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Christopher Durang Talks VANYA AND SONIA... and More Set for NYC-ARTS, 12/13-1/31

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NYC-ARTS provides arts lovers in the tri-state area with an all-access pass to the New York City area's myriad cultural offerings: from music and dance concerts, to the theater, museums and galleries-from the classic to the contemporary. New York Emmy winners Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn co-host.

NYC-ARTS airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Encore presentations will generally follow on Sundays at 12 noon on THIRTEEN; Sundays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. on WLIW; and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on NJTV. New episodes will also be available on NYC-ARTS.org every Friday morning.

Thursday, December 13
10-10:30 p.m. (note special time)
NYC-ARTS #145

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners, based at the National Academy Museum & School at Fifth Avenue and 89th Street. The feature/profile is Zahn's conversation with the talent behind Lincoln Center Theater production of Christopher Durang's new play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Guests include Durang and actors Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde-Pierce and Kristine Neilsen. Correspondent Christina Ha, based at the Asia Society Museum, reports on various events around town, including the "Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao" exhibit there; as well as 52nd Young Concert Artists Series at the Kaufman Center, debut of violinist Paul Huang; Roundabout Theatre Company's "If There is I haven't Found it Yet" (with Jake Gyllenhaal); New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' "Martha Swope: In Rehearsal" exhibit; "Katherine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen"; and American Folk Art Museum's "Ooh, Shiny" exhibit.

Thursday, December 20
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #146

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners, based at the National Academy Museum & School at Fifth Avenue and 89th Street. Sculptor Judith Shea, curator of "In Her Own Style: An Artist's Eye with Judith Shea") is the feature/profile. Correspondent Christina Ha, based at the Asia Society Museum, reports on various events around town, including the "Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao" exhibit there; as well as Trinity Twelfth Night Festival, Trinity Church & other venues; Signature Theatre, "The Piano Lesson"; "A Christmas Story, The Musical," at Lunt-Fontaine' Focus Dance 2013 (multiple groups at multiple venues): Jewish Museum's "Treasures from England's Bodleian Library"; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop."

Thursday, December 27
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #147

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners. Painter Will Barnet, who died on November 13 at the age of 101, is the subject of the feature/profile. "Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America" at the American Folk Art Museum and "Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets" are the choice segments. Correspondent Christina Ha, based at the Asia Society Museum, reports on various events around town, including the "Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao" exhibit there; as well as Trinity Twelfth Night Festival, Trinity Church & other venues; Signature Theatre, "The Piano Lesson"; "A Christmas Story, The Musical," at Lunt-Fontaine' Focus Dance 2013 (multiple groups at multiple venues): Jewish Museum's "Treasures from England's Bodleian Library"; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop."

Thursday, January 3
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #148

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners. Dancer Jennifer Nugent is the subject of the feature/profile. "Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America" at the American Folk Art Museum and the Boppard Gallery at The Cloisters are the choice segments.

Thursday, January 10
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #149

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners. Philippe de Montebello discusses the Sorolla Room at the Hispanic Society of America with the society's director, Mitchell Codding in the feature/profile. Armorist Christopher Poor is the choice segment. News correspondent Christina Ha, based at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reports on various events around town.

Thursday, January 17
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #150

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners. Rafael Pi Roman's interview with filmmaker Ed Burns in the feature/profile. "Circus and the City" at Bard Graduate Center is the choice segment. News correspondent Christina Ha, based at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reports on various events around town.

Thursday, January 24
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #151

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners. Christina Ha's interview with baritone Nathan Gunn is the feature/profile.

Thursday, January 31
8-8:30 p.m.
NYC-ARTS #152

Weekly magazine providing the tri-state audience with a unique overview of the city's unparalleled cultural offerings with co-hosts Philippe de Montebello and Paula Zahn, both 2011 New York Emmy Award winners. Theater for a New Audience is the feature/profile. The Saint-Gaudens sculpture, "Winged Victory," in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the choice segment.

NYC-ARTS is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET, one of America's most prolific and respected public media providers. For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

Executive Producer: David Horn. Editorial Director: Joan Hershey. Supervising Producer: Mitch Owgang. Senior Producer: Bob Morris. For the digital platforms, General Manager: Dan Greenberg. Director of Local Digital Initiatives: Joe Harrell.

NYC-ARTS is made possible in part by First Republic Bank. Funding for NYC-ARTS is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
Visit the NYC-ARTS Web site at NYC-ARTS.org for additional information.

In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York's flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah!and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

NYC-ARTS aims to increase awareness of New York City's nonprofit cultural organizations, whose offerings greatly benefit residents and visitors-from children to adults, and teenagers to senior citizens. NYC-ARTS promotes cultural groups' activities and events to tri-state, national and international audiences through nonprint media, using new technologies as they develop. Through television, Web sites, mobile applications and social media, NYC-ARTS nurtures New York City's position as a thriving cultural capital of the world, one that has both world-renowned institutions and those that are focused on local communities.

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