So whaddya want, a medal?
Well, if you're one of the honorees scheduled to come to the White House, Monday, Sept. 29, a medal is just what you'll get. That's when President Clinton will award winners of the National Medal Of Arts and the National Humanities Medal.
Announced Sept. 26 and reported in the New York Times, stage-oriented winners of the Arts Medal are jazz vocalist Betty Carter, Metropolitan Opera artistic director (and conductor) James Levine; actress Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd, Mame), ballet dancer and Miami City Ballet artistic director Edward Villella, and actor Jason Robards (Moonlight, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Iceman Cometh, A Thousand Clowns).
Other winners are sculptor Louise Bourgeois, Museum of Modern Art President Agnes Gund, musician Tito Puente, blue-grass performer Doc Watson, and NH's MacDowell Colony. Poet Adrienne Rich turned down her medal, citing "the cynical politics of this administration" and the widening gap between rich and poor.
Humanities Medal winners include writers Studs Terkel, who penned the libretto for Working, which was based on his non-fiction book of the same name; and novelist Maxine Hong Kingston. --By David Lefkowitz