Let's be clear, graffiti has not gone totally legit. People get arrested all the time for it, and in some cases they should. Part of the problem is that the word itself gets used to mean several different things. The press calls it graffiti if you paint some nasty slogan or a swastika on a wall that doesn't belong to you.
Does graffiti still have the power to turn our heads? We might check out a new design or a bold stroke of color--but not because we're shocked.
Since early artists first sprayed their frustrations across the subway cars and city walls of 1960's Philadelphia and New York, graffiti has gone from the street to the elite, from the public to the private, from vandalism to fine art, as likely to be in a gallery as on the side of a garage...but it hasn't always been that way.
It began last night with a documentary about some of the greatest backup singers in rock and roll history, including Darlene Love, who is here, and a short film featuring Tony Shalhoub, who was here.
It will close with a screening of the much anticipated film "Frances Ha" directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig, both of whom will be here. And in between, the Berkshire International Film Festival will show 26 other documentaries, 24 other feature films and 23 other shorts. Roughly 20 different countries will be represented in the mix.
On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we dive into the latest tracks from Tonetta and Melt Yourself Down. We'll also be taking a listen to music from the latest full-length releases by The Uncluded and This Routine Is Hell. We've even got a few tracks from Connecticut indie rock outfit The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die!
Collecting, enduring sports, writing, tell us what energizes your life. Whether you like diving with sharks, decorating cakes, martial arts, painting, photographing whales, cooking, meditation, golf, tennis, community theater, you name it—if your passionate pursuit gives your life energy, we'd like to hear about it.
This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up new tracks from Kimya Dawson's and Aesop Rock's the Uncluded, and black metal outfit Deafheaven as well. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from metal outfit Altar of Plageus and the kings of French house music, Daft Punk.
As our gadgets move into the future, we’re moving into the past. That email you just received? It was written seconds, minutes or hours ago. The tweets you’re catching up on? That’s old news by the time you read it. This radio show? Even if you're listening "live," you're not really listening the moment it happens because of a delay.
In a way, this has always been the case. The newspaper you read in the morning contains yesterday’s news. The evening news recaps what happened earlier in the day.
It's possible to oversell the idea of a modern revival of so-called American roots music. Maybe that revival is always happening.
Nick Spitzer's terrific public radio show "American Routes" has been around since 1998, when it was featuring people like Steve Earle. So, you know ... the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons didn't exactly invent anything.
The music, culture and movement of Brazil is evocative of a certain kind of lifestyle to many Americans - like me - who’ve never been there. The beach at Ipanema, dense rainforests, a lyrical language and laid-back people.
But the real Brazil is booming and complex, one of the world’s emerging economies.
Connecticut is also home to many thousands of Brazilian immigrants - who occupy an uneasy space as part of a Latin American diaspora with a different language and cultural heritage.
Sculptor and Ecological designer Ana Flores has been incorporating nature and art for years. The Rhode Island-based artist has a big presence right now at UConn's Avery Point. Besides an exhibit of her art at the Alexy von Schlippe Gallery, earlier this month, Flores installed her latest Poetry of the Wild Poetry Walk.
Flores talks to WNPR's Ray Hardman about the new exhibit. The walk runs through August 30.