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Rabbi leads vigil outside Met as firestorm over 'The Death of Klinghoffer' hits fever pitch

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:33
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A globally prominent rabbi led Jewish teenagers in a prayer vigil Monday outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists. Rabbi Avi Weiss and youths from several faith-based schools later planned to join former New York Mayor Rudy...
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PTE posts 11th consecutive surplus

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:44
An almost 10 per cent attendance bump on its 2013-14 season propelled Prairie Theatre Exchange to its 11th consecutive surplus. At its annual general meeting Monday night, the company announced it was in the black to the tune of $19,818, led by the popularity of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of...
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Pitbull to host American Music Awards; rapper will also perform during NFL Thanksgiving game

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:32
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards. The platinum-selling rapper will also perform at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, to air live on ABC, dick clark productions announced Monday. Later that week, Pitbull will perform during the halftime show on
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Review: Country's Little Big Town follow up Grammy-winning album with top-notch effort

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:16
Little Big Town, "Pain Killer" (Capitol Nashville) How do the four vocalists of Little Big Town respond to the platinum success of the group's most rewarded album, 2012's "Tornado?" Certainly not by playing it safe. On their sixth album, "Pain Killer," Little Big Town — Karen Fairchild,
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Mayes, Bihun, Bestland to play at Blues Manitoba bash

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:06
Blues Manitoba is celebrating its contribution to the local blues scene with a trio of Winnipeg’s best established and emerging blueswomen. Romi Mayes, Jenny Bihun (of ’50s/’60s/’70s cover band Smokebox) and Claire Bestland will perform at the Highway 75 Blues and Sports
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Music Review: Brad Colerick's tuneful tunes with a touch of twang cover lots of ground

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:30
Brad Colerick, "Tucson" (Back 9 Records) Brad Colerick opens his fourth solo album with the title cut, which reminds us the road does not actually go on forever. Colerick goes on to examine his trip down that road in tuneful tunes with a touch of twang. Colerick's stories are worth hearing, in
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On the road to rock

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:37
Early on in Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, an eight-episode road trip/rockumentary series that premièred Friday on HBO, frontman Dave Grohl earnestly described his desire to simply stop for a moment and absorb the characteristics and nuances of the local music scenes in some of the American
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McAdams, Wickenheiser among this year's inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:18
TORONTO - A mix of Canadian talent from film, music, sport and even the law were ushered into Canada's Walk of Fame on Saturday. Olympic hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser, actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Reynolds, and former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour received stars, alongside
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Still the Same: Bob Seger launches tour and new album, 'Ride Out'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:15
NEW YORK, N.Y. - At 69, Bob Seger says he's ready to hit the road again: He's scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. "I think I'm in pretty good shape," Seger said in a phone interview, noting that a colonoscopy from a few years ago was clean and he just
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Soaring with Parachute Club

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:38
In the mid-1980s, Parachute Club's infectiously effervescent dance hit Rise Up was all over the airwaves, and its colourful video of multicultural inclusion was in regular rotation on MuchMusic. The Toronto group's song has since transcended the pop charts to become an anthem for empowerment for
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Thicke celebrates his divorce

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:13
Thicke throws divorce party IF you must get divorced, gentlemen, you might as well mark the occasion by having a party with Leonardo DiCaprio and a bunch of models. That's how Robin Thicke did it, the New York Post reports. Paula Patton recently filed divorce papers, ending his doomed campaign
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WSO Elvis tribute a hunk, a hunk of burning love

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:00
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra shook, rattled and rolled as it kicked off its new pops series with The King -- A Tribute to Elvis. Friday night's concert led by WSO resident conductor Julian Pellicano featured Broadway veterans Scott Coulter, Lee Lessack, Johnny Rodgers (also on keyboards),
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Buccaneer's booty

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:25
There is an authenticity to the newly installed touring exhibit Real Pirates that is discernible the moment you walk into the Manitoba Museum. Buccaneers were thought to be a malodorous lot and Barry Clifford, the renowned underwater explorer, immediately recognizes the distinct but undefinable
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Playwright makes prickly issues palatable

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:07
Size matters in Small Things, the new domestic drama by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, who seeks to illuminate how little connections can overcome big differences in people. In the subtly satisfying Prairie Theatre Exchange season-opener, Mrs. Branch, a reserved senior who has relocated to
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Beethoven biographer to discuss composer's life

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:07
PHYSICIAN, psychiatrist and author Dr. Francois Mai will discuss Beethoven's life, with assistance from pianist Richard Konrad, on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. Mai, who wrote Diagnosing Genius, The Life and Death of Beethoven, will talk about the classical music
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Brad Paisley to headline next year's Countryfest

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:06
CHART-TOPPING country stars Brad Paisley, Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert will be among the mainstage performers at the 2015 edition of Dauphin's Countryfest, which runs June 25 to 28, 2015. The first round of artists announced also includes Winnipeg blues group the Perpetrators and Regina's the
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Comedian reveals tidbits from upcoming memoir online

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:05
AMY Poehler is sharing several juicy secrets about her personal life ahead of the release of her memoir Yes Please. In excerpts that surfaced via RadarOnline, the Parks & Recreation star has detailed her previous drug use and her feelings about divorcing funnyman Will Arnett. The mother of two,
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Kentucky's talented 12-deep roster has physical workout during sold-out Big Blue Madness

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:37
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Just as Drake appeared to draw the biggest cheers at Big Blue Madness, the rapper introduced Kentucky coach John Calipari and the noise then became a roar. The Wildcats men's team gave a sold-out Rupp Arena crowd plenty more reasons to cheer with a fast-paced and
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U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses are due to glaucoma, not rock-star attitude

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:02
LONDON - U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses aren't a rock-star affectation — he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years. The condition — a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve — can make the eyes sensitive to light. Bono told the BBC's "Graham Norton Show" that he
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Author and psychiatrist Francois Mai to speak about Beethoven's life

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:40
Physician, psychiatrist and author Dr. Francois Mai will discuss Beethoven’s life, with assistance from pianist Richard Konrad, on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Mai, who wrote Diagnosing Genius, The Life and Death of Beethoven, will talk about the classical
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