For the week of April 15-21…
Pioneers of Television, April 15-May 6, PBS-TV
If you love classic TV, make sure to catch the fourth season of the award-winning series that takes a look behind the scenes at television’s greatest programs. This season’s four new episodes include:
April 15: “From Standup to Sitcom”-This episode looks at the amazing transformation of standup comedians to classic standup stars, featuring Bob Newhart, Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Ray Romano, and the king of ‘em all, Jerry Seinfeld.
April 22: “Doctors and Nurses”-One of TV’s most durable formats is the hospital drama, and this episode takes an in-depth look at some of the classics, featuring vintage clips along with new interviews with Chad Everett (his final interview), Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Howie Mandel and Ed Begley Jr.
April 22: “Breaking Barriers”-This look at how minority actors broke through to become stars on mainstream TV includes new interviews with Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll, Edward James Olmos and George Takei. The show also spotlights trailblazers including Desi Arnaz.
May 6: “Acting Funny”-The talents of comic actors have become a mainstay of television, and this episode looks at some of the greats, including Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Tina Fey, and Cloris Leachman (Emmy’s most-honored comic actor), among many others.
Spotlight on Frank Almond, April 18-19, Marcus Center, 929 N Water St (mso.org)
Last January’s dastardly attack on Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond which resulted in the theft of his priceless Stradavarius violin made worldwide headlines. The good news is that instrument and musician have been reunited, and this weekend’s MSO program is Frank’s annual showcase as guest soloist. He’ll be performing Bartok’s Rhapsody #2 for Violin and Orchestra and Chausson’s Poeme for Violin and Orchestra. Guest Conductor Rossen Milanov opens the program with Mendelssohn’s delightful Overture from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” And following the recent performances by the Milwaukee Ballet, the MSO rounds out the program with orchestral highlights from Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet.” And in an interesting twist, several onstage actors will present Shakespeare’s corresponding dialogue to the scenes being presented musically by the MSO!
Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, April 18, PBS-TV
And speaking of Milwaukee Ballet, their triumphant premiere performances of Artistic Director Michael Pink’s adaptation of the children’s classic were filmed by Milwaukee Public Television and picked up for national broadcast on PBS! Marc Petrocci as Peter and Valerie Harmon as Wendy head this outstanding cast in a production that will delight viewers of all ages. A great treat for Easter weekend!
drivin’ n cryin’, April 18, Shank Hall, 1434 N Farwell Ave (shankhall.com)
Well, look who’s trailing the Easter Bunny into Milwaukee! Native son kevn kinney and his veteran alternative band, that’s who! Though kevn now makes his home in the NYC area, he has made it an annual tradition to return to MKE for a show at Shank Hall that’s also a reunion with friends and family members. That it just happens to be over Easter weekend makes it extra special! The place is sure to be rockin’!
Record Store Day, April 19 (recordstoreday.com)
From its humble beginnings seven years ago, Record Store Day has grown to be a worldwide event that celebrates the mom and pop independent record store. The celebration features literally hundreds of special exclusive limited releases (mostly on vinyl, of course!), along with scores of giveaways and free live performances from local and national acts, along with DJ’s spinning tunes on (what else?) vinyl. When this event first began, the neighborhood record store was all but given up for dead. But like the LP itself, the mom and pop stores have seen a resurgence which RSD celebrates in grand style. Check the website above to find information on the special releases, as well as where you can go join in on the fun!