Susan Stamberg http://kuer.org en Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://kuer.org/post/sid-caesar-who-got-laughs-without-politics-or-putdowns-dies-91 Comedian Sid Caesar, one of early network TV's biggest stars, died Wednesday morning at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.<p>Caesar didn't do smut, putdowns or smarmy remarks. Instead, he did <em>skits:</em> grown-up, gentle comedy for the whole family.<p>In one skit, Caesar was the smarter-than-anyone German "professor." Carl Reiner played a movie executive with money problems. The professor's solution? Make a musical — and get the greatest composer in the world. He is shocked to discover that his top choice won't be available.<p><blockquote><p>"Beethoven, dead? Ludwig is gone. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 42063 at http://kuer.org Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 Sid Caesar, One Of TV's Earliest Stars, Dies At The Age Of 91 http://kuer.org/post/sid-caesar-one-tvs-earliest-stars-dies-age-91 The comic actor Sid Caesar died on Wednesday at the age of 91. He starred in the popular 1950s program, Your Show of Shows, television's first live comedy show, featuring skits and musical numbers. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 42067 at http://kuer.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://kuer.org/post/thanksgivukkah-mash-two-holidays-thats-easy-relish It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol — but it tastes terrific.<p>This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.<p>How unusual is it? Well, the last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah shared a start date was 125 years ago — and it won't happen again for another 76,000 or so years. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38572 at http://kuer.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook http://kuer.org/post/young-brit-takes-american-songbook <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoyfCPWvG64</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38332 at http://kuer.org A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://kuer.org/post/1913-new-york-armory-filled-art-stunned-nation One hundred years ago in New York City, nearly 90,000 people came to see the future of art. The 1913 Armory Show gave America its first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were doing. Today these artists are in major museums around the world, but in 1913, they were mostly unknown in America.<p>Boasting 1,400 works — from artists such as George Braque, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, and many, many more — it was the biggest art show New York had ever seen. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:22:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38012 at http://kuer.org In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden http://kuer.org/post/pen-pal-young-jerry-salinger-may-have-been-first-meet-holden Fans of the reclusive J.D. Salinger are in their element these days. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 37199 at http://kuer.org Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings http://kuer.org/post/exhibit-explores-how-diors-designs-echo-impressionist-paintings When it was time to create a new collection, Christian Dior had a ritual: He went to his garden and sat down among the flowers.<p>Fashion historian Florence Muller gathered drawings, photographs and paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir and others for an exhibition on Dior and Impressionism, at the <a href="http://www.musee-dior-granville.com/c/287/p/1fd6391d9917f4fe23afde0b888f4837/Christian-Dior-Museum-temporary-exhibition-Granville.html">Dior Museum</a> in Granville, the designer's hometown. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 35610 at http://kuer.org Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. http://kuer.org/post/f-scott-and-zelda-fitzgerald-dark-chapter-asheville-nc Asheville, a mountain town in North Carolina, is known for at least two important native sons: writers Thomas Wolfe, whose 1929 novel <em>Look Homeward, Angel</em> eviscerated some locals, and Charles Frazier, whose 1997 civil war novel <em>Cold Mountain</em> is set in the nearby hills. But there is also a little-known story of another writer — F. Scott Fitzgerald — who, along with his wife Zelda, had devastating connections to the town.<p>Fitzgerald spent two bumpy summers in Asheville, at the Grove Park Inn. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 34831 at http://kuer.org For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing http://kuer.org/post/fountain-youth-has-little-extra-zing Transcript <p>ORSON WELLES: Of course, there are all sorts of fountains. Some are beautiful, some are purely mythological. Some are silly fountains. Of course, the silliest of all, is the fountain of youth. Old Ponce de Leon thought that one was somewhere down in Florida.<p>SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST: <p>Well, actor Orson Welles never found it, but lots of Floridians claim that the Fountain of youth is in their town - Punta Gorda, for instance. Margaret Baumhardt, who lives nearby in Charlotte Harbor, may not be totally convinced, but she is a big fan of the Punta Gorda fountain. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 33076 at http://kuer.org Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas http://kuer.org/post/stories-race-america-captured-quilt-and-canvas Artist Faith Ringgold is best known for what she calls her story quilts — large canvases made in the 1980s, on which she painted scenes of African-American life: sunbathing on a tar roof, a mother and her children, a quilting bee. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 33075 at http://kuer.org Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases http://kuer.org/post/90-ellsworth-kelly-brings-joy-colorful-canvases American artist Ellsworth Kelly turned 90 in May, and there's been much celebration. On Wednesday, President Obama presented Kelly with the National Medal of Arts. Meanwhile, museums around the country are showing his work: Kelly sculptures, prints and paintings are on view in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:59:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 32218 at http://kuer.org At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art http://kuer.org/post/paris-vacation-nashville-millionaires-french-art To say that Nashvillean Spencer Hays is crazy for French art is an understatement. "French art just quickens our step, fires our spirit and touches our heart," he says.<p>Hays' passion began when he was in his 30s. By then he was already a millionaire; Forbes estimated his worth at $400 million in 1997, money earned from book-selling and clothing businesses. Hays had humble beginnings.<p>"When Marlene and I grew up in a little old town in Texas, even visiting France was far beyond our expectations," Hays says. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:54:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 31552 at http://kuer.org A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back http://kuer.org/post/friedkin-who-pushed-film-forward-looks-back As a kid in Chicago, director William Friedkin liked to frighten little girls with scary stories. When he grew up, he scared the rest of us <em>with</em> a little girl — Regan MacNeil, who is possessed by the devil in his horror classic <em>The Exorcist.</em><p>And in <em>The French Connection,</em> he put knots in our stomachs with one of the great movie chases in American cinema.<p>When Friedkin directed these films in the 1970s, he was breaking all the rules. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 27797 at http://kuer.org Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes http://kuer.org/post/painting-renoir-finely-detailed-strokes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA4pRAZQY3g</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 27628 at http://kuer.org Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief http://kuer.org/post/john-baldessari-conceptual-art-means-serious-mischief <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 26174 at http://kuer.org For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs http://kuer.org/post/publicist-marvin-levy-its-all-about-eyeballs Steven Spielberg's film <em>Lincoln</em> has earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director. Another Spielberg film — the multi-Oscar winning <em>Schindler's List</em> — will be celebrating 20 years since its release. These films have at least two important things in common: Spielberg and publicist Marvin Levy.<p>Levy started his career in New York writing questions for quiz shows. He wound up in publicity for MGM radio and TV personalities, but was lured to Hollywood in the mid-1970s. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 25375 at http://kuer.org For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count http://kuer.org/post/film-set-decorators-tiny-details-count Picture Rick's smoky cafe in <em>Casablanca</em>, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.<p>On a recent chilly winter day in the backyard of a pretty picket-fenced house in Los Angeles, one set decorator is making rosebushes bloom again. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 05:05:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 25309 at http://kuer.org For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn http://kuer.org/post/hollywoods-hooray-hardly-happy-hymn When the Oscars are handed out later this month, the ceremony will most likely be punctuated by music that has pretty much come to stand for movies and Movieland. Ironically, the composer grew up in Detroit, and the lyricist came from Savannah, Ga. — yet together they wrote the quintessential Tinseltown anthem.<p>"Hooray for Hollywood" was written for the Warner Brothers film <em>Hollywood Hotel</em>. It was a corny little "let's-go-to-Hollywood-and become-stars" movie from 1937, with some cute dialogue.<p>The movie didn't do much, box office-wise, but that song made it big. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:35:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 24825 at http://kuer.org Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn WWII 'Canteen Girl' Kept Troops Company From Afar http://kuer.org/post/wwii-canteen-girl-kept-troops-company-afar American service members have long spent holidays in dangerous places, far from family. These days, home is a video chat or Skype call away. But during World War II, packages, letters and radio programs bridged the lonely gaps. For 15 minutes every week, "Canteen Girl" Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the troops and their loved ones on NBC radio.<p>Her Christmas shows were morale boosters. America must "use more sentiment and less tinsel, and that's the way it should be," she told her listeners during one wartime Christmas broadcast. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:20:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 22470 at http://kuer.org WWII 'Canteen Girl' Kept Troops Company From Afar Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies http://kuer.org/post/ravi-shankar-who-brought-eastern-music-western-legends-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsuFlxxrX8k</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 22205 at http://kuer.org Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies Hopper's Lonely Figures Find Some Friends In Paris http://kuer.org/post/hoppers-lonely-figures-find-some-friends-paris Earlier this summer, I looked for Edward Hopper's <em>Morning Sun</em> at its home in the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. In the painting, a woman sits on a bed with her knees up, gazing out a window. She's bare, but for a short pink slip. The iconic Hopper is a must-see, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/20/157104327/hoppers-pensive-lady-in-pink-travels-the-world" target="_blank">on the day I visited</a>, it was on loan to an exhibition in Madrid.<p>I finally caught up with <em>Morning Sun</em> in Paris, where it is on display as part of a Hopper show at the Grand Palais. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:23:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 22112 at http://kuer.org Hopper's Lonely Figures Find Some Friends In Paris Leslie Caron: Dancing From WWII Paris To Hollywood http://kuer.org/post/leslie-caron-dancing-wwii-paris-hollywood In the 1950s, the moviegoing world fell in love with a young French ballerina and actress named Leslie Caron. She brightened the silver screen in musical films like 1958's <em>Gigi</em>, where she played a young courtesan-in-training who befriends a rich, handsome suitor in 1900s Paris.<p>When Caron played Gigi, she was a big star. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 21665 at http://kuer.org Leslie Caron: Dancing From WWII Paris To Hollywood Print-Inspired Art: All The News That's Fit To Paint http://kuer.org/post/print-inspired-art-all-news-thats-fit-paint The print newspaper industry may be struggling, but newsprint is alive and well on the walls of a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show is called <a href="http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/shockinfo.shtm" target="_blank">"Shock of the News"</a> — and it examines a century's worth of interaction between artists and the journals of their day.<p>A 3-foot high, three-dimensional work in one gallery looks like geometric sculpture. The big white rectangle sits on the floor, squared off at the edges. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:28:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 18750 at http://kuer.org Print-Inspired Art: All The News That's Fit To Paint Hopper's Pensive Lady In Pink Travels The World http://kuer.org/post/hoppers-pensive-lady-pink-travels-world It's one of the ultimate images of summer: a woman in a short, pink slip sits on a bed, her knees pulled up to her chest, gazing out a window. Her hair is tucked back into a bun. Her bare arms rest lightly on her bare legs.<p>Edward Hopper painted her in 1952 for a work called <em>Morning Sun</em>. The picture has been widely reproduced for decades. But on a recent visit to its home at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, it was nowhere to be found.<p>"It's on loan right now to an exhibition," explains Melissa Wolfe, the museum's curator of American art. "It travels a lot. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:25:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 16924 at http://kuer.org Hopper's Pensive Lady In Pink Travels The World A Museum Visit For Art Lovers With Alzheimer's http://kuer.org/post/museum-visit-art-lovers-alzheimers Many art lovers feel completely in the moment when they stroll through the galleries of a museum. That feeling was particularly true on a recent morning at <a href="http://www.kreegermuseum.org/" target="_blank">the Kreeger Museum</a> in Washington, D.C. The Kreeger runs a special program for people with Alzheimer's — seniors, their caregivers and middle school students are paired together to enjoy the art and one another's company.<p>The mansion turned gallery was designed in 1967 by renowned architect Philip Johnson for art collector and philanthropist David Kreeger and his wife, Carmen. Thu, 17 May 2012 07:00:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 4850 at http://kuer.org A Museum Visit For Art Lovers With Alzheimer's Colorful Visions At African-American Art Exhibit http://kuer.org/post/colorful-visions-african-american-art-exhibit The African-American experience is reflected, right now, on the walls of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Exuberant dancing in Chicago. Laundry on a line in the nation's capital. A girl smiling out from her father's warm jacket — all captured in photographs, paintings and sculptures from the 1920s through the 1990s.<p>The show is called "African-American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond." And there is a question: Does it segregate — or at the very least compartmentalize — African-American artists? Thu, 03 May 2012 06:18:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 4130 at http://kuer.org Colorful Visions At African-American Art Exhibit