Nicks, Def Leppard among first-time rock hall nominees
By DAVID BAUDER
AP Media Writer
Tuesday, October 9
NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Nicks, who’s already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has been nominated for inclusion as a solo artist next year, along with other first-time nominees Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine and Roxy Music.
Nine other artists are returning to the ballot for another try, including Janet Jackson, Radiohead and The Cure.
Generally, about five to seven nominees each year are voted into the hall, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Past inductees and industry experts vote on who gets in, and fans have a ballot, too. Winners are announced in December, with the 34th annual ceremony scheduled for March 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Nicks was inducted with Fleetwood Mac in 1998. But she’s maintained an active solo career, with her best-known songs coming in the 1980s, like “Edge of Seventeen,” ”Stand Back” and the Tom Petty duet, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
The highly polished metal of Def Leppard sold tons of CDs back in the 1980s, led by hits like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph.”
Rundgren has been overlooked through the years, despite 1970s-era hits like “Hello It’s Me,” ”I Saw the Light” and “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” and his track record as a producer of others’ work.
Devo attracted punk-era attention with their theory of deevolution and oddball cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” They also made hits of their own, including “Whip It” and “Beautiful World.”
The artsy British band Roxy Music is best known for their romantic hits “More Than This” and “Love is the Drug.” The country-folk artist Prine is a cancer survivor, with songs like “Angel From Montgomery” and the Iris DeMent duet “In Spite of Ourselves” in his discography. His new album, “The Tree of Forgiveness,” is a career highlight.
Rapper and actor LL Cool J and the German electronic band Kraftwerk each received their fifth nomination. The explosive Detroit band MC5 is back for a fourth try, as are the 1960s rockers the Zombies.
Jackson has been nominated the past three years in a row and Rufus (featuring Chaka Kahn) is also a three-time nominee. The Cure, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are back for a second try.
Fans can make their feelings known on rockhall.org starting Tuesday, Oct. 16. The top five vote-getters will be included as a “fan’s ballot.”
HBO will broadcast the induction at a later date and SiriusXM will have a live simulcast.
Kathleen Turner to make Metropolitan Opera debut
By RONALD BLUM
NEW YORK (AP) — One of acting’s most distinctive voices will make an unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut.
Kathleen Turner, known for words that smoke rather than shimmer, is joining the cast of Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp, the Met said Thursday.
She received an unexpected email this summer from Met general manager Peter Gelb proposing the idea. Asked to describe her voice, Turner terms it “kind of baritone.”
“Peter says I’m one of the few women he knows who can sing ‘Ol’ Man River’ in the original key,” she said during an interview Wednesday with her distinctive, throaty laugh.
An Academy Award- and Tony Award-nominated actress, the 64-year-old Turner will appear in seven performances of the comic opera from Feb. 7 to March 1, the last televised to movie theaters around the world in high definition.
“La Fille du Regiment” is sung in French and stars soprano Pretty Yende in the title role of Marie, tenor Javier Camarena as Tonio (who sings the famous aria “Ah! mes amis” with the nine high Cs) and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Marquise of Berkenfield.
The Duchess enters imperiously at the start of the second act to arrange a marriage between her nephew and Marie.
“I was thinking of interesting, bigger-than-life personalities, and Kathleen came to mind, Gelb said.
“I don’t understand. Why do you need me?” Turner recalled telling Gelb. “I said, ‘Well, send the libretto. Let me read it out loud.’”
She went to the Met in August, walked the stage, fell in love with the acoustics and agreed. Gelb said it has not been determined whether she will speak in French, English or a combination. Turner doesn’t think she will attempt to ad-lib.
“I don’t think I would have that much courage,” he said.
Turner received an Academy Award nomination for “Peggy Sue Got Married” in 1997 and Tony nominations for Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1990 and Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 2005.
She first sang publicly in 2014 during Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She launched a cabaret show, “Finding My Voice,” at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco last October, took it to The Other Palace in London in April and then New York’s Cafe Carlyle in May.
The Duchess has seen star turns of retired and semiretired singers, actors and even a famous jurist.
Ljuba Welitsch, then 58, performed the role at the Met in 1972 alongside Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, tenor Andrea Velis filled the role in 1983 and Emmy Award-winning actress Bea Arthur in 1994. Actress Marian Seldes took over when the current Laurent Pelly staging first came to the Met in 2008 and was replaced two years later by 66-year-old soprano Kiri Te Kanawa.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a noted opera fan, performed it in November 2016 on the opening night of the Washington National Opera’s season.
Turner has attended opera occasionally and cites Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” as among her favorites.
“I used to go more often. I can’t say I’m honestly a huge fan,” she said. “Before Peter, I couldn’t understand the acting — or lack thereof. That just upset me. But that has changed considerably.”
Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and STEVE MEGARGEE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in Congress.
The two candidates exchanged barbs and went on the aggressive during Wednesday’s hour-long event — based at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy — on topics ranging from health care, sexual misconduct allegations to gun control.
With election day less than a month away, the outcome of the competitive red-state race has attracted the national spotlight due to a 51-49 Republican majority in the balance. The race has become so high-profile that even pop superstar Taylor Swift broke her political silence by going on Instagram to endorse Bredesen and encourage people to vote Nov. 6.
Despite Bredesen kicking off the debate pleading for civil discourse, Blackburn immediately jumped into attacking Bredesen for attending a fundraiser that headlined ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “That was possibly the shortest civil debate we’ve had in a long time,” Bredesen responded.
Bredesen later said he didn’t seek out Bloomberg’s assistance but that Bloomberg called and offered his help. Blackburn said after the debate Bredesen and Bloomberg probably talked about “taking guns away from Tennesseans” or being a running mate with the gun control advocate in 2020.
The two sparred over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh amid Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations. Though both candidates supported President Donald Trump’s nomination, Bredesen didn’t do so until much later while Blackburn endorsed Kavanaugh almost immediately.
“What I wanted to do was listen and to actually have hearings,” Bredesen said. “I wish there had been more information. That could have changed my mind.”
Blackburn in turn said she believed something happened to Ford, but said Tennessee voters wanted Kavanaugh to be confirmed. However, she spent the majority of her answer pivoting away from the judicial nomination process to criticize the handling of sexual misconduct allegations when Bredesen was governor.
“Phil said that he did not think men and women, when they were in the workplace together, that you just had these issues of sexual harassment,” Blackburn said. “I think that is something that is an insult to women who were in the workplace and maybe he thinks I ought not be on this stage tonight.”
Bredesen denied the congresswoman’s characterization of his attitude during his time as governor, and instead countered he successfully worked to protect the privacy of victims as governor. Some sexual misconduct case records were shredded during Bredesen’s administration, a policy that he stopped as governor.
For the majority of the debate, Blackburn used former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as her example of Democrats Bredesen supports in almost all of her responses to questions. She routinely repeated that he gave $33,400 to Clinton’s presidential bid and eventually hinted that Bredesen would move his desk to sit next to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren if elected.
The tactic was similar to how she argued during the first debate, but instead attempted to tie him Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — someone Bredesen said he would not vote for in the Senate.
Bredesen countered Congress needed less “party tribalism” and more independent thinkers willing to work with both political parties, even going as far as saying he would support Blackburn if she were elected.
On gun control, Bredesen called for stronger background checks while Blackburn called for more secure schools. Both supported a system that would flag those with mental illnesses seeking to buy guns while both reiterating their support of the Second Amendment.
The two were also asked to give their opinion of retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker — the seat they’re hoping to secure — which they both graded him as doing a wonderful job while in office. Blackburn said she hoped to keep the seat Republican, while Bredesen went on the defensive when asked by a moderator if he only praised Corker to prevent the senator from attacking the Democrat.
“I’ve known him for a long time, so no,” he said.
Neither candidate was asked about the state’s growing opioid crisis — a central policy issue throughout the campaign and talking point for multiple television and digital ads. Instead, they fielded questions on expanding the military to include Trump’s proposed “Space Force.” Blackburn said she was in favor and Bredesen said he was open to the idea, but would need more information.
Finally, Bredesen said he supported strengthening the U.S. borders but that actually building a physical wall was just “political theater.” Blackburn disagreed, “Just ask Israel…a wall is imperative.”
The general election is Nov. 6. Early voting in Tennessee starts Oct. 17.
CAPA presents CRAIG FERGUSON
Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm
Davidson Theatre (77 S. High St.)
Grammy-nominated, Emmy and Peabody award-winning comedian Craig Ferguson brings his “Hobo Fabulous Tour” to Columbus. These tour performances will be 100% new material and will never be recorded for any form of broadcast or streaming outlet given Mr. Ferguson’s new (ironically) Luddite mistrust of digital technology. Tickets are $52.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.capa.com
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Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass with Yance Ford
Public · Hosted by Wexner Center for the Arts
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Wizard Rock at the Wizards & Wands festival!
Public · Hosted by Tonks and the Aurors
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Westerville Public Library
126 S State St, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents Renaissance “Day of the Dreamer”
Thursday Nov. 8, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH Map
Home for the Holidays featuring Niki Haris with the CJO
Public · Hosted by Jazz Arts Group
5 Dates · Nov 28 – Dec 2
21 E Main St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Jazz-Soul vocalist Niki Hairs, a veteran of Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition,” “Who’s That Girl,” “Girlie Show” and “Drowned” world tours, joins the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for swinging holiday favorites and beloved standards.
Grange Insurance is the proud Concert Sponsor of Home for the Holidays.
Tickets start at just $18.50 and are available in advance at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street), by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000, and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Half-price student tickets may be available at the Southern Theatre Box Office starting two hours before show time with a valid I.D.
Cher: Here We Go Again Tour
Public · with Cher and Chic
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM
200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tickets · $52.95 – $137.95
The Price Is Right – Live Stage Show in Columbus
Public · Hosted by Columbus Event Finder
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
39 E State St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Ohio Veterans Art Exhibition Opens Oct. 15
COLUMBUS – Art enthusiasts, military supporters and the rest of the general public are invited to join the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) and distinguished guests at the opening of the Ohio Veterans Art Exhibition, scheduled Oct. 15 at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. and include remarks of gratitude from ODVS Assistant Director Mark Cappone. Mary Gray of the Ohio Arts Council, who serves as Riffe Gallery Director, will emcee the program.
The exhibition will showcase the artwork of former service members from all across Ohio and all five major branches of service spanning many different eras and forms of artistic expression. The family-friendly event includes 33 different artworks including sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs.
The monthlong exhibit, which is free to all, will run through Nov. 15 and appear in the Art Gallery’s extension in the lobby area of the first floor of the Riffe Center, located at 77 S. High St. in downtown Columbus.
The main lobby of the Riffe Center is immediately accessible from the High Street entrance and is mere feet away from the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame display that is a permanent fixture near the escalators.
Veteran artists whose works will be on display include:
Chesney Barnett of Summit County, Ohio Army National Guard
Shawn Beasley of Athens County, USMC
Shannon Bryant of Pickaway County, USAF
Tamera Bryant of Franklin County, Navy
Kevin Casto of Huron County, Ohio Army National Guard
Thomas Chamness of Franklin County, Army & Army Reserves
Justin Dancing Hawk of Delaware County, USAF
Jerry Ellaback of Hamilton County, Navy
Alan Eltringham of Morgan County, Ohio Army National Guard
David Farrow of Tuscarawas County, Army
Sena Filsoofi of Delaware County, Army
Kenneth Frick of Franklin County, USAF
Dan Gerdeman of Fairfield County, Army
Patrick Gerdeman of Delaware County, USMC
Kristy Grachek of Franklin County, USMC
Dan Hancock of Cuyahoga County, USMC
Markanthony Hiser of Lucas County, USMC
Melvin Jackson of Miami County, USMC
William Knott and Nicole Carter of Franklin County, Army (Nicole)
Richard and Tracy Lauric of Logan County, USAF (Richard)
Terri Meyer of Ashland County, USAF
Carolyn Nagy of Lucas County, Army Nurse Corps
Gerry Newhouse of Franklin County, USMC
Mark Pennington of Lorain County, Army
David Ridenour of Wood County, Army
Valerie Simonelli of Summit County, USAF
McKinzey Thompson of Paulding County, Ohio Army National Guard
Gabriel Tolliver of Cuyahoga County, Army
Kelley Tomlinson of Montgomery County, Army Reserves
Gary Waits of Clermont County, Coast Guard
Graham Webb of Franklin County, Army
Jo Wildman of Greene County, Coast Guard and Navy
George Williams of Cuyahoga County, Navy