Stories for May 2004

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Monday, May 31

People

¢ On the road again ¢ Party of two ¢ Putting Hope's stamp on Burbank ¢ Hollywood High's Class of '76

Tom Selleck takes liking to role as 'Ike'

Tom Selleck stars in "Ike: Countdown to D-Day" (7 p.m., A&E) as you've never seen him before: wrinkled, bald and unsmiling. Selleck may be decades removed from his "Magnum P.I." days, but he still deserves credit for straying so far from his sex-symbol status.

NBC defends 'Dateline' content

Critics say show focusing too much on entertainment

Want to get an NBC executive's blood boiling? Just suggest that "Dateline NBC" may have besmirched its reputation with its series of shows about the network's entertainment fare.

Sunday, May 30

Fruits of the loom

Artist weaves gallery idea from interest in fiber art

Diane Horning describes her new Lawrence gallery as "part studio, part gallery and part retreat." That may seem like a lot of roles for one space, but this is no ordinary gallery.

City band raises baton on summer concert season

For many Lawrence residents, summer doesn't truly begin until they unfold their lawn chairs at South Park and hear the first trumpet calls from the Lawrence City Band.

Poet's showcase

Sinking of Baltimore's Pride focus of new book

The Pride of Baltimore rose from the banks of the Inner Harbor in 1976 like a ghost, a regal reminder of the old city's fading industry and vitality.

Book notes

¢ Women mystery writers to talk, sign books ¢ Kansas author visits England to celebrate mystery writer

Review: Chronicle of a flood lets readers share experience of victims

When the Red River of the North inundated Grand Forks, N.D., in April 1997, images of the water-filled streets and burning downtown buildings filled the TV news. In the following weeks and months came the stories of victims who lost their homes and the long-term effort of recovery.

Arts notes

¢ 'River City Chronicles' focuses on historic act ¢ Olive Gallery opens show by kid-at-heart artist ¢ Acoustic folk artist to play at Unity Church ¢ Haskell playwright receives award ¢ English landscape painters to give gallery talk ¢ Signs of Life Gallery artist wins top prize ¢ Topeka festival features artists from 11 states ¢ Youth theater offers workshops for kids

A river runs through them

Artist pays homage to the Kaw in new paintings, prints

From the air, the Kansas River looks like a contorted serpent. Loose, lazy bends give way to straights that twist into abrupt turns and unwind again during a 170-mile journey from Junction City to Kansas City.

In plain sight

Former KU dean focuses on ordinary objects and makes extraordinary pictures

There's a memorable scene in the film "American Beauty" in which obsessive videophile Ricky Fitts zeros in on a wind-whipped plastic bag, recording its irregular flight pattern and reveling in its understated beauty.

Space constraints squeeze 'Gypsy' cast

Mary Doveton has overseen a lot of shows at the Lawrence Community Theatre. But the upcoming production of the Broadway musical "Gypsy" stands out, in her mind, as a special challenge.

Gallery owner attacked over Iraq abuse painting

A San Francisco gallery owner bears a painful reminder of the nation's unresolved anguish over the incidents at the Abu Ghraib prison: a black eye delivered by an unknown assailant who apparently objected to a painting that depicts U.S. soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners.

Saturday, May 29

People

¢ Simmons softens Muslim remark ¢ Streisand ordered to pay fees ¢ Beckham on cutting edge ¢ Book: Charles, father struck deal

Jackson trial set for Sept.

The judge in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case Friday set a tentative trial date of Sept. 13 over the objection of the pop star's lawyer. The defense also asked that Jackson's $3 million bail be lowered.

'Buffy' a magnet for scholars

'Vampire Slayer' conference draws academics from across the globe

It's tough for scholars to be taken seriously when their subject is a TV show about a California blonde fighting evil in a high school built on a gateway to hell.

Broadway matriarch cuts loose on HBO

Nothing says showbiz like a brassy dame belting out ballads and recounting tales of Brando, booze and Broadway. "Elaine Stritch at Liberty" (7 p.m. Saturday, HBO) captures Stritch's acclaimed one-woman show and presents a behind-the-scenes look at the song-and-dance veteran as she creates the show, frets backstage and prepares to take her act to London.

Friday, May 28

Untangling the movie Web

A guide to the most entertaining, useful and bizarre sites about film

"The Internet has given everybody in America a voice. For some reason, everybody decides to use that voice to bitch about movies." -- Ben Affleck in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"

'The Day After Tomorrow' not a total disaster

Tornadoes. Floods. Hail the size of muskmelons. Sounds like springtime in Kansas. Of course, it's a little different once these forces begin wiping out the entire Northern Hemisphere, which is exactly what happens in the disaster epic "The Day After Tomorrow."

Best bets

KC trio discovers 'Voice'

Somewhere buried in "Your Voice Repeating" -- the latest album by the KC-based experimental rock trio Namelessnumberheadman -- there is a hit song. A song that will reverberate in your consciousness for weeks and leave you breathless at the sheer force it exerts on your brain.

People

¢ Simpson seeks Hazzard pay ¢ Jackson suit goes nowhere ¢ Cannes can wait for exams ¢ Parker dressing down for Gap

'ILL-ustrated' seeks 'dude' demographic

Q: What is the hardest job in television? A: Making shows that attract young male viewers. A decidedly fickle bunch, the "dude" demographic is difficult to pin down. Remember when wrestling was the answer? Then NBC hooked up with the WWF (now the WWE) to produce its own XFL football league with X-ecrable results.

Dating service touts 'love patent'

Chemistry? Forget it. Psychology and statistics best determine whether two people will have a happy marriage. At least so claims an online dating service that's patented its matchmaking formula.

Thursday, May 27

Not just a fantasy

Teen mother named new 'American Idol'

Fantasia Barrino's fantasy of pop stardom became a reality Wednesday night when she was named the winner of "American Idol."

Toby Keith wins four awards at CMAs

Toby Keith, often snubbed by the Academy of Country Music, was a quadruple winner at Wednesday night's annual awards as entertainer of the year and male vocalist and for his album "Shock 'n Y'All" and the video "Beer for My Horses" with Willie Nelson.

Nutty Bling: Lawrence metal crew goes "Ballz Deep" with gangster rap project

The first thing I saw when Ballz Deep pulled up was a black Jaguar with "Lecompton Luvv" emblazoned across the darkly-tinted windshield. The door opened, and as I got in, I felt a moist rag clamp down on my mouth and nose. The last thing I remember was three gold teeth gleaming at me as I fell into a deep sleep.

People

¢ NAACP honors Tavis Smiley ¢ MTV presenters will rock you ¢ Volunteer and make his day

PBS documentary shows how pop music is fizzling out

It's rather fitting that one night after the coronation of the new "American Idol," "Frontline" (8 p.m., PBS) airs "The Way the Music Died." This hourlong report chronicles the decline of the recording industry, and the cultural and technological shifts and business developments that have marginalized popular music.

Wednesday, May 26

Country music's best honored with annual awards

Reba McEntire will be host of The 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (7 p.m., CBS) from Las Vegas. Eleven awards honoring the past year's elite in country music will be handed out during the three-hour ceremony, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Top Female Vocalist, Top New Artist, Top Vocal Group, Top Vocal Duo, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

People

¢ Phish calling it quits ¢ Love pleads guilty to drug charge ¢ Beckham defends family

'American Idol' outcome will be song of the South

One thing is for certain. A teenage singer from the South will be the next "American Idol."

MTV plans to launch gay-themed channel

The company that convinced millions of music fans they want their MTV is now targeting a cable channel to gay and lesbian viewers.

Tuesday, May 25

Water under the bridge

Beat icon prevails in debate over creek's name

Depending on whom you ask, it's either a ditch, a tributary, a creek or a concrete tunnel. Now, it's officially a creek - Burroughs Creek, that is.

Q+A with Charlie Hunter

If you haven't heard Charlie Hunter, you may be missing the second coming of jazz. Blue Note and Impulse, fortunately, are mostly resting on their laurels. Unfortunately, when they're not, we get more Easy Listening Vanilla Knobzak from whichever Brecker or Marsalis happens to be hanging around the lobby. Jazz used to have stones the size of Chet Baker's heroine habit and enough mojo to make you cough just looking at the album covers. Charlie may be a little short on the grit side, but what he does bring to the table is real jazz, infused with enough funk to make the entire Warner Brothers catalog wet their tiny pants.

Michelangelo's 'David' cleaned up

Controversy surrounded restoration

Michelangelo's "David" is brighter but hardly spotless after the completion Monday of a controversial cleaning timed for the 500th birthday of one of the marvels of world art.

New Harry Potter film premieres in New York

Fans enchanted with 14-year-old star

Harry Potter is back, and it looks like he's worked some sex appeal magic on the muggle girls.

The Prodigal Artisan: Guitar craftsman returns to Lawrence to run self-made business

Depending on one's perspective, Branson, Mo., can either be a country music paradise or a barren wasteland. For guitar craftsmen Dave Wendler, it turned out to be more of the latter. "All those guys that work those theaters down there think they're all rock and roll stars - they want to get their gear for nothing," Wendler said. "I didn't sell three guitars there in the three and a half years we were there."

Thomas Frank paints a dismal picture in "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

It will be hard for many Kansans to read Thomas Frank's latest diatribe "What's the Matter with Kansas?" On one level we all know there are prominent Kansans who blast the teaching of evolution, blame rap music for societal degradation, think God hates homosexuals or that fluoride in water is a government conspiracy.

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Review :: Namelessnumberheadman, "Your Voice Repeating"

Somewhere buried in "Your Voice Repeating" -- the latest album by the KC-based experimental rock trio Namelessnumberheadman -- there is a hit song. A song that will reverberate in your consciousness for weeks on end and leave you breathless at the sheer force it exerts on your brain.

People

¢ 'I do' deux ¢ Snoop Dogg's marriage fizzles ¢ Hip-hop leaders talk politics

Lurid crime documentary features unusual setting

One doesn't often associate the Islamic Republic of Iran with sex, drugs, prostitution, serial killers and detective work. But they're all to be found in the provocative documentary "And Along Came a Spider" (6 p.m., Cinemax).

Monday, May 24

People

¢ 'Shrek 2' clobbers box office ¢ P. Diddy to launch political show ¢ Affordable seats

'Raymond' signs off for season

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS) ends its eighth season with an episode that may be remembered as one of the best of the year, if not the series. While waiting overnight for a highly coveted tee-time at Long Island's most famous public golf course, Ray and Robert get into an argument over who will take care of Marie once Frank expires. The scene is shot with a single camera, showing just the two Barone boys in Ray's minivan, as they hash out a lifetime of resentment.

Restorers struggle to maintain Frank Lloyd Wright's legendary home

Sunlight shimmers through panes of glass that reflect the lush green hills surrounding the main house at Taliesin.

Sunday, May 23

Expect more swords, sandals onscreen

'Troy' kicks off warrior film trend

Although the bean-counters and abacus-pushers at Warner Bros. won't cop to an exact figure, word is that "Troy," Wolfgang Petersen's "Iliad"-inspired megaproduction, cost in the vicinity of $200 million.

American ink

Local zine deconstructs everyday life

Pigeons have gusto. The new all-white-meat McNuggets are truly superior to the old McNuggets. The "T" is the most scientifically advanced letter in the alphabet.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' takes Cannes' top prize

Michael Moore honored for anti-Bush documentary

It's hard to render Michael Moore speechless, but the jury at the Cannes Film Festival did just that Saturday when it awarded the director the coveted Palme d'Or for his incendiary new political documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Booknotes

¢ Editors to dicuss Med Center book ¢ Deadline approaching for literary contest

Poet's showcase

E.L. Doctorow lights out for the heartland

On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he's willing to tell.

'Little Black Book of Stories' brilliant, bleak

Dame A(ntonia) S(usan) Byatt has proven to be one of England's most formidable writers of late. Although mainly known in the fantasy genre, Byatt won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1990 for "Possession," which was part romance, part literary thriller. But as her fame grew, Byatt began to generate criticism for being verbose. Her latest work, "Little Black Book of Stories," is perhaps an answer to these critiques. Every word in the five stories is concise and well-chosen, with far-reaching themes and settings.

KU theater and film students, alumni honored

Students in the Kansas University theater and film department recently were honored during student ceremonies.

Life inspires prolific writer's poetry

Marian Umscheid has an imagination that can take her anywhere. The 82-year-old Lawrence resident dreams of running on a sandy beach barefoot -- something that is nearly impossible because of her bad knees.

People

¢ Schwarzenegger cough drop taken off eBay auction ¢ 'Suge' Knight's company to pay damages for beating ¢ Fashion week at 'Sesame Street' ¢ Judge rejects stalker's claim against Britney Spears

Arts notes

¢ KPR to display work by local artists ¢ Kansas Chautauqua to include youth camp ¢ KU voice faculty honored by alma mater ¢ West Side Folk presents Justin Roth ¢ Writing workshop seeks registration ¢ Portrait painter ¢ KU musicians win fourth Down Beat award ¢ 'River City Chronicles' looks back at massacre

Portrait painter

KU student artist tackles challenge of depicting human form in oils

When Mike McCaffrey's not making art, he's protecting it. The Kansas University painting student works 20 hours a week as a security guard at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Saturday, May 22

Prime time turns to old variety shows

Nostalgia overload alert! Viewers can spend three solid hours tonight watching network television and never encounter anything newer than the Jimmy Carter era. CBS offers a repeat of "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited" (8 p.m.), followed by a second helping of "The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights" (9 p.m.). Over on ABC, you can watch "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour" (8 p.m.).

Screen Scene

Shrek 2 opens to little competition this weekend.

People

¢ Royals prepare for wedding ¢ It's a girl for Hunt, boyfriend ¢ Auction lets collectors Cash it in

Ellen show snags Daytime Emmy

Wayne Brady wins best host of talk show

Ellen DeGeneres' program won best talk show Friday in its rookie year, but Wayne Brady won the Daytime Emmy award as best talk show host even though his program has been canceled.

Review: Samurai Warriors - PS2

The Dynasty Warriors series takes a trip to Japan. Is the change purely cosmetic?

The Dynasty Warriors series takes a trip to Japan. Is the change purely cosmetic?

Friday, May 21

'Shrek 2' recaptures zany magic of original flick

The large green monster with the serious attitude problem is back ... and, thankfully, it's not the Hulk. Three years after the original "Shrek" raked in $270 million at the box-office and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the inevitable sequel has materialized. In the grand scheme of things, "Shrek 2" is an unneeded commodity. But the movie proves entertaining and refreshingly silly.

People

¢ Banderas pounces on 'Shrek' role ¢ No more rest for Black Sabbath ¢ Springer takes to Brit radio

Fox tries year-round series debuts

Fox will kick off new series in June, August, November and January, but none during the traditional September start of a new TV season.

Spend the weekend with Mr. Wizard

The Science Channel, an offshoot of The Discovery Channel, offers science buffs a real treat. They've dedicated the weekend to classic science programs and documentaries, including Walter Cronkite's "The Twenty-First Century," James Burke's "Connections," the acclaimed "Ascent of Man" and "The Secret Life of Machines."

Best bets

In-store revival

Downtown Lawrence record stores embrace resurgence of live artist showcases

Singer Kristin Hersh and her bandmates are wedged into the back wall of Kief's Downtown Music, 823 Mass.

'Boyfriend in a Box' creator sells concept to Hollywood

The concept of Boyfriend in-a-Box seemed pretty simple ... and a little goofy.

Thursday, May 20

TV, Internet merge in Seinfeld show

I have seen the future of network television, and it isn't pretty. In fact, it's one long commercial. Tonight, NBC makes history of sorts by airing "The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman" (7:44 p.m., NBC) following a repeat of "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC).

Review: Rallisport Challenge 2 - Xbox

Rally racing finally hits the online world. Will you want to drive?

Rally racing finally hits the online world. Will you want to drive?

People

¢ Cosby back in school ¢ Derek protests horse slaughter ¢ Cole to tour with pal Whitney ¢ Parker does it all for hubby

'Adult Swim' going swimmingly

Cartoon Network gains cult following

A milkshake, a container of fries and a ball of hamburger meat walk into a bar ... Actually, they don't, because that would require too much effort.

Wednesday, May 19

'Odd Couple' co-star Tony Randall dies

When Tony Randall won an Emmy for playing Felix Unger in "The Odd Couple" just after the TV series was canceled, he deadpanned, "I'm so happy. Now if only I had a job."

Series finales change television landscape

Tonight marks a couple of television milestones. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off "Angel" (8 p.m., WB) will depart for heaven, or hell, or wherever undead guys go when their shows get canceled. Unlike last year's "Buffy" finale, which was treated like the end of an era by UPN, Angel's exit is a relatively quiet affair.

People

¢ Osbournes are scooped ¢ Breath-defying stunt ¢ 007 turns 51 ¢ Trump towers in suburbs

Tuesday, May 18

Playwright, muse get primitive on Broadway

When playwright Mark Medoff first met actress Phyllis Frelich, there was no sign that she would soon become his muse.

People

¢ MTV lands superheroes ¢ Fallon signs off from 'SNL' ¢ Generation gap ¢ James Dean museum moves

The rest of the story

Kansas-based soldiers returning from Iraq face a whole new battle as they re-adjust to civilian life

Midway into his tour of duty in post-war Bosnia, Rick Sullivan began sensing that he was turning into a monster. Frustrated by a series of incidents with his superiors and detachment from family happenings back on the home front, Sullivan was feeling particularly sorry for himself on one frigid night in Sarajevo when he was asked to clear his immediate area of children who were begging for food. "This 6- or 7-year-old kid came up and started asking me for 'bon bon, bon bon' - candy - and so I pulled out a bag of M&Ms and I dangled it in front of his face," he said. "I said, 'Do you want this? Do you want this?' He shakes his head 'yes' and I zinged it over this wall where he couldn't get to it and basically told him to get the f*ck out of there."

A.S. Byatt Writes Brilliantly and Bleakly in "Little Black Book of Stories"

American Ink: Local zine deconstructs everyday life, inspires laughter

Pigeons have gusto. The new all-white-meat McNuggets are truly superior to the old McNuggets. The "T" is the most scientifically advanced letter in the alphabet. These and many more insights into contemporary life can be found in "Johnny America" Issue One, a locally published literary zine that makes its debut Saturday during a release party at The Bourgeois Pig.

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The most important meal of the day

Sean Tucker fed hundreds of people this week. What did you do?

If you've previously limited your philanthropy to bludgeoning mobile phone users or breaking the windows of pharmaceutical representatives' Hummers, you may need to reconsider your level of involvement. Although these are certainly valuable societal offerings, there are other ways - surprisingly, even legal ways - to contribute to the betterment of humanity.

Review :: "Good Bye, Lenin!"

Imagine it is Election Day in America in the year 2000. After watching the news that evening, Al Gore is declared the projected winner and you go to bed early so you can get up for work the next morning. Only that evening, you suffer a coma-inducing stroke. You wake up ten months later to find George W. Bush is president, the economy is in ruin, and New York and Washington, DC are victims of a unprecedented terrorist attack. It sounds pretty outlandish to me, but German filmmaker Wolfgang Becker has co-written and directed a film based on a similar idea.

'8 Rules' sitcom star to become teacher's pet

No show entered the current television season under a greater shadow than the sitcom "8 Simple Rules" (7 p.m., ABC). After the death of star John Ritter last September, many thought the sitcom would simply shut down production. But the cast, crew and network decided to persevere, and a steady audience continues to follow the "Rules."

Network TV schedules fall into place

The six broadcast networks' schedules for the 2004-05 season came into sharper focus Monday, as NBC ordered a total of 12 new series, only five of which will actually arrive for the traditional fall launch. Both ABC and CBS are likely to bring Mel Gibson to prime-time TV, at least as a producer. CBS may also use its new "CSI: New York" to target NBC's "Law and Order."

Designer ends hiatus

Charles Nolan, the former designer at Anne Klein, is back in the fashion world, launching his own label and opening his own store.

Review :: Billy Ebeling and the Late For Dinner Band, "A Thing for You"

This local blues, folk and zydeco troubadour spends much of his time playing seemingly every back-alley joint from Gladstone, Mo. to Tonganoxie, Kan. -- if it's got "BBQ" or "kitchen" in the title, Billy's probably been there. With 15-plus gigs a month, it's a mystery where local entertainer-for-hire Billy Ebeling finds the time to record two albums a year.

Review :: The Life On Earth, "Your Karma Is Coming"

If Animal from The Muppets discovered Sun Ra and Phillip Glass and holed up in his basement for a couple months to record an album, you might have The Life On Earth.

Legendary actress avoids blarney in autobiography

In 1939, an Irish miss of 18 landed in Hollywood not knowing what to expect. Her education came swiftly as she was thrust into stardom with her first movie and became a pawn in the big-studio system.

Q+A with Dan Bejar of Destroyer

Dan Bejar has been making records that no one really understands for years now under the name Destroyer, and apparently that's okay. Not just that he's been making records, but that no one understands them. They're not meant to be understood by anyone but Dan Bejar, unless you're one of the other people that understands them. So apparently they're not necessarily that un-understandable after all.

Self-expression provides therapy for senior artists

Van Gogh, Michaelangelo and Da Vinci had epilepsy, Toulouse-Lautrec had a genetic bone condition that affected his growth and mobility, and Goya was hearing-impaired. In spite of their disabilities -- or maybe because of them -- all created masterpieces.

Monday, May 17

Filmmakers take precautions to protect Tibetans' idenitities

Two filmmakers at Cannes took extreme precautions Sunday to make sure the people they interviewed for a rare documentary filmed in Tibet would not face a crackdown by Chinese authorities.

People

¢ Lifetime achiever ¢ Voting scam alleged ¢ 'Raymond' to return ¢ 'Troy' slays competition

PBS puts reality spin on history

Part "Survivor" and part history lesson, the new re-enactment series "Colonial House" (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) chronicles the lives of 25 modern-day Americans and one Briton as they re-create the experiences of colonial settlers on the rocky coast of Maine. Unlike their 17th-century counterparts, these immigrants arrive with wooden houses waiting for them, along with tons of foodstuffs.

Musicians rock for relief

Nearly two decades after music greats gathered to record the hit song "We are the World" to benefit Africa's hungry, a new generation of stars came together Sunday for a follow-up concert to benefit children in war zones.

Sunday, May 16

Smiley captures '80s opulence in 'Good Faith'

Jane Smiley's latest fiction, "Good Faith," transports us back to a time when Americans were getting filthy rich and loving every penny of it. Set in the 1980s, "Good Faith" captures a feeling of opportunity -- there was wealth to be had if you were quick enough and smart enough to get it.

Arts notes

¢ Local quilter curates Spencer exhibition ¢ Art career grant deadline nearing ¢ Unity Gallery calls for water-based art ¢ LHS photo student wins best in show honors ¢ Guild to offer sculpture workshop ¢ Acclaimed quilter to speak, teach ¢ Bleeding Kansas talk rescheduled at library ¢ Free State alum earns theater degree ¢ Missouri Rep changes name to be inclusive

Now Let Me Fly

Play puts human face on flight from segregation

History has a way of transforming brave but otherwise regular folks into icons. Take Thurgood Marshall, the stalwart attorney who appealed Brown v. Topeka Board of Education to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, rendering Jim Crow era "separate but equal" laws unconstitutional.

The Roy Williams you never knew

And you thought Roy Williams ran off to North Carolina, leaving his Jayhawk faithful behind in a blaze of baby blue. "Not so," Williams says, raising an eyebrow and crossing his arms. "I've been right here in Lawrence the entire time."

'Orphan' sculptures adopted by arts commissioner

City responds to concerns raised by broken artwork found in Parks and Recreation lot

City officials call them "abandoned property." But Lawrence arts commissioner Jeff Ridgway has a different name for the artworks that were, until recently, heaped in a pile in the corner of a gravel lot in east Lawrence.

Bookstore

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Book notes

¢ Book details history of med student program ¢ K.C. writer publishes cook book for beginners ¢ Club launches 2004 literary contest

50-year-old opera resonates with modern-day audiences

KU students to stage Menotti's 'The Consul'

Seldom does a political drama continue to resonate with the same intensity decades after the circumstances that inspired it occur.

Marc Ecko's rhino charges into chameleon territory

His logo may be a rhinoceros, but Marc Ecko might be more aptly described as a chameleon.

Mystery persists over Vermeer's earmarked girl

No one knows who she is, whether maid or mistress.

'Jerry Springer' on Broadway horizon

"Jerry Springer -- The Opera" is coming to Broadway but not until the fall of 2005.

People

¢ Moore not done with Disney ¢ Paltrow gives birth to baby girl ¢ Iglesias finally tying the knot ¢ Churchill museum to be updated

Saturday, May 15

People

¢ Osmonds boost funeral security ¢ Radio comments offend Muslims ¢ Campbell turning 34 with bang ¢ Racers to bear Letterman name

World's royals flock to Danish nuptials

In a lavish spectacle witnessed by members of every European royal house and hundreds of thousands of Danes, Crown Prince Frederik married Australian commoner Mary Donaldson on Friday.

Black's dark humor not too funny on HBO

Obscenities aren't what they used to be. As they have grown more common, dirty words have largely lost their power to shock, anger and amuse.

Friday, May 14

People

¢ Ex-Beatle not music to Brit's ears ¢ Vietnam concert to honor peace ¢ Rome show to benefit children ¢ Calif. first lady celebrates women

'Joan of Arcadia' twist may shock fans

Friday nights remain a toxic minefield for television programmers. This season has seen the failures of bad shows (remember "Luis"? "Wanda at Large"?) as well as good shows ("Wonderfalls" and "Boomtown"). Celebrity proved no cure at all for the Friday-night frights. Fresh from his Emmy for "The Sopranos," Joe Pantoliano tanked in "The Handler" despite CBS's endless promotions. I think it was the silly hat he wore.

Ads attack Limbaugh's prosecutors

Rush Limbaugh took out full-page ads in two Florida newspapers Thursday to attack prosecutors who are investigating whether he illegally purchased prescription painkillers.

'Frasier' ends on high note

After 11 years of solving many of Seattle's problems and few of his own, radio shrink Frasier Crane -- in the end -- followed his heart out of town.

Best bets

Finals Week Fest provides study break soundtrack

Scads of Kansas University students will reject the sun and other outdoor distractions this weekend in favor of the library's dim recesses. Finals week, after all, begins Monday. The time for Olympic-caliber cramming is here.

Review: Red Dead Revolver - PS2, Xbox

I hate chores. At least after I vacuum the house I have some degree of satisfaction.

I had fun with Red Dead Revolver for awhile. That fun faded after a few hours and completing the game became a chore. I hate chores. At least after I vacuum the house I have some degree of satisfaction.

Thursday, May 13

People

¢ American woman ¢ Put her to work ¢ Comic actor Tommy Farrell dies ¢ Certified by the (ex) Terminator

Cheers to 'Frasier'

Spinoff sitcom ends 11-year run

When the blue-collar barroom comedy "Cheers" ended its run in 1993, it managed the neat trick of turning beer into champagne.

Review: Hitman Contracts - PS2, Xbox, PC

The bald and the elegant grace the pistol one more time.

The bald and the elegant grace the pistol one more time.

'Troy' delivers epic tale of warfare

Achilles. Ajax. Paris. Odysseus. Thousands of years after these legendary figures lived, their names still hold meaning -- even if some people only know them as body parts or household cleaners. "Troy" attempts to envision these godlike warriors, princes and kings as real men. For the most part, the entertaining picture succeeds by giving believable personalities to the individuals caught up in a fabled war.

Season offers one more dose of 'Survivor'

Amber alert! Last Sunday, Jeff Probst stole a page from the "American Idol" playbook and asked viewers to choose an "all-star." The winner receives a $1 million prize on "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS). If Rupert doesn't win, there's no justice.

Wednesday, May 12

People

¢ Last performance ¢ Oprah's guru defends McDonald's ¢ A little help for the teacher ¢ Tough to see

Cannes plans Hollywood-heavy lineup

Film fest offering 'popular auteur films' to lure back bored attendees

There'll be no boring brown bunnies this time at the Cannes Film Festival, which has tossed in ogres, zombies, Greek warriors, assassins galore and a potty-mouthed Santa Claus to make up for last year's dreary offerings.

Review: Bowie lives up to legend

David Bowie has assumed many personas in his nearly 40-year career, from thin white duke to glassy-eyed space alien to gender-bending cult icon. But Monday night at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre, Bowie was decidedly himself: an ingratiating rock star.

Carol Burnett back with new special

The further away in time we get from old shows, the more "never-before-seen" clips crop up. "The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump up the Lights" (9 p.m., CBS) marks at least the third Burnett reunion in as many years.

Tuesday, May 11

Sofa-art samurais

Museum show asks viewers to rethink how they decorate their living rooms

Listen up you lazy, TV-addicted, uncultured couch potatoes. There's a whole world of excitement at your fingertips and instead you insist on digging a butt crater in your couch and letting your sweat socks fester. And what is that hideous painting hanging over your couch? Did you get that at a thrift store?

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Heaping helping with a side of ranch

J.D. Kerr's bad choices lead out to the farm

J.D. Kerr has made some bad choices in his lifetime. Not bad choices like choosing the wrong wallpaper or going to see a Martin Lawrence movie; bad choices leading to drug and alcohol abuse, abandonment, and jail time.

Review :: Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers, "Room #4"

If you've lived in Lawrence for more than a year and haven't seen Arthur Dodge, you're probably not spending much time downtown. Dodge and his band are fixtures on the Mass. Street circuit, where they've been gigging for nearly 10 years.

People

¢ Tots no match for Harry Potter ¢ Andre 3000 says 'Ya!' to cartoon ¢ Director marries leading lady

NBC heavy on analysis of 'Frasier'

What's more pathetic, a retro-special about a 43-year-old show, or anticipatory nostalgia for a show that hasn't yet ended? It's a tough call, but I opt for the latter.

'Wicked' the word on Broadway

It was a "Wicked" day, with the lavish "Wizard of Oz" musical nominated for 10 Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honor. "Assassins," the chilling Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about presidential killers, followed with seven nominations Monday.

Q+A with Clinic

Liverpool's Clinic is on their way to Lawrence to bring their brand of surgically altered pop music to The Bottleneck. Walking a scalpel's edge between garage rock (whatever that is now) and horror movie soundtrack spookiness, Clinic operates (hee hee) on their own plane, and may soon put Liverpool** on the map. lawrence.com spoke with Clinic frontman Ade Blackburn about masks, radiology, kimonos, Radiohead (a lot), and lazy critics. **Liverpool is in England

Smiley captures 80s opulence in "Good Faith"

Monday, May 10

Comedian, actor Alan King dies

Alan King, whose mix of blustery Borscht Belt-style humor and expert comic storytelling made him a wisecracking star of the stage, screen and television during a six-decade career, died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 76.

People

¢ 'Survivor' Boston Rob loses game but gains bride-to-be ¢ Olsen twins lose at box office ¢ Keep it down ¢ Something for Grisham fans

Disney flattens beloved 'Wrinkle in Time'

Sometimes the most cherished children's books are the most difficult to adapt for the screen. A favorite of young readers since its publication in 1962, the thought-provoking fantasy "A Wrinkle in Time" (7 p.m., ABC) becomes another excuse for a special-effects-driven TV-sweeps spectacular.

Sunday, May 9

Poet's Showcase

Book provides chilling glimpse of AA's founder

During her research for a biography of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson, author Susan Cheever dug through the just-opened archives at Stepping Stones, Wilson's longtime home outside New York City. Alongside an archivist, she sifted reams of material that had not been looked at in decades.

Longtime artist captures Lawrence on canvas

A washing machine whirs and clangs a few feet away from Paul Penny's easel. Undaunted by the noise, he points out the techniques he used to perfect the lighting in a portrait of his grandson.

Review: Cleaner 'Sex' from TBS not quite the same

Long before we all started talking about the end of "Friends" and "Frasier," we were talking about the end of "Sex and the City."

'Drew Carey' quietly ending run

ABC comedy to air finale this summer

For all the attention given to Thursday's "Friends" finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago, and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.

People

¢ Rocking the vote ¢ Not so busy ¢ Speaking of high school ¢ Back in the saddle

Installations create viewing environment

Art becomes life at annual KU student exhibition

Meghan Bahn's neighbors think she's crazy. For several hours most days this spring, the Kansas University graduate student has been dragging her toastmaster outside her Old West Lawrence home, loading it with slices of Wonder bread and charring them to a deep shade of black.

KU orchestra closes concert season

New director says symphony has improved

Nicholas Uljanov planted a crop of musical seeds on the Kansas University campus last fall. "I wanted to grow a new kind of music here," he says, "and I can see it beginning to happen."

Arts notes

¢ Singer-songwriter to perform at Gaslight ¢ City of Lawrence looking for artwork ¢ Student toasts suburbia ¢ KU artist's installation explores work, identity ¢ LHS alum carves path in woodworking ¢ KU dance students receive awards ¢ Perry-Lecompton High School band accumulates awards ¢ Lewis and Clark quilt show to feature patriotic quilts ¢ Heartland Theatre opens auditions for next season ¢ Heartland Theatre opens auditions ¢ Art auction benefits New York museum ¢ Lennon memorabilia auctioned in London ¢ Latin Grammys return to L.A. ¢ Combat poet to give reading at museum

Fear won't rein in Art Tougeau Parade

LHS students stand up to phobias by creating car covered in scary sculptures

Be afraid. Be VERY afraid. Somewhere in the usual procession of bright, cheerful wheeled contraptions in the upcoming Art Tougeau Parade will be a decidedly more ominous entry created by sculpture students at Lawrence High School.

Making mothers' days

Club offers camaraderie, grown-up conversation for stay-at-home moms

Julee Travis swapped one rewarding, full-time job for another. Travis, 31, gave up working as a communications coordinator for Cottonwood Inc., in order to become a stay-at-home mom and devote all of her time to raising her children, Nicholas, 3, and Samantha, 6.

Review: 'Candy Freak' a literary treat

Steve Almond's book transcends decadence

I am an unabashed candy lover. I eat chocolate at least five times a day, and will travel far to buy a candy bar. So it was with gleeful anticipation that I picked up Steve Almond's new memoir, "Candy Freak."

Saturday, May 8

People

¢ James Bond saves the day ¢ Bonny day for a wedding ¢ Harris gets mid-life award

Meet one mother's unusual blended family

Celebrate Mother's Day with a very unorthodox mom. The documentary "My Flesh and Blood" (5:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) spends a year with Susan Tom of Fairfield, Calif., the adoptive mother of 11 special-needs children.

Countdown begins for final 'All-Stars'

"Survivor: All-Stars" stages its supernova Sunday, as the tribe -- called Sha-boom Sha-bonga, or, as always, something equally ridiculous -- narrows the field of four down to one.

Friday, May 7

Millions share a friendly farewell

Ross and Rachel, together again as "Friends" fades into history. Were you expecting anything different?

Review: Onimusha 3: Demon Siege - PS2

It's the series finale and we couldn't be more impressed with the outcome.

It's the series finale and we couldn't be more impressed with the outcome.

People

¢ 'Friends' band tunes out ¢ Paltrow prepares for motherhood ¢ Dave to tape really 'Late Show' ¢ Supermodel wins privacy case

Nickelodeon cartoon blends dimensions

Two-D or not 2-D, that is the question. Can traditional two-dimensional animation survive? Or will it merely fade away like vaudeville, radio and the credibility of network news, phased out by the surging popularity of three-dimensional computer generated imagery (CGI) 'toons?

Best bets

Mandolins take center stage at weekend music festival

Even as a contributing component to bluegrass, rock, jazz and classical music, the mandolin has traditionally taken a backseat to other instruments. Now it's stepping onto center stage. In its 11th year, Mandofest has become one of the nation's premier mandolin festivals, drawing some of the best pickers.

Up in smoke

Will Lawrence's music scene be extinguished by smoking ban?

Live music and cigarette smoking share a long history together. Picture a weathered jazz musician with puffs of smoke hovering over his piano.

Thursday, May 6

It's my (academic) life

Stop Day is about a week away. My life, as I know it, is about to radically change forever. This is it; this is my moment in time. All those years of effort and strife had led me to this place. I don't remember how the journey began....

Disney blocks distribution of Michael Moore's 9-11 film

The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax Films division from distributing Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which criticizes President Bush's handling of Sept. 11 and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden's.

Brown to stand trial on abuse charge

Bobby Brown was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges that he hit superstar wife Whitney Houston.

People

¢ Singing duo to make Rome debut ¢ Oldest woman turns 116 ¢ Williams supports legalized pot ¢ Selleck to portray Eisenhower

Hourlong 'Friends' finale marks end of era

Just in case you've been in a bomb shelter since 1962, or fell asleep in one of the isolation tanks that were so trendy in the late 1970s, or wandered off from one of the biospheres that were all the rage in the 1980s, or have just stumbled in from your survivalist compound, or have just been ignoring the media, you may not have noticed that tonight marks the final, hourlong episode of "Friends" (8 p.m., NBC). A special retrospective "Friends" (7 p.m.) clip-fest will precede the final episode.

Wednesday, May 5

Review: Painkiller - PC

Does the Doom-inspired frag-fest rekindle or repulse?

Does the Doom-inspired frag-fest rekindle or repulse?

NBC pulling out all the stops for 'Friends' finale

It's May. It's sweeps. It's the time when you expect to see the last few episodes of your favorite shows. But don't go looking for new installments of "The West Wing" or "Law & Order" tonight. Instead, we're offered a two-hour "Dateline" (8 p.m., NBC) special about Thursday night's "Friends" finale.

A study of 'Friends' character development in the last decade

So how have our "Friends" changed since their 1994 debut?

'Friends' formula: Six pack punch

Among all the coverage of the "Friends" finale, call this article The One That Explains What Makes "Friends" Unique.

People

¢ Mackey's back in town ¢ Cooper just an alter ego ¢ No doubt they'll stay together

'Ugly' restaurant outlasts city critics

Taco John's owner celebrates 30 years in business

Taste evidently has won over beauty. Despite being branded by a city commissioner as the business with the "ugliest new building" when it opened at 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road, Taco John's this month is celebrating 30 years in the Lawrence restaurant business.

Tuesday, May 4

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It's hard to cope with seasonal defective disorder

Television seasons: when do they begin? And when do they end? Does anybody really care anymore?

For Prince, every day's a glory day

Sitting in his purple-draped dressing room, sipping tea amid sweet-scented candles, Prince is as peaceful and serene as a superstar could be before showtime -- until you utter THAT ONE WORD: Comeback.

People

¢ A smashing auction item ¢ 'Cosby' matriarch best TV mom ¢ Trump to tee up ¢ Cashing in on 'Passion'

Review: KU theater serves up delightful farce

'George Dandin' comedy on social snobbery

Step into the William Inge Memorial Theatre this week and you'll be stepping into the pre-Revolutionary French world of Moliere's "George Dandin."

Performances celebrate National Music Week

Performances this week across Lawrence will mark the local celebration of National Music Week.

KU student takes camera-shy Prince to court

Anthony Fitzgerald probably won't be partying like it's 1999 tonight when Prince comes to Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

Q&A with Styx :: The Grand Illusion

Chicago-based prog rock band Styx had become one of the most popular acts in America by 1984. But the Styx hit the fan when founding member Dennis DeYoung's vision of the band ran counter to the that of the rest of the band. And it got messy. But after various starts and stops including death, litigation, and debilitating illness, Tommy Shaw and founding member James Young are back at it, touring in support of "Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology," a 35-song career retrospective. lawrence.com spoke with James Young (JY) at 8:30 in the freaking morning about the new record, the likelihood of a reunion with Dennis DeYoung, and how bitter he's not.

Foghat live! KU students take comedy show seriously

Inside a Kansas University film studio on a recent night, Alphonso Hutton, an extremely tall KU freshman from Denver, was wearing a fake beard, a stovepipe hat, a Michael Jordan jersey and a fake gold chain with a dollar-sign pendant.

Review :: Mad Awkward, "Rain Closet"

Hot on the heels of "The Find," a collaboration with SoundsGood producer Miles Bonny, Achetype's I.D. (Isaac Diehl) keeps his side-project muse rolling with a 12-song collaboration with local producer Mad Awkward (Carlos Ransom).

Monday, May 3

Locklear spins web on Sheen's show

Proof that some Hollywood stars never age can be found on tonight's "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS). More than 20 years after Sammy Jo upped the trampy ante on "Dynasty" with her go-go boots and hot pants, Heather Locklear still plays the femme fatale. Locklear and her "Spin City" co-star Charlie Sheen share some farcical sizzle on tonight's "Men" when she guest stars as Alan's (Jon Cryer) divorce lawyer, Laura, who takes a shine to Sheen's playboy character, Charlie.

Review: Minimalist symphony not for all tastes

Joined by composers Terry Riley and Philip Glass, Bang on a Can All-Stars performed a "minimalist symphony" Saturday night at the Lied Center.

High expectations await Clinton memoir

As President Clinton rushes to finish his memoirs, he faces the more pressing task of writing a book deemed worthy of all the attention, an accomplishment no president has pulled off since Ulysses S. Grant.

Artists park work outside for annual show

Patty Burr put her fantasy world on display Sunday afternoon. That world consists of psychedelic-colored ceramic fish, frogs and even a few eels, all of which were getting attention at the 43rd annual Art in the Park event in South Park.

People

¢ 'Mean Girls' rule school ¢ Don't hold your breath for Brad-Jen movie ¢ Charges dropped against Patric ¢ Tom Joyner raises funds for historically black colleges

Sunday, May 2

Big-name stars made mark during sitcom's 10-year run

"Friends" has welcomed a wealth of stars. In chronological order, here's a baker's dozen of them:

Art auction raises record funds for gallery program

The 24th annual Lawrence Art Auction earned a record amount of money to support the center's exhibition program during the coming year.

$1.5 million buys book that put world in its place

The $1.5 million book is tucked inside its own protective case, sitting on a shelf in a huge vault with a steel door 5 inches thick.

Arts notes

¢ Choral group celebrates Shakespeare at museum ¢ New theater troupe to stage first show ¢ Artist to show portraits of Haitian women at KU ¢ KU visiting professor to give public lecture ¢ Seabury students to stage 'Zombie Prom' ¢ Lawrence artist named photographer of year ¢ Early-start music method focus of public meeting ¢ Baldwin plays host to K.C. jazz ensemble ¢ Entries sought for literary awards

Spring into summer with festival fun

The outside world is budding and blooming with springtime's annual abandon, and the last remnants of colder months have officially bid farewell.

Poet's showcase

Artist's bevy of recognitions 'a testament to his stature'

Roger Shimomura doesn't like to talk about accolades, but he has plenty to discuss.

Bookstore

Fashion Slam brings creative catwalk to Liberty Hall

Thrifty fashions are set to get a designer makeover at "Fashion Slam," a benefit for the Social Service League of Lawrence on Thursday night.

Review: 'Don't Let the Fire Go Out!' only lukewarm

Former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan made international headlines when he was elected to the U.S. Senate after his death in a plane crash just days before the 2000 election. His wife, Jean Carnahan, campaigned in her husband's stead and served in Washington for 2 years, becoming the first female senator from Missouri. Now, four years after tragedy struck her family, Carnahan has published her memoirs. The book's title "Don't Let the Fire Go Out!" was Jean Carnahan's campaign slogan and mantra after her husband died.

A sansei story

Despite pending retirement, third-generation Japanese-American who built art career around identity has more teaching to do

Roger Shimomura was 6 or 7 years old when his family drove 200 miles from Seattle to Cannon Beach, Ore., only to be turned away by a resort owner who refused to rent to Japanese people. They'd made reservations weeks in advance and had been looking forward to a relaxing vacation at a cabin by the sea.

'Friends' ends its final season

Cavorting in their newfound fountain of youth, the six struggling actors of "Friends" first splish-splashed into view on Sept. 22, 1994. They ended the show's trademark opening segment with a group flex, not certain whether their coming-of-age comedy really would show any muscle.

People

¢ The Cure lands Rockwalk honor ¢ James Brown honor put on hold ¢ Actress becomes songstress

Saturday, May 1

'Ruth' makes for miserable family viewing

Nothing says domestic violence like an opening shot of a foot crushing a birdhouse. Welcome to "The Book of Ruth" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS). This drama of family dysfunction is based on a best-selling book of the same name, a novel that was also enshrined as an Oprah Book Club selection, our contemporary pantheon of misery literature.

6News video: Art a la carte

The 2004 Lawrence Poetry Series ends tonight - the final Friday of National Poetry Month. The series has featured area poets reading their work each Friday in April at the Lawrence Arts Center. On tonight's bill are Mickey Cesar, Beth Dorsey and Matthew Porubsky. The reading starts at 7.

Jackson pleads not guilty to molestation, conspiracy

With a nod of his head, Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty Friday to a grand jury indictment that expanded the child molestation case against him to include a conspiracy count involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

Annual event inspires artist

Now in its 43rd year, Art in the Park includes exhibits, activities and more

Each year, artists and art lovers crowd South Park the first weekend in May to attend a long-standing, annual event called Art in the Park. And you can bet Julie Kingsbury, a Lawrence metalsmith, will be on hand to display and sell her silver-and-gemstone jewelry, as well as chat with customers examining her work.

NPR host shares last 'Morning'

Bob Edwards signed off Friday after nearly 25 years as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," thanking the "hundreds of people who have done their best to make me sound like I know what I'm talking about."

People

¢ Love pleads not guilty to charge ¢ Lynch meets man behind rescue ¢ Garr leads women's MS efforts