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Best Arts And Music Of 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Actor George Takei, who played the role of helm officer Sulu in the original television series, Star Trek. (AP)

When he was just five, Actor George Takei was one of some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans forced to leave their homes on the West Coast after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Friday, December 16, 2011
Dave Malloy, Alec Duffy, Rick Burkhardt at the ART's Three Pianos. (Ryan Jensen)

Music, drinking and debate combine in “Three Pianos,” about a long party on a dark winter’s night, set to a Franz Schubert song cycle.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Composer Terry Riley. (Flickr/encosion)

In the 1960′s, composer Terry Riley ushered in the minimalist music movement with his revolutionary classic “In C.” Now he’s expanding his repertoire to the Indonesian gamelan.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Longtime classical music fan Jennifer Nissenbaum recently bought a ticket for a “Tweet seat” at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and settled in for an evening of Tweeting.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Musician Todd Rundgren. (Crossover Media)

In a career that started in the late 1960s, musician Todd Rundgren has done it all, and at the age of 63 he’s still doing it– touring with his reunited progressive rock band Utopia.

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Monday, November 28, 2011
Author Anthony Horowitz. (Adam Scourfield)

Author Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the bestselling “Alex Rider” series of books for young adult readers. Now he delves into the realm of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a new Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by Doyle’s estate.

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Cultural commentator Touré. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

We recently sat down with cultural commentator Touré who explained what “post-blackness” means to him. We met him at the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a club founded by African Americans where Touré says he received his “black nutrients.”

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Monday, November 14, 2011
Author Sue Grafton (Courtesy Laurie Roberts)

Mystery writer Sue Grafton is out with her 22nd book in her alphabet series featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone: “V Is For Vengeance.”

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Friday, November 11, 2011
Author Terry Brooks. (Judine Brooks)

Here & Now’s Kevin Sullivan got the chance to sit down with one of his favorite authors Terry Brooks, who is out with a new book.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has produced a new album of video game music including themes from “Angry Birds,” “Zelda” and “World of Warcraft.”

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Copies of IQ84 in Tokyo, Japan. (AP)

Music plays a significant and recurring role in all of Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s novels. That’s especially true in his new 900+ page epic “1Q84.”

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Monday, October 10, 2011
Artist Hayley Westenra performs in San Diego. (AP)

Hayley Westenra has been performing since she was 13, and for her new album the 24 year-old collaborated with 82 year-old composer Ennio Morricone.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Imelda May and her husband, the guitarist, Darrel Higham, at our studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Imelda May, one of Ireland’s top singer-songwriters, is winning rave reviews in the U.S after new CD, “Mayhem,” hit the top of the charts.

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Friday, September 30, 2011
A young Michael Ulsan reading -- you guessed it -- "Batman."

Michael Uslan is a self-described comic book nerd, whose obsession with Batman turned into a decade-long odyssey to bring the Dark Knight to the silver screen.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011
M.I.A. performs at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP)

Culture critic Jeffrey Melnick says the multiple traumas of Sept. 11 are woven all through American books, movies and music ten years on.

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Monday, September 5, 2011
Poet Laureate Philip Levine (Geoffrey Berliner).

We speak with the new poet laureate, Philip Levine. He’s been dubbed the “working man’s poet,” writing about blue collar work since he toiled in Detroit’s auto factories as a young man.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Ry Cooder. (Courtesy of Ry Cooder)

Ry Cooder’s new CD is filled with songs about the financial crisis. Cooder says he’s “furious really about what’s going on…this political situation in this country.”

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
(Ron Wimberly)

A young African American comic book artist from Brooklyn illustrates Ray Bradbury’s nostalgic story of good versus evil, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

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Thursday, August 18, 2011
In this publicity image released by TNT, Sasha Alexander, left, and Angie Harmon are shown in a scene from the series "Rizzoli & Isles." (AP)

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen set her newest “Rizzoli and Isles” detective novel, excerpted here, in Boston’s Chinatown.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell and fellow writer Caroline Knapp had a deep friendship that was cut short when Knapp died of lung cancer in 2002.

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