March 29, 2005

Movies opening this week:

· "Beauty Shop" (PG-13) - Gena Norris (Queen Latifah) is a long way from the "Barbershop" movie that spawned this spinoff. Now she's in Atlanta making a name for herself with her cutting-edge hairstyles at a posh Southern salon. When her boss (Kevin Bacon) spews one criticism too many, she leaves to open a shop of her own, taking the shampoo girl and several key clients with her. She buys a rundown salon and inherits an opinionated staff and a host of problems. Alfre Woodard, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell and Della Reese also star.

· "Frank Miller's Sin City" (R) - This adaptation of Frank Miller's stories bases the action in a morally bankrupt metropolis. Chief amongst the town's residents is Marv (Mickey Rourke), who trawls the darkest areas of town looking for the person who murdered his friend Goldie. Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson and Elijah Wood also star.


Middle Ages performed

Two-day conference

Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3

Hodson Science Center and Whitaker Campus Center, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick

The conference, sponsored by Hood College's Medieval Studies Program, is intended to promote the study of the Middle Ages among high school and college students and stimulate interest in and foster an understanding of medieval literature, art and history throughout the area.

Christopher Fee, assistant professor of English literature at Gettysburg College, will direct "The York Crucifixion of Christ," a play linked closely in theme to Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, April 2. At 7:30 p.m., Baylor University English literature professor Thomas Hanks will deliver the keynote lecture.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, Martin Foys, associate professor or English at Hood, will present a workshop on digital resources in medieval studies. Also on Sunday, college students will present research on medieval history, art history and literature.

For information about the conference, contact Scott E. Pincikowski, 1-301-696-3475; or send e-mail to

Portfolio Boot Camp

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9

Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, Md.

The boot camp is sponsored by The Greater Frederick Advertising Federation (GFAF) and AIGA BlueRidge and is open to all college-level students with a visual communications portfolio, including graphic design, photography, illustration and interactive design.

The camp offers an opportunity for students to gain feedback and direction on the progress of their portfolios. It will help them prepare for job interviews and is a way to network with local professionals in the communications industry.

Pennsylvania and Virginia regions will be present, as well as guest reviewers, including Mike Ring of the Discovery Channel, Cynthia Escalante of Aquent, and Supon Phornirunlit, formerly of The Supon Design Group.

Students who register before Friday, April 1, are guaranteed to have their work reviewed by at least three different professionals. Cost is $10 for students registering by April 1. Cost is $15 for late registrants and walk-ins. Late registration forfeits the guarantee of available reviewers.

For information and to register in advance, go to; or contact Kimberly Dow at

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough, editorial assistant

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