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Chorus belts out Shakespeare, Whitman this weekend

This weekend, AU's Department of Performing Arts unites two powerful subjects, music and literature, for its spring concert "Words Wed to Music: A Choral Concert," as conductor Daniel Abraham leads the AU Chorus and Chamber Singers in a unique blend of rhythmic splendor.

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Backstage drama in 'Kiss Me, Kate'

Directed and choreographed by AU professor of theatre Karl Kippola, "Kiss Me, Kate" presents hot musical numbers, flashy chorus girls, gangsters and tender romantic moments quintessential to its 1948 Baltimore setting. The story, a play within a play, follows the on-and-off stage relationship of a divorced couple, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, as they star together in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."

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V-Day spans the globe

On behalf of V-Day, the global movement to stop violence against women and girls, the vagina will once again be the center of attention this weekend. Sponsored by the Women's Initiative and Choice USA, AU students will perform 20 monologues from the book that started it all: Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues.

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Dept. of Performing Arts infuses 'Much Ado' with hip-hop

AU's Department of Performing Arts will open their 2004 season with a writer that commands respect, a show that is sure to intrigue spectators and two concepts that are universal: comedy and romance. Professor Caleen Sinnette Jennings - director of the show and of the AU theatre and music theatre programs - adapted it to another of today's universal phenomena: hip-hop culture.

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Turn the page and roll the credits

It's tough being a consumer of entertainment these days. Pay $15 for the book or $9 to see the movie? Read the book first before seeing the movie adaptation, or wait until after? It's a toss-up in terms of quality, but one thing is sure: for the quantity of sales revenue in a book-to-movie crossover, the sky's the limit.

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Dance students show off talent

AU's Department of Performing Arts presents its Fall Dance Connection, "Roundelays," Friday and Saturday, which highlights dance as an art where both spectator and performer become involved in the dance process.

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Web exclusive: Present-day Irish immigrants come together "In America"

According to Loren Bonner, " 'In America' is an ideal family holiday flick, depicting the tragic, yet magical and comical experience of an Irish immigrant family coming together and starting over in the all-too-real streets of modern Manhattan. It is a typical, yet touching and highly individualized film that shows how the terrible and the miraculous can co-exist."

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Voices and violins make music at AU

The AU Chorus and Symphony Orchestra will perform together at the Greenberg Theater Saturday. "This is the first performance that has incorporated such a meshing of both the orchestra and chorus," said Gene Fielden, a sophomore who has played the viola in the orchestra since his freshman year.

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Dance dominates District

The CityDance company boldly opened its 2003-2004 season and launched its international tour Wednesday night with "AIRBORN" at the Terrace Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Art offers taste of French culture

Inspiration is not the feeling that comes to mind after seeing the National Gallery of Art's latest exhibit, "The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting," - unless the viewer is a history nut. These paintings show the modern eye the two sides of the controversial 16th century French society: The extravagant and the poor.

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