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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360 Staff Pick: No Joke

Monday, April 26, 2010

Momus (a Scotsman born Nick Currie) has a reputation as music’s darkest singer-songwriter, but his novel takes dark to another level.  In The Book of Jokes, all jokes -- obscene, cruel, etc. -- actually happen, and they happen to one poor family.  The beleaguered narrator, escaping his sexually ...

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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!)

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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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