Monday, January 30
Are You Hip to the New Nostalgia?
DJ Soap remembers a time when he could rock a party with Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson. Nowadays, he's more likely to do it with Sublime, Nirvana and Kris Kross.
Amazing gameplay dumbed down a smidge
If you invest enough time in it, you can get so good that you literally won't get hit even once. Other admittedly great action titles (God of War, Ninja Gaiden) feature the occasional cheap hit or undodgeable boss attack. With DMC3, you'll recognize enemy behavior, know which style to use and when to dodge.
Ian Huebert and Emily Kurtz
Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards
Like most people, Hilary Bowker has heard all the stereotypes about homeless people: they're lazy, drug-addicted and "it's their own fault."
Langston Hughes Creative writing award
Christopher Citro started writing to impress a girlfriend.
Tomorrow's announcement of the 2006 Oscar nominations will likely feature a lot of the usual suspects: Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crowe, Joan Allen, William Hurt.
Sunday, January 29
A little twist and a lot of fun may be short-lived for some
Core gameplay in Ape Escape 3 certainly resembles the previous installments, but features one main gameplay addition. Uou can morph into different forms. Each form helps with combat and basic monkey-catching. The best of these is certainly the Miracle Ninja form, which makes you run faster and spawns two mini-ninjas to fight alongside your character.
The Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University seeks nominations for the Byron Caldwell Smith Award.
Professor's work draws international attention
Dan Rockhill knows his work is different - its approach, its materials, its setting and, perhaps most of all, its appearance. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
Warren Logan's hands skim the 15th-century marble bust, tracing the lifeless eyes, the slightly agape mouth, the precisely chiseled fur.
Opera loves a good joke. Many an operatic plot details the comeuppance of a lovable but arrogant character. Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" delivers that brand of comedy in spades.
Roles for five men and five women are available in E.M.U. Theatre's upcoming production of "As You Like It," one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.
Free State High School alumnae return for band's first Lawrence concert
If you ask Merry Chadwick, she'll tell you she plays for quite possibly the best concert band in the country.
"Waiting on Death in Jackson, Mississippi," by Max Sutton
Saturday, January 28
'Hot Lunch' aims to bridge gap between old and new dance music with weekly party
No, Thursday nights at the Jackpot do not feature edibles. Quite opposite (ahem), the name for the new dance night 'Hot Lunch' was found on a site listing porn flic names by DJ Kyle Garrison. "It sounded like something you'd remember," Garrison said.
Friday, January 27
Elizabeth Rowley takes finger-painting to the extreme.
Thursday, January 26
It's hard to do farce in the 21st century.
A Lawrence arts program received national recognition Wednesday during a White House ceremony.
The Tap Dogs held the stage at a well-filled Lied Center for nearly an hour and a half Tuesday evening, rocking the audience into frequent applause. Move over, Michael Flatley - this is manly-man tap dancing, in real Australian boots (and jeans, and shorts, and T-shirts, and flannel shirts and ball caps).
Ken "Bear Hawk" Cohen, author of the critically acclaimed "Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing," will share his philosophy in a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vt.
Companies looking to lure younger fans
Growing up in Buhler - a town of about 1,300 near Hutchinson - David Lara didn't have much exposure to opera.
Wednesday, January 25
Hey, men - looking for just the right words to express your feelings for your special lady this Valentine's Day?
University graduate gets his piece of the proverbial pie in new book
Jeff Ruby doesn't blame Lawrence for his addiction to pizza. He was hooked before he came here. He does, however, blame Lawrence's pizza-lovers for ruining his car, which he drove all over town delivering for Pyramid Pizza in the mid-1990s.
Tuesday, January 24
At the heart of "Capote" is Hoffman's fascinating interpretation of an iconoclast who carries enough curious mannerisms to carry a small museum. Sure, the actor has the outward signs of Capote down pat - the pale features, the high-pitched, whiny baby voice - but his performance goes farther than that. Even while holding court at parties with New York's elite, Hoffman plays him like a wounded animal whose acerbic wit barely masks his own insecurities.
All the X adventures unite for better and worse
All six games in this Mega Man X Collection are very good action/platformers and certainly follow in the original Mega Man tradition. This collection may not feature all the bells-and-whistles of the Anniversary Collection (which featured remixed music and a couple never-released fighting games), but it does include Mega Man Battle & Chase as an unlockable bonus.
Monday, January 23
FBI documents shed light on domestic surveillance in Lawrence
Mysterious men watching houses from parked cars. Secret government infiltration of activist groups. Classified FBI files on seemingly innocuous citizens. It's the stuff that conspiracy theories are made of. And it all happened in Lawrence during the political upheaval of the late '60s and early '70s.
New local film society provides forum for local filmmakers and rare experimental films
For Jon Allen, the best part of watching an experimental film is the "A-ha!" moment.
A worthy golf entry with great touch control
TSG is a great core golf game with few extras and zero pizzazz. The touch swing mechanics justify the purchase alone, but don't expect to spend hours outside of the standard game of golf.
Harold FÃ¤tzer and Tiffanie Chambers
Club finds camaraderie in traditional dance form
Anyone who thinks square dancing is a dying art didn't go to the founders dance of the Happy Time Squares last weekend.
Sunday, January 22
Inaugural Digital Media Online Film Festival honors students, offers hands-on workshops
Inside the dark theater at the Lawrence Arts Center, the movie titles flashed across the screen one after the other.
As Mozart's 250th birthday approaches, celebrations honor his star-studded legacy
By some accounts, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a rock star. Take these lyrics from Austrian pop singer Falco's 1986 hit "Rock Me Amadeus."
"Solstice 2005," By Connie Andes
Friday, January 20
East Hill Singers find freedom through song
lvera Voth recalls when one of the vocalists approached her after the East Hill Singers had just delivered a stellar concert performance.
Woody Allen strays from his favorite setting of New York City and the familiar strains of old-time jazz to the upper crust of London and opera in "Match Point," a diabolical look at passion and power. The move not only suits Allen's subject matter, but also marks his first truly great film since 1999's "Sweet and Lowdown." Like that overlooked gem, "Match Point" doesn't feature Allen in a lead acting role. In fact, "Match Point" does not have an outwardly neurotic character at all.
As his father prepares to lead a missionary expedition into the jungle, young Steve Saint (Chase Ellison) asks him, "If the Waodani attack, will you use your guns?"
Thursday, January 19
The Van Go Mobile Arts organization wants funds to expand their services, and this week a Tulsa-based foundation served them a challenge: Make money, and you'll get money.
Mark Mackie has walked a mile in the shoes of the scorned boyfriend character he's playing in Lawrence Community Theatre's production of "Beau Jest."
Wednesday, January 18
What band in their right mind would mix "Kokomo" and "Regulate" covers into a set of original power ballads and jam-influenced rock tunes?
The first online fighter for the 360 has plenty of jiggles...but can it fight?
DOA4 is not a perfect fighting game by any means. Soul Calibur and Virtua Fighter are both head and shoulders above it in terms of sheer gameplay. It's the online aspect of DOA4 that gives it massive replay value.
In response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Ministry of Sculpture, a Kansas University student sculpture club, has created nearly 100 wooden dolls to donate to hurricane victims.
Tuesday, January 17
Maybe it's the sunflowers, or perhaps there's something in the water. Or is it because the summers are too hot, the winters too cold? Kansas, it seems, has more than its share of noteworthy characters.
Monday, January 16
Anna Robertson and Chris Luckey
Robban Kring and Brad Heston
Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards
Imagine sitting though a domestic-violence court case and approaching the victim at its conclusion. You hand her a business card. She looks at you and cries.
Can this building be all things to all Lawrence artists?
Last Friday, the Lawrence Arts Center opened its doors to 70 local artists and 92 works of local art. The Lawrence Art Guild's annual all-member show is the first of more than a dozen LAC shows this year that will showcase Lawrence artists. Last year, the center displayed the works of more than 1,000 locals.
'Tristan & Isolde' lacks 'Romeo & Juliet' heartbreak
Before Romeo climbed that rosebush for Juliet - before Guinevere cheated on Arthur, before Fox had a 20th Century - Tristan loved Isolde.
'Road' glosses over drama but remains inspiring
Give Disney its due. The Mouse House has absolutely mastered the feel-good, against-all-odds, historic sports movie.
Lawrence Art Guild members offer diverse show
The Lawrence Art Guild's All-Members Show brings together work by many of the group's 260 members. It remains one of the guild's most popular exhibitions because of the diversity of media represented, including paintings, fabric art, ceramics and photographs, among others.
Jon Voight collected Oscars and Oscar nominations early in his career. His Joe Buck in "Midnight Cowboy," Ed Gentry in "Deliverance," Luke Martin in "Coming Home" and Manny Manheim in "Runaway Train" were acting standards, the sorts of performances that led people such as film scholar David Thomson to call him "easily ... one of the best actors of his generation."
Sunday, January 15
Zacory Boatright's play "An Army of One" has been selected for a prestigious regional theater festival.
Only performances that rise to brilliance should bring you to your feet. But your enthusiasm is appreciated.
Certain occasions require standing up. The national anthem. The bride's entrance at a wedding. The judge walking into a courtroom. A perfectly lovely but not stellar performance by musicians, dancers or actors is not one of these occasions.
"The Choice," by Joy Clumsky
Those who made New Year's resolutions to quit smoking have had two weeks to contemplate the decision. Is it worth the hassle? Can they stick to it?
Saturday, January 14
Humor us while we try to pin down what makes you laugh
The formula for funny. Comics strive for it. Authors tweak their copy, searching for it. TV networks bank on it. And yet, no matter how many times the chicken crosses the road, a rabbi walks into a bar or a buffoon slips on a banana peel, the formula may never be found.
Friday, January 13
Two exhibitions open Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Lawrence Art Guild's All-Members Show brings together work by many of the group's 260 members. It remains one of the guild's most popular exhibitions because of the diversity of media represented, including paintings, fabric art, ceramics and photographs.
In the high-stakes big budget world of computer animation, "Hoodwinked" is an anomaly, as it was made without the benefit of major studio cash. Audiences have become accustomed to the dazzling visuals of Pixar movies, however, so the makers of this independently financed movie face an uphill battle, especially since its characters are all uncomfortably glassy-eyed and move like two-jointed 80s action figures.
Queen Latifah is like a grown-up version of one of those kids in high school who was good at everything. It's easy to envision her as the lead in the school play, a soloist in the choir, the center on the basketball team and the homecoming queen.
Thursday, January 12
Former Jayhawk's cinematic debut earns trips to prestigious festivals
Gary Huggins found a unique way to pass the time while working at the Kansas City Kansas Public Library. The fledgling filmmaker would study the patrons and then imagine ways to cast them in different movies. "It's a real 'colorful' mix of people, races and backgrounds," Huggins says. "They all seemed like naturals."
Wednesday, January 11
Musical randomness for your stylus
Electroplankton isn't a game. It's a very basic piece of musical software with an interesting art theme which Nintendo has made fairly accessible. It's just too bad there's not much there and you'll never have proof of your potential musical genius.
Tuesday, January 10
LHS alum's script puts her on brief track to courting 'Boston Legal' fans
Corinne Brinkerhoff was your basic intern. Young. Green. Adept at copying and filing, but not called upon to do much else at her company. But she didn't mind. The important thing for the 1998 Lawrence High School graduate was being at this company.
Monday, January 9
It's is easy to forget the hard work that goes into some of the things we most take for granted.
Sunday, January 8
I didn't want to miss a minute of the local up-and-coming indie pop band Ghosty. I was looking forward to this concert after listening to Lawrence locals hyping the group, who have academic roots at KU.
"New Mother," By Michael L. Johnson
The sketch comedy series "Right Between the Ears" will present its "Year in Review" show at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
Friday, January 6
Contra Naturam troupe brings the art of fetish to Lawrence nightlife
Vanillas need not apply. That's the disclaimer for anyone interested in attending performances by Lawrence fetishists Contra Naturam. "Vanilla," you see, is code for the kind of people who like their sex straight down the middle; the kind of people who think "kinky" equates to "doggy-style."
Here are some key pieces fit for any mp3 collection
Face facts: It's time to start over. Your music collection is scattered all over the place. You have too many CDs that you don't ever listen to. Some of your best stuff (and your parents' best stuff) is only on cassette, vinyl or - yikes - eight-track tape.
It is a gripping love story about two individuals whose unconventional affair is not easily understood by the rest of society. I'm of course referring to "King Kong." "Brokeback Mountain," on the other hand, is a monotonous and often inadvertently campy romance that rivals "The Hours" as the most overrated movie of the decade. Talk about making mountains out of molehills.
Thursday, January 5
Whether it was women who came between them or their own divergent loyalties, men's honor has always been the focus of attention in the western genre. "Brokeback Mountain"Â is what some may call a "revisionist western"Â
Local activist embarks on tour to share his firsthand accounts from Iraq and Palestine
Joe Carr identifies himself as an elite, white, English-speaking, oppressor-class male. That, he explains, is precisely why he feels compelled to be an activist. "I have a lot of privileges that have been denied to millions of other people so that I could have them," says Carr, a 24 year-old busybody from Kansas City, Mo., who will speak Friday night at the Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library in Lawrence.
You may have missed this in the holiday rush...and that's okay
You could say Shadow has some replay value because of the branching levels, but that's assuming it's worth playing through even once (which it isn't). Even if you're a hardcore Sonic fan that has tolerated the last few releases, you'll probably want to stay away from this one.
Another ace for the sports/RPG hybrid
Power Tour offers up a great option for the handheld sports fan it provides solid tennis action, bunches of entertaining mini-games, unlockable characters, singles or doubles matches and even supports multiplayer matches.
The classic still holds water in today's RPG world
With it's rewarding gameplay and intriguing story, FFIV Advance should appeal to longtime RPG fans as well as those new to the series (or even turn-based games as a whole).
The Lawrence Art Guild All Members Exhibition will feature the works of 70 artists at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., from Jan. 13 to Feb. 28, with a public reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13.
The Lawrence Community Theatre plans auditions at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for "Red Herring," by Michael Hollinger.
Spangles is coming to town.
Wednesday, January 4
The 40th annual vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle honored work ranging from an examination of the 1972 terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics to acting portrayals of a country singer, boxing coach and literary giant.
Film explores intelligent design-evolution 'circus'
Kansas and an extinct bird share top billing in a new documentary film called "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus."
Tuesday, January 3
What is the worst movie to come out this year?
What is the worst movie to come out this year?
In the spirit of the New Year, Marissa and I propose five resolutions for teens and parents to adopt in 2006. I'll start with my resolutions for parents, and Marissa will follow with her suggestions for teens.
Worst movies of 2005 fall short of mediocre
I've never walked out of a movie. No matter how irritating, repulsive, juvenile, confusing or just plain boring the experience can be, I know in the back of my mind there is room for retribution. I can always place that dud on my Worst of Film list. Starting with the worst, here are this year's cinematic culprits...
Sunday, January 1
End of the Line, By Susan Carman