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Audrey Tautou on "Delicacy"

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Audrey Tautou discusses her film "Delicacy." She plays Nathalie, a successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a her soul mat dies.

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Ed Sanders on the Fugs and Counterculture in the Lower East Side

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ed Sanders describes New York's downtown Bohemia in the 1960s and traces the career of the postmodern, innovative anarcho-folk-rock band the Fugs—formed in 1964 by Sanders and his neighbor, the legendary Tuli Kupferberg. He tells the story in his memoir Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the F**k You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side.

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Stephanie Blythe

Friday, February 24, 2012

American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe talks about her season at the Metropolitan Opera, performing in three major roles in three different styles. Earlier this year, she reprised her role in Handel’s Baroque opera "Rodelinda" opposite Renee Fleming; later this season she will star as Fricka, queen of the gods, in Wagner’s "Ring cycle"; and currently she’s in the role of Amneris in "Aida," one of the greatest mezzo-soprano roles in all of opera.

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The Forgiveness of Blood

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Director Joshua Marston, screenwriter Andamion Murataj, and actors Tristan Halilaj and Sindi Lacej discuss the film The Forgiveness of Blood. A richly textured look at a modern Albanian family caught up in a blood feud, the film won awards for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Berlin and Chicago film festivals and the Special Jury Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival. It opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark Sunshine Cinema on February 24.

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William H. Gass on Life Sentences

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

William H. Gass discusses his newest collection of essays, Life Sentences: From Literary Judgments and Accounts , which explore reading, writing, form, and thought. He examines the work of some of his favorite writers, including Kafka, Nietzsche, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Proust.

 

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Haydn Gwynne on Her Role in "Richard III"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Haydn Gwynne talks about her role as Queen Elizabeth in the Bridge Project’s production of "Richard III" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Sam Mendes and featuring Kevin Spacey in the title role.

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“How I Learned to Drive”

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Playwright Paula Vogel, Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Elizabeth Reaser talk about Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “How I Learned to Drive.” The play explores the complex relationship between Li’l Bit (Reaser) and her Uncle Peck (Butz), as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker.

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The Gay Writers Who Changed America

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Novelist Christopher Bram chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing in the years following World War II to the present day. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America begins with a first wave of major gay literary figures-Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin, pioneers who set the stage for new generations of gay writers.

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New Collection of Essays Detail the 'Secret Love Lives' of American-Muslim Women

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be it about wearing the veil or their general place in society, discussion in the West about Muslim women — especially those conducted by non-Muslims — tend to portray them as silent, oppressed, and submissive victims. However, a new book titled "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" reveals the diverse and sometimes unconventional experiences of Muslim-American women in sex and romance. 

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George Steel on New York City Opera's New Season

Monday, February 13, 2012

George Steel, General Manager and Artistic Director of New York City Opera, discusses the long road to its new season and his vision for the opera’s future. The opera’s new season begins at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Jonathan Miller's production of "La Traviata," opening on February 12, followed by the U.S. debut of Rufus Wainwright's first opera, "Prima Donna," which opens on February 19.

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The Films of William Wellman

Friday, February 10, 2012

William Wellman, Jr., discusses the work of his father, filmmaker William Wellman, who directed the silent epic Wings (1927), the very first Best Picture Oscar winner, as well as The Public Enemy, the original A Star is Born, and the Western The Ox-Bow Incident. A retrospective of his work is running at Film Forum from February 10 through March 1.

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Gary Oldman

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gary Oldman talks about his film career and his Oscar nomination for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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Cynthia Nixon on "Wit"

Friday, February 03, 2012

Tony– and Emmy Award–winner Cynthia Nixon discusses her role in “Wit,” where she portrays a brilliant and exacting poetry professor undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

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Jin Xing Dancing at the Joyce

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The acclaimed Chinese dancer Jin Xing discusses her performances at the Joyce Theater January 31 – February 5. Xing Jing was born a man in China in 1967 and began dancing at age 6, later joining the national ballet company, traveling the world dancing and training with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Then Xing Jing decided to undergo a sex change. She founded the Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai and is dancing in New York the first time ever as a woman.

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Petula Clark

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pop legend Petula Clark talks about making her first New York nightclub engagement since the 1970s at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. She has sold over 70 million records since the 1950s and is known for her hits “Downtown,” “I Know A Place,” “Don’t Sleep In The Subway,” in addition to leading film and stage roles.

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Michael Cerveris's "An Idea of South"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Michael Cerveris tells about his performance “An Idea of South,” a genre-defying recital/cabaret/hootenanny of songs ranging from the Carter Family and Johnny Mercer to Vic Chestnutt and Samuel Barber. “An Idea of South” is part of Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, and Michael Cerveris is performing it on Saturday, January 21, at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

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Ralph Fiennes on “Coriolanus”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ralph Fiennes talks about directing and starring in the new film “Coriolanus,” based on the play by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of a Roman General who is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. His controlling mother Volumnia (played by Vanessa Redgrave) pushes him to seek the position of Consul, but the public refuses to support him. Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot, and he is expelled from Rome. He then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (played by Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.

 

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“A Separation”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Asghar Farhadi discusses directing of “A Separation,” Iran's official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Starting out as a domestic drama about the dissolution of a marriage, the film gradually reveals its complex texture and unfolds like a legal thriller. “A Separation” is playing at Film Forum & Lincoln Plaza.

 

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"Haywire" with Steven Soderbergh and Gina Carano

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Director Steven Soderbergh and actress Gina Carano discuss the new film “Haywire.” It’s an action-thriller about a highly trained operative (played by Carano) who is double-crossed and left for dead by someone in her own agency and is fleeing for her life. It opens January 20.

 

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Alexander Payne on "The Descendants" and Filmmaking

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Director Alexander Payne talks about his career as a filmmaker (directing “Election,” “About Shmidt,” and “Sideways,” among others) and his latest film, “The Descendants,” which stars George Clooney as a widower dealing his wife’s catastrophic injury in a boating accident and is trying being a better father to his two daughters.

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