Around the Nation

BY Molly Finnegan  March 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM EDT

Here are some of this week’s arts and culture stories from public broadcasters around the nation.

Ravid Kahalani, via KQED- Ravid Kahalani and his eight-piece band, Yemen Blues, brought their mix of jazz, blues, folk, and even opera — culled from the musical traditions of America, Northa and West Africa and eastern Europe — to the Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley, CA last week.
[via KQED]

- A Chicagoan mourns the loss of a favorite mid-century modernist motel in his city, which was devastated both by fire and by an unfortunate style update, and reminds us that these modest buildings will actually become our landmarks in the future, “[i]f they manage to survive.”
[via WBEZ]

- Click through a slide show of images to preview the new Museo Soumaya, an art museum in Mexico City, which opens at the end of this month, that will house the personal collection of the world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim.
[via Need to Know]

- The problems that have plagued Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man musical have provided great creative fodder for other playwrights and theater directors who are either looking to spoof or empathize with the show’s now infamous foibles.
[via WNYC]

- The Bad Plus perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis
[via MNOriginal]