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  • Sunday, October 21, 2007
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    Playbill.com reports that ABC's Private Practice, the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off starring Audra McDonald, has been picked up for a full season. The show, which airs Wednesday nights at 9 PM EST, will add nine new episodes for a total of 22 shows this season. Audra was among the performers last night at a gala benefit for the Motion Picture & Television Fund hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman. The MPTF offers retirement care and social services for people in the entertainment industry.

    Journal Topics: Television
  • Friday, October 19, 2007
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    In recapping Boston's 7-1 win over Cleveland in last night's game five of the American League Championship Series, bostonist.com sportswriter Michael Fernia offers a suggestion of music opener for tonight's game in Boston: Randy Newman's "Burn On," about the fire that set Cleveland's Cuyahoga River ablaze in 1969. This follows rumors that the woman the Indians brought out to sing before last night's game in Cleveland was an ex-girlfriend of Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett. A spokesman for the Indians denies having known of the connection.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    Glenn Kotche and Kronos Quartet sent in some photos from a recent rehearsal for their October 25 and 26 performances at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, where they'll premiere Glenn's piece Anomaly. To view the pictures, visit the photo gallery at nonesuch.com/media.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    The latest edition of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts program, Night Waves, features an interview with Youssou N'Dour about his upcoming Nonesuch release, Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take), and the social and political issues behind his music. 

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    In today's Kansas City Star, music writer Paul Horsley recommends that runners prepping for a long-distance run, like this weekend's Kansas City Marathon, avoid the common mistake of training to disposable Top 40 hits ("simple carbs"). He recommends instead a healthy dose of "high energy" compositions to motivate through the long haul. On his list of Top 10 training tunes: Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and Philip Glass's score to Koyaanisqatsi.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    Steve Reich recently participated in a special event at Manhattan's Aish NY as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days—an international music celebration promoting tolerance, inspired by the legacy of journalist Daniel Pearl. At the October 9 event, which included a discussion with Reich, the composer played a recording of Daniel Variations, a piece he wrote in Pearl's memory. The recording is set for release on Nonesuch early next year.

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    Glenn Kotche marks the world premiere of his new work, Anomaly, with Kronos Quartet, at the 25th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival in a discussion of the story behind the collaboration (commissioned for Kronos by the Angel Stoyanof Commission Fund); the unique challenges of writing, as a percussionist, for string quartet; and the very personal inspiration for the piece.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    Reporters Without Borders, an organization established to protect freedom of the press around the world, just announced that Youssou N'Dour was among the first to sign its petition calling for the release of Moussa Kaka, the Niger correspondent for Radio France Internationale and Reporters Without Borders. Kaka was arrested on September 20 for being in contact with members of a minority rebel group in Niger and could face life in prison.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007
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    The closing night of New York City Center's 2007 Fall for Dance festival, on October 6, featured the Elisa Monte Dance company's signature work, Treading (1979), set to Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. This was the fourth annual festival, which kicks off City Center's season with low-priced tickets to see some of the world's greatest dance companies.

    Journal Topics: Dance
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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    On October 27, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opens La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels, a special exhibit celebrating the cultural history of lowrider cars in a city synonymous with car culture. A standout in the exhibit is El Chavez Ravine—a custom-built ice cream truck commissioned by Ry Cooder. Built off the foundation of a '53 Chevy, the truck was painted in painstaking detail by artist Vincent Valdez to tell the story, as Cooder does in his 2005 album Chavez Ravine, of the largely Mexican-American Los Angeles neighborhood destroyed to make way for Dodgers Stadium in the 1950s.

    Journal Topics: News
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Apple announced today a reduction in the price of its iTunes Plus tracks to 99 cents, matching the price of  its standard downloads. The higher-quality iTunes Plus files—compressed at 256 kbps rather than the 128 kbps of other iTunes tracks—are sold free of DRM (digital-rights management) restrictions, making them accessible on any number of digital players. Apple also announced that the number of tracks available as iTunes Plus files has expanded to more than two million. 

    Journal Topics: Web
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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    To coincide with the reissue of David Byrne's The Knee Playsdue out November 6comes the launch of kneeplays.com. The site contains pages of never-before-released materials on the piece, including an essay by David Byrne on its origins as a collaboration with director Robert Wilson, sketches from the theatrical production, and a slideshow of stills from the premiere, as well as audio clips from the new CD. On the CD are the 13 tracks from the original score plus seven previously unavailable bonus tracks.

    Journal Topics: Album Release

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