Stories for February 2004


Sunday, February 29

'Rings' looks for Oscar tonight

They defeated the evil lord Sauron. They won legions of fans. There's just one hurdle left for the people of Middle-earth.

Affleck, Lopez top 'worst-of' list

Demi Moore, Stallone also earn Razzies

The honeymoon's over for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, but their mob-comedy flop "Gigli" really cleaned up Saturday at the Razzies, the first movie to take all six top trophies in the annual dishonorable-mention awards.

Biblical scholar criticizes 'Passion'

Noted theologian to visit Lawrence for workshops

One bloody thumb down. If New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan were film reviewer Roger Ebert, that's probably the review he'd give Mel Gibson's controversial movie "The Passion of the Christ."

Victim's mother to warn community of hate crimes

Judy Shepard's speech at Lied Center will kick off 'Into the Streets Week' at KU

Five years ago, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was taken to a field outside Laramie, tied to a fence and savagely beaten because he was gay. Police said Shepard was hit on the head 18 times with the butt of a .357 Magnum pistol. His skull was fractured in four places. Shepard died a slow death.


¢ Costner gives passionate defense ¢ Frampton comes alive at library ¢ Director takes on 'Sin City' series ¢ Boxing's 'purity' appeals to Ryan

Offbeat French cartoon looking for Oscar gold

If Sylvain Chomet has his way, three cartoon women making music from a vacuum cleaner and refrigerator will perform at the Oscars.

Publishers urged to learn more about their readers

With book sales flat and the public increasingly choosing other ways to spend its leisure time, publishers received some blunt advice Thursday on how to expand the market.

Art challenges history in Spencer exhibit

History is a collective enterprise. Books, oral records and personal memories tell part of the story. Art, too, has long been a tool for recording, reporting and criticizing moments in time.

KU alum recounts Union Station Massacre

Baldwin author and former Kansas University student Ande Parks and Shawnee author B. Clay Moore will talk and sign copies of their recently-published graphic novels from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 11.

Poet's Showcase

Memoir details coping with debilitating illness

The subject of his health was raised on their second date, Richard M. Cohen writes in "Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir" (HarperCollins, $23.95).

Marriage viewed through microscope, horoscope

Writing a biography of an artist requires a tricky balancing act between reviewing the life of the subject and reflecting on his craft.

Arts notes

¢ 'La Traviata' explores vice versus virtue ¢ Community theater offers 'Proof' ¢ KU theater to stage Dust Bowl play 'Thirst' ¢ Colloquium examines 'Jazz Changes' ¢ Hall Center to honor KU faculty authors ¢ Lawrence gallery plans Leap Day benefit ¢ Lawrence author on bill at children's lit conference ¢ Pilot Club schedules annual antique show ¢ KU students flavor 'Fresh Produce' show ¢ Lecture series to feature ceramic artist

Kansas City artist finds freedom in a box

Barbara McCreery likes to think of herself as a botanist with a wild hair. The Kansas City, Mo., artist has spent most of her 50 years in a nursery, obliging the will of her green thumb.

Tales from the dorm

Journal-World staff members had college roommates, too. Read their memorials -- joyful, odd and just plain gross -- to the people they shared close quarters with.

Rolling for roomies

While colleges bet on accuracy of roommate selection systems, most say they're still a crapshoot

Natalie Myers has gambled at the roommate roulette table most of her college career.

Boston's Opera House being restored to former glory

A historic vaudeville and movie house in Boston's theater district is emerging from more than a decade in the dark to once again welcome audiences under its glittering marquee.

Saturday, February 28

BBC America features PBS heartthrob

If PBS had a resident heartthrob, it might be Robson Green ("Reckless," "Touching Evil"). The handsome actor returns in the British legal drama "Trust" (9 p.m., Saturday, BBC America) as senior partner Stephen Bradley, a workaholic legal eagle who thinks nothing of toiling three straight days without sleeping in his own bed or seeing his wife and kids. Needless to say, this does not make for domestic tranquility.

Art a la carte

Lawrence's own E.M.U. Theatre tonight premieres "V Henry K," a show by local playwright Dan Born. The drama explores the fallout that arises when a small-town district attorney indicts a legendary statesman for orchestrating her father's murder. The show is being staged at K-U's Hashinger Hall through Sunday.

Ensemble not afraid to try new things

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, with added percussionist Colin Currie, performed in a return engagement to a house full of loyal fans Thursday at the Lied Center. It was the second stop on a world tour for the newly combined group. They played some new pieces -- four co-commissioned by the Lied Center -- and some re-arranged older ones.


¢ King of Pop stopped for ski mask ¢ Oscar nominee gets $2 million 'Cinderella' slippers ¢ Fox News host joins Miss American board ¢ Bobby Brown gets jail time

Horror fans treated to 'Kingdom Hospital'

Stephen King still isn't sure whether he'll pop up in one of his Hitchcock-style cameos in "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital."

Friday, February 27

Best bets

Guilty Pleasures

The Get Up Kids prepare to release fourth full-length album

The Get Up Kids are no longer kids. Anyone who's followed the band for the last decade knows that, and anyone who got aboard the GUK train for the band's mature-sounding last record - 2001's "On A Wire" - probably had never heard the band's emo-heavy early works.

And the Oscar goes to ...

For a change, the most deserving nominees will nab the prize at the Academy Awards

For as much ballyhoo as the Oscars received over giving surprise nominations to cutting-edge work, the actual winners sure appear to be a foregone conclusion. This is a year where one drama is expected to dominate the acting races ("Mystic River") and one fantasy epic is supposed to capture everything else ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.") Those handicapping this ultimate cinematic contest shouldn't be too far off in their predictions, leading to an Oscar telecast where the opening of the envelopes may be the least entertaining part of the evening.

HomeTown Film brings Hollywood to Lawrence

Roll out the red carpet and state your picks.


¢ Hollywood stacks up to D.C. ¢ No stretch for Oscar nominee ¢ 'Jersey Girl' will imitate life ¢ Debate blooms over parade theme

Award-winning season comes to a close

With less than 48 hours left before the Academy Awards ceremony, viewers can still catch a non-Oscar ceremony, the kind of competition that forced the once-predominant movie awards show to move up a month.

Rosie weds longtime girlfriend

Rosie O'Donnell married her longtime girlfriend Thursday, taking what she called a proud stand for gay civil rights in the city where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since Feb. 12.

Stern fires back after suspension

Suspended by the nation's No. 1 radio conglomerate, Howard Stern grabbed a microphone Thursday morning and ranted. He asked his boss to fire him and complained about censorship.

Thursday, February 26

'Carmina Burana' enlivens Lied

You might expect Fat Tuesday to be filled with sex, drinking and gambling.

Q+A with Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins has a lot to be mad about. The legendary Black Flag front man-turned-standup comedian/motivational speaker has seen what's going on in the world, and isn't happy. At all.

'Passion' draws flock of faithful, curious

Lawrence residents line up to see Gibson's Jesus film

Luann Nystrom had tears in her eyes as she walked out of the first Lawrence showing of "The Passion of the Christ." "This is why I didn't wear any mascara," she said.

Hindsight is 20/20 in histories of Iraq war

Both PBS and MTV present first-person narratives from soldiers in Iraq, offering two valuable oral histories of a war that began nearly one year ago.

Oscars launch marketing blitz

Artistic appreciation may be the motor that drives Hollywood's awards season, but hype is the gasoline.

Wednesday, February 25

Bartlet's quotations are getting tiresome

On "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC), a book by disgraced former Vice President Hoynes (Tim Matheson) promises to become a publicity disaster as President Bartlet is rudely reminded of why he took Hoynes, a former rival, under his wing.

Judgment day arrives for 'Passion'

Now, at last, the viewing public gets to decide whether Mel Gibson's vision of Jesus' final hours is a blood-soaked failure or artistic and spiritual genius.


¢ A Maverick reality show ¢ Nugent acknowledges paternity ¢ Battle of the garage bands ¢ Janet Jackson won't play Horne

Review: Wainwright revels in musical confliction

Rufus Wainwright wasted no time bonding with his Liberty Hall audience Monday night. "So, I'm back," he said. "Have you missed me?"

Tuesday, February 24


¢ Blake faces legal deadline ¢ Whoopi to write children's book ¢ Scholarship fund grows ¢ Kournikova making rounds

After the Oscars, everyone's a winner

Chef Wolfgang Puck again in charge of post-Awards fete

Oscar nominees have a lot going on in their stomachs during the ceremony -- knots, butterflies, maybe even an ulcer or two.

Sony announces Jak 3, Ratchet & Clank 3

New screens included

New screens!

Sweeps month guest stars add touch of crass

We're knee-deep in sweeps and desperate stunt-casting. You can't change the channel without catching cameo-fever!

Q+A with British Sea Power

Since England is the last nation that still supports our oil hungry meddling, you should consider it your civic duty to embrace and celebrate British Sea Power.

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

They call me : Mister Adam

Adam Mitchell is nicer than you

As a lad, Adam Mitchell played by himself or read books while his mother worked the night shift. Nothing Dickensian; it was just the simple reality of being a child of a working parent. While Mitchell could have easily become a self-involved, thrift store mannequin like the rest of his generation, he instead developed conscience and responsibility -- he works with kids. Sweet kids, too. They call him... Mr. Adam.

Review: James Bond: Everything or Nothing - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

I think EA was smart to get out of the first-person flood with this franchise. I am excited to see what happens with the next iteration, though.

I think EA was smart to get out of the first-person flood with this franchise. I am excited to see what happens with the next iteration, though.

Monday, February 23

'Monster' win for Theron

Depp wins SAG award for 'Pirates'

Johnny Depp was a surprise lead actor winner Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," while Charlize Theron took the best-actress honor for the serial-killer drama "Monster."

Review: Nightshade - PS2

Competitor to Ninja Gaiden this is not

Competitor to Ninja Gaiden this is not

'Sex' sings swan song

Cast wins SAG award

"Sex and the City" fans kicked off their Manolo Blahnik shoes and sipped Cosmopolitans on Sunday night as they said so long to their favorite cable TV gals.

'Queer Eye' straight imitator flops

It had to happen. Given the hype surrounding "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," you knew a glut of parodies and imitations was inevitable. But did the first effort have to be as lame as "Straight Plan for the Gay Man" (9 p.m., Comedy Central)?


¢ Johnson spreads magic to poor ¢ Actor in a house divided ¢ Singer lays claim to fortune ¢ Connery denies link to chain

Sunday, February 22

New Art Institute director trusts Chicago's civic pride

James Cuno, newly appointed as director and president of the Art Institute of Chicago, came late to the world of museums and art collecting. Cuno, 52, didn't have a museum job until he was in his 30s, and didn't even study art history formally until he realized he didn't have much of a future in theater.

Is the pixel war over, or has it just begun?

This past September, at the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany, Canon and Kodak introduced new digital SLR (single-lens-reflex) cameras with 11 and 14 megapixels (millions of pixels), respectively.

Review: Mafia - PS2

The line at the "Poor PC-to-console port" office is getting longer

The line at the "Poor PC-to-console port" office is getting longer

Beach Boys' lost album premieres in London

In 1967, Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson shelved "Smile," an ambitious concept album intended as the group's masterpiece.

'Sex and City's' final fling

At first I thought it was shallow and kind of smarmy. According to the weekly TV roundup of June 7, 1998, I found the women on the new HBO series "irritating" and the men "even more obnoxious." I didn't write much more than that, giving most of my column space to the week's most hotly anticipated series, Magic Johnson's new talk show.


¢ Bobby Brown back in jail ¢ Royal spokesman defends Harry ¢ Singer running for school board

Jesus film inspires passions

It's been almost 10 years since Dominic Dadzie has stepped inside a movie theater. There hasn't been, he said, a movie out worth his time. "The culture we live in at the moment glamorizes sex," Dadzie said. "There are sexual undertones in many movies that come out from Hollywood."

Negro League chronicled in exhibit

Kansas City museum organized traveling show

Former baseball star Willie Foster stands under a clear, blue sky in a sleek, black suit and wide-brimmed hat, a baseball bat at his side. Four children in tattered, drab clothes surround him, each holding a piece of baseball equipment. A red-brick shoe store and barber shop complete the urban scene.

Poet's showcase

'Absolute' examines fate of a friendship

"On the day his destiny returned to claim him, Ted Mundy was sporting a bowler hat and balancing on a soapbox in one of Mad King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria."

Ties that bind

Lawrence poet's collection reads like familiar family history

Reading Ed Tato's first collection of poetry is like flipping through a family album, recalling reunions, special occasions and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of the most familiar -- sometimes most eccentric -- characters in our lives.


A deeper shade of history

Black pioneers had roots in Lawrence

You know some of their names. Langston Hughes. Wilt Chamberlain. But what about George "Nash" Walker, Etta Moten Barnett and George Washington? All were pioneering black Americans who lived in Lawrence, spent their formative years here or developed their gifts at Kansas University.

Lawrence playwright's latest explores threat to civil society

One woman's search for justice and a connection to her father are at the center of E.M.U Theatre's production of "V Henry K," a new political drama by Lawrence playwright Dan Born.

Arts notes

¢ Guitar quartet to debut commissioned works ¢ Kansas artist's keepsake boxes get Oscar nod ¢ Concert a showplace for area choreographers ¢ Soloists to perform with Free State orchestra ¢ KU women playwrights selected for K.C. festival ¢ KU choir, wind ensemble tackle 'Carmina Burana' ¢ British vocal authority to tutor KU students ¢ LHS students part of regional photo show ¢ Lawrence native in Washburn exhibit

Lawrence designer lands spot on HGTV's 'Simply Quilts'

Amy Bradley owes her notoriety in the quilting world to a pack of dogs. The Lawrence designer has spent enough time at Bradley Animal Hospital -- owned by her veterinarian husband, John Bradley -- to have met more than a few choice pups with personalities and looks all their own.

Fur rules runways during NYC Fashion Week

Whether it's soft sable or faux fox, top American designers are suggesting that the most stylish women will be wearing fur next year -- be it a coat, cape, pants or even a hand-warming muff.

Saturday, February 21

Say goodbye to 'Sex' on Sunday nights

"Sex and the City" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO) airs its final episode tonight.

Art a la carte

Tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center, City Youth Theatre members will mix songs with scenes in a Cabaret Showcase. Selections will range from tunes featured in shows like "Grease" to dialogues plucked from plays like "The Laramie Project." The show continues tomorrow.

Review :: Super Furry Animals at The Granada, 2.20.04

During the Super Furry Animals' concert Friday at The Grenada, the Welsh band played "The International Langauge of Screaming," appropriate since the band's set proved the international language of art.


¢ 'Save Ed' campaign too late ¢ Kellerman moving to Fox Sports ¢ Anderson happy being single ¢ Johansson joins Calvin Klein

'Idol' reject charms Web fans

The "American Idol" judges said William Hung bombed with his gotta-see-it-to-believe-it rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs."

Friday, February 20

Epps learns ringside manner for 'Ropes'

Omar Epps grew up idolizing "Rocky." Now he is the central prizefighter in his own rags-to-riches story of boxing glory. "'Rocky' is like the template," Epps says. "It's not going to get much better than that. Yet boxing movies are iffy. The allure of boxing itself is so magnetic, but most people lose the story."

'CATS' brings new life to city

"The cat's out of the bag," as Gus would say. The award-winning Broadway musical "CATS" was a smash hit Wednesday at the Lied Center. Performing for a packed house, which included dedicated fans in full feline dress, these fantastical Jellicles put on a show that was, according to one audience member, "as good here as anywhere in the world."

Festival gives boot to Wichita, heads to Lawrence

Lawrence has been chosen over Wichita for a western music festival that an area organizer said should attract 2,000 visitors to the city. The Western Music Assn. has agreed to move its annual music festival and convention, slated for Nov. 18-21, to Lawrence from Wichita.


¢ Ozzy fears end to stage career ¢ Rumors swirl about Houston baby ¢ NBC plans intern reality show ¢ Hillary Clinton graces T-shirts

Oscar nominees turn up in the odd places

With the Academy Awards ceremony a little more than a week away, some of the nominees are showing up in the strangest places.

Documentary manifests actress' wisdom

LisaGay Hamilton watched herself on screen flinging the cremated ashes of actress Beah Richards over a Confederate graveyard in Mississippi, then told the SRO audience at the Museum of Tolerance about how she finally shed tears.

Best bets

'Mooseport' worth visiting for a few hours

Gene Hackman would make a fine president.

Improbable partnership fuels fund-raiser

Call it odd-couple philanthropy. A torch singer steeped in the blues and a quartet of Ziggy Stardust disciples will share top billing at Saturday night's Douglas County AIDS Project fund-raiser.

Thursday, February 19

City seeking right bar mix downtown

Downtown bar owner Charles Whitman figures there's one scenario worse for downtown than having too many bars. "It's (being) empty, of anything," the Bourgeois Pig co-owner said Wednesday at City Hall. "Empty would be infinitely worse than any number of bars downtown."

Players mull twist of fate on 'Survivor'

Death is no laughing matter on this season's "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS). If the last "Survivor" was most infamous for the episode in which Jon's grandmother didn't die, this "All-Star" edition may be remembered for last week's episode in which Jenna bolted the game to return to her cancer-stricken mother, who, we are told, died eight days later.

Conan O'Brien offers apology to offended French Canadians

Talk show host Conan O'Brien apologized Wednesday for offending any French Canadians during his NBC show's visit to Toronto last week, but not before trying to wring some laughs out of the flap.

Abuse victims ask Academy to deny Oscar to 'Friedmans'

Two men whom Jesse Friedman pleaded guilty to sexually abusing as boys have written an open letter to Academy Awards voters, speaking out against the Oscar-nominated documentary about the Friedman family.


¢ Advertisers can't cash in on 'Ring of Fire' song ¢ She's no Milli Vanilli ¢ 'Diary' of motherhood ¢ Rappers, supremacists don't mix

Wednesday, February 18

Companies use additives to improve color of foods

What are color additives?

What's a serving size?

You're eating too much. Don't take it personally -- that statement readily applies to most Americans these days.

Gardeners should plan for dry spell

As inconvenient as the recent snowfall may have been, heavy snow in winter is the best thing that can happen to an early-spring vegetable garden. Most of us in northeast Kansas received 6 to 8 inches of snow earlier this month. Those to the west and south got more, but even our half a foot of snow will go a long way toward compensating for lagging precipitation totals during the past year, particularly because the snow stayed on the ground awhile.

Family ties

Rufus Wainwright adds his own unique voice to the family tradition

It's not unusual for sons and daughters to follow their parents into the family business. But when both mom and dad are well-established musicians, it puts a bit of a twist on that traditional career path. Rufus Wainwright understands the situation well. The son of folk music artists Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, the talented performer was already touring with his mom, aunt and sister by his early teens.


Frowned upon by some, scalped tickets offer many fans the best opportunity to see KU play

It's a cold night outside Allen Fieldhouse, and a man dressed in a heavy black coat is flashing a handful of brightly colored basketball tickets to the throngs of passers-by. "Tickets ... anybody need tickets?" he says. "Tickets ... anybody got tickets?"


¢ Book will rock you ¢ Tina Turner takes film role ¢ Rivalry so yesterday ¢ Joey's a daddy

Pushy mom foils 'Bachelorette' romance

So now it's down to three on "The Bachelorette" (8 p.m., ABC). Meredith has not exactly breathed fire into this franchise. But last week, a real character emerged from left field. Lanny's overbearing mom, Jeannie, single-handedly destroyed her son's chances with the statuesque Oregonian.

WB bids farewell to 'Angel'

The WB has done what no vampire slayer could: It killed "Angel," the do-gooder bloodsucker with a soul.

'Hot Rod' revs up Discovery

Spinning off its "Monster Garage" and "American Chopper" successes, the Discovery Channel is revving up yet another testosterone-injected show, "American Hot Rod."

Nutritionists reworking longtime guide

Everybody knows about the Food Guide Pyramid -- the U.S. Department of Agriculture's guide for good health and nutrition that's been taught in schools for years.

Lawrence hospital dietitian shares low-fat recipes on 'Jayni's Kitchen'

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "Lose 10 Pounds with LMH Dietitian Denise DeTommaso."

Tuesday, February 17

Review: Unreal 2 - Xbox

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Celebrities re-create 'American Dreams'

Pop stars play roles of past legends

The director yells "Playback!" and the driving thump-thump rhythm of "Oh, Pretty Woman" rocks the soundstage. A man begins lip-syncing to the track, which he recorded earlier. He sounds like Roy Orbison. He looks like Roy Orbison.


¢ Romano nervous about first film ¢ Losing not so bad ¢ Ellen doesn't want to talk politics ¢ Ben was bumped

Fab Five offers slew of new makeovers

The Fab Five return with nine new episodes beginning with tonight's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (9 p.m., Bravo). This new season of the most talked-about makeover series of all time will feature a new motley crew of style-challenged heterosexuals, including Olympic figure skater John Zimmerman (March 9).

Monday, February 16


¢ '50 First Dates' tops box office for Valentine's Day weekend ¢ Trashy clothes not Orrico's style ¢ Ready for Mars ¢ Royal valentine for needy

Bush pursues 'NASCAR dad' votes

President opens star-studded Daytona 500

President Bush throttled up his re-election campaign Sunday by donning a racing jacket and opening the Daytona 500, NASCAR's most prestigious event and one that draws a prized voter profile.

Mr. Big's back in crime drama 'Bad Apple'

Chris Noth ( "Law & Order," "Sex and the City") returns to the force in the original TV drama "Bad Apple" (8 p.m., TNT). Fans of the Quentin Tarantino/Elmore Leonard School of violent crime farce should take a bite out this "Apple."

Sunday, February 15

Review :: Native singer's music inspires and unifies

Joanne Shenandoah had the Lied Center audience literally dancing in the aisles Friday night. Early in the evening's fare of native music, she encouraged the audience to hold hands and move in a round dance or friendship circle. Although many in the crowd seemed initially quite uncomfortable, eventually there were smiles all around as people stepped and swayed among the seats.

'Littlest Groom' may make big waves

Just as "The Station Agent" is painting movie screens with an emotionally rich, unhackneyed story about a dwarf, Fox escorts "The Littlest Groom" down the reality TV aisle.


¢ Jackson wins humanitarian honor ¢ Drummer jailed in attempted rape ¢ Tarantino to preside at Cannes ¢ 'Passion' star has lighter side

'City' fashions up for sale during HBO online auction

A charity auction will offer the chance to literally walk in Carrie Bradshaw's shoes by selling wardrobe from "Sex and the City" to raise money for several charities.

'Sex' leaves stylish legacy as series ends

It's clear there's something different about "Sex and the City" from the opening credits, as Sarah Jessica Parker struts down the streets of Manhattan wearing a tutu and manages to look chic. Lara Flynn Boyle was vilified for her tutu outing at the 2003 Oscars, but it works like crazy for her fellow triple-named star.

Two KU students heading to nationals of Kennedy Center theater festival

Many Kansas University students took home awards from this year's Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional competitions. The event took place in late January at Denver University.

Tease photo

School of Hard Knocks: 'College Fight Nights' bring amateur boxing to Lawrence

At 5' 6" and 140 pounds, Wes Smith doesn't exactly look like a championship boxer. In fact, the first time the skinny vegan from Lawrence got in the ring, he had never even been in a fight, much less strapped on boxing gloves. Three knockdowns and a seemingly endless string of blows to the head later, Smith could finally call himself a fighter.

What are you reading?

Poet's showcase

Author digs up Natalie Wood's mysterious death for biography

In 1981, when Natalie Wood drowned off Catalina Island under mysterious circumstances, the tabloids erupted in headlines that hinted at foul play.

Atlanta poet to mentor local writers

Poet Jessica Care Moore wears many artistic hats. Journalist. Actress. Publisher. Musician. And on Feb. 22 and 23, the Atlanta artist will don yet another creative cap -- teacher.

Clinton Museum eyes larger facility

Martha Parker jokes that she's been waiting 20 years to move from the milkshed to the barn. Since 1983, the Overbrook woman has been working tirelessly to preserve the history of Clinton and the Wakarusa Valley area where she grew up.

When the lights go down on 'the city'

For six sometimes-sinful seasons, even singles have had a steady date every Sunday night. That's when HBO's sultry "Sex and the City" foursome of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte strap on their Manolo Blahniks and esoteric designer frocks to meet for brunch and catch up on last night's action.

Arts briefs

¢ Trio scheduled to bring 'Groove' to KU campus ¢ Mardi Gras dance to help fights AIDS ¢ Lawrence Art Guild sets All Member Exhibit ¢ Moved by the arts ¢ 43rd Art in the Park seeking applications ¢ Community theater to have auditions ¢ Collegium Musicum to play 'Songs, Dances and Sonatas' ¢ Metals artist to talk at KU symposium ¢ Art exhibition features graduate students ¢ Kansas Woodwinds showcases KU talent ¢ Faculty recital explores variety of jazz, baroque ¢ Theatre for Young People to stage 'Really Rosie' ¢ Grant education subject of arts commission events ¢ Playwrights wanted for K.C. competition ¢ ESU magazine calls for poetry entries

Kansas artist remains prolific despite handicaps

Robert Pearson's first exposure to the arts moved him so much he moved right out of his hometown. An elementary school teacher took Pearson and his classmates to a symphony concert at Concordia High School. He'd never seen anything like it.

Turkish film takes top honors at Berlin festival

The story of a young Turkish-German woman who marries a man she doesn't love to escape her conservative Islamic family won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.


Art and the artist endure in 'Book of Flying'

In this original compendium of tales, a pale librarian and poet named Pico, in a city by the sea, falls in love with a beautiful winged girl named Sisi. To be one with her, he must grow wings, and so he sets forth on the journey that is this book to the "Morning City."

Saturday, February 14

6News video: Vermont Street BBQ hopes to move to Mass. Street

The popular barbecue restaurant's owners are in negotiations for the Paradise Cafe's former location. Vermont Street BBQ does not plan on changing its name with the move. They will have seats for customers but will continue to take delivery orders.

Fox finds romance in crime

It's Valentine's Day, so cuddle up and watch "Cops" with someone you love! You can't accuse the folks at Fox of excessive sentimentality.

6News video: Screen Scene

Only two movies open in area theaters this weekend, and that's because studios don't want to go up against Adam Sandler's latest flick, "50 First Dates." The comedian stars as a man trying to woo a girl played by Drew Barrymore whose recent head injury affects her short-term memory, thus causing her to forget the events of each new day. While the central romance is genuinely charming, the rest of the film has been incongruously Sandlerized with gross-out humor, uneven sight gags and Rob Schneider.

Barbecue shop may find home in Paradise

Deal to reopen downtown diner crumbles

Goodbye, hobo eggs. A deal to reopen the Paradise Cafe and bring back local favorites like hobo eggs, farmer's breakfast, Douglas County mud pie and other eclectic menu offerings apparently has fallen apart.


¢ OutKast act stirs complaints ¢ Another Chick's on the way ¢ 'Survivor' to move for hoops

Jackson trial likely this year

The judge in Michael Jackson's child-molestation case said Friday he wanted the trial to take place this year, and lawyers predicted they would be ready in December.

Iraqi image wins photo honor

A picture of a hooded Iraqi war prisoner holding his 4-year-old son at a U.S. detention camp, by Associated Press photographer Jean-Marc Bouju, won the World Press Photo of the Year award Friday.

Friday, February 13

True-crime drama really raises Cain

Superman becomes a super creep in the true-crime drama "The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story" (7 p.m., USA). Dean Cain ("Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman") stars as Scott Peterson, the now-notorious husband who reported his wife, Laci, missing on Christmas Eve 2002, only to become the suspect in her murder.

Review: Max Payne - Game Boy Advance

It might be late to the party on the small screen, but it proves to be one of the better action titles for the GBA

It might be late to the party on the small screen, but it proves to be one of the better action titles for the GBA


¢ Hasty Pudding fetes Bullock ¢ Hoffman graduates to new ride ¢ Jackson money troubles disputed

Malibu's plastic pairing plays itself out

After 43 years, Barbie and Ken call it quits -- amicably

Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken. After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time -- apart."

Best bets

'Dates' unsure of its identity

Adam Sandler is at war with his image and his audience in "50 First Dates." He stars in a fundamentally sweet romantic comedy that feels like it has been hastily Sandlerized to appeal to his legion of lunkheaded fans.

The worst gig

Musicians recall their most unpleasant (and often hazardous) times onstage

"What is the worst show you've ever played?" For several years, I've been asking touring musicians that question. Now after dozens -- possibly hundreds -- of interviews with national headliners and local standouts, I've compiled some of their more memorable responses.

Thursday, February 12

European reality show features flagrant racism

The Austrian reality show "Family Swap" takes the concept of the British hit "Wife Swap" further by mixing people with different backgrounds. It's a recipe for disaster, and that's the whole idea; most episodes offer plenty of fighting.

Review: Blowout - PS2, Xbox

Contra-style gameplay and a cheap price? Sounds too good to be true...

Contra-style gameplay and a cheap price? Sounds too good to be true...

Ten years on tap

Beloved local dive celebrates a decade of music, camaraderie

For places where people go to forget, bars sure make a lot of memories. Like the time Weezer drummer Pat Wilson came in belligerently drunk after a show at The Granada, creeped out the bar's female patrons and finally left at the prompting of his band mates. Or the time a drunken frat boy brought his bike in and went on bloody joy ride down the stairs and out the front door. Or maybe when a gutter punk peed on one of the bartenders and pulled out a cheap kitchen steak knife, only to be tackled by a patron.


¢ Garfunkel admits to drug charge ¢ Love a no-show in drug case ¢ Rawls settles relationship suit ¢ Zeta-Jones makes it a dozen

'Friends' tying up loose ends

With the end of "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) fast approaching, the comedy appears bent on resolving as many loose ends as possible. Chandler and Monica will adopt a kid and move to the suburbs; Phoebe and Mike (Paul Rudd) will marry tonight; and Ross and Rachel will finally get back together. Or maybe they won't. Nothing has to happen to Joey, because he gets his own spin-off show next season when "Joey" moves to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Fans and critics already have their knives out for this follow-up, but I'll at least wait for the pilot to offer my opinion.

Wednesday, February 11

'King' paired with two unlikely queens

Drama demands that we suspend our disbelief. But can you imagine Kevin James from "King of Queens" (CBS) ever dating Janeane Garofalo? That's exactly what we're asked to do when the edgy comic guest stars on the second of two episodes of "Queens" (8:30 p.m.). (Come to think of it, can you imagine Kevin James ever dating Leah Remini?)

City lets Replay keep liquor license

Commissioners to rethink rules governing downtown watering holes

The Replay will continue in play. Faced with an overflow crowd of supporters troubled about the future of the popular concert venue and watering hole at 946 Mass., the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a waiver that allows the bar to stay in business.

'Star Wars' strikes back with DVD

Digital versions of original trilogy to be released in September

"Star Wars" fans will finally get the Force-feeding they've been asking for. The original three "Star Wars" films -- among the most anticipated on DVD -- will be released in the digital format Sept. 21 in North America, LucasFilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced Tuesday.


¢ Timberlake tries acting ¢ Theater campaign staged ¢ Full-figured role ¢ CBS lawsuit withdrawn

Tuesday, February 10

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Nintendo thwarts "No new console" story

The gaming giant dispels a news report released yesterday.

The gaming giant dispels a news report released yesterday.

'NYPD Blue' is back on the beat

The wait is over for "NYPD Blue" (9 p.m., ABC) fans. The veteran police drama has been on hiatus since November. The series returns with a bang when a kidnapping victim (William Francis McGuire) with a bomb attached to his body handcuffs himself to Detective McDowell (Charlotte Ross). And what would "Blue" be without a few soapsuds? Jennifer Devlin (Chandra West) wants to split up with Detective Clark (Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

Fox scrubs up for TV return

Michael J. Fox couldn't resist the lure of television comedy or an executive producer's pleas.

Rosie O'Donnell bids tearful farewell to 'Taboo'

Minutes after the final curtain fell on "Taboo," the $10 million Broadway musical that folded after three months of mediocre ticket sales, producer Rosie O'Donnell stood outside the Plymouth Theatre wiping tears from her eyes.

KU alum vies for ESPN job

Reality show offering 'SportsCenter' anchor position

Kelly Milligan's true dream job? "If I had my choice, I would want to succeed Denny Matthews -- I would love nothing better than to see 162 Royals games a year and describe it all to the folks out there on the radio," said Milligan, who grew up in Nebraska and Topeka. "Play-by-play is always what I'd wanted to do when I was a kid. And I may be better suited for that than 'SportsCenter.'


¢ A 'Simple' road trip ¢ Royal baby boom ¢ Poison Penn remarks ¢ Diana Ross gets 2 days in jail

Q+A with Ming + FS

For those unfamiliar in the Junkyard arts, please prepare to be educated. Stepping up to their four decks with guitar and bass in hand (and a bevy of production equipment), Ming + FS whip their music into a mind-blowing frenzy, mixing razor sharp drum patterns with pin-point accurate scratching and chest caving bass.

Monday, February 9

'Brass' gives solid performance

From its elegant entrance to the tune of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" to its soulful jazz encore of "Echoes of Harlem," Canadian Brass offered an evening of delightful music and good humor Saturday at the Lied Center.

PBS revels in plastics

I always suspected that there were historical artifacts in the bottom of my mother's freezer, but until I watched "Tupperware!" (8 p.m., PBS) I was never truly sure. Best known for its solid biographies of American presidents and insightful documentaries about broad historical themes, this "American Experience" documentary takes a detailed and occasionally whimsical look at the burp-able plastic kitchen storage ware that launched a million living-room parties -- and turned thousands of housewives into entrepreneurs.

Beyonce tops Grammys with 5 wins

Luther Vandross, OutKast also big winners in telecast relegated to tape-delay

Balladeer Luther Vandross, recovering from a stroke, won four Grammys on Sunday including song of the year for "Dance With My Father," and Beyonce earned a record-tying five honors. OutKast won album of the year for "SpeakerBoxxx/The Love Below" in a ceremony televised by CBS on a five-minute delay to avoid anything like Janet Jackson's Super Bowl flesh flash.


¢ 'Barbershop 2' buzzes to No. 1 ¢ Bullock, Downey Jr. to get taste of Hasty Pudding ¢ Report: Spears may sue for pornography claims ¢ Queen still the champion

Hollywood grooving on mind-game movies

Hollywood is playing mind games at the movies these days. Memories are being erased like chalkboards. Sometimes they are wiped out entirely; at other times only the short-term recollection shorts out.

Replay Lounge license at risk

City Hall, bar owners overlooked renewal when due in spring

A goof-up at City Hall has patrons of a popular downtown bar worrying about its future. "The Replay Lounge is a Lawrence institution by now," longtime customer Caterina Benalcazar said Friday. "Them losing their license would mean the end of a key dimension of the Lawrence music scene."

Sunday, February 8

Arts notes

¢ '150 Years of Lingerie' strewn about museum ¢ Arts Commission calls for grant applicants ¢ Exhibit by KU alum explores culture clash ¢ Storyteller to recount medieval epic ¢ Arizona clarinetist slated as visiting artist ¢ Baroque ensemble plans concerts ¢ Horn Ensemble to play music of masters ¢ Spencer exhibit examines cultural past ¢ Lawrence student wins fiction contest ¢ Retired med professor to sign books ¢ Lawrence-based mag honored for design ¢ KU scholars part of Washburn book colloquium ¢ Groups needed for band battle

40 years after Sullivan, Beatles endure

It was black and white, and watched all over. In the days when hardly anyone had color television, on Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared live in the living rooms of 78 million Americans -- four out of every 10 -- on "The Ed Sullivan Show."


¢ Nicholson, Keaton go nude ¢ Sting is MusiCares person of year ¢ Harley dealership suing Shaq ¢ Judd offers advice for coping

Suspenseful 'Paranoia' contains twists, turns

Here's the premise: You're an underachiever who impersonated your company's vice president for corporate events and hired a fancy outside caterer for a loading-dock worker's retirement party.

Valentine's books give skinny on love

For those who won't be "making whoopee" on Valentine's Day, a new book offers the next best thing -- the etymology of the phrase. Sound romantic? Maybe not, but at least it's educational.

Poet's Showcase

'Uprooted' musician finds voice by going home

Joanne Shenandoah was born to sing. Her parents knew that from the beginning and chose the Oneida Iroquois name "She Sings" for their sable-haired daughter, who crooned at funerals, weddings and any place else she could find a stage.

Nonprofits compete for affection on holiday

Valentine's Day schedule forces sweethearts to play favorites

A handful of Lawrence nonprofits are hoping the arts fall near the top of your list of great loves this Valentine's Day. But you'll have to pick your favorite cause.

Trash the ordinary: Trade commercial trappings for DIY Valentine's Day gifts

The average American plans to spend $100 on cards, candy, flowers and jewelry this Valentine's Day, according to a National Retail Federation survey. But you don't have to be average.


Review: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Gamecube

If you have the luxury of friends who own GBAs, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles is a project that may satisfy a unique multiplayer desire.

If you have the luxury of friends who own GBAs, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles is a project that may satisfy a unique multiplayer desire.

Saturday, February 7


¢ Foxx to return as ESPYs host ¢ Sandler's pooch in doggy heaven ¢ NBC to Trump: You're not fired ¢ Fashion Week starts in N.Y.C.

6News video: Art a la carte

An elderly woman wanders into Central Park, perches on a bench and imagines everything happening around her is part of an elaborate opera. That's the bittersweet storyline of "Strawberry Fields," half of a K-U Opera double bill opening tonight in the Black Box Theatre.

Injured snowboarder to return to Letterman

A champion snowboarder injured doing a stunt on "The Late Show with David Letterman" will be a guest on Monday's show.

Events mark Reagan's birthday

Ronald Reagan turned 93 in seclusion Friday in his Los Angeles home while schoolchildren serenaded his wife, Nancy, at his presidential library and she dedicated the cornerstone for a new pavilion to house the former Air Force One.

Super Bowl fiasco overshadows Grammys

Should Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson be allowed to perform in or appear at the 46th Grammy Awards (7 p.m. Sunday, CBS)? As everybody knows, Jackson and Timberlake engaged in a rather vulgar act of showmanship during the halftime of last week's Super Bowl. I'll let others decide if this event represents the end of Western civilization or merely a media tempest in a D-cup.

Friday, February 6

James Monroe perpetuates bluegrass dynasty

The late Bill Monroe was known as the father of bluegrass music. To James Monroe, he was simply "father." "People expect more of you if you're the son or daughter of somebody famous," says Monroe. "They don't know exactly what to expect, but they know what Bill Monroe has done. I can't get up there and NOT be a very good musician and get by with it. I got to come with it pretty good."

Grammys seem to lack enduring relevance

One week after the Super Bowl, the Grammys now offer this Sunday's most dominant and overhyped entertainment option. And like the flashy Super Bowl halftime show, it's the best place on earth to celebrate style-over-substance. We can only pray that Missy Elliott won't be disrobed by Justin Timberlake at the awards show.


¢ Joe Jackson opens restaurant ¢ McGraw lands first big film role ¢ Johnny Rotten quits reality TV ¢ 'That '70s Show' nears end

Roll on buddy: James Monroe preserves father's legend while creating his own

Being the offspring of a musical legend can be either a blessing or a curse. Either you find your own voice and risk alienating your core audience, or you waste away in musical purgatory fanning the flames of your elders' success.

Liza Minnelli, the new heavyweight champ?

David Gest was the groom at the freakiest celebrity sideshow wedding of the decade. Fans of tabloid silliness can't get enough of him. Gest, best known for producing Michael Jackson's concerts, looks like a bad "after" picture on "Extreme Makeover." The man has eyebrows that raise eyebrows.

Jesus film gets boost from Christians

Churches are reserving entire theaters for opening day. A national evangelical organization is helping sell tickets from its Web site. Pastors are planning sermons timed to the movie's Ash Wednesday release.

Best bets

Thursday, February 5


¢ Barrymore receives her star ¢ Singers' mom a fugitive ¢ Miss USA courts Paris ¢ Whale memorialized in U.S.

Inside The Skin Of a Killer

Charlize Theron Tears Into Role of a Lifetime In Violent 'Monster'

In less than two hours, Charlize Theron changes from second-tier actress to a formidable candidate to hoist that golden trophy above her head come Feb. 29.

Local website lands big Halo 2 interview

KU students bring together local gamers with website

KU students bring together local gamers with website

Review :: Sam, "Miracles"

If the most direct songs are the hardest ones to write, then Sam Billen must have a heart homing device. In the course of two albums with his band The Billions and this, his first solo album, Billen has addressed issues of faith, love and loss with a clarity more commonly associated with preachers than with songwriters.

'Friends' sweeps in a dormant plotline

Oh boy, February sweeps begin. Once upon a time, this monthlong, ratings-grabbing extravaganza brought original movies, miniseries and genuine excitement. It has become a festival of stunt casting and gimmickry. The best that can be said of sweeps is that at least it forces the networks to run original episodes, and pay some attention to character development and story lines.

Breast shot edited out

Janet Jackson's revealing Super Bowl halftime moment has created fallout for "ER," with NBC removing a glimpse of an elderly patient's breast in tonight's episode.

Love is just what the 'ER' doctors order

Love is always the best medicine on "ER."

Wednesday, February 4


¢ Shriver quits NBC job ¢ No star treks for Patrick Stewart ¢ James Brown seeks annulment ¢ Vandross won't make Grammys

City rejects variance to allow restaurant to serve alcohol

Lawrence's newest downtown restaurant will not be allowed to serve beer, the Lawrence City Commission decided Tuesday night.

Sweet Transvestites: KC-based theater group brings Rocky Horror to Lawrence

Brad Majors is always an asshole. Janet Weiss is always a slut. If you don't already know these two things by the time you set foot in The Rocky Horror Show, you may be in for a surprise.

Blake lawyer blames killing on Brando son

Robert Blake's defense blamed Marlon Brando's son, Christian, in a court hearing Tuesday for the slaying of Blake's wife and said that the younger Brando was currently a fugitive.

Bleak drama a refreshing change for TV movies

"The Blackwater Lightship" (8 p.m., CBS) could be the "feel-bad" TV movie of the year. And that's a good thing. With the networks moving toward increasingly inane and inoffensive material, CBS deserves credit for broadcasting an old-fashioned quality drama about illness, death, silences and family secrets featuring solid performances by three generations of fine actresses.

Tuesday, February 3

Q&A with The People :: The populist view

Kansas City's The People are nearing a release date for their debut album from Astralwerks Records, and it will most likely be released under the name Populist. That's right, scoop-hungry reader. Apparently a band from the '60s still owns the rights to the name "The People." Still, with a new label, a new record, a new name, and an impending wedding, Ben Grimes can't find anything better to do than talk with about Springfield, Christian industrial music, and The People's early works.

CBS, singers uncomfortably exposed

Suddenly, Britney and Madonna's smoochfest seems G-rated. Janet Jackson's performance with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday has sparked a federal investigation and set new standards for raunch in an entertainment industry that seems to be setting new highs -- or lows -- every day.

A show that was great in '88 still works today

A Massachusetts Democrat emerges as the leading contender to challenge George Bush for the White House. His rivals include a quotable African-American minister, a brash young Southern senator and a Missouri congressman named Gephardt.


¢ Trebek is game to go on ¢ Sharpening the shears ¢ Praise for the revolution ¢ Gore's son sentenced

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Monday, February 2

Marijuana thriving behind closed doors

Indoor crop mostly avoiding detection

Douglas County smoked the rest of the state when it came to the number of indoor marijuana plants seized by law-enforcement agencies the past two years, according to new data compiled by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Best bets

Even historical myths are big in Texas

Hector Elizondo narrates "Remember the Alamo" on "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings), a documentary that sets out to explode many historical and Hollywood myths about the famous siege and the war with Mexico.

CBS offers apology for incident

CBS apologized on Sunday for an unexpectedly R-rated end to its Super Bowl halftime show, when singer Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's top, exposing her breast.


¢ 'Lord of the Rings' director lands Modern Master Award ¢ Ray Charles a 'cultural treasure' ¢ Snoop won't face lawsuit over telephone message ¢ 'You Got Served' hoofs it to No. 1 box office spot

Super Bowl serves up surprises

Stars, streaker show up for big game

For the humdrum New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, putting on a show to match the glitz, glitter and star power of the rest of Super Bowl Sunday was no easy task.

Sunday, February 1

'Gimme Shelter' filmmaker dies at 72

Charlotte Zwerin, who was in the vanguard of American documentary filmmaking for four decades as an editor and director and who collaborated with David and Albert Maysles on the landmark "Gimme Shelter," has died. She was 72.

Jazz world mourns Garden City death

Piano-playing songwriter and Grammy nominee Mantooth dead at 56

Grammy award-nominated jazz musician Frank Mantooth died Friday at his home in Garden City. He was 56. Coroner Harold Perkins said Mantooth died from natural causes but couldn't be more specific. Perkins said final autopsy results have not been released.

Opera diva plows into 'Strawberry Fields,' again

In the opera "Strawberry Fields," an elderly woman meanders into Central Park, sits on a bench and begins to imagine all the hustle and bustle around her is part of an elaborate opera.

Spring, Sunday Morning

The 'write' rhythm

In prose and verse, contest winners nail poetic timing, voice

Winning an award named for "Black Poet Laureate" Langston Hughes has been especially meaningful in different ways for fiction writer Tasha Haas and poet Nedra Rogers.

Flute performance qualifies KU alumna for national contest

For flutist Annie Davidson, it's not just practice, but also persistence, that makes perfect. Davidson, a Russell native who graduated in May 2003 with a bachelor's degree in flute performance from Kansas University, won first place in the division-level Music Teachers National Assn. competition Jan. 16 in Boulder, Colo. She now proceeds to the final round of the MTNA Young Artist Competition, March 29 in Kansas City, Mo.

Dollars for decadence sweeten Baldwin arts

Chocolate Auction set for Feb. 8

Twelve hours spent carving a 3-pound cylinder of chocolate into a life-like deciduous tree have temporarily ruined Baldwin sculptor Karen Bayer's appetite for chocolate.

George Catlin's Indian Gallery reassembled in K.C.

"George Catlin and His Indian Gallery," an exhibit that showcases more than 120 works of art from one of the most important collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opens Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Arts notes

¢ KU seniors showing fruits of art training ¢ KC Singers to have musical auditions ¢ Jazz concert honors Lawrence native ¢ Visiting Artist Series hosts bassoonist, pianist ¢ KU art department brings noted painter to campus ¢ Concert to benefit arts center children ¢ Tapestries, collages compose CornerBank show ¢ 'Alterna-folk' star Patty Larkin coming ¢ Van Go show asks 'Have a Heart'

'Beautylicious:' charm school with a little color

What are you reading?

Generational saga better than all right

Tessa Hadley has written gorgeous contradictions and harmonious and inharmonious interactions into a warm novel that follows the contours of four generations of a family and, in the end, shows us ourselves.


Jackson supporter attacks magazine article

Saying the public should remember that Michael Jackson is presumed innocent until proven guilty, a friend of the Jackson family criticized a magazine article that portrayed the embattled singer negatively.

News shows

Books give child's-eye view of civil rights movement

Poet's showcase

Arts notes

¢ Tapestries, collages in CornerBank show ¢ KU art program brings noted painter to campus ¢ Visiting Artist Series features bassoon, piano ¢ Dance concert celebrates first steps ¢ Outdoor sculpture show calls for entries ¢ Love is in the air at the Olive Gallery