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Gray, black, distinguished eyeglasses and hats appeared to be the standard attire for guests attending the opening night party for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival at Aster Cafe. The Colgate-white chops of Ward 3 councilman Jacob Frey lit up the room during his opening remarks. The setting felt a bit tight, perhaps it was due to the larger-than-life personalities filling the room. Lucinda Winter, executive director of MNFilmTV, shared notes with industry pals Craig Rice and Beth Pacunas about which shows were a must-see at this year’s festival. Community pioneers and loyal arts supporters Sam and Sylvia Kaplan were holding court and chatting away with guests in a stately—yet relaxed, confident—flair that the Kaplans should probably trademark.
“Rock the Ordway” was the theme of the campaign celebrating the opening of the Ordway’s new performance hall. Rock, well not so much. With 30 days of opening nights, the Ordway chose Broadway’s Bernadette Peters to cap off the celebration with a grand finale performance on the final night. I’m not really sure that the actress who starred opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk, or who is famously known for her performances of the classics from Stephen Sondheim to Rodgers & Hammerstein, could really be considered a rocker. However the 67-year-old queen of the “Great White Way” was a classic star in every sense of the word. Triple-threat Peters filled the Ordway with beauty, poise, and a pitch-perfect voice. Following the performance, the slight 5-foot, 3-inch Miss Peters attended an intimate meet and greet with a few of her fans . . . and major Ordway donors. Rocker or not, she is one heck of a solid star.
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Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.