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Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer 

As said in this absorbing documentary about star singer Anita O'Day, there is jazz music, and there is the jazz life. O'Day excelled at both. Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden's documentary is a no-holds-barred portrayal of her life on and off stage. Her voice swung light with the big bands and heavy on torch songs, but she became infamous for epitomizing the notorious sides of the jazz world, including jail, organized crime, heroin and living each day as it comes. The film offers an unflinching look at her impeccable singing in clubs and festivals (including her amazing Newport Jazz Festival performance recorded for the film Jazz On A Summer's Day) and interviews with her fans, friends and fellow musicians. The best interviews are with O'Day herself, in which her candidness and general lack of regret are refreshing, particularly considered against our age of public relations slickness. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 children/Zeitgeist members. — David Kunian

7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sun., Nov. 7-9; through Nov. 13

Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858; www.zeitgeistinc.net

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