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Susan Sarandon's Famous (and Some Forgotten) Roles at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Thursday, February 10, 2011

From Thursday through Sunday, BAM hosts a 13-film series featuring Sarandon, with some films followed by question-and-answer sessions.


Cuban Cultural Festival Comes To New York

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

For almost a decade, legendary Cuban music groups like Los Munequitos de Matanzas and Septeto Nacional were refused visas to perform in the United States—until now.

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Live on Soundcheck: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The art-rock band with an extra long name …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead recently visited WNYC's Soundcheck studios. The group performed music from its seventh album, Tao of the Dead, which includes illustrations by frontman Conrad Keely. Check out a video here.


Museum of the City of New York Celebrates the Apollo Theater

Monday, February 07, 2011

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York tells the story of the Apollo theater's 77-year history with memorabilia.

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Live on Soundcheck: Todd Snider

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Todd Snider has been criss-crossing the country for over 15 years playing his talking blues-style, self-described hippy music to like-minded people. Says Snider: "It's an easy job, but someone's got to do it."


Celebrating Black History Month in New York City

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

There's no shortage of edifying, educating and exciting events happening in New York City this February to mark Black History Month. Here are a few recommendations from WNYC's Culture team.

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East Village Bar Accused of Racist Door Policy

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dress codes in New York nightclubs that may disguise racial discrimination are under scrutiny. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating The Continental, an East Village bar accused of having a racist door policy.

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Study Finds Arts in America Are Ailing

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A new report from the National Arts Index reported that the vitalty of the arts in the U.S. has reached a 12-year low. However, NYC arts groups have found signs of hope.

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Live on Soundcheck: Matt Bauder

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saxophonist and composer Matt Bauder has been writing and performing jazz from Chicago to New York. Watch a video of Bauder performing live in the Soundcheck studio right here.


Moving Pianos with Brain Power

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bill Hennessy of Keyboard Express has been moving pianos for 24 years and he says the key to tackling the ivories in New York City is parking and brain power. Check out WNYC's video of Hennessy and his team at work here.


Brooklyn Philharmonic Names New Artistic Director For A "New Era"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

After a rocky couple of years, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is back with a new artistic director: Alan Pierson of the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.


Bronx Music Man Don Kirshner Dies at 76

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don Kirshner, the Bronx music publisher, producer and television host who saw promise in musicians who spanned decades and genres, passed away on Monday of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Season with Robert Moses Tribute

Friday, January 14, 2011

On Saturday night, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra celebrates one of New York City’s best-known 20th century architects, Robert Moses. The orchestra’s season's opener is free, open to the public and will be held at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden at 7 P.M.


Slideshow: Snapshots from Global Fest 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

On Sunday, the country's biggest world music festival happened at Webster Hall. Thirteen bands played on three stages to a packed house of fans, festival bookers and performing arts professionals for almost six straight hours. Watch our slideshow here.


GlobalFEST 2011 Showcases 13 Innovative Artists

Friday, January 07, 2011

GlobalFEST 2011 takes the stage this Sunday, packing 13 of the world's most innovative artists onto three stages. Here are some of WNYC's favorite artists performing.


Arts Highlights 2011: New York Critics, Writers Weigh In

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.


Live on Soundcheck: Depedro

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Spanish guitarist Jairo Zavala is best known in the U.S. as the touring guitarist for Calexico. But in his home country of Spain, Zavala is better know for his solo work where he goes by the name Depedro. Check out a video of his recent performance in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.


Three to See: Catch These Broadway Plays Before They Close

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When it comes to spectacle, the scale and scope of Broadway is nearly impossible to match. Here are three plays to see before the curtain comes down for the last time just after the New Year.

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Retro and Traditional Nutcrackers Take the Brooklyn Stage

Friday, December 17, 2010

Two very different adaptations of E.T.A. Hoffman's novelette are being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month. Through Sunday, the Mark Morris Dance Group brings its "The Hard Nut" back after an eight-year absence. Then Alexei Ratmansky's "Nutcracker" with the American Ballet Theater takes the stage.


Jimmy McMillan Sings Songs of Rent and Love

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Most people know McMillan for his gubernatorial run, but the founder of the “Rent is 2 DAMN High” Party is riding his Internet stardom to jump-start a long dormant musical career. He takes the stage Thursday night.