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Tan Dun's "The First Emperor" in New York; Film Review - "Borat": Granny Van Gogh; Studio Performance - Rain Pryor (23 Jan 2007)


Tan Dun is perhaps best known in Hong Kong for his music for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". More serious music fans will know him as a versatile composer of operas, symphonies, and other pieces. Right now his opera "The First Emperor" is playing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We talk to him, and to the production's director, movie-maker Zhang Yimou, about the work. Sacha Baron Cohen is the creator of Ali G, a white TC presenter from Staines who really would like to be black, of gay Austrian fashionista Boris, and – his most popular alter ego for the moment – Borat, a less than politically-correct reporter allegedly from Kazakhstan. Now Borat's made it to the big screen, to much acclaim. Gary Pollard tells us more. With little formal education 70-year-old Chang Xiu-Feng has lived, for most of her life, an impoverished life in the mountain farmlands of Henan. When her husband died in 2004, she moved to Guangzhou to live with her son. By chance one day, she picked up a crayon. She began drawing her memories of her past. Once her son began showing her drawings on a blog, "Granny Van Gogh", as she became known, attracted a wide following. Finally in this week's show, Rain Pryor is the daughter of the late comedian Richard Pryor. She's also an actress, and an accomplished singer. She's been visiting Hong Kong to perform her new show "Divas", about Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald. Tonight she sings "Don't Explain".

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
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