The word carries "disaster" in its meaning, but this weekend it's the name for a series of stage benefits across the U.S. and around the globe, all to commemorate the first anniversary of the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami — and fund relief efforts for Japanese artists.
Novelist Marilynne Robinson takes on Christian faith and the American West in her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. "I find that the hardest work in the world," she writes, "... is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."
Weekends on All Things Considered is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. This time, the story has to start with this sentence: "She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door."
Rick Bayless is an award-winning celebrity chef, a best-selling author, star of his own TV show, and a Top Chef Masters Champion. Soon, he'll be making his stage debut as an actor. We've invited Bayless to answer three questions about Dr. Seuss, who would have celebrated his 108th birthday this week.
Director Mike Nichols' story can be traced from Nazi Germany to Hollywood and Broadway. Over more than 50 years in show business, he's done serious (The Graduate), he's done shtick (Spamalot) and now he's doing a revival. Nichols' production of Death of a Salesman opens March 15.
In Friends with Kids, Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt play two best friends who decide to have a baby together while keeping their relationship platonic — so the baby doesn't interfere with their romantic lives. Critic David Edelstein says the film is simply marvelous. (Recommended)
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