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A Christmas chorale made up of numerous celebrities, including Anna Maria Alberghetti, Pat Boone, Cyd Charisse, Gary Collins, Johnny Crawford, Nanette Fabray, Eva Gabor, Kathryn Grayson, Florence Henderson, Marty Ingels, Shirley Jones, Howard Keel, Art Linkletter, Mary Ann Mobley, Donald O’Connor, John Raitt and Constance Towers, conducted by chorale director Ray Charles, will entertain at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award Dinner Dance at the Beverly Hilton tomorrow.

The Independent Feature Project/West will present “An Evening With … Bill Duke,” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Goodson Theatre, located on the campus of the American Film Institute.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Film Institute. Duke is a producer, director, writer and actor. His directing credits include “Deep Cover, “”A Rage in Harlem,””The Meeting” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

“Tom and Jerry — The Movie” will open Wednesday in France on 252 screens. Distributor is UGC of Paris, which is providing TV, radio and print ad support. The animated film, the first release from Turner Pictures, opened Oct. 1 in Germany and Austria, and Oct. 2 in Switzerland. So far, the film has grossed $ 3 million.

Marc Nathanson, chairman and CEO of Falcon Cable TV, will moderate a panel discussion about recent national cable legislation Friday during the California Cable Television Assn.’s 25th Western Cable Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Joining him on the panel will be Preston Padden, senior VP Fox Broadcasting; William Bradley, director of the office of telecommunications of the city of Denver; and Steve Effros, president of Community Antenna Television Assn.

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