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Festival to help Darfur’s children

Returning for a third year after two consecutive sold-out concerts, The Afrofunk Music Festival – an Afrobeat music extravaganza that benefits the Save the Children Emergency Relief Fund – takes place Friday and Saturday (July 27 and 28) at The independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, 9 p.m.

“The crisis in Darfur (Sudan) is heartbreaking to watch, and I feel it’s our responsibility as a global community to take action and not stand by and watch it at a distance via TV,” said Sila Mutungi, the festival organizer and producer. “The Afrofunk Festival gives us an extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness and save lives.”

Purchase tickets for $17 general admission ($45 VIP) at Go online at for more information.

Classical music subject of lecture

Paul Perry, artistic director and conductor for Music in the Mountains, will discuss the popular festival and the role of classical music in our area at a meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society tonight at the Railroad Museum in Nevada City.

Perry, who has been with the festival for 25 years, was instrumental in the creation of Music in the Mountains in 1981. Performances and special events are scheduled throughout the year.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. The Railroad Museum is located at 5 Kidder Court. The Nevada County Historical Society features free presentations about local history the last Thursday of every month at the Railroad Museum. Go online at for more information.

– The Union staff

Carey to host ‘The Price is Right’

NEW YORK – Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped Monday to replace silver-haired legend Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show “The Price is Right.”

The deal was set Monday afternoon shortly before a taping of CBS’ “Late Show” with David Letterman, where he confirmed it.

The selection attracted more attention than usual for a daytime show because of the prospect of replacing Barker, 83. Barker retired after 35 years in the job last month following taping of his 6,586th episode.

The opening attracted widespread interest, including from comic Rosie O’Donnell after she left “The View.”

Fox debuts shows about TV news

BEVERLY HILLS – Fox is rolling out two news shows: a sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as fictional news anchors in Pittsburgh, and an unscripted show starring a former bikini model-turned-anchorwoman in Texas.

Unveiled at a Television Critics Association gathering here this week, both series are meant to deliver laughs – and ratings – but not necessarily headlines. That makes Grammer’s job a whole lot easier.

Also mentioned during Monday’s TCA session was “Anchorwoman,” a reality show debuting Aug. 21 about a news station that tries to prove beauty, not news experience, drives broadcast news in Tyler, Texas.

– The Associated Press

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