'Precious' moments: Mary Ran of the Mary Ran Gallery, 3668 Erie Ave. in Hyde Park, presents Precious Life, work by the Art of VI, on Friday to benefit pediatric cancer research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The show runs through May 28. Each of the artists - Gilda Horn, Stephen Jenkins, Kate Lackman, David Laug, William Rybolt, Trisha Weeks - have donated one piece of art for sale for Children's, but will display other pieces in the show. For more information, call 871-5604.
Senior show: Halley Douglas, Erin Feller, Elizabeth Herron and Le Hien Minh will show work from their senior thesis at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Rites of Passage (Crossing the Threshold). The opening reception is from 3-6 p.m. Sunday in the Chidlaw Gallery. Check out the bowling queens. Through May 6. 950 Eden Park Drive. Information: 562-8777.
Getting to Carnegie Hall: The Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra Chorale will appear in concert with famed English composer/conductor John Rutter on Carnegie Hall's fabled stage, May 30, 2005. The 75-voice chorus rehearses weekly at the Fitton Center in Hamilton.
The Chorale's next appearance is 4 p.m. Sunday, in the finale of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra's eighth annual Mozart Festival, at St. Julie Billiart Church, Hamilton. Sunday's program: Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Piano Concerto No. 17 with pianist Michelle Kim, the final act of Don Giovanni and "Ave Verum Corpus."
The Mozart Festival begins Friday, and includes chamber music, receptions, dinners and a special package at the Hamiltonian Hotel. Concerts, including the grand finale, are free. (Saturday's dinner is sold out.) Information: 895-5151 or visit www.hfso.org.
'Jer-ry! Jer-ry!': Jerry Springer - the Opera will make its United States debut - no, not in Cincinnati, but at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco in February 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.
The "opera" (really, it's a Broadway-style show) was named Best Musical at the (London) Critics Circle Theater Awards. Based on the television show, it was composed by Richard Thomas with lyrics by director Stewart Lee.
Jerry is slated to open on Broadway in October 2005. No word yet on whether its future includes a Cincinnati.
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