Sunday, October 31
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment this month fined EightOneFive Cafe & Night Club, a restaurant and bar at 815 N.H., $1,000 for health-code violations.<
¢ Gallery to exhibit Sudlow retrospective ¢ KU team receives regional award for video ¢ KU art show focuses on 'The Figure' ¢ Deadline is Monday for Governor's Arts Awards ¢ Kansas City Singers announce auditions
Exhibit, course sample diversity of state's art, culture
There's a small-minded but all-too-common school of thought that Kansas is merely a desolate pass-through between Colorado and Missouri.
With the uniforms, the instrumentation, the musical selections and even conductor Robert Foster appearing as the "March King" himself, a 150th birthday salute to John Philip Sousa will recreate the music, style and energy of a Sousa concert.
Poet returns to Lawrence to celebrate release of collection featuring budding student writers
Suzy Allen was only in sixth grade when she wrote her poem "Grandfather's Tales." So it came as a shock to the Lawrence High School senior when she found out this year that her work would be published in a poetry compilation.
Works on student company's fall concerts evoke nature
Dance may be the most fleeting of art forms.
Doc Carson will give a talk and sign copies of his new novel, "Gone Shopping! An Odyssey of Discovery" from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.
Who knows what might pop up on Halloween: ghouls and ghosts, witches and werewolves, boogeymen and -- books?
Peter Straub brilliantly blurs the line between reality and fiction in his latest thriller, "In the Night Room" (Random House, $21.95).
Saturday, October 30
The horror film "Carnival of Souls" will provide a perfect Halloween accompaniment when it screens Sunday at Liberty Hall. The 1962 horror film, written by John Clifford and directed by the late Herk Harvey, was shot predominantly in Lawrence and has become a cult classic.
Teens to perform in plays based on Ten Commandments
Just because the Ten Commandments are written in stone -- well, at the least the original version was -- doesn't mean you can't have fun with them. That's the idea behind "10 X 10," a new youth production that will be performed Nov. 5-6 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Friday, October 29
The undead are still haunting area multiplexes, whether in the form of the gory remake "Dawn of the Dead" or comedic import "Shaun of the Dead." Many can point to "Carnival of Souls" as the project that jump-started this genre.
On one of the more "edgy" episodes of "The Brady Bunch," Greg Brady lands a deal with a swarthy record label that wants him to change his name to Johnny Bravo en route to becoming a rock star.
These scary movies may not be well known, but they are certainly spine-tingling
You've seen "The Shining" five or six times. Your "Alien" DVD has endured countless plays. Hours have been consumed watching "The Exorcist" -- all four of the films, even that stupid new "Beginning" sequel. Face it, you're ready to get some Halloween jollies elsewhere.
Like Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix or Patsy Cline, Ray Charles was one of those rare performers who seemed to be universally liked and respected, regardless of one's musical preference.
The chat took place on Friday, October 29, at 12:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Children and others screamed in mock horror and delight Thursday as Godzilla's gigantic head came into view over the roof of Liberty Hall.
Lawrence is about to be flooded with Madonna condoms. The Douglas County AIDS Project is the winner of a nationwide contest with a grand prize of 21,000 "Madonna Condoms."
H.G. Wells' tragic story of scientific hubris and human frailty came to life Wednesday evening in Aquila Theatre Company's adaptation of the 1897 novel "The Invisible Man" at the Lied Center.
Thursday, October 28
A mere hack-and-slash or is it more cerebral?
The action elements are thrilling. Slashing away in the midst of your forces gives them higher morale. As you progress and learn special moves and other tactics, the ground combat gets even more engaging, especially when you see the fruits of your strategic positioning of other forces attacking simultaneously.
The Lawrence Community Theatre will bring a 1940s detective story to life when it stages "Murder at Cafe Noir," a dinner theater mystery, at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday, October 27
Ty 2 does a respectable job improving on its own gameplay, but much more was needed to make it stand out amongst the current generation of platforming goodness.
Rappers delight or plight?
The characters you encounter and the way you can customize yourself all have semi-interesting tidbits of entertainment value, but all are fairly nominal in light of the paltry gameplay mechanics.
Tuesday, October 26
But the longsuffering residents of Stull are another story
The Devil's played some pretty mean pranks on the town of Stull, Kan. According to the urban legends surrounding the tiny town just west of Lawrence, he's chosen Stull's cemetery as a place to appear every Halloween.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and noone answered back. Then she hung up the phone. She wasn't expecting anything, so she just hung back up. While she was walking back to the living room to continue watching TV, she thought she saw someone run across the window outside. Still walking back to the living room, she was beginning to get jumpy.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. "Hello, Katie? This is John from across the street. I saw you going into the Walkers' house. There's something coming down the street. It looks sort of like a bear or something. I think."
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone expecting to hear her new neighbors' voice. Katie didn't like being at other people's house alone. She thought it was creepy, especially this house. A man named Mr. Thether used to live in the house and the house is thought to be haunted. Supposedly, Mr. Thether killed his mother, but her body was never found.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and heard the chilling sound of silence.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone with a quiet "Hello." As I waited for her next response she gave a cautious look and handed me the phone. I put my ear to the phone I heard a deep man's voice say "Is Mrs. Vandershmit home." I worried about what to say. I can't tell a stranger I am by myself with the kids. So I said the first thing that came to mind. "Umm... Mrs. Vandershmit is busy right now. Can I please take a message?" With his scary voice next he says, "Oh really but this urgent. HAHAHA I will be right over then." "HAHAHA Have a nice night."
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and then the electricity went out.
Monday, October 25
Friends of the late Bunker Clark, composer Charles Hoag, Marie Rubis Bauer and chamber music in general spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra's first concert of this fall season.
While baby-sitting the new neighbor's children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby-sitting the neighbor's children for the first time, Katie answered the phoneÃ- Doug's voice was on the other end - the father paying her for the baby-sitting job.
While baby-sitting for the neighbors' children for the first time when the phone rang, Katie answered suspecting it was the parents checking up on her, but when she answered the phone a very raspy voice answered. Katie was startled by the voice and asked who it was and the voice said you're going to die.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. "Hello, Katie," said an old shaky man. "I've been looking for you all over." What? Who is this? Who are you? I am your worst enemy.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone quickly before Kris or Nichole could.
While Haley was baby-sitting 2-year-old Nevaeh and 4-year-old Angel for the first time, she wanted to be a cool hip baby-sitter just like any other teen. So she brought each one of the girls a toy to play with until bed. When the time came for bed, Haley put the girls down with a movie to watch until they fell to sleep. When she finally got to watch T.V. and snack on food, the phone rang ...
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. It was Ed Mc. Man from the publisher clearinghouse sweepstakes.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answerd the phone. It was a kind of rough sounding man.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone thinking it was the parents. When she said "hello," nobody talked. Katie could still hear the person breathing on the other side. It was a deep cold rattling breath. Then after about another 10 seconds the person hung up.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
Who needs Ghostbusters? After all, ghosts are good for business, many cities are finding out. In cities across the country, private entities, chambers of commerce and tourist bureaus capitalize on the public's seasonal interest in the supernatural by conducting Halloween tours of supposedly haunted locations.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. Hello, who is this?
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone "hello" "Hi Katie, I just wanted to remind you that Billy's inhaler is by the kitchen sink"
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the time, Katie answered the door and she heard an odd voice. Katie thought it was one or all of her friends playing a joke on her but when she hung up the phone, she went into the living room with the kids to help with the figure paintings that they had started and wanted to get finished before they went to bed.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. She was expecting her friend, Sierra Thomas. Instead, she heard a deep voice filled with venomous anger.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. "Hello," Katie said. There was no answer.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. Just when she said hello ...
That was the best trick-or-treating ever, I thought I entered our front door. Eventhough my vampire outfit was damp, I didn't remember it raining. I had just dumped out all my candy on my bedroom floor to count it when my mom told me it was time for bead.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors for the first time, Katie answered the phone ... "Hello?" There was breathing only ... very heavy breathing. "Who is this?" she said. But then the phone went dead.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and she heard a deep voice say, "I know where you are Katie and I'm coming for you."
While baby-sitting the new neighbors children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and someone said in a deep scary voice, "I'm watching you.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. The person said you are home alone baby-sitting aren't you? Katie answered, Yes, I am. Why are you asking? I am asking you because I'm outside watching you through the window. Katie says, Oh, you are, huh? Katie, yes I am! Make the kids go to sleep I want to come in the house and talk to you!
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone, but all she heard was silence. She didn't think much about it, probably just a little mistake.
Katie just turned 14 and just got a job from the new neighbors a couple of miles down. They had two kids, 2-year-old Kyle and 4-year-old Haylee. She's baby-sitting at their house all by herself because her friend Jessica couldn't make it over. Their house was miles from everything or anyone. She got there around 7 p.m. because their parents were going partying for the night. She fed them dinner and let them play for a little while. Finally they wore themselves out and fell asleep.
While baby-sitting the neighbors' new children for the first time, Katie answered the phone when the phone went dead. She thought, "Oh well, they'll call back." While in the kitchen, the phone rang for the second time, she picked up the phone and the voice said, "It's not safe here!" and hung up.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and heard a wheezy voice screech I'm in the basement.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone, the line was dead. Not thinking anything of it, she headed back into the living room where she had left the kids. They were gone. She was sure that they had just gone into another room or were trying to play hide and seek.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. It was the parents saying they were caught in a storm and will be running a little late. As soon as she put the phone down, a clash of thunder shook the house. Katie ran up the stairs to find the kids were nowhere. Ten seconds later the power goes out.
While baby-sitting the neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone and said hello, but noone answered, so she hung up.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' kids for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby sitting the new neighbors for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While babysitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. "Hello," she asked. They hung up. "Who was that?" asked one of the kids.
While baby-sitting the new neighbor's children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. Of course, it was Dottie. Dottie always wanted to talk. Dottie never ran out of ideas. She was very interesting. However, she wanted to talk about the kids Katie was baby-sitting.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors for the first time, Katie answered the phone. All she heard was deep breathing. Quickly she put down the phone. It was the night before Halloween.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone ... a loud burst of terror filled the phone speaker, as Katie hung up! As fast as she could, Katie sat on the couch as if nothing had happened. As the loud laughs, burps and clinging noises of toys filled the room.
After the Phone Rang
While baby-sitting the new neighbors children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. All she heard was someone saying in a raspy cold voice, "Look outside."
One day while I was baby-sitting my neighbor's children, the phone rang. "Hello," I said. "Hi. How is the dinner? Good. O' can Mike and Tim play outside? OK. Thanks for calling. Goodbye now."
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. Katie said hello, but no one answered. So she hung up and went back to watching T.V. Katie was starting to notice that the kids were acting really funny.
While baby sitting the neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. After that night Katie will realize that she will never be able to talk again. Anyway it was a quiet night at the Youghans house until the phone rang for the first time that night and of course, Katie had to answer it because she is the only one who can. She picks up 'hello' 'hello.'
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. The voice was low and talked slowly. It was like no voice she had ever heard.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. Some creepy old voice asked if she liked little boys feet. The creepy old voice said, "I'll come over there to your place and we'll look at little boys feet." Katie hung up; the phone started ringing, an answering machine answered, and he said, "I'll see you in a little bit," "click."
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone. And it was a deep voiced person saying he was 3 miles away from her house and the neighbor's house was a very small house, only four rooms - two bedrooms and one with a bathroom and a kitchen.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone ... and heard a scream. She ran outside, saw nothing. She thought she was imagining it, but when she went inside, children gone, and a trail of blood and scratches indented on the floor, she knew something wasn't right. She then heard a crackling low soggy coughing voice, "At 12 a.m., I will kill you." She ran to the phone, it was dead. She hustled to the phone booth outside, only to realize that it was 12:00.
While baby-sitting the new neighbors' kids for the first time the phone rang ... finally after what seemed to be five minutes Katie answered the phone. "Hello" she said, but all she could hear was deep slow breathing, then she heard a loud ear-splinting laugh very evil and menacingly. At that precise moment the very things leading up to this flashed right before her eyes as if they were to be the last things she would ever remember.
While baby-sittinig the new neighbors' children for the first time, Katie answered the phone to a mysterious hang-up; the caller just took deep breaths.
Two uberfans of the 1962 classic filmed mostly in Lawrence share their love...
In 1962, Herk Harvey unveiled his first and only feature film: "Carnival of Souls," a creepy drive-in classic that was filmed almost entirely in Lawrence. The movie centers on a young organist (Candace Hilligoss) who survived a car crash, only to be plagued by constant visions of pale ghouls following her. The little-known movie proved a major influence on "Night of the Living Dead" director George Romero and on every zombie flick that followed, including blockbusters like "The Sixth Sense."
Sunday, October 24
Most children have been thinking about next Sunday's trick-or-treating for months, and have their wardrobes selected and social calendars marked. Many adults are still flip-flopping about what ghost, ghoul, celebrity, or 'concept' costume they should don. Is 'Paris Hilton' played out? Is there enough ironic distance for 'Osama bin Laden' to go over well?
"Family" is a wonderfully pliable word, referring both to a group of people living under one roof and, more broadly, to any group of things that are more or less alike.
Visual artists throughout Lawrence and Douglas County opened their doors to the public Saturday for the 10th annual Lawrence ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of area studios.
Breast cancer may attack women's chests, change the landscape of their bodies and alter their lives in unexpected ways, but it doesn't have to conquer their hearts.
For those who follow politics, especially those who oppose President Bush, books have never seemed so essential.
¢ Two Lawrence poets to read at the Raven ¢ Godzilla enthusiast to sign new book
Snapping fingers. Cocky struts. Tilted bowler hats. Shoulder rolls. Swiveling hips.
Pop culture ripe with unique Halloween costume ideas
Maybe Mrs. Mia Wallace look-alikes impaled on hypodermic needles won't ever go out of style. After all, "Pulp Fiction" is a cult classic. And who can forget the scene where Vincent Vega (John Travolta) plunges an adrenaline-packed needle into Uma Thurman's chest when she ODs after accidentally snorting his heroin through a rolled hundred dollar bill?
Nearly $20,000 worth of art was sold at the Lawrence Own-Your-Own Art Exhibition and Sale Sept. 25 through Oct. 3 at the Wakarusa Corporate Centre.
Relocated KU grads share sense of absurd in homecoming show
Kiel Johnson and Mark Cowardin don't share their studio space on campus anymore. They don't even share the same zip code these days, with Johnson in Los Angeles and Cowardin teaching at Mississippi State University.
In 410 B.C., the Greek dramatist Aristophanes wrote the comic masterpiece "Lysistrata," combining pacifism, feminism and sex. Twenty-four centuries later, academic theater continues to find the combination irresistible, and director Laura Leffler-McCabe's lively University Theatre production shows that this ancient but timeless play still has legs.
Dairy Queen marks the spot. When William Quantrill and his ruffians stormed Lawrence with massacre on their minds, they entered town at the present-day site of the Massachusetts Street ice cream shop.
¢ Works about Kansas focus of Spencer show ¢ KU theater presents new Godzilla plays ¢ Octarium starts season with saints and angels ¢ Mystery dinner theater on weekend menu ¢ Percussion professor brings beats to KU ¢ Faculty recital features tuba, euphonium ¢ New York designer to give talk at KU ¢ KU Camerata to perform at Spencer Museum ¢ New theater troupe to stage first show
It's the rare child who doesn't fantasize about being invisible. Oh the things I could get away with if only no one could see me, little boys and girls imagine.
Saturday, October 23
The Red Balloon To Do launches its second year this evening. The art show will take place simultaneously at Olive Gallery and Art Supply, 15 E. Eighth St., Ad Astra Galleria, 205 W. Eighth St., and three independent venues to be announced this evening.
Friday, October 22
"I Heart Huckabees" is all about polarity. The film ponders the interconnectedness of the universe. Is everything connected and what we do matters, or is nothing connected and our actions are meaningless?
"You guys are good -- that didn't even take 24 hours," says the mechanic who missed his court date and was apprehended at work by bounty hunters Brock Robson, 20 and Gerard Kleinsmith, 38.
A Japanese house makes a fine setting for a horror film. There are so few barriers in such tight quarters, just a few sliding glass doors and paper-thin walls -- not even a bed to hide under.
Straight from the bottle. That's how Josh Berwanger, lead singer and songwriter of The Only Children, takes his whiskey.
Kansas University professor Bill Tsutsui recalls lying on the shag carpeting of his family's rec room in the 1970s, anxiously staring at the Zenith while the "Creature Double Feature" was about to air on a Houston UHF station.
In this arms race, big guns no match for state champ
Cheryl Frisbie-Harper's right arm looks innocent enough. It hangs straight and lean at her side, in perfect proportion to her 5-foot-6-inch, 115-pound body. It isn't long. It isn't bulky. And it certainly doesn't look like it belongs to a champion arm wrestler.
Art lovers have a new place to drive around -- and around and around -- to see art in the city.
Thursday, October 21
Is there any reason to even look at the updated FIFA this year?
...these changes take a few minutes to get used to, but soon provide the much needed upgrade FIFA has needed. We've gone from accessible arcade play to simulation-style soccer in one year.
The mother of four was so hip that the high school students crowded around her for autographs.
From the opening notes of Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro Overture" to the final chord of a Rossini encore, the Prague Philharmonia played Tuesday evening with matchless precision and feeling -- two qualities not always found together. The conductor and musicians demonstrated obvious mutual respect, producing ensemble playing in which the voice of each section could be heard at all times, even in fortissimo passages.
Wednesday, October 20
Lawrence boasts a bigger menu of smoked meats
When veteran restaurateur Bob Schumm opened Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse in downtown Lawrence in 1977, he had the city's barbecue market to himself.
The Leavenworth Players Group, performing in the downstairs banquet room of the Hereford House, gave a good evening's entertainment to nearly 50 diners Saturday.
Tuesday, October 19
The haunted house industry is a kill-or-be-killed enterprise, and Kansas City is no exception to the rule. Fear factories have come and gone in the Midwest's fright capital for years, but four Catacombs, The Edge of Hell (since 1975), The Beast (1991) and Worlds of Fun (new this year) have emerged as the dopest domiciles of distress. To ascertain which dreadful dwelling most deserves your devil-be-damned dollars, we haunted the ghastly West Bottoms and horrific amusement park.
Some bands are in it for the money. Some for the fame. Some for the passion. And some are in it just because they don't have anything better to do. That's the impression The Lonesome Hobos give off on their self-titled debut album, which was originally released in 1996 but is still available at local record stores and shows.
"Change" is a word that will probably be thrown around a lot when talking about the debut album from The Only Children. Change because The Only Children formed from the ashes of defunct Lawrence favorites The Anniversary. Change because lead songwriter Josh Berwanger - once dubbed "emo," among other things - has taken his affection for country blues, southern rock and Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan to extremes. But to anyone who enjoyed Berwanger's contributions to the last Anniversary album, "Change of Living" should sound like a completely natural evolution.
Orphaned Anniversary members reform as The Only Children
Straight from the bottle. That's how Josh Berwanger, lead singer and songwriter of The Only Children, takes his whiskey. And in couple months, a vodka ad in Jane Magazine will reveal how the rest of The Only Children take their liqour. Concurrently, an ad in Teen Vogue Magazine will encourage fans to download a ring tone for the band's first single "Change of Living."
Lawrence residents reminded of involvement in 1983 made-for-TV movie
"The Day After" is in for some local reruns.
Monday, October 18
Man that is soooo last year.
THUG 2 is worth the face value if you just can't get your extreme skating fill, especially if you never tried its predecessor. Standing alone, it's a solid title that promises fun. Standing with its fellow titles in the series, it's not a huge improvement.
Artistic collaboration aims to change fate of blighted Topeka neighborhood
A storage facility or a car wash. That was the feasibility assessment of property at Adams and 29th streets in Topeka -- an area that had not developed economically in nearly 20 years. The response by developer Diane Botwin Alpert: progressive architecture and contemporary art.
The flat Mario arrives on the Gamecube with much to offer
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is a remarkable game with hours of solid fun. Nintendo loves for its games' gameplay to speak for itself, louder than the sometimes lack of presentation polish. This, my friend, is a perfect example.
The last time Thomas Frank, author of the best-selling "What's the Matter With Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America," spoke in Lawrence, he packed the Lawrence Arts Center's 300-seat auditorium.
Sunday, October 17
¢ Arts Commission names Phoenix Award winners ¢ KU theater to stage anti-war comedy ¢ Performance artist to visit KU art students ¢ KU students to perform in Tuba-Euphonium Fest ¢ Art Guild to tour snake exhibit
There's something funny going on here. In fact, these are three very ridiculous narratives that will tickle the funny bones of virtually anyone, from young children who look and listen, to the adults who beg, borrow, steal or buy them.
Guinean women drummers break long-held tradition to preserve cultural beats
West Africa's Les Percussions de Guinee, recognized as one of the most extraordinary drumming ensembles in the world, has always been, by custom, male.
After stomping his way through Japan and onto the silver screen 50 years ago, Godzilla is taking over Lawrence with the help of Bill Tsutsui.
The next Downtown Friday Gallery Walk has been scheduled for the evening before the 10th annual Lawrence ArtWalk.
KU grad's sculptures recognize human desire to predict the unpredictable
Sculptor Marc Berghaus knows how your mind works. He knows because it's how his mind works, too.
Prague orchestra performance at Lied Center to feature award-winning violinist
The Prague Philharmonia has grown from modest beginnings to become one of the major classical orchestras of the world.
Lawrence Chamber Orchestra starts season with new director, new music dedicated to old friend
Kansas University music professor Charles Hoag knew Bunker Clark as an intelligent, funny guy with a playfully antagonistic spirit that, frankly, drove some people bonkers.
Multimedia collaboration to steer through 'Dangerous Curves' with laughter, tears
Kathy Tate's first wig matched her own hair. Color, style -- it was all the same. Then the lifelong brunette got bold and went blond.
Artists who gather once a week at Senior Center for camaraderie, critiques will be among participants in 2004 Lawrence ArtWalk
As members of the Downtown Tuesday Painters quietly chat, Carole Peters dips her brush into her watercolor palette and carefully applies paint to her canvas. Her mother, Millie Peters, concentrates intensely on her own painting across the ring of tables.
Saturday, October 16
American photographer Diane Arbus focused her camera lens on people who lived on the margins of society: dwarves, nudists, transvestites. Her haunting pictures of those subjects made her famous.
"Taking Care of Business" (9 p.m. today, TLC) offers a smart variation on the tired -- and, to my mind, tiresome -- makeover reality genre.
Surrealist 'Destino,' begun in 1946, part of artist's collaboration with cartoonist
A narrow waisted, emerald-eyed brunette flits through a desert full of melting clocks and wacky perspectives, looking for her lover. Giant telephones levitate. Bicyclists with bread loaf helmets pedal by.
It might be the biggest, scariest proclamation in city history. City commissioners Tuesday night are slated to designate Oct. 24-30 as "Godzilla Week."
City's sound history attracts nonprofit group
Kansas' musical history may become the newest tourist draw for Lawrence. A nonprofit group led by Lawrence resident and former radio personality Bill Lee has chosen the city to serve as the home for the newly conceived Kansas Music Hall of Fame.
Friday, October 15
'Super Size Me' star grills fast-food industry
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock really put his money where his mouth was on his fledgling documentary project, "Super Size Me."
Midday Ramblers cherish offbeat nature of bluegrass scene
According to Lawrence's Midday Ramblers, "Bluegrass Music is Fun!" It is both the title of the band's new album and a homey philosophy that the four members share.
Jay McShann didn't just play Kansas City jazz. He helped invent its foot-tapping rhythms and boogie-woogie beats. And tonight, he'll be on hand at FilmFest Kansas City to watch himself and other big names of the big band era in a 25th anniversary screening of "Last of the Blue Devils."
If Split Lip Rayfield is the red-headed stepchild of local bluegrass bands, then The Midday Ramblers are likely the valedictorians.
What makes Lawrence so special? Is it the live music scene, restaurants, campus, downtown or the parks? Maybe it's your favorite cup of coffee, art gallery or record store. Whatever the reason, Journal-World readers have the opportunity to give praise where it's due in the Best of Lawrence 2004 reader's poll.
Praise the Killers, the Faint, and VH1's nostalgia-driven programming bent over the last several years: They've made the world safe again for Duran Duran.
With all the political puppeteering going on during this election year, it seems only fitting that the most savage cinematic satire of American culture is delivered via puppets.
Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly made a TV talk show appearance on what he said was "the worst day of my life" Thursday, vowing to fight sexual harassment charges by one of his producers.
The stylish TV movie "Thoughtcrimes" (8 p.m., USA) may be the first thriller about terrorism and national security to begin with a very bad date.
Thursday, October 14
The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra celebrated 100 years of fine music making with a rousing gala concert Tuesday night.
Wednesday, October 13
Game helping former inmates get back on the board
Sly and Willie will play you anytime you want. Just come down, they say. Seven in the morning? Fine with them. How about 2 a.m.? Good enough. Chess is the world to them now. They've been on the corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets, playing nearly every day for three months. They're not afraid of your game, you can bet on that. They've seen much worse. See, Sly taught Willie chess in rehab. They worked on their game together in Lansing State Penitentiary.
President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry meet in the third and final presidential debate (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News) at Arizona State University in Tempe. So far, the audience for the debates has been much larger than during the 2000 race, and tonight's discussion may be the highest-rated event of the election year.
Tuesday, October 12
It's always been apparent that there was more to Split Lip Rayfield than bluegrass. Perhaps that's no more evident than on the third solo album from Split Lip guitarist Kirk Rundstrom. "Same Ugly Town" pairs Rundstrom with Split Lip banjo-slayer Eric Mardis and a cast of other local musicians to give Rundstrom's roots-inspired pub anthems a decidedly different workout.
If Split Lip Rayfield is the red-headed stepchild of local bluegrass bands, then The Midday Ramblers are likely the valedictorians. Where Split Lip thrives on heavy-metal mandolin licks and songs about unmentionables, The Midday Ramblers offer a first-class NPR-friendly bluegrass experience.
Nintendo's new rhythm concept may prove addicting.
Although it may not reach the popularity of the DDR franchise, the bongo idea definitely has the same amount of innovation and merit.
For Master Esthetician Elizabeth Krull, technique can make the difference between pain and worse pain
Once upon a time, Big Wheels had hand brakes, Corvairs were the pinnacle of speed and handling, and a man's chest fur was a hirsute treasure to be cultivated and cherished by himself and all others.
There's a point "Friday Night Lights" where worn-out football coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) tells his struggling quarterback Mike Winchell (Lucas Black) that there hasn't been much difference in the way he feels lately. Whether they've just won or lost the game, he feels about the same. It's a defining moment of the film, and it sets a surprisingly sober tone for a high school football movie.
The best Mega Man in the Zero series.
What sets this iteration apart from the other shoot, upgrade, shoot even bigger adventures is that the bosses are more refined and prolific as ever. None of them are cheap, but deliver authentic challenges and several patterns. These patterns change from boss to boss so that each new fight is just that: new.
Does the best looking GBA game live up to the Mario pedigree?
I think Nintendo should stick with the pinball idea; there is a lot of opportunity there in the handheld market. But next time, adapt the Mario world to pinball, not the other way around.
Renowned string quartet kicks off Swarthout Chamber Music Series
The esteemed reputation of the Cypress String Quartet may have accounted for the larger-than-usual audience for Sunday afternoon's opening event of the Swarthout Chamber Music Series, and concertgoers were not disappointed.
Actor's injuries didn't end work in film, TV
Christopher Reeve, the chiseled, strapping "Superman" of celluloid who became another kind of hero as a force for spinal cord research after a devastating horse-riding accident in 1995, died Sunday at age 52.
Who ever dreamed that a soap opera star would appear on "Nova" (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings)? The sober and scholarly science series goes to great lengths to dramatize the story of Typhoid Mary, in the provocative installment "The Most Dangerous Woman in America."
¢ Students say no Moore ¢ Wifeless at work ¢ On-screen amore ¢ More acts join MTV's Latin VMAs
Monday, October 11
Actor, spinal-cord research advocate suffered heart failure
Christopher Reeve, the star of the "Superman" movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.
Local memorabilia favors Kerry by a landslide
Forget about wearing your emotions on your sleeve. This time of year people with strong feelings about political candidates and issues are turning themselves into walking billboards by wearing T-shirts emblazoned with political slogans.
President Bush has unwittingly become a muse for a growing number of artists inspired by the war in Iraq and the upcoming presidential election to make political statements through their craft.
The process of running for president is deadly serious business. Except when it's completely ridiculous. That's the lesson of "Diary of a Political Tourist" (7 p.m., HBO) the second in a series of campaign trail "home movies" by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi.
Sunday, October 10
The New Yorker Festival is a buffet for the mind.
Diane Arbus did not take pretty pictures.
Lawrence Community Theatre joins nationwide reading of 'Letters to the President'
Polarized might be too polite a term to describe voters in the 2004 presidential election. When the pendulum swings from "Mr. President, you have impressed me beyond measure" to "I wouldn't (urinate) in your ear if your brain was on fire," it means there's one gargantuan rift between Bush backers and bashers.
KU Symphony Orchestra tunes up for 100th anniversary gala concert
In 1905, one year after the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra was integrated into the School of Fine Arts, the student newspaper lauded the fledgling 20-member group as KU's "best musical organization."
¢ Lawrence Arts Center reschedules talk ¢ Lied Center unveils new Web feature ¢ Hollywood casting call seeks American Indians ¢ Arts center to offer theatrical frights ¢ KU alumni to sing at choral convention ¢ KU design student wins Best of Show ¢ Radio show picked up by satellite radio ¢ 'Battle of Black Jack' returns to stage ¢ KU alumnus places third in international competition ¢ KU professor to perform in New York theaters ¢ Unity Gallery issues call for artists ¢ Theater group to audition actors
World-renowned thinker Jacques Derrida, a charismatic philosopher who founded the school known as deconstructionism, has died, the French president's office said Saturday. He was 74.
For the past two weeks, the most intriguing rock tour on the road has been something called Vote for Change.
Ken Tyler, an American print publisher who has worked with leading contemporary artists since the 1960s, has donated 460 prints to the Tate Gallery in London.
'Murder at Madam Conundrum's' invites audience into psychic's parlor
When preparing for opening night of a play, it's not normal -- in fact it's paranormal -- for the cast to participate in a seance.
The reviews of daydreams or beards may not do it. The list of unsuitable baby names might not, either. Maybe it will take the thought of basketball-playing, precedent-setting Supreme Court justices.
Fans, own obsession keep British author writing shopaholic adventure series
Sophie Kinsella was sitting in a cafe in Wimbledon village, talking about dropping off her young son for his first day at school. She seemed a world away from Becky Bloomwood, the somewhat self-centered fashion addict of Kinsella's wildly successful "Shopaholic" novels.
Quintessentially cute, and incredibly lucrative, Hello Kitty is turning 30, and what better place to celebrate than atop Venus de Milo.
¢ Walken makes his mark ¢ Justice sought in cruelty case ¢ Stewart gives nod to America
Readers are eager to learn more about Austria's Elfriede Jelinek, who was virtually unknown in the United States before the announcement that she had received the Nobel Prize for literature.
An auction of important manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to poet and playwright Oscar Wilde goes up for auction this month, the 150th anniversary of the ever-controversial Irish-born writer's birthday.
Saturday, October 9
¢ Another 'Potter' character to die ¢ Cancer cancels tour ¢ P. Diddy making new band ¢ Designs on motherhood
Just when it seemed that reality television was set to take over the dial, scripted shows have come roaring back -- at least for now. Long mired in fourth place, ABC has celebrated the initial successes of both "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."
Martha Stewart exchanged her clothes for prison-issue khaki trousers and black steel-toed boots Friday, and for the next five months she will be sleeping not on luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, but on plain, military-grade sheets.
Friday, October 8
So Rodney Dangerfield's movies weren't exactly going to give Brando a run for his money. There was that unforgettably dark turn as a sitcom dad from hell in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers." And "Caddyshack" and "Back to School" had their share of laughs. But most of the time, he was doing roles like, well, Lucifer in Adam Sandler's "Little Nicky."
"The Good Ain't Gone" is the title of the leadoff track on Rex Hobart and Misery Boys' fourth album, and it may as well be the mission statement for the band and the entire genre of honky-tonk balladeering.
Jenny Reardon picked up "Super Tecmo Bowl" and blew into the flat, gray cartridge. She then picked up a Q-tip and dipped it into a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Despite the warning printed on the game to not clean with alcohol, she rubbed the Q-tip along the exposed computer chip portion of the game.
After reviewing such formulaic productions as "First Daughter" and "Shark Tale" the past few weeks, it's hard not to at least admire "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" for attempting something different.
KU grad central to comedy at 'Daily Show'
During last year's Emmy Awards ceremony, Stewart Bailey learned an important lesson when he rushed onstage to collect a statuette after "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" won in the variety/comedy series category.
Civic-minded concerts attempt to get the vote out
Politics and music will be mixing in a big way next week - starting tonight - in three separate shows at The Granada Theatre, 1020 Mass., designed to get out the vote among college-aged students of all political persuasions: Republicans, Democrats and independents.
¢ OutKast leads Europe award nods ¢ Tickets going fast for Moore ¢ 'Idol' gets warm Filipino welcome
Debbie Reynolds returns for "Halloweentown High" (7 p.m., Disney), the third cable fantasy movie about the enchanted Cromwell family, who pass as "normal" in a human world but are really part of the enchanted realm of fairies, elves, leprechauns, dragons, you name it.
Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, a self-described advocate for "the weak" whose forceful defenses of social and political freedom have frequently clashed with conservatives in her native country, has won the Nobel Prize in literature.
Thursday, October 7
What would you get if you combined the libidinous idiocy of an "American Pie" comedy with the smug seriousness of "My So Called Life"? It would have to look something like the pilot for "Life as We Know It" (8 p.m., ABC), a drama-comedy that manages to be vulgar and pretentious at the same time.
¢ A home away from home for Hef ¢ Rapper to face Canadian charge ¢ Wayne's birthplace to pay tribute ¢ Reba turns talents to fashion
A former place-kicker for the Oakland Raiders is being sought in a drive-by shooting at the home of entertainers Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, police said Wednesday.
How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a ... Nobel Prize-winning songwriter?
Howard Stern has long had two words for the Federal Communications Commission -- and in 15 months, he can finally utter them on the air.
Wednesday, October 6
¢ Lennon killer denied parole ¢ Foxx has new 'Vice' ¢ Moore vs. Bush, Kerry, MLB ¢ Zellweger taking coffee break
Proof that even ghostbusters need day jobs is on "Ghost Hunters" (8 p.m., Sci Fi), a documentary soap opera that follows the day-to-day dramas of Jason and Grant, two Rhode Island plumbers who moonlight as paranormal detectives.
Rodney Dangerfield, the bug-eyed comic whose self-deprecating one-liners brought him stardom in clubs, television and movies and made his lament "I don't get no respect" a catchphrase, died Tuesday. He was 82.
Tuesday, October 5
A solid basketball game augmented by an addicting slam-dunk mode.
Despite the spotty online experience and ridiculously archaic passing, NBA Live is a solid game of basketball that will surely please fans of the franchise. The slam dunk mode alone justifies a good look.
A deep basketball sim slightly hampered by a bit of clunkiness.
ESPN NBA 2K5 has all the makings of a better game of basketball, but slightly held back by the stiffness on the court. Full Authority is a brave new mode, but nothing in the game really answers the ultra-fun slam-dunk mode in EA's offering.
Billy Q. Effinger has never been to Lawrence. But this "fantastic vocal stylist" has left an enduring stamp on our hearts with his unsolicited CD mailer
Billy Q. entered into our lives casually in the virgin days of September. He arrived in a nondescript manila CD mailer, accompanied by a letter from the Duluth Musician's Association (AFL-CIO) informing us that Billy has proven himself to be "a fantastic vocal stylist." According to the letter, the enclosed CD would offer us two songs that were "infectious ... yet wear well upon repeated listening."
Graham's most visible influences are Pavement and The Cars, though his crack-prone voice bears a striking resemblance to Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Graham's lyrical and melodic sensibilities can best be described as "quirky," which can be either charming or obnoxious, depending on your tastes.
The Sims 2 is an addictive virtual ant farm filled with creatures that are just as fun to kill as keep alive.
I really enjoyed Sims 2. If you enjoyed the first title, this is a must-buy. But if you're like me, a first-person shooter fan that's not really convinced that this game is up my alley, let me remind you that you can kill them if you don't like them. Oh, yeah, and keeping them alive is fun, too.
Local watering holes are opening their doors to poetry. But who's listening?
As any poet knows, the best reward for a good performance is silence. The kind of silence where you can hear paper crinkling ... the toilet flushing ... the door guy asking incoming patrons for IDs. Most of all, the kind of silence where you can hear what the FREAKING POET IS SAYING.
Monster Hunter truly offers something unique. Unfortunately it's so unique that it may shut off a huge audience.
Actress Janet Leigh, whose gruesome and bloody murder in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" scared millions of female moviegoers out of the shower, died Sunday at her Beverly Hills home. She was 77.
¢ Madonna new target of rant ¢ An update on 'Update' ¢ Sharpton celebrates the big 5-0
The documentary "Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile"' (8 p.m., Showtime) celebrates a personal and artistic rise from the ashes.
Monday, October 4
The truth is anything but plain or simple in the compelling TV drama "Plain Truth" (8 p.m., Lifetime). Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") stars as a burnt-out corporate lawyer who takes on the defense of an Amish teen (Alison Pill) accused of murdering her newborn infant after hiding her pregnancy from her family and tight-knit religious community.
Critics question delay of Iraq findings
A postponed "60 Minutes" report about whether Iraq had nuclear capabilities has quickly become CBS's most famous shelved story since the 1995 tobacco piece made famous in the movie "The Insider."
New animated film makes $49.1 million
The animated fish story "Shark Tale" swamped the competition, opening as the top weekend movie with $49.1 million and potentially breaking the record for best October debut.
¢ Piano Man ties the knot ¢ Charlie Watts cancer-free ¢ Farrah Fawcett new reality star
Sunday, October 3
¢ Columnist breaks hip in hotel ¢ Armstrong leads cancer relay ¢ Actor not too hot on America ¢ Politicians, celebs add to book
The premise of the Lawrence Arts Center's "Healing through the Arts" breast cancer awareness project is inherent in its name.
Legendary dancer Martha Graham said, "Dance is the language of the soul." Well in flamenco, soul is the language of the dance.
Work commissioned by Lied Center commemorates Kansas-Nebraska Act
The chemistry of a contemporary West Coast string quartet can teach us something about a 150-year-old decision that kick-started the Bleeding Kansas era.
Remember being aghast to find your pet goldfish mysteriously floating upside down in a fishbowl? Or cringing at the sight of your cat mashed along the roadside?
'Seasons in Basilicata' departs from standard fare with warm visit to a remote part of Italy
After spending a year in Provence or lounging under the Tuscan sun or riding the Patagonian express, readers of contemporary travel writing can be forgiven if they've become a bit jaded by the quirky plumber or the telephones that never work or the balky bureaucracy of whatever country the writer has chosen.
Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stayed on message from the time they took the stage: Vote John Kerry on Nov. 2.
¢ CornerBank to feature glass artist, muralist ¢ Spencer exhibit explores Brown v. Board decision ¢ Comedy show starts with double header ¢ Lawrence ceramics studio to have open house ¢ Lawrence theater company to have auditions ¢ Theater to entertain kids while school is out ¢ Sculptures at KU gallery to explore body psychology ¢ Husband, wife join forces for faculty recital ¢ KU Wind Ensemble to play for homecoming ¢ Centuries-old Chinese sculptures reinstalled ¢ Photography workshop focuses on Ozarks ¢ Red Balloon To Do issues call for artists
Although Ukraine has only been an independent state for about 13 years, its history dates back to the ninth century. The 85 members of the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company paid tribute to their homeland and that rich history with energetic, ballet-infused folk dancing and brightly colored costumes Friday night at the Lied Center.
"Amber Waves," written by 1982 Kansas University graduate James Still, takes place on an eastern Kansas farm. The material is difficult, because like many traditional farm families, these characters are not given to articulating their emotions. Nevertheless, the talented cast of Kansas University Theatre's production, directed by Doug Weaver, manage to convey the lives their characters live and the problems they face, despite their reticence.
What would a kid's life be like at this time of year without a few pumpkin books?
Artist who survived breast cancer heals emotional wounds by confronting physical scars
A jet-black room and one light. Her heart races. Short breaths. Then deep breaths. From where she is standing, cloaked comfortably in shadow, the woman steps forward. Into the light now.
In "Still Life with Iris," Kansas University Theatre for Young People's fall production, the title character possesses a magical ability many people would covet: She can remove her "Past Coat" and forget everything that has ever happened to her.
While acknowledging mistakes in CBS anchor Dan Rather's "60 Minutes" report that questioned President Bush's service in the National Guard, competing news anchors Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings offered support Saturday for the beleaguered newsman.
Saturday, October 2
Let's get right to the point: "Desperate Housewives" (8 p.m. Sunday, ABC) is the kind of dark, ironic, campy comedy-drama/soap opera that critics love and viewers tend to avoid. Heck, I'm a critic and even I don't like it that much.
Richard Avedon, the revolutionary photographer who redefined fashion photography as an art form while achieving critical acclaim through his stark black-and-white portraits of the powerful and celebrated, died Friday. He was 81.
¢ AC/DC becomes a street sign ¢ Warhol portraits on exhibit ¢ Threat of 'Punk'd' remains alive ¢ Comic pans stand-up reality show
Friday, October 1
• Trump generous with speaking fee • Singer gives diner patrons a thrill • 'Iron Chef America' returns to TV
Rest assured, the new British drama "Rockface" (6 p.m., BBC America) is not about heavy metal artists applying their makeup.
The felt flew during a rain-drenched Times Square debate between President Bush and Democratic contender John Kerry -- in puppet form -- on the afternoon before the real deal in Florida.
These days Lawrence serves as host to almost as many film festivals throughout the year as it does college basketball games. So how does one of its oldest fests compare to some of the recent upstarts?
Those who wish to see an animated movie this weekend are privy to a better option than the feeble "Shark Tale." Lawrence is one of the few markets to merit an early run of "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" before it rolls wide in two weeks.
Saturday night in Tonganoxie is all about the slow country drawl -- the kind where people say Missour-ah instead of Missour-ee like they're in no big hurry.
I wonder if companies get a discount for product placement when they're being parodied by underwater creatures. That would explain why "Shark Tale" is packed to the gills with so many of these ads.
Pressure from Bill Cosby prods Phat Albert to reinvent itself as Lost 80
Although Brendan O'Bryhim was rather young when "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" first gained popularity during the 1970s, the music-themed show still made an impression.
Ever wonder if an 80% here and an 8 out of 10 somewhere else are the same?