Arts

The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Ballet Dancer Dies In London Motorbike Accident

Ollivier also danced the lead in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in 2010. He is pictured here in Times Square where he was promoting the show's return to Broadway.
Charles Sykes AP

On Sunday, 38-year-old ballet dancer Jonathan Ollivier died after his motorbike collided with a Mercedes. The accident occurred just after 11 a.m. BST and Ollivier was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the BBC, the driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail.

Ollivier was slated to perform in the final show of choreographer Matthew Bourne's The Car Man in London on Sunday night. The show was canceled.

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Author Interviews
5:14 pm
Sun August 9, 2015

'Dark Days': Retracing The Steps Of A Heavy Metal Tragedy

D. Randall Blythe is the lead vocalist of the metal band Lamb of God.
Tim Zuchowski Courtesy of Da Capo Press

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 8:56 pm

Heavy metal is one music culture whose concerts can get pretty aggressive. Stage divers often try to climb up with the band then launch themselves into the awaiting arms of the audience — or that's the idea. In the city of Prague in 2010, one fan wasn't so lucky: At a particularly unruly show by the band Lamb of God, Daniel Nosek fell off the stage, hit his head and died weeks later.

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My Big Break
5:14 pm
Sun August 9, 2015

Coffee Dates And Dropped Cue Cards: Ted Danson's Path To 'Cheers'

Danson starred in Cheers as bar owner Sam Malone. "Cheers was like being shot out of a cannon as far as celebrity, or attention from the public," he says.
Herb Ball NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 3:57 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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NPR Story
5:14 pm
Sun August 9, 2015

Forget The Wreckage: Museums' Katrina Shows Look At How City Has Moved On

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's "The Rising" exhibition includes portraits (by photographer Jonathan Traviesa) of the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Jonathan Traviesa Courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 7:12 pm

Anniversaries call for exhibitions, and art museums across New Orleans felt compelled to remember Hurricane Katrina as the 10th anniversary of its landfall approaches. But the anniversary shows at some of the city's most high-profile museums seem surprisingly understated, at least to outsiders' eyes. In fact, they barely seem to be about Katrina at all.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Prince Compares Record Contracts To Slavery In Rare Meeting With Media

Prince onstage during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 7:14 am

Music icon Prince is worried about the future of the music business for artists, and his top priority can be summed up in one word: Freedom.

"Record contracts are just like — I'm gonna say the word – slavery," Prince told a group of 10 journalists Saturday night, during a meet and greet at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. "I would tell any young artist ... don't sign."

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Fine Art
7:30 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Video Shows Unauthorized Visitor One Night Before Museum Theft

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 9:54 am

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Movie Interviews
7:30 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Straight From Diablo Cody's Life: 'Ricki' And Difficult Families

Ricki (Meryl Streep), a cover band frontwoman, in Ricki and the Flash.
Bob Vergara Corutesy of TriStar Pictures

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 2:07 pm

In her new film, Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a musician who used to dream about making it big; now, she's content to play in a cover band, in a bar. Her boyfriend and bandmate is named Greg, and he's played by real-life rock star Rick Springfield.

The film was written by Diablo Cody, who says her inspiration for the character Ricki came from her own life.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Sun August 9, 2015

Things Left Unspoken Haunt Hard-Hitting 'Dragonfish'

Lydia Thompson NPR

The spoken word doesn't count for much in Vu Tran's hard-hitting debut novel, Dragonfish. The book turns on a few weary confessional speeches, but what people write is usually much more important than what they say. A secret diary, a series of anguished notes, and multiple caches of hidden letters all play significant roles. In Tran's story, it's nearly impossible for people to say what they feel, but tamping down their emotions is endlessly destructive.

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The Salt
5:27 am
Sun August 9, 2015

The Basted Egg: A Foolproof Play On The Poach

A plate of huevos rancheros topped with a basted egg.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 12:08 pm

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This at Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn an unusual technique for cooking eggs to give you a silky, yolky sauce for huevos racheros.

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Author Interviews
5:33 pm
Sat August 8, 2015

Novel Highlights The Shocks Facing First-Generation College Students

Lydia Thompson NPR

Jennine Capó Crucet was the first person in her family to be born in the United States. Her parents came to Florida from Cuba, and she grew up in Hialeah, a suburb of Miami that is 95 percent Hispanic.

For Crucet, going to Cornell was a bit of a shock — she was the first person in her family to attend college at all, let alone at a prestigious school in upstate New York.

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