Arts and Entertainment

Dance
3:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

Swan Lake is 120 years old and still popular. The Mariinsky Theatre's current tour of the ballet at BAM in New York City is nearly sold-out.
Valentin Baranovsky BAM

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:39 am

The version of Swan Lake most often performed today premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, 120 years ago this month. The ballet had been staged before, but it wasn't a hit until choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov revised it.

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Television
2:34 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice To Late Night TV

Larry Wilmore at the TV Critics Association's Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Richard Shotwell Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 12:22 pm

Larry Wilmore nearly succeeded Stephen Colbert with a TV show called Meet the Rest.

The title was a cheeky reference to the way Sunday politics shows tend to feature only one kind of guest. But it was also a reminder that his new Comedy Central series — which he eventually settled on calling The Nightly Show — is also a distant parody of all the panel shows and group discussions that clog Sunday morning television and cable news.

At least, that's the plan for now.

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Song Travels
2:29 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Melissa Manchester On Song Travels

Melissa Manchester.
Courtesy of the artist

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Manchester performed with Bette Midler as "Toots in the Middle" in the original group The Harlettes. Manchester co-wrote and produced a number of hits through the '70s and '80s, and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Alison Krauss and Johnny Mathis.

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Books
3:03 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wes Moore On Looking For Work That Matters

Wes Moore's latest book is "The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters." (Amun Ankhra)

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:54 pm

As readers of his bestselling book “The Other Wes Moore” know, Wes Moore was the child of a single mother and had a troubled childhood. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson he “was on academic and disciplinary probation by the time I was 8, 9 years old… and when I was 11 was the first time I felt handcuffs on my wrists.”

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
1:57 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Prestige Records' 65th Anniversary Party

Jamison Ross performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:38 pm

Like many a jazz label throughout history, Prestige Records was a small, independent company which happened to document greats: musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, among others. Last year marked its 65th anniversary.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:46 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Marcus Strickland (saxophone) of Our Point of View.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 9:07 am

Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, marking three-quarters of a century issuing music by the biggest names in jazz history. The company continues to aspire to that standard, with a contemporary roster ever on the lookout for today's movers and shakers. The supergroup Our Point Of View — the name references a 1963 Herbie Hancock album — combines six of those Blue Note artists for a program of originals and classics heard on Blue Note Records alike.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:39 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Butler, Bernstein And The Hot 9 At Jazz Standard

Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and Henry Butler (front row, right) lead the Hot 9.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 1:32 pm

Henry Butler comes from a line of New Orleans piano geniuses, virtuosi who command any style under the syncopated sun. Steven Bernstein comes from a career of collaboration, blowing a slide trumpet all over downtown New York and writing arrangements for just about any medium and context. Both share a love for Jelly Roll Morton and Bessie Smith — Butler grew up in New Orleans, and Bernstein leads the pre-war Millennial Territory Orchestra — and for injecting personal, modern twists into anything they do. And when they met on stage recently, they knew they had to collaborate deeper.

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Jazz Night In America
2:30 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:55 pm

Christian McBride likely doesn't need much of an introduction. He's a bassist who's worked with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Diana Krall to Paul McCartney.

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Arts and Entertainment
6:55 am
Wed January 14, 2015

For OU's Young Choreographers, Art Can Come From Daydreams

Dancers rehearse for the Young Choreographers Showcase at the OU School of Dance.
Hayley Thornton KGOU

Dance Magazine ranks The University of Oklahoma’s school of dance as one the top three dance schools in the country. Each year The Young Choreographers' Showcase gives the top 10 student choreographers a chance to show off the skills they have learned.

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A Blog Supreme
3:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:08 pm

If you've ever gone to the NYC Winter Jazzfest — specifically, the marathon of overlapping sets in roughly adjacent venues that sometimes lasts more than eight hours per night — you know that you're bombarded with choices. Stay in one theater where it's warm, or graze for three songs and move on? Stand in that slow-moving line, or find a new plan? See one of your favorite musicians, or take a risk on something you've never heard of before? Experimental, deep in-the-pocket, or somewhere in between?

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