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Sarah LaDuke

Thirty years after the untimely loss of Muppets creator Jim Henson, four legendary Muppets performers will reunite online Saturday, May 16, in a livestream event to help raise funds for frontline workers who have battled the Covid-19 virus.

Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz and Frank Oz will take part in the live discussion, which also invites fans to submit questions in advance that may be answered during the event. The reunion of the Muppet performers, who also appeared in Oz’s acclaimed documentary "Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched," is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The event is free and open to anyone around the world who remains inspired by Henson and his unique brand of creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership. While there is no charge to participate, virtual attendees will be encouraged to make a donation to a selected Covid-19-related cause.

Joe Donahue speaks with Frank Oz - whose indelible characters include Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Cookie Monster and Grover.

Trenton Doyle Hancock and Frank Oz at MASS MoCA
Sarah LaDuke

It is the final two weeks to visit and inhabit artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s world of characters seen in drawings, paintings, and installations at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Hancock has transformed his childhood love of comic books, toys, and superhero culture into his own creation myth. That mythology and the multimedia iterations that it has sparked are on display in the exhibition "Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass." The exhibition is curated at MASS MoCA by Denise Markonish.

Hancock tells the story of the Mounds protected by Torpedo Boy, and their enemies, the Vegans. These narratives explore good and evil, authority, race, moral relativism, and religion, all while creating a truly unique body of visual art.