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by Sachyn Mital

22 Sep 2011


Today (September 22nd) Paul McCartney’s “first foray into the world of dance”, specifically ballet, makes its premiere. His new work, Ocean’s Kingdom, is his first original orchestral score and was done in collaboration with the New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins. Check out the video below to see the two discuss this collaboration. Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed at the NYCB over the next week as part of its 2011/12 season.

From the NYC Ballet website:
New York City Ballet brings together the legendary Paul McCartney and Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins for a hallmark collaboration. Ocean’s Kingdom marks the first time that McCartney has composed for dance, and Martins’ choreography will follow the music’s libretto of a romance between lovers from conflicting kingdoms. With costumes by another McCartney, renowned fashion designer Stella, and projections by S. Katy Tucker integrated with lighting designs by Mark Stanley and sets by Perry Silvey, Ocean’s Kingdom is an unprecedented event you won’t want to miss.

by Jessy Krupa

20 Sep 2011


New TV series were hyped at an all time high in 2010, only to see disappointing ratings and early cancellations. As a result, this fall will see more new series debuts than last year. But what will stay and what will get cancelled before Christmas? Looking at a show’s premise and competition, I previously predicted the demises of Running Wilde, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, and Outlaw, so let’s see about this year. 

(The listings shown are for the Central Standard time zone.)

by Jennifer Cooke

20 Sep 2011


John Meeks, the jewel in San Diego’s alt-country crown, serves up something a little different this month. Following 2010’s amazing Old Blood, Meeks joined forces with local coffeehouse chanteuse Joanie Mendenhall for an EP of duets that would do Loretta & Conway proud. Mendenhall’s delicate tone is a perfect foil for Meeks’ stripped-down arrangements and plaintive vocals.

 

by Allison Taich

20 Sep 2011


Primus released their seventh studio album Green Naugahyde this month on ATO Records and Prawn Song. The album was produced and engineered by bass master Les Claypool at his studio Rancho Relaxo in Northern California, featuring Primus’ original 1988 lineup: Claypool on bass, Larry LaLonde on guitar and Jay Lane on drums. Lane drummed for Primus and Sausage in the ‘80s, and briefly returned in 1994 for a reunion of the 1988 lineup. He officially rejoined the band in 2010 after departing Grateful Dead outfit Furthur. 

Green Naugahyde is Primus’ first studio release since 1999’s Antipop. According to Jambase Claypool described the new album as a return to the band’s early days: “If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff. Obviously, with Jay there’s a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old Frizzle Fry days.”

by Cynthia Fuchs

20 Sep 2011


The Chile of Patricio Guzmán’s childhood is long gone, a collective history he’s explored in other films. But Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz), now available on DVD from Icarus Films, looks at that history in brilliant new ways, articulating two searches for the past. One is a pursuit of scientific knowledge, the evidence to support theories of how life began and what might be coming for the planet earth; it’s conducted by astronomers via the world’s largest optical telescope (called the European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT) located in Chile’s Atacama desert. The other, ongoing since 1990, is undertaken by the relatives of victims of August Pinochet’s dictatorship: they seek remains and stories, knowledge of how their loved ones died. Both searches, the film points out, involve bodies, material and celestial, and both are endless. As the documentary draws parallels, it also points out the elusiveness of understanding. The past is ineluctably the present, bodies of all kinds exist in cycles, as the astronomer Valentina Rodríguez explains. At the same time, past and present, she is also the daughter of two of the disappeared. “What happened to my parents and their absence takes on another dimension” when she studies the stars, she says. “It takes on another meaning and frees me a little from this great suffering, as I feel nothing really comes to an end.” 

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