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Helena Waldmann

Helena Waldmann's 'Made in Bangladesh' Highlights the Plight of Garment Workers >>

German choreographer and theatre director Helena Waldmann tells the story of the exploited Bangladesh garment workers in a new dance piece titled “Made in Bangladesh.”

Kirill Gerstein

NJSO Present Mahler's First Symphony 'Titan,' and Bernstein’s 'Age of Anxiety' >>

The New Jersey will present Mahler’s First Symphony, Titan, and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, Age of Anxiety in a four show series this March. Music Director Jacques Lacombe will conduct and pianist Kirill Gerstein joins the Orchestra for Bernstein’s masterwork.

The Imbible

'The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking' Combines History and Booze at the SoHo Playhouse >>

The perfect show has arrived for those who like to appreciate the arts while boozing it up. “The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking” tells the stories behind your favorite drinks, all while the audience gets to drink the beverages being spoken about. Can’t think of a better deal than that!

Namie Amuro

Rumors Fly Around 'Japanese Madonna' Namie Amuro Breaking Into the US Market, May Have Deal with Warner Music Group >>

J-Pop sensation Namie Amuro, known as the “Japanese Madonna” may be seriously considering breaking into the American market after receiving an offer from Warner Music Group music label.

Israel Yinon

Israeli Conductor Israel Yinon Collapses and Dies On Stage During a Concert >>

Renowned Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed and died on stage while conducting a concert in Switzerland on Thursday evening.

Cracow Duo

Free Concert at Carnegie Hall Feat. Cracow Duo in Celebration of Chopin's 205th Birthday >>

Carnegie Hall will be featuring a free concert by the critically acclaimed Cracow Duo in celebration of Chopin’s 205th Birthday. The duo will perform works by the legendary Polish composer along with works by Alexandre Tansman.

Debbie Harry

Blondie's Debbie Harry Adds Show to Café Carlyle Debut >>

Legendary singer Debbie Harry of Blondie will be adding two additional shows to her currently sold out Café Carlyle debut the upcoming March.

Scarlett Strallen

Scarlett Strallen Replaces Lisa O'Hare in 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' >>

Oliver award nominee Scarlett Strallen will join the cast of the Tony-winning musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Strallen will take the place of original cast member Lisa O’Hare beginning on February 10.

Elton John

HBO Orders Pilot For 'Virtuoso,' Alan Ball; Elton John, Peter Macdissi to Produce >>

HBO is ordering a pilot episode of new Alan Ball, classical music period drama Virtuoso. Elton John and his husband,David Furnish, are on board to produce alongside True Blood writer Ball, his frequent collaborator, Peter Macdissi and Steve Hamilton Shaw.

Bleecker Street Records

Iconic Bleecker Street Records To Be Turned Into A Starbucks >>

Is New York losing its edge? A recent real-estate industry notice shows the former home of the iconic Bleecker Street Records will become a Starbucks.

Mason Bates

Mason Bates Named First Ever Composer-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center >>

Composer Mason Bates has been appointed The Kennedy Center’s first ever composer-in-residence for its 2015-2016 season.

Meghan Trainor

Does the Kidz Bop Version of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" Say She's, Um...Bringing Anal Back? >>

With the arrival of popular songs comes the inevitable cover, some cringe-worthy and some that are actually better than the original. Take for instance, Meghan Trainor’s hit song “All About That Bass.” From YouTube fans to Kate Davis, who plays the song with an actual upright bass, many have taken a shot at singing the pop hit. However, the Kidz Bop version took it to the next level with a word change that shocked some parents.

Brian Wilson

Tracklist for Beach Boys's Brian Wilson's New Album 'No Pier Pressure' Released >>

The tracklist for Brian Wilson’s 11th solo studio album "No Pier Pressure" has been released. The Beach Boys founder’s newest album, which features collaborations with Beach Boys bandmates, Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess and Zooey Deschanel will be coming out April 7 by Capitol Records.

Skip James

1032K in Lincoln Center-Commissioned Work 'Hard Time Killing Floor Suite': Skip James Tribute >>

The three-person jazz ensemble 1032K presents a Lincoln Center-commissioned work “Hard Time Killing Floor Suite,” which explores the legacy of Delta blues icon Skip James.

Alan Menken

Alan Menken Joins New Broadway Musical Based on Life of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans >>

Alan Menken has joined the creative team for the new Broadway-bound bio-musical "Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story." The show focuses on the iconic couple and their influence in American pop-culture history. The creative team for the new show includes director Des McAnuff, who staged the hit "Jersey Boys" and won a Tony for his work on "Big River" and "The Who’s Tommy."

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