Wednesday, June 30
You've heard of Civil War re-enactors. But are you ready for movie re-enactors? The new series "Into Character" (9 p.m., AMC) gives obsessive film buffs the chance to live out scenes from their favorite movies. And if you think that's sad in a "get-a-life" kind of way, don't dare watch tonight's installment, in which two underemployed slackers spend two weeks of intensive training to "become" characters from "The Blues Brothers." Let's see, that makes them fake versions of fake versions of real blues musicians.
Al Sharpton, who failed in his last bid for a new job -- U.S. president -- now has a job on a reality TV show that guides people on career makeovers.
¢ Princess Di memorial opens ¢ Counterfeit suspected in Salvador Dali show ¢ Wedding bells
Shawn Harrel sat down for dinner at La Familia Cafe and Cantina and noticed something was missing.
Enforcement of ban to be on complaint basis
At midnight tonight, indoor smoking at most public places will become illegal in Lawrence.
Michael Moore is the most dangerous man in America ... at least he is to the sitting presidency. And sitting is a fitting description of how the filmmaker views George W. Bush.
"Spider-Man 2" is the kind of mainstream blockbuster film that Hollywood wishes it could make every time they invest over $100 million. Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead 2," "The Quick and the Dead") has always been known for delivering a knockout visual flair to his movies, so it's no surprise that "Spider-Man 2" features not only some of the best special effects ever put on film, but also a wild energy just barely harnessed by the screen. The real revelation is that the director has evolved into an absolute master storyteller.
Tuesday, June 29
When I was growing up in Nutley, N.J., I spent many of my idle summer hours at something called "recreation," set up by the parks department to keep bored kids busy with board games, arts and crafts, softball and checkers. How did I know that I was really doing research for 21st-century television programming?
Novel mirrors shootings at Columbine
Just look at the cover of "Shooter" (Amistad/HarperTempest, $15.99), the new book by acclaimed young-adult author Walter Dean Myers, and you'll know that it's not going to be pleasant reading.
Now comes a real thrill for the pride of Snellville.
¢ Michael Moore thanks critics ¢ The time is right ¢ No thank you, Bam
Monday, June 28
Hundreds turn out in Brookville for chance to be in low-budget Western
About 500 people -- at least 100 more than live in this central Kansas town -- turned out for a chance to be an extra in a low-budget Western that will be filmed here.
Patricia Neal discusses her charmed career and doomed private live with host Robert Osborne on "Private Screenings" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies). Barely out of college, Neal took Broadway by storm, winning a Tony award in 1947, the first year they were presented. Her co-star in her first film, "John Loves Mary," was a Warner Bros. player named Ronald Reagan. Later, she stole the lead role in "The Fountainhead" (1949) from Barbara Stanwyck and then stole the heart of the movie's leading man, Gary Cooper. The handsome, very married Cooper would be her lover for five years.
¢ Documentary the hottest ticket ¢ Mermaids on parade ¢ Guitar sale sets record ¢ Bikinis draw throngs
These are interesting times for Lawrence's anarchists. The current administration -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft -- might as well be the antichrist incarnate. The war on terrorism, the occupation of Iraq, the Patriot Act, environmental policy...the list is as long as it is ominous. But though most members of the Lawrence Anarchist Black Cross (LABC) would like to see changes (if not a revolution) in the U.S. government, the bulk of the group's efforts are focused on change at the local level...
Sunday, June 27
Lawrence residents will have to wait -- though not for long -- for Michael Moore's controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" to be shown in the city.
Show features prisoners' creative work
Ernest Martinez can work magic with a 40-cent handkerchief and some leftover oddities. Martinez, an inmate at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, Texas, uses coffee grounds, pencil shavings and aloe vera lotion to decorate handkerchiefs made by prison laborers. His work, along with the creative stylings of other inmates, will be displayed at "Freedom Unbound: Art from within American Gulags," an art show sponsored by the Lawrence Anarchist Black Cross. The exhibit opens Wednesday night at the 4-1-1 Studio.
For the past several weeks, I have watched with increasing interest the Journal-World's series of occasional feature stories about Lawrence residents who have the same names as famous people. First there was Roy Williams, then James Bond and, most recently, Minnie Pearl.
On a Lawrence farm, a deaf student uses his hands to communicate
Pinwheel Farm lies quiet but for bird songs, the rustling of a llama in its pen and the not-so-distant wail of a train whistle. Yet Rickie Bridges, standing next to heaps of freshly sheared sheep's wool, is talking up a storm.
"Never having found a real woman with whom he could sustain a more than temporary connection, Ellery Pierce, a technician at a firm that made animatronic creatures for movie studios and theme parks, decided to fabricate one from scratch."
Lawrence psychologist's latest book confronts anxiety, fear and shame
It sounds odd, Harriet Lerner admits, but fear can be a positive teacher. Even the fear inspired by the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- when Lerner was in New York on a book tour and watched fear barrel into the hearts of the American people -- forged healthy, human connections.
It's summer and romance is in the air -- or at least in the air surrounding the University Theatre's first summer production: "Romance Romance."
The first woman to become the general director of the San Francisco Opera announced Thursday that she won't renew her contract when it expires in two years.
It was an image that captured the country's attention: a 6-year-old black girl walking into an all-white school in New Orleans, protected by federal marshals.
A Cajun town about 150 miles west of here is playing historical detective. It is offering a reward of $2,000 for the recovery of a New Deal mural its post office once had on its wall and lost.
Seaside islands usually serve as artistic inspiration for famous artists more often than they host an exhibition of rare works.
The view from inside the barn illustrated in Andrew Wyeth's "Spring Fed" remains the same: A metal bucket hangs over a stone trough brimming with cold water, the barnyard and Kuerner Hill visible through a lone window.
¢ Lawrence City Band to celebrate America ¢ Lawrence has history of radical abolition ¢ Osage author to talk at arts center ¢ LOYO deadline fast approaching ¢ Art guild opens all-member show ¢ Guild announces arts contributions
Tens of thousands of people Saturday packed The Mall near Buckingham Palace as London's leg of the Olympic torch relay drew to a close at a star-studded concert.
Movie tops $8 million on first day
"Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush, took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said Saturday.
Saturday, June 26
The "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" trend takes a weird new twist in the 2004 Canadian shocker "Decoys" (8 p.m. today, Sci Fi). Equal parts "Species" (6 p.m. today, Sci Fi) and "Porky's," the film explores this mind-boggling question: What if a group of sexy sorority sisters were really extraterrestrial beings out to seduce randy college freshman and freeze them to death with their tentacles?
The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case reinforced the wall of secrecy around grand jury transcripts and other evidence Friday and said that trying to ensure a fair trial for such a famous entertainer was "exasperating."
Monica Lewinsky begs to differ. The former White House intern scorned Bill Clinton's explanation that he had an affair with her "just because I could," and accused the former president of failing to correct the record and make clear their relationship was mutual in his new memoir.
¢ Spears engaged to dancer ¢ Ross plays to hometown crowd ¢ INXS turns to TV for new singer
If you're looking for entertainment options outside of this weekend's Kansas Chautauqua, there's plenty to do in the area.
Friday, June 25
When did Friday become news night? All three major networks now regularly schedule newsmagazines on Friday nights. PBS has a history of airing business and political talk shows on Fridays, and now they have Bill Moyers and Tucker Carlson as ideological bookends.
¢ Destiny's Child plans reunion ¢ Letters detailed Charles' affair ¢ John previews 'Billy Elliot' songs ¢ Judd the new face of beauty
The set of "Two Brothers" was like a reverse zoo: The tigers roamed free while the humans paced back and forth in cages. The sweet-natured story from director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who made the 1988 wildlife drama "The Bear," chronicles two tiger siblings who are reunited in adulthood after being snatched into the human world.
It's hard to understand the fascination of watching men in drag. Those who enjoy this spectacle think simply parading around as a woman is amusing in itself. That's really only true if those in drag are given something funny to do or say.
Thursday, June 24
"Fahrenheit 9/11," a blistering critique of President Bush by filmmaker Michael Moore, debuted Wednesday night in the nation's capital amid fierce controversy over its political message.
Have the folks in the ABC programming department fallen asleep? Or have they just hung up a "gone fishin"' sign? How else do you explain the return of back-to-back episodes of "Whose Line is It Anyway?" (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ABC)? This comedy improvisation showcase was run to death by ABC and has been airing on cable since Coolidge was president. As always, Drew Carey hosts and Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady perform.
Promoters prepare to adapt music festival for next year
Two days after last weekend's Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival wrapped up its successful debut, it was announced that this summer's Lollapalooza tour had been canceled due to poor ticket sales. The news emphasized how difficult it is for even an event as established and well-respected as Lollapalooza to remain viable.
Lawrence R&B act 3 A.M. tries to harmonize in a town dominated by college rock
It's a good thing local trio 3 A.M. isn't afraid of a challenge. Because for an R&B group trying to make it in an indie-rock dominated town like Lawrence, there are plenty of roadblocks ahead. "Any time we do a show, it's mostly alternative with some rock or rap. We're the only R&B cats that are really SINGING around here," Brian Harris says. "It's hard to get shows, but at the same time it sets us apart."
¢ A whole new ball game ¢ Sexiest newscaster sought ¢ Clapton sets charity auction ¢ 'Jeopardy!' winner sets record
Wednesday, June 23
There are two kinds of people in the world -- those who feel they have the right to harass perfect strangers and call it "entertainment," and those who don't. And speaking as one of those who doesn't, I have an ever-growing desire to punch those who do.
The Lollapalooza music festival tour has been canceled because of poor ticket sales, according to its Web site.
There's no place like home, and there's no song like "Over the Rainbow."
¢ Actress Liv Tyler pregnant ¢ Affleck keeps a poker face ¢ Olsen twin has eating disorder ¢ Movie to keep R rating
Sculpture moved to avoid further damage
The shorter they are, the quicker they fall. The fate of a public sculpture at Eighth and Massachusetts streets seems to have confirmed that variation on the adage.
Tuesday, June 22
¢ Third 'Bill' not due for 15 years ¢ Communication breakdown ¢ Houston sets China date ¢ Fair and balanced -- not
With eccentric comedic performers like Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Rip Torn, this low-brow affair should have contained enough offbeat moments to elevate itself from the mucky muck of dick-and-fart-joke movies. Instead, the movie dodges laughs as rapidly as it panders for them.
John Travolta hosts "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs" (7 p.m., CBS), the American Film Institute's countdown of the best 100 songs used in American movies.
The scene is one you'd expect in an election year: The university gym hums with lobbyists, activists, and political committee members, all engaged in serious conversation. Men in suits and less well-heeled college students hand out fliers about upcoming legislation and community meetings.
Campers voluntarily clean site, place trash by side of road
Beer-can cartons, soggy towels, discarded tent poles, melting chocolate-chip cookies and a pack of cigarette rolling papers littered the ground at one abandoned camp site. But that kind of scene was the exception Monday morning in the aftermath of the three-day Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton State Park. Overall, concertgoers and others say, campers did their part to keep the park clean.
As any one who has been to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield can testify, the best moments usually happen impromptu. It seems appropriate, then, that filmmakers Rob Shoffner and Mike Hannah took the same approach to making a documentary of the festival.
Monday, June 21
¢ 'Dodgeball' bombards box office ¢ Almost famous ¢ Out of the house
"I'm on a personal quest for musical cleansing, I think," Amy Padgett said. "Either that or I'm nuts."
Four-day event ends with fans praising bands, cursing chiggers
Some were tired, and some itched all over, but one thing was clear for those attending the final day of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton State Park: They had a blast.
Is nature savage? Or cute? For decades, cartoons presented animals and even insects as anthropomorphic creatures endowed with intelligence, nobility, humor and even sarcasm. Even "Bambi," the most heart-wrenching of the classic Disney films, depicts man, not beasts, as killers. Nature films were different, showing us the primal urges of the wild kingdom. In raw footage, lions did not sit down to eat with napkins, knives and forks. For them, dining meant murder.
CD released this week
Phish musicians have never done well in the small puddle of the studio. They've always excelled in the oceanic expanse of the concert stage. As with their obvious role models, The Grateful Dead, Phish's albums have roughly the same relationship to their live shows that movie trailers do to feature films: They're mere hints of what's to come.
Guide relays tips, solace for parents
What parent of a teenager hasn't heard the refrain, often accompanied by an exaggerated eye-roll, and with an emphasis on the second syllable for maximum insolence: "Whatever, Mom"?
The Chemical Ali you are most frustrated with is not the one who unleashed a torrent of chemical weapons attacks on the Kurds and killed nearly 5,000 people. No, you are peeved because a Lawrence band of the same name has eluded your grasp for too long.
Sunday, June 20
¢ John Brown (David Matheny) ¢ David Rice Atchison (David Dickerson) ¢ Frederick Douglass (Charles Everett Pace) ¢ Clarina Nichols (Diane Eickhoff) ¢ Abraham Lincoln (Richard Johnson) ¢ Stephen A. Douglas (Fred Krebs)
The comic known as the David Letterman of Great Britain is looking for a fresh start.
Moore asked to change name of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
Ray Bradbury is demanding an apology from filmmaker Michael Moore for lifting the title from his classic science-fiction novel "Fahrenheit 451" without permission and wants the new documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" to be renamed.
¢ Lee gets life achievement prize ¢ Lithgow lends hand to theater ¢ Russia welcomes film celebrities ¢ Actress likes license to 'poke fun'
The sound of music reached a crescendo Saturday at Clinton State Park as more bands took the stage and more people came to enjoy the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.
History revived: Bleeding Kansas coming to life
A century ago, a city the size of Lawrence would never have been included on the chautauqua circuit.
Topeka man exhibits private Sudlow collection
When Horace Eubank saw his first Robert Sudlow painting, he had no idea it would spark a passion for the noted Lawrence landscape artist's work that would last nearly 40 years -- and counting.
Art history may be repeating itself, at least in the case of Aaron Douglas.
John Staniunas touts an unusual selling point for "Romance Romance," a musical that opens the Kansas Summer Theatre season Friday night.
Don't call them actors. The scholars portraying historical figures in "Bleeding Kansas: Where the Civil War Began" have spent exponentially more time studying their characters than the average star of stage or screen.
¢ Lawrence man is among 'America's Sweetest Dads' ¢ It's a pirate's life for City Youth Theatre ¢ Historians detail anti-slavery in Lawrence ¢ Two art guilds join forces ¢ Lawrence City Band sends in the clowns ¢ Ad Astra Galleria mounts eclectic new show ¢ Art guild names officers, coordinators ¢ Art guild's monthly meeting Monday ¢ Kansas Touring Roster open for submissions ¢ Film Institute announces new scholarship program
Parenthood is a balancing act when you're a dualing dad
No one had to tell second-grader Haley Fischer that being in her father's art class at Prairie Park School would be different than hanging out with him at home.
Parenthood is a balancing act when you're a dualing dad
t's not like Isaac Flynn gets to be in Mom and Dad's band just because he's their son. He rocks.
Like many poets, Kay Ryan values time more than money -- a preference that has left her savings account lean.
Karen Brichoux's first novel, "Coffee and Kung Fu," was heralded by Cosmopolitan and People magazines as a stellar summer beach read. Her book covers feature hunky guys in tight jeans and catchy slogans written in hot pink.
Saturday, June 19
Friends of Ray Charles sent the late singer off on a high note Friday.
¢ Kingston claims no 'ER' ageism ¢ Givens sued for hitting pedestrian ¢ Kennedy gets cable access show ¢ 'Hawaii Five-O' star honored
Crowds at music jam grow throughout day
Though waterlogged, tired and even snake-bitten, concert-goers at the first Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival continue to jam at Clinton State Park.
The judge in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case reduced her felony convictions to misdemeanors Friday and allowed her to finish probation unsupervised.
Friday, June 18
"Monk" (9 p.m., USA) enters its third season with a field trip. The defective detective and his squad venture to Manhattan to interview a suspect who may have clues to Monk's wife's murder. Barely in town for five minutes, they stumble upon the murder of a Latvian diplomat and his entourage.
The crowd wasn't "waist-deep," per se, but Thursday evening a steady flow of traffic from around the Midwest rolled into Clinton State Park for Day 1 of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.
The history of Kill Creek in many ways runs parallel to the history of Lawrence's music scene. The band helped build the stage for the legendary punk rock dive The Outhouse; it survived the "alternative" hype machine in the early '90s; it weathered eight drummers and countless near-implosions and stayed afloat long enough to play shows with a whole new generation of bands it influenced, including The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary and The Casket Lottery.
It's June. Couples all over America are saying "I do" to ridiculously elaborate and expensive wedding celebrations. The Food Network does its part to hype the need for conspicuous reception consumption with a full day and night of wedding-themed programming, including "Emeril Live: Piece of Cake" (7 p.m. today, Food Network), which features an interview with Toba Garrett, author of "The Well Decorated Cake" (Sterling, 2003).
There is plenty of added pressure when attending an event such as the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.
The word "terminal" has always proved a little distressing when visiting an airport.
Musical prodigy Robert Randolph brings a family groove to the Wakarusa Festival
For Robert Randolph, music has been a lifelong family affair.
¢ 'Bachelor' breaks up with fiancee ¢ Bloom one of 'hottest bachelors' ¢ Madonna picks Hebrew name ¢ Star recipients announced
While the White House and the Republican National Committee have taken an official "no comment" approach to Michael Moore and his new anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," some conservatives have mobilized a letter-writing campaign and crafted ads that slam the film and its maker.
Former President Clinton tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that he never considered resigning and is proud he fought efforts to impeach him amid the scandal over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Thursday, June 17
Plum Sykes strides hurriedly into Soho House, one of Manhattan's most exclusive spots, her Manolo (Blahnik, of course) loafers clacking on the floor, a white rabbit scarf by Tommy (Hilfiger, of course) draping her neck. "I am having such a manic day," she said. "It's absolutely bonkers!"
Thousands expected for four-day music event
Normally, the visitors to 63-year-old Perry Buck's front yard at Clinton State Park are quiet. Finches come for the birdseed. Deer come to sample the salt licks. This weekend, the area in front of Buck's trailer will be full of a noisier kind of wildlife: thousands of festival-going music fans.
Wednesday, June 16
Two die at popular music festival
The third annual Bonnaroo festival last weekend notched its best numbers yet for gross and attendance, but two fatalities cast a pall on the event.
¢ Glen Campbell gets 10 days in jail ¢ Blame it on Paris ¢ But can she sing? ¢ Prince Harry maps out future
More than 30 years after its cancellation, "The Beverly Hillbillies" lives on. Two out of three Fox comedies debuting tonight are blatant imitations of the comic story about a man named Jed. It's almost impossible to conceive of the popularity of this comedy about a poor mountaineer trying to keep his family fed.
Tuesday, June 15
There was a time when Jamie Masefield was playing in 5 different bands on a number of different instruments and free lancing gigs across New England. But in none of these experiences was he getting to play jazz on the mandolin. In 1993, he began booking one night a month at a non-profit coffeehouse in Burlington called The Last Elm Café, a move that put his vision on the map. The name, "the Jazz Mandolin Project" began as a personal title toward a goal toward which he would focus all his energy. Masefield put his Project on hold just long enough to grant lawrence.com this interview.
That guy in the hat singing for Nashville favorites BR549 is from Lawrence. But did leaving our campestral municipality make him all highfalutin'? Hell, no. He still answers the phone when we call, and answers the stupidest questions we can throw at him. Nice manners, that Mead boy.
TBS cleans up show's content for viewers
When Carrie asked Mr. Big if he'd like to come up to her apartment in the "Sex and the City" finale, he answered with a phrase that fans recognized from the very first episode.
¢ James Brown won't contest domestic violence charge ¢ Reality-show contestant makes own 'Big Brother' statement ¢ Glen Campbell's sentencing delayed for performance
Lucero's a weird band. Are they southern rock? Emo? Indie? An alt-country Nickelback? Or are they just a hard-working rock band trying to, in the words of Elvis Presley (with whom they share a practice space), "Follow That Dream." lawrence.com spoke with the craggy-voiced singer about murder, Tiger Style Records, and murder.
Vietnam show tribute to Bob Dylan, others
Organizers of the biggest international music concert ever scheduled in Vietnam have canceled the event less than two weeks before the show, but it was unclear why.
Vin Diesel is back, four years after originating the role that made him an up-and-coming action hero. He plays Riddick; a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship.
There are lots of mountains in the world but few are older or wiser than the Blue Ridge of Virginia. An hour's drive west from the state capital, foothills cradle the small city of Charlottesville where generations of workers, artists and students have built a progressive community steeped in the best traditions of the American South. The Hackensaw Boys first began playing their joyful blend of old-time and bluegrass string-band music on the streets of Charlottesville in the autumn of 1999. Later, in the year 2004, lawrence.com spoke with said Boys regarding some hippie fest they're playing here in Lawrence, Kansas.
The reality spoof "Joe Schmo" (9 p.m., Spike) returns for a second season. If it had a subtitle, it might be "The Revenge of the Actors and Writers." As we all know, reality TV has decimated the ranks of comedy actors and scriptwriters.
After losing a founding member to cancer in 2002, Leftover Salmon faced an uncertain future. But two years later they've proven you can't keep Salmon down. We know how that can be. lawrence.com speaks with Drew Emmitt about the new record, the road and feta cheese.
What the hell are Spoon doing at the Wakarusa Music Festival? Well, just like everyone else who doesn't have a golden retriever wearing a bandana, they're here to see Guided by Voices. But that's not important. What's important is that they're here to rock you in a Spoon-like fashion. Thank goodness we're not in Wyoming. Sure, they've got mountains, but we've got Spoon.
According to eonline.com and ukhairdressers.com, Bob Schneider has been romantically linked to Sandra Bullock. So whatever you think about his music, it comes down to who's dated Sandra Bullock. And you haven't. But never mind the Bullocks. The Austin music veteran was also a member of the Scabs and has a regular gig at the legendary Antones. So there.
Monday, June 14
Last summer, enough viewers preferred "The O.C." to repeat helpings of "The Guardian" to make that sun-dappled soap a success. Will the same happy fate befall "North Shore" (7 p.m., Fox)? Don't bet on it.
Sale proceeds sought to fight against GOP
Andy Warhol's pop creations, William Wegman's offbeat portraits and the abstract drawings of Willem de Kooning are more than works of art to some Democrats.
¢ 'Harry Potter' retains No. 1 magic ¢ It's a girl for Courteney Cox ¢ When reality bites ¢ Garcia's wine selling just fine
Sunday, June 13
Courtney Love surrendered to police Friday for allegedly assaulting a 32-year-old woman with a liquor bottle at the home of her former manager, authorities said.
Brett Mosiman spends most of his time trying to think like someone else. That's the life of a music promoter.
¢ Chan ready for dramatic change ¢ Spears lends image to perfume ¢ Yellow sale to honor cyclist ¢ 'Flipper' cast members reunite
Blustery winds off Clinton Lake and dark skies didn't discourage organizers of Saturday evening's outdoor fund-raiser for Van Go Mobile Arts.
The flyer for one half of E.M.U. Theatre's upcoming double bill merits a double take.
¢ Photographers featured at CornerBank exhibit ¢ Fireside books revive dime novel tradition ¢ City's founders spurred by charity, economy ¢ Lawrence City Band to celebrate children ¢ KPR comedy show ends season Saturday ¢ Lawrence artist selected for national park program ¢ Museum unrolls exhibit on bicycle history ¢ Children's Museum coming to Lawrence ¢ Nelson highlights permanent collection ¢ Topeka school offers Harry Potter class ¢ Ottawa genealogists play host to fair
Minnie Pearl Thomas peers out from her front porch, watching an old station wagon cough by on the street.
Merav Singer's repertoire is likely a little more varied than those of most violinists. "I play everything -- lots of classical, very Romantic pieces, encore music, Broadway show tunes, country, theme songs from movies, 'Titanic,' 'Schindler's List' ... songs that people recognize," says Singer, 32.
Sculptures add whimsy to downtown
The answer was blowing in the wind. And James Darrel Kizer found it not long after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Lawrence sculptor had been working on a series of giant aluminum dancers and was about half finished when he sat down to watch television that calamitous morning in 2001.
At some point, all readers have been disappointed by an anthology's selection. If you're Harold Bloom, there's a simple solution -- create your own.
Right, left battle over merit of political tract
Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter with Kansas" is a wonderful telling of political change in Kansas on both a personal and social level.
'The Devil You Know,' by former Lawrence author, written from experience
Forget angry bears or hunters' stray bullets. Accidental tragedies are the least of concerns in the northern Minnesota backwoods of Wayne Johnson's latest novel, "The Devil You Know."
Right, left battle over merit of political tract
Democrats becoming Republicans is a common story and the subject of Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Frank, a Kansas native, is the odd duck who made the reverse transformation.
Businesses hope festival boosts industry
Lawrence music promoters make a living by creating enthusiasm, but even they are finding it difficult to be enthusiastic about the financial health of the city's music scene.
Saturday, June 12
Inhuman. Shape-shifter. Spirit channeler. Too perfect.
¢ Italian author wins Spanish prize ¢ Hilton coming to 'Late Show' ¢ Costner revels in baseball glory
The deliciously dark and irrepressibly funny funeral-home soap opera "Six Feet Under" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO) returns for a fourth season. Unlike "The Sopranos," which frequently ignores minor and major characters for weeks at a time, "Six" keeps all of the players in the mix.
The grainy black-and-white photos offer an intimate look at a prewar middle-class European family. The girls celebrate birthdays, play in sandboxes and on the beach, hug a teddy bear. The images reveal no hint of impending catastrophe.
Friday, June 11
¢ Shields lauds biotechnology ¢ Jamaican-Briton wins book award ¢ Donald Duck turns 70
The creators of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "She's Gone," "Let's Stay Together" and "American Pie" are all getting their due.
Unlike the vast majority of celebrity profiles that simply reiterate the obvious and belabor the hideous, tonight's two-hour "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) taught me many things I did not know and reminded me of other things I had forgotten about Liza Minnelli. This troubled and talented singer, dancer and actress has spent the better part of five decades trying to get out from under the shadow of her doomed mother.
When MTV came to Las Vegas three years ago, some of the Strip's biggest hotel-casinos refused to host "The Real World."
Horror classic from the 1970s given comedic facelift
Before the advance press screening of "The Stepford Wives" in Kansas City, members of Ron McGee's Late Night Theatre troupe performed a number from their musical of the same name. The company of female impersonators donned sun hats and sundresses while pushing around shopping carts during a lip-synched homage to the grocery scene from the original 1975 movie.
Marc Roberge, a seasoned lead singer with little-boy charm, used to tip-toe around love songs when penning lyrics for his band, O.A.R.
Papa Mali or Mother Kali ...
Ray Charles, who against unthinkable odds created one of the great musical legacies of the 20th century, died Thursday at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He was 73.
The stealth genre was pioneered by the original Thief. How does this latest iteration stack up?
The stealth genre was pioneered by the original Thief. How does this latest iteration stack up?
Coup d'Etat plans to make Lawrence rapper Approach a star. But don't tell him that...
The scene is a club in Germany. Nearly a thousand raucous, bouncing kids have packed the house to see Souls of Mischief, an internationally known hip-hop clan that helped define the underground sound of Oakland, Calif. But before A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai (the four members of S.O.M.) take the stage, the anxious audience must first meet the opening act - Lawrence, Kan.'s Sean Hunt, a.k.a. Approach.
Wakarusa Festival organizers cope with mounting biggest music event area has ever seen
"It's a cool word that nobody knows what it means," says Brett Mosiman.
Thursday, June 10
¢ New charge leveled against Courtney Love ¢ Lopez invited back to host Latin Grammys ¢ Ailing country icon ¢ Boogie-woogie fever's what he's talking about
For local "minimal beat jazz" trio Free All Beats, karma takes priority over a strong work ethic. The three friends -- Curtis McCoy, Tyler Larson and Patrick Hangauer -- aren't so much a band as a musician's collective that enjoys the spontaneity of a late-night jam session and some good fish tacos. If there's an instrument lying around the house that no one knows how to play, it's a pretty good bet it'll make it into the jam session.
How does the follow-up to the acclaimed Chamber of Secrets stack up?
How does the follow-up to the acclaimed Chamber of Secrets stack up?
Does the Europe-only soccer title separate itself enough from FIFA?
Does the Europe-only soccer title separate itself enough from FIFA?
You know the silly summer-movie season is in full swing when the 2004 MTV Movie Awards (8 p.m., MTV) look back at last year's already forgotten popcorn epics. Hey, I've already begun to forget this year's summer movies. Just what was that Olsen twins comedy called?
You think Eddie, the Jack Russell terrier from "Frasier," was talented? Ha! All he had to do was sit there and look cute on cue -- and his show isn't even on television anymore.
Wednesday, June 9
The Army-McCarthy hearings of spring 1954 have been called "the first great made-for-TV political spectacle," and under hot TV lights in a jammed Senate caucus room this Washington miniseries hit its boiling point 50 years ago.
Saying his personal life is off-limits, singer Marc Anthony refused to confirm Tuesday whether he's married to Jennifer Lopez.
The "Cops" parody "Reno 911" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) returns for a second season.
¢ Berry gets restraining order ¢ Madonna's third book ready ¢ R. Kelly tops Billboard list ¢ 'Apprentice' shares philosophy
Tuesday, June 8
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs finally got what he's craved from the fashion industry: respect -- and a little thing called a CFDA award.
¢ MTV to Eminen: Butt out ¢ The governor's former life ¢ NBC's cure for aging ¢ Hasselhoff suspected of DUI
It isn't very often that a movie physically affects how I feel while watching it. During the last half hour of "Titanic," I started shivering because I got so cold. While watching Gaspar Noe's shocking "I Stand Alone," my stomach was knotted in anticipation of whatever horrible scene was coming next. During director/star Morgan Spurlock's new expose of fast food culture and the current U.S. obesity crisis, "Super Size Me," my stomach hurt for a different reason altogether.
Years after its cancellation, "Homicide" still has a strong fan base -- and with good reason. Now, three of the major talents behind that superior series, director Barry Levinson and writers Tom Fontana and James Yoshimura, present "The Jury" (8 p.m., Fox), premiering tonight.
Monday, June 7
¢ 'Harry Potter' enchants film fans ¢ Gospel singer gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame ¢ Michael Moore: They do like me
"Avenue Q," a cheeky little musical that uses puppets, four-letter words and catchy, jinglelike tunes, was the upset winner Sunday at the Tonys, where history was made as Phylicia Rashad became the first black actress to win for a leading dramatic role.
Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her home, less than six months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck.
Fans of creepy thrillers are in store for a week of good fortune. The four-night miniseries "5 Days to Midnight" (8 p.m., Sci Fi) will keep you scratching your heads until Thursday. Timothy Hutton is perfectly cast as an emotionally detached, widowed physics professor named J.T. Neumeyer. The action opens in the present day, which happens to be the 10th anniversary of his wife's death and daughter Jesse's birth. On his way to work, a metal pole falls from a construction site, perforating his car and poking a hole through his briefcase and date book. After the good professor's students dismiss this as a wacky coincidence, things begin to get weird.
Sunday, June 6
Now that school is out, you can stop reminding the kids of the final assignments and taxiing them to end-of-year events and games.
From the first page of his latest novel, Jim Harrison dispels any idea that his "True North" is a happy place.
¢ Lawrence City Band to salute veterans ¢ Historian details motives behind founding of city ¢ Turnpike issues audio travel companion ¢ Children's music hour returns to Oread Books ¢ Old-time picker plays Gaslight today ¢ 'Arts-n-Que' bolsters arts for youth, seniors
"The ladies love me 'cause I'm pure mischief," James Bond says, a boyish grin spreading across his 82-year-old face.
KU Wushu Club members travel to China for martial arts training
Three Lawrence Wushu athletes have trekked halfway around the globe to pursue an education they never could have gotten in the United States. Since last week, they've been practicing in China alongside some of the finest martial artists in the world. And when they come home, they plan to "spread the love" to other Lawrence martial artists.
Ronald Reagan's boy-next-door quality as an actor brought him film roles as diverse as the victim of an evil surgeon in "King's Row" and the college professor who experiments with raising a chimpanzee in the comedy "Bedtime for Bonzo."
No one epitomizes the ambitious stage mother better than Mama Rose, mother of burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee. Mama Rose is immortalized in the 1959 musical "Gypsy," based on Lee's own memoir about her mother.
In its 13th year, KAN Film Festival is beginning to do its job, says its director.
¢ Black Sabbath sets reunion ¢ Aiken plans first solo tour ¢ Rap stars promote voting
Musical coincides with confluence of historical places and events
Diana Gish remembers reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" as a child and being mesmerized by the young boy's heroic river journey.
Road trips, long and short, are full of possibilities for fun and adventure. This week, travel enthusiasts may want to consider a relatively brief trek to Salina, where the Smoky Hill River Festival kicks off its 28th year on Thursday night.
The first major fund-raiser for Lawrence's Van Go Mobile Arts has a distinctly nautical theme that's much in keeping with the organization's image as a center of youthful creativity and whimsy.
Raising a pint of Guinness or listening to a good Irish band might be simpler than slogging through James Joyce's "Ulysses."
¢ Doc Ford mystery series author to appear at Raven ¢ Deadline approaching for literary contest
Saturday, June 5
I'm Jon Niccum entertainment editor for the Journal-World.
¢ Bronchitis sidelines Affleck ¢ Celebrity trinkets up for grabs ¢ Rolling Stone reclaims bass ¢ Gateses reach out to Bangladesh
Tom Brokaw is host of the "Dateline" special "D-Day: A Leap Into History" (6 p.m. Sunday, NBC), one of several programs commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. "Leap" features interviews with three members of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, who discuss their harrowing descent into enemy gunfire, their lifelong friendships and their special bonds with the French villagers who greeted them as liberators. This two-hour "Dateline" will also feature an interview with President Bush.
O.J. Simpson marked the 10th anniversary of his ex-wife's death with a series of crass comments about Nicole Brown Simpson, her family and the accusers of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson.
Friday, June 4
Two years ago a representative from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" phoned Kan Film Festival organizers. Leno's crew was asking permission to put a young filmmaker on the TV program whose work had been screened at the event.
Harry Potter's voice has changed. That's not just because actor Daniel Radcliffe turned 14 during the filming of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." Conceptually, the third picture in the series also has undergone a transformation that makes the project deeper and more resonant.
Joseph Griffin unveils three-day multimedia project
"There's no use sitting around all day when you could be out doing something."
Frances Shand Kydd, who had an often turbulent relationship with her late daughter, Princess Diana, died Thursday at her home in Scotland. She was 68.
¢ Jackson reveals sexual alter egos ¢ Diana's butler takes to the stage ¢ Stewart's childhood home for sale ¢ Clapton fest brings in big names
Soon, every business and job will have it's own reality show. Boy, I can't wait for "Transmission Repair Shop," "The Big Sweep: 24 Hours in the Life of a Janitor," "Pet Supply Diaries," "The Auditor" or "French or Martinized?: The Dry Cleaning Story." Until then, we'll have to settle for documentary-style occupation dramas like "The Restaurant" and "American Casino" (7 p.m., Discovery), which makes its debut tonight.
A two-month investigation uncovered no evidence to support allegations that Michael Jackson committed child abuse in the late 1980s in Los Angeles, police said Wednesday.
Patrick Rea and Ryan Jones have made two short films which won a contest sponsored by the magazine. These films will appear on a DVD hosted by Rob Zombie.
Thursday, June 3
Sitcoms used to be so easy. Find a fairly funny guy or gal; supply a situation and a thin plot; hire a committee of comedy writers to turn every line of dialogue into a rim-shot; cue the laugh track and wait for that syndication moola.
How did Harry Houdini do his signature "Metamorphosis" escape, the one where he was handcuffed inside a sack, locked in a trunk and yet somehow managed to switch places with an assistant on the outside?
¢ Photographer Newton laid to rest ¢ 'SNL' alumna ties the knot ¢ 'Idol' runner-up plans single ¢ Scorsese tapped for film festival
Wamego filmmaker documents struggles of making a Kansas-based movie
One of the most engaging sequences in Kansas filmmaker Steve Balderson's new documentary "Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere" comes when the director recalls the process of casting his movie "Firecracker." Straight out of the gate he gets the cold shoulder from agents for Madonna, Jodie Foster and Sissy Spacek. Later, he learns that Kathy Bates requires a multi-thousand dollar down payment before she'll even read his script.
Wednesday, June 2
Miss USA places second in pageant
A 20-year-old Australian involved in modeling and dancing won the Miss Universe title Tuesday night in a two-hour pageant watched by television viewers around the world.
Dennis Hopper returns to his high-octane roots in the TV drama "The Last Ride" (7 p.m., USA). No stranger to the sound of roaring engines, Hopper has been around since the beginning of the hot-rod teen-rebellion movie, appearing in "Rebel Without a Cause" while still a studio contract player. He would, of course, transform the genre -- and Hollywood itself -- with "Easy Rider," his 1969 directorial debut and the film that turned the hackneyed teen exploitation film into a political statement with enormous box-office appeal.
William Manchester, author of popular biographies on Winston Churchill and Douglas MacArthur and the controversial chronicler of President Kennedy's assassination, died Tuesday. He was 82.
The schedule for a book signing by Thomas Frank for his book "What's the Matter with Kansas?" has changed.
¢ Chinese issue dress code ¢ Singer still hanging in there ¢ Julia Roberts expecting twins
Tuesday, June 1
'Full House' actress brings idea for new family series to life on The WB
Lori Loughlin is on the beach. There's sand and deck chairs and surfboards -- but the sunshine is artificial light and the sky a painted backdrop. It's the set of a fictional seaside community called "Summerland," a new family drama on the WB.
Late in his life, Cary Grant arrived at a benefit event without his invitation. When the woman at the ticket counter asked him who he was, he told her, "I'm Cary Grant." She looked up and said, "You don't look like Cary Grant." To which he replied, "I know. Nobody does."
¢ Indy 500 a big-name draw ¢ 'Baby Jessica' now a graduate