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Briefs: Rockettes to give charity performance

| Saturday, November 5, 2005 12:00 a.m

The Radio City Rockettes are more than a lineup of perfect legs. When on tour, the New York glam-and-gams franchise performs charity work in each city it visits.

They will give a benefit performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Wednesday at the Benedum Center, Downtown. All proceeds will benefit Child Watch of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit agency that helps at-risk children. The event is co-sponsored by Smith Barney.

During past performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular across the country, the Rockettes have appeared on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, children’s literacy and the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-like setting for the visiting families of seriously ill children.

They’ve also visited American troops at Selfridge National Air Guard Base in Detroit and worked with Marines in Minneapolis for their annual Toys for Tots toy drive.

Tickets for the Child Watch Benefit are $80 for the 7:30 performance and $100 for those who also want to attend the pre-show reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

Details: 412-586-0880.

Cultural events in the city today

City Theatre presents “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Performances continue through Jan. 8 at the Lester Hamurg Studio Theatre of City Theatre, 57 S. 13th St., South Side. $35. 412-431-2489.

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “Yellowman” at 8 p.m. Performances continue through Dec. 4 at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $29.50 to $44.50. 412-316-1600.

Pittsburgh Dance Council presents Limon Dance Company at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Ave., Downtown. $19.50 to $40.50. 412-456-6666.

Overly’s Country Christmas opens Friday

More than 2.4 million twinkling lights will illuminate this year’s Overly’s Country Christmas, set to open Friday at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds. Hours for the holiday extravaganza, running through Jan. 1, are 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

On average, nearly 160,000 people visit Overly’s Country Christmas each year. Highlights include handcrafted animated displays, a five-acre Christmas Village, a G-gauge model train display, Santa’s workshop and life-size traditional nativity scene featuring live animals.

Rides are available on the Kids’ Express train and on horse-drawn wagons and sleighs.

Local school and church groups sing carols around a bonfire.

Admission is $10 per car or family van, and $10 per limousine, extended passenger van or minibus.

Proceeds benefit Overly’s “Lights for Little Ones” endowment, which supports various children’s causes, and scholarships for Country Christmas volunteers.

Poetry, fiction readings slated

“Two Guys Named Dave” will read their poetry and fiction 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Foundations Room, Placid Hall, at St. Vincent College, Unity Township. The event is free and open to the public.

The two readers are Dave Koch, a founding editor of the Land-Grant College Review and former Bread Loaf Scholar and Tennessee Williams Scholar; and David Zauhar, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois who has published poetry and essays in numerous journals and magazines.

The event is sponsored by the St. Vincent College Creative Writing Program, English Department and the School of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Theater companies to perform ‘The Miser’

The St. Vincent College Players and St. Vincent Theatre will explore the themes of love, money and the love of money in an upcoming production of Moliere’s classic comedy, “The Miser.” Actor Jarrod DiGiorgi will be special guest artist.

The play will be staged in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Unity Township campus. Dates are 8:10 p.m. Nov. 10, 12, 18 and 19; and 2:10 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20. Tickets are $12.

Details: 724-537-8900.

‘Home’ exhibit opens at St. Vincent

An opening reception for “Home: the shape exactly,” an exhibit by artist-in-residence Elizabeth Mead will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in The St. Vincent Gallery in the Robert S. Carey Student Center at St. Vincent College, Unity Township.

Works including sculpture, photography and drypoint prints, inspired by a poem about the meaning of home, will be exhibited through Dec. 11. The exhibit also includes a recorded sound piece drawn from sounds the artist encounters in daily life.

In addition to her work as a visual artist, Mead has worked as a scenic and costume designer in theater. She is teaching a master class at St. Vincent this fall.

Gallery hours are noon-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and noon-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission is free.

Details: 724-805-2107.

Symphony plans Italian performance

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert of Italian-influenced music at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. Featured guest artist for “Bella Musica” will be oboist Nancy Ambrose King, performing Vivaldi’s “Oboe Concerto in C” and Martinu’s “Oboe Concerto.”

Ambrose King is associate professor of oboe at the University of Michigan and has appeared as soloist throughout the United States. Internationally, she has appearanced with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, the Janacek Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and the Festival Internacionale de Musica Orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The concert also will include Arturo Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dance, Suite No. 1,” closing with Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4,” the “Italian.”

A pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. in the theater is open to all ticketholders. Tickets: $10 to $36. Student tickets are $5 at the door.

Details: 724-837-1850.


Clooney denies report of fight at London bar

George Clooney denied a newspaper report that he was involved in a shoving match with a security guard outside a bar in London’s West End.

The Evening Standard in London said Clooney had gotten into a pushing fight with a guard at Meza in the early hours of Friday morning after using the bar’s rear entrance to avoid photographers.

According to the newspaper, a reception was being held at the bar for a screening of Clooney’s latest film, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

A statement by Clooney’s Los Angeles-based publicist, Stan Rosenfield , said the actor “did not get into a fight with a security guard. … However, he did get into an argument with someone connected with the movie. … And while it had nothing to do with the paparazzi, it did have everything to do with someone being unkind to a woman.

“While no punches were thrown, George told the person to knock it off.”

In the statement, Clooney, 44, said he was coming to the defense of a woman he believed was being mistreated.

“Good Night, and Good Luck” is based on the battle between TV journalist Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the 1950s.

Clooney directed, co-wrote and starred in the film.

— The Associated Press

Ono regrets comment that zinged McCartney

Yoko Ono has apologized to Paul McCartney for insinuating that his songs are trite.

Accepting an award on behalf of John Lennon last month, Ono said Lennon had sometimes felt insecure about his songs, asking “why they always cover Paul’s songs and never mine.”

“I said, ‘You’re a good songwriter, it’s not June with spoon that you write.'”

After reports of the apparent slight circulated, Ono apologized in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, now on newsstands.

“I certainly did not mean to hurt Paul, and if I did, I am very sorry,” she says.

McCartney has sometimes clashed with Ono, Lennon’s widow.

She objected when McCartney reversed the traditional “Lennon-McCartney” songwriting credit on his 2002 album, “Back in the U.S.” Ono’s spokesman accused him of attempting to “rewrite history.”

McCartney had earlier complained that Ono wouldn’t let him take credit for “Yesterday,” a song written entirely by McCartney.

— The Associated Press

Awards go to Winfrey, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ figure

Oprah Winfrey and Paul Rusesabagina , whose heroism in the face of genocide inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” have been honored with the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards.

Winfrey was recognized with the museum’s national award for working to improve the lives of poor children in Africa and helping to create a U.S. database of convicted child abusers.

Rusesabagina, who received the international award, is credited with saving the lives of more than 1,200 people during the mid-’90s Rwandan genocide in which nearly 1 million people were killed. He was portrayed by Oscar-nominated Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda.”

— The Associated Press

Paralyzed woman seeks seat on N.Y. state Senate

Brooke Ellison , whose struggle with paralysis was the subject of a 2004 TV movie directed by Christopher Reeve , is seeking a seat in the New York state Senate.

Ellison, a Democrat, says she wants to address the lack of affordable housing for young adults on Long Island, dwindling open space and environmental protections, and New York’s failure to fund embryonic stem-cell research, among other issues. Her campaign announcement was reported in Thursday’s editions of Newsday.

“The Brooke Ellison Story,” starring Lacey Chabert , was based on the book “Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey,” written by Ellison and her mother, Jean Ellison .

In 1990 at age 11, Ellison was hit by a car while walking home from school. The accident left her paralyzed from her neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe, according to her Web site.

Ellison, a Harvard graduate, is studying for a doctoral degree in political psychology at SUNY Stony Brook.

— The Associated Press

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