WBUR is excited to unveil the Fall 2023 programming lineup for CitySpace at The Lavine Broadcast Center, a cutting-edge, multimedia venue dedicated to fostering civic engagement, facilitating public conversations, showcasing artistic performances and celebrating cultural expression.
"We have an especially varied, full and exciting season coming up," said Amy Macdonald, director of WBUR CitySpace. "Some of the country's most renowned journalists have books coming out this fall on American history, the fight for democracy and present-day politics. These are sure to be fascinating conversations, all moderated by WBUR hosts. Our Curated Cuisine series is featuring some of the most influential Black chefs and authors – many of whom are being recognized for the first time – who have made significant contributions to the culinary industry. And we continue to offer entertaining musical performances, relevant cultural conversations and the most popular podcasts live on stage."
Not only is Curated Cuisine returning to CitySpace, but also The Moth StorySLAM, an open-mic storytelling competition open to anyone. And join CitySpace for a new monthly series – Field Trip – where you can meet folks who share your passion (knitting! running! board games!) and discover local organizations.
The beloved children's podcast Circle Round will present its first holiday-themed story in December. And the popular annual reading of "A Christmas Carol" by WBUR hosts returns to CitySpace the same month.
"We really have something for everyone this fall," said Macdonald. "Whether you want to hear Heather Cox Richardson on challenges to democracy, sample a morsel from Nia Grace's restaurant or enjoy the fusion of jazz and poetry with Robert Pinsky, we look forward to seeing you at CitySpace."
Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. | Field Trip: Game Night
Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. | Poet Robert Pinsky presents "Proverbs of Limbo"
Monday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. | Curated Cuisine: Culture, community and comfort food from Roxbury to the Seaport with Nia Grace
Tuesday, Sept.12 at 7:30 p.m. | The Moth StorySLAM: DRIVE
Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. | Reinterpreting "Madama Butterfly" for the 21st century
Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. | Bear Brook: A True Crime Story Live
Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. | "Democracy Awakening": Historian Heather Cox Richardson on the state of America
Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. | WBUR Member Night: An evening with Here & Now co-host Robin Young
Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. | Field Trip: Running Club
Monday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. | How Sustainable Fashion Can Help Save the Planet
Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. | The Last Politician: The Atlantic's Franklin Foer on Joe Biden’s White House
Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. | Differ We Must: NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Lincoln's success in a divided America
Friday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. | Boston Fashion Week GlamSlam
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. | The Moth StorySLAM: ADULTING
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. | Every Man for Himself and God Against All: Filmmaker Werner Herzog on his new memoir
Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Curated Cuisine: Tawakal Halal Cafe's Yahya Noor brings Somali culture and food to the forefront in Boston
Thursday, Oct.19 at 7 p.m. | The Makers
Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. | The Crossword Show with Zach Sherwin
Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. | Field Trip: Speed Friending
Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. | Foreign Bodies: Simon Schama on the history of pandemics, vaccines, and the health of nations
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. | "Left, Right & Center" Live
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. | Curated Cuisine: Charting the history of Black mixology in American cocktail culture with Toni Tipton-Martin
Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. | The Upstairs Delicatessen: New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on the pleasures of eating and reading
Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. | "Freakonomics" Radio Live
Monday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. | Field Trip: Arts and Crafts
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. | The Moth StorySLAM: GIVE AND TAKE
Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. | Curated Cuisine: A celebration of Black women and femmes in food with Klancy Miller
Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. | "Radiolab" Live: How the Cassette Tape Changed Us
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. | Circle Round Live: Holiday Edition
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. | The Moth StorySLAM: HOME
Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. | "A Christmas Carol"
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