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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Steven Bernstein

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New York City’s favorite “little big band,” Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, cracks open the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its new studio album, MTO Plays Sly. You can sample tracks on Amazon.

They’ll perform songs from their new album at 92YTribeca on October 14. Today, Steven Bernstein has answered the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
At the start (with my coffee) I go to my local paper, Rockland Journal News.

What are your favorite websites?
After the Journal News, I go to The Huffington Post, Raw Story, TPM, Politico, Americablog, Andrew Sullivan (I used to go to Perez Hilton, but that got boring once Brittany sobered up).

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Facebook addict, no Twitter. My (almost) 17 year old daughter says Facebook is evil. She’s on it too much as well.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Barney Bigard’s autoboigraphy, George Lewis’s History of the AACM (A PowerStronger Than Itself) and Larry Adler’s autobiography.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
zero...I buy Wax Poetics every issue.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
I don’t really watch TV. I love “Kojak.” Only the first season is on DVD, have to watch it on Hulu. I have the new Ernie Kovacs collection. I’d watch “Treme” if I had that channel. I like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” but I can’t watch it too much.

What’s the last movie you saw?
I don’t go that often, but went to see The Debt last week. Wanted to see the new Planet of the Apes but never found the time.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Aside from my own shows. I guess Ray LaMontagne, he played right after Levon Helm Band at “Life Is Good Fest.”

What’s the last music purchase you made?
I buy records and cds constantly. Two days ago I bought six LPs at an estate sale, including a “Jewish Music” LP recorded in Europe, a Joe Cocker LP on A&M produced by Jim Price, Virgil Fox playing Bach, etc…

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
WKCR, WBGO, WFUV, WWOZ (New Orleans), WFMU, NPR, 1010 AM, 880 AM

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
A woodblock print of Ray Charles in Royal Blue, Black and White.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I walk to the Hudson River, or listen to the Grateful Dead.

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra performs at 92YTribeca on October 14

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