Celtic Wonder Carlos Nuñez Visits Somerville

By WGBH Music   |   Monday, October 15, 2012
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Born in Galicia, Spain, Carlos Nuñez began playing the bagpipes at the age of eight. He met Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains (now celebrating 50 years as a group) when he was a teenager . He later became known as the "7th member" of the band. He travels worldwide, sharing Celtic, Berber, Flamenco and Breton music with his audiences and he has collaborated with legendary musicians like Ry Cooder, Sharon Shannon, Sinéad O'Connor and Altan. In Europe, Nuñez plays to sold out stadiums and arenas. He has toured throughout the world and continues to wow audiences with his high-spirited music.

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Liz Longley Sings in Harvard Square

By WGBH Music   |   Monday, October 1, 2012
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John Mayer describes her music as, "gorgeous, just gorgeous." With a voice that will stop you in your tracks, Liz Longley is an undeniable "rising acoustic sensation" according to Dig Boston. The Washington Post declares she is "destined for a bigger audience."

Longley is a recent graduate of the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. She now lives in Nashville, TN, and is working on a new album scheduled to be released in early 2013.

She stopped by Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, on a gorgeous late summer afternoon to perform her award winning song "When You've Got Trouble".

See more music videos of music made here in Boston on the WGBH Music channel.

WGBH’s Eric Jackson Wins Humanitarian Award

By WGBH   |   Friday, August 31, 2012
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August 31, 2012

89.7 WGBH’s Eric Jackson wins 2012 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award

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The "Dean of Boston Jazz," 89.7 WGBH Jazz host Eric Jackson (WGBH)
Longtime 89.7 WGBH jazz host Eric Jackson has been named the 2012 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award recipient at the JazzWeek awards in Detroit, Michigan. This prestigious lifetime achievement award is named for the late jazz radio promoter Duke Dubois, who was a pioneer in the field and a mentor to many, including Jackson himself, in the jazz radio and record business.

“To have been named the recipient of the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award is a humbling experience. I was privileged to know Duke, so to be honored in his name is extremely personally and professionally gratifying,” said Jackson. “Thank you to my friends, colleagues and especially the listeners.”
The Duke Dubois award is given to an individual to recognize a long-standing commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community. The recipient exemplifies community mentoring and leadership skills for others in the industry. Recipients are selected by jazz radio programmers, jazz record company executives and independent jazzradio record promoters.
"This is well deserved recognition for Eric, who has enriched countless lives with his knowledge and passion for jazz," said Marita Rivero, WGBH Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television. "We are fortunate that Eric has played a central role in WGBH radio's presentation of jazz for four decades, and we look forward to continuing that commitment together."
This is Jackson’s second award from JazzWeek as he was honored in 2008 as Major Market Programmer of the Year. 

Harvard Celebrates 100 Years of Paramount Pictures

By Edgar B. Herwick III   |   Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Listen to Edgar's interview with David Pendleton, programmer, Harvard Film Archive and film critic Garen Daley.

Shakespeare once asked asked, “What’s in a name?” For William Wadsworth Hodkinson and Adolph Zukor, I’d say quite a bit. In the early 1900s, they called their burgeoning film production and distribution company Paramount Pictures.

Last week on Boston Public Radio, we spoke with Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster. I consulted his trusty dictionary for the exact definition of that word "paramount." It means “superior to all others.”

This year, Paramount Pictures celebrates their 100th anniversary and starting in September the Harvard Film Archive is celebrating the famed studio by screening selected films from its considerable canon.

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VIDEO: Lunasa at The Burren Irish Pub

By WGBH Arts   |   Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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Watch Lunasa perform "The Merry Sisters of Fate" at The Burren.

BOSTON — Earlier this month Lunasa, called "the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet" by the Irish Times, joined Brian O'Donovan, host of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH Radio, at The Burren Irish Pub in Somerville. O'Donovan hosts a regular feature there called The Burren Backroom Series, and has presented Celtic artists from Fiddler Winifred Horan to Solas to Frankie Gavin & De Dannan and Brid Harper.

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Public Art Tour: Art on the Marquee

By Mary Tinti   |   Thursday, August 9, 2012
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August 9, 2012

Mass. artists have a chance to be a part of “Art on the Marquee,” a program designed to integrate the arts into a sign system normally for commercial purposes.

BOSTON — There’s a new digital marquee in Boston, and no, it’s not in the Theatre District. Prominently placed outside the in Boston Convention & Exhibition Center South Boston, this colossal LED billboard features advertisements for all kinds of arts, business, and cultural happenings in the area. But what WGBHArts readers may not know is that it also doubles as a groundbreaking platform on which to showcase the work of some of the region’s best boundary-pushing digital and new media artists (who also happen to be some of the best in the country!). 

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Come often to the new WGBHArts blog for all that’s fresh, relevant and fun this arts season. Stick with us as we cover the large and small arts events happening around New England. WGBHArts bloggers trek far and wide to take you from the mainstream to the hidden gems in your own communities. We’ll be the first in line for the latest in theater, dance and film. We’ll thumb through books for the best reads and we’ll survey museums and galleries for the newest openings. Let WGBHArts be your guide.

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Mary is a Koch Curatorial Fellow at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. On her blog, Dress For Sports, she says, "I love innovative public art, creative design, and unique intersections of architecture, sculpture, and installation.  And I love stumbling upon cool collisions of art and everyday life." Mary has a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University.


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