Arts and Entertainment

World Cafe
2:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

Michael Doucet.
John Vettese XPN

On today's installment of World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., we speak with Michael Doucet, who plays Cajun, Creole, zydeco and other traditional music as a founding member and fiddler of Lafayette band BeauSoleil.

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Indian Times
1:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Muscogee Creek Hymns Influenced By Congregational Line Singing?

Credit facebook.com

Tuesday marked the release of This May Be The Last Time on DVD. Last week we discussed the genesis of the project, which among other things explores the melding of cultures in music. Today we’ll look at the centerpiece of the film, the Muscogee Creek hymns.

 

This May Be The Last Time, incorporates a variety of representative anecdotes to illustrate the practice and origins of the Muscogee Creek hymns.

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Music Interviews
4:52 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear 'The Last Transmission'?

Filmmaker and musician Melvin Van Peebles' new album with the London band The Heliocentrics is titled The Last Transmission.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:35 pm

A lot of popular musicians in the 1960s and '70s showed a passionate interest in getting extremely high — higher than any human had ever been.

We're talking, of course, about space exploration. David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Sun Ra, Funkadelic; all contributed to our shared space mythology. That doesn't happen so much these days.

But a new record from London band The Heliocentrics is a welcome, and trippy, exception.

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Code Switch
4:05 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

Hema Ramaswamy prepares backstage for her performance. She studied with Chitra Venkateswaran (right) for 4 1/2 years in preparation for this recital.
Preston Merchant

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 3:11 pm

Jewish girls become a bat mitzvah; 15 year-old Latinas celebrate with quinceañeras. But for generations of Indian-American girls, the rite of passage is performing a classical Indian dance before a crowd of hundreds. After years of preparation, Hema Ramaswamy of Middletown, N.J., is ready to unveil her arangetram.

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Movie Reviews
2:47 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

Steve Carell ditches any pretense of comedy in Foxcatcher.
Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:34 pm

What do you get when you mix big-deal comedians with real-life calamities? Sounds like a joke, but Steve Carell and Jon Stewart are answering that question this week in their movies Foxcatcher and Rosewater. And it turns out, seriousness suits them.

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OneSix8
10:52 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A Tony-Winning Comedy And Other Live Events Occupy This Week’s OneSix8

Stacey Logan as Masha and Haulston Mann as Spike in the City Rep production.
Credit Promotional photo from CityRep

Entertain the hours of your weekend with crazy comedy, family theater, live music and one-act operas in the Oklahoma City metro.

CityRep Theater presents the hit comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Civic Center Music Hall through Sunday, November 23.

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Hetain Patel's TED Talk

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

About Hetain Patel

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

"Stand-up comedy is really like therapy ... by finding the funny in it, it helps you cope" — Maz Jobrani
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Maz Jobrani's TED Talk

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

About Maz Jobrani

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

"I think all this tidiness isn't doing us any good. It just spills out anyway" — Sarah Jones
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:56 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing with Perceptions.

About Sarah Jones' TED Talk

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.

About Sarah Jones

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:42 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Very Very Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:35 am

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.

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