Two pianists and two percussionists make up the ensemble Yarn/Wire

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The ensemble Yarn/Wire presents two events with the Binghamton University Music Department. A lecture/demonstration is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 at 6pm, with a concert on Friday, January 29 at 4pm. Both events are in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. Composition professor Daniel Davis talks about the ensemble and their music. http://wskg.org/audio/yarnwire.mp3

Himalayan Megaquake

(Destruction in Kathmandu photograph: Nathan Harrison)
NOVA Himalayan Megaquake will air on WSKG TV January 27, 2016 at 9pm. On April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal. As it ripped across the Himalayas, it wiped out villages and left thousands dead. Featuring harrowing stories of the Nepalese people who lived near the epicenter and of survivors trapped on Everest, NOVA tells the story of this crippling disaster. Through dramatic eyewitness footage, expert interviews, and stunning graphics, NOVA reveals the anatomy of this megaquake while scientists race to answer urgent questions—Is another big one just around the corner?

Natural Born Hustlers | Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks

Nature Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks airs on WSKG TV January 27, 2016 at 8pm. This three part series concludes with Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks, which explores sneaky mating techniques. For example, a lusty low-ranking male in a mob of red kangaroos considers possible plan A and plan B options when only the alpha male has the right to mate with the females in the group. A male marsh harrier’s solution to avoid conflict with a dominant resident male during breeding season is to grow feathers that make him look like female. He fools the resident male, but is able to woo a real female and settle down to raise a family.

Preview 'American Masters: Mike Nichols'

Meet one of America’s late, great directors, Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Angels in America), who discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, from the comedy duo Nichols and May to his final film, Charlie Wilson’s War. The documentary includes new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more, plus insights and highlights from Nichols’ acclaimed films.

Director and comedian Mike Nichols was famous for his hearty laugh, which often turned into tears, and is why he always kept a handkerchief nearby. Alec Baldwin, playwright Neil Simon, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Frank Langella recall Nichols’ humor and laughter, which is also heard and seen in this excerpt from the documentary. Watch American Masters: Mike Nichols on Friday, January 29 at 9 pm on WSKG-TV. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Magnum

'Nature Cat' encourages children to explore nature

The new PBS KIDS series Nature Cat follows Fred, a house cat with dreams of outdoor exploration. Fred only has one problem: he has no instincts for nature! We know you’re loving the new episodes of Nature Cat on WSKG-TV… but did you know there are fun interactive resources and DYI activities surrounding the show? Check out Daisy’s Garden Corner:

 

Or, try this art activity called Makin’ Tracks:

 
View the entire Nature Cat Collection on PBS LearningMedia
Watch Nature Cat on WSKG-TV
Weekdays at 8:00AM & 3:30PM
Saturdays at 8:30AM & 11:00AM
Sundays at 8:30AM

About Nature Cat
Designed for kids ages 3-8, Nature Cat is a great early-elementary science education resource that will help children develop connections with the natural world while learning age-appropriate reasoning skills such as classifying, counting, and measuring. Learn more.

Books to read if you're loving 'Mercy Street'

PBS’s new Civil War medical drama Mercy Street follows a diverse cast of characters through the horrors of a Civil War hospital and the hectic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. Set in the spring of 1862, many of the show’s characters and events are based on real people and actual happenings. If you want to learn more about the history behind the show, check out the reading list below. I based it on suggestions from PBS, as well as a few selections from my own library. It is by no means comprehensive, but should be a good starting point!

Birthstory

(Illustration by Chance Bone)

You know the drill – all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo – you got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this episode, conception takes on a new form – it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. At first, this is the story of an Israeli couple, two guys, who go to another continent to get themselves a baby – three, in fact – by hiring surrogates to carry the children for them.

Shelley James

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features profiling their past resident artists. This story profiles 2013 resident artist Shelley James. Shelley James’ work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on “combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain.”

James studied textiles at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, she received a M.A. in multidisciplinary printmaking from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and will receive her Ph.D. from the Royal College of Art in London in 2013. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions including Resonant Spaces, a solo exhibition at the Bate Museum of Musical Instruments, and Illusoriamente, a group exhibition at the European Convention on Visual Perception in Sardinia.

Artistic CYBERCHASE fans!

Thank you to the talented Cyberchase fans from Binghamton, NY for sharing these creations with us!  

We’re glad you liked learning about recycling, reusing, reducing, and recycling. Our planet will be a healthier place to live because you are taking care of your environment. Keep up the great work! Do you have a CYBERCHASE fan in your life?

Uli Speth leads his first concert with the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble

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In its 16th year, the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble welcomes its new music director, violinist Uli Speth. The ensemble performs music by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Dvorak, and Johann Strauss, Jr in two performances: Sunday, January 31 in the Okun Theatre on the SUNY Delhi campus, and Sunday, February 7 in the Anderson Theatre on the Hartwick College campus.  Both performances are at 3pm. http://wskg.org/audio/ulildye012516.mp3