Arts and Entertainment

6:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara have both received Tony nominations for their portrayals of the king and Anna Leonowens in Bartlett Sher's revival of The King and I.
Paul Kolnik Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 9:26 am

Director Bartlett Sher has been familiar with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's The King and I since he performed it in high school, but he didn't learn the actual history behind the musical until he started working on a critically lauded revival that recently received nine Tony nominations. In the real story, a young woman of English and Indian heritage β€” Anna Leonowens, the "I" in The King and I β€” receives an invitation from King Mongkut of Siam to teach at his court. The year is 1862.

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Movie Interviews
2:44 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene in a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, Far From the Madding Crowd.
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:54 pm

The great Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy was still alive in 1915 when one of his novels was made into a silent movie. Even then, Far From the Madding Crowd was a tempting tale: It follows a headstrong young woman being pursued by a trio of suitors β€” a sheep farmer, a wealthy landowner and a rakish officer.

Now Hardy's novel is getting another film adaptation, this time starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, the book's heroine. Mulligan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about why she wanted to play Bathsheba and her practice of scrapbooking her characters.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:44 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Shirley Horn On Piano Jazz

Shirley Horn.
Courtesy of the artist

Jazz musicians have long admired pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn (1934–2005), whose sensitive and relaxed playing style and unique vocals earned her comparisons to fellow jazz greats such as Count Basie and Nat King Cole.

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1:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

15 Female Artists Work Well Together At Fifth Annual FRINGE Collective Show

Beatriz Mayorca's "Rowing Boat #1" From The Lines Collection. Wood, metal, burlap. 24” x 4” x 5.25”. All images included here represent artworks on display and for sale at the upcoming FRINGE group show May 1-30 at the Project Box.
Beatriz Mayorca

On a recent Saturday afternoon, 13 women and a baby gathered around a large work table in a small storefront gallery on Paseo Drive in Oklahoma City. The white walls were decorated with β€œHusbands, Wives and Lovers,” a group of about 15 oil paintings by Mary James Ketch, one of the women seated at the table. Frequent laughter erupted and echoed off the tile floor and high ceiling of the narrow Project Box.

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Jazz Night In America
5:24 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:53 pm

Jazz and blues are often treated as one and the same β€” but how did one end up taking over and surpassing the other, ushering in the jazz age?

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4:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Anne Hathaway plays a nameless drone pilot in Julie Taymor's latest directing project, Grounded.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of The Public Theater

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:53 pm

For a certain kind of theater goer, the name Julie Taymor is enough to get them to the box office. Ticket holders outside New York's Public Theater call her a "pioneer" and a "terrific director." They're waiting to see Taymor's new play, Grounded β€” an intimate, political, one-woman show that seems to be the opposite of what the director is known for, which is spectacle.

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4:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:53 pm

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A decade of the TV show "Dancing With The Stars" has helped spark a revival in ballroom dancing. Some of the most successful competitors on the U.S. circuit are Russian-American Jews. Alexandra Starr of NPR's Code Switch team looked into why.

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1:43 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Recipes: Healthy Salads With Spring Produce

Fresh ramps, greens and radishes from the farmer's market. (Kathy Gunst)

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 1:25 pm

From asparagus and fava beans to ramps and radishes, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is reveling in spring produce and thinking of ways to turn it into healthy salads. She shares her ideas with hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, along with these four recipes:

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

Kamashi Washington's new album, The Epic, comes out May 5.
Mike Park Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 2:28 pm

The word "epic" sits cheerily amid the most overused hyperbole of our age. Teenage bros proclaim their recent "pretty epic" mild successes; sports commentators call anything which ends dramatically an "epic game"; the Internet-literate are quick to point out an "epic FAIL." But what else do you call a three-CD, nearly three-hour album anchored by a 10-piece jazz band, featuring a 32-piece orchestra and 20-member choir, and driven by the daydream of an imaginary martial arts grandmaster?

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Monkey See
4:21 am
Sat April 25, 2015

The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella

Voices In Your Head, from the University of Chicago, performs their competition set. In the front, you can see Kari Wei β€” she's the one with the pitch pipe around her neck.
Joe Martinez Photography

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:36 am

It's been many years since I did my three semesters of college a cappella, but it remains a genre of performance for which I have enormous affection. In 2012, the arrival of Pitch Perfect meant that suddenly, I knew a lot more people who even knew what a college a cappella was.

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