Abbie Fentress Swanson

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Doctorow, Atwood and Amis on America and its Role in Global Political Culture

Friday, May 11, 2012

One of the highlights of this year's PEN World Voices Festival was a talk between writers E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis on America and its role in the global political culture. Download a podcast and watch a video of the talk here.

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Asia Society Leader Leaves Post to Consult at Guggenheim

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The society announced on Wednesday that Dr. Vishakha Desai is leaving her post as president and chief executive officer in September to join the Guggenheim Foundation as a senior adviser for global policy and programs.

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Jimmy Cliff to Open 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Concert Series

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series on June 5. Get the whole lineup here, which also includes Ghostface Killah, Angélique Kidjo, Mission of Burma, Yo La Tengo and Lyle Lovett.


Christie's to Hold First Photojournalism Auction in Honor of Anton Hammerl

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The sale, which takes place at Christie's on Tuesday, will include signed prints donated by Sebastião Salgado and Susan Meiselas, among others. See a slideshow here.


Look | See What They Were Wearing on the Met Gala Red Carpet

Monday, May 07, 2012

On Monday night, stars made their way up the Metropolitan Museum's red-carpeted stairs to attend the Costume Institute's annual gala. The theme for this year's benefit and exhibit was, "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations."

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Snapshot | Google Says 'Happy Birthday' to NY Artist Keith Haring

Friday, May 04, 2012

Google has used letters inspired by the work of the late New York artist Keith Haring for the "doodle" above its homepage search bar. Haring died tragically of AIDS in 1990. Friday would have been his 54th birthday.


Art by Teens Livens Up Manhattan Office

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A floor of a midtown Manhattan office building has become an art gallery for work by 125 middle- and high-school students. The exhibition, called "Goals and Dreams," opened Wednesday night and features 129 paintings, drawings and photos selected from art made at 40 city schools.


Musical 'Once' Leads 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On Tuesday, actors Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 66th annual Tony Awards. The musical "Once" got the most nominations -- 11. Both "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" got 10 nominations, followed by "Peter and the Starcatcher," which landed nine. Get the full list of nominees here.

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Bloomberg Gives Writers Inaugural NYC Literary Awards

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Paul Auster, Robert Caro and Walter Dean Myers are among the writers who will get new literary awards from Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion on Thursday night.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Taps Former NBC Exec as Leader

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Greg Scholl, who oversaw a portfolio of NBC Universal properties, will be the non-profit's new executive director beginning on June 1. Adrian Ellis left the post in January to work for an arts consultancy company he founded.


New Music Venue to Open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A 100-year-old brick sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is being reborn as a 13,000-square-foot music venue and studio. The new rehearsal, recording and performance space, located at North 6th St. and Wythe Ave, will open in late 2013 and will be run by a non-profit group called Original Music Workshop.

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Bobby Womack, Big Daddy Kane and UCB to Perform at SummerStage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.

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2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Monday, April 16, 2012

The list of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners is out. Among this year's winners were the late Manning Marable for his book on Malcolm X, Brooklyn poet Tracy Smith and Kevin Puts for his "Silent Night" opera. For the first time in 35 years, there was no winner in the fiction category. See the full list of this year's winners here.

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Marking the Titanic's Demise

Friday, April 13, 2012

The 100-year anniversary of the Titanic disaster is coming up on Sunday, April 15. WNYC Culture Editor Abbie Fentress Swanson has compiled a list of ways to mark the event in New York City, and she joins us with a few interesting suggestions for Soundcheck listeners.

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Quinn Remembers Her Grandmother, a Titanic Survivor

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's maternal grandmother, Nellie Shine Callaghan, was 16 or 17 years old when she came to America from Cobh, Ireland, 100 years ago. She booked passage on a brand new ocean liner: The Titanic.


Google Building’s Scaffolding Shows Chelsea’s Past

Monday, April 09, 2012

On Monday, workers affixed a vinyl mural onto the scaffolding wrapping around Google's New York headquarters. The cartoons on the mural refer to famous landmarks and key figures in Chelsea’s past, from Major Thomas Clark, who named the neighborhood in the 1700s, to Jack Kerouac, who wrote On the Road at the Chelsea Hotel in the 1950s.

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The Jane Hotel's Connection to the Titanic Draws a Crowd

Monday, April 09, 2012

New York City has no shortage of sites that have a direct connection to the Titanic. One of them is the Jane Hotel, where the Titanic's surviving sailors went for a memorial service in 1912. Check out our map of this and other Titanic landmarks in New York City.

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12 Ways to Commemorate the Titanic Centennial

Monday, April 02, 2012

There are a number of happenings in the Tri-State area that mark the Titanic centennial. Among our favorites: meals recreating White Star Line menus, plays based on ship survivor testimonials and artifact exhibitions. Here's a shortlist of goings-on.

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100 Years After She Sank, Titanic Continues to Fascinate

Monday, April 02, 2012

After the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, it sank on April 15, 1912 on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. More than 1,500 people died. Although the ship sank 100 years ago, the Titanic still looms large in the minds of many.

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College-Bound Vets Face Challenges Beyond Tuition

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Schools are enrolling hundreds of thousands of recent veterans and servicemembers due to the drawdown in Iraq and Post 9/11 GI Bill. But the education benefit is not helping all of them make the transition from military life to getting a college degree. Learn more and watch video of veterans featured in this story here.

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