CUNY TV Presents June Edition of ARTS IN THE CITY, Begins 6/13

CUNY TV Presents June Edition of ARTS IN THE CITY, Begins 6/13

The June edition of ARTS IN THE CITY, hosted by Tinabeth Piña from the beautiful Alice Austen House museum on Staten Island, debuts Friday, June 13 (2014) on CUNY TV* at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm; is repeated Sunday 6/15 at noon; and returns Friday 6/27 at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm and on Sunday 6/29 at noon on CUNY TV. On and after June 13, the program may be viewed anytime on

ARTS IN THE CITY features an exclusive interview with world-renowned jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, who talks about JALC's annual Essentially Ellington competition for high school jazz bands, why it's named after Duke Ellington, and JALC's dedication to teaching and appreciating the art of jazz. The piece follows up with last month's subjects, the Jazz House Kids, who took part in the competition - Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson takes viewers to the exciting finish when the judges' results are announced. Also featured in the report are Julius Tolentino, Big Band Director for Jazz House Kids, saxophonist Alex Laurenzi and trombonist Coleman Hughes.

Other stories include: Wing-Man is a "one-clown" show, hilarious and poignant, that explores today's obsession with social media. In the tradition of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, performer Mark Gindick wordlessly battles a series of 21st-century obstacles. He tells Tinabeth Piña about the development of his show.

Xiaochuan Xie is a dancer born in China - her name means "bright white river." When she saw the Martha Graham Company dance in Beijing, she knew she had to move to the U.S. to dance choreography "from the heart." Interviewed in the profile is Graham Company artistic director Janet Eilber, who calls her a dancer of "remarkable technique." Ernabel Demillo reports.

Correspondent Barry Mitchell visits The Puppet Kitchen in the East Village, where professional puppeteers Michael Schupbach, Eric Wright and Emily DeCola design and build all kinds of puppets and marionettes for theater, TV, movies and advertising. And Barnes & Noble's Anne Bartholomew makes recommendations for great summer reads.

*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).