Around the Nation Roundup

Here are some of this week’s arts and culture stories from public broadcasting stations around the nation:

What Ruby Jane lacks in age, she more than makes up for in talent. The 15-year-old has fiddled at the Grand Ole Opry and shared the stage with country great Willie Nelson. She played for KUT in their Studio 1a to help promote the release of her first full length album, “Creekside.”

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Will we soon be singing a requiem for boys’ choirs? A recent Danish study shows that boys are hitting puberty at younger ages, which means choirs will be losing treble singers at higher rates. New York classical station WQXR discusses the fate of the groups that have been making music for millennia.

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Former Poet Laureate Charles Simic’s new book is a poetic glimpse into the little things in life. Simic tells New Hampshire Public Radio about “Master of Disguises.”

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Susan Banyas wanted to be a dancer and ended up a playwright. But in many ways, her passion for dance has made its way to the stage. Banyas uses movement in her plays to create a different kind of theater-going experience, from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Richard Colman’s paintings, installations and sculptures have been exhibited internationally, are brimming with color and tension, and they seem to beg to be deciphered. KQED catches up with the artist at his home in San Francisco.