Lionel Loueke was born in Benin, West Africa, in 1973. As a youngster, he sang and played percussion, but didn't really take up the guitar until the age of 17. Loueke was so gifted on the instrument that he was sent to study music at the Ivory Coast's Institute of Art. He continued on to the American School of Modern Music in Paris, where he turned heads, and in 1999 came to America on scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Every year the world’s major dictionaries unveil their new offerings, adding words that reflect new trends, technologies and fads. But Scrabble has long been a bastion of tradition.
Scrabble dictionaries are updated only every five to 10 years, and words vying for a coveted position between “aa” (a pointy rock found in Hawaii) and “zyme” (something that causes zymotic disease), must first go through an exhaustive process. That is, until this week.
NPR Music returns to Austin with a star-studded SXSW showcase, featuring Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, and Kelis, plus emerging rock band Eagulls and more. Watch the live webcast tonight, starting at 8:50 p.m. ET.
Andy Karl stars in the musical adaptation of<em> Rocky, </em>the story of an underdog boxer who gets a shot at the world championship. "You have to honor, I think, the integrity of what the original film is, but not be constrained by it," says <em>Rocky</em> producer Bill Taylor.
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Robert James Waller published the novel<em> The Bridges of Madison County </em>in 1992. It was made into a film in 1995 and has now been adapted for the stage. It's the story of a four-day love affair between an Italian-born Iowa housewife and a<em> National Geographic</em> photographer.
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Disney hit it big on Broadway with <em>The Lion King, </em>but <em>The Little Mermaid</em> and <em>Tarzan</em> didn't fare quite so well.<em> Aladdin -- </em>the Arabian Nights story of a young street urchin, a princess and a big blue genie — is Disney's latest adaptation attempt.
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<em><em>Bullets over Broadway</em> </em>is Woody Allen's farce about gangsters and theater people. Allen's sister, Letty Aronson, produced the stage version. "He didn't want to do it himself, but he hates to turn it over to someone," she says.
Producer Bill Taylor says even the show's creators didn't buy the idea at first. "If you speak to all of the authors and all of the creative team, their instinctive reaction, when first hearing about Rocky becoming a musical, ranges from incredulity to plain crazy," he says.
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On Saint Patrick's Day, often the first order of business is to raise a glass to the Irish with a frosty mug of green beer. You might also savor a slice of Irish soda bread, rich with raisins and caraway seeds, or tuck into a hearty dish of corned beef and cabbage.
It’s the second episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week theme: Events. The new Assignment: Radio students look at events on and around the University of Oklahoma's campus. Guests can learn about self defense, help and important cause or learn what it really means to paint to your own beat.
An abstract artist from Bethany, Oklahoma paints to her own beat — lately Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B flat minor. Radio reporter, Molly Evans, spoke with MtnWoman Silver about the music and emotions that inspire her unique artistic process and her current exhibition titled, “Sounds of Self.”
Candace McCaffrey began her career as many people do – using any opportunities she could find to gain experience. This led her somewhere she didn’t expect – Bethesda, Inc., a Norman non-profit that provides counseling for child victims of sexual abuse.
McCaffrey: I was working at the community mental health center, and one of the original organizers, I guess, asked me if I wanted to co-lead one of the sex offender groups. I was young, needed experience, said yes.