NEWS PIECES: Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Urie, Anika Noni Rose and More

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More than 300 women will attend Citymeals-on-Wheels' 25th annual Power Lunch for Women Nov. 18 at The Pierre. This by-invitation-only benefit, emceed by Paula Zahn, is expected to raise enough money to provide more than 175,000 meals for New York’s homebound aged. Brooke Shields, Kristin Chenoweth and Jan Maxwell will provide readings from letters written by Citymeals’ recipients. Among this year’s lunching ladies will be Donatella Arpaia, Christine Baranski, Pamela Baxter, Samantha Boardman, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bobbi Brown, Juju Chang, Mary Higgins Clark, Dana Cowin, Laura Day, Michele Oka Doner, Patricia Duff, Dasha Epstein, Linda Fairstein, Betsy Gotbaum, Gael Greene, Jamee Gregory, Donna Hanover, Joan Helpern, Caroline Hirsch, Dana Ivey, Gayle King, Rikki Klieman, Jessica Lappin, Barbara Lazaroff, Alexandra Lebenthal, Stephanie March, Zarela Martinez, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Ruth Reichl, Denise Rich, Deborah Roberts, Betty Rollin, Diane Sawyer, Shari Scharfer-Rollins, Christina Steinbrenner, Gloria Steinem, Emily Sussman, Diana L. Taylor, Lizzie Tisch, Barbara Tober, Susan Ungaro, Lillian Vernon, and Patricia Wexler, among others.

Michael Urie and Daryl Roth are the executive producers of "Thank You for Judging," a documentary about the competitive world of high school speech and debate that will make its premiere Nov. 20 at 7 PM at the Williamsburg Film Festival. Directors of the new film include Urie, Sean Fornara, Selma Al-Faqih and Travis Flournoy. For more information visit and

The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts will present a free sneak preview screening of Mitch Albom's “Have A Little Faith,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based on the best-selling book by Albom, Nov. 18 at 9 PM at the Saban Theatre (8440 Wilshire Boulevard). The film stars Emmy Award and Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne as Reverend Henry Covington; Bradley Whitford as Mitch Albom; Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose as Reverend Henry Covington’s wife, Annette; and Academy Award winner Martin Landau as Rabbi Albert Lewis. Jon Avnet directs. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests led by Rabbi David Baron. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit On Nov. 27 the Hallmark Hall of Fame film will premiere on ABC.

Tony Award winner Andrea Martin brings her new one-woman show, Final Days! Everything Must Go!!, to Ithaca's Hangar Theatre Nov. 12 at 8 PM. The production, which was directed by Peter Flynn, also features columnist Seth Rudetsky. For more information visit or phone (607) 273-4497.

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