Bora Mici (CC '05) recently covered The Wassaic Project, an arts festival in Wassaic, NY.

Read the full coverage here.

Lisa Cholodenko (SoA '97) Rethinks the Average Family in The Kids Are All Right

The New York Times - April 30, 2010

" Ms. Cholodenko’s latest film, “The Kids Are All Right” — warmly received at the Sundance and Berlin festivals this year and set to open July 7 — one half of a long-term lesbian couple finds herself powerfully drawn to the previously anonymous sperm donor who fathered her two teenage children."


"If “Kids” stands apart from many American independent movies, that’s not because its main characters are gay but because it’s a portrait of middle-aged coupledom, casting an alternately fond and sardonic eye on its comforts, habits and resentments."

Brandon Victor Dixon (CC '07)to play Ray Charles on Broadway

The New York Times - April 29, 2010

"The actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who received critical praise for his leading role in the Off Broadway musical “The Scottsboro Boys” this spring, will depart that production to take the lead role of Ray Charles in the forthcoming Broadway show about the singer, 'Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical.'"


"The casting of Mr. Dixon means that “The Scottsboro Boys” will be seeking a new lead actor to play the key role of Haywood Patterson, one of the black men convicted in 1930s Alabama on false charges of raping two white women. The show, which was produced at the Vineyard Theater this spring, is moving to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis this summer for an out-of-town run; its commercial producers intend to bring the show to Broadway during the 2010-11 season.The casting of Mr. Dixon means that “The Scottsboro Boys” will be seeking a new lead actor to play the key role of Haywood Patterson, one of the black men convicted in 1930s Alabama on false charges of raping two white women. The show, which was produced at the Vineyard Theater this spring, is moving to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis this summer for an out-of-town run; its commercial producers intend to bring the show to Broadway during the 2010-11 season."

Katori Hall's (CC '03) The Mountaintop coming to Broadway

The Wall Street Journal -
April 28, 2010

"The Mountaintop," a play about the last night in the life of one of the great heroes of American history, Martin Luther King Jr., met with nearly instant success last year—in London.

Now the play, written by Katori Hall, a 28-year-old playwright from Memphis, is scheduled to come to Broadway in the fall after receiving England's 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play. In New York, it will face a new test, namely whether American audiences will embrace a portrayal of King that shows him as a complex figure, complete with doubts and flaws.


"I've heard people said it's irreverent," Ms. Hall said of the play. "I disagree. It takes [King] off a pedestal, but it shows how an extraordinary person can be ordinary and how ordinary people can do extraordinary things."

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Cinematical Tribeca Review - April 25, 2010

"Life is mean," says legendary comedienne Joan Rivers ('54 BC) during one of the more heart-touching moments of the new documentary about a year in the gal's life, and she's more correct than she knows. Her statement was in reference to a gifted but evidently forgotten NYC photographer, who is now sickly and wheelchair-bound, but who certainly brightened up a bit when Ms. Rivers stopped by to deliver a Thanksgiving turkey. "Life is mean" meant "that woman deserved better," and I think the same could hold true for Ms. Rivers -- a true trailblazer in many ways, but these days she's mainly a "B-level" star who's better known for her plastic surgeries than her impact on the world of American comedy.

This rather fine documentary reminds us that, yep, even those "old" celebrities we don't have much use for anymore are actual people. In this case, it's a very smart person who realizes that she's well past her "fame expiration date" in many ways, but remains intent on grabbing some of the spotlight, claiming a little respect, and (at 75 years old) still trying to make people laugh. Some may worry that a documentary like this will exist as little more than a brown-nosing puff piece, and that's a fair piece of skepticism, but the truth is that Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work captures many fascinating sides of its subject -- and not all of them are flattering...

An Interview with Arts Initiative Director Gregory Mosher

Just Shows to Go You - April 2, 2010

Director Gregory Mosher says he didn’t necessarily have a vision, and that’s OK.

Age appears to have taught Mosher the necessity for collaboration. In just four weeks, he and the cast of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge together figured out what story they were going to tell.

“I never set some ideal version of this play that I hoped they would achieve. That to me is a very old-fashioned way to direct,” says Mosher, 61, for whom Bridge marks his first directorial gig on Broadway in nearly 20 years. “What I did ask them to commit themselves to was a process.”

Greta Gerwig (BC '06):  The Definitive Screen Actress of Her Generation?

The New York Times - Mar. 24, 2010

... what Ms. Gerwig does in “Greenberg” confirms a suspicion that began to bubble up through the diffidence and indirection of movies like “Hannah Takes the Stairs,” “LOL” and “Nights and Weekends,” all of which she made in collaboration with Joe Swanberg. Ms. Gerwig, most likely without intending to be anything of the kind, may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation, a judgment I offer with all sincerity and a measure of ambivalence. She seems to be embarked on a project, however piecemeal and modestly scaled, of redefining just what it is we talk about when we talk about acting.


“I don’t like sarcastic fun,” Ms. Gerwig’s character declared in “Nights and Weekends,” which she directed with Mr. Swanberg, and this can be understood as a statement of artistic purpose. She will play — that’s what acting is — but she will also mean what she says.

"Precious" Takes the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Examiner - Mar. 8, 2010

Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division, Adjunct Assistant Professor) won his first Oscar Sunday night for adapting the novel Push by Sapphire to the film Precious directed by Lee Daniels.

In accepting his award, Mr. Fletcher said, "This is for everybody who works on a dream every day. Precious boys and girls everywhere."


Mr. Fletcher's screenplay for Precious has won other awards as well--an Independent Spirit Award; a NAACP Image Award; and it was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award. Holding his Oscar, Fletcher, 39 thanked his parents and two sisters, and all who have believed in him.


Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood's Heroine

The Atlantic Wire - Mar.8, 2010

Breaking through the "celluloid ceiling," Kathryn Bigelow ('81 SoA) became the first woman to win an Academy Award for directing. Her Iraq war film "The Hurt Locker" trounced fan-favorite "Avatar," bringing in six trophies including the prize for Best Picture. She downplayed her identity as a female filmmaker saying, "I'd love to just think of myself as a filmmaker. And I long for the day when that modifier can be a moot point." The morning after, Hollywood reporters are reflecting on what Bigelow's achievement means for women in the film industry at large.

Obama Appoints Painter, Novelist, and Four Non-Artists to Advisory Committee on Arts and Humanities

LA Times - Feb. 5, 2010

President Obama has picked six people to join the  President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanties; two of them, painter-photographer Chuck Close and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short-story writer Jhumpa Lahiri ('89 BC), will become the first visual artist and writer on an advisory  panel weighted with actors and business people.

2010 Oscar Nominations for Best Supporting Actress

Associated Content - Feb. 3, 2010

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced by Academy President Tom Sherak and actress Anne Hathaway. The five nominees competing for Best Supporting Actress are Penélope Cruz, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal ('99 CC), Anna Kendrick and Mo'Nique.


Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart"

The movie was directed by Scott Cooper. "Crazy Heart" was released December 16, 2009 and grossed $82,664 over the opening weekend. The production budget for the movie is not available. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 92% overall approval rating. "Crazy Heart" grossed $6,845,198 in total domestic box office.

'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' lead Oscar nominations

The Associated Press - Feb. 2, 2010

The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow ('81 SoA)...Cameron's "Avatar" won best drama and director at the Golden Globes, while Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" beat out Cameron at the Directors Guild of America Awards, whose recipient usually goes on to earn the best-director Oscar.

"The Hurt Locker" also beat "Avatar" for the Producers Guild of America top prize and was chosen as last year's best film by many key critics groups...Bigelow, whose films include "Point Break" and "K19: The Widowmaker," is only the fourth woman nominated for a directing Oscar, following Sofia Coppola for 2003's "Lost in Translation," Jane Campion for 1993's "The Piano" and Lena Wertmuller for 1975's "Seven Beauties."

No woman has ever won the directing Oscar, and until Bigelow, no woman had ever won the Directors Guild honor.


Devil in the Flesh

The New Yorker – Feb. 2010

The revival of Arthur Miller’s 1955 play “A View from the Bridge” (deftly directed by Gregory Mosher (Columbia School of the Arts faculty, Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University), at the Cort) is a singular revelation: a kind of theatrical lightning bolt that sizzles and startles at the same time. In the brown warrens of Red Hook, a working-class Italian enclave, longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Liev Schreiber), a palooka with no purchase on language or his own psyche, is destroyed by his unexamined desire for his teen-age niece, Catherine (Scarlett Johansson), whom he and his wife, Beatrice (Jessica Hecht), have raised. When Catherine falls in love with one of the two illegal immigrants that they put up— cousins from the Old Country—Eddie’s only way to keep her from getting married is to report the cousins to the Immigration Bureau. By dropping the dime, Eddie betrays his wife, his niece, his relatives, himself, and, by extension, his entire tribe. The story hurtles to its conclusion, propelled by Schreiber’s uncanny, incandescent performance. As Catherine, Johansson is a superb object for Schreiber’s ambivalent desire.

Miller Triumphant, Mosher Ascendant

The Wall Street Journal - Jan. 29 2010

Theater offers few pleasures so immediate as the joy of watching a show in which absolutely everything works, all the way from the first line to the final curtain. Gregory Mosher's (Columbia School of the Arts faculty, Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University) revival of "A View From the Bridge," Arthur Miller's 1955 play about love and death on the Brooklyn waterfront, is that kind of show, a flaw-free production of a well-made melodrama.

Mosher Back on Broadway Directing a Miller Classic

The Record - Jan. 2010

When A View From the Bridge opened at the Cort Theater on Jan. 24, to rave reviews, it marked Gregory Mosher’s (Columbia School of the Arts faculty, Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University) return to Broadway. The last play he directed on the Great White Way was the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. The play was well received, but when it closed, Mosher, a theater professor at School of the Arts and director of the University’s Arts Initiative, needed a break. “I had done theater nonstop for 21 years,” he says. “I worked 340 days a year. I wanted to do something else. Only, I did not know what that thing was.”

A View From Brooklyn of Tragedy Most Classic

New York Times - Jan. 25, 2010

What’s extraordinary about Gregory Mosher’s (Columbia School of the Arts faculty, Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University) beautifully observed production of “A View From the Bridge” is how ordinary most of it feels. Very little in this revival of Arthur Miller’s kitchen-sink drama with knives, which opened Sunday night at the Cort Theater, calls loudly for our consideration. Voices are often kept to a just audible murmur, and the Hollywood sheen of the show’s big-name stars, Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson, has been dimmed to a matte finish.

Homer and Langley by EL Doctorow

The Observer - Jan. 24, 2010

A pair of eccentric brothers are the inspiration for EL Doctorow's remarkable parable of modern America, writes Sarah Churchwell

"I'm Homer, the blind brother. I didn't lose my sight all at once, it was like the movies, a slow fade-out." So begins EL Doctorow's ('53 GSAS) Homer and Langley, an elegiac, burnished jewel of a novel based on the macabre true story of the Collyer brothers. The Collyers were rich, reclusive bachelors who lived together in New York, compulsively hoarding junk on a gargantuan scale; they were found buried under their own debris in 1947.

Director Greg Mosher's view from a new 'Bridge' is clear

Los Angeles Times - Dec. 27, 2009

After taking time off from Broadway, Gregory Mosher (Columbia School of the Arts faculty, Director of the Arts Initiative at Columbia University) finds a reason to return with an Arthur Miller play starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson... Lee Bollinger, the new president of Columbia University, asked Mosher to start a program to bridge the school's campus and the realm of the arts. Mosher took Bollinger's invitation to make Columbia an artistic-academic laboratory. He remains director of the Columbia University Arts Initiative, which these days focuses more on special pricing methods and the Internet to draw more students from Columbia and other New York schools to the arts.

Winds of fate blow O.C. filmmakers home

Orange County Register – Dec. 12, 2009

David Siegel and Scott McGehee ('85 CC) filmmakers are unveiling "Uncertainty" before a hometown audience at the South Coast Village theaters.  The movie shot entirely in New York on a relatively modest budget of just under $2 million, was written, directed and produced by the filmmaking team, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins as a young couple experiencing alternate realities on a hot July day.

Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker are Winners

The Los Angeles Times – Dec. 8, 2009

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association today announced their 2009 winners, in a WAFCA first, Kathryn Bigelow (’81 SoA) took home the prize for Best Director for the Iraq War film, The Hurt Locker, the first woman to do so.  The film also won in the category of ensemble performance.


“This” new play by Melissa James Gibson (’91 GS) 

New York Times – Dec. 4, 2009

“This” is a new play at Playwrights Horizons by Melissa James Gibson (’91 GS), about a group of close friends entering the choppy waters of middle age. She is the author of the quirky, cult-appeal comedies “[sic]” and “Suitcase,” both seen at the downtown powerhouse Soho Rep. Gibson graduates into the theatrical big leagues with this beautifully conceived, confidently executed and wholly accessible work.

The Extra Man world premiere at Sundance

New York Times – Dec. 3, 2009

Based on a 1998 book by Jonathan Ames (’95 SoA) the movie follows a down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan’s Upper East Side takes a young aspiring writer under his wing. Directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; Screenwriters: Robert Pulcini, Jonathan Ames and Shari Springer Berman. Cast: Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Alicia Goranson.

Oscar Hammerstein’s Sound of Music Turns 50!

New York Times – Nov. 19, 2009

“The Sound of Music,” with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein (‘16CC), opened on Nov. 16, 1959. The production, which had a top ticket price of $5, ran for more than 1,400 performances and won eight Tony Awards, including best musical. When did you first see “The Sound of Music”? On stage or on screen? Share your thoughts — a favorite musical number, a childhood memory — here.


Design Is Revealed for Bush Center

New York Times – Nov. 18, 2009

The design for the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, created by Robert A. M. Stern (‘60CC) Architects, was officially unveiled this week. The design for a 225,000-square-foot building that will be home to Mr. Bush’s presidential papers, as well as a museum and a policy institute.  Mr. Stern said the building was not designed to reflect on Mr. Bush personally. “It’s not a portrait or a defense of his policies,” Mr. Stern told The Morning News. “It is about the presidency, the dignity of the office.”


Paul Auster’s 'Invisible': A wallflower awakens in these tales within tales

The Miami Herald – Nov. 17, 2009

Paul Auster’s (‘69CC, ‘70GSAS) semi-autobiographical novel is told from three perspectives, a student perpetually tries to come of age over the years.  Adam Walker is a second-year student at Columbia University, “a know-nothing boy with an appetite for books and a belief (or delusion) that one day I would become good enough to call myself a poet.” Over the course of the novel (which, in the Auster style, have several narrators and mirrors within mirrors), Walker will have affairs both illicit and incestuous, be present at an act of violence and then live with its consequences.


Kander and Ebb have a new musical off-Broadway

The Washington Post - Nov. 17, 2009

Composer John Kander (‘54GSAS) and lyricist Fred Ebb have been responsible for some of Broadway's most memorable shows including "Cabaret," "Chicago" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman." The score for "The Scottsboro Boys" was written before Ebb died in 2004 and concerns the infamous case from the 1930s in which a group of black youths were unjustly accused of attacking two white women.


Filmmakers’ Controversy: Their Dad

New York Times – Nov. 13, 2009

Emily and Sarah (‘04Law) Kunstler have captured their father’s long and tumultuous career as a civil rights lawyer, along with glimpses of what it was like to be part of this unusual family, in the documentary “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.”


Drama of High School, Starring Eros and Anxiety

New York Times – November 13, 2009

“Dare,” written by David Brind, directed by Adam Salky (’08 SoA) and based on their short film of the same title, stakes out familiar territory and, true to its name, strikes out in some risky new directions. This high school semi-romance, which blends comic and tearful moods, is at once more provocative and more contemplative than most of its big-screen counterparts. On television and in young-adult novels, candor — or prurience — about teenage behavior is the norm, but Hollywood movies tend to keep one foot firmly planted in a more innocent world.

Evocations of China, Rural, Romantic and Aquatic

New York Times – Nov. 5, 2009

Bright Sheng (‘93SoA), like most of his composer colleagues now living in the United States, was sent to rural areas during the Cultural Revolution. Though musicians were deprived of a formal education, they were often exposed to local folk music traditions, as can be heard in Mr. Sheng’s “Colors of Crimson,” performed at Carnegie Hall’s Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Voices running through Nov. 10.


E.L. Doctorow Ponders Shock of ‘Ragtime,’ Tons of Junk

Bloomberg – Nov. 4, 2009

A Broadway revival of “Ragtime” opens Nov. 15, bringing back E.L. Doctorow’s ('53 GSAS) dizzying mix of Jewish immigrants, black musicians and upper-class WASPs crossing paths in turn of the century New York.  Zinta Lundborg and Doctorow speak about his work, past and present.


Tania James (‘06SoA) and her debut novel ‘Atlas of Unknowns’

Winston-Salem Journal – Nov. 1, 2009

In her debut novel, Atlas of Unknowns, Tania James (‘06SoA) weaves together a delicate story of an uneasy sisterhood alongside a family's struggle to survive their long-held secrets and misfortunes.  The Vallara family story begins in Kerala, India, in 1995, but the majority of the narrative is set in a post-Sept. 11 world and mentality -- a modern-day world where many in India still ascribe to the belief that "ill fortunes can travel along bloodlines," and both families and individuals can be cursed.


Rick Moody: Serving Literature by the Tweet

New York Times – Oct. 27, 2009

The founders of Electric Literature, a new quarterly literary magazine, seek nothing less than to revitalize the short story in the age of the short attention span.  In November Rick Moody (‘86SoA) will tweet for the magazine.  Mr. Moody, he said he came up with the idea of Twitter fiction after he fell in love with the new form. “It’s like trying to write in haiku continuously,” he said in an e-mail message.


'Tiny Kushner' delights

San Fransisco Chronicle – Oct. 23, 2009

Tony Kushner’s (’78 CC) anthology of five one-act plays encompass two former first ladies, a trip to the moon, dozens of tax-evading New York cops, and variations on Hitler, Dostoyevsky, Nixon, George W. Bush, Thoreau and Shakespeare .  ‘Tiny Kushner’ is directed by Tony Taccone, starring J.C. Cutler, Kate Eifrig, Jim Lichtscheidl and Valeri Mudek. Runs through Nov. 29. at Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage.


Nico Muhly (’03 CC) joins a panel on “Radical Opera” at the New Yorker Festival

The New Yorker – October 18, 2009

Nico Muhly (’03 CC), alongside Peter Sellars, Rufus Wainwright, and Lisa Bielawa participate in an Alex Ross-moderated panel to discuss the tangled history of opera and politics, opera’s adventures in the wilds of twentieth-century style, and the present state of the genre.  Muhly, will present an audio excerpt from his forthcoming opera Two Boys—a potentially disturbing tale, based on a real-life case, from England in the nineteen-nineties, of Internet deception, sexual confusion, and murder.


Jonathan Ames (’95 SoA) is Bored to Death

Huffinton Post – Oct. 15, 2009

Writer, Jonathan Ames (’95 SoA) answers some questions about his new HBO series, Bored to Death.  Q: Like it or not, you're considered by many to be one of those "Brooklyn writers" (and a "Jonathan writer" to boot). Bored to Death mainly takes place in Brooklyn, with side trips to the city. Do you think the show is intrinsically a Brooklyn one? What draws you to write about and live in the borough? A: “… What I'm trying to say is this - I still can't leave Brooklyn. Does that make sense? And so, like a landscape painter, who paints the world around him, or rather paints pictures of the world around him, this is the landscape around me, so this is what I write about.”


Ramin Bahrani's (’96 CC) Paper Bag in the New York Film Festival

A.V. Club of New York – Oct. 15, 2009

Among the New York Film Festival's most notable shorts was Ramin Bahrani’s ('96 CC) Paper Bag. Apart from a new documentary about a 1969 Rolling Stones tour, Paper Bag was the only short to feature a celebrity in a starring role, though its star is never on camera. Instead, the star is the inimitable voice of Werner “My Tone Of Fatalistic Depression Can Strike A Man Dead At 100 Paces” Herzog, who provides narration.


Foundation Helps Archives to Go Online

The New York Times – Oct. 13, 2009

Since 2007, the Leon Levy Foundation has made it a mission to identify, preserve and digitize archival collections and make them available online to scholars and to the public. The donor is Shelby White (’65 GSAS), founding trustee of the Foundation, said, “Many archives contain historical treasures that are extremely fragile and that might otherwise be neglected or lost forever. These institutions have been recapturing their own history.”  This week the Foundation made a $2.4 million grant available to the New York Philharmonic, where archivists will digitize 1.3 million pages, including a 1909 Mahler score for his First Symphony originally marked up by the composer and further annotated 50 years later by Leonard Bernstein.


Amreeka, first feature-length work by Cherien Dabis (’04 SoA)

The National - October 11, 2009

Named one of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch” in 2009, award-winning independent filmmaker Cherien Dabis (’04 SoA) makes her feature writing and directorial debut with Amreeka.  Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.


Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and Piano Concerto No. 3, with Emanuel Ax (’70 CC) as soloist

New York Times – October 6, 2009

On the evenings of Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, 2009 Emanuel Ax (’70 CC) will be featured as a soloist.  The cancellation of the New York Philharmonic’s trip to Cuba planned for the end of this month created a hole in the orchestra’s schedule. On Tuesday the Philharmonic announced plans to fill it, choosing programs that do not require a lot of heavy lifting.

Twyla Tharp's (’63 BC) 'Come Fly with Me' at Alliance Theater

Los Angeles Times – Sept. 29, 2009

"Come Fly with Me," a new theatrical production that combines Frank Sinatra's voice with dance moves by choreographer Twyla Tharp (’63 BC) had its world premiere last week, and critics have chimed in with glowing reviews.  The new show features four couples as they dance in a grand ballroom set to songs made famous by Sinatra.


Guggenheim Bilbao hosts 'Green Aria' European premier

EITB - Sept. 29, 2009

After its recent success at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will premiere in Europe a ScentOpera entitled Green Aria. To mark this new art form, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has organized from October 1 to 15 a comprehensive program of activities including lectures, film screenings, and panel discussions where scents are the main protagonists.


The ScentOpera introduces a new art form created by Stewart Matthew based principally on smell and sound, in which he collaborated with renowned fragrance designer Christope Laudamiel and composers Nico Muhly (‘03 CC) and Valgeir Sigurdsson.


IFP to honor Kathryn Bigelow at Gotham Awards

LA Times – September 24, 2009

The Independent Film Project, the oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers in America, announced that career tributes will be given to actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, director Kathryn Bigelow (’81 SoA), and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The ceremony is slated for Nov. 30, 2009.  Bigelow has alternated between offbeat and art-house fare ("The Loveless," "Near Dark," "The Weight of Water") and Hollywood products ("Point Break," "K19 The Widowmaker") throughout her career. Her most recent effort is the critical and festival hit "The Hurt Locker."


David Altmejd finalist for Sobey Art Award

CBC News, Canada – September 24, 2009

Installation artist David Altmejd (‘01SoA), illustrator Marcel Dzama and video artist Althea Thauberger are among the 25 competitors for the 2009 Sobey Art Award.  The annual art honor, which carries a cash prize of $50,000 for the winner was established in 2002 to celebrate promising Canadian contemporary artists under the age of 40.


Review of Homer & Langley. By E.L. Doctorow ('53 GSAS)

The Huffington Post – Sept. 22, 2009 

“Properly framed, the book considers ultimate questions. And they ain't easy. What explains modern life? Does a Langley-like acknowledgment of evil, imperfect communications, and death lead to the conclusion that one should foreswear human connections? If you subordinate the particular to the universal, as Langley does, will you end up powerless - and with a Model T in your living room? Does Platonism end in a darkness darker than Homer's?”


Final two episodes of 'The Battery's Down' – Sept. 22, 2009

This will be the final season for the backstage webseries "The Battery's Down," which is set to air its final episodes on Oct. 15 and Dec. 1, 2009.  Jake Wilson created and stars in the series that follows a fresh, young actor and his friends as they pursue their place in New York City and the Broadway community.  The series regularly features veterans and rising stars from Broadway.  Connor Gallagher directs and choreographs the series with musical supervision by Adam Wachter. The final episodes will feature music by Tony Award winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (‘93CC) (Next to Normal) and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), as well as Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (Burnt Part Boys), Michael Arden (Easter Rising), and Kirsten A. Guenther and Ryan Scott Oliver (Alive at Ten).


A Paradise for Pack Rats, a Roost for Recluses

The New York Times – Sept. 22, 2009

The Collyers’ (Homer and Langley) latest incarnation is as the real-world basis for the protagonists in E. L. Doctorow’s ('53 GSAS) new novel, “Homer and Langley,” and their story has undeniably left a mark on the city.  The last of an upper-class family, the brothers withdrew from their Harlem neighborhood into their town house in the 1930s and started accumulating a tremendous collection of stuff. Homer went blind and grew infirm, and Langley took care of him for years surrounded by mountains of junk he booby-trapped to deter robbers.


Edwidge Danticat (‘90 BC) wins MacArthur Foundation fellowship

Miami Herald – September 21, 2009

I am extremely grateful,” said an ecstatic Danticat, one of 24 winners named this year as a fellowship winner.  “I am still wrapping my brain around it, trying to see how I can do it justice.'” Danticat is a novelist whose depictions of lives of Haitian immigrants chronicle the power of human resistance and endurance.


Greg Mottola’s (’91 SoA) Adventureland

The Independent – September 11, 2009

Greg Mottola's (’91 SoA) Adventureland is a film for anyone who has ever been young, had their heart broken, done a rotten holiday job, or flipped over a pop song.  This look at college kids working in a tacky Pittsburgh amusement park in the summer of 1987 is drawn from Mottola's own life.  This movie follows his hit Superbad.


Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes — Five Decades of Painting

The New York Times – Aug. 31, 2009

“Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes — Five Decades of Painting,” organized by Jason Andrew, the curator and archivist of the Tworkov estate, is the artist’s first New York retrospective.  The show is accompanied by a related exhibition of letters, photographs and other Tworkov ephemera.  Tworkov (1900-82) was born in Biala, Poland, and grew up in a Lower East Side tenement. He went to Stuyvesant High School and then Columbia University, planning to devote himself to writing. Gradually, he drifted into art and found himself shuttling between an artists’ colony in Provincetown, Mass., and the Art Students League in New York. 


Joseph Mankiewicz’s (’28CC) comedy ‘People Will Talk’

The New Yorker – August 19, 2009

Joseph Mankiewicz’s comedy of motherhood and metaphysics, “People Will Talk” is a film of manifold virtues, a manifestation of genius—after winning back-to-back Oscars with “A Letter to Three Wives” and “All About Eve,” Mankiewicz cut loose on a subject dear to his heart, medicine (he had been a pre-med student at Columbia) and, more crucially, the connection of body to mind. Like so many who abandon a field, Mankiewicz seems to have thought he knew better than the pros, and his view of medicine here, extraordinarily idealized, plays both like a tribute to the science as the kind of art form he imagined it could be and a reproach to its customary practitioners. It’s also a tribute to a higher notion of culture, an uninhibited one that admits the bodily drives without shame or reproach. (The story, daringly, concerns a woman who is pregnant out of wedlock and the doctor who treats her.)


A Stage of Her Own: Georgia Sagri

Art in America – Aug. 13, 2009

Artist Georgia Sagri (’08 SoA) spent nearly a month executing her imagination of the banal rituals of an immigrant car sales person for her show "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is," at On Stellar Rays Gallery.  The artist outlined a circle on the gallery's floor, and during hours of operation she did laps around the demarcated space, acting according to prepared instructions, projected on the wall via a PowerPoint presentation. Sagri's sales pitch was aggressive at times; sometimes it involved crawling into the fetal position, or growling for minutes like an aroused feline. As the performance advanced, Sagri hit her stride with certain parts and experimented with others. The script itself was absurd, filled with childlike calls and response; even so, the performance was unpredictable.


Focus is on 'Funny' from 'Half Nelson' duo
The Hollywood Reporter, CA - Aug 10, 2009
(SoA faculty James Schamus') Focus Features will finance, produce and distribute the next film from the writer-director team behind the 2006 pic "Half Nelson." The specialty division has boarded "It's Kind of a Funny Story," a coming-of-age dramedy that Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden ('03CC) are directing from a script they wrote. Kevin Misher will produce via his Misher Films banner, and Wayfare Entertainment will also finance and produce; Ben Browning will produce on behalf of the New York-based shingle, and Michael Maher and Peter Rawlinson are exec producing. Originally developed at Paramount, "Story" centers on a 15-year-old boy named Craig who, battling depression, checks himself into a psychiatric hospital but finds himself placed in the adult ward.


Interview: Paul Giamatti and director Sophie Barthes talk 'Cold Souls'
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Aug. 7, 2009
Cold Souls, out in theaters on a limited basis this weekend, details the travails of one Paul Giamatti attempting to unburden himself of a soul. The film takes place in a world where you can pick up a Russian poet's soul for a song, allowing it to replace your own faulty soul. I recently sat down with Paul Giamatti, who plays a version of Paul Giamatti, plus the director, Sophie Barthes ('03SIPA). We had a wide-ranging conversation about the meaning of soul, Pork buns, and being typecast.


'A Perfect Balancing Act'
The Jewish Exponent, PA - Aug. 06, 2009
Lyricist Fred Ebb (GSAS '57) and composer John Kander (GSAS '54) were not only collaborators for more than 40 years -- longer than any songwriting partnership in Broadway history, notes their biographer James Leve -- but also fast and inseparable friends for those four productive decades. It seems that only something as sudden and definitive as Ebb's death in 2004 could have put them asunder. But despite their long years of creativity and 12 Broadway musicals to their credit, only two of the works will live on beyond them. But the shows with staying power happen to be Cabaret and Chicago, what many consider to be two of the most imaginative and influential musicals in the history of the form.


'Hair' revival recoups costs: Broadway musical in the black
Variety, CA - Aug 6, 2009
The Broadway revival of "Hair" has swiftly recouped its capitalization costs of $5.76 million, according to producers, touting the news less than six months after the musical began perfs in March...Diane Paulus ('97SoA) helms the revival, reprising her duties from the Central Park incarnations, while Karole Armitage choreographs.


'The Hurt Locker' defies the odds
LA Times
- Aug. 6, 2009 one of the more noteworthy movie surprises of the year, director Kathryn Bigelow's ('79SoA) look at an American explosive ordnance disposal team in Iraq is making a bang at the art house and seems likely to remain an awards front-runner. With domestic ticket sales of more than $7 million to date, "The Hurt Locker" is hardly a blockbuster, [...] yet is on track to gross $15 million or more in its total theatrical run -- an exceptionally strong performance given the film's subject matter and its absence of recognizable stars.


Tony Kushner ('78CC) to be awarded 2009 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement
Chicago Tribune - Aug. 2, 2009
The politically provocative dramatist is being honored for a body of work that includes the two-part, epic "Angels," the much-honored 1992 Broadway sensation that was adapted into a 2003 HBO miniseries that collected 11 Emmy Awards; the Oscar-nominated screenplay to Steven Spielberg's "Munich" (2005); the racially charged musical "Caroline, or Change," which smashed box-office records at Hyde Park's Court Theatre last fall,and a new play, "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures"


Downtown Drama: The undergroundzero festival at P.S. 122
The Brooklyn Rail - Jul/Aug. 2009
Paul Bargetto ('05SoA) enjoys artists' failures. Especially if the failures are huge-fall on your face, audiences hackling and the whole show going up in flames style. (Okay, maybe not the part about the hackling or the flames.) But Bargetto is not a sadist and does not have unreasonable schadenfreude tendencies; he simply believes risk taking is essential to theater making. That's why he created the undergroundzero festival, an experimental, laboratory theater festival in which he gives artists complete creative freedom.


Music review: Marin Aslop and Gil Shaham ('90GS) with the L.A. Philharmonic
LA Times - July 31, 2009
The violinist Gil Shaham ('90GS) recently said he had always been "cautious and worried" about performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Based on his commanding rendition Thursday with guest conductor Marin Alsop and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he can stop worrying. From the four drum beats of Beethoven's ominous opening to the tuneful exuberance of his dance-like finale, Alsop and Shaham held listeners in their grip. When the long opening movement ended with delicate interplay between...


DailyCandy-meets-The New Yorker!
Press Release Point, NY
eCognoscente is a free daily e-mail on matters cultural, both contemporary and classical, in New York City and the rest of the world. eCognoscente is literally DailyCandy meets The New Yorker! The idea behind eCognoscente is deceptively simple. Discerning and culturally active New Yorkers (or those who are New Yorkers in spirit!) want to keep abreast of the best in arts and culture, both past and present. eCognoscente does the job of keeping them in-the-know and covers the following areas: Art, Literature, Architecture, Film, Dance, Design, Fashion, Food, Literature, Music, Travel, and Theatre.


Rocking Beijing: China's underground music scene
The Wall Street Journal, NY - July 24 2009
"Five years ago, none of my students at Tsinghua or Beida had any interest in what we would call countercultural stuff," says Michael Pettis('81SIPA, '84BUS), a finance professor at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management who owns D-22 and the Maybe Mars label. Today Mr. Pettis estimates that...


Hair's Diane Paulus ('97SOA) To Direct 'IL MONDO DELLA LUNA' At The Hayden Planetarium
Broadway World, NY - July 20, 2009
For the first time ever, the Hayden Planetarium will be transformed into an intimate opera house using a 180-degree dome and projections courtesy of NASA. Taking advantage of breakthroughs in laser and light technology, Il mondo della luna will fuse live opera and stargazing, immersing the audience in a completely new kind of theatrical event - an out-of-this-world experience for opera lovers, science buffs, and theatergoers alike. "This is Gotham's grandest and most audacious production in our eight-year history. The combination of Haydn, the Hayden, Diane Paulus, and our incomparable lineup of singers and designers adds up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience..."


Comparing Notes: Kitt, Kander And Miranda
NPR, United States - July 19, 2009
Broadway composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the Tony-winning musical "In the Heights," sits down at the piano with John Kander ('54GSAS), the legendary composer of "Chicago," and Tom Kitt ('96CC), composer and winner of this year's Tony for the musical Next to Normal.


Scary stories an honored tradition
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI - July 18, 2009
Remember the fantastic ghost stories of childhood? Reach back far enough and you'll find those tales spool back to when cavemen sat around the fire at night, whispering stories while the stars fell. They're "cool winds and wood smoke" stories, as novelist Peter Straub ('66GSAS) says, and all cultures have them, need them...


The word on the streets
Sunday Herald, UK - July 18, 2009
What other novelists refer to as research, Richard Price ('76SOA) calls "hanging out". Most often, this means spending time with police officers in and around New York, whose experience tends to have a direct bearing on the stories that Price chooses to tell. For the sake of specificity, he may also need to sit in on staff meetings with local restaurant managers and community outreach workers, or to participate in drug deals on dark corners of certain housing projects, if only as an observer...


Director Bigelow big on westerns, adrenaline
Daily Herald, IL - July 18, 2009
Kathryn Bigelow ('79SOA) probably loves many things, but the two I know about are westerns and adrenaline junkies. Westerns because she directed the great 1987 horror tale "Near Dark," about vampires roaming the West as the last American outlaws. Adrenaline junkies because she directed 1991's "Point Break," about surfing dudes who rob banks for the sheer thrill of it. Bigelow's newest movie, "The Hurt Locker," combines


Movie Review (500) Days of Summer (2009)
Love at the Greeting Card Company: Best Wishes on Your Breakup

New York Times, NY July 17, 2009
Some of the credibility that Mr. Webb's movie establishes right away comes from its unassuming and appealing stars, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (CC). With his crooked smile, reedy physique and improbably deep voice, Mr. Gordon-Levitt camouflages his magnetism with diffidence...


Play sheds light on real politics
The Journal, MV - July 18, 2009
The play "Farragut North," part of this year's Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, dives headfirst into this boring world of political rhetoric and turns it completely upside down. Here writer Beau Willimon ('99CC, '03SOA) is attempting to show us that behind every soulless speech there is a devious network of...


Adiga's India, Through A Literary Kaleidoscope
NPR, United States - July 18, 2009
Author Aravind Adiga ('97CC) says that earning the 2008 Booker Prize - one of the literary world's biggest awards - for his first novel, The White Tiger, was a great honor, but it didn't dramatically alter his life as a writer. "I'm still stuck in my flat in Mumbai, trying to write..."


SFMOMA spotlights Richard Avedon's photographs in first big retrospective since his death in 2004
Mercury News, CA - July 16
The late photographer Richard Avedon (Columbia College) once said, "All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." Of course, what Avedon offered, at least in the fashion photography which made his reputation, was much more tantalizing than truth; it was entree into a world of elusive glamour and heartbreaking, unattainable beauty...


Celebrated cellist plays Vail
Vail Daily, CO - July 17, 2009
Alisa Weilerstein ('04CC), who plays in Vail Saturday night, says her first cello may have been made out of painted cereal boxes, but it planted a seed nonetheless. She was only four years old when she began clamoring for a real cello. To say she had an affinity for the real instrument would be an understatement. She performed her first public concert six months after getting it. By age 13...


Is a New Women's Cinema emerging?
London Evening Standard, UK - July 17, 2009
By Courtney Hunt ( '94SOA) - Director, 'Frozen River'
As a child of the 1970s, I was raised in Memphis, Tennessee by a single mom with the basic message that I could do anything I wanted to do. Anything. After all, I watched her pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, with no money and...


Photo Flash: Shaiman and Wittman's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre - First Look!
Broadway World, United States - July 16, 2009
The world premiere musical based on the hit DreamWorks film boasts a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally ('60CC), who joins forces with the collaborative team behind the hit musical Hairspray, including five-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien, Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and Tony Award-winning composing team Marc Shaiman (music & lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics). The musical is getting ready to launch previews at...


Book review: Between the Assassinations
The First Post, UK - July 17, 2009
Aravind Adiga ('97CC) addresses the 'startling inequalities of wealth, the caste system and the despair of the poor' in India in his latest novel...


'Hurt Locker' Captures Soldiers' Fears in Iraq, Finds Audience
Bloomberg, NY - July 17
"People are already talking about it for best picture," said Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst at Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations, which also tracks sales. "If 'The Hurt Locker' plays its cards right and does slowly build an audience, and does win one of those Oscar nominations, it could play into next year."
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow ('79SOA), "The Hurt Locker" made its debut...


Exclusive: Jonathan Ames ('89SOA) Talks About Double Life, Old Diaries, and His New HBO Series
Flavorwire, NY - July 17, 2009
Meet the man behind "The Double Life Is Twice As Good", a collection of fiction and nonfiction that covers territory ranging from corduroy appreciation to female ejaculation and everything in between. We are referring, of course, to Jonathan Ames, a New York writer, performance artist and occasional amateur boxer whose fierce and hilarious writing has made him a cult superstar over the past decade. Now, with two of his novels adapted for the big screen and an upcoming HBO series...


Agnes Martin Exhibition Opens at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Art Daily, UK - July 23, 2009
A rare display of one of America's foremost abstract painters will be unveiled this summer as part of the programme of ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The presentation of late works by Agnes Martin ('42TC, '52TC) will include three paintings held in ARTIST ROOMS, complemented by a group of works on loan courtesy of...


St. Louis Stage Capsules
River Front News, MO - July 21, 2009
"Nerve" The perils of dating get another going over in Adam Szymkowicz's ('04SOA) breezy comedy. Although this brief encounter between Elliot and Susan plays out at a table in a late-night bar, so much ground is covered it's as if the author...


Backstage at the Tony Awards
Variety, CA – June 8, 2009
"Next to Normal" creatives Tom Kitt (‘96CC) and Brian Yorkey (‘93CC) managed to throw a wrench in any potential "Billy Elliot" sweep, picking up the trophy for score. (Kitt also scored a shared kudo for orchestrations.) "Normal," a risky, small-scale tuner about a ...


'Billy Elliot' dances to the top of Broadway
Chicago Tribune, IL – June 8, 2009
As was widely expected, Diane Paulus’ (’92SoA) revival of the musical “Hair” took the best revival Tony, beating out “West Side Story” and “Guys and Dolls.” With producers coming out of the woodwork like dinner-jacketed head lice, ebullient hippies celebrated ...


Get Smart: Away We Go
New York Press, NY – June 8, 2009
Away We Go was written by McSweeney's/The Believer duo Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida (‘96SoA). Too bad they're not TV buffs as the title, recalling Jackie Gleason's motto, suggests. But Eggers and Vida don't reference Gleason's The Honeymooners, ...


Ensemble Studio Theatre's One-Act Festival Returns
Village Voice, NY – June 2, 2009
2009's Series A delivers another engaging grab bag of actor-driven works by new and established playwrights. Kia Corthron's (‘92SoA) Trickle is an Odets-like series of schematic but well-acted vignettes demonstrating the consequences of corporate ...


Spoleto Festival USA opens in tough economic times
Forbes, NY – June 8, 2009
... Peter Lorre's 20th Century," an operetta bringing together director Jay Scheib (‘02SoA) and World/Inferno Friendship Society, a New York punk band. Britain's Kneehigh Theatre is staging "Dear John," a theater production inspired by Mozart's "Don Giovanni. ...


Sandra's Sources | 'Every Thing Must Out Going!'
New York Times, NY – June 2, 2009
Over 30 artists and performers have contributed printed matter, limited-edition sculptures, drawings, records, accessories and T-shirts to the project, including Olivier Mosset (‘83GS), Kembra Pfhaler, Liam Gillick, Neckface, Matthew Brannon, Oliver Zahm, ...


Review: The Saatchi's art exhibition Abstract America is stupid ..., UK – June 2, 2009
It looks like they unwrapped a painting, then hung the packaging and threw the art away. But no: this is a work by Gedi Sibony (‘02SoA), and the whole thing is a kind of drawing. I actually like Sibony's art, not least because it is so unlike what you expect ...


Goings On About Town
New Yorker, NY – June 1, 2009
Fifth Ave. at 89th St. (212-423-3500)—“Intervals: Julieta Aranda (‘06SoA).” The museum inaugurates a new series of projects by emerging artists with four works by the Mexican-born Aranda, installed in a cramped stairwell off the rotunda. ...


A taste of America's past
May 28, 2009 - LOS ANGELES TIMES
When Zora Neale Hurston (BC) -- then author of three books, including a highly respected novel, and an experienced anthropologist with a prestigious Columbia anthropology degree -- found herself without money, she went to see fellow Columbia graduate Henry Alsberg, who ran the writers project. Alsberg, recognizing that she was better qualified than most of the project's writers, sent her to her native Florida to be a supervising editor. But the Florida group found it unthinkable for a black woman to be in charge and gave her the lowest-level job.


Art For The '...Age'
Hartford Courant, United States – May 14, 2009
Barnard College author and dance historian Lynn Garafola speaks on "Serge Diaghilev and the Adventure of Ballet Modernism" Sunday at noon at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in connection with the Ballets Russes exhibition. On Friday at noon, ...


Backstage at the Tony Awards
Variety, CA - June 8, 2009
"Next to Normal" creatives Tom Kitt (‘96CC) and Brian Yorkey (‘93CC) managed to throw a wrench in any potential "Billy Elliot" sweep, picking up the trophy for score. (Kitt also scored a shared kudo for orchestrations.) "Normal," a risky, small-scale tuner about a ...


'Billy Elliot' dances to the top of Broadway
Chicago Tribune, United States - June 8, 2009
As was widely expected, Diane Paulus' ('92SoA) revival of the musical "Hair" took the best revival Tony, beating out "West Side Story" and "Guys and Dolls." With producers coming out of the woodwork like dinner-jacketed head lice, ebullient hippies celebrated ...


Get Smart: Away We Go
New York Press, NY - June 8, 2009
Away We Go was written by McSweeney's/The Believer duo Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida (‘96SoA). Too bad they're not TV buffs as the title, recalling Jackie Gleason's motto, suggests. But Eggers and Vida don't reference Gleason's The Honeymooners, ...


Ensemble Studio Theatre's One-Act Festival Returns
Village Voice, NY - June 2, 2009
2009's Series A delivers another engaging grab bag of actor-driven works by new and established playwrights. Kia Corthron's (‘92SoA) Trickle is an Odets-like series of schematic but well-acted vignettes demonstrating the consequences of corporate ...


Sandra's Sources | 'Every Thing Must Out Going!'
New York Times, United States - June 2, 2009
Over 30 artists and performers have contributed printed matter, limited-edition sculptures, drawings, records, accessories and T-shirts to the project, including Olivier Mosset (‘83GS), Kembra Pfhaler, Liam Gillick, Neckface, Matthew Brannon, Oliver Zahm, ...


Review: The Saatchi's art exhibition Abstract America is stupid ..., UK - June 2, 2009
It looks like they unwrapped a painting, then hung the packaging and threw the art away. But no: this is a work by Gedi Sibony (‘02SoA), and the whole thing is a kind of drawing. I actually like Sibony's art, not least because it is so unlike what you expect ...


Goings On About Town
New Yorker, United States - June 1, 2009
Fifth Ave. at 89th St. (212-423-3500)-"Intervals: Julieta Aranda (‘06SoA)." The museum inaugurates a new series of projects by emerging artists with four works by the Mexican-born Aranda, installed in a cramped stairwell off the rotunda. ...


Spoleto Festival USA opens in tough economic times
Forbes, NY - June 8, 2009
... Peter Lorre's 20th Century," an operetta bringing together director Jay Scheib (‘02SoA) and World/Inferno Friendship Society, a New York punk band. Britain's Kneehigh Theatre is staging "Dear John," a theater production inspired by Mozart's "Don Giovanni. ...


Art For The '...Age'
Hartford Courant, United States - May 14, 2009
Barnard College author and dance historian Lynn Garafola speaks on "Serge Diaghilev and the Adventure of Ballet Modernism" Sunday at noon at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in connection with the Ballets Russes exhibition. On Friday at noon, ...


Even High Above Those Clouds, You Can Never Escape From the Gods
New York Times, United States - Apr 14, 2009
Still, Mr. Conlon lavished attention on the music, drawing rapturously colorful and confident playing from the orchestra. The director, Darko Tresnjak (‘98SoA), was restricted, it would appear, by having to stage the opera atop the same highly raked platform ...


Richard Price, TC Boyle elected to arts academy
The Associated Press - Apr 13, 2009
Richard Price ('76SoA) and T. Coraghessan Boyle, two authors generally not fond of honors or distinctions, are among the newest inductees of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Associated Press reported. On Monday the academy announced that Mr. Price (left, whose novels include "Clockers" and "Lush Life") and Mr. Boyle (below left, author of "Drop City") would be among the nine artists added to its 250-member roster.


Sam Mendes, Dave Eggers, and Vendela Vida screen new film at 826LA
Decider, Los Angeles - Apr 13, 2009
On Thursday, May 7, 826 will host yet another fundraiser, this time in advance of the new film Away We Go, penned by 826LA founder/author Dave Eggers and his wife, author/publisher Vendela Vida ('96 SoA).


Seattle 5th's next season opens with a world premiere of musical ... - Apr 13. 2009
Four-time Tony Award-winning Terrence McNally (‘60CC) (whose musical drama credits range from Kiss of the Spider Woman to the Heggie opera Dead Man Walking, among others) is writing the book for the musical, collaborating with the Hairspray crew (which also premiered at the 5th) that includes five-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien, Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and Tony Award-winning composing team Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics).


Re-enactment of meeting of Wampanoag tribesmen and a settler (WEBB ...
Hartford Courant, United States - Apr 13, 2009It wasn't an easy process, says documentary filmmaker Ric Burns (‘78CC ‘83GSAS), who co-directed "Tecumseh's Vision," a film about the Shawnee leader. "From a non-native point of view, the challenges, as I see it, were really principally in two categories," Burns says ... 


The Week Ahead: April 12-18
New York Times, United States - Apr 10, 2009Julieta Aranda's (‘06SoA) "Clear Coordinates for Our Confusion," in the Guggenheim's Intervals series of solo presentations of emerging artists. The blues are belted in a recording studio in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and there's no denying the crucial role ...


Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed Perform Together May 1 in Benefit ... - Art Daily
Art Daily, Maine - Apr 9, 2009
On Friday, May 1, 2009, American artists Laurie Anderson (‘69BC ‘72SoA) and Lou Reed make a rare appearance together at a benefit concert in support of The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm with an exclusive dinner in the ICA ...


Parker Posey on Playwrights Horizons Calendar
New York Times - Apr 9, 2009
The actress Parker Posey will take a break from her schedule of what seems like 50 movies a year to appear in a new stage work at Playwrights Horizons, the theater company announced. Ms. Posey, of "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman," will be featured in "This," a new comedy by Melissa James Gibson (‘91GS) about a widow and her circle of friends. The play, directed by Daniel Aukin, will make its debut as part of Playwrights Horizons' 2009-2010 season. > Blogs > The Daily > Shorts, 4/8.
IFC – Apr 8, 2009
"Tze Chun (’02 CC) doesn't just write and direct his own films," writes Michael Tully. Yes, another interview, this one at Hammer to Nail: "He's also an accomplished visual artist, editor, cinematographer, as well as a screenwriter-for-hire. ...


RCGA, Symphony are in NY blowing St. Louis' horn
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO – Apr 4, 2009
Robertson and his wife, pianist Orli Shaham (‘97CC P:’12CC) have been in a national radio ad linking the regional brand, "St. Louis: Perfectly Centered and Remarkably Connected," to the Carnegie Hall event. The spot has aired for months on CNN, MSNBC and ESPN, ...


Howie Snyder: What can we learn from China?
Merced Sun-Star, CA - Mar 26, 2009
Headlines about China scream across our papers every day, and China has arguably become our most important bilateral relationship. Close cooperation with China will be a key in tackling the pressing problems of the day -- the financial crisis, ...


Literary Nominees and Honors Galore - New York Times
New York Times, United States, Mar 21, 2009
The finalists for the Man Booker International Prize, a lifetime achievement award given every other year, have been announced. They include E. L. Doctorow (NDG ‘53GSAS), V. S. Naipaul, Joyce Carol Oates, Mario Vargas Llosa and Alice Munro. A winner will be announced in May.


Renowned musicians to receive arts and humanities medals
Media Newswire (press release), NY, March 24th, 2009
The 2009 Institute for the Arts and Humanities Medals for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts and Humanities will be awarded to world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax (NDG ‘70CC), violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma on March 30. ...


Washington Performing Arts Society annonces 2009-2010 season, March 24th, 2009
This season's performers are Alisa Weilerstein (‘04CC), cello, and Inon Barnatan, piano, who perform works by Beethoven, Britten, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff on February 6; violinist Julia Fisher performing Bach Partitas on April 3, and pianist Yuja Wang, ...


Washington Performing Arts Society annonces 2009-2010 season, March 24th, 2009
The Kreeger String Series began in 1987 and features the world's finest emerging string musicians who follow in the footsteps of renowned Kreeger Series alumni, including violinists Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn, many of whom have gone on to perform main ...


Ramin Bahrani's Quietly Profound Goodbye Solo
Village Voice - March 24th, 2009
"Goodbye Solo," the third feature co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (‘96CC), who, at 34, has quietly emerged as one of the major figures in the American independent film scene.


Denver Center Will Stage Premieres by Schmiedl, Myler, Wheetman and Martinez in 2010 - March 24th, 2009
Mama Hated Diesels, a new musical by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman (who co-created Fire on the Mountain and It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues); Eventide, the sequel to DCTC's popular Plainsong; and Rogelio Martinez's (SoA) When Tang Met Laika, seen in a reading in the DCTC New Play Summit, are the trio of premieres.


Land of Promise, Home of the Bedeviled and Bewildered
New York Times - March 24, 2009
In Wells Tower's ('02 SoA) sad-funny-disturbing stories, the world is a precarious place, where the innocent have bad dreams, and even the not-so-innocent worry about ''the things the world will do to them'' and their loved ones.


Eileen Quinlan's art at ICA pushes photographic boundaries
Metro Daily News - March 22, 2009
Eileen Quinlan (‘05SoA) photographs illusions that challenge viewers to wonder not just what they're seeing but how to make sense of it. In her first solo museum exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, she is showing 32 color photos taken in her studio that transform everyday objects into meditative scenes.


Arts, Briefly ‘Push' Joins Lineup
New York Times - Feb 27, 2009
The program, which begins on March 25, will open with Cherien Dabis's (SoA '94) film "Amreeka," about a Palestinian single mother and her teenage son who move to ...


Art Review | The Art Show Rewards and Clarity in a Show of Restraint
New York Times - Feb 26, 2009
Sometimes the discussions stay in the booth, like the one among Lynda Benglis, Lucio Fontana and David Altmejd (SoA'01) at Andrea Rosen. From here take in Ms. Benglis's new cast stainless totems, in concert with lush paintings on paper by Bill Jensen at Cheim ...


Film Series and Movie Listings
New York Times - Feb 26, 2009
(Dave Kehr) FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: RAMIN BAHRANI (CC'96) (Wednesday and Thursday) This overview of the developing career of Mr. Bahrani, a young independent filmmaker, includes his first two features, "Man Push Cart" (2005) and "Chop Shop" (2007), and a preview ...


[Special Screenings] Local Showings of 'Hania,' 'Nothing Like the ...
OC Weekly, CA - Feb 25, 2009
Mexican-born filmmaker Alfredo De Villa's (SoA) flick is about Puerto Rican family members from all over descending on mami and papi's house in west Chicago for Christmas. You've got your damaged Iraq combat-vet son (Freddy Rodriguez), ...


Artnet News
Artnet, NY - Feb 24, 2009
First up is an installation of films by Derek Jarman, a 35-sculpture "mise en scène" installation on the ground floor by New York artist Mika Tajima (SoA '03), and a recreation of Christian Holstad's homage to the gay leather scene, Leather Beach, on the roof. ...


Monstrous Success for Barnard Alum
CU Columbia Spectator, NY - Feb 24, 2009
At the center of a male-dominated profession, Tesori (BC) hopes to organize a free lecture series for students interested in music at Barnard. She aims to show that while there is no prescription for success, composing is in fact a viable career option. ... 


Theater Listings: Feb. 20-26
New York Times - Feb 20, 2009
Playing a money manager armored head to toe in cynicism, David Wilson Barnes (SoA '99) gets the choicest of Ms. Gionfriddo's acerbic observations about love, sex and ethics, but the whole cast, including Annie Parisse as the shrinking violet with sharp thorns, ...


Bell's Theorem and the Physical World
Scientific American - Feb 18, 2009
David Z Albert and Rivka Galchen (SoA'06) both teach at Columbia University, one on how physics tells the story of the world, the other on how to write stories. Albert is Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia and author of Quantum ...


Book review: They is us
Scotsman, United Kingdom - Feb 15, 2009
FOR her latest novel, Tama Janowitz (SoA '86) leaves behind the catwalks, cocaine and clubs of Manhattan to explore a grotesque America 100-odd years in the future. New Jersey with her two daughters, Tahnee and Julie. Julie has started a summer internship at the ...


Ideas in Concrete
The Weekly Standard - Feb 14, 2009
... the architect's correspondence with his mother, to whom Weber had unique access. And because she died at nearly 100 years old, those letters cover most of Le Corbusier's career. The abundant citations have been ably translated by Richard Howard (CC'51 SoA Fac) ...


Kohle Yohannan and Mary McFadden
Women's Wear Daily - Feb 14, 2009
"I think all designers today are celebrities," declared Mary McFadden (GS NDG), whose ex-husband Kohle Yohannan's book on Valentina accompanies the exhibit's opening ...


Normal' set for Booth Theater
Variety, CA - Feb 14, 2009
Start date for "Normal" remains the same, with the Tom Kitt (CC'96)-Brian Yorkey tuner beginning previews March 27 ahead of an April 15 opening. Show is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo and Second Stage Theater.


Book news: Lions and authors and movies, oh my
Los Angeles Times Blogs - Feb 18, 2009
The winner will get $10000, possibly from the hand of Ethan Hawke, who founded the award with Rick Moody (SoA'86)  and other supporters of the New York Public Library. The prize is named for the marble lions that guard the library's central branch at 42nd Street ...


Get on Their Marks
New York Times, United States - Feb 3, 2009
As for the rest, he said the producers [of the Oscars], Bill Condon (CC'76) and Laurence Mark, had asked him to "tell them to stay alert." Mr. Ganis spilled no details, ...


Samuel Goldwyn Films warms to ‘Cold Souls'
MSNBC - Feb 2, 2009
Sophie Barthes (SIPA'03) wrote and directed the film, in which Giamatti, playing an actor named Paul Giamatti, comes upon a service that can store and transplant ...


Primary Stages Announces 25th Anniversary Season
Broadway World, NY - Feb 3, 2009
Under the direction of Liz Diamond (SoA'93), Happy Now? Concludes the 25 th Anniversary Season when performances begin January26, 2010 for a limited run through March ...


Taking a good long look in the funhouse mirror
Globe and Mail, Canada - Feb 2, 2009
Tonight, EL Doctorow (Non-degree) and the historian Robert Dallek will discuss the importance of that year in a discussion moderated by Dick Cavett. ...


2 unexpected gigs remind us that Kahane plays too
Denver Post, CO - Jan 31, 2009
Composer Nico Muhly (CC '03), who wrote the score for the movie "The Reader," is still working on the third contemporary piece, "Short Stuff (Etude No. ...


The dark (and funny) side of Hollywood
Connecticut Post - Jan 27, 2009
Alison Gaylin (JRN'91) recently published a book, "Trashed," based on her own experience as an entertainment journalist.  Like Ms. Gaylin, the protagonist in her novel is a Columbia University School of Journalism graduate.


Renaissance and Medieval Hues in a Modernist Work
New York Times, United States - Jan 26, 2009
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI "Time Regained," the title of Charles Wuorinen's (CC'61 GSAS'63)  new fantasy for piano and orchestra, is taken from Proust's novel of that name. ...


Hope and change weren't only in DC
USA Today - Jan 25, 2009
In Cherien Dabis' (SoA'04) Amreeka , a Palestinian mother and son give up on the West Bank and come to America, believing it will be a lot easier to make it here than ...


Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Presents Gedi Sibony: My Arms ...
Art Daily, Maine - Jan 23, 2009
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents the first monographic museum exhibition with New York-based artist Gedi Sibony (SoA'00): My Arms Are Tied Behind My ...


Portrait of Darwin as a young (flatulent) scientist: Natural ...
Scientific American - Jan 20, 2009
Playwright Jason Grote imagines the voyage of the HMS Beagle as an adventure tour for the upper classes, a Victorian-era jaunt organized by the likes of ...


Well-Versed: The Inaugural Poets
CBS News, NY - Jan 19, 2009
But poet David Lehman (CC'70 GSAS'78), the editor of "The Oxford Book of American Poetry" (Oxford Univ. Press), says lyrical speech used to be commonplace, ...


The Whole Point Of Peter Lorre
Forbes, NY - Jan 12, 2009
Jay Scheib (SoA'02) directed the show. He's an improbably decent and handsome 30-something prodigy from Iowa. He teaches theater at MIT in between trips to Austria ...


Well-anchored design
Baltimore Sun, United States - Jan 5, 2009
The architects are working with designer Edwin Schlossberg (GSAS '71) to come up with exhibits for the interior. They have to decide exactly how the new structure will ...


For director Mendes, family matters
Boston Globe, United States - Jan 5, 2009
"Away We Go," an original screenplay by author Dave Eggers and his wife, Vendela Vida (SoA'96), follows a young couple as they travel the country in search of the ...


DSO program features banjo, tabla
Detroit Free Press, United States - Jan 5, 2009
Related projects include Regina Carter's performances of David Schiff's (CC'67, GSAS '74 P:CC'01) jazz violin concerto, "Four Sisters," and concerts featuring symphonic scores by ...


14 WAYS TO WHILE AWAY THE WINTER: Arts highlights in early 2009
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Jan 3, 2009
Tamy Ben-Tor (SoA'06). The Sarah Silverman of the art world, Israeli performance and video artist Tamy Ben-Tor wields a wit as sharp as a samurai sword in her first ...


In Memoriam: Remembers Those We Lost in 2008, NY - Jan 2, 2009
Nina Foch, 84, a Dutch-born actress of stage and screen, who often played worldly women of cool, controlling instincts (see MGM's "An American in Paris"), ...


Will Big Names Lure Readers?
Wall Street Journal - Jan 1, 2009
Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc., has already warned his 40,000 employees that 2009 will be grim and that the chain is intent on slashing expenses. . . . Still, a rush of big books is on . . .Also in March, Martha Stewart (BC) offers her loyal do-it-yourselfers the highly anticipated title "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts.". . . Other literary offerings next year include "Noah's Compass," a new novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler (GSAS), which is being published in September, and Richard Powers's "Generosity: An Enhancement," due in the bookstores in October. . .


Columbia Films Selected for 2009 Sundance Film Festivals
Arts Initiative - Dec 11, 2008
28 films selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival were made with the contribution of 35 alumni, faculty, and students.


Heidi Julavits featured in January 2009 Harper's
Harper's Magazine - Dec 16, 2008
Heidi Julavits (SoA '96 and adjunct faculty) published her short story, "The Santosbrazzi killer", in the first 2009 issue of the magazine.


The Young Old Master
New York Magazine - Dec 14, 2008
"Cellist Alisa Weilerstein (CC '04) needed no more than a few measures of music to reveal the full depth of the evening ahead, her Zankel Hall recital debut. ..."


Helen Levin receives Chenven Foundation award ­­­ - Dec 12, 2008
Helen Levin (SoA '63 and CAAL member) won a monetary award from the LHCF Chenven Foundation for Art. Helen Levin is a painter who has had solo exhibitions of her paintings in New York, and in Europe. She is past recipient of NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs and Artists Space exhibition grants.


Vampire Weekend Performs at Terminal 5
New York Times - Dec 4, 2008
One of the year's hottest bands is composed entirely of CC '06 grads: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Christopher Thomson, and Chris Baio.


Two books by alumni in Best 10 Books of 2008
New York Times - Dec 3,2008
Unaccustomed Earth , a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri (BC '89) and Dangerous Laughter , a short story collection by Steven Millhauser (CC '65), were rated among the best of the year by editors of the Times' Book Review.


Earthly Delights again finds life on stage
San Francisco Chronicle  - Nov 25, 2008
Out of the darkness, gracefully bent in half and lumbering slowly on all fours, comes a herd of seemingly nude creatures. These are the talented dancers of The Garden of Earthly Delights , in the latest off-Broadway incarnation of Martha Clarke's theatrical interpretation of Hieronymous Bosch's 1503 triptych about the progression of sin. . . . Marjorie Folkman (BC ‘91) is memorable as a shy, slight figure whom the others repeatedly single out for torment. Whitney F. Hunter is a credibly primitive Adam, ...


Groundbreaking PBS series nears completion
Indian Country Today, NY  - Nov 21, 2008
After almost five years of planning and production, a groundbreaking television series depicting more than 350 years of history from an American Indian perspective is scheduled to premiere next spring. . . . Wounded Knee was produced and directed by Stanley Nelson (Revson Fellow), a recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, a Sundance Special Jury Prize, Peabody Award ...


Restless Composer, Desperate Concerto
New York Times  - Nov 21, 2008
The dynamic cellist Alisa Weilerstein (CC’04) played the difficult solo part with almost savage intensity on Thursday at Avery Fisher Hall, during a fine ...


Bowie, Pixies Star in Furnas’s Show; Koh Goes White: Hot Art
Bloomberg  - Nov 20, 2008
Barnaby Furnas (SoA ’00) returns to Chelsea with new paintings of rock bands, Civil War heroes and post- apocalyptic landscapes.


Carl Capotorto's new memoir
Gothamist - November 17, 2008
Last month Carl Capotorto’s (SoA’92) Twisted Head hit the bookshelves. The memoir traces his life in the Bronx decades ago, from his father's "Pizza and Sangwheech Shoppe" to the Summer of Sam. This week he told us a little bit about what life was like in New York back then, how the Son of Sam killed his childhood friend, and his role as Little Paulie Germani in The Sopranos .


A major reboot at HBO
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY - Nov 15, 2008
Novelist Jonathan Ames (SoA’95) has written the pilot for a quirky comedy about a frustrated young New York writer who moonlights as a hard-boiled detective--just one of nine pilot shows being considered for production by HBO.


Miguel Syjuco has won the second annual Man Asian Literary Prize for his debut novel Ilustrado
The Gazette ( Montreal) - November 14, 2008
Montreal-based author Miguel Syjuco (SoA’04) has won the second annual Man Asian Literary Prize for his debut novel, Ilustrado . The award, which is worth $10,000, goes to an outstanding book as yet unpublished in English, by an Asian author. In accepting his award on Wednesday night in Hong Kong, the Manila-born Syjuco, 31, described the win as a "life-changing experience."


Gov't decorates 3 Nobel winners, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Keene, 3 others
Japan Economic Newswire - Oct 28, 2008
The Japanese government decided Tuesday to decorate three Japanese Nobel laureates in physics and chemistry this year, conductor Seiji Ozawa, scholar in Japanese literature Donald Keene (CC ’42, GSAS ’47, ’50) and three others with its highest honor for their contributions to the nation's culture.


Those Who Traffic in Spin Can Get Caught in the Cycle
New York Times – Nov 14, 2008
“The projected images that flicker and fade like pale fireworks between scenes of Farragut North — Beau Willimon’s (CC ’99, SoA ’93) . . . play about spinmeisters on the campaign trail — are so immediately and overwhelmingly familiar that sensitive, CNN-watching theatergoers may flinch.”


Theater Review: 'Happy Now?' Married, With (Offstage) Children ...
New York Times – Nov 5, 2008
“This American premiere production, nimbly directed by Liz Diamond (SIPA ’81, SoA ’83), is exceptionally well cast and skillfully acted.”


McMartin and Rebhorn Star in Off-Broadway's Saturn Returns
Playbill – Nov 04, 2008
“Noah Haidle's Saturn Returns makes its New York debut at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater Off-Broadway. Nicholas Martin directs the production featuring Rosie Benton, Robert Eli, John McMartin and James Rebhorn (SoA ’72).”  


Music Review: The Cerebral Onstage, Not Without Wit
New York Times  – Nov 3, 2008
“The first thing a visitor to the composer Charles Wuorinen’s (CC ’61, GSAS ’63) web site sees is a colorful caricature of Mr. Wuorinen by Arnold Roth. . . .The picture, at , says a lot about Mr. Wuorinen, a composer whose music and program notes can seem brainy and abstruse but who is actually fairly personable and says he wants people to enjoy his work. . . .”


Rick Hilles wins Whiting Writers' Award
Vanderbilt University - Nov 3, 2008
Rick Hilles (SoA ’96 ), an acclaimed poet and assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University, was named one of 10 recipients of the 2008 Whiting Writer’s Award, which carries a $50,000 prize.


Matthew Brannon featured in the November/December issue of Frieze
Frieze – Nov/Dec, 2008
In the latest issue of the prominent British art journal, Jennifer Higgie reflects on Matthew Brannon’s (SoA ’99) paintings and sculptures, “whose elegant aesthetic belies a witty, acerbic take on the human condition.”


Rivka Galchen Among Nominees for Canada Governor General’s Literary Awards
Canadian Press – Oct 21, 2008
The 2008 Governor General's Literary Awards have been announced, and “Atmospheric Disturbances” by Rivka Galchen (SoA ’06) is an English-language finalist.


The Alcoholic and The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard
Miami Herald  - Oct 21, 2008
“Jonathan Ames (SoA ’95), is a successful performer, essayist and novelist of mostly noirish detective fiction. Aided by artist and American Splendor stalwart Dean Haspiel, he recounts his life of sexual ambiguity, substance abuse, and affairs of the heart and other organs.”


Columbians nominated for 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards
Variety – Oct 20, 2008
Columbia alumni nominees for the indie film awards are Courtney Hunt (SoA ’94), director of Frozen River ; Maureen Ryan (SoA ’92 and FAC), producer of Man on Wire ; Carl Deal (JRN ’94), co-producer and director of Trouble the Water ; and Ramin Bahrani (CC ’96), director of Chop Shop.


Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck Release Second Feature Film
New York Daily News – Oct 13, 2008
“ Sugar , the second feature from Half Nelson directors Anna Boden (SoA ’02) and Ryan Fleck, impressed audiences at Sundance with its story of a Dominican baseball player recruited into the minor leagues.”


Gummer to Make Stage Debut in Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents
Playbill – Oct 8, 2008
“Neil Blackadder has translated Swiss playwright Bärfuss' work, which is set to run Nov. 6-22 at the Wild Project under the direction of Kristjan Thor (SoA ’06).” 


Tony Kushner Announced First Recipient of Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award
Broadway World – Sep 18, 2008
Tony Kushner (CC '78) wins the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, created to honor and encourage artistic achievement in the American theater.



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