Stories for September 2004


Thursday, September 30

Review: Terminator 3: Redemption - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Nice hopeful title. It turns out to be true.

Atari jumped on the Terminator 3 bandwagon last year with the dismal "Rise of the Machines." It got hit hard by the critics and the sales receipts but that didn't prevent Atari from simultaneously announcing another T3 game. Conveniently titled "Redemption," Atari's second try is exactly that.

Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Although there is still work to be done, it's still amazing and addicting.

Every year I am impressed how much the Tiger Woods franchise continues to grow and expand. This year, even more gameplay and customization elements await you, creating the deepest golf game ever.

Review: Def Jam: Fight for NY - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

A surprisingly fun and engaging entry into the brawler genre.

What's immediately surprising is how well the fighting styles intertwine once you upgrade your character's abilities. (Henry Rollins is your trainer.) Each of the fighting styles can be used together to create a fun hybrid.

'Professor' of rock dies

DJ Scott Muni was born in Wichita

Disc jockey Scott Muni, the gravelly voiced radio host whose encyclopedic knowledge of rock 'n' roll made him "The Professor" to three generations of New York listeners, has died at 74.

'Extreme Makeover' your debate alternative

Is it a coincidence that the presidential debate (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News) airs on the same night as "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS) and "Extreme Makeover" (7 p.m., ABC)?

ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' explores darker side of suburbia

Welcome to Wisteria Lane, Mr. Cherry's neighborhood.


¢ Captain Kirk plays trick ¢ Met radio broadcast names host ¢ It's not been done before ¢ 'Real World' meets 'Baywatch'

Wednesday, September 29

Review: NHL 2005 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Is it a simulation or arcade game? It doesn't know either.

Those wanting a deep simulation will be dumbfounded, wondering why NHL 2005 seems more like an EA Big title.


¢ Research: 'Daily Show' viewers better-educated than O'Reilly's ¢ Favorite neighbor on DVD ¢ Divorce is the word

UPN's new bachelor father Taye Diggs knows best

Proof that some ideas never die and some romantic conventions can be improved upon is found in the new series "Kevin Hill" (8 p.m., UPN). Taye Diggs stars in the title role as a brash and handsome young lawyer who changes female lovers as often as some of us change socks. Yes, he's a player. But that all changes when his troubled cousin dies and leaves Kevin, his only relative, with a 10-month-old bundle of joy named Sarah.

'Shark Tale' an all-star film

More celebs loaning voices to cartoons

Quick! Can you name who did the voice of Snow White? Or Cinderella? How about the Little Mermaid?

Tuesday, September 28

Review: Vietcong: Purple Haze - PS2, Xbox

Wake me up when you travel 12 feet.

Vietcong: Purple Haze should be reserved for Vietnam buffs only. (Are there any?) It doesn't do anything that hasn't been done five times better by someone else.

Keeping up with a killer

AIDS-related deaths may be down, but local educators are doing their part to make sure the disease is not forgotten

When Chris had his first one night stand with a guy, he was plenty aware of the risk of AIDS. He knew he could get it by engaging in unprotected anal sex. He knew he could get it by sharing needles or getting a blood transfusion. He didn't know he could get it by giving a blow job. "For those of you who are wondering, no, he didn't reach a climax inside my mouth"

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Bjrk's got balls. Over the past decade, she's maintained a celebrity hugeness here in the states by doing one simple thing: being herself. Her music has a personal uniqueness that is often as disturbing as it is breathtaking, which keeps her at a creative distance from other "divas." She's adventurous, which usually pays off.

Review :: Aubrey, "Aubrey"

Ah, fresh blood. It's the nectar of life; the cream pie of the heart; the jungle juice of the soul.

Review: Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, "Empty House"

"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.

Review: Star Wars: Battlefront - PS2, Xbox

Is the Force strong with this one?

The single-player game seems like an afterthought, and really hurts what could have been the defining game in the Star Wars universe. However, Battlefront is an extremely fun online experience.

Jenna Jameson's turgid memoir doesn't suck

Jenna Jameson's new book "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale" is an addictive read. That is, it's addictive in a vein similar to reading "People" magazine, or eating Whitman's chocolates -- we don't necessarily plan on reading the whole magazine, or eating the whole box, but before we know it we've snarfed down every last buttercream, and are feeling slightly sick because of it

'NOVA' seeks Earth's origins

One of my favorite long-running series, "NOVA" (7 p.m., PBS), has never shied away from really big subjects. The four-part series "Origins" tackles nothing short of the creation of the universe, the birth of the planet Earth, and the stirrings of life on the planet after volcanic chaos and meteorite bombardment.

Leno to step down in '09

Conan O'Brien to be 'Tonight' host successor

NBC chose the 50th anniversary of the "Tonight" show Monday to announce that Jay Leno would be succeeded by "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien in five years - or thousands of jokes from now.

New Hemingway story discovered

Estate won't permit publication of early tale

A bullfight, an act of bravado, a brush with death. A newly discovered story by the young Ernest Hemingway has all the elements to delight fans and scholars - but it can't be published.


¢ Phil Spector charged with murder ¢ Kevin Costner off market ¢ New album for Queen Latifah

Monday, September 27


¢ President Bartlett on the stump ¢ 'Forgotten' leads box office ¢ Fame 'a nightmare' for Dylan

New 'Biography' profile goes too easy on Rice

For years now, I've lamented how the folks at "Biography" have abandoned serious subjects for the likes of Hulk Hogan, Adam West and the cast of "Gilligan's Island." Now the folks at the Biography Channel have decided to smarten up the franchise with hourlong profiles they are calling "Lives That Matter." This week, the cable network will offer "Biography" installments on Condoleezza Rice (today) and Ariel Sharon (Wednesday), as well as Blake Edwards (Tuesday) and Pete Sampras (Thursday).

CBS affiliates face viewer complaints

Local stations fear ratings fallout from Bush National Guard story

In Kansas City, Mo., it's Kirk Black's job to answer for Dan Rather.

Sunday, September 26

Trashy Thrills and Paranoid Fun in "The Forgotten"

This will be a tricky one. The one thing I really hate about your average movie review is the plot summary. I enjoy reading the opinions, but I detest having to wade through the section where the reviewer inevitably gives away entirely too much of the story for me to properly enjoy the film. On the other hand, how can you accurately discuss something without using specific examples to illustrate your ideas?

Review: Interruption no foil for veteran jazz vocalist

Given Kevin Mahogany's imposing size -- a reminder of his gridiron days at Baker University -- one might have expected him to start with vocal fireworks the second he took the Lawrence Arts Center stage Friday night -- a Ruben Studdard for the jazz set.

Best sellers


Arts notes

¢ Alternative theater to premiere edgy one-acts ¢ Dancers to teach in Lawrence schools ¢ Handbell ringers join for anniversary concert ¢ KU playwright shines with 24-hour plays ¢ Lecture and parties mark museum's birthday ¢ Get a taste of Japan in Kansas City ¢ Red Balloon To Do issues call for artists

Mystery to be staged aboard Midland Railway

A cursed diamond causes a lot of trouble for a man, his wife and a handful of hapless detectives in "The Curse of the Hopeless Diamond."

Poet's Showcase


Talk, book focus on frontier before Lewis and Clark

Before Lewis and Clark undertook their historic journey up the Missouri River, the lands beyond the Mississippi were generally considered wild and unknown. However, one ambitious family knew the Missouri country well, having traveled it regularly as far north as present-day Canada.

A meeting of metals

Lawrence sculptor's 'Converge' reinforces convention center's purpose, defies its lines

Constructing his most recent sculpture was about like building a ship in a bottle, Lawrence artist Steve Richardson quips.

Golden age

KU Theatre for Young People celebrates 50 years of connecting kids with drama

Sooner or later, all conversations about theater for young people come back to audience. After all, that's what really distinguishes children's theater from regular theater, where adults can be so steeped in etiquette that they become, well, how to put this -- pretty boring.

Alumnus gets back to his roots in agricultural 'Amber Waves'

In 1990, when Kansas University alumnus James Still wrote his one-act play about a struggling Kansas farm family, the show put an exclamation point on an issue already dominating headlines.

'Dixie Lullaby' takes new look at Southern rock's social legacy

For many, Southern rock conjures up images of beer drinkin', hell raisin' and flapping Confederate flags.


¢ Cosby pledges $1M to museum ¢ Neuwirth joins 'Law and Order' ¢ Victoria's Secret on tour ¢ Spock creates Jewish radio show

Lawrence ArtWalk gears up for 10th birthday party

Preview exhibition, free T rides new to tour of area artists' studios

Most 10th birthday parties consist of a few guests, cake and maybe a creepy clown. The Lawrence ArtWalk, an annual self-guided tour of area art studios, will have a celebration that lasts three weeks and includes hundreds of artists and visitors.

Dance company interprets soul of Ukraine through movement

Eighty-five dancers in elaborately embroidered costumes will perform split-leaps and spins, mazurka steps and squatting Cossak martial dances when the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company takes the Lied Center stage.

Scholars study King of Pop's life, music

Yale conference avoids talk of molestation cases

Michael Jackson, frequently savaged in the tabloid press, was picked apart by more rarified critics as scholars gathered for a conference on the pop star at Yale University.

Review: Musical comedy revue derives humor from familiarity

And you thought courtship and mating rituals on the National Geographic channel were bizarre.

Fantastical world teaches lessons about origins in 'Still Life'

In the magical land of Nocturno, workers spend every night making all things seen during the day.

Saturday, September 25


¢ 'Sex and City' star dating woman ¢ Chan dreams of being 'real actor' ¢ Harry in the Army now ¢ Garner wins achievement award

A Rose by any other name is just a cheesy hairpiece

Anybody searching for proof that gambling makes you act and look stupid should go no further than the bleak, claustrophobic biopic "Hustle" (8 p.m. today, ESPN).

Sinead O'Connor seeks end to mockery

One-time pop sensation Sinead O'Connor was back in the news Friday -- by taking out a full-page ad pleading for people to stop making fun of her.

Friday, September 24


• Salsa queen was blacklisted • Olivier alive in 'World of Tomorrow' • 'View' co-host expecting first child • More SpongeBob in store

New sitcom lacks class, but not class loathing

In "Complete Savages" (7:30 p.m., ABC), Keith Carradine plays Nick Savage, a single dad and firefighter raising five boys.

BBC pulls cartoon about pogo pope

The British Broadcasting Corp. has scrapped a cartoon featuring Pope John Paul II on a pogo stick, after a wave of protests by Roman Catholics.

John calls Taiwanese photographers 'vile pigs'

Sir Elton John warmed up his vocal chords for a concert Thursday in Taiwan by telling photographers they were a bunch of "rude, vile pigs."

Review: Fable - Xbox

Fable is a side-quest and customizer's dream. There is enough content here to keep anyone busy for weeks. It's too bad the core story didn't have a multitude of branching storylines as it once was supposed to be.

Jazz at the Arts Center series to offer diverse pool of talent

Lawrence isn't exactly known for its jazz scene. But for the next several months the style will find a home in one of the city's more nontraditional music venues.

Anime gains audience in Lawrence and abroad

As a half-Norwegian who grew up on a Native American reservation, Bryna Lawrence isn't exactly the target audience for "Ninja Scroll," an animated Japanese tale of a swordsman who fights eight demonic henchmen in his quest to stop an evil autocrat.

'First Daughter' launches conservative campaign

There's a scene in 1953's "Roman Holiday" where Audrey Hepburn's princess is stuck at another obligatory state function, and she's forced to politely dance for hours with one decrepit geezer after another.

Voice lessons

K.C. native Kevin Mahogany returns to open Jazz at the Arts Center series

Early in his career, Newsweek christened Kevin Mahogany "the standout jazz vocalist of his generation." That's the kind of all-encompassing statement that can raise expectations for a new performer to a level he may not be able to meet.

Thursday, September 23


¢ Fifteen minutes in Milan ¢ A blast from the past ¢ More awards, more Usher

NBC losing 'must-see TV' clout

Long dominated by NBC, the battle for Thursday nights has been joined. And may already be over. Last week, fewer viewers watched "The Apprentice," last year's most talked-about new series, than a repeat of "CSI."

Oops! Britney didn't marry again ... exactly

So, did she or didn't she? And is she or isn't she?

Lenny Kravitz uses music to push past depression

In a recent video, Lenny Kravitz cast himself as a hard-living, substance-abusing, wild-child rocker whose life is unraveling behind the scenes.

Wednesday, September 22

Turning Japanese

Anime finds dedicated audience in Lawrence and abroad

As a half-Norwegian who grew up on a Native American reservation, Bryna Lawrence isn't exactly the target audience for "Ninja Scroll," an animated Japanese tale of a swordsman who fights eight demonic henchmen in his quest to stop an evil autocrat.

The hole truth

Archaeologist/Soldier of Fortune Jessica Craig cracks the whip on danger

After years of coursework, research, and digging in severe heat with pick, trowel and soft-bristle brush; after earning an undergraduate degree and a Master's degree, and beginning a Ph.D (whatever that is) that will include defending three field statements and another thesis; after being separated from her fiancee for months at a time and learning the difference between a shard of glass and a sherd of pottery (the difference is one letter), Jessica Craig still steps willingly into a world of calamity. A world of peril. A world of villainous guides, Nazis, and traitorous monkeys. Jessica Craig is an archaeologist. For real.

Review: Split Lip Rayfield, "Should Have Seen It Coming"

After seeing Split Lip Rayfield live, it's hard to imagine that a CD could be anything BUT a disappointment. The Kansas pickin' foursome is revered for its bring-down-the-house performances at Walnut Valley Festival and local clubs from Lawrence to KC to Wichita. With the most basic of weapons - guitar, mandolin, banjo and a one-string gas-tank bass known as the "stitchgiver" - Split Lip creates more pure rock and roll volume than most bands who claim as much.

The Golden Republic, "People" EP

Kansas City's The Golden Republic (formerly The People) hit the jackpot last year when the band signed with Astralwerks, a well-financed and also well-respected label out of NYC that's also home to Badly Drawn Boy, The Chemical Brothers and Air among others.

Review: Apollo 13, "Brave New World"

Part spy-movie soundtrack, part Lenny Kravitz-style glam rock and part John Mayer croon pop, Lawrence's Apollo 13 is the rare band that pulls off radio-friendly, melodic pop with enough talent and originality to not induce groans. Composed of former Band That Saved the World members Shannon Savoie, Mike MacFarland and Will Dinkel and Yards drummer Danny Rojas, Apollo 13's ace-in-the-hole is local Wax Clash champion DJ Proof, who fills out the band's sound with digital sampling and scratching


¢ Penn to read Dylan ¢ Too big for one person ¢ Oscars conduct bleacher lottery

Singer formerly known as Cat Stevens found to be on watch list

A London-to-Washington flight was diverted to Maine on Tuesday when it was discovered passenger Yusuf Islam - formerly known as singer Cat Stevens - was on a government watch list and barred from entering the country, federal officials said.

There they go: Viewers stay away from pageant in droves

Skimpy swimsuits and a shortened telecast couldn't help Miss America's TV ratings.

Fame rubs off on N.Y. toddler

Talk about a scrapbook.

ABC may find itself with 'Lost'

ABC deserves much credit for giving "Lost" (7 p.m., ABC) a chance. I hope enough viewers do the same so we can see enough episodes to at least try to figure out this compelling, well-produced series that layers mysteries and jolting surprises.

Tuesday, September 21

Nintendo DS gets release date and price

Nintendo DS to debut November 21 at $149.99

Review: Carrier, s/t

Shoegazer rock is alive and well in the hands of Carrier, the latest project from 34 Satellite frontman Marc Benning.

'Rodney' takes ABC back to its blue-collar-comedy roots

A decade after it dominated the dial with "Roseanne," "Grace Under Fire" and "Home Improvement," ABC returns to its blue-collar-comedy roots with "Rodney" (8:30 p.m., ABC). How's this for high-concept? "Rodney" stars stand-up comic Rodney Harrington as a Tulsa, Okla., father and husband named Rodney who quits his factory job to pursue his dream of becoming - of all things - a stand-up comic. Remember when "acting" used to mean playing characters other than yourself?


¢ Pearls of ketchup ¢ Kudrow 'Comeback' planned ¢ Rodney Dangerfield in coma

Lighten up: 'Star Wars' defies gravity

When it comes to "Star Wars," maybe there's too much gravity in space.

Monday, September 20

Review :: "Wimbledon"

Modern romantic comedies can be a tricky formula that trip up the best of movie directors. And, unless your name is Ron Shelton, then the underdog sports story turns out to be the most formula of formula films. Put these two old favorites together in one movie and if something doesn't click, you've got the recipe for a potentially huge cliche overrun. "Wimbledon" doesn't re-invent either genre by any means, but this pleasant trifle of a film manages a couple trick serves and rarely falls into the net.


¢ Britney's hitched again ¢ 'Sky Captain' leads weak weekend ¢ Pianist plans Russian visit ¢ Willie Nelson's fuel for thought

'Sopranos' score Emmy's top nod

HBO, exiting characters take home TV's top honors

The Emmy telecast wasn't TV; it was HBO. Or so it seemed, at times, as the premium cable channel racked up the lion's share of the trophies Sunday night, including outstanding dramatic series "The Sopranos," miniseries "Angels in America," movie "Something The Lord Made," lead actor and actress in a movie or miniseries (Al Pacino, Meryl Streep) and best lead actress in a comedy (Sarah Jessica Parker, "Sex and the City").

'Seinfeld' curse persists in 'Listen Up'

It's easy to turn a deaf ear to "Listen Up" (7:30 p.m., CBS), the brazenly unoriginal sitcom starring Jason Alexander as an opinionated sports columnist, TV commentator and all-around bumbling dad. Alexander's Tony Kleinman becomes the second sports columnist to join the CBS Monday-night stable. I find shows about columnists to be a bit hard to believe. And I'm a columnist! While Ray Barone's job at Newsday on "Everybody Loves Raymond" is merely background noise for his family squabbles, Kleinman's writing job and TV gig are the noisy center of this less-than-charming "comedy."

Sunday, September 19

Three-day Johnny Cash auction in New York rakes in nearly $4 million

A 1986 Grammy award was the most expensive item in a three-day auction of the estate of Johnny Cash and his wife that captured nearly $4 million, more than double its presale estimate.

Art junkies shelling out big bucks for turtle paintings

When Koopa paints, he gets down and dirty. His feet are covered in all shades of blue and yellow, and his slow-moving belly helps form the abstract swirls that make up his art.

Soft-spoken artist speaks loudly with sculpture

First-time contributor among 104 exhibitors in fourth annual Lawrence Own-Your-Own art show

Kathy Campbell might be understating her creative philosophy when she says, "I like humor in my artwork, sometimes."

Review: Silent Hill 4: The Room - PS2, Xbox

Has the survival horror genre passed its peak?

Has the survival horror genre passed its peak?

Community theater opens season with musical comedy

Jennifer Wesco isn't tip-toeing back into acting after an eight-year break. Instead of preparing for one role in an upcoming Lawrence Community Theatre production, she's working on 16.

Madonna makes pilgrimage to sage's grave

Pop diva Madonna made a pilgrimage to a Jerusalem cemetery early today, holding a mystical candlelit ceremony at the grave of a Jewish sage.

Alabama student new Miss America

Miss Alabama Deidre Downs, an aspiring doctor who put off medical school to compete for the Miss America crown, won it Saturday night.


¢ Travolta turns author ¢ MGM stars take a bow ¢ He wasn't always the Fonz


Poet's showcase

Books offer girl readers out-of-way material

With all their differences, these three novels for girls at slightly different age levels are all equally irresistible.

Family stories help shape Adriana Trigiana's novels

Adriana Trigiani nestles in a large, red sofa in her Greenwich Village home. Her cat curls up in a patch of sunlight nearby, the smell of coffee and muffins drifting from the kitchen.

Six creative and performing artists win Kennedy Center honors

Actors Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, along with singer Elton John, soprano Joan Sutherland and conductor John Williams were named last week as members of the latest class of performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center.

Arts notes

¢ Arts center tunes up for new jazz series ¢ 'Kansas Nutcracker' auditions set for today ¢ Charity group to sell rare audio-visual products ¢ 17 area artists displaying works today at farm show ¢ KU art, design students recognized in biennial show ¢ Piano concert features KU alumna ¢ KU grad's composition selected by symphony ¢ Art guild founder to speak at meeting ¢ Baldwin arts center slates BBW fund-raiser ¢ Local painter selected for El Dorado exhibit ¢ Symphony hires musical director, ends long search ¢ Baker releases lineup for artist and lecture series


Personal relationships break under weight of post-Sept. 11 world in Lawrence playwright's new drama

Much has been made about how the events of Sept. 11, though tragic, brought people closer together. Less often told are stories of relationships rended in its aftermath. Those are harder to swallow.

Cirque's show revolves around duality theme

"KA," Cirque du Soleil's upcoming show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, will open for previews Nov. 26 in the 1,951-seat theater built for it, the Cirque announced last week.

Extra-long T-shirts take crack at working guys' problem

Plumber's butt comes from the notorious pants' sag that exposes way too much of a repairman's assets. But it may become a thing of the past. Thanks to the ingenuity of Duluth Trading, a Wisconsin company specializing in clothing and equipment for electricians, carpenters, construction workers and other tradesmen, working guys can now bend over and tackle repair jobs with confidence.

Arctic Refuge photos at center of national oil-drilling debate on view in New York

Two giant, bowhead whale jawbones form an arc to mark the entrance of a small cemetery with simple, white Christian crosses erected amid a vast, snow-covered landscape.

Saturday, September 18

'Idol' runner-up joins Miss America pageantry

Clay Aiken performs at the Miss America pageant (8 p.m. today, ABC) for the second consecutive year. Give the kid a couple of decades and he could become the next Bert Parks. The "American Idol" runner-up will warble Parks' signature ballad, "There She Is," as the tear-stained winner totters under her tiara for the very first time.

Two rock-fists up: Ultimate Fakebook veterans embark on new 'career' as public access film critics

Eric Melin attending Ozzfest shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The hard-hitting drummer is known for rocking out with the same intensity of a Geezer Butler or a Dave Lombardo. This year, however, Melin had a new agenda for Ozzfest. Armed with a smuggled-in camera, Melin was out to get some perspectives on the new Metallica documentary for his public access film-buff show "Scene Stealers." When he finally got a shot at Slayer frontman Tom Araya, he did what any wet-behind-the-ears, public-access journalist would do to get primo footage. He lied.


¢ Mother of alleged victim in Jackson case testifies ¢ Affleck backs up for president ¢ Culkin arrested on drug charges

Emmy's timing falls short for some

September awards don't help shows with rating struggles

Each year, January and February bring an escalating rush of red-carpet excitement with the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Oscars. Then comes September and little orphan Emmy.

Friday, September 17


¢ Award recipients honored for giving peace a chance ¢ Contest lets sports fan score ¢ Kidman cashes in Down Under ¢ It's a done-me-wrong sing-along

'Sky Captain' prevails with bold experiment

Don't let "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" fool you. Despite a $70 million budget and cast of A-listers, it really falls into the category of an experimental film. Conceptually, it's the kind of project more likely to be shown at indie festivals and film school classes than at the local multiplex.

Byrne continues to redefine rock

Few musicians possess the ability to have Wookie-lookalikes and bespectacled old men in high-water pants dancing side by side in the aisles. David Byrne, though, displays a limitless imagination and unparalleled work ethic that few musicians could even dream of having.

KU film professors sound off on River City's cinematic list

Kansas University film professors Chuck Berg and John Tibbetts share vivid memories and opinions regarding some of the selections on this roster of Lawrence-made movies.

Best bets

Miss America TV ratings less than golden

She may be Miss America, but for 50 years she's been married to television.

'20/20' special highlights Walters' anniversary

Barbara Walters is retiring. Or maybe she's not. In the end, I think she'll probably have more comeback specials than Frank Sinatra. Tonight, "20/20" (8 p.m., ABC) celebrates her 25 years of service and Walters' more than 740 interviews since 1979.

Review: Burnout 3: Takedown - PS2, Xbox


Burnout 3: Takedown is spectacular. At its core, it's the single best arcade racer you will ever play. There is no room for argument. There are so many standards set by it that the only arcade racer that I can predict that could beat it is Burnout 4, if we ever get so lucky.

Kelley Hunt celebrates CD release at downtown street dance

With Lawrence's sesquicentennial events kicking off this weekend, the city appears fully focused on musing about its own history.

Made in Lawrence

River City's filmmaking history continues to evolve

Culturally, Lawrence may be best known for its live music and arts scenes, yet there is a thriving interest in film to be found throughout the city.

Thursday, September 16

J.Lo appearances spell 'Will & Grace' demise

A sure sign that a sitcom is fading is the continual presence of unusual guest stars with little or nothing to do with the original premise of the series. "Will & Grace" (7:30 p.m., NBC) limps into its seventh season with an exceptionally weak episode starring Jennifer Lopez as herself. For those who still follow the show, Jack insinuated himself into the pop star's inner circle at the end of last season, and now they are inseparable. It's about as funny as it is plausible.

Walters says special goodbye to '20/20'

Mind you, Barbara Walters isn't retiring.


¢ Johnny Ramone dies at 55 ¢ 'Survivor' gives back to children ¢ N.Y. rolls out Earnhardt plates ¢ A street called 'Law & Order'

Wednesday, September 15


¢ 'X Factor' lawsuit ¢ Musical munitions ¢ Concept becomes reality ¢ Kutcher's restaurant burgled

Usher tops music award nominations

R&B casanova Usher, whose album "Confessions" steamed up the charts with songs about sex, affairs and breakups, received a leading four nominations Tuesday for the American Music Awards.

Primetime choices pit heaven against Las Vegas

Viewers disappointed by television's reluctance to tackle the really big questions should sample "The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings). Based on a popular undergraduate course taught by Harvard professor Dr. Armand Nicholi, "Question" uses dramatic reenactment, numerous interviews and Nicholi's narrative to examine the lives and writings of the two seminal 20th-century figures, and their very different positions on life, reason and spirituality.

Big Sequels of 2004

We know they will sell a bazillion copies, but are they too hyped?

We know they will sell a bazillion copies, but are they too hyped?

Tuesday, September 14

Shock treatment :: "Thrill Time a Go-Go" stimulates the bar crowd with stripped-down burlesque

Burlesque gives guys boners. That's the common perception at least. Even under the auspice of vaudeville entertainment or feminist propaganda, burlesque at its most artsy and enlightened can still create blue balls the likes of which strip clubs can only dream. Rita Brinkerhoff is perfectly aware of that fact. "Vintage burlesque was about turning on dudes," she said.

Kitty Kelley dishes on Bush family

Author of gossipy, controversial best sellers about Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, Kitty Kelley has spent the past three and a half years getting as close as she can to the Bush family, talking to those willing to talk and hunting for documents that range from academic records to private memos to tax returns.

Review :: Datload 3

It's hard to be critical of something you get for nothing. Datload 3 -- the third compilation of local and national hip-hop artists from Lawrence's Datura Records -- is free. Not 99 cents. Not a shave and a handshake. Not a glass of goat's milk or a raven's eye or some muggle juice. Free, dogg.

Oprah opens new season by giving audience new cars

Oprah Winfrey celebrated the premiere of her 19th season by surprising each of her 276 audience members with a new car.

Hollywood Republicans speak out

"Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood" (9 p.m., AMC) examines a self-described minority. We meet a number of personalities, including Drew Carey, Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Ben Stein, director John Milius ("Red Dawn"), screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd ("Ike") and others who discuss swimming against the liberal mainstream in the fantasy capital.

Bad director's debut turns out to be bad movie that ends badly

In 1971, Francis Ford Coppola's newly minted American Zoetrope company released "THX 1138," the first feature film by a young writer/director named George Lucas. It disappeared from theaters quickly with little fanfare, receiving a disappointing and chilly reception from both audiences and critics.


¢ More nominees announced for Rock Hall of Fame ¢ Kimmel reprises role ¢ Olbermann sexiest newscaster ¢ 'Guess' again

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Single lens reflux

Watch the birdie : and show Nick Erker your ass

If you're one of those troublemakers who thinks that sorority and fraternity life involves nothing more than getting intoxicated enough to be counted as legally dead and abusing people who work for a living, stop reading now. If you think the Greek system is ridden with emotionally stunted children looking for other emotionally stunted children with whom to have emotionally stunted sex, then this story is not for you. There's nothing here that will change your mind.

Monday, September 13

'LAX' soars past point of reality

Contemporary television is filled with not-so-subtle messages that are often at odds with reality and even common sense. If we accepted primetime sitcoms and dramas as gospel truth, we'd have to conclude that Las Vegas is the most exciting place in the universe; that gambling is harmless fun; that police forces and forensics labs have limitless funds to solve every crime using the latest technology; that unemployed goofballs can afford huge apartments in New York and Los Angeles.

Ladylike looks: Designers tout modest, unique spring clothes

What do women want in their closets? Choices -- and that's what they'll have next season.


¢ 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' revives popularity at box office ¢ P. Diddy plans girl band ¢ Geraldo's housing woes ¢ Pope movie in works

Sunday, September 12

Poet's Showcase

Exhibit unleashes Godzilla's influence

50 years ago, irradiated lizard started Japanese pop-culture chain reaction that hasn't slowed since

Bill Tsutsui remembers the 1970s Saturday afternoon he saw "Godzilla" on his family's Zenith television. He lay on his stomach and watched in wonderment as a creature double feature introduced him to the abominable green monster that's fascinated him ever since.

Children's book titles encourage appreciation of challenge

Although it may look, at first glance, like a grab bag of volumes for young children, there is a certain continuity to these picture books that range from art appreciation to appreciation of fantastic facts -- and to an appreciation of an amazing adventure, courageously fought.


Spencer Consort presents music for the 'Sun King'

The Spencer Consort will present "Music from the Court of the Sun King" at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Central Court of the Spencer Museum of Art.

Sisterly city art exchange

Photographs of German Sister City go up at library in time for visit by Eutin, Hiratsuka delegations

Fifteen years after the launch of Lawrence's Sister Cities exchange program with Eutin, Germany, and Hiratsuka, Japan, the relationships that have been built continue to yield artistic and cultural rewards.

Arts notes

¢ American Indian flutist to play at arts center ¢ Native star quilts on view at Haskell ¢ Color-themed art focus of Unity Gallery show ¢ Organ alumnus returns to perform recital ¢ Auditions open for three community theater shows ¢ Dinner theater mystery returns to steakhouse ¢ Buddhist sculptures fill interim exhibition needs ¢ Kansas City Singers announce auditions ¢ KU grad wins award in Lindsborg exhibit ¢ Lawrence artist among featured plein air painters

Warhol soup for the Kansas soul

Salina show curated by KU professor displays ongoing relevance of pop-art icon

Andy Warhol famously said he painted Campbell's Soup because he used to eat it every day for lunch. Whether that was true is anybody's guess; Warhol was a notoriously tough read.

High-caliber show a boon for small town

If you're thinking it must be unusual for a small town in the middle of Kansas to have a Warhol exhibition, your instincts are correct.

Hunting for happiness

Lecompton author's 'Gone Shopping!' takes philosophical journey toward bliss

Near the end of Doc Carson's psychophilosophical novel about the human quest for happiness, an old man says to the inquisitive narrator: "I feel like I'm sitting on a cerebral roller coaster. What fun."


¢ Nelson, Carter celebrate Plains ¢ CBS not sold on Madonna's ideas ¢ De Niro defends Italian characters

'Vera Drake' named best in Venice

British director's movie about abortionist takes top honors

Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake," a film about an underground abortionist in 1950s England, won the Golden Lion for best picture Saturday at the close of the 11-day Venice Film Festival.

Saturday, September 11

Mad Hatter makes a return

Bar and grill owners hope to give residents a taste of the past

Downtown Lawrence's newest bar and grill serves all the standard fare: beer, burgers and booze. But its owners are hoping to offer customers a shot of yesteryear, too.

Doc sifts emotional rubble of 9-11

In the months and years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the families of the victims have attempted to retrieve items belonging to their loved ones. "W.T.C. 9-11: Stories from the Ruins" (9 p.m. today, Discovery Channel) recalls the Herculean task of carting, sorting and examining the debris from ground zero.

Best bets


¢ 'P. Diddy' opens fashion store ¢ New Lennon discs in works ¢ 'Magic' to lead Christmas parade ¢ Theron injury could've been worse

Zen, betrothal at Fashion Week

With a serene collection of sand-colored skirts and dresses, Vera Wang provided a Zen moment at New York Fashion Week while mixing casual and fancy looks, a popular trend for spring 2005.

Friday, September 10


¢ Modeling search turns to males ¢ Couric touts colon health ¢ Kristofferson still mourns Cash

Caught between rock and a dull place

Fifty years after the advent of rock 'n' roll, we've had a spate of movies celebrating the rebellious spirit of the musical form. If "School of Rock" and "Freaky Friday" taught us anything, it's that the family that jams together, stays together. Add "Pop Rocks" (7 p.m., Family) to this rock pile.

'Da Vinci Code' sparks new European tourism trend

It began with a prophecy at Paris' Saint-Sulpice church. An American visitor pressed a thick volume into the pastor's hands and said, "My father, this book is going to cause you many troubles."

Best bets

Kansans ready to ascend Banff Mountain Film Festival

The state of Kansas is not exactly known for its mountains. And no, Mount Oread, doesn't count. But at least for this weekend, Lawrence audiences will be exposed to images of towering peaks and precipitous cliffs.

'Resident Evil' unleashes shoddy 'Apocalypse'

If the recent remake of "Dawn of the Dead" proved how to expertly craft a zombie-horror-action flick, then "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" demonstrates the reverse.

Mentalist reveals tricks of the trade

Craig Karges is the world's foremost "extraordinist."

Thursday, September 9


¢ Kidman? Not a legend ¢ Media's favorite impersonator to present news Emmys ¢ It's spring in New York ¢ A timely service

'Joey' not a clever spinoff

The good news is that "Joey" (7 p.m., NBC) is not horrible. But its merely adequate status is depressing in itself. The sole reason you won't turn it off immediately is that, over the years, you've probably developed a reservoir of affection for Matt LeBlanc's character from "Friends."

Play Election 2004 at PC

'Political Machine' lets you roleplay candidates

Political couch potatoes who can't get enough of the impending presidential election will find endless fun with "The Political Machine." This new PC game from Ubisoft pits you as a string-pulling presidential puppet master, aka the campaign manager.

'Apprentice' tries to trump last season

With a new round of "The Apprentice" ready to go, Donald Trump is fired. Fired up, that is. Maybe even more fired up than usual.

Wednesday, September 8

Review: ESPN NHL 2K5 - PS2, Xbox

The best just keeps getting better.

The best just keeps getting better.

Playboy introduces cyberfolds

Video game models take over October issue

Playboy is taking a chance on silicon instead of silicone. The October issue of the men's magazine features several video game characters posing in the nude -- images created by the game companies through detailed computer illustration.


¢ Former motion picture chief awarded Legion of Honor ¢ To Russia, with love ¢ Presidential coach

Peek into John Lennon's antique 'iPod'

Half of one of the great songwriting teams of the 20th century, John Lennon had a unique musical sensibility. His tastes, influences and favorite songs are the subject of "John Lennon's Jukebox" on "Great Performances" (7 p.m., PBS).

NBC plans Roy Horn special

Illusionist recovering from tiger bite

Roy Horn has never spoken publicly about the incident in which a 380-pound white tiger named Montecore nearly mauled him to death.

Tuesday, September 7

Sports legend's gear put up for auction

An original New York Yankees uniform worn by Mickey Mantle in 1963 will be sold in a public auction and could fetch $100,000 or more, according to Heritage Galleries of Dallas.

Review: SoundsGood, "Money/Pacin"

If you haven't yet figured out why so many locals seem hell-bent on convincing you that there IS a hip-hop scene in Lawrence and it KICKS ASS, you may want to give a listen to SoundsGood's new maxi-single for "Money."

Ladder Day Saints

Lawrence firefighter saves lives, doesn't make love to Jennifer Jason Leigh

In real life, our childhood fantasies are frequently pushed aside in order to try making a living writing snotty little "stories" about other peoples' jobs instead of pursuing dreams of a cowboy life. Um, for example. But in real life, horses do exist, and some stalwart men and women ride the range rounding up doggies or something. And real-life robbers from lower-income neighborhoods are busted by real-life cops. There are even real astronauts, believe it or not. And some people actually ignore the sphincter-tightening reality that fire is something you run away from. Fast.

Review: Pikmin 2 - Gamecube

The twisted gardening puzzle strategy game is back and is deeper than ever.

The twisted gardening puzzle strategy game is back and is deeper than ever.

'Frontline' visits ground zero plans

At a time when network news is in retreat and cable news channels strive to capture the anger and ignorance of talk radio, the series "Frontline" (8 p.m., PBS) remains a journalistic gem. "Frontline" moves to Tuesday nights this season and debuts with "Sacred Ground," a look at the controversial plans to rebuild at the ground zero site of New York's World Trade Center.

WB to debut 'Jack & Bobby'

Program about two brothers; one becomes president

Bobby McCallister stands in the doorway of the school boiler room, nervous fingers clutching the edge of the battered satchel that was once his father's.


¢ 'Sopranos' actor's car hit by drunken-driving suspect ¢ Rodney Dangerfield on the mend ¢ A new album for Anita Baker ¢ Interrogator of the stars

Monday, September 6

Hollywood scores record summer revenues

Summer at movie theaters was a true underdog story for Michael Moore and a gang of dodgeball dimwits, who helped propel Hollywood to another season of record revenue, though the number of moviegoers fell slightly.

This 'River' runs slowly

Based on a true story and a book that inspired "The Silence of the Lambs," the cable drama "The Riverman" (7 p.m., A&E) explores the peculiar collaboration between homicide detective Robert Keppel (Bruce Greenwood) and convicted serial killer Ted Bundy (Cary Elwes) to solve the mystery of the Green River Killer, a serial murderer who would eventually confess to slaying more than 40 women.


¢ Barbara Walters stepping down from '20/20' ¢ Garrison Keillor brings show home ¢ Red Skelton widow donates memorabilia ¢ Fat's out of the fire

Review: Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection - PS2

Two of the most revered fighting games under one roof.

Two of the most revered fighting games under one roof.

Sunday, September 5

'Jeopardy!' brainiac returning this week

Vacation's almost over and it's time to get your head back into the game.

Pacino's Shylock on display

New 'Merchant of Venice' addresses controversies

Al Pacino growls, grimaces and demands a "pound of flesh" as Jewish moneylender Shylock in a new version of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." But the actor argued Saturday that the film successfully addressed long-standing controversy over the work's anti-Semitism.

Spencer, fired director move on

Supporters' dedication to KU art museum tested by university's decision

They say life goes on. And it has for Andrea Norris, who six months ago was fired without explanation from her position as director of the Spencer Museum of Art.

Actors relate to 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Actress Michael Learned, an Emmy Award-winner best known as the mother on "The Waltons," found a parallel from her own family in her current role in a dinner theater performance of "Driving Miss Daisy."

Artful amalgam

Collage Concert combines artists, designers, musicians and dancers for fast-paced medley

Music and fine art don't lie too far apart on the artistic spectrum.

Review: NASCAR Chase for the Cup 2005 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

This year, you can take your grudges to the streets.

This year, you can take your grudges to the streets.

Poet's Showcase


¢ More 'Pulp Fiction' possible ¢ Coach honored for teaching ¢ Fonda to receive Cooper Award ¢ Hometown to toast swimmer

Arts notes

¢ EAT to perform controversial play ¢ Silkscreen artist to give gallery talk ¢ 'Artist's Life' author to visit alliance meeting ¢ Campus gallery to feature Cornhusker ceramics ¢ Lawrence artist's works bloom in Manhattan gallery ¢ Recital previews program for overseas sabbatical ¢ KU grad student in Lindsborg exhibit ¢ Ad Astra inaugurates experimental art series

Lawrence poet releases second collection of 'vulgar' verse

If you've ever had the sense that Lawrence is only two steps removed from Asbury Park, then Jason Ryberg is your new Bruce Springsteen.

Book notes

¢ 'Age of Sinatra' author to give talk, reading at Raven ¢ KU football book featured at pre-game signing ¢ Inspirational writer makes Borders appearances

Suspense novel has roots in small-town Kansas

Two seemingly unrelated encounters in a tiny north central Kansas berg inspired the twisted plot of Larry Uri's "Devil May Care."

Seem-To-Be Players launch touring season

The Seem-To-Be Players, the Lawrence Arts Center's professional children's theater company, will offer a sneak preview of its spring touring production "Los Zapatos Magicos; Pedro's Magic Shoes" at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Best sellers

More faces in the crowd

Spencer Museum expands palette to attract more diverse audience

The Spencer Museum of Art is fixing to throw a righteous party for the Kansas University student body.

Indian Arts Show touts its youngest participants

Local youth featured on T-shirts, posters

David Nieto comes to his garage studio late in the evening -- after dinner, homework and a full day of school -- to meditate with mallets, hammers and chisels.

Saturday, September 4

CBS puts TV trove up for auction on eBay

CBS is auctioning off everything but the kitchen sink to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation -- and promote the network's new fall season.

Get thee to a nunnery (or the Hallmark Channel)

"Murder Without Conviction" (7 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark) is the television equivalent of comfort food. Watching it is rather like dining on an unspectacular meatloaf. You've experienced this a thousand times before, but what's not to like? It includes such shopworn ingredients as a carefree Mother Superior (Patty Duke) and a crime-solving ex-nun (Megan Ward), and a clear moral choice between really good people and a town without pity.


¢ Teachers plan second expedition ¢ "ER" explores real time ¢ Bugs dig the curly hair

'Lord of Rings' guru readies for 'Kong'

Peter Jackson first tried to film "King Kong" at 13, using a cardboard model of the Empire State Building, a bedsheet painted with a New York backdrop and his Super-8 camera.

Friday, September 3

Obsession explored in 'Wicker Park'

It's easier to admire "Wicker Park" for what it DOESN'T do than what it does do.

Cult expands around 'Darko'

Somehow, the evil rabbit lived. In 2001, "Donnie Darko" opened in theaters, flopped, closed and went almost directly to video -- destined, it seemed, to be a forgotten episode in the early careers of rising sibling stars Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Surviving the rock 'n' roll grind

Semisonic drummer pens cautionary tale about pleasures and pitfalls of music industry

Jacob Slichter enjoyed a unique vantage point while peering out from behind his drum kit. He watched as his trio Semisonic went from a fledgling Midwest bar band to a Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated act whose signature hit "Closing Time" reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts.


¢ Another Baldwin enters politics ¢ Hughley, Sedaris up 'Late Late' ¢ Britney's chewed gum a hot item

Turner Classics composes a melodic tribute

Turner Classic Movies honors three acclaimed film composers who all died this past summer. The network will devote the day's film schedule to movies featuring musical scores by Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith and David Raksin.

Series documents 'Black Woodstock'

On Aug. 20, 1972, seven years after the urban upheaval in Watts, some 112,000 people came together for a daylong concert that would become known as the "black Woodstock."

Best Bets

Semisonic drummer finds his groove in new expose

Semisonic's hit "Closing Time" held the top spot on the charts for eight weeks back in the late '90s, scoring 20-plus weeks of constant radio play, and selling more than a million copies of the band's album "Feeling Strangely Fine."

Lawrence musicians sound off on 'Rock' book

Eric Melin views signing with a major label as one big game.

Thursday, September 2

Alejandro Sanz dominates Latin Grammy Awards

Latin Grammy favorite Alejandro Sanz won four awards and Brazilian jazz songstress Maria Rita collected two Wednesday at a ceremony aimed at uniting Spanish- and Portugese-language music with the flash and sizzle of American pop.

Stewart gives up column

Subscribers to Martha Stewart Living magazine received a personal letter from Martha with the September issue explaining why the last regular feature in the magazine that she wrote was being dropped.

In it for the money: When Lawrence's finest aren't rocking your ass off, they're slumming it for chump change

For every great and famous musician who's ever won a Grammy, had a hit single or packed stadiums with lighter-toting superfans, there's no doubt a lowly day-job story to be told. As legend has it, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne wrote much of the band's early material while slinging hush puppies at a Long John Silvers; Johnny Cash spent three years going door-to-door selling appliances before walking into Sun Studios; Alex Van Halen nearly lost his finger working as a machine operator -- the list is long and frequently hilarious. For Lawrence's elite crop of working-class guitar slingers, day jobs aren't a footnote in some VH1 documentary but rather a way of life.


¢ Georgia sings Charles' praises ¢ Princess victorious over press ¢ Everybody is kung-fu fighting ¢ Hughes shuts books, dons skates

Spotlight on Bush's acceptance speech

President George W. Bush will accept his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention (7 p.m., PBS; 9 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC) tonight. New York Gov. George Pataki will make a speech introducing Bush to the delegates.

Impressions: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Gamecube

Flying under the radar of highly-touted sequels this year, an MP2E single player demo graces our 'cube.

Flying under the radar of highly-touted sequels this year, an MP2E single player demo graces our 'cube.

Wednesday, September 1

Venice Film Festival aims to redefine role

The Venice Film Festival is grappling with its perennial tag as the No. 2 movie extravaganza in Europe -- still a little brother to Cannes in terms of stars, marketing and buzz, even though it's older.

Trail Blazers: Biking in Lawrence for whistlers and wobblers alike

Lawrence bike clubs here to "promote good feeling among wheelmen; to encourage and facilitate touring and runs into the country; to protect its members from bicycle thieves and oppressive lawmaking; and to encourage the improvement of our highways."

Review: Spider-man 2 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Swing low, sweet Spiiiiiiiiiider-maaaaan. Oh, and swing high, too.

Swing low, sweet Spiiiiiiiiiider-maaaaan. Oh, and swing high, too.

Lance pants reporter proves he's no ninny in ride with Bike Club

'Aloha' means it's time to change the channel

Hawaii provides the lush backdrop for the cop drama called "Hawaii" (7 p.m., NBC). I wish I could say that the producers were too exhausted from concocting an original story to come up with a more memorable title, but that would not be true. After the success of "Las Vegas," NBC must think that naming a show after its venue has some lucky cachet. Let's hope this trend doesn't continue. What if they had simply called "The Sopranos" "New Jersey"?


¢ Theron injured on set ¢ Smits returning to ABC ¢ An issue of vanity ¢ 'Monk' won't have his Sharona