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The Frame Weekend: Scorsese's Bob Dylan 'fever dream'; "Central Park Five" opera




"Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story" by Martin Scorsese is now on Netflix.

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NOTHING COMPARES 2 HIM

"Originals" is a new album of songs written by Prince that he gave to other artists. The album consists of Prince's "demos" of the songs — though in typical Prince fashion, they are highly-produced cuts that were radio-ready. The album includes: "Jungle Love" (The Time); "The Glamorous Life" (Sheila E); and "Nothing Compares 2 You," which was made famous by Sinead O'Connor, but was actually written for Susannah Melvoin. In 1985, she recorded the song for the band that Prince formed as an outlet for some of his music, The Family. She joins guest host Steven Cuevas to talk about the new release and her work with Prince. 

SCORSESE'S TAKE ON A DYLAN TOUR

Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder tour was an antidote to the arena shows he'd played the previous year with The Band. He assembled a group of musicians and a rotating cast of accomplices that included Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and others, and they played small venues, mostly on the East Coast, with Dylan himself driving one of the tour buses. In 1978, that footage was used to create an epic film, directed by Dylan, that blurred the lines between fact and fiction. It was called “Renaldo and Clara." And it bombed. But the concept inspired Martin Scorsese when plotting out his new Netflix film, "Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story." Producer Margaret Bodde & editor David Tedeschi (ted- ehs-kee) worked closely with Scorsese on the film and they discuss the project with guest host Steven Cuevas.

NOT YOUR USUAL VIDEO GAME

Video games and violence often go hand-in-hand. But what about video games and psychotherapy? Connie Geppert is a video game designer and co-founder of the Berlin-based production house, Jo-Mei. The villains in her new game, “Sea of Solitude,” are depression and loneliness. The game follows a young woman as she navigates a submerged city and the monsters that live there. The mental health themes and the aquatic imagery are both taken from Geppert’s personal history. The Frame’s guest host, Steven Cuevas, spoke with Geppert following her recent presentation at the E3 convention in Los Angeles.

REAL LIFE DRAMA SUNG ON THE STAGE

Thirty years after the brutal attack against a jogger in New York’s Central Park, the wrongful conviction of five teens of color continues to highlight themes of prejudice, injustice and institutionalized racism in our society. A new production from Long Beach Opera takes a fresh look at the case from the perspective of the boys.

The Frame talks with composer Anthony Davis about the world premiere of his new opera, “The Central Park Five.” Davis is known for jazz, rhythm and blues, and classical influences in his operas. His past works include “X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X” and “Amistad.”

HE'S BAAAACK. (CHUCKY, THAT IS)

A beloved toy returns to movie theaters this Friday. No, not Woody the Cowboy from "Toy Story 4," but Chucky the killer doll. A new reboot of the 1988 horror film, "Child’s Play," is campy and creepy in all kinds of ways, down to its dementedly childlike score. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving visits the studio of Bear McCreary, where the composer demonstrates how he used seemingly innocent childrens' toys to create a demonic theme.

NASHVILLE DREAMS OF A SCOTTISH LASS

Jessie Buckley stars in the new film, “Wild Rose,” about an aspiring country singer trying to break into Nashville’s music scene. To make matters worse, her character, Rose-Lynn, is a single mother with two kids — and she lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Buckley herself is Irish and comes from a musical background. Her breakout moment came in 2008 when she participated in a BBC television contest called “I’d Do Anything,” in which she won second place. Buckley speaks with The Frame’s guest host, Steven Cuevas, about singing the music in “Wild Rose” and battling panic attacks on set.

WEEK IN CULTURE: YOUTUBE WOES, JJ ABRAMS DEAL, SPOTIFY PODS

Youtube's troubles continue; Spotify amplifies podcasts on its platform; and JJ Abrams becomes one of the latest top Hollywood talents to ink a massive deal with Warner Media. Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw joins Steven Cuevas to break down these top stories in the world of culture this week.