Etcetera - 08/01/11

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Jacobi's Cafe will be the site for this year's Rotary Restaurant Day Sept. 25 at.

A buffet brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and a buffet dinner served from 4-8 p.m.

Started in the 1950s, Rotary Restaurant Day was originally held at the Corner Caf at Second Avenue and Main Street and then at many other local establishments over the years, according to a release.

Throughout the years the popular event was as much about the community gathering together as it was about the fundraising.

What happens is Rotarians take over a restaurant for a day and do all the work, from cooking, busing and waiting tables to dish washing and cleanup.

"We are very fortunate this year as we take up the event again to have the use of Jacobi's Cafe. Owners Vince and Kelle Cannone have participated in years past and know how to put on a great feast for this event," the release noted.

Tickets will be available from any member of the Noon Rotary Club and all funds raised will benefit local scholarships and projects. Find out more from Rotarians Terry Teske, 525-7053 or 529-9122, or Scott Peters, Columbia REA, 509-526-4041 or 509-629-1216.

Retirement seems to agree with Jack Freimann, who moved to New York City after a long career as a professor of theater and teaching chairman who guided young thespians at Whitman College from 1962-1992. He's in the thick of the theatrical action now. One of his recent forays on stage in "Singin' in the Rain" caught the attention of a reviewer for BWW Reviews.

The "stage version retains a great deal of the tone and vivacity that the movie (of the same name) contains, even though this kind of reverse-engineering usually winds up a mixed bag at best," the reviewer wrote. "But, The Muny's current production ... (has) winning performances and a bevy of familiar hummable tunes that haven't lost a bit of their original charm."

The musical about films follows silent screen stars Don Lockwood and annoying, voiced co-star Lina Lamont, who struggle to switch to talkies. A young starlet with the right kind of pipes named Kathy Selden rescues the picture from Lina's awful voice and steals Don's heart.

The reviewer described "Singin' in the Rain," which ran through July 24, as a "real treat ... The supporting cast is wonderful as well, with standout work provided John ("Jack") Freimann (as frustrated film director Roscoe Dexter)."

Jack's bio for the production "Incident at Vichy," said, "an actor, director, scenic/costume designer and teacher, John has been a part of theater for over 60 years, beginning as a messenger boy at Warner Bros. Regional & Stock: Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, The Muny and numerous others." Post Whitman, Jack has worked Off Broadway, toured in "42nd Street," done commercials and has been on "Law & Order."

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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