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Sex and the Women from Vienna

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Actors Nina Arianda and Kathleen Chalfant talk about their roles in the the post-World War I play, in which desperation has forced Arianda's character to take up the oldest profession.

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"Ode to Joy"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Playwright Craig Lucas discusses the world premiere of his play “Ode to Joy,” which he directs. He’s joined by Kathryn Erbe and Arliss Howard, who star in it. “Ode to Joy” tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, a painter, and her destructive relationships with Mala and Bill, her two lovers. It’s playing at Cherry Lane Theater through April 19.

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Guest Picks: Lorrie Moore

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lorrie Moore talks to Leonard Lopate about her new book of short stories, Bark, her first in 15 years.

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"Stage Kiss"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl discusses her return to Playwrights Horizons with “Stage Kiss,” a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss – or when actors share a real one. 

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Guest Picks: Hattie Morahan

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hattie Morahan was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about starring as Nora in a new production of Ibsen's A Doll's House at BAM. She also told us about her delicious-sounding dinner of comfort food. 

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"A Doll's House" at BAM

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hattie Morahan, who plays Nora, and Dominic Rowan, who plays Torvald, discuss their roles in a new production of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at BAM, and what new things it has to convey about gender relations, among other things. It's playing through March 23 at BAM.

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Rebecca Hall on Her Role in "Machinal"

Friday, February 07, 2014

Rebecca Hall discusses her role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal.” Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, “Machinal.” Hall plays a young stenographer in the 1920s who realizes her life is nothing like she hoped it would be. She finds joy by having an illicit love affair, and she’ll go to any lengths to avoid returning to her routine existence. “Machinal” is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. 

 

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Carol Burnett with Leonard Lopate, Cartoonified

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

David Gerlach the founder and executive producer of Blank on Blank talks about his latest animated interview, which features an interview Leonard did with Carol Burnett on August 19, 2003.

 

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Vasily Kandinsky at the Neue Galerie

Monday, December 16, 2013

The exhibition of masterworks explores the development of Kandinsky’s art from the Blaue Reiter period into the pure abstraction and total environments of his Bauhaus years.

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Soprano Martina Serafin

Monday, December 02, 2013

Viennese soprano Martina Serafin discusses playing the leading role of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s opera, “Der Rosenkavalier,” playing at the Metropolitan Opera. This season’s performances mark the 100th anniversary of the opera’s US premiere. The Marschallin is often described as opera’s first “cougar”—a married older woman whose complicated relationship with her teenage male lover, Octavian, forms the plot of the opera. This is her first time singing the role in New York or at the Met.

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American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Professor Scott Simmon talks about the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD set, Lost and Found: American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive. The collection includes “Upstream” (1927), a charming backstage comedy feature directed by John Ford; “Won in the Cupboard” (1914), the first surviving film directed by and starring Mabel Normand; and “The White Shadow” (1924), the first surviving feature on which Alfred Hitchcock has a credited role, and other treats.

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“The Landing”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 Three thematically connected tales of desire, love and loss.

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Sandy and the New York Arts Community

Monday, October 28, 2013

A year after Sandy, many parts of the New York arts community are still struggling to get back on their feet. Glass artist Renee Radenberg, lost her home and art studio in the storm surge. Zach Feuer is the owner of Zach Feuer Gallery, which lost roughly 700 pieces of art. Kevin Cunningham is artistic director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group, which suffered severe water damage.

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Puppets on Film Festival at BAM

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cheryl Henson, president of the Jim Henson Foundation, and co-curator of BAM's third annual Puppets on Film Festival, discusses the series, along with Rick Moranis. He’ll be appearing  at the opening night sing-along of Frank Oz’s “Little Shop of Horrors.” Puppets on Film is playing October 25-27 at BAM.

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Philip Glass "In the Spirit"

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Composer Philip Glass discusses “In the Spirit,” a benefit concert for the Garrison Institute, at Town Hall. The concert features the New York premiere of “Songs of Milarepa,” by Glass; as well as sacred music from the Renaissance; Mandingo kora music from Gambia, West Africa; Sufi music of the Middle East, and Wu Man performing Chinese traditional music and original music by Glass.

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“Women or Nothing”

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Susan Pourfar and Halley Feiffer discuss their roles in Ethan Coen’s first full-length play “Women or Nothing.” It’s about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man. Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past defies belief. It plays through October 13 at the Atlantic Theater Company.

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"Muscle Shoals"

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Greg “Freddy” Camalier, director of “Muscle Shoals," and Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios, at the center of the film, talk about  Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where, even before the Civil Rights Movement took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. Some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time recorded some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music there. “Muscle Shoals" opens September 27 at the IFC Center in NY and nationwide on VOD.

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"Mother of George"

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Screenwriter Darci Picoult talks about “Mother of George,” along with its star Danai Gurira. The film is a story about a newly married Nigerian couple living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, who struggle with fertility issues, and Danai plays a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage. “Mother of George” opens September 13 at the Angelika.

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"A Teacher"

Friday, September 06, 2013

Director Hannah Fidell talks about her new film, “A Teacher,” along with star Lindsay Burdge. Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, “A Teacher” explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students. It opens September 6 at the AMC Loews Village 7 and is available now on VOD and iTunes.

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Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director of Young Audiences, discuss the state of arts education in New York City schools and funding of New York’s cultural institutions. Last week Leonard Lopate and Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson moderated a conversation with mayoral candidates about arts education and funding, and we’ll find out where the candidates stand on those issues.

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