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Weekend: Ed Norton; Cynthia Erivo is 'Harriet'; QOTSA frontman; Raphael Saadiq and more




Writer/director Kasi Lemmons, left, on the set of
Writer/director Kasi Lemmons, left, on the set of "Harriet" with Cynthia Erivo (center), who plays Harriet Tubman.
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ED NORTON BRINGS PASSION PROJECT TO SCREEN

In 1999 Ed Norton was a rising star in Hollywood and he fell in love with the Jonathan Franzen novel, "Motherless Brooklyn." But it proved to be a hard project to adapt. Now, twenty years later, Norton has written, directed, produced and stars in this crime drama in which he plays a P.I. with Tourette's uncovering the dark, racist history of NYC. 

CAN ARTS GROUPS MORALLY COLLABORATE WITH SAUDI ARABIA?

Desert X, an arts group in California which puts on massive outdoor events in the desert is planning to mount a show in Saudi Arabia. LA Times art critic Christopher Knight calls out the moral implications of working with a government that squashes freedom of expression.

MAKING "HARRIET"

“Harriet” tells the story of how Harriet Tubman went from escaped slave to heroic abolitionist. John Horn talks with the film’s director Kasi Lemons – who also co-wrote the script– and the film's star, British actress Cynthia Erivo].

RAPHAEL SAADIQ EXPLODES A SONG

In this edition of Song Exploder, musician and producer Raphael Saadiq breaks down a song from his new album named for his late brother and co-created with his nephew.

THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Midge Costin is the director of “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound," A new documentary that shows how the sound in movies is making you feel things whether you realize it or not.

"GREENER GRASS" FILMMAKERS SATIRIZE THE SUBURBS

“Greener Grass” filmmakers, Jocelyn DeBoer  and Dawn Luebbe loved satirizing soccer moms and the politeness of the suburbs as up-and-coming improv artists. Now they’ve made their weird world –where every adult has braces on their teeth and drive golf carts instead of cars– into a full length film. Also featuring Beck Bennet of SNL and D'arcy Carden from "The Good Place."

JOSH HOMME'S DESERT HOME

He’s the lead singer of Queens of The Stone Age. He’s in the band the Eagles of Death Metal. He wrote the theme music for his friend Anthony Bourdain’s TV Show “Parts Unknown” and, as a producer he’s worked with Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl and even Elton John. Josh Homme is from the Joshua Tree area of the Southern California Desert-- about two hours east of L-A. And his latest project is called the Desert Sessions.