Preview: 2012 Tony Awards

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The 66th annual Tony Awards are Sunday, June 10. Here's a round-up of Kurt Andersen's conversations with some of the nominees: James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors), Suzan-Lori Parks (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park), Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities), and Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur).

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New Home Brings Barnes Collection to Full Radiance

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Scene: Philadelphia
From NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News — part of The New Barnes, a series chronicling the years-long struggle surrounding the Barnes Foundation's move (along with its collection) from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, to downtown Philadelphia.

The Barnes Foundation restored its world-famous collection of Impressionist paintings to public view last weekend. The new galleries are exact re-creations of the original ...

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Canada: Your Slogan Here

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Face it, Americans don’t get Canada. After hockey and Celine Dion we know shockingly little about our strongest ally, our largest trading partner, the nation with which we share 5,500 miles of border.  Studio 360 thinks it’s time to change that. Canada’s image in the United States needs a fresh start ...

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Los Angeles Noir & Mapping the Brain

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Scene: Los Angeles
From Los Angeles Review of Books on KCRW, hosted by Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz, founding editor of the new Los Angeles Review of Books, highlights two new titles: neuroscientist Antonio Damasio's Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain and a collection of work by the pulp fiction author Paul Cain called The Complete Slayers.

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Taryn Simon: Chapters of Invisible Lives

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Taryn Simon's photographs are crisp to the point of being stark, stripped of all but the most essential elements. She documents places and things that are normally kept far from view: items detained at customs, radioactive capsules at a nuclear waste storage facility, the art collection of the CIA. ...

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Tommy Womack's Surprise Second Act

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Scene: Nashville
From the WPLN Newsroom at Nashville Public Radio

Imagine you’re a musician who has struggled for success for years and you’re facing middle-age, burned-out, with a family to support and little hope. So you record one last album, a farewell note to your career, and it becomes the biggest success you’ve ever had — now what? ...

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Passing Stranger: Poetry in NYC's East Village

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New York City's East Village was once a vigorous and diverse community of poets, including Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan, and Anne Waldman. A new audio tour of the neighborhood captures the characters, sounds, and memories ...

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Kehinde Wiley on the World Stage

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kehinde Wiley paints contemporary kings. The World Stage: Israel, a new exhibition of Wiley's paintings, is now on view at The Jewish Museum ...
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Storytelling and Science Collide

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Humans love a well-told story and scientists are beginning to understand why. According to a 2010 study by three Princeton researchers, the act of listening to, and comprehending, a narrative creates an unconscious physical alignment between the storyteller and the audience: their brains link ...

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Las Vegas Takes a Gamble on High Art

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts just opened in downtown Las Vegas. Supporters hope the new $470 million cathedral to the arts shows the rest of the country that Vegas is a serious cultural destination that can host pop goddess Celine Dion and ...

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Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Scene: Kansas City
From the KCUR's Arts & Culture desk, a service of Kansas City Public Media

Seventy years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This action, just a few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, forced an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Kansas-based artist Roger Shimomura was one of them. ...

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Remembering Barney Rosset, Malcolm X's Publisher

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The boundary-pushing publisher Barney Rosset died on Tuesday. He was 89. Rosset was the founder of Grove Press, where he made a name for himself publishing titles no one else would touch. In the 1960s, he won consecutive court cases that allowed him to print ...

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Sapphire, Patton Oswalt, Harley-Davidson

Monday, February 13, 2012

In this national pledge special, Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Sapphire about her novel The Kid. The comedian Patton Oswalt breaks down the universe to its three essential parts: zombies, spaceships, and wastelands. And our American Icons series continues with a ride on the country's favorite motorcycle: the Harley-Davidson.

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Prison Art: Letters From Inside

Monday, February 13, 2012

My sister, a psychiatrist, has been collecting the work of untrained artists for as long as I can remember, and travels to New York every January for the Outsider Art Fair. This year, I tagged along and discovered Phyllis Kornfeld’s Inside/Outside Envelope Project. Kornfeld has ...

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Eisenhower Family Objects to Gehry Design for Memorial

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A design for a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the National Mall has become the subject of controversy.  The New York Times reports that descendants of Eisenhower complain that Frank Gehry's design, which represents the president as a young farm boy, belittles his legacy of ...

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360 Field Trip: Postcard From the Edge

Monday, February 06, 2012

This month, light and space is oddly, magically graspable at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, New York. Doug Wheeler's SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 is an experience that is near-impossible to describe without using the terms "defies comprehension" and "mind-blowing," so we figured we'd get that out of the way now ...

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The Fight to Save Salvation Mountain

Monday, February 06, 2012

The Scene: San Diego
From Culture Lust, a blog from KPBS in San Diego, hosted by Angela Carone

Along dusty Highway 111 in Niland, California, the Buckshot Deli and Diner is the place to get a strong cup of coffee, and directions to the area’s most famous landmark. Owner Ed Brashear says he can tell immediately who wants to go to Salvation Mountain. "Sometime when they walk in ...

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Wings: Oscar's First Best Picture

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Scene: San Antonio
From Texas Public Radio's The Source, a weekly program on the arts, environment, politics, and education in San Antonio, hosted by Eileen Pace

Last week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years.  The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was Wings (1927), shot in San Antonio. Wings is the story of two young men who enlist ...

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Sons of the Pioneers: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Sons of the Pioneers pioneered one of the strangest branches of American music: singing cowboys.  Their 1934 song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” made popular by a Gene Autry film of the same name, was written by Bob Nolan, a Canadian by birth who ...

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How Well Do You Know The Boss?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bruce Springsteen's album Wrecking Ball comes out March 6. A recent press announcement supplied a track list of eleven hardscrabble-titled songs. We've come up with our own list of ten real song titles mixed up with ten ringers.  Can you pick the titles that Bruce wrote?

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