Arts & Culture

Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Crisp Game Arenas

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two victims. They are right here. We have Blake Olmstead and Mark Kujawski. Welcome to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Blake, I love that your big hobby is astronomy.

BLAKE OLMSTEAD: Yes.

EISENBERG: That is amazing to me. And it's because your grandfather built satellites.

OLMSTEAD: Yeah, he worked for TRW for a long time, and then sort of gave me the introduction into astronomy that I've carried through to, you know, the starless skies of New York.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Character Voices

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, ready or not, we have our next two contestants. We have Liz Kash Stroppel and Barri Trott settling behind their puzzle podiums. Welcome to both of you. Liz, do you have a favorite cartoon character?

LIZ KASH STROPPEL: Let's see, I think Jessica Rabbit.

EISENBERG: Jessica Rabbit, that's a good one, yes.

STROPPEL: Yes.

EISENBERG: How about you, Barri?

BARRI TROTT: I think Wallace and Gromit, it I can do two.

EISENBERG: Sure, Wallace and Gromit. I know, delightful.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

War [Ugh] What Is It Good For?

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now, we have Adam Herbst and Andy Cohen, ready for our next game. Andy, I hear that you are an aspiring hypnotist.

ANDY COHEN: Stage hypnotist. Yes, I got training last month in Las Vegas.

EISENBERG: I feel sleepy right now.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Adam, I love that your least favorite word is iconic.

ADAM HERBST: This is true.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Who's That Girl? II

Female muses have been glorified in art both old ("O lady myn, that called art Cleo," wrote Chaucer) and new ("Wake up to your girl, for now let's call her Cleopatra," sang Frank Ocean). Guest musician Julian Velard takes popular songs that have a women's name in the title, and substitutes a man's name in its place. Can you name the original lady? After, Velard pays tribute to a famous chanteuse with a cover of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Maurice Ashley: Chessmen At Work

Maurice Ashley.
Courtesy of Maurice Ashley

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:19 pm

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
8:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

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Note the message on Kevin Eubanks' cap: "Meet You at the Blue Room." It's a nice club in Kansas City, in the historic district where Count Basie, Lester Young and Mary Lou Williams used to play.
Len Katz Photography

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:25 am

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

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Newport Folk Festival
8:32 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Jim James, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

The Two-Way
5:55 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Book News: Barbara Mertz, Mystery Novelist Of Many Names, Dies

Author Barbara Mertz died Thursday morning, Aug. 8, 2013, at her home in Frederick, Maryland.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Salt
2:05 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Old Hawaiian Menus Tell Story Of Local Fish And Their Demise

Colorful covers of menus from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (left) and the Monarch Room Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
New York Public Library

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 2:53 pm

In the early to mid-1900s, the islands of Hawaii were a far-away, exotic destination. People who managed to get there often kept mementos of that journey including kitschy menus from Hawaiian fine dining restaurants and hotels like like Trader Vic's and Prince Kuhio's.

Now these old menus are serving a purpose beyond colorful relics from the past. Kyle Van Houtan, an ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says he's found a scientific purpose for the menus.

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Movie Reviews
5:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

For Two Mismatched Newlyweds, A Very Odd 'Year'

The typical romantic comedy might end with the wedding, but for Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne), that's just the beginning of the story of I Give It a Year.
Jules Heath Magnolia

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:55 pm

I Give It a Year is about what you'd expect from the warped mind of Dan Mazer — Sacha Baron Cohen's close collaborator on Da Ali G Show­, Borat and Bruno. Which is to say: a raucously funny comic romance that's deaf and blind to the blithe spirit of romantic comedy.

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