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5:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A Film So Sumptuous, 'Renoir' Himself Might Have Helped Out

Jean (Vincent Rottiers) assists his ailing father, the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet), in his studio on the French Riviera.
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

The year is 1915. A beautiful young woman bicycling through sun-dappled woods passes under an effigy of a German soldier and seems entirely unfazed. World War I is raging elsewhere in Europe, but here on the French Riviera life is serene.

The cyclist, Andree, is on her way to pose for an elderly Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet), whom she somewhat startles by claiming to be an artist herself.

"An artist," wonders the great man.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

R&B Singer Aaron Neville Plays Not My Job

Courtesy of Aaron Neville

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 11:15 am

There might be a prettier voice in the world than Aaron Neville's, but if there is, it belongs to a bird, and there's no way that bird looks as good in a leather jacket. Neville has sung duets with Aretha Franklin, has a bridge in India named after him, and has had his voice prescribed by British social workers to help people with depression. He has a new album called My True Story.

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Architecture
4:36 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Self-Taught Architect Behind Brooklyn's 'Broken Angel' Faces Eviction

Over the past three decades, Arthur and Cynthia Wood turned their four-story home into a work of art. They purchased the brick tenement at the intersection of Downing and Quincy streets in 1979 for $2,100 in cash.
Courtesy of Chris Wood

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 7:55 pm

A New York landmark of sorts is in danger of being wiped off the map. The building now known as Broken Angel was an ordinary 19th-century brick structure until self-taught artist and sculptor Arthur Wood started building on top of it in the late 1970s. Now Wood faces eviction from his own masterpiece — a towering structure that looks like a cathedral built out of salvaged junk.

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Movie Reviews
1:48 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A Film So 'Wrong' It's Almost ... Um ... Wha???

The bewildered Dolph (Jack Plotnick) is just as baffled about the bizarro plot of Wrong as most of the audience will be. He's searching for his missing dog — or something like that.
Drafthouse Films

Writer-director Quentin Dupieux's last film came with its own viewing guide, a warning in the form of a to-the-camera prologue given by a flippant floppy-haired police officer: "All great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason."

The cop's argument is too sweeping, and its examples too transparently nonsensical, to be taken seriously: Why is E.T. brown? For no reason. Why did the guy in The Pianist have to hide? For no reason!

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Food
12:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Spicing Up Your Easter Or Passover Meal

Penny de los Santos Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 12:02 am

Traditional Passover and Easter food is sacred to some. But for observers looking for something different than the same-old lamb or gefilte fish, chef Pati Jinich has some ideas to spice up your holiday table.

She's the author of a new cookbook, Pati's Mexican Table, and has a PBS show by the same name.

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Monkey See
12:20 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Moody Mysteries And More Punching Bags

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On this week's show, Glen and I are joined not only by our producer Jess Gitner, but also by a new face for PCHH: NPR Books editor Petra Mayer, whom you may very well know as much of the voice of our books team on social media.

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Arts
10:45 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Five Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” Blog

Before Easter, hear five powerful and diverse musical portrayals of Jesus' last days and crucifixion, from Bach's monumental St. Matthew to Golijov's brilliant Latin American mashup to a dark and terrifying Russian vision from Sofia Gubaidulina.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/27/175496458/the-good-friday-5-musical-passion-stories-you-must-hear

Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Pop Goes The Answer

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Eden Gauteron and Kiki Turner to the stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Eden, you play in a band called Dino's House Party. Why did you name the band that?

EDEN GAUTERON: It's the name of a bar that all the bartenders were Russian women wearing bikinis.

EISENBERG: Oh, what a delightful place.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Kiki, I hear you're a fan of celebrity gossip.

KIKI TURNER: I am a fan of celebrity gossip.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Crisp Game Arenas

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:02 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two victims. They are right here. We have Blake Olmstead and Mark Kujawski. Welcome to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Blake, I love that your big hobby is astronomy.

BLAKE OLMSTEAD: Yes.

EISENBERG: That is amazing to me. And it's because your grandfather built satellites.

OLMSTEAD: Yeah, he worked for TRW for a long time, and then sort of gave me the introduction into astronomy that I've carried through to, you know, the starless skies of New York.

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Who's That Girl? II

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:02 am

Female muses have been glorified in art both old ("O lady myn, that called art Cleo," wrote Chaucer) and new ("Wake up to your girl, for now let's call her Cleopatra," sang Frank Ocean). Guest musician Julian Velard takes popular songs that have a women's name in the title, and substitutes a man's name in its place. Can you name the original lady? After, Velard pays tribute to a famous chanteuse with a cover of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry.

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