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by Cynthia Fuchs

11 Oct 2011


“I cannot imagine my life here as opposed to the United States,” says Heidi Bub. She’s traveled back to Vietnam, where she was born during the American war, the child of Mai Thi Kim and an unknown U.S. GI. Instructed by the American government in 1975 that it would be “best” for the children to send them to the States via Operation Babylift, Mai Thi Kim sent her precious baby Hiep away. Raised in Tennessee by a single mother, at 22, Heidi decides to seek out her birth mother—and bring along a film crew when she travels to meet her. The result is the Academy Award-nominated documentary Daughter From Danang (2002), one of several films showing 11 October at Stranger Than Fiction‘s “Tribute to Gail Dolgin.” The event, co-sponsored by Chicken & Egg Pictures and POV, will include a Q&A with Dolgin’s colleagues, friends and family.

by Sachyn Mital

3 Oct 2011


WIN A PAIR OF TIX TO SEE MOTOPONY AND VIVA BROTHER LIVE!

PopMatters recently had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Blue of the band Motopony as well as to experience the band at a live performance in New York City. Now we’d like to help you experience them live by sharing the details of the band’s Twitter contest for tickets to all the cities on their tour in October.

How to Enter:
You will need a Twitter account. If you don’t have one, sign up for free at http://www.twitter.com.

Make sure you are following @Motopony to receive their updates and following @PopMatters. Just click ‘follow’ on Motopony’s Twitter page here and at PopMatters Twitter page here.

Check out the tour dates below, pick your date, and send the tweet below. Let us know which show you’d like to attend by including your city after the #hashtag.

Tweet This: (Copy and paste but be sure to change the city)
Win free tix to see @Motopony with @VivaBrother live! Details here: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/149122-contest-win-a-pair-of-tix-to-see-motopony-live #seeyouin(city)

October
13 - The Legendary Horseshoe - Toronto, ON BUY TIX *
14 - Le Petit Campus - Montreal, PQ BUY TIX
16 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA BUY TIX * 21+
17 - The Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA BUY TIX * 21+
18 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI BUY TIX *
19 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY BUY TIX * 19+
21 - The Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC BUY TIX (Motopony headlining show w/ opener Bike Trip )
22 - Club at Water Street - Rochester, NY BUY TIX
24 - The Basement Columbus, OH BUY TIX
25 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL BUY TIX
26 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN BUY TIX
Note: All shows are 18+ unless noted otherwise.

Download Motopony’s self-titled debut album from iTunes here and stay up-to-date with the band motoponymusic.com.. Also get Viva Brother’s latest album on iTunes now and find more info at http://acidlove.net.

You may only enter once! Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the tour date. By entering you are agreeing to these official contest rules:


ELIGIBILITY:
Contest is open to residents of the US 18 and older. Contestants must follow @PopMatters and @Motopony on Twitter to be eligible to win.


HOW TO ENTER:
Detailed instructions on how to enter are located at motoponymusic.com. Winners will be selected randomly and notified via DM from @Motopony on Twitter. Winners will have 24 hours to respond and confirm, after which an alternate winner will be selected. Please note age restrictions before entering the contest.


PRIZES:
The winner will receive 2 tickets to the Motopony/Viva Brother show indicated in his/her contest entry tweet. Prize will be picked up at will call at the venue the night of the show under the winner’s name. Please bring a valid form of ID when picking up tickets.

by Sachyn Mital

3 Oct 2011


Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up the Ocean’s Kingdom score on compact disc or vinyl!

A couple of weeks back we shared with you a discussion between Sir Paul McCartney and New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins about their new collaboration, Ocean’s Kingdom. With the album coming out tomorrow, October 4th, here in the US, (available at Amazon and other fine retailers) we wanted to make sure this album made a splash on your radar. To help spread the word, we’ve got THREE (3) copies to give away to (3) lucky PopMatters readers! But before we tell you how to enter, we’ll first tell you more about the album and be sure to check out www.paulmccartney.com.

From the Press Release:
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements—“Ocean’s Kingdom”, “Hall of Dance”, “Imprisonment” and “Moonrise”—the ballet tells of a love story within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth. A potently expressive and richly varied work, the score is Paul’s most challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: “What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song.  Trying to write something that expressed an emotion—so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging”.

by Sachyn Mital

27 Sep 2011


Earlier this year, PopMatters premiered Anika’s video for “I Go to Sleep” just as she set out on a number of Stateside DJ appearances. Now shes back to the States for a full tour in live performance mode. Her stops along both coasts include a visit to Toronto and a stop at this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties event in Asbury Park, NJ.

To celebrate, we’re presenting a stream for her track “No One’s There” from her debut album along with a remix edit from Ratman and a bonus track “He Needs Me”. Check it out and catch her on tour soon.

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.

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