His envy-worthy career includes being a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and portraying consigliere Silvio Dante on the “The Sopranos.” Now, Van Zandt is the force behind an education project that uses the history of rock music as a way of teaching U.S. history and culture. Think of it as learning U.S. history through a musical lens with the help of lessons created by historians and curriculum experts that are interdisciplinary and available online for free.
When Japanese pop idol Hatsune Miku makes her Washington debut at the Anthem on Thursday, fans will be asked to use the official glow sticks for sale at the show instead of the regular brighter ones. The thing is, if too much light shines from the audience, Miku might simply disappear.
That’s because Miku is a hologram — at least when she performs in concert, backed by a quartet of flesh-and-blood musicians. She’s also an anime character, a video-game avatar, a bundle of sophisticated “vocaloid” code and a fascinating experiment in crowd-sourced pop art.