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J'Nai Bridges traveled from the basketball court to the opera stage




J'Nai Bridges performs in L.A. Opera's production of Philip Glass'
J'Nai Bridges performs in L.A. Opera's production of Philip Glass' "Satyagraha."
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J'Nai Bridges left hoops for the hoopla of opera

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J’Nai Bridges was a star basketball player in high school and appeared on track for college scholarships and then a career in the pros. But after her coach scolded her for arriving to a game late (because she was singing in the chorus of a production of "Tosca"), Bridges decided music was her true calling. The 31-year-old singer has since performed in opera houses across Europe and the U.S., including L.A. and San Francisco. This week she appears in the premiere of L.A. Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ 1979 opera, "Satyagraha." The non-linear opera, sung entirely in the ancient language of Sanskrit, tells the story of Mahatma Gandhi’s formative years in South Africa where he developed his philosophy of non-violent political civil disobedience, which he dubbed Satyagraha, or "truth force."

https://youtu.be/lGTOicmwNtg

Netflix invests in New Mexico

(Starts at 1:00)

The streaming company is buying a huge production studio complex in Albuquerque, where city and state tax incentives have long lured producers. What does it mean for production in New Mexico and in California? Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg News fills us in on the details.

Song Exploder: Janelle Monáe breaks down "So Afraid"

(Starts at 19:42)

Janelle Monáe is an award-winning musician and actress who released her first record in 2007. She’s been nominated for multiple Grammys and starred in the films "Moonlight" and "Hidden Figures." Earlier this year she released her third album, "Dirty Computer," which includes the song “So Afraid.” In this episode of the Song Exploder podcast, Monáe takes “So Afraid” apart to explain how she built it, step by step — beginning with a trip to the dentist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmG0LAbcmuM