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Mormon Group 'Jets' Return -- But They're Different
Ashton Silito and Maliana Wolframm were two performers at the recent 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Members of the Jets, a second generation of Olympic performers in the '80s, they received the baton that was passed by older members of their family. Salt Lake City may have been the birthplace of the Jets, but they now call Hesperia home.

Brown Siblings Fill Temple Square Assembly Hall
The five Brown siblings, all students at the famed Juliard School in New York City, wowed a capacity crowd at the LDS Church's Assembly Hall on Temple Square February 22nd, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune. The siblings were led by sisters Desirae, 22, and Deondra, 21, who writer Jeff Manookian says are "destined for international stardom." They were followed by brother Gregory, 19, who "unearthed a poignant pathos" playing Chopin's "Nocturne No. 13." Sister Melody, 17, and sixteen-year-old brother Ryan also performed in the concert.

BYU Students Find Rewards, Drawbacks of Being Film Extras
With a wide variety of film making going on in Utah and near BYU, many students get the chance to work as 'extras' on films made by the LDS Church, the nascent LDS film industry, films by fellow students and even projects from Hollywood. The work is very necessary, says Alisa Anglesey, a casting specialist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "A busy city street, no matter how well it was dressed, wouldn't be believable if not for the dozens, or hundreds, of extras filling it." But the work has its drawbacks, because of extreme weather conditions, hard chairs, long days or waiting.

True to Life Pioneer Biography Released
There are many recordings about grueling journey of the Latter-day Saint Pioneers to Utah, but none so true to the life of the everyday pioneer as "One Side By Himself; The Life and Times of Lewis Barney." This newly released biography from Utah State University Press contains "innumerable gems of wondrous information about Mormon and Utah history," according to Gene A. Sessions, author of "Mormon Thunder: A Documentary History of Jedediah Morgan Grant."

Light of the World Soundtrack Available on CD
The soundtrack for Light of the World: A Celebration of Life is now available on compact disc. The original music for this unique production was performed by a talented 1500-member cast including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the International Children's Choir.

Film: 'Out of Step' Reviews Well, But Unknown
Scott Champion of Halestone Distribution let us know that the total box office gross for "The Singles Ward" (as of 26 February 2002) is 208,000, and the movie is still going strong. The film earned $22,902 this weekend, putting it in 57th place nationwide, one place ahead of "The Other Side of Heaven" (which has been playing for over 2 months). This means that "The Singles Ward" has grossed roughly one half of its budget, after less than a month. The movie opens near BYU-Hawaii in March, and throughout the rest of Idaho in April. (Currently its only Idaho location is Rexburg.)

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