Sugar Tongue Slim, Bruce Metcalf, Fear of the Known
For STS, wordplay is a way of life. Master fine art jeweler Bruce Metcalf refuses to use traditional metals and gems in his work. For generations, the early 20th century American writer H.P. Lovecraft has been terrifying readers.
The Ghetto Potter, Changing Minds about Changing Climate, Gerald Busby’s Lust for Life
Potter Roberto Lugo, climate change-themed art, composer Gerald Busby.
Under Pressure, The Jazz Sensibilities of Moe Brooker, The Nature of Art
Performance anxiety is common even among the most accomplished professionals. Moe Brooker is rightly regarded as one of the greats of American abstract painting. Brandon Ballengée’s artistic practice and scientific research share a single purpose.
A Place at the Table, Tap into America, Music with Teeth
Woodworker Mira Nakashima, tap dance as an American art form, the music of Roomful of Teeth.
World-renowned classical guitarist Jason Vieaux in concert, and in conversation with Jim Cotter in front of a live audience.
Watsky, Sound of Philadelphia, Ian Brennan
Watsky and How to Ruin Everything The performance poet turned rapper Watsky pulls no punches in his first collection of essays. All of his writings are characterized by witty wordplay […]
Xenia Rubinos, Worth, Don Liuzzi
Xenia Rubinos Xenia Rubinos’ complex music is infused with simple messages about big ideas. Worth The factors that contribute to the price of a work of art go way beyond […]
The Evolution of Portraits, Bassist Joseph Conyers, Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal
The Classical Quest of Joseph Conyers, Pictures of You, The Charming Incongruities of Kevin Barnes
Mira Nakashima, Opera Philadelphia, Jose Gonzalez
A Place at the Table After her father George Nakashima died, Mira Nakashima inherited his shop and set to work continuing his artistic legacy as a master craftsman in wood. […]
Roomful of Teeth; Artisanal Makers; Kandace Springs
Music with Teeth With custom-composed pieces employing a staggering range of vocal styles, Roomful of Teeth makes music that’s at times difficult to define. Meeting the Makers The popularity of […]
Changing Minds About Changing Climate, Gerald Busby’s Lust for Life, First Time’s The Charm
Two artists are helping start new conversations about climate change by presenting its truths more gracefully. Composer Gerald Busby could not have guessed that after surviving heartbreak, disease and drug addiction, he would experience an artistic rebirth in his twilight years. A showcase for those who were in the past often excluded from performing rock music is helping to create a new breed of band.
Roberto Lugo, All the World’s A Stage, Hao Yang
The Ghetto Potter The ceramics of Roberto Lugo pay homage to their classical past but are firmly rooted in the realities of an inner city upbringing. All the World’s A […]
Bharatanatyam, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Afrofuturism
Bharatanatyam: Indian Dance The classical dance form Bharatanatyam survived colonial oppression and today exemplifies Indian identity both at home and abroad. King of the Podium Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s unique approach to […]
Conductor Marin Alsop, How We Listen, Singer TM Krishna
Marin Alsop: Conducting Change More than a quarter century into a remarkable career, the American conductor Marin Alsop is still a trailblazer. How We Listen Though how we listen to […]
Punk, Longwood Gardens, Laughter
Rebels Without A Cause? Youthful rebellion found its zenith in punk, a movement with roots in rock n’ roll that continues today. Longwood Gardens: The Nurture of Nature The more […]
The Met Live; Moe Brooker; Farah Siraj
Live From New York, It’s Saturday Afternoon! Ten years in, the Met’s Live in HD simulcasts continue to change the face of opera around the world. Moe Brooker: A Great […]
Michael Sakamoto, H.P. Lovecraft, Brandon Ballengee, George Fu
Butoh: The Body In Crisis In Michael Sakamoto, butoh – the 20th century Japanese avant garde dance form (created to explore identity after world war two) – continues to evolve. […]
Colette Fu, Gil Shaham, Harvey Price, Art of Money
Colette Fu’s Three Dimensional History If you thought pop up books were just for kids, Colette Fu has news for you. Fiddler on the Loose Gil Shaham may be among […]
Davyd Booth, Elizabeth Streb, Andrew Lipke
Davyd Booth’s Obsessive Pursuits Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth admits that whatever he takes on, in life or in art, comes with a side of obsessive dedication. Elizabeth Streb: Dancing […]
Sugar Tongue Slim; John Wind; Julia Holter
Sugar Tongue Slim For STS, wordplay is a way of life; hip-hop lines his pockets, poetry feeds his soul. John Wind: A Soul Not For Sale John Wind’s life has […]
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib; Goldberg Variations; Krimes and Punishment
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib The poet Hanif is of a generation that is helping to redefine poetry. Goldberg Variations; Timeless Virtuosity Bach’s centuries old, devilishly difficult, Goldberg Variations, continue to fascinate audiences […]
Freelance economy, John Jarboe, Gabriel Kahane
Present Day Polymaths Artists were familiar with the freelance economy long before it even had a name, and today they’re constantly finding new ways adapt to it. Classical Folk Pop […]
The legacy of tap, singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
This week's show features a look at the enduring legacy of tap. Plus: singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.
Matthew Neenan, Improvisation, Sam Durant, Claire-Marie Le Guay
From a very young age, life has been a dance for choreographer Matthew Neenan. Though we think of it as preeminently an artistic device, improvisation is an essential part of […]
Writer Beth Kephart, Literary Translation, Tenor Stephen Costello
Beth Kephart and the whole truth Though novelist, essayist and memoirist Beth Kephart writes primarily in the first person, she says she’s wary of the big “I am.” Found in […]
Kevin Cornell, Peace Through Music, Lily Meier
Among illustrator Kevin Cornell’s talents, a gift for creating vivid facial emotions and a self effacing attitude about it. Two Philadelphia-based musicians from opposite sides of the middle-east conflict exemplify […]
Jeff Carpenter, Modigliani’s Legacy, Caledonia Curry
Though visual artist Jeff Carpenter once wanted to make movies that were like paintings, he now creates moving painting. Amedeo Modigliani died a broken man, his art, especially sculptures, have endured.
Jennifer Higdon, Bianca DePietro, Xavier Foley, Caroline Lathan-Steifel
Bianca DePietro is not just a highly trained designer, she says a love of fashion is in her blood. And rising star bassist and composer Xavier Foley revels in great music-regardless of its source.
Artist Megan McGlynn, music director Christofer Macatsoris, singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke
Christofer Macatsoris is the music director of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia- one of the world's great opera finishing schools. His mission is to help improve a centuries-old classical art form.
Singer Chris Kasper, textile artist Heather Ujiie, singer Melanie Martinez
Singer-songwriter and accidental ballet composer Chris Kasper hears new songs in all of life. Creating performance art for a specific outdoor location can present challenges, and rewards, unheard of in a concert hall.
Walé Oyéjidé, Michael Stairs, Children’s Theater
Hailed as one of America's best dressed men, fashion designer Walé Oyéjidé is on a mission to help all men dress better. At the Arden, children's theater is anything but child's play.
Alice in Wonderland, Arms and Armor, and Olive Prince
This week's show looks at the legacy of Alice in Wonderland, as well as the aesthetics of medieval armor. It also features artist Deirdre Murphy and choreographer Olive Prince.
Singer Ester Rada, artist Mariel Capanna, choreographer Brian Sanders
The Israeli singer and actor Ester Rada makes music that expresses her Ethiopian heritage and her love of American Jazz and R'n'B.
Artist Ellen Harvey, Carillons, singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler
When artist Ellen Harvey visited the Barnes Foundation she found inspiration for a new work in an often-overlooked part of the collection.
Dindga McCannon, Steven and Billy Dufala, Tango
In the popular imagination, tango is an exotic seduction born of the sultry streets of Buenos Aires. In truth, it is a complex improvised dance form practiced the world over.
Stained glass artist Judith Schaechter, Busking, sculptor Jim Dessicino
The Philadelphia-based stained glass artist Judith Schaechter brings a very non-traditional perspective to a very traditional medium.
Ceramicist Lauren Mabry, Comics and Graphic Novels, Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton
Ceramicist Lauren Mabry is turning heads in the art world. She uses hundreds of handmade glazes in the creation of her signature abstract cylinders.
Harpist Elizabeth Hainen, Open Source Art Festival, Jewelry Maker Bruce Metcalf
The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new harp. We travel to Chicago with Elizabeth Hainen, the Orchestra's principal harpist for her first meeting with the instrument.
Orchestrating Hits, The Keepers of Culture, and Jennifer Allora
Classically trained Larry Gold has spent a lifetime turning out classic hits. Today he’s helping bring out the soul in R’nB and Hip hop.
Three Articles of Faith
Abstract painter Mo Brooker, singer-songwriter Jasmine Tate, and artist/illustrator Kelly Schumacher.
Jason Vieaux, Play it Again Art, and Deborah Voigt
Grammy winner Jason Vieaux, Play it Again Art, and soprano Deborah Voigt.
Timothy Showalter, Jessica Lennick, and Jennifer Higdon
Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks, soprano Jessica Lennick, and composer Jennifer Higdon.
Arc Iris: The Full Spectrum, Spoken Word, Penny on Paul
There aren’t too many rock stars who have also worked for NASA, but fate caused Jocie Adams of Arc Iris to chose music over science.
An Artist in Motion, Body of Art, Fine Tuning
In the past century, tattoos have evolved from the being a marker for the outsider to a personal contemporary art form for all.
Jamie Cullum, Books as Art, Carla Dirlikov
English singer songwriter Jamie Cullum's music is usually described as jazz-pop, but his influences reach far wider. E-readers and tablets may lead to the extinction of printed media, but books will survive and thrive as art objects.
Ryan Kattner, the Art of Horace Pippin, Jennifer Knapp
Ryan Kattner, aka Honus Hounus, started making music to blow off steam as he developed his talents as a screenwriter. A decade later, his experimental rock band Man Man has […]
Zenos Frudakis, the Art of Listening, Ian Bostridge
Philadelphia-based Sculptor Zenos Frudakis, the art of listening, and British tenor and music historian Ian Bostridge.
Eric Owens, Art of Game Design, Ginger Coyle
Bass-baritone Eric Owens, the work of Philadelphia’s independent game designers, and the soulful singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle.
Jeffrey Siegel, Art in Black and White, David Devan
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel, Art in Black and White, Opera Philadelphia's David Devan.
Tessa Seymour, Developing Creativity, Donald Nally
The highly acclaimed young cellist Tessa Seymour believes that, like great classical music, there are rock and pop songs, such as Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”, that will […]
Sylvan Esso, Visual Literacy, “We the Youth”
Sylvan Esso, understanding images and Keith Haring's "We the Youth."
Yours is Mine, Oscar Wilde, Are We There Yet?
An artist's sources, the legacy of Oscar Wilde and an art map.
Shara Worden, Art of Remembrance, Josh Helmer
Musician Shara Worden, the art of remembrance, looking at art with Josh Helmer.
Rennie Harris, Collecting, Simone Dinnerstein
Dancer Rennie Harris has been an enduring figure in hip-hop culture; he’s been there from the start, but all along he’s been happy to embrace change. The desire to collect […]
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia’s Public Art, Jonathan Biss
Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Philadelphia's public art collection; and pianist Jonathan Biss spreads his love of Beethoven sonatas.
Udi Bar David, Angel Corella, Yuna, Jamie Wyeth
The premiere episode of Articulate features Udi Bar David and Angel Corella; Yuna; and Jamie Wyeth.