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A one-woman show is coming to the Tobin Center and it’s probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s called "One Drop of Love" starring Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

“How did you get mixed up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon?” I asked DiGiovanni.

(Laughs) “I think I met Matt when I was about 12 and Ben when we started high school together," DiGiovanni told me. "And we did theater—we had a very wonderful theater program at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  And these two guys are such wonderful human beings.”

Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, where can you see the films on the big screen? Here’s a handy guide for this weekend. 

Apart from the Best Picture nominees, many of the nominated films are already on DVD and Blu-ray, or available as streaming video through Amazon, Netflix, and other services. We also recommend the San Antonio Public Library, though the waitlist may be long for some titles!

For NPR/TPR coverage of the nominated movies, see “Related Links” at the bottom of the page.

Liverpool Legends

A Fab Four of sorts will be rocking the Aztec Theatre on Saturday night. I was able to speak with someone of note about that concert--very much of note! The late George Harrison’s gregarious sister, Louise, who insists on being called "Lou" because "Louise" is "so old-fashioned."

Click the audio link above, and you may think you’re hearing the Beatles, but you’re hearing Liverpool Legends.

“They really pull the audience right in to be part of the show," Lou says. "After 3 or 4 Beatles songs they’re jumping around like they’re teenagers again.”

"Hitchhacking" via Flickr

Oil prices resumed their fall in prices after a strong showing Wednesday. Falling dramatically from a June 2014 peak of more than $100 a barrel, the price hovers below the break-even point for Eagle Ford's supply, at $53 per barrel, according to Richard Baird Equity Research.

With this fact comes layoffs to an industry that employs between 300,000 and 400,000 people.

Karen Almond

For years now, I keep coming back to a jazz composition by composer/jazz educator and good friend Dick Goodwin. He wrote the piece back when I first got to know him, in the late '60s, calling it “What I Think About When I Hear 'Bye, Bye, Blackbird.'” It's funny how utilitarian the concept is: “What I Think About When I Hear Beethoven 5th,” or “Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade.'” Or what about the visual?

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