Thursday, February 20, 2003

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Cutting-edge jazz: Manhattan comes to Walnut Hills tonight, with a rare local appearance by cutting-edge New York jazz group Roy Campbell Jr.'s Pyramid Trio at the Greenwich Tavern (2444 Gilbert Ave; 221-1151). Along with multi-instrumentalist Campbell, the group features bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.; $20 at the door.

Larry Nager


Exhibit, CD party: Musician/visual artist Kendall Bruns has only one more week at the newly renovated Southgate House in Newport. Relics and Reform Now occupies the top two floors and includes past performances of Bigfoot at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and Spelling Bee performed at SSNOVA. The show acts as a release party for Bruns' CD. Admission is free. 24 E. Third St.

Mixed media show: There's only one week left to see Paige Wideman's mixed media show Taciturnity at the DAAP Galleries Downtown. The gallery is filled with a selection of works primarily in wood with an array of surface treatments and paintings that incorporate rusting metal. 314 W. Fourth St. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 556-2839.

Marilyn Bauer


Corbett Chair: Jonathan Eaton, former member of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's opera department, was in town last week for meetings about the J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera at CCM. He is one of four finalists to head the opera department, succeeding Malcolm Fraser.

Opera casting updates: Cincinnati Opera has signed on baritone Mark Delavan, a regular at the Met, who will make his company debut this summer as Germont in La Traviata (July 10, 12 and 18). Conductor Brian Salesky, a Broadway veteran, will conduct the Poulenc/Weill "multiple bill" (June 26, 28). And Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman (Sister Rose in last year's Dead Man Walking) will make her role debut as Liu in Puccini's Turandot (Jun 19, 21 and 27). Tickets: 241-2742 or

Kudos: The National Opera Association has awarded CCM awards for opera productions in three divisions. The winners are: The Crucible, directed by Cincinnati Opera's Nicholas Muni and conducted by Xian Zhang; Transformations, directed by Chia Patino and conducted by Gregory Anthony; and The Medium, directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess and conducted by Kristen Conn.

Janelle Gelfand

Movies opening Friday

The Bread, My Sweet

Dark Blue

Gods and Generals

The Life of David Gale

Old School

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