"Wild Wild Country" tells the story of an Indian guru who in the 1980s tried to transform an Oregon town into a massive utopia of enlightenment. But friction and violence ensued; "Rise" revolves around a group of high school drama kids in a struggling, working-class Pennsylvania town.
In “Sell/Buy/Date," playwright and performer Sarah Jones explores empowerment, sex and culture by inhabiting a variety of characters; the film and TV industries are undergoing a reckoning with #MeToo, but the music business has certain barriers that have kept women silent.
Filmmaker Rebecca Miller takes on a tough documentary subject: her iconic playwright father; Merrill Garbus addresses cultural appropriation on Tune-Yards' new album; Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" hits a legal roadblock from the estate of author Harper Lee.
Playwright Lauren Yee play is inspired by Cambodian psychedelic rock of the '70s, before Pol Pot singled out the nation’s artists; CherryPicks will aggregate movie, music and video game reviews from female critics; Ludwig Göransson dissects a song from his score for "Black Panther."
Taylor Mac is the theater artist, drag performer, MacArthur fellow and creative mind behind a 24-hour-long retelling of American history through popular songs; was James Levine allowed to remain in power at the Metropolitan Opera because of "maestro worship"?
Boots Riley of the hip-hop group The Coup talks about his directing debut, "Sorry To Bother You" – a satire about race in America; “High Maintenance” co-creator Katja Blichfeld says she and fellow co-creator Ben Sinclair kept the show intact despite their breakup; the massive SxSW tech, film and music fest is underway in Austin.