Around the Nation

BY Lauren Knapp  April 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM EDT

Here are some arts and culture stories from public broadcasting stations around the nation.

 

- The Escher String Quartet gave grocery shoppers at Zabar’s on the Upper West Side of Manhattan a special performance on Wednesday. They played the first movement of Beethoven’s “Serioso” quartet in front of the seafood counter. The surprise performance was part of WQXR’s chamber music festival, Trout Week.

- Musician Teddy Thompson, son of Richard and Linda Thompson, was born into a family of folk royalty, but has made a name for himself. Thompson talks about his most recent album in an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth.

- Read an interview with designer and musician Alexander Chen from WNYC on how he converted the 1972 New York Subway map into an online experience.

 
PRI’s Studio 360 reports on one of the newest additions to the endangered species list: the bookstore.

- Listen to writer Benjamin Hale read a passage from his latest novel, “The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore”, a tale of a self-conscious chimpanzee. KQED also interviewed Hale as part of their literature series, The Writer’s Block.


 
– Visual artist and sculptor Italo Scanga (1932-2001) is known for creating works out of found objects. He is now being honored in an exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, Calif. Listen to a discussion about the artist and his work’s from San Diego’s KPBS.

 
Read an interview with filmmakers Clay Liford and Eric Steele, creators of the new independently released film Wuss. KERA’s Art & Seek interviewed them at last month’s SXSW Film Festival.

 
– Watch a profile of Minnesota metal artist Lisa Elias as she makes a public drinking fountain for Downtown Minneapolis. It’s part of Twin City Public Television’s arts series, MN Original.

 
– Chicago organist Lori Moreland has been called up to the big leagues. The White Sox has hired Moreland, an organist at Our Lady of Knock church outside of Chicago, as the new home game, via WBEZ.

White Sox Organist Lori Moreland from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Around the Nation

BY Tom LeGro and Molly Finnegan  November 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM EDT

Here’s a special Thanksgiving roundup of public media arts and culture (and cooking) stories from around the nation:

- In time for Thanksgiving, PBS shares this 1994 Cooking in Concert special with Jacques Pepin and Julia Child on stuffing a turkey:

Watch the full episode. See more Julia Child.

 
- And if you need more help, NPR’s Splendid Table will air a special program tomorrow with their holiday hotline Turkey Confidential, when you can call in for advice for last-minute cooking emergencies.

- At Need to Know, books writer Jessa Crispin test-drives a recipe for cheesy gougeres.

- KPBS’s Culture Lust offers wine recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner. Near the top of list: Gewurztraminer from Alsace — “extremely versatile” and “can really stand up well to the vast set of flavors brought to the table.”

[After the jump, arts stories to enjoy while you’re digesting]


- Tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 24, PBS airs the two-hour concert, “Sondheim! The Birthday Concert” on Great Performances (check local listings). The legendary Broadway composer and lyricist turned 80 this year. Here’s a preview:

 

Watch the full episode. See more Great Performances.

The NewsHour will also air an interview with Stephen Sondheim in the coming weeks.

 
- Minnesota Original profiles an organization that gives art lessons to homeless kids.

- New Orleans soul legend Irma Thomas recently stopped by the KPLU studio in Seattle for a Jazz24 session.

- Did you miss this week’s premiere of American Masters’‘ LENNONYC? Watch right here the full two-hour documentary exploring Lennon’s life in New York City during the 1970s as a father, husband, activist and artist:

Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.