The square window lets in just enough light to negate the need for overhead fixtures in the small room at the School of Music. The room is home to a well-used piano, a small table and three chairs. This room is a study, an office and a classroom belonging to Janet Ross -- one of two winners in 2003 who earned the Vision, Strength, and Artistic Expression Panasonic Young Soloists Award.
A current School of Fine Arts Gallery exhibit presents different views of female sexuality from the perspectives of male and female artists from diverse time periods. The exhibit, titled "Feminine Persuasion," is part of a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female," by noted sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey and his research colleagues.
LOS ANGELES -- The pairing of a rap star and a martial arts heavyweight pushed "Cradle 2 The Grave" to the top of the box office. The high-octane action-adventure film featuring rapper DMX as a gang leader and martial arts star Jet Li as a Taiwanese intelligence officer took in $17.1 million in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Cradle" follows DMX and Li as they form an unlikely alliance in a film that mixes stolen diamonds, kidnapping and a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war.
NEW YORK -- From the Brooklyn Academy of Music to a coffeehouse in northern New Mexico to the National Theatre of Iceland, actors are planning a day of international theater protest against a possible war with Iraq.
"Today is the day!" might be an appropriate tagline for Kenneth Lonergan's play "This Is Our Youth." Showing today through Saturday and Monday through Saturday of next week at the Wells-Metz Theatre, the play has also run in London with performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin.
ROME -- Actor Alberto Sordi, who depicted Italy's virtues and vices in more than 160 movies and contributed to making Italian comedy famous worldwide, has died. He was 82. Sordi died of a heart attack Monday night in his Rome house, publicist Maria Rhule said. Sordi was born in Rome, and some of the actor's most successful movies are set in the capital, including the 1954 classic "An American in Rome," in which he poked fun at Italy's growing passion for things American.
NEW YORK -- Firefighters demanded Tuesday that the National Book Critics Circle withdraw the nomination of a book that accuses fire department members of disrespecting human remains and looting Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More than 100 protesters rallied outside the New School -- where the critics will announce the winners Wednesday -- holding signs reading "Lies, Lies, Lies" and "It's fiction, not facts."
PARIS -- Much of Paris' opera and theater world closed its doors Tuesday, as thousands of artists and musicians took to the streets in a protest against government plans to change their unemployment insurance benefits. NEW YORK -- Screenwriter Nora Ephron is this year's recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, East. LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker Roman Polanski's work should be judged on its merits, not on his crime, the victim of a 1977 sexual assault wrote in an op-ed article.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A grand jury opened an investigation Wednesday into the nightclub inferno that killed 97 people, and members of the heavy metal group whose pyrotechnics are suspected of starting the fire could testify as early as Thursday. At least two members of the band Great White were seen entering the National Guard training center in East Greenwich where the grand jury met behind closed doors.
Last year, Ben Barone worked as an usher for a performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." Being a male, he could not perform in the show and did not have any other opportunity to help with V-Day, a national effort to abolish violence against women and girls. Now a sophomore, Barone not only is performing a new monologue, but he also co-wrote it with Bloomington residents Patrick Kinsman and Clint Wolfe.
LONDON -- Maggie Smith will return to Broadway for the first time in over 13 years late this fall in the David Hare play "The Breath of Life," the play's producer, Robert Fox, said Tuesday. But she won't be joined by her co-star, Judi Dench, who prefers to stay home in England, Fox said.
Paul Gilmartin from the popular TV show "Dinner and a Movie" graced Bear's Comedy Caravan stage with his presence Monday night. The stand-up comedian decided to stop in Bloomington and visit his old stomping grounds. Dressed in everyday attire and reading a newspaper, he seemed at home.
NEW DELHI, India -- While Norah Jones' music is little known in most of India, her sweep at the Grammys brought a wave of pride and cheer to a home in southern New Delhi, where her father sat watching the awards ceremony. Jones is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, the 82-year-old sitarist who's India's best known musician.
"Cats," the longest running musical in Broadway history and winner of seven Tony awards, plays the IU Auditorium at 8 p.m. tonight and Wednesday. Since its opening at the New London Theater nearly 23 years ago, "Cats" has been seen by over 8 million people in 26 countries. This week's performances will add more people to that already impressive number.
LOS ANGELES -- Serious film proved no match for a daredevil and a big old frat party. Ben Affleck's superhero adventure "Daredevil" remained the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend with $18.9 million, pushing its 10-day total to $70.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.