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Sun September 4, 2011
Music Interviews

Thomas Dybdahl: Norwegian Invasion

Thomas Dybdahl's first U.S. release, Songs, collects music from the Norweigian songwriter's hit-heavy career overseas.
Kevin Westenberg Courtesy of the artist

In his home country of Norway, Thomas Dybdahl is already a star. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has released five well-received albums there over the past decade.

Now, he's making his U.S. debut with Songs, a sort of compilation of the best of his Norwegian hits. One thing that's making the transition easy: His songs are all in English.

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Sat September 3, 2011

A Son Confronts Moscone's 'Ghost' On Stage

In Ghost Light, a director deals with his father's death while staging a version of Hamlet.
Jenny Graham Oregon Shakespeare Festival

As the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater, Jonathan Moscone has told a lot of stories on stage but never his own father's — until now.

Moscone was 14 when his father, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, was murdered.

For decades, the younger Moscone saw a legend grow up around city supervisor Harvey Milk, who was also gunned down that day. Milk became a gay rights icon, and his story became the subject of plays, documentaries and films. Moscone's story, however, remained largely untold.

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Sat September 3, 2011

Alton Brown Takes A Final Bite Of 'Good Eats'

Good Eats isn't your typical cooking show. Its host and creator, Alton Brown, does more than just recite recipes.

He's as often in front of a blackboard as he is in front of an oven. Brown uses quirky skits, puppets and props to serve up the history and science of food — and the secrets of simple great eating.

Good Eats has a large, loyal following of fans and they're all about to be very disappointed. The show taped the final episode this week after 13 years of being on-air.

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Sat September 3, 2011

SuperPACS, Explained (By Stephen Colbert's Lawyer)

Comedian Stephen Colbert, left, confers with his attorney Trevor Potter, center, as Matthew Sanderson looks on at right, as they appeared before the Federal Election Committee (FEC) in Washington. Potter says Colbert's SuperPAC, "Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," is no joke. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Trevor Potter is a Washington lawyer with the firm Caplin and Drysdale. He also served as chair of the Federal Election Commission.

And he says Stephen Colbert is not joking.

At least when it comes to the comedian's SuperPAC, a political action committee authorized by the FEC to make "unlimited independent expenditures." Colbert's is called "Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow."

Colbert didn't get it without help. He hired Potter to submit the paperwork and coach him on his FEC hearing.

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Sat September 3, 2011
Music News

Glen Campbell: Forget Me Not

Legendary country singer Glen Campbell's new album, Ghost on the Canvas, will be his last. Campbell is suffering the early stages of Alzheimer's, and he's decided to release one more record as a final farewell.
Collin Stark Courtesy of the artist

In his new album's liner notes, Glen Campbell writes, "Ghost on the Canvas is the last studio record of new songs that I ever plan to make."

That's because he's now living through the early stages of Alzheimer's. A man whose music history spans six decades is slowly losing his own history — his memories of being one of L.A.'s top session guitarists, playing on everything from "Strangers in the Night" to "Good Vibrations," with an outfit called The Wrecking Crew.

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