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It's Only a Play, But It's Hilarious

by John Platt
Joan Marcus

As the curtain rises on It's Only a Play, it reveals the sumptuously-appointed bedroom of an Upper East Side townhouse. It's best to take in the beautiful set design, because the scenery is about to be chewed by an all-star cast in the new revival of Terence McNally's classic 1982 comedy, just opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

UKNY On FUV For October 11

by Kara Manning
Laura Mvula (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

As the last show on the last day of FUV's fall member drive, tonight's UKNY at 11 will be in fundraising mode, but I'll have some sweeping, transportive live tracks in store too. From new releases from Laura Mvula (live at Abbey Road Studios with the Metropole Orkest) and Bonobo, to exclusive Studio A gems from Gruff Rhys and The Horrors, to music from concerts I actually attended (Underworld at London's Roundhouse on February 29, 2008) ... all lies ahead. Bring your glowsticks if you'd like, a warm jumper for outdoor gigs, but leave your smartphones in your bag (unless you're making an online donation to FUV) and come along for the ride.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 11

by Marshall Crenshaw
Victoria Williams (courtesy of VictoriaWilliam.net)

On last week's "The Bottomless Pit," I ended up feeling like I'd just gotten started with my tribute to drummer Idris Muhammad, since some of my favorite tracks by him are 10-14 minutes long. So tonight at 10, I'm carrying on with more of him. He passed away on July 29, 2014. Last week I also played some remarkable tracks, with incredible musical accompaniment, by spoken word artist David Greenberger. The combination of David's stuff with Idris' stuff seemed really perfect somehow, so we'll have more David G. this week too. And after four weeks, the show is still on a Victoria Williams binge of indefinite duration. So in other words, this week it'll be exactly the same artists as last week; I'll go a little deeper into their superb catalogs. And please support WFUV—and "The Bottomless Pit"—during the station's fall member drive by contributing online at WFUV.org.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For October 11

by WFUV Staff
Zee Avi (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Are you a longtime acolyte or a new convert to Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"®? Wherever you may fall in that spectrum, tonight at 8 you'll have the chance to support Vin and his legendary freeform show. During this special FUV fundraising edition, Vin has set aside some eclectic selections from Malaysian artist Zee Avi, Grant McLennan, Karen O, Maggie Björklund, the Flying Burrito Brothers and much more ... reflections for an early autumn night. Please support FUV and "Idiot's Delight"® by calling 877-938-8907 or by contributing online at WFUV.org.

FUV Five Favorite Concerts: Kara Manning

by WFUV Staff
Laurie Anderson (courtesy of Nonesuch Records)

During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.

Kara Manning's Five Favorite Concerts (Host of "UKNY"):

1. Underworld at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield (September 14, 2007):
No other show has surpassed the emotional impact of seeing Underworld on this particular late summer evening. I was at a serious crossroads in my life and unmoored following the death of my dad. A friend bailed on going with me an hour earlier, I was loathe to go alone, and recall halting in my tracks on the way to the field, on the brink of turning back home. But I didn't. I kept walking. This brilliant Underworld show—communal, uplifting, joyful, brooding, sensual, robustly spirited and embracing the very essence of passing from the dark to the light—was a revelation, as close to a baptism as I'll ever get. Returning home that night, chatting with friends I'd run into whilst there, a crisp breeze rifled through the trees, ushering autumn into the park as fallen leaves protested with a noisy crunch underfoot. Everything seemed electric around me and I felt, at last, that I could move forward with strength, gently pushed by Essex rhythm and poetry. I've seen Underworld many times, before and since, but that show is etched deeply into my heart.