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What Is Cinco De Mayo?

May 5, 2014

    

  Cinco de Mayo has become a big deal in the U.S. in recent years. But it is not a major holiday in Mexico. It is the commemoration of a Mexican military victory over France.

It was actually a marketing push by Corona beer that created the Cinco de Mayo we know today, filled with parties, food and, of course, lots of drink. St. Patrick's Day has a similar disconnect between the holiday in the home country and the way it is celebrated in America.

Here now to speak about how the U.S. appropriates ethnic and cultural holidays from other countries are Culinary Institute of America Professors Beth Forrest and Deirdre Murphy.

    

  Corinna Selby was born and raised in Munich, Germany, and has traveled extensively in the US, Europe and South East Asia. She has been baking professionally for six years, and is a graduate of the Cambridge Culinary Institute. Her pastry-baking classes, both at Corinna’s Kitchen in Ghent, NY and at Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Albany, NY, fill quickly, as her friendly teaching style and pragmatic, easy-to-follow recipes make the classes fun and packed with culinary adventure.

  Corinna’s family comes from the Bavarian countryside and she grew up making traditional European holiday decorations throughout the year. Part of this tradition is the creation of beautiful Easter eggs - dyed with organic food-safe ingredients and creating patterns that use shapes and designs that are found in nature.

Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist and novelist. He's the author of numerous books, including Downtown: My Manhattan and his memoir, A Drinking Life. His nine novels include Snow in August, Forever and Tabloid City. His new book is The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories, a collection of Brooklyn-based stories spanning thirty years.

12/24/13 Panel

Dec 24, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and commentator and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Sudan
Obamacare Extension
Holiday Sales
Digital Toys
Holiday Heart Attacks
Merry Christmas v. Happy Holidays
Holiday Holy Day?

    Spirit of Steamboat is a holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E’s hit show Longmire.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he’s interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn’t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman’s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her.

When Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” debuted in 1942, no one imagined that a holiday song would top the charts year after year. One of the best-selling singles ever released, it remains on rotation at tree lighting ceremonies across the country, in crowded shopping malls on Black Friday, and at warm diners on lonely Christmas Eve nights.

Resting just beneath the surface of familiar melodies and words, jolly Santas, winter wonderlands, and roasting chestnuts both mask and represent an intricate cultural landscape crowded with the meanings of a modern American Christmas.

Ronald D. Lankford Jr. explores all this holiday history in his book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs.

    Today in our ongoing Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities series, we bring you two outstanding public humanists, and we’ll discuss the idea of Christmas as one feasting holiday among others, enjoyed as a religious and not-so-religious holiday by many.

We’re talking about Christmas’ role in our culture.

Joining us – both from the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY are Beth Forrest Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Deirdre Murphy, Professor of Liberal Arts.

    The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is an 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. They generally perform large sacred works and present their concerts almost exclusively in big urban churches and synagogues.

This Sunday, December 15th at 3pm, The Octavo Singers will present Handel’s Messiah at the Union College Memorial Chapel. The Octavo Singers’ Artistic Director and Conductor, Curtis Funk, joins us.

    Everett Bradley will bring his holiday fund phenomenon Holidelic: ‘Twas the Night Before the Funk to Helsinki Hudson this Sunday, December 8th.

Everett plays percussion and sings backing vocals for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - he has also recorded and toured with Joey Ramone, Jon Bon Jovi, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, and David Bowie among others and he currently appears in After Midnight on Broadway.

Holidelic was first performed in 2002 and every year since, Everett has put together this part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show - the holiday-funk spectacular features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, "Frosty the Snowman," "Little Drummer Boy" and more!

 

 On December 13th, 14th, and 15th The Rosendale Theatre will present the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life as a Live 1940’s Radio Play.

Frank Capra, the film’s director, wanted It’s a Wonderful Life to be a celebration of the lives and dreams of America's ordinary citizens, who tried the best they could to do the right thing by themselves and their neighbors. This is an enduring and beloved story.

The show will be performed with live sound effects and music and features 5 actors playing 50 roles. This special benefit presentation at and for The Rosendale Theatre is directed by Ann Citron - Managing Director for the Rosendale Theatre - who joins us to tell us more.

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