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A Whale Of a Time in Alaska

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When you think of summer festivals, you might think of paying hundreds of dollars to see bands and drinking overpriced warm beer. But there’s a different kind of festival happening now in Northern Alaska where native Inupiaq communities are attending whaling festivals.

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Spring for Music: Fantasy Programs

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last year marked the first-ever Spring for Music Festival – a Carnegie Hall-hosted celebration of orchestras who’ve brought unusual and imaginative programs to the stage. The series returns this May, as does the festival’s “Fantasy Program Contest” – when anyone can submit an idea and vote for the program of their dreams. (Last year’s crowd-chosen winner paired Strauss’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” with John Williams’ “Superman.”) Joining us to discuss is Tom Morris, the artistic director of Spring For Music.

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The Sounds of Tribeca Film Fest

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Now in its 11th year, the Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this week with hundreds of hours of brand new features, shorts and documentaries. Joining us to highlight some of this year’s more musical selections is the festival’s director of programming, Genna Terranova.

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Features

Out of Africa: African Diaspora International Film Festival Returns to New York

Friday, December 02, 2011

One of the highlights of this year's fest is the award winning documentary An African Election. The feature length film follows the twists and turns of Ghana’s 2008 general election. The Takeaway's Femi Oke interviews the man who made the film, Jarreth Merz.

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Features

Film Fest Reflects Societal Changes in Greece

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The fifth annual New York City Greek Film Festival gets underway in full force this weekend, featuring nine films over 16 days at theaters in Manhattan and Queens. Gritty, personal films reflecting the societal changes in Greece are highlighted in this year's festival.

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Till Next Year ... NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival

Monday, August 01, 2011

After months of preparation for the NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival, it finally arrived on Saturday July 30th - as it quickly came it also quickly passed. I miss the festival already. But maybe it was part of the appeal so we would hunger more for next year! Even as someone who planned this event I didn't feel like, "finally it's done now move on," (maybe a tiny bit), but I want more.

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Features

A Cinephile's Best Week Ever: Three Film Festivals Kick Off in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The weather may be getting nicer, but this week's film offerings are enough to keep cinephiles indoors in the cool dark of a cineplex. Three intriguing film festivals — the Northside Film Festival in Williamsburg, the BAM CinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the ninth annual Bronx International Film Festival at Lehman College — start screening films on Thursday.

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American Crafts Festival Celebrates 35 Years of Artistry

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tents have ben pitched at Lincoln Center Plaza for the American Crafts Festival, celebrating its 35 anniversary this weekend and next. Over 200,000 guests are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, which features the original, hand-crafted creations of 400 master artisans.

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Thousands Queue Up for BBQ at Barbecue Block Party

Saturday, June 11, 2011

This weekend, pitmasters from across the country will take on New York one grill at a time for the ninth-annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The event is intended to bring New Yorkers the best barbecue bites from across the country.

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A Guide to Summer Theater Festivals in NYC

Friday, June 10, 2011

WNYC

Concerts and rooftop movies might be popular summer entertainment mainstays in the city, but the long days and muggy air also promises a wealth of new theater productions. Check out the list of plays you can catch this summer. From puppets, to comedians, to Shakespeare, there is something for everyone.

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At Summer Music Festivals, Soft Breezes Meet Winds of Change

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The best summer festivals are outlets of escape from the rituals and formality of city life, writes Norman Lebrecht. But there is hardly a festival on earth that is not thinking about redefining what festivals ought to be in the 21st century.

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Staten Islanders Prepare for the Annual Art by the Ferry Festival

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The festival, which kicks off on Friday, includes poetry, dance, music, art shows and literary readings created by, for the most part, Staten Island residents.

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The Arts File

Tribeca Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Friday, April 15, 2011

Salon.com senior writer Andrew O'Hehir weighs in on the Tribeca Film Festival's past and present.

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Emerging Film Directors Walk the Red Carpet at 'New Directors/New Films' Festival

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cinephiles and film critics are looking forward to this year's "New Directors/New Films" festival. It kicks off on Wednesday night and runs through April 3.

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CMJ Music Fest: They Don't Call It A Marathon for Nothing

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The CMJ Music and Film Festival brings 1,200 plus bands to 75 New York City venues for five days. Here's WNYC's guide to this year's music marathon, complete with tips and top picks from the critics.

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Brooklyn Book Festival: Not Only the Dead Love Brooklyn

Friday, September 10, 2010

Not only the dead love Brooklyn. This Sunday, the borough celebrates its multi-faceted heritage and the global community of writers at the fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. With readings and panel discussions showcasing over 200 national and international authors and ranging in subject matter from memories and mothers to writing, war, Brooklyn food and “poetry of the gumshoe,” the festival is one big literary block party.

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WQXR News

Brooklyn's West Indian Day Carnival: A Panorama of Steel Drums

Monday, September 06, 2010

It's a holiday twice over for New Yorkers and others with ties to the Caribbean.  Labor Day also is the day for the annual West Indian American Day Parade. The Brooklyn event is one of the largest in the city.


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WQXR News

Make Music New York Kicks Off

Monday, June 21, 2010

The annual Make Music New York Festival takes over hundreds of public spaces in the city today, the longest day of the year.

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Sarah McLachlan

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It’s been seven years since Sarah McLachlan released her last studio album and eleven years since Lilith Fair traversed the country, spreading good music, championing worthy causes, and celebrating women everywhere.

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