Peter Yarrow sings a version of Pete Seeger’s “If I had a Hammer” to help remember the legendary folksinger.
Peter Yarrow, a member of the folksinging trio Peter, Paul and Mary, remembers Pete Seeger as a “beacon of what was possible.”
Pete Seeger, the legendary folk musician who helped spearhead the American folk revival, died Monday night in New York City at the age of 94 from natural causes. Across more than seven decades, he inspired scores of singer-songwriters, activists and social movements. Just before his death, he was serenaded in his hospital bed by close friends.
Walk around the market town of Dumfries, Scotland, and at first glance you’ll see what looks like a kind of graffiti in the windowpanes — faint etchings in some, and in others verses written boldly in thick black pen. A few are the surviving work of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, etched into the glass centuries ago when he stayed at the Globe Inn. Others are the work of contemporary poets, writing to pay him tribute.
January 25th marks the 255th anniversary of Burns’ birth, and around the world, Scots and devotees of the poet alike will gather to commemorate the event with Burns Suppers — eating haggis, raising a wee dram of whisky (whiskey to us Americans), and most importantly, reading his poetry aloud. Burns was only 37 years old when he died, but was a prolific writer, giving the world “Auld Lang Syne,” “A Red, Red Rose” and “To a Mouse,” among others.
Photo by Flickr user Dawn Humphrey
We’re moments away from 2014. Our resolutions are set and the champagne glasses are out, but before we move on to the new year, we have a bit more reflecting to do.
As we say goodbye to 2013, we remember the artists we lost throughout the year, many of whom we’ve had the chance to talk to during their lives. We know there are others who made a mark on the world but didn’t make it on to this list — we would love to hear from you about the artist, musician, actor, writer, filmmaker who died this year that you will miss most. Leave your thoughts in the comments section under this article.
Remembering Van Cliburn, 78, Classical Pianist
Van Cliburn first gained worldwide attention when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at 23. He went on to rock the classical and Cold War worlds in the late 1950s and beyond. In February, Cliburn died at home at the age of 78 after a battle with bone cancer. Back in 2008, Jeffrey Brown spent time with Van Cliburn, reflecting on Cliburn’s momentous competition and later life. You can watch the full conversation from five years ago, “Van Cliburn Reflects on 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition.”
Remembering Nigerian Novelist Chinua Achebe
Nigerian novelist, poet, essayist, statesman and dissident Chinua Achebe emerged in the literary world in 1958 with the publication of his influential novel, “Things Fall Apart,” which has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Achebe died on March 21 in Boston after a brief illness. He was 82.
Here are five arts and culture videos from PBS and public media partners around the nation.
This song is my song, this song is your song, so why don’t you record your own cover? American Masters has paired with PBS and Woody 100 for an interactive documentary about folk singer Woody Guthrie called the This Is Your Land Project. Download sheet music and record yourself singing the iconic But hurry: June 15 is the deadline. For now, enjoy this submission from Zeke Leonard:
The late children’s book author Maurice Sendak — the nation’s foremost expert on the charming beastliness of children — was interviewed in 2009 about his own childhood, and what impressed him about the resiliency of kids. PBS Digital Studios, together with Newsweek and Blank on Blank, offers an animated version of that interview.
“Homegoings,” an upcoming documentary on POV that explores the tradition and grace of funerals in an African-American community, inspired a work of contemporary dance by performers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The documentary debuts on PBS on June 24.
Here are four arts and culture videos from public media partners around the nation.
From NPR: “OK Go: A Tiny Desk Concert In 223 Takes”:
“We needed to figure out the best possible way to move NPR Music’s Tiny Desk from our old headquarters to our new facility just north of the U.S. Capitol. So we had OK Go perform “All Is Not Lost” hundreds of times, as we transported the Tiny Desk from one home to the other.”
From the new Alaska Public Media series Indie Alaska: “I Am An Ice Diver”:
“Bill Streever is an author, biologist and avid adventurer. He is also a life-long diver. In this edition of INDIE ALASKA we follow the intrepid diver under the ice of Summit Lake, in the heart of the Chugach National Forest, for a view that few Alaskans ever see. INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios.”
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A Turkish art group performs in support of protestors Wednesday at Taksim Square in Istanbul. Protests, which initially began over the fate of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the last significant green spaces in the center of the city, have turned increasingly violent as police began cracking down hard on demonstrators. Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, isn’t it? Before we get to this week’s Tuesday Cutline winner, here’s the original caption to Attila Kisbenedek’s/AFP’s/Getty Images’s photo:
“A young girl rests in a cage as her dogs stand on top of it, waiting for their competition during the World Dog Show in Hungexpo area of Budapest on May 16, 2013. About 17 000 dogs are designated for the world competition from more than 70 countries.”
It was “ruff” choosing a winner this week. Most of you implied that these canines were fed up with authority or in cahoots to take over the world. But our winner asked an unanswered age-old question. Congrats Joan Harris! You’ll be winning a mug for your caption:
“Who let the dogs out?”
Who indeed? Thanks for playing along everyone. Join us next week for another Tuesday Cutline!
About the Tuesday Cutline: Every other Tuesday, we post a photo. You compose a witty/ funny/ creative caption, submit it by Friday at 5 p.m. ET in the comments section or on the NewsHour’s or Art Beat’s pages. The following Tuesday we pick one winner. Everyone celebrates.
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Models pose in a tableaux vivant, or ‘living picture,” of Frederic S. Remington’s “A Dash for the Timber” during the 81st annual Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Calif. The event features works of art recreated by real people through costumes, makeup, lighting, props and backdrops. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images.