Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Take Part in RadioLoveFest, Beg. Today
From today, June 4 to June 8, two iconic New York City institutions join to celebrate an ever evolving medium that was born more than 100 years ago-radio. For this five day festival, WNYC takes-up residence at BAM venues to reimagine some of public radio's most treasured programs as live, contemporary theatrical engagements. Passionate WNYC fans and curious newcomers can revel in their "love" of favorite radio and podcast hosts at this unprecedented event.
The line-up is a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation including: Ask Me Another, The Moth Radio Hour, Radiolab, Studio 360, Soundcheck, Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz, This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Peppered throughout the festival are musical performances, panels, games, and intimate interviews with guests including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser, Al Letson, Jessi Klein, Jennifer Egan, and Mo Rocca. Additionally, there will be BAMcinématek screenings curated by WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Brooke Gladstone, a StoryCorps interactive center, BAMcafé Live performances curated by Terrance McKnight, and a talk with Dave Isay and guest Scott Simon.
"BAM is thrilled to present WNYC's inventive programming in all of our theaters," said BAM's President, Karen Brooks Hopkins. "We are constantly creating new ways for our audience to engage and interact in unexpected and relevant ways. RadioLoveFest is an excellent example of not only BAM's pioneering spirit, but cultural partnership at its best."
"WNYC is delighted to partner with BAM on this one-of-a-kind celebration of the love affair between public radio hosts and our fans," said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC. "BAM and WNYC share a commitment to creativity and innovation, and our audiences crave smart, thought-provoking programming. RadioLoveFest will provide an unprecedented opportunity for New Yorkers to see their favorite hosts in a concentrated dose on the stage of one of New York City's most groundbreaking artistic institutions."
Radiolab Trusts No One
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave) June 4 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35, $55, $65
Radiolab is WNYC's innovative, Peabody Award-winning cult sensation about wonder, discovery and big ideas. Co-hosted by veteran science reporter Robert Krulwich and MacArthur "Genius" Jad Abumrad, the show tackles topics as diverse as why Kenyans win marathons, what is time, and why left-handedness persists. Airing weekly on more than 450 stations around the country, Radiolab also consistently ranks in the top five podcasts on iTunes.
Onstage at BAM, Abumrad and Krulwich will be joined by some smart friends (and one crazy musician) as they guide the audience through a series of experiments to spot the betrayers, backstabbers, and brotherly lovers among us.
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me®
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave) June 5 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35, $55, $85
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!® is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program hosted by Peter Sagal. Panelists for this edition include comics, pundits and pop culture pros Peter Grosz, Jessi Klein, and Mo Rocca. Along with Sagal, they test listeners' knowledge by deducing what's real news and what's made up. In addition to the eclectic panel of personalities, the BAM audience can expect a surprise call-in guest. Prior to becoming host of Wait Wait... in 1998, Peter Sagal had a varied career including stints as a playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor, extra in a Michael Jackson video, travel writer, essayist, ghostwriter and staff writer for a motorcycle magazine.
Voices Carry: Stories of Inside Frequencies
The Moth Radio Hour Live
Storytellers, Al Letson, and Krista Tippett, among others BAMcafe? (30 Lafayette Ave.)
June 5 at 8pm
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Its programs are renowned for the wide range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it in often unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. For RadioLoveFest, The Moth presents "Voices Carry: Stories of Inside Frequencies" which will focus on stories from the world of public radio. Poet, playwright, and host of NPR's State of the Re:Union, Al Letson will be joined by author, On Being creator, and host Krista Tippett.
Ask Me Another®
NPR® and WNYC®
Special musical guest, They Might Be Giants
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave) June 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25, $35
Ask Me Another® is the rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC that blends brainteasers, pub trivia, comedy and music into an evening of hilarity. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites guests and listeners, alike, to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones and to be serenaded by house musician Jonathan Coulton.
Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen
Guest, Jennifer Egan, musical guest, Andrew Bird BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
June 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25, $35, $40
The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.
At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.
This American Life: One Night Only at BAM
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave) June 7 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35, $55, $85
This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: an evening of true stories staged as radio dramas. A handful of these will be staged with actors, musicians, and sometimes dancers. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musicals In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates.
This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.
Musical guest, Hamilton Leithauser, among others BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
June 7 at 7:30pm
Soundcheck is WNYC's smartly-curated destination for music fans to discover their ongoing personal soundtrack. Hosted by John Schaefer, the radio show is a regular stop for artists working and performing in New York City. Blending intimate conversation, live in-studio performances, and audience interaction, Soundcheck reveals insights from songwriters, critics and tastemakers.
This evening at BAM is headlined by Hamilton Leithauser, frontman for New York music scene veterans The Walkmen. Leithauser and his new band will perform songs from his upcoming solo album, Black Hours, set for release June 3, 2014.
Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
June 8 at 3pm
Tickets: $35, $50
Jonathan Schwartz is the host of "The Jonathan Channel," WNYC's 24/7 online music stream devoted to the Great American Songbook. The channel provides an unparalleled showcase for this timeless music, presented by its strongest advocate, Schwartz, in his intimate, insightful, and utterly original approach that combines impeccable taste with countless personal tales, colorful anecdotes and encyclopedic knowledge. Tune in anytime to hear the sounds of Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, as well as the next generation of American standards performers, including Diana Krall, Michael Buble?, Michael Feinstein, Jane Monheit, and Nancy LaMott, among many others. Jonathan also hosts two radio shows on WNYC highlighting the American Songbook, on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon on 93.9 FM.
This afternoon event brings the spirit of Jonathan's weekly radio broadcasts to the historic BAM stage. Schwartz will host the event in his uniquely personal and spontaneous way, featuring performances and conversation with The John Pizzarelli Quartet, Jessica Molaskey, Tierney Sutton and Cyrille Aime?e.
BAM Fisher, Hillman Studio (321 Ashland Pl) June 5-8
Talk: Dave Isay with Guest Scott Simon
In conjunction with the StoryCorps installation BAM Fisher, Fishman Space (321 Ashland Pl) June 8 at 12pm
Visitors can stop by the BAM Fisher to record and interact with personal histories and touchstone moments from people's lives via recordings and a listening wall-where friends and family members record short conversations with their smart phones and upload them onto StoryCorps' Wall of Listening online. The public may also make an appointment to record a full-length StoryCorps interview. Each participant gets a free CD of their story, and the recording is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Additionally, film audiences will be treated to StoryCorps' animated shorts in the BAM Rose Cinemas prior to first-run movies.
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to the weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition, on the StoryCorps podcast, and at StoryCorps.org. The project serves as an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of people's lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants.
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including five Peabody Awards and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including two StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007) and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010)-both New York Times bestsellers. His newest book, Ties that Bind, was released in October 2013 in celebration of the StoryCorps's 10 year anniversary. Scott Simon is an American journalist and the host of Weekend Edition Saturday on National Public Radio. He also guest- hosts PBS's Need to Know.
BAMcafe? Live curated by Terrance McKnight
WQXR's weeknight host Terrance McKnight is also the host of the Saturday evening program All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. He brings that spirit of curiosity to his role as the emcee of the "Battle of the Boroughs"-The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR's annual competition to find New York City's best undiscovered musical talent. As part of the RadioLoveFest, McKnight curates two nights of music for BAMcafe?, featuring WNYC "Battle of the Boroughs" winners Villalobos Brothers and Brown Rice Family. Helga Davis, host on Q2 Music-WQXR's stream dedicated to contemporary classical music- will emcee the first night.
Villalobos Brothers hosted by Helga Davis BAMcafe? (30 Lafayette Ave)
June 6th at 9pm
Helga Davis hosts this kinetic evening with the Villalobos Brothers, whose music masterfully blends the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico. Combining the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, they deliver an intoxicating brew of musicality, cadence, and ingenuity. A trio of virtuoso violinists, singer-songwriters, and composers, the Villalobos Brothers were the "Ultimate Battle" winners in The Greene Space's 2013 "Battle of the Boroughs" competition. They have performed at the Latin Grammy Awards as well as at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among other historic venues, and have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians including Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Pierre Boulez, Eddie Palmieri, and many others.
BROWN RICE FAMILY hosted by Terrance McKnight BAMcafe? (30 Lafayette Ave)
June 7 at 9pm
Brown Rice Family, winner of the 2012 "Battle of the Boroughs" creates organic world-roots music that stems from jazz, Afro-beat, reggae, rock, Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and funk. Based in Brooklyn, the band features eight members from around the world-Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, and the US. The members' diverse national backgrounds set the stage for their unique coexistence and musical creativity.
BAMcine?matek screenings curated by WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Brooke Gladstone BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave) June 5 & 8 at 7:30pm
For these special screenings, WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Brooke Gladstone tap their inner movie buff, choosing and discussing film favorites with special guests.
Stop Making Sense (1984) 88min
Dir. Jonathan Demme
Brian Lehrer-host of WNYC's daily public affairs show, The Brian Lehrer Show-presents a 30th anniversary digital restoration of the definitive Talking Heads concert movie, filmed over the course of three days at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theatre. Featuring performances of "Psycho Killer," "Take Me to the River," "Girlfriend is Better," and countless other hits by the legendary new wave group, Demme's innovative documentary debut is "close to perfection" (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Lehrer and Demme in which they will discuss the legacy of one of the most seminal rock 'n' roll movies of all time.
Thu, Jun 5 at 7:30pm *Q&A with Brian Lehrer and Jonathan Demme
General admission: $20, BAM Cinema Club members: $15
The Princess Bride (1987) 98min
Dir. Rob Reiner
"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Boasting an all-star cast including Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, and Robin Wright as the eponymous princess, this endlessly quotable fairytale adventure from comedy master Rob Reiner (This is Spinal Tap) and award-winning screenwriter William Goldman (All the President's Men) has become a cult classic since its original release. On the Media's Brooke Gladstone introduces this special screening of her all-time favorite film.
Sun, Jun 8 at 7:30pm *Intro by Brooke Gladstone
General admission: $15, BAM Cinema Club members: $10
About BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is recognized internationally for its innovative programming of dance, music, theater, music-theater, opera, and film. Its mission is to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. BAM presents leading national and international artists and companies in its annual Spring Season and highlights groundbreaking, contemporary work in the performing arts with its Next Wave Festival each fall. Founded in 1983, the Next Wave is one of the world's most important festivals of contemporary performing arts. BAM Rose Cinemas features new, independent film releases and BAMcine?matek-a curated, daily repertory film program. In 2012, BAM added the Richard B. Fisher Building to its campus, providing an intimate and flexible 250-seat performance venue-the Fishman Space-as well as the Hillman Studio, a rehearsal and performance space.
BAM serves New York City's diverse population through a weekend concert series in BAMcafe?, community events, literary series, and a wide variety of educational and family programs. BAM, America's oldest performing arts center, has presented performances since 1861, and attracts an audience of more than 700,000 people each year. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo-each of whom has been associated with BAM for more than thirty years. Visit BAM.org.
About New York Public Radio: New York Public Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio as well as www.wnyc.org, www.wqxr.org, www.thegreenespace.org and www.njpublicradio.org. As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on- air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. New Jersey Public Radio extends WNYC's reach and service more deeply into New Jersey. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.
General Information: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas, and BAMcafe? are located in the Peter Jay Sharp building at 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. BAM Harvey Theater is located two blocks from the main building at 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and Rockwell Places). Both locations house Greenlight Bookstore at BAM kiosks. BAM Fisher, located at 321 Ashland Place, is the newest addition to the BAM campus and houses the Judith and Alan Fishman Space and Rita K. Hillman Studio. BAM Rose Cinemas is Brooklyn's only movie house dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and repertory programming. BAMcafe?, operated by Great Performances, offers a bar menu and dinner entre?es prior to BAM Howard Gilman Opera House evening performances. BAMcafe? also features an eclectic mix of spoken word and live music for BAMcafe? Live on Friday and Saturday nights with a bar menu available starting at 6pm.
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, B to Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center (2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St for Harvey Theater); D, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenue Train: Long Island Railroad to Atlantic Terminal - Barclays Center; Bus: B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 all stop within three blocks of BAM Car: Commercial parking lots are located adjacent to BAM.
For ticket information, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit BAM.org.
Pictured: Radiolab's "In The Dark" Tour. Photo by Lars Toppelmann.