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WLRN has replaced the local program Evenin' Jazz with Len Pace with syndicated programming from Minnesota Public Radio.

Evenin' Jazz, a WLRN weekday staple for thirty years, featured local music, local and national interviews, and a live jazz announcer. With the cancellation of Evenin' Jazz, Sunday night's Night Train becomes the only local jazz program on WLRN.

WPBT2 recently broadcasted a documentary featuring winners of the 2008 Knight Arts Challenge. Footage is also available on the Knight Arts website at www.knightarts.org/documentary

Wal-Mart has reached an agreement with Live Nation to sell concert and event tickets in about 500 of its stores. Live Nation tickets are also currently being sold in Blockbuster stores.


South Koreans have developed a robot actor. EveR-3 has performed several roles already, including the lead in the South Korean government-funded "Robot Princess and the Seven Dwarfs," and is set to star in several productions in 2010. Developers predict that robots may someday also serve as stagehands, controlling music and lighting.


Miami City Ballet has announced four company premiers and a larger budget for its 25th anniversary season. The 2010-2011 season will include John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, made possible by a major donation from an anonymous donor, and a return of live orchestra, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation.

Former Palm Beach Pops General Manager Jill Kaplan has filed a lawsuit against Pops founder and maestro Bob Lappin. Kaplan claims sexual harassment and is asking for $20 million in damages. She has also filed a compliant with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Dallas Opera has received a $10 million challenge grant from an anonymous donor. The deadline for the Opera raising the matching $10 million is October 2011, and the money would be used to increase the artistic quality of the company and recruit a general director.

The Detroit Symphony recently completed a successful tour of Florida, its first tour since 2001. The Orchestra performed six concerts over seven days, and raised $427,000 in concert revenue and $190,000 in donations, netting a profit of $120,000.


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