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FringeNYC: Five Questions for Playwright Laura Brienza

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The 15th annual New York City Fringe Festival begins on Friday. To mark the date, WNYC asked five playwrights and alumni of the FringeNYC five questions about what it's like to be a part of the fest.

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Avocado Avocation

Monday, August 08, 2011

WNYC

Avocation means "a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one's vocation, especially for enjoyment," but when it comes to avocados, I like the archaic usage. Merriam-Webster puts it as "diversion, distraction." And that's what avocados mean for me this time of year.

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Queen of Soul to Play Charlie Rangel's Birthday Party

Monday, August 08, 2011

Aretha Franklin, fresh off of her Brooklyn debut this past week, will headline Rangel's 81st birthday fundraising gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.

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McQueen Show Among Top 10 Most Popular Exhibitions in Met's History

Monday, August 08, 2011

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," which closed at midnight on Sunday night, attracted 661,509 visitors since it opened on May 4, making it the eighth most popular exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 141-year history.

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Studio 360

Talkative Technology: When Gadgets Go to the Gallery

Monday, August 08, 2011

Gadgets aren’t just for nerds anymore.  In the age of social media, they've become an extension of who we are. Talk to Me, a new design exhibition focusing on the communication between people and objects at New York's Museum of Modern Art, brings all things techy into the gallery space. ...

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Amy Eddings' Food For Thought: Gearing Up for Green Tea

Friday, August 05, 2011

WNYC

Most of us are familiar with tea pots and strainers and even tea cozies. After all, we're a former colony of England, a nation of tea drinkers. 

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Jelly NYC's Free Concerts Move to East Williamsburg

Friday, August 05, 2011

There's been a venue change for the free summer concerts promoted by Jelly NYC. In past years, the pool parties in McCarren Park and at the Williamsburg waterfront got indie fans and hipsters rocking out. But this summer, when the fest moved to Floyd Bennett Field near the Rockaways, sparse attendance forced a change of plans.

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Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Martha Wainwright Pay Homage to Shel Silverstein

Friday, August 05, 2011

On Saturday, the sidewalk ends in Central Park. The author, poet, songwriter and cartoonist Shel Silverstein -- known to many for children's books like Where the Sidewalk Ends -- will be lauded in a, um, "Shelebration" as part of Central Park's SummerStage series.

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Game of Thrones: Sir Peter Hall and Michael Boyd in Conversation

Friday, August 05, 2011

In honor of its 50th birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) brought together company founder Sir Peter Hall and current Artistic Director Michael Boyd in conversation at the Park Avenue Armory where the RSC is currently in residence.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Food: Give a Fig

Friday, August 05, 2011

Figs trees can be found in backyards from the South all the way up to New York. Cookbook author Ted Lee talks about ways to use the fruit, which are now in season, and shares his recipe for Fig Preserves.

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Hundreds Line Up to See Alexander McQueen Show Before it Closes

Friday, August 05, 2011

An hour before The Metropolitan Museum opened for business on Friday, over 200 people had lined up to see the museum's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" show, which closes on Sunday.

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Kurt Vonnegut: WNYC Reporter on the Afterlife

Friday, August 05, 2011

The author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) worked with WNYC producer Marty Goldensohn on a 1998 series known as Reports on the Afterlife. A year earlier, Vonnegut explained these reports would come as a result of "controlled near-death experiences."

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

Friday, August 05, 2011

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock – writers can’t live without Lucy.

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Andy Warhol's Favorite New York City Haunts

Friday, August 05, 2011

From 1949 up until his death in 1987, New York City was home to Andy Warhol. WNYC had a look through Thomas Kiedrowski's Andy Warhol's New York City: four walks uptown to downtown, published by The Little Bookroom, and mapped out some of Warhol's favorite spots in the city.

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Fishko Files

Andy Warhol in New York

Friday, August 05, 2011

With a silvery statue of Andy Warhol now standing in Union Square until October, and soaring sales of Warhol’s work this past spring, the artist is still a presence. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has news of a new book that charts Andy Warhol’s life in New York, literally every step of the way, in this edition of Fishko Files…

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Hidemi Takagi Turns Imported Food into Art at Times Square

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Takagi's photos of food found in the city's various immigrant enclaves -- from a box of Mexican mole to canned herring from Poland -- are part of the show "Blender," the latest public art project to come to Times Square.

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Aretha Arrives: The Queen of Soul Sings First Brooklyn Concert

Thursday, August 04, 2011

On Thursday night, Aretha Franklin will perform at Coney Island for free as part of Marty Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concert Series.

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Booker Creates Newark Office of Film and Television

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The City of Newark, N.J. is no newcomer to lights, camera and action. It's been the set for Steven Spielberg’s 2005 “War of the Worlds,” Eminem’s 2009 music video “Not Afraid,” and of course for "Brick City." But on Thursday, Mayor Cory A. Booker announced an official entity to assist filmmakers and TV producers: the Newark Office of Film and Television (NOFT).

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NY International Latino Film Festival Ads Poke Fun at Stereotypes

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Celebrities walk the red carpet on Tuesday night at the 12th annual New York International Latino Film Festival. This year, the festival has a provocative new advertising campaign.

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It's All About the Tea Cozy

Thursday, August 04, 2011

WNYC

Remember when I couldn't stand the thought of dropping my coffee habit in favor of more healthy, less caffeinated, tea? Me neither. But I've drunk the (Earl Grey, bergamot-flavored) Kool-Aid.

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