The Large Hadron Collider Is a Smash Hit

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

After 15 years and several false starts, the Large Hadron Collider research program has finally begun.  Early this morning, 3300 feet below the Swiss-French border near Geneva, it successfully smashed two protons at record-setting energies.

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360 Staff Pick: Fever Ray

Monday, March 29, 2010

First there was the Knife, the Swedish Electronic duo of brother and sister Karin and Anders Dreijer.  Now there's Fever Ray. Last year sister Karin went her own way (as she’s been known to do) and formed a new band. Fever Ray's self-titled album is full of dark Scandinavian incantations and it is spectacular. ...

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360 Staff Pick: Kid Sister goes Ultraviolet

Friday, March 26, 2010

 

 

The prize for best booty-shakin' performance of SXSW in Austin last week goes to Chicago rapper Kid Sister.  Her first single, 'Pro Nails' (featuring Kanye West), is just the tip of iceberg. Ultraviolet takes the best of high-energy 80s dance hip-hop and shoots it ...

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Asperger's Gets Prime-Time Attention

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last week on Studio 360, we explored how arts and creativity can teach us about autism.  And last year, Kurt talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page whose Asperger’s Syndrome wasn’t diagnosed until he turned 40.  For others, it may go undiagnosed for a lifetime. ...

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Masterpiece Theater: Laptop Edition

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We all know that the Internet has its drawbacks. (Why do I know that Sandra Bullock's husband cheated on her?  Why does a certain relatives think I enjoy videos of kittens?)  But its power to aggregate—pulling material from across time and around the world—can still knock your socks off.  I ...

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360 Staff Pick: Don't Cry

Monday, March 22, 2010

In her new collection of short stories, now out in paperback, Mary Gaitskill plumbs the depths of her characters' hearts and minds. As always, her insight into their behavior is spot-on.  When Gaitskill induces cringing, it's only because her characters' actions ring so true.

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Teatro Indocumentado

Friday, March 19, 2010

Last fall, Andrew Stelzer went to Iowa for Studio 360 to tell the story of a unique amateur theater group, Teatro Indocumentado.

The group formed in the aftermath of the largest immigration raid at a single site in United States history. In May 2008 Federal Immigration ...

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#1 Indie Rocker

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Like Michael Jackson, Alex Chilton hit it big young, charting #1 with "The Letter" before he could vote. But Chilton was not like Jackson. His most serious effort at stardom, the early-70s Big Star, never went mainstream; the songs were too innocent, too authentically teenage - the sex ...

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Cure for Cabin Fever

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rather abruptly, an icy, slushy, uncommonly frigid winter has melted into blue skies and mellow sunshine. In New York, we're taking advantage of the thaw to head to the High Line.

The High Line is the ...

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This Week in Swag

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

No matter how long the winter… Swag is sure to follow.

Here in New York City, folks are wondering whether it's winter or spring. Over the past couple weeks, we've basked in bright, warm sun one day only to shiver out of the subway into icy rain the next. Recently, ...

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Don't Jump

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

There's a public art exhibition opening next week in New York City that has me a bit concerned.

It's called Event Horizon, and it consists of 31 life-size human figures made of iron and fiberglass. The forms will stand on pathways and sidewalks in the Madison Square Park area of ...

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360 Staff Pick: Rosie and Skate

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rosie and Skate are sisters; they have each other's backs even as they bicker and spar.  Forced to navigate the world as adults a few years too soon, while stumbling through first loves and the horrors of high school, they're wiser than most teens in fiction.  Officially a young adult ...

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Shorts, But Sweet

Friday, March 12, 2010

If you watched the Academy Awards this Sunday it would have been easy to miss the category for Best Animated Short Film.  The presentation for the award was...well...short.

But anyone who saw this year's nominees would agree that none of them lack for quality.

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The Great Barrier Skull

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Last Sunday, I visited Volta NY to get my contemporary-art fix.  The room was tightly packed with nearly a hundred solo exhibits.  Visually exhausted after walking aimlessly for over an hour, I was struck by the simple (and eerie) beauty of one piece – a skull suspended in ...

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We Heart Glaser

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

We were thrilled to hear last week that graphic designer Milton Glaser has been awarded a National Medal of Arts. He's probably best known for his 'I heart NY' logo, along with countless designs of magazines, posters, interiors, hotels, shopping malls, and on and on. We celebrate his ...

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360 Staff Pick: The Informant!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Strangely overlooked in this year's Oscar nominations – even for Marvin Hamlisch's kinetic score – The Informant! gets inside the highly unreliable thoughts of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a biochemist turned whistleblower for Archer Daniels Midland.  Amid beige cubicles, the story unravels in surprising and funny ways, ...

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I've Seen This Movie Before...

Friday, March 05, 2010

Does the story of 'Avatar' seem eerily familiar to you?  For student Randy Szuch, the answer is a resounding yes.  In this genius mashup, Szuch matches the audio of 'Avatar' with scenes from a beloved Oscar-winning Disney film from 1995.

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Bruce Willis vs. Gorillaz

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Bruce Willis is a car chase extraordinaire -- think the hair-raising flying car chase scene in 'The Fifth Element' (1997).  Now he's chasing down the Gorillaz (a band fronted by animated monkeys, but really the work of musician Damon Albarn and comic book creator Jamie Hewlett).  ...

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OK Go Out-Goldbergs Rube Goldberg

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Finally, a YouTube time-suck guaranteed to delight you with repeated viewings.  If, by the end, your jaw is not scraping the floor, you will be sporting an ear-to-ear smile of gee-whiz amazement.

The band OK Go made viral video history back in 2006 with their goofy treadmill ...

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Kurt's Visit with the Guru

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Guru, MC of the influential and critically-acclaimed rap group Gang Starr, suffered a heart attack this weekend.  NBC New York and others report that he underwent successful surgery yesterday and remains in a medically-induced coma.

[Update - 4/20: We were sad to learn that, after a ...

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