We live in a time of music plenty. Every kind of music is now available to us all the time. But how can we make sense of this insane amount and variety of Music? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with author and jazz and pop critic for the New York Times, BEN RATLIFF about his important new book: EVERY SONG EVER: TWENTY WAYS TO LISTEN IN AN AGE OF MUSICAL PLENTY.
Inquiry welcomes back HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining her tonight is photographer DONNA DUFAULT. They will be discussing the current show at the WCC: “CULINARY IMAGININGS”. For more information about the Worcester Center for Crafts, go to: www.worcester.edu/WCC
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer DEBBIE CLARKE MODEROW. She moved to Alaska from Connecticut and became interesting in racing sled dogs. Eventually she decided to enter the 1100 mile brutal course known as the Iditarod. Tune in and learn what it takes for dogs and humans to run this course in the depths of winter when temps well below zero are typical and the course conditions can vary unpredictably. Her book about her experiences is titled FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A WOMAN, HER DOGS, AND THEIR JOURNEY NORTH ON THE IDITAROD.
Painter discusses his father lyricist Richard Adler ("Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees") and his own choice to take his rich musical background as inspiration for a life as a painter rather than a musician.
One of America's treasures, Smokey Robinson has done it all. Along with Berry Gordy, Jr., Smokey Robinson put Detroit on the map with the Motown sound; singing, songwriting and producing his group the Miracles (and many other Motown acts). Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate one of soul music's favorite voices as he turns 76 this week. It all starts at 7pm!
Our host Christian McBride happens to be a rather talented bassist and composer, but he told us not to feature him unless it was something special. It so happens that he’s written a special work: a bluesy and soulful oratorio for jazz big band, gospel choir and soloists, and four speakers representing great figures of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s called The Movement Revisited, and is inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr. Jazz Night In America follows McBride around his own hometown of Philadelphia, speaking with the people who raised him at home and in the music, and featuring a performance of The Movement Revisited from the Kimmel Center in downtown Philly.
Are America's schools little more than cinder-block gulags that spawn vicious cliques and bullying, negate creativity, and true learning and squelch curiosity in their inmates, um, students? In his new book "Schools On Trial" author and journalist Nikhil Goyal, argues that our education system could easily map out a path for all of our schools to harness children's natural aptitude for learning by creating an atmosphere conducive to freedom and creativity. He prescribes an inspiring educational future that is thoroughly democratic and experiential, and one that utilizes the entire community as a classroom. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Nikhil Goyal.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate Of Climb, interviews Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester, and Zach Combs, manager, and Ron Murray, art director of Crocodile River Music. They talk about celebrating community in a still-challenging economy.
First Night Worcester is set and ready to go for this year’s arts celebration. Heading into its 35th year of operation, the non-profit is the oldest First Night in the nation and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981.
Nearly 60 performances will take place on 12 stages this year, including a spectacular opening act – a performance by the Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” group at Tuckerman Hall, sponsored by Saint-Gobain. Firsts for this year’s First Night Worcester: Jillian’s Worcester has been added as a venue; and First Night’s first-ever Apple mobile app is now available for free in the App Store.
Feeling blue? Tune in tonight as Inquiry welcomes back JAMES A. WELU, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum and NANCY BURNS, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Worcester Art Museum. They will be talking about the current show at the Worcester Art Museum CYANOTYPES: PHOTOGRAPHY’S BLUE PERIOD as well as the catalogue FREDERICK COULSEN: BLUEPRINTS OF A GOLDEN AGE.
Tonight, Inquiry is excited to welcome back long-time friend of the show, writer and illustrator, JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He is here to talk about three new books: IT’S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON:, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: LAST PANDA STANDING and finally the new volume of COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH. Special guest star: Gina!
Six time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon talks with Bonnie Johnson about her latest projects and returning home for a live concert at Scullers Jazz Club. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston. Freelon is currently on tour with the original theatrical presentation of The Clothesline Muse where she is visionary, collaborator and cast member. The production "celebrates African American culture and women’s history amongst other themes through live music, dance, visual art and projection". The jazz vocalist recently brought her voice to the GRAMMY nominated 2015 recording Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz which features the music of Laura Karpman and poetry of Langston Hughes. She takes the stage live in concert at Scullers on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
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