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