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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:00pm

Artist, photographer and teacher STEPHEN DIRADO has been taking deeply beautiful and mysterious black and white portrait photographs of people at the clothes optional beach in Martha’s Vineyard since 1988. Although Stephen has worked on numerous other interesting series of works, his Martha’s Vineyard series is certainly his longest running and most complex series. Stephen has now made a color film of his work on the island that is part documentary, part autobiography and part very personal meditation on what he has accomplished.  The film gives the viewer an insight to how Stephen works, the painstaking processes of setting up his shots and shows what he has to go through to create a successful photograph. Tune in tonight as Stephen talks about why he decided to make A SUMMER SPENT: A FILM BY STEPHEN DIRADO and what the film means to him. An exclusive screening of A SUMMER SPENT will be shown at the WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM on OCTOBER 25 AT 6:30 PM. See the following link for details:

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 7:00pm

Best known for his sweet duets with Roberta Flack in the 1970s, Donny Hathaway was one of soul music's saddest stories. He was born in Chicago and began as a session musician for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler & The Staples Singers. His intensity & creativity were recognized from his first solo recording, but his career was cut short by suicide at a young age. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of Donny Hathaway this week, starting at 7pm.

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

We remember the late tenorman, composer and Basie alum Frank Foster in this one of his last performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Singers Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw guest on Black Coffee, Perdido, and Foster's own classic Cecilia is Love. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 12:00pm

Artist CHRIS WARE has single-handedly re-defined the possibilities of the graphic novel form. His work is complex, serious and stunningly beautiful. His latest piece is titled BUILDING STORIES and consists of a large decorated box that contains books, newspapers, strips, booklets and even a printed board stand up that together relate the complex stories of the people that live in a large old building. It is a work that describes the conflicts that exist between our rich inner lives and the realities we all must live with spouse, lovers, children and work.  BUILDING STORIES is a rich, mature work that defies categorization and must be experienced to be fully understood. Tune in tonight for an interesting  discussion with Chris Ware about this groundbreaking work of art and writing. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 10:30pm

Bill Veek was a sports legend who made his reputation by thinking outside the box. This week Al is joined by noted author Paul Dickson  who has crafted a richly detailed portrait of an American original: baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit and unflinching advocate of racial equality, Bill Veeck. Hear ow Veek won the hearts and respect of baseball fans across America.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly heartfelt segment of a nationl sports treasure.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Marcia Tannenbaum, owner of Solutions Through Mediation. They talk about mediation as a more peaceful, effective way to resolve family legal disputes.

There’s no easy way to get divorced. Our adversarial legal system often worsens what is already a painful, emotionally charged situation. Pitting partner against partner, lawyer against lawyer, the process is long, complex, and expensive—and can damage relationships beyond repair.

Worcester Attorney Marcia Tannenbaum provides more peaceful and effective ways to resolve a divorce and other family legal disputes. A family-law attorney for more than two decades, Attorney Tannenbaum offers expert guidance in both divorce mediation and collaborative practice—two non-adversarial approaches that enable you to resolve legal conflicts through negotiation, without litigating.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 10:00pm

On this week's Business Beat, Steve D'Agostino is joined by Worcester Attorney Marcia Tannenbaum who discusses effective approaches in divorce mediation and other family disputes, including two non-adversarial approaches that enable to you resolve legal conflicts through negotiation, without litigating.

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

To inaugurate the 2011-12 jazz season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., director of jazz Kevin Struthers wanted something special and different. So he called on go-to alto sax man Steve Wilson, and Wilson delivered an all-star jazz group — Bruce Barth (piano), Michael Bowie (bass), Lewis Nash (drums) — plus three violins (Diane Monroe, Matvei Sigalov and Naira Underwood), a violist (Dawn Michelle Johnson), a cellist (Troy Kenneth Stuart) and high expectations.

Wilson has long been one of the busiest players in jazz. And yet he says that playing with a string section is one of the most exhilarating experiences he's had on the bandstand. For him, the strings have an emotional sound that is close to the human voice, and he shapes his solos to fit that sound. Wilson's personal favorite of the Charlie Parker With Strings songbook is our closing song, "Repetition," by Neil Hefti. Be sure to catch the performance at 6pm this Friday on this week's Jazz Set.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

50 years ago to the day, on September 27, 1962, the New York Times ran a story entitled "Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Folk Song Stylist" after his first Carnegie Hall concert. So most of the evening will feature Dylan songs performed by him, but also a by a number of other artists.One of those songs -- "When the Ship Comes In" -- will help host Nick Noble segue briefly into a handful of sea songs, as the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival (where WICN has been a presence for three years now) runs 9/28-9/30.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jason Moran is one of the most talked-about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow and is now the top jazz adviser for the Kennedy Center, picking up where Dr. Billy Taylor left off. Moran opens this session with a song from his latest album, Ten, called "Blue Blocks" — a commission by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts from Gee's Bend, Ala. The way Moran describes the quilts to host Jon Weber sounds very much like Moran's own music.

"It's quite fascinating, because there are quilts that one might say are similar to something that Piet Mondrian might paint. It's very architectural," Moran says. "But what they use — old clothes, or even old quilts or old swatches of fabrics, and then weave them together and the lines just come out a bit askew."

Moran epitomizes a modern approach to music, regularly employing sampled loops as a "fourth band member" in live performances. Here, Moran performs a broad and exciting set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.


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