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This edition: May 2014

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 5, 2014.

First aired: May 9, 2014.

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson hosts this month's Arts in the City from the New York Botanical Garden.

Get your popcorn ready! Pat Collins guides us through some of the summer blockbusters coming soon to a theater near you.

We visited the Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ, where a group of talented young musicians are training for a big band jazz competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson heads to Jimmy’s Corner, legendary boxing bar in the Theater District, to speak with Andy Karl, who plays the titular character in Rocky the Musical.

Donna Hanover takes us to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to see how Motown shaped - and was shaped by – the culture of its time. See how its legacy runs from 1960s Detroit all the way to 2014 Broadway.

Mike Gilliam rounds up the best places to be and things to see outdoors in the city this summer.

Summer Fun Websites:
Bryant Park -
The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park -
River to River Festival -
Celebrate Brooklyn -
Socrates Sculpture Park -
Warm Up 2014, MoMA PS1 -
Make Music New York 2014 -

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens & The Women Who Designed Them, The New York Botanical Garden -

Dan Graham’s Rooftop Installation, The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art -

Guest List

Charl Brown Actor, Motown the Musical

Krystal Joy Brown Actress, Motown the Musical

Coleman Hughes Trombonist, Jazz House Kids

Andy Karl Actor, Rocky the Musical

Alex Laurenzi Saxophonist, Jazz House Kids

Christian McBride Artistic Chair, Jazz House Kids

Christopher Moore Curator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Ted Nash Saxophonist, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Rahsaan Pickett Guitarist, Jazz House Kids

Julius Tolentino Big Band Director, Jazz House Kids

Melissa Walker President & Founder, Jazz House Kids