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Carrie Fisher

Friday, November 13, 2009

Broadway's "Wishful Drinking" stars Carrie Fisher as Carrie Fisher. Like memoir of the same name, the one-woman show blurs the line between person and performer for the movie star, as she draws from the most painful periods in her life for comic material. She ...

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Precious

Friday, November 13, 2009

Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has been getting a lot of attention for her performance in the title role in the new film, Precious. Studio 360's Jenny Lawton finds out what it's like for Sidibe to ride this wave of acclaim for a part ...

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Bonus Track: "Joga"

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sonos performs the song (by Björk) live in Studio 360.

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Fela Kuti

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Nigerian musician, activist, and father of Afrobeat inspired a generation of artists -- one of whom is choreographer Bill T. Jones. Kurt talks with Jones about his new Broadway musical "Fela!" which celebrates the art and life of a music legend.

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Panhandling For Reparations

Friday, October 09, 2009

October 10th is the "National Day of Panhandling for Reparations." More than 30 people in dozens of cities will literally beg in the street for reparations. It's a performance project designed to call attention to the legacy of slavery today, organized by artist Damali Ayo.

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Yoko Ono

Friday, October 02, 2009

Her signature howl made her brand of avant-garde music famous. But in recent years, Ono found mainstream success with five number one dance singles. Now, forty years after she founded the original Plastic Ono Band with her late husband, John Lennon, she's ...

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Teatro Indocumentado

Friday, September 25, 2009

After the largest immigration raid in history at a meat-packing plant in Iowa last year, several undocumented workers await deportation. While in limbo these men are reenacting their stories on stage. Produced by Andrew Stelzer.

Watch a scene from "La Historia de Nuestras Vidas" below.

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Keep Your Eye On The Ball

Friday, September 18, 2009

In three-card monte, con artists use swift hand moves and constant patter to convince a sucker there's a way to win. A magician, a theater professor, and a real-life grifter each describe how the monte isn’t just a crime; it’s street theater designed to keep its losers entertained. ...

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BLK JKS

Friday, September 11, 2009

BLK JKS blends South African sounds with MTV-inspired art rock. They just released their first full-length album in the US, After Robots. Band members Lindani Buthelezi and Mpumi Mcata perform and tell Kurt about witnessing the end of apartheid and ...

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Aha Moment: Dances with Clay

Friday, September 04, 2009

In the 1950s, Paulus Berensohn, now 77, studied dance at Juilliard, performed on Broadway, and worked with modern dance legends like Merce Cunningham and Mary Anthony. Then, in his mid-20s, it occurred to him: what would it mean to dance, not just on the stage, but in ...

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Passing Strange

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mark Stewart ("Stew"), created a Tony-winning rock musical about a black teen who leaves LA to become an artist in Berlin. He talks with Kurt about the show, which takes on race, identity, and mother-son relationships. Spike Lee's film version opens this weekend.

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Five Years After Phoebe

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lisa Kudrow didn't start out wanting to be an actor: she studied sociobiology in college and wanted to become a researcher. Plans changed, and she spent ten years playing flighty Phoebe on "Friends." Over the years she became more like her character: "I lost a ...

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"Style It Takes"

Friday, August 07, 2009

Cale performs a song from Songs For Drella, the album he wrote with Lou Reed as a tribute to Warhol.

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Remembering Merce Cunningham

Friday, July 31, 2009

Merce Cunningham, the legendary choreographer and performer, passed away on July 26th. In a 2002 interview, Cunningham describes what happened when he tried choreographing on a PC. Produced by Kerrie Hillman

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Girl in a Coma

Friday, July 31, 2009

A junior high bonding moment over tortured Morrissey music led to the formation of the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma. Now the band - Jenn Alva and sisters Phanie and Nina Diaz - is getting attention from rock gods like Joan Jett. Their new album

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Paul Giamatti

Friday, July 31, 2009

With "American Splendor" and "Sideways," Paul Giamatti perfected the role of the cranky, frustrated failure. In his new film "Cold Souls" he stars as an actor named Paul Giamatti who gets his soul removed to find relief from his oppressive emotions. ...

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Bonus Track: "Chaku!"

Friday, July 24, 2009

"Chaku!" from The Kominas' 2008 album Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay.

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A Picnic for the Ages

Friday, July 24, 2009

Is that Harriet Tubman by the nachos? Every summer, people who make their living re-enacting historical characters gather for dinner. Paul Revere gets into an argument with his mother-in-law, while Abraham Lincoln cracks wise about broccoli. They don’t come in costume, but for these performers, it’s hard to ...

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"Spiraling Shape"

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Nobody knows what it's really like, but everyone says it’s great": a cautionary tale from They Might Be Giants. Don’t believe the hype.

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"Why Does The Sun Really Shine?"

Friday, July 17, 2009

The original lyrics came from the encyclopedia, but facts change. They Might Be Giants stay current on their astrophysics.

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