Janaya Williams

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City Proposes Less Art for Parks' Sake

Friday, April 23, 2010

A public hearing on a new Parks Department proposal limiting the number of art vendors in public parks brought out advocates on both sides of the issue.

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Harlem Arts School Supporters Rally to Keep It Open

Friday, April 09, 2010

Students and parents rallied alongside staff on Thursday at the Harlem School of the Arts, calling for a solution to keep the school open.

They also bashed the board of directors for keeping them in the dark about the severe financial straits facing the prominent school. ...


City Seeks to Limit Art Vendors in Parks

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Artists are mobilizing against a new Parks Department rule that limits the number of vendors who can sell art and printed matter in four Manhattan parks. Under the proposed rules, artists would compete on a first come, first served basis for designated spots in Union ...


Ear to the Ground

Friday, March 26, 2010

WNYC's Janaya Williams shines her highly arbitrary spotlight on some of the city's happenings. From the Civil Rights Movement, to new leadership at the Cooper-Hewitt, to getting ready for Passover.


Black Writers Conference Underway in Brooklyn

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The 10th National Black Writers Conference kicked off today at Medgar Evars College in Brooklyn. The four days of events examine issues and trends in literature produced by black writers in the U.S. and abroad. Emerging authors are joined by some of the field's brightest ...


Thorny Questions In 'The Book Of Grace'

Friday, March 19, 2010

Suzan-Lori Parks' new play tells the story of a step-mother trying to repair her family at odds. Read more.

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I♥NY Logo Designer Awarded Medal of Honor

Friday, February 26, 2010

President Obama has bestowed the National Medal of Honor on the creator of the iconic "I♥NY" logo. Graphic designer Milton Glaser created it in 1977. He says he hasn't gone out once in the last 30 years without seeing the familiar image somewhere. In fact, ...


Dream Interpretation: Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd Tell War Stories

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Your dreams can be part of a new song-cycle, devoted to stories about war. Contribute here.

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Courage in Creole

Friday, February 05, 2010

Brooklyn-based band Djarara plays the traditional Haitian street music known as rara, which features metal horns, bamboo trumpets, and drums. Every one of the 15 band members lost someone in the recent earthquake. They're continuing the music, and even rehearsing a new song to commemorate the tragedy. "Rara ...

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'Music Keeps Them Going': Haitians in Brooklyn Keep Tradition Alive

Monday, January 25, 2010

For almost two decades, a group of Haitians and Haitian-Americans in Brooklyn have been keeping an important musical tradition alive. RaRa is Haitian "street music" that has roots in African spiritual traditions. The Brooklyn-based band DjaRara are the most well-known ambassadors of RARA in New ...


Bronx School Slated for Closure Gets Fight Song

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School in the South Bronx is one of the schools the Department of Education has scheduled for closing this year. A Brooklyn man has recorded a song to drum up support for the school and keep ...


Puppet Mastery: Three Kings Day's Makeover

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

For many New Yorkers with roots in Latin America or the Caribbean, the holiday season doesn’t end until 12 days after Christmas. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, is a celebration of the Biblical story of the three wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus.


Writers Rally for Imprisoned Chinese Dissident

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Writers from the PEN American Center, an advocacy group that works to defend free expression around the world, staged a New Year’s Eve rally this morning on the steps of the New York Public Library.


Writers Rally to Protest Imprisonment of Chinese Dissident

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Writers from the PEN American Center, an advocacy group that works to defend free expression around the world, staged a New Year’s Eve rally this morning on the steps of the New York Public Library. They gathered to protest the imprisonment of writer Liu Xiaobo ...


New Theatre Comes to 42nd Street

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Signature Theater is getting a new home on 42nd Street, with the help of a $25 million contribution from the city. The Signature Center is expected to open in 2012 and it will house three theaters, rehearsal studios, a cafe and a bookstore.

Signature is ...


The Good Dance

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brooklyn choreographer Reggie Wilson and Andréya Ouamba of Senegal have been collaborators for seven years.  Their newest work, The Good Dance — dakar/brooklyn, stretches from the Con...


Backstage at CONTACT! With Alan Gilbert

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"CONTACT!" - the New York Philharmonic’s contemporary music series, makes its debut tomorrow at Symphony Space. The series is the creation of Alan Gilbert, the orchestra's new music director. WNYC's Janaya Williams talked with Gilbert backstage at the Philharmonic.

The concert will be performed again in ...


Get Stacked: Authors on their Bookshelves

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Late-night cocktails with adult children of psychotherapists led Jill Bauerle to the idea for Stacked Up, a web-based video series about authors and their bookshelves.  She described ...


The Checks Aren't In the Mail for NJ Arts Organizations

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nearly 200 arts groups in New Jersey are waiting for state money -- more than $10 million in grants -- that was awarded last summer but frozen in fiscal limbo.

Arts organizations expected to receive checks in the mail last month, but state treasury officials now ...


"I Don't Usually Do This...."

Monday, December 07, 2009

New York is packed with professionally trained performers of all kinds. And then there are the rest of us, who sit in the audience, thinking we could never do what they're doing on st...

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