Susan Stamberg http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://news.stlpublicradio.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 22:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 33671 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31326 at http://news.stlpublicradio.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://news.stlpublicradio.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 30893 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings http://news.stlpublicradio.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 30011 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29587 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases http://news.stlpublicradio.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 28132 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back http://news.stlpublicradio.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 25422 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back In NPR's New Building, Everything Will Be Better ... Again http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nprs-new-building-everything-will-be-better-again <em>Starting Saturday, </em>Weekend Edition<em> is broadcasting under the fourth roof that's sheltered National Public Radio. NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg has worked in all of the locations since NPR went on the air in 1971, and once again she shepherds us to our new home.</em><em> </em><p>Our very first, temporary offices were at 1625 I Street, in Northwest Washington, D.C., just down the block from the Christian Science Church. No furniture at first, so we sat on the floor. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 25395 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In NPR's New Building, Everything Will Be Better ... Again Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes http://news.stlpublicradio.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 25320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief http://news.stlpublicradio.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 10068 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief