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Occupy Wall Street
It’s a weekend of Philip Glass—and no, we’re not spending the next two days in bed watching Koyaanisqatsi on loop. (It’s not college anymore!) Tonight brings the premiere of Mr. Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with tomorrow seeing a private brunch with theatrical producer Robert Wilson at the Read More
Occupy Wall Street
If you worked anywhere along NYC’s longest street, you may have seen a familiar sight yesterday evening: the Occupy Wall Street protesters! They were back!
Update 5: Jackson Browne performing.
Update 4 (1:27): The band Dawes is playing with Jackson Brown. People are heckling for a mic check. “My songs are usually pretty quiet,” says singer Taylor Goldsmith or possibly Mr. Browne.
Update 3 (1:23): Jackson Browne has arrived in the house!
Update 2 (1:00): Watching the Livestream, it looks like Third Eye Blind’s set is over.
Update (12:50): Third Eye Blind is indeed playing “Jumper”!
Right now, as we speak, 90s band Third Eye Blind is playing an acoustic set in Zuccotti Park. Will they be playing “Semi-Charmed Life”? “Jumper”? Will they be reworking the lyrics to make them politically relevant? (“Wish you would give us back our tents my friend…”) We are beyond excited, like the first time mom took us to a No Doubt concert. Watch live below!
In the 12 years after Philip Glass first worked with sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar in 1965, the composer frequently traveled to India, becoming fascinated with Mohandas K. Gandhi, a man whose photograph he often encountered in railway stations and public waiting rooms. Inspired to learn more about the “father of the India,” the shaggy-haired experimentalist read Gandhi’s autobiographical book Satyagraha (‘Truth Force’ to those whose Sanskrit is a little rusty), which described the events of his formative years in South Africa when a young Gandhi was first inspired to develop his mantra of non-violent protest. Shortly thereafter, the composer, famous for such works as the 12-toned “Music in Twelve Parts” and “Another Look at Harmony,” decided to honor his inspiration by composing an opera about the famous pacifist.
Laura Ling names her baby after Bill Clinton.
Cigarette companies to fight disgusting bodega ads.
The Daily Show interviews Larry Craig.
Rahm Emanuel is Cookie Monster’s favorite member of the Obama administration/family.
Paris bookseller Shakespeare and Co. to start a Read More
From the beginning, things were about looking up for Philip Glass.
His landmark first opera, Einstein on the Beach, closes with a description of lovers holding hands in the moonlight, the conclusion of a passage that includes the words, “The day with its cares and perplexities is ended and the night is now upon Read More
Philip Glass, the Academy Award-nominated classical/experimental composer who’s collaborated with artists ranging from Errol Morris to David Bowie to Allen Ginsberg, will compose an opera based on the life and career of Walt Disney, the New York City Opera announced today. Based on the Peter Stephan Jungk novel Der König von Amerika, the opera—named, The Read More
Compared to the publicity blowout that preceded the season-opening production of Lucia di Lammermoor—a wild-eyed Natalie Dessay plastered over dozens of city buses—the Metropolitan Opera’s promotion of the company’s first production of Philip Glass’ 1980 opera, Satyagraha, which opened April 11, was almost restrained.
“Could an opera make us stand up for the truth?” Read More
Composer Philip Glass in the March issue of Details:
Q: I understand that in your early days as a composer, you rented a Manhattan loft for 30 bucks.
A: It was down in the Fulton fish market. I paid $30 a month. My friends paid $25, and they thought that I had Read More
Pitchfork is reporting that Sufjan Stevens will join Philip Glass at his annual Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall. Nawang Khechog, who makes meditation music that was used in Brad Pitt’s Seven Years in Tibet, and Brazilian pop star Marisa Monte are also lined Read More