Tuesday, February 26, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 101



Brooks to read on the road; Keys honored

By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff

Readin' and writin'

Country mega-star Garth Brooks will participate in the Read Across America 2002 celebration this week. Brooks will be reading to children in six cities,
beginning in New York on Wednesday.

"There's nothing better than watching a kid's eyes light up over a good story," Brooks said. "Reading to Judy's (Judy Cummings, the first-grade teacher
who introduced Brooks to the program) classes over the years was good preparation for reading to my own girls. I read to them every night, and it's the
highlight of my day."

No, I like them best

Fans of the Backstreet Boys will have a chance to bond with other like-minded individuals at the first-ever Backstreet Boys 2002 Fan Convention in
Baltimore on Saturday and Sunday. Convention chairperson Janet Connell said fans are traveling from as far away as Holland and Belgium to attend
the event.

"We're going to have a lot of fun celebrating the Backstreet Boys," Connell said. "This event is by the fans, for the fans."

In conjunction with the arrival of the convention, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley officially proclaimed Saturday to be Backstreet Boys Day in the city.
The Backstreet Boys themselves aren't scheduled to attend, but some of their friends and family members will be there.


In her image

Acclaimed young r&b songstress Alicia Keys earned three NAACP Image Awards at the organization's 33rd annual ceremony, which was held
Saturday in Los Angeles. Keys was honored as Outstanding New Artist. Her single "A Woman's Worth" earned Outstanding Song and her debut
album, Songs in A Minor, received Outstanding Album. Keys is also up for seven Grammy Awards this year.


Art, alone

Everclear's Art Alexakis will embark on a solo tour this spring while on a break from working on his band's next album, which is due out sometime this
year. Alexakis will be playing 16 shows, beginning March 21 in Detroit. He will be performing songs from his pre-Everclear band, Colorfinger, and
debuting new ones like "Volvo-Driving Soccer Mom."

"I want to go out and see the faces of our fans in an intimate environment ­ just me and my guitars," Alexakis said. "What I want to accomplish with this
tour is to take some of the older Everclear songs and bring them back to their basic form. I also want to take some of the new songs from the upcoming
Everclear album out for a test drive."


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