Today (12/5) and Friday (12/6), pledges to WKSU will be matched with donations to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, the Cleveland Foodbank and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. The Hunger Challenge is a unique opportunity to support quality public radio broadcasting while lending a hand to people in need.
Although anyone making a member-level pledge of $60 or more will receive full WKSU member benefits (including the WKSU member card good for discounts at area arts and cultural organizations), there aren't the usual "thank you" gifts or drawings. Instead, the hosts will spend their time highlighting the powerful effect the foodbanks have on the community.
To make your pledge to WKSU and release funds to the foodbanks from the donation
pool, call (330) 672-2132 or go online to WKSU.org/support/hunger. Thank you!
Download a Pass for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
What could be one of the most anticipated new movies of the year, Inside Llewyn Davis is very loosely based on '60s folk singer Dave Van Ronk's memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. The Coen brothers directed the music-filled film, which is firmly set in the folk music scene in NYC's Greenwich Village in the late '50s and early '60s. Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake star.
WKSU members can go to GoFoBo.com/rsvp and enter the code WKSUHAHS to download a pass for two for a special preview screening of Inside Llewyn Davis on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Please arrive early! Seats are limited and having a pass does not guarantee admission.
WKSU Nights for Apollo's Fire
Apollo's Fire celebrates the Christmas season with two programs this season. Now through Dec. 8, Sacrum Mysterium offers Scottish Gregorian chants, ancient pagan carols, dances and Irish fiddle tunes for a Celtic Christmas. From Dec. 13-16, the music of 17th century composer Michael Praetorius is the base of a Christmas Vespers program - complete with strings, recorders, trumpets, soloists and more.
WKSU members can present their member card to purchase half-price B and C level tickets to the Dec. 8 performance of Sacrum Mysterium at St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills and the Dec. 16 performance of Praetorius Vespers at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron. Find the complete list of venues and times online at apollosfire.org or call (216) 320-0012.
Download a Pass for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the long awaited motion picture adaptation of the personal story of one of the world's most revered leaders, an esteemed statesman in modern history and an international icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The epic film stars Idris Elba and spans Mandela's exceptional life journey from his early years as a herd boy in rural Transkei to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.
WKSU members can go to GoFoBo.com/rsvp and enter the code WKSU3TV6 to download a pass for two for a special preview screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Shaker Square Cinemas. Please arrive early! Seats are limited and having a pass does not guarantee admission.
Request Passes for 'Noel Coward's Private Lives'
Fathom Events, CinemaLive and Digital Theatre present the West End revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives on the big screen on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Northeast Ohio cinemas. This irresistible production stars Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor as glamorous divorcées Elyot and Amanda, whose love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.
To request two passes to Noël Coward's Private Lives on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in area theatres, send an email with your name and mailing address to HotPicks@wksu.org with "Coward" in the subject line. Limited passes are available for the following locations (go online to wksu.org to check availability):
Montrose Movies, Severance Stadium 14, Hudson Cinema, Cinemark Tinseltown in North Canton, Southpark Mall in Strongsville, Cinemark at Valley View, Crocker Park Stadium 16.
Please request a specific theatre and make sure you include your mailing address
in your email! There will be only one broadcast of this event. Because passes will be mailed, all requests must be made before 1 p.m. this Friday (12/6).
Two Holiday Shows at Weathervane
This holiday season, enjoy two special treats from Weathervane Playhouse in Akron. Now through Dec. 22, the young actors of Weathervane invite audiences to a musical tradition: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The first great Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Davis musical, Joseph is based on bible stories about a boy and his adventures after being given a fabulous coat.
From Dec. 5 through 21, swing with the season as Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash takes the stage. This musical revue offers Frank Sinatra favorites, along with ultra-cool Christmas tunes that will have you snapping your fingers in time. For more information, go online to www.weathervaneplayhouse.com.