Arts Archive

Studio A With Alex Cuff and Caitlin Blanchfield

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Sat, 12 Sep 2015, 11:54am

My guests tonight are Alex Cuff and Caitlin Blanchfield. Alex is a poet and public school teacher living in Brooklyn. Her writing can be found online in The Recluse, Apogee Journal, Sink Review, Two Serious Ladies, and Leveler. She’s a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine.

Studio A With Paco Marquez, Eva Saavedra, and Elizabeth Whittlesey

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Sat, 12 Sep 2015, 10:34am

The following is a recording of live readings by Paco Marquez, Eva Saavedra, and Elizabeth Whittlesey. Paco is poetry editor at Washington Square. He’s been featured as Lo-Writer of the Week in Juan Felipe Herrera’s California Poet Laureate website, and he recently completed an MFA in poetry at NYU. His work has appeared in Occupoetry.org, and Apogee, among others.

Studio A With John Benditt and Brandon Caro

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 11:17am

The following is a recording of live readings by Brandon Caro and John Benditt. Brandon Caro is a veteran from Aphganistan who is pursuing an MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School, with works featured in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Whitehouse Magazine of Contemporary Art, and elsewhere. He will be reading from his debut novel, Old Silk Road, which will be released October 13th of this year.

"Here There, Acá Alla" featuring Rafael Gamo and Susana Arellano

Submitted by Kristyn on Thu, 27 Aug 2015, 5:21pm

This Arts & Answers episode features a conversation between WKCR programmer Alexa Mercado and guess Rafael Gamo and Susana Arellano who discuss their upcoming photography exhibit "Here There, Acá Alla." The exhibit documents th elives of first and second generation Mexican-American immigrant families. The opening reception is at The Bronx Documentary Center on August 29, 2015 from 6-9 PM free of chaarge. The exhibit runs from August 20 - September 13. For more information, visit herethereworkshop.org

The Taming of the Shrew

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Sat, 22 Aug 2015, 3:20pm

The following is a live recording of excerpts from Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" performed by members of The Drilling Company. The company will be performing the play as a part of Bryant Park Shakespeare from September 4th until September 20th with shows on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm and shows on Sunday at 2 pm. The shows are free. In these excerpts, you will hear Alessandro Colla as Petruchio, Evangeline Fontaine as Katherina, Jarrod Bates as Tranio, Michael Bernstein as Gremio, and Lukas Raphael as Lucentio. Alessandro is also the director of the play.

Studio A with Marina Blitshteyn and K.T. Billey

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 17 Aug 2015, 7:30pm

The following is a recording of live readings by Marina Blitshteyn and Kara Thordarson, also known as K.T. Billey. Marina holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she also served as a University Writing instructor and consultant. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Lilith, No, Dear Magazine, Two Serious Ladies, and her latest chapbook is Nothing Personal. Kara holds a MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and is an assistant editor for the literary journal Asymptote.

Elizabeth Blickle and Elisa Fernandez-Arias on Studio A

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Sat, 15 Aug 2015, 6:16am

The following is a recording of live readings by Elizabeth Blickle and Elisa Fernandez-Arias. Elizabeth is currently in the MFA program at Columbia University and will be sharing work from her thesis. Elisa received an MFA from Columbia in 2014, will soon be moving to Rome to teach English Composition at John Cabot University, and will be sharing an excerpt from the novel she is currently working on, The Under. Because of a technological error, the recording of this show was cut slightly short.

People Places Things

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Fri, 14 Aug 2015, 10:44pm

The following is an interview with James C. Strouse, the writer and director of the film People Places Things, and the star of the film, Jemaine Clement. The film follows a newly single graphic novel artist who is attempting to balance his twin daughters, students, and his love life. Strouse and Clement talk with WKCR programmer Chaim Lazaros about the character of the film, the artistic procress, the role illustrations play in the movie, and what audiences can learn from the film. People Places Things will be in theaters in New York City beginning Friday, August 14th.

We Come As Friends

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Fri, 14 Aug 2015, 10:30pm

The following interview is with Hubert Sauper, the Academy Award-nominated director of Darwin's Nightmare, discuss his latest documentary, We Come As Friends. In We Come As Friends, Sauper travels around the Sudan in a self-built airplane showing his audience glimpes into the present day colonization taking place. In this interview, Sauper talks with WKCR programmer Danielle Smith about the process of making the film, his artistic take on documentaries, and the troubling situation in Sudan right now.

Fire Music

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 10 Aug 2015, 12:55pm

The following is an interview with Tom Surgal, the writer and the director of the documentary, Fire Music. Fire Music is a full-length documentary about the Free Jazz Revolution–a subject which is often ignored when people discuss jazz. Fire Music is currently hosting a kickstarter campaign to help raise the necessary funds for completing this documentary. In this interview, Tom Surgal talks with WKCR programmer Gabe Ibagon about the genre of free jazz, the process of making the documentary, and his inspiration for this film.

Christopher Swetala and Matthew Di Paoli on Studio A

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 3 Aug 2015, 1:34pm

The following is a recording of live readings by Christopher Swetala and Matthew Di Paoli. Christopher holds an MFA from Columbia University and is currently a researcher for the radio program This American Life. In addition to writing short stories, he has recently finished his first novel. Matthew also holds an MFA from Columbia, currently teaches Writing and Literature at Monroe College, and just published a novel entitled Killstanbul with El Balazo Press on July 25, 2015.

ADA|AVA

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Wed, 22 Jul 2015, 11:48am

The following is an interview with Sarah Fornace and Ben Kauffman, two of the artistic directors at Manual Cinema, a Chicago based shadow puppet company. Fornace and Kauffman talk with WKCR programmer Danielle Smith about Manual Cinema, Shadow Puppetry, and the show currently running in New York City, Ada/Ava. The show, using overhead projectors, shadow puppets, and live music, follows the elderly woman Ada as she deals with the death of twin sister Ava. The show takes place in a New England gothic setting and uses the supernatural and uncanny to explore themes of grief and death.

X: A Novel

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Tue, 21 Jul 2015, 1:45pm

The following interview is with Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of the late Malcolm X, and co-author with Kekla Magoon of X: A Novel. Shabazz is also the author of Growing Up X and Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X. In X: A Novel, Shabazz explores her father's adolescent years as he leaves Lansing, Michigan for the east coast only to find himself at the end of the novel in prison.

IFC Presents: The Stanford Prison Experiment

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Fri, 17 Jul 2015, 1:50pm
The following is an interview with Professor Philip G. Zimbardo and Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez discussing the IFC Film: The Stanford Prison Experiment. The film is based off of the actual experiment conducted by Prof. Zimbardo in 1971 and explores questions of authority, oppression, and human nature. In this interview, Prof. Zimbardo and film director Alvarez talk to WKCR programmer Danielle Smith about the motivations behind making the film, cinematography choices within the film, and the disturbing nature of the film and experiment itself.

"Falling in Love with Hominids"

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Tue, 7 Jul 2015, 1:02pm
WKCR programmer Danielle Smith interviews Nalo Hopkinson, esteemed science fiction and fantasy author. Hopkinson has written renowned books such as Sister Mine and Brown Girl in the Ring. Her latest book, Falling in Love with Hominids, a compilation of short stories written over a period of about ten years, will be available August 11th. Hopkinson talks with Smith about the story collection, science fiction and fantasy and magic realism, and the writing process.

Travel Writer and Wander Woman Elaine Lee

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Wed, 1 Jul 2015, 11:14am

WKCR programmer Danielle Smith interviews Elaine Lee, travel writer and author of the first black travel guide of this era–Go Girl: The Black Women's Book of Travel and Adventure. The book is a compilation of travel stories written by African American women including Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Jill Nelson, Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage. Lee talks with Smith about representation in the genre of travel writing, what it's like to be a "wander woman," as well as some traveling tips.

"After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye"

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 29 Jun 2015, 9:56pm

WKCR programmer Danielle Smith interviews Jan Gaye, author of After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye. In her refreshingly honest memoir, Mrs. Gaye discusses her relationship and marriage with the late Marvin Gaye giving readers a greater understanding of her story. In this interview, Mrs. Gaye talks with Smith about her book, her writing experience, and her involvement with the Harlem Book Fair. Mrs.

Escher/Bacon/Rothko at New York Live Arts

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Tue, 23 Jun 2015, 4:33pm

WKCR programmer Kally Patz interviews Zvi Gotheiner, the artistic director of Zvi Dance. Gotheiner grew up in Northern Israel where he studied the violin with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra until he began studying dance at the age of 17. He has performed with Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY, and Bat Sheva Dance Company. He also directed Tamar Ramle and Jerusalem Tamar Dance Company in Israel before founding Zvi Dance in New York.

Harry Lawrence Freeman's Voodoo

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 22 Jun 2015, 9:39pm

WKCR programmer Danielle Smith interviews Annie Holt, the executive artistic director of Morningside Opera, about the first performance of Harry Lawrence Freeman's opera, Voodoo, since its premiere in 1928. The concert performance will take place in Miller Theatre at 7:00 pm on June 26th and 27th. The performance is a collaboration between Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and the Harlem Chamber Players. Holt speaks with WKCR programmer Danielle Smith about the life of Harry Lawrence Freeman, his opera Voodoo, and the production of the opera.

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Thu, 18 Jun 2015, 4:41pm

WKCR programmer Danielle Smith sits down with director Marc Silver to talk about his latest documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets. The film follows the aftermath of the murder of Jordan Davis and the trial of his killer, Michael Dunn. The film won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact at Sundance and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at River Run. The film will be in theaters beginning June 19th.

Apogee Journal

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Mon, 8 Jun 2015, 5:40pm

WKCR programmer Danielle Smith sat down with Alexandra Watson, the managing editor of Apogee Journal, to discuss the release of Apogee's fifth issue. Apogee is a literary journal, whose self-proclaimed mission is to "publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color."

Made in Ridgewood

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Wed, 3 Jun 2015, 9:19pm

Danielle Smith sat down with independent curator Yulia Topchiy to discuss the opening of an exhibit called Made in Ridgewood. The exhibit features the work of Joy Curtis, Riitta Ikonen, Yasue Maetake, Christian Sampson, Adam Sipe, and Josef Zutelgte, all artists who are based in Ridgewood. Made in Ridgewood opens on June 5th at 6:00 p.m. and will be open every day from 1-6 pm until June 30th. The exhibit is located at
1902 Palmetto Street, 1FL Ridgewood, NY.

JFK Show

Submitted by Danielle Smith on Sat, 30 May 2015, 8:14pm

This show features John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech in 1961 paired with jazz related to that period in some way. (Recorded, performed, released on an album, etc.) Note, however, the version of the song in this program might not be the exact 1961 version. The songs in the program are as follows:

My Favorite Things-John Coltrain

Stolen Moments-Oliver Nelson

I'm Late, I'm Late-Stan Getz

Well, You Needn't-Miles Davis

Blues March-Art Blackey

Fantasia-Dizzy Gillespie

Waltz for Debby-Bill Evans

The Skeleton Twins

Submitted by Ruby Dutcher on Tue, 18 Nov 2014, 2:00pm

Arts and Answers producer Danielle Fox sat down with Jenny Lee, producer and editor of the independent film "The Skeleton Twins". The film stars Kristin Wig and Bill Hader as estranged twins Maggie and Milo, who are reunited after cheating death on the same day. Lee discusses the film, her editing process, and her transition from editing comic books to editing feature film. The Skeleton Twins is currently playing at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Studio A

Submitted by Augusto Ghiotto on Sun, 3 Aug 2014, 9:11pm

Second and last part of an interview with Luis Perez-Orama, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Paintings and Drawings at MoMA. One of the curators of the exhibit "Lygia Clark, The Abandonment of Art," on show at MoMA until August 24, 2014, Mr. Oramas discusses in depth the life and works of the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark. Hosted by Augusto Ghiotto

Luis Perez-Oramas on the MoMA exhibit "Lygia Clark, The Abandonment of Art" part 1

Submitted by Augusto Ghiotto on Fri, 1 Aug 2014, 4:12pm

First part of an interview with Luis Perez-Orama, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Paintings and Drawings at MoMA. One of the curators of the exhibit "Lygia Clark, The Abandonment of Art," on show at MoMA until August 24, 2014, Mr. Oramas discusses in depth the life and works of the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark. Hosted by Augusto Ghiotto

Brian Jay Jones (Jim Henson: The Biography), Hosted by Brianna Brown

Submitted by Brianna Brown on Sun, 26 Jan 2014, 4:06pm

New York Times Bestselling Author and Vice President of Biographers International, Brian Jay Jones, talks about his second book, Jim Henson: The Biography. This definitive book about the Muppets creator has been hailed a New York Times Bestseller, chosen as the Best Biography of 2013 by Goodreads, and voted one of the Top Ten Books by CNN viewers. This interview was hosted by Brianna Brown on December 12, 2013 and originally aired on January 24, 2014.

Interview with Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Submitted by Mahima Chablani on Tue, 17 Dec 2013, 2:45pm

Author Lynne Sharon Schwartz joins us to discuss her latest novel, Two-Part Inventions, now out in paperback. The novel traces the life of Suzanne, a classical pianist, whose sudden death forces her husband to reflect on his desicion to fabricate over one hundred recordings of her music. During the interview, Schwartz discusses her earliest publications from the 1970s, her childhood in Brooklyn, and her writing process. Hosted by Mahima Chablani.

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