Posts Tagged ‘eye to eye’

The Eye | Dec. 3 5:47 pm EST
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Morgan Library curator talks about century-spanning exhibit

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Dürer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich,” currently at the Morgan Library & Museum features drawings from Picasso, Michelangelo and Munich, represent a rich variety of masterworks from renaissance to the modern periods. The Eye talked to Jennifer Tonkovich, curator at The Morgan Library & Museum about the show.

Which drawings are the ones you are most excited to see personally?
One of the groups that I was excited to see were the eighteenth century German drawings, because there are not many of them in this country, and they really represent some of the greatest achievements of the German Baroque and Rococo period. And Munich has such a wonderful collection and these artists are a revelation.

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The Eye | Sep. 29 5:53 pm EST
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Blaine Swen: All the world’s a stage

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Blaine Swen is the creator and the director of the Improvised Shakespeare Company, a comedy company that will be performing at Theater 80 in New York from October 3rd-5th.

Noel Gutierrez-Morfin sat down with Swen to talk about his work and all the fun that comes along with Shakesperean improv. 

How did you get the idea to start it in the first place?

I started doing improv in California years ago when I was a teenager, and I played for comedy sport, a show that does short-form improv, or short-scene games that have some sort of twist or goal, like what you would see on “Whose Line is it Anyways?”

One of the games we played was a game where you do a scene in the style of Shakespeare, which was a style that came up a lot. I was part of a group out there that decided to take the Shakespeare scenes and turn them into a longer show. We did that a couple of times.

When I was in LA, some people from that group started another group called the Backstreet Bards that performed Shakespearean improv shows at iO West [Theater]. When I moved to Chicago, I started a Shakespearean improv group in 2005, which was the ISC. More »


The Eye | Sep. 22 9:02 pm EST
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Music Beat: An interview with Anaïs Mitchell

Currently touring with Bon Iver, Anais Mitchell, is a rising star on the folk singer scene. She has released two albums: Hadestown, about the Orpheus myth, and Young Man in America, which got rave reviews from Pitchfork.

The Eye’s Alejandra Oliva sat down with the singer-songwriter to talk about her albums, her inspiration, and her musical relationship with Bon Iver. 

Was there a difference between creating one album that was based around one theme, like Hadestown, and an album with more separate songs like Young Man in America?

Young Man happened a lot faster, because Hadestown was this long sort of slow-burn project. It started out as a community theater show in Vermont, where I’m from. It was just all of my friends and my collaborators, from bands around Vermont, and they were all singing the roles of the characters. More »


The Eye | Sep. 15 9:43 pm EST
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Do the Indie Shuffle

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Justin Griskoff—founder of one of the biggest music blogs, Indie Shuffle, which recently released a highly praised iPhone app—talks about his music habits and tastes.

How your perspective changed from someone who was originally just sharing something they liked, to thinking about it from a content-generating sort-of way? Has that changed the music listening for you?

Now we think about it as a business. But if I went back 2 years ago, there was a specific point, there was a point where I decided to diversify my taste. Not necessarily because I wanted to listen to a bunch of different genres. It just seemed that, as a music blog, while putting up one or two posts a day at the time, we couldn’t keep doing the same indie pop.

I thought, “Alright, I need some hip hop, I need some dub step, I need some house…” I have to get a bit of variety in there. So… where was I going with that? So that sort of changed my taste in music. I used to be an avid album listener, and now I don’t ever listen to albums. More »


The Eye | May. 9 10:45 am EST
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Alrick Brown talks about Kinyarwanda with The Eye

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April 7 marked the 18th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, which took the lives of 800,000 people. The Eye sat down with Alrick Brown, director and writer of the documentary KINYARWANDA, to discuss his role in the remembrance of the tragedy.

First, could you talk about the film Kinyarwanda in general? Start with the content.

The film is based on some of the actual happenings during the Rwanda genocide. We took stories from different sources: from a child, from a couple, from two soldiers, from a priest and an imam, and that will give the audience a more comprehensive look at what actually happened during the genocide. And it was our intention to tell a more significant story, not to portray heroes or villains but just people, caught up in the horror of a crazy situation. More »