Betty White hosts Saturday Night Live, newly restored ‘Dr. Zhivago’ on DVD, Deepak Chopra on ‘Oneness,’ and more top picks.
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Grammy-winning guitarist David Russell shines on his new album, “Sonidos Latinos” (Telarc), a showcase of solo guitar works by five Latin guitar masters including Augustín Barrios Mangoré and Jorge Morel (Morel dedicated two pieces to Russell). The six-string tunes range from lively dances to beautiful ballads. A guitarist’s guitarist, Russell combines virtuosic talent with a respect for simple, beautiful melodies and cadences. More important, the audio quality is so good, you’ll forget Russell isn’t in the room.
In the “we are women, hear us roar” category, the eternally ageless animal-rights activist Betty White will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on May 8 at the head of a glittering cast of former SNL GRRR-L power. The show will feature such SNL alumnae as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, and Rachel Dratch.
“Six Centuries of Verse” may help anyone who gags at the words “classic poetry.” The ambitious DVD series, which runs more than six hours, surveys various periods in English-language poetry and the “greatest hits” of writers from Chaucer to Ted Hughes. Respected actors read the work – and subtitles are available – which helps viewers understand and appreciate the text. “Six Centuries of Verse” (Athena) is a great tool for teachers, or for those who want to reacquaint themselves with this enduring art form.