Episode #1446

Lucy Liu & The Wild Tchoupitoulas

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Lucy Liu, Seventy Two series, 2009 Lucy Liu, Seventy Two series, 2009 (© Lucy Liu)

Kurt Andersen talks with the actor Lucy Liu, the action-movie badass who for two decades has quietly pursued a side career as a painter. The young writer Daniel Alarcón, born in Peru and raised in Alabama, returns to South America in his novels. Plus, the stranger-than-fiction story behind the cult movie The Room, and a visit with New Orleans royalty, the Wild Tchoupitoulas.

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Lucy Liu: On-Screen and On-Canvas

In the mid-1990s, a promising young artist started showing her paintings and photographs at galleries in New York. Over the years, Yu Ling built a respectable career with exhibits in Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, and London. Then a few years ago, the art world learned that Yu Ling is also Lucy Liu ...

Slideshow: Lucy Liu's paintings

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Inside The Room

In the annals of movies so bad their titles become punch lines — Showgirls, Ishtar, Plan 9 From Outer SpaceThe Room is destined to loom large. Since its release a decade ago, a cult has grown up around the film, with late-night screenings in college towns and big cities, even Paris and London ...

Video: a scene from The Room


Daniel Alarcón's Imaginary Peru

Daniel Alarcón was only three years old when his family left Peru to settle in Alabama. But he’s been returning there in his imagination ever since, examining the aftermath of the war he and his parents missed. His latest novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, concerns the revival of a piece of political theater ...


Four Neville Brothers + New Orleans Soul = The Wild Tchoupitoulas

In 1976, a record came out that brought the music of the Mardi Gras Indians to a wider audience. The Wild Tchoupitoulas featured all four Neville Brothers and the Meters, an all-star New Orleans backing band. The album was chosen for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry this year ...

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