Helping Haiti: Relief through Music

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The human tragedy in Haiti is overwhelming, and it's hard to know what we can do from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Here's one thing…

January 20 through 25, New York's City Winery (155 Varick Street) is holding a series of four emergency benefit concerts ...

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360 Staff Pick: The Original Crossover Act

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Last weekend Kurt interviewed Owen Pallett, a violinist who makes indie-electro-classical-pop, either as a one-man band or with a live orchestra.  This weekend, one of Brooklyn’s coolest clubs hosted Miracles of Modern Science, who play violin, cello, mandolin, and double bass, and cite Tears for Fears ...

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Can Art and Football Mix?

Monday, January 18, 2010

George Plimpton famously combined letters and football when he took a break from his day job as editor-in-chief of The Paris Review to try out for the Detroit Lions - as a 36-year-old rookie quarterback.  He documented the sobering experience in his classic book, Paper Lion.  ...

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Change of Heart

Friday, January 15, 2010

Have you noticed how the rituals of Valentine's Day seem to be designed for children? The red hearts, the overload of candy, and that weird baby Cupid. It's all so bizarre, and may I say -- nauseating?

We here at Studio 360 think the so-called holiday is due for a ...

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Do the Golden Globes Have a Glass Ceiling?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday, and I'm excited, especially for one nominee. The buzz is all over director Kathryn Bigelow and 'The Hurt Locker,' an action film about a bomb-defusing squad in Baghdad.

Last summer, Bigelow talked to Kurt about her transition from ...

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Quiet Beauty on the Nile

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cairo is dirty, loud, and almost unbearably noisy.  When I was there over the winter holidays, I had to work not to become overwhelmed by it all.  When I needed a respite from the din, I spent the afternoon at the legendary Egyptian Museum.

Still, there was a ...

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About that "Negro dialect"...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in political hot water this week for past remarks he made about President Obama's race. According to the new book Game Change, Reid encouraged Obama's run for the White House, in part, because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, ...

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360 Staff Pick: Blame

Monday, January 11, 2010

This gorgeously written novel tracks young history professor Patsy MacLemoore through her alcoholic blackouts, vehicular homicide, prison sentence, and rehabilitation. Don't let the grim subject matter turn you away. The story's exploration of responsibility, punishment, and the ways our self-perceptions determine our behavior is authentic ...

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Love Virtually

Friday, January 08, 2010

A couple weeks ago, Kurt spoke with director James Cameron about his spectacular new movie Avatar.  He told Kurt that while the technology he used to craft the movie is important, at heart it's a love story: it's just that instead of boy meets girl, it's boy meets twelve-foot blue humanoid-cat... by posing as a virtual twelve-foot blue humanoid cat, himself.

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Lessons in Enjoying Tea

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Instead of drinking my daily 8 cups of water, I've kept myself hydrated (and warm) this winter with tea. I once thought making tea was as simple as boiling water. Oh, how wrong was I. Everything I now know about tea I learned on Malian Dao, a mile-long street in Beijing exclusively devoted to the wholesale of tea. When my legs were tired, I picked a random store and asked the sales clerk to pin cha or tea taste. What I thought would be a 20-minute errand turned into a three-hour lesson in how to enjoy a cup of tea.

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L'Amour

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

New Year's Eve in New York City may be know for Times Square silliness, but I was lucky enough to partake in a culture-lover’s dream come true: a night at the Metropolitan Opera! And not just any night, but the premiere of a new staging of Bizet’s “Carmen.”

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360 Staff Pick: A Devil to Play

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Some people solve their midlife crises by buying a motorcycle — Jasper Rees decided to face down his childhood enemy: the French horn.  Now available in paperback, Rees' account takes us from band camp to the concert hall and back again. Rees visited Studio 360 last spring — and he brought his horn.

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360 Staff Pick: Henry Threadgill

Monday, January 04, 2010

It's a great day for jazz: Henry Threadgill's first major release since 2001.  Saxophonist, composer, bandleader Threadgill is one of the most important and underknown figures in American music.  He made his mark in the 1970s with the trio Air, arranging and improvising on Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton songs; unlike many modernists, Threadgill never lost that sense of connection to jazz's earthy, vernacular roots.  His dense, knotty, polyrhythmic music may tease your brain, but you'll feel it in the gut – from his Zooid quintet, he builds a visceral propulsion like a symphony.  If you're hip to Coltrane or the late Miles, you should acquaint yourself with this living master.

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Studio 360 Redesigns: What's Next?

Friday, January 01, 2010

From time to time, Studio 360 chooses some ubiquitous cultural object or holiday to redesign.  We've rebranded teachers, rebooted Valentine's Day, and given Uncle Sam a new look, to name a few.

We're always on the look-out for our next project.

>> What do ...

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The Decade Revisited

Thursday, December 31, 2009

This weekend, Studio 360 broadcasts its special time travel show, recorded in front of a live audience at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.  And with this decade coming to an end, it seems like a good opportunity to revisit some of the events and trends from the 2000's that we'll always remember.

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Waiting for 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

As the New Year closes in and we all take a little time for reflection, I can’t help but wonder what I’ll be doing at the close of the next decade -- and the next, and the next...  I get solace and inspiration from a 'Studio 360' episode from last February which featured several older  folks who are still productive, or had even started something new later in life.

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Poetic Recycling

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

With the new decade fast-approaching, I can't help but think about reinvention. Studio 360 has done several segments that take dusty old ideas and wipe them clean with poetry. Recycling them into verse can reveal surprises. Here are some of my favorites.

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360 Staff Pick: Byrne Country

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Composer Andrew Byrne spends most of his time in the U.S., but White Bone Country is about the ferocious, almost abstract deserts of his native Australia.  The instrumentation of piano and percussion sounds austere, but -- played by crack musicians Stephen Gosling and David Shively -- the ...

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At the Sound of the Beep

Monday, December 28, 2009

Studio 360 has had many memorable segments this year, but my favorite has to be from the show that aired the week of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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A Sip of Sherlock

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This week, Studio 360 follows the ever-evolving Sherlock Holmes, who jumps off the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into the modern world as children's lit's Encyclopedia Brown and TV's Dr. House.

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