Playlist.

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Chöying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts, Mayhem, Laraaji, Ken Thomson, Mary Halvorson Octet, and other select sounds playing lately at Night After Night HQ.

Donnacha Dennehy: Politics and a Crusading Opera

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Some people, mainly critics, get very protective of genres. They want an “opera” to have the same type of structure as all the operas they love from the past. I don’t. In fact, I believe if you have trouble categorizing, you may be on to something. It means that you’re experimenting with the form, that you’re allowing content to drive a new approach to form.

Roger Bonair-Agard: Where Brooklyn At?

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A celebrated poet and writer in residence at National Sawdust, Roger Bonair-Agard has published three full-length collections of poetry, and celebrates the arrival of his fourth, Where Brooklyn At?, on Nov. 10 at National Sawdust – read an exclusive preview here. On Nov. 10, Bonair-Agard will celebrate the arrival of his newest book, Where Brooklyn At? (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2016), with a reading at National Sawdust presented in collaboration with The Baldwin Protocols, an arts-based intervention and reading series that he created. To mark the occasion, and with his blessing, we're proud to share some of the poems included in the new book.

Jenny Q. Chai: Discovering a Mission in Artistic Activism

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The beauty of making music is that it means so many personal and important things to so many. So then, having spent almost my entire conscious life learning about music, what is my motivation for making it?

Prologue: November 2016

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"April is the cruellest month," T.S. Eliot wrote in The Waste Land, but anyone who has endured the present electoral cycle in the United States, or even watched it from afar, might beg to differ. Accordingly, this month on The Log Journal we're focusing on politics in music, in all of its various forms.

An arts-journalism revolution begins in Boston.

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The Boston Globe became the epicenter of the arts-journalism world upon announcing Oct. 31 that Zoë Madonna, an award-winning classical music critic who'd been contributing to the Globe as a freelance reviewer and reporter since Sept. 2015, had been engaged to a temporary full-time position that would be funded by a nonprofit consortium.