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.
Tomie DePaola's books have won reams of awards, including two top literary nods for children. Tomie has also published a book for adults, called "Christmas Memories." The book includes holiday memories from his storied life - suburban childhood, bohemian art school, and cloistered monastery. Listen in as Dick Gordon and Tomie talk of Christmases past, and play holiday music from 1940's crooners to Gregorian chants.
Jason Arkles was an accomplished puppeteer in the States. When he didn’t get into a special training program in France, he decided to go to Europe anyways. While there, he became enchanted by a beautiful woman named Ana. Jason joined Ana’s troupe of street performers. In fact, he sold all his worldly possessions to follow her. It was this gaggle of odd-balls that lead Jason to his true calling as a sculptor - and a dream job in Florence that he holds to this day.