Abba, the Concert

Wilmingtons city council is looking into why taxpayer money was used to cover police expenses at the for-profit Foxtail Fest, a hip-hop concert. The concert was organized by a company whose founders include the son of Mayor Dennis P. Williams chief strategy adviser and state Rep. Charles Potter Jr., the mayors cousin. Thursday’s Photos of the day The city picked up the bill for cleanup, emergency services and 20 police officers for security. Williams says other events last weekend also received city services, but the organizers of three other events said they were not treated equally, particularly when it came to security. A joint city council committee meeting on the issue will be held Sept. 30. Williams spokeswoman says he never gave a direct order for one group to get preferential treatment over another. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Attorneys rested their case on Wednesday afternoon after playing the videotaped testimony of Jacksons longtime physician Dr. Allan Metzger. The trial is in its 21st week and jurors are expected to begin deliberations next week. Thursday’s Photos of the day AEG Lives defense has focused heavily on testimony from Jacksons former physicians, who have detailed their treatments for the pop superstar. Katherine Jackson claims the concert promoter negligently hired the singers final physician, Conrad Murray, and should be held liable for her sons death. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 after administering a fatal dose of anesthetic in the singers bedroom. AEG denies it hired Murray. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

FULL COVERAGE: Walt Disney Concert Hall at 10 My father showed me an organ at some point and I thought I’d try it, I was 12 and pretty proficient piano-wise. After, I ran across the driveway and told my mom I wanted to play organ and she said, “OK, dinner is almost ready.” What do you like about the instrument? It’s the king of instruments. It’s the most complex and it’s the ultimate in power. When you pull out all the stops and play something tutti super fortissimo it’s unlike anything else. That’s when you find power in a way, when you’re seated in front of this enormous instrument and you’re using both hands, both feet, your whole body to play. How does the Disney Hall organ compare to others? I’ve played at many of the finest organs, in churches and concert halls in the United States and in the oldest churches in Europe and I’ve found that this one is the right size, with the right accents and nuances. I’ve done guest recitals on instruments four times its size, but I keep coming back. The way it builds and dissipates out, it’s remarkable. TIMELINE: Walt Disney Hall through the years What’s the coolest part of your job? We take people on tours inside the organ and having the opportunity to see the mechanism, or the strikers when the organ is being played, to see the outside from inside and the blowers, the wind lines, all of this. And it’s so expansive, it’s 40 to 45 feet tall and its weight is so vast. Seeing all that from within is wonderful. How do people react to the view from inside?

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