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Friday, March 31

Screen Scene with Jon Niccum

Screen Scene with Jon Niccum

'Slither' invites you to open up and say awesome

A tiny slug from outer space burrows into a man's stomach, causing him to mutate into a giant squid and develop a ravenous hunger for flesh. Sound ridiculous? It is, and it's likely the most fun you'll have at a horror movie this year

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Review: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - 360

Hands down the defining RPG for the Xbox 360

If you have a 360 and even a remote interest in RPGs, you simply must play Oblivion. Between the engaging combat and the sheer size and scope of the game, players will be ensnared by its charm and beauty for weeks, if not months. Oblivion is one of the best RPGs to come out in years on any system, and one that will definitely have gamers enthralled for quite a while.

Stone murders 'Instinct' sequel

In the 14-year gap between "Basic Instinct" and the sequel, it's doubtful star Sharon Stone spent the time taking acting lessons.

What is that thing?

The truth behind Lawrence's prominent whatchamacallits and thingamajigs is revealed

Most Lawrence residents can talk at length about Allen Fieldhouse, Liberty Hall, the Campanile or that "Honk for Hemp" guy.

'Slither' a clever slimefest

In a world of brain-dead horror remakes, writer-director James Gunn didn't just set out to redo any old fright flick. In the body-snatchers-from-space tale "Slither," he aimed to remake them all - and more.

Thursday, March 30

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'World' Party

Red Guitar celebrates the release of "Beauty Will Save the World"

The melodic FM-friendly pop rock purveyed by The Jayhawks, The Gin Blossoms and Matthew Sweet lives on the capable hands of Red Guitar. The KC-based seven-piece is a collective of friends whose lineage dates back to the mid-'90s Lawrence music scene

Filmmakers to show Katrina documentary demo

A free short demo video of a documentary on Hurricane Katrina produced by local filmmakers will be premiered tonight in Lawrence.

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Review: Tales of Phantasia - GBA

The classic port is still a so-so go

I enjoyed my time with ToP even thought it's not without flaws. Luckily the good aspects of the game outshine the bad ones. The great presentation and open endedness of the adventure make this title worth a look for any RPG fan.

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Review: Driver: Parallel Lines - PS2, Xbox

It's time to return to the qualities that got you here

In the wake of such a dismal game as Driv3r it would have been easy for Atari or Reflections Interactive to throw in the towel and drop the Driver series, but thankfully they did not. With this new iteration they have resurrected the old controls and breathed new life into the series.

Controversial religious scholar to visit Lawrence

Wendy Doniger knows something about religious controversy.

Campus housing not what it used to be

Book: Life at KU included chores, dress codes, curfews, sharing beds

These days, just sharing a room can be too much for a college student. But when John Conard went to Kansas University in the 1940s, he had to share a bed.

Wednesday, March 29

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Review: Metroid Prime: Hunters - DS

Does the expansive and deep Prime universe make the grade on the DS?

Prime joins Mario Kart DS as one of those no-brainer titles any DS owner must purchase. The single player mode is good enough to warrant the asking price, but the robust online multiplayer seals the deal, finally taking the series to the obvious next level.

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Review: Tetris DS - DS

Same ol'?

By far, the best feature is online play. You can do one-on-one or go against 3 other people. In the 4-person game, you can use Mario Kart-esque items, which really make it fast-paced and fun. I've yet to experience a single problem connecting or finding opponents, and this great mode ensures a huge amount of replayability. This should be in every DS owner's library.

For art's sake

Stephen Johnson honored as record number of artists donate work to 26th annual Lawrence Art Auction

Before Stephen Johnson made a living at art, he made a point of living at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Bibliophiles on same page for sale

Variety of books and other items available

One of the city's best-attended book events kicks off Thursday.

Tuesday, March 28

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Review: Mega Man Powered Up - PSP

The classic gets a beautiful face lift

Fans of classic Mega Man games will surely appreciate the upgrades Capcom has made with this remake. When all is considered, this version is actually more fun than the original. It would have been nice if they implemented some of the later Mega Man abilities (charge shot, slide, etc), but it's fine as it is.

Blunt edge

British pop star woos American audiences with understated sound, piercing lyrics

James Blunt is about to learn a little about Kansas. Everything the British singer-songwriter, who plays a sold-out show Wednesday at Liberty Hall, knows about the state he learned from being in a stage production of "The Wizard of Oz."

Monday, March 27

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Native Hoops

Haskell's "Fightin' Indians" overcome obstacles and strive for respect

Second grade was a rough year for Tim Johnson. Already abandoned by his parents, Johnson moved to Albuquerque, N.M., with his grandparents. It was his first time on an Indian reservation, and his new peers had trouble accepting his "urban Native" style.

Meet the combatants

Several thousand fans determined the combatants in the first annual Deadwood Derby by voting online from March 1 to 22 - the 16 bands below are the lucky winners. Every Tuesday night in April, a Derby round will feature four of these bands. The winner each round will be determined by 50 percent crowd vote and 50 percent judges' vote. The four finalists plus one wild card band will perform at the finals on May 6 for a shot at the grand prize worth over $2,000. Thanks to all the bands that entered and all those who voted - see you at the shows.

Style Scout: Emily Elmore and Brent Carter

Emily Elmore and Brent Carter

Farmers Market seeks volunteers to staff new Saturday location

Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards

As the new coordinator of the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market, Mercedes Taylor-Puckett hopes to assemble a team of dedicated volunteers.

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Practice holding still

Lawrence artist Paul Flinders opens anticipated second show

Only a kid from Utah could describe northeast Kansas as noisy and crowded. Lawrence artist Paul Flinders grew up on an orchard at the base of Utah's Manti Mountain and moved to small-town Kansas as a kid. He regretfully compares the landscapes.

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Review: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence - PS2

Can the game really get that much better?

There is absolutely no excuse for this title to be absent from any gamer's library. At only $30, you're getting one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time, along with a ridiculous amount of fun extras. A videogame has never come as close to perfection as Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.

Hip & fit

Workout duds take a turn toward trendy

Headed to the gym? Here's what's out: baggy sweatpants and oversized T-shirts. Not to mention hot pink Jane Fonda-esque leotards and leg warmers.

Novelist breaks date with romance

LHS alumna turns affections toward mother-daughter relationships

Kathleen Gilles Seidel is breaking up with romance novels. They will remain friends with benefits.

Sunday, March 26

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Ad Austin per aspera

Lawrence band journeys to the South By Southwest music festival

The annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX, offers independent bands like Lawrence's Ad Astra Per Aspera a chance to perform for a concentrated cross-section of industry movers and shakers. With a full-length album nearly completed, the five-piece band journeyed to SXSW to audition for record labels, grab some free sneakers and catch a few of their favorite bands...

Poet's Showcase

"Still life with snake," by Jesse Nathan

Artist painting again after fire

His life's work was destroyed in gallery

A painter who lost more than 400 original works in a gallery fire is painting again, and about to put his work on display.

Jam session a Saturday tradition

Musicians of all abilities join informal sessions at Americana Music Academy

Twelve musicians sat in a circle and fiddled with their guitars, harmonicas and other instruments as one person spun the wheel that would direct the theme of the next song they would play.

What are you reading?

Ribbon-cutting planned for Oread Books section

The dedication of a section for books on disability studies and the disability rights movement will be celebrated April 6 at Oread Books, Kansas Union.

'Brave New Girls' program continues

Lawrence Community Theatre's popular program for girls in sixth through eighth grades will begin a second session April 5.

Comedy troupe plans 'April Foolishness'

The April Fools are for real when "Right Between the Ears," the award winning, nationally broadcast sketch comedy series, lets loose a new show Saturday at Liberty Hall.

World music concert to benefit Tibetans

A benefit concert of world music will be performed to raise funds for books and solar cookers for villages in rural Tibetan areas.

Ottawa University plans Irish poetry reading

The Ottawa University English Department has invited Caitriona O'Reilly, Irish author and poet, to give a reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Author to give reading from new novel

Lawrence native Kathleen Gilles Seidel will give a talk and sign copies of her new book, "A Most Uncommon Degree of Popularity," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The event is free and open to the public, and it is co-sponsored by the Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St., which will make copies of the book available for purchase.

Friday, March 24

Summer film hype fades to a buzz

Buzz, buzz, buzz. That's the sound that bees and movie fans make in the spring. And for the same reason - they're both anticipating the summer.

Friendly environs: KU architecture students build Earth-minded home

It's not what one would expect in a prefabricated home. A movable wall. Bamboo floors. Walls made almost entirely of glass.

In a split second

A cancer diagnosis suddenly altered his priorities. Now friends are banding together to help Split Lip Rayfield's fighting frontman.

When Kirk Rundstrom is well enough to write his next song, he'll have plenty to say.

Two-day festival to celebrate joys of reading

Imagine a new, two-day festival for Lawrence that would be all about books, reading and writers.

Thursday, March 23

Spike Lee gets inside NYC with "Inside Man"

It's not often that Spike Lee directs a movie that he didn't write. Perhaps that's why all the trailers and TV ads for his new movie, "Inside Man," downplay the controversial director's involvement, instead stressing its "perfect bank robbery" set-up and star power.

'Ballad' moves songs to new stage

Baldwin's beloved historical musical seeks bigger audiences in Lawrence

We all know the history: Abolitionists fought fervently - and even died - for the free state cause in Lawrence.

Wednesday, March 22

Tower at KU on way down

After 82 years standing atop Mount Oread, Kansas University's radio tower is coming down.

Tuesday, March 21

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Review: Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams - PS2

Formulaic Onimusha-ness only lasts so long

Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams should take most gamers over 20 hours to complete. But even with the huge amount of customization, the standard enemy battles start to get a little repetitive after several hours.

Monday, March 20

A 'Rocky'-like punch for the good/bad guys

When the terrorist known only as V announces to a live television audience in 2020 Britain that he will blow up Parliament in one year's time, it's clear things have gotten pretty bad in this the new film by the Wachowski brothers

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Review: Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure - PS2, Xbox

Unnecessary subtitle: Lasts longer than the game's fun

Unfortunately for Mr. Ecko it takes more than a winning soundtrack, great vocal talent and a strong commitment to vision. A crappy action-platformer is a crappy action-platformer no matter how well it's dressed up with high production values.

Eyes on the prize

High school photographers snag slew of awards

Lawrence is full of talented artists whose work hangs in galleries, adorns street corners and fills private collections in homes across the community.

KJHK on hiatus as tower is removed

KJHK is off the air. For now.

Sunday, March 19

Careers in the Arts event planned April 1

Students interested in earning a fine arts degree can talk with Kansas University fine arts alumni at the second annual Careers in the Arts day April 1.

Visual effects artist visiting campus

Feature film visual effects artist Donny Rausch will visit Kansas University on March 27 as part of the Department of Design Hallmark Design Symposium Series. Originally from Hoyt, the KU alumnus will return to his roots to speak about his work in movie visual effects.

Students chosen to direct plays at KU

Two Kansas University students have been selected to direct productions in the 2006 Student Play Festival.

Prairie Sculptor League offering workshop

Two workshops will be offered in May for beginning and advanced sculptors to hone their skills.

For these ceramic artists, it's a small world after all

Don't let the tiny vacuum fool you. The sweeper may be small - it fits in a box measuring 3-by-3-by-6 inches - but that doesn't mean it's simple to make.

What are you reading?

Poet's Showcase

"March Madness (12 March 2006" by Priscilla McKinney

Musicians honored at Liberty Hall event

Eight bands, artists inducted into sophomore class

Johnny Neal belted out bluesy lyrics and filled Liberty Hall with sounds from his keyboard Saturday night.

Lawrence poet's work selected for anthology

Poet Mickey Cesar, of Lawrence, has work included in the anthology "The Other Side of Sorrow," to be published by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

Traveling exhibit open through Friday

A traveling exhibit featuring winners of the 2005 Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket and Journal Show will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday at the University Press of Kansas, 2502 Westbrooke Circle.

Friday, March 17

Screen Scene

Imagine George Orwell's 1984 if its central character had been a costumed crimefighter a la Batman, you'll have some idea of the dynamic it played in "V for Vendetta. Also opening this week is The World's Fastest Indian, The White Countess, and She's The Man.

'V for Vendetta' is S for Subversive

"Ideas do not bleed. They do not feel pain," Natalie Portman's character explains in the opening narration. But do ideas get dizzy? There are so many disparate ideas competing for screen time in "V for Vendetta" that it's a wonder the film doesn't come apart at its narrative seams.

Colorful production makes 'Will Rogers Follies' a hit

Show a celebration of life, career

We don't like to admit that our tastes haven't changed that much in 90 years, but Peter Stone knew it and took advantage of it by writing "The Will Rogers Follies," which provided a way to bring back the Ziegfeld Girls and their leggy routines as the vehicle for a celebration of the life and career of Will Rogers. Whenever Will is not onstage - and sometimes when he is - the focus is on the precise and fluid movements of these dancers.

Lawrence Art Guild meeting Monday

Art lovers are invited to display items relating to the Wakarusa Wetlands at Monday's Lawrence Art Guild meeting.

Deck the hall

Kansas Music Hall of Fame inducts its sophomore class

Kansas native Bill Lee recalls seeing an early performance by The Byrds in the mid-1960s after he had moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. Then he was quite astonished to find a mention of Bonner Springs High School in the liner notes of the band's first record. He soon discovered Byrds founder Gene Clark grew up in the area.

Thursday, March 16

Author weaves 'All Parts Together' in historical novel

Lawrence author Tom Mach has harbored a keen fascination with the Civil War since childhood.

Plays tap deepest recesses of mind

Dean Bevan had a dream. Queen Victoria was visiting a women's commune in Africa. She was baffled by the whole concept and questioned its necessity. Her tour guide, a nice young State Department official, explained that the facility was designed to free women from dependence upon males.

Wednesday, March 15

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Review: Final Fight: Streetwise - PS2, Xbox

Revival or remedial?

Shallow, albeit stylized combat. A broken camera system. Clunky save system. A ridiculous plot that is derivative, uninvolving and incongruent. Attempts at edgy urban attitudes that come off corny. I would expect this kind of half-assed execution from a lesser developer, but from an industry giant like Capcom this is unacceptable.

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Review: The Rub Rabbits! - DS

The title just sounds so wrong...

The Rub Rabbits is a fun distraction, but ultimately is too similar to Feel the Magic XX/XY. Later missions seem to lose the uniqueness of the beginning and several are just repackaged versions of earlier minigames. The Rub Rabbits is worth a rental for most and maybe a purchase for big fans of the original.

Review: 'Congress of Women' delivers bawdy political message

So how does one make a play about the politics and social mores of ancient Greece relevant to a contemporary audience? Well, the University Theatre attempts that feat with its production of Aristophanes' "A Congress of Women" in the William Inge Memorial Theatre. Adapted by director Dennis Christilles from "Ecclesiazusae," this version of Aristophanes' comedy maintains the original's bawdy humor and broad political satire, but little imagination is needed to recognize its current political target.

Tuesday, March 14

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In the game

Aspiring Lawrence video game developers seek to conquer the industry maze

If the phrase "level design" still conjures visions of insanely ramped "Excitebike" courses, you probably stopped playing video games 15 years ago.

In the game: Oliver's twist

Game visionary, Oliver Hall

In the game: Effecting change

Robert Kerley, game music composer

In the game: Fresh Blood

Game engine analyst, Jason Stewart

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The full effect

James DeWees juggles personalities on latest 'Reggie' tour

On Monday, James DeWees - aka Reggie and the Full Effect - celebrated his 30th birthday. The goofball Vagrant Records icon is basically living the same life he led when he was 19 years old and a member of seminal hardcore band Coalesce: touring constantly and making records. Now that the budgets are a little bigger, Reggie is pulling out all the stops for his first headlining tour in support of last's years "Songs Not to Get Married To" (opening bands Common Denominator and Fluxuation are actually Reggie alter-egos).

Jubilee Cafe all that and a bowl of grits

Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards

Diners at Jubilee Cafe indulge on a scrumptious breakfast menu of homemade gravy, eggs-made-to-order, pancakes, bacon, sausage and grits.

Style Scout: Zack Love and Courtney Crouch

Zack Love and Courtney Crouch

Monday, March 13

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The Appleseed podCast

Two years ago, it looked as though Lawrence's pre-eminent experimental emo rockers were calling it quits

No stranger in a strange land

Novel reflects Indian student-turned-KU prof's integration into America

Swapan Chakrabarti traded Sunday dinners for lessons in driving his American roommate's Cadillac.

Spring break-ins: Student homes easy pickings for thieves

Kansas University students are targets of property crime year-round, whether they're away on vacation or they've just left a bike unattended for a few minutes.

Hollywood waddles through weak 2006

Moviegoing fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade while the costs to market films continued to increase, especially for smaller, specialized ones, the Motion Picture Association of America said last week.

Quoting Shakespeare

You use The Bard's words more often than you might think

Wednesday is the ides of March. Most people - and certainly those who read William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" in school - know that means the ominous March 15, or the day Caesar was killed.

Sunday, March 12

Encountering Asia book group forming

Registration is under way for "Encountering Asia," a four-part book discussion series co-sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas Humanities Council and the Center for East Asian Studies at Kansas University.

What are you reading?

Poet's Showcase

"Stationary Front" by Larry Rochelle

Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta win revue awards

The Chi Omega sorority and Phi Delta Theta fraternity earned plenty of awards after the 57th annual Rock Chalk Revue Saturday at the Lied Center.

KU design students, alumni win awards

Students and recent graduates from Kansas University's Department of Design were successful in the second annual American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA) Kansas City Design Awards - the A2 Awards.

Acclaimed composer to visit Lawrence

Notable composer Morten Lauridsen will discuss his approach to composition and his writing technique during a presentation at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Street artist invited to lecture at KU

The Kansas University Department of Art has invited visual artist Chris Johanson to KU as part of the Visiting Artist Series.

Wind ensemble plans Hispanic-themed show

Kansas University's Wind Ensemble, conducted by director of bands John P. Lynch, will perform festive music influenced by Hispanic culture at a performance Tuesday.

Despite roadblocks, Parks embraced life

To most of the world, he was Gordon Parks, called a "Renaissance man" to the point it was cliche. He was a poet, author, photographer, painter, music composer, movie director, activist and, somewhere deep in his heart, a Kansan.

Student to spend spring break in ravaged city

Film to document hurricane's devastation

For Eric Hyde, spring break is not about getting three shades darker and three sheets to the wind, but is a time to heighten awareness about the people devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Travelers dreaming of trips

Blaine Muhl has Cabo San Lucas on the mind.

Hall Center offering oral history workshop

The eighth annual Oral History Conference, sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University, will consider the insights yielded by interview-based research in fields of medicine, illness, healing, living with disability and aging.

Friday, March 10

'The Hills Have Eyes' but cannot see the point

The seemingly never-ending string of horror movie remakes continues with French director Alexandre Aja's modern re-telling of the Wes Craven 1977 low budget cult classic "The Hills Have Eyes." While the new version features a faster pace and the superior make-up and special effects that more money can buy, it never quite commits to either the psychological terror or high camp of the original. What it does have is the requisite amount of gore and some strangely unfocused and awkward political commentary.

Critical Mass

Lawrence film weathers kudos and barbs from national media

"Satire via sledgehammer."

'C.S.A.' editor/actor earns freakish press

Critical acclaim is not the only way "C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America" is gaining press coverage. In fact, one cast/crew member of the Lawrence-made film found out just how quirky notoriety can be.

'Eyes' delivers bloodcurdling sights

If the chambers of commerce from a few Southwestern states thought "National Lampoon's Vacation" posed a deterrent to driving through their regions, they might consider issuing an injunction to prevent the release of "The Hills Have Eyes."

Wes Studi roams Hollywood highway

Beginning with his film debut in 1989's "Powwow Highway," Wes Studi has followed a career path that has led him to become one of the most successful American Indian actors working in Hollywood.

Thursday, March 9

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Critical mass

Lawrence film weathers kudos and barbs from national media

"The first great American film of the year" or "A sophomoric film essay that would have barely rated a passing grade from a tougher teacher" and other national criticisms of the Lawrence film. While Lawrence-based Willmott's film enjoys its official hometown premiere Friday, the picture already started playing around the country during the last few weeks.

American Indian professors to gather at Haskell

American Indian professors from across the United States will be in Lawrence late this afternoon for "Reservations Without Borders: Indigenizing the New World Order," a national conference co-sponsored by Haskell Indian Nations University and Kansas University's Center for Indigenous Nations Studies.

Play imagines women ruling political realm

Looking for social commentary with dancing girls? Dennis Christilles, Kansas University professor of theater and film, delivers with his comedic production "A Congress of Women," based on the ancient play "Ecclesiazusae" by Aristophanes.

Lawrence residents awarded fellowships

The Kansas Arts Commission has awarded fellowships to Lawrence residents for their work in poetry and fiction. The fellowships also are awarded in various disciplines, including 2-D visual art and 3-D visual art.

Museum exhibit becomes memorial for Parks

Inside the wide halls of Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art, the vision of Gordon Parks looks out onto the world.

Wednesday, March 8

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Review: Black - PS2, Xbox

The creators of Burnout try their hand at the shooter genre

Black is like a roller coaster where all the cool hills and loop-de-loops are prematurely placed at the beginning of the ride. After you've experienced it for a while, you'll start checking your watch

Celtic favorite to perform in Baldwin

Joanie Madden is spending time on tour editing a new DVD and coming up with ideas for a new album.

Gordon Parks dies at age 93

Kansas native was acclaimed filmmaker, photographer

Gordon Parks, who captured the struggles and triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood's first major black director with "The Learning Tree" and the hit "Shaft," died Tuesday, a family member said. He was 93.

Tuesday, March 7

Native films in spotlight

One of the nation's busiest and best-known American Indian actors will be in Lawrence this weekend for the Stories 'N Motion Film Festival at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Monday, March 6

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Backs to the future

Lawrence architects debate the relative merits of nostalgic vs. progressive designs

The workaholic KU architecture professor - known around town for his trademark structures like the metallic residence at Seventh and Alabama - is the kind of guy who covets the opportunity to put a house on stilts, divvy it up with a drawbridge, or create "rooms" with sliding metal sheets.

THRIL volunteers introduce disabled individuals to horse riding

Our weekly reminder that people aren't all bastards

Emma Stone was looking for a place in Lawrence to ride horses.

Style Scout: Jamie and Jeramiah Alspaugh

Jamie and Jeramiah Alspaugh

Headin' back to Larryville

Former Split Lip Rayfield member returns to Lawrence with the Sluggos

Quite a lot has changed in Wayne Gottstine's life within the past year. Last June he quit his former band Split Lip Rayfield. His longtime friend and former band mate Kirk Rundstrom was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in February. And he reunited after 15 years with his former band the Sluggos.

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Review: Fight Night Round 3 - 360

Does the next-gen boxer put up a fair fight?

I feel a purchase recommendation is in order for Fight Night Round 3. While I certainly have my complaints, the multiplayer makes most of them a non-issue. Not to mention it's a great showpiece for the 360 when you have friends over. Even if you're not a huge boxing fan, give this one a shot.

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Review: Winning Eleven 9 - PS2, Xbox

Can it best EA's licensed FIFA offering?

While it's a great commitment to quality it can also be more than a little overpowering to the casual sports gamer. Often racing games like Gran Turismo or Forza offer the choice between arcade and simulation. It might be nice if the Winning Eleven series had this option too.

Review: Charming cast saves flawed 'Red Herring'

There are a lot of reasons to love Lawrence Community Theatre.

Headquarters fundraiser and party set for Friday

Headquarters Counseling Center will play host to a fundraiser with the band Sellout at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Granada, 1020 Mass.

Sunday, March 5

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To 'Wit'

The Yards release full-length collection of funky organ jazz

Lawrence quartet The Yards conjure mind-bending polyrhythms and tantalizing horn arrangements and fold them into a funky format reminiscent of The Meters and Medeski, Martin & Wood

Baroque music concert planned today

The Spencer Consort will present a performance titled "The Italian Style in Baroque Music" today at the Spencer Museum of Art Central Court.

Review: Unique Irish jigs inspire audience to dance

Those at the Lied Center on Friday night were treated to a little bit of Irish dancing, some bluesy guitar, a touch of flamenco and some smokin' fiddlin' by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul.

KU speech features ex-Iraqi nuclear scientist

Mahdi Obeidi, Saddam Hussein's former chief nuclear scientist, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Budig Hall on Kansas University's campus.

McCarthy's 'Dirty Love' earns worst-picture Razzie

Schneider named worst actor for 'Deuce Bigalow;' Cruise wins award for most tiresome tabloid target

Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Paris Hilton won worst-of prizes Saturday at the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof mocking the worst of 2005.

Exhibit offers look at top book designs

Graphic design students, professional designers and book lovers in the Lawrence area will soon have a chance to view the latest award-winning book and jacket designs from some of the nation's scholarly presses.

Poet's Showcase

"In a Chinese Restaurant" by Michael L. Johnson

KU student wins piano competitions

James Cockman III, a Kansas University graduate student in piano performance, has won two top competitions and will be performing in Kansas and Missouri during March and April.

Spreading the wealth

In the Oscar-winning comedy "Annie Hall," the jittery comedian played by Woody Allen takes a shot at Hollywood.

What are you reading?

Saturday, March 4

You can't kill his game

An interview with Mo Rocca

If you've watched more than an hour of TV since the year 2000, chances are you've seen Mo Rocca.

Friday, March 3

River City Weekly: All about the Oscars

River City Weekly host Greg Hurd holds a panel discussion wth John Tibbetts, Jon Niccum, Loey Lockerby and Eric Melin to discuss this year's Academy Awards.

'16 Blocks' travels familiar beat

The plot of "16 Blocks" seems vaguely familiar, like something from a '70s flick you might flip to on late-night cable.

Anime Invasion

Japanese cartoon and comic book culture celebrated in Lawrence

When Kristina Dobbs was a preschooler in the 1980s, she recalls being entranced by cartoon series such as "Transformers" and "Voltron: Defender of the Universe."

Thursday, March 2

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Anime invasion!

Japanese cartoon and comic book culture celebrated in Lawrence

When Kristina Dobbs was a preschooler in the 1980s, she recalls being entranced by cartoon series such as "Transformers" and "Voltron: Defender of the Universe. A lot of people my age were raised on anime, even though they didn't know it."

Shakespeare scholar speaks today at KU

Marjorie Garber, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Harvard University, will deliver the 2006 Richard Gunn Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. today at Kansas University.

Nothing's as it seems in 'Red Herring'

The spy at the heart of "Red Herring" likes to fish for red herring. The detectives in "Red Herring" prefer to angle for Communist spies.

Personal papers of Beat icon Burroughs land in NYC

The New York Public Library has acquired the personal archive of Beat Generation icon William S. Burroughs - offering the first public glimpse of many of the writer's unpublished works and correspondence.

Fire destroys artist's gallery, 200 original paintings

About 200 original paintings by a well-known regional artist were destroyed Wednesday when a fire swept through his gallery in the historic downtown of this Kansas City suburb.

Children's choir celebrates 15 years of singing

Alumni to return for anniversary performance

It's been 12 years since Julie Gasper sang with the Lawrence Children's Choir.

Wednesday, March 1

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Review: Full Auto - 360

Can I unwreck my un-fun?

In every respect, Full Auto fails to be more compelling than the franchises it borrows from. The unwreck feature is a great idea built on less-than-pleasing grounds. You won't get any more than an hour or two of entertainment out of the title before you're back to your racer of choice.

Baker University to present 'Antigone'

Baker University Theatre students will perform "Antigone," by French playwright Jean Anouilh, Thursday through Sunday at Rice Auditorium.

Popcorn

As Oscar night approaches, a look at Americans' love affair with the crunchy treat and the big screen

Sometimes, popcorn just needs extra pop.