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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bette Midler And Joni Mitchell Are Among The Newest Kennedy Center Honorees by Neda Ulaby

The 44th Kennedy Center Honorees announced today include Motown founder Berry Gordy, folk icon Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler, TV impresario Lorne Michaels and opera star Justino D…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:06AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Raffaella Carrà, Glittery Queen Of Italian TV, Has Died At 78 by Neda Ulaby

The beloved entertainer is often credited with having sparked a sexual revolution in Italy with her spangled midriff-baring costumes and frank lyrics about initiating sex — and falling for…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:54PM
Thursday, April 1, 2021

U.S. Box Office Plummeted 86% in 2020, Says Leading Arts Group by Neda Ulaby

The new data show the drop in ticket sales at theaters, arts centers and orchestras in the United States, U.K. and Canada has been "catastrophic" for the performing arts.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:12PM
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Government Arts Boost 'Does Not Come Close To Meeting The Demand,' Says NEA Head by Neda Ulaby

Nearly a thousand arts organizations across the country are receiving funds from the CARES Act. But the National Endowment for the Arts says the $44 million in grants it announced today is n…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:18PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, Pioneering AIDS Activist And Writer, Dies At 84 by Neda Ulaby

Kramer was a writer with an Oscar-nominated screenplay when his friends started dying mysteriously — galvanizing him to found the Gay Men's Health Crisis, and later ACT UP, to combat AIDS.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:03PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Remembering Ballet Dancer Alicia Alonso by Neda Ulaby

Alicia Alonso, one of the finest ballet dancers of the 20th century, died Thursday in Havana. The dancer helped start the American Ballet Theatre, then built the Cuban state ballet program.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:48AM
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Franco Zeffirelli, Creator Of Lavish Productions On Screen And Stage, Dies At 96 by Neda Ulaby

The Italian director staged sumptuously visualized operas, which often resembled Renaissance paintings brought to life. On film, he brought Shakespearean and biblical tales to the big screen.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:42AM
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere by Neda Ulaby

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly pl…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:48PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard by Neda Ulaby

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the bo…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:30PM
Saturday, April 23, 2016

After Two Intense Dramas, Lupita Nyong'o Says She's Ready For A Change by Neda Ulaby

The actor is now starring on Broadway in Eclipsed, a searing story of young women held captive in Liberia. After that and 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o says she's ready for some lighter material.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:42PM
Monday, November 9, 2015

George Takei Debuts On Broadway In 'Allegiance' by Neda Ulaby

Inspired by Takei's own childhood experiences, the musical spotlights a dark era in American history: The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:34PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

'Spring Awakening' Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language by Neda Ulaby

The hit musical only closed six years ago, and now it's back, in a well-reviewed revival featuring hearing and deaf actors, who sing and sign during the performance.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Black Girlhood Takes Center Stage In A Work That's Serious About 'Play' by Neda Ulaby

"Black girls playing; black girl joy" — that's what choreographer Camille Brown says her new show is all about. She's taking Black Girl: Linguistic Play to stages, schools and prisons arou…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:31PM
Monday, April 20, 2015

Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize by Neda Ulaby

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:35PM
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home' by Neda Ulaby

Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:17PM
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition by Neda Ulaby

Ninth-century satirist al-Jahiz remains a beloved figure in Islamic literature, but his modern-day counterparts — including comedian Bassem Youssef and cartoonist Ali Farzat — don't have…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:54AM

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