From the Central Coast to San Diego, from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, there are fascinating people creating incredible art and performances. KUSC will be covering those experiences on Arts Alive. And when you’re in the mood for a little more, like a longer version of an interview, more Arts Alive coverage is available online at kusc.org/artsalive.
January 22, 2020
She’s nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and her film is up for Best Picture. You may know her as the warm and funny millennial actress, but Greta Gerwig is actually one of the most exciting writer-directors in Hollywood today. Contributing reporter Tim Greiving talked to her about her new labor of love, Little Women.
January 20, 2020
For most of his life, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1871 – 1915) was obsessed with the occult and religious symbolism. He is often linked as being a part of the Russian symbolist movement and with having been a follower of Theosophy, a movement in the 19th century that was fascinated with the supernatural and with the achievement of higher psychic and spiritual powers. Scriabin’s fascination with the occult culminated towards the end of his life with the development of a harmony which he described as the “chord of the pleroma” or a chord that captures the totality of divine powers. This chord became nicknamed “the mystic chord.”
January 17, 2020
A romantic comedy from the 1950s with a classic soundtrack opens this weekend at Laemmle Theaters in West LA and Pasadena. KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal got the good word from LA Times and Arts Alive movie critic Kenneth Turan about this early Federico Fellini film.
January 15, 2020
With all the Oscar hype currently in the air, it’s easy to forget some of the successful motion pictures not included in this year’s Oscar mania. In particular Downton Abbey: The Movie. The film, set in 1927, depicts a visit by the King and Queen to the Crawley family’s English country house in the Yorkshire countryside. It was both a critical and financial success. John Van Driel had a chance to talk to the composer of the motion pictures iconic film score.
January 13, 2020
Arts Alive pays tribute to late conceptual artist John Baldessari with an interview from the Arts Alive archives.
January 10, 2020
KUSC’s Alan Chapman has a lot to say about music, but can he say it in 60 seconds? That’s the Chapman Challenge. We ask a question and Alan has a minute to answer it.
Today’s question is from Bob Marcotte who wants to know “How do you tune a pipe organ and how often do they need tuning?”
January 8, 2020
In 17th-century England, opera hadn’t really taken off, but audiences did enjoy having a few songs mixed into a stage play. That’s why composer Henry Purcell’s King Arthur is considered a semi-opera. And in this century, Purcell’s work is about to get a dramatic makeover by Long Beach Opera.