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Nightmare `Idol' now `Dream' girl.

Byline: BUZZWORTHY The Register-Guard

Just four days before the premiere of the newest "American Idol" season, former pop star wannabe Jennifer Hudson is poised to become another kind of star.

By most critics' accounts, Hudson steals the show in the new movie "Dreamgirls," opening today in Eugene-Springfield.

And why shouldn't she? On `Idol,' the mean judge told her she was too chubby to be a star. In the film, she's once again on the outside because of her looks. So she probably had lots of inner turmoil to translate into her performance.

Hudson may be on a stairway to stardom, but don't expect Corvallis band Stairway Denied to perform "Stairway to Heaven" during its Saturday gig at the Wetlands. The Led Zeppelin cover band does have about 45 other Zep tunes in its arsenal, so don't be shy about requests.

Unfortunately for non-ticket holders, the Peking Acrobats show at the Hult Center is sold out. But if you'd like to see some amazing physical feats, see the new movie "Stomp the Yard." Forgive the film's somewhat dumb name and learn a little about a culture that's unfamiliar to most people: the black Greek system and its tradition of step dance competitions.

Once you're intrigued, keep an eye out for step shows on the University of Oregon campus. There's a small Greek community at the UO that hosts step shows, inviting participants from Portland and Washington.

For something happening this weekend at the UO, try another event that showcases the exuberance and energy of youth. The Saturday benefit show put on by a new group, "Youth 2 Make It Happen," will raise money for special needs orphans in South Korea.

OK, while we're on the youth bias, check out the first show of 2007 at the WOW Hall. Emerging indie acts Daphne Loves Derby, Meg & Dia, Ronnie Day and House of Fools take the stage today.
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Date:Jan 12, 2007
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