Like any good Italian, Puccini loved his American Westerns. The result was a cowboy opera, La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West). This week, the opera returns to the Met for a series of performances marking its 100th anniversary.
Franklin will be far away from the platter this Thanksgiving. WNYC spent some time with him at his home at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo.
Watch WNYC's video about this bushy-tailed pastime or check out our recipe for "Pork Rind-Crusted Fried Squirrel with Molasses Red-Eye Gravy" here.
WNYC took a look around the "No Place Like Home" National Pet Home Decor Showcase where 25 "petrepreneurs" displayed the latest in high-end doggy and kitty goods.
Throngs of Brooklyn kids will be riding their bikes to school on Wednesday for the first time. That's thanks to a recent "Bike Like A Driver Clinic" held at Middle School 51 which taught kids how to start, stop, scan for traffic, signal and make controlled turns on two wheels.
At Timothy Haskell's haunted house, they have a theory: Real men scream. Haskell has been haunting New York audiences for seven years with his "Nightmare House" creations.
Composer Magnus Linberg and members of the New York Philharmonic headed out to Edkins Auto Sales and Salvage on Staten Island to find scrap metal for the New York premiere of "Kraft." The unlikely group searched piles of crushed cars, hills of discarded tires and heaps of disembodied axles, gas tanks and bumpers for something that would create a "sound world" which is rarely heard in classical music.
Found sound is a staple of some experimental music that ends up in clubs and galleries, and other alternative spaces. But on a recent Friday, Magnus Lindberg, the New York Philharmonic's composer in residence, and several percussionists, were scouring a salvage yard on Staten Island for local junk that will be played at Avery Fisher Hall in October.
Fall began on Wednesday with the rising of a full moon. The Harvest Moon, so-called because of the extra light it gave farmers to work later for bringing in their crops, rose on the autumnal equinox, a rare cosmic event which hasn't happened for almost 20 years. It won't happen again until 2029.
Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, recently published the book "Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption". WNYC's Amy Pearl caught up with him after he spoke on The Leonard Lopate Show.
What is it like to grow up South Asian in the wake of 9/11-- whether or not you are a muslim?
Composer and performer Elliott Sharp teams up with the New York-based Dither guitar quartet to perform at the Whitney Museum tonight at 7 p.m. to perform Christian Marclay’s Chalk Board. Learn more about the performance and watch WQXR's video about the project.
Gary Shteyngart says the characters in his new novel "Super Sad True Love Story" are the first ones he has written that he has really loved. The novel is set in the near future, which for Shteyngart is the easiest thing to write about. "To write about the present now is impossible," he says.
He was one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. Maybe now the world will finally believe it when novelist David Mitchell says Star Trek is cool.
This is one man's story of telling tales at The Moth.
Prospect Park has over eight million visitors a year. On Monday mornings, there is often lots of trash left behind. Garry Osgood decided to do something about it.
Musician Dan Zanes is probably used to lots of moving bodies since the average age of his audience is 6... so his collaboration with the Pilobolus dance company and cartoonist Art Spiegelman it is not altogether surprising.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner will be remembered as a controversial figure in the baseball world, who brought the Bronx Bombers 7 World Series wins and radically drove the increase in player salaries.
But he also made his mark in the entertainment world, playing himself in multiple commercials and a movie (Albert Brooks' The Scout). And, of course, there's his recurring role in Seinfeld.
What moments do you remember that we are leaving out?
Pedestrians in Times Square stopped to watch this morning as workers sprayed bright blue paint across the streets. It's the beginning of a public art project in the five pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.
Above the shrieks of dancing teenagers and the rumble of passing buses, Manuel Vega played the piano at Fordham Plaza in the Bronx. He's not a concert pianist. He's just a regular guy who happened to see a piano on the sidewalk.