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Patti Smith and friends (and Miley Cyrus?) rock the Tibet House benefit concert

Thursday night’s Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall–the 25th such event–took place “right on the Auspicious Great Miracle full moon of the Great Prayer Festival of the Wood-Sheep Year,” according to the program, which may explain the number of extraordinary moments that occurred during it.

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Ira Glass isn't so sure he can defend his 'Shakespeare sucks' comments (Updated)

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UPDATE: We asked Ira Glass if he does indeed believe Shakespeare sucks, and this is what he said: ”That was kind of an off-the-cuff thing to say that in the cold light of day, I’m not sure I can defend at all.”

Don’t worry, high school kids choking down Hamlet and Macbeth before school starts. You’re not alone: Famed radio host Ira Glass also hates Shakespeare.

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Fred Armisen to imitate Ira Glass for an hour on 'This American Life'


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Portlandia just exploded into a cloud of artisanal doorknobs and twee glee.

This weekend, This American Life will have a very special guest host: SNL star Fred Armisen, who’s still on his winter vacation (he’ll start work on the sketch series’s first episode of 2013 on Monday).

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ORIGIN STORY: How Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk With Me' transformed nightmares into a dream project

It’s a pretty common dream: Let’s make a movie.

Every kid who grew up with a video camera had it, even if it ranked in likelihood alongside becoming a “major league baseball player” and “astronaut” as possible professions.

Mike Birbiglia also had this dream – though he has a lot more of those than he knows what to do with.

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'Sleepwalk With Me' comedy declares victory over Joss Whedon's 'Avengers' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Puny Whedon …

Sleepwalk With Me, an indie film about a stand-up comic who discovers that his act gets funnier the more his life falls apart, expands to cities across the country today, and it has already declared victory over the biggest movie of the year after debuting last week on just one New York City screen.

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OPINION: Mike Daisey, 'This American Life', and the invention of 'counterfeit truth'

The phrase “based on a true story” has become weak currency in the world of storytelling, and unfortunately it keeps getting worse.

The latest downgrading occurs at the hands of performer Mike Daisey and his falsehood-perforated theater monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, about the exploitation of Chinese workers who manufacture Apple products.

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Sundance 2012: The 12 biggest stories of the indie film fest

Sundance 2012 took place over 10 days, featured 117 movies, marked the debut of 45 first-time filmmakers, and for film lovers there was no better place to be than Park City, Utah – even if not all the news coming out of the festival was happy.

Studio sales were strong, which means many of the most buzzed-about titles will make it to theaters, and – as usual – a few previously unknown storytellers emerged as stars, while a handful of Hollywood veterans faceplanted in the snow.

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