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Entertainment

6 September 12, 2007

The Rambler

Barash plays scholarship benefit concer t 40 years ago. He began his musical career in the Soviet Union as a violin soloist. In 1979, he and his family came to the United States where his career began to pick up speed. His life, however, appeared to make a turn for the worse when, after five years of perWith school well underway, many students find themselves forming in the United States, Barash injured his left stretched thin. Whether it be from sports, academics or anything else hand in a major car accident. The injury rendered him that may come with college life, we all find ourselves a little out of unable to continue his musical career. As a result, breath at the end of the day. Perhaps it’s time for some of us to stop Barash turned his focus toward business, which, after and smell the roses. The Music Scholarship Benefit Recital featuring years of hard work and perseverance, he deemed sucMikhail Barash, world class violinist, is the perfect way to do this. cessful for both himself and the companies he owned. Barash will perform selections from his newly released album Retired from the business world and cajoled by his For Us, which includes pieces from various composers, such as Fritz wife, Barash returned to music some 22 years after his Kreisler, Johannes Brahms and even his wife, Alla Barash. The life-altering accident. Since then, Barash has recorded recital takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Martin Hall, but be prepared two solo albums, the first of which, For You, was to come early, as the hall is anticipated to have every seat filled. recorded for his wife. The second, For Us, is a continu“It will be an affair to remember,” said Dr. John Fisher, chair of ation of the warm and amorous music he brought forth the music department. There is no official dress code for the event, in For You. Barash has also performed all over the but producers are calling it an upscale event and said one would feel world, including his most recent performance of the comfortable in a tuxedo or evening gown. Valet parking will also be Paganini Violin Concerto in Klagenfurt, Austria, in July. offered. It was met with overwhelming approval and praise. Open to the public, there is no admission fee for the concert, but Fisher said he is ecstatic about the upcoming perdonations are accepted. The concert is ultimately a fund-raiser for the formance. Texas Wesleyan Music Scholarship Fund, so if you enjoy the per“It brings in such an opportunity – a chance to make formance, a contribution to the fund will help nurture students abilia connection with a gentleman who is of world class ties so that one day they too will be able to delight and inspire. stature,” he said. Photo courtesy of Mikhail Barash Barash has contributed to the scholarship fund himself by donating Barash, a member of the Wesleyan board of trustees, is also Barash has indeed provided a prime opportunity for his CDs, which will be available for purchase the night of the con- a world renoun violinist. students, alumni, faculty and anyone else who enjoys cert. classical music of the utmost quality. So take a break Barash, who was recently added to the Wesleyan board of trustees, is performing for from the grind of campus life and revel in a performance of classical music that intends to Texas Wesleyan as a part of his recent return to music, a passion of his that began more than both rejuvenate the mind and move the soul.

ERIC WONG STAFF WRITER

Jazz fest brings music home COLLEEN BURNIE ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Photo by Jillian Jones

Theatre Wesleyan performs two one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Sept 19-22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 23.

Theatre Wesleyan produces one act2 COLLEEN BURNIE ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR The plot: a small town post-Vietnam. The people: just your average Joes trying to live their life. What makes it interesting: It’s people from a Texas town. Theatre Wesleyan’s fall productions, Laundry and Bourbon & Lonestar, are two one act plays that invite you into the world of regular people as they laugh their way through their personal struggles. The goal of the productions is to make you laugh with them. “I play Hattie, a ballsy, brassy character,” said junior theater major Whitney Park. “It is a departure from who I am in real life. It’s fun to play.” Park plays one of the three women in the first one act play, Laundry &Bourbon, a tale of love, fear, self-righteousness and how we

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deal with life’s inevitable struggles, specifically the struggles of love and marriage. “I think the stories are very relatable,” said Park. “They are even set in a real Texas town.” The two shows are actually separate plays. However, they are connected through related characters, which are discussed in each play. Lonestar follows the conversation of Roy, a Vietnam veteran, and his younger brother, Ray, who discuss the glory days, the war and what really matters in life. “The shows are black comedies in that the issues that they are dealing with are real, but the plays are fun,” said Brynn Bristol, instructor of theatre and costumer for the production. The production runs Sept. 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Thad Smotherman Theatre. Contact the box office for tickets at (817) 531-4211.

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Thursday On Campus:

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Friday On Campus

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* The Rambler staff meeting: * Methodist Student Lobby of Stella Russell Hall, Movement meeting: Poly UMC, noon, free lunch served. 12:15 p.m.

* Gay Straight Alliance Meeting: B17 basement of the library, 12:15 p.m.

* Baptist Student Ministry: Sid * Faculty Assembly: Science Lecture Theater, 12:15. Richardson Building, noon, free lunch served * Lonestar and Laundry & Bourbon: Thad Smotherman * Lonestar and Laundry & Bourbon: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

* Lonestar and Laundry & Bourbon: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday On Campus:

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* Lonestar and Laundry & Bourbon: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

* Lonestar and Laundry & Bourbon: Thad Smotherman Theatre, 2 p.m.

* Women’s volleyball vs. Bacon College: Gym, 7 p.m.

* Women’s Volleyball vs. Our Lady of the Lake University: Gym, 3 p.m. * Women’s volleyball vs. Wiley College: Gym, 7 p.m.

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Louis Armstrong once said of jazz, “Man, if you have to ask what it is, you’ll never know.” For hundreds of thousands of people throughout decades, jazz is the music of life, and for the fifth consecutive year, Jazz by the Boulevard will bring that smooth sound of life to the lawn of the Kimbell Art Museum for all to hear. The festival is designed not only to display the varied sounds and styling of jazz, but it also serves as a fund-raiser to help beautify the area off Camp Bowie, expose Fort Worth’s Cultural District and draw some attention to the work that has gone into keeping the city a center of cultural activity. “I think what’s unique about this event is that it has a specific purpose,” said Producer Donna VanNess. “Besides being a fund-raiser for Camp Bowie, we aim to promote and educate about the heritage and roots of jazz in Fort Worth.” Two stages will be set up the entire weekend featuring jazz musicians from all over the nation. Some of the headliners include Arturo Sandoval, George Duke, Joshua Redman Trio, David ‘Fathead’ Newman and Marcia Ball. There will also be local groups and amature groups playing all day long. In the spirit of preservation, the Jazz Archives will be on hand to display the rich jazz history that Fort Worth holds. According to the Jazz by the Boulevard Web site, jazz musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Charles Moffett, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, Prince Lasha, John Carter and Julius Hemphill call Fort Worth home, along with many other notable musicians. “For the past five years the Fort Worth Public Library has worked with Jazz By The Boulevard to develop a collection of archives to preserve and promote the cultural legacy of great Fort Worth jazz musicians and to pay tribute to their lives and work,” reads the Web site of the origin of this historical endeavor. The permanent jazz archives collection is housed at the library and has grown to house personal papers, recordings, photographs, oral histories, journals, scrapbooks, films, charts, scores, instruments and personal artifacts, some of which will be displayed at the festival. The city of Fort Worth’s cable production company is currently documenting conversations with local musicians such as Sumter Bruton, Johnny Case and Curley Broyles, discussing the Fort Worth music scene, past and present, and reflecting on a “life in jazz.” Along with the concerts and history, Ridglea Music is sponsoring an “instrument petting zoo” to provide children an opportunity to experiment with different instruments including trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone, guitars and some percussion instruments. There will even be local teachers and directors there to teach the children how to play. While jazz music plays on both event stages, local chefs will “display their mastery of the culinary arts,” according to event planners. The chefs will offer insight into entertaining and “chef secrets” to “gourmet magic.” Local wine experts will also be on site to instruct event goers how to properly pair wine. If the gourmet culinary magic isn’t for you, don’t worry. Carts full of festival food will be in tow with everything from funnel cakes to Cajun delights. The sponsors ask that you not bring in outside food or drink and, instead support the vendors that make it possible for an event like this to be free. The fifth annual Jazz by the Boulevard begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and runs through 8 p.m. Sept. 23.

Gallery Night Liberal studies major Suzette Rangel and Wesleyan alumna Jill Foley (below) enjoyed the festivies at this fall’s Gallery Night. Spring Gallery Night dates and times are to be announced.

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* Student Government * General Assessment Training: NBC 102, 12:15 p.m. Meeting: Carter Conference Room, noon * DVD releases: Knocked Up, Gods and Generals, Patch Adams and Gothica.

Photos by Thomas A. Boylan

Fall Gallery Night in Fort Worth was a fun-filled evening for participants and artists alike. Senior art major Amanda Winkelman (above) is shown enjoying one of the many paintings by Leslie Lanzotti in the newly renovated gallery at Artspace 111.

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