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In The Limelight For March 8, 2011: Local Arts New

Here's a look at what's in the limelight for the week of March 7, 2011 in local arts news.

Lifetime Achievement Award For IU Pianist

Distinguished professor of piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Menahem Pressler has been honored by the annual International Classical Music Awards with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. The world-famous pianist and founder of the Beaux Arts Trio will receive the award April 6 at the official ceremony in Tampere, Finland. Menahem Pressler fled Nazi Germany for Israel in 1939 at the age of sixteen. In 1946 he won the Debussy International Piano Competition; the success would turn out to be only the first in countless honors over the course of his career, which has spanned more than half a century.

Carol Burnett At IU Auditorium

Also at Indiana University, tickets go on sale this week for the 2011 Ralph L. Collins Memorial Lecture, which will be given this year by legendary comedienne Carol Burnett. Best known for her work on The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for eleven years and won 25 Emmy Awards, Burnett's awards are not limited to those she received for that variety show; she has also received a stunning twelve People's Choice Awards, eight Golden Globes, six more Emmys, the Horatio Alger Award, the Peabody Award, and the Ace Award. In 2007 Burnett was named one of the 100 best television actresses of all time by Time magazine; she has also been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The lecture and question-and-answer session with Carol Burnett will be held April 18 at the IU Auditorium.

Zombies In Kokomo

Come April, the city of Kokomo will be overrun by the undead. No, it isn't the great zombie apocalypse; it's "Countyline," a film produced by the independent production house Electric Image Productions. More than 400 area residents have already been recruited to play undead extras in the movie, which will also feature 2003 graduate of Rochester High School Markus Johnson as one of the last surviving humans in north central Indiana. The film is scheduled to debut in October in select locations in the Midwest and on the East Coast, according to the Rochester Sentinel.

‘Wretches And Jabberers'

In other film news, to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism and the Autism Society of Indiana will hold two screenings of the film Wretches and Jabberers, it was announced this week. The documentary, by Academy Award-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg, follows two autistic men who aim to change the way people think about and react to their disability. The film will be screened in Bloomington on April 16 and in Indianapolis on April 23. The Bloomington showing is sponsored in part by Students on the Spectrum, an IU student group that provides support for students on the autistic spectrum. Both screenings will be held at AMC movie theaters, as part of a 40-city tour that begins on April 2, Autism Awareness Day. AMC is donating a portion of ticket sales to The Autism Society of America.

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