2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Opens

The 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival is now open. WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 26, 2017. Entrants must use the online submission form . The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

SciGirls Educator Workshop at WSKG Studios in January

Learn how to engage your students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through PBS Kids SciGirls! SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series out to change how tweens think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM! In each episode, join bright, curious real girls in putting STEM to work. Then check out the website to play games, watch episodes, share projects, and connect with other SciGirls in a totally safe social networking environment! SciGirls Trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity.

What I'm Watching – December 5, 2016 to December 18, 2016

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on wskg.org, I'll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think - tell us in the comments. -- Stacey

Weeks of December 5, 2016 to December 18, 2016
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First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb

FIRST YOU DREAM is a landmark television event: a tribute to John Kander and Fred Ebb, the legendary Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy-award winning songwriting team whose Broadway shows include Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Act, Curtains and The Scottsboro Boys and timeless songs including “New York, New York,” “All That Jazz,” “Money Makes the World Go Around” and “Maybe This Time.” Directed for stage by Eric Schaeffer and produced by HMS Media, FIRST YOU DREAM features sparkling new arrangements of some of the greatest songs to ever grace a Broadway stage, performed by a stellar Broadway cast that includes Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow, Big Fish, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten, The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid), James Clow (Peter Pan, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves Me), Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera, Porgy & Bess, Les Miserables), Julia Murney (Crimes of the Heart, First Lady Suite, Evita) and Matthew Scott (Jersey Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair). Enjoy the preview of First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb.  

Rebroadcast Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm.  

Photo: Matthew Scott, Heidi Blickenstaff, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, James Clow and Kate Baldwin perform the title song from FIRST YOU DREAM - THE MUSIC OF KANDER & EBB. Credit: Courtesy of Michael Brosilow

The Best Science Books of 2016

Image from Kameron Hurley. Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays from 2-4pm. Time travel, microbes, black holes, and polar bears. There’s something for everyone on this year’s list of best science books. Maria Popova, founder of Brain Pickings, andScientific American editor Lee Billings join Ira to weigh in with their top picks.

BU's Opera Ensemble Presents Excerpts from 'Suor Angelica' and "Tales of Hoffmann'

UPDATE: The venue of the Saturday, December 10 performance has been changed to the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center. The Binghamton University Music Department's Opera Ensemble is presenting scenes from Giacomo Puccini's 'Suor Angelica' and Jacques Offenbach's 'The Tales of Hoffmann' in two peformances.  Performances are Sunday, December 4 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street in Binghamton, and again on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.  the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. http://wskg.org/audio/operascenes.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

'Bob's Big Challenge' Kicks Off New Season of Beloved Series

The new season of Bob the Builder starts on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00am on WSKG Create. Grab your tool belt and hardhat! Join Bob the Builder and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and teamwork. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to fix the town of Fixham along with Spring City. This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way.

Great Performances Andrea Bocelli: Cinema

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more. Great Performances Andrea Bocelli: Cinema will be rebroadcast on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 9 pm on WSKG-TV.  

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nick Spanos

The Momenta Quartet Performs at Binghamton University

The Momenta Quartet performs 'Music Now!' on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. They perform music from their repertoire and new music by composition students of professor Daniel Davis.  Professor Davis and violist Stephanie Griffin talk about the program and have brought along an excerpt of one of the student compositions. http://wskg.org/audio/momenta.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

 

 

Peter Burford's 'Wines of the Finger Lakes' Tells the Story of the Local Wine Industry

Peter Burford's book 'Wines of the Finger Lakes' is a treasure trove of information about this major industry. It tells of the industry's unlikely beginnings when an Episcopal clergyman took a charge in Hammondsport and was unable to find a source for sacramental wine.  We hear about the meaning of 'terroir' and why the terroir of the Finger Lakes is especially welcoming to viticulture, and how the industry survived Prohibition. http://wskg.org/audio/winesmix.mp3

 

 

Photo credit: Finger Lakes Grape Program via Flickr