Friday, May 1, 2009

Duck Hunting with Dick

Ken Smith cohosts with Dorian for our frequent political update.
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Cruel and Unusual (silent film) Comedy Night

Steve Massa, film historian and writer and Ben Model, film historian and accompanist, two of the organizers of the Museum of Modern Art's Cruel and Unusual (film) Comedy: Social Commentary in the American Slapstick Film, visit the show. Bruce Bennett cohosts.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kirsten Hoving and Antonio Ciacca

Art and architecture historian Kirsten Hoving talks about the enigmatic artist Joseph Cornell and his fascination with astronomy, then jazz pianist Antonio Ciacca talks about his music.

Kirsten Hoving has a new book, Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars. Antonio Ciacca's newest CD is called Rush Life. He can also be heard live in NYC on Tuesday evenings from 7-10 PM at Creole restaurant (118th Street and 3rd Ave) and on Thursdays fro 7-10 PM at Roth's Westside Steakhouse, 93rd Street and Columbus Ave.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Benny Golson and Mulgrew Miller

Two jazz greats visit the Speakeasy tonight...

Fist, the legendary saxman/composer Benny Golson joins us as the celebrations for his 80th birthday are in full swing. In addition to two brand new CD's beinfg released (New Time, New 'Tet and The Best of Benny Golson), Benny wikll be performing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in NYC from Tuesday, Feb. 3 - Sunday Feb. 8.

Then pianist Mulgrew Miller talks about his upcoming celebration of two of the greatest jazz albums ever, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and John Coltrane's Giant Steps. Mulgrew is artist director of upcoming concerts reimagining and celebrating these two seminal albums. The concerts will be Feb. 12-14 at 8PM at the Rose Theater at the Frederick P. Rose Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center (Broadway/60th St, NYC).

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Francisco Mela and Emily Hubley

Two Speakeasy faves return. First, drummer/dynamo Francisco Mela drops by for a brief update and celebrates his first run as a leader at the Village Vanguard, beginning Tuesday January 27- Sunday February 1,

then filmmaker Emily Hubley is back! Emily's first feature film, The Toe Tactic, will have its theatrical premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) on Wed., January28 at 6PM (and will be there other dates & times; see schedule)

Emily and Producer Jen Small (+ cast/crew pending availability) will attend.

Duck Hunting with Dick - special AMF edition!

It is time to bid farewell to our favorite evildoers as the Speakeasy takes a walk down memory lane with a special edition of Duck Hunting with Dick. Ken Smith joins Dorian... get your hankies out!

John Walter and Marian McPartland

Filmmaker John Walter visits to talk about his new film, Theater of War. In it, he examines Bertolt Brecht’s motives and politics through the lens of a Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival production of Mother Courage in Central Park during summer 2006. The production was adapted by Tony Kushner’s and starred Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.'

Later, jazz (and radio!) legend Marian McPartland returns to the program to talk about a special piece she composed to commemorate environmentalist Rachel Carson.