Experimenting with Laughing Gas

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Richard Holmes tells the story of chemist Humphrey Davy’s experiments with nitrous oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas). It's a wild tale of how the scientist convinced friends — like the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mark Roget — to be human guinea pigs. Ironically enough, Roget (the future creator of Roget's Thesaurus) had trouble picking words to describe his experience: "I felt myself totally incapable of speaking."

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360 Staff Pick: Bloody Sunday

Monday, May 24, 2010

Paul Greengrass' recent theatrical release, Green Zone, gets bogged down with heavy-handed story about the search for (nonexistent) WMDs in Iraq. Far more satisfying is his 2002 film, Bloody Sunday. It portrays the Irish civil rights protest and massacre at the hands of British paratroopers in ...

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Studio 360’s Redesign Challenge: the Fourth of July

Friday, May 21, 2010

Studio 360 has a summer project in the works and we need your help: we're redesigning the Fourth of July. Don't worry, it's not a complete gutting.  We're keeping the red, white, and blue, the cookouts, and the fireworks.  But there are a couple of elements that we think can use some sprucing up.

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360 Staff Pick: Caetano Veloso and Son

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Caetano Veloso is called the Bob Dylan of Brazil; it may be Dylan who’s flattered there.  At 67, Veloso continues to make music with the grace of a poet and the ebullience of a kid.  In recent years his sound has been reinvigorated by the sharp edges of his son ...

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The Return of the ArchAndroid

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Janelle Monaé may look like a petite, pompadoured doo-wopper straight out of early Motown.  But when she hits the stage, she bursts into something light years beyond that.

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A Literary Talent Gone Too Soon

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We were sad to learn that among those killed in last week's Afriqiyah Airways crash in Libya was the talented Irish-born writer Bree O’Mara, 42. She was en route from her home in South Africa's North West Province to London to sign a publishing deal for her ...

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Alfredo Molina

Monday, May 17, 2010

Alfred Molina as Mark Rothko in the Donmar Warehouse's Broadway production of  "Red" (photo by Johan Persson)

 

Last week, Alfred Molina stopped by Studio 360 to chat with Kurt about his Tony-nominated performance as Mark Rothko in the play 'Red.' Bet you didn't know that ...

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Growing Pains with Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Junot Diaz

Friday, May 14, 2010

Last week, WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space was packed for Studio 360 Live — a night of stories and music about growing up with Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Junot Diaz.  One of our favorite moments of the night: Josh Ritter’s beautiful, understated take on “Moon River.”

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360 Staff Pick: Molly Fox's Birthday

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A playwright swaps homes with a longtime collaborator and friend — an actress named Molly Fox. Throughout the course of a single day in the Dublin cottage, the unnamed playwright ruminates on her friendship with Molly as well as other friends and family members. All the while, she's trying -- ...

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Mingering Mike Goes Forth

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mingering Mike lives!  As soon as I saw the homemade cover art gracing the new debut album from Milwaukee-based soul band Kings Go Forth, I knew it could only be the work of one man.

I first stumbled upon the magical realist tale of Mingering Mike ...

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A Garden of Eden without Adam

Monday, May 10, 2010

Shirin Neshat creates visually stunning short films and art. The Iranian-born artist may be best known for her photographic series “Women of Allah” (1993-97) which depicts women wearing the chador, some carrying guns, their faces and hands covered with finely written Persian script.  Her first feature-length film, "

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Carmen: The Pas de Deux

Friday, May 07, 2010

Earlier this year, we blogged the spectacular season opener of the Metropolitan Opera: a gorgeous (and perhaps scandalous) production of Bizet’s 'Carmen.' I was fortunate to see the final performance last weekend -- and while  I must admit that opera has never been one of my ...

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Los Suns

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Last fall Studio 360 looked at how the NFL used throwback jerseys to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the old American Football League.

Those uniforms used design to honor the game's past.  But now the NBA's Phoenix Suns are using uniform design to try to impact the ...

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360 Staff Pick: Angelique Kidjo

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

On her new album the Beninoise singer-songwriter hops back and forth between traditional West African tunes and western pop (she covers Curtis Mayfield's 'Move On Up' and James Brown's 'Cold Sweat,' ...

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2010 Tony Nominees Stop by Studio 360

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This season, Broadway got a boost from some serious Hollywood star wattage -- and from great productions imported from London's West End.  But we can see from the Tony nominations there were also some homegrown stand-outs.

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I Am Happy To Have Been Served

Sunday, May 02, 2010

The late Leslie Buck (nee Laszlo Büch) had no training in graphics – he was in the cup business – but he had an eye for design, and he achieved something singular: an immortal disposable cup.  The pseudo-Grecian lettering and ornament celebrated the venerable New York institution of the Greek ...

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Post-Art

Friday, April 30, 2010

Post-its - those handy little sticky notes - turn 30 this year.  To celebrate the milestone, 3M is inviting young people aged 11 - 18 to create Post-it art.  The winner will work with an artist to create the world's largest billboard made entirely of Post-it ...

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This Week in Swag

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring has officially arrived in New York City and that means getting out of the apartment--at last!--and into the parks and playgrounds.

This foot-long block of blue foam reflects this happy change: it's a miniature, pop-out playground sent to us by the Rockwell Group,  designers of

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Story Time

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Pen/Faulkner Foundation announced its annual PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story on Monday. The prize, which in recent years has be shared between an established writer and an emerging one, went to Edward P. Jones (Lost in the City ...

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All Apologies ... to Erin

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A couple weeks ago, Studio 360 featured the good works of David Ellis Dickerson — former Hallmark greeting card employee gone solo.  He takes commissions at his blog, Greeting Card Emergency.  He has a real gift for making greeting cards for sticky situations. Little did we know we'd soon have one of our own.

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