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Programming Highlights

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

British guitarist Sam Dunn discusses the challenges of the jazz scene in England and combining his equal passion for the music of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and English rock.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

In this program we continue our adventure with Max Ridley, a Boston-based bassist and composer has assembled a plethora of imaginative musicians who take his Jazz creation in and out of expected conceptions. This time we hear more of their influences and sounds, including the tap dancing! They call themselves the Basement Show Philharmonic and we welcome them back to Farm for more phil-harmony.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Hear from the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, the Tarriers, the Gateway Singers, the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, the Limeliters, the Cumberland Three, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Highwaymen, the womenfolk, Peter-Paul-and-Mary, the New Christy Minstrels, the Cumberland Trio, the Brandywine Singers, the Tripjacks, the Whisky Hill Singers, We Five, the Byrds, the Seekers, the Rooftop Singers, the Serendipity Singers, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and more!

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:00pm

When writer and journalist EMILY WITT turned thirty and found herself single, she began to wonder about the meaning of relationships and sex. Was there something to hope for other than the long-term monogamous relationship sanctioned by society? So she began to explore other options and attitudes including internet dating,  OMing, internet porn, live webcams and polymory. Witt’s new book FUTURE SEX chronicles her journey of sexuality and identity.

Inquiry welcomes back artist, performer and film maker DAME DARCY. Tonight we talk about the new compilation of her “Neo-Victorian” masterpiece comics MEATCAKE BIBLE. If you are a fan of mermaids, possessed dolls, and sailors lured to their doom, be sure to tune in!

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Allen Fletcher of Worcester’s Canal District Alliance. They talk about raising the city’s Canal District to the next economic-development level.

As Mass Live reported on June 14, Worcester businessman and community activist Allen Fletcher is increasing the growth and development of Worcester's burgeoning Canal District with the construction of an 70,000-square-foot public market and apartment complex. The market will be indoors open year-around. Construction is expected to begin this summer, and take one year to complete. 

The complex will be built right next to the city's most notorious intersection – Kelley Square - on the dirt lot next to the Crompton Building. But, as Mass Live notes, Fletcher isn't deterred by that six-way intersection of insanity. In fact, he embraces the madness.

"I think already everyone loves Kelley Square, whether they understand it or not. From my standpoint, it's a huge asset. I think it’s an eighth wonder of the world from a traffic standpoint. It’s absolutely wonderful to look out on it," Fletcher tells Mass Live.

Through the Harding Green LLC, Fletcher has submitted a plan to the city's Planning Board calling for a market place on the first floor and 48 apartments above that. The market will have room for 30 to 40 vendors, all of which will serve different types of food. 

Fletcher envisions a hall for fish-mongers, cheese-makers, Albanian, Ghanian, Dominican food vendors and seasonal farmers markets. At the tip of the complex will be a diner.

Fletcher, is a longtime member of the Canal District Alliance, a collaboration of business owners dedicated to improving that neighborhood. He and the group have been at the forefront of improving the entertainment and living options in the Canal District.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:30pm

The life and times of one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century: Claude Shannon—the neglected architect of the Information Age, whose insights stand behind every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loaded. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with authors Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman about their new book; A Mind at play the life of Claude Shannon.

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Joshua Redman has embraced a vibrant career for more than 25 year. Since being launched into the public eye in 1991 after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Redman has paved his career with acrobatic hard-bop, groove-oriented funk and sensitive ballads. For the first time the saxophonist confronting the music of his father, saxophonist Dewey Redman. In this episode of Jazz Night in America Josh Redman and a group featuring Ron Miles (cornet); Scot Colley (bass); and Brian Blade (drums) play homage to Old and New Dreams — a band from 1976 that lasted until 1987 — that featured Dewey Redman and other contemporaries of Ornette Coleman.

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:00pm

Since 1972 (and still going strong) brothers Ron and Russell Mael have been recording and performing some very unique rock under the name SPARKS. With lyrics that have been described as “intelligent”,  “witty” and “acerbic” combined with “idiosyncratic and theatrical” stage performances, Sparks is the quintessential cult band. Tonight we’ll be playing Sparks’ hits as well as a fine alternative mélange of new and old rock from other artists. What’s the number one song in heaven? Tune in and find out?

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will play songs about summer, songs for summer, 4th of July songs, summer camp songs, and more! Celebrate the season and sing along – we’ll make our own fireworks!

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about mysterious arcane tomes with ALLISON KAVEY, assistant professor of history at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Who wrote these books on alchemy and medicine that promised to reveal secrets that no one else knew? Who published these books and who bought them? Tune in tonight when we talk about Kavey’s  BOOKS OF SECRETS: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLAND 1550-1600.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JEFF CHANG: executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will continue our conversation about his book: WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION. Tonight we talk about his reporting from Ferguson and the meaning of the term “Asian American.”

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