stories by Manhattan-based radio reporter, newspaper writer and podcast producer Jon Kalish
Listen to a report on All Things Considered tonight about the WikiHouse project. This London-based open source construction group uses CNC machines to cut plywood pieces that slot together to form the frame of a house. We hear from WikiHouse founder Alastair Parvin, an architecture student who built and lived in a WikiHouse in Utah and the author of a book on the Sears kit homes, the 20th Century analog version of WikiHouse.
Read about the great clarinetist David Krakauer’s latest project, a re-interpretation of movie scores with Jewish themes. Krakauer commissioned original videos to be projected on a screen while his sextet performs these tunes on stage. The story is in the Jewish Daily Forward.
Listen to a story on NPR’s Morning Edition about the wacky musicians, engineers and video producers collectively known as CDZA. Their experimental web videos are a hoot. CDZA has more than a quarter million subscribers to their YouTube channel. Oh, and about the above photo… well, uh, they don’t look nearly that good in person.
The Klezmatics were given a lifetime achievement award by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research on November 19. The hard rockin’, hard workin’ klezmer ensemble was lauded for offering “a provocative model of how to respond to the destruction of Europe’s Yiddish culture.” The band’s trumpet player Frank London said, “We are blessed to be a link in the chain of Yiddish continuity.” Read all about it on the Arty Semite blog.
Listen to this NPR story about A.D. Carson and his garage workshop. Carson cuts up traditional bicycles and then welds together frames for recumbent bikes.
We visit with Carson in his garage. Those holes in his sweatshirt were created by welding sparks.
Here are some shots of the garage workshop:
Fans of “Doonesbury” have been doing without the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip since the summer. The strip has been on vacation. But its creator, Garry Trudeau, has not exactly been chilling at the beach. Trudeau spent the last several months in a New York film studio making a sitcom called “Alpha House.” The show is being launched online on Amazon. It chronicles the misadventures of four fictional Republican senators who share a Washington, D.C., townhouse. We visit the set and and talk to the great cartoonist-turned-TV-producer in this NPR story.
Listen to a radio story about Ben Zion Shenker, the composer of beautiful chasidic melodies or negunim. Shenker is a Modzitzer chasid and the Modzitzters, of course, are known for their beautiful negunim. A 15-minute podcast on Shenker can be streamed from the web site of The Forward.
photo by Raymond Perfetti
Read about efforts to deal with the shaky finances of the Grrenwich Village Halloween Parade in the New York Daily News.