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'Millionaire' contestant



Published: Sun, August 19, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



'Millionaire' contestant

Does a professional photographer have an advantage when playing "Fastest Finger" on ABC's game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"? Find out at 8 p.m. Tuesday when Sherry Hutchison of Hermitage, Pa., tries to advance to the Hot Seat, next to program host Regis Philbin.

Hutchison, 42, is also a freelance writer. She qualified the first time she called last April, she said. She took her sister, Sandy Crumrine of Ligonier, Pa., with her to the taping in New York on July 10.

"I had a great time. It was a wonderful experience," Hutchison said.

Guitarist to perform

YOUNGSTOWN -- World traveling acoustic guitarist Jim Scott will promote ecology and peace through his music at 7 p.m., Monday in First Unitarian Church, Elm Street at Illinois Avenue. Scott mixes humor, righteousness and reverence for the earth in his message. His background is in jazz and classical music, although he identifies with the folk genre. For more information, call the church at (330) 746-3067.

Tribute to Bessie Smith

CLEVELAND -- Bessie Smith, "Empress of the Blues," will be the subject of a weeklong tribute next month at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's sixth annual American Music Masters program.

Events will be Sept. 24-30. Highlights will include an informal jam session at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the museum and an all-star concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Severance Hall. Performers will be announced later.

Smith flourished during the 1920s, when she played to full houses in the South and Midwest. She wrote most of the 160 songs in her catalog and recorded with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and others. Her influence was later felt by singers such as Billie Holliday, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.

Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Jam session tickets are $15. All-star concert tickets are $20 to $60. Members may buy them now. Public ticket sales begin Monday through TicketMaster at (330) 747-1212.

Event for seniors

WEST MIDDLESEX -- Senior citizens will receive cocktails, a meal, dessert and musical instruction during "Extravaganza on Broadway" by Valley Piano and Organ at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Radisson Hotel, Interstate 80 at Route 18. Entertainment will be by recording artists Jim Vogelman, Choy Lozada and Dennis Awe. Call (800) 762-0672 for details.

'Blues Show' planned

CLEVELAND -- Get the blues from Hank Lyman, Rain on Adam, JJ Haaz, Gangsters of Blues and Robinstone at "The Blues Show" from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The music, which will be on the main stage, is free. Tours of the museum will cost $15.

Polish Polka Fest

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK -- A Polish Polka Fest, featuring four bands, will be held from noon to midnight Saturday at Conneaut Lake Park, state Route 618, in Crawford County, Pa. Admission is $9 in advance or $10 at the gate. For more information, call (440) 286-1786.

Anniversary dance set

ENON VALLEY, Pa. -- Gene Fedorchak Productions will present WKBN Polka Party's 17th Anniversary Dance from 2 to 8 p.m. next Sunday at S.N.P.J. Recreation Center, Route 108. Refreshments will be available. The kitchen will open at 1 p.m. for dinner. For more information, call Merle Kumik at (330) 755-2576.

Heavenly election

CBS is giving fans of "Touched by an Angel" the chance to pick their favorite episode among five candidates in online voting, with the top two to be broadcast at 8 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. The contest is part of CBS' effort to publicize the series' move from Sundays to Saturdays when it begins its eighth season Sept. 22. Voting is under way at http://www.cbs.com.




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