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Video Verdict: ‘Flight,’ ‘Here Comes the Boom’ and ‘Alex Cross’

Denzel Washington plays airline pilot Whip Whitaker in the Robert Zemeckis-directed drama “Flight.”

Denzel Washington plays airline pilot Whip Whitaker in the Robert Zemeckis-directed drama “Flight.”

This week’s home video releases include a thriller starring Tyler Perry, a family film with Kevin James and a drama that netted Denzel Washington an Oscar nomination.

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Video Verdict: ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘The Sitter,’ ‘Hop’

Rooney Mara plays the title character in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a thriller based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel. Mara’s work in the film earned her an Academy Award nomination for best picture.

Three films that had starring roles in the recent Academy Awards ceremony lead this week’s crop of home video releases.

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Look for me at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention

I’m pleased to let all of you know that I’m going to be a program participant at Renovation: the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, which is slated for Aug. 17-21 in Reno, NV.

This is a huge event in the science-fiction world, so I’m thrilled to play a small part in it. Among other things, it sounds like I will be making a presentation on Nevada movies with former Nevada film commissioner Robin Holabird. This is a fun topic and Robin is a blast to work with, so I’m looking forward to that. As we work out the details, I’ll be sure to post them here.

Hope to see you at the convention this summer!

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Def Leppard is still working hard

NOTE: The remainder of Def Leppard’s current tour dates (including the Reno, NV concert) were canceled after this story was initially published.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says he and his bandmates are convinced that they’re yet to write their best song, and it’s that belief that keeps them going.

“It doesn’t matter whether you or our audience think, ‘He must be kidding himself,’ ” Elliott said during a recent phone interview. “Just because we’ve had massive hit singles, doesn’t mean that we can’t write a better song. Maybe nobody will ever hear it, but we will try and do it. It’s just a self-belief that there’s more to life than there’s already been.”

Elliott and the rest of Def Leppard will play Reno Events Center on Thursday along with opening acts Cheap Trick and Man Raze. The band regularly fed the music charts in the 1980s with a stream of pop-metal hits including “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages,” but it hasn’t released a hit single in more than a decade. Still, Elliott said, the group draws large crowds on tour.

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Reno Philharmonic goes Gershwin

When the Reno Philharmonic played its first concert on Aug. 3, 1969, then-music-director Gregory Stone rolled out a lush program populated solely by George Gershwin tunes.

This weekend, in celebration of the philharmonic’s 40th anniversary, new music director and conductor Laura Jackson is taking the orchestra back to its roots. Her first program as artistic leader of the orchestra is an all-Gershwin affair featuring guest vocalist Anita Johnson and Reno pianist Jim Winn.

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Funk Brothers keep Motown alive

Eddie Willis, left, and Bob Babbitt, original Motown Funk Brothers, will perform Aug. 1 for Artown.

Eddie Willis, left, and Bob Babbitt, original Motown Funk Brothers, will perform Aug. 1 for Artown.

Don’t expect Bob Babbitt to hang up his bass any time soon. The veteran musician, best known for playing on Motown hits during the late 1960s and early 1970s, says his instrument is a “fountain of youth.”

“My sister once said to me, ‘Bob, are you ever gonna retire?’ And you know what I said to her? ‘What makes you think I work?’ I don’t care what you do, if you honestly and truly love it, it’s not work.”

So, Babbitt keeps playing, and Aug. 1 he’ll be in Reno to close the 2009 Artown festival with a free performance by his band, the Funk Brothers.

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Coeur d’Alene Art Auction nets millions

The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, held Saturday afternoon in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exhibition Hall, grossed nearly $11.5 million, with the sale of one Charles M. Russell watercolor accounting for nearly 10 percent of the total.

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet likes to surprise

Katie Dehler, Samantha Klanac, Emily Proctor and Lauren Alzamora perform with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Katie Dehler, Samantha Klanac, Emily Proctor and Lauren Alzamora perform with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

When it comes to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, artistic director Tom Mossbrucker says audiences should “expect the unexpected.”

“I think a lot of people have preconceived notions when they think of seeing a dance performance, especially one with the name ballet in the title,” Mossbrucker said during a Monday phone interview. “Our dancers are classically trained and we’re a ballet company, but our repertoire is very contemporary and it’s also very diverse.”

The troupe, performing tonight at the Grand Sierra Resort, was founded in Aspen, Colo., in 1996 and took on a second home in Santa Fe, N.M., in 2000. Thus the name.

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World Music Series hits Reno July 8

The Wailing Souls will play in Reno July 8.

The Wailing Souls will play in Reno July 8.

For years, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada presented a July world music series that ranked among the most popular activities at Artown. So, when the Food Bank decided to try something different, Artown staff stepped in.

“We’ve taken over,” Artown executive director Beth Macmillan said. “It’s a very relevant genre that needs to be offered to the community. I think it really introduces our community to different cultures through the arts.”

That means Wingfield Park will once again play host to world music shows at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. As in the past, admission will be by donation, but this year, cash offerings will help pay Artown’s concert costs.

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Artown opens today in Reno

The 2009 Artown festival kicks off Wednesday, marking the beginning of 32 days of arts and entertainment events spread throughout Reno and Sparks.

The festival officially starts in the morning with a variety of ongoing art exhibitions, but the day’s main event is the opening ceremony — scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wingfield Park — followed by a free concert by folksinger Richie Havens.

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