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Artists can open a space of possibility in politics, but their role is problematic—and not always positive.

By providing free instruments, we use music to help rehabilitate prison inmates.

Edwidge Danticat

My Tante Rezia was a patron of the arts, one of those silent supporters that every family, every artist, has and needs but rarely acknowledges.

Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained; Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse

The Twenty-Seventh Man

Nathan Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, focuses on the moment that Yiddish culture in Russia died a sudden and unnatural death.

Can recordings of classical music ever be in concert with concert hall performances?

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; Andrey Platonov’s Happy Moscow

Siegfried Kracauer

The European émigré who became a philosopher of American cinema.

Blogs

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

In a life of memorable moments, one of the most important was the day Seeger sang “Give Peace a Chance” with half a million people.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews. 

January 27, 2014

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014

The Israeli musician shares his thoughts on the American Jewish community and collaborating with Palestinian artists.

January 16, 2014

NPR does a segment on Following the Ninth, a new film co-produced by Greg Mitchell.

January 14, 2014

A new play by George Brant brings home the human costs of America’s remote killing machine.

January 14, 2014

JT’s backup dancers have made history by winning a union contract for touring artists.

December 13, 2013