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Dennis Warner Concert to Highlight
Third Week of UW-Eau Claire Summer Programs


 MAILED:  June 21, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - A free outdoor family show by Dennis Warner will highlight the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of June 28.

His concert will begin at 7 p.m. Monday on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.

Blending acoustic folk-country music and humor, Warner presents upbeat, up-tempo kids and family concerts popular in well over 100 cities each year - from small village gatherings in Alaska to huge auditoriums in Florida. His credits include featured spots on NPR's "Great Acoustics Live!" and "River City Folk," and an invitation to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Honored three times as a finalist in the Emerging Songwriters Showcase at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Warner has often appeared at The Bluebird Cafe, the Nashville club known for discovering new and exciting songwriters.

Also on campus during the week of June 28 are these free events:

In a nameless city during the Prohibition era, the friendship between an Irish mob boss (Albert Finney) and his trusted adviser (Gabriel Byrne) is severed when they fall for the same woman (Marcia Gay Harden) — setting a bloody, citywide gang war in motion. Jon Polito and John Turturro co-star.

"The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, are children of movie technique," wrote the Washington Post's Desson Howe in a 1990 review. "In their first two movies, 'Blood Simple' and 'Raising Arizona,' they executed stylistic leaps and somersaults like young circus tumblers, with nary a thought for falling flat on their faces. There was a childlike, cine-kid exhilaration to it.

"Now, in 'Miller's Crossing,' producer/writer Ethan and director/writer Joel have come of inevitable age. Their routine's become more than just twists and turns. They've taken their show on the road and made a production out of it, with an intricately organized sideshow of themes, exposition, characters and fast talking. Things are getting involved and you'd be well advised to pin your ears back... 'Crossing' is the kind of movie that benefits from a second sitting, to get a complete grip on the plot. There's a great deal going on, although you can certainly skim along on the action at hand, and enjoy the handsome look created by director Joel Coen, cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and production designer Dennis Gassner.

"'Crossing' should be watched not because it's their finest achievement (that's still to come), but because the brothers are keeping things refreshingly different and building a career, their minds still very much fixed on originality."

Rated R, the 115-minute color film will screen via DVD projection. Admission is free.

Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 5. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833, and on the Web.

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Updated: June 21, 2004