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The British Television Advertising Awards at the Brooks Museum might not be what you would expect. This popular annual event is far from being a marathon of silly advertisements — or "adverts," we should say. The clips range from charming to chilling to sublime, with a bit of British wit mixed in for good measure. Some of the most effective are surprisingly fresh public service announcements, with subjects ranging from anorexia to education. Others make good use of parody, and you'll grin in spite of yourself. The unifying characteristic among these commercials is their imaginativeness. You will leave the show not feeling as though you've sat through an extra-long commercial break but a great series of creative film shorts.

Scene from the commercial "Expo"
  • Scene from the commercial "Expo"

British Television Advertising Awards at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Thursday and Friday, January 24th and 25th, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 27th, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for nonmembers. Call 544-6208 for more info.

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