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Stephen Sondheim Creates Treasure Hunt for Natural History Museum

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Three hundred guests participated in “A Little Jurassic Treasure Hunt” in the museum on Monday night. The game was part of a benefit for Friends In Deed, the non-profit crisis center for life-threatening illness.

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Carnegie Hall's New Season: Yo-Yo Ma, Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Carnegie Hall kicks off its fall season Wednesday night with an all-Russian program played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Mariinsky Orchestra led by conductor Valery Gergiev.

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Occupying Wall Street — with Drums and Protest Songs

Monday, October 03, 2011

Since the Occupy Wall Street protests began a few weeks ago, there have been ebbs and flows in the number of protestors, the rallying cries and the demonstrators' run-ins with the police. One thing has remained constant in Zuccotti Park: drums and protest songs.

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Live on Soundcheck: Tori Amos

Monday, October 03, 2011

Tori Amos is a pop icon but her new recording travels back thousands of years to tell the story of a man who controls tidal waves and a woman who once controlled fire, but has abandoned her power. Check out our video of Amos performing "Nautical Twilight" live on Soundcheck.

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Live on Soundcheck: Foster the People

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The California-based band Foster the People's hit "Pumped Up Kicks" has an irresistible sing-along chorus ... about a kid with a gun. Watch a video of Foster the People playing an unplugged version of the song here.

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Controversy Grows Over Bob Dylan's Paintings at the Gagosian

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The first ever exhibition of Bob Dylan’s paintings in New York City is under scrutiny over the source materials behind the paintings included in the show.

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New York Musical Theater Festival 2011: Farm System or Export?

Monday, September 26, 2011

On Monday, the New York Musical Theater Festival kicks-off its eighth season with a huge exclamation point. In 21 days, 30 never-before-seen musicals will make their world premieres in theaters throughout the city.

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Paul and Stella McCartney Sell Out City Ballet Season Opener

Friday, September 23, 2011

New York City Ballet had a sellout crowd at its fall season opener on Thursday thanks to the music of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and costumes created by his daughter, the superstar designer Stella McCartney.

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Plays by African American Women Take the Broadway Stage

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On Thursday night, "The Mountaintop," opens in previews. The Broadway play is the first of three plays penned or adapted by African-American women that are opening on Broadway this fall.

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Live on Soundcheck: Steve Earle

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If you're looking for the real deal, look no further. Steve Earle's gravely voice, which is equal parts joyful and desolate, infuses his songs with authenticity. Watch a video of Earle performing "This City," which was written for the HBO series "Treme" and also appears on his new album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

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Jon Hendricks: Happy Birthday to the Poet Laureate of Jazz

Friday, September 16, 2011

On Friday, jazz singer songwriter Jon Hendricks turns 90 years old. WNYC says "Happy Birthday" to the Poet Laureate of Jazz with the following videos and slideshow that show Hendricks onstage performing vocalese and doing some seriously impressive scatting.

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Destroyer's Music Video: The French Film Reference Everyone Missed?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Vancouver indie band Destroyer is known for writing inscrutable lyrics. But when the group released its music video for "Savage Night at the Opera," it was surprising how few noted where the inspiration for the video came from.

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Gig Alert: Broken Social Scene

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Toronto indie band Broken Social Scene brings its cinematic sound to the Williamsburg Waterfront on Thursday alongside TV on the Radio. Download "World Sick" for free here.

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Musicians Angered by Violence at West Indian-American Day Parade

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A day after high levels of gun violence rocked the West Indian-American Day parade, musicians who march every year expressed frustration and anger.

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In Brooklyn, Steel Drum Orchestras Gear Up for Carnival Competition

Friday, September 02, 2011

Brooklyn is home to the best steel drum orchestras outside of Trinidad. As the West Indian-American Day Carnival approaches, they're getting ready for the annual Panorama competition.

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WNYC's Guide to 9/11 Arts Events

Friday, September 02, 2011

This month, cultural institutions around the city are paying respect to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks through literature, visual arts, theater, dance, music, and film. Here's our guide to what's happening around town.

The Dark and Stormy Mixtape

Friday, August 26, 2011

East Coast residents are battening down the hatches to prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here are some songs to pass the time if the rain doesn't wash you (and your laptop) away this weekend.

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Cyndi Lauper Opens Housing for LGBT Youth

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Next month, Cyndi Lauper's 1986 hit "True Colors" takes on new meaning when the True Colors Residence for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) youth opens in Harlem on September 1. The shelter will be the first permanent housing facility in New York for homeless L.G.B.T. youth.

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'Twitter Watch' Aggregates Tweets from Broadway Insiders

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For Broadway fans interested in what's happening behind the red velvet curtain, waiting at the stage door may no longer be necessary. Through its new feature "Twitter Watch," the Web site Broadway World has aggregated the tweets of 100 theater stars, producers and critics who are active on Twitter.

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Remembering Motown Songwriter and R&B Artist Nick Ashford

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford, who wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman" and "Solid" with his wife Valerie Simpson, died on Monday after a battle with throat cancer, according to his publicist. He was 70 years old. Watch classic Ashford & Simpson videos here.

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