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Paulo Flores, Angola's Ambassador of Semba in N.Y.C. (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The people who came to the show were there to dance the Kizomba, (which Flores brought to prominence) and the Semba, the down home dance music of Angola that is used for both celebration and mourning.

I Still Don't Get It, Do You? Clam Bake Weenie Roast Comedy Show

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.07.2015 | Comedy
Ilana Rapp

I'm telling you to visit the MegaTrent Website When Mike the publicist sent me a message titled "Clam Bake Weenie Roast", I almost hit the delete ...

Damian McGinty Knocks It Out of the Park with Stunning Performance of National Anthem

Pam Stucky | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

He may be from Northern Ireland, but Damian McGinty (Glee, Celtic Thunder) knocked it out of the park (pun intended) the first time he performed the U.S. national anthem, before an audience of 30,000!

Mark Dendy Explores Social Issues at Joe's Pub

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan's mold. It's a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown.

Moving People and the Tao of Ice Cream: Live Performing Arts in the Next Decade

Jean-François Bouchard | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Jean-François Bouchard

The truly remarkable performing arts of the future will be simply and profoundly good, not only by accident but through hard, systematic and deliberate work to move people, deliciously.

Folk Chamber Music: Sam Lee at GlobalFEST (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Lee's arrangement with cello, drums, violin, trumpet and yoochin (Mongolian hammered dulcimer) milks every phrase of the song for textural, harmonic and melodic possibilities. Lee's baritone voice is a wonderful folk instrument, true and flexible, and he savors the notes with real pleasure.

Sweet Ophelia: An Interview With Musician Zella Day

Logan Lynn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Entertainment
Logan Lynn

If you aren't already listening to Zella Day, now is the moment to do yourself a favor and make things right in your world by putting on headphones and diving in. You can thank me later.

Iberian Variations: Opening Night at WOMEX (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

WOMEX always starts off with a gala evening event in which the host country presents a sampling of its musical culture. This year the program was produced by the virtuoso bagpiper Budinho.

A Nightmare Author Reading Saved by Rachael Ray

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Last night I had a nightmare that I was at the Cornelia Street Café to do a reading from my novel. In the nightmare, I stood at the microphone on the small stage in front of a packed house.

Introducing The Netflix Of Concerts

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment

Concert addicts, rejoice: The Netflix of live performances has finally arrived. Jukely, an iOS app that helps users find concerts nearby and connec...

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

Czech's Mix: Crossroads Festival in Ostrava Part 1 (video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The massive Colours of Ostrava Festival books major (and less major) acts from the world over. This year, there was a special opening night entitled "Crossroads" dedicated solely to currents in Czech music.

Peter Frampton Is Now The Destroyer Of Phones

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.07.2014 | Entertainment

When Peter Frampton sets the rules, you better believe he will see that they are followed. Fans at Frampton's concert in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday,...

#AOLBUILD Spotlights Lindsey Stirling

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "'You're too different' is what everyone said (...) I think it's so ironic that the very reason I was told I would never b...

The Biennale, the Bungalow, and the Birds (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
VernissageTV

The choreographer William Forsythe developed a new acoustic performance for Bungalow Germania, the German Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale...

Maxi Priest Hits His Groove at B.B. King's Blues Club

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

At age 53, 26 years after his career began, his dreads are almost floor-length (the ladies were pulling on them all night), his face is fuller and he has over two decades of hits to sing.

Big Music from Small Places: Maya Kamaty at AME (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

My previous post on Cape Verdean Singer Neuza, resulted in a trip to the AME, The Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. As impressive as the local tal...

Habib Koite: A West African Fête at the City Winery (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Habib Koite, one of Mali's most beloved singer/guitarists was in town last month to promote his new CD "Soô" on Contre Jour Records. He packed NYC's ...

The World's Sexiest "Rocklesque" Show is Back on Stage

Wes Hurley | Posted 05.10.2014 | Entertainment
Wes Hurley

Though her name may be different, one will still find the same quality in her shows -- sublime yet raw in the best rock 'n' roll kind of way.

From Lena to Leela

Betty Goldstein | Posted 04.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Betty Goldstein

After my evening routine of administering my husband's medications, checking his blood pressure, parking the wheelchair, setting up the walker, and ge...

From Another Green Isle: Cape Verde's Neuza at SOB's (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I expected a somewhat bare bones acoustic presentation from this, but as soon as I walked into sound check, I heard a fully electrified band warming up. The signature cavaquino (Portuguese ukulele) was there, but so was a synthesizer and a full kit.

Dance And Capitalism: A Love-Hate Relationship

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.16.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

What is the biggest crisis facing contemporary concert dance? If you ask almost anyone in the field, they won't say talent is sparse. They won't say there is a creativity deficit. They won't say there aren't enough innovative collaborators.

Amira Sings Balkan Sevdah at WOMEX 2013 (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Amira is certainly one of the best known of the new generation of Sevdah artists. Raised in Bosnia-Herzegovina, she learned most of the songs in her repertoire from her mother. She also displays the kind of bel canto interpretation that characterizes the form.

A Siren Song From the Emily Portman Trio (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

What is lovely is that these songs feel if they have been around for centuries, and even though the poetic lyrics may be postmodern in sentiment, they still stem from the magic and mayhem that pervades myths and folktales.

Silence: The Absence of Sound?

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

The use of silence and stillness is nothing new to concert dance. It has been used for decades, often for the very purpose of subverting audience expectations. It has the power to draw our attention to our breath, to our body, and to our impulses.