Sunday, July 30
Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art will close its 20th/21st Century Gallery, located on the fourth floor, for renovation next week.
Hugh Cameron may have been eccentric - even wacky - but he remains Lawrence's best-known resident of a treehouse.
Lawrence Community Theatre will have auditions for "CHAPS!" at 7 p.m. Aug. 7-Aug. 8 at the theater, 1501 N.H.
'Whitecaps,' by Larry Rochelle
Families make outdoor time creative with elaborate treehouses
Sarah Faith takes it just a little personally if you ask whether she had a treehouse when she was growing up.
Friday, July 28
Anyone going this weekend to see Michael Mann's movie version of "Miami Vice," the hugely popular television series that he executive-produced in the 1980s, may be shocked to find that about the only thing that ties the two together are the names of the two main characters. Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jaimie Foxx) are still intensely devoted, hard-boiled cops who lead undercover drug stings and flirt with dangerous criminals, but gone are the sunny days and bright, pastel colors of Miami. In their place is a darker, more sinister tone.
When dabbling with standup comedy in college, Kevin Willmott spent a lot of time roving Interstate 70 en route to gigs in rural Kansas. He recalls how one place about 180 miles west of Lawrence particularly caught his eye.
It's one thing to get your movie made; it's another to make sure people see it. "That's the tricky part," says Steve Balderson.
Thursday, July 27
As Adrienne Paranjothi settles into bed and digs into a good book, she usually can count on her husband, Kitcha, doing the same - sort of.
Marie Thompson said she knows many Lawrence residents prefer to avoid the Kansas River, though it flows just north of the city's popular downtown.
Wednesday, July 26
If you're looking for a good single-player game, don't buy Chromehounds. If you're looking for a fun, action-packed multiplayer game, don't buy Chromehounds.
Tuesday, July 25
While the game does a good job of capturing the look and sound of the film, the fact remains that it's really nothing more than a young gamer's Resident Evil 4, sans the innovation, tight control scheme, and sense of adventure.
Monday, July 24
While the game is not so childish that an adult couldn't play it, it is still a children's game and only a child could see past this game's flaws enough to be able to actually enjoy it.
Veteran Lawrence musicians' debut proves to be one of the year's most promising albums
When a bunch of seasoned salts from Kansas band together to embark on an epic musical voyage, it's no surprise that well wishers line the quays to wave them off. Advance reviewers of White Whale's "WW1" shout "Grandiose!" "Artistic!" "Primal!" "Expressive!"
Sunday, July 23
Don Schawang thinks Lawrence teens are ready for grown-up theater. That's why he keeps challenging them with plays that tackle big social issues.
The backdrop of the Kansas River was a bonus for Dulcie Guinty, of Wichita, as she sat in Burcham Park Saturday afternoon and listened to the Lawrence band Avenue.
Grandparents, great-grandkids join in on family fun
Generally, Thelma Holloway enjoyed her weeklong road trip to Montana with her granddaughter, her grandson-in-law and her great-grandson. Except for that one night.
Beauty queens, hot dog eaters grace 'State Fair'
"State Fair" is a thoughtful, sometimes funny, consistently interesting collection of 103 black-and-white pictures taken at 10 state fairs. They include fairs in California, Texas, Minnesota and even Kansas.
Friday, July 21
It was 12 years ago that New Jersey convenience store 20somethings Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) were hoisted into the unlikely position of generational spokesmen when newcomer Kevin Smith maxed out his credit cards to make the grainy black-and-white "Clerks."
The movies of M. Night Shyamalan have always been steeped in the supernatural and otherworldly, whether they've explored life after death, alien invasions or superheroes.
Director turns personal bedtime story into supernatural blockbuster
M. Night Shyamalan's two young daughters insist on hearing a scary story at bedtime.
Wednesday, July 19
When I first turned on Monster House for the Nintendo DS, the last game I expected it to play like would be Smash TV. Surprisingly, this game (based on the upcoming animated film) has a large amount in common with the coin-op classic.
The new "Stunts and Effects" expansion pack seeks to expand the palate of available options and tools beyond the already extensive collection that the original game offered. The package certainly accomplishes that feat, but fails to fix the more pressing problems for which fans have been waiting.
Leaders: Consumers, not government, should make diet decisions
Lawrence city commissioners were game for a ban on public smoking. They were willing to consider the tightest cell phone restrictions in the nation. And they have no problem with city controls on garage sale signs.
Tuesday, July 18
It's a hot Saturday night, and all across Lawrence, friends are gathering in backyards to drink beer and talk shit. But at a two-story family home on Prescott Drive, this particular group has come together to drink beer, talk shit and plan one of the city's most unique comedy shows.
Monday, July 17
For a game that was announced over a decade ago, Prey certainly feels next-gen in every way, and just might be the best single-player FPS experience on the Xbox 360. Don't let the novel approach fool you:it's not a gimmick game by any means, as it's solid in almost every crucial aspect.
Sunday, July 16
Crusty Demons is another foray into that age-old videogame concept: Bikers sell souls to Satan to become immortal, Satan likes to see bikers get hurt, Satan makes bikers hurt themselves to get their souls back.
For how enjoyable the game is, it's really sad that Rogue Trooper's biggest drawback lies in its replay value. With the single-player game only lasting about five or six hours, it feels like the whole thing is over just as it's getting good.
Museums nationwide engage in trend
The exam breezed by, but now Catherine Futter was stumped. The artist was Rembrandt; the question was the classification he fit. Futter kept thinking the 17th-century master's work could not be defined.
"Navel Gazer," by Lee Carlson
The Colts drum and bugle corps based in Dubuque, Iowa, will stop in Lawrence on Monday for a rehearsal.
About the 100th time Bogdan Pathak danced the samba to "I Saw the Sign" by Ace of Base, it started driving him crazy.
Friday, July 14
"Blade Runner" and "Minority Report" are both terrific movies, but neither of those Philip K. Dick movie adaptations so accurately approximate the unique head trip that it is to actually read one of the revered science-fiction author's books as much as Richard Linklater's new animated film "A Scanner Darkly." Based on a partly autobiographical 1977 novel, it has a loose, hallucinatory grip on reality and mines the same paranoiac, unmotivated territory that goes hand-in-hand with excessive drug use.
Abrasive slacker duo grows up in comedy sequel
A young waitress stops Jeff Anderson as he's leaving a downtown barbecue restaurant.
Indian authorities named three suspects in this week's train bombings, an apparent breakthrough in the frenetic investigations into the well-coordinated attacks that killed at least 200 people.
Beware of guys who are only known by their last names. It reeks of both schoolyard immaturity and anonymous superficiality.
Thursday, July 13
Lawrence's thriving disc golf scene boasts three free courses
When "Crazy" John Brooks dropped out of college to hit the beach and master the Frisbee arts, his friends had yet to endow him with his present-day nickname. "'Stupid' is pretty much what they were calling me back then," says Brooks, who designed the disc golf courses at Clinton Lake, used during this year's Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.
Miles Schnaer understands why the annual Salute! fundraiser has become a smashing success for Cottonwood Inc.
Wednesday, July 12
KU alumnus produces TV anthology of Stephen King tales
For some people, it's becoming trapped in a house with vengeful ghosts. For others, it's being pursued by deranged killers in hockey masks. For Mike Robe, his most common nightmare is failing to attend an economics final at Kansas University.
Tuesday, July 11
Kansas University's Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction announced the winners for several science fiction awards.
Monday, July 10
Urban Chaos: Riot Response is certainly fun for a bit, but most gamers will probably get tired of the monotonous "rescue X many civilians" objectives later in the game.
Americans forgo outdoor activities for more electronic entertainment
Americans are forgoing the great outdoors as they resort to videophilia. "The paradigm is changing," said Oliver Pergams, a University of Illinois-Chicago professor.
Sunday, July 9
"Perry," by Jason Wesco
Friday, July 7
Agent 47 is a man who is simply doing his job. It should be noted, however, that his "job" occasionally includes dressing as a clown and killing women at birthday parties.
Rise and Fall is a perfect example of a game that dreamed big but failed to execute properly. A lot of this was probably due to time and budget constraints, as is all too often the case with a lot of these "me too!" PC copycats.
Part of what makes a thrill ride fun is knowing that it's a momentary adventure.
POW! Take that, racism. And - WHACK! - take that, homophobia. And - THOOM! KER-THWACK! KRUMMMMM! - take that, gender stereotyping, cultural bias and religious intolerance.
KU's Campbell Conference honors standout writers in maturing genre
"Skiffy." That's how some prominent science fiction writers jeeringly pronounce "sci-fi" because they so detest the term and all the baggage that accompanies it.
Thursday, July 6
Lawrence songwriter Outlaw Jake finds his way out of heartache and addiction through music
Sitting in the darkened, sticky confines of The Flamingo Club - Lawrence's lunch buffet eatery/strip club - is a country fried rocker known as Outlaw Jake. Or simply 'Outlaw,' as the 20something musician refers to himself.
It was just three years ago that Johnny Depp finally achieved major superstardom and, believe it or not, his first Oscar nomination in a Disney movie based on a theme park ride and directed by Gore Verbinski ("The Ring," "The Mexican"). 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" had swashbuckling adventure and freewheeling slapstick, but mostly it had Depp, who turned anti-hero Captain Jack Sparrow into the quirkiest franchise character since Crispin Glover's George McFly from "Back to the Future." The only difference is that Glover wasn't carrying the entire picture on his shoulders.
Like the popular syndicated radio show that bears its name, Robert Altman's new film "A Prairie Home Companion" occupies its own unique time bubble. Nostalgic for an idealized version of wry family entertainment that probably never quite existed, it embodies all that is strong in character about the Midwest, or at least what should be.
There's an air of mystery surrounding Kansas University's summer theater season this year.
Monday, July 3
It's called Head Coach for a reason, and you'll quickly learn how tedious and painstaking the job can be. Those hoping to turn on the game and start coaching on the field right away are going to be sorely disappointed.
In the two years since the last title in the series (MLB Slugfest: Loaded), sports games have advanced significantly, both graphically and in terms of gameplay. Unfortunately, Slugfest has not.
Newcomers might find the game's unique battle system entertaining, but the story starts off on such a juvenile note and develops so slowly, that all but the most patient gamers will give up after a few minutes.
Joel Trujillo's new horror film "Dusk of the Living Dead" won't be premiered in Hollywood, nor even in a movie theater.
Sunday, July 2
Lawrence's Fourth of July show a rare, lo-fi production
The ammunition for Lawrence's Fourth of July fireworks show is stored in a barn on the outskirts of town. The location is a closely guarded secret. The barn is invisible from the main road, set low in a hollow and obscured by a windbreak of trees. Old cars and farm implements parked around the barn offer no clue to the fact that $12,000-worth of fireworks - "shells" in pyrotechnical jargon - are hidden inside.
"From a Distance," by Curtis D. Bennett
Even amateurs can drink up the heavens' out-of-this world views
These days, the term "stargazing" might be used more often to describe the kind of red-carpet gawking perfected by Joan Rivers than the subtle pastime of sitting quietly and observing celestial bodies aglow in the night sky.
¢ Booknerds welcome new members to club ¢ Neighbors enjoy good books, company
A professor in Kansas University's School of Fine Arts will soon travel to Spain to present a solo exhibition.
Saturday, July 1
The Wild West Film Festival will be taking registrations on July 17. Filmmakers will have 48 hours to create a working short film based on top-secret criteria. Entrants can enter the contest on July 14 by picking up a packet of secret criteria at either Fred P. Ott's on the Plaza or Henry's Coffee Shop in Lawrence.
The new Pachamama's site at 800 N.H. invites the public to a gallery opening this month to view works by local and regional artists.
Four photographic artworks by Lawrence global street photographer Gary Smith have been included in a four-month international street photography exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.