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This edition: November 2011

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Original tape date: November 16, 2011.

First aired: November 17, 2011.

1/ Cheap Thrills
The 20th century produced many artistic “isms:” Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Expressionism, and others. But one aesthetic strategy cuts across them all: collage, the assembling of disparate fragments to make a new work. Based in France and the USA, the new color newsprint mag/zine Cheap Thrills Mag celebrates collage by offering works for four different artists in each issue. CANAPE visits the New York launch of issue #1 The Strange Massage and talks with French curator Alexandre Stipanovich and artists Peter Sutherland, Maggie Lee, and F*** This Life.

2/ The Two
Seven years ago Ara Starck met David Jarre in Paris. She was a painter, he was a magician. Their meeting produced magic of another kind, crystallized today in The Two, a duo that weaves together its members’ atypical career paths, and melds their singularities in a shared intimacy. The Two’s music feels like an invitation to dream in their own secret garden. CANAPE takes a tour of their garden as the duo performs in New York City.

3/ Emmanuel Letouzé
When Brittany born Emmanuel Letouzé applied for a Fulbright fellowship to study in the USA he did something unusual for his personal statement. He submitted several pages of cartoons. It worked. He got the gig. Arriving in 2004, he studied at Columbia, is on his way to a PhD at Berkeley, works at the United Nations, and is the proud father of twins. Amidst all of that, he has never stopped drawing under the name of Manu. He describes himself as “a semi-failed cartoonist since 1975.” CANAPE takes a look at his exhibit at the Invisible Dog and visits his Brooklyn home.

4/ The Lanskies
Back in 2008 ZZ Top needed an opening act for a concert in France. They chose a French group called The Lanskies, who set the house shakin’. It’s been upward and upward for the Paris based indie rockers ever since. Their first album Bank Holiday shows their mastery of what one critic calls “upbeat post-punk anthems and 80’s New York attitude.” CANAPE catches them showing that attitude to New York itself.

5/ Solar Throat Slashed
The dangers of censorship are well known. Less considered is self-censorship. The great Martinican poet Aime Cesaire revised his own collection Solar Throat Slashed to re-position himself with the politics of post-World War II France. In numerous ways he de-Africanized his own poetry. Scholars A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman have now restored the text and translated it into English. CANAPE listens to Eshleman recite Cesaire’s Surrealist verse and talk about the need for the project.

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