In the latest installment of the Library’s popular Script-in-Hand series, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers a unique performance of The Taming of the Shrew. All characters switch genders – Katherine becomes a male (Kit), Petruchio a female (Petruchia) – lending the battle-of-the-sexes comedy new context.
Hip-hop is now America’s most popular music genre, supplanting rock. In a discussion of his new book, Davidson College sociologist Joseph Ewoodzie examines its roots, going back to hip-hop’s creation by Clive Campbell – DJ Kool Herc – at a birthday party in New York’s West Bronx in 1973.
New York-area pianist/vocalist John Bauers portrays legendary lyricist Johnny Mercer (“One More for My Baby,” “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses”), sitting down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III in a tune-filled installment of Meet the Past.