BIG TALENT FROM THE BIG EASY
Pianist Jon Batiste is the bandleader for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." He talks with John about his musical influences that span his New Orleans roots, Thelonious Monk and the theme for the Sonic the Hedgehog video game. Batiste also reveals what first bonded him with Stephen Colbertand how he thinks about the power of music.
RIP JOHN BALDESSARI, AN ARTIST WHO QUESTIONED ART
John talks with L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight about the passing of artist John Baldessari: "This seemingly tireless spirit — a gentle giant of Conceptual art whose irreverent questions about the nature of art brought him international acclaim and shaped a generation of younger talent — died in his sleep [Jan. 2] at 88."
COMEDY IN TENSE TIMES
It’s been an intense week between the U.S. and Iran so we wanted to find out what it's like to be an Iranian-American artist at this time. Zahra Noorbakhsh is a comedian who identifies herself as a "feminist Muslim Iranian-American." She regularly incorporates her identity into her act. She says the current tensions between the U.S. and Iran won't cower her. Instead, she wants to grab the nearest mic.
SCARY MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM
There’s a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum called the Natural History of Horror that looks at how real events in nature inspired some scary movies and horror villains. Frame contributor Collin Friesen took a tour.
WRITING "1917" AS ONE LONG TAKE
This week three of the major Hollywood guilds– the WGA, DGA and PGA– all nominated the World War I drama "1917." Screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns lays out for John Horn how she and director Sam Mendes wrote the script for their movie knowing that it would be shot as if it was one continuous take.
CRISTELA ALONZO UNPLUGGED
Comedian and writer Cristela Alonzo joins John Horn at a KPCC event to discuss her new memoir, "Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up" and do some stand-up. She talks about her short-lived TV show, why she quit stand-up after the 2016 election, and how she started doing comedy to cheer up her single mother.
THE DAPTONE SOUND
If you’ve listened to the music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley or the band Antibalas, you probably know about Daptone Records. The Brooklyn-based indie label was co-founded by Gabriel Roth, a musician, producer and engineer who now operates out of Riverside, California. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos visited his recording studio to profile the man behind The Daptone Sound.