Julia Furlan

WNYC Culture Producer

Julia Furlan appears in the following:

Final Williamsburg Pool Party Back On

Monday, August 23, 2010

If the cancellation of this summer's Pool Parties free concert series at the Williamsburg waterfront made you think of shaving your ironic mustache or pawning your bowler hat, rest assured. This weekend, the big players in the battle to keep or cancel the Pool Parties' final August 29th show resolved the conflict. The fourth year of fist-pumping indie bands with baffling names will culminate in performances by Dominique Young Unique and Delorean, along with a surprise headliner.


A Mosaic Mystery Unfolds in Queens

Friday, August 20, 2010

When art blogger Andrew Russeth stepped on a mosaic of famed 1960's Parks Commissioner Robert Moses in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park, he stepped right into a 45-year-old controversy involving pop artist and icon Andy Warhol. The story of Warhol's connection to Moses, the World's Fair and the 1998 mosaic that links them together is a plot studded with big names and big question marks—eat your heart out, Da Vinci Code.

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Signs of Change: Video Chatting Software to Help the Hearing-Impaired

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sure, cell phone companies would love you to believe that video chatting from your mobile phone will change your life—but what if it really did? This week, engineers at the University of Washington will conclude testing on software that makes it possible for hearing-impaired mobile users to do just that: communicate through video.


Pulling Back the Curtain on Broadway's Cast Changes

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last month, two hit Broadway shows—the revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal—changed up their lead casts. The lower ranks of Broadway shows swap cast members with the regularity of a revolving door, but recasting marquee names is a bit more complicated.


Jazz Songstress Abbey Lincoln Dies at 80

Monday, August 16, 2010

Abbey Lincoln, who was born Anna Marie Wooldridge, in Chicago, died on Saturday in Manhattan at age 80, after an acting, singing and composing career that spanned some five decades.

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The NY International Fringe Festival

Friday, August 13, 2010

Elisabeth Vincentelli, of The NY Post, on the 2010 Fringe NYC theater festival.

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Stepping On Stage from the Fringe

Friday, August 13, 2010

New York City is the kind of place where you can witness a mariachi love song, beat-boxing acrobats or an African drum circle on your morning commute.  But if you want to catch even more of this kind of performance, on stage, the New York International Fringe Festival kicks off this Friday. It features nearly 200 staged off-Broadway plays over the next two weeks.


Little Girl, Big Voice: 10-Year Old Jackie Evancho's Got Talent

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Reality TV can be a wasteland of bared undergarments and talentless hacks with too much botox. But when Jackie Evancho, 10, launched into a heart-wrenching rendition of "Il Mio Babbino Caro" on America's Got Talent on August 11, audiences saw the kind of reality that talent shows long for: real talent.

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Fashion Mashups at Retail DJ

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

What does it sound like when an outfit comes together? 

With her site RetailDJ, Wendi Muse lays out a soundtrack to the most mundane of rituals, commanding readers to "get dressed to this."


30 Dances in 30 Days

Friday, July 30, 2010

On the patio of a soulless corporate plaza, amid the mirrored towers of the financial district, the lunchtime entertainment has arrived.  Everyday at noon for 30 days, Canadian dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier is performing the same 30-minute dance piece to a crowd of transfixed tourists and harried suits.

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Thongs Out and Fists Flying, Jersey Shore is Back

Thursday, July 29, 2010


After a five month hiatus, the eight 20-somethings who share a house with each other's egos, romantic dramas and hair products are back, and audiences are ready to drop their jaws.

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Difficult NYC: The Report from Governor's Island

Monday, July 26, 2010

On a searing hot day, a boatload of revelers dressed in warmed-over early 90's fashion went to an island to hear some music. 

It didn't go well.


Beyond the Bodega: Latin Film in New York

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bodega. Queso fresco. Nuyorican. Life in New York is peppered with pieces of Latin culture, whether you can roll your r’s or not.  When it comes to the city’s multiplexes though, Latin American films have had a harder time reaching New York audiences.

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Mix the Martinis: Mad Men is Back

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This Sunday at 10pm, AMC’s Mad Men is back, along with its long pours of afternoon scotch and truckloads of unfiltered cigarettes.  Fans of the 1960’s drama (including President Obama) have their remotes poised to begin season four.


Merchant of Venice: The Gloves Are Off

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

After seeing The Public Theater's production of The Merchant of Venice in Central Park, critics Adam Feldman and Elisabeth Vincentelli had disparate opinions, and they're sticking to them.


World Cup: Hangover Edition

Monday, July 12, 2010

The day after Spain won the World Cup title over the Netherlands in a 1-0 victory, the city's soccer bars were quiet.  Instead of beer, clients and bartenders sipped ice water and coffee, looking tired.


The World Cup Final: Where to Watch

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The beer orders are in. The flags are hung. The Spanish and Dutch sides are set to meet for the final game of the World Cup.

And the city's bars, restaurants and residents are prepared for mayhem.


Risk-Taking Theater in Risky Times

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Far from the jazz hands and high kicks of Broadway, two stalwart downtown theater festivals open this week with productions that range from Wagner's Ring Cycle to the predictions of Nostradamus.


What Harlem Wants, the Maysles Cinema Gets

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

From rooftop films to free concerts in nearly every park, New York offers a bounty of reasons to leave the buzz of your apartment’s air conditioning this summer. One small, 55-person movie theater adds to the mix by bringing a wide range of documentaries and classic cinema to Harlem.


Portugal vs. Brazil: Sharing the Language (of Soccer)

Friday, June 25, 2010

From baby dolls in storefronts to the corner Walgreen’s drug store – you name it and it was covered in a flag this morning in Newark’s Ironbound district.

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