Originally created 11/22/06

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BAMBOO BASICS

There are bamboo floors, bamboo sheets, bamboo towels and bamboo drawer dividers. Now it's bamboo countertops. Totally Bamboo recently unveiled solid bamboo countertops - 1- to 2-inch-thick planks ready to be fabricated into kitchen counters or islands.

All planks are constructed with cross-band laminates called Multilam, a process that the company claims keeps the plank both flat and true.

The countertops come in four grained patterns, and there are a variety of back splashes. Edges can be routed to suit any kitchen style. Cost is about $30 per square foot. Visit www.totallybamboo.com, or call (818) 765-9000.

- Daily Press

TV TONIGHT

MATERIAL GIRL SET FOR CONFESSIONS

There will be no scenes of Madonna hanging from the cross in tonight's airing of Madonna: The Confessions Tour - Live From London. NBC bigwigs, you'll recall, banned that controversial imagery. Still, fans will be treated to an energetic musical performance at 8 p.m. (WAGT-TV Channel 26).

- From wire reports

BIRTHDAYS

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actor Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is 74. Comedian-director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python), 66. Guitarist-actor Steven Van Zandt (The E Street Band, The Sopranos), 56. Bassist Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, 56. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, 48. Actress Mariel Hemingway, 45. Actress Scarlett Johannson (Lost in Translation), 22.

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Contact Features Editor Tharon Giddens at: (706) 823-3347 or tharon.giddens@augustachronicle.com.