Around the Nation, Friday Roundup

BY Arts Desk  July 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM EDT

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

- On Wednesday, the house of Washington, DC arts and education activist (and art collector) Peggy Cooper Cafritz was destroyed by a fire. Here’s WAMU’s report.

- Coming off the PBS broadcast of his big birthday bash, Pete Seeger headlines the Newport Folk Festival, which is also having a big birthday—the festival turns 50 this year. Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes and The Avett Brothers will all be playing, in addition to Newport stalwarts Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie. NPR Music will be broadcasting (and webcasting!) the event this weekend.

- While everyone else is off on summer vacation, listen to Paul Theroux talk about travel writing with KERA’s Jerome Weeks.

- British director Armando Iannucci makes fun of war and politics in his film “In The Loop.” He talked to Charlie Rose last week.

- “By 1954, I knew I was cutting geometric architectural shapes. And it felt good.” Those are not the words of the most famous architect in the world, but of the most famous hairdresser in the world, Vidal Sassoon, who appears on this week’s episode WNYC’s Studio360. Who knew Bauhaus made women into bombshells?