I always thought that Randi Rifkin would be the one to head to Hollywood to try to become a star. Or her sister, Shari.
Both girls were very involved in theater, mostly at the Springer Opera House, though Randi was in shows at the old The Human Experience Theatre.
Their mother, Meryl, has been in many shows at both theaters.
So imagine my surprise when I found out it was Meryl's youngest child, Aaron, who is going to give Tinseltown a try.
Randi is now Randi Macpherson and sells houses in Greensboro, N.C., and Shari is now Shari Ford, a high school math teacher in Chicago.Meryl and Aaron, who is 14, just moved to Los Angeles so he could audition for television and movies.
"We signed with Hines and Hunt Entertainment Talent Managers," Meryl said. "Loved them. They are the same ones representing Chelsea Harris from Columbus. I asked Justine Hunt what she liked about Aaron and she said, 'He is passionate, has talent and has the Nickelodeon look.' Naturally, I agreed."
I have no idea what the "Nickelodeon look" is, but then again, I never watch that channel.
They found an apartment in Burbank. It's a one-bedroom (650 square feet) for $1,650 a month.
"Can you throw up?" Meryl exclaimed. "However, it is beautiful and overlooks mountains and Griffith Park. It is next to an equestrian center and is quiet and near lots of stores without having to go through any traffic. The supermarket is in walking distance, even. And all the big shopping centers are about seven minutes up the road."
Aaron has enrolled in Burroughs High School, which Meryl describes as "huge, nice and friendly."
While they were in Los Angeles two weeks ago, they did what tourists do — went to the Kodak Theatre, checked out the footprints and handprints of the stars at Graumann's Chinese Theatre and the stars on the Walk of Fame.
"We did not run into anyone famous, though."
Hines and Hunt will start sending Aaron out for auditions starting Tuesday.
"They will handle coaching him and acting lessons, etc.," Meryl said.
Fired up over pottery
If you're like me and love pottery, then you'll have to see "Perspectives '07," a huge show at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, 34 School St., in Watkinsville, Ga. It features 50 potters from across the state, including our very own Jeff Kaller and Tina Reuterberg, who teach at Columbus State University's art department. Stephen Hawks of Lumpkin and Allen Gee of Greenville, are also part of the show.
It begins Friday from 6-8 p.m. with a preview. It's $5.
Then it's open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 19. Admission is free.
There are several workshops, "Image Transfer to Ceramics Without Firing," 9 a.m.-noon and "From Pet Portraits to Complex Conceptual Elitist Installation Imagery Success with Laser Print Transfers," 1-4 p.m. Both are on Saturday. They are $55 each or $60 for both. Lunch is included.
Watkinsville is just south of Athens.
Bo's wedding pictures
A couple of weeks ago, a very handsome man came by to see me.
Bill Bartlett brought me news about his son, Bo. Bo, of course, is a very well known artist, who now lives in Seattle. In the summers, he's in Maine. The clipping he brought was about the opening of a new show in Maine. But Mr. Bartlett had to tell me about Bo's wedding to fellow artist Betsy Eby. Both wore white, though he says Bo's outfit was marred by his disreputable looking shoes. After Mr. Bartlett left, I immediately went to Bo's Web site to see if there were some photos. None. So I went to Bo's son's Web site. Emmanuel, known as Man, has some beautiful photos. You can go to www.manbartlett.com to check out the pictures from the wedding reception in Maine. It's kind of complicated, though. You have to click on Others. When that menu comes up, click on Photography. When that page comes up, click on More. It will direct you to his page at www.flickr.com. Click on the Maine photos. The photographs are stunning, as is the couple. Congratulations, you two!