Arts And Culture
Monday, November 04, 2013
Over the weekend it was revealed that 1,500 pieces of art that disappeared in the Nazi era--- by the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Chagall--- have been recovered in Munich and valued at 1 billion dollars. Jonathan Petropoulos, John V. Croul professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College, discusses this discovery.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
In 1918 Irving Berlin composed a show tune called "God Bless America." But he never would have imagined that his work would eventually become a nationally known patriotic anthem. Sheryl Kaskowitz tells the story of its evolution and deep history in the new book, "God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song." She explains the song's unexpected journey that led it to become a staple of American culture.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Curtis White, novelist, essayist, English professor at Illinois State University, and author of the Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers, defends poetry and philosophy against the culture of "scientism," despite his own atheism.
Event: Curtis White in conversation with with Lewis Lapham at Melville House 145 Plymouth St. in Brooklyn (DUMBO) tonight at 7pm,
Friday, May 10, 2013
In this week's look at new movies, Rafer and Kristen discuss complicated family reunions, party crashing, and what happens when eccentric Australian directors take on American classics. It's all in honor of two new releases: "Peeples" and "The Great Gatsby."
Monday, May 06, 2013
New Yorkers keep company with their thoughts as they make their way through the city's streets. But what are they thinking? A project called "New York Stories: The Lives of Other Citizens" attempts to map those inner thoughts of ordinary people. Andrew Irving, Anthropology Professor at the University of Manchester simply approached strangers on the street and asked them if they would wear a small microphone and narrate their thoughts as they walked through the city.
Movie Date: 'Rise of the Guardians', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Life of Pi', 'Red Dawn', 'Anna Karenina
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
For this Thanksgiving's box office releases, the movie date team reviews four movies; 'Rise of the Guardians', 'Silver linings Playbook', 'Life of Pi', and 'Red Dawn.'
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Literary critic Michael Gorra discusses his biography of Henry James told through the lens of his greatest novel, Portrait of a Lady. In Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece tells how Portrait of a Lady—the scandalous story of the expatriate American heiress Isabel Archer—came to be written in the first place, sheds new light on James’s family, the European literary circles in which he made his name.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Curator Juliet Kinchin discusses the exhibition “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000,” a survey of 20th-century design for children, that brings together school architecture, playgrounds, toys and games, animation, clothing, safety equipment and therapeutic products, nurseries, furniture, and books. “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” is on view at MoMA through November 5.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Jeremy Shamos and Crystal Dickinson discuss their roles in “Clybourne Park,” winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier award for Best Play. The play deals with race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. Act One takes is set in 1959, as community leaders try to stop the sale of a home to a black family, and Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood struggles with gentrification. “Clybourne Park” is playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby discuss their roles in the play “Lonely, I’m Not.” The play is a comic journey that follows Porter, who has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate “ninja,” and had a nervous breakdown. He meets an ambitious young businesswoman who is overcoming her own obstacles to emotional success. “Lonely, I’m Not” is playing at the Second Stage Theater through June 3.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Film preservationist and entertainer Serge Bromberg talks about his recently restored color version of Georges Méliès’ film "A Trip to the Moon" and a selection of rare silent films from around the world. The program “A Trip to the Moon and Other Travels” is playing at BAM April 9, at 7 pm, and features silent shorts with live accompaniment from Bromberg, including: "A Trip Down Market Street" (1906), "San Francisco After the Catastrophe" (1906), "After the Ball" (1897), and "The Love Nest" (1923) a Buster Keaton short about a boat trip.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
A day of Great Expectations for fans of Charles Dickens. Today's marks the 200th birthday of the writer who gave us "A Tale of Two Cities," "A Christmas Carol," "David Copperfield," among many others. Joining us now from the BBC's studio's in Cambridge England is Dr Jan-Melissa Schramm a Dickens fan, a lecturer in Victorian literature at Trinity Hall of Cambridge University.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
To citizens around the world, what goes on above the 38th parallel is largely a mystery. Though there are no questions about the numerous human rights abuses that go on in North Korea — extreme food rationing and hunger, arbitrary violence by the state, the impossibility of traveling past the country's borders — the daily reality of living through them have gone undocumented. Through years of research, Adam Johnson attempts to convey the very real and existential crises North Koreans face with his new novel.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Some might joke that his vocal chords are indeed much older, but celebrated folk legend Bob Dylan turned 70-years-old last year. Recently audio has surfaced from 1966, in which the singer speaks to a good friend during a flight from Nebraska to Colorado about struggling with addiction and contemplating suicide. It's the latest in a long narrative about a truly singular singer whose mysteries are still being revealed. We take a listen to some of the audio in question, and music that made Dylan a force of musical nature.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Country music has enjoyed a long tradition of reflecting the everyday concerns of working men and women, good times and bad times. With 14 million Americans currently out of work, a crippling national debt, and a record number of people living below the poverty line, country music may be going through a sea change. Call it an indicator of economic times but in the time it took pickup trucks to go from stripped down working class boxes of mud and steel to plush seated luxury vehicles, country music went from the folksy tinny common man voice of Woody Guthrie to the likes of Tim McGraw singing about the perils of being rich.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Roman Baca is an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company. He has toured veterans hospitals and military bases around the world with his ballet "The Homecoming," which is about service members dealing with homesickness and the experiences of their loved ones waiting at home. He is heading back to Iraq, but this time as a dance teacher.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Stephen Spielberg's adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo novel "War Horse," the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" are slated to be this week's newly-released, big box office winners. "The Artist," which topped many years' best lists and has only been in a handful of theaters, also opens across the country this weekend.