Thursday, March 28, 2002

The Early Word

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        Arts fling: SSNOVA gallery at 2260 Central Parkway at Brighton Place, shares its unusual space for a Fine Arts Fund fund-raiser 5-10 p.m. today. It features jazz saxophonist Karl Dappen, a display of works by eight local artists, plus food and drinks compliments of Skyline Chili.

        A donation of $10 is suggested. Contact sponsor Steve Clem at 477-0129,

— Margaret A. McGurk


        Grand opening: Media Bridges Cincinnati, formerly Cincinnati Community Video, celebrates the completion of its new media arts education center in Over-the-Rhine with a grand-opening party 6-9 p.m. Friday. Festivities include guided tours, live music by the Sidecars, and refreshments from Aioli and BarrelHhouse Brewery. Admission is free.

        The new facility is at 1100 Race St. in the former Barlow Motors Building. 651-4171.

— Margaret A. McGurk

        Flowers everywhere: In anticipation of the Cincinnati Flower Show and as a celebration of spring, Miller Gallery is presenting the work of four painters known for their renderings of flowers: Lynn Nelsen Aylsworth, Louis Escoabedo, Val Gottesman and Joyce Pike. While the paintings will be on display April 5-27, Charles Lotton will present a special showing of his collection of glass flowers April 5 and 6. Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. April 5, 2715 Erie Ave. Hyde Park. 871-4420.

— Marilyn Bauer


        "Monster's' millions: Halle Berry's triumphant run toward an Academy Award already has brought big commercial success to Monster's Ball, a low-budget, gritty film that's anything but a feel-good crowd-pleaser.

        With Ms. Berry's emotional best-actress win Sunday, the film now is positioned to take in millions more at the box office. Typically, only best-picture winners capitalize in a big way after the Oscars as the awards attention draws in new viewers and repeat customers. But wins by Ms. Berry and Denzel Washington of Training Day — the first time black actors took both lead-performance Oscars — overshadowed the best-picture victory of A Beautiful Mind.

        “I can't think of another time when the best picture wasn't the focus of the Academy Awards. It was almost like an afterthought to Halle Berry,” said box-office analyst Robert Bucksbaum of Reel Source Inc. “She's probably the hottest actress in the business right now based on her performance and that speech.”

— The Associated Press

        Linton subs: Pianist Wu Han and violinist Soovin Kim will replace injured violinist Pamela Frank on the Linton Music Series concerts May 5 and 6. Ms. Frank injured her hand last year and has canceled most of her engagements this season, including May concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The Linton program includes the Haydn Trio in A Major; Shostakovich Trio, Op. 67 No. 2 and the Arensky Trio in D Minor, Op. 32. Tickets: 381-6868 or

— Janelle Gelfand

Movies opening Friday

        • Clockstoppers
        • Death to Smoochy
        • Kissing Jessica Stein
        • Monsoon Wedding
        • Panic Room
        • The Rookie

Coming Friday in Weekend

        Antiquing: If your interest in antiques is budding along with the trees, four local towns offer several shops, all within walking distance of one another: Lebanon, Waynesville, Blanchester and Miamitown.


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