Few have captured the magic of the theatre better than Moss Hart, a poor kid from the Bronx who went on to become a lion of Broadway. The writer of classic comedies with George S. Kaufman including “You Can’t Take it With You” and “The Man Who Came To Dinner,” and the director of the original production of “My Fair Lady,” Moss’s memoir (“Act One”) has captivated theater lovers for over 50 years. In this Tony Award-nominated Best Play from Lincoln Center Theater, James Lapine has fittingly re-imagined this memoir for the stage, creating a world as vivid and transformative as the stage itself. “Act One” features a first-rate cast led by Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin and Santino Fontana. The show is written and directed for the stage by James Lapine, and directed for television by Matthew Diamond.
Music Makes a City Now is an original web series that explores present-day stories of musical visionaries who build communities through great music and civic engagement. Go backstage with piano virtuosa Yuja Wang and conductor Teddy Abrams as the two former classmates reconnect at their mutual mentor Michael Tilson Thomas’s 70th Birthday Celebration in San Francisco, reminiscing, talking about the joys and challenges of life as professional musicians, and sharing a few laughs.
Tune into Science Friday on WSQX from 2-4pm on Friday, November 6 to hear about wearable technology. It goes way beyond smartwatches—think slim, skin-tight spacesuits and seams that prod you about your posture. We took a look at those concepts during our Science of Superpowers event in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Plus, we present the first in a series on traumatic brain injury. Wearable Superpowers for Earth and Beyond Technologists Lucy Dunne and Brad Holschuh talk about ultrasonic gloves that “see” through smoke, a real-life Back to the Future jacket, and more wearable innovations.
Jane Lee, Daria Azizian, Lollie Nguyen take the top honors in the 2015 Rod Serling Film Festival with their film ‘Work on Words’. These high school students attend Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, British Columbia. This film was entered in the ‘Social Commentary’ category and the judging committee recognized it as this year’s ‘Best in Show’. Congratulations on your award and superb job at communicating a very powerful message! https://youtu.be/Xs-TSUpOuh8
Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows a dairy wagon owned by George S. McCann Farms in Chemung County, New York, circa the late 1800s. Before the days of large supermarkets, families had milk delivered to their doors daily. Through World War II, milkmen and their horse drawn milk wagons were a common sight in towns across the country. Horse and driver worked together as a team traveling the same routes everyday. Some horses knew the path so well they could be left alone to walk on to the next stop while their drivers disembarked to make a delivery.
Director Emily Jackson talks about Lauren Gunderson’s play I and You, now onstage at the Kitchen Theatre. Two teenagers work together on a project; it’s a premise the author said shouldn’t work, but it’s a probing and funny look at teenagers, their battles, and their search for meaning and being. http://wskg.org/audio/iandyoumix.mp3
Glimmerglass Film Days presents a festival of independent films, Sacred Places, at various venues. Film curator Peggy Parsons talks about the unifying theme of the festival and the many hosting venues where these wide-ranging films can be seen. http://wskg.org/audio/FILMDAYSFINAL.mp3
The Southern Tier’s special state senate election went Republican in a landslide Tuesday night. Fred Akshar beat Democrat Barbara Fiala by about 56 percentage points. Today political theorists are wondering what that means for next year’s presidential race and other local contests. “West of the Capital district all the way to Western New York, it doesn’t look like good turf for the Democrats next year,” said Bruce Gyory, senior advisor at the law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, speaking on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom. However, Gyory said things look better for Democrats down in Long Island and Nassau county.
Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 p.m. on WSKG TV
Learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive. The human brain is the most complex object we’ve discovered in the universe, and every day much of its neural circuitry is taken up with the tens of thousands of decisions we need to make. ‘How do I decide?’ is a journey through the unseen world of decisions, and how they get made. We start with a simple one: choosing a flavor of frozen yogurt, and learn that every decision we make is born of a ‘winner takes all’ competition between rival neural networks. As David furrows his brow and ponders the choice before him – mint verses lemon – inside his brain, two rival networks are fighting it out.
Mighty, elemental forces molded North America – fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped our homeland. This epic three-part series unfolds in a forgotten world that existed long before our own. z
Hosted by renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson, Making North America is a spectacular road trip through a tumultuous deep past explores three fundamental questions: How was the continent built? How did life evolve here? And how has the continent shaped us?