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Stories Of Syria's Uprising, And Its Backyard Funerals, In 'Gardens Speak'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:18:00 -0500

In Miami Beach, visitors were lying down in freshly-dug graves 10 at a time. It was part of Tania El Khoury's interactive artwork, which tells the tales of people killed in Syria's civil war.



SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is directed by Tina Landau. Even in the face of a dangerous volcano, she says SpongeBob "really reminds us to experience each moment with joy."



Kennedy Center Celebrates Latest Honorees, But Without The First Family

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, Norman Lear and dancer Carmen De Lavallade are this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. Not present, the president and first lady.



Complexity Of Touring With Rosewood Instruments May Soon Be Eased

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:41:25 -0500

Complex regulations around the material, including a confusing permit process for musicians, may be much easier to navigate after a meeting today in Geneva.



The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:05:00 -0500

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.



Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.



Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:58 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.



Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:07:01 -0500

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.



'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:33:00 -0400

Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.



Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:29:00 -0400

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide.



She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:23:05 -0400

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf grew up watching bootleg videos of Roseanne Barr and Jerry Seinfeld. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundamentalists.



An American Comic In Canada

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:07:08 -0400

During a recent visit to Vancouver, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with American comedian Erik Griffin about what performing stand-up has been like during the Trump administration.



'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:00:16 -0400

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy answers.



In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:14:32 -0400

A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.



Film 'Te Ata' Tells Real Life Story Of Prolific Native American Performer

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:55:26 -0400

Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers ever.