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    New Orleans, LA (January 20, 2011)—The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2011 Festival scheduled for April 29 - May 1 and May 5 - 8. With twelve stages of virtually every style of roots music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups, including its unparalleled showcase of Louisiana’s unique culture. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the seven-day event that has been called America’s best festival.

    Oscar nominations: 'Social Network,' 'Black Swan,' 'King's Speech,' 'True Grit' dominate


    A psychological thriller, a story of redemption, an animated film about toys and a drama about the rise of Facebook were among the 10 nominees for best film Tuesday for the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

    Nominated in the feature film category were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

    The 83rd Academy Awards will air live at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

    Trumpeter plays Erie with top-notch credentials

    ImageDominick Farinacci is one musician who doesn't have to trumpet his own skills. Everyone else blows his horn, including Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Ernie Krivda, jazz critics and the nation of Japan.

    At 27, he's on the jazz fast track, though he's not a newcomer. Farinacci played in Cleveland clubs when he was just 14 years old and was in high school when Marsalis heard him play trumpet. He became not only a friend but also a mentor who helped boost Farinacci's career.

    Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after all

    Turns out that music really is intoxicating, after allAn "outburst of the soul," the composer Frederick Delius called music. The sounds associated with the form produce "a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without," observed Confucius. It is the art "which is most nigh to tears and memory," noted the writer Oscar Wilde.

    It turns out that these guys were more on target than we thought. Our experience of the music we love stimulates the pleasure chemical dopamine in our brain, concludes a new study produced by a slew of scholars at McGill University. The researchers followed the brain patterns of test subjects with MRI imaging, and identified dopamine streaming into the striatum region of their forebrains "at peak emotional arousal during music listening."

    Not only that, but the scientists noticed that various parts of the striatum responded to the dopamine rush differently. The caudate was more involved during the expectation of some really nice musical excerpt, and the nucleus accumbens took the lead during "the experience of peak emotional responses to music."

    In other words, just the anticipation our favorite passage stimulates the production of dopamine. "Our results help to explain why music is of such high value across all human societies," the writers conclude.

    ROSALIE GOLDSTEIN 'Queen of chutzpah' was innovative force at folk festival

    ROSALIE GOLDSTEIN 'Queen of chutzpah' was innovative force at folk festivalThe arts community is mourning an organizational dynamo who proclaimed herself the "Queen of chutzpah" during her years at the helm of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Rosalie Goldstein died Saturday at Grace Hospital of complications from heart disease, her close friend and former colleague Mitch Podolak said. She was 73 and had been in failing health for several months.

    The feisty Goldstein, known for her red hair and determination to make things happen, started working for the Birds Hill Park festival in 1979 and proved herself an unstoppable fundraiser, producer and planner.
    "She understood the human dynamic (of the festival). That was the most important part," said Podolak, who affectionately called her by her surname. "Goldstein was one of a kind... I consider her one of the founders of the folk fest, even though she wasn't there for the first three or four years."
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