Thursday, November 15, 2001

The Early Word

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        Star Wars trailer arrives: The second trailer for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones will be posted on the official Web site ( today. On Friday, it will hit the big screen before Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The first Clones coming-attractions trailer, dubbed “Breathing,” created a stir among fans when it debuted with Monsters, Inc. on Nov. 2.

    Film critic Margaret A. McGurk takes your questions about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Log on to Cincinnati.Com Friday from 12:30-1 p.m. and join in.
        Lucasfilm also has confirmed the opening date for the new movie will be May 16, a Thursday.

— Margaret A. McGurk


        Monteverdi vespers: Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 is a great choral and orchestral work of the early baroque. The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music presents this rarely heard work at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, downtown. Earl Rivers will conduct an impressive array of forces: the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Chorale and nine soloists. CCM musicology professor Edward Nowacki lectures about the music at 1:45 p.m. Tickets: $10; $5 students (UC students are free). 556-4183.


        Show opening: The 10th annual Street-A-Fair on Sept. 23 was so popular this year that Visionary Art in Action, 945 Hatch St., Mount Adams, is hosting “Best of Mt. Adams 2001 Street A-Fair.” It's a show of oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, pottery and handcrafted furniture. It opens 6-10 p.m. Friday and runs through Dec. 31. Gallery hours: 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. More information: 421-4455.

— Ann Hicks


        "Damage' date: After being up in the air for the past two months, Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest action movie Collateral Damage has settled on a release date: Feb. 8.

        In Damage, Mr. Schwarzenegger plays a firefighter seeking revenge against terrorists who killed his family. The picture was originally set to open on Oct. 5, but Warner Bros. postponed it indefinitely the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks out of concern that the story line would be too disturbing and insensitive at that time.

        To make room for Damage, Warner Bros. has pushed back its Robert De Niro cop drama City by the Sea from Feb. 8 to April 26.

        Tentatively going up against Damage on Feb. 8 are the long-delayed Rollerball remake and the World War II horror picture Below.


        Music by Joel: Billy Joel says his songs are being used as the basis for a play conceived by choreographer Twyla Tharp.

        “Twyla Tharp had taken a lot of the music from the pop and rock 'n' roll recordings that I've done, and the classical stuff that I've done, and choreographed it, and made a story,” Mr. Joel said.

        “It worked really, really well, and the narrative is actually being described through the lyrics of the songs, which are done by a live band, with dance, so it's a different kind of performance.”

        Mr. Joel, who is not involved in the project, said he was moved by the performance and believes it could someday be a hit on Broadway.

        But the 52-year-old singer also admitted to having some doubts.

        “I thought, "Do I just like it because it's my stuff?' ”

— The Associated Press

Movies opening Friday

        • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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