A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE's Bryce Pinkham, The New York Pops and More Set for CUNY TV's 'Arts in the City', Beg. Today
The April edition of ARTS IN THE CITY celebrates locations, likely and unlikely, for artistic expression by New Yorkers. Hosted by Tinabeth Piña reporting from Brooklyn Museum, the newest ARTS IN THE CITY debuts tonight, April 11 (2014) on CUNY TV* at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm; is repeated Sunday 4/13 at noon; and returns Friday 4/25 at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm and on Sunday 4/27 at noon on CUNY TV. Beginning April 11, the program may be viewed anytime on www.cuny.tv.
The stories this month:
• Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties is an exhibition currently at the Brooklyn Museum, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson tours the exhibit with Teresa A. Carbone, the museum's Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, who shows the range of the era's art (abstraction, assemblage, figural work, Minimalism, Pop Art and photography) and the artists who became cultural activists - including Norman Rockwell, Barkley Hendricks, Robert Indiana and photographer Moneta Sleet, Jr.
• In 1983, conductor Skitch Henderson founded the New York Pops, now a city institution. Tinabeth Piña meets with music director Steven Reineke and other principals to learn about the orchestra's mission as well as its commitment to NYC school kids.
• Where's the factory of world-famous piano maker Steinway & Sons? In Long Island City, in the borough where many of its workers were born and reside. Andrew Falzon learns the craft and art of piano making from Bill Youse, Steinway's Director of Technical Services & Special Projects, and views the loving touch by the man known as the Final Tone Inspector, Wally Boot.
• Actor Bryce Pinkham, currently starring in Broadway's musical comedy hit, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, finds his love is also in Madagascar, where as executive director of Zara Aina ("Share Life"), he is able to provide underprivileged students with school supplies and self-confidence through theatre games and joyful performances. Donna Hanover reports.
• Where do our subway musicians come from? Tinabeth Piña reports on New York's Music Under New York program. Lydia Bradshaw, Manager of Arts for Transit, provides details: 7,500 annual performances in 30 locations by more than 350 soloists and groups. Tinabeth talks with performers Henrique Prince of the Ebony Hillbillies and Chief Edgar Paucar of the Raices Group.
For ARTS IN THE CITY - Producer: Alex J. Diamond. Segment Producer: Sara Porath. Executives in Charge of Production: Susan Iger and Gail R. Yancosek. Executive Producer: Robert Isaacson.
*CUNY TV is broadcast over-the-air in the tri-state area on Ch. 25.3, and cablecast in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Optimum), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS).
Pictured: Actor Bryce Pinkham in Madagascar; Steinway & Sons piano; "Witness" exhibit at Brooklyn Museum; Steven Reineke and the New York Pops; Child watching musicians in the subway. Photos courtesy Arts in the City/CUNY TV).