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  • Jazz, Baby

    Jazz, Baby
    His magazine was approaching its fifth birthday, and Hugh Hefner wanted to celebrate in a big way. The founder of Playboy does not think small, so in August of 1959, he had George Wein—impresario of the Newport Jazz Festival—create a weekend of music. It was a total success: 68,000 people crowded into Chicago Stadium for the first Playboy Jazz Festival. Twenty years later, Hefner did it again, this time in Los Angeles. He’s been staging his jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl ever since.
  • LEBANON: Deadly clashes erupt in Beirut, rattling the night with gunfire [Updated]

    At least two people were killed and several others wounded when clashes broke out between members of the militant Shiite group Hezbollah and a group known as the Ahbash, a conservative Sunni movement with roots in Sufism, in the Beirut...

    Steinway honors pianist Michael Rickman, professor at Stetson University

    Critically acclaimed pianist Dr. Michael Rickman, professor of piano in Stetson University’s School of Music, has been honored by Steinway & Sons as a new member of its prestigious roster of Steinway Artists. The New York-based company says of its a