Arts and Entertainment

Tiny Desk Concerts
3:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Vijay Iyer Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 20, 2015.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Vijay Iyer is probably best known as a pianist and bandleader in the African-American creative improvisational tradition — most say "jazz" for short — though he's also several other things in music. He's a composer of chamber, large-ensemble and mixed-media works; a Harvard professor; a student of Indian classical music; a father and New York City resident. Committed as he is to multiplicity, there's one place where you can see many of his interests distilled at once: in the trio he's led for nearly a dozen years.

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Jazz Night In America
4:26 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

A New Jazz Suite For Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes

Steve Coleman's new album is called Synovial Joints.
Jeff Fusco John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 5:20 pm

Is there a modern-day equivalent to Duke Ellington? Or Ornette Coleman?

Who are the people today who think differently about jazz — who have created new forms, and expanded the musical vocabulary?

For 30 years, saxophonist Steve Coleman has been pushing the music forward, traveling the world to collect new sounds, rhythms and ideas. Along the way he's mentored many of the most exciting younger artists in jazz — musicians like Ambrose Akinmusire, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.

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6:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara have both received Tony nominations for their portrayals of the king and Anna Leonowens in Bartlett Sher's revival of The King and I.
Paul Kolnik Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 9:26 am

Director Bartlett Sher has been familiar with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's The King and I since he performed it in high school, but he didn't learn the actual history behind the musical until he started working on a critically lauded revival that recently received nine Tony nominations. In the real story, a young woman of English and Indian heritage — Anna Leonowens, the "I" in The King and I — receives an invitation from King Mongkut of Siam to teach at his court. The year is 1862.

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Movie Interviews
2:44 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene in a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, Far From the Madding Crowd.
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:54 pm

The great Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy was still alive in 1915 when one of his novels was made into a silent movie. Even then, Far From the Madding Crowd was a tempting tale: It follows a headstrong young woman being pursued by a trio of suitors — a sheep farmer, a wealthy landowner and a rakish officer.

Now Hardy's novel is getting another film adaptation, this time starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, the book's heroine. Mulligan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about why she wanted to play Bathsheba and her practice of scrapbooking her characters.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:44 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Shirley Horn On Piano Jazz

Shirley Horn.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:24 pm

Jazz musicians have long admired pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn (1934–2005), whose sensitive and relaxed playing style and unique vocals earned her comparisons to fellow jazz greats such as Count Basie and Nat King Cole.

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1:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

15 Female Artists Work Well Together At Fifth Annual FRINGE Collective Show

Beatriz Mayorca's "Rowing Boat #1" From The Lines Collection. Wood, metal, burlap. 24” x 4” x 5.25”. All images included here represent artworks on display and for sale at the upcoming FRINGE group show May 1-30 at the Project Box.
Beatriz Mayorca

On a recent Saturday afternoon, 13 women and a baby gathered around a large work table in a small storefront gallery on Paseo Drive in Oklahoma City. The white walls were decorated with “Husbands, Wives and Lovers,” a group of about 15 oil paintings by Mary James Ketch, one of the women seated at the table. Frequent laughter erupted and echoed off the tile floor and high ceiling of the narrow Project Box.

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Jazz Night In America
5:24 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:53 pm

Jazz and blues are often treated as one and the same — but how did one end up taking over and surpassing the other, ushering in the jazz age?

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4:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Anne Hathaway plays a nameless drone pilot in Julie Taymor's latest directing project, Grounded.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of The Public Theater

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:53 pm

For a certain kind of theater goer, the name Julie Taymor is enough to get them to the box office. Ticket holders outside New York's Public Theater call her a "pioneer" and a "terrific director." They're waiting to see Taymor's new play, Grounded — an intimate, political, one-woman show that seems to be the opposite of what the director is known for, which is spectacle.

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4:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:53 pm

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A decade of the TV show "Dancing With The Stars" has helped spark a revival in ballroom dancing. Some of the most successful competitors on the U.S. circuit are Russian-American Jews. Alexandra Starr of NPR's Code Switch team looked into why.

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1:43 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Recipes: Healthy Salads With Spring Produce

Fresh ramps, greens and radishes from the farmer's market. (Kathy Gunst)

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 1:25 pm

From asparagus and fava beans to ramps and radishes, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is reveling in spring produce and thinking of ways to turn it into healthy salads. She shares her ideas with hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, along with these four recipes:

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