Thursday, July 29, 2004

The early word

Jump on your weekend


Music amid misery: A special exhibit, Music in the Holocaust: The Notes Rose Up in Flames, is on display through Sept. 1 in the lobby of Mayerson Hall at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, University Heights. The exhibit, created by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at HUC, interweaves historical accounts and Cincinnati stories about musicians during the Holocaust. It was unveiled in June at Cincinnati Opera, in conjunction with the opera's The Emperor of Atlantis. The display can be viewed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 221-1875, Ext. 355.

Janelle Gelfand


Back to Beowulf: Open auditions for a local independent film based on the Beowulf legend are set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kingsgate Conference Hotel Grand Ballroom, 151 Goodman St., Corryville. Most roles are for men, 18 to 60 years old, of any race; the production also needs some women of all ages and races.

Filmmaker Scott Wegener is also seeking crew members. All positions are unpaid; any revenue generated by the film will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Contact E-mail

Margaret A. McGurk


'Start-Up' on Spike: With Matt Damon fresh off the blockbuster success of The Bourne Supremacy and Ben Affleck fresh off sitting in the front row at a Yankees-Red Sox game, the duo is coming to Spike TV. The cable network has contracted with their production company,

LivePlanet, on the reality series American Start-Up, set for a 2005 premiere.

The show's producers will select eight fledgling businesses and provide them with $50,000 in seed money. Every week, the businesses will meet with a panel of successful entrepreneurs, tycoons and venture capitalists, competing for major investment and a chance to bring their company to the next level. The panel of experts will evaluate each business at the end of every episode and the less successful ventures will be eliminated.

LivePlanet has earned Emmy nominations for the first two seasons of Project Greenlight, Damon and Affeck's filmmaking contest on HBO.


Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
The Manchurian Candidate
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
The Mother
The Village


True blues: The Cincy Blues Fest celebrates keeping the blues alive Friday and Saturday, with performances at Sawyer Point by such true blues luminaries as Jay "Hootie" McShann and locals P. Ann Everson-Price and Big Joe Duskin.

Health-conscious consumers are going for nuts
Nutty nutritionNut CaloriesNut Allergies
Summer theater keeps kids ... on their toes
'Side Show' reunites students for side project
Love: Drug rehab, no more drinking
Bob Newhart gets a Chicago statue
Anna Nicole Smith comes to Alley's defense
Timberlake obtains restraining order
Goldberg explains ' View' cancellation
New shopping magazines hope to get lucky
Smokey Robinson on to gospel
Poor ratings kill Seacrest TV talk show
Spidey's cool skills can prove addicting
Top 10s
Get to it: A guide to help make your day
TV Best Bets
The early word