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  'Standing' sales are outstanding
The strong sales of President Gordon B. Hinckley's book "Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Your Hearts and Homes," are coming principally from LDS Church members, sales seem to indicate. Random House, which published the book under its Times Books imprint, says it has now printed more than 470,000 copies, more than three times what it initially printed, a clear indication of the unexpected success the title has enjoyed.

  'Two-Headed' Opens For Three-Week Run In New York City
In "Two-Headed," her first play about Mormons, playwright Julie Jensen takes on horrors within the community in Southern Utah, where her two characters grow up in the wake of the Mountain Meadows Massacre and amid the practice and persecution of polygamy. The play opened yesterday off-Broadway in New York City at the Women's Project Theatre.

  LDS Theater Producer's Festival Wins Tony Award
LDS theater producer Fred Adams' Utah Shakespearean Festival was awarded a Tony award for the best regional theater in the U.S. for 1999. The award, which will be presented June 4th, validates the 39 years of effort put into making the Festival one of the top Shakespearean festivals worldwide and a major tourist attraction for Southern Utah.

  Hats off to 'Fedora'
Author and filmmaker Kenny Kemp is a man with a vision. In this case, the vision came when he spotted a picture in People magazine. "It was a photo of this guy sitting in a wheelchair, surrounded by family and friends - and they all had their heads shaved. I just knew there was a story there, even before I read the article."

  'Legacy' To Be Shown On Temple Square
With the new film "The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd " now being presented in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, showings of the popular film "Legacy" have been moved to the North Visitors Center on Temple Square.

  LDS Artist Included In 20th Anniversary Show At Bronx Museum
LDS Artist Lane Twitchell's art is being exhibited again in New York City. A "substantial selection" of Twitchell's work is in a Bronx Museum of Art show commemorating the 20th anniversary of their Artists in the Marketplace program, of which Twitchell, who is in his 30's, is a graduate.

  Major Reviews of 'Latter Days' Generally Positive
Major reviews of Coke Newell's book describing LDS Church history and beliefs, "Latter Days" have been generally positive, in contrast to a review in the industry publication Publisher's Weekly. Reviews in Booklist, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, also widely looked at in the book industry as guides to purchasing, generally praised the book as an insider's look at Mormonism explained in a way that is accessible to outsiders.

  'Perfectly Grand' Piano Pageant
Three "Perfectly Grand" evenings in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the piano will be held at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Md. The programs begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 2, 3, and 4.

  2000 PEARL Awards To Be Presented at Grand Theatre June 8, 2000
On June 8, the stage of Salt Lake City's Grand Theater will host some of the nation's finest musicians, performers and songwriters, as the Faith Centered Music Association (FCMA) presents the 2000 PEARL Awards.

  BYU student films receive Christopher prizes
Two Brigham Young University theatre and media arts students have been awarded first prize and an honorable mention at the Twelfth Annual Christopher Video Contest for College Students.

  Performances Tours Are Extending The Influence
The influence of youth with a common purpose is being extended beyond the Ricks College campus through several tour groups. Each year with the approval of the Church Educational System and the Board of Trustees, Ricks College performers share their talents and enthusiasm for life. Five Ricks College performance groups are touring this year. The tour experience gives students higher expectations for themselves as they fulfill the role of being goodwill ambassadors.

  Rowley's Light Traveler Series Returns
After an absence of almost a year and a half, I'm VERY happy to announce that the Light Traveler Series is back. I've finally settled in comfortably with a new publisher, and we're anxiously awaiting the release of Book Three, entitled "MISSING CHILDREN," in mid-June of 2000.

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