Susan Stamberg http://wshu.org en Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings http://wshu.org/post/meet-models-exhibit-explores-people-behind-paintings An artist friend, Virginia Isbell, once asked me to pose for a quick pastel sketch in her Paris studio. I was flattered — and amazed to be on that side of a work of art. Never have I been looked at so intently, except by a parent or a lover. I was being fixed, examined, absorbed. And, for all the intensity, there was absolutely nothing personal about it.<p>I was an object to be replicated. Her eyes went from my face to her sketchpad, my nose, my eyes, mouth, chin — sketched in pastel in 20 minutes. It was fun. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:52:04 +0000 Susan Stamberg 18939 at http://wshu.org Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings The Public School Where The Duke Lives On http://wshu.org/post/public-school-where-duke-lives Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.<p>He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."<p>Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born on this date 115 years ago in Washington, D.C. And it may just be that Ellington lives on most profoundly, every day, at a public arts high school that bears his name. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:18:58 +0000 Susan Stamberg 16571 at http://wshu.org The Public School Where The Duke Lives On Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://wshu.org/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:18:31 +0000 Susan Stamberg 15515 at http://wshu.org Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth http://wshu.org/post/re-released-recordings-reveal-literary-titans-their-youth You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.<p>Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.<p>The idea was hatched in 1962. Lynne Sharon Schwartz, who is a respected novelist today,<strong> </strong>was working on a magazine at the time. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:10:40 +0000 Susan Stamberg 13706 at http://wshu.org Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://wshu.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 22:59:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 12719 at http://wshu.org Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91