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Tuesday, October 04, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Fern Mallis

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New York Fashion Week, in its current form, came about by “an accident,” founder Fern Mallis told Mediabistro in 2008. After successfully putting Mercedes Benz-Fashion Week on the map as Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis stepped away from that role and now runs her own consultancy company Fern Mallis LLC.

On October 17, she’ll talk with Calvin Klein at 92nd Street Y to discuss the inner workings of one of New York’s most glamorous industries. 

Today, she’s the subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. That’s how we learned her last music purchase was Sade’s latest album, and at work, it’s all WQXR.

Where do you go for news when you start your day? 
I start with “The Today Show” in the morning, and often flip to “CNN Morning.” Then I pick up my papers in my lobby: The New York Times, WWD, New York Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Observer.

What are your favorite websites?
Flipboard, The Daily Beast, Mediabistro, Stylelist, The New York Times Style, etc.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I’m still trying to get the hang of Twitter, it’s a whole new language, but I’m trying to use it more often. I use Facebook-intermittently. I post pictures every so often, and like reading the news feed - it has a little more info than Twitter, but I get too many Facebook requests and don’t know who all these people are. 

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Friday, September 23, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Bob Gruen

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You know that great picture of John Lennon? Which one? Doesn’t really matter – any picture of John Lennon that’s worth seeing was probably taken by photographer Bob Gruen. The legendary rock photographer has taken some of the most iconic pictures of musicians and bands such as Blondie, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Green Day. See a few of his pictures here and here.

Bob will be at 92YTribeca on Monday, September 26 talking about his career and new book, Rock Seen, with musician, writer, record producer and member of Patti Smith’s band Lenny Kaye.

What does his media and culture diet look like? He goes to great lengths to get The New York Times when traveling, or at least an International Herald Tribune, has a Twitter account but hasn’t used it yet, and his favorite piece of art in his home is “a graffiti piece I took off the street in 1981 by Futura 2000

Read the 92Y Culture Klatsch with Bob Gruen, below.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Michael Crummey

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Canadian Michael Crummey’s newest novel, Galore, returns readers to the place of his birth – Newfoundland and Labrador and spans a century in the folkloric life of a hardscrabble fishing community. Read a review at The Washington Post.

His previous book, River Thieves, became a Canadian bestseller and also garnered numerous awards and short-list honors for Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize. On September 19 at 92YTribeca, Crummey will help us celebrate the Upper North Side, a “Little Canada” of sorts that highlights the artistic innovation of our neighbors to the north.

Today, we learn about Crummey’s media and culture diet by way of the 92Y Culture Klastch Q&A. His favorite piece of art in his home? “A portrait of my wife at the age of eighteen, face and eyes into a chunk of watermelon...”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I usually start my day with an hour or so of Sports Centre on TSN (the Canadian equivalent of ESPN). That’s as much “news” as I can handle first thing in the morning.

What are your favorite websites?
Big fan of Bookninja.com although it’s on hiatus at the moment. And spend an inordinate amount of time listening to new music on cbcradio3.ca.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I creep on my wife’s Facebook account occasionally. But so far have kept my hands clean of both.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Chris O’Leary

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Chris O’Leary is a homebrewer, beer enthusiast and the editor of BrewYorkNewYork.com. He’s also the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we find out about his media and culture diet. Some spoliers: He’s still an ink-and-paper guy when it comes to books, doesn’t watch that much TV, and his coffee table has more coasters than magazines. Tomorrow, September 15, he’ll be at 92YTribeca for a local beer tasting, when he’ll to take you on a tour of New York State’s many beers from some of our state’s 65 small breweries.

Read more below.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Dylan Brody

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Dylan Brody is currently touring his one-person storytelling show, More Arts / Less Martial, a must-see for anyone who loves the storytelling form, laughter, the martial arts, peace, humanity or any combination thereof.

He’s bringing his show to 92YTribeca tomorrow, September 14. So we sent him the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about his culture and media diets. For example, we learned he subscribes to both The New Yorker and (sometimes) to Granta. “I also subscribe,” he told us, “to several Marvel Comics titles and every time a new comic book comes in the mail I am filled with a childlike glee.” And he has three two dogs, named Sir Corwin the Beautiful Dog-Faced Dog, Brindled Beast of Sylmar and Lord Buckley Sweetlips, Greatest of all Dane Mutts (The Dinosaur Slaying Dog).

Read the full Q&A below. 

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Friday, September 09, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Michael Schulman

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Michael Schulman of The New Yorker is moderating Playwrights Horizons 2011/2012 Season Preview on September 12 at 92YTribeca.

We sent him the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A and learned he likes to use YouTube for at-home “karaoke purposes,” believes The Huffington Post is becoming “more tabloid-y by the day,” and Gawker is his guilty pleasure. (Ours is animated gifs). Read the full Q&A below. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Scott Kettner

imageScott Kettner is founder of Nation Beat and Maracatu NY. He’ll take the stage with both groups at 92YTribeca on September 16 (DJ Greg Caz is also on the bill). Not only will the concert serve as an album release party for Nation Beat’s new record Growing Stone (which comes out on the 13th), the evening will also include the world premier of a Nation Beat video and the opening of a new photography exhibit in our gallery. Purchase tickets to the show in advance and you’ll get $5 off Growing Stone. You can also get a sneak peak of the album on Nation Beat’s website, where the band is streaming a new song from the album each week leading up to the show.

If you were curious, Kettner loves going to the beach, enjoys going to the mountains and being close to nature. He’s also a big fan of the A-Team. We know this because we saw his video dating profile on a local cable channel access channel. Actually, that’s not true. We know this because Scott Kettner is the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A series.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Usually The New York Times, NPR or the New York Daily News.

What are your favorite websites?
YouTube, Forroemvinil.com

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use Facebook everyday but not obsessively.  I have my Twitter account connected to my Facebook account so every time I post on Facebook it automatically tweets.  This keeps me from having to spend too much time with the social networking thing and makes more time for me to work on my projects and music.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I’m reading the original Peter Pan story and a dissertation on the history of the drum set.  I’m also finishing writing a book of my own.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
None.  But when I’m traveling I like to read Rolling Stone, Modern Drummer, DRUM! Magazine and National Geographic.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Seinfeld,” “The Wire,” “A-Team,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons.”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Date Night

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Celebrate Brooklyn! about 2 weeks ago.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
BB King Live from Cook County Prison; downloaded it yesterday.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
I like to listen to WFMU and WKCR.  I like Rob Weisberg’s show on WFMU on Saturdays and I also love to listen to Jazzvan’s Brazilian show on WKCR on late Wednesday nights.  There’s also the gospel, bluegrass and country show on Sunday mornings on KCR that I love waking up with.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I have some prints from Jorge Borges, a famous print maker from Brazil.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I love going to the beach and surfing.  I surf every chance I get.  I also enjoy going to the mountains and being close to nature.

Join Scott Kettner and Nation Beat at 92YTribeca on September 16 for a night of Brazilian rhythms and sustainable agriculture!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Kevin Clash

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Emmy Award-winner Kevin Clash, who might be best known as the man behind the beloved Sesame Street character Elmo, is the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

He’ll be at 92YTribeca tomorrow, August 18, for Employee of the Month, along with acclaimed performance artist Aurelia Thierrée, documentary filmmaker Julia Bacha and host Catie Lazarus.

During the Q&A, we learned Kevin is a man of few words, which makes sense; he’s a busy guy, what with all his traveling and all. And what does he do when he wants to disconnect, he puts “on my robe and just...”

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Joshua Jackson

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The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca is curated by Joshua Jackson, host of WBGO’s hour-long music magazine The Checkout. Jackson is an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. Today, he is also the focus of the 92Y Culture Klatsch, our 12 question interview series that looks at the subjects media and culture diet. Spoiler alert: He’d “rather be in a small aluminum boat in the shallow brackish marsh of Lafourche Parish. Thinking about absolute and infinite nothingness.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I’m contractually obligated to say WBGO, but it’s true. Gary Walker and Doug Doyle are both great at what they do. I also listen to a few stories on the NPR mobile app. BBC News is paramount - their reporting is better than everything. I add long reads to Instapaper for the commute. Harlem to Newark and back gives me ample time to go deeper.

What are your favorite websites?
I like the curation behind Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. I’m also continually amazed by the amount of interesting things on government websites, particularly NASA and the Library of Congress. I’ve been listening to vintage audio recordings on the National Jukebox lately. 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Ann And Fiona

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We’re going to go ahead and add Ann Design and Fiona Walsh to the list of comedy duos that have stood the test of time. They are bringing their new show “Listen to this… with Ann and Fiona” to 92YTribeca, tomorrow, August 4. Joining them will be a bunch of others, including Comedy Central headliner Christian Finnegan.

And today, they are the latest subjects of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we learned they prefer to get their news from Dunkin’ Donuts, a raunchy gossip site, and Hoda and Kathie Lee. Check it out:

Where do you go for news when you start your day? 

Fiona Walsh: First place I go is the hilarious site of my friend Michael K at dlisted.com. It’s as worthy as any news site on the internet and it always, always guarantees me a smile!! 

Ann Design: When I start my day, I like to get my news from random sources. Hoda and Kathie Lee are one source, nothing beats getting hard news from two women drunk on wine. I also listen to the talk of the day while on line at Dunkin’ Donuts. Boy, there sure are a lot of smart people at DD early in the morning.

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Monday, July 11, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Sam Hoffman

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Sam Hoffman is the founder of OldJewsTellingJokes.com. He is not an “Old Jew” yet, but give him a couple more decades. He is however, the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. On July 12, he’s coming to 92YTribeca to share videos from his site and reveal some of the best jokes about everything from rabbis to Jewish mothers.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
If I’m home I read The New York Times on paper. If I’m away I read it on my iPad. I still prefer the paper, though. It takes less time to load.

What are your favorite websites?
Of course I’m a fan of oldjewstellingjokes.com. I also have to admit to an addiction to metsblog.com. If you have the unfortunate habit of being a dedicated Mets fan, it’s the best way to punish yourself a few times a day.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I don’t use Twitter. I’ll check in with Facebook occasionally. I think the novelty is fading, though, now that I know what all the children of my elementary school acquaintances look like.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Dustin Guy Defa

imageDirector Dustin Guy Defa feature debut, Bad Fever, premiered at South By Southwest and continues to be beloved at festivals across the country. Gordon and The Whale wrote:

“BAD FEVER is a challenging, haunting piece of filmmaking that feels like it comes from a very personal place while exploring universal themes of loneliness and desolation. It’s the kind of movie that Hollywood used to make in the 1970s before the invention of the summer blockbuster and the even more recent catering to fanboy fantasies.”

Bad Fever is playing at 92YTribeca on July 11. So we’ve asked Dustin Guy Defa to be the next subject in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine Blog, Hammer to Nail, The New York Times.  When I get my hands on an actual Times paper, I like that with my coffee.

What are your favorite websites?
I like the blogs my friends have, mostly. I also like Animals Being Dicks. Eléonore Hendricks’ website for her photography is always on my mind. David Lowery’s blog.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I’m trying not to use them too much. Facebook is a hard one to stay away from, Twitter is easier. I check up on them often but I would like to only look at them once a day.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Valerie Smaldone

imageOn June 28, Tommy James will sit down with 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner Valerie Smaldone at 92nd Street Y for discussion about his life and career as documented in his autobiography, Me, the Mob, and the Music. Tommy James was a previous subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch. Today, we have Valerie Smaldone’s answers. Without further adieu:

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

Get the top news headlines on Aol.com when I sign on to my email.

What are your favorite websites?

For subway information in NYC, hopstop.com, for food information, Zagat.com, for theater information: Theatermania.com, for shopping: Smartbargains.com.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?

I use Facebook and Linked In mainly for marketing and networking. Twitter, just to post links to articles I have written or to post information about classes I am teaching.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?

Curation Nation (print)

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch: Q&A With Tommy James

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Tommy James and his original band “the Tornadoes” in Niles, Michigan / via Facebook

You might remember Tommy James from a little band called Tommy James and The Shondells.  James has 23 gold singles, 9 platinum albums and over 100 million records sold worldwide. “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mony Mony” and “Crimson and Clover” are some of our favorites, and when we first discovered ”Crimson and Clover” as a tween, we listened to it over and over again (pun intended).

On June 28, James will sit down with Valerie Smaldone at 92nd Street Y for discussion about his life and career as documented in his autobiography, Me, the Mob, and the Music. Released in 2010, the autobiography covers his relationship with Morris Levy, head of Roulette Records and front for the Genovese crime family; the pressure to make hit records; and his battle with prescription drugs, alcohol and recovery.

Here are Tommy James answers to the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A:

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

One, I turn on the TV, (ABC-TV) for local news and weather. Then I go to Drudge, then go to my own website to read the posts and respond to the fans.

What are your favorite websites?

My favorite websites are science sites such as Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive from NASA.

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Thursday, June 02, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Judge Sol Wachtler

imageJudge Sol Wachtler once held the highest judicial office in New York state—chief judge of the Court of Appeals. He was arrested in 1992, and sentenced to 13 months of imprisonment in a federal mental health prison unit. He’s spent the last two decades quietly rebuilding his life, writing a memoir about his time in prison, and getting his law license back.

On June 7 he’ll stop by 92YTribeca to share insight into his bout with mental illness, his rehabilitation and the steps he has taken to rebuild his life.

We sent him the Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about his culture and media consumption habits. He made quick work of it. His favorite websites? “None.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

The New York Times, MSNBC.

What are your favorite websites?

None.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?

Not at all.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?

The Dead Shall Rise (Oney), The Wizard of Lies (Henriques).

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