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Arts Nov 19Conversation: Robert Kimball, Author of ‘Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer’
On Wednesday, prolific songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer would have turned 100. In his lifetime, he worked with more than 200 collaborators and churned out lyrics for more than 1,500 songs for both Broadway and the silver screen, which were…
Arts Nov 19Artist Jeanne-Claude Has Died at 74
Artist Jeanne-Claude, who with her husband Christo, created public art installations around the world, has died. She was 74. Her family said she died Wednesday night at a New York hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm.
Arts Nov 17A Photography Debut, 65 Years in the Making
Holding out for the course of a career that spans more than 40 years, photographer Robert Bergman refused to compromise on when and where he would hold his first show; standing by a personal philosophy of "getting it right," he…
Arts Nov 13Conversation: Writer Barbara Kingsolver
"The Lacuna," a new novel by Barbara Kingsolver is a sweep of history and a mix of the real and the imaginary.
Arts Nov 12Herblock’s Sketches of History on Exhibition
Herbert Block, better known as "Herblock," drew his first editorial cartoon in 1929, and over the course of the next seven decades sketched the major events of the second half of the 20th century for the Washington Post.
Arts Nov 11Conversation: Robert Edsel, Author of ‘The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History’
Robert Edsel's "The Monuments Men" tells the drama that largely took place behind the scenes of the great sweep of destruction, violence and final triumph of the second world war: the systematic looting of art by the Nazis, and the…
Arts Nov 10Conversation: Sesame Street’s ‘Maria’
Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary Tuesday, and there at nearly the beginning was Sonia Manzano, who was cast as "Maria" in 1971, becoming one of the first Hispanic characters on television.
Arts Nov 09Preview: ‘Ancient Paths, Modern Voices’
Coming soon on the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown reports on "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture," a festival currently taking place at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Arts Nov 06Conversation: Jonathan Lethem
In Jonathan Lethem's new novel, "Chronic City," two friends travel through a Manhattan that is both very recognizable -- from the billionaire mayor to the burgers at a local diner -- while also surreal, looking for truth.
Arts Nov 05Winning Faces in Modern Portraits
Every three years, the National Portrait Gallery holds a contest showcasing the best efforts in the country in portraiture. Out of 3,300 entries to the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, an exhibition of the top 49 is now on display.