Monthly Archives: March 2010

Turn to American Film Institute lists if you’re looking for a film

If you’re looking for an interesting film to watch, I suggest checking out the American Film Institute.  It has released several lists of the top films and characters in various genres in celebration of 100 years of cinema.

It’s list of America’s Funniest 100 Movies was released in 2000, and at the top of the list is one of my favorite films, Some Like It Hot. The movie was released in 1959.

And many of the films on the lists can be found at the Daviess County Public Library. Messenger-Inquirer reporter Keith Lawrence wrote about the increase in library usage — including DVD and video check outs — earlier this week.

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Ballet dancers using Twitter to expand audiences

Though the only professional ballet dancer I can name off-hand is Mikhail Baryshnikov, I found this article on ballet dancers using Twitter pretty fascinating. The New York Times profiled several professional dancers who have Tweeted about everything from their injuries to the music they enjoy. I think it is interesting to see the various ways people use social media to share aspects of their lives.

Here is a video of Ashley Bouder, one of the dancers featured in the article:

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Piano recital at KWC tonight

Yingshang “Sunny” Lu, a freshman at Kentucky Wesleyan College, is performing at 7:30 tonight in the Tapscott Chapel at KWC. Lu moved to Owensboro from the Zhejiang Province in China so she could study with Diane Earle, a music professor and chairwoman of the Department of Communication and Fine Arts at KWC.

Lu was profiled in the Messenger-Inquirer earlier this week.

Photo by Jenny Sevcik

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Casting call for “Glee” to be held at Vincennes University

Fox‘s hit television show Glee doesn’t begin airing again until April 13, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have an opportunity to be part of the show. Vincennes University is one of the stops on Fox’s casting call for three new roles.

Registration begins at noon Eastern time on Sunday, March 28 in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at VU. Auditions begin at 1 p.m., according to VU’s Web site. Contestants must be between 16 and 26 years old. They will sing a 30-second, a capella piece. Judges will select several auditioners from the WTVW Evansville and WFXW Terre Haute viewing areas to move to the MySpace voting phase, according to VU’s Web site.

Five finalists will be selected from both Fox affiliates, and those performers will be featured during their newscasts, according to the Web site.  Judges will choose a winner from each viewing area, who will be announced on April 7.  The winner from each station will have his/her audition tape sent to the Glee producers with a guaranteed viewing, VU’s Web site states.

Auditioners must sing one of the following, approved songs:

  1. And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going
  2. Gold Digger
  3. Keep Holding On
  4. True Colors
  5. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  6. Lean On Me
  7. Don’t Rain On My Parade
  8. Sweet Caroline
  9. Hate On Me
  10. Rehab
  11. Take A Bow
  12. Can’t Fight This Feeling

For a complete list of rules, click here or visit WTVW or Fox.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ returns. What did you think?

Season 10 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars kicked off last night. This is the first time I’ve actually been interested in watching the entire season. ABC had me sold at Chad Ochocinco and Evan Lysacek.

Ochocinco opened the evening with a cha-cha that the judges praised – then promptly gave him three sixes (out of 10 possible). Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from a trained ballroom dancer, but I didn’t understand how they could praise him so much, then give him such a low score. I really enjoyed his performance, and I hope he gets to stick around a few weeks. He seems to really care about learning how to be a great ballroom dancer.  Other dancers I was impressed with: Pam Anderson, Nicole Scherzinger and Erin Andrews. I think it will be a fun season to watch.

The Los Angeles Times Show Tracker blogged about last night’s episodes. Click here to see last night’s performances.

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Pearl Jam announces tour dates

No, the grunge rockers aren’t coming to Owensboro, but Pearl Jam is visiting several cities within driving distance when it tours later this year. Its stops include St. Louis, Noblesville, Ind. and Columbus, Ohio.

A pre-sale for tickets begins Monday for members of the band’s Ten Club. Public sales are a few days later.

Here is the complete list of dates from the band’s Web site:

May 3rd Kansas City, MO Sprint Center March 15, 9am PDT
May 4th St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center March 15, 11am PDT
May 6th Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena March 15, 1pm PDT
May 7th Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center March 15, 3pm PDT
May 9th Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena March 17, 9am PDT
May 10th Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena March 17, 11am PDT
May 13th Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live March 17, 1pm PDT
May 15th Hartford, CT XL Center March 17, 3pm PDT
May 17th Boston, MA TD Garden March 16,  9am PDT
May 18th TBD TBD TBD
May 20th New York, NY Madison Square Garden March 16, 12pm PDT
May 21st New York, NY Madison Square Garden March 16, 3pm PDT

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Conan O’Brien announces tour dates

Conan O’Brien announced several tour dates for this summer. He has dubbed it The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. One of his stops will be Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. in June. That appears to be his closest tour date to Owensboro.

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