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This edition: February 2015

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 4, 2015.

First aired: February 13, 2015.

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson hosts this month's episode of Arts in the City from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Segments include Tony Guida's story on Brooklyn's historic Kings Theatre, finally restored after lying dormant for almost 40 years; Lisa Beth Kovetz' tour of the best jazz clubs in Harlem; Tinabeth Pina's interview with Chita Rivera about the history of New York's iconic music venue, Birdland; two stories from Donna Hanover and Carol Anne Riddell about the history behind one of the most successful musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof; and Barry Mitchell's profile of Art Amnesty at MoMA PS1.

Guest List

David Anderson CEO and President, ACE Theatrical

Jim Caruso Producer/Host, Broadway at Birdland

Derek Fleming Director of Business Development, Red Rooster/Ginny's

Bruce Friedman Kings Theatre Supporter

Wycliffe Gordon Trombone Player

Sam Hargress Owner, Paris Blues

Barbara Isenberg Author, “Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway to Hollywood story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical”

Arlene Jacobs Kings Theatre Patron

Matt Lambros Photographer

Joanna Merlin Actor/Casting Director

Rob Middleton Bandleader, Birdland Big Band

Jocelyn Miller Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1

Chita Rivera Legendary Entertainer

Ron Schweiger Brooklyn Borough Historian

Alexander Smalls Restauranteur, Minton's

Alisa Solomon Professor/Author, “Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof”

Gianni Valenti Owner, Birdland

Jerry Zaks Actor, Director

Web Extras

Chita's Musical Family

Chita Rivera talks about music in her family.

Chita Talks About Her Parents

Legendary performer Chita Rivera tells us about her parents.

Chita on Performing

Chita Rivera tells us about her passion for performing live.

Birdland - Jazz Mecca

Gianni Valenti tells Tinabeth Pina why Birdland is known as the jazz corner of the world