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In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, actor Theodore Bikel poses at the opening night performance of "November" at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Bikel, the Tony-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Monday, July 20, 2015 in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 91. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File)

Stage and Film Star Theodore Bikel Dies in Los Angeles at 91

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Theodore Bikel, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent Robert Malcolm said. He was 91. The Austrian-born Bikel was noted for the diversity of the roles he played, from a Scottish police officer to …

Volunteers Sought For Seasonal Choir

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Woodstock — Congregation Shir Shalom is seeking volunteers for this year’s High Holy Day choir. The chorus will perform during Rosh Hashana, on the evening of Sept. 13 and morning of Sept. 14; and during Yom Kippur, in the evening on Sept 21. and Sept 22. It is open to anyone who loves to sing, has a nice voice and a “good ear,” …

Fourth Solo Album, First One Sober

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New York — His mother’s tears upon hearing Jason Isbell’s new song Children of Children were evidence that he’d nailed the complex emotions involved. The song about sacrifices made by a teenage mother is also the moment where the new album, Something More Than Free, becomes something special, when it is clear that …

‘Bosch’ Gets Second Season After Amazon Prime Premiere

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the veteran LAPD homicide detective with the unbending code of ethics and strict sense of justice, is going to have to put a lot more shine on that shoe leather. He’s going to be on the beat for quite a while. Bosch, Amazon Prime’s series …

‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Opens New Copy Claims

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

After a Los Angeles jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give it Up and awarded the singer’s estate $7.4 million, Washington Post music critic Chris Richards warned: “Let us swiftly prepare for every idiom of popular music to go …

This Court Case Will Change Music

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Will Madonna sue Lady Gaga? Will George Clinton sue OutKast? Will Prince sue Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and umpteen-hundred others? And then will Little Richard sue Prince? These idiotic questions became frighteningly legitimate on Tuesday after a …

NBC Brings Back Veteran to Run News Division

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NBC took a step toward stabilizing its troubled news operations Friday by rehiring Andrew Lack to oversee NBC News and MSNBC, placing the two operations in the hands of a seasoned executive. Lack, 67, oversaw NBC News in its 1990s heyday, when the Today show, Meet the Press …

The Sound of Civil Rights

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Occasionally, for reasons of fate or coincidence, sounds from the past converge in the present at key moments. Consider the Staple Singers, whose gospel recordings starting in the early 1960s carried them through the next four decades and …

New Opera North Leader Plans for Growth

Thursday, March 5, 2015

E vans Haile, the recently appointed general director of Opera North in Lebanon, has a message for fans of the company: Opera isn’t just for August anymore. In the past, Opera North’s season has been concentrated in the …

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. …

Why Lady Gaga Needs ‘American Horror Story’

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After Lady Gaga’s majestic Sound of Music medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX …

Country King Garth Brooks Returns

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pittsburgh — There’s always a chance that Led Zeppelin will go back in the studio or Jim Morrison will return out of the blue, but we can probably go ahead and declare the return of Garth Brooks “the …