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  'Savior of the World' Premieres In New Conference Center Theater
"Savior of the World" will premiere Tuesday, November 28, at the new state-of-the-art Conference Center Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City. Utah fans will be part of the welcome party for the new 911 seat LDS Conference Center Theater that fills a void left almost four years ago by the closing of the Promised Valley Playhouse.

  LDS Playwright's 'Joyful Noise' Opens In Atlanta
Playwright Tim Slover's account of the creation and first performance of George Frideric Handel's masterwork, "The Messiah" has opened in a new production in Atlanta, for a Christmas-time four-week run at the 14th Street Playhouse. The play opened off-Broadway in New York City last May to positive reviews.

  Slover's 'Joyful Noise' Plays Salt Lake City Also
LDS playwright Tim Slover's award-winning play "Joyful Noise" is being presented in Salt Lake City this Christmas season. The play was reviewed last week in the Salt Lake Tribune, which said it "blends gentle humor with moments of pathos, and is underlaid with an interesting (and topical) debate about conflicts that arise between organized religion and artistic expression." Reviewer Baker adds that the show is a "practical product for regional theater" with a connection to the Holiday season that makes it appealing. As previously reported in Mormon News, the play is also being produced in Atlanta.

  Canadian Musicians Discuss Arts Funding
Just half a week before Canadians go to the polls for federal elections, three of Canada's most successful musicians discusses government funding for the arts. Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, Tal Bachman and contemporary composer Alexina Louie offered varying opinions on whether the government should continue with arts funding.

  Guess Who DVD Will Be More Than Just Concert
During an hour-long Internet chat held by band members Burton Cumming and Randy Bachman, fans throughout the world of Canadian rock legends The Guess Who learned Wednesday night that the recently-reunited band will be releasing a DVD in early 2001.

  Railroad History Continues Advance On Bestseller Lists
Stephen Ambrose's history of the construction of the transcontinental railroad, which tells about the involvement of Mormon pioneers in the project, continues rising on best seller lists in the US, while Richard Paul Evans' Carousel continues to drop. Unfortunately, the new paperback of Martha Beck's "Expecting Adam," which won an award last year from the Association for Mormon Letter's award, has dropped from the lists.

  Lamb Of God Soundtrack Available For First Time
"Lamb of God" is one of the most widely seen religious motion pictures of all time. Now, for the first time, the soundtrack by Emmy Award-winning composer Kurt Bestor is available (Shadow Mountain, $15.98 CD, $13.98 cassette).

  Weyland's Latest Looks At Overcoming Differences Through Unconditional Love
Jennifer Hobbs and Ashley Bailey couldn't be more opposite. Jennifer runs with the cowboys at school, talks tough with a rebellious spirit and hates going to church. Ashley is a model daughter and student with a perky personality, good looks and cheerful attitude. But there's a secret that binds them together -- a secret from which both will learn about the things that matter most in life.

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