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'Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden' takes audiences on a theatrical tour




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A scene from "Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden" at the Huntington Museum.
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On today's show:

A theatrical walk through the garden

(Starts at 8:34)

Southern California’s Latino and Asian heritages meet in "Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden," a new play from CalArts' Center for New Performance that weaves together the 16th Century Chinese romance, "The Peony Pavilion," with tales of early 20th Century California. The site-specific production takes audiences on a participatory nocturnal journey to locations throughout the Huntington's Chinese Garden. The show is directed by Stan Lai, one of the preeminent voices in the contemporary Chinese theatre. "Nightwalk" is among the English-language productions the American-born, Taiwan-based writer/director has created over the years. Lai spoke with John Horn on location at the Huntington.

A long-awaited victory for songwriters

(Starts at 1:04)

The U.S. Senate has passed the Music Modernization Act, a wide-ranging bill that allows songwriters to be compensated by streaming companies. Songwriters Michelle Lewis and Kay Hanley talk with John Horn about the next steps before the act becomes law.

ALICE COLTRANE: THE L.A. YEARS

(Starts at 19:56)

In the late 1970s, jazz musician Alice Coltrane recorded three albums following the death of her husband, saxophone legend John Coltrane. Those "L.A." albums would be her last commercial recordings for more than 25 years as Coltrane pursued a more spiritual path that would eventually lead to the creation of the Vedantic Center and ashram near Malibu. Recordings of Indian-inspired devotional music that Coltrane recorded during this period were released to critical acclaim last year. And this month’s re-issue of the “lost” Warner Brothers albums further spotlight a musician transitioning from the secular to the sacred. The Frame contributor Steven Cuevas has the story.