Around the Nation, Friday Roundup

BY Arts Desk  December 11, 2009 at 12:09 PM EST

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

Ray Suarez at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio- Comedy mecca Second City turns 50 years old this week, and the celebrations begin tonight as funny alumni flock to Chicago.

- Morgan Freeman talked to Tavis Smiley about playing Nelson Mandela in the new film ‘Invictus.’

- “A Christmas Blizzard”: It’s not the weather forecast; it’s a new book by Garrison Keillor. The writer and radio host talked to Minnesota Public Radio.

- Artists transform paper into dynamic scuptures in ‘Between the Folds,’ a documentary that ran on Independent Lens this week. You can still watch clips from the film here.

- Finally, catch two NewsHour arts videos you may have missed this week. From our Patchwork Nation project, a video postcard from Philadelphia about ‘Love Letter,’ a recent addition to the city’s renowned mural program. Plus watch Ray Suarez try his hand at glassblowing at a studio in Lincoln City, Ore.