Saxophonist Tim Berne came up on New York's so-called "downtown scene" 30 years ago. That scene is known for postmodern jump-cutters like John Zorn, who'd leap from one style to another in the space of a beat. But Berne went another way — he's fascinated by gradual transitions. In his music, improvisers take their time, wending their way from theme to theme over a long, continuous set.
High school senior Tara Frey doesn't have to worry about anyone else showing up to prom wearing the same dress. Unless another mom happened to weave one out of Starburst wrappers. The dress took six years and countless bags of the candy to complete.