Jennifer Hudson is performing at 92Y’s Spring Gala on May 20 and we want you to come. Enter the sweepstakes for your chance at the Grand Prize, including a meet & greet with Jennifer Hudson, tickets to see her perform, and seats at the Gala for dinner and drinks! Enter now.
Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, January Jones and Jessica Paré were here on April 24 to talk Mad Men and Don Draper’s wives. Watch full video of the event.
Here’s our last one, with “Peggy Lee” special guest Marilyn Maye.
What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook? “It’s Today” (my mantra).
What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet? Jack Jones or Clint Holmes.
What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song beyond the American Songbook—rock, country, hiphop, etc? Ray Charles songs (in fact, I’ve recorded a complete CD of them.)
What was your first professional gig? In Topeka, at ages 11 and 12, each Saturday morning, I was the emcee of “The Bri’ar Fox Shows.” Around the same time, I sang with a big band on Saturday nights.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you do? Probably interior design! Or die!
What’s your favorite restaurant? I love too many to claim a favorite but any restaurant that serves oysters: New Orleans, Provincetown, Galveston, Texas.
Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee, opens Feb 23.
Rita Dove: On the Bus with Rosa Parks | 92Y Readings
“So what if we were born up a creek and knocked flat with the paddle, if we ain’t got a pot to piss in and nowhere to put it if we did? Our situation is intolerable, but what’s worse is to sit here and do nothing. O yes. O mercy on our souls.”
Those are the words of the silver-tongued poet Rita Dove, who visited the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in May, 1999 to read from her collection On the Bus with Rosa Parks. The passage comes from a poem titled “Our Situation is Intolerable” – and it’s one of a few that Dove read that night at 92Y.
In observance of Black History Month, we’d like to share with our readers the chance to hear not only the beautiful words of Rita Dove, but also recordings of readings by other great black writers. Those readings – including James Earl Jones (reading the poetry of Walt Whitman), Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Terrance Hayes and Yusef Komunyakaa – can be found at 92Y Poetry Center’s Virtual Poetry Center.
Salman Rushdie reads from Joseph Anton, October 11, 2012 at 92Y
In this clip, he reads a part about his father, Anis Ahmed. “Anis was a godless man,” he began, “still a shocking statement to make in The United States, though an unexceptional one in Europe, and an incomprehensible idea in much of the rest of the world where the thought of not believing is hard even to formulate. “
Watch the clip for more.
Five Political Flash Points For 2013, from POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman. Watch the video.
Connecting to Jewish Wisdom With Rabbi David Kalb: Pray With Your Feet.
“During the height of the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King led a march, from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. One of the people who participated in that march was a Rabbi by the name of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When Rabbi Heschel returned from Selma, he was asked by someone, ‘did you find much time to pray, when you were in Selma?’ Rabbi Heschel responded, ‘I prayed with my feet.’ What was his point? That his marching, his protesting, his speaking out for Civil Rights was his greatest pray of all. … When we use our feet to pray, that is real powerful prayer.”
Watch more videos with Rabbi David Kalb on our YouTube channel.
Compelling question from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, regards to the emerging international doctrine aimed at protecting civilians from genocide and other forms of mass atrocities.
What do you think?
Read more, and watch video from the event.