Rachel Richardson was in grad school last year, and had a big paper due. She started procrastinating and was perusing a Goodwill art auction site when a painting of a blond haired, blue-eyed woman caught her eye. She googled the artist’s name, Paul Wesley Arndt, and found another website, with a 13-year-old note from Evelyn Wehr. Evelyn was looking for a portrait of her mother, painted by the artist almost 50 years ago. Also: The recycling program at Mark Twain Elementary School in Long Beach, CA. Sounds much easier than it actually was.
Paul Glickman and Tamarind King are unlikely creative collaborators. She's a young woman with wonderful talent as an artist. He's a retired New York filmmaker who had one project he still wanted to do.
Vincent Mantsoe is a dancer and choreographer who performs all over the world. Growing up in the townships of South Africa, Vincent was exposed to the rhythms of dance early in life: his mother was a sangoma, or traditional healer. When he got older, he got excited about Michael Jackson and other pop musicians - they got him onto the dance floor - and his family spirituality kept him grounded. Also in this episode, Pam Rock's story for our listener series "Your Story."
Two years ago today, New Orleans lost one of its most legendary black Mardi Gras Indians: Big Chief Allison "Tootie" Montana. His son, Darryl Montana, is now carrying on the tradition - the fifth generation in his family to mask during Mardi Gras. Also on the show: a woman tells two love stories - how she fell in love with her husband, and how she fell in love with the lute. One led directly to the other.