Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.
Michael Gerhardt is one of Americas leading authorities on Constitutional law. In his new book " The Forgotten Presidents" he documents how some of our lesser presidents did indeed distinguish themselves by the way they shaped constitutional order in this country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian Michael Gerhardt. This segment will certainly get you thinking.
How does Hollywood view the institution of marriage? Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is Jeanine Basinger, Chair of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator of the Cinema Archives there. She has written none previous books on film, and "I Do and I don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies" is an insightful, witty and thought provoking history of the evolution of marriage in the movies. Tune in for a wonderful conversation about celluloid marital bliss.
Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil. Barry has a new show up at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, where he is the Resident Artist this year, titled BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BLOSSOMS: PAINTINGS BY BARRY VAN DUSEN. This exhibition will feature a wide range of his beautiful watercolor paintings. For directions, times and other information, go to: http://www.towerhillbg.org/
Special songs from special artistes: each hour a different collection of tracks highlighting a different theme or particular style. There will also be conversations with a handful of special guests who will also be sharing their music. Stay tuned for more information!
Radio France describes vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as "disarmingly musical." In her early twenties, she's already won the Thelonious Monk competition and gained the ear of Wynton Marsalis. On this week's Piano Jazz, Salvant discusses her journey to discover jazz, and host Weber accompanies her on "I Can't Dance" and "A Fine Romance."
Interior designer and jazz vocalist Andrew Suvalsky discusses combining two full-time careers and how the two inspire each other.
Each year, the Essentially Ellington festival brings the best high school bands to Rose Hall for three days of competition and camaraderie. Step behind the stage to experience the anxiety and exhilaration of this three-day festival, and then sit out front for the heat of the band battle.
World renowned historian Harold Holzer joins Al to talk about his new book, "THE CIVIL WAR IN 50 OBJECTS". Holzer is considered the leading scholar on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. In his latest effort he discusses 50 key objects he personally selected from the New York Historical Society's collection of Civil War artifacts. As Holzer described it, each piece tells the story of Americas past. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM.
Our special guest on Inquiry tonight is Katrina van Grouw. She was the former Curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum. She is also a taxidermist, birder, bird bander and a fine artist. The book "The Unfeathered Bird" is a stunning collection of her unconventional drawings of birds from around the world. Most of these artworks show species of birds without feathers, many without skin and muscles. But this is not a book about bird anatomy, but rather a rich visual mediation on how birds move and live, done with deep beauty and wit. The Unfeathered Bird is like no other contemporary natural history art book. Tune in and learn why.
Artist and writer Glyn Dillon has created one of the most beautiful and complex graphic novels to be published in some years: "The Nao of Brown". Tune in and learn about Dillon’s time storyboarding for film and television, how he created the painterly look of his work and the many sources for his story.
“Looking dapper in a gray suit and a red tie that would finish the set draped loosely around his neck,” writes The Washington Post, “Palmieri took his seat at the piano and alighted on a delicate arpeggio. A slow smile crept across the 76-year-old’s face as lyrical phrases evolved into blues riffs, which then gave way to staccato splashes .. [He] even stood up to give the audience an endearing peek at his salsa dancing skills.”
The 2013 NEA Jazz Master told his DC audience, “If there’s an iota of wisdom that I have, it’s that I don’t think my music might excite you; I know it will.”
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