Minnesota filmmaker exposes sinister fertility doctor in a new HBO documentary
“Baby God,” a disturbing new documentary about a fertility doctor who used deceit and rape to impregnate women with his own sperm, is largely set in Las Vegas, where the OB-GYN had set up practice.But the film, which premieres at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on HBO, has a number of Minnesota connections.Dr. Quincy Fortier, the movie’s chief villain, graduated from the University of Minnesota’s medical school in 1945. One of his biological children, who ends up playing a key role in the story, lives in Walker, Minnesota, a three-hour drive north of the Twin Cities.And then there’s Hannah Olson. The film...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Album reviews: Megan Thee Stallion, The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, The Dirty Knobs
Megan Thee Stallion“Good News”(330 Entertainment *** 1/2)Good news abounds for Megan Thee Stallion, the Texas rapper who also answers to Hot Girl Meg and has recorded using the alter ego Tina Snow.Beyond last week’s four Grammy nominations for best new artist, record of the year, best rap song and best rap performance (the last three for “Savage” featuring Beyonce) — she has succeeded here at something that’s often elusive: Living up to the outsized expectations she set for herself when she first emerged as a brazen, bountifully talented new voice in 2019.Her first zeitgeist moment happened th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Garth Brooks offers 'Fun' to cap tough year, after Detroit became unplanned last tour stop
DETROIT — Garth Brooks couldn’t have known it at the time. Back in late February, none of us did.But when the country star stepped onstage for more than 70,000 concertgoers at Ford Field on Feb. 22, he and those Detroit fans became part of an unlikely and unfortunate milestone.Brooks’ high-energy, hits-laden affair inside the Detroit Lions’ house that night wasn’t just the last big live-music event in Detroit. It turned out to be the final stadium concert in the United States — and one of the last major concerts anywhere in the world — before the pandemic brought regula life screeching to a ha...
Detroit Free Press
How do we cope without the soaring melodies and communal experience of Handel's 'Messiah'?
CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa.Or Christmas trees.Or mistletoe.The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s [“Messiah\.”](Normally at this time of year, “Messiahs” would be blossoming in churches and concert halls across the United States. Virtuoso singers would be delivering its sublime arias. Magnificent choirs would be thundering the “Hallelujah” Chorus.Early music groups would be attempting to re-create the way the piece ...
Policy Address 2020: Southern Hong Kong Island to become arts and tourism hub, as Ocean Park acquires Jumbo Restaurant
Hong Kong Island Southern District will be “invigorated” into an arts hub and tourist spot, the chief executive said in her policy address on Wednesday.During her annual address at the Legislative Council (LegCo), Carrie Lam said the district will be developed “into a place full of vibrancy, vigour and velocity for people to work, live, explore new ideas and have fun.”The project named “Invigorating Island South” includes the rebirth of Ocean Park, to enhance its educational and conservation investments. The theme park will also be core to another project to link up other districts and islands...
Hong Kong Free Press
Stop playing politics or face a ban, Nintendo warns Animal Crossing gamers
Japanese video game giant Nintendo has told players of its hit creation Animal Crossing: New Horizons to stop adding political or commercial content, after a variety of users worldwide – including Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners – started sending their own messages.Nintendo told businesses and organisations to “refrain from bringing politics into the game,” and said those who breached the guidelines could be banned.Animal Crossing has been a hit since its launch in March, selling over 20 million copies by September. It allows users to craft tools, decorations and other creature comforts fr...
Hong Kong Free Press
Event: Hong Kong Int’l Documentary Festival 2020 broadens its horizons with new competition
[Sponsored] The coronavirus pandemic has drastically impacted the lives of people around the world this year, upending everything from education to commerce, the arts and – in particular – cinema.In what has been a challenging time for film, the second Hong Kong International Documentary Festival (HKIDF) offers a glimmer of hope when it opens on 20th November and runs through to 9th December. It offers a full expanded programme as well as socially distanced in-person screenings, presenting the films in the way their creators would want to the largest possible audiences, something that has been...
Hong Kong Free Press
A revelatory new recording of Gershwin's landmark Concerto in F
In 1949, pianist Oscar Levant released an LP of the most famous extended work for piano and orchestra ever penned by an American composer: George Gershwin’s Concerto in F (1925).The piece looms large in our popular culture thanks partly to Levant’s hyper-virtuoso performance of excerpts in the beloved Gene Kelly film musical “An American in Paris” (1951).Ever since Levant’s renditions on screen and record, his approach has stood as definitive – the interpretation against which all others are measured.Now there’s another that can stand alongside it.Pianist Kevin Cole, currently the country’s le...
Texas musician holds outdoor concerts to fill pandemic void
FORT WORTH, Texas — A line of a dozen people stand outside Melt Ice Cream Shop on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth, the sweet smell of sugar wafting from the open door. Families chat on the sidewalk nearby, masks pulled down to eat their dessert. a block down, the sound of a violin drifts on the summer breeze.Standing in front of the yellow light of a window, Armond Vance moves his hands assuredly with the instrument’s bow as he plays a mash-up of a Drake song and Tchaikovsky.Vance, 24, has been putting on outdoor concerts in Fort Worth since coronavirus cut off many people’s means to listen to l...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Disney theme parks want to bring back some entertainment after cuts, executive says
Disney parks chairman Josh D’Amaro acknowledged the company hears from the message from fans who miss the theme parks’ live entertainment and vowed to bring some of it back.“We’ve heard from many of our guests that they’re looking forward to us bringing back some of the entertainment that we recently had to discontinue. And we plan to do that,” D’Amaro said, without providing further details, as he gave a keynote speech at IAAPA Virtual Education Conference Monday.The Walt Disney Co. has laid off 28,000 people in the theme park division, including about 18,000 from Central Florida. Equity perf...