Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Performing Arts Of Woodstock's Production Of 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

  In the play, Circle Mirror Transformation, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for Marty's "Adult Creative Drama" class: a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty's husband.

The group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama.

Performing Arts of Woodstock presents Circle Mirror Transformation on the next two weekends. Here now to tell us more are, Molly Parker Myers (playing Theresa); Julie Szabo, (playing Marty, teacher of the acting class in the play); David Rose, (playing James).

Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Rob Edelman: Political Cinema

Since its recent theatrical release, Jon Stewart’s ROSEWATER has been receiving oodles of publicity. The primary reason has nothing to do with the film’s content or quality. Instead, it mirrors Stewart’s celebrity. Still, ROSEWATER is a serious, sobering film that reflects on our deeply troubled and divided world. It is based on the true story of Maziar Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), an Iranian journalist who was arrested, blindfolded, and brutally grilled by the authorities for four months.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon December 1, 2014

'My Favorite Things' By Maira Kalman

  From Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, comes a pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

With more than fifty original paintings and featuring bestselling author and illustrator Maira Kalman’s signature handwritten prose, My Favorite Things is a meditation on the importance of both quotidian and unusual objects in our culture and private worlds.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Martin Short "Must Say" In His New Memoir

  In his new memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend ,Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”

Martin Short talks about his early years in Toronto as a member of the improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Any Questions #170

Pass the trivia: it's time for a turkey show for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Rebecca Eaton On 'Making Masterpiece'

  For twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBS’s Masterpiece, the longest running weekly prime time drama series on American television. Eaton brings to her new memoir, Making Masterpiece, the voices of many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes about her decades-spanning career.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Rob Edelman: Superlative BIRDMAN

Some film are worth seeing because they are, well... worth seeing. They are artfully directed, excellently acted, thoughtfully scripted. But on occasion, a film comes along that is not just good or very good. Such words as superlative and even groundbreaking are more than fitting adjectives. Back in the 1970s, such films as 5 EASY PIECES and TAXI DRIVER were better than good and very good. I vividly recall seeing them and being stunned by their uniqueness, the depictions of their central characters, and their singular views of the world. Last year, two very special films-- Spike Jonze’s HER and Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY-- both were audacious and original.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Simple Minds Back With Big Music

    

  The veteran Scottish alternative rock-band, Simple Minds, has returned with Big Music, their first album of new material in five years - three and a half decades since their first landmark album, 1980's Empires and Dance. The Glasgow quintet with front-man Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill as their creative core, are rekindling the energy and attitude that made them one of the great bands of that era.

The band scored a string of hit singles and are best known for their 1985 hit "Don't You Forget About Me" from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film, The Breakfast Club; their other hits include "Alive and Kicking," and "Belfast Child."

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Any Questions #169

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel put it in gear for this week's show.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Caligari Restoration

The term “film restoration” has lost its excitement.  More often than not, when a new DVD or Blu-ray of an older film is touted as being “restored,” it only means that a minimally different version has been digitally mastered.  It’s a ploy to have consumers purchase yet another copy of the same title.

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