Wednesday, March 05, 2014
When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he left 15 years later he was fluent in French, was a working journalist, and had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris is his memoir about his experiences.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Amilcare Ponchielli's masterpiece La Gioconda, a drama of politics, passion and murder, is one of opera's most delicious "guilty pleasures." Tune in at 4pm to hear it on our Operavore Stream!
Sunday, June 02, 2013
By Brian Wise
Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Virgil Thomson is the guest on this 1948 edition of The Reader's Almanac. Not Virgil Thomson the composer, though, but Virgil Thomson the critic, whose collection, The Art of Judging Music (1948), had just been published.
Friday, December 07, 2012
By Fred Plotkin
"This Art Deco theater is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Paris to attend a performance," writes Fred Plotkin. And it is a good thing that it was not destroyed during a famous 1913 riot.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Despite a long tradition of condemning homosexuality in Islam, Europe's first gay-friendly mosque opened last week in Paris. Similar efforts have also begun in the United States. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the founder of the mosque.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Paris in the 1920s and 1930s saw an explosion of painting, sculpture, music, and literature, and helped create a Bohemian lifestyle on the Left Bank. This program features some of the literary figures who helped define the era, and more.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke's latest album is called Heritage, and it reflects upon the musical influence that all of his many homes over the years -- from Benin to Paris to NYC -- have had on his music. He joins us in the studio along with his trio to play live.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
By Amanda Angel
As nations vie for athletic superiority at the London Olympics, the Greater London Authority has created an international measuring stick to assess a location’s cultural merit. See where New York ranks.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Rosecrans Baldwin talks about living and working in Paris for 18 months and finding the experience completely unlike what he expected. His memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, is a comic, personal account of observing the French capital from the inside out. He's also the co-founder of The Morning News and the author of the novel You Lost Me There.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
By Fred Plotkin
"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012