Arts and Entertainment

Monkey See
3:33 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek episode, "Plato's Stepchildren" in 1968.
CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

For this Star Trek fan, Leonard Nimoy was more than the guy who played one of the most popular characters in the most popular science fiction franchise on American TV.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Alan (left) and Marilyn Bergman.
David Livingston Getty Images

Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys and many additional awards. Their works include "The Windmills of Your Mind" and lyrics for Yentl.

On this 1995 episode of Piano Jazz, they collaborate with host Marian McPartland as she accompanies Alan singing their trademark songs "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."

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Song Travels
9:41 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Nellie McKay On Song Travels

Nellie McKay.
David Kogut Courtesy of the artist

Singer, composer and actor Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age. Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey's Anatomy and Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album, My Weekly Reader, is out March 24.

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Television
2:39 am
Fri February 27, 2015

This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

Kevin Spacey's President Frank Underwood is embattled and often frustrated in the third season of Netflix's House of Cards.
David Giesbrecht Courtesy of Netflix

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:13 am

When House of Cards' third season opens, Kevin Spacey's murderous politician Frank Underwood is fooling the world again.

From the very first scene, he's bringing a presidential motorcade to his tiny hometown of Gaffney, S.C., pretending to honor his father's grave for the press.

"Nobody showed up for his funeral except me, not even my mother," Underwood says in one of those sly asides where he speaks directly to the audience. "But I'll tell you this: When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."

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Arts and Entertainment
2:04 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Country Star Jennifer Nettles Hits The Broadway Stage In 'Chicago'

Jennifer Nettles behind the scenes of her photo shoot for her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart In 'Chicago' on December 10, 2014, in New York City. (Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:08 pm

The name on everybody’s lips is going to be Jennifer Nettles, as she stars in the Broadway musical “Chicago.”

Nettles, who is best known for the Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland, is playing the role of Roxie Hart, a murderess awaiting trial in 1920s jazz-age Chicago.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with the country star about her debut and the challenges of going from singer to Broadway actor.

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OneSix8
1:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oscar Jacobson Retrospective, La Cage Aux Folles, And Paul Medina's 'Enchanted Circles'

A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson
FJJJMA permanent collection

This weekend, the Oscar Jacobson retrospective opens at the Fred Jr. Museum of Art, OU Musical Theater opens La Cage aux Folles and Paul Medina releases his new book Enchanted Circles. These fine Oklahoma artists will inspire and remind you of the generations of multi-talented innovators our great state has, and continues, to produce.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:45 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Introducing Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation

Marcus Roberts.
NPR

Regular visitors to Jazz at Lincoln Center know Marcus Roberts the pianist — as a former member of Wynton Marsalis' bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, he still returns often with his own groups. But since leaving Marsalis, he's also become a mentor to many younger musicians, both on the bandstand and in the classroom. His new 11-piece ensemble the Modern Jazz Generation combines his trio with many of his younger protégés, looping the feedback full circle.

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Food
4:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Bringing Together African-American And Kosher Cuisines

A hearth-cooked meal at historic Brattonsville, South Carolina. (afroculinaria.com)

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:57 pm

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian who brings together the flavors of his own diverse roots. He’s an African-American who, after a lifelong interest in Jewish culture, converted to Judaism in his early 20s.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Heirs Seek Return Of Medieval Art From Germany

A visitor looks at the the cupola reliquary (Kuppelreliquar) of the so-called 'Welfenschatz' (Guelph Treasure) displayed at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Berlin, on February 24, 2015. U.S. and British heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers have sued Germany for the return of a mediaeval art treasure worth $250-300 million, their lawyers said. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:57 pm

The descendants of Jewish art dealers are seeking the return of a medieval art collection they say was sold under pressure to Nazi officials. The collection was given to Adolf Hitler as a birthday present in 1935; it is now housed in a Berlin art museum and considered a cultural treasure.

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Arts and Entertainment
10:49 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Diego Rivera, seen here in 1933, works on a panel of his mural in the lobby of Rockefeller Center.
AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:48 am

It's been called one of the great rivalries of the art world — a clash between egos, riches and ideologies. In the spring of 1932, capitalist (and prolific collector of Mexican art) Nelson Rockefeller hired Mexican painter and staunch socialist Diego Rivera to paint a mural for the lobby of the newly erected Rockefeller Center in New York City. Sketches were drawn and approved, but when reporters leaked that Rivera had added an image of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, a battle began.

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