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MPTV Offers Local Angle On Pearl Jam, Ballet

October 19, 2011

Milwaukee Public Television is broadcasting three-minute highlights about the arts in southeastern Wisconsin immediately following several national PBS cultural programs, the station has announced.

On Friday, Oct. 21, a conversation with Bob Babisch, vice president of entertainment for Milwaukee's Summerfest, will air after PBS Arts From Seattle: AMERICAN MASTERS "Pearl Jam Twenty." The PBS program is scheduled on MPTV HD 10.1 at 8 p.m. Babisch will discuss the world-renowned music festival's experiences with the popular American rock band.

On Friday, Oct. 28, a segment featuring Nadia Thompson, ballet mistress at the Milwaukee Ballet, will air. Thompson worked with celebrated choreographer and dancer Twyla Tharpe. It will follow PBS Arts From Miami: Great Performances "Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharpe. The PBS broadcast begins on MPTV HD 10.1 at 8 p.m.

Both productions are part of the new PBS Arts Fall Festival, a national and local initiative to call attention to and build support for the arts. The nine-week celebration of the arts is designed to bring the best music, theater, dance and performing arts from around the country to PBS audiences. Local public television stations can present art-related vignettes in conjunction with the national programs.

MPTV will announce additional local highlights in November and December.

Contact: Kay Tierney 414-297-7512,

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