Archive for April, 2013

SEVERE WEATHER, ARE YOU READY? Brings Experts Together on IGI

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Apr
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A focus on severe weather awareness and safety brings experts together for this month’s edition of KTWU’s I’VE GOT ISSUES. “Severe Weather, Are You Ready?” airs on IGI on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

On this episode of IGI we’ll look at Kansas’ unique issues with severe weather.  A visit with Meteorologist Chad Omitt from the Topeka NWS Forecast office explains about severe weather awareness and the different severe weather threats.  Dave Sterbenz, Director of Shawnee Co. Emergency Management tells how to prepare for severe weather events.  Storm chaser Darin Brunin describes “Storm Assist”, an organization started by storm chasers to raise money for storm damaged communities. Plus a special segment to update viewers on rebuilding and recovery efforts in Reading, Kansas, the town devastated by a tornado in 2011. Janet Thompson Jackson hosts the IGI series.

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Broadcasting local public television for over 45 years, KTWU reaches viewers in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU offers five digital destinations for unique content: KTWU (PBS) in High Definition on Channel 11.1; KTWU/MHz Worldview on Channel 11.2; KTWU ENHANCE on Channel 11.3; KTWU.ORG, online; and KTWU MOBILE TV.  KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas to begin broadcasting educational programming.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Apr
22

 Live From Lincoln Center presents the New York Philharmonic’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic American musical Carousel, featuring a star-studded cast including Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” is hosted by Audra McDonald and will air on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Now a beloved classic, Carousel—with music by Richard Rodgers and book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II—was hailed by Time Magazine as “the best musical of the 20th Century.”  Based on Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play, Liliom, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel transfers the story from Europe to the Maine coastline and revolves around the tragic romance between carousel barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan. The musical includes such highlights as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Following its Broadway premiere in 1945,Carousel has been staged across America and throughout the world and remade for both film and television. Landmark stagings include the Royal National Theatre (UK) 1992 production, which was subsequently presented at Lincoln Center Theater in 1994 and five Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival (and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Audra McDonald); a current European production by Britain’s Opera North is now showing in Paris. The New York Philharmonic production features Kelli O’Hara (Julie Jordan), Nathan Gunn (Billy Bigelow), Stephanie Blythe (Nettie Fowler), Shuler Hensley (Jigger Craigin), Jason Danieley (Enoch Snow), Jessie Mueller (Carrie Pipperidge), Kate Burton (Mrs. Mullin), and John Cullum (Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon), among others. This production also features New York City Ballet principal dancers Robert Fairchild (Carnival Boy) and Tiler Peck (Louise), dancing original choreography by Warren Carlyle, in the pas de deux ballet in Act II. This staged concert performance was directed by John Rando and conducted by Rob Fisher.

PICTURED: Nathan Gunn and Kelli O’Hara star as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in this concert production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Friday, April 5th, 2013
Apr
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Trace the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. “INDEPENDENT LENS: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” airs on Monday, April 15, at 9 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. The film includes guest interviews with Gloria Steinem, Lindsay Wagner (TV’s “Bionic Woman”) and Lynda Carter (pictured, TV’s “Wonder Woman”).