Randy Newman's 'Toy Story Favorites' on CD, Chicago's Grant Park music festival, raising awareness of violence in the Congo through music, and more top picks.
Smithsonian Networks takes us inside the world's most famous home office in "White House Revealed," a DVD out on July 20. Narrated by Martin Sheen, who played a president on TV, this light confection has just enough glimpses of real history with its archival photos and interviews with the likes of President George Herbert Walker Bush to satisfy. No state secrets are revealed, but the resident pastry chef dishes on the sweet tooths of chief executives from Reagan (loved chocolate) to Clinton (also loved chocolate) and Bush (the first was the most adventurous eater of the lot).
Yes, the geniuses at Pixar have yet another megahit on their hands. But may we turn the spotlight on one of the "Toy Story" trilogy's most valuable players? That's right, the composer of the delightful "Toy Story" soundtracks, Randy Newman. His "Toy Story Favorites" CD (Walt Disney Records, $6.99) features six of his most memorable songs, including the heartbreaker "When She Loved Me," sung by Sarah McLachlan, as well as two new songs from "Toy Story 3."