Arts and Entertainment

Kitchen Window
11:03 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Making A Case For Corn Off The Cob

Laura Weiss for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:38 pm

OK, people, I do not love corn on the cob. Yes, I know this tags me as vaguely un-American. And yes I know the summertime staple is a beloved culinary icon. And I'm also aware that corn on the cob fans often rhapsodize over the pairing of fresh, sweet corn and melted butter.

But when I'm offered an ear, I politely decline. That's the point at which family and friends look at me as if I'm slightly daft. "What? You don't want any?" No, sorry. Just pass me the potato salad, please.

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The Fresh Air Interview
10:06 am
Tue September 3, 2013

At 60, 'Challenges Are Opportunities' For John Zorn

John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.
Scott Irvine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:25 pm

At 60, New York City-based composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. His oeuvre is fantastically wide, from cutthroat jazz improvisation and pummeling noise-rock to gorgeous chamber music and, believe it or not, a genuine Christmas album.

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Indian Times
10:56 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

How A Granddaughter’s Memory And Her Persistent Husband Relocate Bust of Ancestor

Evelyn Trumbly Taylor with the bust of her grandfather Albert Penn
Credit Larry Taylor

100 years ago, give or take a year, according to whom you are speaking, the Smithsonian sent an artist out to different reservations to make busts of Native Americans, the thinking being that these were a “vanishing people” and should be preserved for posterity.

Then, these busts were forgotten, becoming just more acquisitions for the Smithsonian Institution’s vast holdings.

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Labor Day Celebrations
6:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Oklahoma Tribes Celebrate Labor Day

Example of stickball instruments
Credit upwiththemooses / Flickr.com

Several Native American tribes across Oklahoma are holding celebrations this weekend to recognize their culture and heritage.

In Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation is hosting the Cherokee National Holiday. The holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. The event runs through Sunday and will feature arts and crafts, softball and basketball tournaments, fireworks and more.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur is hosting a stomp dance, stickball and cultural demonstrations as part of a Labor Day celebration on Saturday.

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A Blog Supreme
2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Jazz With A Jamaican Accent

Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.
Peter Dean Rickards Courtesy of the artist

Here we are in muggy late August — what the ancient Romans called the "dog days" of summer. For many of us, the season requires a certain soundtrack. Maybe it's bossa nova, upbeat R&B or chilled-out electronic music, but for me, the perfect summer sound has a specific origin: the island of Jamaica.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:38 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

Dave Douglas.
Austin Nelson Courtesy of the artist

Composer, trumpeter and improviser Dave Douglas has a style that transcends the boundaries of traditional jazz. This approach has led to albums of experimental music both on his own and as a member of John Zorn's band Masada.

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OneSix8
7:30 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Entertaining the Hours of Your Week With Holiday Happenings

Jennifer Lashbrook's "DIY Mona Lisa" paint swatch piece. Lashbrook is this year's Arts Festival Oklahoma featured artist.
Credit jenniferlashbrook.com

Well, we’ve made it to Labor Day Weekend 2013. Take a load off. This week’s OneSix8 features several festival opportunities where you can reward yourself for another year of hard work. 

The Dusk ‘Til Dawn Blues Festival returns to Rentiesville for the 23rd time this weekend. The annual event boasts 33 bands performing from August 30 through September 1. Legends like Tee Dee Young and Roger Hurrican Wilson join local celebrities such as Watermelon Slim and Miss Blues.

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Thu August 29, 2013

How One Singer Made Four Debut Albums

Sathima Bea Benjamin in 1974.
Ian Bruce Huntley Courtesy of Matsuli Music

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:31 am

About a month before she died last week at age 76, Sathima Bea Benjamin finally properly celebrated her debut album. That's a bit of a complicated claim, of course, because depending on how you count, the South African vocalist either made her debut album in 1959, 1963, 1976 or 1979.

In 1959, as Beatty Benjamin, she recorded the LP My Songs for You. It was produced by the pianist Dollar Brand, who was later known as Abdullah Ibrahim; he was also her boyfriend and later became her husband. However, it was never released.

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Theater
10:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

'Pippin' Star Patina Miller Soars On Broadway

Patina Miller portrays Leading Player in the Broadway revival of Pippin.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 11:39 am

Patina Miller first got noticed on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy. She earned rave reviews for playing the accidental nun who led a choir to stardom. Now she's center stage again in the Broadway revival of Pippin, the musical first launched in 1972. Miller takes on the role of Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. She won this year's Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical. You can also hear her on the newly released CD of the show's songs.

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Indian Times
3:32 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Indian Nations Celebrate Labor Day Indian Style

Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma
Credit Susan Shannon

Labor Day signals the end of summer but it also means that some of the largest Native American celebrations are going to happen in Oklahoma.

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