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Free concerts hit Market Square on Thursdays

| Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Every Thursday at noon this summer, music will fill the air at Market Square. "Thursdays With a Twist" features local music standouts of all persuasions, ranging from the classic jazz of Walt Harper to country music stalwarts The Povertyneck Hillbillies and the saucy salsa sounds of Salsamba .

It kicks off this Thursday with the country-fried rock 'n' roll and all-purpose drinking music of Sodajerk , followed next week by Rusted Root's Liz Berlin and Jenn Wertz . You can eat lunch, rent a chess or checkerboard, or get some relief from the heat from the Fruit and Ice Guys. All "Thursdays With a Twist" are free.

The schedule:

Sodajerk , Thursday.

Liz Berlin/Jenn Wertz , June 17.

Salsamba , June 24.

Povertyneck Hillbillies , July 1.

Joe Grushecky , July 8.

No Bad Ju Ju , July 15.

Jill West , July 22.

The White Tie Group , July 29.

Good Brother Earl , Aug. 5.

Walt Harper , Aug. 12.

Chris Denem as Neil Diamond, Aug. 19.

Anne Heaton, Corbin/Hanner , Aug. 26.

Bill Deasy , Sept. 2.

Details: (412) 566-4190.

-- Michael Machosky

Violinist to lead workshops in Carrick

Carrick native Sherry Kloss has returned to her hometown to lead violin workshops that have moved to Chatham College in Shadyside after a decade of workshops in Oregon.

The weeklong Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style in the Memory of Jascha Heifetz will open Sunday with a concert by Kloss and Don Freund . He is a Pittsburgh native who teaches composition at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Classes will run Monday through June 19, and the session will close with free concerts at 3 and 7 p.m. June 20. Those events will be by the 25 students from around the United States and Mexico.

Kloss is professor of violin and distinguished professor of music at Ball State Indiana in Indiana. She studied with violin virtuoso Heifetz from 1974 to '79 and two years ago self-published "Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes," a memoir of her time with him.

She performs on a 1736 Carlo Tononi violin he willed her when he died in 1987.

The educational sessions at the workshop are open to the public; those interested can sit in for $7.

Tickets for the concert Sunday are $15, $7.50 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Both concerts will be held in the Campbell Memorial Chapel, also the site for registration for anyone wishing to sit in on events.

Details: (412) 365-1148.

-- Bob Karlovits

'Man from 'Nyayzar' performance is free

"Drywall 21: The Man from 'Nyayzar" is a LOSER production. But don't let that put you off.

That's LOSER as in the Loose Organization of Surreal Ethereal Realists, headed by performance artist Stephen Pellegrino .

Pellegrino has been creating experimental and interdisciplinary performances since 1975. In this latest offering, "Drywall 21: The Man from 'Nyayzar," Pellegrino appears as an entity from another dimension stranded here for who knows what -- if any -- reason. Pellegrino integrates his day work as a plasterer and his shamanistic artist role to create a world of myth and culture that uses tools and the construction process as the basis for ritual, music and movement. Dragging the Stone provides the live music.

One performance remains, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Admission is free.

Details: (412) 400-7316.

-- Alice T. Carter

Berry gets injunction against La. man

A Louisiana man was ordered to stay away from Halle Berry , who alleged that he stalked her.

Superior Court Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz in Santa Monica, Calif., granted a preliminary injunction that bars Greg Broussard from coming within 100 yards of the actress, her manager or publicist.

The Oscar-winning "Monster's Ball" star and her associates were not in court Monday.

Broussard allegedly tried to contact Berry, 35, by telephone and fax.

In a written declaration to the court, she alleged that the 35-year-old Baldwin, La., man "has imagined a relationship with me wherein he and I are engaged to be married and that my manager and publicist are preventing him from being with me."

"I do not know Mr. Broussard and do not wish to have any contact with him," she said in court papers. "The threats he has relayed make me fear for my own safety as well as those who represent me."

-- The Associated Press

Actress says she lacks a model's confidence

Jill Hennessy says posing for the cameras is part of her job, but she's not a very good model.

The star of NBC's "Crossing Jordan" said she once was a model for a Nicole Miller fashion show and spent her whole time on the runway worrying about whether she'd break a heel.

"To be a good model, I'd need a lot more confidence," says Hennessy, "and more confidence to be more bare."

She ran into Miller at Monday night's Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, held at the New York Public Library. The big winners at the ceremony were Carolina Herrera , Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Reed Krakoff , the president and designer of Coach.

Hennessy, 34, wore a white strapless gown with a bow and flower detail at the bust by Oleg Cassini .

"It's a new gown based on one of Jackie Kennedy 's favorite gowns. It was one of the only ones she ever wore more than once," says Hennessy, who accompanied the 91-year-old designer to the ceremony.

-- The Associated Press

Magic Johnson buys fast-food restaurants

He won't exactly be flipping burgers, but Magic Johnson is definitely in the business.

The former basketball star's company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, has agreed to buy 30 existing Burger King restaurants in Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Dallas; and Miami. The deal will take effect July 1.

"With these restaurants, we expect that as time passes, new jobs will be created and relationships with minority contractors will be strengthened in these four important cities," Johnson said in a statement Monday.

The restaurants will feature memorabilia from his Los Angeles Lakers career but won't bear his name, said Clyde Rucker , a senior vice president at the Miami-based fast-food chain.

Johnson has opened movie theaters and T.G.I. Friday's restaurants that carry his name in various cities. He also has opened two Starbucks coffee stores in South Florida as part of his corporation's plan to help create jobs in ethnically diverse urban neighborhoods.

-- The Associated Press

Madonna pens third children's book

Madonna 's third book for children, "Yakov and the Seven Thieves," will be published June 21 by New York-based Callaway Arts & Entertainment.

The singer-actress describes the book, written for readers age 6 and up, as "a story about how all of us have the ability to unlock the gates of heaven -- no matter how unworthy we think we are. For when we go against our selfish natures, we make miracles happen, in our lives and in the lives of others."

"Yakov and the Seven Thieves" is among five children's books Madonna is writing, each set in a different time and place. Her fourth book, "The Adventures of Abdi," will be published Nov. 8.

Nicholas Callaway , publisher and chief executive officer of Callaway Arts & Entertainment, announced the book's release Monday. The book will be distributed in the United States by the Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

-- The Associated Press

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