Episode #924

Keaton, Suburbs, Tonys

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 924, Keaton, Suburbs, Tonys Jack Garretson, manager of the Westcliff Kroger grocery store (left), with two men at promotional contest, 1963. (Bill Wood © Billye Cooper and Connie Bruner International Center of Photography Promised Gift of Diane Keaton)

We've got your front yard and we're not giving it back. An artist transforms America's lawns, one vegetable garden at a time. What can America's suburbs learn from the shantytowns of Tijuana? Architect Teddy Cruz has an answer. And Diane Keaton obsesses over an obscure photographer. Plus, we’ll hear about two Tony-nominated musicals shaking up Broadway: "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Passing Strange."

Bill Wood's Business

Diane Keaton has a passion for photography. Her latest find is the work of Bill Wood, a commercial photographer from Texas who shot the everyday people and places of Ft. Worth, Texas during the 1950s and 60s. From 20,000 negatives, she and her collaborator

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Edible Estates

The artist Fritz Haeg has been digging up and transforming front lawns from Kansas to California. His art project is called "Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn." Studio 360's Julie Burstein found out that one of Haeg's edible estates is just ...

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Billy Collins has lived in Westchester County, north of New York City, for many years. We asked the former poet laureate if he had a poem about suburban life, and he wrote back with (the as yet unpublished) "Her." He reads it for Studio 360.


Teddy Cruz

The work of San Diego architect Teddy Cruz takes its cues from the "informal design" (that's another way of saying "shantytowns") of Tijuana. But selling his radical designs to new immigrants is a challenge; they tend to want a house with a white picket fence. Studio 360's


Sunday in the Park

The Tony-nominated revival of Steven Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George" is shaking up the theatre world with how it uses video projections and other high-tech effects to tell the story. Produced by Jocelyn Gonzales.


Passing Strange

This ground-breaking rock musical is about a black teen who leaves Los Angeles to find himself in Berlin. Its creator Mark Stewart, known as Stew, talks with Kurt about the autobiographical show and race in America today.


Bonus Track: "Keys / It's Alright"

"Keys/It's Alright" from the Broadway production of Mark Stewart's "Passing Strange."


WEIGH IN: Studio 360 Survey

If you had the skills or talent to switch jobs and your career -- right now -- to become a musician, painter, filmmaker, actor, singer, playwright or novelist, and you would earn at least as much money as you do now, would you do it?

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