This week Al's guest is celebrity restaurateur Joe Bastianich, who along with his partner Mario Batali, have re-defined the restaurant industry. Tune in this Sunday evening as Joe Bastianich talks about his passion for food and the delicious secrets of the restaurant business.
Ironman is the famous Marvel superhero alter ego of arms dealer and playboy Tony Stark. Stark built an exoskeleton that amplified his performance and strength. In later movies and comics, the Iron Man suit is directly plugged into Tony Stark’s brain creating a unique melding of man and machine. This sounds fantastic, something possible only in the realm of comics, right? Well, not so fast. Recent technological and medical developments in neuro-prosthetics are creating human brain-machine interfaces that are beginning to approach the fantasy of the Iron Man comics. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back E. PAUL ZEHR, Professor of Neuroscience and Kinesiology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His new book INVENTING IRON MAN: THE POSSIBILITY OF A HUMAN MACHINE is an overview of some of the startling and mind blowing recent discoveries in human machine engineering and their possible benefits for people with amputations, spinal chord injuries and severe strokes. Zehr’s book is also an examination of what would happen to a real person if they attempted to wear the Iron Man suit. The answers will surprise you. All fans of ole Shell Head be sure to tune in!
Are there deep mythical themes to be found in popular literature as diverse as John Keel’s reporting on the Mothman creature, Charles Fort’s roll call of “damned” phenomena, John Uri Lloyd’s bizarre hollow earth novel “Etidorhpa” and Jack Kirby’s classic Silver Surfer and New Gods comics? Tonight we speak with JEFFREY J. KRIPAL. He is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. His latest wide ranging book MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: SCIENCE FICTION, SUPERHERO COMICS AND THE PARANORMAL looks at the metamyths and ages old religious themes and traditions that occur time again in modern popular literature, film and obsessions.
The Saturday Night Fish Fry this week will feature a one hour special that features the legendary life and music of Janis Joplin, and her tragic death while making what became her landmark album, Pearl.
The Music is mostly from Pearl Sessions and Big Brother Live at the Carousel 1968 reissues. Album, live, demo and outtake versions of her signature hits like “Me & Bobby McGee,” “Move Over,” “Down on Me,” “Piece of My Heart” and more.
Interviews with many of Janis Joplin’s family, friends and collaborators. Laura Joplin, Sam Andrews, Jorma Kaukonen, Holly George-Warren and others.
Bonnie Johnson will be welcoming sax man Elan Trotman to Colors of Jazz for an interview, preceding his performance at Gerald at the Pearl Presents: Jazz Beneath the Stars, Sunday May 13. Event details below.
Jazz Beneath the Stars presents a Big Mothers Day Jazz and Dinner combo featuring acclaimed Saxophonist Elan Trotman.
Dinner will be served from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Show from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Dinner/Show package is $50.00 per person. Show package is $20.00 per person.
Please call the Pearl box office for dinner reservations at 401-331-3000. Seating is limited.
Tickets are also available by calling: 401.632.2959 or 508.450.8212
Venue: Pearl Restaurant & Lounge http://pearlrestaurantri.com/
Location: 393 Charles Street -Providence, RI
Born in May, 1912, Terkel helped define an era in Chicago, writing about jazz, working, war, life, death. In his prose, young composer Josh Moshier finds a framework for "Touch and Go: The Studs Terkel Project for the Moshier-LeBrun Collective.
Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minnelli has made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continues to wow audiences the world over with her delightful presence and powerful voice. Minnelli joins her good friend Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and the evolution of her approach to song.
Birding is an extremely popular outdoor activity. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling the world looking for ultra-rarities or checking out the common species at the feeders in your own backyard, enjoying birds is a great way to enjoy the natural world throughout the year. But most field guides don’t tell you how to go about birding, how to start or how to improve your field skills. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome DEREK LOVITCH, who has worked on avian research and education projects throughout the United States. His new book HOW TO BE A BETTER BIRDER is for birders of all skill levels, and will certainly help you look for birds in a new, more exciting and productive way.
Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, K.D. Lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” as well as the Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for his duet, “Body and Soul” with Amy Winehouse.
Sex Machine! Cold Sweat! Think! Super Bad! What's your favorite James Brown song? Celebrate the life of one of the legends of soul music this week with host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!
A smooth pairing as renowned pianists Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis take the stage for two rousing sets. The 88-year old Brubeck shows he still is the master of the 88s on "Take Five," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Over the Rainbow." Lewis' gospel and funk tinged sound will lift you out of your seat with "The In Crowd," "Wade in the Water" and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
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Scullers Jazz Club
Presenting world-class artists in "straight ahead, Latin, and Contemporary Jazz…Blues, Soul, R&B…Cabaret and World Music." Dinner and Show packages can be reserved by calling 617-542-4111.