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1:03 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Trumpeter Geraldo Marshall and trombonist Johannes Utas, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, rehearse for their school's 40th anniversary celebration.
Lauren Migaki NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.

He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."

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Theater
12:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

This is the third time Alan Cumming has starred in Cabaret. Each of the productions with Cumming was directed by Sam Mendes. Rob Marshall choreographed both American productions and co-directed the new one.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:20 pm

Alan Cumming has starred in the musical Cabaret three times — a 1993 London production, a Tony-winning 1998 Broadway revival, and a new Broadway revival — and it hasn't gotten old. "It's so energetic, and it just takes up every single element of being an actor," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Cumming plays the master of ceremonies in a debaucherous Berlin nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub. The role was originated by Joel Grey, who starred in the original 1966 Broadway production as well as the 1972 movie.

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Arts & Life
2:32 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît!

Eddie Izzard is famous for performing in drag — and in French — though he's given up the drag in recent shows. His latest American tour kicks off this week.
Andy Hollingsworth Archive

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:23 pm

British comedian Eddie Izzard has been thinking a lot about language (no surprise to anyone who's heard him riff on monkeys on branches, mice under tables, and cats on chairs).

And he's had a crazy idea: training himself in new languages — German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic — so when he's on the road, he can perform in his audience's native tongue. Though that won't be a challenge when he hits the road in America this week.

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Assignment: Radio
7:36 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Assignment: Radio April 27, 2014

Super Stock

It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week Madeline, Molly and I explored telling stories with sound, in a series of "sound rich" stories. Soothing music, loud clanking of scrap metal, and the hypnotic sounds of a treadmill await you in this episode of Assignment: Radio.

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Assignment: Radio
7:23 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

A Great Grandmother's Gift

Credit Tyler Johnston

Basketball shoes squeak on the polished wood floor, grunts emerge from the weight room, and tennis shoes pound a hypnotic rhythm on the belt of a treadmill. Many people have to force themselves to go to the gym, but here, Tyler Johnston finds peace.

Tyler is a personal trainer at the University of Oklahoma, and says the most important thing to him, is his clients.

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Assignment: Radio
7:12 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Composing To Celebrate The Good

Credit Superstock

Emily Moore is a music composition student at the University of Oklahoma. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke to her about the unique challenges involved in composing, and how her relationship with music has helped her through tough times.

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Assignment: Radio
6:53 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

A Pyrotechnic Passion

Russian Rose
Credit Molly Evans

The Norman Medieval Fair has transported visitors to a fantastical age of chivalry and tradition for nearly 40 years through staple performances, peddlers and people such as the Saltfork Craftsmen. Every year, the group of blacksmiths revives the centuries-old trade for fairgoers, like Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans, who spoke with member Brahk Hadick about his pyrotechnic passion for turning scrap metal into something unexpectedly beautiful. 

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Music Interviews
5:25 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

René Marie On Singing, Sex And The Importance Of Being Eartha

Jazz singer René Marie's latest release is I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt.
Janice Yim Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 12:54 pm

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Music
7:07 am
Sat April 26, 2014

A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan

Izzat Majeed address a crowd in New York during a collaborative concert between Sachal Studios musicians and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The Lahore-born philanthropist founded a recording studio and provided opportunities for musicians in Pakistan.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 10:30 am

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Performing Arts
6:50 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Stars Indulge In Versification At Poetry Gala

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 10:30 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Academy of American Poets held their 80th anniversary gala this week to mark National Poetry Month with an all-star cast reading some of their favorite poems. Sir Patrick Stewart brought a voice that sounds almost from on-high to read Edna St. Vincent Millay's "God's World."

(SOUNDBITE OF POEM, "GOD'S WORLD")

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