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You Might Not Know Kenny Ortega, But You Probably Know His Choreography

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:38am

Ortega is one of the most sought after choreographers in showbiz. He's worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Zac Efron and is responsible for some of Hollywood's most memorable dance scenes.

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'Close Up Baltimore' Tells Stories Of The City, One Portrait At A Time

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:25am

Inspired by the popular Humans of New York blog, a photographer is aiming to take 200 portraits of his fellow Baltimore residents.

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Detoxing The Buddhist Way: Nuns Preserve Art Of Korean Temple Food

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 2:42am

In South Korea, Buddhist temple food is viewed the way spa food is in the U.S.: curative, cleansing, perhaps even medicinal. Buddhist nuns have preserved these cooking techniques for 1,600 years.

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Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:29pm

He didn't care for journalism's austerities, but borrowed liberally from history to craft his books. The late, great novelist was a gentleman who spun untruths, in order to better get at what's true.

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The Story Of South Korea Told Through One Cartoonist

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:57pm

One cartoonist in Seoul has shaped and defined South Korean culture for decades. NPR meets the artist on the last day of an exhibition devoted to the scope of his career.

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Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:29pm

In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to become a father to his daughter. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," he says.

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How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:23pm

The beloved ice pops were born of a young boy's tinkering with sugary soda powder and water on a cold night. But the end of this tale for Frank Epperson was not as sweet as his treat.

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Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:14am

A long-time contributor to the Archie franchise has died in his hometown of El Paso.

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In 'Lovers,' There's A Lot To Like — And Plenty Of Self-Pity To Go Around

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 6:03am

It took nearly 15 years, but Juan Gabriel Vasquez's Lovers on All Saints' Day has gotten an English translation. The collection, awash as it is in woe, is a glimpse of the writer finding his footing.

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After Four Years, Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets His Passport Back

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 6:01am

Authorities had seized Ai's passport in apparent retaliation for his social and political work. Ai's work is often fiercely critical of the Chinese government.

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Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:30am

Wayne Carson was a prolific songwriter who hit the top of the country and pop charts. He was best known for songs that included "Always On My Mind," recorded by both Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.

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For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:30am

Montreal is home to the biggest and oldest international comedy festival in the world. Dave Chappelle, Mike Myers, Wanda Sykes and Kevin Hart are among the performers this year.

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Novelist E.L Doctorow, Master Of Historical Fiction, Dies At 84

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:30am

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th century, has died at the age of 84. His widely admired books include "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate."

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Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:13am

Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.

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Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Author Of 'Billy Bathgate,' 'Ragtime,' Dies At 84

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 8:24pm

The writer was best known for his historical fiction books set in the early 20th-century United States. His son told the New York Times that he died Tuesday of complications from lung cancer.

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Book Review: 'How To Be Drawn,' Terrance Hayes

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:54pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Terrance Hayes' collection of poetry, How to be Drawn.

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Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:54pm

The actor and singer, who recorded 37 albums, has died at 91. Bikel took over the role of Tevye for more than 2,000 performances of Fiddler on the Roof.

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Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:50pm

The unusual installations at The Mattress Factory include a gallery with a hole in the floor, a mirrored room full of mannequins and polka dots and an entire townhouse woven with miles of black yarn.

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Actor Theodore Bikel Dies At Age 91

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:50pm

Some of Bikel's most notable work took place on stage — from A Streetcar Named Desire to Fiddler on the Roof.

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A Downtrodden L.A. Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:02pm

Director Sean Baker wanted to make a film about L.A.'s transgender sex workers, but first he needed to find someone who knew that world well. Then he met Mya Taylor, and together they made Tangerine.

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