Monday, October 31
For Andiy Sullivan, all's fair in multi-media art and coffee-house bathrooms
The dreadlocked girl behind the counter at Henry's coffee shop is sweet as a double-shot vanilla latte with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. Andiy Sullivan also happens to be an artist.
Local hip-hop group Archetype discusses new album 'Bleed for Them'
Since arriving in Lawrence six years ago, Archetype has been among the most consistent purveyors of innovation and excellence in the local hip-hop scene. The group's sophomore album "Bleed for Them" is a deft 15-song collection of soulful beats, superior production and introspective lyrics that builds on the young-and-hungry appeal of 2002's "Freehand Formula." Producer/lyricist Jeremy "Nezbeat" Nesbitt and chief lyricist Isaac "ID" Diehl stopped by to discuss the new record, the art of self-producing records, the state of the Lawrence hip-hop scene and much more.
Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards
In a country where profit still drives the health care system, it's refreshing to know that Lawrence still offers its uninsured residents a helping hand.
Rachel Berkley and Curtis McCoy
Sunday, October 30
Back together after a decade apart, Digable Planets may not have been the first to fuse the laid-back hipster elements of jazz with hip-hop, but they did it better than anyone before or since. Their debut album "Reachin'" rode the single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," and eventually landed them a Grammy for Best New Group.
Living with Humans
Call him Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - actor Chris Moore thought he would sail about a little and explore the writing part of the theater world.
Review: 'Popcorn' cast deftly raises social queries
Ben Elton's "Popcorn," directed by Ron Willis, received a spirited production at KU's Crafton-Preyer Theatre Friday night. The audience had been warned of the sex, violence and blue language - two of these three lie at the heart of "Oedipus Rex" - and none were seen leaving at intermission.
Saturday, October 29
Brothers throw caution to wind - and catch it
You could tell the Flying Karamazov Brothers were in town Thursday night from the juggling pins and balls, signs, rotten pumpkins and one very interesting gourd flying through the air above the Lied Center stage.
Friday, October 28
Violent, sexy play dishes up kernels of truth
Rated R for sexual content, illicit drug use and graphic violence. No, it's not the latest Quentin Tarantino flick. It's Kansas University Theatre's production of Ben Elton's controversial play, "Popcorn."
Dave Spritz is at his best when standing in front of a green screen. The TV weatherman can expertly gesture to things that aren't actually there while putting on a happy, relaxed demeanor for his Chicago viewing audience.
Kansan Jason Sudeikis establishes comedic footing on 'SNL'
"Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" The kick-off slogan is as much a part of American pop culture as "Gentlemen, start your engines" and "Are you ready to rumble?"
The owner of a carnival that provided entertainment at the Douglas County Fair has been cited by state health officials for operating without a food service license.
In Japanese, there is only one word for drawing and writing. On traditional scrolls from the country, paintings and poetry often occupy the same swath of silk. And the artists typically used the same brush to create both.
Thursday, October 27
Amy voted out of Yaxha tribe
"I have open, festering sores," said Brandon Bellinger. "It sucks. But you go into these challenges and you just forget it."
Lawrence bands assemble concert tribute to Neil Young
Neil Young "has a way of taking something really simple that anybody could play and making that completely his own. I think the voice has a lot to do with it, just because nobody sounds like him. Lyrically, and the way he puts his songs together, he's completely unique," says Dead Girls Ruin Everything frontman Cameron Hawk.
Going back to hell
Resurrection of Evil isn't the standalone expansion it could have been with its lack of multiplayer breadth. The single player experience holds up to the improvements made from its PC counterpart, though. It's still a game that any FPS fan should play at least once.
Dance, just like life, happens. Choreographer Merce Cunningham has pioneered this principle, and it is shown through his art. With the roll of a die, he can create a new dance piece and prove that dance can truly happen by chance.
Review: Merce Cunningham leaves too much to chance
At first glance, the Merce Cunningham performance Tuesday night at the Lied Center had all the elements of what could have been an inclusive art experience, an evening of dance with a little something for everyone. The program boasted music by British rock gods Radiohead and the experimental rock group Sigur RÃ³s, a factor that promised a good turn-out from the indie rock crowd, particularly husbands and boyfriends who are normally reluctant to attend dance performances.
Wednesday, October 26
The cult classic receives justice in the game translation
While the main story can be completed in under ten hours, Rockstar manages to keep the gameplay fresh the entire way through. It never gets repetitive, and you'll always be doing something different. I actually found myself enjoying the game more as I progressed farther through it.
Silly veteran, "Mix" is for kids!
DDR MM doesn't provide much of a DDR challenge, but it still provides a bit of fun for the right mood and audience. Even as much as I disliked the game, this is still a gem for younger kids who are looking to get into DDR.
Josh Kelley heads into Lawrence on heels of success to promote his newest album
Josh Kelley is living the rock-star dream.
Tuesday, October 25
You've never played anything like it
Shadow of the Colossus is a winner out of the box due to its originality. The adventure consists merely of a vast, sprawling overworld where you ride on horseback to one of 16 colossi, engaging in memorable boss battle after memorable boss battle. That's right. There are no pesky enemies along the way. None.
Yes, that's how to correctly spell SEALs
Even if you don't plan on going online, the single player is good enough to warrant a purchase if you are into military-type games or action games. Either way, SOCOM 3 is a well-rounded game both online and off.
I'll bet you'll bet only once...or something
If you're bored, give it a rent and get your "oh that's sort of interesting" interjection out of it. Other than that, there's not much that's gonna stick to the ribs.
A fine portable mountain shred
On the whole SSX On Tour gets the job done. It's lightweight and accessible enough for the casual gamer, but there's still enough complexity in the combo system and difficulty in the later challengers and On Tour series to keep the hardcore gamers happy too.
The Seem-To-Be Players' weekend production of "The Witch of Lok Island" was a very nice family show. It is the story of a young girl named Bella (Amelia Weil) who is treated unfairly by her village.
The Czech Opera Prague, directed by Martin Otava, gave new meaning to the term "light opera" as it presented a lighter-than-air performance of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" Saturday evening at the Lied Center.
Opera is an old art form, dating back more than 500 years - older even than the printing press - but it doesn't have to show its age. It has endured the test of time and still entertains audiences in new ways.
Monday, October 24
Go El Mariachi on 'em all
Had enough bullet time yet? Since The Matrix came out in 1999, we've seen it in a ridiculous amount of action films and videogames, and now we can add Total Overdose to the list. While it's heavily influenced by Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto, it adds enough of its own style to make it worth trying out.
Paranormal investigators seek to explain the unexplainable
Unexplained changes in temperature; sudden drops in the energy of batteries; feelings of "heaviness" in the air - these are the tools of the paranormal investigator. Well, the low-budget paranormal investigator at least.
ohn Carpenter's name is synonymous with horror films. A few films were not well received, but he's gone on to develop a cult status. His movie "The Fog" was not considered a huge hit, but has become near and dear to many horror film lovers' bloody hearts.
In a world where high-end jeans come pre-ripped and frayed, Lawrence's evolving second-hand scene blurs socioeconomic lines
Children of the '80s may be the last to remember a time when second-hand clothing was less than rad.
When studio heads heard "rich chick who became a bounty hunter," I'm sure they jumped at the chance to own the rights. When Keira Knightley signed on the play the lead and cut her hair, people were shocked and intrigued. After Mickey Rourke and names like Christopher Walken and Delroy Lindo rounded out the cast, the movie screamed big hit.
At first glance the title and artwork adorning "Bleed For Them" suggest anything but what's actually on the album - a multitude of soul-flooded beats and fluid, introspective couplets.
Blackout Gorgeous gathers a diverse group of musical personalities from the Lawrence/KC area. Producer Nezbeat is known for his work with local lyricists including Id (with whom he forms Archetype), while bassist Chris Handley regularly gigs with a variety of jam/fusion acts (DOJO, Tanner Walle). The rest of the group includes vocalist Tim Wurtz, guitarist Ryan Wurtz, vocalist/keyboardist Erin Keller and drummer Nick Urbom.
Nicole Young and Patrick Clendenin
Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards
Children visiting the Douglas County Dental Clinic can thank for Mary Thompson for the free book they get to take home with them.
Sunday, October 23
Weekend tour opens artists' studios, creative spaces to curious perusers
A tradition is something we expect - maybe eagerly await - to happen every year.
A lot of people have to spend hours analyzing cartoons in The New Yorker magazine to figure out why they're funny.
Saturday, October 22
Pinball + Combat + Metroid = Fun
Although it may sound a little ridiculous, the special twists and good use of the hardware makes Metroid Prime Pinball a worthy addition to the growing DS library.
Even more imperfect
For those of you who haven't had the misfortune of playing EA's console version of Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects let me sum it up: a paper-thin 3D fighter featuring characters from the Marvel Comics universe as well as original properties, the Imperfects (Matt already gave the home version the beating it deserved).
Chance linked area teen and N.Y. dance company for creative collaboration
Two years ago, Robert Heishman had never heard of Merce Cunningham. He was just a teenager who took a photography class at Blue Valley High School to see whether he liked shooting pictures.
Friday, October 21
Slightly more linear than the first, but still good god-fun
Peter Molyneux will tell you, as many developers might, that he does not really like making sequels. And it shows. But even this average sequel to the incredibly well designed Black & White will still manage to impress the masses.
These days it is difficult to understand how ridiculously hard it was for a woman like Josey Aimes just to be able to do her work at the male-dominated mine so she could put food on the table at home. It may have only been fourteen years ago, but it seems like another planet in "North Country"
Odd design choices hamper the fun
The series is usually able to keep things respectably simple and yet still entertain us with its inspiring characters and epic story of saving the world. While Dragon Song does both of these, it's the awkward mechanics of the gameplay that will hinder your experience.
For years, Pat Green was considered one of the best country singers nobody had heard of. Well, the word is out.
Check out the best horror movies in categories you might not expect
Everybody pretty much agrees that "The Exorcist" is the scariest movie ever made. Likewise, you don't need an expert to explain why the shower murder in "Psycho" is considered the greatest scene from any horror flick.
"Dreamer" is a girl-and-her-horse tale that gets by on the crumbs of "Seabiscuit." It's a well-acted if unsurprising family drama that wears its "uplifting" label with pride. Of course this is kid-friendly. It's for kids.
The 1993 video game "Doom" was among the forerunners of the "first-person shooter" styles that have since flooded the industry. Now the big-screen adaptation of "Doom" can be dubbed the original "first-person shooter movie."
What began as one Lawrence woman's idea to hold a small benefit concert to help raise money for hurricane relief has turned into a full-blown, daylong concert with a carnival atmosphere.
'Witch of Lok Island' pairs fathers, daughters, brothers, sisters on Lawrence Arts Center stage
The time of year for spooks and ghouls is just around the corner, and the Lawrence Family Theatre has a treat planned especially for the occasion. The Seem-To-Be Players are presenting "The Witch of Lok Island," a play based on a Celtic fairy tale full of magic, nymphs, a hobgoblin, and of course, the witch herself.
Thursday, October 20
Both tribes go to tribal council
Day 15 of the 39-day competition began with a reward challenge that pitted Jayhawk Danni Boatwright and Wildcat Brandon Bellinger's Yaxha tribe against their rivals in a two-on-two game involving a giant ball.
Be the surgeon
Trauma Center is definitely a video game experience like none other and can actually entertain those who aren't even interested in the medical field. It takes superb hand-eye coordination and self control to reach the end. Some of the surgeries can become extremely tough and take maybe up to 10 tries or more to beat them.
Former Kansas congressman Dan Glickman, now president of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Hollywood producer Alex Graves will highlight the Dole Institute of Politics' "Hollywood & Politics" lecture series at the institute on Kansas University's campus.
A Day of the Dead celebration kicked off Tuesday with a ceremony at Watkins Community Museum of History.
Devil Music Ensemble breathes sonic life into horror classic
In its original language, the full title of Germany's famed horror epic is "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens." This translates to "Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror."
As part of the international art event "Convergence: Work by Canadian and U.S. Women Artists," a grand opening reception will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Kansas University's Art and Design Gallery.
Brian Lewis is about to give Eleanor Allen a birthday gift she'll never forget. Lewis, a virtuoso violin player who grew up in Ottawa, is coming to Lawrence this weekend to play a concert in honor of Allen, his first violin teacher, who celebrated her 90th birthday in June.
Wednesday, October 19
As good as Symphony of the Night?
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is the best game for the Nintendo DS and rivals Symphony of the Night for the title of best Castlevania ever. Yes, it's that good.
Splinter Cell this is not
While I've never been a big fan of the Splinter Cell series, I always admired its technical excellence, solid controls and open-ended gameplay. Cold War is Splinter Cell, only with all three of those elements omitted.
The solid franchise gets another fun entry
As the game progresses and additional characters join your team the missions incorporate more and more gameplay types. Rarely do you ever play a mission straight through without any kind of change in gameplay whether it be through character swapping or a shift in gameplay mechanic.
EA keeps the ship sailing with another solid year
Many college teams make up for their lack of talent with a solid transition game. Getting such a dynamic to come alive is much easier in Madness '06 and improves the pace to a significant degree.
Burger joint fed by local producers puts health, flavor first
Hilary Brown used to love croissants. But four years ago, she was diagnosed with an allergy to gluten, a mix of plant proteins found in wheat. She also learned she was allergic to dairy foods.
Tuesday, October 18
Not too much innovation this time around
If you've never played an SSX game before, you owe it to yourself to pick up SSX 3 in the bargain bin. It's essentially the same fun game at a fraction of the price.
It's a game about being a lawyer...no, really.
Your job is to collect and analyze the evidence that witnesses present in an effort to prove your client innocent. The prosecution will bring witnesses to the stand that claim to have evidence against your client, and it's your job to spot inconsistencies in their testimony.
An LHS grad who creates award-winning Web sites isn't in it for the recognition. But he's getting plenty of notice anyway.
JD Hooge is getting major recognition in the world of Web site design. It's sort of odd, considering his goal as a designer is to not be noticed at all.
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra opened its season Sunday afternoon with a program described as "dance-inspired and dance-like chamber music" from the 19th through 21st centuries.
Monday, October 17
Self-promoters find social fabric at MySpace.com
It must be his e-pheromones. That's the only way that Michael Hendrickson can explain his burgeoning fan base on MySpace.com. Without so much as one live performance or one album, the 21-year-old KU junior is consistently among the top-ranked independent artists on the MySpace charts. His alter-ego "Sexy If You're Maladjusted" has about as many profile views (16,000) and "friends" (2,000) as The Appleseed Cast, an established Lawrence band that has toured the world over for nearly a decade.
Richard Gintowt is surely best known to readers of this publication as a writer and reviewer. But outside of the day job, Gintowt is the frontman for reflective rock/country outfit OK Jones.
New York and Kansas don't necessarily have a lot in common. One state is home to the bustling financial and cultural capital of America, while the other is mostly made up of small towns, livestock and open spaces. "The Wild Farewell" is The Harvey Girls' willfully schizophrenic attempt to musically reconcile the two locales.
An interview with Victor Continental
The Victor Continental Show is a singular, irreplaceable part of Lawrence culture. This weekend marks the Lawrence troupe's 12th show since starting in 1998. In some ways, it's typical sketch comedy - everything from ancient history to U.S. politics, from Hollywood to Lawrence is fair game for VC's racy humor and predilection for double entendre.
Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards
Of course no one wants to work. But why wouldn't you want to work if you can make money painting a handbag or a public bench?
On eve of new law against racial profiling, Lawrencians share their stories
Sweet, blessed Massachusetts Street. Bastion of local business, historic buildings, buzzing nightlife and ... racial profiling?
A solid first entry on the Cube for the celebrated GBA series
While it may not be very different than its portable brethren, Path of Radiance is still a great game that requires a lot of strategy and thought. If you can handle all the reading and some sub-par graphics, there's a good deal of deep gameplay to be found in this title.
Could it be King over "Warriors?"
If it were a college term paper, it would ensure a charge of academic misconduct for plagiarism. Yes, it really is that similar to Dynasty Warriors. Fortunately, it manages to take the formula and slightly improve every aspect of it to at least some degree.
Does the lastest Mega Man improve the series?
It's obvious Capcom is trying to add a little more substance to the Mega Man series by adding in chip sets, weather effects and a deeper story, but it's still not quite enough to make up for its shortcomings.
EA does the FIFA license true justice
Now whether FIFA has caught Konami's Winning Eleven series is another debate. Winning Eleven still boasts some gameplay and control features that top FIFA's, but if you're looking for licenses and more of an atmospheric game, FIFA is your choice.
Author Sander Hicks will visit Lawrence on Oct. 27 as part of a national tour in support of his new book, "The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistle Blowers and the Cover-up."
Sunday, October 16
A couple fun ones, a few more not so much
There are a few games in the collection that is worth having for when you're bored with your buddies, but beyond that, there's no real reason to owning this.
Amy Ray loves to break loose and speak her mind.
Feather / Leaf
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra plans to bring in the noise and the funk when it premieres a new work by local composer Bill Funk as part of its first concert of the season, "Dancing Around the World."
Separated by 1,000 miles, Canadian, U.S. artists find common ground
A lot of superficial differences distinguish Lawrence from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. More than 1,000 miles and an international border separate the two cities. Ottawa is the national capital of our neighbor to the north; Lawrence isn't even the capital of Kansas.
Saturday, October 15
In the hallways of high schools, dorm rooms of colleges and the hearts of sci-fi fans around the world, Joss Whedon is a god. The man who created TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly" finally took one to the big screen.
Flight attendants all over the country right now are up in arms about the new Jodie Foster thriller "Flight Plan" for portraying their profession as mean and uncaring, but they are going to have a lot to live up to when they see Kirsten Dunst in "Elizabethtown."
Cristi Catt was just a third-grader when she met Aaron Copland at Kansas University. The celebrated American composer was in Lawrence to oversee a KU production of his opera "The Tender Land," and the young Catt had a singing role. She remembers sitting on Copland's lap.
Friday, October 14
Jayhawk Danni Boatwright and Wildcat Brandon Bellinger adjusted effectively to being switched to the new Yaxha tribe. Although Brandon didn't exactly appreciate the city folk and East Coasters in his new group.
Cameron Crowe is most effective when his movies are steeped in realism. His Oscar-winning script for "Almost Famous" attained a towering level of truth, partly due to it being based on Crowe's own experiences as a 15-year-old reporter for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s.
Contests challenge entrants to showcase cinematic skills, originality
"Alien" took 16 weeks to film. "The Exorcist" shoot lasted for seven months. "The Shining" persisted for nearly a year. But participants in the Wild West Film Fest: Scare Factor Edition will have just 48 hours to plan, shoot and edit their project.
Tony Scott doesn't make movies. He makes grand mal seizures, loud, dizzy blizzards of music, violence and too many edits to count.
Going "old school" brings to mind vintage Chuck Taylors, basketball jerseys and movies starring Will Ferrell. But for one Lawrence band, it means playing punk rock.
Thursday, October 13
Reminding us how 3D action games can be incredible
Ninja Gaiden Black takes most of what made Ninja Gaiden great and improves it by leaps and bounds. There are more unlockables, the girls get more screen time, more enemies, harder difficulty settings, and more destructive ecstasy.
One of the best classic collections you can find
What old-school gamer didn't pump at least $20 in quarters into these machines back when they were at the arcade? While it has some stinkers, the inclusion of Street Fighter, Final Fight, 1942/1943, and Forgotten Worlds makes it easily worth it.
Super customization does not automatically equal fun
It would be easy to say that S.L.A.I. has a lot of replay value. The problem is, none of that matters if the actual gameplay is unoriginal and repetitive. Stay away from S.L.A.I. unless you've got an unhealthy obsession with customizing mechs.
Tuesday, October 11
Wait, didn't we just play this?
If you're a Nintendo loyalist who's starving for more exclusive RPGs play Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles again. If you're a gamer trying to get younger siblings interested in RPGs pick another one because based on simplicity and repetition alone Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness could very well sour them to the entire genre.
A basic Zelda-inspired action title fit for kids
If you're a parent who is looking for a completely innocent game for your child, Legend of Kay may be the one you're looking for. It's simple, bright, cutesy, and has some fairly solid gameplay. For gamers over the age of 12 or so, it would probably be better to go the Ratchet & Clank route if you're looking for a deeper action/adventure platformer.
Next verse - same as the first
EA has probably produced the best Live installment in the series, but that doesn't mean they've made the best basketball game or even touched the potential the series has. There are still some major kinks that could be addressed.
What an appropriate subtitle
Released among the respectable X-Men Legends II and Ultimate Spider-man, it's glaringly obvious EA's comic-come-game entry lacks passion, purpose and most unforgivably, inspiration.
Bringing out child in everyone goal for ex-rocker
What do you get when you mix a dollop of folk music, a dash of rap, several cups of rock 'n' roll and a room full of kids? A dance party with Dan Zanes and Friends, and that's precisely the recipe that was served up to an enthusiastic Lied Center crowd Saturday morning.
In its first year, Kansas City-area band Jump Rope for Heart went from casually recording music in members' homes to touring Japan, recording two full-length albums along the way. The musicians just wish someone knew it.
Monday, October 10
From the poster and the ads on television, it's easy to see that the producers of "In Her Shoes" are going for some of that Julia Roberts feel-good breezy comedy cash. Usually, the movies that Hollywood marketers refer to as "chick flicks" follow three simple rules...
Julia Peterson unveils new album and band
On the first autumn afternoon, a day cool, clear and blue, I listened three times to "What You Came For." It's a good thing there wasn't any whiskey in the house.
KJHK celebrates 30 years of left-of-the-dial programming
Last week, another "alternative" radio station bit the dust. Low ratings signaled the death knell for 97.3FM The Planet, which switched its name to "Max FM" and its format to "Everything That Rocks" (translation: "Everything That Doesn't Rock The Boat").
Do not cuddle the bobcats. Do not peek at the skunks.
Tamara Heim has been waiting for sixth months to see the film adaptation of her brother Scott's novel, "Mysterious Skin." The film, which follows two Kansas teens' attempts to overcome the abuse they suffered as children, debuted on the coasts and overseas as early as April. This weekend, "Mysterious Skin" makes the long journey back to the land where it takes place.
circa 1976-83, DJ and music director
At the age of 41, Steve Greenwood departed this life. I'm not sure he was ever totally comfortable here. But his life meant a great deal to many people, both those who cared about him and many who never knew him. I guess that's the purpose of this little remembrance; because if you listen to KJHK, you're still listening to Steve's legacy.
1978-80, DJ and news reporter, currently a lawyer living in Austin
I started KU in the fall of 1975, about when KJHK began. I was a long-haired physics and math double-major, and KJHK was playing ubiquitous, ordinary pop.
Founder of Plow the Fields local music show, currently Lawrence live music promoter
i used to be one of those kids my freshman year in college who would call up and request music all the time (i was the girl that requested "negative creep" by nirvana over and over again).
Breakfast for Beatlovers cofounder, currently working at Project 2050 in New York
I made a number of great friends in Kansas and across the country while working at KJHK who have helped me become who I am today. Anyone out there interested in the entertainment/music industry should get involved with KJHK.
1980-83, DJ and music staff reviewer
Anyone who has walked into the cozy KJHK studio and taken a little time to explore the station's LP library is already familiar with Blake Gumprecht. Gumprecht's insightful, thorough and artistic album reviews are affixed to many of KJHK's most treasured records. But the reason behind the colorful reviews went beyond visual aesthetics.
When I can, I listen to KJ at my desk at work. The only time it trips me up is when a DJ mentions something like snow that we never see here in SF.
I was really into Kansas City's KKFI shows starting in junior high, and I always wanted to be part of that world. I was able to hang out at KKFI with Pat Hopewell and the like during their shows once I started high school. I just hung around and occasionally got to play records. I loved it.
As far as defining moments go, it is hard to pinpoint a single time in a three-year working relationship and say "THAT was the most fun."
Dave Grissom worked on KJHK from fall of 1978 to the spring of 1980, participating as a disc jockey, a news staff member and doing sports play-by-play.
I was involved with KJHK from 1978 to 1981. I was approached by the then-music director who heard I had an interest in reggae music, and ended up doing a six-hour reggae and blues program, "The Soul Shakedown Party," as well as several shifts a week on "Good Morning And All That Jazz."
Like many volunteer DJs at KJHK, Donovan Finn was primarily drawn to the station as by the progressive music bursting from the broadcast waves.
My time at KJHK was great. Where else does one get the opportunity to do a radio show for thousands of listeners while learning an industry as well as meeting really great people?
DJ and music director from 1989-92.
I'd grown up listening to the station through the '80s and loved it, so I started out DJing as soon as I could out of high school.
I'd first heard KJ visiting Mike Walker when he was living in Hash, and I was still in high school. I remeber hearing the Dandy Warhols, and thinking: "Cool!" Then, I ran into Dave "Delicious" Lichius at an outdoor music festival as a freshman, signed up for promotions staff, and the rest is history.
KJHK station manager and production director, 2001-05
Former KJHK station manager and highly regarded DJ Meredith Vacek is living in Seattle and loving it.
I have very fond memories of KJHK. I first worked as a writer/reporter for the news department during my junior year. The first story I actually went out of the building on -- I was attacked by the gym owner I was interviewing. He took my tape recorder, took the tape out, then threw the recorder back at me! It was crazy. I went back to the station and they were totally freaked. As you might imagine, that doesn't happen very often at KJ.
Before Peter Granitz worked for KJHK, he was possibly best known as the guy from Wisconsin who played ice hockey or the guy with the long hair who saw Phish over 40 times in concert.
I remember anxiously awaiting to see if I'd been accepted as a Jazz in the Morning DJ, my first gig at the station.
"Saturday Night Live" actors Kenan Thompson and Seth Meyers will perform as part of Kansas University's Homecoming festivities, Oct. 22 to 29.
Sunday, October 9
Leila Cohoon is standing in the middle of a room, miles of human hair surrounding her.
Artist weaves hair, identity into culturally charged work
Long, black, flowing hair isn't just part of Hong Zhang's appearance. It's part of her persona.
A well-filled house was on hand Friday night for the opening of "The Holocaust Kid" and "The Zoo Story," performed on the main stage of the Lawrence Arts Center by English Alternative Theatre.
Leave Talking By Susan Carman
Budweiser may be Anheuser-Busch's flagship brand, but the "King of Beers" has a way to go before it can claim the throne as the area's top-selling company brand.
Saturday, October 8
There's a scene in "In Her Shoes" in which Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine sit around a TV set with some neighbors at a Florida retirement community, watching "Sex and the City" and sipping that show's signature cocktail, the cosmopolitan.
An irreplaceable stockpile of the state's musical history went up in flames with Friday's apartment fire.
Friday, October 7
Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott has spent the last month barnstorming Southern states to promote - and occasionally defend - the upcoming release of "CSA: The Confederate States of America."
Rushdie bemoans role of religion in public life
Citizens of the world should be concerned about religious extremism whether it's in Iran or America, says author Salman Rushdie, who was once marked for death by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.
Former rocker Dan Zanes turns to music the entire household can enjoy
If you don't know who Dan Zanes is, chances are your kids do. The former Del Fuegos frontman has undergone a career rebirth by immersing himself in "age-desegregated folk music." In layman's terms, that means songs that children love but adults can equally enjoy.
KU student to share stage with American theater giant
Among theater aficionados, Edward Albee is a hero. He's the rare contemporary American playwright who supports himself writing exclusively for the stage. And he sticks to his guns, creating surreal, avant-garde works in spite of sometimes skeptical critics.
Forget Lassie or Benji or Toto. Gromit is the most reliable canine sidekick of all time. He can cook, do construction work, drive cars, pilot planes. And he's particularly good at rescuing his owner, Wallace, from tricky, possibly life-threatening jams.
"Two for the Money" offers up the perverse pleasure in watching that growling old cat Al Pacino toy with poor, overmatched mouse Matt McConaughey for two hours.
Thursday, October 6
A solid psychological terror experience
Ties should definitely appeal to fans of ultra-disturbing psychological films, as well as fans of third-person action games in the Max Payne mold. There are 18 average-sized missions, and the multiple endings and abilities should give fans a reason to play through it again.
Not as smooth as before
It's too bad the gameplay is so awful, because the game is very impressive on the technical end. Battle scenes are certainly epic, and feature dozens of on-screen enemies. You get a true sense of chaotic war when you see huge forces clashing with little to no slowdown, even with tons of particle effects and magic flying around everywhere.
Anton Chekhov's darkly complex "Three Sisters" requires a delicate touch. Its pathos can overwhelm, and its humor can become caricature if the two qualities get out of balance. But Jack Wright, who's directing University Theatre's production of the play, keeps a tight hold on its complicated emotions, allowing his actors to explore these intense characters as real people descending into despair.
Kansas University art department's sculpture students will exhibit their "Seat for Two" projects Sunday in South Park.
Submissions of original fiction, poetry, personal essays and artwork that can be produced in black and white are now being accepted by The Washburn Arts Review for the 2006 issue of Inscape, Washburn University's literary arts magazine. Entries by non-students are welcome.
Wednesday, October 5
Fields Gallery has included photographs by Deb Stavin to its exhibits.
Tuesday, October 4
The best Spider-man game ever
Ultimate Spider-Man is not only one of the most faithful superhero games ever made, but one of the best in terms of graphics, style and execution.
You know it's foolish, but you can't help flinching when the restaurant suddenly turns up the lights in the darkish corner you've settled into, shining what feels like a theater spot on the balding, blue-shirted international celebrity with whom you're trying to have a quiet lunch.
Daedalus charms Lied Center audience
A young and spirited Daedalus Quartet opened the Swarthout Chamber Music Series at the Lied Center Sunday afternoon. Making its only stop between the East and West coasts, this ensemble, formed five years ago, showed why Carnegie Hall chose it for the "Rising Stars" program of the European Concert Hall Organization.
Monday, October 3
One of Lawrence's most distinctive voices is Minus Story, a five-piece fronted by the rawboned voice and frame of Jordan Geiger (also the former keyboardist for The Appleseed Cast).
Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards
Chris Cullinan is a grad student, a teacher, a researcher, a practicum participant and a 24-year-old.
The local art community gears up for "The Red Balloon To Do," part III
Saturday evening, hundreds of strangers will pass through Chelsea Rae's living room. The occasion promises to be a house party of the highest order, but it has nothing to do with beer, bands or booty. Well, perhaps booty - as in the hundred pieces of art that will be scattered across a four-block area for the third annual Red Balloon to Do.
Better than you'd think
A straightforward action game, Regeneration never aspires to by anything more than fun, paying equal parts homage to the film series that spawned the games and to Campbell himself.
Tiger delivers what is expected
We all know that games need to evolve. They need to improve and change. Tiger delivers what is expected, but it's usually the unexpected that impresses.
Have a little good with your bad
If you have the patience to make it to the AI partner, Urban Reign becomes playable. It's just too bad that the story missions are set up the way they are, because the fragmented nature really takes away from the game.
Sunday, October 2
Needle / Plow
Editors of the I-70 Review are preparing the 2005-2006 issue, due out this winter, and are seeking poems for the publication.
At least 17 restaurants in Lawrence are joining a daylong fundraiser for hurricane relief along the Gulf Coast.
The Lawrence Arts Center is accepting applications for performances in the Choreographers Showcase 2005. Work for the show must be submitted no later than Oct. 10.
Texan sees art in preserved scientific specimens
In a fourth-floor room of the Kansas University Natural History Museum, in a space the public doesn't normally get to see, hides a menagerie of lifeless amphibians.
Saturday, October 1
KU prof finds common ground with author in play about value of home
"There's no place like home." The phrase isn't so warm and fuzzy when there's a $3 million bounty on your head and returning to your home country might help someone collect the dough.
Documentary reveals complexity of naturalist doomed by his work
Timothy Treadwell was many things: infinitely charismatic, infectiously enthusiastic, childish, foolish, delusional and probably manic-depressive. He was also doomed, something we know before walking into "Grizzly Man," Werner Herzog's extraordinary new documentary.