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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 28 Feb 2011 7:47 AM

Today in the roundup: Step inside Booker T., a tax change that could affect arts groups and honoring young opera singers.


A NIGHT AT BOOKER T.: We talk all the time about what the students at Booker T. Washington High School are up to. But have you ever actually been to the school? If not, mark March 25 on your calendar. That’s when the school will host “Flying Horse,” its 2011 performance festival. You’ll be able to tour the school, meet the students and catch a slew of performances, including one by Booker T. grad Erykah Badu. Check out the video or click here  for more information.

TAXES AND THE ARTS: Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the federal budget is kind of a mess these days. One of the proposals to help straighten it out is to change the rate at which wealthy donors can claim tax deductions on charitable gifts – including gifts to arts organizations. Would a change in the tax law negatively affect arts groups? NPR investigates.

THE OTHER AWARDS: The Oscars weren’t the only awards handed out over the weekend. On Friday, the winners of the George London Foundation Awards Competition were announced. The competition honors American and Canadian opera singers younger than 35. And you might recognize one of the winners – Jonathan Beyer, who sang the role of Capt. Gardner in the Dallas Opera’s Moby Dick.