Arts and Entertainment

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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Arts and Entertainment
4:29 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Theater Group Challenges Audiences To Think (and Laugh) About Race

Ric Salinas performs in "Muse & Morros." (Paul Marotta)

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:38 pm

The San Francisco-based group Culture Clash started some 30 years ago at a Cinco de Mayo event with six members, eventually winnowing down to three: Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza. Though they had a brief foray into television in the 1990s, Culture Clash finds its primary home in the theater.

The group often skewers stereotypes of Latinos and other minorities. They also enact the stories of people they interview, including a Muslim cab driver, a survivor of priest sexual abuse, and a transgender AIDS health worker.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:21 am
Thu March 19, 2015

The Best Of Jazz Night In America, Season One (So Far)

A scene from the performance of Ochas, a suite by Wynton Marsalis for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Pedrito Martinez and Chucho Valdés.
Lawrence Sumulong Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 9:26 pm

In our first 19 Jazz Night In America webcasts, we've presented over 150 musicians from 13 venues in six cities — with many more musicians and locations on the way. Whether in huge concert auditoriums like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall to tiny basement salons like Mezzrow in New York, we've heard from living legends, rising stars and very, very talented artists somewhere in between.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:56 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Behind The SFJAZZ Collective's Original Approach To Joe Henderson

The SFJAZZ Collective: (L-R) Avishai Cohen, Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:37 am

The SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star octet representing the SFJAZZ institution in San Francisco, has an intriguing approach to repertoire. Each year, each member writes a new piece for the Collective, and also rearranges a composition by a modern jazz master. For the 2014-15 season, that master was tenor saxophone titan Joe Henderson, a longtime San Francisco resident.

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Children's Books
2:11 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

An Astronaut Uses Books To Launch Kids Into Science

Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly wants to encourage children to dream big and maybe even dream of launching into space. Pictured, a nighttime scene of the eastern North Atlantic taken from the International Space Station on Mar. 28, 2012. (NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:45 pm

Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott were both NASA astronauts. Scott is scheduled to embark on a year-long mission to the International Space Station later this month.

Mark retired from NASA to spend more time with his wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot at a public appearance in 2011.

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Monkey See
10:46 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Terrence Howard (center) stars in Empire with (from left): Jussie Smollett, Serayah McNeill, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealey, Trai Byers and Kaitlin Doubleday.
Chuck Hodes Fox TV

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:51 pm

As its freshman season ends Wednesday night, Fox's hip-hop family drama Empire has emerged as that rarest of birds in the broadcast TV industry: a show where the viewership is always going up.

When the series debuted Jan. 7, it drew a respectable 9.8 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. But then the show about a family-run music empire achieved something few others have ever managed: It increased its audience every week, growing to 14.9 million viewers on March 4.

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Recipes
1:39 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Kathy Gunst Does Breakfast

(vastateparkstaff/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:22 pm

Do you skip breakfast? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst used to. But then she worked on a book about breakfast and became a convert.

Gunst brings us recipes for granola bars, smoothies, and an open face smoked salmon sandwich for Jeremy Hobson to sample.

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Music
4:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Drummer Extraordinaire, Turns The Tables

Albert Heath
Michael Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:36 pm

Albert "Tootie" Heath is one of the most accomplished jazz drummers of the past 60 years. The 79-year-old has played with everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan Iverson, the piano player for The Bad Plus. Iverson and bassist Ben Street join Tootie Heath for his new album, Philadelphia Beat, named for the fertile jazz city of Heath's upbringing — where, as a young man starting out, he once piloted a group consisting only of the drums and two horns.

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Code Switch
6:48 am
Sat March 14, 2015

These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Mai Tai Sing dances with her husband, Wilbur Tai Sing, in 1942.
Courtesy DeepFocus Productions Inc.

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:27 pm

As a kid growing up in San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong often walked by a nightclub just outside of Chinatown. "I remember distinctly looking at the marquee and looking at the glass display case [with] all these wonderful black and white photos of Chinese people, but dressed in zoot suits and 1940s kind of gowns and tuxedos," he says. "And I had never seen Chinese dressed like that."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mercer Ellington On Piano Jazz

Mercer Ellington.
David Redfern Redferns

Copyist, arranger and musician Mercer Ellington worked for his father, Duke Ellington, as a horn player before becoming manager of the group. He took on additional duties, including composition, resulting in his original tune "Things Ain't What They Used To Be."

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