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Sir John Major Bewails Theatrical Pol Mockery, Spotlighting Theater's Relative Importance in UK Versus US >>

The former British Prime Minister complained that negative portrayals of politicians discourage people even from voting.

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OMFG! Prez Dick Nixon Smuggled Pot for Satchmo >>

Roger Stone reveals how Richard Nixon smuggled three pounds of pot in to the country for jazz legend Louis Armstrong in his latest novel, Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon published last month by Skyhouse Publishing.

Classicalite's Five Best: Characters, Then and Now, for Whom Classical Music Was a Passion...Not Just Sherlock! >>

With the triumphant return of the BBC's Sherlock to our screens, following his supposed death at Reichenbach, the series everyone is talking about prompts another thought for classical fans. It is an ongoing characteristic of Arthur Conan Doyle's books about his great detective, that Holmes is passionate, if not hugely accomplished, about the violin, which took pride of place alongside recreational drugs and mentally sparring with Dr. Watson. And classical music has held a special place for other perhaps surprising, and unlike Sherlock non-fictional, figures.

Better Than Nixon, But No Truman: Condoleezza Rice Plays Schumann Piano Concerto in Omaha >>

On Friday evening, under the baton of Thomas Wilkins and the Omaha Symphony, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice performed the first movement (and just the first-movement-only) of the much loved Piano Concerto in A Minor.

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