Arts and Entertainment http://kgou.org en For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story http://kgou.org/post/chris-odowd-mice-and-men-more-american-story John Steinbeck's <em>Of Mice and Men</em> — about George and Lennie, two laborers and unlikely friends during the Great Depression — may seem like a quintessentially American story. But Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who plays Lennie in a new Broadway production the novella, says Steinbeck is "quite oddly" very popular in Ireland.<p>There's something about <em>Of Mice and Men</em> that appeals to the Irish people, O'Dowd tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:20:00 +0000 NPR Staff 27565 at http://kgou.org For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83 http://kgou.org/post/playwright-phillip-hayes-dean-dies-83 Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean died earlier this week. His family says the 83 year-old died in Los Angeles of a heart condition. He was in the midst of overseeing a production of his most famous play, "Paul Robeson."<p>Dean wrote "Paul Robeson" to chronicle the life of the famed scholar, athlete, singer, actor and humanitarian activist. Robeson was best known for his thunderous <em>basso profundo</em> and his rendition of black spirituals and work songs. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 27547 at http://kgou.org Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83 Steely Dan On Piano Jazz http://kgou.org/post/steely-dan-piano-jazz In <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15231985/steely-dan">Steely Dan</a>, guitarist Walter Becker and singer-pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15120953/donald-fagen">Donald Fagen</a> are masters of irony and erudition. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 editor 27548 at http://kgou.org Steely Dan On Piano Jazz Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary http://kgou.org/post/why-metallicas-bassist-producing-jazz-documentary It seems an unlikely match.<p>In one corner, you have <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15730259/metallica" target="_blank">Metallica</a>'s Robert Trujillo. The most popular heavy metal bassist alive, he prowls beast-like across arena stages, rumbling guts with the low B on the 5-string instrument he slings to one side like a battle ax.<p>In the other, there's the cult favorite fretless player <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14873307/jaco-pastorius" target="_blank">Jaco Pastorius</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Adam Ragusea 27532 at http://kgou.org Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary JFJO Celebrates 20 Years Of Experimental Jazz Odyssey http://kgou.org/post/jfjo-celebrates-20-years-experimental-jazz-odyssey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Haas has his own theory of relativity: Spending so much of his life in a van over the past twenty years has actually “folded time and space.”&nbsp;</span></p><p>“I’ve been moving faster and getting closer to the speed of light, which means time has been going by quicker, right?” Haas says.</p><p>2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the <a href="http://www.jfjo.com/">Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey</a>, a band Haas took under his wing while attending the University of Tulsa.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Jim Johnson 27482 at http://kgou.org JFJO Celebrates 20 Years Of Experimental Jazz Odyssey Assignment: Radio April 13, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/assignment-radio-april-13-2014 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Assignment: Radio</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. This week we explore people's passions with a series of one-on-one interviews. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:02:54 +0000 Hayley Thornton 27191 at http://kgou.org Assignment: Radio April 13, 2014 Taking A Trip To The Hornets Nest http://kgou.org/post/taking-trip-hornets-nest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A battlefield is a place that most of us can only imagine, being surrounded by the enemy and knowing that the fellow solider or marine next to you could take their last breath at any moment. Mike Boettcher experienced this horror first hand for years as he covered conflict in Central America and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. but on this most recent trip into what he calls “The Hornets Nest” there was a new variable- working along side his son.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:34:08 +0000 Hayley Thornton 27190 at http://kgou.org Taking A Trip To The Hornets Nest Documenting Real Live Angels http://kgou.org/post/documenting-real-live-angels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A documentary is a labor of love – and for one University of Oklahoma graduate student, it’s the culmination of years of research, shooting, and editing. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke with Brent Weber to get the story behind his new documentary and some of the stories that inspired him to keep filming.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:56:33 +0000 Madeline Stebbins 27189 at http://kgou.org Documenting Real Live Angels Artestry As Therapy http://kgou.org/post/artestry-therapy <p><a href="http://www.artpoetrytherapy.com">Joan Phillips</a> knew art therapy was her calling when she first heard of it in the 1970s because it married her love of art and helping people. A practitioner of more than 30 years as well as a professor of <a href="http://www.arttherapy.org">art therapy </a>at the University of Oklahoma, Phillips discussed with Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans her experiences over the last three decades in the still budding branch of counseling. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:32:14 +0000 Hayley Thornton 27177 at http://kgou.org Artestry As Therapy “Our People, Our Land, Our Images” Features The Perspectives Of Indigenous Photographers http://kgou.org/post/our-people-our-land-our-images-features-perspectives-indigenous-photographers <p>A new photography exhibition opens April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Heather Ahtone, the James T. Bialic Assistant Curator for Native American and Non-western Arts, says the exhibition has a global feel.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:44:49 +0000 Susan Shannon 27068 at http://kgou.org “Our People, Our Land, Our Images” Features The Perspectives Of Indigenous Photographers