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MPTV Spotlights Local Art, Culture

October 31, 2011

Short features about the arts in southeastern Wisconsin will be broadcast in November and December, according to Milwaukee Public Television. The three-minute spots, along with an arts calendar, will air locally immediately following national cultural programs on PBS.

"Sawdust Symphony," a local bluegrass band, will be featured Friday, Nov. 4, after PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me the Banjo. The band will discuss local bluegrass hotspots, what makes a good banjo player, and the wide appeal of bluegrass, especially in Milwaukee.

On Nov. 11, Gordon Quinn will share behind-the-scenes experience with legendary choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones after PBS Arts from Chicago: AMERICAN MASTERS "Bill T. Jones: A Good Man." MPTV talked with Quinn, who co-directed the PBS production, at the Milwaukee Film Festival this fall. The film had a local showing at the festival.

Women rockers will be the topic Nov. 18 after PBS Arts from Cleveland: WOMEN WHO ROCK. Milwaukee area DJs Michelle Rutkowski, 102.1 WLUM, and Mindy Novotny, 102.9 The Hog, will be the guests. They will discuss the people who inspired them, their choices for top women rockers (past and present), and Milwaukee's women rock scene.

A tour of the elegant and intimate Cabot Theatre with Bill Theisen, artistic director for Milwaukee's Skylight Opera, will air Nov. 25. It will follow PBS Arts from Los Angeles: GREAT PERFORMANCES "Il Postino from LA Opera" with Placido Domingo. The Cabot is modeled after an 18th century opera house.

All of the PBS Festival of the Arts programs are on Friday nights and begin at 8 p.m. on MPTV HD 10.1. 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. MPTV is producing the features as part of the festival. Three other MPTV vignettes also aired in October in conjunction with the PBS effort.