Saturday, March 24, 2007

Tonight's edition of Venango Campus' Spring 2007 Independent Film Series is The Beat My Heart Skipped:

Twenty-eight-year-old Tom leads a life that might be termed as criminal. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father, who made his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, real estate deals. . . he appears to have arrived at a critical juncture in his life when a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother. He senses that this might be his final opportunity to take back his life. His piano teacher is a Chinese piano virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. She doesn't speak a lick of French so music becomes the only language they have in common. Before long, Jacques' bid to be a better person means that he begins to yearn for true love. But, when he finally has the chance of winning his best friend's wife, his passion only succeeds in scaring her. And then, one day, his dubious past comes to light...

Film starts at 7:30 in Rhoades Auditorium. Admission is free.

The CMU film series will begin next week - to be frank, the Venango Campus series is better.

Soprano Amanda Pabyan, who was to be the Queen of the Night in the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," has withdrawn due to complications from an injury.

One of the first uses of this blog was to document the production of the Tempest that I directed. Now, spirits, visions and sorcery come alive in 4-D Art’s presentation of La TempĂȘte, a multi-dimensional adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The touring show stops at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater, March 30-31, 2007, 8 p.m.

Schadenfreude alert: The Poetry Foundation lost $100 million dollars.

They are rumors about a possible Barnes and Nobles and Borders merger.

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