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With Halloween on the horizon, it seemed a particularly good time to sit down with Baltimore mystery writer Laura Lippman and talk about the master of horror fiction--- Edgar Allan Poe. A pioneer of detective fiction and science fiction and a poet of haunting and evocative verse, Poe is also...
"I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together.' --- Laurie Rubin Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has been blind since birth. While her disability has at times proved challenging in her chosen profession, it hasn't...
F. Murray Abraham accepts the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre at the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala. Photo by Kevin Allen "I was a hoodlum. I was a gang member, and art saved my life." --- F. Murray Abraham If you've seen Amadeus or Scarface , or even Star Trek: Insurrection...
GALA Hispanic Theatre is located in Washington, DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood. Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theatre "It's as important for us to expose Latinos to different Latino cultures as it is to present Latino cultures to non-Latino audiences." --- Abel Lopez GALA Hispanic Theatre in...
October 19, 2012 Robert Jack as "Sergeant" in the National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch . Photo by Scott Suchman "We can't just say, you know, 'Well, people should come see theater.' We have to make the best theater." --- Robert Jack The National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch ---a play by...
In this week's podcast, we meet an indie favorite: singer, songwriter, and now author, Josh Ritter. He is the balladeer of the 21st century, creating intricately constructed folk songs with a modern sensibility. Because he is a musical storyteller with songs that sing like short stories, it was...
October 18. 2012 Irvin Mayfield takes a solo during his gig with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Josh Goleman, courtesy of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra In what may have been a first for the NEA, earlier this month, National Council on the Arts members Irvin Mayfield and...
NEA National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson (right) at the 2012 Richmond Folk Festival with piano player Jeff Little. Although I have lived in Virginia for 14 years, I had never visited the state’s capital before this past Saturday. This weekend, however, offered something special: the...
Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo with Marc Chagall’s America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. Marc Chagall © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris In 1977, the city of Chicago received two new cultural treasures...
Here I am warming up the crowd to hear from (l-r) Bob Morrison, Ayanna Hudson, Clement Price, and the other panelists for our great arts education conversation in Newark. Photo by Daniel Hedden, courtesy of NJPAC Last week I made an official visit to New Jersey. I took the train from Penn Station...

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