Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The US is melting. This month, soaring temperatures have tied or broken more than 800 records across the country — and we're only halfway through July. Perhaps our sweaty, suit-loving co-workers should take a cue from the Japanese. Super Cool Biz is a government-sponsored fashion campaign to lighten ...
Friday, July 15, 2011
There's a beef heating up in California, and I'm not talking about San Francisco hippies vs. Los Angeles Valley girls. The state's struggling economy threatens to divide Southern California's coastal and inland cities. Earlier this week, Riverside County's board of supervisors unanimously approved a plan to officially consider breaking off ...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
You know you've made it when your face is on a postage stamp. Twelve giants of industrial design have just been given that honor with a new set of stamps released by the United States Postal Service last week. But instead of their profiles gracing the corner of your next electric bill, their enduring work is spotlighted.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
We were saddened to learn of the death today of Cy Twombly, the American artist known for his abstract, childlike paintings. A couple years ago on the show, the songwriter Tift Merritt shared this touching story with us about how a Twombly painting saved her from her writer's block.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Pandora dominates the field of music streaming, with its playlists generated by algorithm. (Founder Tim Westergren explained the process to Kurt Andersen last summer.) But a worthy opponent is emerging: Turntable.fm. Instead of sophisticated algorithms, Turntable.fm has you and your fellow listeners do the work of playlisting for each other. In the first month, the site claims 140,000 users, suggesting that the programmers might be missing something.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Citing budget cutbacks, the Brooklyn Museum announced this week that it was canceling its upcoming exhibition of “Art in the Streets,” a popular and controversial retrospective of street art currently showing at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. “Art in the Streets” has brought in droves of visitors to LA MOCA, while reigniting that very old culture war over whether a tag on the side of a building or a subway — an act of vandalism — can also be classified as a work of art.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Last week, James Franco and the art duo known as Praxis (Brainard and Delia Carey) kicked off a fundraising effort for a new project. Franco has his hands on so many projects that one wonders how he can execute them all, so this one is perhaps fitting in that Franco doesn’t have to execute anything. The Museum Of Non-Visible Art (MONA) is an art museum "composed entirely of ideas."
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Just in time for Father's Day, Adam Mansbach's big time, bedtime book for grown-ups was officially released today; it's been the most-discussed item in publishing for months, after a pirated PDF version went viral. Go the Fuck to Sleep has already been a gigantic success for small press Akashic Books, which typically publishes literary fiction, noir, and counterculture nonfiction, and the book is currently number-one on Amazon's bestseller list.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Marie Curie is the sexiest story in science history and has charmed authors, filmmakers, and playwrights. Add Alan Alda to the list, who makes his playwrighting debut with Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie. At the opening gala for the World Science Festival last night, a terrific cast (including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liev Shreiber) performed a reading.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
How did you spend Monday night? Here in Studio 360, we tapped a keg, lined up some killer acts, and hung out with 150 of our closest friends at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. We'll air the whole show next week, but until then, you can watch some choice excerpts of performances by comedian Eugene Mirman and the band tUnE-yArDs.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Book of Mormon is the toast of Broadway (with 14 nominations for June’s Tony Awards). Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez, best known for Avenue Q, to put the spring in the Mormons' steps. In this preview clip of Kurt Andersen's interview with Lopez, the composer deconstructs the song “All-American Prophet” and revives hooks previously lost to the cutting-room floor.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Jason de Caires Taylor’s haunting, beautiful underwater sculptures are human figures — they're modeled after locals in Cancun and the West Indies and made of an artificial material that acts like coral reef. Collectively, they comprise the world’s only underwater sculpture gardens.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Christian fundamentalist Harold Camping believes the apocalypse will come on Saturday (not in 2012 as the Mayans predicted), and is doing his best to make sure you're prepared. The hip music magazine L.A. Record is also getting its readers ready by asking them to contribute original songs to their "Judgment Day Mixtape" — a collection of tunes that should be the perfect soundtrack to the rapture.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Usually when we heard from Osama Bin Laden it was on audio tapes broadcast on Al Jazeera — but he also appeared in bedrooms all over the world, haunting our dreams. This piece, Dreaming of Osama, was produced by Pejk Malinovski and originally aired on WNYC and PRI's The Next Big Thing.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
No stranger to controversy — the cliché fits Tony Kushner, whose groundbreaking play cycle Angels in America (subtitle A Gay Fantasia on National Themes) was one of the major flashpoints in the modern culture war. Now Kushner's views are once again subject of debate, this time from an unexpected quarter.