arts http://wnpr.org en Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University http://wnpr.org/post/members-sweet-honey-rock-conduct-dynamic-workshops-wesleyan-university <p>Three members of the legendary <a href="http://sweethoneyintherock.org/" target="_blank">a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock</a> are finishing up a unique residency at Wesleyan University.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:05:47 +0000 Ray Hardman 20308 at http://wnpr.org Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin http://wnpr.org/post/success-and-failure-design-conversation-medea-benjamin <p>This hour, we take a look at design and the impact it has on our lives. Longtime design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn joins us along with Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University to talk about the good design that helps us, and bad design that hinders us in our daily routines.</p><p>Later, we talk to CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about her work as a political activist and author. Her latest book is called <em>Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control</em>.</p><p><strong>GUESTS: </strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:52:53 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20097 at http://wnpr.org The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin Memory of Hartford Dancer Lives On in Annual Performance http://wnpr.org/post/memory-hartford-dancer-lives-annual-performance <p>This Saturday night, dozens of Connecticut dance ensembles will gather in Hartford to celebrate the memory of Hartford dancer and choreographer Ted Hershey.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:56:35 +0000 Ray Hardman 19933 at http://wnpr.org Memory of Hartford Dancer Lives On in Annual Performance Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale http://wnpr.org/post/indian-actors-dust-ancient-sanskrit-drama-yale <p>A troupe of actors from Kerala, India will perform an ancient, traditional drama known as Kudiyattam <a href="http://ism.yale.edu/event/guest-artist-nepathya-balivadham-kutiyattam">this weekend in New Haven.</a></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 19590 at http://wnpr.org Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI http://wnpr.org/post/harlem-hellfighters-fighting-racism-trenches-wwi The 369th Infantry Regiment served 191 days under enemy fire in Europe. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 19434 at http://wnpr.org The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert http://wnpr.org/post/haden-triplets-tiny-desk-concert Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.<p>Together, they have a common love for American country and traditional songs, and that's what brought me to them and them to the Tiny Desk. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:21 +0000 Bob Boilen 19376 at http://wnpr.org The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again http://wnpr.org/post/c-cile-mclorin-salvant-making-old-songs-new-again Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant was born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, and started singing jazz while living in Paris. Back in the U.S., she won the Thelonious Monk vocal competition in 2010. The 23-year-old's first album, <em>WomanChild,</em> is now out — and few jazz debuts by singers or instrumentalists make this big a splash.<p>Salvant's unusual material sets her apart as much as her chops do. The most recent non-original tune on her nervily accomplished debut is by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15342292/fats-waller">Fats Waller</a>. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:46:18 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 19201 at http://wnpr.org Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid http://wnpr.org/post/81-playwright-athol-fugard-looks-back-aging-and-apartheid Under apartheid, trying to make an artistic political statement was difficult — artists were subject to scrutiny and even arrest. On the other hand, making a political statement was easy: All one had to do was put black and white actors on a stage together.<p>That's exactly what South African playwright Athol Fugard did back in 1961 with his breakout play <em>Blood Knot</em>. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:22:51 +0000 NPR Staff 19128 at http://wnpr.org At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid What It's Like to (Try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker http://wnpr.org/post/what-its-try-make-cartoons-new-yorker <p>I'll tell you one of the big thrills of my writing career: I was a contributing editor to Mirabella Magazine in the 80's. I'd written an essay about getting bitten (sort of) by a dog in New Hampshire. The magazine had a huge art budget in those days, and I had already had one of my pieces illustrated by Ed Koren. But they told me this one was being illustrated by George Booth. George Booth! I worship George Booth! And so it came to pass that my article ran with a classing Booth dog cartoon. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19091 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to (Try to) Make Cartoons for The New Yorker New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorker-cartoon-editor-explores-what-makes-us-get-it Bob Mankoff has been contributing cartoons to <em>The New Yorker</em> ever since 1977 and now, as cartoon editor, he evaluates more than 500 cartoons submitted to the magazine each week.<p>Mankoff is proud of the many cartoons that have been published under his aegis. "Sometimes I take my aegis out of my drawer just to admire it," he writes.<p>His most well-known cartoon shows an executive looking at his desk calendar, saying to someone on the phone: "No, Thursday's out. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:36:00 +0000 editor 18940 at http://wnpr.org New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It It's Homecoming Weekend For Former HSO Music Director Lankester http://wnpr.org/post/its-homecoming-weekend-former-hso-music-director-lankester <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">British born conductor Michael </span>Lankester<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was the music director of the Hartford Symphony from 1985 to 2000. During his tenure the orchestra flourished with a combination of exciting guest artists, like </span>Yo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ma and Marvin </span>Hamlisch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and programs that mixed traditional works with more challenging </span>avant-garde<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pieces.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:32:55 +0000 Ray Hardman 18765 at http://wnpr.org It's Homecoming Weekend For Former HSO Music Director Lankester Comics, From Niche to Mainstream http://wnpr.org/post/comics-niche-mainstream <p>Once upon a time, comic books were a niche for kids and nerds. Now they are mainstream culture. "The Avengers" is the number three all-time worldwide grossing movie.</p><p>I would like to pause, and say that I owned, as a kid, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_3m5gzNYc">issue number one of <em>The Avengers</em></a>. I remember distinctly where I got it, and how I felt about it. I do not remember distinctly what happened to it.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:15:08 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Colin McEnroe & Chion Wolf 18754 at http://wnpr.org Comics, From Niche to Mainstream Taek Gi Lee: Connecticut Student, Pianist Extraordinaire http://wnpr.org/post/taek-gi-lee-connecticut-student-pianist-extraordinaire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Taking his seat on the stage of Hastings’ White Rock </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Taek<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Gi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lee prayed to God. It was the final round of the&nbsp;</span>Tenth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Annual Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which was held in England earlier this month, and the 17-year-old piano virtuoso was nervous. To his right, nearly 600 sets of eyes watched him with fervor. To his left, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra -- armed with bows, mallets, reeds, and brass -- awaited their cue to begin.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:23:31 +0000 Lydia Brown 18692 at http://wnpr.org Taek Gi Lee: Connecticut Student, Pianist Extraordinaire Maestros Metheny and Charlap Return for Encore Performances http://wnpr.org/post/maestros-metheny-and-charlap-return-encore-performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pianist Bill </span>Charlap<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and guitarist Pat </span>Metheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, two consummate artists who can never wear out the welcome mat with their relatively frequent and invariably fine visits to the area, return once again to present their unique styles with their signature groups.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:27:34 +0000 Owen McNally 18690 at http://wnpr.org Maestros Metheny and Charlap Return for Encore Performances Fans Revive Connecticut-Based Charlton Comics 30 Years After It Closed http://wnpr.org/post/fans-revive-connecticut-based-charlton-comics-30-years-after-it-closed <p>What began as a joke on Facebook ended up reviving the work of a Connecticut-based comic book company that went out of business more than 30 years ago. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18007 at http://wnpr.org Fans Revive Connecticut-Based Charlton Comics 30 Years After It Closed Lady Gaga At SXSW: 'Don't Sell Out. Sell In.' http://wnpr.org/post/lady-gaga-sxsw-dont-sell-out-sell <em>On Friday, March 14, Lady Gaga gave the keynote at SXSW 2014, a long interview conducted by John Norris that covered her career in pop, from her roots in the rock clubs of downtown New York to her decision to partner with a corporate sponsor for the concert she performed at Stubb's the night before. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:51:56 +0000 Ann Powers 18499 at http://wnpr.org Lady Gaga At SXSW: 'Don't Sell Out. Sell In.' Pianist Noah Baerman’s Art and Activism Overcome Adversity http://wnpr.org/post/pianist-noah-baerman-s-art-and-activism-overcome-adversity <p>With its heady mix of transcendence, activism, deep lyrical expression and soulful sense of swing, <a href="http://www.noahjazz.com/" target="_blank">pianist/composer Noah Baerman’s</a> triumphant new CD, <em>Ripples</em>, is one of the best and the brightest releases to grace our region in quite some time. It’s a bold, imaginative, inventive work that will, if there is any justice in the jazz world, have infinitely more than a rippling effect far beyond our borders along the Connecticut River.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:39:11 +0000 Owen McNally 18364 at http://wnpr.org Pianist Noah Baerman’s Art and Activism Overcome Adversity The Unfolding Evolution of Origami http://wnpr.org/post/unfolding-evolution-origami <p>How do you make a 100 meter telescope that folds down to 3 meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand year-old art of paper folding. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18313 at http://wnpr.org The Unfolding Evolution of Origami Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-was-typewriter-capital-country <p></p><p>In the second season of the Netflix series, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856010/"><em>House of Cards</em></a>, the protagonist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, pulls out an old family typewriter, an Underwood of course, to write a pseudo-heartfelt letter to the President.</p><p>Frank's father gave him the typewriter saying this Underwood built an empire. Now you go build another.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:15:08 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18219 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country Celebrating New Music, Diversity at the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-new-music-diversity-2014-women-composers-festival-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dissonant harmonies rattled the air of Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center on Saturday evening as members of the </span>Sylvanus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ensemble delivered a delightfully </span>curated<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> program of works by </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">- and </span>21st-century<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> female composers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:14:22 +0000 Lydia Brown 18126 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating New Music, Diversity at the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision http://wnpr.org/post/destroyed-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-political-vision When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned in 1932 to do a mural in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, some might have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.<p>In 1934, the legendary artist's work was chiseled off the wall.<p>Now, in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Cultural Institute has mounted a show that tells what happened to Rivera's mural.<p>"Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera's Mural at Rockefeller Center," is a whodunit tale that also illustrates the tensions between art and politics. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 18119 at http://wnpr.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision Yale's 2014 Windham Campbell Prizes Announced http://wnpr.org/post/yales-2014-windham-campbell-prizes-announced <p>Yale University announced the winners of its annual Windham Campbell Prizes. The eight writers were revealed by Yale President Peter Salovey during a press conference at Yale's Beinecke Library. Each winner will receive $150,000 to help them focus on writing.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:18:15 +0000 Tucker Ives 18043 at http://wnpr.org Yale's 2014 Windham Campbell Prizes Announced Exhibit Highlights Traditional Arts By Refugees and New Immigrants http://wnpr.org/post/exhibit-highlights-traditional-arts-refugees-and-new-immigrants <p>A giant woven carpet, intricate hand-made lace, brilliantly colored baskets and textiles are some of the traditional arts featured at a new exhibition in Hartford.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:23:17 +0000 Diane Orson 17995 at http://wnpr.org Exhibit Highlights Traditional Arts By Refugees and New Immigrants The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-are-aj-jacobs-lupita-nyongo-and-john-rowland-related <p></p><p>Today on The Scramble, one of our favorite writers, <a href="http://ajjacobs.com/">A.J. Jacobs</a> takes us deep inside the world of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/opinion/sunday/are-you-my-cousin.html?_r=0">modern ancestry research </a>where websites are all &nbsp;too happy to tell you that you're distantly related to Gwynyth&nbsp;Paltrow, Michael Bloomberg, Quincy Jones, and King David. &nbsp;Those are all actual examples of people A.J. was told are his relatives.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:34:09 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17805 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Are A.J. Jacobs, Lupita Nyong'o, and John Rowland Related? Cheers to Picasso and Other Art World Legends http://wnpr.org/post/cheers-picasso-and-other-art-world-legends <p></p><p>Red Grooms dreams big, and draws large. Using paint, colored pencils, charcoal, and crayon, his super-sized canvases about life within the art world won’t just warm your heart; they will enlarge it three-fold.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:21:52 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 17712 at http://wnpr.org Cheers to Picasso and Other Art World Legends Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration From Talking Heads Song http://wnpr.org/post/art-exhibit-draws-inspiration-talking-heads-song <p>As a first-time curator, Stephen Grant “kind of did it maybe,” in his words, “backwards.” Rather than base his debut show on specific artists and media, Grant started with a concept, a theme.</p><p>Having read David Byrne’s part-memoir, part-textbook,&nbsp;<em>How Music Works</em>, Grant was inspired by Byrne’s own seemingly endless desire to be inspired. “I wanted to create a show that embodied that attitude,” Grant said, so he based it on and named it for a classic song from Byrne’s Talking Heads days, “Once in a Lifetime.”</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:22:13 +0000 Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 16880 at http://wnpr.org Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration From Talking Heads Song In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible' http://wnpr.org/post/sochi-olympic-artist-sees-possible <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIDdyz8rRqQ</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Sam Sanders & Sam H. Sanders 16602 at http://wnpr.org In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible' Seeking the Truth in Secret Societies http://wnpr.org/post/seeking-truth-secret-societies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first secret society, according to</span><a href="http://criticalmargins.com/2013/12/04/interview-theodore-ziolkowski/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Theodore Ziolkowski,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a Princeton-based scholar on the literature of cults and conspiracies, "consisted of Eve and the serpent and then it just kept going,"&nbsp;</span>Ziokowski<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> writes.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:40:26 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 16561 at http://wnpr.org Seeking the Truth in Secret Societies Vocalist Gazarek Blends Candor and Genuine Feeling in Her Performance http://wnpr.org/post/vocalist-gazarek-blends-candor-and-genuine-feeling-her-performance <p>At a time when many aspiring, young vocalists mistake blaring volume and grating gymnastics as the height of heartfelt artistic expression, <a href="http://saragazarek.com/" target="_blank">Sara&nbsp;Gazarek, a savvy, swinging singer</a> of exquisite taste, bright wit and creative vitality, is a welcome breath of fresh air. She’s a voice of reason amid the sound and the fury signifying not much of anything.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:55:18 +0000 Owen McNally 16498 at http://wnpr.org Vocalist Gazarek Blends Candor and Genuine Feeling in Her Performance An Ode to Opera http://wnpr.org/post/ode-opera-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Last fall, the New York City Opera -- what Mayor LaGuardia called "the People's Opera" -- declared bankruptcy. This is/was the opera that introduced Americans to Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills.&nbsp; Make what you will of the fact that the bankruptcy announcement coincided with the presentation of a new opera about Anna Nicole Smith.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is either a problem very specific to the New York Opera, or part of a virus that has been taking down opera companies all over the U.S. and maybe all over the world. In Italy, where opera receives much more public and government support, one fourth of all major opera companies were in a version of bankruptcy as of 2008.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:13:48 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf & Betsy Kaplan 16457 at http://wnpr.org An Ode to Opera