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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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Luxuriating in Language

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I had the good fortune to hear the outstanding Irish writers John Banville and Colum McCann a few days ago, when they did a reading together at New York's 92nd Street Y. Banville won the Man Booker prize in 2005 for The Sea and McCann won ...

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UK Soul Invasion

Monday, March 01, 2010

Another British invasion is underway. Almost fifty years after The BeatlesThe Stones, and The White Queen of Soul found their way to American shores, a group of talented young ladies is grabbing the spotlight.

This week, V.V. Brown stopped by Studio 360 to chat with Kurt and play ...

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"This is Studio 360, I'm..."

Friday, February 26, 2010

Would you trust this man with your radio program?

First movie greatness; then starring in TV's smartest, funniest show; co-hosting the Academy Awards -- all culminating in his performance as guest host of Studio 360.

It is the role of Alec Baldwin's lifetime.

You ...

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Tarantino, Forever Young

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This week, Quentin Tarantino stops by Studio 360 to talk about the Academy Award-nominated film 'Inglourious Basterds.' Of course, he's no stranger to the awards circuit -- he was nominated for an Oscar for Directing 'Pulp Fiction' (1994) and won a little gold man ...

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The Power of the Pen(cil)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Last week’s show about the Lincoln Memorial reminded me of the opportunity I had a few years ago to see Lincoln's handwritten draft of the Emancipation Proclamation at the New-York Historical Society.

The document is so fragile that it can be displayed only 10 days out of ...

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American Icons

Monday, February 22, 2010

Move over American Idol. Presenting: Studio 360's American Icons.

Sure, Abraham Lincoln isn't most people's idea of a triple threat (though his voice was said to be a reedy tenor). But his memorial in Washington, DC, has staying power. History was made there, and continues to be made ...

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360 Staff Pick: Bright Star

Monday, February 22, 2010

If pale young couples on the misty heath isn't your cup of Earl Grey, Bright Star will change your mind about British costume dramas. Jane Campion (The Piano) wrote and directed this exquisite film based on the heartbreakingly short life of the poet John Keats ...

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