The 1800s composition “Vexations,” by Erik Satie, comes with a cryptic instruction to perform the piece 840 times in a row. Many thought that it couldn’t be done, but in the late 1960s, John Cage and some friends decided to give it a shot.
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.