Shakespeare on the Small Screen

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This week, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that it will come to New York for a five-play residency during the summer of 2011, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.  And the company will perform the plays in a full-scale replica of its Stratford-upon-Avon theater reconstructed inside the ...

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Lessons from the Master

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Last week, Studio 360 revisited a lively conversation with Marlon James – his novel The Book of Night Women is just out in paperback. All the main characters in the novel are women, and they're rendered vibrantly.

But it seems he didn't always have that talent. In ...

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Glee Spreads to Japan

Friday, February 05, 2010

Fans of the Fox series "Glee" are known for their passion and enthusiasm.  Some "gleeks" are so dedicated to the show and its elaborately staged musical numbers that they perform their own versions of songs from the show and post them on YouTube.  Now perhaps the ...

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Makin' Whoopies

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Julie Powell -- the author and Julie of Julie & Julia -- cooked 524 recipes in 365 days.  That's small potatoes compared to Brooklyn's Cathy Erway, a twenty-something-year-old hipster who ate nothing from restaurants, take-out spots, or street-stands from September 2006 through September 2008.  (The project ...

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Echoes of Gekko

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street is set to be released this spring, and Michael Douglas is back as the deliciously unctuous Gordon Gekko.  [Update - 3/11: The film’s release date has been pushed back to September.]

My favorite part of the trailer ...

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360 Staff Pick: Big Fan

Monday, February 01, 2010

Big Fan follows a guy (Patton Oswalt) who lives to watch the New York Giants and then bloviate on sports-talk radio.  But it's not a football movie — it's a fascinating exploration of fandom: what we get from worshiping public figures and what happens when we glimpse ...

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Good Manners

Friday, January 29, 2010

Last week the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened its exhibition on 'The Drawings of Bronzino,' showcasing the work of a man who may just be the best painter nobody cares about.

Agnolo Bronzino was one of the leading painters and poets of sixteenth-century Italy.  But ...

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Colombian Music (Way) Beyond Shakira

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Colombia has a very wide range of musical styles, reflecting the country's strong regional cultures and diverse roots - African, indigenous, and European.  It's similar to Brazil, and that shows in the music.  But I think many of us are more conscious of the richness of Brazilian music.  Here are ...

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Be Elizabeth Gilbert's Valentine

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away – and we're hoping that 2010 can be the year of the new-and-improved Valentine.  We’re thrilled that so many talented folks have submitted their ideas to “Be My Valentine: A Studio 360 Design Challenge.”

And doesn't a competition merit a celebrity ...

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Nobody Puts Jane Austen in a Corner

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's Friday night, and I'm sweating on the dance floor. Am I at some chic nightclub? Not exactly. Instead of a techno beat, the sounds of fiddles, guitars, recorder, dulcimer, and banjo hang in the air.

Okay, I confess: I love Contra dancing. It's a rowdy mix ...

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Kidding Around

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Last week, singer-songwriter Zee Avi brought her ukulele by the studio. From what we’ve been hearing from listeners, she has a bunch of new fans since the broadcast – including me.

Hearing her play the uke took me back. I can picture the one we had lying around ...

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360 Staff Pick: Memoir of a Friendship

Monday, January 25, 2010

With a million bromance movies exploring male friendships (usually at the expense of the shrewy women who stand in the way), Let's Take the Long Way Home is refreshing. The memoir by former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell sketches her quiet, funny, intimate friendship with fellow-writer ...

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YouTune – Bill Flanagan’s “Evening’s Empire”

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ready to unleash your inner rock star? We want you to help bring a fictional rock band to life. This week, Kurt talked with author and MTV big wig Bill Flanagan. His new novel Evening’s Empire tells the rollicking story of The Ravons, an imaginary British ...

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Busted!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Indie-pop's next big hit could be in Manglish.

That's the blend of Malay and English singer-songwriter Zee Avi favors for her song “Kantoi.” The YouTube sensation visited Studio 360 recently and she performed the song live for us.

Zee Avi explained that "Kantoi" means "busted." ...

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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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