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Radio premiere of "The President's Big Day," a political satire produced by Maggie Paley, written in sequential collaboration by Paley, Richard Neuweiler, Craig Lucas, Sparkle Hayter, Jane DeLyn and others, and directed by Obie-winner David Greenspan; Chinese novelist Shan Sa on "The Girl Who Played Go."
Film director Paul Devlin talks about "Power Trip," his dark comedy about the post-Soviet Western-fueled electric crisis in Georgia; photographer Michael Light on collecting images of nuclear explosions from government archives for his book "100 Suns"; Chinese novelist Shan Sa on her tale of love, war and game playing, "The Girl Who Played Go" Christmas music by Natalia Paruz, virtuoso of the musical saw.
Playwright Eduardo Machado on his play "The Cook," about a servant's chores on the eve (and after) the Cuban Revolution; Josh Kornbluth on his new one-man entertainment about "Love and Taxes"; some of the 24 authors of "Naked Came The Stranger" celebrate the reprinting of the 1969 literary hoax; musical entrepreneur Alan Pepper gives an update on the eviction crisis at The Bottom Line.
Featuring editor Ted Solotaroff on a new collection of essays spanning the career of the great American critic, "Alfred Kazin's America"; photographer Joel Meyerowitz and writer Maggie Barrett on their collaboration, "Tuscany: Inside the Light"; curator Elizabeth Ustinoff and author Deborah Davis on "Sergeant's Women," an exhibit of never-shown portraits by the expatriate master John Singer Sergeant.
World AIDS Day Special Programming featuring performance artist Patrick O'Connell, creator of the Red Ribbon Project and Day Without Art; Amy Sadao, A.A. Bronson and Angie Eng of VISUAL AIDS; poet Michael Broder and friends who will read on Dec 2 at St. John the Divine; playwright Sindwie Magona whose play about myths associated with AIDS in South Africa will be presented on Dec 1 at St. Bart's Cathedral.
November 24, 2003
Novelist, Genet biographer and cultural critic Edmund White and author John Tytell on their new works, respectively "Fanny: A Fiction" and "Reading New York" (from which they will later read at Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince, 7pm); Philip Lopate on "Getting Personal," a collection of his classic essays.
Biographer Diane Middlebrook on "Her Husband: Hughes and Plath - A Marriage"; Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts of the Upright Citizens Brigade and director Larry Blume on their new film "Martin & Orloff"; excerpts from the CCCP.
November 3, 2003
October 27, 2003
3-hour fundraiser celebrating the political satire of The Christmas Coup Comedy Players (the CCCP), possibly already illegal under the Patriot Act. With "Best of the CCCP" premium. And John McDonagh, Christopher Zguris, Richard Corey, Jon Almeleh, Moogy Klingman, Professor Irwin Corey, Marshall Efron and Alfa-Betty Olsen, Scooter and Randy Credico as the Presidents of the United States.
Susan Braudy's new book on a Bryn Mawr classmate, "Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left"; David Greenberg on his new study of "Nixon's Shadow: The History of Image"; artist Matthew Geller on his open air installation in Courlandt Alley "Foggy Dew."
Janet and David are heard on recording as Charles and Emily Ann Andrews in two "Poisoned Arts" programs from the WBAI past: "The Return of Marietta Button" and "Train of Thought." Featuring Otis Maclay and Blanche Marker, with special guests Roddy Maud-Roxby, Severn Darden and Peter Barney, and technical direction by Peter Zanger.
Featuring writers Elizabeth Nuzez, Francine Prose and Rick Moody on PEN's anti-censorship reading to mark the New York opening of Sheryl Oring's installation "Writer's Block" in Bryant Park; editor James Wood on the Library of America's re-publication of the early novels of Saul Bellow; actor Tony LoBianco on post-September 11 traumatic stress.
Featuring Curator Patrick Dylan and Carl Rosenstein on a new exhibit at The Puffin Room, "Shock and Awed: Drawings from the Al. Assail Primary School, Baghdad"; director Ludovica Villar-Hauser and actresses from "Bold Girls," Rona Munro's play about women in West Belfast; restaurateur/activist Florent on the victorious landmarking of the Gansvoort Meat Market District.
Heather Woodbury on her performance piece, radio play and publication "Whatever: A Living Novel"; composer/vocalist/improvisor Lenore Von Stein and flutist Andrew Bolotowsky on an upcoming performance of Von Stein's "I Haven't Been Able to Lie and Tell the Truth"; actress Mariel Hemingway on the Rita Project's literary readings on suicide at Cooper Union.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Adam Haslett on his collection of short stories "You Are Not A Stranger Here"; Betty Shamieh on her play "Chocolate in Heat: Growing Up Arab in America"; David Rothenberg gives an update on his one-man show "Namedropping."; excerpts from the latest CCCP.
David Rothenberg on his new one-man performance piece, "Namedropping"; producer Nilay Oza on a new production of Tom Stoppard's play about colonialism, "Indian Ink."
August 18, 2003
Karen Finley on channeling Liza Minnelli in "Make Love"; Irish actor Brian Mallon on channeling a Welsh actor in "Becoming Burton"; excerpts from the August 7 CCCP.
Political song satirists Capital Steps on their latest production "Between Iraq and A Hard Place; composer George Quincey on his new chamber work, "Choctaw Nights"; comedienne Pat Candaras (aka Grandmotherfucker) on her NYFringe Festival show "Panic Is Not A Disorder."
Miyoung Song on her new installation "Off To Do Showery Snapshots" at the AAWAA (Asian American Women Artists Alliance) group exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery; two offerings at Fringe NYC, "Acts of Contrition," a play about the priesthood and "A Discouraging Word," a political satire.
Actress/Playwright Polly Draper on her new Flea Theatre production of "Getting Into Heaven"; clarinet virtuoso Richard Stoltzman on his upcoming "Mostly Mozart" performance; actors from "Our Lady of 121st Street."
Actress Angelica Torn and Writer-Director Paul Alexander on "Edge," a play about the poet Sylvia Plath; editor/critic Ted Solotaroff on "First Loves: A Memoir";The Ice Factory's summer season.
Director Mark Wing Davy and actors from NY Shakespeare Festival production of "Henry V"; Eric Singer of LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots) and the upcoming Robot Talent Show; excerpts from the July 3 CCCP.
Thin Dukes' revival of Mac Wellman's 1991 political satire "7 Blow Jobs; WET Productions presentation of "St. Scarlet," a comedy by Julia Jordan; author Craig Wroe's new guidebook, "An Actor Prepares. . .To Live in New York City."
Featuring actors Christine Ebersol and Daniel Davis on their roles in Alan Bennett's monologues on English eccentrics, "Talking Heads"; Jonathan Banks and actors from the Mint Theatre's first U.S. production of D.H. Lawrence's play about eroticism and class differences, "The Daughter-in-Law"; Lisa Erika James on Hip-Hop Theatre and the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
featuring poet Jana Harris on "We Never Speak of It: Idaho-Wyoming Poems, 1889-90"; Shannon Manning and writers on the new magazine of art, culture, politics, music, humor, love, "Pipe Up," restauranteur/social and neighborhood activist Florent; excerpts from the last CCCP. Happy Bloomsday!!!
Tony Randall on his National Actors Theatre production of Aeschylus' "The Persians," the earliest surviving play in Western Listerature; Karen Finley on the Women's Action Collective "Scream Out" free Monday night at St. Mark's on the Bowery; director Eric McAvee on his Bowery Poetry Club reading of a new play smuggled in from Baghdad.
"Door Wide Open," a dramatization of Joyce Johnson's correspondance with Jack Kerouac, directed by Tony Torn, played by Amy Wright and John Ventimiglia (of "The Sopranos"),with live music by David Amram; Hugo Hamilton on "The Speckled People: a Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood"; Reno describes "Patriot Acts" a collaboration with Kate Clinton to benefit WBAI.
2-hour fundraiser features Excerpts and premium offer of "The Christmas Coup Comedy Players: Live at the Puffin Room," special performance tape of last month's sold-out political satire show with special guests Professor Irwin Corey, Marshall Efron and Alfa-Betty Olsen, and Grandpa Al Lewis; CCCP players Janet Coleman, David Dozer, John McDonagh, Mark Kehoe, Moogie Klingman & Lindley Farley, Richard Corey; and starring Randy Credico as the Presidents of the United States.
Actress Betsy Blair and a new memoir, "The Memory of All That: Love and Politics in New York, Hollywood and Paris"; Charles Wright on an upcoming dramatization of his recently re-issued classic of African-American fiction, "The Wig"; poet and publisher Matthew Zapruder reading from his new collection, "American Linden" (winner of the Tupelo Press Editors' Prize for Poetry) and introducing "Cat Radio: A Poem."
Reno and news of a benefit screening of her performance film, "Rebel Without a Pause"; Elaine Mayes and a new book of classic photographs of the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, "It Happened In Monterey"; The 18th Annual Lucille Lortel (Mrs. Lewis Schweitzer) Theatre Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway.
April 14, 2003
Coming Soon!
Listen to Part II of POEMS NOT FIT FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, first presented bythe Not in Our Name Statement of Conscience on February 17, 2003 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. This first radio broadcast of the event features such distinguished poets and performers as Suheir Hammad, Willie Perdomo, Eli Wallach, Tracie Morris, Rose Styron, Galway Kinnell, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory and Odetta.(Part I aired on WBAI on Monday, April 7, 2003 at 9pm.)
John Kani and Winston Ntshona, co-creators with Athol Fugard of "The Island," the 1973 play about political prisoners in South Africa, now in stunning revival at BAM; folk/jazz singers Perry Robinson and David Bernz; Michelle Esrick, artistic production team of "Poems Not Fit for the White House," at Avery Fisher Hall last February 17; Professor Irwin Corey.
Poet and editor Harvey Shapiro on "Poets of World War II" published by Library of America; "10 Brecht Poems" on themes of war, oppression and the need for dissent presented by Leese Walker and Tnnis Kowalchuk at the Brecht Forum; "Poetry and the Creative Mind" at the Juilliard Center.
Dee Dee Wehle on her late grandfather, Marine turned pacifict Major General Smedley Darlington Butler; Joel Turnipseed on his new Gulf War memoir, "Baghdad Express"; Darcy Castelleiro on a peace (and comedy) event at Surf Reality; the International WOW Company sings.
March 17, 2003
return of "The Warriors," Canadian play about marketing war, with Tony Torn and Mike McCartney; part two of interview on "Brace Up! 2003," a version of "Three Sisters" with Wooster Group's Kate Valk and Willem Dafoe; Valerie Martin on "Property," her novel about slavery.
Wooster Group founding members Kate Valk and Willem Dafoe on a new production of "Brace Up! 2003" (their version of Chekhov's "Three Sisters"); editors of McSweeney's, Fence, Open City and Verse, the magazines collaborating on BigSmallPressMall; updates on The Lysistrata Project -- 732 readings of Aristophanes' anti-war play -- occurring March 3 throughout the world. .
February 24, 2003
2-hour fundraiser features Bush Bits from the CCCP and a special visit from Pete Seeger!
Jessica Shattuck's novel, "The Hazards of Good Breeding";Carol Hemingway's new play based on her father-in-law's fiction, "Ernest Hemingway: It Just Catches"; Guernica historian Russell Martin returns to comment on the veiling of Picasso's masterpiece at the U.N.; updates on the Poets Against the War readings at 1pm on February 12; excerpts from the Feb 2 broadcast of the CCCP.
Ellen Feldman's historical novel about FDR's mistress, "Lucy"; poets Cornelius Eady, Dennis Nurkse, Hugh Seidman, and Al Young on Laura Bush's aborted "White House Symposium on Poetry and the American Voice."
poet X.J. Kennedy and "The Lords of Misrule: poems 1992-2002"; journalist Pamela Newkirk on "A Love No Less: More Than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters"; audio from Dig Rezod and the Dada NYNY Dadas.
One Day Martin Luther King Special, featuring fundraising and Jean Shepherd's radio reflections on the "I Have A Dream" March on Washington, August 1963.
Knopf editor/publisher Victoria Wilson returns to tell more about the case of her contested seat on the US Commission on Civil Rights, recently denied review on the Supreme Court; director Karen Coonrod talks about her stunning new production of "Julius Caesar"; a symposium on War-Tax Resistance at the Brecht Forum.
psychologist/jazz musician R. Keith Sawyer on "Creating Conversations"; Robert Mitchell on his new musical "Vincent," based on letters by and about Van Gogh; excerpts from the January 2 CCCP show.