WNYC’s Popular Podcast ‘TDLR’ to Live On

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A nonprofit organization, New York Public Radio offers truly wonderful programming.

I have to tell you, I am a huge sucker for a good podcast. Over the last year or so, I’ve taken to listening to podcasts almost as much as I listen to music on my daily commute, tuning in to interesting and humorous episodes from my favorite series. And, considering the mainstream attention that podcasts like “Serial” have been getting, it would appear that I’m not the only one who seems to like them. Far from it, in fact.

That’s why my heart broke a little bit when I heard a rumor that WNYC’s enduringly popular podcast “TDLR” was getting cancelled. “TDLR,” which stands for “too long, didn’t read” is a fantastic podcast that spun out from WNYC’s “On the Media,” an award-winning series that “tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners.”

on the media WNYCWNYC (New York Public Radio) is an incredible home for series like “TDLR,” “On the Media,” “Here’s the Thing,” “All Things Considered,” and many other popular programs. WNYC is a not-for-profit organization, and receives support from generous listeners, local donors, and its board of trustees, which includes Anton Levy, managing director at General Atlantic and Midas List newcomer, Lauren Seikaly, actress and producer at Dragonchase Inc., and an impressive list of others.

The rumor about the cancellation of “TDLR” was sparked by a tweet posted by the show’s host, Meredith Haggerty. Writes Nicole Levy of Capital New York, “Media writers and journalists on Twitter were abuzz [on March 16] with the rumor that ‘TDLR’ a spinoff of the WNYC radio show ‘On the Media,’ had been cancelled, but it turns out the technology and culture podcast’s lifespan is longer than fans were led to believe,” clearing up confusion about the podcast’s rumored cancellation.

According to Levy, it turns out that “TDLR” will continue, but that host Meredith Haggerty will no longer be a part of the podcast. TDLR will continue in an “exploratory mode,” explains a spokesperson for WNYC.

I’m excited to see what the future holds for “TDLR” and other WNYC programming, and I’m always excited to learn about more podcasts that are worth tuning in to.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? Do you have any recommendations for me?


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The Living Pyramid: Coming Soon to Socrates Sculpture Park

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An illustration of Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid. Image: via Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates Sculpture Park is one of NYC’s greatest locales for large-scale, often experimental public art. Founded in 1986, Socrates Sculpture Park is “the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks, and the public,” its mission statement explains.

Socrates Sculpture Park is a truly remarkable place to visit, and with incredible programming right around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your next (or very first!) visit. This May, New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will bring her innovative take on public art to the outdoor space, with the installation of The Living Pyramid. Describes Socrates Sculpture Park,

This spring a major project by New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will add life to the city’s skyline with a curving pyramid on Socrates Sculpture Park’s East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. Titled The Living Pyramid, Denes’s new large-scale, site-specific earthwork will span 30 feet at its four-sided base and ascend 30 feet high, created from several tons of soil and planted grasses.

This work was commissioned by the Sculpture Park, and will be Denes’s first major public artwork in NYC since her iconic work, Wheatfield – A Confrontation, was installed in 1982. The Living Pyramid is very much indicative of Denes’s ongoing artistic aesthetic; the artist has worked with the pyramid shape for decades. Explains the Sculpture Park, “The Living Pyramid at Socrates Sculpture Park will unite Agnes Denes’s powerful environmental interventions with her ongoing exploration and invention of pyramid structures – a form that has been central to the artist’s practice throughout her long and distinguished career.”

This is definitely one installation you will not want to miss. For more information on upcoming programming and site-specific installations, visit Socrates Sculpture Park’s official website.

Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid

May 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Socrates Sculpture Park

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Don’t Miss ‘Smoke’ at the Flea Theater

Smoke at the FleaKim Davies’s “Smoke” has been extended through February 1 at The Flea Theater in Tribeca, giving you just under a month to check out this critically acclaimed new play. Described as a “BDSM erotic power game,” this play kicked off the season at The Flea, an award-winning noncommercial theater founded in 1966, and was extended due to its popularity.

According to The Flea, “Featuring The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea, and directed by Flea Resident Director Tom Costello, SMOKE brings an entitled college student and a jaded wannabe artist – with more in common than they though – past the verge.” The play features actors Stephen Stout, Madeleine Bundy, Ivan Dolido, and Adelind Horan.

New York Times theater critic Anita Gates draws parallels between the power games in “Smoke” and those depicted in “Venus in Fur,” but calls those of the latter “distant, almost artificial” when compared to this new play written by Davies. “The premise of the intense, provocative, and exceedingly clever ‘Smoke,’ having its world premiere in the Flea Theater’s intimate basement space, could put off anyone who finds sadomasochism, bondage, and discipline rather curious hobbies,” says Gates. In her notably positive review she also writes that “the plot is intriguing, the dialogue is consistently surprising, and the performances are exceptional, making a convincing argument that sex is exactly like every other kind of human interaction.”

Other critics have echoed Gates’s praise of the play. “We’re seduced and titillated by the actors’ incredible technical control: It’s just so delicious to let them have the upper hand…where there’s Smoke, there’s fire, and Kim Davies’s S&M two-hander is hot,” said TimeOut NY. In another rave review, Stage and Cinema called “Smoke” “remarkable…a superior, flawless work.” It really doesn’t get much better than that as far as theater reviews are concerned.

See for yourself by heading to The Flea to watch “Smoke” before time runs out! Visit The Flea Theater’s website for more information about performance times and to purchase tickets.

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NYC Is Rich with Holiday Entertainment

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Don’t miss seeing the iconic Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall this holiday season! / Image: radiocitychrismas via Instagram.

Anyone who has spent even just a few days in New York City during December knows that it’s one of the most magical places to experience the holiday season. The city and all of its lights, colors, smells, and sounds truly comes to life this time of year; never has it been a better time to get out and explore NYC and all of its cultural offerings, of which there are many. There is definitely no shortage of holiday programming this month. Here are three performances that are not to be missed:

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is hands down one of the most iconic holiday performances in New York City. Held at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan and featuring the impressive choreography of the legendary Rockettes, the annual Christmas Spectacular draws in audiences from around the world. “Every year, the Rockettes push themselves further to put on a show that’s more dynamic, more challenging and more magical than the last,” explains Radio City Music Hall, where “Christmas dazzle was invented.”

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens

Since 1992, the New York Botanical Gardens has hosted the dazzling show, which features model trains and more than 150 cherished NYC landmarks. It is considered to be “one of the most impressive collections of miniature architecture ever seen,” and showcases a constant parade of model railway trains. It’s a show that has appealed to wide-eyed children and nostalgic adults alike, and each year is touted as even more spectacular than the last.

Gotham Holiday Swing

Don’t miss out on this energetic display of swing music at Town Hall on December 17. According to the event’s description, “Ringing in the holiday season with style and swing, Gotham Holiday Swing features an all-star cast celebrating music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, along with stories and poem about New York,” of the spirited event headlined by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, NYC’s leading swing band. Get ready to dance your way through the holiday season at Gotham Holiday Swing!

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Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum

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The Brooklyn Museum always hosts an incredible range of exhibitions that feature the works of local and international artists from various artistic movements and eras. One of the museum’s most fascination current exhibits features an art form that many people continue to embrace today: the high-heeled shoe.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is an homage to “fashion’s most provocative accessory.” The exhibit celebrates the history, cultural applications, and innovative design that has made high-heeled shoes such an enduring genre of footwear. “As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism,” explains the Brooklyn Museum. “Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization,” are what museum goers can expect to find at Killer Heels.

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The exhibition traces the history of the high-heeled shoe from 16th century Italy to the contemporary shoes worn on runways today. Killer Heels features more than 160 historical and contemporary pairs of heels on loan from designers, the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned costume collection, and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Lovers of haute-couture will recognize designers like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Noritaka Tatehana, and many others represented in this expansive exhibition.

Whether you’re an obsessive shoe collector or prefer your one pair of comfortable tennis shoes, Killer Heels is an impressive exhibition that is not to be missed on your next visit to the Brooklyn Museum. Learn more by visiting the exhibition’s web page.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Through February 15, 2015

Robert E. Blum Gallery, Brooklyn Museum

Images: via www.brooklynmuseum.org.

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Summer Streets Returns to NYC

You never know what you'll find at Summer Streets...

You never know what you’ll find at Summer Streets…

For three Saturdays in August, seven miles of New York City’s vibrant, bustling streets will be closed to traffic and open to its many diverse communities in a block party-type art event of epic proportions. Organized by the NYC Department of Transportation, “Summer Streets” is an annual event that truly captures the energetic hum of summer here.

“Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space – our streets,” explains the Department of Transportation. “On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation,” of the yearly summertime celebration.

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In addition to providing the space for New Yorkers to come out and play, Summer Streets exists as an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the arts. According to NYC-ARTS, “The event is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party – a great time for exercise, people watching, or just enjoying summer mornings. Passersby are welcome to participate in the arts and crafts workshops, listen to musical performances, [and] learn to salsa dance,” of the myriad opportunities to explore, observe, and create during Summer Streets. There will also be a 25’ climbing wall, a 160’ elevated zipline, as well as the return of the incredible “Voice Tunnel.”

Last summer, more than 300,000 people came to take advantage of the closed streets that extend from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, as well as to Park Avenue and connecting streets. Admission is always free, and there are three different opportunities to experience Summer Streets next month.

Summer Streets 2014

Saturday, August 2nd, 7:00am-1:00pm

Saturday, August 9th, 7:00am-1:00pm

Saturday, August 16th, 7:00am-1:00pm

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Chuck Jones Exhibition Coming Soon to the Museum of the Moving Image

Chuck Jones exhibition 2014

Even if the name Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones doesn’t sound familiar to you, his iconic cartoons and animation art are recognizable, and beloved, around the world. Chuck Jones (1912-2002) was the creative mind behind the enduringly popular cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and Pepé Le Pew, among others. These characters continue to inspire nostalgia in the adults that remember watching them on Saturday mornings, as well as delight young audiences today.

This month, the Museum of the Moving Image will present What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones in a special presentation of the artist’s work that explores his creative genius and his pop culture and fine arts influences. According to the Museum of the Moving Image, “The exhibition features 23 of Chuck Jones’s animated films, interactive experiences, and more than 125 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels, and photographs, demonstrating how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create some of the greatest cartoons ever made,” of the expansive exhibition.

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The Animation of Chuck Jones celebrates Jones’s life and career, the latter of which spanned three decades. In that time, Jones directed more than 300 animated films, and was presented with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. This particular exhibition is made possible by a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image, which is proud to present this incredible collection of contemporary artistic artifacts.

Don’t miss out on The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, as well as all of the other incredible exhibitions the museum has to offer this summer!

What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

July 19, 2014-January 19, 2015

The Museum of the Moving Image 

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