Welcome to our new Q&A feature, Culture Quest, where we're asking the same set of questions to some of the notables stopping by the 92nd Street Y. Below, we find out the culture habits of National Treasure Alan Alda, and his wife Arlene.
Where do you get your news?
Arlene: NY Times and the local news channel, NY1. I also watch CNN and switch between CBS, NBC and ABC.
Alan: NY Times, WSJ and CNN
What are your favorite websites?
Arlene: Unfortunately, everyone is up to par with websites. Not me (except for my own).
Alan: Without a doubt: http://facebook.com/ArleneAldaAuthor
What book are you currently reading?
Arlene: Yasmina Reza’s new novel, Happy are the Happy
Alan: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
What magazines do you subscribe to?
Both: The New Yorker and a bunch of science magazines (Scientific American, Science, Nature, Science News) that Alan reads.
What's your favorite current TV show?
Arlene: I’m out of the loop on this one, too...except for Downton Abbey and various PBS specials. However, I’m an avid TCM watcher.
Alan: Downtown Abbey. These people are real, right? It's not make-believe. Right?
What's the last movie you saw?
Both:American Sniper. Brilliant film.
What's the last performance (dance, opera, or theater) you attended?
Both: "It's Only a Play" with Martin Short, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing. Hilarious, loved it.
What's the last music purchase you made?
Arlene: Not into pop music. I have a collection of great classical orchestral music, chamber music and soloists.
Alan: The Bach Chaconne played by Arnold Steinhardt.
What's your favorite piece of art in your home?
Arlene: Can’t pick a favorite. I love all the art we have. Very eclectic selection/collection.
Alan: "The Docent in the Louvre" by Russell Connor.
What place in NYC (landmark, museum, or neighborhood) are you embarrassed to admit you've never visited?
Arlene: Never been up to the Empire State Building, as far as I can recall. Maybe it was so long ago, I don’t remember. But not embarrassed about it. I don’t like heights with no ceiling above my head. Airplanes are fine, as are apartments on high floors, but not rooftops or open patios.
Alan: The Museum of Sex.
What are you most excited about right now?
Both: The publication of Arlene Alda's book, Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History.
Join Arlene and Alan Alda with Regis Philbin and TATS CRU for a discussion of Just Kids from the Bronx at 92Y on Monday, March 9.