"Painter of Light" Goes Bust

Monday, June 07, 2010

When I came across the work of the painter Thomas Kinkade, almost a decade ago, I was fascinated and appalled. As you know if you listen to the show, I'm really not a snob -- I loved The Hangover, for instance, and don't really get opera.

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Will the Real Ben Frost Please Stand Up?

Friday, June 04, 2010

There are a lot of people in the world with the same name. I've heard that “Mohammed” is the most common first name worldwide, and that the most common surname is “Li” (though I've never heard of a Mohammed Li...yet). I'm not sure where “Ben Frost” ranks, but I'm amused ...

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Renée Fleming Goes Pop

Thursday, June 03, 2010

This weekend, Renée Fleming will release her 29th album. But it isn't a new recording of a Romantic opera or a set of lieder: America's favorite soprano has gone pop.

Dark Hope features eleven covers, including songs by the Arcade Fire and Jefferson Airplane.  And Fleming ...

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Waiting for Tolkien

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Guillermo del Toro was an inspired pick to direct the The Hobbit, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  If anybody can keep Bilbo from getting cute – and keep Gollum genuinely creepy -- it’s the director of Pan’s Labyrinth.  When del Toro visited Studio 360 last ...

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Now Playing in an Aspirational Design Catalogue Near You

Friday, May 28, 2010

Earlier this year, we introduced you to an Indian artist named Vijay Singh.  For decades, he painted the bright, larger-than-life murals that showcased current attractions in Delhi’s old Bollywood movie theaters.  Then digital printing put him out of a job.  But he may have found a new market: hipster home decorator CB2.

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Happy Birthday to Two Hip-Hop Greats

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today is a big day for hip-hop: it’s the birthday of both André 3000 and RJD2. Born just one year apart, they both have had an indelible influence on the genre – and in very different ways.

André 3000 is one half of Outkast, whose 2004 ...

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Daedelus Captures Lightning in a Bottle

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the Lightning in A Bottle festival in Irvine, California.   The four-day event bills itself as 'equal parts music, art and green workshops' — and the name isn't a bad description for the music of one of its headliners.

The musician and producer ...

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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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