Allison Lichter

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African Burial Ground National Monument Honors Black History Month

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

West African musicians honored the memory of Africans buried in lower Manhattan in the 17th and 18th centuries. The band held an afternoon concert as part of the African Burial Ground's Black History Month Celebration. The room ...


$50 million for NEA

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

When the stimulus bill passed on Friday it included an additional $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, and some New York-based arts groups should receive a boost from the funds. Randall Borsheidt is director of Alliance for the Arts, a New York ...


A Brand New Beacon, Ready for the Spotlight

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A brightly-gilded Beacon Theater re-opens today, with a brand new sound system and a restored canvas mural in the Neo-classical rotunda. When the Beacon first opened in 1928, it was host to New York's vaudeville acts. ...


Dog Show Season Gets Underway at MSG

Monday, February 09, 2009

The 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show opened this morning at Madison Square Garden.

And the talk at this year’s event is not just about the dogs in the competition.

It's also about dogs in the white house. Westminster Kennel Club spokesman David Frei has a ...


The Man Who Viewed Too Much Talks About Tough Times for Film Critics

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Well before this recession, the news media started bleeding jobs. Lately, film critics have been especially vulnerable to layoffs, at publications including Variety, the Village Voice and Time Out. But WNYC’s Allison Lichter spoke with one New York film reviewer who just may have figured ...


Apollo Theater's Historian Shares his Memories of Amateur Night

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Last week, Harlem's Apollo Theatre celebrated the 75th anniversary of its amateur night competition. Since the 1930s, the event has launched the careers of some of the world’s greatest entertainers from Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown to the Jackson Five. The theater’s in-house historian, Billy ...


Fund it Yourself Film Criticism

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Well before this recession, the news media started bleeding jobs. Lately, film critics have been especially vulnerable to layoffs, at publications including Variety, the Village Voice and Time Out. But film critic Mike D'Angelo has figured out a way to keep watching movies, and getting ...


Musical Compatibility is Overrated

Friday, January 30, 2009

I grew up on a well-intentioned, but deeply damaging, diet of show tunes and folk songs, with a little light classical mixed in. The soundtracks to John Hughes movies really pushed my musical boundaries. 'Nuff said.

But I was humble, and willing to learn (so much so that I now ...

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Understanding Artwork at The Met

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A new exhibition of drawings at the Metropolitan Museum offers a glimpse into the process behind masterworks of western painting.

Spanning the Renaissance to the early 20th Century, the show features sketches and studies by artists including Raphael Fragonard, Goya, Degas, Renoir and van Gogh.

Carmen Bambach, ...


Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show’s special coverage of the presidential inauguration includes:

From Washington, DC: WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein and Siddhartha Mitter; plus The TakeAway’s Femi Oke; and Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection;

From New York City: WNYC’s Beth Fertig, Bob Hennelly, Arun Venugopal, Terrance McKnight, and Allison ...

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Reactions from Washington, New York and Online

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC culture reporter Siddhartha Mitter and Evening Music host Terrance McKnight talk about the cultural significance of the inauguration live from the National Mall in Washington. Also: WNYC reporter Beth Fertig speaks to us live from the Police Athletic League Harlem Armory where the Democracy Prep Charter School is hosting ...

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Cedar Lake Dance Company Kicks Off Season

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Wal-Mart sponsored dance company is flourishing in New York's struggling economy. The Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is one of the few companies that brings in work by foreign artists, such as Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman. It's Veldman's first time working with American dancers, who ...


Recession Hits City Arts Nonprofits

Saturday, January 03, 2009

A new study confirms the city's arts organizations are hurting in this economy as much as everyone else. WNYC's Allison Lichter has more:

REPORTER: The Alliance for the Arts conducted the study and the group's president Randall Bourscheidt, said that one of the surprising results was ...


Minister's Concerns with Rick Warren

Friday, December 19, 2008

The new senior minister of New York's historic Riverside Church Brad Braxton is taking issue with president-elect Obama's selection of Rick Warren to lead the inauguration's invocation.

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Braxton says disagrees with Warren's position against gay marriage. He says Obama should be ...


Brooklyn Neighborhood Acts Out On Development Plan

Friday, December 05, 2008

At the Public Theater, the hip hop artist Danny Hoch recently put gentrification on stage in his show called "Taking Over." A similar project has been in development by the theater company The Civilians.

Their project is called "Brooklyn at Eye Level." It brings performers together ...


Gerald Schoenfeld, Tireless Promoter of Broadway, Dies at 84

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights tonight at seven in memory of a giant of New York theater – Gerald Schoenfeld, a New York native and theater impresario died today. WNYC's Allison Lichter has more.

REPORTER: From "A Chorus Line" to "Ain’t Misbehavin" to this year’s ...


BAM Dance Highlights Africa-America Connection

Friday, November 21, 2008

President elect Barack Obama -- with his Kenyan-born Father and American mother -- has brought the centuries old connections between Africa and America back into the spotlight. A dance collaboration underway at BAM right now also highlights those transatlantic links. WNYC's Allison Lichter has this ...


Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx

Friday, November 21, 2008

In the early 80s, Ray Mortenson photographed the empty buildings that dominated landscape of the South Bronx. The images showed the social and economic devastation of the period. These photos are now on display at the Museum of the City of New York in a ...


Downtown Dance Theatre Expands

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is expanding into a 299 seat theater it purchased right next to the space it currently occupies in Hell’s Kitchen.


David Lynch Box Set

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's not cheap -- almost $180 -- but the set is an exhaustive assortment of material, including films like the classics Eraserhead and Blue Velvet, along with shorts, web videos, deleted scenes and even a so-called "mystery disc."

WNYC film critic Nathan Lee talked to the ...