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Sara Fishko on Culture Shock 1913

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WNYC’s Sara Fishko talks about her show Culture Shock 1913, about the year 1913 and modernism in all the arts. It centers on three big scandals of that year–the Armory Show in NY, the Rite of Spring in Paris, and the Skandalkonzert (Schoenberg) in Vienna, but also examines the unsettling atmosphere of the first 14 years of the 20th century. There’s also a live event in the Greene Space November 15. Culture Shock premieres on WNYC December 6 at 8 pm.

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Native Americans Captured on Film

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timothy Egan tells the story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history—and the driven, brilliant man who made them, Edward Curtis. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher is a portrait of the photographer and his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings, and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film, creating a definitive archive of the American Indian.

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"Wild with Happy"

Friday, November 09, 2012

Playwright Colman Domingo discusses his play “Wild with Happy,” in its world premiere at the Public Theater. Gil, an actor, finds his worlds colliding when his mother dies and he decides to have her cremated. But where should he scatter the ashes? And can he make a fairytale ending for her in the one place that made her wild with happy? “Wild with Happy” is playing at the Public Theater through November 11.

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Donald Fagen and Michael Leonhart

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Donald Fagen, one of the two masterminds behind Steely Dan, talks about his latest solo album, “Sunken Condos.” He's joined by Michael Leonhart, who produced the album.

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"Grace" on Broadway

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Michael Shannon and Ed Asner talk about their roles in the play “Grace,” on Broadway. It’s a gripping dark comedy, written by Craig Wright, that asks: are we in control of our lives or is there something else at work? The story follows a wide-eyed young couple as they start a new life in sunny Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel-themed motels.

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Joel Meyerowitz and Maggie Barrett on Photography

Monday, October 29, 2012

Photographer Joel Meyerowitz and his wife and collaborator Maggie Barrett, a novelist and playwright, discuss the new two-part exhibition of his work at Howard Greenberg Gallery, and his new book, Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time, which features nearly 600 photographs spanning his career.

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Alan Gilbert and the NY Philharmonic

Friday, October 26, 2012

Alan Gilbert discusses his fourth season as music director and conductor of the New York Philharmonic and tells us what’s in store in the year ahead.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Brían F. O’Byrne on Stage

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal and Brían F. O’Byrne discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new Off-Broadway production of “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” a new play by Nick Payne. It’s about a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is and doing something about it. Fifteen-year-old Anna's weight makes her a natural target for bullies, but when her mother transfers Anna to the school where she teaches in order to protect her daughter, it only makes things worse. As Anna gets suspended for retaliating against a bully, her estranged uncle Terry, a heartbroken drifter, arrives unannounced and reaches out to Anna in a way that no one ever has.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tracy Letts and Amy Morton talk about their roles in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” They face off as George and Martha, one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” playing at the Booth Theatre.

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DCTV Turns 40

Monday, October 15, 2012

Filmmakers Jon Alpert  discusses founding the Downtown Community Television Center 40 years ago, and looks at how it has grown over the past four decades.

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Middle of Nowhere

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Director Ava DuVernay, winner of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Director, and Emayatzy Corinealdi, star of Middle of Nowhere, talk about making the movie. It follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. She is propelled in new directions of self-discovery—caught between two worlds and two men. “Middle of Nowhere” opens in New York October 12 at AMC Empire 25.

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Least Among Saints

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Martin Papazian, who wrote, directed, produced, and stars in Least Among Saints, discuss the film along with actress Laura San Giacomo, who stars in it. Martin Papazian plays a combat veteran who has lost hope until a troubled 10-year-old neighbor turns to him for help. It opens in New York October 12 at the AMC Loews Village 7.

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Daniel Mendelsohn on Culture and Criticism

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Cultural critic Daniel Mendelsohn, who writes for The New York Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review talks about the highs and lows of culture. His new collection, Waiting for the Barbarians, brings together 24 of his recent essays on subjects from "Avatar" to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our fascination with the Titanic to his dissection of "Mad Men."

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Reinventing Bach

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Paul Elie tells how musicians have made Bach’s music new in our time, both restoring Bach as a universally revered composer and revolutionizing the ways his music fits into our lives. In Reinventing Bach, Elie reveals that Bach was on the technological frontier in the 18th century—restoring organs, inventing instruments, and perfecting the tuning system still in use today. Elie also looks at the pioneering musicians have made Bach’s music enduring—organist Albert Schweitzer, cellist Pablo Casals, pianist Glenn Gould, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Liv and Ingmar

Monday, October 01, 2012

Filmmaker Dheeraj Alkolkar and Liv Ullman discusses the film “Liv and Ingmar,” about one of the great couples in the history of filmmaking—Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman. The film is an affectionate account of two intertwined lives that experienced the full spectrum of emotions together, survived extraordinary times, and left proof of the passion of their relationship both on and off-screen. The film will screen on October 1, at 6:15pm at the Walter Reade Theater and on October 9, at 8:45pm at the Francesca Beale Theater.

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Matthew Polenzani and Bartlett Sher on L’Elisir d’Amore

Friday, September 28, 2012

American tenor Matthew Polenzani discusses his starring role in the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night production of the comedy L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love). He’s joined by  Bartlett Sher, who is staging it, his first opening night production. This production brings out a political message about Italian independence in addition to the traditional love story of the libretto. The opera runs through October 13, then returns for two weeks in late January/early February.

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Volker Schlöndorff on "The Tin Drum"

Friday, September 21, 2012

Volker Schlöndorff discusses the director’s cut of his 1979 film “The Tin Drum,” an adaptation of Günter Grass’s first novel. He also talks about his documentary, “Billy, How Did You Do It?” about two weeks of filmed conversation with the director Billy Wilder. “The Tin Drum” is playing at Film Forum through September 27 and “Billy, How Did You Do It?” is playing September 23.

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Art in the City

Friday, September 14, 2012

Christian Viveros-Faune, Village Voice art critic, and Roberta Smith, an art critic for the New York Times, discuss what’s on view in New York’s art galleries this fall and how the economic climate is affecting galleries.

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"Liberal Arts"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Actors Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Radnor talk about the new film “Liberal Arts,” which Radnor wrote, directed, and stars in. It’s a lighthearted comedy, 30-something New Yorker Jesse visits his university, hoping recapture the glory days of his youth. When he meets the free-spirited, 19-year-old Zibby Jesse must decide whether to act on his feelings. “Liberal Arts” opens September 14 at the Landmark and IFC Center.

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Little Birds

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Elgin James talks about writing and directing “Little Birds.” He’s also discus his journey from the foster care system to homeless teen to gang member to filmmaking. “Little Birds” is semi-autobiographical, and is about two 15-year-old girls who live on the shores of the Salton Sea and test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other in an escape to Los Angeles. The film is playing at the Angelika.

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