilborn quits 'Late Late Show' ¢ Horn evaluated at rehab center ¢ Barbie makes bid for White House

Friday, August 13

'Kill Bill Vol. 2' gives Bride her revenge

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino claimed this week that he may have ruined Uma Thurman's chances for getting an Academy Award nomination by splitting his "Kill Bill" into two separate movies. On the strength of Thurman's performance in this second installment (which was released on DVD this Tuesday), that shouldn't matter.

Cock-and-bull kings

Drakkar Sauna puts new spin on old-time traditions

More than likely, everything Drakkar Sauna says is a lie. If it isn't, you'll sure as heck think it is. Band members Wallace Cochran and Jeff Stolz spin cock-and-bull stories like they're outcasts from some Mark Twain Academy, only they're a little under-rehearsed.

People

¢ Shriver treated for hypothermia ¢ Texas to honor Armstrong ¢ 'Vagina' author widens her focus ¢ 'Naked News' comes to Britain

Spielberg film may be ticket out for man stuck in airport

He has no address, but his mail arrives just the same. The pharmacy takes his phone calls, and the cluster of fast food restaurants assures a steady flow of food, handouts included.

Greece is the word on NBC

Athletes, fans and members of the media from all over the world converge on Athens, Greece, for the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (7 p.m., NBC). Always charged with emotion and patriotism, tonight's Parade of Nations takes on special significance as the first major public international gathering since the beginning of the Iraq war. As always, the evening ends with the lighting of the torch.

Best bets

Yu-Gi-Oh! is more ad than movie

For those who think Hollywood is churning out product instead of art, look no further than "Yu-Gi-Oh!"

North vs. south

On Aug. 21, 1863, several hundred Confederate raiders led by William Quantrill rode into Lawrence while the town slept, gunning down its citizens and setting houses ablaze.

Thursday, August 12

Mike Wallace cited for disorderly conduct

"60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace, who was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police precinct in a dispute with city parking enforcement inspectors, says he wonders why anyone thought that he, at 86, was a threat.

On the road again

Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan performing at ballparks

If Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson were in the same lineup, who would bat cleanup?

Turning Japanese

Novosel finding niche as Tokyo rapper

Without benefit of accompaniment or background beats, Scott Novosel raps willingly before an audience of one. "How's that?" the 31-year-old former KU basketball guard said with a laugh after performing his hip/hop hit single "Onsen" in Japanese.

HBO documentary explores roots of hate

How can peace come to a region where children learn to hate almost before they learn to read? Filmmakers James Miller and Saira Shah made the 2003 documentary "Death in Gaza" (8:30 p.m., HBO) to understand the lives of Palestinian children and how they are used and indoctrinated by militants and suicide bombers. The team planned to make a companion film about Israeli children, but Miller was killed May 2, 2003, by Israeli troops while filming "Death in Gaza."

People

¢ Ann Taylor extravaganza ¢ Speaking of fashion ¢ Bloodsucking good role ¢ Country music countdown

Review :: Nezbeat, "From the Huge Silence"

Nezbeat's 16-song debut album showcases the Lawrence producer's diverse talents and is a battle call to hip-hop heads nationwide to perk their ears up and pay attention to what's happening in Kansas, a.k.a. "The Huge Silence."

Wednesday, August 11

Life on road 'feels like home' for Norah Jones

Norah Jones has been on the road so long, she's considered putting a couch on the stage and calling her tour "The Couch Tour."

People

¢ Rocker of ages ¢ 'Will & Grace's' latest guest ¢ Not ready for small screen ¢ Actress Vanessa Williams, athlete Rick Fox to divorce

Nintendo DS gets major support, games

Many publishers have announced major titles to hit the new system

Many publishers have announced major titles to hit the new system

Review: Doom 3 - PC

The most outstanding graphical presentation in recent memory can't make up for archaic gameplay.

The most outstanding graphical presentation in recent memory can't make up for archaic gameplay. Doom fans will surely gobble it up in large quantities, but every gameplay element has been done better by someone else.

Faux adolescents take over teen time warp

Look for plenty of network cross-pollination at "The 2004 Teen Choice Awards" (7 p.m., Fox). Now in its sixth year, this awards show honors the hottest teen sensations, or at least the 20- and pushing-30-somethings who play teens on television.

Tuesday, August 10

Crime-story fans get inside view in 'Jury'

"In the Jury Room" (9 p.m., ABC) offers a fly-on-the-wall view of a real jury deciding a capital murder case. In tonight's installment, ABC News was given unprecedented access to the trial of Mark Ducic, an Ohio resident accused of double homicide. The makers of "In the Jury Room" have documented every stage of the case against Ducic, from pretrial hearings right through the verdict.

Fay Wray of 'King Kong' fame dies at 96

Fay Wray, who screamed her way into movie history as the apple of King Kong's eye, has died. She was 96.

People

¢ The 'Boy Friend' is back ¢ American idolatry ¢ Everybody's favorite princess

Monday, August 9

People

¢ The new Kennedys? ¢ 'Collateral' cruises to top spot ¢ The bill is due

Lifetime makes cliche of hardship

It's a debate as old as the made-for-TV: Do we praise films for raising serious issues or dismiss them for reducing real problems to a set of cinematic cliches? Mary-Louise Parker stars in "Miracle Run" (8 p.m., Lifetime) as Corrine Morgan, the beleaguered mother of two unruly and inarticulate boys. In the brutal logic of TV movies, she learns that her boys are autistic and gets dumped by her live-in boyfriend on the very same day. Even by Lifetime standards, this guy is a bum.

Sunday, August 8

Darkroom poetry

Photography is a powerful beast. It documents the joyful, the strange, the powerful, the pivotal. Who can forget the shot of a young man standing down a tank in Tiananmen Square? Or the Vietnamese girl weeping after napalm has burned off her clothes?

Obama's rising star revives book

What a difference a few minutes on the national political stage can make.

People

¢ Country crooner charged with prescription drug fraud ¢ Cosby to rally against violence ¢ 'Blues Brothers' Britain's top pick ¢ Donald Duck joins walk of fame

Couple finds romance in artistic collaboration

Remember the scene from "Ghost" where a spectral Patrick Swayze tag teams with a weepy Demi Moore in a sensuous moment at her potter's wheel?

Arts notes

¢ CornerBank exhibits sculptor, painters ¢ Octarium to perform at choral convention ¢ Unity Gallery to exhibit local photographer ¢ Fall book group forming at public library ¢ Grant helps museum preserve winter wear ¢ Arts Commission seeks poet laureate ¢ Applique artist to lead Lawrence workshop ¢ Party Arty tickets on sale now

Revolution in the making

Lawrence physician's book about how the Atkins Diet can help manage diabetes gaining national attention

Pat Dieckhaus is proof that the low-carbohydrate, high-protein Atkins Diet can help not only those who are trying to lose substantial amounts of weight, but also people wishing to head off the risk of developing adult-onset diabetes.

Poet's showcase

Bookstore

Saturday, August 7

Singer Rick James dies at 56

Funk legend Rick James, best known for the 1981 hit "Super Freak" before his career disintegrated amid drug use and violence that sent him to prison, died Friday. He was 56.

People

¢ Kitt injured in car accident ¢ Danza hires 'Apprentice' reject ¢ Charles tribute concert planned

Not-so-deep 'Brothers' get in the Swim

The "Adult Swim" programming block (10 p.m. today, Cartoon Network) welcomes the new cracked cartoon feature "The Venture Brothers." Imagine "Jonny Quest" reinvented with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, drenched in detached irony and filled with references to an encyclopedia of old cartoons, grade-Z movies and urban legends.

Friday, August 6

HBO producing series on polygamous family

Think Tony Soprano, but without all the violence or swearing -- and with a wife who doesn't care if he sleeps with other women. That's the star of HBO's new original drama series, the Tom Hanks-produced "Big Love," about a polygamous, fictional Utah family living in the present day.

Best bets

Readers return to old favorites

'Lord of Rings,' 'Gatsby' among most reread books

Lisa Clemmer, a 37-year-old bibliophile from Richmond, Va., remembers the first time she read Alice Walker's "The Color Purple." She was in college, at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Walker's novel introduced her to a world she knew nothing about.

Screen dreams

Midway Drive-In endures time, industry challenges with grace

As the screen's dull glow replaces the sunset's last gasp, the 300-plus paid customers settle into their pickup trucks, minivans, lawn chairs and blankets to watch the show. The concession stand hurries out cartons of popcorn -- small $1.80, large $2.70 -- and cheeseburgers to hungry parents and toddlers. There's no big rush, though -- this is the Midway, one of only nine theaters in Kansas where you can watch the movie from the concession stand or on your way to the bathroom (or, for the less inhibited, while you're going to the bathroom).

Foxx, Cruise carry one long night in gripping 'Collateral'

Tom Cruise has had a knack for picking good projects lately. There were Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" and Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report." In "Vanilla Sky" and "Mission Impossible II," he collaborated with celebrated directors Cameron Crowe and John Woo.

People

¢ Smith and wife renew vows ¢ Arab-Americans criticize song ¢ Villians return to 'Doctor Who' ¢ Bono sings at Buffett funeral

Michael Jackson biopic fails to take gloves off

Cheaply made and frequently ridiculous, the 2004 biopic "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" (8 p.m., VH1) makes little effort to make sense or tell a story. The producers simply assume that the film's potential audience is already well acquainted with the music superstar's tabloid-worthy stunts, exploits and scandals.

Oprah signs on for three more years

Oprah Winfrey can start making big anniversary plans. Winfrey signed with King World Productions to continue her top-rated "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through the 2010-11 television season, which would be its 25th year in syndication.

Thursday, August 5

Uncle's portrait Crystal-clear

History happens to the nicest people. Who knew that comedian Billy Crystal's eccentric uncle had several rendezvous with destiny, or that Crystal's daughter Lindsay would emerge as a credible and often moving filmmaker?

Celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies

Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Frenchman whose early dabblings with a Brownie box camera blossomed into celebrated lifetime of traveling the world to capture the human drama on film, has died at age 95.

People

¢ Falco healthy after cancer bou ¢ McGregor's beard feared ¢ Sting named top humanitarian

Review: Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy - PS2, Xbox

I suppose in most games you can look at your environment as an entrapment; it's matter that limits your movement from an enemy. In Psi-Ops it's the opposite. The environments and moveable objects ar

...in most games you can look at your environment as an entrapment; it's matter that limits your movement from an enemy. In Psi-Ops it's the opposite. The environments and moveable objects are at your command, so there is a sense of omnipotence that accompanies your progress.

Review: Catwoman - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

It's just as good as the movie.

It's just as good as the movie.

Musicians hope to rock Bush out of office

A collection of more than 20 prominent musicians from John Fogerty to Bruce Springsteen to Pearl Jam joined forces Wednesday calling for President Bush's ouster, announcing an unprecedented series of fund-raising concerts across nine swing states.

Wednesday, August 4

NBC gambles, loses, with action movie

Who says the "Let's put on a show" spirit of old Andy Hardy movies doesn't exist anymore? All summer, thespian wannabes have been acting their martial hearts out on "Next Action Hero" and tonight, winners Sean Carrigan and Corinne van Ryck de Groot get to appear in their debut shoot-'em-up "Bet Your Life" (7 p.m., NBC), produced by Joel Silver.

Thousands line up for 'Idol' auditions

Cleveland first stop in contestant search

In the line wrapped around Cleveland Browns Stadium on Tuesday, there were thousands of pop star dreams.

People

¢ Cooped up with chicken pox ¢ Trump's latest racket ¢ Rowling plans eighth 'Potter' ¢ Lineup grows for MTV awards

Tuesday, August 3

Home funeral show pushes limits of do-it-yourself TV

Historians and pop-culture experts who look back at our current era from some future vantage point will probably notice some peculiar, morbid obsessions. The popularity of forensic shows like "CSI" and "Crossing Jordan," the funeral-parlor comedy "Six Feet Under" and the grim-reaper humor of "Dead Like Me" have to reflect some greater overarching concerns. I'd venture to guess that with the baby boomer generation staring AARP membership square in the face, many have begun to ponder the Great Beyond.

Al Franken show moving to cable TV

Sundance Channel will carry liberal chat

Satirist-commentator Al Franken will return to his TV roots next month when his radio show begins appearing on cable's Sundance Channel.

People

¢ Plastic backlash ¢ Gentlemen's agreement ¢ Westward bound ¢ He bangs in Asia

Monday, August 2

Show lacking in both art, entertainment

When A&E was founded as the "Arts & Entertainment" network, I wonder whether "Growing Up Gotti" (8:30 p.m., A&E) was what they had in mind. Clearly inspired by "The Osbournes," the show offers viewers a glance at the daily travails of Victoria Gotti, a working single mother who just happens to be the daughter of John Gotti, allegedly the head of a New York crime family. It would never cross my mind to visit the sins of the father on Victoria, but the woman keeps pictures of the man all over her mansion. There's even a copy of a tabloid in her bathroom reporting the news of his demise with the blaring headline "Dapper Don Dead."

'Manchurian' role likened to Hillary Clinton

The biggest question surrounding Paramount's remake of the 1962 classic "The Manchurian Candidate" -- besides "Why remake a classic?" -- is whether Meryl Streep is channeling Hillary Clinton in her performance as power-hungry Sen. Eleanor Shaw.

Chinese rewrite 'My Life'

Copyright thieves make own versions of Bill Clinton book

The first hint that the Chinese version of Bill Clinton's memoir might not be quite right is that for most of the book, he's not even telling the story.

People

¢ 'The Village' scares up No. 1 spot ¢ Survey: 'Billie Jean' best song ¢ May-December wedding alert ¢ Confessions of an apolitical teenage drama queen

Sunday, August 1

Poet's showcase

Bookstore

Authors confront prejudice head on

Confronting prejudice is rarely easy. In these three children's books, the authors bravely do it head on.

Former KU student and MIT graduate advocates low-tech living in new book

Eric Brende belongs to a rare breed. Not only is he a soap-making, rickshaw-driving Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, which makes him unusual enough.

E.M.U. Theatre to stage 10-minute plays

E.M.U. Theatre will have its second 10-minute play festival, "Face Down in a Pool of Your Own Monkeys," at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

A mystery on the menu

Troupe to stage whodunit comedy at Hereford House

One minute Gen. Swinbutton is crowing about being "one of the greatest fighting men this country has ever produced." The next he's keeling over dead.

Arts notes

¢ Arts center tunes up for new jazz series ¢ 'Vacillations of the Art' to open at Olive Gallery ¢ Roaring Twenties storm Watkins Museum ¢ Lawrence City Band wows in Wichita ¢ Encore homeschool band, orchestra gearing up ¢ Nominees for book award announced ¢ Lawrence author publishes new historical novel ¢ Ottawa University offers music scholarship auditions

Library help, grant to keep precious collection in tune

Assistance will allow KU Archive of Recorded Sound to be cataloged, made more accessible to students and public

You can read the Declaration of Independence in just about any American history textbook. So why do researchers consult the real deal? "It's really a different thing entirely to see it, to touch it, to feel the actual historical document as it was laid down," says Roberta Freund Schwartz, assistant professor of musicology at Kansas University. The same is true of original recordings, she says.

Hip to be square

Square dancing isn't just about frilly skirts and mundane music anymore.

Kevin Oneslager is taking the square out of square dancing. Not in the geometric sense, of course. The dancers in the Tons of Fun square dancing club, which Oneslager launched in 2001, still start with four couples in a square formation.

Islamic art exhibit attempts to build cultural understanding

"Art" is probably not the first word most Americans think of when they hear the word "Islam," but an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington is trying to make that happen.

Gallery exhibit put spotlight on artists' shoe fetishes

Shoes can be beautiful, stunning, controversial and worthy of conversation. Hmmm, that sounds a lot like fine art.

People

¢ Alley puts weight in perspective ¢ Tattoos commemorate courtship ¢ Just give him that countryside ¢ Move over, 'Jaws,' for real sharks

'Miss America' drops talent routines

One aspiring Miss America took her trained pigeons up on stage. But when a stage light blew, according to pageant lore, the surprised birds flew off stage, raining droppings on the audience.

Just plain washers

Underdog lawn game popular amongst lawyers and hippies alike

There's more than one way to tell a serious washer player. If, for example, a stranger asks for a game of "washers," you might respectfully decline and hold out for better competition ... i.e. someone who asks for a game of "war-shers." Another good clue is the wear and tear on the washer paraphernalia. Dents and paint chips are the calling card of the washer junkie, battle prizes to be flaunted like the Urak-Hai army catapulting severed heads into Minas Tirith.

'Dukes of Hazzard' has 25-year reunion

Fans of "The Dukes of Hazzard" came from as far away as Australia to meet cast members, buy T-shirts and listen to country music at a festival marking the 25th anniversary of the television show's first season.