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Posted 02 May 2002   For week ended February 22, 2002
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Slover's 'Joyful Noise' in Pennsylvania
LDS playwright Tim Slover's look at George Frederick Handel's "The Messiah" just finished a run at Lancaster's Fulton Opera House just as Slover's most recent work, "Hancock County" debut's at BYU. But a news story about the play in the Lancaster News shows how the play's shot at Broadway was killed by a bad review from a music critic, who saw the play in place of the New York Times' theater critic.

'The Singles Ward' Strong in Second Week
"The Singles Ward," the cameo-filled comedy directed by Kurt Hale, was going strong in its second week, a box office take bringing its total to over $100,000 -- not bad for a movie that cost only about $425,000 to make. (This week's box office for "The Singles Ward" did not show up at -- something that sometimes happes with independent films -- but sources inside the production company cite the total box office as over $100,000.)

Announcing The Sugar Beet, Mormonism's Onion
In the enterprising and self-sacrificing spirit of the Mormon pioneers, a crack group of Mormon journalists has banded together to bring you the latest and most relevant Mormon news. If it was gossiped about in Relief Society, if it caused muffled snickers in the deacons quorum, if the high priests mumbled about it in their sleep, you'll see it in The Sugar Beet first. Current articles at The Sugar Beet include:

Kenny Kemp Goes on the Air and Online
Kenny Kemp, winner of the National Self-Published Book Award for his memoir Dad Was A Carpenter, isn't stopping there. "It's about total world domination," he says, laughing. "No, it's actually about dumb ideas I have that sometimes work out."

Medals Plaza Gives Utah Musicians a Chance to be Fans
The Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morisette, *NSYNC, Martina McBride, Barenaked Ladies--the lineup of national performers appearing at the downtown Medals Plaza each evening during the 2002 Winter Games is an impressive list of who's who in music today. For popular Salt Lake singer-songwriter, Julie de Azevedo, it's also an exciting chance to step off the stage and be a fan.

Grammy-nominated artist releases patriotic Album, Plans National Tour
Grammy-nominated pianist David Glen Hatch's new CD, Let Freedom Ring, is a collection of newly arranged patriotic songs that capture the American spirit. He will be showcasing these songs on a nationwide patriotic tour this fall.

KBYU Broadcasts King Singers Concert with MoTab
KBYU Television will broadcast a recent concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring the popular English sextet, the king'singers. The performance will air on KBYU-TV Sunday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. The concert will also appear on BYU Television Sunday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.; and Friday, March 1, at 5 p.m.

Cherie Call Special Broadcast Announced
A new voice, a new spirit has arrived on the contemporary Christian music scene. Singer/songwriter Brett Raymond said, "Because I appreciate great songwriting, my CD player is filled with songwriters like Billy Joel, Carole King, and Cherie Call." Cherie's unique songwriting and voice come together to offer a fresh, dynamic approach to such important topics as faith and testimony. She was awarded the 2001 Pearl Award for Female Recording Artist of the Year.

Science fiction, fantasy symposium at BYU Feb. 21-23
"Life, the Universe and Everything," the 20th annual Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy, will be held at Brigham Young University Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 21-23) in the Wilkinson Student Center (WSC).


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