Friday, April 29, 2011

Eubanks - arts programs are a freedom of speech issue.

In town to be honored at the Arts and Business council Luncheon, Kevin Eubanks, former music director of the "Tonight Show," could not get over how good Philadelphia looks these days. He raved about his dinner the night before at Osteria restaurant with his former colleagues at NBC.
Jay Leno does not seem to have hard feelings about Eubanks leaving the "Tonight Show" because he appeared in the filmws tribute to Eubanks.
When Eubanks,who attended the Settlement School of Music, accepted his award, he asked that people look at the cuts to arts programs as a "freedom of speech issue."
"Students are being denied the right to express themselves in the way they feel most comfortable," asserted Eubanks.
Michael Fein, a lawyer at Cozen and Oconnor, was honored for working on 13 pro bono cases on behalf of artist and arts organizations, including a successful case against the Michael Jackson estate. When accepting the award, he said, "It was a thriller to beat it."

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