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TV Notes: 10/12/01

Friday, October 12, 2001

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sundance goes 'Sonic'

The Sundance Channel (available to AT&T subscribers on the digital tier) launches season two of "Sonic Cinema" tonight with a fascinating look at four up-and-coming directors whose careers began in music video. Their stories are compelling, but the videos are better, especially Michel Gondry's split-screen video for Cibo Matto's "Sugar Water," Jamie Thraves' dramatic reinterpretation of a Bernard Hermann score from some old Hitchcock film and Roman Coppola's "From the Mouth" for God Lives Underwater, for he filmed the world eating champion stuffing himself, then ran it backward so the food emerges solid from his mouth.

The second installment, airing next week at the same time, 11 p.m., is a look at animated videos, including phenomenal clips for Gorillaz, a virtual band that features Damon Abarn with the ever-innovative Jamie Hewlett ("Tank Girl") doing animation. Also featured: Daft Punk's instant classic "One More Time."

The season wraps up on the 26th with an entire night of Sparklehorse, a suite of films inspired by the band's "It's A Wonderful Life." How does a band most folks have never heard of rate its own installments? Watch and be amazed. Then buy the records. They're as haunting on their own. (Ed Masley, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

Talking opera

WQED-FM (89.3) morning host Jim Cunningham will have a guest co-host on today's show. Pittsburgh Opera music director John Mauceri will join Cunningham from 7 to 9 a.m., introducing music, doing news and weather reports and talking about the opera's upcoming production of "Don Giovanni." (Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

Local on Comedy Central

Comedian Billy Gardell, a Swissvale native, is scheduled to appear on tonight's installment of the Comedy Central stand-up comedy showcase "Premium Blend," which airs at 10. (Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

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