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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

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Arts Alive is KUSC's arts magazine of the air. Each week on Arts Alive, we bring you news from the arts, our Around Town event calendar, Kenneth Turan's film reports, features on artists, exhibitions and performances and "Ask the Dean," where listeners pick the brain of USC Thornton School of Music Dean Rob Cutietta. Tune in each week, or listen to the podcast for a trip through the dynamic arts landscape of Southern California.

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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC's weekly on-air arts magazine


February 14, 2015: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Foxcatcher Screenwriters & Make-Up Artist; Kenneth Turan

It's our annual Oscar's show with Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu; the screenwriters who brought the true story of sports and obsession, Foxcatcher, to the big screen & the make-up artist who transformed actor Steve Carell for his role; film critic Kenneth Turan stops by to give his Academy Awards opinions (including a foreign film he says was robbed); don't fret, Ask the Dean to the rescue.

Posted 2/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


February 7, 2015: Echo Theater, Festival of the Desert, Watts Village Theater Company

New play "Fugue" combines the stories of three composers contending with the darker sides of creation; Watts Village Theater Company produces community-based stories for diverse audiences; new festival brings Renee Fleming to the desert ; Around Town arts calendar; we Ask the Dean about string instrument snobbery.

Posted 2/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


January 31, 2015: Frank Gehry, Andrew Norman, Mike Leigh

Composer Andrew Norman and architect Frank Gehry talk about the intersection between buildings and music; Director Mike Leigh paints us a picture of "Mr. Turner"; Kenneth Turan gives us a list of Sundance Film Festival standouts; Ask the Dean answers a questions about tapping your toes to Tchaikovsky.

Posted 1/31/2015 8:00:00 AM


January 24, 2015: violinist Rachel Barton Pine, The Wooster Group at REDCAT

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine spills the secret to Mozart's teenage rebellion and talks about recording all of his violin concertos; the Wooster Group is using movement and music to breathe new life into a 40 year old collection of songs recorded by the Sisters of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community; on Ask the Dean... so you want to start a music career.? Dean Rob has some advice.

Posted 1/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


January 17, 2015: Tobias Picker; Andrew Norman

Film critic Kenneth Turan on the cyber criminals, Israeli soldiers and mystical Irish beings in theaters now. Tobias Picker talks about living a lot as a requirement for writing convincing operas. And, it didn't take long for this young composer to build a reputation as a fresh talent with a serious gift. Meet Andrew Norman this week on the Arts Alive podcast.

Posted 1/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

The producer and host of Arts Alive is Brian Lauritzen. The production director is Mark Hatwan. Kelsey McConnell serves as Executive Producer.

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