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 Salon Columnist Blasts LDS Author Card
Salon columnist Minkowitz blasts LDS author Orson Scott Card in her write-up of an interview with Card. Minkowitz, a self-described 'Jewish lesbian radical,' once wrote a book about what she found in common with the Christian right. But Minkowitz, who loves Card's books "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow," was disgusted to discover Card's anti-gay-rights position.

 Publishers Weekly Calls Hinckley Book 'Manifesto of Traditional Values'
In what may be the first published review of President Gordon B. Hinckley's book "Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes," Publishers Weekly calls the book a "manifesto of traditional values." However, in a review meant to be a guide to bookstores deciding how many copies to stock, the review also says that the book's "rigid stance against divorce, abortion, extramarital sex and homosexuality may alienate those who disagree with his conservative vision of morality."

  LaBute's 'Bash' Praised and Criticized in London
LDS Church member Neil LaBute's production "Bash" has hit London's Almeida Theatre, and has garnered ths same sorts of reviews that it gained in the U.S., with critics praising, yet revolted at the work. Both Charles Spencer of the Telegraph and Michael Billington of the Manchester Guardian reviewed the production, with Spencer noting that it is "perfectly possible to admire an artist's skill and cordially loathe his work."

 Tal not quite a chip off the Bachman block
Tal Bachman appears at Red's, a nightclub at the West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest shopping centre), this evening and was interviewed by the Edmonton Journal's music editor. The interview covers much of the same ground as an earlier interview in the Toronto-based National Post but plays up some of the artistic differences between Tal and his famous father, Randy Bachman.

  'God's Army' Shooting For New LDS Film Genre
"God's Army," a new feature film about contemporary life among Mormon missionaries, is slated to open March 10th on 13 screens in over 12 Utah locations and will debut its first eight weeks in Los Angeles. Richard Dutcher, wrote, directed and stars in "God's Army," with the hopes that he will launch a whole new genre of films to be aimed at a nearly 11-million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints audience. Trailers are now playing in about 60 Salt Lake and Utah County theatres. Within weeks the film will move to Ogden, Layton, Logan and then on to St. George and Cedar City. Dutcher hopes to show the film throughout Latin America where there are large concentrations of Latter-day Saints.

  An LDS Play Comes to Atlanta
Steven Kapp Perry's "Polly" has been brought to Atlanta by two of her descendants. The idea to bring the play about Mormon pioneer Polly Merrill Colton to Georgia was set in motion when LDS Church members Geri Hughes and Brooke Hunter of Alpharette discovered that they were both related to Polly.

 Michael McLean Firesides
Michael McLean presented firesides in the Rochester NY Stake on January 29 and in the Rochester Palmyra NY Stake on January 30. Many lives were touched as he taught how music can "bring the gospel into the heart".

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