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Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayI was on break from college, and proud to tell dad about my new major. “General Studies in the Humanities” sounded cool to me, but he was less impressed. “What the hell use will that be in world?” he wanted to know. “I’ll be a better human,” I snarked, stumped for a better answer. A report released today would have helped my case with dad. The Heart of the Matter comes from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission …

5 Movie Actors Who Were Late Bloomers

Posted on 04/10/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBesedka Johnson proved that it’s never too late to become a movie actor. She began at age 85, and won praise for last year’s Starlet, her first and only film. The Detroit native, who passed away on April 4 at age 87 in Glendale, Calif., moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to pursue a modeling career and then became a successful dressmaker. She took an acting class in her 30s, but never seriously considered striving for a Hollywood career. …

Bob Dylan Recognized by Stuffy American Academy of Arts and Letters

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentWhile the world was watching for white smoke from the Vatican chimney, the undisputed master of American songwriting in the post-Tin Pan Alley era was himself inducted into an exclusive club. Officials of the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that Bob Dylan had been elected, the first rocker to make the cut for a stuffy Academy that may be trying to remake its image. (In fact, as the Associated Press pointed out in its story about Dylan’s election, …

Maurice Sendak: “Live Your Life, Live Your Life…”

Posted on 01/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

LegacyWriter and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died last year at the age of 83, loved his regular conversations with NPR host Terry Gross, who many consider the best interviewer in public radio. In late 2011, illustrator Christoph Nieman stumbled upon a discussion between the two that was, as they say in public radio, a “driveway moment” in which Sendak considered his mortality, while paying the highest compliments to Gross. The New York Times was smart enough to run Nieman’s drawings …

Marvin Hamlisch: Music for the Generations

Posted on 08/7/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

LegacyComposer, conductor, pianist – Marvin Hamlisch was all those things. But he was, above all, a consummate showman.  His death at age 68 leaves a gap because he was one of the few musicians — folks like Wynton Marsalis and John Williams come to mind as his peers — whose musical vocabulary and knowledge were so broad and deep as to welcome new audiences into music in a way that underlined the universality of that unique art. As a pops …

A ‘Bourne Legacy’ Star’s Classic Connection – Stacy Keach in DC

Posted on 07/25/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentWhen audiences come to see the new Bourne movie (The Bourne Legacy) opening August 10, they’ll not only see a new star, Jeremy Renner, but one of America’s finest Shakespearean actors. Who’s that, you ask? Why, Stacy Keach, who has had a fabulously eclectic career playing parts as diverse as Macbeth, Hamlet (3 times!), King Lear, and that American classic, detective Mike Hammer — the role he may be best known for among people of a certain age. (Watch Stacy …