Monday, April 02, 2007

The Derrick profiles local composer Rex Mitchell. Mitchell has announced a new project known as “The Manuscript Series” which features 10 previously unpublished works. The music scores are unique in two ways —they are original compositions and they are handwritten.

Venangoland has been updated.

Author Mona Lisa Saloy will read from her works at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Cochran Hall at Allegheny College. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Bakken at (814) 332-4343.

National Poetry Slam champion Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present a work titled “Slam, Tap and Rap: Oral and Dance Traditions Revisited” on Friday, April 13 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Performance Space on the Allegheny College campus. For more information, call 814-332-2777.

The duo Gypsy Hocket, composed of Matthew McCright, piano, and Susanna Reilly, cellist, will be joined by clarinetist Roi Mazare for a chamber music recital on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The recital is free and open to the public.

The Spike TV series being filmed in Pittsburgh "Kill Point" (formerly "Kill Pit") will require 300 to 500 extras per day. Nancy Mosser Casting is seeking people ages 18 and older to work as extras for minimum wage, 12- to 14-hour days, including people who could appear for eight consecutive weekdays (meals, snacks, parking provided). Mosser is especially eager to find male military veterans to play SWAT team members, snipers and police officers. Extras to play protestors and supporters are also needed along with people with burn scars and missing limbs "to show the depth with which our military [members] has suffered for their country." Those interested can visit Mosser Casting

The International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh has announced their upcoming Season. It's pretty weak.

We may not yet know how much he has raised, but we do have examples of Obama's poetry.

What's the key to selling your book? Convincing your publisher to pay for a huge pre-publication tour.

EMI Group announced their digital catalog would go on sale over the Internet without built-in copy restrictions. Newsweek explores what this means for the business.

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