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The Annual Poets House’s Bridgewalk

Monday, June 09, 2014

A celebratory procession and poetry reading from atop one of New York's greatest monuments.

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Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous.

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Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo and Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose talk about their roles in the Lorraine Hansberry play, which was the first written by an African-American woman to appear on Broadway.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

Monday, June 02, 2014

She discusses performing at the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial on June 6.

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'Aladdin' on Broadway

Thursday, May 29, 2014

An actor and producer talk about the new musical comedy based on the animated Disney film.

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The Scientific Revolution of the Ball Gown

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Couturier Charles James' sculptural, scientific and mathematical approaches forever changed the world of high fashion. The Metropolitan Museum is showcasing his decades of work, including wrap-over trousers, figure-eight skirts, body-hugging sheaths, ribbon capes and dresses, spiral-cut garments, poufs and, of course, the gowns.

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Marisa Tomei and Playwright Will Eno on 'The Realistic Joneses'

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The play is a comedy about neighbors who all have the last name Jones.

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Neil Patrick Harris Talks Hedwig and Broadway

Thursday, May 15, 2014

He's starring as the titular rockstar in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and the actor joins director Michael Mayer to talk about the production of the raucous musical, which has received eight Tony nominations.

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Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory

Monday, May 12, 2014

The artist's new work, A Subtlety, explores the history of sugar and its many implications on race, sexual discrimination and power.

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“Horses of God” and the Making of Suicide Bombers

Monday, May 12, 2014

A drama set in the slums on the outskirts of Casablanca, based on a horrific 2003 bombing.

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Learning to Stand Up and Sing

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

As a child she sung in church, but when she saw a documentary about the legendary Marian Anderson, opera star Jessye Norman realized that singing could be a profession.

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Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana in "Act One"

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana discuss Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Act One,” which has been nominated for five Tony Awards. The play is written and directed by James Lapine, based on the autobiography by theater director, playwright, and screenwriter Moss Hart. Shalhoub and Fontana play Moss Hart at different stages of his life. “Act One” is playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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The Nearly Forgotten Mishaps of Musty Suffer

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Silent film accompanist Ben Model and film historian Steve Massa discuss “The Mishaps of Musty Suffer,” a forgotten series of silent slapstick comedies, which have been unavailable to the public for 97 years. “Musty Suffer” was wildly popular during its release, but the series has been oddly overlooked and neglected ever since. Fortunately the Library of Congress preserved the 24 surviving films from the Musty Suffer series. Model did the score and produced the new DVD, co-curated by Massa.

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Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski on "Ida" and Hidden Family Roots

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pawel Pawlikowski talks about writing and directing the film “Ida,” set in Poland in 1962. It’s about Anna, an 18-year-old woman, preparing to become a nun at the convent where she has lived since she was orphaned as a child. Before taking her vows, she visits her mother’s sister and discovers is not only a former hard-line Communist state prosecutor who sentenced priests and others to death, but she's also a Jew. This revelation sets Anna on a journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth about her family. “Ida” opens May 2 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Music critic and reporter Joel Selvin gives an account of the golden age of rhythm and blues of the early 1960s and the tragic story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, whose heart was damaged by rheumatic fever when he was young, and he wasn’t expected to live to see 21. Selvin's new book Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues is about Berns's career working alongside all the greats of the era—Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller, Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and anyone who was anyone in New York rhythm and blues.

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Idina Menzel Returns to Broadway

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

With the hit song "Let It Go" from "Frozen" topping the charts and a new friend named John Travolta, Idina Menzel is back on Broadway in a new musical called "If/Then," about the choices we make. 

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How Iris Barry Saw Film as Art

Friday, April 18, 2014

Iris Barry was one of the first intellectuals to treat film as an art form, appreciating its far-reaching, transformative power. She founded the Museum of Modern Arts’ film department and became its first curator. In Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film, Robert Sitton writes about her life and her lasting legacy.

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Dancers Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov on Creating an Academy of Classical Ballet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Legendary ballet dancer Gelsey Kirkland and her husband, dancer Michael Chernov, talk about creating The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Is Back in the Host's Seat

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Guest host—and former ballet dancer—Sarah Jessica Parker goes behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and talks Gauguin with the director of MoMA.

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MoMA Director Glenn Lowry on Expanding the Collection, Audience, and Building

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art, talks about the museum’s transformation over the past two decades and its place in the cultural landscape of New York and the world.

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