Episode #1421

Alan Cumming & David Kwong

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Alan Cumming as Macbeth Alan Cumming as Macbeth (Jeremy Daniel)

This week in Studio 360, sleight of hand and other complicated tricks. Alan Cumming plays nearly every role in Macbeth. Magician David Kwong explains how he schooled Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in magic for a new film, and plays a trick that leaves Kurt dumbfounded. Artist Sarah Sze takes over a building with her weird sci-fi structures. And we ask Alex Ross (The Rest Is Noise) if it will ever be safe to love Richard Wagner.

Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday fell on May 22nd, and in Europe, major concerts and events are being held in his honor. But the response here in the US has been muted. Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, says “I couldn’t find any major orchestra or opera house anywhere in the ...

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David Kwong: Magic Word Nerd

David Kwong is one of a new breed of magicians associated with “alt-magic,” a performance scene emerging in Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, and Tokyo. “We’re not wearing the sparkly suits anymore,” Kwong tells Kurt Andersen. “The scene is rooting everything in sleight of hand ...

Video: David Kwong's Nerdy Magic

Bonus Track: Kwong's Scrabble skills — from A to Z

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Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming likes doing accents. He’s played a German mutant in the X-Men franchise, a Russian Bond villain, and the venomous Washington operative Eli Gold on The Good Wife. Cumming is actually Scottish and he is playing a famous Scot on Broadway right now in Macbeth ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with Alan Cumming

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Sarah Sze and the Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is like the Olympics of the contemporary art world. Every two years countries around the world send their best and brightest to an art fair that nearly takes over Venice. This year the honor belongs to the installation artist Sarah Sze, who builds intricate gravity-defying ...

Slideshow: Sarah Sze’s Installations

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Aha Moment: Maurice

Growing up in the 1970s and '80s, Brian Sloan remembers two types of gay characters in TV and movies: flamboyant decorators, and victims of AIDS. “There was no in-between. And there was no romance involved for gay characters either.” Sloan was in college when he saw Maurice ...

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Jenny from Studio 360

Hi Judith --

Good point. We'll work on getting that audio up as part of David Kwong's web segment. Meantime, you can hear the trick in the audio player above at 47:20.

UPDATE: We've posted the trick as a separate clip here: http://wny.cc/130QvSc

Enjoy!

May. 26 2013 10:24 AM
Judith Mulrenin

Loved the show but wished you had David Kwong's favorite scrabble words A to Z information on line.

May. 26 2013 09:12 AM
F J Hron from Kansas

I'm disappointed that you didn't create a separate audio file of David Kwong's favorite Scrabble words, from A to Z, that ended your show. I would have liked to have shared it.

May. 24 2013 12:14 AM

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