Arts And Culture
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.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.