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White’s winning performance

Michelle “Mimi” White, of Flint Hill, won first place for her flute solo at the Virginia Lions’ regional Bland Music Contest last month in Gainesville. Her rendition of “La Flute de Pan” qualified her for the Lions’ District Contest, encompassing northern Virginia, on April 16 in Alexandria.

Mimi White performs at the Lions' regional competition. Photo by Bruce Jones.

Two judges gave White highest marks in six areas, including faithfulness to music, technique, interpretation, stage presence, complexity of composition and memory. The district winners compete May 21 at the Virginia Lions annual convention, where $18,000 in scholarships are at stake.

White, who won the Rappahannock Lions Club Bland Contest Feb. 21, is the daughter of Cindy and Steven White of Flint Hill. An eighth-grader at RCHS, she is a member of the RCHS band and performs with the Wind Symphony and Concert Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William County.

INSIDE: There’s much more school, sports and youth news on pages A8 and A9.

Back to the movies!

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) resumes its Friday film showings — at least monthly, to start — with the film “Julie and Julia” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 at The Theatre in Washington. The film is written for screen and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the famous TV chef and author. It is rated PG-13 and runs for 123 minutes. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students.

In the film, a woman closing in on 30 and stuck in a dead-end job takes on a year-long culinary quest: to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She chronicles her tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd. The film follows both women who, though separated by time and space, discover that with the right amount of passion, fearlessness — and butter — anything is possible. For a complete review, see

RAAC’s next film is “It’s Complicated,” starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, on May 21.

More arts and entertainment news on page B1.

Piano recital at Theatre

Japanese-born concert pianist Naoko Takao returns to the Theatre at Washington for her fifth annual recital here on Saturday, April 17.

The 8 p.m. program she has chosen starts out with a piano sonata by Beethoven. The sonata, sometimes called “The Hunt,” is in E-flat major and was composed in 1802. Wikipedia provides an apt description of the work: “A playful jocularity is maintained throughout the piece . . . although like many of Beethoven’s early works, the ‘jocular’ style can be heard as a facade, concealing profound ideas and depths of emotion.”

Three preludes by Rachmaninoff will follow and, after the intermission, Naoko Takao will play Ravel’s “Sonatine,” which Ravel himself played during his tour of the United States in 1928. The program concludes with three well-known works by Chopin. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students 17 and younger. Call 540-675-1253 or email for reservations.

The Ghost haunts California

On the heels of a silver-medal win in San Francisco, Gray Ghost took five more medals in California wine competitions. Gray Ghost’s limited production 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a silver medal at the Grand Harvest Awards in Santa Rosa. In a competition dominated by California wineries, Gray Ghost’s 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($40) received the same ranking as blockbuster California producers: Cakebread 2006 Dancing Bear Ranch ($106), Trefethen 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) and Parallel Napa Valley Estate 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($125).

Gray Ghost then swept the Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi: its 2009 Adieu taking silver, and all other wines it entered — the 2009 Riesling, 2009 Vidal Blanc and 2008 Reserve Chardonnay — also medalists. The Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi is the only California wine competition that utilizes only consumers to evaluate entries.

“To take a silver in California with California judges for a 100-percent Virginia-grown and -produced Cabernet Sauvignon is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks volumes about the quality and value that can be found in Virginia.” said Al Kellert, owner and winemaker at Amissville’s Gray Ghost. (Tasting room open 11 to 5 Friday through Sunday; call 540-937-4869.)

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