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'The Central Park Five' As Opera

Published June 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM PDT
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A scene from "The Central Park Five," composed by Anthony Davis for Long Beach Opera.
Keith Ian Polakoff
A scene from "The Central Park Five," composed by Anthony Davis for Long Beach Opera.

On today's show:

Real Life Drama Sung On The Stage

(Starts at 8:30)

Thirty years after the brutal attack against a jogger in New York’s Central Park, the wrongful conviction of five teens of color continues to highlight themes of prejudice, injustice and institutionalized racism in our society. A new production from Long Beach Opera takes a fresh look at the case from the perspective of the boys. The Frame talks with composer Anthony Davis about the world premiere of his new opera, “The Central Park Five.” Davis is known for jazz, rhythm and blues, and classical influences in his operas. His past works include “X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X” and “Amistad.”

The Hollywood Courtship Continues For Democrats

(Starts at 1:00)

Beto O'Rourke was just in Los Angeles for a fundraiser and the host committee included Jeffrey Katzenberg. But like many other prominent Democrats in Hollywood, he is currently spreading his support around among several candidates. Meanwhile, Hollywood's LGBTQ community is leaning toward Pete Buttigieg, but they're keeping their options open. contributor Ted Johnson talks with Steven Cuevas about the state of play for Democratic candidates and the entertainment industry.

The Ballad of Steve and Sachiko

(Starts at 19:30)

Singer-songwriter Steve Gunn started out playing guitar for Kurt Vile before going solo. His intricate guitar work and lyricism belong as much in the past as they do the present. That’s because he draws most of his inspiration from older artists. When Gunn stopped by The Frame, he spoke with producer Jonathan Shifflett about his latest record, “The Unseen In Between,” and his collaboration with Japanese folk singer Sachiko Kanenobu.

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