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John Berry, founding member of Beastie Boys, dead at 52. New York Daily News video

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John Berry, one of the founding members of pioneering rap group Beastie Boys died Thursday morning in a Danvers, Mass., hospital. He was 52.

His father, John Berry III, told Rolling Stone magazine that his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had grown worse in recent months.

Berry, who attended high school with singer Mike Diamond, was a crucial member in the Beastie Boys’ early days. He was originally part of the Young Aborigines, a hardcore punk band formed in 1978 and would later evolve into the best-selling group.
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Yiddish Culture in the Age of the Start-Up

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Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002 Sunday, May 15, 2016 -15:00 to 16:30

Yiddish is often seen as dying. But the last decade has seen a younger, secular generation of Yiddish lovers launch websites, start and reform organizations, and even found a Yiddish-speaking organic farm. Who are these new Yiddishists? What, if anything, defines Yiddish culture in the startup age? This panel brings together prominent scholars and activists of New Yiddishism: Sarah Zarrow, managing editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies; Sandy Fox, doctoral candidate at NYU; Ross Perlin, of the endangered language alliance; and Dmitri Zisl Slepovich, ethnomusicologist and leader of the band Litvakus. Co-sponsored with the Yiddish Book Center

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Seeing Robert Mapplethorpe’s idea of perfection in a new retrospective. PBS News Hour video

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Artist Robert Mapplethorpe found himself at the center of the culture wars of the 1980s and ‘90s for his best-known work, homoerotic and often explicit photographs that drew the ire of federal lawmakers. Now two major Los Angeles museums have mounted a retrospective of his work, asking viewers to take another look. Jeffrey Brown examines the artist’s life and legacy. PBS NewsHour. New York Video News

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