You can carry the world in the palm of your hand. You can put the universe in your pocket. You can look at a movie on a screen the size of a watch face. So it’s a perfect moment to launch “See it Big,” a series of screenings of big screen blockbusters to remind us that size does indeed matter.
For the first time, the complete films from the 1930s, by the French director Jean Vigo, are available in a DVD set. The restless and adventurous young filmmaker was not always so celebrated, WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us --in this quick look.
Tomorrow marks the 200th birth anniversary of Franz Liszt, composer and virtuoso pianist. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Liszt used his adventurous thinking, as well, to change public performance forever. Here is the next Fishko Files.
A hundred and fifty years ago, a theater then known as The Academy of Music began presenting cultural events in downtown Brooklyn. Now it is America’s oldest performing arts center: The Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM. In its early days, Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt and Isadora Duncan graced its stages. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more on the history of a great institution—in this episode of Fishko Files.
Ten years after 9-11, our thoughts turn back to the time right after the attacks when we were searching for some kind of cultural glue to hold us together. In this archival edition of Fishko Files (produced in October, 2001), WNYC's Sara Fishko looks back to London...
The newest Census figures reveal: the highest number of never-married women in the country live in New York. But the so-called “single girl” has long been associated with the Big City, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko. Especially on TV. In this edition of Fishko Files, a look at the single-girl show that broke the mold, 45 years ago.
Best of Fishko Files: When this piece was first produced in 2002, Muhammed Ali has just turned 60 years old, and a film about his boxing years had just opened in theaters. WNYC’s Sara Fishko, journalist Jack Newfield (1938-2004) and others discuss boxing movies in this edition of Fishko Files…
In music and especially in jazz, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, one thing leads to another. For lyricist and singer Jon Hendricks, who turns ninety today, it was some great instrumental jazz solos that led him to make an unforgettable leap into song. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Over the last 10 years, there has been a steady stream of people –non-New Yorkers, mostly –visiting the site downtown known as Ground Zero. After the opening of the Memorial this Monday, record-breaking crowds are expected to travel there to see the exact spot. In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko asks –why?
Best of Fishko Files: Musicians, like sports figures, have to contend with issues of fitness and injury. WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at one pianist who has more than adapted to a new way of playing, in this edition of Fishko Files.
Best of Fishko Files: This episode was produced in 2000 for the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Kurt Weill. Over the years Weill's music, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, has lent itself to a variety of interpretations, despite the imprint of one spectacular performer.
In the early 1960s, I was in summer residence at an “arts camp” called Indian Hill. I was already quite a serious pianist by then, and during those sparkling, sun-dappled days in Stockbridge Massachusetts, I stayed indoors. Day after beautiful day, I pulled down the shades in the piano practice room -- and practiced.
Best of Fishko Files: Toiling behind the scenes of Broadway musicals, new and revived, are the orchestrators. WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores orchestration in this edition of Fishko Files.
Last time you bought a classical recording, maybe you wondered where the edits were. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at the reality and the illusion of the classical CD.
With a silvery statue of Andy Warhol now standing in Union Square until October, and soaring sales of Warhol’s work this past spring, the artist is still a presence. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has news of a new book that charts Andy Warhol’s life in New York, literally every step of the way, in this edition of Fishko Files…
Every day in Bryant Park, next week, you can hear pianist Roy Eaton perform rags by Scott Joplin. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more on Joplin, the man who brought ragtime into the light.
Frank Stella has had a long and varied career. He made his name in the 1950s with a series of all-black paintings, when that kind of thing was audacious; moved on to boldly colored striped canvasses by the 1960s; and in more recent decades...
Almost 90 years ago, the music world was changed by a remarkable musical instrument that still seems new. In this archival edition of Fishko Files (produced in 2002), WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us about an electronic marvel that has its own sound, and its own bizarre story.
Marshall McLuhan’s hundredth birth anniversary is July 21st, and, after a lull, his ideas seem provocative and relevant again. In an attempt to concoct a 7 minute “Fishko Files” radio piece about him, I found myself arguing with him all the way through his speeches and aphorisms. Whatever can be said about him, he made you think. Thinking, pro or con, while listening to Dr M, was simply unavoidable. Having finished the piece, I’m still thinking about him.
Professor Marshall McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru. In honor of the McLuhan centenary next week, WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes us back to McLuhan’s futuristic thoughts…in this edition of Fishko Files.