Sunday, October 17, 2004

Frampton off to England ... after he votes


Faces

Peter Frampton, Cincinnati's resident rock star, bolts from his Indian Hill home on Election Day (Nov. 2) for a tour of the United Kingdom. But not until after he votes: "The last election showed us that every vote counts," the recently naturalized U.S. citizen says. A native of Beckenham, England, Frampton was motivated to apply for citizenship, he says, by the Sept. 11 attacks. Since then, he has become active in politics: He recently performed at a fund-raiser for John Kerry and later with Pearl Jam and Neil Young in a "Vote for a Change" concert in Toledo.

Dance critic reviews his job

Acclaimed New York Times dance critic Jack Anderson was in town Oct. 8 to attend the Cincinnati Ballet. At a pre-performance reception in the Weston Art Gallery, the Ballet's artistic director, Victoria Morgan, welcomed some 75 guests and introduced Anderson. Looking professorial in his herringbone jacket, Anderson spoke on the key aspects of being a dance critic - one of which is patience, as performances can range from fabulous to mediocre to really, really lousy - and received more than a few laughs as he described the good old days in London working for the Daily Mail.

Kerry daughter drops by

Vanessa Kerry, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, was in town Oct. 10 in conjunction with Cincinnati's Women for Kerry. Wearing jeans, a bright blue sweater and a hot pair of heels, Kerry addressed the crowd at Simone's in East Walnut Hills, located, not coincidentally, across the street from Kerry Campaign Headquarters. Following brunch, she stopped in at the Blue Manatee children's bookstore in Oakley and read to a group of children from several of her favorites, including Green Eggs and Ham and Where the Wild Things Are. While reading from the audience-requested book The Bald Eagle, the line, "It's hard work" - reminiscent of the line repeated by President George W. Bush during the first presidential debate - caused the older children to erupt in laughter. Upon realizing the reason for the laughs, Kerry put the book over her face and giggled.

The Rev. Schuller to pay a visit

One of TV's most popular telepreachers is headed to Cincinnati. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller (8 a.m. Sundays, Channel 12) will be here for a benefit at the Manor House Banquet & Conference Center in Mason on Friday. The benefit is to build a chapel at Twin Lakes, a Montgomery retirement community. It will have a cocktail reception, dinner and presentation by Schuller for $300 a head, $500 a couple. The chapel will be where the Montgomery Drive-in stood (1939-71); ironically, Schuller began his career preaching in California at a drive-in. Call (513) 853-2050 for information.




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