Historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution WILLIAM L. BIRD JR drops by Inquiry once again to talk about his book AMERICA’S DOLL HOUSE: THE MINIATURE WORLD OF FAITH BRADFORD. Bradford spent her life collecting miniature house furnishing and gave her incredible 23 room, 5 story doll house, complete with family, Mr and Mrs Doll and their pets to the Smithsonian. It became one of the museum’s favorite exhibits. But that is just the beginning of this amazing tale of one’s woman’s obsessive art and the nation’s museum. Tune in and listen to one of the great stories of the Smithsonian’s collection!
Tonight on Inquiry we have a wild and wide-ranging and informative talk with visionary artist HOWARD JOHNSON. Howard talks about his early days, how he started out as an artist and how he creates his unique works. To see some of Howard Johnson’s amazing works, please go to: http://www.8thring.com/
Monday’s forecast is for rain!! Join host Tom Shaker as he plays a flood of soul songs with rain in the title. You’ll hear The Temptations, Major Lance, The Stylistics, Adele and many more. Bring your umbrella to this week’s Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!!
Michael Feinstein leads a trio of vocals in tribute to the woman who marked her career defying cultural boundaries - black and white, jazz and Broadway, secular and gospel. Ethel Waters' legacy lives on in this hour of show stopping numbers. Adriane Lenox, Catherine Russell, and Tracie Thoms light up the Allen Room with song. Wendell Pierce hosts.
John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people felt symbolized America. He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979, making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by celebrity biographer Scott Eyman as they talk about the life and the legend of John Wayne.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. They talk about how the intersection of Arts and STEM leads to creative innovation. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on the The Art of Science Learning initiative.
The goal is innovation. The medium is creativity. The combination is cutting-edge problem-solving. The initiative is The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce.
The Art of Science Learning initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. Seifter is the New York City-based Art of Science Learning’s founder, director and principal investigator.
Locally, the Art of Science Learning initiative is being driven by the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, which consists of more than 100 volunteers drawn from across sectors of education, sciences, business and the arts. The Worcester Incubator shares equally with Chicago and San Diego a $2.6-million federal grant to explore the Art of Science Learning.
Between this March and next January, the Worcester Incubator participants will be using a cutting-edge curriculum and working with recognized experts. They will be seeking transportation solutions to enhance Worcester’s economic activity, connect its communities, and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.
On Thursday, April 10, the general public was invited to attend Introduction to the Art of Science Learning and the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. The event was held at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Worcester. The Worcester Incubator shared cutting-edge work from local and national innovators. Learn first-hand how this dynamic, integrated thinking will be applied to Worcester's transportation challenges and the development of new models for STEM learning. (See photos and hear audio of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bestrateofclimb/sets/72157643844683664/)
Joyce Kressler has a remarkable track record of accomplishment in the arts, education and community engagement. It includes a14-year tenure as executive director of First Night Worcester. The non-profit organization produces the largest and most diverse visual- and performing-arts festival in Central Massachusetts, attracting audiences in the tens of thousands annually.
Under Joyce’s leadership, First Night Worcester also developed K-through-12 arts-education and professional-development programs in the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with local colleges and cultural institutions. Benefiting thousands of students and their teachers, the collaborations ranged from innovative art/science programming to initiating the only deaf-youth theater residency in the region.
Have you ever been in an unique situation and wished there was a perfect word to describe what you were experiencing? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, translator and book reviewer LIESL SCHILLINGER about her witty new book WORDBIRDS: AN IRREVERENT LEXICON FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. This is a wonderful collection of neologisms that Liesl coined to describe our life now, and beautifully illustrated with birds. Sound intriguing? Tune in and learn why you never want to be involved in a TWEET SHOW.
Inquiry welcomes back writer, artist and fisherman of the world JAMES PROSEK. Tonight James talks about his amazing on-going project of painting life-sized pictures of some of the iconic game fish of the Atlantic Ocean. But these works are not just illustrations, but connect to more complex ideas about how we look at species and the environment. A collection of these works can be found in the book OCEAN FISHES: PAINTINGS OF SALTWATER FISHES.
Pianist/singer/songwriter, Eliane Elias talks with host Marty Friedman about her recording career and Brazilian roots in advance of performances at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on April 11 & 12, 2014.
Singer/songwriter/producer Derek McKeith joins host Bonnie Johnson to talk about his latest projects including his CD The Introduction, USO tour to Germany and work with youth. A diverse ear and love for music come to life in his playing. Often compared to Michael Jackson, Prince and Lenny Kravitz, the self-taught musician plays guitar, bass, piano and drums. Making his "recording debut at the age of 14 singing on Quincy Jones' seven-time Grammy Award winning Back On The Block", McKeith’s performance style transcends the genres.
Tracks from the Smothers Brothers, Christine Lavin, Shel Silverstein, the Highwaymen, the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Lehrer, Bud & Travis, Phil Ochs, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Kingston Trio, Betty Lehrman, and more!
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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.
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