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So what do you do if you're a recently crowned head of state and you're already facing opposition — even from within your own family? One answer is optics. Make a big, public splash; throw a lavish party with A-list musical entertainment. That's just what happened in London — 300 years ago Monday.

Pick up The Marvelous Paracosm of Fitz Faraday and the Shapers of the Id, and you might guess it involves psychology with words like "paracosm" and "Id." But the phrase "Shapers of the Id" is a clue that we're about to enter the world of parapsychology -- specifically, shaping an Id with the aim of creating one's own paracosm.

Whistling in the Dark: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Jul 15, 2017
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Credits:

Whistling in the Dark, a Sherlock Holmes adventure

by Margaret Raether adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Directed by Richard Raether

Cast:

John Adam Keating as Sherlock Holmes

David A. Gingerich as Dr. John Watson

Janelle Good as Helen and Jenkins

Erin Philpott as Julia, Mrs. Farintosh, Wiggins, Magda and Mrs. Finch

Dan Klarer as Mrs. Hudson, Simon, Sir Grimesby Roylott, Clayton and Mrs. Finch

To the uninitiated, it's the French horn — though that's a bit of a misnomer. To its players and students, it's simply a horn, an instrument that has featured in orchestras for centuries.

The horn's sound is easily recognizable thanks to the prominent role it's played in some of the most epic classical songs and movie themes. But it's still an uncommon instrument, and not the easiest one to build community around. To that end, dozens of horn players head into the woods in the White Mountains every summer to celebrate and learn more about their instrument.

Kantorei

Rockford’s renowned boys choir Kantorei is opening its program to girls for the first time in its 53-year history. The choir announced Thursday that, starting this fall, it will convert its preparatory level group for beginners to a mixed choir of boys and girls.  Unchanged voices will also be mixed in the next-level Lyric choir. As their voices mature, singers would eventually advance to separate men’s and women’s performing choirs.

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