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With this week's podcast, you have the opportunity to meet 26-year-old Aaron Diehl , winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, the prestigious competition of the American Pianists Association. Diehl is an elegant jazz pianist who also knows how to let loose; his playing has been called...
Don and Mera Rubell. Photo courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Foundation When Don and Mera Rubell started collecting art in 1964, their monthly collecting budget was $25. Forty-seven years later, the Rubells have amassed an internationally renowned collection of approximately 5,000 works, including...
Hank Greenberg, the subject of Aviva Kempner's documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg . Photo cropped from a posed picture of 1937 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Washington, DC. Image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons . Every year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF)...
Billie Holiday, last recording session, studio, NYC 1958. Photo by Milt Hinton © 1988 The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection In 1977, Jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment again honored...
Here's an "action shot" of our press conference in Fargo on the city's Our Town grant. Photo by M. Sauvageau My latest Art Works tour took me to Minnesota and North Dakota. I started at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. To some degree my whole NEA agenda started at...
This week's podcast gives us an intimate view of the life of one of America’s top ballet companies. Our guide is Stephen Manes, who just published Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet , which documents a full season of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB...
If you asked me early in my medical career how the arts played a role in healing, I might have checked to see if you had a fever. How times have changed. Over the past 30 years, I have watched our profession evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our wounded warriors. Some of those who have...
From l-r: Judd Greenstein, photo by Joshua Frankel; Sarah Kirkland Snider, photo by Murat Eyuboglu; William Brittel, photo by Murat Eyuboglu The music produced by New Amsterdam Records has been described as post-classical, indie-classical, genre-less. Regardless of its classifications, or non-...
Benjamin Percy and his sister and fellow writer Jennifer Percy. Photo by William J. Adams “The writer’s life is spent alone---at the desk---the missives we write equivalent to notes in a bottle tossed into a midnight sea.” --- Benjamin Percy Not only does writing apparently run in...
Rocco dropped in on the Plains Art Museum during his December visit to Fargo, North Dakota. Here he is with chief curator Megan Johnston (left) and Colleen Sheehy, the museum's director. Housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse in Fargo, North Dakota, the Plains Art Museum , is a...

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