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Here are 1st Oscar presenters and performers for 2016

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today the first slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC.  
 
The presenters and performers, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are: 
 
     Benicio Del Toro
     Tina Fey
     Whoopi Goldberg
     Ryan Gosling
     Kevin Hart
     Lady Gaga
     Sam Smith
     Charlize Theron
     Jacob Tremblay
     The Weeknd
     Pharrell Williams
 
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET (the show itself will start at 8:30 p.m.) The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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Photo by Greg Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S. of Whoopi Goldberg during 2014 Oscars. In addition to being a past winner, she also was a host. Photo of Lady Gaga at 2015 Oscars by Richard Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S.
 
 

 

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Michael Keaton among new list of SAG presenters for awards ceremony

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Actor 2006More presenters, including Michael Keaton, has been announced for this weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards. 
 
Keaton, Idris Elba, Anna Faris, Corey Hawkins, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Anthony Mackie, Rachel McAdams, Jason Mitchell, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Kristen Wiig will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
 
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards Ceremony that already includes Priyanka Chopra, Tina Fey, Brie Larson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Amy Poehler, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman and Jacob Tremblay.
 
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Liner Notes Vol. XXI

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Mid-winter blues? Brighten your day with some music news and features: 

From the New York Times, a requiem for China's WWII victims http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/world/asia/china-wang-xilin-symphony.html?_r=0 

From Harvard Magazine, a profile of the composer Lei Liang http://harvardmagazine.com/2015/12/hearing-history 

From New Music Box, an interview with Royce Vavrek, opera's "it" librettist http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/royce-vavrek-so-many-juicy-amazing-words/ (By the way, he wrote the libretto for the opera "27," with music composed by Ricky Ian Gordon, which will be produced by Pittsburgh Opera resident artists next month.)

From the Washington Post, a music critic's efforts to instill a love of classical music in her son https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/how-not-to-get-your-child-to-love-music/2016/01/07/df5c17d2-a7a5-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html 

From The New Yorker, John Williams' music for "Star Wars" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/listening-to-star-wars 

From Variety, the Martin Scorsese biopic about pianist (and McKeesport native) Byron Janis http://variety.com/2016/film/news/martin-scorsese-producing-byron-janis-biopic-paramount-1201674748/ 

From The Economist, the rise of opera's stage directors http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/01/changing-face-opera 

 

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Savages roaring back to Mr. Smalls in May

Written by Scott Mervis on .

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Every now and then (not really that often, to be honest), people will say, "Scott, you seem to only like old bands. Who do you like that's current?"

Well, near the top of the list would be Savages, the British post-punk band that plays with the dark fury of Patti Smith, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Gang of Four, etc.

The all-female quartet played to small but ecstatic crowd at Mr. Smalls in September 2013, touring behind debut album "Silence Yourself." It was one of the PG's Top 10 concerts of the year (according to me).

A week after I complained that the current tour was skipping Pittsburgh, like many others, Opus One Productions comes up with a return date to Smalls of May 17. Tickets are only $20 advance; $20 door and go on sale Friday via ticketweb.com.

Savages just dropped a second album, "Adore Life," that sounds every bit as great and intense as the debut.

If you adore punk, post-punk, British rock, life itself, don't miss it. 

 

 

 

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SAG Award presenters plus NAACP honor for John Legend

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

sagpresentersBrie Larson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Jacob Tremblay and Priyanka Chopra, will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, executive producer Kathy Connell announced today.
 
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards Ceremony that already includes Life Achievement Award presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
 
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. 
 
In other awards news, the NAACP announced that John Legend will be presented with the NAACP President’s Award at the 47th NAACP Image Awards telecast live from 9-11 p.m. ET on Feb. 5 on TV One (check your cable listings).
 
The NAACP President’s Award, chosen by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.  
 
Past honorees include Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the founding members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, Kerry Washington, and last year, Spike Lee.
 
For nominees, see 

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