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Can robots think and feel? Could there be a day when computers control our lives?

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For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pseudonym: Harry Brandt. (In retrospect he decided that was a bad idea: "It was going to be different from my other books and I wanted to signal that," he told Fresh Air, but by the time he realized it was just "another damn book by me" it was too late to withdraw the pen name.)

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Next week, cellist, singer, composer, improviser and Beloit College alumna Helen Gillet comes to the college for a solo concert.  Downbeat Magazine recently named her a “rising star."

Arvo Pärt was saved by the bell. The Estonian composer, who turns 80 in September, hit a creative roadblock in 1968. After a hiatus of eight years he returned with a new sound inspired by the simple triad (a stack of three notes, an essential building block of Western music) and by bells. He called his new style tintinnabuli (from the Latin for bells).

Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean anything to you? It doesn't register even to most classical music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.

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The Rockford Dance Company closes its current season with performances this weekend at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  It also finishes the company’s first season under its new artistic director.

On a Monday night, under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Wayland Anderson, a half-dozen members of the Rockford Dance Company practice a number from his interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Rachel Hackler has been with the company for four years.  She’s stoked.

Ethan Hawke might strike you as an unlikely guide to classical music. But in directing his first documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, he created an intriguing and ultimately profoundly moving tribute to a largely unknown artist, 86-year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein.

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