NPR Music asks, What if there were lost big-band masterpieces by the great composer/arranger Gil Evans which never made it to record? In fact, there are plenty of them, and composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell has culled, researched and transcribed a handful of the best material for the CD Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. Truesdell leads an orchestra in a live version at Newport.
The husband and wife musical team of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., met as members of the iconic ‘60s group The 5th Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show. Over 40 years later, their music and mutual love and respect are still going strong. Performances include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”
Using a Tibetan Mandela as an inspiration, DAVID GEORGE HASKELL, Professor of Biology at the University of the South, trekked deep into some old growth forest and drew a small circle on the forest floor only a meter in area. Could repeated close observations of this small circle and all it’s denizens give insights into how the larger forest functioned? Professor Haskell came back time and again to this small circle, in fair weather and foul, in light and dark, in the humidity of the summer and the freezing temperatures of the winter. He typically sat on a rock nearby and watched all the plants, fungi, insects, snails and vertebrates that lived in or went through the circle for an entire year. His observations and thoughts on what he saw and how that related to larger issues of biology, conservation and the environment are recorded in his book THE FOREST UNSEEN: A YEAR’S WATCH IN NATURE, one of the finest books on observing the natural world written in some time.
Why should you stay clear of lemon wedges in your drinks (and limes, cherries and olives for that matter)? Did you know that drinking from a straw will give you marionette lines? Not only should you not read on the toilet, you shouldn’t sit at all. Don’t get us started on the dangers of Santa Claus and romance novels. These are just a few of the sobering warnings to be found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA: THE INDESPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF OR WORRIED ABOUT. This compendium of everything that is out to get you, was compiled by our guest tonight: Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, composer and producer CHRISTOPHER CERF. Together with Henry Beard and the staff of the all too aptly named Cassandra Institute, they have produced a grand accounting of all the things to avoid at all costs, completely cross referenced and indexed for your paranoid convenience.
Australian documentary filmaker and jazz singer discusses her film Intangible Asset Number 82, a film about one musician’s journey to find the Korean musician who has inspired him, a drummer designated by Korea as Intangible Asset Number 82.
Join host Tom Shaker as he heats things up with cool soul songs about the winter weather. You'll hear songs by Isaac Hayes, Dusty Springfield and Ray Charles, just to name a few. It all starts at 7pm this Monday. Blankets optional!
In his new book Invisible Armies noted historian and best selling author Max Boot describes the epic history of guerrilla warfare from ancient times to the present. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with Boot about the way we wage war.
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino, principal of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ryan Leary, is a partner of and the project director for Running Start. They talk about getting your start-up business off to a good running start.
Running Start is a co-working space and start-up incubator in Worcester. The for-profit business provides entrepreneurs with a professional, collaborative, working environment, coupled with an array of programs geared toward launching and growing new ventures.
Members receive work space, meeting space, access to Running Start's Workshop Series, eligibility for its Mentor Program, WiFi and coffee, among other services, for a monthly membership fee with no lease or annual contracts.
Have you ever wanted one good field guide to the birds, animals, flowers and plants of our area? One compact resource with state of the art illustrations that you could bring on hikes or keep in the car? Well, it’s here. The new KAUFMAN FIELD GUIDE TO NATURE OF NEW ENGLAND covers all that and much more including the constellations to the night sky, a basic guide to the shells and other invertebrates found along our coastline, and even the geology of New England. Tonight’s guests are the two authors of this wonderful guide: KIMBERLY KAUFMAN, Executive Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio and contributing Editor to Birds and Blooms magazine. She is joined by KENN KAUFMAN, nationally known natural historian, author, and originator of the Kaufman Field Guide Series.
Can talking a long hike in the forest actually lower our blood pressure, improve our cognition and creativity and relieve anxiety and depression? Amazingly, scientists from around the globe are discovering that spending time in nature can do wonders for us. Tune in tonight and learn about some of this ground-breaking research when we talk with writer and journalist FLORENCE WILLIAMS. She has a new piece in Outside Magazine on-line titled THE NATURE CURE: TAKE TWO HOURS OF A PINE FOREST AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING.
New England based jazz vocalist Joan Watson-Jones has teamed up with pianist Frank Wilkins to bring their third release Quiet Conversations - A Duet. The pair are supporters of the local jazz scene in there own right, hosting jam sessions and performing together on a regular basis. On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 they celebrate the CD in concert at Scullers Jazz Club. Catch Colors of Jazz on Saturday when the duet joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about their work and the Big Party. The fun begins at 4pm.
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