Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
1:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It's Full Of Horror Movies

Most of the 2,700 or so VHS tapes acquired by Yale University are horror films. The new archive will be first of its kind at an academic institution. (Courtesy of Yale)

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:28 pm

The Yale University library has acquired a collection of about 2,700 VHS tapes – mostly horror and exploitation films.

The tapes are part of a new archive – the first of its kind at an academic institution – that preserves VHS tapes not only for the movies on them, but also for their boxes’ artwork and copy, the trailers at the beginning and other release-specific content.

The archive is the brainchild of Aaron Pratt, a Ph.D. student at Yale, and David Gary, a Yale librarian.

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Monkey See
12:23 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The End Of The Estate: 'Downton Abbey' Is Officially Saying Goodbye

Masterpiece and Carnival Films announced today that Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.
Nick Briggs Carnival Films/PBS

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:57 am

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:37 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Anat Cohen's Roots Of Rio

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz Anzic Records

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 6:04 pm

The genre choro — a word which means "cry" in Portuguese — is often described as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil." Like its U.S. counterpart, both are Afro-Western hybrids which emerged in the early 20th century; both call for jam sessions showcasing improvisation and virtuosity. Both jazz and choro are also the domains of clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen. Her newest band, the quartet Choro Aventuroso, culminates an affinity and intense study of Brazilian music — one which began as part of an international community of jazz students at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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OneSix8
5:01 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Girls Rock, Ladies Wrestle, Plus Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife Donovan

A concert and arm wrestling tournament raise funds for young women to attend camp July 13-17.
RCGOKC

Girls learn to shred on guitar and drums, slap the bass, groove the keys and rock the mic at a brand new summer camp that aspires to teach self-empowerment through music. Five bands— one bluegrass, two folk, one punk and one rockabilly, play the first benefit show.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Ingrid Jensen And Steve Treseler Play Kenny Wheeler

Steve Treseler and Ingrid Jensen.
Steve Korn Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:44 pm

The late, distinctively melodic jazz composer Kenny Wheeler was also a great trumpet player, though, being famously self-effacing, often declined to toot his own horn about his talents. Many musicians sang his praises, though, and when he died in 2014, saxophonist Steve Treseler and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen were inspired to revisit his music. As they traded notes and arrangements, they realized they had to record these tunes which had been so influential to their growth as musicians.

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Monkey See
1:43 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

James Corden (left) talks to Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks on Monday's debut of The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Monty Brinton AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:44 pm

Looks like it took a 36-year-old comic actor from a small British town no one has heard of to bring back the oldest of old-school American TV talk show traditions.

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Food
11:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Interweaving Family History With Healthy Soul Food

Alice (left) and her daughter Caroline (right) wove their new healthy soul food recipe and family histories into the book 'Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family.' (Penny De Los Santos)

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:08 pm

For generations, the women in writer Alice Randall‘s family, including Alice, topped two hundred pounds.

As she wrote in a 2012 New York Times Op-ed, and now in a new cookbook, being heavy was something to aspire to.

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Theater
6:59 am
Sun March 22, 2015

William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 8:19 am

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Theater
6:11 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

Soprano Catalina Cuervo, singing the role of Frida Kahlo, rehearses with bass baritone Ricardo Herrera, singing the role of Diego Rivera, on Feb. 21, 2015 at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit.
Veronica Zaragovia KUT

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:18 pm

A few months ago, inside her stall in a Mexico City market, Ofelia Contreras showed Monika Essen the intricate handwork on an indigenous Mexican skirt. She pointed out how many months it took to complete the patterns by hand.

Essen is the costume designer for the Michigan Opera Theatre's revival of the opera Frida, and came to Mexico City to get the look of the opera right, since Kahlo was so particular about her traditional wardrobe.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer and bandleader Marian McPartland was a renowned jazz artist who performed for seven decades. She was also one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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