Philly Celebrates Jazz WRTI Listening Session With Jazz Pianist Orrin Evans 

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, in partnership with public radio station 90.1 WRTI, presents a live listening session with internationally-renowned jazz pianist Orrin Evans. WRTI’s Jeff Duperon will interview pianist Orrin Evans about his career in
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Adele Wins Album, Record, Song of the Year at Grammys

VOA Adele won the trifecta - album of the year, record of the year, and song of the year - at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, beating out Beyonce in all three categories. When she won the record of the year, Adele said, "My
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A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

Through March 12 The Museum of Modern Art

Covering the period of artistic innovation between 1912 and 1935, A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde traces the arc of the pioneering avant-garde from its flowering in 1912 to the mid-1930s after Socialist Realism was decreed the
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Actor Kirk Douglas Celebrates 100 with Family, Friends

VOA Douglas knows how to make an entrance. With boxing gloves in every centerpiece and the theme from Rocky blaring over the speakers, Douglas, one of the golden age of Hollywood’s last living legends, walked confidently into the Sunset Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel Friday afternoon to celebrate his 100th birthday (more...)

A New émigré Russian Writer Makes Waves in the U.S.

ShareAmerica By Christopher Connell Novelist Vladimir Nabokov fled the Russian Revolution and won acclaim writing in English. The exiled Joseph Brodsky, persecuted in the Soviet Union for his poems and Jewish religion, won a Nobel Prize and became U.S. poet laureate. Now a new generation of Soviet émigrés has burst onto the American (more...)

The Icon and the Axe : An Interpretive History of Russian Culture

The Icon and the Ax is subtitled an "interpretive history" of Russia.  It tells the story of Russia from its origins as the Kievian Rus through the 1960s Soviet Union when the book was written.  The author, James Billington, loves Russia and this comes through clearly when he laments the (more...)

US Presidential Medal of Freedom Goes to Legends of Sports, Screen, Science and Music

VOA Twenty-one extraordinary Americans, legends in their professions, have been chosen to receive the top U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The nation’s highest civilian honor is “a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change (more...)

Tom Hanks Sees Lessons for Election in New Thriller ‘Inferno’

Embedded within the manic action of “Inferno,” the latest big-screen adaptation of a Dan Brown thriller, is a warning about the dangers of seeking simple solutions to complex problems. Star Tom Hanks says it’s a theme with echoes in the current U.S. presidential race. “Inferno” sets Hank’s polymathic professor Robert Langdon (more...)

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Legendary American musician Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel prize in literature, the first songwriter to receive the prestigious award. The Swedish Academy, which makes the annual decision on who will win the Nobel Literature Prize, said Dylan was honored "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American (more...)

Venice Star-studded Film Fest Set to Open Under Heightened Security

A musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Jude Law as a chain-smoking pope and Mel Gibson's come back with a war drama are all tipped as must-sees at the Venice film festival which opens its 73rd edition on the Lido under heightened security. Top Hollywood talent and auteur directors will be (more...)

Drama in Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Is Personal, Not Political

VOA "Snowden," the new movie from filmmaker Oliver Stone, tells the tale of National Security Agency contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden largely through the lens of his personal life. It's a sympathetic account of the computer expert, as opposed to a polemic on whether his decision to leak government documents was right or (more...)

Asia Roll Out of Pokemon Go Spurs Lifestyle Changes, Business Boom

VOA Asian fans of smartphone game Pokemon Go are hunting out the best telecom providers and network gear to overcome the hurdle posed by patchy network signals in their race to capture virtual cartoon characters. From Indonesia to Hong Kong and Cambodia, the wild popularity of Nintendo's augmented reality app is also (more...)

Want to Be a Detective? Escape Rooms May Help

The timer is running. People have 60 minutes to escape from a room they paid to be locked inside of. The room - one of two offered by Timothy Smith's Escape Lounge in Washington - is designed to mimic the Oval Office in the White House. It features (more...)

Russia’s Tishchenko Wins Heavyweight Boxing Gold

Silver medalist Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan reacts to the audience as gold medalist Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia stands at attention for the singing of the national anthem at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 15, 2016.

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Arabic ‘Fastest Growing’ Language in US

VOA News Arabic is the “fastest growing language in the U.S.,” according to the Pew Research Center. According to a post on the group’s website about the challenges Arabic presents to the U.S. census, Arabic speaking at home has surged by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014 among (more...)

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