Thursday, January 29, 2004

The Early Word

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Last Minute

Original films: Three short works by local artists will make their public debut at 7:30 and 9 p.m. screenings Friday at the Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. The Last Place on Earth, Other People and The Guest come from Dayton-based Arclight Studios founded by aspiring filmmakers DB Hansen, Glenn Cory Kuntz and Ryan Hartsock, a White Oak school teacher. The casts feature several local actors including Bob Elkins and Mary Dobrin. $3. (937) 222-7469.

Margaret A. McGurk

BBB rescheduled: Bach-Beethoven-Brahms, an educational concert postponed because of Monday's snowstorm, is rescheduled for 10 a.m. today in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center. The event, sponsored by the World Piano Competition, will feature bronze medal winner Massimilio Motterle and five other young musicians. More than 250 students and teachers from area schools are expected to attend. The public is also invited. $5. 421-5342.

Janelle Gelfand


Opera award: Cincinnati opera tenor Arthur Herndon, whose career spans 35 years, was awarded the 2004 Lift Every Voice Legacy Award at the National Opera Association's convention, held Jan. 10 in Kansas City. Herndon, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the first African-American singer to be permanently engaged in a German opera house, was honored for his contributions to the growth of ethnic and racial diversity in opera.

"I am grateful for those years at the Conservatory of Music under the guidance of the late Robert Powell, and to my teachers who encouraged me, despite the racial barriers I encountered during those years," he says.

Opera bass Simon Estes and University of Michigan professor Willis Patterson were also honored. Past honorees include singers Leontyne Price, William Warfield and conductor/composer Bobby McFerrin.

Talented teens: Jeremy Collins, a 17-year-old guitarist, and

P. Connor Chee, a pianist and junior at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, are co-winners of the 17th annual Blue Ash/Montgomery Young Artist Competition. Jeremy, who was recently featured on the public radio show, From the Top, will be soloist in the orchestra's Memorial Day concert in Blue Ash Town Square. Connor will perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for the Independence Day concert on July 3 in Montgomery Park.

Janelle Gelfand

Movies Opening Friday

The Big Bounce

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Gospel of John

The Perfect Score

You Got Served

Coming Friday in Weekend

'Take This List,' Please: Film critic Margaret McGurk helps you avoid movie picking brain freeze with the first in a new series of "Take This List" features. Among the lists to clip and save: The American Film Institue's top 10 American movies of all time, cult comedies, last year's Oscar winners and the best football-themed flicks.

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