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Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Jazz festival to bring cool vibes to Kobe

The 27th Kobe Jazz Street festival will be held around Sannomiya, Kitanocho and the Tor Road areas of Chuo Ward, Kobe, from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5.

Musicians from home and abroad will perform at a number of venues, including the Kobe Club, Kitano Meister Garden, Crown Plaza Kobe and Kobe Baptist Church. The programs scheduled at each venue can be found at the organizer's Web site at www.kobejazzstreet.gr.jp/

A parade of both professional and amateur musicians will also be held on both days, starting at 11 a.m. on the north site of Hankyu Sannomiya Station.

Tickets are available in advance at ¥4,000 for one day or ¥7,400 for both days, which allows access to all venues. Tickets will also be available at the door at ¥4,600 for one day or ¥8,500 for two days. Tickets can be purchased from Ticket Agency Pia, Yamaha Music Store Kobe, Tokyu Hands Sannnomiya, or from Kiosk stands at the central, west, and east exits of JR Sannomiya Station.

For more information, contact the Kobe Jazz Street Office at (078) 232-3211 on weekdays between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

School's Oktoberfest event sure to be a wiener

German School Kobe/European School is organizing an Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the school in Nada Ward, Kobe.

The festival for families and friends will feature such German foods as sausage and sauerkraut, beer, and homemade cake as well as amusements for kids and a brass-band performance. There will also be a raffle.

Admission is free. The school is a five-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line. No parking facilities are available.

For further information, call the organizer at (078) 851-6414, or visit its Web site at www.dskobe.org

Arts and craft museum offers concert in Itami

A mini concert will be staged at the Museum of Arts and Craft, Itami, in the city of Itami from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 4.

The chamber music quartet Musik Kapelle, a unit formed by members of the Itami City Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform Respighi's "Italiana," Bach's "Humoresky," and other tunes in the museum lobby on the first basement floor.

No admission fee or reservation is required. The museum is a 10-minute walk from JR or Hankyu Itami stations.

For more information, contact the museum at (072) 772-5557 or visit its Web site at mac-itami.com

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