During the Golden Age of Hollywood, there the “Big Five” studios that included MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. But in addition to these giants of film making, there were also a number of smaller studios. Some of these lesser studios produced fine major films like Gone With the Wind and Spellbound, while others concentrated on serials and “B” films. Each of them has a fascinating history. On this Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON and we continue our conversation about his book DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD. Tonight we concentrate on the stories of these smaller studios like United Artists, David O. Selznick (shown here with Jennifer Jones) and Republic Pictures, the films they produced, the stars, and the unusual lives of the men who headed these studios. If you love film, do not miss this interview!.
Pianist Laurence Hobgood is known for his work with vocalist Kurt Elling, but his own trio and solo work has set him apart as a virtuoso in his own right. His accolades include a Grammy Award, and he's played venues worldwide, including the White House and Queen Elizabeth Hall. On this week's program, he displays his dexterity as a composer on his tunes, "One Version of Happiness" and "Beyond Words."
Film maker “Huey” discusses his documentary about pianist Marian McPartland, which is part of his series of films about fascinating older artists.
Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a ‘quiet fire’ that has influenced entire generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with guitarist, and Evans collaborator Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like Waltz for Debby, Five and Peri’s Scope. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Josephine Marcus Earp is not exactly a household name. But her husband was. You see, Josephine was the common law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al's guest will be best selling author and educator Ann Kirschner. She will be talking about her new book, Lady at the O.K. Coral, a tribute to Josephine Earp.
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Josh Fenton, CEO of GoLocal24.com, which owns and operates both GoLocalWorcester.com and GoLocalProv.com. They talk about the business of news and information in the digital age.
Every day, GoLocalWorcester provides information about Massachusetts news, sports, politics, business, real estate, weather, food, health, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, art and dialogue. Its page views, videos, and e-mail blasts reach a total of 1.7 million people every month. Of these, 53 percent are women who are 35 to 54 years of age. The site features iconic sports journalist Bob Lobel, former Democratic Congressman Bill Delahunt, former Democratic House Speaker Tom Finneran and progressive community activist Grace Ross.
Josh Fenton has a track record of success as an entrepreneur and has successfully launched and grown communications and media concerns. In 2010, he co-founded and launched GoLocalProv, the first digital platform of GoLocal24. In February of 2012, he launched GoLocalWorcester. Previously, he founded The Fenton Group, a boutique, integrated communication firm, based in Providence, which focuses on developing highly integrated communication programs.
Eva Tanguay was the Madonna or Lady Gaga of her day. She was the undisputed queen of the vaudeville stage. Her energetic and saucy act inspired writers to call her “the cyclonic comedienne”. She headlined at every venue and wowed every crowd. But suddenly she was no longer in demand and she had a long and sad decline. Tonight we talk with writer and researcher ANDREW L. ERDMAN about his wonderful biography of the QUEEN OF VAUDEVILLE: THE STORY OF EVA TANGUAY.
Inquiry welcomes back ADAM ZAHLER Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Worcester State University. Tonight, Professor Zahler talks about a very exciting and unique theatre production at the university: WAR CHILDREN which premier’s APRIL 18. This is a brand new play about the horrific experiences of young children who are abducted by rebel armies and forced to participate in torture, rape, and killing. War Children explores their experiences, recovery and rehabilitation. This play is an example of “devised theatre” in which the actors and others create and perfect the play from class to class and week to week. It’s a dynamic and exciting process. For information about tickets and show times, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/369235459814093/
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green and Lewis Nash are six stars on one 40-city tour, getting marvelous reviews countrywide. McBride’s arrangements showcase each player and spark musical chemistry in Monterey’s name. From two sold-out shows, February 1 at the Kennedy Center, we’ll make one amazing JazzSet.
This weeks show will feature artists like Christine Lavin, John Prine, the Smothers Brothers, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Limeliters, Bud & Travis, the Irish Rovers, Shel Silverstein, the Highwaymen, Betty Lehrman, Tom Lehrer, Phil Ochs, and more!
Pianist and composer Dan Tepfer performs solo concerts that are often completely improvised. He also has an ongoing duo project with legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Overseas he's been a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in South Korea. This week Tepfer talks about his album of improvisations based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and plays a few of his own compositions.
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