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.
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.
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.
Friday, December 02, 2011
By Femi Oke : News host and Reporter for The Takeaway
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
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.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
By Erica Getto
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.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
By Erica Getto
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.
Friday, June 10, 2011
By Julia Botero
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
By Erica Getto
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
By Douglas Q. Smith : WNYC Culture Producer
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.
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.
Monday, September 06, 2010
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
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.