In “Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale,” a simple trip to the laundromat gone awry provides plenty of dramatic and comedic material for a 31-page picture book. But is it enough to support a 45-minute musical? That was the challenge for author, illustrator, and now playwright, Mo Willems, whose very popular children’s book has just been transformed into a stage performance at the Kennedy Center.
Earlier this week, 53 students from around the nation gathered in Washington for the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, an annual event that encourages the love of spoken word among young people.
The civil rights era produced some of the most memorable songs in American music history. In an excerpt from the PBS program “In Performance at the White House,” President and Mrs. Obama toast Black History Month with a celebration of the era’s music. Continue reading