Sunday, September 12, 2004

Fall arts & entertainment preview

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This fall, the area's stages, galleries and screens will be filled with faces both fresh and familiar, classic and contemporary. We take you behind the scenes to preview exciting events in art, classical music, dance, film, pop/rock and theater, with profiles of rising and returning stars, highlights of events, calendars, etiquette and a guide to the season's bargains.

Plus, find out where you can order everything from Shark Tales costumes to Symphony shot glasses and "Paavo's Baack!" T-shirts.

Classical music
If you haven't heard how Paavo Jarvi has electrified the symphony, you're missing a phenomenon that is making this a "golden age" for the nation's fifth-oldest orchestra.

Pop music
Classic: After more than 25 years, Van Halen still wants to be on top of the world. Or at least the corner of it that's populated by arena rock fans. More...

Contemporary: The Cincinnati group Swarthy crafts catchy pop songs that other musicians love to love. More...

Theater & dance
Jason Bruffy won't be MIA in autumn of this presidential election year. As one of the founders of Cincinnati Experimental Arts, he's orchestrating Artists for Change, "a 24-hour artistic protest against apathy." You won't want to miss it.

With his 12th birthday only a month away, Josh Hutcherson of Union, Ky., is poised to become a very big deal.