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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
12:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 9:48 am

The jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen comes from Israel, studied and lives in the Northeastern U.S., and maintains a deep affinity for Brazilian music. Specifically, she's a specialist in the Afro-Western, improvisatory, instrumental music known as choro — an analogue of early jazz in the U.S. — where her clarinet is a lead instrument. She now helms a group called Choro Aventuroso, a quartet whose other members hail from Brazil, which takes the style as a launching pad for further adventures.

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The Salt
11:29 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Hollywood Food Stylists Know: You Can't Film Styrofoam Cake And Eat It, Too

Food stylist Melissa McSorley demonstrates how she prepared the Cubano sandwich from the movie Chef.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:13 pm

In the parking lot of a small Los Angeles studio, food stylist Melissa McSorley is re-creating the dish that saved the day for the hero of a recent film. "The Cubano sandwich ... was the heart and soul of the movie Chef," she says.

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The Two-Way
5:55 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Popular Mexican Actress Lorena Rojas Dies

Actress Lorena Rojas died on Monday in Miami, after years of battling cancer.
Peter Kramer AP

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 1:57 am

Popular Mexican actress Lorena Rojas has died of cancer at age 44.

Rojas was born Seydi Lorena Rojas González in Mexico City and got her big break in the 1990s with the telenovela Alcanzar Una Estrella. She later starred in Azul Tequila, El Cuerpo del Deseo and Pecados Ajenos. Her most recent telenovela was Rosario.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:52 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Until The Ribbon Breaks: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 11:36 am

The beauty of the Tiny Desk lies, at least partially, in the limitations of size and technology. We rarely amplify voices, for example, so for a band like Until The Ribbon Breaks, the challenge becomes how to take a loud electronic sound down to a volume where singer Pete Lawrie-Winfield can be heard. In this case, the solution involved a spaghetti strainer, a paint bucket and an acoustic guitar.

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Code Switch
3:03 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 6:35 pm

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins may be only 30 years old, but he's already compiled an impressive resume. His theatrical works, which look at race and identity in America, have been performed in New York and around the country. Last year, Jacobs-Jenkins won the best new American play Obie Award for two of his works, Appropriate and An Octoroon.

An Octoroon is currently playing at Theater for a New Audience in New York.

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Theater
4:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 5:20 pm

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The rise of ISIS complicated an already horrendous civil war in Syria. The conflict there has been raging five years. Now a Syrian playwright has brought a slice of that war to an off-Broadway stage. NPR's Deborah Amos reports from New York.

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Games & Humor
4:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Comedian Bill Burr Says Stand-Up In Asia In Its 'Lenny Bruce Years'

Comedian Bill Burr performs at the Bud Light Presents Wild West Comedy Festival in 2014.
Terry Wyatt Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 5:20 pm

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Music
4:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

Eddie Henderson's latest album is Collective Portrait.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 5:20 pm

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Games & Humor
6:32 am
Sat February 14, 2015

For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

Marina Franklin says audiences can always relate to jokes about heartache. "There's nothing like getting an immediate response," she says.
Carlos Delgado Courtesy of Marina Franklin

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 9:15 am

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Song Travels
10:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

René Marie On 'Song Travels'

René Marie.
Joe Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Jazz singer, songwriter and actress René Marie launched her career in 1999 with her self-released debut album, Renaissance, and quickly found success as a performer and recording artist. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil, is the first ever tribute album to the late Eartha Kitt. You can hear Kitt on an episode of Piano Jazz from 1993.

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