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Scoring with the CSO

Film buffs and amateur movie-makers will again have the chance to orchestrate their filmmaking efforts with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as the CSO kicks off its second Symphonic Film Contest this Thurs. Jan. 18. The competition, which debuted in fall 2005 but took a bye last year, asks auteurs to create short films around any of six succinct symphonic works. The winning films will get a public screening later this spring, each accompanied by the full CSO performing the score live.

Filmmakers will have an opportunity to hear the pieces and decide which one inspires them most when the CSO hosts a free preview of the music for prospective contestants this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaillard Exhibition Hall. The preview will allow hopefuls to choose among the six pieces for their movie-making motivation; selections include a diverse range of orchestral styles and tempos and average 10 minutes in length. Final films must be submitted by Fri. March 16, and winners will be featured at a public concert/screening at Charleston Music Hall on April 12. Sumbission guidelines and full details will be available at Thursday's preview or by contacting auditions@charlestonsymphony.com. –Matt Gannon

A Canine-Do Attitude

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Last week a classified ad featured in the City Paper made it onto national television – in the "Headlines" segment of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The bit featured an advertisement that ran in these pages of a "Rottie" dog for sale, known as "Mr. Giggles." The text was accompanied by a photo of the cuddly canine, in which Mr. Giggles is vigorously showing off a full set of incisors complete with flying spittle. Beneath the photo, the pup is billed as being not only "good w/ children" but also "well mannered," able to "perform lots of tricks," and yours for the low, low price of just $1,200.

"Here's a Rottweiler named Mr. Giggles," Leno smirked. "Mr. Giggles is good with children." On holding up the ad, he said, "Oh yeah! Mr. Giggles looks like he's great with children! RRRRrrrrrrrRRRR!!!!!" The kicker: Mr. Giggles sold the week after the ad ran. –MG


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