Law and Order: Special Theater Unit

Friday, April 23, 2010

We've heard how contentious the process of confirming judges has become.  So how exactly did Denny Chin get appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a 98 to 0 vote?  Perhaps the senators took into account his extracurriculars.  Chin has led an unusual project in which lawyers create ...

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Horse-drawn Hummer

Friday, April 23, 2010

Last month artist Jeremy Dean drove a horse-drawn carriage through New York City.  The horses were two White Percherons - standard draft horses for Central Park.  And the carriage was a Hummer H2.

Dean's trip was equal parts performance art and sculpture.  He bought a used Hummer, sliced ...

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A Ricky Gervais Extra

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In this week's show, Ricky Gervais drops by Studio 360. And listening back to the tape, my stomach muscles are aching.

We couldn't wait until the weekend to share a piece of the interview. In this straight-from-the-studio preview, Gervais declares his love for

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The Poet of the Common Man Sings Again

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's been three years since we've heard something new from Merle Haggard, but it's clear that he's been hard at work.  He's just released I Am What I Am, his first album for his new label Vanguard. His longtime band The Strangers backs him up. The ...

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Of course, it's an honor just to be nominated...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association announced the finalists for its television and radio news awards yesterday, and we were happy to see that Studio 360 made the list - not just once, but three times.  The show garnered nominations for Best Radio Interview, Best Radio ...

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Dorothy Height: A Voice We'll Never Forget

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

When we made a documentary about The Lincoln Memorial for our American Icons series, one person captured two seminal moments in the Memorial's history for us: Dorothy Height.  She was at the Memorial in 1939 when Marian Anderson sang triumphantly after being banned from performing at Constitution Hall.  ...

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V.V. Brown's Travelling Like the Light

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After making a splash in Europe, the delightful V.V. Brown releases her first album, Travelling Like the Light, in the U.S. today.

And she'll perform a set at the Apple Store in Soho tonight at 7 p.m. (It's free!)

Not in New York City? ...

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360 Staff Pick: A Fortunate Age

Monday, April 19, 2010

Four twenty-something women (and their lone male buddy, good-looking but a loser) navigate careers and relationships in the hippest precincts of New York. But let's be clear: Smith Rakoff's novel is not Carrie Bradshaw territory. Instead, it's an homage, 70 years later, to Mary McCarthy's satirical novel The ...

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Bigger, Longer, and Choreographed

Friday, April 16, 2010

Perhaps you remember the dead-on Broadway-style music in South Park's 1999 movie Bigger, Longer, & Uncut.  The plot of that movie, advanced by escalating tension between Canada and the United States, is carried by full-scale animated production numbers like 'Blame Canada' and 'What Would Brian Boitano Do?'

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360 Staff Pick: State of Play

Thursday, April 15, 2010

 

The movie starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck doesn’t hold a candle to the gripping BBC series on which it was based.  A newspaper investigates the death of a young woman, uncovering layer after layer of intrigue in the process. The plot is watertight and ...

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The Ultimate Mixtape

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I recently discovered The Messengers, the amazing remix project by hip hop artist K'NAAN and producer J.Period. The collection is a tribute to musical greats Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan. On the track 'Messengers and Prophets,' K'NAAN explains why he chose the artists: 'Who has ...

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Next to Normal Wins a Pulitzer

Monday, April 12, 2010

A rock musical about a bipolar suburban housewife?  Admit it, you doubted the success of “Next to Normal” too.  But 11 Tony nominations (3 wins) and 400+ performances later, the show is still rocking.  And it just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Sonos Sings ... Near You!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The rich harmonies and ultra-contemporary arrangements of Sonos bring a cappella singing to a level those guys in the striped vests and boater hats never could have dreamed of.

Don't know Sonos? You're in for a treat. The L.A.-based sextet visited Studio 360 last fall to talk with ...

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Celluloid Speculation

Friday, April 09, 2010

Hollywood is no stranger to stories of Wall Street: from references to the Depression in the classic Gold Diggers, to botched commodities trading in 1983's Trading Places, to Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2, due out later this year.  Now it seems investors are ...

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360 Staff Pick: MGMT Goes All In

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

 The electro-rock duo MGMT (Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden) has reinvented itself on their sophomore effort, Congratulations, which comes out next Tuesday, April 13.

Just when I thought nothing could be weirder than the cover art of the new album (a two-headed chimpanzee ...

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Poetic License

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

April is National Poetry Month, and I just stumbled across a great way to celebrate.  Poetic License is an ambitious project that pairs 100 poems with 100 actors, many of them Broadway stars.  The result is a captivating, sometimes surprising synthesis of voice and verse.  Here ...

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Eavesdrop on Jimmy Cliff’s Existence

Monday, April 05, 2010

Last month, one of reggae’s founding fathers, Jimmy Cliff, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On this week's show, Kurt talked with Jimmy about his long, illustrious career and whether he had plans to retire soon; to which Jimmy replied, “Oh ...

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What the Guards Saw

Friday, April 02, 2010

It turns out that the guards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have a lot more to say than 'The bathrooms are down the hall and to the left.'

Many of them are artists in their own right. There's a show up at the new 25CPW ...

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The New Ladies of Hip-Hop

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being male-dominated and misogynist.  But female MCs have been on the cutting edge of hip-hop since the beginning. The 80's saw outspoken artists like MC Lyte, J.J. Fad, Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah; in the 90's we had Missy Elliott, Eve, and Lauryn Hill. If you ...

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Thieves Thwarted!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Need a hit of good news? How about this story out of Montreal last week:  a Paul Klee painting stolen in 1989 —that's 21 years ago!—was recovered and returned. 'Portrait in the Garden' (below), valued at $100,000, was stolen from New York's Marlborough Gallery.

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