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Legendary fiddler Courtney Granger dies

Local musician Courtney Wayne Granger passed away on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the age of 39. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Quirk & Son Funeral Home of Eunice with Father Clinton Sensat officiating. Burial followed in St. Louis Cemetery. Granger was a master fiddler and extraordinarily talented singer who traveled the world playing traditional Cajun music. He hails from the…
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Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: September 22

1921 The Music Box Revue of 1921 is the first production at the new Music Box Theatre, which opens on 45th Street. Included in the production's numbers are Irving Berlin's "Say It With Music"—and Berlin himself is one of the performers. Miriam Hopkins also stars as one of the "Eight Little Notes." The show runs through the season and well into the next. On this date, exactly two years later in 1923, another version opens. This one has Grace Moore's rendition of "What'll I Do?" and a version of "Yes, We Have No Bananas."
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Facebook AI Releases Captum 0.4: A More Powerful Model Interpretability Library For PyTorch

Among other Machine learning (ML) techniques, deep neural networks have become crucial components for various applications, including image classification, audio recognition, and natural language processing (NLP). In most circumstances, these approaches have attained predicted accuracy that is on par with human performance. As a result, techniques for evaluating and comprehending what the model has learned have become an essential component of a thorough validation method. In reality, it’s critical to ensure that the measured accuracy results from using an appropriate problem representation rather than exploiting data artifacts.
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Outdoor Concert Coming To Littleton’s Main Street

LITTLETON — Two years ago the Littleton Arts Festival ended with a concert at Riverfront Commons. Now the music is moving to Main Street. Littleton Main Street Inc. will present the Oktoberfest Music Series in the heart of town on Saturday from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. The...

Pine Leaf Boys fiddler Courtney Granger dead at 39: 'I could see the light leaving him'

Courtney Granger, the Grammy-nominated fiddler and member of the Pine Leaf Boys, has died at the age of 39. The master fiddler and traditional Cajun musician died Saturday of a suspected blood clot after more than a decade of serious health problems, according to Pine Leaf Boys front man Wilson Savoy. Granger, who had diabetes, was on dialysis three times a week while awaiting kidney and pancreas transplants, his bandmate said.

Warrington housing: Revised green belt plans backed

Plans for nearly 15,000 new homes across Warrington have been approved by councillors. The borough's council cut the number of homes earmarked for the green belt, but 5% of the land was still earmarked for housing. Opposition councillors warned some villages would "lose their identity" but senior councillor Hitesh Patel...

Jr. National Scottish fiddler champion to play Fall Foliage Festival

New U.S. Junior National Scottish Fiddler Champion Owen Kennedy is among the musical performers at the Fall Foliage Festival Oct. 9 and 10 at Boothbay Railway Village Museum. He’ll be joined by National Scottish Fiddler Champion Seán Heely of Virginia, a teacher and friend. Kennedy, 16, competed for the title...

Chasing Down Betty Buckley’s High E in

Happy almost Tony Awards! I’m not going to talk Tony's this column because I’m going to dedicate an entire column to inside Tony Award stories—so stay tuned for that. I will however say that I am hosting a Tony Award Watch Party during the show. It starts at 7 PM ET (‘natch) and it’s at Asylum NYC. You can hang out with me and not only watch the festivities, but do singalongs, answer Broadway trivia, get some sassy prizes, and “much more” (as Luisa sang in The Fantasticks). Get thee here for tix.

Broadway opens the curtain to the public

After being closed for a little over a year, the most prolonged period in its history, Broadway is finally pulling back the curtain and opening its doors to patrons and theatre lovers alike. Broadway closed on March 12, 2020, after announcing that COVID-19 was rapidly spreading throughout the United States.

Amazing bluegrass singing and playing by Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

Carson Peters & Iron Mountain is a bluegrass, gospel, and old-time Christian band. The five band members are from Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Marion, Virginia. They all play acoustic instruments. Carson Peters gained popularity across the nation as a bluegrass and gospel fiddler. After posting his incredible fiddle performances...

Fiddler’s Green Celebrates with a Hopeful Grand Reopening

SHIAWASSEE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ambassadors joined Fiddler’s Green staff and veterans service organization representatives in celebrating the grand reopening in Corunna with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Saturday. (Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford) Fiddler’s Green on Norton Street in Corunna celebrated a grand reopening with a public memorial address presented by Owosso...

Banjoists and fiddlers to play old-time music in Berkeley

Suzy Thompson likes riddles, brain teasers and puzzles. Sudoku, the New York Times crossword puzzle, whatever — she’s ready to settle in and work out a solution. Sept. 23-26 It turns out that the mental agility she’s honed over the years has been especially handy as she figures out the schedule for this year’sBerkeley Old Time Music Convention, which runs Sept. 23-26 both in person around Berkeley and online. For every live performance, class or workshop, she’s included a backup plan so the event can proceed come pandemic surge or conflagration.

Video Premiere: George Jackson, “Town’s End” (feat. Jake Blount)

On October 29, fiddler extraordinaire George Jackson releases his sophomore album Hair & Hide, a tour-de-force exploration of the sounds emanating from the two instruments at the heart of old time music and bluegrass—the fiddle and the banjo. The album’s title refers to the raw materials out of which these sounds issue, and the fourteen tracks on the album—a balance of Jackson originals and traditional tunes—feature the sounds of only the two instruments. He enlists the talents of seven of the finest banjo players of their generation—Jake Blount, Catherine (BB) Bowness, Wes Corbett, Frank Evans, Brad Kolodner, Joe Overton, Uma Peters—to join him on this bracing journey of musical innovation through the sonic landscape of tradition.