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Katharina Rosenberger, The Old Globe’s ‘Emma’ And Awards

Here's a preview of what we're focusing on this week at the KPBS arts desk.

On Wednesday, UCSD composer Katharina Rosenberger will be in the These Days studio, along with the NYC-based musicians known as the Wet Ink Ensemble. The members of Wet Ink met Katharina when they were all at Columbia, and they've come across the country to help her record a new album. We'll hear some excerpts from that album, and they'll perform live for us. I spoke with Katharina last week and a couple of her compositions were inspired by the garden where she's house-sitting. I see weeds, composers see music. Thank goodness for artists.

Tonight, our local theater critics will hold their "Oscar" ceremony at MCASD in La Jolla. The 2010 Craig Noel Awards are really fun. I'm a sucker for awards ceremonies and it's especially rewarding to see our local actors and theater-makers get recognized. I'll publish the winners on Culture Lust tonight at midnight (for those of you that HAVE to know). U-T theater critic Jim Hebert and North County Times critic Pam Kragan will be on These Days on Thursday (10:30am) to talk about the winners and losers and preview the next few months in local theater.

Also on Thursday (10am), we'll talk about the new musical "Emma,' which is opening at The Old Globe this week. And, yes, it's that "Emma," of Jane Austen and..."Clueless!" (one of my favorite Austen adaptations). I'm sure the Old Globe's version will be far more reverent to Austen's comedy of manners and matchmaking heroine. We'll find out by asking director Jeff Calhoun (who directed the La Jolla Playhouse's 2009 production of "Bonnie and Clyde") and writer/composer Paul Gordon.

And, we'll list our favorite events for your weekend itinerary on Culture Lust Weekend Thursday afternoon.

I'm also having some fascinating conversations about the David Hockney-designed sets for the San Diego Opera's season opener "Turandot." I'll be doing a television package at the end of the month featuring the man who has to build Hockney's sets. Think RED! That video will also be published here on Culture Lust.

Also, our latest Film Club episode is generating quite a few comments. Feel free to chime in.

This weekend, I'll be at Cabaret Dances. Hope to see you there!

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