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Write Around the Corner
Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm
This series, produced by Blue Ridge PBS, features writers who are from Virginia or who write about Virginia. Recorded on location, each half hour interview delves into the stories behind the stories.
June 26 & 29 – Vivian Howard
If you love food you’ll love our interview with Vivian Howard, the host of the PBS series “A Chef’s Life”. We’ll chat with her about her award winning cookbook, “Deep Run Roots.”
July 3 & 6 – Angie Smibert
Learn about her new book, “Bone’s Gift,” a supernatural historical mystery set in 1942 in a southern Virginia coal-mining town. We'll also hear about some of her other works.
July 10 & 13 – David Baldacci
We visit with international bestselling author, celebrated storyteller, and literacy advocate, David Baldacci. With 100 million books in print, 40 novels translated into 45 languages and in 80 countries, he believes books can change your life."
July 17 & 20 - Beth Macy
This encore of our premiere episode is an interview with New York Times best selling author, Beth Macy whose works include "Factory Man" and "Truevine."
July 24 & 27 – Robyn Schon
Most people know Robyn in her professional role marketing and managing live entertainment & sports events. What they may not know is that she is an artist and a poet. We take a look inside her book, “Portrait of the Wind.”
July 31 & August 3– John Ketwig
John Ketwig was an optimistic 19 year old who loved hot rods, drums, and music. He entered the army and soon found himself in Vietnam. He shares his experiences in “…and a hard rain fell: A GI’s true story of the War in Vietnam.”
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Mixing intimate performance with personal interviews and behind the scenes footage, BackStage Pass is your front-row center seat for diverse music from Michigan and the Midwest's most talented artists. Whether the style is rock, jazz, folk, country, classical or R&B, BackStage Pass delivers outstanding entertainment.
August 4 – Paul Keller Orchestra
Bassist and composer Paul Keller heads up this big band from Ann Arbor, featuring originals, classics and the obscure from across the history of jazz. Highlights include "That Old Black Magic" with vocalist Sarah D'Angelo, and the straight-ahead player showcase, "PK's Tempo." Recorded at Lansing JazzFest 2015 in the capital city's historic Old Town district.
August 11 – Paul Keller Orchestra - Encore
The encore set from bassist and composer Paul Keller and his big band from Ann Arbor features Sarah D'Angelo singing the classics "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Cry Me a River." Keller showcases the band with the PKO original, "I Want to Be Happy."
Fridays at 8:30pm
Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? Talented men and women recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points. Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson hosts.
August 3 – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Discover how Senator Gillibrand started out representing a conservative district in upstate NY, then made a name as a politician willing to transcend simple ideology. Learn what drove her unlikely rise and her role as a leading voice for women’s rights.
August 10 – Lee Daniels
Trace Daniels’ path from West Philly to his the red-hot center of Hollywood. Learn how he conquered both the independent and mainstream sides of Hollywood, directing and producing critical darlings like The Butler and Empire.
August 17 – Eddie Huang
He became an attorney to please his parents, but Eddie Huang’s heart was always in the kitchen. As the founder of New York City eatery Baohaus, Huang infuses traditional Chinese dishes with his own flair. Out of the kitchen, he drew upon his experiences as a first-generation Asian-American to write the memoir Fresh Off the Boat, which inspired an ABC sitcom. As he tells BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson, he never intended to share a “fake cornstarch General Tso’s orange chicken version of [my] life in America… People want to know what’s really good.”
Breaking Big Brandi Carlile in Concert - A Bluegrass Underground Special
Friday, August 3 at 10:00pm
Self taught, Seattle-based and Grammy nominated for Americana Album of the Year, Brandi Carlile’s style revolves around pop, rock, alt-country and folk. Her songs serve up personal stories of parents and childhood; of divorce, marriage and religion; of love and of loss. Here are stories of forgiveness, reconciliation, of climbing out of bed every morning open to love.
BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND IS Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns.
Great Performances – NEW EPISODES!
Fridays at 10:00pm
Television’s longest-running performing arts anthology to enjoy the best in music, dance and theater.
August 10 - Chicago Voices
Celebrate Chicago's vibrant music culture with performances by Renee Fleming, Broadway's Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams and world-renowned tenor Matthew Polezani.
August 17 - Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.